ECO Newsletter: Week of April 4, 2018

Hi all,

Thanks for bearing with us here at ECO HQ, as Monday’s snowstorm jammed our printing presses and they are only now back up to full speed (don’t ask how that works). While this week can’t seem to make up its mind about whether spring is truly here, outdoor sunset yoga in front of the Mathematics building starts next week, and we all know that is the true sign of the season, robins be damned. Given our high standards of culture and humor, we are not normally the sort of organization that would ever force your gaze upon a Mutts comic, but this one is surprisingly appropriate, so enjoy. Plenty of rockin’ events this week and next! Read on for details.








Earth Week is just around the corner! April 16-20 will be chock-full of delightful, delicious, and desirable ECO events – stay tuned to this station for the latest updates.




2018 Energy and Environment Alumni Reception


Date: Thursday, April 12, 2018
Time: 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Location: Scandinavia House (58 Park Avenue)

We are pleased to invite you to the third annual SIPA Energy & Environment Alumni Reception on April 12th, 2018, organized by the SIPA Energy Association (SEA) and SIPA Environmental Coalition (ECO). With networking, hors d’oeuvres, and drinks, this event will provide a great opportunity for current students to interact with SIPA’s EE alumni and discuss current energy issues and future career opportunities. Save the date, and join us for a fun evening of food, drinks, conversations and much more!

Last year’s event included a diverse group of alumni from a variety of organizations and backgrounds, such as Energy Finance, Energy Policy, Consulting, Utilities, Renewable and Clean Energy, Oil & Gas, Energy Efficiency, ESG, CSR and Environmental Sustainability, among others. We hope that additional, inspiring topics will be covered this year, so join us to be part of another successful event!

Tickets will cost $15.





Women in Energy: NRG Natural Gas Plant Visit

Date: Friday, April 6, 2018

The Center on Global Energy Policy’s Women in Energy program and NYU’s Center for Global Affairs are excited to invite you to tour the Arthur Kill Natural Gas Plant at Staten Island. This event is being hosted and led by NRG Energy. Please see the full details below.

Transportation to and from the facility will be provided. 

Pick-up & drop-off location:
NYU’s Center for Global Affairs – Woolworth Building, 15 Barclay Street
Pick-up time:
8:00am. We will leave no later than 8:00am and will not wait for latecomers. Please arrive at the pick-up location by 7:45am.
Drop off time:

The plant has been actively involved in sustainability efforts since its founding. It has participated in several replanting initiatives and, in 2012, developed a sunflower planting as well as a water conservation project to help replenish surrounding areas. Arthur Kill manages water conversation and a bio-diversity project. The latter project helps replenish the local population of osprey, or sea hawk, by building nests. The facility has also partners with the Harbor School, supporting the Billion Oyster Project, which endeavors to help rebuild the protective reef in New York Harbor.

This event is open only to current female grad students. 
Space is extremely limited therefore please register only if you can commit to attending the site visit. No-show’s will not be permitted to participate in WIE events through the end of the calendar year. If you RSVP and can no longer attend, please email me at least three days in advance.



If you have any questions, please contact:




SUMA Sustainable Perspective Symposium

Date: Friday, April 6, 2018
Time: 11:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Location: Low Library, Faculty Room


Nilda Mesa of the Urban Design Lab

Date: Friday, April 6, 2018
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Location: The Earth Institute, Hogan Hall Conference Room A


All are welcome!

Nilda Mesa is the Director of the Urban Sustainability and Equity Planning Program with Columbia University’s Urban Design Lab in the Earth Institute, as well as an adjunct professor with the School of International and Public Affairs. She served as NYC Director of the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability under Mayor Bill de Blasio, where she directed climate, energy, sustainability, air quality, waste, buildings and other initiatives including OneNYC, the city’s long-term sustainability plan. She founded Columbia’s environmental stewardship office, where she worked to establish energy, climate goals, green building standards, improve recycling, and worked on interdisciplinary initiatives. Previously she served in other environmental leadership roles at the White House Council of Environmental Quality, the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the California Attorney General’s office. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School.


WIE Dinner and Discussion: Sarah Weidel, Director of Strategy and Market Intelligence at NRG Energy

Date: Monday, April 9, 2018
Time: 6:00–7:30 PM
Location: School of Social Work, 1255 Amsterdam Ave.

Please join the Center on Global Energy Policy for a Women in Energy dinner and roundtable discussion with Sarah Weidel, Director of Strategy & Market Intelligence, NRG Energy. Ms. Weidel will discuss her job history, career paths, and perspectives on what it means to be a female leader in the energy industry.

Sarah Weidel leads Strategy and Market Intelligence for NRG Energy’s Retail B2B business. Focused on how businesses manage and consume energy, Sarah’s team structure strategies for market validation, business intelligence, marketing research and analytics, customer and competitor insights, and business planning for commercial and industrial distributed energy. Prior to this role, Sarah completed NRG’s Leadership Development Rotational Program where she spent time with Environmental, Business Operations, Commercial Operations and Business Solutions. Before joining NRG she worked at the US Department of State where she was responsible for forming public-private partnerships with multinationals on behalf of the federal government.

Sarah received her BA from Cornell University and her MBA from the Wharton School. Currently she serves on the Board of Trustees for Sustainable Jersey, as the Chair of the Ecclesia NJ Board, and as a member of the Women’s Initiative for Home Front NJ. She lives outside of Princeton, NJ with her husband and two sons.

Register here.



Book Talk: Renewables: The Politics of a Global Energy Transition by Dr. Johannes Urpelainen

Date: Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Time: 6:00–700 PM
Location: IAB 1501

Join us for a book talk with Dr. Johannes Urpelainen, the Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Professor of Energy, Resources and Environment at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and CGEP Fellow, on his new book, Renewables: The Politics of a Global Energy Transition where he and co-author Michaël Aklin, offer a comprehensive political analysis of the rapid growth in renewable wind and solar power. Following Dr. Urpelainen’s presentation, he will be joined by Shayle Kann, CGEP Non-Resident Fellow and Senior Vice President of Research and Strategy at Energy Impact Partners, and Colleen Regan, Head of U.S Utilities and Market Reform, North America at Bloomberg New Energy Finance for a discussion on renewable energy deployment more broadly including cost declines, power sector economics, carbon markets, and climate-finance. CGEP Inaugural Fellow, David Sandalow will moderate the discussion. Registration is required. More information and registration.


EE Career Development Program: Dinner with Felix Tan (Rystad Energy)

Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Location: CGEP (1255 Amsterdam Ave)

Sign up for the last EE Career Development Program event this semester. We have the pleasure of hosting Felix Tan from Rystad Energy join us for dinner and discuss his experiences in SIPA and at work. Register for this event here.


2018 Columbia Global Energy Summit

Date: Thursday, April 19, 2018
Time: 12:30–5:30 p.m
Location: Low Library, 535 W. 116 St., New York, NY 10027 Rotunda

The annual Columbia Global Energy Summit is a half-day forum which will include keynote remarks, interviews and plenary conversations with senior energy sector leaders focused on key issues and questions at the intersection of energy policy, financial markets, the environment and geopolitics.

RSVP here.


Energy & Environment Concentration Spring Fling

Date: Friday, May 11, 2018
Time: 7:00 – 11:00 PM
Location: Boat Basin, W. 79th Street and Hudson River

Mark your calendars for the annual Energy & Environment Spring Fling! In celebration of another great year, and to congratulate the graduating class of 2018, all EE students and their significant others are welcome at the EE Spring Fling! We will be enjoying a night of fun at the Boat Basin, with open bar and great food! ONLY EE STUDENTS AND PLUS-ONES

Dress Code: Summer Cocktail












Climate & Energy Policy Manager – The Nature Conservancy (NJ)



The Climate and Energy Policy Manager plans, implements, and coordinates efforts in New Jersey to expand support for action on climate change and affect climate and energy policy to further The Nature Conservancy’s mission.  Duties include contact with elected and appointed government officials, corporate representatives, non-profit organizations, media, and other key audiences on matters pertaining to TNC’s climate and energy policy priorities.  S/he participates in fundraising activity to increase the level of financial support for TNC climate and energy projects and priorities.



  • Bachelor’s degree and 4 years related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Fluency in English.
  • Experience presenting to and communicating with business, government, or legislative staff and program leadership.
  • Experience in designing, implementing, and directing multiple complex projects and ensuring program accountability.
  • Communications experience including preparing and presenting testimony before government bodies, preparing project proposals and developing written communications on policy issues
  • Experience working with corporate or NGO partners and government agencies.


  • Master’s degree preferred.
  • Familiarity with social, economic, and political conditions and issues in New Jersey.
  • Experience coordinating projects in a decentralized organization, working across teams, operating units, and functions to achieve optimal results.
  • Outstanding written and oral communication, negotiating, and organizational skills.
  • Ability to gain cooperation and build networks with individuals or groups (inside and outside the Conservancy) over whom there is no direct authority to accomplish program goals.
  • Strong communications, presentation, and persuasion skills
  • Team player with a sense of humor
  • Self-starting, independent worker who thrives with minimal oversight



Scott Belding (

SIPA Environmental Coalition (ECO) Communications Director

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