ECO Newsletter: Week of October 11th, 2015


October 11th, 2015

Greetings ECO,

Last week we partnered with Columbia Business School’s Green Business Club for a site visit to Newtown Creek. If you weren’t able to make the trip, you should still consider going to Greenpoint to check it out.

Newtown CreekWastewater Treatment

Here are some activities that are going on this week, we hope you can join!


Tuesday, October 13th, 2015
SIPA Israel Environmental Leadership Delegation

The Columbia SIPA Israel Delegation is a competitive student-led fellowship bringing select graduate students from across SIPA and the Law School to Israel. This academic year there will be an Environmental Leadership delegation over the spring break. In the Environmental Leadership Delegation, Israel’s landscape, politics and history will serve as a unique backdrop for exploring the interaction between humans and nature.To learn more about the initiative, Like the SIPA Israel Delegation Facebook page and attend one of the info sessions. For questions contact
When: 8:15PM
Where: IAB 403
Other times: If you can’t make it on Tuesday, there will be other sessions held on Thursday, October 15th in IAB 410; and Monday, October 19th, location TBD.


Tuesday, October 13th, 2015
Panel on UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals: Impacts on Companies and their Stakeholders

As we embark on the post-2015 development agenda, the newly launched Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will set the agenda for global action for the next fifteen years.  The SDGs expand on the 8 previous goals (poverty and hunger, education, gender equality, maternal health, child mortality, HIV-AIDS, environmental sustainability, global partnership) and incorporate new goals and targets related to sustainable energy, economic growth and employment, inequality, sustainable consumption and production, climate change, and sustainability of the seas and ecosystems.

This discussion will address what the new SDGs mean for the business community, seeking to answer:

  • How will the SDGs push the sustainability agenda forward, involving companies as partners?
  • What are resources for companies seeking to align their corporate responsibility goals with the SDGs?
  • What impact will they have on the development of legislation or incentives affecting companies?
When: 6:00-8:00PM
Where: Baruch College l Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity – Room 750, 151 E. 25th Street (between Lexington and 3rd Avenue)
Wednesday, October 14th, 2015
Brown Bag Discussion: Food and Energy
Join SIPA Food Systems, SEA, and ECO for a conversation about food waste and energy, exploring the research of Dr. Kartik Chandran, head of Kartik Chandran Laboratory in the Earth and Environmental Engineering department.
When: 1:00-2:00PM
Where: IAB Room 404



  • Environment America, Clean Energy: SIPALink ID: 57816
  • Center for Clean Air Policy, Development Manger: SIPALink ID: 57713
  • New York Department of Environmental Protection, Demand Management: SIPALink ID: 57668



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Yen Le

SIPA Environmental Coalition (ECO) Communications Director
MPA Candidate (2017), School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

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