ECO News, Events, Jobs and More April 8, 2013

April 8, 2013


With Earth Summit right on our heels, we are looking forward to a great line up of Earth Week events in April. Come celebrate Earth Day during Columbia University “Earth Week” from April 22nd – 26th, hosted by EcoReps! Each day, groups from Columbia and Barnard will be hosting exciting events such as movie screenings, community gardening, speakers, and more. On Friday the 26th, make sure to check out our culminating event GreenFest on Lehman Lawn for free food, eco-themed carnival games with prizes, performances and more! Check out the Facebook page for more info at!

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 (not quite) Zen: Getting out of quicksand

Upcoming Events By Date

SIPA Waste Audit from 1-3 on April 10th – 4th Floor IAB
Come join us sort through trash or see how well/or poorly SIPA recycles!!
Waste Audit targeting water bottles and coffee cup waste, so we can use the data to encourage use of reusable mugs.
When:             Wednesday, April 10th, 2013  1:00PM-3:00PM
Where:            IAB 4th Floor

Eurasian Pipelines – Road to Peace, Development and Interdependencies?

What:              The Seventh Annual Colloquium: “Geo-Eco Politics, Eurasian Energy and (elusive) Transparency”
When:             Tuesday, April 16th, 8:30AM-6:00PM  
Where:            Room 1501

Confirmed speakers include Jalil Jumriany, Director General, Ministry of Mines, Afghanistan; Andrey Konoplyanik, Adviser, Gazprom Export; Steve LeVine, author of “Oil and Glory”; Ekpen Omonbude, Commonwealth Secretariat and author of “Cross-border Oil and Gas Pipelines and the Role of the Transit Country; ” David Onoprishvili, Chairman, Budget and Finance Committee, Parliament, Georgia; and other experts, public officials and scholars from around the world, including Azerbaijan, Canada, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, Russia, Turkey and UK.

For more information contact Professor Jenik Radon,

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:

Jobs/Internships/Volunteer Opportunities

New Posting(s)
What: Volunteer opportunity at NYC Green Festival
When: April 19-21, 2013!
More info:
Be a Green Festival Volunteer! You’ll meet new people, have fun and support a great cause! Volunteers are a critical part of the Green Festival! The event would not be possible without you.As a member of our amazing volunteer team at Green Festival, you are an essential part of the nation’s leading sustainability event educating and activating people to make choices for a just and sustainable world.Get a behind-the-scenes Green Festival experience and enjoy volunteer perks- get free admission all weekend, volunteer t-shirt, and access to the GreenFestival Volunteer Lounge! Sign up to volunteer – contact:
For more information please visit:

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:

World Snapshot: Environmental Headlines

Japan’s Tepco may run out of space for radioactive water
Aerial view shows Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture
An aerial view shows Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s (TEPCO) tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture March 11, 2013. Credit: Reuters/Kyodo

Shale-rich Spanish region to vote to ban fracking


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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