ECO Events, News, Jobs and More April 1st

April 1, 2013


Happy April Fool’s Day! We hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. Did you attend the 2nd Columbia University Earth Summit: Driving Collaborative Solutions this past Friday, March 29th? If so, we would like to hear from you. Visit to submit your comments and feedback.

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.

For those of you who purchased raffle tickets from ECO to benefit the Earth Summit, winners will be contacted this week to collect their prizes.

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Hope to see you at an event soon,

Your ECO Board

And now for your moment of Zen: Google Nose Beta

Upcoming Events By Date

Hydraulic Fracking-A Discussion with Professor Klaus Lackner

What:              Discussion on Hydraulic Fracking with Question and Answer Session to follow
When:             Monday, April 1st, 2013 at 7:00 PM
Where:            IAB 1512

Lackner joined the faculty of Columbia University in 2001 and is now the Ewing-Worzel Professor of Geophysics in the Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering. He directs the Earth Institute’s Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy and is a member of the Earth Institute Faculty…


Columbia Business School: Spark Workshop – Donnel Baird ’13, BlocPower
Discussion on Hydraulic Fracking with Question and Answer Session to follow
Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013 6:30-7:30PM
Warren Hall, Room 209, 1125 Amsterdam Avenue, between 115th and 116th Street
with reception to follow
Please register

Area: Poverty Alleviation & Economic Development
The Innovation: BlocPower markets and finances solar and energy efficiency retrofits to churches, schools, nonprofits and small businesses in America’s underserved communities–and hires local low income people to do it. BlocPower’s online platform connects philanthropic investors to project microfinance opportunities.
Session Questions: During this workshop I would like attendees to provide feedback and withering criticism on the theory of BlocPower’s online crowdsourced investment platform as well as BlocPower’s microfinance risk model. Does that make sense? We want to learn how to do for energy efficiency what and Kiva have done for public education and microfinance respectively. I would also like help around thinking about subprime energy efficiency lending

Context America
Context America Info Session
When:             Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013  1:00PM-2:00PM
Where:            IAB 411
Context is a corporate sustainability consultancy founded in 1997 with offices in London, Los Angeles and New York. Context helps its global clients understand sustainability and profit from it – by developing leading sustainability strategies and compelling communications. Our practice areas span strategy, reporting, sustainability communications, sustainability and brands, external engagement, responsible investor relations, employee communications and training and event facilitation.

Please join SIPA alumnus Derek Sylvan, a Senior Consultant at Context America, to learn about summer internship and other opportunities at the firm.
To register:

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

Gender, Rio+20, and the Post-2015 Development Agenda
Eleanor Blomstrom, from Women’s Environment and Development Organization will be speaking on “Gender, Rio+20, and the Post-2015 Development Agenda”.  Eleanor is a SIPA grad and coordinates programs on sustainable development and climate change for WEDO.  A (non-pizza) lunch will be served.
When:             April 15th, 2013   12:30-2:00PM
Where:            IAB 1302

Global Mayors Forum
What:              International Global Mayor’s Forum. The Keynote speaker will be Mayor Park Wan-su of Changwon, South Korea. Mayor Park has focused on sustainability projects in Changwon, a major industrial city, including creating a public bicycle rental system, which he will discuss in his talk. Refreshments will be served.
When:             Tuesday, April 30th,  4:00-5:30PM
Where:            IAB 1501
Register for the event here

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:


Previous Posting(s)
Summer 2013 Environmental Science and Policy TA position for “Earth Systems and Environmental Politics, Policy and Management”
Apply by April 10th
For more information on the MPA program see:

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

After CIDA demise, Canada withdraws from UNCCD By Jenny Lei Ravelo, DEVEX
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Dried land. Canada has decided to withdraw its membership from a U.N. convention for advancing drought management policies. Photo by: Lighttruth / CC BY-NC


New Models Predict Drastically Greener Arctic in Coming Decades

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This set of images shows the observed distribution of Arctic vegetation (left) in relation to the predicted distribution of vegetation under a climate warming scenario for the 2050s (right). Data used to generate the observed image are from the Circumpolar Arctic Vegetation Map (2003). (Credit: AMNH/R. Pearson)

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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