ECO Newsletter: Week of October 25th, 2015


October 25th, 2015

Hello friends,

Quick shout out to the Green Fund for their hard work with the waste audits at SIPA. The audits will continue over the next few weeks, and we’ll be sure to let you know the results.  In the meantime, try to be conscious of what you use and recycle whenever possible!

Green Fund Waste Audit

Here are the events going on this week and next, we hope you can participate.


Tuesday, October 27th, 2015
Adaptation to Climate Change in NYC

The Environmental Law Society is hosting a panel discussion of law and policy issues related to climate change adaptation in New York City.  The panel will feature:

Susan Amron:  Chief, NYC Law Dept. Envtl. Law Div.
Michael Gerrard:  Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School
Venetia Lannon:  Regional Director, New York State Dept. of Envtl. Conservation (SIPA alum)
Eric Schaaf:  Regional Counsel, U.S. EPA
When: 12:10-1:10PM
Where: Jerome Greene (Law School), Room 102A
More info: Direct any questions to Channing Jones,


Tuesday, October 27th, 2015
A Path Forward on Energy Policy

Major energy policy changes are on the horizon as U.S. policymakers grapple with climate change, fossil fuel trends, and shifting business models in the energy sector. States, cities, companies, and other groups around the country are finding innovative ways to rethink energy economics and alter the way we use energy. At this day-long conference, noted experts from government, the private sector, and academia will discuss what to expect as the energy landscape rapidly evolves.
When: 10:00AM-4:30PM
Where: NYU School of Law, 40 Washington Square South
RSVP: Space is limited. RSVP here.


Thursday, October 29th, 2015
Impacts of Climate Change on Women in Developing Countries

Climate change poses the greatest challenge to the world’s poorest countries, and especially to women in those countries. In developing countries women serve as both astute managers of natural resources and caretakers of the natural environment. New climate-related risks are adding to the existing challenge of tackling poverty, food security, and preventable and curable diseases.  The panel of experts will focus on a solutions-oriented approach for women as stewards of the environment in developing countries affected by climate change.
When: 6:00-8:00PM
Where: Center for Global Affairs, NYU School of Professional Studies – Woolworth Building, 15 Barclay Street, 4th floor, New York
RSVP: Email to RSVP.


Friday, October 30th, 2015
UN 70th Anniversary: New Inspiration and Historic Insights for Today’s World

The Southern NYS Division of UNA-USA and the SUNY Global Engagement Program are co-sponsoring a UN 70th anniversary event on October 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The program will feature Yasmine Sherif, a diplomat who is launching her new book at the UN Bookstore this week and Professor S. Ilgu Ozler, who heads the SUNY Global Engagement Program. They will speak on the refugee crisis, leaving ample time for Q&A and for discussion.
When: 9:30AM-1:00PM
Where: SUNY Global Center—116 E 55th St, New York, NY 10022
RSVP: Email with your Name, Organization, Telephone No., email



Saturday, November 7th, 2015
The Sustainability Secret: Confronting the Environmental Impact of Animal Agriculture

The Columbia Vegan Society, in conjunction with numerous environmental groups on campus, will be hosting a free documentary screening of Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret.  The film has brought attention to the environmental impact of animal agriculture. Following the documentary will be the chance to break into discussion groups to talk about the film’s message. Free food is provided by Columbia Dining Services. All food waste will be composted under the guidance of EcoReps.
When: 6:00-9:00PM
Where: Roone Arledge Auditorium
Event website:



  • Community Preservation Corporation, Sustainability Intern: Email with a cover letter and resume. Details here.
  • NYC Department of Environmental Protection, Demand Management Intern: SIPALink ID: 57668
  • National Park Service, Net Impact, Summer 2016: SIPALink ID: 57724


  • EDF Climate Corps Fellow Info Session, October 27th 1-2PM, IAB 1501
  • Center for Clean Air Policy, Development/Fundraising: SIPALink ID: 57713



NYTimes article

Numerous States Prepare Lawsuits Against Obama’s Climate Policy

Social Responsibility

Social Responsibility That Rubs Right Off


Yen Le

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

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