Campus News Brief 10/3/2011

Hey there Green Umbrellers,

It’s already October, and the leaves are beginning to change color (Are they? I don’t actually think this is true), the days are beginning to get shorter, and the homework piles are beginning to get larger. In the spirit of the quickly-approaching Halloween, then, do you want to know what’s really spooky? Being out of the loop. But, that’s why we’re here to help.

Next Monday, October 10th we will be having the Green Umbrella meeting in Furnald Lounge at 9:15 PM. It’s open, so please come by and join us!

In the meantime, look over the events and opportunities happening this week and make sure to make sure to make the most of the Fall. As always, if you have any questions, concerns, or are interested in posting a blurb, email us!

Green Umbrella

-World Habitat Day 2011 [Monday, October 3rd]
-Peace, Conflict and Sustainability Information Share [October 6th]
-EarthCo’s Bag the Bag NYC petition!
-Food and Water Watch Letter [October 11th]


-Apply to the green start-up Unreasonable Institute! [Due November 10th]
-NYC Clean Heat Program Internship
-Green Corps 2012-2012 Field School for Environmental Organizing. [Application due October 15th]



Easton Associates (EA) Research Assistant Position [October 18th]


Monday, October 3rd is World Habitat Day 2011. The NGO Committee on Human Settlements and UN-HABITAT New York are mobilizing communities in New York for the celebration of World Habitat Day on 3 October. Activities are being planned with partners in the academic institutions throughout New York to promote the visibility and importance of World Habitat Day.

-Earth Institute is 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. Two groups from the CU Green Umbrella have agreed to join us. We’re wondering if you would be able to please put this event in your newsletter. A flier is attached and I can send you a JPEG image if you would like. The event will be held on October 6, 2011 from 3:30 pm to 5:30pm in 555 Alfred Lerner Hall.

EarthCo’s Bag the Bag NYC petition has been posted on the international advocacy website, linked HERE. You can sign up at, (NOTE: If you have signed the petition already you will not need to sign the petition.) Promote the new link by posting it on Facebook, Twitter, gchat statuses, etc! You may use either link to encourage others to join the movement.

Food & Water Watch is an organization based out of Washington, D.C., that works to ensure the food, water and fish we consume is safe, accessible, and sustainable. Food & Water Watch is currently trying to get student signatures for a letter (see attachment) to be sent to the DRBC as well as the respective governors of the Delaware River. Food & Water Watch, FrackAction, and other coalition groups will be submitting these letters along with unions and religious groups on October 11th. If you’d like to submit your signature in this letter, please contact Sam Hightower ( or Rezwana Zafar (

The Unreasonable Institute is a mentorship-driven program that arms for-profit enterprises creating solutions to the world’s biggest social and environmental problems with the resources they need to do so. Fundamentally, the Institute helps build stronger, more financially sustainable businesses that can be scaled to impact millions of lives. Apply for the 2012 Institute by November 10th if you have an entrepreneurial dream you want to see turn into reality!

– Apply for the Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability (creators and implementors of PlaNYC) are looking for interns for the NYC Clean Heat program. This program aims to improve air quality by helping residential and commercial buildings stop using dirty heating oil that is harmful both to human health and the environment. We are currently working with Con Edison and ICF International on a pilot program in Morningside Heights. We would like the help of interns from Columbia and Barnard this fall in community outreach regarding the pilot. Contact Abbey Brown ( to learn more. 


– 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 The year-long program begins in August 2012 with Introductory Classroom Training in Boston, and continues with field placements in multiple locations acoss the U.S. Candidates must be willing to relocate. For more information, contact Aaron Myran, Green Corps Field Recruitment Director at or 617-747-4302.

Easton Associates (EA), a Top 50 consulting firm that is dedicated exclusively to the healthcare and life science industry, will be on campus recruiting Research Associates this Fall.  EA’s diverse consulting assignments include corporate strategy development, product opportunity assessments, marketing strategy, business development, and due diligence. Our clients include companies in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, diagnostic, and venture capital segments, and range in size from start-ups to multi-nationals and are U.S. and European-based.

EA representatives will be on campus for interviews on Tuesday, October 18, 2011.  Qualified candidates for the Research Associate position must be strong team players and demonstrate superior data collection, organization, and analytical skills, excellent written and oral communication skills, initiative, and creativity.  Candidates must exhibit an outstanding ability to grasp and communicate the clinical and business implications of technically complex products and services.  A solid GPA, a willingness to work hard, and a strong interest in healthcare are essential.  You can read a full job description and request an interview slot through LionSHARE (Job ID: 54494). For more company information and examples of our recent client engagements please visit our website at or contact our Director of Human Resources, Eric Saidel, at


2 responses to “Campus News Brief 10/3/2011

  1. I can not thank you adequately for the posts on your web site. I know you’d put a lot of time and effort into them and hope you know how much I appreciate it. I hope I’ll do exactly the same for someone else at some point.

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