ECO Newsletter: Week of September 19, 2016

Hi everyone and welcome to ECO WEEK! 🌍

For those who went to the retreat, it was really nice to meet you! Hope you guys had as much fun as we did. Before our regular programming an announcement:

You may have seen a recent e-mail from President Bollinger announcing a new set of Columbia University Sustainability Principles. The e-mail also included a link to a (short!) survey asking for student feedback on the  Advisory Committee on Socially Responsible Investing (ACSRI)  proposal for divestment/non-investment in companies holding tar sands oil reserves. ECO has prepared a suggested response for those who are interested. The survey can be accessed here and the suggested responses will be on our website here. Please take a few minutes to complete this before October 7th. Find more ways to get involved in Columbia Sustainability here.

Back to our regular programming…

Below is this week’s update on all of the ECO-approved events and opportunities for the 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!

ECO Hike
Escape the city and join us for a Saturday hike up Breakneck Ridge. It will be a 4-5 mile hike that involves scrambles and some of the best views of the Hudson Valley.
We’ll take the 8:54 Metro-North Hudson Line train from Harlem-125th Street (it leaves Grand Central at 8:43 if that’s closer to you). Round trip will be about $25.
ECO will provide lunch and snacks.
Email Yen at ykl2107 to RSVP.

When: Saturday, September 24 (or Oct. 1 if there is rain) – Should take up most of the day
Where: Breakneck Ridge (roughly 75min from Harlem-125th St Station on the Metro North)

ECO General Body Meeting🚩
Invite interested friends – learn more about what we’re all about – eat! ECO will also have a board position open to first-years this semester. Details TK.
When: September 26, 1-2pm
Where: TBD (Lookout on Facebook)

Volunteer Day at Harlem Growth
Get involved in the community and join us for a volunteer day at Harlem Grown. We’ll tour the farm and hydroponics facility and be able to “play” in the dirt. Activities include turning compost, weeding, transplanting, moving supplies, building, cleaning and organizing, and watering.
RSVP necessary — space is limited. Email ykl2107 with subject line “Harlem Grown Volunteer” to sign up.
When: September 30, 10-1pm
Where: Harlem Grown 127 W 127th St, # 201, Nueva York 10027


Support for Nature’s Risks and Returns Conference Oct. 25

A new conference hosted by EE on investing in Natural Capital is looking for student staffers starting as soon as practicable. We are looking for at least seven students in the following areas: Fundraising, Logistics, Strategic Communications and Reporting.

For more information on the conference, visit the website at

To apply, send a CV and a cover letter indicating which position you are interested in to Sophie (


Become a youth facilitator at the 2016 Global Landscapes Forum!

The Youth in Landscapes Initiative (YIL) and its partners are looking for enthusiastic and engaging students and young professionals to be part of high-level discussions with the top leaders from different landscape sectors at the 2016 Global Landscapes Forum (GLF). The YIL unites young innovators to develop real-world solutions to land use challenges in partnership with organisations working on the ground.

Ideal candidates will have an understanding of the key issues along with a keen interest in developing their skills of facilitation, participatory approaches, networking and stakeholder engagement.

Selected applicants will receive a tailored training course on effective facilitation and engagement techniques as well as the opportunity to put them into practice at the leading platform for sustainable land use alongside UNFCCC COP 22 in Morocco on November 16 this year.

To apply, please fill in this form.

Applications are limited to students and young professionals under the age of 30, preferably working or studying in areas related to development studies. For more details, email Natalia Cisneros at

More information here!

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.


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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


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.


  • 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.


  • 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.

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.


  • 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.


  • 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 Please include
the name of the internship opening in the subject line.

On the news

Why Do We Over-consume? 

France to bid adieu to plastic dishes with controversial ban

Isaura Espinosa de los Monteros (

Will Jordan (

SIPA Environmental Coalition (ECO) Communications Co-Directors

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