ECO Newsletter: Week of November 8th, 2015


November 8th, 2015


Board applications are live — we hope you apply and join our team! Applications are due by Wednesday, November 11th at midnight. Open positions include: 2 Co-Presidents, Sustainability Manager, Treasurer, Director of Membership and Outreach, Director of Communications, and Director of Events. To apply for co-President, complete this application:; and for all other board positions, complete this application:  See our previous post for much more detailed descriptions of the positions and application process.

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


Monday and Tuesday, November 9th-10th, 2015
Green Fund Waste Audits

Help the Green Fund Team collect data, increase awareness, and make recycling more accessible in SIPA. For any aspiring Sustainability Managers, this is a great way to get hands-on experience. All equipment will be on site, all we need is you!
When: Various times, see Audit Schedule to sign up
Where: IAB, 4th and 6th Floors
More info: Direct any questions to Toby Hyde (tmh2156) or Dan Louis (dcl2128)


Wednesday, November 11th, 2015
Why You Should Think About Fashion If You Care About Sustainability

The Earth Institute and the Master of Science in Sustainability Management program present a panel discussion: Why you should think about fashion if you care about sustainability. The panelists will speak to the environmental and social impacts of the fashion industry, strategies for more sustainable practices, and specific challenges companies face when they try to implement sustainability into apparel supply chains.
When: 6:00-7:30PM
Where: Fayerweather Hall, Room 310
Event website:



Monday, November 16th, 2015
Decoding Paris: Will the Paris Climate Negotiations Catalyze Greater Climate Action

Join the Center on Global Energy Policy for a panel discussion previewing the upcoming climate negotiations in Paris. This event will discuss the obstacles to achieving a successful agreement in Paris, what the prospects are for an agreement, and how such an agreement might impact climate policy in countries around the world.
When: 6:30-8:00PM
Where: Jerome Greene Hall (Law School), Room 102A
Event website:


Tentative: Tuesday, November 17th, 2015
Paris Climate Negotiations Experiment

Participate in Professor Scott Barrett’s latest research experiment regarding the upcoming Paris climate negotiations and hear Professor Barrett’s thoughts on what to expect from the COP. More details to come!
When: 6:00-8:00PM


Wednesday, November 18th, 2015
Brown Bag Lunch with Charity: Water

Join the Columbia University Coalition for Sustainable Development for a Brown Bag Lunch with Charity: Water, a nonprofit organization aimed at bringing clean and safe drinking water to developing nations.  Learn how clean water means health, income and education – especially for women and kids.
When: 1:00-2:00PM
Where: IAB 1201
Event website:




  • Charity: Water, Finance and Strategy: SIPALink ID: 58305
  • Empire Clean Cities, Graduate Intern, Summer 2016: SIPALink ID: 54981


  • Level Solar, Various: SIPALink ID: 58402, 58403, 58404
  • ECOAgriculture Partners, Development/Fundraising: SIPALink ID: 58349



Keystone XL

Citing Climate Change, Obama Rejects Construction of Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

China Coal

China Burns More Coal Than Reported, Complicating Climate Talks


Yen Le

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

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