ECO Newsletter: Week of April 10, 2017

Hi all,

We hope you can all make it to the 2nd annual Columbia SIPA Energy & Environment Alumni Reception this Thursday! Please note, the location of the event has changed and the reception will now be held at the Scandinavia House (58 Park Avenue). Please find event details below!


**NOTE** LOCATION CHANGE – 2nd Annual Columbia SIPA Energy & Environment Alumni Reception

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

Location: Scandinavia House, 58 Park Avenue

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.


Before the Flood Screening

Date/Time: Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EDT

Location: Altschul Auditorium (International Affairs Building, Room 417), 420 W 118th St, New York, NY 10027

Join Columbia University SIPA Energy Association, SIPA Environmental Coalition, and Young Professionals in Energy – NYC Chapter, in a special screening of National Geographic’s BEFORE THE FLOOD, starring Academy Award Winners Leonardo DiCaprio and Fisher Steven, a film produced by Martin Scorsese. BEFORE THE FLOOD presents a riveting account of the dramatic changes now occurring around the world due to climate change as well as the actions we as individuals and as a society can take to prevent the disruption of life on our planet.

The movie features Leonardo DiCaprio on a journey as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, traveling to five continents and the Arctic to experience firsthand effect of climate change and speaking to scientists, world leaders, activists and local residents to gain a deeper understanding of this complex issue.

The trailer for the film can be found here.


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.


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.


Mission 2020 Launch Event

Date/Time: Monday, April 10, 2017, 11:00 am ET

Location: IAB, 405

She was right then… Do you want to hear about her new objective, likely to define the next climate negotiations?

On Monday April 10th, at 11am in IAB 405, come and hear LIVE the launch Ms. Christiana Figueres new campaign to raise ambition on climate action and make 2020 a turning point in emissions (broadcasted LIVE from London).

She will be joined by Lord Nicholas Stern, Chair of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics, Professor Joanna Haigh, Co-Director of the Grantham Institute at Imperial College and Professor Thomas Stocker, Professor of Climate and Environmental Physics, Physics Institute, University of Bern, IPCC Chair (2008-2015), Astro Teller, CEO of X and Helena Morrissey, CBE, Head of Personal Investing, Legal & General Investment Management. The event will be moderated by Steve Sedgwick, CNBC Anchor.

As former Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC from 2010 to 2016, Ms. Figueres leaded the efforts that culminated with the Paris Agreement in December 2015. Today, she has a new mission in mind: Mission 2020 #DontBeLate


Women in Energy Lunch: Yera Ortiz de Urbina, Senior Liaison Officer International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
Date/Time: April 11, 2017, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Location: The New School, Klein Conference Room (Room 510), 66 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10011

Please join the The Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy at The New School and the Center on Global Energy Policy for a Women in Energy lunch with Yera Ortiz de Urbina, Senior Liaison Officer at the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Ms. Ortiz de Urbina 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.

Please RSVP here.


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.


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.



Tara Heuze-S, a SIPA student, published an article in Huffington Post last week: In Praise of Electric Vehicle Sharing Schemes.

Lindsay Cherry (

SIPA Environmental Coalition (ECO) Communications Director

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