SUMANI Trendster Blog: Sust.Spec., Episode 2

Episode 2 of Sust.Spec. Taking the Temperature of 2016 and the Presidential Election

A podcast dedicated to the discussion of modern Sustainability practices and experiences.
This week we catch up where we left off last time, talk about new developments and then weigh in on the current state of the political climate and it’s impacts on sustainability.


*Trendster is a voluntary, crowd-sourced initiative facilitated by SUMA Net Impact. It does not represent the collective views of Columbia University, the Earth Institute or Net Impact

Climate Change Panel

We at SUMANI are really excited about the opportunity presented to us by partnering with a selection of student organizations on campus to bring about this event.
On Tuesday, March 1 at 6:30pm, Lisa Sachs will moderate our panelists’ discussion prompted by the question:

“What are Columbia’s Economic, Legal, and Moral Responsibilities to Act on Climate Change?”

Along with questions from the audience, Jeffrey Sachs, Michael Gerrard, Bruce Usher, Jessica Prata, and Todd Gitlin will address Columbia University’s sustainability efforts and reputation.


SUMANI Trendster Blog: A group of sustainability students walk into a bar…

A week ago, a group of SUMA students walked into a bar. I promise, this isn’t a setup to a joke. In fact, the jokes made that night were exceptionally lacking in both setup and delivery. Unbeknownst to the group, a weekly comedy show was being held at that same bar. While trying to work the room, the opening comic and M.C. started asking members of the audience what they did. Seeing how 90+% of the room was SUMA students, he got the same answer: “I study sustainability”. This is where the setup starts to fail. The selfprofessed comic didn’t know what sustainability was. As a concept, as a profession, or as a practice, sustainability tends to confuse people. As a group of 20 or so Masters students who actually study sustainability, we couldn’t seem to explain it to him in a cohesive or concise manner. As Einstein said:

“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”

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