ECO Newsletter: Week of March 26, 2017

Hi all,

Thank you for everybody who came to the GIS workshop last Thursday and for everybody who volunteered at Sure We Can!  While I did not snap an action shot of the GIS workshop, please find some happy recycling photos below!


Meatless March Happy Hour held jointly between ECO, South East Asia and Food Systems Groups

Date/time: Thursday, March 30, 7:00 pm – 10 pm ET

Location: Publique

Come join us for a drink (or two) and some vegetarian Thai food and organic wine in Publique. We would love to see you for our meat-free event!  Why meatless you ask? The processing and distribution of meat causes substantial environmental damages. It’s estimated that the production of beef and lamb produce 10 – 40 times more greenhouse gas emissions as vegetables and grains.

We hope to see you all there!

Age of Trump

Date/time: Monday, April 3, 7:00 pm ET

Location: Mudd Building Room 644 (Engineering School)

Event detail: Discussions about energy and environmental policies under the Trump administration, and what to expect for the future. Panelists include Professor Jason Bordoff, Professor Jenik Radon, and Bloomberg analysts.


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.


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.

The Future of Nuclear Energy

Date/time: Wednesday, March 29, 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Location: IAB 1501

Perhaps no source of energy sparks as much debate as nuclear power. Heralded in the 1950s and 1960s as the way of the future—only to face growing concern in the 1970s and 1980s around ties to nuclear weapons proliferation, safety, and waste—interest in nuclear power plants has chilled. Questions about the future of the industry have been raised, enlivened by Japan’s nuclear crisis at Fukushima and the now paramount issues relating to energy security and climate change. Building on forthcoming research from the Center on Global Energy Policy—a three-part series on nuclear technology, the geopolitics of nuclear energy, and U.S. policy—this panel will examine the history of nuclear power, its future, and the policy and business choices that lie ahead. This event is made possible, in part, by support from the Sasakawa Peace Foundation. Distinguished experts joining the panel will include:  Dr. Andrew Kadak, former President of the American Nuclear Society and MIT Professor Tim Frazier, former Senior DOE Official and Principal, TAFrazier LLC Dr. Patricia Culligan, Professor of Civil Engineering at the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Columbia University Dr. Nicola de Blasio, Fellow, Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University Richard Nephew, Senior Research Scholar, Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University Registration is required.

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.

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS – Join the Sustainable Energy for All Forum Team

Date/Time: April 3 – 5th, 2017

Sustainable Energy for ALL (SEforALL) is a global platform that empowers leaders to broker partnerships and unlock finance to achieve universal access to sustainable energy, as a contribution to a cleaner, just and prosperous world for all. We connect stakeholders, marshal evidence, benchmark progress, amplify the voices of our partners and tell stories of success.

This April we will host our 3rd Sustainable Energy for All Forum at the Duggal Greenhouse in Brooklyn, New York.

Sustainable Energy for All is looking for dynamic and highly motivated volunteers to join our 2017 Forum Team. Responsibilities will include general on-site event support. This is a unique and rare opportunity for those interested in sustainable development and the role of energy. Volunteers will be an integral part of this exciting international event that will convene world leaders advancing the achievement ac- tion on SDG7.

Time Commitment: Minimum 2-day commitment.

Please contact Cécile Bélivent for additional information. To learn more about the Forum, visit If you wish to apply, please click here.

ECO and SEA are co-hosting a panel discussion event about energy and environmental policies under Trump. I have included some details about the event below for promoting it in both our newsletters. Could you please add this to the next few newsletters that goes out until date of event? Please let me know if you need any other information.

Panel Discussion: Permaculture and Urban Eco-System Design

Date/Time: Monday, April 3, 6:00 – 8:00 pm ET

Location: Grove School of Engineering at City College l Steinman Lecture Hall, 160 Convent Avenue (between 140 & 141 St), New York, NY 10031

Permaculture, a portmanteau of permanent and agriculture, is sometimes described as strategies for sustainable agriculture, with the twin goals of maximizing yield and maintaining optimum long-term ecological health. With increasing numbers of people living in cities, and urban agriculture the subject of perennially renewed interest, permaculture offers many strategies beyond urban gardening that can be applied to both the design of the urban ecosystem and the modern city-dweller lifestyle.

Moderator: Hillary Brown, FAIA, Professor of Architecture at the City College of New York’s Spitzer School of Architecture, Program Director, City College’s Sustainability in the Urban Environment

Panelists: Andrew Faust, Permaculture and Bioregional Educator, Designer at Center for Bioregional Living; Ashley Muse, Senior Sustainability Manager, YR&G; Philip Silva, Co-founder and Co-director, TreeKIT; Associate Editor, The Nature of Cities; Ben Flanner, Founder, Brooklyn Grange; Monica Ibacache, Founder and Executive Director, Beyond Organic Design

Please register for the event here.

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.


Senator Gillibrand seeks a Legislative Correspondent to assist with the following issues: Environment, Energy and Homeland Security.  This individual will be responsible for helping the relevant LA work on the issues; including monitoring pending legislation in assigned issue areas, drafting briefing materials, meeting with constituents and drafting constituent mail pertaining to the issue set.  Qualified candidates will also have strong writing and organizational skills, as well as the abilities to operate effectively under pressure while juggling multiple tasks and work well as part of a team.   New York ties a plus.  Interested applicants should e-mail a resume to with the subject “Enviro/Energy/Homeland Security LC”.  No calls or drop-bys please.  Senator Gillibrand’s office is an equal opportunity employer; people of color, women, LGBT people, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Lindsay Cherry (

SIPA Environmental Coalition (ECO) Communications Director

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