The climate crisis is one of the greatest threats facing humanity. In response, Columbia University established the nation's first climate school in 2020 to educate future climate leaders, support groundbreaking research, and foster essential climate solutions from the community to the planetary scale.

Interim Dean


In July 2023, Jeffrey Shaman became Interim Dean of the Columbia Climate School, moving into this expanded role from his position as Vice Dean of Faculty Affairs. Shaman is a Professor of Climate in the Climate School as well as a Professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

Leadership, Faculty, and Staff


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Education and Research

The School engages in societally relevant and transdisciplinary research impact programs, linking them to education offerings aimed at preparing students to address the climate crisis.

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Culture and Inclusion

The School fosters a culture that values, respects, welcomes, and promotes a sense of belonging for all members of our community, interweaving a focus of diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in all aspects of academic life. It also aims to support a sustainable campus that is open to all.

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Impact and Solutions

Solution-oriented projects, policy initiatives, events, networking, partnerships, communications platforms, and training programs are a few of the ways in which the School connects Columbia’s knowledge to the world.

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Socially Just Transitions

The School is building academic programming with a focus on socially just and equitable transitions. It has a dedicated focus on co-production of knowledge, working closely with, and recognizing the needs and knowledge of, local partners and stakeholders.