ECO Newsletter: Week of September 6, 2016

Hi everyone –

Welcome back! Hope you enjoyed Labor Day!

 

We hope everyone is settled in for an exciting semester. Use this week wisely to shop for classes and get the most from this semester. In this newsletter you will find a few courses to keep on your radar, so read on!

And before we continue with the usual announcements, remember we will have an opening on the board soon, watch out for the application!

EVENTS:

SEA & ECO HAPPY HOUR
When: Friday September 9, 5PM
Where:TBD

Meet Board Members from both clubs and celebrate a new semester with some beer!

EE Retreat
When: Saturday and Sunday September 17-18
Where:Camp Vacamas, West Milford, NJ

Don’t miss a great opportunity to get out of the city, connect with new friends, and hang out with second year EE students. Details to come!

ECO WEEK
When: Monday -Saturday, September 19-24
Where:Various locations

A full week of ECO events and activities. Follow us on Facebook and keep reading our newsletter for more details!

JOBS/INTERNSHIPS

Sure We Can, a sustainability hub in Brooklyn, has three internship openings for the Fall Semester.

Sure We Can is a recycling center, community space and sustainability hub in Brooklyn where canners (people that collect cans and bottles from the streets to make a living) come together with students and neighbors through recycling, composting, gardening and arts. Their mission is to support the local community, particularly its most vulnerable residents, and to promote social inclusion, environmental awareness and economic empowerment.

Last year, they initiated a community compost program. They use bicycles and human powered carts to pick up buckets of food scraps from local restaurants and coffee shops and process it into compost. Sure We Can is expanding its compost program and start commercializing their product to help support the organization and community of canners.

COMPOST PROGRAM INTERN

The intern will focus on growing and commercializing our home-made compost. This position is for 12-15 hours a week and a minimum of a three-month commitment.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Assist on-site compost processing and bagging.
  • Initiate improvements to the process as necessary.
  • Identify and reach out to business channels.
  • Coordinate with retailers and buyers.

REQUIRED SKILLS

  • Interest in environmental sustainability. Experience in compost processing and/or commercialization preferred.
  • Willingness to assist and participate in miscellaneous projects.
  • Enthusiasm and proactivity.
  • Ability to work both collaboratively and independently.
  • Open to being a part of a diverse workplace environment.

SOCIAL MEDIA INTERN

The intern will focus on spreading awareness of our organization and programs. The position is 12-15 hours a week and a minimum of a three-month commitment.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Maintain and improve our social media strategy.
  • Develop content, including pictures, videos, articles for our social media and website.
  • Write and post items to our website and social media.
  • Identify new channels to promote our programs.
  • Design Google Ads campaigns.

REQUIRED SKILLS

  • Experience and interest in social media management.
  • Excellent writing, communication and organizational skills.
  • Enthusiasm and proactivity.
  • Ability to work both collaboratively and independently.
  • Open to being a part of a diverse workplace environment.

DEVELOPMENT INTERN
The intern will focus on growing our programs and fundraising. The position is 12-15 hours a week and a minimum of a three month commitment.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Research and identify potential fundraising opportunities with corporations and foundations.
  • Write and develop proposals, reports, papers to support fundraising.
  • Streamline and record strategies for each program.
  • Conduct outreach to increase donors, volunteers and visitors.
  • Help build and coordinate corporate volunteer program.

REQUIRED SKILLS

  • Interest in non-profit development. Experience in development and fundraising preferred.
  • Excellent writing, communication and organizational skills.
  • Enthusiasm and proactivity.
  • Ability to work both collaboratively and independently.
  • Open to being a part of a diverse workplace environment.

The benefits of working with Sure We Can are:

  • The opportunity to be a vital part of a growing social justice and environmental sustainability organization.
  • Field experience about composting, recycling and social inclusion work.
  • Daily lunch and transportation costs provided.
  • May be applicable for college credit.

Interested applicants should submit a resume and letter of interest to info@surewecan.org. Please include
the name of the internship opening in the subject line.

COURSES

Making Climate Policy in the U.S. taught by Phil Sharp (call number 13442)

More on Dr. Sharp’s background here, and a CGEP chat on energy issues here.

History of American Ecology and Environmentalism taught by Sara Tjossem (call number 82797)

Environmental Finance: Scaling Up Clean Energy taught by Michael Eckhart (call number 98646)

Renewable Energy Project Finance taught by Professor Daniel Gross; M 4:10 – 6:00 pm; (call number 61802)

Introduction to Energy and Human Development taught by Professor Philip LaRocco;  W 11:00am – 12:50pm; (call number: 11256)

If you are interesting in connecting high-level, policy oriented energy issues to human interest and social enterprises you might consider this new class. Since this is billed as an introduction, it would be a good opportunity for first years to take an EE elective. To get a sense of the topic (and the instructor) here’s a link to a TEDx talk.

Isaura Espinosa de los Monteros (i.espinosa@columbia.edu)

Will Jordan (william.jordan@columbia.edu)

SIPA Environmental Coalition (ECO) Communications Co-Directors

To stay on top of all our news and events, don’t forget to check out ECO-SIPA.org and follow ECO on Facebook and Twitter. Click here to join our listserve or forward to a friend.


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