Campus News Brief 9/26/2011

-Campus Clubs-
1. EarthCo meeting every Monday 8pm in 318 Hamilton
2. 4Local Serves Tuesday 12-2 pm Lerner Ramps
3. The Digital STEM Interest Meeting Thursday & Friday 7 pm Hartley 8 Lounge
-Campus Organizations-
4. Earth Institute: Peace, Conflict and Sustainability Information Share October 6, 3:30 pm 555 Lerner

A. Unreasonable Institute
B. Join the Journal of Sustainable Development

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Useful and interesting stuff, especially for new students

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1. EarthCo meeting every Monday, 8pm

EarthCo is an environmental and service group on campus, working to raise awareness about environmental issues among Columbia students as well as within the local community. It hosts green campaigns and workshops, and it runs Earth Tutors, an environmental tutoring program for students in local elementary and middle schools. EarthCo meets Mondays at 8 p.m. in 318 Hamilton, so mark your calendars and we hope to see you there! Interesting topics for the meeting will be water sustainability, worms, and the EarthCo Potluck!

2. 4Local Serves This Tuesday 9/27, 12-2 pm, Lerner Ramps

Eat some delicious treats and support 4local and its initiative to open Columbia’s first student-run sustainable café! We’ll be on Lerner Ramps, Tuesday, 9/27, 12-2pm.

Here’s a sample of this week’s menu:

Coffee Cake Pecan Muffins
Olive Rosemary Focaccia (Vegan)

Peach Ginger Soda
Lemongrass Tea

3. The Digital STEM Interest Meeting 9/29 & 9/30, 7 pm, Hartley 8 Lounge

Interested in working to make a difference in the urban environment?

Would you like to positively impact the lives of middle school girls from Upper Manhattan on campus, on your own schedule?

The Digital STEM is looking for people like you!

We are a startup with a social purpose– closing the digital divide. Our target population includes low-income households of young women ages 10-14. We will teach each girl computational science and how to refurbish a used computer that later becomes her own.

Join us! The Digital STEM will be having two official interest meetings this Thursday (Sept 29th) or Friday (30th) in Hartley 8th Floor Lounge at 7pm. Come as your schedule permits to hear about exciting ways that you can get involved as a volunteer and/or executive. You do not have to be a female or an engineer 🙂

Any questions? Contact:,,

4. Earth Institute Peace, Conflict and Sustainability Information Share 10/6, 3:30 pm, 555 Lerner

We are pleased to host the third annual Peace, Conflict and Sustainability Information Share. This event is a valuable opportunity for members of the Columbia community, incoming and current, to familiarize themselves with the programs, student organizations and centers which offer opportunities to study and practice conflict resolution, violence prevention and peace and sustainability at Columbia University. It is a great networking opportunity for both Columbia students and the student organizations that rely on student membership. The event will be held on October 6, 2011 from 3:30 pm to 5:30pm in 555 Alfred Lerner Hall.


A. Unreasonable Institute

The Unreasonable Institute is a mentorship-driven acceleration program for entrepreneurs tackling social and environmental problems. Each year, we unite 25 entrepreneurs from every corner of the globe to live under the same roof for six weeks in Boulder, Colorado. These entrepreneurs receive training from 50 world-class mentors, ranging from the co-founder of, to the CTO of HP, to an entrepreneur who’s enabled over 19 million farmers to move out of poverty. In the process, they form relationships with 20 investment funds, receive legal advice & design consulting, and pitch to hundreds of potential investors and partners. Check out this 3-minute trailer to get an inside peak and read on to learn how it works! Apply for the 2012 institute at

B. Join the Journal of Sustainable Development

The Journal of Sustainable Development is a global, online journal dedicated to promoting interdisciplinary dialogue on sustainable development. By providing a public platform for discussion, we hope to encourage a global community to think more broadly, thoroughly, and analytically about sustainable development. The journal aims to bring students, researchers, professors, and practitioners from a variety of disciplines and geographical regions in direct conversation with each other through an online, academically rigorous medium.
Consilience aims to foster dialogue through different media – apart from our journal, we run an editorial column, and we partner with the Sense and Sustainability podcast and blog. We also host events on campus, including film screenings and discussions with academics in the field of sustainable development. Find the application attached to this newsletter!

I. City Atlas– a user’s guide to sustainable NYC:
City Atlas offers a daily feed of ideas, events and tips to enjoy in a sustainable city; interactive maps tracing the city’s changing present and possible future; and interviews with experts, thinkers and ordinary New Yorkers.


Campus News Brief 9/21/11

Hey Green Umbrella,

Just letting you guys know about an addition to our links & resources page. You will now find a link that directs you to:

1) New Member Application: for new members who want to liaise with Green Umbrella
2) CoSponsorship Application: for existing members who want to collaborate on an event

Be sure to fill it out if you’re interested!!


Peace 🙂

Campus News Brief 9/18/2011

Hey Green Umbrella!

I hope everyone is doing well and enjoyed the temperate weather this weekend. I come bearing gifts:

1. EarthCo meeting every Monday, 8pm

EarthCo is an environmental and service group on campus, working to raise awareness about environmental issues among Columbia students as well as within the local community. It hosts green campaigns and workshops, and it runs Earth Tutors, an environmental tutoring program for students in local elementary and middle schools. EarthCo meets Mondays at 8 p.m. in 318 Hamilton, so mark your calendars and we hope to see you there!

2. Moving Planet NYC: A Day to Move Beyond Fossil Fuels,  Saturday, 9/24, 2pm

On September 24, New Yorkers will gather near the United Nations for Moving Planet NYC – a flagship event in a series of coordinated events happening around the world that day.
•    Working with and a broad global coalition fighting climate change, over 100 countries will host Moving Planet events on this international day of action to draw attention to the climate crisis, and to push for solutions that move us beyond our reliance on fossil fuels.
Inspired by the democracy movements in Egypt and elsewhere this year, we’re reminded that people power is stronger than the fossil fuel industry’s influence.
•    We can and must spur action on the climate crisis, which has felt stalled since the 2009 UN climate meetings in Copenhagen. The UN General Assembly will be in session during the weeks before and after the event, offering us the perfect opportunity to rally – and to demand government action from world lea ders, especially in places where governments are stalling on climate action despite the overwhelming urgency of the science.
•    Our event will feature prominent national and international speakers, a live music performance – and you! It will be a truly momentous event, talked about for years to come – don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of a landmark global day of action.
•    Mark your calendar now and invite your friends and family – September 24 at 2 pm!
Please register at
What: Moving Planet NYC: A Day to Move Beyond Fossil Fuels
When: Saturday, September 24th, 2 pm
Where: Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, 47th Street between First and Second Avenues
Hope to see you on the 24th!



A. WindAid Volunteering in Peru

“By locally building wind turbines, we provide clean and affordable electricity for communities in Peru who have no access to electricity. It would be of interest to all students or anyone with an interest in renewable energy, the environment/climate change or volunteering. We have had volunteers from 9 different countries with various educational backgrounds and interests. We are based in Trujillo, North Peru, and together with our volunteers we build 2.5 kW wind turbines for small communities that are part of some 7 million people living in Peru with no access to electricity. Volunteers have the opportunity to experience the life and cultures in Peru and by volunteering with us, get to fully manufacture, assemble and install a wind turbine that is then given to a community or school which needs it most.

The dates for our upcoming projects are:

2011 (5 week program)

* 26th September – 28th October (Full)
* 7th November – 9th December (limited space)

2012 (Please note that there are now 1, 2, and 4 week programs.)

* 1st Jan – 13th Jan (limited space)
* 25th Jan – 17th Feb (limited space)
* 18th Mar – 24th Mar (limited space)
* 25th Mar – 31st Mar (limited space)
* 9th Apr – 4th May (open)
* 21st May – 15th June (limited space)
* 25th Jun – 20th Jul (Full)
* 30th Jul – 24th Aug (limited space)
* 4th Sep 28th Sep (open)
* 8th Oct – 2nd Nov (open)
* 12th Nov – 7th Dec (open)

Each project is limited to 8 volunteers, and places do fill quickly (especially for the May – August projects), so interested volunteers should contact us as soon as possible. Long term volunteer positions are considered on a case by case basis.

Our website is <>, or please
visit our Facebook group ( and take
a look at photos of our past projects.”

B. Volunteer Opportunity – Business Climate 2011 Sept. 19-20

The theme of Business Climate 2011 is that sustainability and climate change are at
the heart of the next great transformation of global business. In particular, we see
a Moore’s Law effect emerging where market expectations around these issues are
driving investment, which is leading to innovation.

Business Climate brings together leading executives, entrepreneurs, and financiers
to discuss the opportunities of employing sustainability practices. The 2010
conference featured speakers such as Sir Richard Branson; Former Costa Rican
President Jose Maria Figueres; CEOs from the Carbon War Room, CDP, Ceres, and
Soledeo. Visit to see the confirmed list of 2011 speakers.

Please let me know if you’re interested in volunteering for any of the below:

a.) September 19th, 2011 9am to 1pm: preparations for the conference
b.) September 19th, 2011. 5-10pm. VIP Cocktail Reception at the top of the
Empire State Building.
c.) September 20th, 2011. 7:30am-12pm and/or 12pm-6pm. Sustainability Conference @
PriceWaterhouse Coopers, Midtown Manhattan.
Volunteers can choose any one or all of the shifts.
Please e-mail David at if you’d like to volunteer or want more
information on the conference.

David Logsdon
Volunteer Coordinator for Business Climate 2011

C. Green Corps 2012-2013 Field School for Environmental Organizing

Green Corps is looking for college graduates who are ready to take on the biggest environmental challenges of our day.

In Green Corps’ year-long paid program, you’ll get intensive training in the skills you’ll need to make a difference in the world. You’ll get hands-on experience fighting to solve urgent environmental problems — global warming, deforestation, water pollution and many others — with groups such as Sierra Club and Food and Water Watch. And, when you graduate from Green Corps, we’ll help you find a career with one of the nation’s leading environmental and social change groups. 

For more information, read below or visit our web site:

In your year with Green Corps: 
You’ll get great training with some of the most experienced organizers in the field: Green Corps organizers take part in trainings with leading figures in the environmental and social change movements: people such as Adam Ruben, political director of, and Bill McKibben, author and organizer of the “” rallies for climate action. 

You’ll get amazing experience working on environmental issues across the country: Green Corps sends organizers to jumpstart campaigns for groups such as Rainforest Action Network, Sierra Club, Greenpeace, Food and Water Watch and Environment America in San Francisco, Chicago, Boston and dozens of other places in between. 

You’ll have a real impact on some of the biggest environmental problems we’re facing today: Green Corps organizers have built the campaigns that helped keep the Arctic safe from drilling, that led to new laws that support clean, renewable energy, that convinced major corporations to stop dumping in our oceans and much, much more. 

You’ll even get paid: Green Corps Organizers earn a salary of $23,750. Organizers also have a chance to opt into our health care program with a pre-tax monthly salary deferral. We offer paid sick days and holidays, two weeks paid vacation and a student loan repayment program for those who qualify. 

And when you graduate from the program, you’ll be ready for what comes next: Green Corps will help connect you to environmental and progressive groups that are looking for full-time staff to build their organizations and help them create social change and protect our environment. 

In the next few months, we‘ll invite 35 college graduates to join Green Corps in 2012-2013. We’re looking for people who are serious about saving the planet, people who have taken initiative on their campus or community, and people who are willing to roll up their sleeves and work for change over the long haul. 

If you think you’re one of those people, visit to submit your application to join the 2012-2013 class of Green Corps’ Field School for Environmental Organizing. 

Green Corps’ year-long program begins in August 2012 with Introductory Classroom Training in Boston, and continues with field placements in multiple locations across the U.S. Candidates must be willing to relocate. 

For more information, visit or contact Aaron Myran, Green Corps Field Organizer, at or (617) 747-4302.



I. Columbia’s Office of Environmental Stewardship:
Check in and see what the University it up to by way of greening

II. The Earth Institute Blog:
Interesting innovations going on at Columbia.

III. Learn about Energy Issues Affecting New York:
– recent NY Times news article –>
– to mobilize –>
– to self-educate –> trailer for Gasland:
Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant:
– info –>
– to mobilize –>
Tar Sands:

(remember: it’s not your fault, but it is your world)


Email us at if you want your event on the website and newsletter. Peace


Campus News Brief 9/17/2011

Hey Green Umbrella!

Some quick things to chat about this weekend! Hope the semester is going well for everyone.

Styleta Inc.’s General Body Meeting

Styleta is a new student group on campus that recycles clothing, & their first meeting is coming up. Check it out.

Monday, September 19

7PM TBD –> goto our FB page and we’ll let you know!

Interested in fashion? Interested in business?

Passionate about philanthropy?

Come find out how to get involved in a prestigious, nationally-run

Nonprofit organization! (

We have many open positions on our Executive Board

To apply:

PAID Social Media Internship for City Atlas

City Atlas is a new digital platform that empowers the public with a vision of our sustainable future, and the steps we can take to make it a reality. It is a project of the CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities and Artist As Citizen, and is a recipient of a 2010 Rockefeller Foundation Cultural Innovation Fund grant. 


We seek a dependable, professional, passionate, hardworking, self-motivated, sustainability-obsessed intern with strong communication skills. The intern must be experienced with Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and WordPress, and familiar with all other social media forums. Extent of knowledge about sustainability issues, urban issues, and New York City will also be considered.

Responsibilities: We are currently looking for a blogging/social media intern to join our team and help build the City Atlas audience. While not required to work daily, the intern will be expected to schedule daily updates to the City Atlas blog, Twitter and Facebook. Additional social media tasks may be assigned.

Commitment: 15 hours per week. At least one work day per week at the CUNY Institute of Sustainable Cities office, at 68th Street and Lexington Avenue in NYC (or one day per week tele-commuting), with the rest of hours flexible.

Compensation: $1000 stipend for work between September 20, 2011 and December 20, 2011.

To apply: Please send one sample blog post, one sample Facebook post and one sample Twitter post that would engage the City Atlas audience to Carina Molnar:


In addition, please provide the URL to all social media platforms you use on a daily basis.


Fresh Kills Park Sneak Peak October 2nd

Climate Week NYC next week — listing here:

The Art of Climate Science: Antarctica This Monday, Sept. 19, Climate Week NYC is hosting a session open to the public, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the New York Academy of Sciences – 250 Greenwich St. 40th Floor, 10007.

Park clean-up on Saturday, September 24: Friends of Van Cortlandt Park: Fall volunteer kickoff, starting at 10am at the Van Cortlandt Riding Stables – Broadway and Mosholu Ave. Bronx New York, NY, 10471.

Thats all folks! Peace.

Campus News Brief 9/12/11

Good Day to all! This is your campus news brief from Green Umbrella, for September 12, 2011.

We want to welcome everybody back to Columbia for the fall semester, and wish everyone luck getting settled. Green Umbrella is up and running, with a few updates for the umbrella.

All green group coordinators:

Check to ensure that your contact information is correct so we can keep up with all your initiatives during the year. Send us your stuff so we may share it with the Office of Environmental Stewardship as well.

There are some club opportunities to share that were recommended from organizations outside of the umbrella. They include a potential speaker on Orangutan conservation and a panel on population growth. If you’re interested in either of these, email us at

Other opportunities:

The Food Sustainability Project aka Garden Club is meeting THIS TUESDAY in 411 Hamilton @ 8 pm. All new members are encouraged to attend. If you’re looking for anymore information regarding the garden club, email their president, or hit up their twitter:

EarthCo is Meeting on Mondays in 318 Hamilton @ 8 pm

CU Global Brigades is having an info session in Lerner West Ramp Lounge THIS TUESDAY @ 9pm

Also, some activism:

Please register at
What: Moving Planet NYC: A Day to Move Beyond Fossil Fuels
When: Saturday, September 24th, 2 pm
Where: Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, 47th Street between First and Second Avenues

Thought for the day:

What does the word “green” mean to you? Let us know what you think. We wanna chat with you 🙂