ECO News, Events, Jobs and More April 29th

April 29, 2013


What a week we had for Earth Week last week! But don’t worry, with ECO, you can celebrate the Earth every week!
Applications for next year’s Earth Summit team are now open! Join a stellar team in running the premier annual student-run environmental conference at Columbia University. Please submit your resume and a brief statement of interest to by May 1. You can find more information 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.      *Follow ECO on Facebook and Twitter*

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

And now for your moment of Zen: Iranian Scientist Claims to Have Built “Time Machine”

Upcoming Events By Date

Human Rights Watch Group Meeting

What:              ECO members are welcome to join our human rights friends at the End of Semester HRWG meeting!

The Human Rights Working Group will wrap up the semester with Human Rights Trivia, delicious Ethiopian food and drinks. So come show off your knowledge, eat, drink and be merry!
When:             Monday, April 29, 8:15PM
Where:                        IAB 1219

Workshop: Navigating Your Way to the Top
Women In Energy, the Gender Policy Working Group, SIPA Women in Leadership and the Office of Career Services invite you to an interactive discussion on leadership. Non-profit powerhouse Laurie Sprayregen and SIPA Alumna, IBM Vice President Julia Kennedy will share their experiences about charting a path to leadership in the public and private sectors. Issues like timing, mentoring, and pitfalls along the way will be discussed, and there will be ample time for questions.
When:             Tuesday, April 30, 2013 1:00-2:00 PM
Where:            IAB 1512

Register now on SIPALink!

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

Patagonia Launch Party
The Vertical: A Launch Party with Patagonia’s Jeff Johnson
When:             Thursday, May 2nd 7:00PM
Where:            414 W 14th Street
Free beer and an opportunity to meet Patagonia writer/photographer Jeff Johnson at their Meatpacking District location.

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)

Earth Summit Team  – Deadline May 1st

Applications for next year’s Earth Summit team are now open! Join a stellar team in running the premier annual student-run environmental conference at Columbia University. Please submit your resume and a brief statement of interest to by May 1. You can find more information at

Compensated summer internship at Verified Carbon Standard Association (VCSA), Washington DC: Application Deadling May 17, 2013


Previous Posting(s)

Brazil Finance / Agriculture Consultant
FOREST TRENDS (FT) is an international not-for-profit forest conservation organization based in Washington, D.C., that works to achieve sustainable forest management and conservation by capturing market values for ecosystem services; supporting innovative projects and companies that are developing these new markets; and enhancing the livelihoods of local communities living in and around those forests.

Skills and Qualifications.

·      Practical experience in structuring deals (banking or legal background) and/or practical experience supporting agricultural lending or administering government incentive programs

·      Experience with natural resource and land-based financial modeling related to the above

·      Experience employing or designing financial and/or risk mitigation mechanisms

·      Experience working on public-private partnerships

·      MBA or equivalent plus 3 years of experience in banking or legal (project finance)

·      Demonstrated experience working in a team to deliver outcome-based results under tight deadline

·      English and Portuguese fluency a must

Time Commitment: 3 months; possible opportunity for extension of assignment.

Location: Brazil
Please send resume & letter of interest to as soon as possible

Earth Institute Internships
The Earth Institute, Columbia University, is pleased to offer seven internships this summer with units and centers throughout the Institute.  All full time Columbia and Barnard students may apply to the following positions:

1. CRED Outreach Administration, Data Management, and General Clerical Internship
2. Supporting the Millennium Cities Initiative
3. One Million Community Health Workers
4. Dynamical Systems Theory (DST) Clearing House
5. Climate Adaptation Webpage Construction
6. Climate Sensitivity in Low Latitudes
7. Communications and Outreach for Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy (LCSE)

Interns through the Earth Institute will be paid $15/hr for up to 35 hours per week for 12 weeks.  For more information on these positions and to apply, please click HERE.

The deadline to apply is 11:30PM on May 12

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.

World Snapshot: Environmental Headlines

Ready (or Not?) for a Great Coming Shale Boom

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Plants slow climate change by forming cloud sunshade: study

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Aspen trees in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest in Idaho are seen in this undated photograph.
Photo: U.S. Forest Service/Handout


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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