ECO Newsletter: Week of March 19, 2018

Hi all,

Ah, spring! When the flowers bloom (not in New York yet), the weather warms (also not really happening), and you can appreciate the light of steadily lengthening days (except in Lehman). We hope you had a delightful break and are ready to take on the remainder of the semester. Check out these upcoming events and stuff!









ECO is still planning a field visit to the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability! As blooming young sustainability experts, we want to make sure as many of you as possible can come, so fill out this poll to assist us in scheduling a date





Sustainable Fashion & Ethical Supply Chains – cohosted with United Nations Student Working Group and Nest, a NY non-profit

Date: Tuesday, March 27th 2018
Time: 6 – 9 PM
Location: Publique


Join us for an evening of crafts, cocktails, and conversation about sustainability in the fashion industry, ethical supply chains, women empowerment, and economic inclusion through artisan crafts! We will have drinks and listen to a panel discussion before making some crafts ourselves in a block printing workshop. Register here! (password: UNSWG)




Women in Energy: Carole Nakhle dinner

Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Time: 6:00–7:30 PM
Location: Faculty House, 64 Morningside Drive, Garden Room 2

Please join CGEP for a Women in Energy dinner and roundtable discussion with Dr. Carole Nakhle, founder and CEO of Crystol Energy. Dr. Nakhle will discuss her job history, career paths, and perspectives on what it means to be a female leader in the energy industry. She will also share her insights on energy topics such as OPEC + deal, US/OPEC competition, and oil & gas governance.

Register here.


 A History of, and Workshop in, Ecological Design for Agriculture

Date: Thursday, March 22, 2018
Time: 6:30-8:30 PM
Venue: Agritecture – 40 Bushwick Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11206

In this class, we’ll explore big-picture questions around designing living things via the engineering terms biomimicry, biodesign, living machine, and others within the context of food and agriculture. After a historical introduction to the core concepts and a tour through a rogue’s gallery of eco-design from John and Nancy Jack Todd to TerreformOne, we will collectively workshop one potential future for the city of New York, in which it is “resilient” and food secure.

Instructor: Wythe Marschall, AgTech X member


Tickets ($15):


Sustainable Development Speaker Series: Jenni Chun, Samsung Electronics America, Inc.

Date: Friday, March 23, 2018
Time: 12:00–1:00 PM
Location: The Earth Institute, Hogan Hall Conference Room A

Jenni oversees environmental regulatory compliance of all Samsung products in North America. Beyond regulatory compliance, she also leads in voluntary environmental standards & certification programs aligning strategy to support each business segments. Prior to joining Samsung, Jenni worked at LG in the regulatory and sustainability role. She conducted benchmarks, designed and developed new sustainability programs both for product and corporate level including first national e-waste program, energy efficiency assurance program, employee engagement and corporate sustainability programs. In total her experience in the Tech/IT (electronics & appliances) industry is more than 11 years. She is a recipient of the 2015 Emerging Leader Award given by the Home Appliances industry association as well as the SMM Cutting Edge Champion Award for the Galaxy Upcycling Program and the SMM Challenge Gold Tier Award for Samsung’s e-waste collection. Jenni earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business & Psychology at Pennsylvania State University and she was the first incoming class at Columbia University’s Masters of Science in Sustainability Management [SUMA] program in 2010.

RSVP here. Refreshments will be provided.


Center for Resilient Cities Launch Event

Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Time: 6:00–7:15 PM
Location: Faculty House, 2nd floor

Join the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation for the launch event of its Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes on Tuesday, March 27, 6:00pm – 7:15pm on Columbia University’s Morningside campus. The event will combine an introduction and statement of purpose for the newly established Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes with a panel discussion.

The Center’s inaugural project, the creation of a groundbreaking Resilience Accelerator in partnership with 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) will be described. The Resilience Accelerator aims to leverage the research, planning and design expertise at Columbia with the local knowledge and relationships of the partner cities to advance high priority resilience projects that will help cities confront the impacts of climate change.

A panel of affiliated faculty will discuss how Columbia can bridge research and policy and bring science and design expertise to real world challenges in cities around the world. Panelists will speak more broadly about urban resilience, with an emphasis on strategies from the design and infrastructure perspective. Panelists will discuss what climate hazards are unique to cities, and how new infrastructure is or isn’t resilient, looking at both nature-based and more traditional approaches. This will be a moderated discussion.


  • Sam Carter, Director, Resilience Accelerator, 100 Resilient Cities
  • Radley Horton, Lamont Associate Research Professor and Co-Chair, Climate Adaptation Initiative
  • Kate Orff, Director, Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes and Principal, SCAPE
  • Thaddeus Pawlowski, Managing Director, Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes
  • Courtney Smith, Program Associate, Resilience, The Rockefeller Foundation

The panel will be followed by a reception with beer, wine and light appetizers. RVSP here.
This event is sponsored by the Earth Institute’s Climate Adaptation Initiative.







Booz Allen Hamilton – Sustainability and Energy Consultant (Washington, D.C.)


Apply detailed knowledge of technical, business, market, and policy landscapes for sustainability, energy efficiency, facilities management, and renewable energy to assist clients with strategic and tactical solutions to meet statutory and executive order goals and requirements. Perform research, data gathering, and analysis, while focusing on expanding knowledge, developing and building consulting and other expertise. Consult in one or more areas of sustainability and energy conservation and management, including solar, wind, water, utilities, and fleet. Apply expertise in stormwater management, HVAC, lighting, and whole building design. Advise on best practice benchmarks to assist clients with solving challenges while meeting federal, state, and local goals and policies.

Basic Qualifications:

-Experience with client relations, sustainability and greenhouse gas reporting or management, facility energy management, and policy analysis

-Knowledge of sustainability principles, energy efficiency technologies, and public policy

-Ability to work independently with minimal instructions and communicate clearly and concisely with client and team members

-Ability to obtain a security clearance

-BA or BS degree required


Scott Belding (

SIPA Environmental Coalition (ECO) Communications Director

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