ECO Newsletter: Week of October 26th, 2014


October 26th, 2014

Greetings ECO –

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” – Albert Camus

We hope you’re enjoying it, and we hope you’ll join us for some great events this week and always:



Monday, October 27th, 2014

Webinar: On the Front Lines of Sustainability Leadership: Lessons Learned for Shared Success

Online, 11:00am

The webinar will highlight perspectives from three esteemed thought leaders, all of whom have recently published books on corporate leadership:

  • Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, Chairman of the Foundation for the UN Global Compact, former Chairman of Royal Dutch Shell Group and Anglo American, and author of “Responsible Leadership: Lessons from the Front Line of Sustainability and Ethics”
  • Christine Bader, Visiting Scholar, Columbia University, former policy manager, BP and former adviser to UN Special Representative on business and human rights, and author of “The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist: When Girl Meets Oil”
  • Witold (Vit) Henisz, Deloitte & Touche Professor of Management, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Principal at PRIMA LLC and author of “Corporate Diplomacy: Building Reputations and Relationships with External Stakeholders”

Register here.


Monday, October 27th, 2014

The Ebola Crisis: What It Means for Africa and the World
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Faculty House

Hosts: Jeffrey D. Sachs, The Earth Institute, Columbia University; Irwin Redlener, MD, National Center for Disaster Preparedness, The Earth Institute, Columbia University. Featuring: Richard Besser, MD, ABC News chief medical editor; former acting director, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Ranu Dhillon, MD, senior health advisor, The Earth Institute and adjunct assistant professor, School for International and Public Affairs, Columbia University; Anne Liu, MPH, program manager, Health Systems Development, Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development, The Earth Institute, Columbia University; Robert Kanter, MD, adjunct senior research scientist; professor of pediatrics, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine; Robert Klitzman, MD, professor of psychiatry; director, Masters of Bioethics Program; director, Ethics, Policy and Human Rights Core, HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies, Columbia University; Stephen Morse, PhD, director, Infectious Disease Epidemiology Certificate program, professor of epidemiology, Columbia University Medical Center; Jay Varma, MD, deputy commissioner for disease control, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and former medical epidemiologist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Sponsor: The Earth Institute


Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

The Future of U.S. Climate Policy: Coal, Carbon Markets, and the Clean Air Act


NYU School of Law / Vanderbilt Hall – Greenberg Lounge
40 Washington Square South

The Institute for Policy Integrity’s annual fall workshop will focus on the Obama Administration’s recent efforts to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act, as well as the future of U.S. climate policy more generally.

United States Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island will offer keynote remarks, along with Joel Beauvais, Associate Administrator for the Office of Policy at EPA. The day’s panel discussions will feature a mix of state government officials, legal academics, and representatives of both the private sector and leading environmental nonprofits. Continuing Legal Education credit will be available.

Click here to register.


Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Earth Institute Practicum: NYC’s Urban Resiliency Plan

207 Union Theology Seminary – 4:00 to 6:00 pm

The Center for Climate Systems Research is a unit of the Earth Institute, Columbia University, and was established in 1994 for the purpose of enhancing the program of interdisciplinary Earth and Climate systems research both at Columbia and the NASA/Goddard Institute for Space Studies. NASA/GISS is a division of the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD; GISS is located in NYC just off Columbia’s main campus.

Cynthia will be discussing the work and research of the Center for Climate Systems Research followed by how this research can be applied to urban planning and city management focusing especially on Bloomberg’s Resiliency Plan for New York City.


Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Webinar: Climate Change Mobilization – The Opportunity for Business to Engage Consumers

Online, 11:00am 

A lively discussion with three thought leaders working on the front lines of business’ role in engaging the public on climate change:

  • Steve Howard, Chief Sustainability Officer, IKEA
  • Niall Dunne, Chief Sustainability Officer, BT
  • Paul Dickinson, Executive Chairman, CDP
  • Edward Cameron, Director of Partnership Development and Research, BSR

Each thought leader will share his views on the challenges and opportunities for business to play a more active role in engaging the general public in the lead up to COP21.

Register here.


Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Origins of Environmental Law Lecture Series: The Nixon Veto and the Override
11:00 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.
International Affairs Building, Room 407

In this talk, Leon G. Billings and Thomas C. Jorling will focus on the EPA and its first administrator, William D. Ruckelshaus, and the implementation of the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act. They will touch upon topics of impoundment and litigation, and look at the auto emission deadline extension and the nature of auto emission technology in the early 1970s. Please note: Registration for this event has closed.

Sponsor: The Earth Institute


Friday, October 31st, 2014

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.



  • Global Green – Video and Communications Intern – SIPALink ID: 51726
  • Global Green – Program Intern: Global Green’s Coalition for Resource Recovery – New York – SIPALink ID: 51727
  • Agua Inc. – International Sustainable Development Internship – SIPALink ID: 51728


  • Development &Training Services, Inc. – Project Associate (Global Climate Change) – SIPALink ID: 51637



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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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