ECO Newsletter: Week of January 31st, 2016

ECO Newsletter: Week of January 31st, 2016

January 31st, 2016

Hi Everyone –

We hope you had a very productive weekend! For those of you who went to the ECO/SEA Happy Hour on Friday, we were glad to meet you and we hope you had a great time. Keep reading for this week’s events and the results on the Recycling Survey.

Announcement                                                                                                                                                 In the fall, as part of our Green Fund program on recycling and waste disposal we ran a survey in the SIPASA newsletter to learn something about attitudes toward recycling among SIPA students. The results are fun. Let’s dive in.

First, we want to be cautious in placing too much weight on any responses in a self-selecting survey about recycling habits. However, we were encouraged by the number of SIPA students, nearly 100% who said they wanted to recycle either every time they threw away their trash (75%) or when they remember (24%). At the same time, we found that SIPA’s capacity was lacking; over 54% of respondents described the quality of recycling as “poor,” while under 5% described them as “excellent.”

The barriers to better recycling can be fixed. A significant number of respondents described the recycling receptacles as not convenient enough. Given the lack of recycling in most classrooms at SIPA, this is an understandable critique. Secondly, there was considerable confusion about what products could be recycled. We hope to address this through an awareness campaign.

If you have doubts on recycling, look for our ECO-tips posters around campus!


Want some Green Fun? Get involved with Green Fund! This week there are two opportunities to join Green Fund. Members of the ECO Board and Green Fund teams will be tabling in the Fishbowl during the lunch hour this week to raise awareness of proper recycling. Stop by to play a game and grab some candy! You’ll also notice (we hope!) some new signage around the building. If you have questions or feedback to make our efforts at behavior change more successful, let Sonya (sns2159) or Toby (tmh2156) know.

In addition, the University’s Office of Environmental Stewardship has issued a call for proposals for a new round of funding for projects to improve sustainability on campus. The deadline for these proposals is February 19th. For anyone interested in being involved in developing a project for next year, we will hold a brainstorming session on Tuesday, February 1 at 4 pm in Alice’s Cafe. Any and all students with an interest and passion for sustainability are invited to attend (all concentrations welcome).

Green Fund Tabling                                                                                                                                 

When: Everyday from 1-2pm Where: IAB 4th Floor

SIPA Green Fund                                                                                                                                  

When: Tuesday, February 2nd 4pm Where: Alice’s Cafe

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.


  • 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 Ave.)             


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 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 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

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)


Friday, February 12

Introduction to GIS Workshop                                                                                                  The Workshop is a 2 hour beginner’s introduction to GIS. Computers will be available for those who need them, but we recommend you bring your own. Morning bagels and coffee are included. The event is free, but space is limited to 20 people so let ECO Co-director Yen Le (ykl2107) know if you want to reserve a spot.

When: 10am-12pm Where: Lehman library Room 215


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Info. Session

Tuesday, February 9 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm                                                                          IAB, 410 – Register on SIPALink

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


FORBES: Emerging Markets Are Finally Getting Serious About Energy Efficiency

BBC: Will Snow Become a Thing of the Past as the Climate Warms?


Isaura Espinosa de los Monteros (

Will Jordan (

SIPA Environmental Coalition (ECO) Communications Co-Directors

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