ECO Newsletter: Week of September 12th, 2015


September 12th, 2015

Greetings ECO!

Thanks to all of you who came to celebrate the first week of school with us yesterday.

Please note: ECO’s General Meeting for the semester will take place on Tuesday, 9/15, at 1:00-2:00pm, details below. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to meet with the ECO board and fellow members and learn about our organization and plans for the year.

There are currently four ECO Board Openings. Applications close on September 16th:

Apply for the ECO Board: Communications Director
This is a great opportunity to get involved and to meet fellow 1st and 2nd year students. Application closes September 16th. Time commitment is one semester. Learn more and apply here. Contact ECO co-presidents, Lia Cairone and Cait O’Donnell (lc3050 or cao2143) with questions.
Apply for the ECO Green Fund Team:
ECO’s Green Fund team will be implementing two funded projects this semester: the Sustain-a-Bottle Project (which will replace SIPA’s water foundations with bottle filling stations) and the Zero Waste Challenge (which aims to improve SIPA’s recycling and start a composting pilot). Learn more about the ECO Green Fund team and the open positions here.
  1. Deputy Manager/Co-Manager: Apply here
  2. Advocacy and Campaign Manager: Apply here
  3. Sustainability Auditor: Apply here.

ECO t-shirts are going quickly. The price is now $20. Contact lc3050 if you’d like to place an order.

Finally, mark your calendars because we have a lot in the works and we want to see much more of all of you in the weeks to come!



Monday, September 14th, 2015

COP21BioClimate Screening of Tiger Tiger with Alan Rabinowitz 
6:00 – 10:00pm
Roone Arledge Auditorium
Columbia University Coalition for Sustainable Development (CUCSD) is thrilled to invite you to #COP21BioClimate film screening and symposium on wildlife featuring ‘Tiger Tiger’ with Dr. Alan Rabinowitz.
This event is a part of a larger campaign #COP21BioClimate which is focusing on major threats to wildlife, including Big Cats, Elephants, Rhinos and Primates, and their important role in mitigating climate change and what policy solutions should be enacted.
Find tickets here.

Join Columbia Divest for Climate Justice (CDCJ) for snacks, fun, and divestment knowledge at their first open meeting and info session of the school year. They’ll be discussing the group’s history, climate justice, divestment, and what it means to be an activist at Columbia. Newcomers are welcome, and no prior experience in activism or divestment is needed.


Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

ECO General Meeting!
1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
IAB 420 (OCS Conference Room)

Join SIPA’s Environmental Coalition (ECO) Board to learn more about what ECO is, what it does, and how you can get involved. We’ll be sharing details about upcoming events (including ECO Week – Sept 19-Sept 26) and applications for open Board and Green Fund team positions.
Event website:


Wednesday, September 20th, 2015

Ecology, Economy and Ethics: Mobilizing for a Just Transition (Center For Earth Ethics)

9:00am – 5:30pm

About one year after the Religions for the Earth conference brought more than 200 world religious leaders to New York during the UN Climate Summit, leaders of religious and spiritual traditions will reconvene for a one-day summit on where we are now. This conference, almost exactly between the release of the papal encyclical on the environment and the COP21 climate change summit, will cover topics from divestment to energy ethics to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and with a special session on linking locally-rooted struggles to our broader climate movement.

Join the livestream here.


Saturday, September 19th, 2015

ECO Hike to Harriman State Park

8:45am to 3:35 p.m.
Port Authority Bus Terminal

Join ECO on a hike to the Island Pond/Lemon Squeezer Loop in Harriman State Park. We will meet at the Port Authority Bus Terminal at 8:45 am sharp to catch the 9:10 am Short Line bus to Southfields. Drinks, snacks and lunch will be provided by ECO.

Difficulty: Moderate
Cost: Approximately $24 for bus transportation.

RSVP required. Email Alejandra at


Monday, September 21st, 2015
ECO’s Zero Waste Workshop
1:00 – 2:00pm
Lerner Hall, Room 572 (Music Practice Room)
Maria Ortiz, Program Manager of the Bureau of Recycling and Sustainability will give an educational workshop on proper recycling and waste reduction.

Lunch will be served. RSVP required and limited to only 20 people. Email Angela at to reserve a spot.
Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015
ECO’s Introduction to GIS Workshop
1:00 to 3:00pm
Lehman Library
Facilitated by a GIS expert from Columbia’s Digital Social Science Center, this is a 2 hour introduction to what GIS is and how we can use it in an environmental policy context. No prior experience necessary and no computer necessary.RSVP required and limited to only 10 people. Email Hamilton at to reserve a spot ASAP!




  • NGO Sustainability, Intern/Associate, SIPALink ID: 57252
  • Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, Inc., various, see SIPALink


  • NYSERDA, various, see SIPALink
  • Sierra Club, Electric Sector Analyst, SIPALink ID: 57186




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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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