ECO News, Events, Jobs and More December 9


December 9, 2013

Happy Monday ECO members and fans!

To stay on top of all our news and events, don’t forget to check out and follow ECO on Facebook and Twitter. Click here to join our listserve or forward to a friend.

Hope to see you at an event soon,

The ECO Board


ECO Welcomes the 2014 Board!

The SIPA Environmental Coalition is thrilled to announce the new board for 2014! Thank you to everyone who ran and who voted; we have a great group of enthusiastic leaders who will build ECO to be an even stronger advocate for environmental awareness at SIPA and beyond. If you have suggestions for the new board, please send them along to

Co-President: Fiona Messent
Co-President: Kate Offerdahl
Director of Finance: Cong Liu
Director of Events: Becky Ying Zhang
Director of Communications: Jennifer Goode 

Director of Membership and Development: Esther Lee
Director of Career and Alumni Affairs: Steven Engler
Have a wonderful winter break and see you in the New Year!


“Clean + Go Green” Program 


Reuse/Donate your old things:

* Clothing

* Textiles & Linens

* Non-perishable Food

* Books/Used Books

* Coats

* Shoes

* Small Household Items


* Furniture

* Computer Monitors, Keyboards and CPUs (please clean your hard drive)

* Paper/Cardboard

* Batteries

* Electronic Equipment

* Bulbs

* Toner Cartridges

* Paint Cans


* Thursday, December 12, 2013 – Friday, December 13th, 2013

* Drop-off hours at all locations are between 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. only.  During this time, Facilities staff will be on hand to help with unloading and recycling.


*Reuse/Donation Drop-off Location: White tent on Low Plaza

*Recycling Drop-off Locations: Fairchild Courtyard; Walkway between Lerner Hall and Butler Library; The Grove at 119th Street and Amsterdam Avenue

*Paper Shredding Location: College Walk near Kent Hall


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!



Research Assistant Position at the Center for Global Energy Policy

See Attached


UNDP Opportunity

Are you interested in interning with UNDP, with the Environment and Energy Group? We are looking for someone starting either December or January, and staying from 3 to 6 months.

Requisites: currently enrolled in a graduate program; studies in environment and/or sustainable development. Fluency in French and/or Spanish is an asset.

If interested, please send your CV to, indicating if you are interested in a part-time or full time internship.


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

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