ECO Newsletter: Week of October 29, 2017

Hi all,

Glad to see you all survived midterms! And how better to celebrate than joining ECO in attending some really fantastic events! ALSO, the moment you’ve been waiting for has finally arrived. ECO will be holding board elections!! I know. The excitement is too much. But please contain yourself long enough to fill out an application! Applications will open this Wednesday, November 1. Details below.

Happy halloween!!


ANNOUNCEMENTS

ECO Board Elections

Date: Application will open on Wednesday, November 1

The moment you’ve all been waiting for! We will be holding elections for the ECO board! Application will be open from Wednesday, November 1 and will close on November 13. I’ll be sending out the application later this week along with description of each position in case you missed it last week!

Please feel free to reach out to me (Lindsay, lmc2248) with any questions.


ECO EVENTS

ECO Recycling Event!

Date/Time: Thursday, November 2, 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Location: IAB, 4th floor Fishbowl

Join ECO in the fishbowl this Thursday, November 2nd, from 1-2pm, to test your recycling skills and learn about how to recycle in the SIPA building. We’ll have cupcakes, cookies and coffee for everyone who participates and agrees to continue to help us promote good recycling practices in our building. Also, you’ll have a chance to learn about the new app RecycleUp, and to win cool prizes like a fitbit or an iPad.

Any questions (yes, this gif is just so good I added it twice)? Please feel free Contact Astha (au2207) or Angela (amh2301)!

 

For more info on RecycleUp:

RecycleUp is a mobile app that incentivizes users to recycle more by allowing them to validate and get credit for recycling at existing recycling bins.  The users can redeem credit for rewards and track their impact on the environment through the RecycleUp platform.  RecycleUp is available at over 400 bins in 26 buildings on campus.  Past rewards include an iPad and Air Pods.

 

ECO GIS Workshop

Date/time: Tuesday, November 21, 2017, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location: 215 Lehman

Curious about using data spatially? Join ECO for a hands-on introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Learn about data models, spatial analysis, projections, finding data and working with your own data using ArcGIS. Special exercise for ECO is mapping solar resources. Space is limited, so please sign-up by November 4th to claim your spot!

Sign up document can be found here!


EVENTS

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: 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 our website.

 

Student Roundtable Discussion with Lars Christian Bacher, Executive Vice President, Development & Production International for Statoil

Date/time: Friday, November 3, 12:30 – 2:00 pm
Location: School of Social Work, 1255 Amsterdam Ave.,

Join the Center on Global Energy Policy for a student-only roundtable featuring Lars Christian Bacher, Executive Vice President, Development & Production International for Statoil. Mr. Bacher will offer a presentation on the future of offshore energy before we move to a moderated discussion.

This event is only open to 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.

Biography
Vahan Zanoyan is a writer, traveler, retired executive, and anti-trafficking advocate. He has published two volumes of poetry in Armenian, (2010 and 2011); and three novels in English, A Place Far Away (2013) and The Doves of Ohanavank (2014), both of which were inspired by a chance meeting with a very young victim of sex trafficking, and The Sacred Sands (2016).

Prior to retiring, Zanoyan served as global energy consultant to numerous international and national oil companies, banks, and other private and public organizations throughout the United States, Europe, the Middle East, the Far East and Latin America. He also served as a senior economic and oil policy advisor to many oil producing governments. He was President and CEO of PFC Energy for ten years, based in Washington, DC; the Chairman and Chief Executive of PFC Energy International, in Lausanne, Switzerland; and the founding Chief Executive Officer of First Energy Bank, based in Bahrain. He has also founded and ran several consulting services at Wharton Econometric Consulting Associates.

Zanoyan was educated at The American University in Beirut and at the University of Pennsylvania. He loves to travel, read, write, drink good wine, and supports several humanitarian causes, primarily aimed at stopping human trafficking and supporting victims of sex trafficking and domestic violence.

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

 

Student Roundtable Discussion with David H. Rank, Senior Foreign Service Officer (retired) — The Role of Career Diplomats in a Time of Policy Change

Date/time: Thursday, November 9, 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: School of Social Work, 1255 Amsterdam

Join the Center on Global Energy Policy for a student-only roundtable with David Rank, former Charge d’Affaires at the US Embassy in Beijing. Rank retired from the U.S. Foreign Service in June 2017 after a 27-year career, following the administration’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. He will offer frank guidance and advice to students interested in a career in government service, including his reflections on the obligations, opportunities, and challenges faced by career diplomats when a new U.S. Administration comes into office intent on reversing previous policy on high-profile issues like the response to climate change.

This event is only open to 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.

David Rank will also serve as headliner for a separate public event organized by CGEP on US-China energy and climate issues the morning of November 9. A separate registration will be required.

Biography
David Rank spent 27 years as a State Department Foreign Service Officer, including his final assignment as Deputy Chief of Mission and, following the 2016 election, as the Chargé d’Affaires (Acting Ambassador) at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. In addition to six Foreign Service assignments in greater China (three in Beijing, two at the American Institute in Taiwan, and one at the U.S. Consulate General in Shanghai), Rank served at the U.S. embassies in Kabul, Athens, and Port Louis (Mauritius). His domestic assignments included jobs as Director of the State’s Office of Afghanistan Affairs, Senior Advisor to the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (SRAP), Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, and Korea desk officer. From 2012-2013, he was a Dean and Virginia Rusk Fellow at Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy. In 2015, he received the State Department’s Distinguished Honor Award for his role in the release of the only American servicemember held by the enemy in Afghanistan. He is also the recipient of the American Foreign Service Association’s Sinclaire Award for the study of languages and their related cultures. Rank speaks Mandarin, French, Dari, and Greek.

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

 

Earth Institute’s Environmental & Sustainability Consulting Interview Day

Date/time: Friday, 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.

 

Storytelling and the Geopolitics of Petroleum: Student Roundtable Discussion with Vahan Zanoyan, Author & Global Energy Consultant

Date/time: Monday, November 20, 2017
Location: School of Social Work, 1255 Amsterdam

Join the Center on Global Energy Policy for a presentation with author Vahan Zanoyan on Storytelling and the Geopolitics of Petroleum, based on his novel on his latest book The Sacred Sands. Mr. Zanoyan uses his decades of experience in the energy sector as an adviser to oil companies, governments, investors and traders to write a gripping novel that takes the reader inside the Middle Eastern oil industry and regional geopolitics. Following his presentation in which he will explain the evolution of oil industry and, in particular, geopolitics of Middle East oil, we will move to a moderated discussion.

This event is only open to 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.

Biography
Vahan Zanoyan is a writer, traveler, retired executive, and anti-trafficking advocate. He has published two volumes of poetry in Armenian, (2010 and 2011); and three novels in English, A Place Far Away (2013) and The Doves of Ohanavank (2014), both of which were inspired by a chance meeting with a very young victim of sex trafficking, and The Sacred Sands (2016).

Prior to retiring, Zanoyan served as global energy consultant to numerous international and national oil companies, banks, and other private and public organizations throughout the United States, Europe, the Middle East, the Far East and Latin America. He also served as a senior economic and oil policy advisor to many oil producing governments. He was President and CEO of PFC Energy for ten years, based in Washington, DC; the Chairman and Chief Executive of PFC Energy International, in Lausanne, Switzerland; and the founding Chief Executive Officer of First Energy Bank, based in Bahrain. He has also founded and ran several consulting services at Wharton Econometric Consulting Associates.

Zanoyan was educated at The American University in Beirut and at the University of Pennsylvania. He loves to travel, read, write, drink good wine, and supports several humanitarian causes, primarily aimed at stopping human trafficking and supporting victims of sex trafficking and domestic violence.

 


JOBS

Project Manager, Commercial Team – Albany or New York City Office (#448) 

NYSERDA seeks a creative, independent and self-motivated individual to join its Commercial Market Development Team. The Commercial Team is an inter-disciplinary group whose primary goal is to scale clean energy investment by the private sector in buildings. The ideal candidate will have experience with commercial and institutional sectors and understand how they make capital investment decisions and operational improvements, as well as how other key stakeholders, such as vendors, suppliers, manufacturers, associations, etc, impact these decisions. Exposure to clean energy program creation, execution and marketplace interaction is a plus.

The successful candidate will help the Commercial Team reach its goals by leading the Commercial Real Time Energy Management (RTEM) program. This program focuses on driving adoption of RTEM systems and services by key market actors in the commercial and institutional sectors. As an enabling technology, RTEM has the potential to transform the market for energy efficiency in commercial buildings by providing real-time, actionable insights that lead to cost-effective operational and capital improvements that reduce building energy use.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Work with the NYSERDA Commercial Program Team in Albany and NYC
  • Manage and develop specific relationships and increase coordination with leading commercial key stakeholders, in order to accelerate investment in clean energy installations that increase net operating income and asset value
  • Develop an understanding of specific barriers to scaling clean energy investment and develop targeted, high impact strategies to address them
  • Interface with public sector, utility and market stakeholders
  • Work with market stakeholders to find the most cost-effective strategies to reduce energy usage and demand
  • Participate in a process to test, measure and adjust to maximize success
  • Develop new strategies to penetrate the commercial market and increase clean energy implementation
  • Present information on NYSERDA’s behalf at professional meetings, conferences and workshops
  • Participate in multi-functional teams to develop and direct new efforts
  • Make recommendations for improvements to NYSERDA’s strategies and business processes
  • Manage contractors and projects
  • Develop and report project status and metrics
  • Perform other responsibilities as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • 3+ years of relevant experience with a demonstrated record of success in successfully delivering services or solutions within business, non-profit, or government operating environments
  • A bachelor’s degree; master’s degree preferred
  • Energy-related technical knowledge of commercial and institutional sectors
  • Knowledge of and/or experience in the management of building energy systems
  • Strong project management skills and the ability to successfully multi-task, set priorities and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Passion for operational excellence, as well as strong project and process management skills
  • Skill in managing multiple diverse activities simultaneously, delivering on commitments and operating with speed, accuracy and strong judgment
  • Demonstrated problem-solving ability; an entrepreneurial edge, resourcefulness, adaptability, and an instinct for surfacing value and pragmatic solutions
  • Capacity to enable teams and colleagues to achieve their potential, innovate and look at a business in new ways, and provide exceptional service delivery
  • Ability to build productive relationships across a diverse organization
  • Ability to drive to big picture goals while maintaining a strong attention to detail
  • Excellent presentation and interpersonal skills that resonate with audiences of different backgrounds, the ability to communicate persuasively, concisely and unambiguously in speech and in writing
  • Good computer skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Proficiency in one (1) or more of the following skills:
    • Commercial/Institutional building energy studies, modeling and/or energy management
    • Commercial/Institutional building technologies, systems and/or processes
    • Energy efficiency building technologies, systems and/or processes
    • Commercial real estate asset/property management and/or market analysis
    • Client relationship management, consultative sales and/or market research and development

In addition, since the responsibilities and duties of the members of the Commercial Team entail substantial interdisciplinary knowledge and cross-sector understanding, candidates from the following fields or who possess knowledge and/or experience in the following areas will be given preference:

  • Engineering
  • Facilities management
  • Power or grid management
  • Consultative sales, outreach and marketing to commercial, industrial and institutional customers
  • Market development
  • Supervising technical staff with increasing levels of responsibility
  • A master’s degree in engineering or the physical sciences
  • MBA
  • CEM or CEA Certification by the Association of Energy Engineers

Salary

Candidates will be considered for Project Manager through Senior Project Manager based on qualifications and experience. An excellent benefits package is also offered.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume to recruiter@nyserda.ny.gov. When applying, please include the Project Manager, Commercial & Job Code 448 in the Subject Line.

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at info@goer.ny.gov.

Lindsay Cherry (lmc2248@columbia.edu)

SIPA Environmental Coalition (ECO) Communications Director

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