ECO Newsletter – Week of September 28th, 2014


September 28th, 2014

Hello ECO members! A happy start of Fall to all.

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.

Announcement: There is an Events Coordinator position open on the ECO board. This is a great opportunity to get more involved. Please contact me if you’re interested in learning about the position.



Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Earth Institute Practicum — Science-Based Solutions for Sustainability: Sustainable Urban Development
4:10 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Union Theological Seminary, Room 207

A lecture by Elliott Sclar, Director, Center for Sustainable Urban Development.
Click here for more info.


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Origins of Environmental Law Lecture Series — The Clean Air Act: The Floor Debate
11:00 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.
International Affairs Building, Room 407

Leon G. Billings and Thomas C. Jorling take an in-depth look at the Clean Air Act, through the floor debate between Senators Griffin and Hruska. They will discuss the role of the unanimous vote and the conference with the House. In addition, they will discuss the role of the media, House staff and House Legislative Counsel, as well as the administration’s attempt to scuttle the bill.
Click here to register.


Thursday, October 2, 2014

Conflict Resolution Career Fair

11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Location: Columbia University, Morningside Campus, Alfred Lerner Hall, Roone Arledge Auditorium, Broadway between 114th and 115th Streets

Click here for more info and to register.


Friday, October 3, 2014

LDEO Earth Science Colloquium: Climate Versus Ice Dynamics: Exploring the Drivers of Glacier Change Through Field-Based Studies in the St. Elias Mountains

3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Speaker: Gwenn Flowers , Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Glaciology, Department of Earth Sciences Simon Fraser University

Location: Columbia University Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Monell Building Auditorium

Click here for more info.


The Gender Policy Working Group and CineSIPA present: SIPA’s Inaugural Film Festival

Join the GPWG and CineSIPA, along with ECO in examining gender through the filmmaker’s lens at SIPA’s Inaugural Gender Film Festival. The films chosen highlight the role that gender plays in topics as varied as finance, energy, conflict resolution, security, and public health. Be a part of the conversation!

Festival schedule:
The Normal HeartTuesday, Sept. 30, 8:10pm
Pray the Devil Back to HellWednesday, Oct. 1, 8:10pm
Rafea: Solar Mama (ECO co-sponsored!) – Tuesday, Oct. 7, 8:10pm
Trading PlacesWednesday, Oct. 8, 8:10pm

All films will be screened in Altschul Auditorium, IAB 417
Snacks will be served.



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


Apply for the E&E Global Collaboratory Treks and Research Assistant Position!
Applications for the E&E Global Collab Treks are now open! Find friends, think of a great research question, write up your proposal, and let us know. There are 3 opportunities: (1) China Trek, (2) Global Trek, (3) Research Assistant. For the CFPs & more information, please go to the “Energy & Environment Concentration” Courseworks page > Wiki > GLOBAL COLLAB. We’re looking forward to hearing your ideas!


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.


  • Internship – NYC Department of Environmental Protection, SIPAlink ID: 51173
  • Internship – NGO Sustainability, SIPAlink ID: 47766



  • Sustainability Engagement Associate – Carbon Disclosure Project SIPAlink ID:51067
  • Community Coordinator – NYC Department of Sanitation, Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse and Recycling, SIPAlink ID:51148
  • GHG Diagnosis Consultant – Global Green Growth Institute, SIPAlink ID: 51089
  • Stakeholder Engagement Consultant – Global Green Growth Institute, SIPAlink ID: 51090



World Bank Unveils Major Global Support for Carbon Pricing  

Montana, Wheat Field And Hills With Fence.

Unapproved Genetically Modified Wheat Found in Montana Field: USDA


A Rare Arctic Land Sale Stirs Concerns in Norway


Lia Cairone
SIPA Environmental Coalition (ECO) Communications Director
MIA Candidate (2016), School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

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