ECO Newsletter: Week of November 22nd, 2015


November 22nd, 2015

Gobble gobble ECO,

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we’d like to give thanks to you, our members.  Thank you for your enthusiasm and engagement this semester!

Keep reading for announcements and upcoming events.


Recycling Survey
Last year, a series of waste audits revealed that SIPA had one of the worst track records for recycling at Columbia. As part of a Green Fund grant from Columbia’s Office of Environmental Stewardship, ECO is examining challenges around proper recycling and waste reduction. In the coming weeks and months, we’ll be sharing information about how to recycle and encouraging students to reduce waste on campus and moving towards a possible pilot project to test composting our food waste.

How can you help? Please fill out this short survey on your knowledge of recycling by December 1st. If you commit to take one of four simple actions over this school year and give us your uni, you will also be entered to win one of four gift certificates from local vendors.

2016 ECO Board

Co-Presidents: Yen Le and Dan Louis
Directors of Communication: Isaura Espinosa de los Monteros and Will Jordan
Director of Events: Mona Sultan Alsubaei
Treasurer: Utsav Adhikari
Director of Membership and Outreach: Chris Westling

ECO Green Fund
Sustainability Manager: Sonya Suter
Deputy Sustainability Manager: Toby Hyde


Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015
Earth Institute Environmental Summit

The summit includes a panel discussion with Vlada Kenniff, Managing Director of Demand Management and Resiliency at New York’s DEP, Prof. Upmanu Lall, Director of the Columbia Water Center, and Prof. William Becker, Vice President of Hazen & Sawyer’s drinking water practice. In addition to the panel, there will be networking opportunities with other students and clubs, as well as light refreshments. More details to come.
When: 7:00-9:00PM
Where: Earl Hall



  • EDF Climate Corps, Multiple project opportunities (Definitely apply!!!); Deadline December 8, 2015 –
  • Sustainability Consulting Practice, NYC manufacturing and technology sustainability: SIPALink ID: 5792; Deadline December 11, 2015 –
  • Sustainability and Wearable Tech Program Development Support : SIPALink ID: 58277; Deadline December 11, 2015 –
  • Global Dairy Platform, Agriculture Sustainability: SIPALink ID: 58528; Deadline December 11, 2015 –


  • World Resources Institute, Climate Resilient Development: SIPALink ID: 58685
  • Carbon Disclosure Project, Energy & Utilities: SIPALink ID: 58793
  • Tetra Tech International Development, Environment and Natural Resources: SIPALink ID: 58477



Climate Deal Best Hope for Peace

Why a Climate Deal is the Best Hope for Peace

Coal Fired Power Plants

Britain Calls for Closing of Coal Fired Power Plants by 2025


Yen Le

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

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