ECO Newsletter: Week of November 9th, 2014


November 9th, 2014


Here’s what’s happening this week in environment:



Monday, November 10th, 2014

Academic Advising for Spring Semester
1 to 2 pm – IAB Room 404

The Energy and Environment DRAs are hosting an academic advising session to discuss spring classes with first and second years. This will be a candid discussion with no professors in the room.


Monday November 10th, 2014

Toward a Post-Carbon New York City
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m
International Center of Photography, 1133 Avenue of the Americas, New York City

Moderator: Cindi Katz, chair, Earth and Environmental Sciences Department, Graduate Center, City University of New York. Panelists: Hillary Brown, CUNY Institute for Urban Systems; Tara DePorte,director, The Human Impacts Institute; Klaus H. Jacob, senior research scientist, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, The Earth Institute, Columbia University.

Sponsors: The Earth Institute’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO); the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI); The Climate Group and Climate Week NYC; and The Human Impacts Institute, Brooklyn

Register here


Tuesday November 11th, 2014

Earth Institute Practicum: Infectious Diseases
4:10 p.m. to 6:00 p.m
Union Theological Seminary, Room 207

A lecture by Jeff Shaman, associate professor of environmental health sciences, International Research Institute (IRI), Earth Institute, Columbia University.

Sponsor: The Earth Institute


Wednesday, November 12th, 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

This talk by 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. It 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.

Sponsor: The Earth Institute
Register here


Friday, Novermber 14th, 2014

Sustainability Frameworks in Action: Practitioners Reflect on Sustainability Theory

6:30 pm  Hamilton 516

Is sustainability only a buzzword? How do the ideas get put into practice without legally binding international agreements, or without even a universally recognized method to gauge success? Is the environment the final and most important aspect of sustainability? Come listen to leaders dedicated to sustainable development and design, both internationally and locally in New York, tackle these questions! Representatives from ARCHIVE Global, Arup International Development, Loomstate, and BlocPower will share how they implement the concept of sustainability, their views on the current frameworks and guidelines, and how they think the discussion can be better framed to enable them to make a larger impact on the world.




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


  • Senior Associate, International Policies and Politics Initiative (IPPI) – European Climate Foundation – SIPALink ID: 51576
  • Environmental Compliance Manager – LG Electronics – SIPALink ID: 51722
  • NRDC Ocean Advocate – Natural Resources and Defense Council (NRDC) – SIPALink ID: 51449




Oil Sands Could Threaten Millions of Migratory Birds

A man wearing a mask walks on a street during a hazy day in Beijing

Several Regions in China Fail to Cut Smog


Europe’s Largest Solar PV Plant to be Built in France


Lia Cairone

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

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