ECO Newsletter: Week of March 1st, 2015


Hello ECO,

We are still recruiting a sustainability manager that oversees ECO’s involvement in the University’s sustainability agenda. If you are passionate about fostering changes in the sustainability and energy practices on campus, attentive to details, and prepared to lead, then you are very likely the person that we are looking for! The deadline to apply is March the 6th. You can apply through this link. Don’t let the deadline fly you by!



Monday, March 2, 4:30-6:00 pm

Casa Italiana, 1161 Amsterdam Ave.

Book Launch: The Age of Sustainable Development

The Earth Institute Presents a book launch with Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs on his newest publication, “The Age of Sustainable Development.”

Introduction: John H. Coatsworth, Provost; Professor, International and Public Affairs; Professor, History, Columbia University,

Speaker: Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director, The Earth Institute; Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development; Professor of Health Policy and Management, Columbia University

Register Here.


Wednesday, March 4th, 5:00-6:15 pm

Columbia University, Faculty House, Presidential Room

Enhancing Emergency Preparedness for Natural Disasters

Please join the Center on Global Energy Policy for a presentation and discussion of the National Petroleum Council (NPC) study, Enhancing Emergency Preparedness for Natural Disasters. Ms. Peggy Montana, CEO and President, Shell Midstream Partners, LP, will present the report’s key findings and recommendations. After her remarks, Bob Hallman, CGEP Fellow and former Deputy Secretary for Energy and the Environment for New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, will provide his thoughts and reactions.

Register Here.


Friday, March 6, 2:00-3:30 pm

472 2nd Avenue, 29th Street Pier, Brooklyn, NY 11232

Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility Site Visit with ECO

Curious about what happens to your recyclables? Opened in December 2013, the Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility is the principal processing center for all of NYC’s metal, glass and plastic recyclables. Join us for a tour of the most modern and sophisticated recycling center in the United States. Learn more about the facility here.

Meet-Up Time: 12:30pm in front of the Alma Mater statue. We’ll be meeting up to take the subway together. If you’d like to join us in Brooklyn, meet us at the facility at 2:00pm.

RSVP Here.


  • World Bank Group Analyst Program – World Bank – SIPALink ID: 53353


  • Summer 2015 Global Intern – Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy – SIPALink ID: 53558
  • OECD Corporate Internship Programme – OECD – SIPALink ID: 53732
  • Impact – Environmental Policy Intern – SIPALinkID: 53382



NYT: Food Waste Is Becoming Serious Economic and Environmental Issue, Report Says


BBC: Hard times for the Texas oil industry

Texan oil worker contemplates flare from well

NYT: China Bans Import of Ivory Carvings for One Year


Tianjian Gao

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


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