ECO News, Events, Jobs and More May 6th 2013

May 6, 2013


Spring has finally sprung…at least for the moment.  Check out ECO and partners’ great line-up of events, jobs and more. This week there are some great opportunities for recent graduates and first year graduate student as well.

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Your ECO Board

And now for your moment of Zen: The Mitchell and Webb Situation – Farming (warning: explicit language)


Upcoming Events By Date

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)
Post Graduate Climate Fellowships
Several post-graduate climate fellowships available in leading companies:

Energy Policy Associate

The Pace Energy and Climate Center seeks an Energy Policy Associate to be part of our Community Energy team based in White Plains, New York, just north of New York City.  Pace’s Community Energy project brings together the latest strategies in energy efficiency, cogeneration of electricity and thermal energy for heating and cooling, distributed renewable energy, smart grid and demand response through multi-building applications and microgrids. Community microgrids can integrate energy efficiency, cogeneration, solar photovoltaic, wind, geothermal, organic waste digesters and other types of renewable energy, aswell as localized smartgrid and demand response applications. In addition to considerable gains in energy efficiency, microgrids make communities far more resilient in the face of more frequent intense storm events.

Please apply by email at
Full description is attached to email.

Previous Posting(s)


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

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

Solar Plane Aims For Coast-to-Coast U.S. Flight Without Using Fuel

The Solar Impulse plane sets off from San Francisco in the early morning hours May 3. The solar-powered plane is set to land in Phoenix very early Saturday and later make stops in four other cities.

Wind, Not Water, Formed Mound On Mars, New Analysis Suggests


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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