ECO Newsletter 9-9-13

September 9, 2013

On behalf of ECO, the SIPA Environmental Coalition, welcome to both incoming and returning students! This year promises to be an awesome one for ECO and environment-related events. ECO had an ambitious calendar of events last year, and is gearing up for an even busier year ahead!

This week starts a rush of events hosted by ECO and partner organizations both on and off the Columbia campus. Our first event is ECO’s first general body lunch – so come check us out! And as you are scheduling your workload, make sure to pencil in some of the great activities we’ve got coming soon. You will also find your ECO Board members flyering on the 4th floor of IAB most of the week, so come say hi, introduce yourself, or register for our upcoming events.

Interested in becoming an ECO Board Member? Check out our current opportunity in the Jobs and Internship section below.

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: Click Me


Upcoming Events By Date

Energy & Environment Conference:

Fueling Energy, Finance, and Public Service
What:             Conference to discuss Collaborative Solutions for Environmental Protection, Energy Efficiency, and Resiliency.

Speakers include: Steven Cohen, Executive Director, The Earth Institute, Columbia University; Linda Greenstein, Senator, State of New Jersey, 14th District; Robert L. Jesse, Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Health, United States Department of Veterans Affairs.

When:            Friday, Sept. 13, 9-6:30
Where:           IAB Kellogg Center, Rm. 1501

To register for the conference please go to:

Contact Pamela Vreeland for more information: 


SIPA Environmental Coalition General Body Meeting
What:            ECO invites all new and old members to lunch to get to know one another and hear about planned activities for the fall.

When:           Wednesday, Sept. 18, 1-2 PM
Where:          TBA

Energy and Environment – ECO – SEA Retreat!

What:             An awesome weekend in the outdoors with all of your energy and environment-minded friends! Students from all concentrations welcome

When:            Sat. Sept 28 – Sun. Sept. 29, 2013
Where:           Kinder Ring (bus transportation provided)
How much:   $60 (sign up during the week at ECO or SEA tables!)

ECO’s fall excursion – have your say!

New York City and its surroundings have some amazing outdoorsy activities to offer. ECO is planning to take advantage of some of said activities, but we would love your input on where you would like to go. Please click on the following link to cast your vote! Results will be shared at the General Body Meeting.


New Postings


ECO Communications Director Position

The School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) Environmental Coalition (ECO) is a student group dedicated to elevating the profile of global and local environmental issues. ECO raises awareness by offering skills-based trainings, hosting educational and social activities, and providing opportunities for advocacy through collaboration. Our goal is to spur action and engage the Columbia community in dialogues that highlight the linkages among our fields.

As Communications Director, you’ll be in charge of developing creative communication strategies and raising ECO’s visibility by spreading the word about everything going on at ECO through ECO’s listserv, website, Facebook page, Twitter handle, and other relevant channels, and by designing flyers for events. This position is for fall 2013, with the possibility of extending into 2014.

To apply: send a paragraph on your background and interest in the position to ECO President Laura Sundblad at



World Snapshot: Environmental Headlines

NASA supports soot as cause of glacier retreat in late 1880’s


New predator alert! Oh wait, it’s adorable

New Mammal
This undated handout photo provided by Mark Gurney shows a olinguito. (AP Photo/Mark Gurney)

G-20 to Phase Out Super Greenhouse Gas, Fossil Fuel Subsidies
At the G-20 summit, from left: Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta, U.S. President  Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande, back to camera, September 6, 2013 (Photo courtesy Government of Russia)

Lindsey Brickle
SIPA Environmental Coalition (ECO) Communications Director
MA, Sustainable International Development 2010
Brandeis University, Heller School of Social Policy and Management

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