Campus News Brief 12/14/11

The Green Radar, brought to you by Green Umbrella at Columbia University, NYC:

Events

1. Want to swap your stuff with new stuff? SWAPLUCK, Friday December 16, 8:30-9:30, 606 w 114th Street,

2. Columbia Against Hydrofracking – first meeting this Thursday, December 15th, 6pm, Brownie’s Café (basement of Avery) email mdk2130@columbia.edu. Visit www.frackaction.com for more information and to take action.

3. Last meeting of the Legal, Economic and Social Environmental Issues
University Seminar of the fall semester
on Wednesday, December 14 at 7
PM at the Faculty House.

Opportunities

A. Join the Green Umbrella Board! Apply!

B. IEPA (the International Environmental Policy Association at SIPA) is starting the process of forming a board to direct the creation of the first Annual CU Environmental Symposium If you are interested please send an email to Seisei Tatebe-Goddu and at seisei@tandemcg.com and David Abrahamson at davidsipa13@gmail.com

C. Read Consilience, Columbia’s Journal of Sustainability: http://www.consiliencejournal.org/

D. Earth Institute Fellows Symposium: Meeting the Challenges of Sustainable Development in a Changing World (Part 1)

 

E.Without Walls’ Eco Practicum is an environmental sustainability and action program for undergraduate students and recent grads. Learn while impacting society and shaping the global future.

For more information check out our website:  http://www.ecopracticum.com

F. Tell Governor Cuomo of New York to Ban Fracking: http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/7139/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=5897

 

Peace, Good luck with finals ❤

 

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An important message from Mara

Dear Friends,

I am writing to you because I would like to form a coalition on campus against Hydrofracking, and I think you may be interested. There’s a sense of urgency in this, as they could be fracking in our watershed as early as this coming spring! I hope we can spread the word, add to the chorus of voices demanding a ban of fracking in NY state, and encourage honest investment in clean energy alternatives starting right here in our community.

Some friends and I have been brainstorming and have come up with a few ideas, and I would love to meet with interested people to bring in more perspectives and figure out what actions would be best. I hope it won’t be too late to get super fired up starting next semester, with the comment period for New York — when citizens can submit comments to legislators on how they feel about it — ending on January 11th (to make a comment, go to http://www.frackaction.com).

So please email me back if you are interested, and I will make a collection of the emails of folks who want to be involved! Just to get started on the arduous process of choosing a time when we can all meet — how’s next Thursday the 15th, in the afternoon?

Please pass the word on to other folks who may be interested!

Best regards,

Mara

Campus News Brief 12/6/11

Hello all –

December crept up onto us, and as quickly as it’s come, it will fly. We hope that your final few weeks of school are as stress-free as possible, productive, and rewarding.
This week is short on featured events and opportunities, so please enjoy some content from our member groups, and the chance to get involved in some fantastic groups next semester.

Take care of yourselves!
-Green Umbrella

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Join the Green Umbrella Board! Apply!

Want to connect people like we do? Interested in creating a more comprehensive and communicative environmental community?

Seasoned environmental club members preferred, though newbies welcome to apply as well.
Email us at cugreenumbrella@gmail.com
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IEPA (the International Environmental Policy Association at SIPA) is starting the process of forming a board to direct the creation of the first Annual CU Environmental Symposium, a multi-disciplinary and cross-school event. Ideally we would like 7-10 directors and associate directors representing a wide cross section of the schools on campus, graduate and undergrad.
If you are interested please send an email to Seisei Tatebe-Goddu and at seisei@tandemcg.com and David Abrahamson at davidsipa13@gmail.com

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Consilience Journal of Sustainability

Some examples of the articles currently up on the website include:
Lobster Houses as a Sustainable Fishing Alternative
Why Rural Rich Remain Energy Poor The Tough Realities Small NGOs Face When Evaluating Their Efforts: Observations from Guatemala and Mexico

There are many more!
Don’t forget to check them out on Facebook and Twitter for information about the latest Consilience issues, weekly articles and regular events!

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Earth Institute Fellows Symposium: Meeting the Challenges of Sustainable Development in a Changing World (Part 1)
(Follow link to website for Part II)

Connect with the Earth Institute on Facebook and Twitter to get the latest on EI news, events, and opportunities!

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Article Roundup

Climate research bolsters ‘action’ call to UN talks – BBC America

By the Numbers: 1.6 Billion Square Feet – The White House

Work on Purpose: Create a Career with Impact Webinar Signup – Echoing Green

Economist: We’ll Just Move to Siberia to Escape Climate Change – Grist

Take care y’all!