ECO Newsletter: Week of October 22, 2017

Hi all,

Great news! Elections for SIPA student groups are coming up!! That’s right, it’s finally your time to shine. Your chance to join ECO and make a difference! We will be sending out a list of the board positions along with descriptions of what each job entails. Be on the look out for our email later this week and start thinking of what position you would like to apply for!


ANNOUNCEMENTS: 

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.


EVENTS:

Where Next on Climate? The Future of the International Climate Negotiations

Date/time: November 1, 2017, 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Location: Pulitzer Hall, 2950 Broadway, World Room

Please join the Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP) for the continuation of our “Where Next on Climate?” Series. On the eve of the 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP-23) under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (November 6 to 17, in Bonn), this installment of the series will focus on the future of the international climate negotiations. What are the stakes for the United States and other parties at COP-23 and in the broader UNFCCC negotiations? Can the other parties sustain momentum in the wake of the announcement by President Trump that the United States intends to withdraw from the Paris climate accord? In what ways could the US announcement affect the UNFCCC process going forward? To address these, and many other questions, Jonathan Elkind, Fellow and Senior Adjunct Research Scholar at CGEP will moderate the discussion which will feature the following experts:

  • Susan Biniaz, former U.S. Department of State Climate Lawyer; Lecturer in Law, Columbia Law School
  • Daniel A. Reifsnyder, former Co-Chair of the Paris Agreement Negotiations; former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Environment, U.S. Department of State
  • Scott Barrett, Lenfest-Earth Institute Professor of Natural Resource Economics, School of International and Public Affairs

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 CGEP’s website.

 

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.

Panelists:

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

This event will be live streamed and recorded.

 

Women in Energy Lunch and Roundtable Discussion with Vaishali N. Sinha Director on the Board of ReNew Power

Date/time: Tuesday, October 24, 12:15- 1:30 pm
Location: Pulitzer Hall, 2950 Broadway, NY NY10027, World Room

Please join the Women in Energy program for a lunch and roundtable discussion with SIPA alumnae Mrs. Vaishali N. Sinha, Director on the Board of ReNew Power, India’s leading solar and wind energy company, and Founder and CEO of iCharity. Mrs. Sinha will discuss her current job, career paths, and perspectives on what it means to be a female leader in the energy industry as well as possible research opportunities with ReNew.

This event is only open to current female grad students. Since space is limited, RSVPs will be accepted on a first-come basis until capacity is reached. Please only RSVP if you can commit to attending. Lunch will be provided.

More information can be found here.

 

Hack Trash: NYC

Date/time: October 27 – 29, 2017
Location303 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 (3pmon 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 bcliadakis@blackrockforest.org.

 

Global Energy Interconnection- Roadmap to a Low Carbon Economy

Date/time: Monday, October 30, 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Location: IAB, 15th floor

Please join the Center on Global Energy Policy for a presentation and discussion with Chairman Liu Zhenya. Chairman Liu served as Chairman and CEO of China State Grid (the world’s largest electric utility) from 2004 to 2016 and currently serves as Chairman of Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization (GEIDCO) and Chairman of the China Electricity Council (CEC). Chairman Liu will offer keynote remarks on global energy interconnection and the transition to a low carbon economy. David Sandalow, Inaugural Fellow at CGEP, will moderate the discussion following Chairman Liu’s remarks.

Registration is required.

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.

This event is open to press. Please direct media inquiries to Jamie Shellenberger-Bessmann (jas2453@sipa.columbia.edu)

For more information contact: energypolicy@columbia.edu

 

Where Next on Climate? The Future of the International Climate Negotiations

Date/time: November 1, 2017, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Location: Fuqua School of Business, Duke University.

Please join the Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP) for the continuation of our “Where Next on Climate?” Series. On the eve of the 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP-23) under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (November 6 to 17, in Bonn), this installment of the series will focus on the future of the international climate negotiations. What are the stakes for the United States and other parties at COP-23 and in the broader UNFCCC negotiations? Can the other parties sustain momentum in the wake of the announcement by President Trump that the United States intends to withdraw from the Paris climate accord? In what ways could the US announcement affect the UNFCCC process going forward? To address these, and many other questions, Jonathan Elkind, Fellow and Senior Adjunct Research Scholar at CGEP will moderate the discussion which will feature the following experts:

  • Susan Biniaz, former U.S. Department of State Climate Lawyer; Lecturer in Law, Columbia Law School
  • Daniel A. Reifsnyder, former Co-Chair of the Paris Agreement Negotiations; former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Environment, U.S. Department of State
  • Scott Barrett, Lenfest-Earth Institute Professor of Natural Resource Economics, School of International and Public Affairs

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.

 

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.

 

Earth Institute’s Environmental & Sustainability Consulting Interview Day

Date/time: November 17, 2017
Location: TBD

On November 17th the Earth Institute will host an Environmental & Sustainability Consulting Interview Day here on campus. Participating organizations include Roux Associates, ICF, AccountAbility and Willdan Energy Solutions.

Applications will be collected for the positions listed below through the application deadline of October 30th. You will be contacted via email in early November if you are selected for an interview.  All interviews will take place on November 17th between 10am and 4pm.

Positions

  1. AccountAbility: Manager, Advisory Services
  2. AccountAbility: Sustainability Intern
  3. ICF: Analyst, Commercial Energy Division (masters)
  4. ICF: Research Assistant, Commercial Energy Division (undergraduate)
  5. Roux Associates: Staff Engineer
  6. Roux Associates: Staff Geologist
  7. Willdan Energy Solutions: Jobs TBD, will be posted by 10/20

To apply: Log into the Earth Institute Job List and search for the position. Your username is your UNI_ei (please note that this is not connected to your UNI password. If you do not remember your password, use the “forgot password” function and your UNI_ei username to reset it). Please contact Natalie Unwin-Kuruneri (natalie@ei.columbia.edu) with log in issues.

 


JOBS/INTERNSHIPS:

Bloomberg, Sustainability Consultant (#72175)

Job Description:​

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

Qualifications:

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

Application Deadline: Position open until filled. Please apply early to ensure consideration.

TO ENSURE THAT ALL APPLICATION MATERIALS ARE RECEIVED BY THE APPROPRIATE RECRUITER FOR THIS POSITION, YOU MUST TAKE BOTH OF THE FOLLOWING TWO STEPS:

A) APPLY ONLINE AT: http://bit.ly/2xvUeMO

B) SUBMIT A RESUME AND COVER LETTER THROUGH SIPALINK BY CLICKING THE “APPLY NOW” BUTTON LOCATED AT THE TOP OF THIS PAGE.

Online Application Address:

http://bit.ly/2xvUeMO

Wildlife Conservation Fund, Government & Community Affairs Intern (#72266)

Job Description:​ Please include any work authorization requirements:

What You Will Learn:
– Research on policy initiatives and currentlegislation
– Input information from past WCS campaigns
– Phone calls to government and communitycontacts
– Organization
– Updating contact lists
– Correspondence with community groups

Qualifications:

– 16 years or older
– High School or above
– Skills with Microsoft Office Suite
– Strong phone and email communication skills

Application Deadline: Position open until filled. Please apply early to ensure consideration.

TO ENSURE THAT ALL APPLICATION MATERIALS ARE RECEIVED BY THE APPROPRIATE RECRUITER FOR THIS POSITION, YOU MUST TAKE BOTH OF THE FOLLOWING TWO STEPS:

A) APPLY ONLINE AT: http://bit.ly/2imDHqY

B) SUBMIT A RESUME AND COVER LETTER THROUGH SIPALINK BY CLICKING THE “APPLY NOW” BUTTON LOCATED AT THE TOP OF THIS PAGE.

Online Application Address:

http://bit.ly/2imDHqY


 

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Lindsay Cherry (lmc2248@columbia.edu)

SIPA Environmental Coalition (ECO) Communications Director

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