ECO Newsletter: Week of December 1, 2014


December 1, 2014

Greetings ECO –

Thanks to everyone who attended ECO’s end of semester happy hour last week!

And happy climate conference! The 20th Conference of the Parties (COP 20) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) kicked off today and will proceed through the 12th of this month in Lima, Peru, with participation of government representatives, experts and civil society members of 195 countries.


We are currently accepting nominations for ECO’s board for the 2015 academic year. Please follow the link below to self-nominate for one of the positions available, and we will host the elections once we’ve received everyone’s nominations. Joining ECO is a great opportunity for you to become involved with all things related to environmental issues at SIPA, and to participate further in your academic community. Please make your self-nominations by end of day Friday, December 5th:

Good luck during the last week of classes.



Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Earth Institute Practicum — Risk, Perception, and Decision Making
4:10 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Union Theological Seminary, Room 207

A talk by Sabine Marx, managing director, Center for Research on Environmental Decisions, The Earth Institute, Columbia University.

Sponsor: The Earth Institute


Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Sustainable Development Seminar Series: Impacts of Agricultural Practices on Atmospheric Chemistry, Climate, and Health
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Alfred Lerner Hall, Satow Hall (Columbia University Morningside Campus)

Climate has significant impacts on conditions affecting agriculture, including temperature, carbon dioxide, and the hydrological cycle. Conditions that determine world food production, food security and public health. A topic that achieves much less attention is the fact that, agriculture has been shown to produce significant effects on climate change, primarily through the production of greenhouse gases, altering Earth’s land cover, and by releasing precursors of air pollutants. The use of industrial fertilizers, a crucial component of agriculture in the industrial world, and an important tool for the Developing world, has shown to be an significant contributor to air pollution. It appears it is important to enlighten not only the impact of climate on agriculture, but also the impact of agriculture on climate, which until recently, has been little discussed in climate policy, much less a focus of or major participant in policy negotiations. In this seminar we will discuss the impact of agriculture on atmospheric chemistry, the effect of air pollution on public health, and the impact of climate on food production.

Speakers: Susanne Bauer, research scientist, Center for Climate Systems Research, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), The Earth Institute, Columbia University; Patrick Kinney, professor, Environmental Health Sciences, director, Columbia Climate and Health Program, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University;Alexander Ruane, adjunct associate research scientist, Center for Climate Systems Research, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), The Earth Institute, Columbia University.

Sponsor: The Earth Institute


Thursday, December 4th, 2014

National Parks Business Plan Internship Webinar
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Where: Online

The National Parks Business Plan Internship allows you to build marketable skills and enhance the lives of countless Americans while working in one of the most beautiful places in the world. Teams of consultants are assigned to national park sites across the country where they lead strategic projects that affect the long term health of our Park System. This prestigious internship enables you to apply and stretch your business skills through a structured week-long training as well as one-on-one mentoring from seasoned business management project managers.

Join our webinar on December 4, 2014 at 2pm EST to hear details from an NPS representative, and remember to apply by January 11th. To register for the webinar click here.



The Sustainability Management program is seeking candidates for the following Curriculum & Grading Assistant (CGA) positions for spring 2015. Please see the attachment for specifics on each position, as qualifications and time commitments may differ. Applications are due by Thursday, December 4th at 5:00pm.

SUMA K4020 Cost Benefit Analysis
SUMA K4035 GHG Emissions: Measuring & Minimizing the Carbon Footprint
SUMA K4100 Sustainability Management
SUMA K4119 Building Energy Workshop
SUMA K4135 Analysis for Energy Efficiency
SUMA K4140 Sustainability Science
SUMA K4145 Science of Sustainable Water
SUMA K4147 Water Systems Analysis
SUMA K4155 Energy Markets & Innovation
SUMA K4175 Global Environmental Markets
SUMA K4180 Writing about Science for the International Media
SUMA K4190 Economics of Sustainability Management
SUMA K4195 Green Accounting
SUMA K4200 Integrative Capstone Workshop
SUMA K4230 Sustainable Investing & Economic Growth
SUMA K4235 Science of Urban Ecology
SUMA K4240 Sustainable Agriculture
SUMA K4301 International Environmental Law
SUMA K4310 Practicum in Innovative Sustainability Leadership
SUMA K4320 Sustainable Investing & Economic Growth
SUMA K4330 Disaster Risk Management & Sustainable Urban Resilience
SUMA K4720 Policy & Legal Context of Sustainability Management

If interested, you can e-mail your application materials, consisting of a cover letter and a resume to Alyssa Rome, Program Manager, at

*Please include the course number/description in the e-mail subject line (e.g. SUMA K4020 CGA APPLICATION).*

Applications submitted by the deadline will be given top priority. Deadlines to apply for certain CGA positions may be extended depending on level of interest.




  • 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




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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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