The Columbia Climate School's mission is to develop and inspire knowledge-based solutions and educate future leaders for just and prosperous societies on a healthy planet.

News Highlights

Sheila Foster Recognized as a Fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers
May 28, 2024

Foster, a visiting professor of climate at Columbia Climate School, was honored by the prestigious organization for her career achievements.

A New Way To Help Protect Pregnant Women and Children From Lead Poisoning
May 28, 2024

Lamont research professor Alexander van Geen is testing a new kit that detects lead in old paint.

A Glimpse at the Columbia Climate School in the Green Mountains Program
May 22, 2024

Students from around the globe spent two weeks in Vermont learning about current issues and solutions in climate change.


Columbia University is a global leader in climate and sustainability education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Education programs at the Columbia Climate School provide the interdisciplinary knowledge base for future climate leaders to work with businesses, communities, governments, and civil society to address the climate crisis.


The Columbia Climate School nurtures and supports innovative research in the science, consequences, and human dimensions of climate change, including the methods of achieving a more sustainable and just world.

Research Centers and Programs

The Columbia Climate School encompasses the Earth Institute, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, and more than 20 other centers and programs, supporting a continuum of research, from basic discovery to societal solutions.

Office of Research

Our Office of Research nurtures our community of established and future environmental leaders through proposal development, programmatic engagement, and compliance support.


The Columbia Climate School translates its academic work into evidence-based analysis and advice to inform decision- and policy-makers in communities, governments, industries, and nonprofits in the US and globally.

Designing Impactful Climate Literacy Education for Emergency Management—and Beyond
February 23, 2024

Emergency managers are already facing the consequences of climate change in the workplace. How can education programs better prepare them for crises?

Climate School Report Details 2023 State Policy Trends in Disaster Resilience
January 29, 2024

Every U.S. state passed some kind of disaster resilience policy in 2023, according to the National Center for Disaster Preparedness, which released a report examining over 600 U.S. state disaster resilience bills enacted last year. 

New Trainings Will Focus On Enhancing Tribal Nations’ Climate Readiness and Resilience
January 3, 2024

With a $1.5 million FEMA grant, Columbia Climate School’s National Center for Disaster Preparedness will create and deliver trainings to enhance Tribal Nations’ climate readiness and resilience.

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