ECO Newsletter: Week of February 5, 2017

Hi all,

I hope everybody had a great weekend! Whether you are a fan of the Patriots or that other team who played the Patriots, I think we can all agree Lady Gaga won the Super Bowl. Anyways, on to bigger and better news!

ECO Events:

ECO General Body Meeting

Date/time: Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Location: 501B, IAB

The moment you have all been waiting for! Come join us for our first ECO general body meeting of 2017! We will have some food for you all as we discuss what events/activities we are planning for Spring. We cannot wait to see you all there!! BUT WAIT, there’s more….

ECO Happy Hour

Date/time: Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Arts & Crafts Beer Parlor (1135 Amsterdam Ave.)

Later in the day we will be hosting a happy hour! We have some drink tickets, so please feel free to come out and mingle with us, your fellow environmentalists!


Practicum in Innovative Sustainability Leadership; Sustainability as Value

Date/Time: Tuesday, February 6, 2017, 6:00 PM – 8:10 PM
Location: Pupin Hall, Room 428

The lecture and discussion will touch on the factors that lead to investment in green building, obstacles to such investments, and strategies for overcoming them. Douglas Durst from Durst Organizations will be speaking. More information can be found here.

Speaker event: Andras Forgacs 

Date/Time: Thursday, February 9, 12:30pm – 1:30pm

The Columbia Business School will be hosting Andras Forgacs, the co-founder and CEO of Modern Meadow. Modern Meadow is a Brooklyn-based biofabrication company that grows leather from living cells. Leather that does not kill animals, is free of blemishes, hair and fat, and with 80% less waste compared to traditional leather. Andras will give us an overview of the history of Modern Meadow and will discuss the outlook for the company.

There is limited capacity so unfortunately only 7 SIPA students are allowed to attend. It’s first come, first serve, so please email with your interest and I’ll let you know if we have a spot for you and give you the rest of the details! My email is

WIE Company Overview and Lunch: Safari Energy

Date/Time: February 10, 2017, 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Location: Safari Energy, 989 6th Ave, New York, NY 10018

Please join the Center on Global Energy Policy’s Women in Energy program for a company overview and lunch at Safari Energy. Safari Energy, a leading commercial scale solar provider, was founded in 2008 with a vision of reducing energy expenses for commercial customers while also helping the environment.

This event is open only to current female grad students. Since space is limited, RSVPs will be accepted on a first-come basis until capacity is reached. Please RSVP only if you can commit to attending. More information can be foundhere.

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.


South Pole Carbon, CDP will be doing research on climate risk exposure of the Trump family’s private interests. The resulting report will be an objective look at whether climate change will affect Trump’s income negatively in the near future.

They are looking for a few students to support the research and writing.

A few basic parameters:

  • The report will be a short, focused version of “Potential Impact of Climate Change on Financial Market Stability“.
  • They expect to lay out the framework by next Friday, and hope to have a draft for peer review within 6 weeks. The final will be presented in a webinar and potentially a press release to a concentrated audience, and promoted among certain networks.
  • South Pole will provide access to their emissions data base and analysis toolset; they would provide some background research on Trump’s assets and stitch the writing together.

They would like to put this team together rather quickly, so if you’re interested please email Sophie Dejonckheere at


U.S. EPA Internship (#66788)

The intern will assist the Branch deliver sustainable and innovative projects to the multiple business lines of the U.S. EPA. The duties include applying quantitative and qualitative analysis of business processes, developing communication strategies, measuring program effectiveness and applying the fundamentals of project management to a myriad of administrative and operational support programs that allow the Agency to continue to lead the federal government in sustainability while concurrently protecting human health and the environment.

More information can be found on SIPALink.

United Nations Development Programme, Gender, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Intern (#67001)

Addressing gender equality and women’s empowerment is a key aspect of UNDP’s approach to achieving its core vision. In line with the UNDP’s Gender Equality Strategy 2014-2017, UNDP works with partners to promote gender equality and to empower women as agents of change and leaders in global, regional and national policy and programming development processes related to climate change, disaster risk reduction and recovery, and sustainable energy.

Please find a much more detailed description of this internship on SIPALink.


Rainforest Alliance, Sustainable Finance-Spanish Speaking Fellow (#66883)

The fellow will assist these efforts by:
1. Conducting research necessary to complement the information collected prior to and during the workshop. Research will include both desk research and interviews with finance experts;
2. Developing and editing the 20-page workshop report for publication on the Rainforest Alliance website and distribution to stakeholders in Peru and Latin America;
3. Supporting the Rainforest Alliance’s engagement strategy to operationalize commitments from stakeholders and to align workshop outcomes with country and regional strategies.

Please find a much more detailed description of this internship on SIPALink.

Energy Intelligence Group, Energy Reporter (#66820)

The job requires strong reporting and writing skills in a fast-paced environment with strict deadlines. Applicants should possess solid analytical capabilities, a creative approach to generating story ideas, and an ability to pull insights and trends from reports, presentations, hearings and other information from Capitol Hill, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Department of Energy, the State Department, and various other government organizations, universities and non-profit think tanks and the industry. We focus in particular on developments in the reactor sector, the nuclear fuel cycle industry—including a regular column on the uranium market—and reactor decommissioning and nuclear waste management. Additionally, we cover diplomatic developments related to commercial nuclear trade and nuclear non-proliferation efforts. Salary and benefits are competitive and based upon the level of experience. Some travel is required.

Please find a much more detailed description of this internship on SIPALink.



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