ECO Newsletter: Week of April 10, 2016

Hi everyone –

Earth Day is coming soon! Stay tuned for events throughout that week!

And now, before we start a few message from Columbia Energy Alumni Network (CEAN) followed up by a reminder of our Green Fund:

“We invite all students who are graduating in 2016 to join our event email list and Linked In group. CEAN is a group of alumni from all CU schools working in all sides of the energy industry, and we welcome you to join our free organization. Since 2010, we have hosted events in various cities to strengthen ties among alumni. CEAN has leadership in Boston, NYC, Houston, Dallas, and DC; and, “school captains” from each school. New leadership from graduating students is encouraged to build these clusters and school-groups in the future. These bonds as alumni will help us all in our professional careers and in turn enhance the professional footprint on campus for years to come.

There are currently 800 alumni on our email list going back decades in class year, all of whom have been active in CEAN. As a matter of CEAN policy, the Linked In group is restricted to alumni and graduating students only, and now has nearly 600 people. We look forward to your help in growing this network and to you becoming leaders in CEAN group in the future.” Don Curry (SIPA ’12)

And now from the Green Fund. Do you remember last week’s message? Here is a reminder…

“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 –  (only one left)

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.”

Continue reading for more on our events, jobs, funding opportunities for your internships, and more…


Governor Cuomo’s Goal of 50% Renewables by 2030: What Would It 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.

Time is Running Out!
When: Thursday, Apr 14, 2016, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Where:Low Plaza

Join Columbia Divest for Climate Justice and members of the Barnard Columbia Solidarity Network in demanding that President Bollinger make a public statement recommending fossil fuel divestment to the Board of Trustees. We cannot stand for four more years of complicity in the fossil fuel industry. It is President Bollinger’s duty to work for the students of Columbia University and his inaction on climate change directly endangers our collective future. Facebook event here.

Columbia Energy Alumni Association Mixer
When: Thursday, Apr 14, 2016, 6:30 PM – 9:300 PM
Where:Entwine, 765 Washington Street, New York, NY

The Columbia Energy Alumni Network (CEAN, pronounced “seen”) is a volunteer organization founded by and dedicated to strengthening inter-alumni relationships for graduates of all schools of Columbia University who have an interest in the energy sector. CEAN achieves this goal through a series of social, intellectual, and professional networking events. We are a shared interest group of the Columbia Alumni Association.
Alumni from all schools of Columbia who are interested in the energy sector are welcome to participate, and we invite you to a student-alumni mixer to explore the energy industry and connect with fellow colleagues and alumni. RSVP.

Footprints For Peace: Film Screening + Lunch
When: Tuesday, Apr 19, 2016, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Where:IAB 403

Professor Bradford would like to personally invite you to attend a film screening and lunch with Jim Toren, Executive Director of the non-profit FootPrints for Peace. The event is supported by the SIPA Energy Association (SEA) and SIPA Environmental Coalition (ECO).

FootPrints for Peace traces its roots to 2015, when filmmaker Reza Nezamdoust brought a film crew to Western Australia to document the Walkajurra Walkabout: month-long journey through the Outback by a multinational group of activists to celebrate Aboriginal culture and offer community resistance with the aim of keeping Western Australia nuclear free. The result was a powerful documentary about the effects the nuclear industry on people, the planet, and world peace—not only in Australia, but around the world.

Join us for this very special documentary viewing and learn more about the Aboriginal culture of Western Australia, their struggle against destructive Uranium mining, and the journey through the Australian desert that brought together a diverse group of friends with one goal: to change the world. After the showing, Jim will participate in a live Q&A session to share stories from the Walkabout and talk about his life of activism.

Women, Energy, and Economic Empowerment
When: Tuesday, April 19th, 2016 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Where:Columbia Club, 15 West 43 Street

As state leaders gather to sign the Paris Agreement on April 22— Earth Day— we must realize that some critical conversations remain unspoken at the diplomatic level.

While the benefits of clean, renewable, and sustainable energy are well-understood, we must also ask ourselves, “Clean energy for whom?” How do cultural norms and gender dynamics shape energy access? Who is gaining most from this clean energy revolution? What impact does greater access to clean energy have on women’s economic empowerment?

Join the Center on Global Energy Policy’s Women in Energy program, SIPA Consulting Club, and SIPA Energy Association on April 19th for an evening of frank, interactive discussion on the interplay of gender, energy, and sustainable development. 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

Women in Energy Internship Funding Application
DEADLINE:May 2nd, 2016 (Monday)
Stipends are awarded to outstanding female students who have secured summer internship positions with companies or organizations in energy related sectors. To submit application packet or if you have any questions, please contact Jully Meriño at

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

BC3 SunShares Manager –  Business Council on Climate Change – SIPALink ID 61447

OPIC – Environmental Analysis Intern – SIPALink ID 61656


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SIPA Environmental Coalition (ECO) Communications Co-Directors

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