ECO Events, News, Jobs and More March 25, 2013

March 25, 2013


Welcome back to reality! We hope everyone had a wonderful Spring Break and made it back safely from our respective corners of the globe. HUGE events on this week!!

The 2nd Columbia University Earth Summit: Driving Collaborative Solutions is this Friday, March 29th. There are more than 30 speakers lined up for this year’s summit, and working lunches are almost sold out. Act now – don’t miss out on your chance to take part in this incredible event!

To learn more about this event check out the event listing below or to register for the conference go to!register/cjg9

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.

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:  Help save energy, naked.

Upcoming Events By Date

Climate Group Brown Bag – Lunch Provided

What:              Join the SIPA Environmental Coalition (ECO) for lunch with Evan Juska, Head of US Policy of The Climate Group.

When:                         Wednesday, March 27, 1PM – 2PM

Where:            Room 324 (on the same floor as Lehman library, next to the elevators)

Lunch (not pizza!) will be served, no registration required.

Evan Juska is Head of US Policy at The Climate Group where he leads the organization’s US policy research and initiatives. Based in New York City, his current work includes engaging financial institutions on the policies and financing mechanisms needed to scale up clean technologies. Evan will be discussing the climate agenda for President Obama’s second term as well as job prospects in the climate policy field.

Panel Discussion 
What:              Alternative Energy in Obama’s Second Term: Proposals and Predictions
When:             March 27, 2013 

Time:  6PM – 8PM
Where:            NYU Stern / Social Enterprise Association, Kaufman Management Center
44 West 4th Street NYC NY – 11th Floor Conference Room 11-185

Panelists: Russell Tencer, CEO, Wind Analytics; David Roe, VP Energy Solutions at Hess; Cai Steger, Energy Policy Analyst, National Resources Defense Council; Anthony Fiore, Director, Office of Energy, NYC Department of Environmental Protection; Ricardo Gotla, Legislative Director, New York League Of Conservation Voters; Invited: Shaun Chapman, Deputy Director of Government Affairs, SolarCity

Topic:  Alternative Energy in Obama’s Second Term: Proposals and Predictions

In February’s State of the Union address, President Obama called for renewed efforts to advance alternative energy. He urged Congress to “pursue a bipartisan, market based solution to climate change” and to develop “every available source of American energy.” For Obama, this includes wind and solar power as well as fossil fuel reserves; namely, a clean energy standard where utilities would be required to obtain 80% of their power from non-petroleum and coal sources by 2035…

There’s plenty of room for debate around America’s energy future. Is expanded gas drilling and use truly a transition step toward a carbon-free future? What measures will be taken to increase wind and solar production and drive down costs? Has the natural gas boom hindered the spread of alternative energy? Will the EPA be directed to regulate greenhouse gas emissions? Will the Energy Security Trust receive Congressional approval, and if it does, will it be effective? Which states are best positioned to receive energy efficiency funding?

Columbia University Earth Summit
             The 2nd Columbia University Earth Summit: Driving Collaborative Solutions
When:             March 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

Columbia University Aquanauts: Make Your Water Mark
            An event to discuss student involvement in global water challenges
When:             Friday, April 5th
Where:           501 Northwest Corner Building

If you are interested in sharing a personal narrative about a global water experience you had, contact the Aquanauts. The Columbia University Aquanauts are bringing together interdisciplinary students and water professionals to discuss how we are interconnected globally through our water use. During the first section of the event, students will share personal narratives about water challenges they have faced globally. Students may speak to the audience as individuals or in small groups.

Please contact for more information on the event or to inquire about speaking

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)

Paid internship opportunity: Business and Industry at World Wildlife Foundation.
Please follow the link below for details and application instructions. Deadline to apply March 31.


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 Posting(s)

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

A new form of paintable electronics could lead to cheaper and greener gadgets.

Paintable Electronics

New Pope talks about the environment


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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