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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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.

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