ECO News, Events, Jobs and More October 28, 2013


October 28, 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: Russell Brand is a Climate Hawk as Well as a Revolutionary


TONIGHT at 6:30 PM: Call for New Board Members, Columbia University Coalition for Sustainable Development
Columbia University Coalition for Sustainable Development is the only IGB-accredited student-run organization in Columbia University that brings together students from all universities and all majors (undergraduate, graduate, PhD) to connect, collaborate and create projects all for the love of sustainable development.
We are looking for a leadership team to continue our mission. 

The CUCSD alumni are inviting you to join us TONIGHT at 6:30 PM at the at Earth Institute Hogan Hall building at 566 West 114th St.- we would love to share with you our CUCSD experiences and the opportunities it can give you.

We look forward to seeing you there!
For questions email:

Geoengineering: Science and Governance, Debating Climate Engineering

Tuesday, October 29th
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Buell Hall, East Gallery 

Moderator: Scott Barrett, Scott Barrett, Lenfest-Earth Institute Professor of Natural Resource Economics, Earth Institute, Columbia University.; Speakers: Clive Hamilton, Professor of Public Ethics, Center for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, Charles Sturt University; David Keith, Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics, Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School. Registration required.

Sponsor: The Earth Institute


Brownbag Lunch with David Wei, from Independent Diplomat
Co-sponsored with SEA!
Wednesday, October 30th
Room 402 IAB

David Wei is ID’s Climate Policy Officer. An international environmental lawyer, his work focuses on international negotiations on climate change and natural resources.

Before joining ID, David was a staff lawyer at the Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development (FIELD) in London. At FIELD, he specialised in climate change advocacy and capacity-building, governance of transnational corporations and biosafety.

David previously worked as a litigator at large law firms in New York and Toronto. He also helped to establish the Toronto office of Human Rights Watch (HRW), after completing an internship with HRW’s International Justice Program in New York. He enjoys teaching and was a lecturer at Jiao Tong University in Shanghai.

David holds an LLM in International Law from New York University, a JD and MA in International Relations from the University of Toronto, and a BA in Ethics, Politics and Economics from Yale. He is a member of the New York State Bar and speaks Mandarin.


The Earth Institute Fellows Symposium: Meeting the Challenges of Sustainable Development in a Changing World

Wednesday, November 6th
2:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Alfred Lerner Hall, Room 555, ID is required to enter Lerner Hall

Speakers: Various
Sponsor: The Earth Institute


Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development Brown Bag: The Growing Field of Corporate Sustainability 

Friday, November 8th
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Alumni Center King’s Room

Speakers: Katy Mixter, Program Associate, Citi Corporate Sustainability
Sponsor: The Earth Institute


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


Social Enterprise Bootcamp

November 15-16

Social Enterprise Bootcamp brings together innovators and social entrepreneurs for hands-on workshops and networking. Participants learn critical business and communication skills to build their venture. This year’s workshops include identity and ethics, prototyping, fundraising and revenue models, partnerships, and impact measurement.

On Pitch Night, hear from 10 social enterprise start-ups as they pitch their vision for the future for cash and consulting prizes. Judges include Will Byrne, Founder of Groundswell; Matt Klein, Executive Director of Blue Ridge Foundation; Dana Pancrazi, Director of Capital Management at Heron Foundation; and James Slezak, Founder of New Economy Practice.

Our Keynote Speaker is Rachael Chong, CEO of Catchafire. Workshop Coaches include Aaron Hurst, Founder of Imperative and Taproot Foundation; Chris Milne, Senior Designer at IDEO; Cheryl Heller, Chair of MFA Design for Social Innovation; Shana Dressler, Founder of Social Innovators Collective; Dan Blum, Senior Partnership Manager at; Sophie Faris, Community Development at B Lab; Andrew Greenblatt, Founder & President of Vendorboon and Senior VP of Strategy at Benestream; Dave Algoso and Ethan Wilkes of Reboot; and many more.

Buy your tickets now!


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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