ECO Newsletter: Week of September 17, 2017

Hi all,

It’s NYC Climate Week everybody! Oh gee whiz are there some fun events for you to go to this week. Pace yourselves, keep hydrated, and enjoy.

Also! A BIG thanks to everybody who came on the retreat and major shout out to the fearless leaders of the ECO Board, Darcy Jones and Mac Farrell, who facilitated the whole thing along with lesser SEA co-presidents, Diego Hentschel and William Xu (only kidding, they are equally amazing but this is a test to see if they read this newsletter).


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 (


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:



Climate Week

It’s Climate Week everybody! There are a whole host of events around New York! Take a look at some of talks going on and enjoy!

You can find a big list of events here.


Where Next on Climate? The Future of Climate Finance & Role of the Green Climate Fund

Date/time: Monday, September 18, 2017, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Uris Hall, 3022 Broadway, Room 301

Please join the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise and the Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP) for a presentation by Howard Bamsey, Executive Director of the Green Climate Fund (GCF). ED Bamsey will discuss climate finance and the role of GCF. After his keynote remarks, panelists will join CGEP Inaugural Fellow David Sandalow for an actively moderated discussion focused broadly on climate finance and next steps following President Trump’s announcement to pull out of the Paris Agreement and end U.S. contributions to the GCF.

About the Keynote Speaker:
Howard Bamsey is the Executive Director of the Green Climate Fund. He was appointed by the GCF Board at its 14th meeting and took office on 10 January 2017. He is the second Executive Director of the Fund.

Ambassador Bamsey has spent most of his career in international diplomacy and public service. He is a widely recognized negotiator in the global response to climate change who co-chaired the United Nations ‘Dialogue on Long-term Cooperative Action on Climate Change by Enhancing Implementation of the Convention’.

Mr. Bamsey’s role in this body helped shape a strategic approach to advance the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), including on adaptation and the use of technology and market mechanisms.

For more information and details on registration, please click here.


IEA’s World Energy Investment 2017

Date/time: Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: IAB, Room 1501

Join the Center on Global Energy Policy for a presentation and discussion of IEA’s World Energy Investment 2017 report with Laszlo Varro, Chief Economist at the International Energy Agency. We will move into an actively moderated discussion following Mr. Varro’s presentation.

World Energy Investment 2017 is the second annual IEA benchmark analysis of energy investment. It highlights the ways in which investment decisions taken today are determining how energy supply and demand will unfold tomorrow, complementing the forecasts and projections found in other IEA publications.

Please find more information and details on event registration here.


Conference on the Global Pact for the Environment

Date/time: Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 9:00 AM – 6:30 PM
Location: Faculty House, 64 Morningside Drive

CCSI and the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), under the guidance of Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on the SDGs, and Laurent Fabius, President of the Constitutional Council of the French Republic, will host a one-day conference to present and discuss the blueprint for a Global Pact for the Environment. The conference will build on the successful June 2017 launch of the Global Pact in Paris, which brought together prominent leaders to discuss the draft pact and its role in moving the environment and development agendas forward.

Coinciding with the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly, this Conference will offer a high-level opportunity to explore the complex legal and political challenges of the Global Pact in light of existing agreements and soft law principles on the environment, and the current global political scene.

For more information and registration details, please click here.


GREEN STATES: Energy, Climate, and a Different Federalism

Date/time: September 26, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm ET
Location: New York University School of Law | 40 Washington Square South – Vanderbilt Hall | New York, NY

State actions increasingly define the future of our nation’s energy system and determine our national response to climate change. A distinguished group of speakers, including attorneys general and high-level policymakers from across the country, will discuss how states are developing innovative climate and energy strategies and using both litigation and policy to create cleaner, more resilient energy systems.


Brian Frosh, Attorney General for the State of Maryland
Lisa Madigan, Attorney General for the State of Illinois
Eric Schneiderman, Attorney General for the State of New York
Moderator: David J. Hayes, Director, State Energy and Environmental Impact Center at NYU Law; former Deputy Secretary of the Interior


Lorraine Akiba, Commissioner, State of Hawaii Public Utilities Commission
Asim Haque, Chair, Public Utilities Commission of Ohio
Dan Lipschultz, Commissioner, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission
John Rhodes, Chair, New York Public Service Commission
Moderator: Burcin Unel, Energy Policy Director, Institute for Policy Integrity


Lesley Jantarasami, Senior Climate Policy Analyst, Oregon Department of Energy
Ignacia Moreno, Member, Virginia State Air Pollution Control Board
Ellen Peter, Chief Counsel, California Air Resources Board
Katie Theoharides, Assistant Secretary for Climate Change, Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Moderator: Megan Ceronsky, former Special Assistant and Associate Counsel to President Barack Obama

Fore more information and instructions on how to register, please click here.


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.


C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40), Intern Corporate Services (#71527)

Corporate Services
The C40 Corporate Services function serves as the non-programmatic support mechanism to the global organization to ensure efficiency of day-to-day business practices. The team works collaboratively with C40 senior management and staff in providing support and guidance in human resources, information technology, grant management, budgeting, accounting and other administrative functions in accordance with C40’s internal policies, procedures and donor regulations.

Position Description
As C40 expands in its scope and reach both in its staff volume and in its mission in regions all around the world, C40’s organizational structure and internal processes as well as its funding agreements continue to get more complex. The C40 Corporate Services team is seeking an intern to work on specific projects which will help further C40’s growth and increasing complexity while simultaneously offering great learning opportunities in understanding the ins and outs of an international not for profit organization.

For more information and instructions on how to apply, please click here.


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

The 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.

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 click here.


NYSERDA, Financing Solutions Internship (#71259)

Job Description:​ Please include any work authorization requirements:

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, known as NYSERDA, promotes energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy sources. These efforts are key to developing a less polluting and more reliable and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers. Collectively, NYSERDA’s efforts aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, accelerate economic growth, and reduce customer energy bills.

This is a part-time paid internship for current graduate students for the fall 2017 and spring 2018 semesters (start date in September 2017), transitioning to a full-time paid internship in Summer 2018. Students are allowed to work up to 18.5 hours per week during the semester, and up to 37.5 hours per week in between semesters, when not attending class.

Community Solar NY is an effort under the NY-Sun Initiative to make solar more accessible through community-driven efforts. In 2017, the Community Solar NY team will be engaged in accelerating the adoption of solar through Community Distributed Generation or Community Solar, particularly in efforts designed to support the inclusion of low-income communities.

The NY-Sun intern will work closely with the Community Solar NY team of three full-time staff in New York City, and will engage regularly with the larger NY-Sun team and staff from other NYSERDA programs. The intern will also interact with professionals and others from the broader networks of the energy, housing and community development fields.

For more information and instructions on how to apply, please click here.


Lindsay Cherry (

SIPA Environmental Coalition (ECO) Communications Director

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