Sign up | Login with →

Posts by Steven Cohen Subscribe

Science, Policy, and Decision Making

I started my professional career at the U.S. EPA and even though I was in a "policy shop," analyzing policies to develop regulations, I was struck by how few of us had expertise in environmental science. One of my areas of doctoral study was...

Posted January 27, 2015    

How Governmental Sustainability Policy Can Speed the Transition to a Cleaner Economy

In the next several days, Jossey-Bass will publish a new book I have co-authored with my Columbia University colleagues Bill Eimicke and Alison Miller. It is entitled: Sustainability Policy: Hastening the Transition to a Cleaner Economy. The book is...

Posted January 23, 2015    

Banning Styrofoam, Managing Our Waste, and Promoting Sustainability

New York City, following the lead of San Francisco and Portland, has banned styrofoam containers in an effort to change the nature of its waste stream, as the type of styrofoam being banned cannot be recycled. The ban will result in the use of...

Posted January 16, 2015    

The Growing Level of Environmental Awareness

While it is far from universal, more and more people understand that we need to sustainably manage our planet's resources and ecosystems. This awareness has been growing for about a century, but has picked up momentum in the past decade. Evidence of...

Posted December 30, 2014    

Coal Ash and Fracking Fluid: Two More Victories for Environmental Protection

While America recently elected a new and possibly anti-environmental Congress, we are still ending 2014 on a high note with two environmental victories. Both originated in the executive branch of government--one in our national government and the...

Posted December 24, 2014    

Educating the First Generation of Sustainability Managers

The field of organizational management is undergoing a fundamental transition, one of a number that have taken place over the past century or so. At the start of the 20th century, management needed to understand mass production and the first complex...

Posted December 19, 2014    

New York City's de Blasio Administration and the Path to 80 Percent Greenhouse Gas Reductions

Although it took almost a year to get there, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has put in place the third critical piece of the city's sustainability leadership. Last week, he appointed Nilda Mesa, an experienced sustainability professional, as the...

Posted December 10, 2014    

Everyone Likes to Breathe

This past week, at President Obama's direction, the EPA continued to use its extensive powers under the Clean Air Act (thank you, 1970 U.S. Congress) and announced a new, tighter regulation on ozone pollution. As one might expect, these rules are...

Posted December 3, 2014    

America's Infrastructure Disinvestment Will Slow the Development of a Sustainable Economy

This is the 50th anniversary of New York's Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, the span that connects Staten Island with Brooklyn. As a child growing up in Brooklyn I remember watching its towers rise as if by magic. I always connected it with the 1964 World'...

Posted November 26, 2014    

The Importance of the U.S.-China Climate Accord

Last week, the United States pledged to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 26% from 2005 levels before 2025, and China agreed to stop growing its carbon emissions by 2030. Since we do not have a world government and are unlikely to get one...

Posted November 19, 2014    

Under the Republican Congress, All Environmental Politics Will Be Local

With the Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate in January, Oklahoma's Senator James Inhofe is likely to once again serve as chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, a position he held from 2003-2008 during George W. Bush's...

Posted November 14, 2014    

A Key Lesson from Superstorm Sandy: We Still Need a Rainy Day Fund

Last week was the second anniversary of "superstorm" Sandy and, for many in the northeast, it is a reminder of the fragility and interdependence of modern life. The New York Times profiled the transformative effect the storm had on some of the...

Posted November 7, 2014