ECO Newsletter: Week of November 7, 2017

Hi all,

Hope everybody had a nice long weekend! First things first, applications are still open to apply for the ECO board! Don’t forget to apply!

This week will be quite exciting as The COP23 is taking place in Bonn, Germany! Delegates from 195 countries will gather to work on a so called “rule book” for the Paris Climate Agreement. Meanwhile, fearless American leaders will be there to promote coal and natural gas as means of solving climate change. Why did nobody think of that before? What’s that you say? Burning coal and natural gas is what’s causing climate change? Hmm… Well good thing world leaders from 195 nations will be there to publicly shame Trump’s energy and climate agenda.

Hello from the San Francisco Trek! Big shout out to Jeff Lepley and Cinthia Liu for organizing! As you may have all gleaned from this photo, we all now have jobs at Tesla. And we have all purchased Teslas as well. We’ll give you all rides when we get back. 


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.


SUMASA-ECO-Aquanauts Mixer

Date/time: Thursday, November 9, 8:00 – 10:00 pm
Location: Amity Hall, 982 Amsterdam Ave.

Come join ECO, SUMASA and the Aquanauts for a mixer this Thursday, November 9! Drop by to hang out with us, your like-minded environmentally conscious classmates and have a drink (or two)!

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, sign-up by November 4th to claim your spot!


Connecticut Green Bank

Date/Time: Wednesday, November 8, 1:00pm-2:00pm

Location: IAB, Room 410

Dress Code: Business Formal

Work Authorization Requirement: This organization does consider international students for internships, but does not sponsor H-1 visas for full-time positions.

SIPA alumnus Eric Shrago, Director of Operations at Connecticut Green Bank will be speaking about their organization, as well as upcoming internship opportunities.

The Connecticut Green Bank (formerly the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority) was established by the Connecticut General Assembly on July 1, 2011 as a part of Public Act 11-80. As the nation’s first full-scale green bank, it is leading the clean energy finance movement by leveraging public and private funds to scale-up renewable energy deployment and energy efficiency projects across Connecticut. The Green Bank’s success in accelerating private investment in clean energy is helping Connecticut create jobs, increase economic prosperity, promote energy security and address climate change. For more information about the Connecticut Green Bank, please visit

They are recruiting for several summer internships for the summer of 2018 in the areas of clean energy finance as well as several program areas including residential, commercial and industrial and statutory and infrastructure programs.

Eric Shrago joined the Connecticut Green Bank in 2016 as the Director of Operations. He oversees the day-to-day activities of the organization and drives the strategic planning process. Previously, Eric worked in management consulting in the energy and financial services industries in New York and Latin America as well as for Goldman Sachs Asset Management in the US and Asia. Eric earned a Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University and a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University’s SIPA. While attending SIPA, he was an EDF Climate Corps Fellow at Adidas/Reebok.

To register for this event in SIPAlink, click here.

Where Next on Climate? U.S.-China Energy and Climate Collaboration in the Xi-Trump Era

Date/TimeThursday, November 9, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Location: IAB 1501

China and the US are the world’s largest greenhouse gas emitters.  In October, President Xi opened China’s 19th Party Congress declaring that China is “taking a driving seat in international cooperation to respond to climate change.”  As President Trump arrives in Beijing for bilateral meetings, please join us please join us in exploring questions such as: What are China and the U.S. each doing to address climate change?  Can cooperation between China and the US. on clean energy and climate survive a period in which the U.S. President questions the scientific consensus on climate change and rejects the Paris climate accords?  What impact would potential energy trade disputes have on both countries?  To address these and related questions, we will have keynote remarks on US-China relations by David H. Rank, a career Foreign Service Officer who served until June as Charge d’Affaires at the US Embassy in Beijing. After Rank’s remarks, CGEP Fellow and Senior Adjunct Research Scholar Jonathan Elkind will moderate a discussion on energy and climate collaborations featuring:

David Rank, former Charge d’Affaires at the US Embassy in Beijing

Kelly Gallagher, Professor of Energy and Environmental Policy, Director of the Center for International Environment & Resource Policy, Tufts University’s Fletcher School

David Sandalow, CGEP Inaugural Fellow and Director of the CGEP China Program

This event is being co-sponsored by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute and the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law.

Registration is required. Please 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.

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.

Women in Energy Lunch and Roundtable Discussion with Christine Nevin, Director of Business and Media Relations for Con Edison Clean Energy Businesses

Date/TimeMonday, November 13, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Location: Center on Global Energy Policy, 1255 Amsterdam Ave

Please join the Women in Energy program for a lunch and roundtable discussion with Ms. Christine Nevin, Director of Business and Media Relations for Con Edison Clean Energy Businesses. Ms. Nevin 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 job opportunities with Con Edison.

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.


Christine Nevin serves as Business and Media Relations Director of Con Edison Clean Energy Businesses, Inc. (CEB) and its subsidiaries, including Con Edison Development, Con Edison Energy, and Con Edison Solutions. In more than 30 years in the energy industry, Ms. Nevin has worked in both the regulated utility and competitive segments of the energy business. She has been with the Con Edison Clean Energy Businesses since 1998.

Ms. Nevin previously served in a number of capacities of increasing responsibility at Con Edison Company of New York including Account Executive, Energy Services Marketing Manager, and Customer Service Manager.

Ms. Nevin received her BA in psychology from Marymount Manhattan College and has participated in advanced management programs at Emory University and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. She serves on the New York City Investment Fund. A member of the Junior League of Brooklyn, Ms. Nevin served as a director of the Association of Junior Leagues International and was a member of the Board of Trustees and Vice President of the Alumni Advisory Council for Marymount Manhattan College.

Register here.

Public Hearing on Climate Change

Date/time: Wednesday, November 29, 8:30 AM – 12 PM
Location: Borough of Manhattan Community College, Fiterman Hall, Conference 1306/7, 245 Greenwich Street, NY

New York City Public Advocate Tish James has announced a Public Hearing on Climate Change on November 29th.

“As New York City observes the fifth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy and the country endures more extreme weather events such as Hurricanes Irma, Harvey, and Maria, it is critical that we understand the root causes of climate change, how it affects our residents and infrastructure, and take bold steps to limit and counteract global warming. There has been a clear lack of leadership at the federal level—President Trump has withdrawn the United States from the Paris Climate Accord and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt continues to dismantle environmental regulations such as the Clean Power Plan and Clean Water Rule. In this context, we must explore what New York City can do to implement and encourage forward-thinking policies that address climate change within and beyond our city’s borders.”

Join us for a rally before the hearing at 8:30 am and help us pack the hearing room at 9:30. Bring your signs and your energy to the rally, and get ready to send a loud and clear message – it’s time to #DivestNY!

Please find more information here.

All Ivy Career Fair 2018

Date/time: February 9, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Location: Alfred Lerner Hall, 2920 Broadway, New York, NY

This year will mark the fifteenth anniversary of the All Ivy Environmental and Sustainable Development Career Fair. This is the premier event for recruiters and top talent to connect and discuss career opportunities associated with sustainability. Each year, the eight Ivy League schools come together to produce a unique and inspiring career fair that provides companies unparalleled access to undergraduate, graduate and Ph.D level students who have the skills and knowledge to address the complex sustainability challenges of our global economy.

More information can be found here.


Duke Global Policy Program in Geneva

Deadline is November 30, 2017 at 11:59PM EST

All Environment, Energy, and the Economy Fellows work in a Geneva-based policy internship, where they gain useful experience contributing to program and policy-making on the intersection of environmental, energy, and economic issues. Some Fellows help to prepare policy briefings and meetings; others conduct gap-filling research. From building databases and interviewing stakeholders to synthesizing literature and putting together presentations, fellows contribute to the work of their placement sites.

In the past, students have interned at a wide range of NGOs and intergovernmental organizations, including:

  • UN Environment Program (UNEP)
  • UN Development Program (UNDP)
  • Institute for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD)
  • UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
  • World Health Organization (WHO)


Interns are encouraged to make as long of a commitment as possible to the program. Longer internship availability makes students more competitive during the internship search process, and maximizes the amount of time an intern can learn from and contribute to their placement. Organizations where our EEE track fellows intern require students to have longer availabilities for their summer internship.  More details on our Internships page.

EEE Track minimum program commitment:

  • Minimum Commitment: 11 weeks (10 week internship + 1 week course)
  • 13 week commitments are preferred by internship organizations whenever possible (12 week internship + 1 week course)

Please find additional information on the program and instrucitons on how to apply here.

EDF Climate Corps

EDF Climate Corps fellows are part of an innovative network of top-tier graduate students who are working on the ground with leading companies and public-sector organizations to reduce energy use, increase efficiencies, and make the business case for sustainability. Our fellows are hired by their host organizations and work directly with staff from operations, finance and sustainability departments on a wide range of innovative projects. The benefits of being part of the EDF Climate Corps network stay with our fellows throughout their professional careers. Are you up for the challenge?

To be considered for the first round of offers, please submit your application by December 5, 2017 at 11:59 pm PT.

Please find additional information on the program and instructions on how to apply here.


‘For us, the land is sacred’: on the road with the defenders of the world’s forests

Lindsay Cherry (

SIPA Environmental Coalition (ECO) Communications Director

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