ECO Newsletter: Week of October 15, 2017

Hi all,

Good luck to everybody with their Midterms! Try to take a break and attend one of the fantastic events happening around campus!


SIPA Israel Trip: Environment and Sustainability

Date: December 31, 2017

For anybody interested in attending the Environment and Sustainability trip to Israel, please see find a tentative itinerary here. Also, please be advised that these are tentative schedules and are likely to change.


Bloomberg New Energy Finance talk with Andreas Gandolfo

Date/time: Monday, October 16, 7:30 pm
Location: Warren 207

Please join the CBS Energy Club in welcoming guest speaker, Mr. Andreas Gandolfo, from Bloomberg New Energy Finance this Monday October 16th in Warren 207 at 7:30pm. Mr. Gandolfo will present on the changing nature of power markets, highlighting the implications and opportunities both in Europe and the US.

Mr. Gandolfo will also provide his insights and thoughts on career opportunities at Bloomberg New Energy Finance and other similar firms and will be available for Q&A afterwards.

Given the energy markets rapid technological change and challenging regulatory issues, this presentation will be highly relevant for anyone looking for a career in the energy sector. In particular, this would be extremely relevant to careers in project finance, private equity, consulting, energy economics, and trading.

Women in Energy Networking Event w/ the Greater NYC Chapter of WEN

Date/time: Monday, October 16, 2017, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: Princeton Club of NY, 15 West 43rd St., New York, NY 10036

Please join Women in Energy and the Greater New York City Chapter of the Women’s Energy Network (WEN) for a joint networking reception in Midtown on October 16. This is a terrific opportunity to mix and mingle with female energy professionals, alumni, and current graduate students.

We will kick off the reception with short remarks from WEN members focused on their current jobs and career paths and leave the majority of time for the meet and greet.

WEN speakers will include:

  • Vanessa Richelle Wilson, Partner, DLA Piper
  • Sripradha Ilango, Chief Financial Officer, Soltage
  • Kathy Benini, Managing Director, IHS Markit

This event is open only to WIE alumni, current female grad students, and WEN members and other supporters of the Greater New York City Chapter of WEN. Please RSVP only if you can commit to attending.

This event is free to attend, but registration is required. Please register here.

Decertifying the Iran Nuclear Deal: What Does It Mean? 

Date/time: Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 9:30 am – 10:45 am
Location: IAB, 1512

Next week, the President is likely to announce that he will no longer certify the Iran nuclear agreement is in the U.S. national interest. This decision will have consequences for the United States in the Middle East as well as potentially beyond. The Center on Global Energy Policy will host an expert panel to discuss the decision and its implications. The panel will consider the impact on the nuclear agreement itself; how Congress, U.S. partners, and Iran will react; and, what will come next for U.S. sanctions and energy markets.

Expert panelists will include:

  • Richard Nephew, former Principal Deputy Coordinator for Sanctions Policy at the Department of State and CGEP Senior Research Scholar
  • Avril Haines  Senior Researcher for Columbia World Projects, former White House Deputy National Security Advisor, and former Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency for the Obama Administration
  • Helima Croft, Head of Commodity Strategy, ‎RBC Capital Markets
  • Jason Bordoff, CGEP Founding Director (moderator)

Please find additional information and information on how to register here.

The Musical Seeds Project

Date/time: Thursday, October 19, 11:45 – 2:15 pm
Location: Union Theological Seminary, 3041 Broadway

Celebrate the diversity of life at our autumn harvest gathering. Join us as we share our rich collective heritage honoring ancestral knowledge and highlighting the value of ethnic and horticultural diversity through music, dance and stories.

Can Fossil Fuel Companies Be Held Liable for Climate Change?

Date/time: Monday, October 23, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Location: Columbia Law School, Jerome Greene Hall, room 104

The event is free but registration is required. Register here

After 15 years of climate change litigation, the question of whether anybody can be held legally liable for the adverse impacts of climate change remains unanswered.  However, the Trump administration’s effort to roll back climate regulation in the United States; the devastation caused by Hurricanes Maria, Irma and Harvey; developments in the science of climate change attribution; and a handful of recent lawsuits filed by cities and counties in California have put the question front and center. This panel discussion will look at one particular set of defendants – companies involved in the extraction, production and marketing of fossil fuels. Panelists will summarize the current state of attribution science, and present core legal arguments for and against liability.


Michael Burger, Executive Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

This event will be live streamed and recorded.

Hack Trash: NYC

Date/time: October 27 – 29, 2017
Location: 303 Spring Street, NYC

Take part in a 3-day hackathon developing innovative solutions to waste reduction in NYC! Every year 6 million tons of waste produced by New York City is disposed through the economically and environmentally unsustainable practice of landfilling.  NYC’s 0x30 Campaign has set the ambitious goal of sending zero waste to landfill by the year 2030. We’re not going to get there without you!

Join Hack: Trash: NYC and the NYC Department of Sanitation in making it happen!

The top three teams will win:

  • Cash prizes totaling $5000
  • An opportunity to pitch their project to an exclusive VC roundtable (3pm on November 6th)

One team will be selected to participate in an Open Innovation Session courtesy of The New Bureau!  

  • During this session the team will develop a roadmap, identify commercialization opportunities, create business models, all to help propel the solution’s implementation success!

One team will be granted an automatic pitch slot at the next Talk Trash City Event!

  • This team will be granted an automatic pitch slot to share their concept with the audience of the next Talk Trash City event for the chance to win an additional cash prize!

More information can be found here.

The Science of Leaf Color: A Peak Leaf Hike in Central Park

Date/time: Saturday, October 28, 1:30 PM  to 3:00 PM
Location: Central Park

The Science of Leaf Color: A Peak Leaf Hike in Central Park with Dr. Kevin Griffith Columbia University forest ecologist and Board President, Black Rock Forest Consortium and Dr. William Schuster Executive Director, Black Rock Forest Consortium. The walk will take place from 1:30 PM  to 3:00 PM on Saturday, October 28. Please RSVP to

Energy Week at Duke University

Date/time: November 5 – 9, 2017
Location: Fuqua School of Business, Duke University.

Duke University is organizing an entire week dedicated to energy-related events! Events include panels on smart homes, clean tech, energy in emerging markets, energy efficiency and more. There will also be a Research Poster Presentation held on November 8 where students/faculty/professionals can showcase their original research in Energy & Environment. Topics can range from Innovation & Research to Legislature or Business/Start-up Ideas in the Energy & Environment streams.

Please find more information regarding the Research Poster Presentation here, and you can find general information on Duke’s Energy week here.

Sustainability and Fashion: show and briefing

Date/time: Thursday November 16, 2017
Location:UN HQ (I think)

UN DPI Briefing Deadline to RSVP: Monday November 13th no later than 10am.
Please note you are RSVPing to attend the United Nations Department of Public Information’s (DPI) Briefing on Thursday November 16, 2017 about the UN SDG’s and the fashion industry organized by DPI and the NGO/DPI Executive Committee’s Youth Subcommittee. You must RSVP in order to have a UN security pass reserved for you to attend this briefing.

You must bring a government issued ID to pick up your security pass on the day of the event. Your RSVP name must match your government ID. We look forward to you joining us! You will get an email 3-5 days before this event telling you exactly where to go to pick up your UN security pass the day of the event. It will outside UN HQ or nearby.

To RSVP please follow this link.


Internship, Economics and Investment Office, IEA (#72109)

The International Energy Agency (IEA) is an intergovernmental organization committed to advancing security of energy supply, economic growth and environmental sustainability through energy policy co-operation. The IEA operates as an autonomous body within the framework of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Both the OECD and the IEA seek opportunities to work with an increasing number of non-members of growing importance to the world economy (countries beyond IEA). The Agency aims to foster the contribution of the energy sector to economic development and environmental sustainability across the globe.

The Economics and Investment Office (EIO), led by the Chief Economist, sits within the IEA Executive Office, and is responsible for leading on IEA energy sector investment analysis, supporting the coherency, quality and impact of IEA analyses generally, and – in collaboration with other offices – contributing to the development and implementation of the Agency’s strategic objectives.

One key aspect of the work of EIO is the production of the World Energy Investment report released in Q3 each year. Other activities include coordination of IEA engagement with the private sector and contribution of economics and investment analysis to a range of IEA projects. Under the supervision of the Chief Economist and other EIO staff, the intern(s) will support EIO’s efforts in four key areas:

  • Company investment and strategy. Data management and data analysis of energy R&D spending, utility performance and oil industry financial reports;
  • Economic modelling. Assisting the development of analytical tools to assess electricity sector business models, especially in emerging markets, and battery costs;
  • Sources of finance. Deepening IEA analytical capabilities and data mining of public financial institutions’ energy activities and government spending on energy efficiency programmes.
  • Organization and publications. Assisting with EIO workshops with industry and contributing to report drafting and presentations.

The internship is foreseen to last for a minimum of three months full time to a maximum duration of six months, commencing as early as November 2017 or as late as January 2018. At the same time, we would be interested to hear from candidates available for the summer period, from May 2018.

The ideal candidate(s) would possess the following qualities:

  • a high degree of proficiency in written and spoken English; working knowledge of other languages would be an advantage;
  •  studies or experience in energy policy, business administration, economics, engineering or other relevant disciplines; and
  • experience in quantitative data analysis and in developing analytical methodologies, experience in working with databases, spreadsheets and word-processing software. Experience with database development and visual basic would be strong advantages.

Please note that under the organization’s rules, in order to qualify for an internship at the IEA, it is necessary to be enrolled at an educational or research institution at the time of – and for the full duration of – the internship. Internships at the IEA do not involve salary remuneration, or medical or social contributions, however a small contribution to living costs is provided.

Application Details:

To apply, please send the following to, by 31 October 2017:

  • a current CV;
  • a writing sample in English (of a publication, research paper or article authored by the applicant); and
  • details of availability (possible start date and duration).

Please find additional details and information on how to apply here.

Lindsay Cherry (

SIPA Environmental Coalition (ECO) Communications Director

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