Earth Institute Hosts sixth Annual Sustainability Careers Reception
On October 1, the Earth Institute hosted its 6th Annual Sustainability Careers Reception, which occurred on Zoom for the 2nd year running. In spite of the restrictions of the online format, this year saw a 50% boost in participation from in 2015, assembling some 40 specialists and more than 100 graduate and undergraduate students.
Therese Gennari, a panelist and the founder of The Climate Optimist
Anne Therese Gennari, a panelist and the creator of The Climate Optimist, noted this development as well, and reflected that it was “extremely interesting to see so numerous trainees choosing a path in sustainability, innovation, and positive growth. The students who attended the occasion came prepared with questions and insights about the different profession fields, which made for productive discussions throughout the totality of the two-hour occasion.
Normally, the event is hosted at the Columbia Club in Midtown Manhattan, and conversation is held over dinner and beverages. In the online format, 3-4 panelists were appointed to each of three Zoom breakout spaces rather of a roundtable. For the very first hour of the occasion, these groups of panelists rotated through the 3 breakout spaces in 20-minute intervals, and provided trainees information about their background and career path. For the last hour of the event, the speakers returned to their original breakout spaces while the students had the ability to move through rooms at their own discretion, forming connections with the sustainability specialists whose professions they found most lined up with their expert trajectory.
The COVID-19 global health crisis has actually accompanied the most severe weather condition occasions weve seen in years, a trend that is just going to continue as environment change worsens. Chandler Precht, the organizer of the Sustainability Careers Reception, reflects that “there is no question that the climate crisis has actually pressed trainees to register in our programs, and with that comes the obligation of supplying students with the most rewarding expert advancement events. This Sustainability Careers Reception is one of the numerous methods we assist students network with professionals at companies and in sustainability related roles that they want to ultimately go into upon completing their degrees.”
Regardless of the extra obstacles that COVID-19 has actually provided, Columbia Climate Schools Earth Institute has actually striven to ensure that profession resources are untouched.
The Sustainability Careers Reception is mainly planned for trainees pursuing among five sustainability degrees at Columbia Climate Schools Earth Institute: the Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development, MA in Climate and Society, MS in Sustainability Management, MS in Sustainability Science, and MPA in Environmental Science and Policy. This year students had the chance to find brand-new career chances and engage with specialists in the sustainability field. Of the professionals who attended this years event, their areas of work ranged from big business such as Converse, Accenture, and LOreal, to smaller ones, such as Another Tomorrow, The Climate Optimist, and Ocean Rescue Alliance.
The Earth Institute Professional Development Program provides students resources and programs that supplement the career services in their respective schools. The program consists of skill-building workshops, networking chances, and tools that, together, much better prepare students to pursue job opportunities in sustainability.
The panelists. Row 1: Martina Carosso (ENGIE Impact); Josue Lecodet (Accenture); Alex Rudnicki (AeroFarms); Riyana Razalee (Re-Nuble); Alana Miller (Regenesis); Autumn Blum (Stream2Sea); Grant Harrison (GreenBiz); Elizabeth Pulos (Converse). Row 2: Jeff Conant (Friends of the Earth); Gabriel Ingman (Coastal Group); Shelby Thomas (Ocean Rescue Alliance); Brian Kahn (Earther); Hugh Peltz (Citizens Bank); Seyena Simpson (Langan Engineering); Paul Gallay (Columbia University); Aly Cirscuolo (New York Road Runners). Row 3: Kavita Patel (MUUS); Niharika Kishore (Amazon); Danielle Azoulay (LOreal USA); Megan Ross (NRDC); Liora Hostyk (Ernst & & Young); Richa Agarwal (Summit Strategy Group). Row 4: Julia Eiferman (NYC Mayors Office of Climate Resiliency); Bianca Young (UNEP): Lisa Brunie-McDermott (HNI Corporation); Anastasia Gordon (WE ACT for Environmental Justice); Liz John (Unilever); Tara St. James (Another Tomorrow); Jessica Kenny (Ernst & & Young); Andrew Kruczkiewicz (Red Cross, Columbia University). Row 5: Jenni Chun (Samsung Electronics); Rachel Aptowitz (SecondMuse); Alexis Rosenblum (Blackrock); Valeree Catangay (Dolby); Bill Barry (Macmillan); Sarah Janjua (Agritecture); Rachel Patterson (EANY); Matthew Dalbey (EPA).
Caroline Horrigan|November 18, 2021
Anne Therese Gennari, a panelist and the creator of The Climate Optimist, noted this development as well, and reflected that it was “extremely interesting to see so many students choosing a path in sustainability, development, and favorable growth. For the last hour of the occasion, the speakers returned to their original breakout spaces while the students were able to move through rooms at their own discretion, forming connections with the sustainability professionals whose professions they found most aligned with their professional trajectory.
Chandler Precht, the organizer of the Sustainability Careers Reception, reflects that “there is no question that the climate crisis has actually pushed students to register in our programs, and with that comes the duty of providing students with the most beneficial expert development occasions. This Sustainability Careers Reception is one of the lots of methods we assist students network with specialists at companies and in sustainability related functions that they hope to ultimately get in upon completing their degrees.”
The Sustainability Careers Reception is primarily meant for students pursuing one of 5 sustainability degrees at Columbia Climate Schools Earth Institute: the Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development, MA in Climate and Society, MS in Sustainability Management, MS in Sustainability Science, and MPA in Environmental Science and Policy.