ECO News, Events, Jobs and More September 23, 2013

September 23, 2013

Happy Monday ECO members and fans. We hope everybody had a fabulous weekend. (Almost) Fall is a beautiful time to be in NYC – So get outside and check out what the city has to offer. The Energy and Environment – ECO – SEA Retreat is a great way opportunity to spend the weekend outdoors with environmentally minded friends and peers.


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! Vote by September 26th!

Interested in becoming an ECO Board Member? Check out our current opportunity in the Jobs and Internship section below (Apply by September 26th)

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 ZenFor World’s Oddest-Looking Antelope, Signs of a Comeback

Upcoming Events By Date

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

Do you want to make a profound difference on global poverty and climate change?
What: A book talk with Sam Daley-Harris, author, activist and founder of Results Global Microfinance Campaign and Citizen Climate Lobby on the 20th anniversary edition of his book Reclaiming Our Democracy.
When: Thursday, September 26th, 2013, 6:00-7:30 pm
Where: Earl Hall, Auditorium
Sponsor: Columbia’s Advisory Committee on Socially Responsible Investing, Economic and Political Development Concentration, Management Concentration

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!)

Columbia Business School Social Enterprise Conference
What: “Engaging Customers and Clients in Social Change”
When: October 4, 2013
Description: This year’s conference brings together business leaders from the private, nonprofit and public sectors as well as students and academics to explore innovative ways to create social value through business. Members of the SIPA Environmental Coalition will be very interested in many of the conference’s sessions. There will be the opportunity to interact with Jacques-Philippe Piverger and John Salzinger of MPOWERD, creators of the Luci solar lantern. The “Overcoming Barriers to Corporate Change” session will focus on global companies dedicated to improving and enacting sustainability practices. Finally, the Social Venture Pitch Competition will feature Tommy Mitchell, founder of Green Barrel Energy, a social enterprise dedicated to providing portable solar energy for charging devices like cell phones.


Swedish American Chamber of Commerce Annual Green Summit on Sustainability and the Food Chain
What: SIPA has secured six tickets for students for the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce Green Summit featuring Johan Rockstrom, Jeff Sachs and a host of leading sustainability experts. Princess Madeleine of Sweden will be there too! For more info, see pages 3-4 of the attached document. *Note that the gala dinner is not open to students, unless you are willing to pay for a $495 ticket.
When: October 23, 8:00AM – 4:00PM
Where. 399 Park Avenue (Citi)
To Register: Email Laura Sundblad ( by Thursday, Sept. 26 expressing your interest. 


New Postings

Mayor’s Carbon Challenge Intern – Deadline to apply is September 30, 2013
The New York City Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability (OLTPS) is responsible for developing and implementing the initiatives outlined in PlaNYC, the City’s comprehensive sustainability plan released in 2007. OLTPS seeks an intern to assist with the Mayor’s Carbon Challenge, a voluntary program for universities, hospitals, commercial offices, and multifamily buildings in New York City to voluntarily reduce their building-based greenhouse gas emissions by 30% or more in ten years. Internship responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:
-Overall support for the Mayor’s Carbon Challenge to universities, hospitals, and commercial offices, including research, writing, data compilation and analysis, project management, participant outreach, and meeting planning
-General assistance with the expansion of the Mayor’s Carbon Challenge program for multifamily buildings
-Marketing and promotion of the Mayor’s Carbon Challenge through press events, online case studies, and social media outreach.

Required Skills: Applicants must have a proven record demonstrating management, analytical, leadership, and communication skills. Proficiency in Microsoft Excel is required; InDesign or other graphic design skills are preferred. Experience related to green buildings and energy efficiency a plus, but not required. 

Position Details: Expected working hours are equivalent to one and a half to two full working days a week (12-15 hours). The New York City Mayor’s Office internships are unpaid positions. To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to

Previous Postings

ECO Communications Director Position – Apply by September 26th, 2013

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

Powerful typhoon kills 20 in southern China, swipes Hong Kong

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Shark overfishing hurts coral reefs
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Russia Seizes Greenpeace Ship and Crew for Investigation
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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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