ECO Newsletter: Week of January 29, 2017

Hi everybody!

I hope those of you who came to SIPA Fest enjoyed themselves. Also, for those of you who just joined ECO, welcome to your first newsletter! Oh the fun that we will have together…

Now, on to the important stuff. Which ECO board member wore it better: Mac or Mrig? SIPA Fest ECO booth edition. Vote here!


Challenges and Opportunities of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals

Date/Time: January 31, 2017, 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: IAB, Room 1501

This panel of SIPA alumni with high-level positions in the United Nations will analyze the opportunities and challenges of fulfilling the ambitious Agenda 2030 approved by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015. From the different perspectives of their roles in the United Nations, the panelists will discuss how to mainstream the Sustainable Development Goals into the public and civil society agendas, how the intergovernmental process can contribute to the achievement of the goals, and how the United Nations system can support countries to fulfill their commitments.

More information and registration for this event can be found here.

BP Energy Outlook – 2017 Edition

Date/Time: Tuesday, January 31, 2017, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: Columbia Club, 15 W. 43 St., New York, NY 10036

Please join the Center on Global Energy Policy for the official US Launch of the BP Energy Outlook – 2017 Edition with Group Chief Economist Spencer Dale. The BP Energy Outlook considers a base case, which outlines the “most likely” path for energy demand based on assumptions about future changes in policy, technology and the economy.  Beyond the base case, the Energy Outlook examines some of the key issues that will shape energy supply and demand through to 2035, and explores possible alternative outcomes. Center Director Jason Bordoff will moderate a discussion following the presentation.

More information can be found here.

The Legacy of Chico Mendes: A Sustainable Dream for the Amazon

Date/time: Wednesday, February 1, 2017, 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Location: IAB 802

The Earth Institute at Columbia University presents “The Legacy of Chico Mendes: A Sustainable Dream for the Amazon” with the Brazilian philosopher and former congressman, Marcos Afonso. The event is part of the Restorative Politics Series.

Please find more information here.

Sierra Club Energy Lecture

Date/Time: Thursday, February 2, 2017, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Location: 2910 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

Join Columbia SIPA’s MPA-ESP program in welcoming Joe Daniels, Columbia alum and Electric Sector Analyst at the Sierra Club, for a lecture on Sierra Club’s energy programs. In particular, the lecture will focus on decarbonization of the electric grid (promoted through Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign), as well as data use in advocacy.

Please register for the event here.

Columbia University’s Energy Symposium

Date/Time: Friday, February 3, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Location: Faculty House

The Columbia Energy Symposium is the largest student-run energy event in New York City, bringing together more than 300 energy professionals, students, faculty, leaders, and executives representing industry, government, and society, to explore and advance our insights into today’s challenging energy questions. Key topics for discussion will include how new technologies, business models, and innovative financing strategies are disrupting the traditional energy system from the entrance of battery storage, to the rise of LNG trading, to the evolving utility business models.

There is also a Case Competition on Thursday, February 2, which allows teams of 3 to 5 graduate students to present creative and innovative solutions for the main challenges facing the energy and environment sectors. This year, the Case Competition is sponsored and provided by Booz Allen Hamilton.

More information about the event can be found here, and you can register for the event here.

All-Ivy Environmental and Sustainable Development Recruiting Fair

Date/Time: Friday, March 3, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Alfred Lerner Hall

The eight Ivy League schools are teaming up once more to host the fourteenth anniversary of the All Ivy Environmental and Sustainable Development Career Fair on March 3, 2017!

Representatives from organizations in the private, non-profit and public sectors across a multitude of industries will have the opportunity to connect with top graduate and undergraduate students.

Please register for the event here.


First General Meeting/Happy Hour

Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for information on our first general meeting and happy hour! We are hoping to schedule this during the first full week of February!


Take action against Trump’s anti-climate and pro-fossil fuel agenda by signing one (or all) of the below petitions from the fantastic organizations that are doing their best to protect our earth.

  • Sign NRDC’s petition here!
  • Sierra Club’s campaign to stop Keystone XL and Dakota Access Petition is here.
  • EarthJustice lists their campaigns here.
  • GreenPeace’s petition to tell CitiBank to stop funding for Dakota Access Pipeline.


Countable is a phone app that makes it quick and easy to understand the laws Congress is considering. They also streamline the process of contacting your lawmaker, so you can tell them how you want them to vote on bills under consideration. They have a section on the environment as well so that you can keep yourselves up-to-date on Congressional legislation related to research and regulation of the Environment. Learn more about it here.

EPOC Board

Environmental Policy Over Coffee (EPOC) club is an initiative of MPA-ESP students to create a place to discuss environmental policy under a relaxed and constructive atmosphere. Applications to run for the EPOC E-Board are now open and if you wish to participate in the election and would like more details about EPOC, or if you have any questions, please message them onOrgSync.

They will be hosting an event in the next few weeks to discuss this with anyone who’s interested. The event will of have coffee.

Apply to the Tamer Fund for Social Ventures by March 1, 2017!

The Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School is now accepting applications for theTamer Fund for Social Ventures. This Fund provides seed grants of up to $25,000 to nonprofit, for-profit, and hybrid early-stage social and environmental ventures. Ventures must be led by Columbia University students or alumni, or be advised and have significant involvement by Columbia University faculty or researchers. Tamer Fund seed grants will be made to approximately seven ventures each year.

More information and the online application is available at:

Application deadline is March 1, 2017. For questions, please reach out to


Apple (#66814)

Apple is seeking a highly motivated intern interested in gaining experience working with cross-functional teams and external partners on strategic environmental initiatives.

Some responsibilities may include:
– Working cross-functionally with environmental, social, education, legal, procurement, finance, operations and hardware teams to understand and help identify efficient, practical solutions for environmental and sustainability initiatives
– Interfacing with external partners
– Advising non-environmental teams on environmental initiatives and connecting them with appropriate resources
– Assisting with ad-hoc projects and research for briefings and internal meetings

More information can be found on SIPALink.


United Nations Development Programme, Internship: Environmental and Natural Capital Team (#67003)

The main responsibility of the intern is to assist the Environment and Natural Capital Team on knowledge generation and management in the thematic area of sustainable management of natural resources.

More information can be found on SIPALink.

NYSERDA, RetrofitNY initiative

Two positions are available at NYSERDA with their RetrofitNY Initiative. RetrofitNY is a cornerstone initiative of NYSERDA’s multifamily programs.  Based upon a successful model in the Netherlands called Energiesprong, RetrofitNY aims to revolutionize the building retrofit industry in New York starting with the affordable housing sector.

  • RetrofitNY Housing Market Development Lead, Multifamily Residential – New York City Office. More information found here.
  • RetrofitNY Project Manager, Multifamily Residential – New York City Office. More information found here.

Sustainable Energy Internship, GreenMax Capital Advisors (ID #66729)

GreenMax is one of the leading international policy and financial advisory firms focused entirely on the clean energy sector. They advise governments, international financial institutions, investors and project developers on strategies to increase implementation of renewable energy and energy efficiency. They have completed assignments in more than 80 countries around the world. Today their main geographic focus is on emerging markets in Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe and Turkey.

More information and instructions on how to apply can be found on SipaLink.

Senior Campaign Research & Policy Officer (Part-time), Wildlife Conservation Fund (ID #66494)

Position objectives include strengthening WCS’s movement making strategy and campaign engagement by providing foundational issue-based research, analysis, synthesis, writing and tracking to:

  • Identify and define policy engagement opportunities
  • Educate and influence governments, corporations, and consumers to take action
  • Enhance WCS’s profile as a leading conservation organization

More information and instructions on how to apply can be found on SipaLink.


Lindsay Cherry (

SIPA Environmental Coalition (ECO) Communications Director

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