ECO Newsletter: Week of October 8, 2017

Hi all,

Thanks to everybody who came out to our first general body meeting and happy hour. It was great meeting all of you and we hope that we continue to see you at events around campus! What events you may ask? Just keep scrolling…


EVENTS

Sustainable Development Seminar: Marshall Burke

Date/time: Monday, October 9, 4:15 PM – 5:15 PM
Location: IAB, 801

Talk Title: One in five infant deaths in Africa attributable to poor air quality

Abstract: Poor air quality is thought to be an important constraint on human well-being globally, but there exists little direct evidence from the developing world on how health outcomes vary with exposure to polluted air. We combine household survey-based information on the location and timing of nearly 1 million births across Sub-Saharan Africa with remote sensing based estimates of ambient respirable particulate matter (PM2.5) concentrations to estimate the impact of air quality on African infant mortality. We find that a 10ug/m^3 increase in PM2.5 concentration is associated with a 9% rise in infant mortality across the sample, an effect that has not declined over the last 15 years and which does not diminish at higher household wealth levels. We estimate that PM2.5 concentrations above minimum exposure levels were responsible for 22% (95% CI: 11-34%) of infant deaths in our 30 study countries and led to 405,000 (203,000-615,000) excess infant deaths in 2015, an estimate more than three times larger than existing attributable death estimates for these countries. Upward revision of disease burden estimates in our African study countries alone would result in a doubling of current estimates of global infant deaths attributable to air pollution. Even modest reductions in PM2.5 concentrations in our study countries would lead to infant mortality declines larger than the estimated benefits of front-line health interventions, including vaccines and nutritional supplementation.

More information can be found here.

 

Ibrahim Baylan, Swedish Minister for Policy Coordination and Energy

Date/time: Wednesday, October 11, 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm
Location: IAB, 15th floor

The Center on Global Energy Policy is honored to welcome Ibrahim Baylan, Swedish Minister for Policy Coordination and Energy, as guest speaker at our Fall 2017 Energy Leaders Forum. Minister Baylan will offer keynote remarks focused on Swedish and international energy and climate change initiatives. Following his remarks, Minister Baylan will have a one-on-one conversation with David Sandalow, Inaugural Fellow at CGEP, about issues including women in the clean energy sector.

Registration is required. Please register here.

Guests unable to attend can view a livestream of the event at energypolicy.columbia.edu/watch.

A podcast of this event will be available ~7 days after the date of the event through iTunes and our website.

 

BuildingEnergy NYC

Date/time: Thursday, October 12

Location: TKP New York Conference Center

The BuildingEnergy NYC Conference + Trade Show is NYC’s premier event for professionals and practitioners in the fields of high-performance building, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. It brings more than 600 industry leaders and emerging professionals together to learn from and network with each other. This year’s event is chaired by Eric Davis of Con Edison and Ryan Cassidy of RBSCC. The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) offers students a discounted rate to attend. The student rate is $100, a $175 discount from the standard pre-registration ticket. To access this rate, we ask students to join NESEA for a year, which is $25. This extends their access to the community of professionals beyond a single day. To learn more about student pricing, click here or contact Miriam at maylward@nesea.org. NESEA is looking for a few people who are interested in a volunteer work-exchange at BuildingEnergy NYC on October 12. In exchange for a half-day of volunteer work (at registration, or directing the flow of people traffic), you’ll get a full registration to the conference, including the Opening Reception the night before. Volunteer work-exchanges are a benefit of NESEA membership, which starts at $25/year for students. If you’re interested, contact Miriam at maylward@nesea.org.

For more information, please follow this link.

 

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 energypolicy.columbia.edu/watch.

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

 

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.


INTERNSHIPS:

C40 Cities zClimatr Leadership Group (C40), Intern, Global Initiatives (#71528)

he Role
The successful intern will support the Global Initiatives Team and facilitate quality delivery of key C40 priorities. If selected, working a 40-hour week, s/he will have the opportunity to develop skills and understanding in a range of subject areas, gaining valuable experience working with international colleagues in a fast-paced and exciting global organization. S/he will help the team in the strategic implementation of the Deadline 2020 programme (supporting ambitious city Climate Action Plans) and will support C40’s continual development of systems for tracking and better understanding the progress of cities’ climate actions all over the world. The role will be very cross cutting, and will require the successful candidate to gain a broad understanding of C40 and help to coordinate the many types of City Support we provide to cities.

Responsibilities:
The responsibilities of the role will include:
• Finalization of key sectoral indicators and targets for transport, energy, buildings, planning and waste to be included C40 reporting frameworks;
• Support the development of C40’s Monitoring, Evaluating and Learning Framework;
• Support the Deadline 2020 Delivery task team;
• Coordinate City Support working group and product development;
• Other Global Initiatives coordination and support duties as needed.

Applicants must have the right to work in the United States.

For more information and instructions on how to apply, please follow this link.


Reports:

Muddying the Waters: How the Trump administration is obscuring the value of wetlands protection from the Clean Water Rule

Lindsay Cherry (lmc2248@columbia.edu)

SIPA Environmental Coalition (ECO) Communications Director

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