ECO Newsletter: Week of April 17, 2017

Hi all,

Thanks to everybody who came out to the 2nd annual Columbia Energy and Environment Alumni Reception!  It was great to see you all there.
The best week of the year is finally here… EARTH WEEK!!! Not only do you get to start your week off by purchasing obscene amounts of discounted Easter candy from CVS, but now you get to attend fantastic Earth-related events. It’s the (earth) mother of all weeks. Please find a list of ECO events below!


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!

Email Darcy at with any questions.


Fall 2017 Courses

Take a look at the below attachment to start planning your course schedule for next year. Please note this course list is from Fall 2016, so it is not certain that all of these courses will be held in Fall 2017.

Click to View: the Course List from 2016-2017.



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.


Movie Screening: “The Hudson: A River at Risk” followed by Q&A with filmmaker

Date/time: Tuesday, April 18, 1-2 pm
Location: International Affairs Building Room 405
FOOD WILL BE SERVED. For Earth Week, join ECO and Jon Bowermaster of Oceans 8 Films, producer of “The Hudson: A River at Risk” to learn about the trials and tribulations of our neighbor, the Hudson River. Please find the movie trailer here.

More information can be found here.


Trash Audit

Date/time: Tuesday, April 18, 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

Location: IAB 4th floor

After the film screening of “The Hudson: River at Risk,” we will do our final trash audit for the year from 2-3pm. If you are interested in taking an hour break from school to have some fun digging through trash with us! Please let Angela Hartley ( or Astha Ummat ( know.


Take Action with Sierra Club Electric Vehicles Initiative: Info and Letter-to-Editor Session

Date/time: Wednesday, April 19, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM ET

Location: IAB Room 405A

Kat Fisher, New York representative for the Sierra Club’s Electric Vehicles Initiative, will hold an info session on their work to advance electric vehicles and ensure that settlement funds from the VW diesel emissions scandal are directed towards clean, electric transportation. We will then write up short Letters to the Editor in support of electric vehicles to submit to New York newspapers and publications. This is an excellent skill for any policymaker or advocate to have!

Please find more information here.


Lower East Side Ecology Center Compost Workday

Date/time: Wednesday, April 19th, 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Location: East River Park Fireboat House, East River Park Promenade @ Grand St.

Volunteer with one of New York City’s oldest community composting programs! The Lower East Side Ecology Center in partnership with the NYC Compost Project diverts over 400 tons of food scraps from landfills annually. Food scraps are collected locally and then processed into compost at the East River Park Compost Yard. The finished compost is then used for community greening projects to revitalize tree beds and soils across the city.



Date/Time: Thursday, April 20th, 5 – 7 PM

Location: Lehman Library Room 2

Turn up to turn out! We’ll be calling likely marchers to make sure they have a plan to get to the People’s Climate March in Washington D.C. on April 29th. Come make some calls and have some fun: Be a part of the movement!



Date/Time: EARTH DAY! Saturday, April 22, 10:30 AM – 4 PM

Location: 64th St. & Central Park West

MARCH FOR SCIENCE NYC is a celebration of our love of science. From little things we take for granted – medicines, refrigeration, GPS, sports statistics, and clean water – to the astonishing complexity of this planet and its creatures, science is everywhere and impacts everyone. As scientists and science enthusiasts, our insatiable curiosity, fierce dedication, and dogged persistence has helped guide us to incredible innovations and uncover great knowledge that has shaped every part of our daily lives.


Climate Solutions: Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in the United States

Date/time: Monday, April 17, 2017 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Location: Columbia’s Law School

Who: The panel will include the following distinguished experts: Jeff Sachs, Co-founder and Chief Strategist of Millennium Promise Alliance, and is director of the Millennium Villages Project, Karl Hausker, Senior Fellow, World Resources Institute, Geoff Heal, Donald C. Waite III Professor of Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School, Michael Gerrard, Director, The Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

What: In the decades ahead, far-reaching changes in our energy systems will be needed to meet the challenge of climate change. Several recent analyses explore strategies for doing that, exploring topics including the grid integration of renewables and transformation of vehicle fleets. To kick-off Earth Week, please join the Center on Global Energy Policy and The Sabin Center for Climate Change Law for a discussion with leading experts who will present and compare strategies for deep decarbonization in the United States by 2050.

Please register 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.


Energy Industry Developments and Trump Administration Policy

Date/time: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 6:15 PM – 7:45 PM

Location: Columbia’s Business School, Uris Hall, Room 301

Who: Colin Davies, Senior Research Analyst, Oil Field Services, AB Bernstein, Antoine Halff, Senior Research Scholar, Center on Global Energy Policy, Geoff Heal, Donald C. Waite III Professor of Social Enterprise, Columbia Business School, Moderated by: Jesse Greene, Senior Fellow, the Richman Center for Business, Law, and Public Policy

What: Oil is back to $50 per barrel and rig count is climbing. Oil producers are trying to set production limits. Are we out of the oil price slump? What does demand look like going forward? Will fracking wells come on line to match supply to rising demand and hold prices? What are the major oil companies doing in this environment? Coal is also in an uptrend. Both thermal and metallurgical coal has seen recent upticks. So what is happening in the energy industry? Where are we heading? What will be the impact on renewables, on the coal industry, on nuclear power?

Please find additional information here.


The Future of Clean Transportation Technology

Date/time: Thursday, April 20,  6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Location: IAB 1512

Who: Christina Lampe-Onnerud, CEO and Founder, Cadenza Innovation, Robyn Marquis, Project Manager, Clean Transportation Program at NYSERDA, Goksin Kavlak, Graduate researcher, Trancik Lab at the Institute for Data, Systems and Society (IDSS) at MIT,Sharon Di, Assistant Professor, The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University

What: Please join the Center on Global Energy Policy’s Women in Energy program for a public panel discussion on the future of clean transportation technology and innovation including smart mobility, electric vehicles, and battery technologies from the technological maturity, market readiness, and policy outlook perspectives.

More Info and registration for the event can be found here.


Interactive Dialogue of the General Assembly on Harmony with Nature in Commemoration of International Mother Earth Day. Topic: Earth Jurisprudence

Date/time:Friday, April 21, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm ET

Location: UNHQ, New York, Friday 21 April 2017, Trusteeship Council

The Dialogue will examine the key characteristics of, and implementation strategies for, an Earth-
centred paradigm. It will advance the importance of the inclusion and application of Earth jurisprudence principles in the implementation of Agenda 2030 and all 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Panelists will draw from the recommendations of the experts’ report from the 2016 virtual dialogue, showcase how Earth jurisprudence is currently being applied across different disciplines, and offer new Earth jurisprudence implementation strategies consistent with Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals. The Dialogue will explore how Earth-centred governance policies could ensure sustainable development patterns consistent with Earth jurisprudence principles.

If you are interested in attending, please send an email requesting to be added to the guest list to After signing up, details will be sent out regarding where to pick up visitors’ passes from UN Security.


Earth Day Volunteering

Date/time: Saturday, April 22nd at 8:00am

Location: Henry Hudson Park

What: Have you spent all your time in NYC without ever leaving Manhattan? When was the last time you worked out?  Do you want to do something good on Earth Day? Join us on April 22nd to participate in a park clean up effort and tree planting in Henry Hudson Park in the Bronx. We will meet at the entrance at 8:30am and work hard whilst having fun for two hours.  More information about the park and volunteering opportunities:

More details: Non-CBS students can RSVP with Sasha @


Hacking for Energy: The Final Presentations
Date/Time: Thursday, April 27th, 1:00 – 3:45 PM ET
Location: The World Room at Pulitzer Hall (3rd Floor)

Join PowerBridgeNY as they celebrate the end of the inaugural graduate-level class – Hacking for Energy. Graduate students working in teams of four were given 14 weeks to solve real energy challenges posed by GE, IBM, SolarCity and others. Could they do it? Join the Final Presentations to find out. Refreshments will be served.

Want to see how the class is going now? Check out the Class Blog and weekly livestream to see it in action.

Please register for the event here.


Energy Analyst Internship, DCAS (#68386)

Job Description:
DCAS Energy Management’s (DEM) mission is to serve as the hub for energy management for City government operations, including energy procurement, building retrofits, improved operations & maintenance, training and performance tracking. DEM’s goals are to reduce energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions within City operations, and to support efforts to increase resiliency and energy grid reliability.

DEM handles electricity, natural gas, and steam accounts that serve 80 agencies and more than 4,000 buildings. In collaboration with the City’s Office of Management and Budget, DEM also develops the annual Heat, Light, and Power (HLP) Budget for City agencies.

DEM is also responsible for implementing programs and projects to support reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from municipal buildings and operations 80% by 2050, with an interim goal of reducing emissions from City government 35% by 2025, as described in New York City’s sustainability plan, One City, Built to Last.

Internship Responsibilities:
Utilize available tools especially real-time metering (interval data) and industry best practices, to identify data driven effective load management techniques, strategies and recommendations.

Please find more information on SIPALink.

Lindsay Cherry (

SIPA Environmental Coalition (ECO) Communications Director

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