One of the key initiatives of CUCSD is to create events and content that facilitate awareness and raise funds, for some of the most pressing issues in sustainable development. The events have been covered by global news media outlets like the New York Times,  Aljazeera, and The Guardian, and have been acknowledged by the  United Nations‘ Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

India’s Development and Environmental Impacts  


New York Times’ Andy Revkin Talks with Alan Rabinowitz on Wildlife Conservation

Featured in the New York Times

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Screening and Debate on Nuclear Energy with Bill Nye

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Post Production Media: Interview with Robert Stone on Pandora’s Promise



Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015  1:00-2:00 p.m
Event by CUCSD and SIPA
Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, brown bag lunch
Location: International Affairs Building (IAB) Room 418
Time: from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Event RSVP:

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 1:00-2:00 p.m
Event by CUCSD
Charity Water, brown bag lunch
Location: SIPA, Room 1201
Time: from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Event RSVP:

Tuesday, September 22
Event by Columbia University’s Sustainability Management Student Association
Your Choices Matter
Location: Lerner Hall, Broadway Room
Time: from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Event RSVP:
Friday, September 25th, 2015
Event by ECO
‘Sun Come Up’, a film by Jennifer Redfearn and Tim Metzger This award winning documentary shows the human face of climate change and the impacts of rising sea levels on low-lying nations.
When: Friday, September 25, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Where: Lerner Roone Arledge Cinema
RSVP: Limited to 30 people. Email Angela at to reserve a spot. Free
RSVP here:

Saturday, September 26th, 2015
E&E Retreat, cosponsored by ECO and SEA
Contact Goksenin for details, goo2105

September 29, 2015, 4 pm to 6pm
WiSER Reception
The United Arab Emirates is hosting a ministerial reception during the United Nations General Assembly for its Women in Sustainability, Environment, and Renewable Energy (WiSER) initiative, and has kindly offered to extend an invitation to Columbia graduate students, particularly those participating in Columbia’s Women in Energy.

WiSER organizes high-level events and networking sessions at major energy and sustainability conferences (such as COP21), as well as internships, scholarships, and mentorships for young women. The reception will be held from 4 to 6 pm at the Plaza Hotel’s Oak Room on 29 September (business attire). There are 7 places reserved for Columbia students so please RSVP only if you plan to attend.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
WIE Lunch and Roundtable Discussion with Dr. Nawal Al-Hosany, Director of Sustainability, Masdar
Faculty House, Garden Room 1

Please join the Center on Global Energy Policy for a Women in Energy lunch and roundtable discussion with Dr. Nawal Al-Hosany, Director of Sustainability, Masdar, and Director, Zayed Future Energy Prize. Dr. Al-Hosany will discuss her unique international experiences across the energy, sustainability and cleantech space, as well as her perspectives on what it means to be a female leader in the energy and sustainability space.


Friday 10/9/15, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Introduction to GIS Workshop –  Facilitated by a GIS expert from Columbia’s Digital Social Science Center, this is a 2 hour introduction to what GIS is and how we can use it in an environmental policy context. Limited to 10ppl
Location:  215 Lehman Library
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[SAVE THE DATE] Wednesday11/11/2015 6:00pm-8:00pm
 #COP21BioClimate Panel #KnowYourGoals – Sustainable Development Goals 
Location: Lerner Hall Room 555
Details about this event to be announced shortly.
[SAVE THE DATE] Friday, November 13, 2015, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Site Tour of NYU’s Natural Gas-Fired Co-Gen Plant
(Event by CGEP in collaboration with NYU)
251 Mercer Street, New York, NY
Details about this and other WIE events to be announced shortly, see website for details:

Past Events:

#COP21BioClimate Kick off Event


#KnowYourGoals  #COP21BioClimate

Columbia University Coalition for Sustainable Development (CUCSD) is thrilled to invite you to #COP21BioClimate film screening and symposium on wildlife featuring ‘Tiger Tiger’ with Dr. Alan Rabinowitz,  to be held September 14th, 2015 at Columbia University in the City of New York.
This event is apart of a larger campaign #COP21BioClimate which is focusing on major threats to wildlife, including Big Cats, Elephants, Rhinos and Primates, and their important role in mitigating climate change and what policy solutions should be enacted.

Opening Remarks6:50pm
Film Screening (Tiger Tiger)8:15pm
Intermission8:20pmDiscussionAndrew Revkin, New York Times as ModeratorAlan Rabinowitz, Panthera 9:00pm
Closing remarks

Earth Institute | Jane Goodall Institute | Sustainable Development Solutions Network-Youth | Africa Wildlife Foundation | Save The Elephants | Ape Alliance | International Anti-Poaching Fund | Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund |Thinking Animals | Cary Institute | Panthera |Ferris Reel Film Society

Complete information and registration can be found at:

Tiger Tiger follows Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, renowned big cat conservationist and co-founder of Panthera, as he travels deep into the primordial landscape of the Sundarbans – a tidal mangrove forest spanning the India-Bangladesh border. Known as one of the most dangerous places on Earth, the Sundarbans is a primordial landscape and one of the most unique tiger habitats on Earth.Film by George Butler













Sustainable Energy Solutions for the Poor: 

How Technology can Solve the Energy Crisis in the Developing World

 April 14th, 6:00pm IAB 1512

Join Tom Blees, author of ‘Prescription for the Planet,’ and Sebastian Rodriguez, Research Scientist at the Earth Institute, as we discuss how revolutionary technologies are increasing access to energy, eliminating greenhouse gas emissions and heralding a new ‘era of plenty’ for people across the developing world. Co-Sponsored with CUCSD, SEA, and TISA.  Sushi and salad will be served. 
Register here:


          Sebastian Rodriguez                                  Tom Blees


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Bill Nye is coming to Columbia University April 8th!

Sold out!

 Please make sure to pick up your tickets at TIC inside the Alfred Lerner Hall (Tuesday – Saturday: 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.) preferably before the event or you will need to arrive by 6:45 PM the day of the event.

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Next Generation Nuclear Power: The Solution to Climate Change?

Film screening of “Pandora’s Promise” followed by a discussion about nuclear energy with:

Introduction by:

Nobuo Tanka, President of Sasakawa Peace Foundation, & former IEA Director

Keynote Address:

Bill Nye, a.k.a “The Science Guy”


Andrew Revkin, The New York Times

Robert Stone, Award Winning Film Director

Gernot Wagner, Environmental Defense Fund

New York, April 8th, 2015, 7:15 pm – 11:00pm

Columbia University, Lerner Hall, Roone Arledge Auditorium

Does nuclear energy have any role in stopping climate change?  Kicking off the first of three days highlighting nuclear energy at Columbia University, CUCSD presents a screening of PANDORA’S PROMISE followed by a panel discussion with experts.  Introduced by Nobuo Tanaka, President of Sasakawa Peace Foundation and former Executive Director of the IEA, a keynote by Bill Nye, The Science Guy, and author of Undeniable, who will also join our panel, Academy-Award®-nominated director Robert Stone, Gernot Wagner from Environmental Defense Fund and author of Climate Shock, and moderated by The New York Times’ Andrew Revkin.  The atomic bomb and meltdowns like Fukushima have made nuclear power synonymous with global disaster. PANDORA’S PROMISE asks whether the one technology we fear most could save our planet from a climate catastrophe.

Columbia ID holders please click here to buy tickets.

For media passes contact us.

Please note that while this event will be open to the general public, Columbia University students and faculty are being given priority. Advanced ticket prices for CUID holders is $7. If you are a CUID holder, you can buy your tickets now. General public ticket sales will open next week.

Thank you to our sponsors!

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Development, Opportunities and Implications for Air Capture Technology

February 2nd, 2015

Christophe Jospe, Chief Strategist for the Center for Negative Carbon Emissions at Arizona State University spoke to us about the state of air CO2 capturing technology and how could it potentially accelerate a trasitiion towards a carbon neutral economy.

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COP-20, December 1-8, Lima, Peru

COP-20 in Lima Peru with Professor Jeff Sachs