ECO News, Events, Jobs and More October 21, 2013


October 21, 2013

Happy Monday ECO members and fans. We hope you had a fabulous weekend.

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Hope to see you at an event soon,

Your ECO Board

And now for your moment of Zen: 170 million-year-old rock formation in Utah destroyed by Scout leader in one minute


Is Sustainability Sustainable?: A Post-Bloomberg NYC Panel Discussion
What: The Earth Institute presents a panel discussion exloring the progression of PlaNYC:2030, New York City’s sustainability plan, from its inception through today, with a focus on what’s next for the Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability in the post-Bloomberg era. Featuring past and present leaders of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability. Register here:
When: Tuesday, October 22, 6:00-8:00pm
Where: Low Memorial Library.

“What’s for Dinner?” docu screening + discussion to follow

WHEN: Thursday, October 24th, 12-2pm


WHO: Feel free to invite anyone you think would be interested, including professors that are able to come and enrich the discussion on food/development/agriculture policy.

HOW: Please RSVP to


SIPA-ECO Fall Trip – Brooklyn Grange Urban Rooftop Farm this SATURDAY

Exhausted by overwork during mid-term? Join us for an outing at the rooftop farm and fill your empty fridge at the farm stand. Cool beer at Sunswick 35/35 (35-02 35th St., Queens, NY 11106) will follow after the visit.
When: Saturday, October 26 at 11:00 am
Where: SIPA Building Main Entrance
For those who would like to join directly at the farm, the address is 37-18 Northern Blvd, Queens, NY 11101. Please meet us at 12:00 pm. Contact info (if joining late): Linus 202-560-0165 or Laura 347-513-2713.

RSVP for the 29 October Cocktails and Conversations with Danielle Sugarman, 6PM @ Deloitte

When: October 29th, 6 pm

Where: Deloitte

Info:  The Women’s Network for Energy, Environment and Transportation, Inc. invites you to an Environmental Law Update with Danielle Sugarman A discussion on sustainable accounting, conflict minerals and other recent developments in environmental law.

More info:


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.


Student Roundtable with Nobuo Tanaka, former Executive Director of the International Energy Agency
Thursday, November 7, 2013
12:45 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

International Affairs Building, Room 1512

The Center on Global Energy Policy is hosting a private student roundtable with distinguished fellow Nobuo Tanaka, the former Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA). Tanaka will discuss his career trajectory, his experience leading the IEA, and his perspectives on key global energy issues facing the world today. An open discussion will follow.To ensure fairness given limited space, seats will be awarded to interested students based on a lottery system. If you are interested in entering the lottery to attend the roundtable, please email Ke Wei ( by 5pm on Friday, October 25th. Students who are then selected via the lottery will be notified.Please direct any questions to:


CALL FOR APPLICATIONS U.S. Borlaug Fellows Graduate Research Grant

The U.S. Borlaug Fellows in Global Food Security graduate research grant supports exceptional graduate students who are interested in developing a component of their graduate research in a developing country setting and in collaboration with a mentor from an International Agricultural Research Center (IARC) or a qualifying National Agricultural Research System (NARS) unit. U.S. citizenship is required, and applicants must be enrolled in an accredited U.S. graduate program at the time of application. Application materials are available at the program website. Questions may be sent to

Application Deadline: Monday, November 11, 2013


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 Spring – Five 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


Save the Date: The 9th Annual Columbia University Energy Symposium

Friday, November 22, 2013

with a Career Fair on Thursday, November 21, 2013, from 1-4:30pm

“The Future Now: Energy Progress in the 21st Century” is the guiding theme of this year’s Energy Symposium, organized by students of CBS and SIPA. Several hundred participants will explore how key drivers are impacting the energy business and policy-making and how innovation can deliver the necessary energy progress to avoid a looming energy crisis. The energy challenges discussed cover how shifting geopolitics of oil and gas are impacting the energy industry, how private capital can be unlocked to scale up renewables, how 1.3bn people can gain access to modern energy services, how the utility of the future will look like, how water stress is impacting the energy business and how we can build more resilient energy architectures.

Among this year’s speakers figure Kenneth Cohen, Vice-President, Government and Public Affairs, ExxonMobil Corporation; Richard Kauffman, Chairman NYSERDA; Fred Krupp, President, Environmental Defense Fund; Sergej Mahnovski, Director, Sustainability and Long Term Planning, Office of the Mayor of New York City; Kevin Parker, CEO of Sustainable Insight Capital Management, and other energy leaders.

To learn more about the Symposium, please click here:

Registration is open!


NYC Recycling Reminders!

After years of confusion about plastics recycling in New York City, Mayor Bloomberg announced earlier this year that “… if it’s rigid plastic, any kind of rigid plastic, recycle it.”

The NYC Recycles website provides the following examples of rigid plastics that now can be recycled – with containers rinsed before they placed into a bin:

  • plastic bottles, jugs & jars
  • rigid plastic caps & lids
  • rigid plastic food containers (yogurt, deli, hummus, dairy tubs, cookie tray inserts, “clamshell” containers, other plastic take-out containers)
  • rigid plastic non-food containers
  • rigid plastic packaging (“blister-pak” and “clamshell” consumer packaging, acetate boxes)
  • rigid plastic housewares (flower pots, mixing bowls, plastic appliances, etc.
  • bulk plastic (crates, buckets, pails, furniture, large toys, large appliances, etc.)

Stay tuned for how SIPA is going to better advertise these new rules on our own bins!



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.



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Steve Engler
SIPA Environmental Coalition (ECO) Communications Director
MPA Candidate (2015), School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

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