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Research at the Earth Institute is organized into nine themes. Urbanization is one of them.

For the first time in history, over half of the world’s population lives in urban areas. Many people now live apart from where their food is grown and are dependent on vast and complex infrastructures for their livelihoods. Urban areas provide economic opportunity, the potential for increased efficiency and improvements in standard of living, but they are also under acute stress as their populations expand. This in turn puts pressure on the areas that support their resource needs, creating social, infrastructural and health challenges to the sustainability of cities.

The Earth Institute is studying the links between urban areas and their surrounding regions and finding ways to create healthy urban settings in both the developed and the developing world.

Featured Projects

Nairobi/Ruiru Research and Education Pilot Site

Urban Development Goals

Natural Disasters and Earthquake Risks for the Dominican Republic

Green-Mapping for Eco-Justice in Harlem

Columbia Green Roof Consortium

Regional Foodsheds and Urban Agriculture in the New York City Region

Green Strategies for Urban Infrastructure and Building Technologies

The Plastic Trash Patch: Visualizing the Next Design Challenge