Student-led Projects

The Workshops in Applied Earth Systems Management and in Applied Earth Systems Policy Analysis teach students how to integrate and apply their knowledge and skills to solving sustainability problems. In the summer and fall semesters, the workshops emphasize science-based analysis, communication, and management. These workshop projects are based on proposed, but not yet enacted, state, federal, or local environmental legislation. In the spring semester, students are ready to take on projects for real-world governmental or nonprofit clients. In all of the workshops, students learn the practical skills that are required to excel in any organization: teamwork, project management, presentation, and the writing of policy briefs and reports.

Please join us for the MPA ESP Final Briefings on April 26, 2017 at 9:00am  in the Kellogg Center, 15th Floor, International Affairs Building, Columbia University Morningside campus.

Spring Workshop Topics and Clients:

Reforming New York’s Energy Vision (REV) and Micro grid Integration
Workshop Client:
Build Smart NY, New York Power Authority 
Workshop Advisor:
Professor Dr. Steve Cohen

Accounting for Upstream Emissions Associated with Electric Generation
Workshop Client: The Sierra Club 
Workshop Advisor:
Professor Dr. Sara Tjossem

Increasing Awareness of and Support for Integrated Approaches to Conservation for the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Workshop Client: The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Workshop Advisor:
Professor Louise Rosen

Green Building and Affordability: Impact Assessment, Recommendations, and a Blueprint for a Sustainability Report
Workshop Client:
NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development 
Workshop Advisor:
Professor Adrian Hill 

The New York City Water Hub: Catalyzing an Emerging Industry
Workshop Client:
NYC Department of Environmental Protection 
Workshop Advisor: 
Professor Nancy Degnan


Summer and Fall 2016 Workshop Topics:

H.R. 2804/S 1601 Safeguarding America’s Future and Environment (SAFE) Act
Workshop Advisors:
Summer: Professor Bob Cook.  Fall: Professor Adrian Hill

H.R. 2227: Strengthening the Resiliency of Our Nation on the Ground (STRONG) Act
Workshop Advisors:
Summer: Professor Howard Apsan. Fall: Professor Lloyd Kass

H.R. 3707 – Groundwork USA Trust Act 2015
Workshop Advisor: Professor Matt Palmer

H.R. 4393 – Clean Distributed Energy Grid Integration Act
Workshop Advisor:
Professor Louise Rosen

S 2588 – Get the Lead Out Act of 2016
Workshop Advisor: Professor Steve Cohen

Summer Workshop Archive
Fall Workshop Archive
Spring Workshop Archive