ECO Newsletter: Week of February 21, 2016

Hi everyone –

It was great seeing those of you who attended the EE Alumni Reception last Friday. There will be a couple big events next week to put in your calendars – including the a student-faculty discussion on Columbia’s endowment strategy (March 1) and the All-Ivy Environmental and Sustainable Development Career Fair (March 4). That and more…


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,

Exploring Careers in Energy: A Visit from Richard Keiser, CEO and Founder of Level Solar

Global warming represents one of humanity’s greatest challenges. The ways in which we produce and consume energy are the largest contributors to this global issue. During this talk, Mr. Keiser will discuss dynamics in the clean energy sector and career options in the rapidly growing field of solar energy. After the talk, feel free to stay and discuss your career interests with members of our team!

Richard Keiser is the CEO and Founder at Level Solar. Prior to founding Level Solar, Richard led Keiser Analytics, a solar PV investment and consulting firm. At Keiser Analytics he published a landmark analysis of the United States’ solar market, using rigorous economic analysis to predict the solar energy sector’s resurgence. Mr. Keiser was previously a Senior Analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein, where he led the Technology Strategy team. He holds two Master’s degrees from MIT​

When: Thursday, February 25, 2016, 12:30PM-1:30PM: Discussion / 1:30-2:00: Networking—They’re hiring!
Where: Warren Hall 311


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?

Recently, multiple proposals have been advanced to alter Columbia University’s endowment investment strategy in order to better reflect the imperative to shift away from an economy reliant on fossil fuels. At the same time, there is increasing recognition that these investment choices need to be supported by 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 including and will allow considerable time for questions from members of the Columbia community. Attendees are welcome to submit questions or topics of interest in advance at the following form:

Co-sponsors: Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, Earth Institute, Environmental Law Society, Green Business Club, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, SIPA Environmental Coalition

Featured Panelists:

  • Jeffrey Sachs, Director, The Earth Institute
  • Michael Gerrard, Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School
  • Todd Gitlin, Author of “Occupy Nation”, Columbia Journalism School
  • Jessica Prata, Assistant VP, Environmental Stewardship
  • Bruce Usher, Director, Tamer Center for Social Enterprise, Columbia Business School

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


All Ivy Environmental and Sustainable Development Career Fair

Friday, March 4, 2016
10:00am-3:00pm (Lerner Hall – Register online)

The eight Ivy League schools are teaming up once more to host the thirteenth All Ivy Environmental and Sustainable Development Career Fair. Representatives from over 75 organizations in the private, non-profit, and public sectors across a multitude of industries will connect with top graduate and undergraduate students.

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


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