ECO Newsletter: Week of February 26, 2017

Hi all,

If you’re anything like me, you are guiltily enjoying the beautiful warm weather so uncharacteristic of a typical New York February. Unburden your conscience, weighed down by the shame of enjoying climate change, by attending one (or many) or the below events!


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!


Leous-Parry Award for Progressive Sustainability – Nomination Form (2017)

Deadline: The deadline to nominate teams is February 27, 2017 by 9:00 a.m. Only one application should be submitted per workshop team.

The Award for Progressive Sustainability (APS) is presented to one SIPA spring workshop team annually to help apply their work in the search for a sustainable future. The $1000 (USD) grant allows the workshop team to expand their research, analysis, and final workshop product beyond what they would have been capable of doing otherwise.

The APS is presented to the student workshop project proposal that best 1) identifies a social or political problem, 2) highlights its environmental roots, and 3) proposes an actionable, cross-disciplinary solution.

Please find more information and the application on OrgSync.


Reducetarian Summit

Date/Time: May 20th-21st, 9am – 6pm
Location: New York University, Manhattan NY (40 Washington Square South, New York 10012)

We are thrilled to announce the first ever Reducetarian Summit, which will complement The Reducetarian Solution and bring together perspectives and technologies from all corners of the world to explore how to create a more equitable, compassionate and sustainable food system.

The central question of the 2017 Reducetarian Summit is: “How do we as individuals, organizations, communities, and societies work to systematically decrease meat consumption?”

We will examine a bit of the “why,” but focus heavily on the “how.” By bringing together hundreds of people from all areas of the reducetarian movement, this conference will take a deeper dive into possible solutions for pushing the needle on meat consumption.

The Summit will include high-profile speakers and moderators, workshops, breakout sessions, and panel discussions, multiple networking opportunities, and delicious meals sponsored by fresh&co.

More information and registration can be found 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.

Sumasa & SIPA | Climate Risks Resilience Workshop

Date/Time: Thursday, March 2, 6:00 pm
Location: Lewisohn Hall, Rm 602

Come join SUMASA and SIPA for an interactive workshop on Climate Risks Resilience. The workshop will be hosted by political scientist, founder of RESILIÉNT/CITY and promoter of the United Nations “Making Cities Resilient” campaign, Dr. Alexander Mirescu.

Because of the effects of climate change, natural and man-made disasters are occurring more frequently and with greater intensity. Since the costs of recovering from a disaster are far greater than mitigating, cities, governments and companies must engage in better risk reduction and preparedness strategies.

In this two-hour workshop, you’ll get a general overview of climate risks and resilience; learn how public, private and society interact to work towards resilience and have some practical exercises to map risks and learn some potential resilience strategies.

Please find more information here.

Ethics in Action: Climate Change and NYC with Professor James Hansen

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.

ReNew Power – Working for India’s Largest Clean Energy Company

Date/Time: Thursday, March 2, 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: The Earth Institute, 2910 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

Come join the Columbia SIPA MPA-ESP program in welcoming Anand Gupta, Deputy Manager of Strategy at ReNew Power, to Columbia on Thursday March 2 from 8-9pm. ReNew Power is India’s largest renewable energy company, leading the Indian market in total installed renewable capacity and valued at $2B dollars.
Mr. Gupta will host a brief lecture on ReNew Power’s operations, growth in the clean energy sector in India, and on the company’s Summer Internship and Scholarship program. This alluring program flies students out to the New Delhi area to gain 2 months of hands-on experience in Finance, Strategy, CSR and Solar/Wind Project Management. The lecture will be an excellent opportunity to learn more about the development of the renewable energy sector in India and get a first look at an exciting career opportunity in advance of the All Ivy Career Fair. We hope that you can join us!

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.

2017 Climate Change Symposium
Date/Time: Tuesday, March 7th, 5:00 pm
Location: Columbia Law School, Rm. 101 Jerome Greene Hall (Two New York CLE credits available)

Featuring: Jason Schwartz and Peter Howard: “Think Global: International Reciprocity as Justification for a Global Social Cost of Carbon,” with comments and discussion led by Nicholas Robinson (Pace Law School)

Michael Burger: “A Carbon Fee as Mitigation for Fossil Fuel Extraction on Federal Lands,” with comments and discussion led by Stephen Kass (Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP).

Please register for the event here.

Tisch School of the Arts Climate Action Conference

Date/Time: Friday, March 10, 8:00 am – 6:10 pm; Saturday, March 11, 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
Location: TBD

This event is Presented By: Tisch School of the Arts, in association with Hip Hop Caucus and Justice Action Mobilization Network

The Climate Action Conference will bring together diverse stakeholders on climate at a critically important time within our new political reality in America. Through the conference we intend to jump start new strategies for collaboration and communicating about climate change with particular focus on the essential roles of art, culture, psychology, and grassroots power. We intend to fuse our interests and efforts to determine how we might go forward together. We will use the design of the conference as well as our collective reach and resources to draw into the movement those who have been marginalized, those who have never been introduced to the issues at stake and those who are well aware of them but need to be awakened to the fact that it is now time to act.

Please register for the event here.


Internship, World Resources Institute

World Resources Institute is a global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being. Our 500 experts and staff work with partners in more than 50 countries; we have offices in Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, and the United States.

WRI is consistently ranked as the top global Think Tank working on environmental issues. In January 2016, WRI was again named the #1 environmental think tank in the world in a survey conducted by the University of Pennsylvania’s ‘2015 Global Go To Think Tanks index’.

Multiple internships are available below. Please find the list below.


Wind Briefly Sets Record as Source for Electricity in U.S.

The Pruitt Emails: E.P.A. Chief Was Arm in Arm With Industry

NRDC gives detailed instructions on How to Call Congress

An interesting article was published recently entitled, The Conservative as Environmentalist: From Goldwater and the Early Reagan to the 21st Century

Lindsay Cherry (

SIPA Environmental Coalition (ECO) Communications Director

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