ECO Newsletter: Week of March 22nd, 2015


Good Afternoon ECO,

We hope you have had a restful Spring Break and are ready to take on the remainder of the semester. See below for exciting ECO events in the following weeks and more.



The Transition to a Low-Carbon Future: Can it be Financed?

Monday, March 23, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

IAB 1501

Please join the Center on Global Energy Policy for a discussion on The Transition to a Low-Carbon Future: Can it be Financed? Bill Janeway, Senior Advisor, Warburg Pincus, will discuss how investment in innovative technologies—the financial return on which is highly uncertain—can play an important role in the transition to a low-carbon economy. What can we learn from past technological revolutions, when state programs and financial speculation combined to mobilize capital at enormous scale? Will past patterns of investment at the frontier be relevant to the challenge of addressing climate change?Following Mr. Janeway’s remarks, there will be a panel conversation on this topic moderated by CGEP Inaugural Fellow David Sandalow, featuring Bill Janeway and Dr. Kristina Johnson, Co-Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Enduring Hydro.



ECO Recent Alum Skype Session: Informational Interview with David Abrahamson
Thursday, Apr 2nd, 8-9pm
IAB 804
Spaces are limited to 10 attendees; RSVP as soon as possible to confirm your spot.
To RSVP: email Cait O’Donnell at with the subject line “ECO Recent Alum Skype Session” and your name.
Does your EE “Program” pipeline need a boost? Thinking about internships and job opportunities with WWF, TNC, or CGI? Interested in environmental policy issues in China and/or Myanmar?
Join ECO for a group informational interview via Skype with recent SIPA alum and former ECO president, David Abrahamson. He is the Program Manager for Natural Resources, Agriculture & Rural Development at the Myanmar Institute for Integrated Development: We’ll be speaking with David about what he’s been doing since SIPA, his current work, his SIPA-related advice looking back, and tips for the job search. Learn more about David here:


ECO Site Visit: Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Friday, April 3rd, 2:15pm-5:30pm
 Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, NY
Spaces are limited to 15 attendees. RSVP as soon as possible to confirm your spot.
To RSVP: email Alejandra Ucros with the subject line “Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Trip” and your name.
Transit to LDEO: ECO will be taking care of transportation up to the observatory. We’ll be leaving from 118th and Amsterdam at 2:15pm.
Concerned about Senator Inhofe’s snowball theatrics? Join ECO for a trip to the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory to explore the intersection between science and environmental policy. We’ll be meeting with climate scientist Dr. Jason Smerdon to talk about ocean and climate physics and geochemist Kelsey Dyez to talk about longer timescale paleoclimate and implications for climate change. We’ll also be joining the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences grad students for happy hour.




  • China Clean Development Mechanism Fund (CCDMF) Summer 2015 Internship at the China Ministry of Finance, SIPAlink ID 54775
  • Intern, Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme, UNDP, SIPAlink ID 54792
  • World Bank Junior Short Term Consultant, Global and Cross-Sectoral Energy Efficiency Best Practices, SIPAlink ID 54748


  •    China State Grid International Development, SIPAlink ID 54556
  •    Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), SIPAlink ID 54568



China eyes fundamental shift in energy policy

Man wearing a mask in Tiananmen

Obama administration tightens federal rules on oil and gas fracking

Study: Solar PV in the Built Environment Could Power California Nearly 5 Times Over

 solar trends


Tianjian Gao

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

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