ECO Newsletter: Week of April 3, 2017

Hi all,

We’ve planned some fantastic events for this week and next week! Please come out to as you possibly can and support us!

Also, it’s now officially April! And you all know what that means… Earth Day is almost here!! Please enjoy this New Yorker comic in anticipation of all the fun we will have later this month.


VOTE for your fellow SIPA students: The Economist Case Study Competition

The Economist “Which MBA?” case competition sponsored by NRG invited teams from universities across the world to submit a proposal to solve an energy issue. A team of Columbia SIPA students has submitted their proposal and counts on your vote to win the People’s Choice Award and beat teams from Duke, MIT, UCLA, and more. Watch the video and cast your vote today! You can cast one vote every 24 hours and voting ends on April 15th, 2017.


Join Columbia’s sustainability clubs for a drink!

Date/Time: Wednesday, April 6, 6:30 pm

Location: Amity Hall, 982 Amsterdam

Come join us for a drink with our affiliate Columbia sustainability clubs, including the Environmental Law Society and the Green Business Club at Amity Hall (982 Amsterdam Ave) on April 6th at 6:30 PM. A limited number of drink tickets will be provided.


People’s Climate March

Date: April 29, 2017

Location: Washington, D.C.

The People’s Climate March will be a major march in support of climate, jobs, and justice. In partnership with student organizations across the NYC area, ECO will provide round-trip transportation at a subsidized cost for a limited number of students. Don’t miss this chance to meet like-minded students and show your support for climate action!

Here are two ways to find out more:

  1. Attend a drop-in information session on Wednesday, April 5 between 1:00-2:00 PM in room 823.
  2. Stop by our table on the 4th floor on Tuesday, April 4 from 9:00-11:00 AM or on Wednesday, April 5 from 2:00-4:00 PM.

Email Darcy at with any questions.


Panel: Age of Trump

Date/Time: Monday, April 3, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm.

Location: Room 644 Mudd Building (Fu Foundation Engineering School, 500 West 120th Street)

Please join SIPA Energy Association and Environmental Coalition for a discussion on energy and environmental policies under the Trump administration. Since the inauguration of Donald Trump, the energy and environmental sector has seen multiple changes from a policy perspective.

Who will be there?

  • Jason Bordoff, Founding Director, Center on Global Energy Policy and Professor at Columbia University
  • Jenik Radon, Founding Director, Eesti and Eurasian Public Service Fellowship and Professor at Columbia University.
  • Amy Grace, Head of North America Wind Analysis, Bloomberg New Energy Finance
  • Jeffrey Ziglar, Founder and Chief Investment Officer, Mecox Bay Asset Management.

The panel will be moderated by Diego Hentschel, co-president of SIPA Energy Association.

Please engage in the conversation by submitting your questions to panelists through filling out this form (


Carbon Fee & Dividend Info Session:

Date/Time: Tuesday, April 4, 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Location: IAB, 501B

ECO will host Robert Werner of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby to speak about CCL’s work to win a fee & dividend carbon pricing system. Learn about the philosophy behind a fee & dividend system, as opposed to a carbon tax or cap-and-trade system. CCL has a complex policy map and research informing their campaign and a unique view of what to do with revenue from carbon taxation. Future policymakers in the energy and environmental realm should take note! Food will be served and we hope to see you there!


“Years of Living Dangerously” Documentary & National Carbon Pricing Webinar

Date/Time: Wednesday, April 5, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Location: IAB, Room 823

Join ECO for a remote viewing of the National Carbon Pricing Webinar, sponsored by Our Climate’s “Put a Price On It” campaign. First, we will be popping popcorn and screening an episode of the award-winning climate change documentary series Years of Living Dangerously which will focused on carbon pricing and biodiversity loss from climate change, followed by an expert panel discussion about carbon pricing featuring Aasif Mandvi (comedian & YEARS correspondent), Joel Bach (co-creator of YEARS of Living Dangerously), Camila Thorndike (Co-Founder of Our Climate and recently named in #Grist50), and more!


2nd Annual Columbia SIPA Energy & Environment Alumni Reception

Date/Time: Thursday, April 13, 7:30 – 9:30 ET

Location: LivePrimary, 26 Broadway, 8th floor

Energy & Environment Alumni Reception on April 13th, 2017, organized by the SIPA Energy Association (SEA) and SIPA Environmental Coalition (ECO). We look forward to having past and current SIPA students come together for a great evening filled with hors d’oeuvres, beer/wine and enlightening conversations. We would absolutely love to have you!

Current students, tickets will cost $10.

Please RSVP here.


Clearing Up the Haze: New Research on Southeast Asian Pollution

Date/Time: Monday, April 3, 4:15 pm – 5:30 pm

Location: IAB 918

Speaker: Ruth DeFries, Professor of Ecology and Sustainable Development, Columbia University

In a report recently published in IOPscience, a team, including two Columbia students, quantifies the emission sources and health impacts of persistently hazardous levels of smoke pollution which covered much of Equatorial Asia from September to October 2015. They then compare the sources and impacts to an event of similar magnitude occurring under similar meteorological conditions in September–October 2006. Using data from these episodes, the team developed an approach to provide an assessment of the relative contribution of fire emissions generated in a specific province to smoke-related health impacts in the receptor areas. Using this framework, the team argues they can now rapidly identify areas where land use management to reduce and/or avoid fires would yield the greatest benefit to human health, both nationally and regionally.


Circular Economy Week

Date: April 3 – April 7
Location: Columbia University Morningside Campus
Circular Economy Events Page:

The circular economy lays the foundation for our transition to waste minimization, eco-design, supply chain sustainability and the efficient use of resources.

The week will include panel discussions, seminars and workshops that will feature a variety of speakers.


These events have been organized by two MPA Environmental Science and Policy students, Kevin Fertig and Allison Pace.

Questions? Please contact Kevin at or Allison at

The individual events schedule and links to RSVP are as follows:

Opening Lecture: “What Is The Circular Economy?”

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

Location: Social Hall, Union Theological Seminary

Featuring: Vincent Aurez, Circular Economy Consultant at Ernst & Young; Nilda Mesa, Director of Urban Sustainability at the Earth Institute and former Director of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability

Please RSVP for “What is the Circular Economy?” here.

Circular Economy Week – Sustainable Supply Chain Workshop

Date/Time: Tuesday, April 4, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Location: Faculty Room, Low Library

Featuring: Shreya Patel, Sustainability Operations Manager at Unilever

Please RSVP to the Sustainable Supply Chain Workshop here.

Circular Economy Week –  NYC Student Panel Discussion

Date/Time: Thursday, April 6, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm,

Location: Rennert Hall, Kraft Center

Featuring: student leaders from multiple NYC sustainability programs, including representatives from NYU Stern School of Business, the New School, and the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Please RSVP to the NYC Student Panel Discussion here.

Circular Economy Week – Closing Panel Discussion: “Individual Action, Circular Impact”

Date/Time: Friday, April 7, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm,

Location: 614 Schemerhorn

Featuring: Vincent Aurez (Ernst & Young); Stephanie Johnston (Agenda NYC); Tessa Vlaanderen (Advanced Energy Group LLC); Saami Kalule-Sabiti (NYC Economic Development Corporation); and Sara Tjossem, SIPA Senior Lecturer. Moderated by Steve Cohen, Executive Director of the Earth Institute

Please RSVP Closing Panel Discussion “Individual Action, Circular Impact” here.


RSVP: Carbon Pricing Teach In at Trump Tower

Date/time: Thursday April 6, 9:30 am – 11:15 am

Location: Meet at Starbucks at 1411 6th Avenue (between 57th & 58th streets) to pick up visuals and for a quick check-in training at 9:30. Between 9:45-10am we will gradually walk to Trump Tower’s public garden / atrium space.

Learn about how carbon pricing is a solution to climate change! This is a creative, impromptu opportunity to elevate the importance of carbon pricing and encourage President Trump to protect our future.

More information and RSVP form can be found here.


Impacting Behavior for a Sustainable Future

Date/Time: Friday, April 7, 2017, 11:30am – 5:00pm, followed by a reception at Amity Hall

Location: Faculty Room, Low Library, Columbia University 116th St & Broadway, New York, NY 10027

Western society’s current consumption habits outpace our planet’s ability to regenerate essential resources. Achieving a more sustainable society demands changes in individual and collective human behavior. This year’s Sustainable Perspective Symposium, Impacting Behavior for a Sustainable Society, dives into the role of sustainability professionals in supporting this shift with examples of their experiences, and the solutions they are pursuing.

Join SUMASA, the student association for Columbia’s Sustainability Management (SUMA) program, as we discuss how both consumer and corporate behavior can be addressed to support a more sustainable society. Our expert panels and featured presentations with industry leaders and policy makers will provide a dynamic forum for solutions-based discussions and actions.


Steven Cohen: The Sustainable City

Date/Time: Thursday, April 13, 2:00 – 4:00 pm | Happy Hour to follow

Location: Hogan Hall, Conference Room A; Happy hour location, The Lion’s Head (Amsterdam Avenue)

Steven Cohen, Executive Director of Columbia University’s Earth Institute and Director of the Master of Public Administration program in Environmental Science and Policy at SIPA, has an upcoming book about sustainable cities. This talk will include an inside perspective on the book as well as the importance of sustainable infrastructure.

His article for the Huffington Post on this topic can be found here.

Happy Hour drinks will be provided after the talk!


Water Cooperation and Conflict: The Local and Global Challenge

Date/Time: Thursday, April 13, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Location: Schimmel Theater, 3 Spruce Street, Pace University, One Pace Plaza, New York, NY

Water is essential to life. An age of unprecedented planetary change demands new strategies to manage this substance upon which nature, nations and neighborhoods depend. Building on our past two conferences focused on the subject of resilience, Water Cooperation and Conflict will convene experts and practitioners from the public, academic and private sectors to discuss collaborative problem-solving strategies for the protection and sharing of water resources, ranging from transboundary conflicts, to local water scarcity, to watershed management.

This one-day conference will include prominent keynote speakers and panels covering local, national and global water challenges and solutions. Please check back for more details to be posted in the coming months.


  • Dr. Peter H. Gleick, President Emeritus and Chief Scientist, Pacific Institute
  • Michael Berkowitz, President, 100 Resilient Cities at the Rockefeller Foundation
  • John Freedman, VP Global Partnerships and Policy, GE Water & Process Technologies

Please find more information and registration for the event here.


Career Highlight: Energy Consulting

Date/Time: Thursday, April 6, 2017, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Location: Pulitzer Hall

Please join the Center on Global Energy Policy’s Women in Energy program for a public panel discussion on the world of energy consulting. Whether you are a student looking to get into the field or an energy professional, come out to hear from experts in the field on the diverse range of energy consulting clients and projects, ranging from sustainability consulting for local governments to political risk consulting for corporations.

The panel will include the following consultants:

  • Anita Demkiv, CEO, ADIN Energy
  • Kim Dragoo, Principal, ICF
  • Hilary Novik, Associate – Global Energy and Natural Resources, Eurasia Group
  • Sigal Shemesh, ‎Computational Analyst, BuroHappold Engineering

Please RSVP for the event here.


The Earth Institute Fellows Symposium: Meeting the Challenges of Sustainable Development in a Changing World

Date/Time: Tuesday, April 18, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Location: Columbia University, Morningside Campus, Satow, Lerner Hall (lunch will be served)

The Postdoctoral Fellows program is unique in its mission to train a generation of professionals equipped to address some of the world’s most urgent problems. The symposium highlights the work of current Research Fellows.

Speakers include Earth Institute Fellows:

  • Xiaohui Feng
  • Alexandra Karambelas
  • Ding Ma
  • Justin Mankin

The Symposium will be presented and moderated by John C. Mutter, Director of Graduate Studies, SDEV Ph.D. program; Director, Earth Institute Postdoctoral Fellows program; Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences; Professor, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University.

Please feel free to share the event with colleagues and students who might be interested. To attend this event please RSVP here.


Program in Environmental Science and Policy (PESP), Summer 2017 TA opportunity for “Earth Systems and Environmental Politics, Policy, and Management”

Date: 30 May – 18 Aug 2017

The Masters in Public Administration (MPA) program in Environmental Science and Policy (PESP) at Columbia University is seeking a Teaching Assistant (TA) for summer 2017 (30 May  – 18 August) for “Earth Systems and Environmental Politics, Policy, and Management” (ENVPU6241_001_2017_2).

This course is designed to guide students interested in policy and management towards an understanding of how environmental policies are devised, implemented, and evaluated.  It combines lecture with discussion sections and class debates.  The class meets each Wednesday for 12 weeks.  Preferred applicants will have an interest in and experience with environmental policy and solid writing skills.

Requirements include that you:

  1. must be an enrolled CU graduate student
  2. attend all lectures (W 01:00P-03:00P), do class readings, hold office hours, and meet each week with me to prepare and review the following week’s material
  3. keep records of assignments/ discussion posts/ participation
  4. assess assignments
  5. help with other aspects that may arise

For more information on the MPA program see:

The position has a salary of $5,500 for the summer term.

Please email Sara Tjossem ( by April 7, 2017: a cover letter stating your interest, your resume, and a brief writing sample. She will then conduct interviews of applicants.


Lindsay Cherry (

SIPA Environmental Coalition (ECO) Communications Director

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