ECO News, Jobs, & More – Week of April 21

unnamedApril 22, 2014

Happy Earth Day ECO members and fans,! We have a lot of announcements and job opportunities for this week – take a look!

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This is a friendly reminder to register now to support student environmental research at the Spring 2014 Earth Institute Student Research Showcase on April 25, 2014.  This is an excellent opportunity to learn about the exciting research being performed by Columbia and Barnard students as well as to learn more about funded student opportunities from the Earth Institute.

Each year the Earth Institute highlights student research through the Earth Institute Internship and Undergraduate RA programs, the Millennium Villages Project, and the Earth Institute Travel Grant.  Students will present their work through these programs with a poster session and reception.  The event will begin with a video featuring an introduction from Jeff Sachs and interviews with the student researchers.

Please come out and support Earth Institute student research.  The event details are below:

When: Friday, April 25

Time: 2:00-4:00PM

Where: Presidential Suite, Faculty House


For more information, please visit the Showcase website at:


Summer 2014 Environmental Science and Policy TA 

The Masters in Public Administration (MPA) program in Environmental Science and Policy (ESP) at Columbia University is seeking a Teaching Assistant (TA) for summer 2014 (May 28 – August 15) for “Earth Systems and Environmental Politics, Policy, and Management” (ENVPU6241_001_2013_2). This course is designed to guide students interested in policy and management towards an understanding of how environmental policies are devised, implemented, and evaluated. It combines lecture with discussion sections and class debates. The class meets each Wednesday for 12 weeks. Preferred applicants will have an interest in and experience with environmental policy and solid writing skills.

Requirements include that you:
1. must be an enrolled CU graduate student
2. attend all lectures (W 01:00P-03:00P), do class readings, hold office hours, and meet each week with the instructor to prepare and review the following week’s material
3. keep records of assignments/ discussion posts/ participation
4. assess assignments
5. help with other aspects that may arise

For more information on the MPA program see:

Please email me: a cover letter stating your interest, your resume, and a brief writing sample as soon as possible, but by April 22, 2014. We will then conduct interviews. Compensation will be $5000.

Resumes can be sent to:
Sarah Tweedie
Assistant Director
MPA in Environmental Science and Policy


Application – CUCSD COP20 Delegation

Deadline: May 15 – 11:59pm. The Columbia University Coalition for Sustainable Development is organizing a school-wide delegation to attend the United Nations Conference of Parties this year, from December 1-12, in Lima. Members of the delegation will also attend capacity-building events and network with main actors in the climate change field, and are expected to post contributions in our blog during and after the Conference. We will work to get funding to cover travel expenses, but applicants should consider that they may have to bore the costs of attending the Conference.

Application Process: To apply to the CUCSD COP 20 Delegation, please send your cv to Also add a cover letter stating why you want to attend COP 20, ideas to engage students after the Conference, and how do you plan to contribute with climate change mitigation/adaptation throughout your career.



Columbia Alumni Association Midtown Networking Night
When: Wednesday, April 23rd
Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Where: Columbia University Club of New York (15 West 43rd Street)
In the spirit of making connections, we’d like to invite all of our existing Columbia Alumni Association Network LinkedIn members to receive a discounted ticket. Not a current member? Join today for a chance to receive a reduced rate!  To purchase your ticket, please click here. Resources to prepare for the Networking Breakfasts can be found here.


Corporate Social Responsibility Breakfast Series: Stanley Litow, President of IBM Foundation
When: Friday, April 25th
Time: 9:00am to 10:30am
Where: TBD
Dress: Business Casual

Students interested in attending this event must submit this application form, which will be reviewed by the event organizers who in turn will select the attendees. The application deadline is Sunday, April 20, 2014.

Should you have any questions or concerns about the application process for this event, please contact Qi (Ella) Chen at


Please take a look at these various positions currently available through the NYC Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning & Sustainability – Click here for more information

Position 1: The NYC Carbon Challenge Internship is available from June 2014 – August 2014. 

The City launched the NYC Carbon Challenge as a voluntary program for universities and hospitals to match City government’s own goal to reduce emissions by 30% in ten years. In 2007, 17 universities signed on to create GHG emissions inventories and climate action plans to achieve these reductions. 11 hospital systems joined the NYC Carbon Challenge in

2009, and in 2013, 12 global companies and 13 residential property management firms also joined. The New York City Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability seeks an intern to manage the NYC Carbon Challenge for universities and hospitals and support the NYC Carbon Challenge Coordinator on other tasks. Internship responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  •     General management, communication, and outreach for the NYC Carbon Challenge to universities and hospitals
  •     Technical assistance to university and hospital participants to support their carbon reduction efforts
  •     Development of simple reporting and tracking tools
  •     Data compilation and analysis of participants’ progress
  •     Marketing and promotion through press events, online case studies, and social media outreach


Position 2: The Greener, Greater Building Plan Internship is available from June 2014 – August 2014 

In 2009, the City of New York (City) enacted a comprehensive effort, called the Greener, Greater Buildings Plan (GGBP), which targets energy efficiency in large existing buildings. The City’s signature effort in energy efficiency is an internationally recognized, industry-transforming policy. GGBP is designed to ensure that information about energy is provided to decision-makers and that the most cost-effective energy efficiency measures are pursued. To learn more, please visit: This internship will focus on two of the four legislative components of GGBP: Local Law 84 – Benchmarking (LL84), and Local Law 87 – Audits and Retro-commissioning (LL87). The intern will work within the OLTPS Green Buildings and Energy Efficiency team under supervision of the Deputy Director for Green Buildings and Energy Efficiency, and work closely with the City’s LL87 sustainability enforcement team. Specifically, the internship position will entail:

  •     LL84: Analyze and manage LL84 data, advise on academic journal topics, coordinate with academic journal partners.
  •     LL87: Assist with management of the LL87 data that the City will receive for the first time. Extract meaningful data from PDFs into Excel, and organize large amounts of data. Set a sustainable framework and methodology for future data collection and analysis. Conduct preliminary data analytics to understand data set. Develop strong understanding of American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Level 2 energy audits. Link together LL84 and LL87 data for further analysis.


Positions 3 & 4: Resiliency Internship is available from June 2014 – August 2014 

The New York City Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability is seeking a qualified individual to assist with the implementation of many of the initiatives laid out in the City’s resiliency plan, A Stronger, More Resilient New York. The plan, which contains 257 initiatives and 59 near-term milestones, contains actionable recommendations both for rebuilding the communities impacted by Sandy and increasing the resilience of infrastructure and buildings citywide. Working with a Program Manager, the intern will assist with all aspects of the implementation of resiliency initiatives, the development of resiliency metrics and the implementation of an effective tracking system to assist agencies in progress

reporting. Responsibilities include data acquisition from a variety of sources, management of data, working with agencies to facilitate tracking strategies, drafting material for the program, and other related tasks. The intern may also be asked to assist with other resiliency projects, as needed. Projects will be determined based on the intern’s skill set, but would primarily focus on the near-term milestones and initiatives identified in the report.


Position 5: GreeNYC Internship is available from June 2014 – August 2014 

The New York City Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability is seeking qualified individuals to assist with brief independent research projects with the aim of adding to GreeNYC’s body of knowledge concerning the environmental impact of consumer products and behaviors. Assist with response management to GreeNYC’s communication streams. Provide overall support and management of day-to-day GreeNYC activities. Research and support in the development and execution of GreeNYC’s social media strategy including event coordination and production. Assist in the development of presentation materials for potential campaign sponsors and public events. Develop copy, proofread, and assist with production of media materials.


Position 6: Graphic Design and Communications Internship is available from June 2014 – August 2014

The New York City Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability is seeking qualified individuals to assist with the graphical production (Reports, Pamphlets, Brochures and Maps) that support our respective initiatives outlined in the City’s comprehensive sustainability plan, PlaNYC. The Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability is seeking a Graphic Designer to assist in the execution of numerous reports and special graphical projects in support of PlaNYC and the City’s sustainability goals. Under supervision, the OLTPS Graphic Designer will perform the following functions:

  •     Manage digital workflow of all creative files and ensure accuracy of files from inception to pre-press and release
  •     Image compositing and retouching
  • Develop concepts and create multiple design options for review by the development team
  •     Use Adobe Creative Suite to create production-ready reports
  •     Create layouts for case studies and future reports
  •     Work with existing collateral to improve upon design/composition and prepare for production
  •     Use ArcGIS for spatial analysis of cities critical facilities; Assist on all special projects that contain a graphical component
  •     Assist outside graphic design teams on direct internal request.


Position 7: Energy and Greenhouse Gas Inventory Internship is available from June 2014 – August 2014

The New York City Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability is seeking a qualified individual to assist with the completion of the City’s annual update to its comprehensive greenhouse gas inventory. The City’s first greenhouse gas inventory was completed in April 2007 prior to the release of PlaNYC, the City’s comprehensive sustainability plan, and was

used as the benchmark from which the City’s 30% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions is based. To track progress made toward achieving this reduction target the City completes regular annual updates to its greenhouse gas inventory of emissions from both City government facilities and operations and the city as a whole. Working with a Senior Policy Advisor,

the intern will assist with all aspects of completion of the 2013 annual update to the city’s greenhouse gas inventory. Responsibilities include data acquisition from a variety of sources, management of large, complex datasets, analysis of greenhouse gas emission mitigation measures, development of New York City specific emissions coefficients, drafting a final

inventory report, and other. Working with a Program Manager, the intern will assist with all aspects of the implementation of energy initiatives and the development of metrics and the publishing of the Green House Gas Inventory.

FUNDING INFORMATION:  SIPA Summer 2014 Internship Grants

Energias de Portugal, S.A. Summer Internship Grant 
Two awards of $2,500 will be given to students participating in unpaid, energy-related summer internships that promote social responsibility, sustainability, innovation, and proactive environmental management. To apply, visit SIPAlink.
JOB ID: 47311           DEADLINE: April 23, 2014

Whitman Family Foundation Summer Fellowship in Environmental Policy Studies
An award of $1,000 will be given to a student in the Environmental Track of the Energy and Environment concentration participating in an unpaid summer internship related to environmental policy. To apply, visit SIPAlink.
JOB ID: 47310           DEADLINE: April 23, 2014

Various Named Summer Internship Grants
Awards ranging between $3,000 and $5,000 will be given to 6-11 students participating in an unpaid summer internship in the U.S. or abroad. To apply, visit SIPAlink.
JOB ID: 47314           DEADLINE: April 30, 2014

OCS Travel Grant
OCS provides internship grants to qualifying students to help defray the costs of unpaid or low paid summer internships overseas. Each year, the number of awards and amount of each award depends on the number of qualified applicants. For further instructions visit SIPAlink.
JOB ID: 47317           DEADLINE: April 30, 2014




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

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