ECO Newsletter: Week of March 27, 2016

Hi everyone –

Exciting events to come for this Semester’s last month. This week look for the Green Fund Table and find out why recycling matters. More details ahead…


Earth Institute Practicum in Innovative Sustainability Leadership: Creating a Market for Renewable Energy
When: Wednesday, March 30, 2016 from 6:10 pm to 7:00 pm
Where: Hamilton Hall, Room 717.

Green Fund Table: Why Recycling Matters
When: March 27- April 1st, 1-2 pm
Where: International Affairs Building.

Catching the Sun
When: April 1st – 7th at 3pm, 5pm, and 9pm
Where: Cinema Village, more here.

Catching the Sun follows the stories of workers and entrepreneurs in the U.S. and China as they lead the race to a clean energy future. Their successes and failures speak to one of the biggest questions of our time: Will the U.S. actually be able to build a clean energy economy that works for everyone? Catching the Sun is being released at critical moment in the push for a global transition to renewable sources. Clean energy solutions like solar are becoming more affordable than ever, and it has utility companies fighting for lost profits. But who wins and who loses the battle for power in the 21st century?

#ParisAgreement: Climate Change and CoP21 – What’s Next?
When: Monday, April 4, 2016, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where:Columbia University, Morningside Campus, International Affairs Building, Kellogg Center, Room 1501


  • Scott Barrett, Lenfest Earth Institute Professor of Natural Resource Economics, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University;
  • Juan E. Chebly, UNEP Lead Advisor to the Secretariat of Governing Bodies;
  • Steve Cohen, Executive Director, The Earth Institute; Professor in the Practice of Public Affairs, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University;
  •  Michael B. Gerrard, Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice in the Faculty of Law, Columbia Law School;
  • Elliott Harris, UN Assistant Secretary-General, Director, UNEP New York Office;
  • Angelica Shamerina, UNDP GEF-SGP Programme Advisor on Climate Change

Columbia University Sustainability Principles Information Session
When: Monday, April 4, 2016, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Where:Columbia University, Lamont Campus, Monell Building Auditorium


  • Alex Beecher, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University;
  • Michael B. Gerrard, Professor and Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia University Law School;
  • Jessica Prata, Assistant Vice President, Environmental Stewardship, Columbia University

Governor Cuomo’s Goal of 50% Renewables by 2030: What Will I Take?
When: Tuesday, April 12, 2016, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Where:Columbia Law School.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has taken action to require 50 percent of the state’s electricity supply to come from renewable resources like solar, wind, and hydro by 2030. This decarbonization is a central part of the state’s efforts to fight climate change. At this event the principal architect of the program will discuss how it will be achieved, followed by commentaries by representatives of important elements of the energy industry and environmental community.

Sponsored by the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law. Co-sponsored by the Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia Law School Environmental Law Society, SIPA Environmental Coalition, and the Earth Institute of Columbia University.​


  • Richard Kauffman, Chairman of Energy and Finance for New York, Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo
  • Sergej Mahnovski, Director, Utility of the Future team, Consolidated Edison Co.
  • Anne Reynolds, Executive Director, Alliance for Clean Energy of New York
  • Jackson Morris, Energy and Transportation Program, Natural Resources Defense Council


  • Michael B. Gerrard, Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice and Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School

Admission is free but registration is required. RSVP here.

Sustainable Agriculture Forum
When: Thursday, April 21st, 2016 from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Where:Columbia University, Morningside Campus, Columbia Business School, 301 Uris Hall

Moderator: Jeffrey Potent, Adjunct Professor, The Earth Institute and Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs; Speakers: Kathleen Frith, President & Executive Director, Glynwood Farm; John Fullerton, Founder & President, Capital Institute; Derek Denckla, Founder & Director, Slow Money NYC.

The Earth Institute, the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, and the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School present the second annual Forum on Sustainable Agriculture.

The agriculture sector is confronting the challenge of feeding a growing and increasingly affluent population while minimizing environmental, social and climate impacts. To profile this challenge and innovative solutions, Columbia University will present the second forum on sustainable agriculture (the 2015 forum presentations are available at  This event will address the topic from the perspective of small-scale producers, entrepreneurs and NGOs working to build regional agricultural economies that are regenerative by design — not only providing wholesome, locally sourced food and other agricultural products, but also strengthening rural communities, creating livelihoods for farmers, workers and other market participants, and restoring the soil, water and atmosphere that sustains all life on earth.


  • Kathleen Frith — President and Executive Director of Glynwood Farm, an agricultural nonprofit based in New York’s Hudson Valley that advances food system transformation and works to ensure that farming thrives in this region. She was previously Managing Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard University’s Medical School, addressing the correlation between human health and the global environment, with a focus on sustainable food and marine systems.
  • John Fullerton — Founder and President of Capital Institute, a collaborative working to explore and effect the economic transition to a more just, regenerative, and sustainable way of living through the transformation of finance. He is also an impact investment practitioner, serving as the Principal of Level 3 Capital Advisors, LLC and the Co-Founder and Director of Grasslands, LLC, a holistic ranch management company in partnership with the Savory Institute.
  • Derek Denckla — Impact investor, strategic advisor and serial social entrepreneur who founded and directs the non-profit Slow Money NYC – a community of 1300 linked through networking events to increase investment in and success of local, sustainable food and farm businesses.

Registration is free, but required. RSVP here.

Contact: For further information regarding this event, please contact Joyce Minjie Zhao by sending email to .


Whitman Family Foundation Summer Fellowship in Environmental Policy Studies 
DEADLINE: April 22, 2016 (11:59 PM, Friday)
An award of $1,000 will be given to a student participating in an unpaid summer internship related to environmental policy. To apply, visit SIPAlink. SIPAlink Job ID: 58392


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