ECO Newsletter: Week of April 4, 2016


First a note from our Green Fund team, pictured in all their glory above. A chance to get involved –

“You may have seen the Green Fund team tabling this past week to educate the IAB community about how to recycle and sort common waste items. Now we’re ready to do for a few more waste audits to assess our progress. If you would like to join (it’s fun!), sign up here for one of three slots –

  • Tuesday April 5th,
  • Thursday, April 7th, or
  • Monday, the 11th.

We’re also getting ready for Earth Week when we will have a one week-long composting pilot – so get your apple cores, banana peels, and all other organic matter ready.”

And now back to your regularly scheduled program:


#ParisAgreement: Climate Change and CoP21 – What’s Next?
When: Monday, April 4, 2016, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where: IAB 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

Innovation in Building Energy Efficiency
When: April 6, 06:10PM – 07:00PM
Where: Hamilton Hall, Room 717,
The Earth Institute and the School of Professional Studies MSSM Practicum presents “Innovation in Building Energy Efficiency”, with Dorian Dale, Director of Sustainability and Chief Recovery Officer, Suffolk County. More here

Driving Sustainability
When: April 8, 11:00AM – 03:00PM
Where: Italian Building,
The Sustainability Management Student Association (SUMASA) presents their 5th Annual Sustainable Perspective Symposium “Driving Sustainability: Who’s Responsible?” More details here

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: Law School, Jerome Greene Hall, Room 104

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.

Registration is free, but required. Find more info and 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
  • U.S. Energy Information Administration – Summer Intern – Submit your resume online (U.S. citizens only)
  • Council on Foreign Relations – Energy and Environment Summer Intern – Apply online
  • Brookings Institute – Energy Security and Climate Initiative Research and Events Internship – Apply online
  • OPIC – Environmental Analysis Intern – SIPALink ID 61656
  • Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative – Intern – SIPALink ID 61550



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“Highly recommend” – Chris Westling

ECO went on a field trip to see the new documentary on the rapidly growing solar industry called Catching The Sun. The film is playing at 3, 5 and 9pm this week at the Cinema Village on 22 E12th St, New York, NY 10003 – check it out!

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