ECO Newsletter – Week of September 8th


September 8th,  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



The Energy and Environment Retreat
Buy your tickets for the retreat this week on the 4th floor from 12 pm – 2 pm from SEA, who will be tabling. Tickets for the retreat are $65 and cover travel, food, lodging, and an SEA/ECO co-branded water bottle! The retreat will take place September 20th-21st.


Women in Energy Dinner and Roundtable with Theresa M. Fariello, Vice President, ExxonMobil Corporation 

When: Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Where: Ouest Restaurant
2315 Broadway (between 83rd and 84th Streets)
New York, NY, 10024

Please join the Center on Global Energy Policy for a Women in Energy (WIE) dinner and roundtable discussion with Theresa M. Fariello, Vice President, ExxonMobil Corporation. She will discuss professional and personal experiences from her 25-year career in the energy sector, where she has held various senior roles in government and the energy industry.

Since space is limited, attendees will be selected at random via a lottery process. Please RSVP for the lottery by September 4th, 2014 only if you can commit to attending the dinner. We will notify selected attendees on September 5th, 2014.

If you have any questions, please email:

This event is open to current female Columbia students only. 

Origins of Environmental Law Lecture Series: The Structure and Role of Congress in Environmental Policy
When: Wednesday, September 10th
Time: 11:00am to 12:50pm
Location: Columbia University Morningside Campus,  International Affairs Building, Room 407
Contact: For further information regarding this event, please contact Hayley Martinez by sending email to .
Click here to register,

Building Resilience in the Face of Climate Change and Weather Shocks

When: Thursday, September 11th
Time: 12:15pm to 1:45pm


As the food system grows more fragile, climate change and increasingly volatile weather are reducing agricultural productivity globally.  There is an urgent need for strategies to build resilience for the world’s farmers to adapt to these changing conditions.  Building on the resilience themes  presented in two recent conferences, the IFPRI 2020 Conference on Building Resilience for Food and Nutrition Security and the Chicago Council Symposium on Advancing Global Food Security in the Face of Weather Volatility and Climate Change, this panel will examine the key issues that must be on the international agenda over the next year.  In anticipation of the upcoming UN Climate Summit and preparation of the Sustainable Development Goals, panelists will highlight important issues that need to be brought to poliymakers’ attention.

Panelists: Shenggen Fan, IFPRI | Rachel Kyte, The World Bank | John McDermott, CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health, IFPRI | Cynthia Rosenzweig, Goddard Institute for Space Studies at Columbia University

Watch live:



Earth Institute Internship Program – Fall 2014This fall, the Earth Institute is offering Columbia students opportunities to intern within various departments and research centers at the institute. All full-time Columbia and Barnard students are eligible to apply. These internships are funded at a rate of $15 an hour for 10 hours per week and up to a maximum of 120 hours for the fall 2014 semester. Visit here for more information about open positions.  Please note that the application deadline for the fall is September 11.


Undergraduate Research Assistantship Program – Fall 2014The Earth Institute will offer six research assistant opportunities for undergraduate students during the fall 2014 semester. Undergraduates from Columbia and Barnard will be able to serve as research assistants on research projects related to sustainable development and the environment with distinguished faculty and researchers at the cutting edge of this burgeoning field.  While research assistant positions at Columbia are generally awarded to graduate students, this program instead aims to present undergraduates with a unique opportunity to be involved in research at a high level and to gain valuable experience and skills for their future academic and professional careers. These positions are paid at a rate of $15/hour for up to 20 hours per week.  For more information about the open positions, click here.  The deadline to apply is September 11.


OARP Administrative InternshipsThe Office of Academic and Research Programs is currently seeking a number of administrative student interns for a variety of positions.  Each of these positions pays $15/hour for up to 20 hours per week.  Full-time Columbia and Barnard students are encouraged to apply.  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.  For more information on these opportunities and application information, please click here.


The Earth Institute Travel Grant Program – Fall 2014The Earth Institute Travel Grant Program makes it possible for Columbia University students to work on a variety of sustainable development and environmental projects nationally and internationally.  Travel grant funding is meant to support students’ continued learning, by helping to facilitate research in the areas of sustainable development and the environment.  Students may apply for up to $750 and groups may apply for up to $2,000 in funding.  For more information about the program and the application process, please click here.  The deadline to apply is October 18.


Earth Institute Student Support GrantIn an effort to better support students in their efforts to raise awareness about sustainability on campus, theEarth Institute is making available funding for the new Student Initiatives Support Program. We are now offering grants of up to $250 each semester to support students who wish to host conferences, panels and other events at Columbia University that relate to the work of the Earth Institute.  For more information about the program and the application, please click here.  The deadline to apply is October 18.



New Technology Boosts Fisherfolk Security


Indigenous Peoples Seek Presence in Post-2015 Development Agenda

Blue Whales are seen in this undated handout photo

California Blue Whales, Once Nearly Extinct, Back at Historical Levels


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

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