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

Columbia Climate School Leadership Announcement
May 24, 2023

On July 1, Jeffrey Shaman will become interim dean of the Climate School, continuing the work of co-deans Alex Halliday, Jason Bordoff, Ruth DeFries, and Maureen Raymo, climate leaders who built the School’s strong foundation.

Congratulations to the 2023 Graduates of the Columbia Climate School
May 12, 2023

Students graduating from the MA in Climate and Society program celebrated their Class Day ceremony today.

🎓 Congratulations to our Columbia Climate School MA in Climate & Society Class of 2023! Learn all about our May 12 Class Day and May 17 Commencement. #ColumbiaClimate2023 💙


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.


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.

New Tool Helps Communities Prepare for Natural Hazards
May 19, 2023

A revamped map lets you zoom in to check the climate, weather, and geological hazards in your own backyard and then learn how to protect yourself.

New Mapper Opens Up Access to Flood Planning in New York State
May 18, 2023

An easy-to-use flood planning tool visualizes building footprint data for nearly all New York State, except New York City.

Website Tracks Inflation Reduction Act’s Climate Provisions
March 8, 2023

IRAtracker.org is a free resource that includes a searchable database of the bill’s climate change-related provisions and actions taken by federal agencies to implement those provisions.

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