ECO Newsletter: Week of March 29th, 2015


Good Morning ECO,

As we head into the second half of this semester, ECO is geared up to deliver an exciting series of events on the environment,  energy, and climate. In the next couple of weeks, be sure to save your dates for our events , and come to learn, connect,  and have great fun!



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.

ECO-Sponsored Film Screening of Pandora’s Promise

April 8th, 7:15pm – 11:00pm
Columbia University, Lerner Hall, Roone Arledge Auditorium
Next Generation Nuclear Power: The Solution to Climate Change?
Film screening of “Pandora’s Promise” followed by a discussion about nuclear energy.
Introduction by: Nobuo Tanaka, President of Sasakawa Peace Foundation & former IEA Director
Keynote Address: Bill Nye, a.k.a “The Science Guy”
Andrew Revkin, The New York Times
Robert Stone, Award Winning Film Director
Gernot Wagner, Environmental Defense Fund
Does nuclear energy have any role in stopping climate change?  Kicking off the first of three days highlighting nuclear energy at Columbia University,CUCSD presents a screening of PANDORA’S PROMISE followed by a panel discussion with experts.  Introduced by Nobuo Tanaka, President of Sasakawa Peace Foundation and former Executive Director of the IEA, a keynote by Bill Nye (the science guy), who will also join our panel, Academy-Award®-nominated director Robert Stone, Gernot Wagner from Environmental Defense Fund, and moderated by The New York Times’ Andrew Revkin.  The atomic bomb and meltdowns like Fukushima have made nuclear power synonymous with global disaster. But what if we’ve got nuclear power wrong? PANDORA’S PROMISE asks whether the one technology we fear most could save our planet from a climate catastrophe.


ECO GIS Workshop
Monday, April 13th

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
School of Social Work Library, 121st & Amsterdam Ave
Come learn the basics of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) through a small, hands-on tutorial session with the Columbia DSSC. Instruction and scenarios will focus on applications to environmental and urban policy. A follow-up informational interview with GIS professionals will also be available to participants. Space is limited so please contact Hamilton Foster ( as soon as possible.

  • Associate, Forest-Climate Policy, SIPAlink ID 54850
  • CGI America Program Fellow, The Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, SIPAlink ID 54830


  • 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 Clean Development Mechanism Fund (CCDMF) Summer 2015 Internship at the China Ministry of Finance, SIPAlink ID 54775



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Tianjian Gao

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

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