ECO Newsletter: Week of November 13, 2017

Hi all,

The application deadline to apply to be an ECO Board member is due Monday, November 13 at midnight! That’s right folks! And as a mature and experienced second year, let me offer you all some advice. Live your life to the fullest without any regrets. And if you don’t apply to be an ECO Board member, you will regret it!! As an ECO Board member, you get to work with some of the most fantastic, like-minded people, all of whom share your granola-eating, hemp-wearing, compost loving interests! We truly walk the eco-conscious walk by promoting sustainability right here on campus! And not only that, but you get to plan skill-based workshops, bring amazingly smart experts to campus and advocate for solutions to environmental issues that are irreparably damaging our dope planet.

Being on the ECO board is an incredibly rewarding experience and oh sk8er boi is the ECO membership so super fantastic too. I mean it.

Please find details to apply below and a small collage of some of the good times ECO has had this year.

The glowing faces of (some of) the current ECO Board Members


ECO Board Elections!!!

Date: Deadline to apply is TODAY Monday, November 13, 2017

If you’re looking to make a difference on campus, please consider joining the ECO Board! The deadline to apply to become an ECO Board member ends Monday, November 13 at midnight!

ECO’s Mission: The SIPA Environmental Coalition (ECO) is an organization dedicated to elevating the most pressing global and local environmental policy challenges of our time. ECO raises awareness by offering skills-based trainings, hosting educational and social activities, and providing opportunities for advocacy through collaboration. Our goal is to spur action and engage the Columbia community in dialogues that highlight the linkages among our fields.

ECO’s Purpose:

  1. Develop a community of practice for SIPA students interested in international environmental policy
  2. Foster a better understanding of and relationships with organizations that employ environmental policy students in NYC and beyond
  3. Enhance members’ skills and expertise in environmental policy through practical workshops
  4. Engage in environmental activism and advocacy on campus

Please join ECO and make an impact on campus! Applications can be found here and a full list of positions and descriptions can be found on OrgSync. Please email Lindsay Cherry (lmc2248) if you have any questions.


Sustainability & Renewable Energy Professionals Roundtable

Date/time: Wednesday, November 15, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Location: Center for Global Energy Policy, 1255 Amsterdam Avenue, Floor 1 New York, NY 10027 Map Location

ECO and SEA will host professionals from three New York City-based entities in the renewable energy and sustainability sectors: The Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the New York Green Bank.

  • Patrick Love, Carbon Challenge Coordinator, NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability
  • Houtan Moaveni: Assistant Director, NY-Sun-NYSERDA
  • Loic Chappoz:  Program Manager, Multifamily Team, NYSERDA (SIPA/Sciences Po 2010)
  • Rodrigo Parra-Ferro:  Investment & Portfolio Management Associate, NY Green Bank (SIPA 2016)

This event will be a roundtable-style discussion and Q&A session in which students can learn about the different aspects of the work of these organizations. The representatives of each organization will come prepared to speak about their major initiatives, and students are encouraged to come prepared with questions.

SIPA students have frequently found internships and full-time employment with these companies and agencies and this is an excellent opportunity to make contacts with environmentally-minded professionals in New York City.

A non-pizza dinner will be served. For additional information, please see the Facebook Event page.


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 sign-up soon to claim your spot!


Columbia University Energy Symposium

Date/time: Friday, February 2
Location: Columbia University Faculty House

Ticket sales for the 2018 Columbia University Energy Symposium are live! Get your tickets today to take advantage of early bird pricing for limited quantities. Regular Tier 1 pricing will start once early bird tickets are sold out.

The 2018 Symposium will be held at the Columbia University Faculty House on Friday, February 2nd 2018. The theme of the Symposium will be “Envisioning a New Energy Era”, and we will be bringing together panels on clean energy finance, peak oil demand, future of electric vehicles, geopolitics of renewables, grid digitalization and corporations’ role in clean energy advancement. Confirmed speakers include Jingdong Hua, Diane Regas, Bob Perciasepe, Eirik Waerness, John MacWilliams, and many more. We will also host a Venture Showcase competition pitching their latest ideas and concepts in clean energy.
Students can also participate in the Career Fair and Case Competition that will be held on Thursday, February 1st 2018. Visit our website at for more information.

We can’t wait to see you there!


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

Date: Monday, November 13

Time: 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.

Joint Seminar – CGEP & Chemical Engineering: Catalysis and Communications for a Carbon-Constrained World

Date/time: Tuesday, November 14, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Location: IAV 1501

Please join the Center on Global Energy Policy and the Columbia University Chemical Engineering Department for a presentation by Mark Barteau, Director, University of Michigan Energy Institute.

In this era of relatively abundant fossil fuel resources, the challenge of limiting and reducing atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations has become even greater. There is an increasing need to consider “all of the above” carbon strategies, in addition to our “all of the above energy” strategy. Engineers and scientists have important roles to play not only in creation of new technologies and in rigorous analysis of prospective solutions to energy and emissions challenges, but in communicating with the public and with policy makers.

On the technology side, new and improved catalysts have a major role to play in the improvement or replacement of existing processes and feedstocks. However, a major challenge has been to design better catalysts from a molecular-level understanding of surface reaction mechanisms and site requirements. This presentation will consider examples of catalyst design utilizing new chemical insights from first principles studies, as well as the introduction of well-known catalytic functions into new environments. Regardless of the starting point, whether DFT calculations of the chemistry of individual sites or the assembly of new catalysts from molecular building blocks, issues of synthesis, stability and the working environment of the catalyst are common to all. The catalyst design strategies illustrated here will, it is hoped, be applicable to the development of new routes to fuels and chemicals from a feedstock base growing beyond fossil resources.

Registration is not required.


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.



The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we are committed to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 72 countries, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

The internship positions available on SIPALink are listed in the table below:

Nature Conservancy Internship

SIPALink ID Internship Position
72788 Monitoring GLOBE Intern


Global Communications GLOBE Intern


Grassland and Freshwater Restoration GLOBE Intern


GIS Technician GLOBE Intern


International Climate Policy GLOBE Intern


Watershed Stewardship GLOBE Intern


Great Salt Pond GLOBE Intern


Marketing & Communications GLOBE Intern


Sustainable Forestry and Rainforest Restoration GLOBE Intern

Lindsay Cherry (

SIPA Environmental Coalition (ECO) Communications Director

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