ECO Newsletter: Week of October 3rd, 2016

Hi everyone –

First of all, we want to thank all of you that applied for a position. We will announce board and Green Fund members later this week.

On another note, raffle winners of the ECO table at SIPAFest, can pick up their prizes (ECO Mugs ☕), at the 4th floor on Tuesday, or email Dan (


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


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

EE Mixer
The Columbia Energy Alumni Network (CEAN) is hosting a mixer for Columbia affiliates interested in enegy and/or the environment for current students to connect with alumni from different schools in Columbia who are already working in the field. The tickets will be $10 for current students and $15 for guests. Buy your tickets here! If you want to get involve in CEAN’s local chapter please email:

When: Tuesday, October 4th, 6:00-9:00 PM
Where: Public House, 140 E 41st Street

Fireside Chat with CBS Professor Geoffrey Heal
The Green Business Club at CBS will host a ‘fireside chat’ with CBS Professor Geoffrey Heal to discuss his most recent working paper, which has received top-tier media attention, titled: “What Would it Take to Reduce US Greenhouse Gas Emissions 80% by 2050?” The topics of discussion will include Professor Heal’s research method, findings, and impact related to how we can reduce US GHG levels to below 2050, what would it cost, and its realistic possibility. If you are interested in attending, please email

When: Thursday, October 6th, 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Where: Uris 303


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.

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.

General Advice from one Seeple to another

This is the time of year when people ask  for advice about where they can find help with their writing, so here you can find some useful information:


1)    Office of Student Affairs provides student writing tutors. Please go to them to get the names of this year’s tutors.

2)    Appointments can be made at the Columbia College writing center You are allowed two hours a week at no charge. One is a dropping session and the other can be booked in advance.

3)    For foreign students, there is the  American Language Program at Columbia University’s School of Continuing Ed.

4)    IMAC has some lectures on basic writing and reporting on the IMAC pages of SIPA’s website. link here or use

5)    For more advanced writers, IMAC offers courses on subjects such as writing on international affairs, writing on policy and writing with an international dateline. See our course listings for more details. Kindly note these are not ESOL courses.


In the News 📰

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SIPA Environmental Coalition (ECO) Communications Co-Directors

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