ECO Newsletter: Week of February 19, 2017

Hi all,

I know everybody is swamped preparing for midterms, but I have some great news! There are some really fantastic events coming up in the next week or two! Take a break (or two) from obsessively checking Facebook and procrastinating to attend some of the following!


Sustainability Team Updates and Call for Volunteers

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 1, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Location: SIPA foyer (fishbowl)

Interested in improving recycling practices at SIPA? ECO is looking for a few volunteers to join us in our efforts to make recycling more accessible in the building, collecting data on student behavior through trash audits, and helping to promote better student recycling behavior at events. Please email Astha Ummat ( and Angela Hartley ( if you would like to be involved! The time commitment is what you want it to be, so even if you just have a few hours a month to spare, let us know.

Our first waste audit will be happening on Wednesday, March 1 from 1-2pm in the fishbowl.

A little bit about what the sustainability team has been up to…. This past year we have worked with facilities to get additional recycling bins in the building, and conduct waste audits in classrooms to show percentage of waste that is being thrown away that could actually be recycled. This data is helping is show to facilities that when we have bins accessible, students use them. We still have a lot of work to do in the building, and this year are hoping to continue to expand our efforts: getting even more bins, improving the signage around campus, and any other creative ideas you have!


Trade, Investment and Climate Change under the Trump Administration: What lies ahead?

Date/Time: Thursday, February 23, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Location: New York Society for Ethical Culture, Jerome Greene Hall, Room 107435 W 116th St, New York, NY

Donald Trump came to office promising sweeping changes to the US’s traditional trade and investment policies. Such shifts on trade and investment could offer an opportunity to align these policies with action on climate change. On the other hand, Trump’s priorities, particularly with respect to developing domestic fossil fuels, signal that trade policies will head in the opposite direction. This panel will discuss how trade and investment policy may be reconciled with climate change imperatives and commitments, the trade risks the Trump administration’s climate policies present, and how the United States Trade Representative might approach these issues in new trade and investment (re)negotiations.  This event is co-organized with the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law and the Environmental Law Society at Columbia Law School.

Please register for the event here.

The Future of the Renewable Energy Jobs Market

Date/Time: Thursday, February 23, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Location: Low Library, Faculty Room, 535 West 116th St.

Please join the Center on Global Energy Policy’s Women in Energy program for a public panel focused on the future of the renewable energy jobs market. This panel will explore different sectors of the market and address its current state, where the opportunities are focused, and where there is most need for innovation. We have experts with backgrounds in the private, public, and international arenas joining us to share their experience entering these fields, providing insights and advice on how the industry is evolving as well as the current state of women in the renewable energy field.

Please register for the event here.

NDEL 2017 Conference: Environment, National Security & Human Rights

Date/Time: Friday, February 24, 12:00 – 4:00 pm – Saturday, February 25, 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Location: Yale University, Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511

Join us to explore the intersections of environment, state security, and human lives and livelihoods. This conference will discuss practical policy recommendations and legal frameworks to address the impacts of a changing climate on:

  • Global defense and security
  • Human rights and environmental justice
  • Financial risk and international markets
  • Climate refugees, and more!

Please register for the event here.

Women In Energy Workshop: Discovering Your Personal Leadership Brand with Valia Glytsis

Date/Time: Friday, February 24, 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Location: Klein Conference Room, 66 West 12th Street, Room 510, New York, NY 10011

Please join the Women in Energy (WIE) program for an interactive leadership workshop on discovering your personal leadership brand, led by Executive Coach & Leadership Trainer Valia Glytsis, CEO and Founder of The Paradox of Leadership.

In this workshop, Valia will walk you through the top 5 lessons on personal branding through the lens of leadership mindset. From discovering what you stand for and declaring your non-negotiable to unraveling the habits that stand in your way and choosing how you respond under stress.

Please register for the event here.

The Circular Economy – A Holistic Vision for Achieving Prosperity

Date/Time: Thursday, March 2, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Location: Baruch College, Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity, 151 E. 25th Street (between Lexington and 3rd Avenue), Room 750, New York, NY 10010

The circular economy is gaining increasing attention in Europe and around the world as a potential way for our society to increase prosperity, while reducing dependence on primary materials and energy.

This panel will present inspiring business best practices and elaborate on opportunities and barriers encountered when making the transition to a circular economy.

Please register for the event here.

Ethics in Action: Climate Change and NYC

Date/Time: Thursday, March 2, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Location: New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th Street, at Central Park West, New York, NY 10023

As a low-lying coastal city, NYC is highly vulnerable to human-induced climate change, and the sea-level rise and intensive storms that can result. NYC must also be a leader in the effort to decarbonize the energy system, a challenge encapsulated in the City’s 80×50 plan (to reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 80 percent as of 2050).

Please 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.

Ethics in Action

Date/Time: Friday, March 10, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Location: Columbia University Low Memorial Library, 2960 Broadway, New York, NY 10027

Ethics and Wall Street is your chance to learn from a distinguished panel of experts about what is right wrong, moral, and immoral in the financial markets. Moderated by Columbia University Professor Jeffrey Sachs, our panel includes:

  • Ari Melber, MSNBC Chief Legal Correspondent
  • Sheelah Kolhatkar, Staff Writer at The New Yorker and author of Black Edge
  • Hon. Judge Jed Rakoff, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York, and Adjunct Professor of Law at Columbia Law School
  • Bob Ivry, Staff Reporter for Bloomberg News and author of The Seven Sins of Wall Street

Please RSVP with


Intern, NYSERDA (#67422)

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, known as NYSERDA, promotes energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy sources. These efforts are key to developing a less polluting and more reliable and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers. Collectively, NYSERDA’s efforts aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, accelerate economic growth, and reduce customer energy bills.

Primary Responsibilities
• Budget, data, and policy analysis
• Market research, including voice of customer investigations
• Monitoring regulatory proceedings relative to the LMI energy market segment; and coordination between NYSERDA teams and initiatives
• Contribute to the administration of one or more of the following initiatives: the Low-Income Forum on Energy, REVitalize, and Healthy Homes feasibility work
• Perform other responsibilities as assigned

Please find more information on SIPALink.


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