ECO Newsletter: Week of September 7th, 2015


Welcome to the first week of school!

Lots of wonderful events and opportunities are on the horizon so mark your calendars and get excited:



ECO’s Annual Faculty/Student Happy Hour

 Friday, September 11, 6:00pm
 Harlem Tavern
 Frederick Douglass Boulevard and 116th Street

Please join ECO as we build community and celebrate the completion of the first week of classes. Drinks and food provided.

ECO Faculty.Student HH


Join ECO!

Board Openings:

  • ECO Communications Director

The application is now open for the position of Communications Director of the Environmental Coalition. Time commitment is one semester. This is a great opportunity to get involved and meet fellow 1st and 2nd year students. Learn more and apply here:

ECO’s Green Fund team is also accepting applications for the following board positions:

  • Green Fund: Co-Manager
  • Green Fund: Sustainability Auditor
  • Green Fund: Advocacy and Campaign Manager

Learn more and apply at:

Deadline for all applications: Wednesday, September 16th


Environmental Coalition T-shirts now available

Order your ECO T-Shirt!  First week of school only: $10 for an ECO 100% organic cotton tee.

ECO Tees

Sizes: small, medium, large, x-large

Colors: charcoal, light blue, green

Contact lc3050 to place your order.


Look out for information regarding ECO’s 1st General Meeting, taking place on September 15th as well as info on

ECO Week: 9/19 – 9/26 including:

9/19: ECO Hike

9/21: ECO Green Fund Zero Waste Workshop

9/22: ECO presents GIS Workshop

9/23: ECO Skypes: GIS with World Resources Institute

9/24: ECO Film Screening

9/26: EE Retreat

Opportunities on and off campus


Vote Solar is looking for 8-10 volunteers to help with its annual fundraiser and party in Brooklyn. Shifts last about an hour and a half, and volunteers are welcome to join in the general fun for the rest of the evening. People interested in volunteering can get in touch with:

September 23rd from 6-10pm in Dumbo. More here:

New class at the journalism school: 

Framing the News:  Studies in the Depiction of Climate Change

Fall 2015, Thursdays 2-4 pm

Journalism J9300

Todd Gitlin

Despite heightened scientific concern about the convulsive climate change already taking place and mounting worldwide, media reporting is sketchy, often misleading, and–even when accurate–of doubtful effect in informing both public and elite opinion. How is climate news being framed? How, if at all, has the framing changed in recent years?  How are scientists, Pope Francis, and climate activists framed? What can psychological and journalistic research tell us about how the discourse ought to be framed?

This seminar will explore the growing literature on media coverage of climate change; on obstacles to public comprehension; on relevant experimental and public opinion research.  We will read books and articles to get our minds around the state of the art, and hear from climate scientists and journalists who strive to convey climate news in a fashion commensurate with public need.


  • New York City Department of Environmental Protection’s Education Office will be offering a fall semester internship (unpaid) for an undergraduate or graduate student this coming semester. Please check out the document below or this link:…/ht…/job_opportunities/internships.shtml
  • Impact is a nonprofit that runs grassroots campaigns. We work on issues like climate change, clean water and the influence of big money on our democracy. Our campaigns activate a broad range of constituents and build power to influence our political system. We develop smart strategies and effective tactics, and we are committed to our interns’ learning experience. If you are interested in building coalitions in support of transitioning New York to solar energy or engaging media, elected officials, businesses, and organizations in the fight for clean water, apply to be an Impact intern TODAY.

    As an intern, you will educate and mobilize more students and citizens on these issues. You will organize events, write opinion media, research and execute campaign tactics, plan and facilitate meetings, and maybe even meet with Congressmembers Schumer and Gillibrand here in New York.

    You can read more about our internships on our website: Our deadline for applications is September 8th.

    Feel free to contact me at with questions

  • Apply to be an Environment America intern today.

    What do interns with Environment America do?
    You’ll help us educate and engage citizens on the most critical environmental issues of our time. You’ll help us get our issues into the media, build coalitions, organize events and lobby decision-makers. Ultimately, you’ll help us build the kind of public support it takes to win.


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Lia Cairone

SIPA Environmental Coalition (ECO) co-President
MIA Candidate (2016), School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

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