ECO Newsletter: Week of January 24th, 2016

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January 24th, 2016

Hi Everyone –

Welcome back, and happy 2016! We hope that you had a great winter break. We are super excited for the activities we will have this semester; we hope you can join us…

THIS WEEK:

ECO & SEA Happy hour! (Details TBD – watch out for them on the ECO Facebook page)

Monday, January 25, 2016

COP21 Climate Agreement – What Comes Next?
Please join the Center on Global Energy Policy and the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law for a discussion on what comes next for the Paris COP21 Agreement after its adoption last month. Our discussion will feature remarks from a set of distinguished speakers followed by a moderated discussion. Featured participants include:

  • Dr. Scott Barrett, Lenfest-Earth Institute Professor of Natural Resource Economics, Columbia SIPA;
  • Jason Bordoff, Founding Director, Center on Global Energy Policy;
  • Michael Gerrard, Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice, Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School;
  • Nat Keohane, Vice President, Global Climate, Environmental Defense Fund;
  • Kyung-Ah Park, Managing Director and Head of Environmental Markets Group, Goldman Sachs;
  • David Sandalow, Inaugural Fellow, Center on Global Energy Policy.

Registration is required. This event is open to press.

A podcast of this event (in addition to other past Center events) will be available ~5 days after the date of the event through iTunes or via our website.

For more information contact: energypolicy@columbia.edu

When: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Where: Jerome Greene Hall, Room 101
Register

Thursday, January 28, 2016

GCC Countries in the New Oil World
The collapse of oil prices since mid-2014 has shaken many of the cornerstones of the oil markets. For decades, oil-importing countries have relied on the oil-producing economies of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to balance the global market. At the same time, oil has financed the rapid development of the GCC nations, and, as such, the modern history of oil and the Middle East cannot be disentangled. But the oil market has not been standing still. As part of its efforts to help improve understanding of the challenging issues emerging from the new oil world, please join the Center on Global Energy Policy for a discussion of the global market, domestic economic and geopolitical considerations facing the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries with a distinguished set of experts:

  • Jason Bordoff, Founding Director, Center on Global Energy Policy
  • Bassam Fattouh, Director, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies
  • F. Gregory Gause, III, John H. Lindsey  44 Chair, Professor of International Affairs and Head of the International Affairs Department, Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University
  • Amos Hochstein, Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs, Bureau of Energy Resources, U.S. Department of State
  • Adnan Shihab-Eldin, Director General, Kuwait Foundation for Advancement of Sciences
  • Adam Sieminski, Administrator, US Energy Information Administration

Registration is required. This event is open to press.

It will also be livestreamed here. A podcast of this event (in addition to other past Center events) will be available ~5 days after the date of the event through iTunes or via our website.

For more information contact: energypolicy@columbia.edu

When: 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Where: International Affairs Building, Room 1501
Register

NEXT WEEK:

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

Post Paris COP 21 Business Climate
The recent Paris COP 21 accord is widely hailed as a historic show of solidarity among nearly 200 nations to curtail greenhouse gas emissions and keep temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius to prevent further global warming. While scientists warn that the accord may be too late to stem the most severe effects of climate change, the negotiations and results are clear indications of a giant step in the right direction. What’s more, the accord is an acknowledgement that global warming must be addressed by everyone now.

Among the most important steps forward: Business (among other non-state actors, like cities) is clearly at the table, with corporate leaders of every stripe—including Big Oil–supporting drastic changes and pledging to overhaul operations to lower greenhouse gases.  Indeed, business is arguably the practical ‘grease’ that can put into motion the wheels to drive a new economy.

COP conversations were rife with discussions of such new ways forward: from putting a “price on carbon;” to divesting fossil fuels from portfolios (or at the very least removing fossil fuel subsidies); to changing investment thinking from short-term profit to longer-term goals; to encouraging public-private partnerships that actually work to ensure everyone benefits fairly.

That’s a tall order, but not impossible. Indeed, as speakers on this panel can attest, the need for change has always inspired business opportunity, and there’s ample reason to believe this challenge may already be doing the same.

Moderator:
Ann Goodman, Ph.D.
Panelists:
Chris Walker, Director North America, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD);
Bernhard Frey, Manager, Environment & Climate, UN Global Compact;
Dale Bryk, Director of Programs, Natural Resources Defense Council;

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)
RSVP:  events@sustainabilitypractice.net

About the Sponsors:

The Sustainability Practice Network (SPN) is a New York based inter-disciplinary community of professionals who seek to learn and share knowledge to advance sustainable development across sectors and disciplines. We mobilize our members to practice sustainability in their lives and work. Our mission is to raise awareness of the importance of individual and corporate sustainability and thereby create a more stable and equitable world.

Baruch College – Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity The Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity is a forum for discussion of a broad range of contemporary issues confronting US corporations and capital markets. Our concerns include: transparency of corporate reporting, corporate governance, examining legal and ethical corporate behavior, spotlighting executive accountability, corporate responsibility in global business development, risk assessment and amelioration, resolving conflicting corporate stakeholder interests, and evaluating the role of governmental regulation.

Net Impact NYC Professional Chapter Net Impact NYC is a New York City Professional chapter of Net Impact, a global community of 60,000+ leaders who are committed to changing the world through business. The Net Impact New York City Professional Chapter (NINYC) activates a network of professionals to leverage the marketplace for sustainable social & environmental change. We do this by connecting the right people, knowledge sharing and inspiring positive change. To get involved visit us at http://netimpactnyc.org/

Tuesday, February 4th, 2016

New York Clean Energy Transmission Summit
Please join the Center on Global Energy Policy and Americans for a Clean Energy Grid for a one-day conference focused on the development and challenges of the high-voltage transmission grid in and around New York during an era of ambitious clean-energy goals and profound changes in electric utilities roles and regulation. The event will feature keynote presentations by Richard Kauffman, Chairman of Energy & Finance for New York and Chair of the NYSERDA Board, Audrey Zibelman, Chair of the New York State Public Service Commission, and Jon Wellinghoff, Former Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, as well as panel discussions with distinguished experts. This event is open to the public and press.

Keynote Remarks:

  • Richard Kauffman, Chairman of Energy & Finance for New York and Chair of the NYSERDA Board;
  • Audrey Zibelman, Chair, New York State Public Service Commission;
  • Jon Wellinghoff, Partner Stoel Rives, Former FERC Chairman

Confirmed Panelists:

  • Travis Bradford, Professor, Columbia University;
  • Michael Eckhart, Global Head of Environmental Finance & Sustainability, CitiGroup;
  • Chris King, Global Chief Regulatory Officer, Siemens Digital Grid;
  • Ed Krapels, President, Anbaric Transmission, LLC;
  • Mark Lynch, President  & CEO, New York State Electric & Gas;
  • David Sandalow, Inaugural Fellow, Center on Global Energy Policy;
  • Bill White, Senior Advisor, Energy Future Coalition;
  • Jigar Shah, President & Co-Founder, Generate Capital; Energy Gang Participant;
  • Rudy Wynter, President & CEO, National Grid Transmission;
  • Additional panelists to be announced

When: 8:30am to 4:30pm
Where: International Affairs Building, Room 1501
RSVP (Registration sold out, but you can join a waitlist)

JOBS/INTERNSHIPS

NYC Career Series Spring Schedule
The Spring 2016 e NYC Career Series, focuses on the public and nonprofit sectors. Panelists include a mix of SIPA alumni and other professionals working for a variety of companies based in the NYC metro area. For more information about these career panels, or to register to attend, please logon to SIPAlink.

NYC Career Series: Environmental Policy
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
6:00pm-8:00pm (IAB, Room 1512)

NYC Career Series: NYC Public and Nonprofit Sector Alumni/Student Networking Reception
Thursday, February 25, 2016
6:30pm-8:30pm (Scandinavian House, Midtown Manhattan)

NYC Career Series: Monitoring and Evaluation
Wednesday, March 22, 2016
6:00pm-8:00pm (IAB, Room 1512)

NYC Career Series: Food Security
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
6:00pm-8:00pm (IAB, Room 1512)

NYC Career Series: Social Entrepreneurship
Monday, March 28, 2016
6:00pm-8:00pm (IAB, Room 1512)

For any questions or concerns about the aforementioned schedule or the NYC Career Series in general, please contact Elizabeth Burns, NYC Career Series Coordinator, at nyc.career.series@gmail.com.

WORLD SNAPSHOT: ENVIRONMENTAL HEADLINES

NY TIMES: Proof That a Price on Carbon Works (Editorial)
JURIST: U.S. Federal appeals court refuses to block clean power plan


Isaura Espinosa de los Monteros (i.espinosa@columbia.edu)
Will Jordan (william.jordan@columbia.edu)
SIPA Environmental Coalition (ECO) Communications Co-Directors

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