Education & Outreach

Masters of Carbon Management Program

Approaching the stabilization of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere will require drastic reductions in worldwide carbon dioxide emissions. The IPCC has suggested that emission reductions would have to be reduced 30–85 percent from current levels by 2050 in order to achieve a long-term stabilization target of 350–440 ppm. This would imply an allowance of 4 percent of current per capita emissions in the United States alone. Grappling with this massive change in the world’s energy infrastructure will require significant adjustments in public policy. The LCSE has embarked upon a program of energy policy outreach in order to help lay the groundwork for this transition. With the Columbia Climate Center and the Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering, we are helping to develop the Masters of Carbon Management Program, with Prof Klaus Lackner as its Director. This new masters level program will uniquely prepare students to create and implement the multi-faceted solutions to the carbon problem with an in-depth understanding of the complexity and multidisciplinary nature of the issues at hand.

Learn more about carbon capture and storage, and the Earth Institute’s research through an animated video here.


In December 2009, Columbia University’s Earth Institute co-hosted, with the UK’s Tipping Point, British Council USA, and CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities, a two-day conference at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (NY) which brought together, for the first time in the US, leading artists and scientists focused on global climate change. Recognized by participants as a seminal event and a “stimulating and inspirational encounter,” the TippingPoint conference resulted in a number of arts/science partnerships and collaborations including PositiveFeedback, an arts and climate science consortium led by Columbia University (Earth Institute), New York University (Center for Creative Research) and the City University of New York (Institute for Sustainable Cities).