ECO News, Events, Jobs and More November 11, 2013


November 11, 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: Australia quarantines Katy Perry’s new album as a biohazard


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


Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 4:10 pm to 6:10 pm
Earth Institute Practicum: International and National Climate Law
Speaker: Sheldon Welton, Postdoctoral Research Scholar in the Faculty of Law, Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia University.

When: Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Location: Rauschenberg Project Space, 455 W. 19th Street, New York, NY

Speakers: Various


Join Green Drinks NYC for a Dutch & Green event at “Manufacture NY
23 West 36th Street, Floor 2
(Bet 5th – 6th Ave) NYC  

Tuesday Nov. 12, 2013

6pm – 9pm

Featuring cool new eco-friendly Dutch designed products from The Netherlands in this incredible new fashion factory in NYC! Walk in and light up the Energy Floor below your feet, test ride a sustainable wooden Bough Bike, sip from organic fair trade No House Wine while previewing Future green developments in the latest book by Dutch trendwatcher Second Sight. If the lights go down, flip open a solar powered light charger by Waka Waka and you’re good to go.

You will see even more innovative products like unique water bottles from Dopper, biodegradable golf balls, jeans that you can lease, and Kazmok messenger bags made from used industrial conveyor belts.

Space is limited!
Curated by Robbert Zoon

Free Raffle prizes, Wine & Appetizers


What: Earth Institute Student Advisory Council’s first Environmental Summit

When: Thursday, November 14th at 7pm.

Where: Auditorium in Earl Hall

Representatives from PlaNYC and NORESCO (the company working with Columbia to improve energy efficiency) will be speaking, and this is a great way to learn more about how to get involved with sustainability on campus!

This is an opportunity to:

– Coordinate sustainability efforts university-wide

– Voice your suggestions about sustainability at Columbia

– Meet other student organizers who are working on sustainable development initiatives!

Please RSVP here: so we know how much FOOD we need!


Fall 2013 Columbia Environmental Student Group Summit

Thursday, November 14, 2013 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Location: Columbia University, Morningside Campus, Earl Hall, Auditorium

To Register:

Speakers: Various

The Earth Institute and the Earth Institute Student Advisory Council invites you the Fall 2013 Columbia Environmental Student Group Summit on November 14 from 7:00-8:00PM in the Earl Hall Auditorium, with reception to follow 8:00-9:00PM.

This is a great opportunity to learn about all of the student initiatives of Columbia’s environmental student organizations.  This year we will also be introducing a new Columbia community sustainability initiative – the Energy Conservation through Behavioral Change survey.  Columbia University’s Environmental Stewardship Office has teamed with Columbia Facilities and the Earth Institute to create a survey that will shed light on the environmental conservation measures available on Columbia’s campus.  The survey will help determine the current behaviors that impact energy consumption, waste generation and segregation, and water usage on campus by taking a pulse on student and staff perceptions of the sustainable culture on campus.  The Environmental Summit will be the official launch of the Columbia-wide survey.  The results of the survey will be used to develop future collaborative student sustainability initiatives.

We are very excited to begin this new phase of campus wide sustainability initiatives and we hope you can join us to learn about what students are doing on campus.  We welcome you to invite fellow students and colleagues to the event.



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


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!

The German Center for Research and Innovation and the German Aerospace Center cordially invite you to a panel discussion on:


Engaging Women in STEM: Perspectives from the United States and Germany

Wednesday, December 11, 2013, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. with

Jan Wörner,Chairman of the Executive Board, German Aerospace Center

Andrea Boese, Chief Diversity Officer and Head of the Department, Diversity and Equal Opportunities, German Aerospace Center

Iraj Kalkhoran, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Academics, Polytechnic Institute of New York University

moderated by

Joann Halpern, Director, German Center for Research and Innovation

German House, 871 United Nations Plaza (First Ave. at 49th Street), New York, NY

RSVP by December 9 by clicking here.

Registration is required to attend. Seating is limited.


Hult Prize

For the first time, the prestigious Hult Prize, a global social enterprise competition, is coming to Columbia University.

In 2012 the Hult Prize competition received over 10,000 applications from student groups in over 150 countries. Roughly only 300 of these applications were selected to move on the regional competitions. HultPrize@ Columbia provides a great opportunity for Columbia students to develop and present their innovative ideas with the winner guaranteed a spot in the regional competition. Winners of the regional competitions go on to pitch their enterprise to President Clinton, with the winning team securing $1 million to begin their enterprise.

Who is eligible: HultPrize@ Columbia University campus competition is open to all graduate and undergraduate students in any program.

What: Students will form teams of four to five students to design a sustainable and scalable social enterprise addressing non-communicable disease in urban slums. Solutions are in the form of social enterprises and need not be health-based. Potential solutions could address access, technology, education, policy, etc. Teams will be given three minutes to pitch their idea to a panel of judges. One winner will be selected to go on to the regional competition of the winning team’s choice.

Where/When: The competition will be held December 12th from 6:00 – 8:00pm. Exact location on campus TBD.

HultPrize@ Columbia is hosted by SUMA Net Impact, the Net Impact chapter of the Master of Science in Sustainability Management program jointly offered by The Earth Institute and the School of Continuing Education.

Click for more information about the HultPrize@ Columbia,  the HultPrize and this year’s case. Follow us on Twitter @sumanetimpact.


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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Home Depot will Trade in Your Energy-Wasting Christmas Lights for LEDs


Power Plants Try Burning Wood With Coal to Cut Carbon Emissions


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

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