ECO Newsletter: Week of November 26, 2017

Hi all,

I hope everybody had a good break! We are VERY excited to announce the incoming ECO Board (drum roll)…

  • Co-Presidents: Alicia Gorecki and Nitasha Nair
  • Co-Directors of Sustainability: Grace Cushman and Anne-Louise Vernes
  • Co-Directors of Events: Jaclyn Eng and Kirsten Holland
  • Director of Membership and Outreach: Yixuan Ouyang
  • Director of Communications: Scott Belding
  • Treasurer: Lindsay Horne

We are thrilled to pass the baton on to the next group of eager, environmental do-gooders! Congrats to all of you!


Puerto Rico Supply Drive

Date/time: Monday, November 20, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm & Nov. 27 – Dec. 8
Location: IAB 4th floor

We’ll be collecting: cleaning products (antibacterial products); baking soda; dish, hand, and body soap; detergent; trash bags; Ziploc bags; bag clips; personal hygiene products (pads/tampons, deodorant, tooth brushes, tooth paste, mouthwash, floss); bedsheets (any size); mosquito nets; batteries; battery-powered radios/fans; solar power charger; non-perishable foods (powdered milk, cereal, olive/corn oil, rice canned foods, coffee, sugar, spices, pasta).


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 There has been a clear lack of leadership at the federal level—President Trump has withdrawn the United States from the Paris Climate Accord and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt continues to dismantle environmental regulations such as the Clean Power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.


Climate Change Impacts: Relocation to Safer Ground

Date/time:  Tuesday, December 5, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Location: Faculty House, 64 Morningside Drive, 3rd floor

Around the world, sea-level rise could lead to widespread migration, as people along vulnerable coastlines escape rising water levels. But coastal flooding isn’t the only extreme event that can impact migration patterns. As evidenced just this year in the United States by Hurricanes Maria and Harvey, and the widespread and devastating wildfires in Northern California, there are many types of extreme weather events that require relocation to safer ground.

This panel will discuss the issues of retreat and relocation as they relate to extreme weather events and climate change. The idea of retreating, whether temporary or permanent, is unpopular, controversial and brings a host of challenges. Yet in the United States, extreme weather has displaced people from their homes, causing disruption to communities and lives. This panel will provide an interdisciplinary exploration of the issues and challenges associated with climate-induced migration. What does climate science tell us about who may need to migrate? What are the legal issues surrounding managed retreat? Is relocation a feasible climate adaptation strategy? How can we ensure that people relocate to safe and secure places? Is ‘orderly’ retreat at a large scale even possible? Panelists will explore these questions and more.

Opening remarks: Lisa Goddard, Director, International Research Institute for Climate and Society, The Earth Institute


  • Lisa Dale, Lecturer, Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development
  • Michael Gerrard, Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School
  • Marc Levy, Deputy Director, Center for International Earth Science Information Network, The Earth Institute

Moderator: Radley Horton, Lamont Associate Research Professor, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, The Earth Institute

This event is free and open to the public; RSVP required. Please register here.

The panel will be followed by a reception with wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres.

This panel is hosted by the Earth Institute’s Climate Adaptation Initiative.


Clean + Go Green – University-Wide Recycling, Shredding, and Donation Event

Date/time:  Dec. 7 & 8, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Low Plaza, 535 West 116th St.

There’s no better time than the present to…clean! Cleaning your office or living space creates more space and can also help the environment. Columbia University Facilities and Operations and our partners across campus want to help. As part of our award-winning “Clean+Go Green” program, we will make large bins available across campus, at no cost to you, for the recycling, reuse or proper disposal of large unwanted items. Best of all, Facilities and Operations will separate and recycle your items. That way, when you clean, you “go green.”

Details and Locations: Drop-off hours at all locations are between 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. only. During this time, Facilities and Operations staff will be on hand to help with unloading and recycling.

See link for additional details about items, locations, and more:


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!

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.



Project Manager, Commercial Team, NYSERDA (#72458)

Job Description:​ Please include any work authorization requirements:

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

Information on how to apply can be found on SIPALink.

Lindsay Cherry (

SIPA Environmental Coalition (ECO) Communications Director

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