ECO News, Events, Jobs and More October 7, 2013


October 7, 2013

Happy Monday ECO members and fans. We hope you had a fabulous weekend. This week, ECO welcomes two new board members! Steven Engler is the new Director of Communications, and Esther Lee is the new Director of Membership and Development. Welcome Steven and Esther! And a huge thank you to Lindsey Brickle, who has been an extraordinary Director of Communications for ECO for the past 10 months.

Brooklyn Urban Grange Rooftop Farm wins most votes from ECO members! Stay tuned for details on the upcoming trip.

Did you catch Klaus Lackner’s fracking Q&A over the spring? An ECO member is interested in a follow-up visit to Prof. Lackner’s experiments over at Engineering. We are gauging interest; if you are interested, please take two seconds to fill in the poll linked here. 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

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Hope to see you at an event soon,

Your ECO Board

And now for your moment of ZenVideo – Deer thinks it’s a sheep.


Innovations in Climate Adaptation: Through the Lens of Cities
What: Climate change is placing increasing strain on the infrastructure and resources of cities around the world. Rising sea levels, increases in heat waves, and more frequent and intense weather events demand broad adaptation initiatives and new attention to long-term resilience. As home to more than half of the world’s population, cities are becoming the first responders to climate change and are taking a leadership role in addressing its impacts. This panel will discuss adaptation initiatives being implemented in cities around the world, and New York’s role within this global movement.
When: Monday, October 7, 2013. 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Where: New York City Bar Association, 42 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036

Moderator: Michael B. Gerrard, Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice and Director, Center of Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School
Speakers: Amy Davidsen, Executive Director, US, The Climate Group; Radley M. Horton, Associate Research Scientist, Center for Climate Systems Research, Columbia University; Cristina Rumbaitis del Rio, Senior Associate Director, The Rockefeller Foundation; Elliott Sclar, Professor of Urban Planning, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and Professor of International Affairs, School of International and Public Affairs Director, Center for Sustainable Urban Development, The Earth Institute The event is FREE, but registration is appreciated:

Green Drinks at Revision Lounge
What: Join Green Drinks NYC for a lively evening of mixing, networking and recycling – HALLOWEEN STYLE! Wear or bring old Halloween costumes to recycle and admission is free!
When: October 8th, 6-9 pm
15 dollars to enter, register here:

Climate Action Awards in Williamsburg
What: Ticket includes entrance to Climate Action Awards party with drinks, music, and fun.
When: October 8th, 6.30 pm
To register and details:

One Acre Fund Information Session
What: What: Please join Barrett Prinz, Chief People Officer, to hear about how to get a job in the field of international development and learn about one of the world’s most innovative social start-ups.
When: Wednesday, October 9, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Room 411, IAB
Dress: Business casual attire

More information: One Acre Fund helps subsistence farmers in Africa double their income by delivering a market-based bundle of services. Started in 2006, we now serve 135,000 families with 1400 local staff. We have private-sector-style roles with strong career development, based in the field in Africa for candidates with professional experience.
Please register on SIPAlink, click here.

Earth Institute Student Initiatives Support Program – Application Deadline Oct. 10
What: In an effort to better support students in their efforts to raise awareness about sustainability on campus, the Earth Institute is pleased to announce the availability of funding for the new Student Initiatives Support Program. We are now offering grants of up to $250 each semester to support students who wish to host conferences, panels and other events at Columbia University that relate to the work of the Earth Institute.
When: Apply by October 10th

To apply for these funds, please click here.  Your application will be assessed by a committee of Earth Institute staff, based on the following criteria:
Relevance of the proposed event to the Earth Institute’s mission
Clarity of the initiative’s objectives and outputs
Budget showing all anticipated costs and other funding sources
Faculty support (i.e. do you have an academic adviser for content development?)

If you have any questions about this program, please contact Nathan Rudder at or click here.

Earth Institute Travel Grant Program – Deadline October 18th

What: The Earth Institute, Columbia University, allocates funding to support travel for current Columbia University students who are engaged in research projects dealing with issues of sustainable development and the environment. The Earth Institute’s travel grant program provides students with the opportunity to build on their academic work for their degree programs and apply their knowledge to real-world situations by traveling overseas to conduct original fieldwork research. Awardees must use the money to cover the cost of travel for research being conducted for a course that helps them meet specific degree requirements at Columbia University.
When: Applications are due by 11:30PM on October 18.

The travel grant program, which is offered once per semester, funds individuals rather than projects, and the maximum travel grant award is up to $750 per person. Each member of a research team may apply individually for funding, and there is no limit on the number of people who may apply from any one project group. Qualified applicants must submit a detailed budget, cover letter resume and a letter of endorsement from a faculty member online.

For more information please click here or email Nathan Rudder at

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.

Book Talk with Bill Hewitt
What: Bill Hewitt: A Newer World – Politics, Money, Technology, and What’s Really Being Done to Solve the Climate Crisis
When: Thursday, October 24th at 7:00 PM
Where: Book Culture, 536 W 112th Street
More info:  The book contains material from interviews with Columbia University community members, Michael Gerrard and Gavin Schmidt.  It has endorsements from Bill McKibben and Elizabeth Kolbert and a number of positive reviews including from the American Library Association.  More about these  here.

The Green Program
What: The GREEN Program is a short-term experience which combines hands-on education, adventure, service learning, cultural immersion and global networking to create an unparalleled learning experience in Iceland & Costa Rica. This program becomes a launchpad for the future innovative leaders of tomorrow.
When and Where:
Costa Rica 12 days Summer and Winter, 9 days SpringFive forms of renewable energy, action-packed adventures, cultural immersion, memories for a lifetime all in paradise.
Iceland 10 days Summer, 8 days Winter and Spring – Noted as the greenest country in the world, Iceland is an untapped reserve of energy and adventure. We have partnered with Reykjavík University’s Renewable Energy and Sustainability Master’s Program (REYST) and the School of Science and Engineering to provide quality insight into the industry from the leading innovators.

More Details: Upon completion of the GREEN program you will receive:
-Experiential Education visiting several renewable energy facilities
-Service Learning through community service projects in impoverished areas
-Adventures such as surfing, glacier & jungle hiking or tectonic plate snorkeling
-Cultural Immersion in local indigenous tribes, eco-lodges or animal rehabilitation reserves
-Entrepreneurial inspiration developing your own green venture
-Access to our alumni network with job opportunities and industry connections
-Custom letters of recommendation based on your capstone project
-Transferable academic credit awarded by Reykjavik University

For more information and to apply, Click Here


Previous Postings

Mayor’s Greener, Greater Buildings Plan Intern
The New York City Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability seeks a Greener, Greater Buildings Plan intern to assist with energy benchmarking implementation and analysis. Working with a Policy Analyst, the intern will manage large datasets, coordinate analysis with academic partners, conduct internal data analysis, write and edit report content, and coordinate outreach to assist building owners with benchmarking compliance requirements.

Required Skills: Applicants must have a proven record demonstrating management, analytical, 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 part-time (12-15 hours a week) to full-time (Monday-Friday, 9AM-5PM). The New York City Mayor’s Office internships are unpaid positions. External activities include fieldtrips, volunteering opportunities, and networking events. Please see the full job posting at, or contact for more information.

Mayor’s Carbon Challenge Intern – Deadline to apply is TODAY – 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


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