ECO Newsletter: Week of January 29

Hi all,

Remember the bliss of Winter Break, with no exams nor papers nor problem sets, when life was carefree and easy? Neither do we. Hard work is back, and spring semester is in full swing! Now that your courses are set, good luck! Here are some goings-on to keep in mind this week.






To all who joined ECO at SIPAFest on Friday, welcome! We are delighted to have you.



ECO/SEA/EE Happy Hour

Last week we announced that there would be a joint happy hour on Thursday. That turned out to be a lie and we apologize for betraying your trust. Allow us to make it up to you with DRINK TICKETS AND LIGHT APPETIZERS. Come hang out with like-minded sustainability enthusiasts to start the semester off right. See details below.


Welcome Back Happy Hour!

Date:  Wednesday, January 31st

Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Location: West End Hall (2756 Broadway, New York, NY 10025)

Come celebrate the start of the new year and a new semester with the Environmental Coalition (ECO), the SIPA Energy Association (SEA), SIPA’s Energy and Environment Concentration, and the Business School’s Energy Club!  We’ll be gathering at West End Hall (2756 Broadway, New York, NY 10025) at 6:30pm on Wednesday, January 31st.  Drink tickets and light appetizers will be available on a first-come-first-served basis.  Come mingle over drinks to kick off the spring semester!



NYC Career Series: Environmental Policy

Date: Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Time: 6pm – 8pm
Location: Hamilton 303

Are you interested in working in the Environmental Policy field in the New York metro area? Attend this event to learn more about the field, various career paths, and potential job/internship opportunities at the NYC Career Panel for Environmental Policy. RSVP here.


  • Katherine (Kerry) Constabile (SIPA 2006), Sustainable Development Advisor, Executive Office of the UN Secretary General
  • Katie Edmond (SIPA 2014), Project Development Coordinator, Partnership Development, NYC Department of Parks & Recreation
  • Venkat Iyer (SIPA 2016), Conservation Finance Specialist, Wildlife Conservation Society


Fireside Chat: Commissioner Neil Chatterjee, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Date: Wednesday, January 31
Time: 5:00 – 6:00 PM
Location: 1501 International Affairs Building

Please join the Center on Global Energy Policy for a fireside chat with Commissioner Neil Chatterjee of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Commissioner Chatterjee will discuss a number of pertinent issues including power markets and efforts to promote grid reliability and resilience, natural gas markets, and infrastructure development, among others. CGEP Founding Director Jason Bordoff will moderate the discussion.

Registration is required.
Guests unable to attend can view a livestream of the event at


Columbia University Energy Symposium

  • Conference

Date: Friday, February 2, 2018

Time: 9am – 6pm

Location: Faculty House

Theme: Envisioning a New Energy Era


The CU Energy Symposium is proud to announce an exciting line-up of speakers and panels. Check out their agenda, and secure your tickets today for a spot at the event and meet our speakers:

  • Alicia Barton, CEO, NYSERDA
  • Andrew Cross, Acting Director IFC Treasury Market Operations
  • Bob Perciasepe, President, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES); Former Deputy Administrator, EPA
  • Diane Regas, Executive Director, Environmental Defense Fund
  • Harry Singh, Vice President, US Power Trading Group, Goldman Sachs & Co.
  • Jacob Susman, VP – Head of Origination, EDF Renewable Energy
  • Zach Khan, Director, Government Affairs for North America, BYD
  • Lars Lysdahl, Senior Project Manager at Rystad Energy
  • and many more.


  • Career Fair

Date: Thursday, February 1, 2018

Time: 5:30pm – 8pm

Location: IAB 1501
The CU Energy Symposium is excited to announce the attendance of Tesla, NYSERDA, Connecticut Green Bank, Rocky Mountain Institute, New York Greenbank, and many more companies at this year’s career fair. The Symposium will also host student-employer coffee chats with Booz Allen Hamilton during the day on Thursday, February 1, 2018. Resume books will be provided to career fair and coffee chat companies. The Symposium team will reach out to registered students this week to collect resumes. Get your ticket now to take advantage of this unique opportunity.

Resume Collection Deadline for Career fair: Sunday, January 28, 2018


Stormy Weather: Addressing Climate Change in Turbulent Times


Date: Thursday, February 8

Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Location: JCC Manhattan, W. 76th St. and Amsterdam Ave (334 Amsterdam Ave)

Have you registered yet for this major NYC symposium on climate change, its ramifications, and actions you can take?

You can click anywhere on the photo below and be taken to the registration form.  Pre-registration is required. If you are a student, use code SWSTUDENT18 and your ticket is free!

Scroll down – here’s the first look at our panelists’ biographies.  It’s quite a line-up.  Come learn and be motivated by activists, educators, and scientists.  And bonus – be inspired by the music of Pharaoh’s Daughter’s Basya Schechter!






Rachel Jacoby Rosenfield, Executive Vice President
Shalom Hartman Institute of North America

Adam H. Sobel 
Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Columbia University

Peter Iwanowicz, Executive Director
Environmental Advocates of New York

Basya Schechter, founding member of Pharaoh’s Daughter
and Chazzan at Rommemu

Dan Sherrell, Campaign Organizer,
NY Renews

Elizabeth Yeampierre,

Eddie Bautista, Executive Director
New York City Environmental Justice Alliance

Click here




Proof that GIS is a nifty skill in demand!

E.ON Climate and Renewables – GIS Analyst

  • Gather GIS data from various public or private entities as it relates to ongoing wind development and new project areas.
  • Maintain GIS databases for individual projects in an organized manner and according to current data standards and industry methods, and geospatial best practice.
  • Communicate with managers any data issues or questions with data accuracy, completeness or currency.
  • Develop maps, both hard copy and ArcGIS Online, according to wind project management and GIS management project needs. Use cartographic standards, particularly with hard copy maps. i.e. waterways, land mass, wetlands.
  • Develop project work flow based on logic and ease of replication.
  • Work efficiently and effectively in a team setting


  • Minimum 2 years of experience up to 5 years.
  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in or working towards a Master’s Degree in geography, natural science, earh science or real estate law.
  • Background in Esri software for mapping and spatial analytics. Knowledge of other mapping products AutoCAD, Google Earth, Trimble, etc
  • Experience finding appropriate GIS data through multiple sources and data creation. Be able to demonstrate GIS abilities during interview
  • Knowledge/Exposure to Python programming language a plus

Scott Belding (

SIPA Environmental Coalition (ECO) Communications Director

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