Spring 2018 Events

Data Visualization Workshop

On March 31, 2018 current SUMA student Lucas Piazza,  conducted the “Data Visualization for the Everyday (Wo)Man” workshop in which he drew upon his experience turning data into visual stories to teach the easy-to-employ secrets of good data visualizations. This workshop emphasized practicality over theory to ensure every attendee walk away with the knowledge that can be immediately used.

As a communications professional for a NYC-based data startup, Lucas Piazza knows the power of data visualizations. Design, done correctly, is a universal language that has the power to make highly complex information relevant to an audience.

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Spring 2018 Projects Mid-Term Review

Update 6/2/18: We’re so excited to announce that one of the teams from our Design Thinking Workshop won the Net Impact’s Drawdown INNOVATE challenge! They were invited to the 2018 Net Impact Accelerator in Oakland, CA and competed with other finalists for a cash prize. Congratulations Jenna Lewein, Matt Akins, and Merlyn Mathew! Additionally, Merlyn has received an internship from a sponsor.

On March 21, 2018 we conducted a mid-term review of the four projects for Spring 2018. Each team presented their findings and next steps to complete their project.

Project #1 Data analysis for life cycle assessment of products

Project # 2 Waste management strategy for Columbia University

Project #3 Sustainability strategy for Town of Lenox, MA

Project #4 Solar project development and communications strategy for craft brewery


Climate Drawdown Innovation Workshop

On March 3rd, 2018, we had an incredible workshop led by Of Course Global, where we learned about design thinking and how to apply it to climate change solutions for Net Impact‘s Drawdown INNOVATE challenge! A contest that gave winners an opportunity to further develop their concept through an accelerator program in San Francisco, internship, or cash prize.

Participant feedback:

“Thanks a bunch for putting on one of the best workshops I have attended here at Columbia.”
-Evan Carfagno
“Thanks to SUMA Net Impact for hosting events like the Design Thinking Workshop that allowed us to use our creativity and to learn methodologies to maximize it. This workshop is an excellent tool for sustainability professionals that aim to tackle the current world’s challenges. “
-Andrea Gomez Vesga

 

 


Waste Management Workshop

On February 27, 2018, SUMA Net Impact invited project teams to learn about current SUMA student’s, Aharon Kestenbaum, professional work with the NYC Department of Education’s zero waste initiatives.

It was allowed our Columbia Environmental Stewardship project team to discuss their current project findings and future deliverables.

Watch video of the event HERE

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