ECO Newsletter: Week of October 13th, 2014


October 13th, 2014

Greetings ECO!

Thanks to everyone who was able to make it to hike with us this weekend! We hope to do it again soon.

Please take this opportunity to contribute ideas for new SIPA environmental and natural resources courses here. We will be using your input to develop new courses with faculty. Thank you for your contributions.

Note: There is the last week to apply to become the Events Coordinator on the ECO board. This is a great opportunity to get more involved. Please contact me for more information.



Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Origins of Environmental Law Lecture Series: The Federal Water Pollution Control Act: Who, What, Why?
11:00 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.
International Affairs Building, Room 407

Leon G. Billings and Thomas C. Jorling will discuss the nature of pollution politics, the structure of the Act, and the role of the Council on Environmental Quality. They will also discuss the influence of federal funds for waste treatment and look at who the important political actors were during this time period. More generally, they will look at the relationship between funding and regulation and the role that negotiation played in developing a national water quality standard.

Sponsor: The Earth Institute


Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) launch of Gender and Social Inclusion Toolbox on the International Day of Rural Women

This event will live-stream at 3am EST, but will be available for replay after the event:

The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) Gender and Equity theme is, together with the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), organising a special event, looking at the development and use of gender-sensitive approaches in the context of climate change and agriculture research.

The event will launch a Gender & Inclusion Toolbox: Participatory Research in Climate Change & Agriculture. The toolbox is a participatory methodology guide on how to create socially differentiated research for climate adaptation and mitigation projects.

The event will feature speakers from ICRAF, CCAFS, CARE International, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), all involved in the development of the Gender Toolbox. More information can be found here.


Thursday, October 16th, 2014

U.S. Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) and the National Energy Policymaking Process
2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Faculty House, Seminar Room

A discussion and update on the U.S. Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) with Melanie Kenderdine, Director of the Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis, and Energy Counselor to the Secretary.

Sponsor: Center on Global Energy Policy


Friday, October 17th, 2014

Global Muckraking Conference
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
School of International and Public Affairs, Room 1512

To celebrate the publication of Global Muckraking: 100 Years of Investigative Journalism from Around the World(New Press, 2014), journalists, scholars, and activists will gather to consider, in today’s context, some of the subjects that have galvanized the media and NGOs over the last hundred years. Coffee and registration at 9:30 a.m.

Sponsor: International Media, Advocacy, and Communications Specialization



Millennials Rising: What’s Next for Sustainability?

Friday, October 31, 2014 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
New York Marriott Marquis – 1535 Broadway (between 45th & 46th St)
Conference Keynote Speakers: Al Gore, Former Vice President, & Alicia Glen, NYC Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development. Columbia students can use their Columbia e-mail address during registration and discount code CU students to receive $20 off registration. Register HERE.

Business and Climate Change: Strategies and Policies to Mitigate Risks and Capture Opportunities

November 4, 2014 8:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
CitiGroup: 388 Greenwich St, 27th Floor Auditorium, NYC, NY 10013

The United Nations Global Compact U.S. Network invites you to attend the 2014 Symposium, Business and Climate Change: Strategies and Policies to Mitigate Risks and Capture Opportunities. The event will be a unique opportunity to learn, share, and network with senior leaders from prominent, forward-thinking companies and organizations on one of the most pressing challenges society faces today, climate change. 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.


  • Synergos – Research Intern – SIPALink: 49957
  • Carbon Disclosure Project Intern: SIPALink: 51068


  • NRDC – Ocean Advocate – SIPALink: 51449
  • Rainforest Alliance – Communications & Media Outreach Assistant – SIPALINK: 51166
  • The Earth Institute: Research Staff Associate – SIPALink: 51451




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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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