ECO Newsletter Midweek Update: March 22, 2017

Hi all!

Hope everybody is generally coping with coming back to school after spring break and catching up on all that work we smartly put off. Or at least keeping up the facade that they are coping and everything is totally fine.

Please find some additional events and announcements below! Also, please come volunteer with ECO this Friday at Sure We Can! Details can be found below.


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.


Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges & Universities Scholarships

Deadline: April 3, 2017

Amount Awarded: $3,500

Requirements: U.S. citizens enrolled full-time for the entire 2017-18 year majoring in an area of environmental studies.  Minimum GPA of 3.0 overall and 3.5 in environmental concentration courses.

Please find more information and instructions on how to apply here.


Columbia Divesting from Thermal Coal Production!!!!

Over spring break, President Bollinger announced that Columbia’s Board of Trustees voted to divest from companies who are substantially engaged in thermal coal production. The Board also concluded that the University would strengthen its efforts to reduce its carbon footprint, conduct additional research and policy analysis in the area of global warming and climate change, and participate in the Carbon Disclosure Project’s Climate Change Program, which seeks firm-specific disclosure of carbon-related activity. In addition, Bollinger announced that the University will have a significant announcement regarding a new plan for environmental sustainability of the University’s operations next month. Stay tuned.


Brownbag lunch with Anna Murray, Monitoring and Evaluation Monitor at Charity: Water

Date/Time: Thursday, March 23, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET

Location: IAB, Room 402

This Thursday, March 23, join MESS from 1-2pm in IAB 402 for our first Brown Bag event of the semester! This informal lunchtime series brings M&E professionals to SIPA to talk about various skills and trends related to the M&E field.

For this installment, we welcome Anna Murray, the Monitoring and Evaluation Manager at charity: water, a nonprofit that aims to bring clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries.

Anna leads a global data collection effort to measure the impact of the water, sanitation, and hygiene programs funded charity: water. She holds a B.S. and M.Eng. in mechanical engineering, and is completing her PhD in environmental engineering.

We hope to see you on Thursday! Lunch will be served.

Please register for the event on OrgSync.


Columbia Sustainable Finance Professional Network for its Power Breakfast #2 With Guest Speaker Charlotte Peyraud – Senior advisor – Sustainalytics

Date/Time: Friday, March 24, 8:15 am – 9:30 am

Location: The Earth Institute, Hogan Hall, 2910 Broadway, New York City, NY 10025

Charlotte Peyraud, a Senior Advisor with Sustainalytics’ Institutional Relations team, assists clients in integrating responsible investment criteria into their investment process. For the past year, Charlotte has supported the rapid growth of Sustainalytics’ Sustainability Bonds team, which provides issuers with second party opinions and Climate Bonds Standard verification to assure investors that the bond proceeds are allocated, managed and reported in a transparent manner. She joined Sustainalytics as part of the firm’s acquisition of ESG Analytics in the fall of 2015. Charlotte holds a Master of Science degree in Sustainability Management from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business from James Madison University. Charlotte is a certified GRI Practitioner and a SASB FSA Level II Candidate.

The CSFPN Breakfast Series brings Sustainable Finance and Investing practitioners to the Columbia campus to talk about their latest work. Over the course of the spring semester, we will have speakers active in the fields of green project finance, private equity, green bonds, sustainability consulting and international development finance sharing their knowledge and experience with club members and guests. Expect an interesting discussion and come prepared with questions!

Please register for the event here.


Bloomberg series: Energy and Finance

Date/Time: Friday, March 24, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm ET

Location: Bloomberg, 731 Lexington Ave, New York, New York 10022

SIPA Energy Association invites its members to take part in the third workshop of the Bloomberg series.

This time we will discuss finance and energy at Bloomberg offices.
Be one of the first 20 students to submit this registration:

Take this opportunity to get a glimpse of Bloomberg offices and meet with its experts.

Make sure to check your availability before submitting the application.
Keep in mind that if you get selected and miss the workshop, you would take the opportunity away from another student.

Lunch discussion with Bjørn Otto Sverdrup, Senior Vice President of Corporate Sustainability at Statoil ASA

Date/Time: Tuesday, March 28, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Location: Center on Global Energy Policy, 1255 Amsterdam Ave

The Center on Global Energy Policy invites you to participate in a lunch discussion with Bjørn Otto Sverdrup, Senior Vice President of Corporate Sustainability at Statoil ASA, focused on Statoil’s recently released 2030 Climate Roadmap . The roadmap, which was featured in the Wall Street Journal, details Statoil’s targets for CO2 emission reductions and improved carbon intensity, energy efficiency as well as growth in low carbon solutions. Following introductions and a brief overview of the Climate Roadmap from Bjørn we will move into an open discussion.

Lunch will be provided. Please let Jully ( know if you are able to participate. Space is limited so RSVPs will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis until capacity is reached.

WIE Dinner with Kristen Graf Executive Director, Women of Wind Energy [WoWE] 

Date/Time: Thursday, March 30, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: School of Social Work, 1255 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY 10027

Please join the Center on Global Energy Policy for a Women in Energy dinner with Kristen Graf, Executive Director, Women of Wind Energy (WoWE). Ms. Graf will discuss her current job, career paths, and perspectives on what it means to be a female leader in the energy industry.

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

CGEP: 2017 Columbia Global Energy Summit

Date/Time: Thursday, April 13,1:00pm – 6:00pm
Location: Low Library, 535 W. 116 St., New York, NY 10027 Rotunda

The Center on Global Energy Policy is delighted to invite you to the 2017 Columbia Global Energy Summit. Structured as a half-day forum, the Summit will include keynote remarks, interviews and plenary conversations with senior energy sector leaders focused on key issues and questions at the intersection of energy policy, financial markets, the environment and geopolitics. A formal agenda will be forthcoming.

Distinguished speakers so far confirmed include:

  • Amin Nasser, President and Chief Executive Officer, Saudi Aramco
  • Lisa Jackson, Vice President of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, Apple and former U.S. EPA Administrator
  • Charif Souki, Chairman, Tellurian Inc.
  • Daniel Yergin, Vice Chairman, IHS-Markit
  • Fu Chengyu, former Chair, Sinopec and former Chair, CNOOC
  • Jeroen van der Veer, former Chief Executive Officer, Royal Dutch Shell
  • Jeff Holden, Chief Product Officer, Uber Technologies
  • Diane Regas, Executive Director, Environmental Defense Fund
  • Bob Perciasepe, President, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions and former Deputy Administrator of the U.S. EPA
  • Ahmad Al Khowaiter, Chief Technology Officer, Saudi Aramco
  • Phil Sharp, Fellow, Center on Global Energy Policy and former President of Resources For the Future
  • Julio Friedmann, Senior Advisor for Energy Innovation, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Merit E. Janow, Dean, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University
  • Alissa Park, Director, Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy, Columbia University
  • Peter Kelemen, Chair, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Columbia University
  • Jason Bordoff, Professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs and Founding Director, Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia | SIPA
  • David Sandalow, Inaugural Fellow, Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia | SIPA
  • Tim Boersma, Senior Research Scholar, Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia | SIPA

Please register for the event here.


Business Development and Market Research Summer Intern, Watt Fuel Cell

About WATT Fuel Cell: Watt Fuel Cell (WFC) is a leading Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) technology developer that produces quiet and efficient energy solutions for applications that range from portable power (e.g. RVs and boats) to distributed generation. The company’s fuel cells can operate on common, readily available fuels such as propane, natural gas, and biogas, as well as hydrogen.

WATT’s mission is to provide portable, quiet, light, efficient, affordable and environmentally responsible energy solutions to a range of power markets with its superior hybrid power products and advanced manufacturing capabilities. It has recently obtained additional expansion funding and has added Travis Bradford as the Chairman of the Board to guide business development activities.

About the position: WATT is seeking one or more paid full-time summer interns to work with the Chairman and VP of Business Development in New York City.  Interns will be focused on evaluating current and various markets for fuel cell applications, policy programs supporting their deployment, manufacturing incentives, and competitors.  The work will involve both desk research and interviews of potential stakeholders, partners, industry participants, and experts.  Specifically, the Intern will:

  • Work closely with business development team to identify and realize growth opportunities for the company
  • Collect available and relevant data and market analysis on related technology and markets
  • Perform structured market research of different vertical channels
  • Establish cost and value propositions for different applications with different channels
  • Identify potential channel partners and end customers within each market
  • Evaluate current solutions for meeting various customer needs within each of these channels
  • Understand the competitive landscape of fuel cell and non-fuel cell solutions domestically and globally
  • Research policy programs targeted at fuel cells, microgrids, resilience, backup, or distributed generation.
  • Manage collected data and develop a reporting dashboard for management
  • Issue one or more whitepapers on collected findings.

This is an approximately three month assignment starting in May or June, based on intern availability, though a chance to get started part-time in advance may also be available if schedules allow.

Required Skills and Qualifications:

Candidates must be pursing a graduate level degree in energy, business, engineering, finance, policy or a related field to qualify. Candidates will be evaluated based on grade point average, leadership abilities, communication skills, temperament, relevant coursework, and professional experience.

  • Strong academic performance in a current or recent graduate program.
  • Excellent project and time management skills, with strong attention to detail, structure and organization
  • A results-oriented team player with a positive and entrepreneurial attitude and strong interpersonal skills
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent communication skills, including verbal, written, and presentation, with strong commercial/business acumen
  • Proficient in MS Office applications, Adobe Acrobat, Internet Explorer, MS Outlook, MS Project

Preferred Skills and Qualifications:

  • Advanced skills in data collection, market analysis, financial modeling and analysis.
  • Exposure to or experience with distributed generation (including either natural gas or renewable energy technologies), fuel cells, microgrid, or storage solutions
  • 2-4 years of relevant professional work experience.

Deadline March 31, 2017 –  Please send a 1) resume, 2) cover letter, 3) a short writing sample (2-4 pages) and 4) an MS Excel sample displaying data organization and simple data analysis. Applications submitted without all four of these requirements will not be considered. All submissions should be made to

Lindsay Cherry (

SIPA Environmental Coalition (ECO) Communications Director

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