ECO Newsletter: Week of March 6, 2017

Hi all!

Spring break is just around the corner! But first, we have some great events you can attend this week! Also, please take a minute and fill out the two polls we listed below in ECO Announcements!.


  • Let us know your interests and availability for site visits to energy and environment-related government offices around New York City this semester by filling out this survey. Please note, this survey is for planning purposes and subject to change.
  • We are holding a GIS training in late March (date TBD). If you’re interested in attending, please fill out this survey to tell us your interests. We need to gauge how many people are interested in attending to plan for location and computer needs.


Volunteer with ECO at Sure We Can!

Date/Time: Friday, March 24, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: Sure We Can, 219 Mckibben St, Brooklyn, NY 11206

What is Sure We Can?

Sure We Can is a non-profit recycling center, community space and sustainability hub where canners, who are people that collect cans and bottles from the streets, come together with students and neighbors through  recycling, composting, gardening and arts.  For over 9 years, Sure We can has supported  canners, this activity helps them keep a roof  over their heads, provide for their families and  also reduces the amount of cans and bottles  heading to landfills. From collection  activities to education programs Sure We Can is  promoting social inclusion, environmental awareness and economic empowerment.

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.

How to participate?

Contact your volunteer day coordinator, Mrig Mehra (, to let him know you can attend! Save the date and bring comfortable clothes that can be dirtied.


Last minute announcement alert!

Green Bond’s Charrette’s Volunteer

Date/Time: Monday, March 6th, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Columbia Law School, Case Lounge, Room 701

Want to learn what it takes to form policy amongst the best of the best in Green Bonds? The Clean Tax Cut Green Bonds charrette is seeking volunteers for this Monday’s workshop to act as facilitators, notetakers, and honestly networkers! Get firsthand experience with attendees such as members of Rockefeller Brothers Fund, SASB, SustainAbility, Bloomberg, 2 Degrees, HSBC, Rocky Mountain Institute, American Sustainable Business Council, and more! Email Savannah Miller at to sign up for a shift!

The Energy and Environment Concentration at Columbia University’s School for International and Public Affairs, in close collaboration with the Grace Richardson Fund and the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, is hosting the first sector-specific charrette on green bonds on March 6, 2017 from 9 AM to 4 PM. The workshop will bring together climate, finance, economics and policy experts to take a hard look at how CTC could be applied to capital taxes on clean investments, and how the lessons learned from these voluntary markets can be applied to the CTC approach in other markets.

We are looking for some incredible volunteers to assist in the success of this charrette! It’s an opportunity to network with the best of the best in green bonds, finance, and environmental policy.

Email Savannah Miller at to sign up for a shift!

Women in Energy Spotlight: What is going on in the energy start up world today?

Date/Time: Monday, March 6th, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Location: New York University, Woolworth Building, 15 Barclay Street, room: 430, New York, NY 10007

Please join NYU’s Center for Global Affairs, the Energy Policy International Club (EPIC), and the Center on Global Energy Policy’s Women in Energy program for a public panel focused on energy start-ups. We have experts working in companies that focus on energy efficiency, clean energy finance, and technology joining us to share their experience entering these fields and offer advice on the types of skills companies are looking for. They will also provide insights on how the industry is evolving as well as the current state of women in the energy start-up sector.

The panel will include the following experts:

  • Ali Adler, Director of Partnerships, Sealed
  • Claire Johnson, ‎President, CBJ Energy; Founder, SunEdison
  • Mouchka Heller, Trade Commissioner, Infrastructure and Energy, Government of Canada
  • Angela Ferrante, Chief Marketing Officer, SparkFund (moderator)

More information can be found here.

Carbon Accounting Workshop

Date/Time: Monday, March 6th, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: Lewisohn Hall, Rm 602

Join Professor Arnaud Brohé for an accessible and comprehensive overview of carbon accounting. Arnaud will discuss the various methods and instruments used by countries, cities, and companies to calculate, reduce and internalize the cost of carbon – including a comparison of production vs. consumption GHG inventories and a discussion on carbon taxation, carbon markets and voluntary offsetting. Learn how these methodologies and instruments stem not simply from the aim of reducing emissions for the lowest cost, but more as a compromise between divergent interests and individual world views.

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.

An Intimate Conversation With Journalist and Humanitarian Tara Kangarlou

Date/Time: Tuesday, March 7th, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Location: SIPA Building Room 410

During these critical times in global politics, an increase in political instability has exacerbated violence, war, and terrorism. War-torn countries such as Syria have become fertile ground for “remote-radicalization”. Instability has forced populations to migrate from conflict zones to other countries with the hope of living a more sustainable life; as of today, more than half of Syria’s population has endured forced displacement.

Tara Kangarlou is a journalist (formerly with CNN, CNN International, and until recently with Al Jazeera America). She is also the founder of Art of Hope, a non-profit, non-governmental, 501(c)3 charitable organization based in New York City that aims to provide trauma and PTSD relief for the Syrian refugee population through alternative educational and vocational training. In this event, she will discuss the devastating cycle that links poverty, lack of education, and social marginalization with extremism. She will also talk about counter violent extremism and nipping it from the bud among some of the most vulnerable of populations who are most susceptive to such plight.

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.

Access and Women’s Work

Date/Time: Tuesday, March 14, 2:30 pm
Location: Armenian Culture Center Guild Hall, 630 Second Ave, NY

Hosted by Arc Finance and USAID. The event explores the key role of women’s work in the area of energy access. Affordable and clean energy is the seventh sustainable development goal, and promoting access to finance for clean energy is a critical enabler of this goal. The event draws from ground-breaking market research on the lives and experiences of women energy entrepreneurs and from the Energy Financial Literacy program targeted at women microentrepreneurs, both developed by Arc Finance under the USAID-funded Renewable Energy Microfinance and Microenterprise Program. The event will showcase how promoting access to clean energy can create jobs that empower women as entrepreneurs, thereby improving their lives and livelihoods while contributing to the green economy. It will also show the importance of helping women learn how to access the economic costs and benefits of different sources of energy

Please register by email


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