ECO Newsletter: Week of April 24, 2017

Hi all,

I hope everybody was able to indulge in some fun and attend Earth Day events around campus last week! I know that we sure had a good time…

(Actor depiction of ECO board members converting Earth Day non-believers)


People’s Climate March

Date: April 29, 2017

Location: Washington, D.C.

There are just a few days left to the People’s Climate March on Saturday, April 29in Washington, D.C. ECO is subsidizing 15 round-trip bus tickets at $20 (regular tickets were $55)! It will just be a day trip, and our bus will pick us up and drop us off on campus. Find more information here and sign up here.


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.

Course List_2016-2017.pdf

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Trash Audit

Date/time: Tuesday, April 25, 1:00 – 2:00 pm ET

Location: IAB 4th floor

We will be doing our will do our final trash audit for the year from 1:00 – 2:00 pm. 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.


Environmental Justice “Campaign 23” Project

Date: Thursday, April 27

Location: IAB, 4th Floor Lobby

Keep an eye out for ECO, SIPA Students of Color (SSOC) and Isaac Wilkins of the MPA-ESP program as we conduct an experiment in environmental justice awareness and communication. You’ll find us tabling on the 4th Floor Lobby: Come by and learn about one of 23 different environmental justice issues happening globally. We’ll need your help to participate on social media and throughout the SIPA building, so we look forward to seeing you stop by! Food will be served so come grab a snack!


Solar Energy Panel

Date/time: Monday, April 24, 6:30 – 8:30 pm ET

Location: 750 CEPSR, Columbia University

Hosted by Engineering Graduate Student Council. Panelists include:

  • Daniel Esposito, Assistant Professor in Chemical Engineering
  • Ian Manchester, Senior Engineering Analyst at Safari Energy
  • Yaniv Kalish, Founder & CEO of SOlarKal


2017 Forum on Sustainable Agriculture: Building Regenerative Local Food Systems

Date/time: April 27, 2017, 2:00pm to 5:30pm
Location: Schapiro Hall (CEPSR) 530 West 120th Street, Davis Auditorium (Room 412, 4th Floor)

The Columbia University Earth Institute, School of International and Public Affairs, Center for Agriculture and Food Security, and the Columbia Water Center will present the third annual Forum on Sustainable Agriculture. Our series addresses how the agriculture sector is confronting the challenge of feeding a growing and increasingly affluent population while improving environmental and social performance and contributing to climate change mitigation and adaptation. Profiles of the 2015 and 2016 forums can be viewed at and

Please find more information here.


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.


Under the Canopy Screening

Date/Time: Monday, May 1, 2017, 6:30 – 8:30 pm ET
Location: Home of Andrew Eil and Hannah Seligson, 1280 5th Ave, Apt. 16G , Ny NY 10029

Andrew Eil and Hannah Seligson invite you to an intimate discussion highlighting the important role that Amazonia forest play in addressing climate change and the work conducted by Conservation International in protecting these critical ecosystems for the benefit of us all. Learn how you, too, can support CI’s efforts through Generation Conservation (GenCon), a group of young professionals shaping the global conservation agenda and education those around them.

Please RSVP with Liam T. DAll at or 703-341-2685.


New York’s Renewable Energy Future

Date/time: Tuesday, May 2, 6:00 – 7:30 pm ET

Location: Faculty House, 64 Morningside Drive

The Center on Global Energy Policy is pleased to invite you to a conversation on the future of renewable energy in New York. Jason Bordoff, Professor of Practice in International and Public Affairs at SIPA and Founding Director of the Center on Global Energy Policy, will moderate a conversation with a group of distinguished speakers:

  • Knut M. Aanstad, President, Statoil Wind US LLC
  • Dan Esty, Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy, Yale University
  • Richard Kauffman, Chairman of Energy and Finance for New York
  • Eric Martel, President and CEO, Hydro-Quebec

A small reception will follow the panel discussion.

Registration is required. This event is open to press. Please direct media inquiries to Jamie Shellenberger-Bessmann.

It will also be livestreamed at:


Smart Cities NYC ’17

Dates: May 3 – 6

Location: Brooklyn Navy Yard

Smart Cities NYC ’17: Powered by People takes place May 3-6 ( and is the first-of-its-kind conference + expo to focus on the importance of citizen participation in urban and civic innovation.

This event will bring together thought leaders from around the world to talk about innovation, infrastructure, and inclusion with a focus on mobility, health, energy, finance, and much much more. Richard Kauffman will be speaking, as well as reps from Tesla EnergyBloc Power, and the New York Power Authority!

The groundbreaking SCNYC17 conference and expo will be hosted at the historic Brooklyn Navy Yard, with panel discussions side events and more than 25 educational workshops with Stanford, Harvard, MIT, and Columbia.

Our sponsors represent some of the best in the business with Microsoft leading the charge. We also have BMW/Mini, the NYCEDCVerizon, and many more on hand to demonstrate their vision for a smarter, safer, more inclusive future.

For ECO members, we have a special price of $100, down from $1200! Use promo code SCNYC100.


Annual Energy & Environment Spring Fling

Date/time: Saturday, May 13, 8:00 – 10:00 pm ET

Location: Faculty House

Enjoy an open bar and healthy summer food! Wear your best spring fling cocktail attire. The event is an opportunity just for the EE Concentration to reward all your hard work, celebrate our graduating friends, and toast our many achievements over the year. There is no cost to EE students. Please take note that space is limited, however, and to keep your slot, please register SOON.

Significant others are also cordially invited to attend and purchase an additional ticket at $50 per person (First come, first serve for the limited number of slots available.) Please e-mail to check availability for your partner.

Please register on OrgSync.

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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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