ECO Newsletter: Week of October 1, 2017

Hi all,

We want to give a big welcome to Alicia Gorecki, who will be serving as our new Events Co-Manager!! Congratulations, Alicia! We are so excited to have you on board!!

Speaking of events… We have a general body meeting AND a happy hour coming up this Wednesday, October 4. Event details can be found below, but duh, you should all come.

Alternate Paris Climate Accord?


ECO General Body Meeting & Happy Hour

General Body Meeting Date/time: Wednesday, October 4, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Location: IAB, Room 405

Happy Hour Date/time: Wednesday, October 4, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Location: Arts & Crafts Bar, 1135 Amsterdam Ave.

The Environmental Coalition (ECO) will be hosting our first general body meeting and happy hour this Wednesday, October 4th!

Please come out to the general body meeting to hear what we are planning for this semester, eat some free food, AND grab some free drink tickets(!) for our happy hour, which will take place later that day at Arts and Crafts Bar from 7-9 pm. Come to either, or better yet, come to both!


EE Concentration Survey

For those of you ECO members in EE concentration, please take the time to fill out EE’s concentration survey. The survey is looking for YOUR input on what classes, workshops, speakers, etc. you would like to see more of! ECO in partnership with SEA has been advocating for more environmentally focused agenda within our concentration. Your input matters so please complete the survey!

You can find the survey here. The deadline to complete it is October 2, 2017 at 11:59 pm ET.


Request for Volunteers during visit of Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise

The Greenpeace ship, Arctic Sunrise, will be doing an east coast tour of the US and Greenpeace needs your help to make it a success! The Arctic Sunrise is coming to New York City in Brooklyn from Oct. 11 – 16. If you would like to volunteer, please fill out this form.


Sustainable Development Seminar with Kate Orff: Toward Urban Ecology

Date/time: Monday, October 2, 4:10 – 5:10 pm
Location: IAB, 410

Kate Orff’s activist and visionary work on design for climate dynamics has been shared and developed in collaboration with arts institutions, governments, and scholars worldwide. She is an Associate Professor at Columbia GSAPP and Director of the Urban Design Program, where she coordinates complex interdisciplinary studios centered on urban systems of the future. Her design studios and seminars aim to discover new ways of integrating social life, infrastructure, urban form, biodiversity and community-based change.


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.


Mt. Fuji As Lived Environment: A story of Ecological Adapatation and Technological Manipulation from the 17thCentury to Today

Date/time: Thursday, October 5, 6:00 pm ET
Location: 403 Kent Hall, Columbia University

A lecture by Andrew Bernstein (Associate Professor of History, Lewis & Clark College) sponsored by the Donald Keene Center.

For a full description of the event, please click here.


Environmental Indicators

Date/time: Thursday, October 5, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Location: IAB, 501A

The SIPA Monitoring and Evaluation Society (MESS) will bring the UN to SIPA to talk about environmental indicators and environmental accounting. This event will be co-sponsored with the UN Studies Program Working Group (UNSWG) and the Energy Collective


EDF Climate Corps Info Session

Date/time: Thursday, October 5, 2017, 1:00 – 2:00 pm ET
Location: Room 410 IAB

EDF Climate Corps fellows are part of an innovative network of top-tier graduate students who are working on the ground with leading companies and public-sector organizations to reduce energy use, increase efficiencies, and make the business case for sustainability. Our fellows are hired by their host organizations and work directly with staff from operations, finance and sustainability departments on a wide range of innovative projects. The benefits of being part of the EDF Climate Corps network stay with our fellows throughout their professional careers. Are you up for the challenge?


Stephanie Barral – Banking on Nature: The Market as a New Feature of Environmental Policies

Date/time: Thursday, October 5, 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Location: 1180 Amsterdam Avenue, Fayerweather Hall, Room 513

Speaker: Stephanie Barral is Research Fellow in Sociology at French National Institute on Agronomic Research and currently a Visiting Scholar at the Center on Organizational Innovation within the Department of Sociology at Columbia University

Carbon markets, water quality credits, and mitigation banks are emerging forms of economic exchanges promoted and facilitated by governments as a new means to achieve environmental sustainability. Conservation banks are one of these: based on the regulatory principle of “no net loss” of endangered species on the US territory, they consist in the production and exchange of “species credits” bought by economic developers whose activities impact ecological habitats and species. Neither restraining economic development nor ignoring its negative aspects, environmental banks are trade-offs between economic growth and ecological conservation, cautiously regulated by State and federal agencies.

Their expansion reflects a new relationship between environmental sciences, markets, financial instruments and public regulations that ought to be questioned: where does scientific work stand in the making of a market-based policy? Sociology of science provides insights showing how the macro-level of policy design allows for negotiations between scientific accuracy and economic efficiency at the micro-level of policy implementation.


IEA Renewable Energy Market Report 2017

Date/time: Friday, October 13, 2017, 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Location: Lerner Hall, 2920 Broadway, New York, NY 10027 Satow Room

Join the Center on Global Energy Policy for a presentation and discussion of the IEA Renewable Energy Market Report 2017 with Heymi Bahar, Renewable Energy Markets Analyst at the International Energy Agency and Project Manager of the Report. Inaugural Fellow David Sandalow will moderate the discussion following Mr. Bahar’s presentation.

This report examines how renewable energy in the power, heat and transportation sectors will evolve over 2017-22 in the context of global decarbonization goals. It explores recent renewable deployment, policy, market and cost trends across different regions and countries, particularly as costs for wind and solar PV continue to fall. This year’s report includes additional analysis on renewable consumption of electricity vehicles and off-grid solar PV segment.

The Renewable Energy Market Report 2017 also assesses the potential impact of enhanced policy action for the electricity and transport sector under its accelerated case, which would position the world firmly on a path to a more sustainable and secure energy system.

Registration is required and can be done here

Guests unable to attend can view a livestream of the event at

A podcast of this event will be available ~5 days after the date of the event through iTunes and our website.


Sustainability Consultant, Bloomberg Associates (NYC)

Bloomberg Associates is an international consulting service founded by former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg as a philanthropic venture. We provide pro-bono services to mayors to help city governments improve the quality of life of their citizens. Although we are a philanthropic enterprise, we function and work as a private-sector management consulting firm.

Sustainability Practice

The Sustainability practice is seeking to add a consultant to its team.  We view sustainability as a key component to create a high quality of life for a city’s citizens and to stimulate economic growth, with a focus on GHG reduction and climate resilience.  These actions can reduce energy costs, revitalize neighborhoods, protect public health, improve the image of a city, and generate jobs.  We work with mayors to develop, elevate, and implement comprehensive sustainability programs and strategies. This includes:

  • Developing an overall sustainability vision that connects to broader themes by diagnosing political opportunities and obstacles, identifying the characteristics that differentiate one city from another, and broadening environmental sustainability to address critical public issues and concerns.
  • Developing targeted sustainability initiatives
  • Creating consensus that leads to action
  • Engaging external partners and resources
  • Institutionalizing sustainability within city government

Past projects have covered a range of issues including solid waste, air quality, natural infrastructure, neighborhood stabilization/revitalization, energy conservation, public space creation and management, and food policy.

Consultant vacancy

The successful candidate will be able to conduct deep analytical work, craft written and powerpoint documents, persuasively engage clients and the public, and manage multiple workstreams.

A successful candidate should a minimum of 3-5 years of experience working in a municipal government or with a city as a consultant or non-profit advisor. Major responsibilities will include:

  • Supporting day-to-day engagement with several client cities
  • Conducting research and analysis in policy/program development
  • Creating effective and concise written communications in the form of PowerPoint presentations and memos
  • Preparing client-ready proposals for engagement with additional cities
  • Travel required for this role

While no one person may embody all of the qualities enumerated below, the ideal candidate will possess many of the following:

  • Quantitative and qualitative analytic skills, including budgeting, finance, and/or economic analysis, including Excel modelling
  • Ability to successfully administer and manage multiple projects with a focus on quality and project follow-through
  • Experience with spatial analysis and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with a proven capacity to synthesize information develop compelling narratives
  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree in business, public policy, urban planning, or a related field preferred
  • Fluency in additional languages and/or experience living or working abroad a plus


Please find more information about the position and instructions on how to apply here.


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