ECO Newsletter: Week of September 26, 2016

Hi everyone –

First things first, we would like to announce the WINNERS of the ECO raffle:

  • Kevin Fertig
  • Eleanor Kahn
  • Carlos Rubio
  • Lindsay Clark
  • Nicole Softness

Your prizes are ECO Mugs ☕, which can be picked up at the ECO General Body Meeting (details below), or, if you can’t make it, you can get your mug directly from Dan (


ECO General Body Meeting🚩
Join SIPA’s Environmental Coalition (ECO) Board to learn more about who we are, what our mission is, and events we have planned this semester. We’ll also talk about how you can apply to be part of our team.
There will be pizza! 🍕🍕

When: September 26, 1-2pm
Where: IAB 407

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.
Here is the Facebook event.

When: September 30, 10-1pm
Where: Harlem Grown 127 W 127th St, # 201, Nueva York 10027

Volunteer Day at Sure We Can
Spend time with our community of recyclers and help US sort and count the cans and bottles. we might also work on the composting program, bagging our locally made compost. To participate contact ECO to sign up! You can email .Save the date and bring comfortable clothes that can be dirtied. Here is the Facebook event.

When: Friday, October 7th, 10am-1pm
Where: Sure We Can 219 McKibben St, Brooklyn, New York 11206


Join ECO Green Fund Team!
The SIPA Environmental Coalition is looking to add two members to its team for fall 2016. This is an exciting opportunity for anyone interested in advancing sustainability at Columbia and particularly within SIPA.

The SIPA Green Fund Team has been awarded funding under the University’s Green Fund dedicated to improving university sustainability. In the past, the Green Fund has worked on improving how SIPA and SIPA students handle waste (like those posters above the trash cans and recycling bins? That was us!). We will continue this work this year, though new members will have a significant say in helping us refine and plan new activities. In particular, we aim to:

  • Improve the sustainability of events held within SIPA by working with IAB staff as well as student group leaders
  • Pilot improved receptacle placement and labeling in classrooms
  • Continue to work with the Office of Environmental Stewardship to explore the possibility of composting food waste from IAB.

We are looking for individuals who would like to help create push students, faculty, and staff to make IAB a more sustainable place. Experience with recycling or other behavior change programs would be great, but creativity and interest are the only musts. The time commitment for new team members will be about 2 hours per week ,with bi-weekly team meetings. This is a semester position (and so will not preempt you from applying to other ECO board positions when they open for next semester), but with the opportunity to continue in Spring 2017.

To apply, please fill out this (short) interest form by Friday, September 30th. Please direct any questions to Sonya Suter (sns2159) or Toby Hyde (tmh2156).

ECO is looking for a Director of Membership & Outreach.
This is a great opportunity for anyone who is interested in building a community of sustainability and environmentally-focused students on campus, not just at SIPA, but also cross-schools.

Responsibilities include:

  • Building ECO’s mailing list
  • Maintaining ECO’s internal communication system (Slack, Whatsapp, Google Group, etc)
  • Meeting with each of the other SIPA organizations and making sure they know what ECO is doing
  • Working towards possible cross-org events and campaigns
  • Organizing one informal mixer for all environmental-oriented groups on campus
  • Working with events director to reach out to high-level community/government leaders in the NYC/DC area in order to invite them as speakers at events and to build ECO as a brand

Time commitment will be about 2 hours a week and a biweekly half hour board meeting. This is a Fall semester position, with opportunity to continue into the Spring. To apply, please fill out the application by Friday, September 30th. Direct any questions to Yen Le (ykl2017) or Dan Louis (dcl2128).


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.

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