ECO Newsletter: Week of February 12, 2018

Hi all,

Greetings from ECO headquarters! We hope you are setting world records and earning gold medals in all your classes so far! (Olympic fever has been ravaging ECO HQ). Also in the news lately: why the energy industry is hampered by a lack of women. If only Columbia had some sort of, like… Women in Energy program. What’s that? We do? And it has one of its great events coming up in a couple weeks? Awesome! Any regular communication describing such events must certainly be worth reading closely. Keep it up, women – a sustainable future awaits us all!






Check out the ECO General Body Meeting! Seriously, it’s one of the few times we all get to spend together. There will be Ethiopian food. What else do you need?



ECO General Body Meeting

Date: Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Time: 1:00-2:00 PM

Location: IAB 501B

Spare a little of the love that’s in the air this Wednesday for the Earth! The Environmental Coalition is having its General Board Meeting this Wednesday. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet the board members of ECO, hear about the fun events coming up this semester, and be exposed to opportunities to help promote sustainability on campus and beyond. Perhaps of equal interest to you, food will be served! Come and join ECO members on Valentine’s Day in 501B during lunch.


EIA Annual Energy Outlook 2018

Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Time: 9:30–11:00 a.m

Location: Pulitzer Hall, World Room

Please join the Center on Global Energy Policy for a presentation by John Conti, Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Energy Information Administration, of the EIA’s Annual Energy Outlook 2018. The Annual Energy Outlook provides modeled projections of domestic energy markets through 2050, and includes cases with different assumptions of macroeconomic growth, world oil prices, technological progress, and energy policies. CGEP Fellow John MacWilliams will moderate the discussion following the presentation.

Register here.


GreenHome NYC Green Careers Workshop: Telling Your Sustainability Story


Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm with networking afterwards
Location – Update: Steven Winter Associates, 307 7th Ave., 17th floor, NYC 10001



What got you involved in sustainability? Learn how to effectively share your story and describe why sustainability is important to you.


Having a story to explain how you got where you are and why you are interested in certain career is one of the best ways to connect with an interviewer, fellow networker or anyone else with whom you are discussing your career ambitions. A story lets you showcase your past successes, experiences and connections; share your passions; and demonstrate the unique perspective that you bring to the table. It can also help you discover what exactly you want from a position and what other options you should be looking for. Join us at the next GreenHome NYC Careers event “Telling Your Sustainability Story” to hear stories and learn how to craft your own to make yourself a compelling prospect in today’s market.


Workshop Facilitator: Jacquelyn Ottman

Jacquelyn Ottman is an internationally recognized expert and author of five award-winning books on the subject of green marketing.  Following a passion first identified at age four when she pulled board games from the neighbor’s trash, and later as her high school’s recycling coordinator, since 1989 as founder and principal, J. Ottman Consulting, she has helped to guide the green marketing strategies of over 60 Fortune 500 companies, and the U.S. EPA’s Energy Star and the USDA’s Certified Biobased labels. In April 2012, she founded, a curated platform with the goal of identifying ways to change consumption culture through the prism of zero waste.  She is certified as a Zero Waste Professional by the U S Zero Waste Business Council, and is the chair, Residential Recycling Committee of the Solid Waste Advisory Board to the Manhattan Borough President.


As always, after the event itself, there will be further networking over drinks at a nearby bar.


Register here


If you have any questions, please contact the GHNYC Green Careers group at

Visit to learn more!


CGEP: Student Townhall With The Hon. Catherine McKenna, Canadian Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Time: 1:00–2:00 p.m

Location: Faculty House, Presidential Room 2

Like many nations around the world grappling with climate change and threats to the natural environment and public health, Canada is taking action to address these challenges, including ratification of the Paris Agreement and a pledge to reduce domestic greenhouse gas emissions by thirty percent in 2030 from 2005 levels. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called for a national carbon pricing plan among other policies, at the same time that the government is making strategic investments to sustain the country’s transition to a clean-growth economy. Please join CGEP for a conversation with the Hon. Catherine McKenna, Canadian Minister of Environment and Climate Change. Minister McKenna will offer brief remarks focused on Canada’s work in climate change, but most of the time will be devoted to answering students’ questions.

Student ID required for entry into this event. Register here.

Guests unable to attend can view a livestream of the event at


For more information contact:
A podcast of this event will be available ~7 days after the date of the event through iTunes and our website.


Women in Energy Lunch and Roundtable Session

Date: Monday, February 26, 2018

Time: 12:00–1:30 p.m

Location: CGEP (1255 Amsterdam Avenue)

Please join the Center on Global Energy Policy for a Women in Energy lunch and roundtable discussion with Marlene Motyka, US and Global Renewable Energy Leader and Principal at Deloitte Transactions and Business Analytics LLP. Ms. Motyka will discuss her job history, career paths, and perspectives on what it means to be a female leader in the energy industry.

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. For more information contact:

RSVP here.


2018 Climate Change Symposium

Hosted by the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law 

Date: Tuesday, March 6th

Time: 5:00 pm

Location: Columbia Law School, Rm. 103 Jerome Greene Hall


Two New York CLE credits available

Registration Requested

(required for CLE credit)


The symposium will feature the following presentations:


Linking Across Borders: Opportunities and Obstacles for a Joint Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative-Western Climate Initiative Market by Augusta Wilson

Comments by Professor Bruce Usher of Columbia Business School


To Negotiate a Carbon Tax: A Rough Map of Interactions, Tradeoffs, and Risks by Justin Gundlach

Comments by Professor Gregg Macey of Brooklyn Law School


More information here




Scott Belding (

SIPA Environmental Coalition (ECO) Communications Director

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