ECO Newsletter: Week of September 10, 2017

Hi all,

Welcome back second years and welcome all of you first year newcomers!! Do we have an exciting year ahead of us or what? If you’re an EE major, be sure to sign up for the retreat AND we also have a board position opening up on the ECO board! Details for each and memes can be found below.


ECO Board Position Opening: Director of Events

Do you want to raise awareness for environmental issues on and off-campus? Are you passionate about environmental policy? Join ECO as a Board member!

ECO is excited to announce a Board position opening for the Fall 2017 semester: Director of Events. This position will lead and support other members in planning environmentally-focused events, and you will join an enthusiastic group of students that is passionate about making the campus more environmentally-friendly!

To apply, please fill out this application form by September 22nd, 2017, and results will be announced on September 25th, 2017. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to Mac Farrell ( and Darcy Jones (


Energy & Environment Retreat

Date: Saturday, September 16 – Sunday, September 17

Time: 10:00 am (Sat) – 1:00 pm (Sun)

Location: Hands In 4 Youth, NJ (Meet at West Entrance to IAB)

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to spend a quality weekend with your fellow EE students. There are only a few spots left! Venmo to @SEAcolumbia with the description “EE Retreat, (Your UNI).” Deadline for sign-up is Wednesday (9/13) by midnight!

If you decide to join SEA now, the total cost of SEA membership & retreat will be $100. Second-year students are welcome and encouraged to attend.


Join the CU Energy Symposium Team!

In conjunction with the Business, Law and Engineering graduate student clubs, SEA is hosting the 13th Annual CU Energy Symposium in February 2018. If you are interested in contributing to the premier student energy event of 2018, join us for a brief information session about the Columbia University Energy Symposium Team! They are looking for dedicated, energetic, and entrepreneurial students to assist in organizing and executing an ambitious agenda. Check out their website to see what they did last year:

Attend the information session on Thursday, September 14th, 1-2pm, IAB 501A. Food will be provided!


NYC Career Series: Energy Policy Career Panel

Date/time: Tuesday September 12, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Location: Room 1512 IAB

Are you interested in working in Energy Policy in the New York metro area? Whether you are a first-year or second-year student, come and learn more about the field, various career paths, and potential job/internship opportunities at the NYC Career Panel for Energy Policy. Panelists will include a mix of SIPA alumni and other professionals working for a variety of companies or organizations based in the NYC metro area.


Giulia Donzelli (SIPA), Business Rotational Associate, NRG
Stav Gilutz (SIPA), Business Development, SolarWat
Curtis Probst (SIPA), Managing Director, Rocky Mountain Institute
Chido Ugochukwu (SIPA), Vice President, Citi

RSVP: If you are interested in attending this event, please sign up on SIPAlink by following this link.

Dress Code: Business Casual Attire required.


Business for the SDGs: Innovation, technology and connectivity for a better future for all

Date/Time:  Monday 18 September, 6:00 – 8:00 PM ET
Location: ECOSOC Chamber, UN Headquarters

The International Chamber of Commerce, GSMA, UN DESA, and the Governments from Indonesia and Colombia are delighted to invite you to a high level event on ‘Business for the SDGs: Innovation, technology and connectivity for a better future for all’ on Monday 18 September between 6:00 – 8:00 at ECOSOC Chamber.

Only two years after the adoption of the 2030 Agenda, businesses, governments and civil society are deploying technology solutions to address key areas articulated by the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Many of these initiatives highlight how business can drive mobile technology, digital tools and connectivity to effectively support people, planet, prosperity and peace. Collaboration within and across industries, and with governments, will ensure an enabling environment for business to continue to accelerate its contribution to a better future for all.

Register to attend this event using the form listed here before 5:00 GMT Tuesday 12 September.


Awakening Our Democracy – Climate Change Activism and Advocacy

Date/time: Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Location: Pulitzer Hall, 2950 Broadway, New York, NY 10027

Columbia’s conversation series on disparities and justice issues at the forefront of the University’s and the nation’s consciousness returns with a timely discussion about climate change, activism and advocacy. The event features:

  • Claudia Dreifus (moderator), Journalist, Author of “Scientific Conversations: Interviews on Science from the New York Times” and Adjunct Professor of International Affairs at SIPA
  • Michael Gerrard, Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice and Director of Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School
  • Peggy Shepard, Executive Director of WE ACT for Environmental Justice
  • Peter M. Iwanowicz, Executive Director of Environmental Advocates of New York

Learn more about Awakening Our Democracy and view previous episodes here and please register for the event here.


Earth Institute Internships:

  • AgMIP Communications (70948)
  • Augmented Reality in Earth Science (70950)
  • Center for Research on Environmental Decisions (70952)
  • Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (70953)
  • Columbia Water Center (70951)
  • National Center for Disaster preparedness (70955)
  • Sustainable Peace Projects (70954)

Lindsay Cherry (

SIPA Environmental Coalition (ECO) Communications Director

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