ECO Newsletter: Week of October 6th, 2014


October 6th, 2014

Greetings ECO!

We have lots of great events planned this week including a group hike to Inwood Park (accessible by subway) this coming Saturday, October 11th. It’s free to join us and all are welcome. We’ll even provide snacks. Stay tuned for information on meeting place and time in the coming days. We hope to see you there!

Don’t forget to contribute your ideas for new SIPA environmental and natural resources courses here.

Note: There is still time to apply to become the Events Coordinator 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, October 7, 2014

SIPA’s Inaugural Gender Film Festival: Rafea: Solar Mama (co-sponsored by ECO)

Altschul Auditorium (Room 417) at 8:10pm

Join GPPS, ECO, GPWG and CineSIPA, along with numerous co-sponsors, in examining gender through the filmmaker’s lens at SIPA’s Inaugural Gender Film Festival. The incredible films highlight the role that gender plays in topics as varied as finance, energy, conflict resolution, security, and public health. Rafea is a Bedouin woman living with her daughters in one of poorest villages on the Iraqi border. She is given a chance to travel to India to attend the Barefoot College, where illiterate grandmothers from around the world are trained in 6 months to be solar engineers. Be a part of the conversation, and bring your friends!



Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Origins of Environmental Law Lecture Series: The Solid Waste Disposal Act and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
11:00 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.
International Affairs Building, Room 407

Leon G. Billings and Thomas C. Jorling will discuss the Solid Waste Disposal Act and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976; the establishment of legal jurisdiction; and open dumps. Their talk will examine national policy as it moved from a strategy of disposal to one of recycle, reuse, recovery, and conservation. The speakers will also cover how the rules at the local, state and federal level changed to do this. They will then look at the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Sponsor: The Earth Institute, Register here.


Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Global Public Service & Private Sector Career Fair
When:   Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Time:  9:00 AM-12:00 PM
Where:  Theresa Lang Student Center, 55 W 13th St., 2nd Floor
Dress:  Professional attire

EMPLOYERS: The Horticultural Society of New York; U.S. Peace Corps; Charney Research; EastWest Institute; Teach For America; Urban Upbound; Brooklyn Community Services; The Osborne Association; Rebuilding Together NYC; The Port Authority of NY & NJ; NYC Office of Management and Budget; And more…

The Port Authority of NY & NJ will present an information session about their Leadership Fellows Program after the career fair, 12:30pm-1:30pm, 79 Fifth Avenue, Room 1618.

Remember to bring your resume!  Click here for link


Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Can the Post-2015 Development Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals Help Spur Africa’s Transformation?
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
International Affairs Building, Room 1501

A lecture by and conversation with Dr. Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, Chief Executive Officer of the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA) on post-2015 development agenda and sustainable development goals in Africa.

Sponsor: Economic and Political Development Concentration


Friday, October 10th, 2014

Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development Speaker Series: Unilever Sustainable Living Plan with Columbia Alumni
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Hogan Hall, Conference Room A

Maggie Brommer, Procurement Operations Innovation Analyst for Deodorant, Unilever; Robert Kite, Procurement Analyst for Inventory Control in 3rd Party Manufacturing, Unilver; Megan Dillinger, Procurement Operations Analyst for Bottles, Jars and Pumps, Unilever.

Sponsor: The Earth Institute

Register here.



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.


  • Intern – Independent Diplomat, SIPAlink ID: 51198
  • Summer 2015 Intern, Environment and Economic Development Specialist – Millennium Challenge Corporation, SIPAlink ID: 50815
  • Communications Intern – One Acre Fund SIPAlink ID: 50919
  • Communications Intern, Environmental Non-Profit – Carbon Disclosure Project, SIPAlink ID: 51068
  • Intern – NGO Sustainability, SIPAlink ID: 47766


  • Information Associate – Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance, SIPAlink ID: 51153
  • Program Associate – One Acre Fund, SIPAlink ID: 50923
  • Climate Change Adaptation, Mitigation and Training Senior Specialist – Engility, SIPAlink ID: 51088




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

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