ECO Newsletter: Week of December 15, 2014


December 15, 2014

Seasons greetings –

Congratulations to the new ECO Board for 2015!

Co-Presidents: Lia Cairone and Caitlin O’Donnell
Director of Communications: Tianjian Gao
Director of Events: Alejandra Ucrós
Treasurer: Hamilton Foster
Director of Membership and Outreach: Siddharth Goel

We look forward to working with everyone in the coming year. Good luck with finals and enjoy your winter break.



The NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability is seeking ECO/SIPA students to intern in its office. They have a number of internship openings for the Spring semester.
All internship descriptions are posted online here:


The Natural Resource Defense Council’s International Program and Climate & Clean Air Program has a job opening to work on international climate change. The person will play a critical role in its advocacy on international climate change, especially in the lead-in to the next big agreement next December.

Apply here.

Job Description
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is an international non-profit environmental organization with more than 1.4 million members and online activists. Since 1970, our lawyers, scientists, and other environmental specialists have worked to protect the world’s natural resources, public health, and the environment. NRDC works on projects in the United States, Canada, Latin America, India, and China, as well as on global initiatives addressing issues such as climate change, energy, toxic waste, oceans, water, air and health.

Position Summary:
NRDC seeks an Advocate to work with the International and Climate & Clean Air Program in its Washington, D.C. office. The Advocate will help implement the organization’s strategy to address climate change at the international level and promote strong domestic implementation in key countries around the world. The Advocate will work closely with NRDC staff and with other nongovernmental organizations at the international level and in key countries where NRDC or partners operate, including India, Latin America, China, and Canada. The work will include engagement in the international climate negotiations and other venues to advance climate action. The successful candidate must have good communication and problem solving skills, strong writing capability for a policy audience, and grasp of international climate change issues.


The Earth Institute is pleased to offer several paid opportunities for the spring 2015 semester.  Please click here for more information on the following programs:

– The Earth Institute Internship Program (Deadline: 1/15)

– The Earth Institute Undergraduate Research Assistantship Program (Deadline: 1/15)

– The Student Support Grant (Deadline: 2/13)

If you have any questions about any of these opportunities, please contact me at


Green Fund Grant

Environmental Stewardship has opened up its second application period for the Green Fund. This is unique opportunity for students to obtain funding to lead a sustainability project on campus in 2015-2016.

The 2015-2016 Green Fund application is now open for a second round of projects! All full-time Columbia University students are invited to submit an application for the University Green Fund. Spearheaded by Environmental Stewardship, the Green Fund is an initiative that grants funding for student-led projects focused on improving sustainability on Columbia University campuses. Collaboratively, Columbia Dining, Housing and University Event Management have subsidized the $25,000 fund. All applications are due by February 20th, 2015. For more information on the winning projects from 2014 and to apply, visit the Environmental Stewardship website.




Climate Deal Reached at Lima COP20


One of Six Remaining Northern White Rhinos Dies in U.S.


Amazon Peatlands Are Most Carbon-Dense Ecosystem


Lia Cairone

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

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