ECO News, Events, Jobs and More April 15th, 2013

April 15, 2013


ECO and associates are bringing you tons of great events up to and during Earth Week 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.

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Hope to see you at an event soon,
Your ECO Board

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Upcoming Events By Date

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,

Climate Discussion with

What:              Discussion with climate activists
When:             Wednesday, April 17th, 7:15PM
Room 417 in William and June Warren Hall (Amsterdam Avenue between 115th and 116th)

Description: Duncan Meisel and Jeremy Osborn from will discuss‘s work on the Keystone XL pipeline, current developments and key players in climate change action, and the legal aspects of the organization’s work. Duncan and Jeremy will also share their experiences about organizing a global climate movement.

No registration required, food will be served.

TRASHED Film Screening
What:              We buy it, we bury it, we burn it and then we ignore it. Does anyone think about what happens to all the trash we produce? We keep making things that do not break down. We have all heard these horrifying facts before, but with Jeremy Irons as our guide, we discover what happens to the billion or so tons of waste that goes unaccounted for each year. On a boat in the North Pacific he faces the reality of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and the effect of plastic waste on marine life. We learn that chlorinated dioxins and other man-made Persistent Organic Pollutants are attracted to the plastic fragments. These are eaten by fish, which absorb the toxins. We then eat the fish, accumulating more poisonous chemicals in our already burdened bodies. Meanwhile, global warming, accelerated by these emissions from landfill and incineration, is melting the ice-caps and releasing decades of these old poisons, which had been stored in the ice, back into the sea. And we learn that some of the solutions are as frightening and toxic as the problem itself.
When:             Wednesday April 18th  8:15PM – 10:00PM
Where:            IAB Room 407

108th Korean Forum: Featuring Dr. Harold HyunSuk
The Korean Graduate Students Association (KGSA) at Columbia University would like to invite you to our 108th Korea Forum, featuring Dr. Harold HyunSuk Oh, Founder, President and Chairman of the World Energy Forum (WEF) and New York Institute of Energy and Water (NYIEW). Dr. Oh will be speaking from his extraordinary experience in founding multiple international organizations.
When:                         Friday April 19th, 5pm
Davis Auditorium, Schapiro Bldg
Light Korean Food will be provided after the event

Http://  Facebook event page:

SUMASA Earth Night Film Screening of “Do the Math”
Please join SUMASA for a special film screening of “Do the Math”
When:             Sunday, April 21st at 7pm in IAB Room 403.
Where:            IAB Room 403           

In conjunction with Earth Night and, Columbia University will be one of hundreds of venues across the country showing “Do the Math” about the rising movement to change the terrifying math of the climate crisis and fight the fossil fuel industry.

Please RSVP HERE! Make sure you have your columbia ID with you to get into the building!

Join GreenHomeNYC for a special tour of the Greenhouse Project Science Laboratory at PS 333 on the Upper West Side!

What:              The Sun Works Center for Environmental Studies at the Manhattan School for Children [PS333] is the flagship Greenhouse Project Science Laboratory and serves over 700 Kindergarten through 8th grade students, in addition to training educators from around the city, the region, and the world. The greenhouse laboratory operates as an integrated part of the school’s curricula and prepares children to exceed New York City’s science standards.

Students experience science through interactive technologies such as hydroponic vegetable farming, solar panels, a rainwater catchment system, a weather station, worm composting, and a kitchen corner. Guests will be shown the rooftop greenhouse comprised of solar panels, a hydroponics growing system, a composting station, a rainwater catchment system, a weather station and an aquaponics system.
             Wednesday, April 24th , 2013, 3:45PM-5:00PM
Sun Works Center for Environmental Studies at the Manhattan School for Children
154 W 93rd Street, New York, NY 10025


China’s Environmental Movement and the Role of Investigative Journalism
China’s Environmental Movement and the Role of Investigative Journalism: A public talk by one of China’s leading investigative journalists, Liu Jianqiang
Friday, April 26th, 5:00PM – 7:30 PM
World Room, Pulitzer Hall, Columbia School of Journalism 2950 Broadway (at 116th Street)

In English. Open to all.

 Talking about the Plateau (In Chinese Only)
Talking about the Plateau: A Roundtable Discussion led by Liu Jianqiang, Nyima Tashi, Gao Yufang & Gelek Pasang
Saturday, April 27th, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Liu Jianqiang, formerly a senior investigative reporter with Southern Weekend, China’s most influential investigative newspaper, is Beijing Editor of, an online bilingual forum on environment in China. He is known for his exposés of the controversial Tiger Leaping Gorge dams in southern Yunnan, genetically modified rice, and the Summer Palace Lake Reconstruction Project, all of which led to shifts in government policy. He has been featured in the Wall St Journal and the book China Ink and is a visiting scholar at Berkeley. His books include Heavenly Gems – a Tibetan Legend (2009) and The Last Raft on the Jinsha River (2012).

Presented by The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism & the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, with Greater China Initiative, the Asia Pacific Affairs Council, Modern Tibetan Studies & SIPA Environmental Coalition. Breakfast & lunch provided.

***In Chinese only.

 To apply, register at

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

MIT’s Climate CoLab: Your ideas can help combat climate change, and you might win $10,000

At MIT’s Climate CoLab you can work with people from all over the world to develop ideas for what we can actually do about climate change.

If you submit one of the winning ideas, you’ll be able to present it to the media, government officials, business executives, and scientists at an MIT conference on September 17-18, where a grand prize of $10,000 will be awarded. Even if you don’t have new ideas yourself, you can help improve other people’s ideas and support the ones you find most promising. Current contests address low-carbon energy, building efficiency, adaptation, geoengineering, and many other topics. Entries are due May 31.Can crowdsourcing save the planet? Join the crowd and find out at

If you have any questions, please contact Katie Walsh, (Tufts Urban Planning/Fletcher School Law and Diplomacy ’13) serving as a fellow for the urban adaptation contest:

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)

Connecticut Community Conservation Crew Leaders (seasonal)  Student Conservation Association
The Student Conservation Association (SCA), America’s #1 conservation service organization seeks two qualified applicants to lead, educate, and inspire high school students for the Connecticut Summer Crew Programs.
Stamford / Norwalk / Greenwich / New Haven / Bridgeport, CT

Co-lead, mentor and coach a crew of 10 students, ages 15-19, while completing various conservation service projects designed to build an ethic of community and environmental stewardship. Projects include a range of activities such as trail and park maintenance, habitat restoration, revitalization of abandoned urban properties or to urban agriculture and run for 5-6 weeks at a time. In addition, leaders will facilitate pre- and post- program planning which includes crew training, environmental education and reporting.
Check out for more information.

Program Dates July 1st-August 23rd 2013

Junior Consultant / Green Marketing Assistant J. Ottman Consulting, Inc.
We are consumer product mavens and marketers who are fueled by a passion to prevent waste and a profound respect for natural resources. We see opportunities for businesses to become leaders in their industry through the power of eco-innovation and credible green marketing.

We help our clients to meet their consumers’ needs sustainably by: identifying areas of strategic opportunity; generating concepts for new “greener” products, services and business models; strategically positioning products in the marketplace, and via thought-leadership, workshops and trainings.

Previous Posting(s)

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:

World Snapshot: Environmental Headlines

How Fast is Global Climate Changing?  By, Christopher Joyce, NPR

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Worst pollution this year envelops Hong Kong
By, Grace Li

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Better Batteries from Waste Sulfur
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University of Arizona (2013, April 14).
Better batteries from waste sulfur. ScienceDaily.
A University of Arizona-led research team has discovered a simple process for making a new lightweight plastic from the inexpensive and abundant element sulfur. The petri dish on the left contains the plastic. The yellow powder on the right is sulfur. The team has already made a lithium-sulfur battery — the type of next- generation battery that is lighter and cheaper than those currently used in electric and hybrid cars. (Credit: Jared Griebel/ Pyun lab, University of Arizona department of chemistry and biochemistry.)


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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