ECO Newsletter – Week of September 15th


September 15th,  2014

Happy Monday ECO members and fans! We hope your semesters are off to a great start!

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.

 Stay tuned for information on our first general meeting of the semester – scheduled for September 24th!



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. We will be leaving SIPA on Saturday at 9:30am.

After the retreat, we will have a bus leaving early Sunday morning for those who wish to attend the People’s Climate March, which begins at 11:30am and leaves from Central Park West between 65th and 86th Streets. Click here and here for more information!


Earth Institute Practicum; Science-Based Solutions for Sustainability: Changing Climate and Disasters
When: Tuesday, September 16th
Time: 4:10pm to 6:00pm
Speaker: Adam Sobel, Professor of Applied Physics and Mathematics and Earth and Environmental Sciences
Click here to RSVP.
International Conference on Sustainable Development Practice
When: Wednesday, September 17th through Thursday, September 18th
Time: 8:00am to 5:00pm
Keynote speakers: Bineta Diop, Founder and President, Femmes Africa Solidarite; Frannie Leautier, Executive Secretary, African Capacity Building Foundation; Jeffrey D. Sachs, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development; Professor of Health Policy and Management; Director, The Earth Institute, Columbia University; Erik Solheim, Lead, OECD Development Assistance Committee; Special Envoy for Environment, Conflict and Disaster, UNEP
Click here to RSVP.
Origins of Environmental Law Lecture Series: The Partisan, Geographic and Economic Political Context of Environmental Policy
When: Wednesday, September 17th
Time: 11:00am to 12:50pm
Speakers: Leon G. Billings and Thomas C. Jorling
Click here to RSVP.
The Political Landscape of Shale Gas Development and Hydraulic Fracturing in New York
When: Thursday, September 18th
Time: 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Speakers: Tanya Heikkila, Associate Professor at the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver and Director of the PhD Program; Chris Weible, Associate Professor at the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver and Editor of the Policy Studies Journal
Click here to RSVP.
LDEO Earth Science Colloquium: Shrinking Snow Caps and Rising Tides and a Sea of Change
When: Friday, September 19th
Time: 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Speaker: Joaquim Goes, Lamont Research Professor, Biology and Paleo Environment, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Click here to RSVP.

SIPA Dean’s Public Policy Challenge Grant Program
The grant program, which is part of the Columbia Venture Competition, invites students to design cutting-edge projects and, if appropriate, prototypes that use ICT and/or data analytics to solve urban problems. SIPA provides workshops, mentors, and other support for teams to refine and test their ideas. In addition, SIPA students are invited to participate in Columbia Venture Competition events. A total of $50,000 in prizes will be awarded to the winning team or teams in this round. Current Columbia students are encouraged to form cross-disciplinary teams that unite students in public policy and other fields at the University such as computer science, engineering, and others. Teams must include at least one SIPA student in a substantive role. The program seeks to support endeavors with high potential to be implemented, to produce a meaningful impact in a relatively short timeframe, and to be sustainable. For complete details on the Challenge Grant, please visit


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.









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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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