Ginsberg Integrated Sustainability

At What Price?

Client: NYC Mayor's Office of Long-Term Planning & Sustainability

In light of climate change and the increased risk of flooding, this report analyzes New York City's complex market for flood insurance.

Toward a Sustainability Framework for Development in Niger

​Publication: Columbia University's Journal of International Affairs

The concept of sustainability is catching on in the developed world, but how does it fare in the developing world? What does sustainability look like for emerging economies? Does it make sense for nations struggling to modernize and feed their own people? In countries where development requires resources, how can a philosophy marked by minimalism be justified? This paper analyzes these questions through the lens of Niger, a landlocked country in West Africa.

The Prospect of Affordable Solar

​Publication: InterPV Korea

For all the promise that solar energy technologies offer to our energy gluttonous societies, it means little if they cannot compete economically with fossil fuels. In order for solar to become institutionalized in a free market economy, it must overcome the daunting challenge of achieving grid parity. This article will take a comprehensive look at this obstacle from the perspective of the residential industry, large-scale and multinational ventures and local communities shifting their energy production to PV systems. Also, emerging innovations in cost reduction will be considered.

Japan Gets Back on Track

​Publication: InterPV Korea

Until 2005 Japan was the world leader in PV solar cell production. Currently, however, Japan has lost that lead to Germany and Spain. Some believe the disparity between Japan and the European leaders has to do with differing governmental policies influencing the energy industry. In response, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has restarted the subsidy program. The aim of the subsidies is known to be to “encourage the lowering of the price of the residential solar generation systems and to promote expansion of the market with an eye to achieving the objective of solar generation introduction stipulated in the Kyoto Protocol Target Achievement Plan and other documents and enabling a mass of introduction of solar generation.”

The Alternative Energy Megatrend

​​​Client: Krull Corporation

This is not one more alternative energy study. Dr. Alexander Mirtchev's provocative new book The Alternative Energy Megatrend is a prescient assessment of the security trajectory of a yet to be fully understood modern global phenomenon.

Dr. Mirtchev is a Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Council Member of the Kissinger Institute on China and the U.S., and member of the Wilson National Cabinet. 

Sustainable Futures: Science, Society, & Solutions

Client: American International School of Niamey

This interactive course introduces students to the myriad social and environmental issues we face on our limited planet and encourages discussion of solutions. Topics include environmental history and philosophy, energy, water, and green buildings. The first semester culminates in a client project for the U.S. Embassy on recycling and integrated solid waste management. At the end of the year, students leave their mark on AISN by assessing its facilities through the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) criteria and conducting ASHRAE Level 1 building energy audits. 

The first semester will culminate in a client project with the US Embassy on the issue of waste management.  

Labor Relations Community Connections Delegation

​Client: U.S. Agency for International Development

The Labor Relations program was designed for Russian delegates from government agencies, employer associations, and labor unions. The delegates met in Washington, D.C. and New York City with directors of agencies, labor associations, and unions, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Labor Relations Board, and Service Employees International Union (SEIU).