ECO Newsletter: Earth Week Edition

Hi everyone –

Earth Week 2016 has arrived! The week is jam-packed with events and activities to mark the occasion and we’ve outlined them all below. But first a message from our friends at the Green Fund:

We got into Columbia, (some of us) learned how to use Orgsync, and we have perfected our abilities to find free food. BUT… can we compost? Well, this week we’re going to try. Starting Monday you will see a new brown bin on the 4th floor. This is forany and all of your food scraps (banana peels, leftover takeout, pizza crusts etc.). The Green Fund team is partnering with a composting pilot at John Jay Dining hall for this week only, but with food making up about 35% of our waste, we hope to work towards making composting a permanent fixture in IAB.


It’s here! To mark Earth Week 2016 there will be a series of events this week, and the theme this year is “Decreasing Your Carbon Footprint”. Each day has a sub-theme of it’s own and a challenge to go with it. Here is the schedule:

  • Monday, April 18: Sustainable Diet
    Challenge: No Meat Monday (or go vegan!)
    Event: Vegetarian food from ECO and the Food Systems Group @ IAB 402B from 1-2pm
  • Tuesday, April 19: Transportation
    Challenge: Walk to campus
    Event: Footprints For Peace: Film Screening + Lunch hosted by Professor Bradford and featuring  @ IAB 403, 1-2pm
  • Wednesday, April 20: Energy Efficiency
    Challenge: Take the energy efficiency quiz
    Event: Tabling with SEA to promote energy efficiency at home
  • Thursday, April 21: Your Carbon Footprint
    Challenge: Calculate your own carbon footprint here.
    Event: Earth Day is Coming! The main event of the week, featuring food, drink and activities (karaoke, anyone?) @ Alice’s Cafe, 8-10pm. More details here.
  • Friday, April 22 (Earth Day!): Waste
    Challenge: Compost
    Event 1: ECOSkype with Jane Nishida, Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Office of International and Tribal Affairs for the EPA @ location TBD, 10-11am
    Event 2: International Culinary Festival, hosted with 8 other student groups @ Alice’s Cafe, 730-1130pm. More details here (Tickets required).


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.

2030 DEVELOPMENT AGENDA: FROM COMMITMENT TO ACTION – The Contribution of a Renewed EU Development Policy to Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals
When: Wednesday, April 20th, 2016 from  6pm to 7:30 pm
Where: Faculty House, Presidential Room

Keynote speaker: Neven Mimica, European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development.  A discussion will take place moderated by Jose Antonio Ocampo, Professor and Director of the EPD Concentration. Register 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

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


SHOWDOWN IN LOW: Columbia Divest for Climate Justice stage pro-divestment sit-in
Live blog… 
ECO BACKS CDCJ: Read the statement

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SIPA Environmental Coalition (ECO) Communications Co-Directors

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