ECO Newsletter: Week of October 20th, 2014


October 20th, 2014

Greetings ECO –

I hope midterm week is going well for everyone!

Don’t forget to contribute ideas for new SIPA environmental and natural resources courses here. We will be closing the period for comments soon. Thank you for your contributions.



Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Earth Institute Practicum: The Columbia Water Center
4:10 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Union Theological Seminary, Room 207

A talk by Upmanu Lall, Director, Columbia Water Center, Columbia University.
Sponsor: The Earth Institute


Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Origins of Environmental Law Lecture Series — The Clean Water Act: Conference with the House Public Works Committee
11:00 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.
International Affairs Building, Room 407

Leon G. Billings and Thomas C. Jorling will explore the Conference with the House Public Works Committee as it relates to the Clean Air Act — how it began, the nature of the political process, and personalities of the committee and other staff. They will go over the role of acting Chair Bob Jones, the House Hearings and Conference with the House, and the role of major federal assistance to construct municipal waste treatment plants.
Sponsor: The Earth Institute


Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Panel Event and Reception: Origins of Environmental Law
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
International Affairs Building, Room 1501

Introduction: Steven Cohen, Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, The Earth Institute. Moderator: Mike Gerrard, Director, Center for Climate Change Law, The Earth Institute, Columbia University; Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice, Columbia Law School. Discussants: Leon G. Billings, Adjunct Professor, Columbia University; Thomas C. Jorling, Adjunct Professor, Columbia University.
Sponsor: The Earth Institute


Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Solving the Carbon Problem Together
6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.
International Affairs Building, Room 1501

A discussion with Roger Sant, co-founder and chairman emeritus, The AES Corporation and Chairman, The Summit Foundation.
Sponsor: Center on Global Energy Policy
Sponsor: The Earth Institute


Friday, October 24th, 2014

Sustainable Health & Peace – Integrative Approaches for a Healthy Planet

Dr. Ani Kalayjian, Adj. Professor of Psychology, Teachers College

October 24, 2014, 11:00am to 12:30pm

Nigerian Mission to the UN, 828 2nd Ave (44th St), Floor 21



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.

5th Annual Inter-University Climate Change Negotiations Simulation – October 24th25th

Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University is excited to host the 5th Annual Inter-University Climate Change Negotiations Simulation. The simulation is designed to replicate the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process, which is currently working to reach a global agreement to combat climate change next year.

The negotiation exercise aims to mirror the real-world politics and policy discussions at the heart of the UN process. Student negotiators from a variety of universities, each representing one of the 192 countries party to the UNFCCC, will meet at Duke University for a 2-day session to begin the difficult work of crafting the foundation needed for a universal agreement to be finalized in 2015.

Participation is open to any student currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student at any institution. Registration is $20 (or $25 after October 17th, 2014) to cover food costs during the event. Free housing, offered by students at Duke, is available for students coming from other universities. Once you are registered, you will be assigned a country to represent throughout the negotiations. All interested students are encouraged to participate; no prior experience needed. Readings and training will be available to bring students up to speed.

​For registration and payment, please visit our site:
For more information or to ask any questions, please e-mail


Request for Proposal

The Advanced Consortium for Conflict, Cooperation, and Complexity (AC4) is soliciting proposals from across the Columbia University community to construct statistical, computational, or simulation models that operationalize and test the parameters of sustainable human development (SHD) described below. AC4 will provide seed funding of up to $10,000 to fund graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and research scientists, individually or in teams, to develop proof-of-concept statistical models, computational models, or simulations that advance the scientific community’s understanding of sustainable human development. Please direct any questions to Kristen Rucki (

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!



  • 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
  • Solar City – Project Management, find out more here.
  • Environmental Defense Fund – Natural Gas Communications Manager (Temp), find out more here.




Pentagon Signals Security Risks of Climate Change


Greenpeace Publishes New Status Report on Wind Energy


Whole Foods to Rank Produce by Supplier’s Farming Practices


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

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