ECO Newsletter March 11, 2013

March 11, 2013


We hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. Don’t forget that Early Bird Registration is now open for the 2nd Columbia University Earth Summit: Driving Collaborative Solutions. Register by Friday and receive a discounted fee. To learn more about this event check out the event listing below or to register for the conference go to!register/cjg9

Since many of you are planning to attend Earth Summit, the volunteer time slots are relatively short so that you have ample time to enjoy the rest of the conference. Volunteer activities include: mic-passing for questions during panels, curating thematic working lunches, staffing the VIP room, addressing technology needs, checking in registrants and speakers, addressing speaker needs, and in general being available for any questions participants may have.

If you are interested in volunteering, please email Claire at or Kelsie at with your first and second choice time slots. We will do our best to accommodate your preferences. Keep in mind, you will need to attend the Volunteer Meeting on Wednesday, March 27th at 8pm.

7:30am – 9:30am
9:15am – 10:45am
10:45am – 12:30pm
12:00pm – 1:45pm
1:30pm – 3:30pm
3:30pm – 5:30pm
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Come visit ECO’s table in IAB 4th floor to meet some of the board members or participate in our amazing raffle to benefit the Earth Summit. Prizes include:

  • 7 inch Android Tablet
  • HP Smart Camera
  • $100 Gift Certificate to Che Bella
  • $150 to Great Jones Spa
  • $30 Starbucks Gift Certificate
  • $25 Book Culture Gift Certificate
  • $75 Gift Certificate Maria Bonita
  • $25 Gift Certificate to 5 Guys
  • $50 Grandaisy Bakery Gift Certificate
  • Papersource Card-making Class for 4-6 people
  • $25 Pinkberry Gift certificate
  • $35 University Housewares/Columbia Hardware Gift Certificate
  • 12 Year old bottle of Glenlivet

Tickets are $2.50 each or 5 for $10.00

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

And now for your moment of Zen: 20 Pictures That Will Make You Feel Happy

Upcoming Events By Date

Weighing Food on the Scales of Climate Change

What:              MA Climate and Society Lecture Series Part II
When:             Thursday, March 14th, 7:10PM-9:00 PM
Where:            313 Fayerweather

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.

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

To register for the conference go to!register/cjg9

The 2nd Columbia University Earth Summit, Driving Collaborative Solutions, will bring business and social leaders together with academics and students to foster the new leadership required by today’s complex world. This one-day event will take place on Friday, March 29, 2013, at the iconic Columbia University Faculty House in New York City. We are honored to open the day with the renowned economist and senior UN advisor, Jeffrey Sachs, who will give a sobering account of the challenges that face humanity, followed by panel discussions with leaders and distinguished Columbia faculty. This year’s Earth Summit also features dynamic and interactive sessions, such as an Idea Lab and a Social Venture Challenge hosted by The Resolution Project in collaboration with The Earth Institute’s Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development, and will end with a networking reception.

While the question of Climate Change is still being discussed, for the vast majority of the population living in rapidly changing circumstances, the debate is over. Climate change is real, and it is here to stay. Climate, along with equally important drivers—such as overpopulation and economic growth—force us to confront an uncomfortable question: are we prepared for the challenge?

At this year’s Earth Summit, 300 participants will exchange insights, mobilize solutions, and collaborate on future risks and opportunities. Especially in light of the recent destruction wreaked by Hurricane Sandy, this year’s Earth Summit will focus on driving collaborative solutions that reach across traditional barriers to form inspiring partnerships. It is no longer enough to merely discuss the challenges confronting us; March 29 will be a day to showcase the human ingenuity happening at Columbia University and throughout New York City.

On behalf of Columbia University, we are pleased to invite you to The 2nd Columbia University Earth Summit. We look forward to welcoming you to engage in creating bold ideas with an exceptionally diverse group of leaders this year. Together, we can find the solutions that make our world a better place for future generations.

Sustainable Perspectives Symposium: The Systems Approach

What:              SUMASA is proud to present it’s major student-run event – SPER’2013 Sustainable Perspectives Symposium: The System Approach In order to develop viable solutions to the problems facing our global society, we need to understand how to think sustainably — and systematically. SPER’2013 will include a half-day symposium of dynamic speakers across many industries, workshops, and a panel discussion that will all provide a first-hand look at applied systems thinking. Keynote speaker, Elizabeth Thompson of the Buckminster Fuller Institute, will unpack the core concepts of systems thinking and how they can be implemented to solutions for climate change, environmental degradation, and economic instability. An interactive workshop will explore previous winners of the BFI’s Challenge and provide a first-hand look at applied systems thinking. Read about speakers and how to RSVP:

When:             March 30, 2013 at 9:30 AM
Where:            Low Memorial Library Rotunda, Morningside Heights Campus, Columbia


Eco Cuba Network Environmental Protection & Sustainable Development Research Trip
This Cuba research program takes place during the
IX International Conference on the Environment and Development. Research program includes urban and rural site visits in Havana and western Cuba
When:             July 5th–14th, 2013
Where:            Cuba

To learn more or register go to:


New Posting(s)

Summer 2013 Environmental Science and Policy TA position for “Earth Systems and Environmental Politics, Policy and Management”                     

The Masters in Public Administration (MPA) program in Environmental Science
and Policy (ESP) at Columbia University is seeking a Teaching Assistant (TA) for
summer 2013 (May 28 – August 16) for “Earth Systems and Environmental Politics,
Policy, and Management” (ENVPU6241_001_2013_2). This course is designed to
guide students interested in policy and management towards an understanding of
how environmental policies are devised, implemented, and evaluated. It combines
lecture with discussion sections and class debates. The class meets each Wednesday for 12 weeks. Preferred applicants will have an interest in and experience with environmental policy and solid writing skills.

Requirements include that you:

 Must be an enrolled CU graduate student
Attend all lectures (W 01:00P-03:00P), do class readings, hold office hours, and meet each week with me to prepare and review the following week’s material
keep records of assignments/ discussion posts/ participation assess assignments
help with other aspects that may arise

For more information on the MPA program see:

Please email Sara Tjossem a cover letter stating your interest, your resume, and a brief writing sample as soon as possible, but by 10 April 2013. Interviews will be conducted thereafter. Compensation will be $5000.


Previous Postings

EKO Asset Management Partners (2 positions)
Carbon Market Internship (Spring and Summer 2013)

Natural Infrastructure Innovative Financing Lab Internship (Summer 2013)

To Apply: Please submit a resume along with a short cover letter expressing your interest to Nathan Ranney (


World Snapshot: Environmental Headlines

Judge tosses out NYC’s planned ban on sugary drinks


Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Greenland adds nutrient to ocean in side-effect of thaw: study

Icebergs float in the calm waters of a fjord, south of Tasiilaq in eastern Greenland

Icebergs float in the calm waters of a fjord, south of Tasiilaq in eastern Greenland August 4, 2009.
Credit: Reuters/Bob Strong

Lindsey Brickle
SIPA Environmental Coalition (ECO) Communications Director
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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