ECO News, Events, Jobs and More 09-16-13

September 16, 2013

As our semester gears up, there will be a rush of events you do not want to miss! Check out the events and information ECO will bring you every week! Do not miss out on our first General Body Meeting on Wednesday, September 18th!

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

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.

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 ZenRecycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours – or the equivalent of a half-gallon of gasoline. OR You could use a reusable cup…


Upcoming Events By Date

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

2013 C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium
What:                        The goal of the symposium is to provide women in clean energy with a range of perspectives, analysis and data on clean energy challenges and opportunities. It also provides a forum for informal networking. It is our hope that the Symposium will help build a sustained, national and international community of professionals dedicated to advancing the careers and goals of women in clean energy.
When:            September 19-20, 2013
Where:          Cambridge, MA

Registration is free.

More information:
Or email:


Women & Sustainability: Pathways to the Private Sector
What:             Join Women & Sustainability for our first panel event of the semester, Pathways to the Private Sector! Meet and greet will begin at 7pm. Begin networking with our speakers and fellow Women & Sustainability members! Light refreshments will be served!
When:            Tuesday, September 24th, 2013 at 8pm
Where:          TBD
RSVP here to attend: RSVP HERE


Green Drinks NYC
What:             Join Green Drinks NYC in partnership with The Moderns
for our SPARK Speaker Series Featuring renowned Green PR Guru Nancy Trent. Hosted by Paul E. McGinniss
When:            Tuesday, September 24th, 2013 6:30-8:30pm
Where:          The Moderns,
900 Broadway, Suite 202


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!)



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

USDA weighing what to do in case of GMO alfalfa contamination

Alfalfa is the fourth-widest grown crop in the United States. (Credit: Public domain)


In a sign of reforms to come, newcomers snap at heels of Japan’s utilities

File photo of workers of Kansai Electric Power Co's Ohi nuclear power plant monitoring the restart of the No. 3 unit in Ohi

Death toll rises in Colorado floods with another feared deadAn aerial view of vehicles submerged in flood waters along the Sough Platte River near Greenley
An aerial view of vehicles submerged in flood waters along the South Platte River near Greenley, Colorado September 14, 2013. Photo: John Wark


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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