ECO Event Highlights Fall 2019

This semester has been filled with events that have helped the SIPA community engage with environmental and sustainability policy challenges! Some of our favorites include…

Climate Week Lunch & Learn with Florian Reber

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Florian Reber is an international consultant and adviser with 12 years of experience in climate policy, sustainability and public-private partnerships. Inspired by the desire to combine his work experience with his passion for the outdoors, he initiated the Tales of Change project in 2018, a bike-touring and climate storytelling project to document present-day impacts of climate change along the Continental Divide, the Alps and the Himalayas. In this interactive session, Florian Reber shared stories from the field on how climate change is impacting the Western US, and engaged students in a discussion on nature-based climate solutions. He offered guidance on effective leadership and facilitation of public-private partnerships.

The Brooklyn Grange


ECO spent a beautiful fall day on the largest rooftop farm in New York City! Students learned about the farm’s daily operations and farming methods, the basics of their business model, and the environmental benefits of urban agriculture and rooftop farming. The students also enjoyed a walk around the farm and visited the Grange’s farm stand for honey, hot sauce, and fresh veggies.

SIMS Municipal Recycling Visit

Ever wonder where your recycling goes? We did too! In October ECO students took a break from studying for midterms and went on a tour of the largest sorting facility of its kind in the nation, the SIMS Recycling Education Center in Brooklyn.

Zero-Waste Advocacy


Amer Jandali is the founder of Future Meets Present, a start-up innovation company that designs sustainable products, systems, and events. Amer came to campus to discuss recycling and the potential for businesses and individuals to move towards zero-waste.

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