ECO Newsletter: Week of September 20th, 2015


September 20th, 2015


Welcome to ECO Week!

If you missed the first two events of ECO Week, a hike in Harriman State Park, and a film screening of Racing Extinction, don’t fret, we have lots of great activities and workshops planned throughout the week. Read on for more details.


During ECO Week, ECO t-shirts will be discounted for the last time this semester. Shirts are $10 throughout the week. Place an order with lc3050 if interested.

ECO Tees

Finally, look forward to announcements about new ECO board members this week!



Monday, September 21st, 2015

ECO’s Zero Waste Workshop
Maria Ortiz, Program Manager of the Bureau of Recycling and Sustainability will give an educational workshop on proper recycling and waste reduction and will discuss the Bureau’s policy goals and impacts.WhenMon, Sept 211:00-2:00pm

Where: Lerner Hall, Room 572 (Music Practice Room)
Details: Lunch will be served.
RSVP: RSVP required and limited to only 15 people. Email Angela at to reserve a spot.
Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015
ECO’s Introduction to GIS Workshop
When: 1:00 to 3:00pm
Where: Lehman Library
Details: 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. We are now at full capacity for this event.


Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015
ECO Skypes DC: GIS Experts at World Resources Institute
ECO Skypes is a networking event series that connects SIPA students with alumni and environmental policymakers outside of NYC. Small groups of students (10-12) are invited to participate in these group informational interviews on a first-come basis. Join ECO for a discussion of environmental applications of GIS with experts at World Resources Institute. Susan Minnemeyer and Asa Strong map real changes in global forest cover with a GIS tool called Global Forest Watch.
When: 1:00 – 2:00pm
Where: 1255 Amsterdam: Global Center for Energy Policy
Details: RSVP required: Email cao2143 for your spot.


Friday, September 25th, 2015
Sun Come Up, a film by Jennifer Redfearn and Tim Metzger
This award winning documentary shows the human face of climate change and the impacts of rising sea levels on low-lying nations.
When: Friday, September 25, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Where: Lerner Roone Arledge Cinema
RSVP: Limited to 30 people. Email Angela at to reserve a spot. Free
Saturday, September 26th, 2015
E&E Retreat, cosponsored by ECO and SEA
Contact Goksenin for details, goo2105



  • ConEdison, Distributed Energy, Energy Efficiency: SIPALink ID: 57439
  • Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI), SIPALink ID: various




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Environmental activists stage a tug-of-war between polluting fossils fuels and renewable energy (R) as they protest outside the European Union Council in Brussels, Belgium, September 18, 2015. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

European Union Ministers Unite on Climate Mandate Ahead of Paris Talks


Lia Cairone

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

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