ECO Newsletter: Week of September 24, 2017


Hi all,

Hope everybody had a lovely weekend! If you have time, stop by one of the amazing events listed below!


Hats of to Columbia, which was named one of the 375 “green colleges” by Princeton Review!! Woot Woot.


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.


Environmental Indicators

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

Description, hyperlink to event page, etc.


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.


Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, (#71675)

The Agricultural Development Economics Division (ESA) conducts economic research and policy analysis related to all five of the Organization’s strategic objectives (food security, sustainable agriculture, poverty reduction, inclusive food systems and resilient livelihoods). ESA provides evidence-based analytical support to national, regional and global policy processes and initiatives related to food security and sustainable agriculture.

The Monitoring and Analysing Food and Agricultural Policies (MAFAP) programme in ESA seeks to establish country-owned and sustainable systems to monitor, analyze, and reform food and agricultural policies to enable more effective, efficient and inclusive policy frameworks for agricultural transformation in sixteen countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. More information on the MAFAP programme is available at

The Economist will support economic and policy analysis of a range technical issues in developing countries participating in the MAFAP Program. She/he will be familiar with analytical tools used for analyzing the extent of policy support to the agricultural sector such as public expenditure and price incentive analysis and able to use quantitative methods to assess the effects of specific policy measures. She/he will work in close coordination with the other members of the MAFAP team.

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


Lindsay Cherry (

SIPA Environmental Coalition (ECO) Communications Director

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