Andrew Revkin is one of America’s most honored, experienced and innovative journalists focused on environmental and human sustainability. In 2019, he became the founding director of the Initiative on Communication and Sustainability at Columbia University's Earth Institute, which is now the Columbia Climate School. There he is building programs, tools and collaborations aimed at bridging gaps between science and society to cut climate risk and spread social and ecological resilience. He launched and runs the Sustain What webcast - a conversation series pursuing progress where consequence and complexity collide. The show, streaming across social media, has garnered some 2 million viewers over 270-plus episodes. He also writes a column with the same name for Meta’s Bulletin platform - at revkin.bulletin.com.
Revkin has written on global environmental change and risk for more than 35 years, reporting from the North Pole to theWhite House, the Amazon rain forest to the Vatican - mostly for The New York Times. Before moving to Columbia, he was the strategic adviser for environmental journalism at the National Geographic Society, where he helped expand the Society’s grants and programs fostering effective conservation communication where it’s needed most. He remains a member of the National Geographic Society Committee for Research and Exploration.
Revkin began reporting on climate change in the 1980s in magazines and never stopped. He has won the top awards in science journalism multiple times, along with Columbia Journalism School’s John Chancellor Award for sustained achievement, a Guggenheim Fellowship and an Investigative Reporters & Editors Award. He has written acclaimed and award-winning books on Earth’s Anthropocene era, the history of humanity’s relationship with weather, the changing Arctic, global warming and the assault on the Amazon rain forest, as well as three book chapters on science communication.