ECO Newsletter: Week of April 5, 2015


Hello ECO,

First of all, a big thank you to all of you who came out to our 3 events last week. We appreciate your support and are looking forward to seeing you soon in our upcoming events for the remainder of this semester.

Find below for upcoming environmental events, jobs, internships, and news headlines.


ECO-Sponsored Film Screening of Pandora’s Promise

Wednesday, 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.

China-Russia Energy Relations: Key Drivers and Implications

Panel Discussion
Wednesday, April 8, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 1501

Please join the Center on Global Energy Policy and the Harriman Institute for a panel discussion on China-Russia Energy Relations: Key Drivers and Implications.
CGEP Inaugural Fellow David Sandalow will provide brief opening remarks and moderate a panel discussion featuring:

  • Edward Chow, Senior Fellow, Energy and National Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • Erica Downs, Senior Analyst, Eurasia Group
  • James Henderson, Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Institute of Energy Studies

Morena Skalamera, Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Geopolitics of Energy Project, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

MIT Climate CoLab: Seeking high-impact climate change solutions

Proposals due on May 16.

The MIT Climate CoLab is currently running contests that seek fresh, innovative approaches on what to do about climate change.

At MIT’s Climate CoLab you can work with people from all over the world to develop ideas and action plans on how to address climate change, right now. Current contests address low-carbon energy, building efficiency, adaptation, shifting public attitudes and behaviors, U.S. carbon price, and over a dozen other topics.

Authors of winning proposals will be invited to present their work before government officials, business executives, NGO leaders and scientists who can help move proposals toward implementation, as well as share it at MIT, where a $10,000 Grand Prize will be awarded.

Even if you don’t have new ideas yourself, you can help improve other people’s ideas and support the ones you find most promising.

Entries are due May 16, 2015. Enter soon to receive feedback from Climate CoLab community members and the experts who are overseeing the contests.



  • World Bank Summer Internship, SIPAlink ID 55075
  • Brookings Institution Energy and Climate Policy Summer Internship, SIPAlink ID 55065
  • GreenMax Capital Advisors Sustainable Energy Summer Internship, SIPAlink ID 54969


  • Green-e Customer Relations Associate, SIPAlink ID 55058
  • London School of Economics and Political Science, Policy Economist, SIPAlink ID 55043



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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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