ECO Events, Jobs and More: February 25th

February 25, 2013


We hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. ECO and partners have an exciting line up of events in the coming weeks, so make sure and mark your Calendars. To stay on top of all our new and events do not forget to check out  and join our listserve or forward to a friend

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Hope to see you at an event soon,

Your ECO Board

Upcoming Events By Date

Energy & Environment Concentration Resume Clinic

What:              Help prepare for the All-Ivy Environmental and Sustainable Development Career Fair
When:             Wednesday, February 27  1:00PM-2:00PM
:            International Affairs Building, 501B

The EE Concentration will be holding an hour-long resume clinic for students to give quick resume critiques and advice before the upcoming All-Ivy Career Fair. The Office of Career Services will also participate in resume critiques and samples will be on hand.

SUMASA Screening of Blue Vinyl
Join SUMASA for a screening of the award-winning documentary Blue Vinyl: A Toxic Comedy Look at Vinyl, The World’s Second Largest Selling Plastic.
When:              Wednesday February 27th, 8pm
Where:            Havemeyer 209

With humor, hope and a piece of vinyl siding firmly in hand, Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Judith Helfand and co-director Daniel B. Gold travel from Helfand’s hometown to America’s vinyl manufacturing capital and beyond in search of answers about the nature of polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Her parents’ decision to “re-side” their house with this seemingly benign cure-all for many suburban homes turns into a toxic odyssey with twists and turns that most ordinary homeowners would never dare to take. The result is a humorous  but sobering and uniquely personal exploration of the relationship between consumers and industry in the feature-length documentary BLUE VINYL.

Filmmakers will be introducing the documentary! Please be prompt in your arrival!

Sustainability Media Lab Info Session

What:              Informational meeting for Sustainability Media Lab: How do we mainstream an idea like sustainable development?

Join the Sustainability Media Lab, a new student initiative at Columbia working to make sustainable development more accessible, relevant, and compelling across all forms of media. We’re looking for writers, journalists, researchers, filmmakers, designers, artist, web developers, social/digital strategists, and creatives from all academic backgrounds. The Sustainability Media Lab seeks to explore new ways to communicate sustainability through analysis of media behavior & content strategy.

When:              Wednesday February 27, 9:00PM
Where:            CTV Studio (Lerner 5th floor)
More info at or send questions to!

10th Annual All-Ivy Environmental and Sustainable Development Career Fair

What:              The eight Ivy League schools are teaming up once more to host the tenth anniversary of the All Ivy Environmental and Sustainable Development Career Fair on March 1, 2013! Representatives from organizations in the private, non-profit and public sectors across a multitude of industries will have the opportunity to connect with top graduate and undergraduate students.
Friday, March 1, 10:00AM-3:00PM
            Alfred Lerner Hall, Roone Arledge Auditorium

To learn more, or to register, please visit the event web site.

Spring EE Faculty-Student Lunch

What:              Please join us for our Spring EE Faculty-Student Lunch! Similar to last fall’s lunch, this event will provide an opportunity for students and faculty to chat informally about classes, careers, and more over pizza. We look forward to seeing you!
When:             Monday, March 4th – 1:00-2:00 pm
Room:             International Affairs Building, TBA

The Future of International Climate Change Policy 

What:              MA Climate and Society Lecture Series Part I
When:             Tuesday, March 5th, 1:00-2:30 PM (Lunch will be served)
            447 Lerner Hall

Featured Speakers Include:

– Dr Scott Barrett. Lenfest-Earth Institute Professor of International Resource Economics

He is a leading scholar on transnational and global challenges, ranging from climate change to disease eradication. His research focuses on how institutions like norms, customary law, resolutions, and treaties can be used to promote international cooperation. He has advised a number of international organizations, including the United Nations, the World Bank, the OECD, the European Commission, and the International Task Force on Global Public Goods. He was previously a lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and a member of the Academic Panel to the Department of Environment in the UK.

– Mr Tim Gore. International Policy Adviser on Climate Change at Oxfam International

Tim leads the development of Oxfam GB’s advocacy and research on international climate change policy, and heads the Oxfam GB policy-lobby team at the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change). His particular areas of expertise include the UNFCCC negotiations, adaptation to climate change, climate finance, carbon markets and the climate change policy and politics of the European Union.

3rd Annual New Directions in Environmental Law Conference
What: The Environmental Law School (at Columbia Law) is organizing a group to go up to Yale next Saturday, March 2, for their annual environmental law conference. More details are in the description below and on their website: If you’re interested in attending, email David ( so CU students can travel together.
When:             March 2, 2013
Where:            Yale Law School

The Yale Environmental Law Association is hosting our 3rd Annual New Directions in Environmental Law Conference on March 2, 2013, at Yale Law School.  This year´s conference, titled The Power of Voice, will be the third in our New Directions in Environmental Law Series, and we will build on the momentum we have created through the past two events.  Our 2011 foundational conference, A Climate of Possibility, featured Georgetown Law professor Lisa Heinzerling as our keynote speaker and explored the problems, challenges, and potential new directions in environmental law and policy.  Last year´s conference, [Re]Claiming Accountability, featured California Air Resources Board Chairman Mary Nichols and examined the scope and dimensions of accountability and innovative legal mechanisms for achieving it.

This year´s conference, The Power of Voice, will examine what and who motivates changes in environmental law and policy and how different actors pursue and achieve that change.  Our keynote address will be delivered by Rolling Stone investigative journalist and environmental author Jeff Goodell, and our panels and workshops will explore topics ranging from environmental law in international courts to hydraulic fracturing to human rights.

Our 2011 and 2012 conferences drew hundreds of students, practitioners, regulators, and academics who used the events as opportunities to examine and inquire about what environmental law looks like today and what environmental law will look like in the future.  We would love to hear your voice at this year´s conference and hope you will attend!

Weighing Food on the Scales of Climate Change

What:              MA Climate and Society Lecture Series Part II
:             Thursday, March 14th, 7:10PM-9:00 PM
            614 Schermerhorn

Featured Speakers Include:

Dr. Jessica Fanzo, Assistant Professor of Nutrition in the Institute of Human Nutrition and Department of Pediatrics at Columbia University Medical Center in New York.  Fanzo is an expert in international nutrition, immunology, and the promotion of biodiversity.

Meha Jain, PhD candidate at Columbia. Her research examines the effects of short-term climate variability on agricultural production in northwest India.

Molly Crossin, Hot Bread Kitchen’s Communications and Development Director. Hot Bread Kitchen is a NYC based non-profit that opens professional opportunities in the culinary industry for immigrant women and minority entrepreneurs.

Coming Up Sooner Than You Think

Columbia University Earth Summit
             The 2nd Columbia University Earth Summit: Driving Collaborative Solutions
When:             March 28th-29th
Where:            The Columbia University Faculty House

To learn more and to register for the conference go to!register/cjg9

Look for more information in next week’s newsletter!



New Posting(s)

Earth Institute Internship – Apply by Friday, March 8th
Job Title: Part Time Internship: Strategic Initiatives, Development and External Relations (2 positions)

Please find this internship opportunity at the Earth Institute below.  If you are interested, please email me at with a resume and cover letter no later than COB March 8th.  Best of luck!

Job Description: The Earth Institute seeks a part time intern to work to support the new Office of Director of Strategic Initiatives, Development and External Relations at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.  Among other assignments, the interns will conduct research that facilitates the work of the Office and draft materials for external communications.  Interns will assist with generating email updates, newsletters, correspondence, and social media content related to fundraising, communication and external relations efforts for Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.  The interns will provide support for the planning and execution of events, meetings, seminars, and special programs, which may include responsibilities such as preparing materials and providing general logistical support.

The Earth Institute at Columbia University is the world’s leading academic center for the integrated study of Earth and its environment, human society and the interaction between the two.  The Earth Institute is a consortium of more than 850 scientists, post-doctoral fellows, staff and students working in and across more than 30 Columbia University research centers and programs. Its overarching goal is to help achieve sustainable development primarily by expanding our understanding of the Earth as one integrated system. The Earth Institute works toward this goal through scientific research, education and the practical application of research for solving real-world challenges.

Requirements: a Bachelor’s degree plus two (2) years of related experience. Applicants must be full-time students at either Columbia or Barnard.

Skills Required:  The position requires excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills. The candidate must be able to work in a fast-paced environment while remaining organized and precise. The candidate must be proficient in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.  Applicants should be highly motivated, and detail oriented. A strong interest in the environment and sustainable development is preferred, but not required.

The positions are based at the Lamont campus in Palisades, NY.  A shuttle bus between the Lamont and Morningside campuses operates hourly during regular working hours.

Compensation:  $15/hour, 15-20 hours a week for the Spring semester (with potential for continuing the internship in the summer, full or part-time)


Previous Postings

Fundação Vitória Amazônica – Apply by February 28. Contact Fabiano Silva ( ) for further inquires

Program Manager, Earth Institute, Columbia University


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Lindsey Brickle
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Columbia University| School of International & Public Affairs
MA, Sustainable International Development 2010
Brandeis University, Heller School of Social Policy and Management

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