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The Earth Institute’s mission is to mobilize the sciences, education and public policy to achieve a sustainable Earth. Through interdisciplinary research among more than 500 scientists in diverse fields, the Institute is adding to the knowledge necessary for addressing the challenges of the 21st century and beyond. With over two dozen associated degree curricula and a vibrant fellowship program, the Earth Institute (EI) is educating new leaders to become professionals and scholars in the growing field of sustainable development. We work alongside governments, businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals to devise innovative strategies to protect the future of our planet.

Member Projects

  • The Earth Institute is a founding partner in the Millennium Villages Project, which addresses the root causes of extreme poverty, taking a holistic, community-led approach to sustainable development.
  • Innovative scientific research anchors all initiatives at the Earth Institute. From investigating the dynamics of Earth’s oceans to exploring ways to respond to climate change, research conducted in and across the many centers and programs at the Earth Institute and its affiliated academic departments facilitates the creation of solutions that can help achieve sustainability. View all of EI’s research units and programs.
  • The Earth Institute works with many schools, departments and programs at Columbia University to develop rigorous and innovative curricula across multiple disciplines. The more than two dozen academic programs currently affiliated with the Earth Institute engage undergraduates and graduate students in the classroom, in the lab and in the field. Students learn hard science, policy, and research and practical skills they can apply in the field, and in future employment. View all of EI’s programs of study.