ECO Newsletter: Week of November 23rd, 2014


November 23rd, 2014

Greetings ECO –

Thanks to everyone who participated in our event The Climate Discussions: Hope For Success last week. If you missed it, then you really won’t want to miss our final event of the semester happening this Tuesday, November 25th. We’ll be celebrating the end of the semester with an ECO Happy Hour at Amsterdam Tapas Bar (Amsterdam and 119th) from 6-8pm. We look forward to seeing you all there!

Have a safe and happy holiday weekend.



Monday, November 24th, 2014

Should Universities and Pension Funds Divest from Fossil Fuel Stocks? 
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Columbia Law School, Room 101

In view of the mounting scientific evidence of the perils of climate change, there is growing pressure on universities, pension funds, foundations,religious institutions, and others to divest from the stock of fossil fuel companies. This public panel discussion will explore whether divestment is consistent with the fiduciary duties of fund trustees, and whether divestment is the best way for investors to influence corporate behavior.   The speakers include both proponents and opponents of divestment, and experts on the effect of divestment on portfolio value and its place in the corporate social responsibility movement.

Bennett Freeman, Senior Vice President, Sustainability Research and Policy, Calvert Investments
Stephen Heintz, President, Rockefeller Brothers Fund
John Willis, Portfolio Manager, Sustainable Insight Capital Management
Christianna Wood, President and Chief Executive Officer, Gore Creek Capital, Ltd.

Michael B. Gerrard, Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice and Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School

This program is open to the public without charge, but advance registration is required. Register here


Tuesday November 25th, 2014

ECO Happy Hour: End of Semester Celebration!
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Amsterdam Tapas Bar (Amsterdam & 119th)

Join us to take a study break and celebrate a great semester together!


Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Earth Institute Practicum; Agriculture and Food Security Center

4:10 pm to 6:00 pm
Columbia University Morningside Campus Union Theological Seminary, Room 207

Speaker: Pedro Sanchez, Director, Agriculture and Food Security Center, Earth Institute, Columbia University


Friday, November 28th, 2014

REUSENYC Green Friday Sale at Charity Second-hand Shops in the Five Boroughs


On Friday, nonprofit thrift stores across New York City will offer an alternative to Black Friday shopping: ReuseNYC Green Friday! Devoted thrift store shoppers and new customers will be welcomed at second-hand shops in the five boroughs with deals and offers of 15%-50% off. Stop by a store near you where you are sure to find great deals that support a great cause.

All ReuseNYC members are nonprofit organizations that accept and redistribute donated goods in New York City.

Participating Organizations
Arthritis Foundation Thrift Shop
Cancer Care
Cauz for Pawz
Film Biz Recycling
Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey
Hour Children
The Bridal Garden
The Salvation Army
The Society Boutique


Saturday, November 29th, 2014

Buy Nothing Day

Buy Nothing Day is an international day of protest against excessive consumerism celebrated annually just after Thanksgiving. Find out more here.


Outreach: Invitation for articles to coincide with COP 20 in Lima

UNFCCC COP 20, Lima, Peru

The Stakeholder Forum will be publishing eleven editions of Outreach to coincide with the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 20), taking place in Lima, Peru  (1-12 December 2014) and invites all stakeholders to contribute material to be included in the magazine.

The content of the daily editions will be based on a series of themes, which are listed below, along with the deadlines for content and publishing dates.

Articles should be 550-700 words in length and should be relevant to the COP 20 negotiations and UNFCCC process. Submissions can be previously published material, as long as the content is up-to-date and still has relevance. Please note that we are not a research journal and articles should present opinions, ideas and recommendations using non-expert language. Full guidelines for submissions are available here.

Please contact Amy Cutter, if you are interested in contributing an article on one of the themes below or if you have any questions. When getting in touch, please provide details of the article you plan to submit.

We also encourage stakeholders to sign up to the Outreach mailing list to receive the email version of the magazine during the conference. You can subscribe here.

Publishing date               Theme Final deadline for content  (please note times)      
Monday 1 December  Climate finance and the framework for climate action Saturday 29 November 12pm PET (GMT-5)
Tuesday 2 December  Energy and Climate Change Sunday 30 November 12pm PET (GMT-5)
Wednesday 3 December  Disasters, security, loss and damage Monday 1 December 12pmPET (GMT-5)
Thursday 4 December  Business, innovation and climate change Tuesday 2 December 12pmPET (GMT-5)
Friday 5


 Forests, food and agriculture Wednesday 3 December 12pm PET (GMT-5)
Monday 8 December  Climate change and health Friday 5 December 12pmPET (GMT-5)
Tuesday 9 December  Gender and climate change Sunday 7 December 12pmPET (GMT-5)
Wednesday 10 December  Climate and development Monday 8 December 12pmPET (GMT-5)
Thursday 11 December  Mountains, water and oceans Tuesday 9 December 12pmPET (GMT-5)
Friday 12


  Cities, urban governance and transport Wednesday 10 December 12pm PET (GMT-5)
Friday 19


 Wrap up edition – The road to Paris 2015 (reflections on the events of COP 20 and looking forward to 2015) Wednesday 17 December 9am GMT
About Outreach

Outreach is a multi-stakeholder publication on climate change and sustainable development, which has been produced at various international conferences since 1997.  Outreach aims to empower stakeholders and provide space for debate and discourse on topics being negotiated at intergovernmental meetings by acting as a vehicle for the diverse voices of stakeholders, including regional and local governments, women’s groups, business, science and technology groups, Indigenous Peoples, trade unions, youth and NGOs.



  • Program Intern – Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative – SIPALink ID: 52256
  • Communications Intern – Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative – SIPALink ID: 52257


  • Environmental Compliance Manager – LG Electronics – SIPALink ID: 51722




A Lifesaving Transplant for Coral Reefs


San Diego Will Try Recycled Waste Water


Solar and Wind Energy Start to Win on Price vs. Conventional Fuels


Lia Cairone

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

To stay on top of all our news and events, don’t forget to check out and follow ECO on Facebook and Twitter. Click here to join our listserve or forward to a friend.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s