ECO Newsletter: Week of February 14, 2016

Hi everyone –


Coeur de Voh, by Yann Arthus-Bertrand


Happy Valentine’s Day! We know work/winter weather is starting to ramp up, but hope everyone had fun during the weekend despite the frigid temperatures.


BP Energy Outlook – 2016 Edition

Please join the Center on Global Energy Policy for the US-based release of the BP Energy Outlook – 2016 Edition with Group Chief Economist Spencer Dale. RSVP

When: Tuesday, February 16th, 10:00-11:30 AM
Where: International Affairs Building: Room 1501

Richard L. Kauffman: Reforming the Energy Vision

Please join the Center on Global Energy Policy for a presentation and discussion by Tommy Beaudreau, Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of the Interior. RSVP

When: Thursday, February 18th, 9:30-11:300 AM
Where: International Affairs Building: Room 1501

1st Annual E&E Alumni Reception

The SIPA Environmental Coalition (ECO) and the SIPA Energy Association (SEA) will be hosting the first annual EE Alumni Reception on February 19th, 2016! This will be a great opportunity to meet and network with SIPA alumni from the New York City area working in various sectors within the energy and environment space. We hope to foster strong connections between our alumni and current students, leading to further engagement and potential professional opportunities.
When: Friday, February 19th, 2016, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Where:February 19th, 2016

Attire: Business casual
Tickets: $10
Purchase your tickets on Eventbrite
Please come join us for an evening of food & drinks! We look forward to seeing everyone there!


The Growing Importance of Renewable Energy and Distributed Generation: Legal, Political, and Technological Perspectives
(Click for official flier)

Technological innovations, scientific advancements, and federal policies aimed at promoting national deployment of renewable energy resources have the potential to transform this country’s energy generation and distribution future – one that includes increased reliance and incorporation of wind energy and solar energy into our overall energy mix. Distributed generation resources are enabling power to reach isolated, “islanded” communities, both at home and abroad. Federal and state initiatives, such as the Clean Power Plan and New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) will also have important ramifications for co-generation and distributed generation.

However, legal, political, and policy issues exist that could potentially impede the implementation and proliferation of renewable and distributed energy measures. These issues present interesting questions, as well as opportunities, for practicing lawyers, law students, and others with an interest in energy law. Our experts will share their practical business and legal experience with respect to these cutting-edge issues.

Please join us for a two-panel symposium co-sponsored by the Renewable, Alternative, and Distributed Energy Resources (RADER) Committee and Columbia Law School’s Environmental Law Society (ELS) to explore these issues of growing importance.

Professional attendees are eligible for New York Bar CLE credit (3), and live streaming will be available.

When: Monday, February 22nd, 4:00-6:30 PM (reception to follow)
Where: Columbia Law School: Jerome Greene Hall, Room 103
Click here to RSVP. Questions can be directed to Patrick Chen,

The Environmental Leadership Delegation invites you to a talk with Seth M. Siegel Author of the Best-Seller “Let There Be Water”

Siegel’s essay on water and other policy issues have appeared in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and in leading publications in Europe and Asia. Siegel will discuss how Israel can serve as model for the United States and countries everywhere by showing how to blunt the worst of the coming water calamities.

When: Monday, February 29nd, 9:30 AM
Where: Room IAB 404

A Student-Faculty Discussion: What are Columbia’s Economic, Legal and Moral Responsibilities to Act on Climate Change?

Over the past year and a half multiple proposals have been advanced to alter Columbia’s strategy to investing its endowment in order to make those investments better reflective of the imperative for a shift away from an economy reliant on fossil fuels. At the same time, there is increasing recognition that these investments need to be matched with a strong commitment to ‘walking the talk’ on sustainability across Columbia’s campuses and throughout its programs. As part of an ongoing dialogue, this event will be an opportunity to hear and discuss faculty and student perspectives from across the university. It will feature a panel of distinguished faculty, and will allow considerable time for questions from members of the Columbia community.


  • Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment
  • Earth Institute
  • Environmental Law Society
  • Green Business Club
  • Sabin Center for Climate Change Law
  • SIPA Environmental Coalition

Tentative Agenda

6:35 – 6:40 Introduction (Lisa Sachs)

6:40 – 7:00 Keynote/Opening Presentation (Jeffrey Sachs)

7:00 – 7:35 Faculty panel (1-2 tailored questions per panelist; ~7 min per person)

7:35 – 8:10 Questions and facilitated discussion (Moderator Lisa Sachs)

8:10  – 8:30 Food and mingling

Panelists: Professor Michael Gerrard, Professor Todd Gitlin, Jessica Prata, and Professor Bruce Usher. Jeffrey Sachs to join the panel for general Q&A

When: Tuesday March 1st, 2016, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Where: Columbia Law School – Greene 104


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


New York Times: Two-Thirds of the World Faces Severe Water Shortages

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