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The top, leading-edge center for the integrated study of the Earth, its environment, and society, the Earth Institute has leveraged the vast intellectual power of Columbia University’s faculty since 1996 to establish and nurture cross-disciplinary collaborations, actively addressing the world’s most complex economic, health, and environmental challenges. Through its research, education, and action, the Earth Institute has become the world’s leading academic center confronting the practical challenges of sustainable development.
Earth Institute Areas of Greatest Need
Provide the critical support necessary to push forward those ideas and innovations that hold the most potential for addressing the challenges of sustainable development.
Ecosystems and Biodiversity
Help Earth Institute scientists and researchers better understand the nature of ecosystems and how their changes are affecting the human population.
Millennium Villages Project
Help the Millennium Villages project address the challenges of extreme poverty in developing countries through an innovative, integrated approach to rural development.
Food, Ecology, and Nutrition
Help the Earth Institute address the interactions between agricultural production, environmental quality, and human well-being.
Millennium Cities Initiative
Invest in the future of African cities and help them to foster new economic relationships with the Millennium Villages.
Lamont-Doherty Areas of Greatest Need
Support the work of our scientists and allow Lamont-Doherty to continue to revolutionize how Earth science research is conducted, taught and understood.
Help Earth Institute researchers, scientists and development practitioners work together to fight global poverty by addressing its many causes.
Global Hazards and Risk
Support researchers from across the Earth Institute as they strive to deepen the world’s understanding of natural disasters.
Support Earth Institute projects aimed at improving medical care in the developing world and addressing the many factors that can affect it.
Climate and Society
Support integrated, cross-disciplinary research to create a complete understanding of how our climate is changing.