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:

EVENTS
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 350.org 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 nypirg.org/planet.
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!

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OPPORTUNITIES

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 www.windaid.org <http://www.windaid.org/>, or please
visit our Facebook group (http://www.facebook.com/windaid.org) 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 www.carbonrational.com 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 drl2121@columbia.edu if you’d like to volunteer or want more
information on the conference.

Thanks,
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: www.greencorps.org.

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 MoveOn.org, and Bill McKibben, author and organizer of the “350.org” 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 http://www.greencorps.org/apply 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 http://www.greencorps.org or contact Aaron Myran, Green Corps Field Organizer, at aaron@greencorps.org or (617) 747-4302.

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LINKS AND RESOURCES

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

II. The Earth Institute Blog: http://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/
Interesting innovations going on at Columbia.

III. Learn about Energy Issues Affecting New York:
Hydrofracking:
– recent NY Times news article –> http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/08/22/to-frack-or-not-to-frack/?hp
– to mobilize –> www.frackaction.com
– to self-educate –> trailer for Gasland: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZe1AeH0Qz8&feature=player_embedded#
Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant:
– info –> http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/subjects/i/indian_point_nuclear_power_plant_ny/index.html?scp=1-spot&sq=indian%20point&st=cse
– to mobilize –> http://www.shutdownindianpointnow.org/
Tar Sands: http://www.tarsandsaction.org/

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

 

Email us at CUGreenUmbrella@gmail.com if you want your event on the website and newsletter. Peace

 

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