ECO Newsletter: Week of March 26, 2018

Hi all,

What a week of events we have! We hope you are taking advantage of all the variety and depth offered by the many speakers and topics hosted by Columbia. With that and the weather getting nicer, have a wonderful week! Positivity flowing from ECO HQ to you.







For those of you interested in the 3/27 Resilient Cities Launch Event, but deterred by the broken link in last week’s email, there is still time! And the link is fixed now.





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) and check out this lovely informative flyer.




Book Talk: Taming the Sun by Varun Sivaram

Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Time: 6:00–7:30 PM
Location: Faculty House, 64 Morningside Drive

Solar energy, once a niche application for a limited market, has become the cheapest and fastest-growing power source on earth. What’s more, its potential is nearly limitless—every hour the sun beams down more energy than the world uses in a year. But in his new book, Taming the Sun: Innovations to Harness Solar Energy and Save the Planet (MIT Press, 2018), Dr. Varun Sivaram, Philip D. Reed Fellow for Science and Technology at the Council on Foreign Relations and CGEP Adjunct Senior Research Scholar, warns that the world is not yet equipped to harness erratic sunshine to meet most of its energy needs. And if solar’s current surge peters out, prospects for replacing fossil fuels and averting catastrophic climate change will dim.

To discuss the state of solar energy and his new book, which Bloomberg has called “the first important policy book of 2018,” the Center on Global Energy Policy is hosting a talk with Dr. Sivaram
Following Dr. Sivaram’s presentation, CGEP Founding Director, Jason Bordoff will moderate the discussion.




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.


Disaster Capitalism: Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Time: 6:15–9:00 PM
Location: Pulitzer Hall, 2950 Broadway, Joseph D. Jamail Lecture Hall, Room 300

The Earth Institute’s National Center for Disaster Preparedness invites you to a screening of Disaster Capitalism followed by a panel discussion, “Disaster Philanthropy: Challenges and Solutions in Rebuilding After Disasters,” about disaster response, the role of relief agencies, and challenges facing the international aid industry.

Moderator: Jonathan Sury, Project Director, Communications and Field Operations, National Center for Disaster Preparedness (NCDP), The Earth Institute, Columbia University


  • Thor Neureiter, Director, Disaster Capitalism; Director, Video Journalism, Columbia Journalism School
  • Jeff Schlegelmilch, Deputy Director, National Center for Disaster Preparedness (NCDP), The Earth Institute, Columbia University
  • Sarah Baker, Programs Manager, Healthcare Ready; former consultant to the Department of Homeland Security, USA
  • Chernor Bah, Sierra Leonean Peace Activist and Chair, Purposeful Productions co-founder and executive director


Women in Energy: Caroline Angoorly and Sarah Davidson

Date: Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Time: 6:00–7:30 PM
Location: Faculty House, 64 Morningside Drive, Garden Room 2

Please join the Center on Global Energy Policy for a Women in Energy dinner and roundtable discussion with Caroline Angoorly, Chief Operating Officer, and Sarah Davidson, Senior Associate of NYSERDA. Ms. Angoorly and Ms. Davidson will discuss their 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. Food will be provided. Check out their bio and RSVP here. For more information, please contact:


Con Edison Clean Energy Businesses

Date: Thursday, March 29, 2018
Time: 1:00–2:00 PM
Location: IAB Room 411

SIPA students are invited to come speak with representatives from Con Edison Clean Energy Businesses (CEB) to learn about their Summer Internship Program. The Con Edison Clean Energy Businesses (CEB) are wholly owned subsidiaries of Consolidated Edison, Inc. (CEI). The CEBs develop, own and operate renewable energy projects and provide energy services to wholesale, commercial and government customers throughout the United States. The CEB’s include the unregulated energy companies ConEdison Solutions, ConEdison Energy, ConEdison Development, and Competitive Shared Services, and are a leading national provider of energy and energy services. The CEBs have more than 1000 MW of solar photovoltaic projects and wind farm projects in various stages of operation and development nationwide and is the 5th largest solar company in the United States.

This is your opportunity to join talented professionals at the Clean Energy Businesses as a Summer Intern in any of their divisions. They offer students a 10-week, paid internship program that runs from the beginning of June through mid-August.

Please remember to bring your student ID card so that you may be checked-in electronically at the time of the event. U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents Only.

Dress Code: Business Casual.

RSVP via SIPA Link.


Book Talk: The Great Quake by Henry Fountain

Date: Thursday, March 29, 2018
Time: 6:00–700 PM
Location: The Kraft Center, 606 W. 115th St

Please join author Henry Fountain, a former engineering reporter for the New York Times and currently an environmental reporter for the newspaper, as he discusses his new book and true science thriller, The Great Quake: How the Biggest Earthquake in North America Changed Our Understanding of the Planet. The event will be moderated by New York Times Writer, Claudia Dreifus.

The book: A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice “The Great Quake is a riveting narrative about the biggest earthquake in North American recorded history — the 1964 Alaska earthquake that demolished the city of Valdez and swept away the island of Chenega — and the geologist who hunted for clues to explain how and why it took place.”

Sponsored by: the Masters of Sustainability Management Program of Columbia University’s Earth Institute and Professor Claudia Dreifus’ course, “Writing About Global Science for the International Media.”

RSVP by emailing Claudia Dreifus at


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

Date: Monday, April 2, 2018
Time: 6:00–7:00 PM
Location: Low Library Rotunda

Connecting science to decision-making is critically important, particularly when it comes to sustainability, which affects our health and the natural systems we depend on. But how is science integrated into the decision-making process? What types and levels of analyses are needed to guide sustainability policies and programs? How can we enhance our application of science into ongoing management? Moderated by the Earth Institute’s executive director Steve Cohen, this panel will explore the role that scientific research plays in decision-making in both the public and private sectors.



  • Thomas Jorling,former Commissioner of the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation and former Vice President for Environmental Affairs, International Paper Co.
  • Sara Law, Vice President of Global Initiatives, Carbon Disclosure Project
  • Art Lerner-Lam, Deputy Director, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, The Earth Institute
  • Richard Moss,former Chairman of the Federal Advisory Committee for the National Climate Assessment and Visiting Senior Research Scientist, Columbia University


The event is free and open to the public; RSVP is required by clicking here








Partner Energy – Sustainability Coordinator (Newark, NJ)

Apply here

Partner Energy is looking for a Sustainability Coordinator to serve as an entry-level technical resource assisting in all aspects of work related to facility surveys, energy analyses, and energy modeling projects. The successful candidate will be an excellent communicator with strong analytic skills, and a demonstrated interest in the field of building science, energy efficiency, and/or sustainability.


  • Assist energy engineering team with all aspects of energy audits, energy modeling, and project implementation;
  • Analyze and input utility bill information for energy analysis;
  • Assist in technical requirements to support green building projects;
  • Assist in data collection, field visits, and report writing;
  • Perform benchmarking analyses; and,
  • Assist in project tracking and coordination activities.


  • General knowledge of building systems, including HVAC systems, building envelope, and lighting systems
  • Experience with energy modeling a plus
  • Familiarity with CALGreen and Title 24 energy code a plus
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, particularly Word and Excel


  • Bachelors Degree in Engineering, Architecture, Environmental Science or related field
  • LEED, GPR, or other Green Credential preferred
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, math and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team environment.
  • Ability and willingness to travel 25%

Salary commensurate with experience.


Partner Energy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Partner Energy and its affiliate company, Partner Engineering and Science, Inc is one of the fastest growing environmental, building sciences, and energy consulting companies in the nation. Partner Energy specializes in helping owners and users of real estate make informed decisions about implementing energy efficiency and renewable energy generation projects. We are an entrepreneurial and innovative energy consulting company focused on seizing new opportunities in the rapidly expanding energy industry.



Scott Belding (

SIPA Environmental Coalition (ECO) Communications Director

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