ECO Newsletter: Week of November 29th, 2015


November 29th, 2015


We hope you had a relaxing break! If you haven’t already, please fill out the recycling survey linked below and share with your friends. It closes on December 1st.

See below for this week’s 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.


Tuesday, December 1st, 2015
Movie Screening: Climate – Make it Work!

Paris Climat Make It Work is an initiative launched by Sciences Po and partner institutions in preparation for the upcoming Conference of the Parties international climate negotiations in Paris (COP21). Led by Laurence Tubiana, the Special Representative of France for the COP21, and French philosopher Bruno Latour, the initiative culminated in a gathering of 200 youth and students from around the world in May to partake in a public simulation of the COP that lasted for three days.

Tying in elements of innovation and tradition, the project was created so that political action could meet artistic creativity. In addition to bringing the voices of the youth to the forefront of climate change issues, the project was also about experimenting in order to understand, to act and to transform. Following the students’ three-day journey, the film is also scheduled to be screened around the world in Beijing, Tokyo and at the COP21 in Paris.
When: 6PM
Where: Columbia Maison Française, Buell Hall


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


Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015
What China’s Environmental Plans Mean for the World

With the Paris Climate Change Conference as a backdrop, Mark Clifford, former Editor-in-Chief of the South China Morning Post, will discuss the likely impact of China’s environmental policies on the rest of the world. Mr. Clifford will also be discussing and signing his latest book, The Greening of Asia: The Business Case for Solving Asia’s Environmental Emergency, for which he was awarded the 2015 Chris Welles Prize by the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.
When: 6:00-8:00PM
Where: China Institute, 100 Washington Street



  • 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



NY Times China Article

Chinese Report on Climate Change Depicts Somber Scenarios

A Car Dealers Won't Sell, NYTimes

A Car Dealers Won’t Sell: It’s Electric


Yen Le

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

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