ECO News, Jobs, Events, and More February 3


February 3, 2014

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 Kick-off Events for Spring 2014!

ECO will be tabling during the SIPA Student Group Fair tomorrow – come by and see us to learn more about the organization and ECO’s first meeting of the semester as well as a Kick-Off Happy Hour with SUMASA.

SIPA Student Group and Student Services Fair
The Office of Student Affairs invites you to join us for the Spring 2014 Student Group and Student Services Fair. During the fair you will have an opportunity to learn more about SIPA student groups and visit with representative from student services units across Columbia including the Libraries, Writing Center, Health Services, and many, many others.

Tuesday, February 4, 3 – 5 pm
4th Fl of the IAB building (SIPA’s home)


Foreclosing the Future – The World Bank and the Politics of Environmental Destruction
Bruce Rich, Author
Tuesday, February 4
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 1219
Bruce Rich , author of Foreclosing the Future: The World Bank and the Politics of Environmental Destruction (2013), is a lawyer and writer, who has played a critical role in civil society’s engagement with international development institutions over a period of decades. He has testified in numerous Congressional hearings concerning U.S. participation in international organizations, and is also the author of “To Uphold the World,” with a Foreword by Amartya Sen and an Afterword by H.H. The Dalai Lama (2010) and “Mortgaging the Earth” (1994).


Communicating about Food, Agriculture and Innovation: An Open Discussion

Thursday, February 6, 2014 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Location: Columbia University Morningside Campus, Faculty House, Garden Room 2

Contact: For further information regarding this event, please contact Tamara Plummer by sending email

Speaker: Margie Alsbrook, Director, Hunger U.

Registration is Required

NYC Career Series: Environmental Policy
When: Monday, February 10
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Room 1501, IAB
Dress: Business casual attire

Are you interested in working in the Environmental Policy field in the New York metro area? Whether you are a first-year or second-year student, come and learn more about the field, various career paths, and potential job/internship opportunities at the NYC Career Panel for Environmental Policy. Panelists will include a mix of SIPA alumni and other professionals working for a variety of companies or organizations based in the NYC metro area.

Please register on SIPAlink, click here.


Global Oil Market Forecasting: Main Approaches & Key Drivers
Steven Kopits, Managing Director, Douglass-Westwood
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
12:30 pm – 2:00pm
International Affairs Building, Room 1501
Register here


Sustainability Survey at Columbia University

Columbia University is conducting a survey to identify areas of opportunity where we can improve the environmental sustainability of our Morningside campus operations.  The survey will inform future planning and program development that will advance and strengthen sustainability initiatives at Columbia.  It will also help us understand how to more effectively communicate updates, progress and opportunities for you to make a positive impact.

As a student, faculty or staff member at Columbia, you have a unique perspective that we are looking to capture.  The survey will include questions about your observations of individual behaviors on campus that impact Columbia’s ability to successfully conserve energy and divert waste to recycling.  It should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete and your responses will be kept confidential.  We ask that you please take your time and respond to each question candidly.

The survey is available at through February 17, 2014.

While participation is voluntary, it is strongly encouraged.  Your feedback is vital and will ultimately help us to together create a better environment for all.


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.)


The Journal of International Affairs is seeking Editorial and Production Assistants for our Spring issue on Food Security.

Editorial Assistants fact check and edit draft articles from established scholars from around the world and Production Assistants assist with the layout of the Journal for printing. You do not need prior experience working as proofreaders or editors – we will provide training sessions, and all work will be completed during one or two editing workshops. All EAs will receive a free copy of the Journal in addition to having their names featured in the fall/winter 2015 issue.

Please contact Rachel Kanter Kepnes at for more information.


Networking Strategies
When: Wednesday, February 12
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Where: OCS Conference Room 420, IAB
Please register on SIPAlink, click here.


U.S. Department of State Information Session
When: Thursday, February 13
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Room 411, IAB
Dress: Business casual attire. Note: U.S. citizens only.
Please register on SIPAlink, click here.


Third Annual Middle East Career Conference
When: Thursday, February 13
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Where: Room 1501, IAB
Dress: Business casual attire
This event is organized by SIPA’s Arab Student Association.

For more information, please email: 
Anthony Guerbidjian, -or- Ellen Brooks,



Caribbean Walks the Talk on Clean Energy Policy


U.S. Tightens Development Safeguards


Resistance Over GMOs as South Africa Pushes Biotechnology


Jennifer Goode
SIPA Environmental Coalition (ECO) Communications Director
MIA Candidate (2015), School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

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