Campus News Brief 1/27/12


1. Apply to be the Environmental CCSC Liaison!

2. Earn 2 course credits at The Global Engagement Studies Institute (GESI) at Northwestern University

3. Sign up for the Corbin Hill Rd. Farm Share for the Winter/Spring!

4. Build a garden at St.Mary’s Church!


1. “Will Technology Let Us Avoid the Limits to Growth?” January 26th

2. OWS ECO-SUMMIT January 28
3. Prepare for World Environment Day Jun 5

Announcing: Corbin Hill Rd. Farm Share opportunity this Winter/Spring!

Pick ups are once a month on the first Tuesday of the month — February 7th, March 6th, and April 3rd
Price: $48 month for 1-2 people’s worth of veggies (40 lbs of food) – or $30 for food stamps recipients!
Location: Interchurch Center, 475 Riverside Dr, Tuesday 2-4pm
OR Riverside Church, 495 Riverside Dr, Tuesday 5-7:30pm
OR Friends of Corbin Hill 116 W. 120th St, 5-7:30pm
(these are the locations closest to Columbia, there are more though!)

Sign up by February 2nd for the February 7th pick-up!
Visit to sign-up and for more info

Some students at Union and JTS, along with congregants at St. Mary’s Church on 126th between Broadway and Amsterdam
received a grant to build a garden in their churchyard, which has turned out to be far more work than we suspected. We are looking for students who are interested in being involved with the project, and we have several volunteer days coming up.

Thought your members would like to know about a new Crowdsourced Conservation Corps called

The purpose of the project is to empower students, workers, and citizens of all stripes to have their voices heard about conservation opportunities they see around them everyday. We’re just getting started, so this is a great time for students to get involved and provide input!


Team CivicMob

On Saturday, January 28th at 2pm we will be holding the very first OWS ECO-SUMMIT at 56 Walker St. !!!

PART A: The platform is simple: We are asking each PROJECT to present for 3 to 5 minutes on what they are doing currently. The goal is to plug our community directly into what we are doing so everyone can get to work in Spring 2012. (Please note I say project NOT working group because we want to specifically discuss projects that we are working on CURRENTLY so we can get people involved. For example, Sustainability is not going to stand up & talk about everything we are doing. We will be making short, separate presentations on: Mobile Education Lab, Workshop Bazaar Events, Rooftop Farm, etc etc etc).

PART B: After all the presentations we will open up to facilitate a broader discussion on what we want to collectively be actionable about in Spring 2012. (suggestions have included: Farm Bill, Fracking Actions, reclaiming vacant lots for community gardens). If you would like to nominate a TOPIC for this discussion, please email We will organize the order of this agenda based on which topics have been suggested the most to the least (in interest of highest engagement & interest, and time).

We would love to see your group attend!!!

If you, or your group, are currently working on a project, and would like to present, here is how to do so:

We will be creating a tight presentation agenda to get people excited & involved very quickly. The time slots will be short, so we are asking presentations to be tightly organized & very specific. You will be given a specific amount of time to present, and no more, so plan effectively. Each project presentation will be required to first present & then answer an extremely short Q&A about their project. You will be required to have a list for individuals to sign up & volunteer with you. You are required to have point person(s) for your project for clear communication.

To participate, these are the requirements:

(1) What your project name is
(2) A Short abstract about your project (one paragraph)
(3) How can people get involved? What help do you need?
(4) Any technical needs you have for the presentation
(5) what working group you hail from, if any (not required)
(6) willingness to carry a volunteer list about your project at the event
(7) a specific contact person, or contact peoples for volunteers **

In Summary,
We really want to see all our great projects represented at this Eco-Summit. So please, submit a project presentation proposal!!!
Afterwards, we are hoping to create a lively and energetic open discussion about our collective strategy for Spring 2012. We are hoping to create some cross functional & strategic coalitions out of these discussions!! Please nominate ideas for action during Spring 2012 ASAP!!

“Will Technology Let Us Avoid the Limits to Growth?”
When: Thursday, January 26, 2012 | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Where: The New York Academy of Sciences
Cost: $10 for non-member students
Info: Featured will be Dennis Meadows, a principal co-author of The
Limits to Growth, and Thomas Graedel, Director of the Center for
Industrial Ecology at Yale and editor of the recent book Linkages of

Jessica Crespo from the Earth Institute has sent some information about Spring Travel Grant Funding, internships and assistantships.

Travel Grant Deadline: February 3, 2012

Through the Earth Institute Travel Grant Program, Columbia University students work on a variety of projects nationally and internationally. Travel grant funding is designed to support students’ continued learning and research in the area of the environment and sustainable development, as well as to bring them closer to earning their degree in a specialized field. The type and amount of academic credit awarded varies depending on each student’s area of study and degree program. A travel grant can be attained to earn credit for a number of different programs including studios, workshops, theses, senior seminar projects and independent studies, among others. For more information on previous projects or on how to apply, please visit
Each grant consists of a maximum of $750 for travel expenses. After completion of their research projects, students provide summaries of their findings, which are posted online on the Earth Institute website. This gives students the opportunity to publicize their research. All students who are awarded funding are also required to do a presentation at the spring Student Research Showcase, hosted by the Earth Institute.

For spring 2012 funding, application materials must be submitted by February 3, 2012. Receipts for reimbursement are due no later than May 31, 2012. To apply please click here:


The Earth Institute, Columbia University is pleased to announce 12 research assistant opportunities for undergraduate students during the spring 2012 semester. Undergraduates from Columbia and Barnard will be able to serve as research assistants on exciting research projects related to sustainable development and the environment, and engage with distinguished faculty and researchers at the cutting edge of this burgeoning field.

While research assistantships at Columbia are generally awarded to graduate students, this program instead aims to present undergraduates with a unique opportunity to be involved in high level research and to gain valuable experience and skills for their future academic and professional careers.

Successful applicants will work on a part-time basis and directly with faculty on these projects. Research assistantships are funded at a rate of $15/hour for 10 hours per week and up to a maximum of 120 hours for the spring 2012 semester.

This spring, the 12 research assistantships are:

1. Anthropogenic radionuclides in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans
2. Growth and Climate Response of Coppiced Quercus griffithii in Bhutan
3. Regional Partnership to Promote Trade and Investment in sub-Saharan Africa
4. Ethnoclimatology in Bhutan: Anthropological and meteorological approaches to traditional forecasting of climate variability
5. Enterococci in the Hudson River: Sources of Contamination at 125th Street: Environmental Issues and Policy Recommendations for the Waterfront Development in Manhattanville
6. Evaluation of impact of large-scale anti-malaria programs implemented in sub-Saharan Africa through funds provided by Global Fund
7. International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs (ICAP)
8. Biodiversity, Water, and Energy: A Case Study in the Inquire Institute and Technology, Research, Ecology and Exchange for Students Program
9. Statistical downscaling of precipitation (rainfall and snow) over the Western Himalayas
10. Collectivizing Performance: Unions and Education Reform in Brazil
11. Climate Extremes in a Changing World: Analyses and Implications
12. Relationship between implementation of a farmer’s agricultural input subsidy scheme and household food security/nutritional outcomes in ten African countries

For detailed descriptions of each position including project background, tasks and skills required, please visit

To Apply:
To apply for these positions, please complete the online application available here by January 29, 2012 at midnight. While you may apply for more than one position, you must submit separate applications. Please note that only undergraduates from Columbia and Barnard are eligible to apply. Decisions will be made shortly after the deadline.

Please note that students who are awarded research assistantships will be expected to participate in the Earth Institute Student Research Showcase, which takes place in spring 2012.

Please contact us at with any questions.


This spring the Earth Institute, Columbia University is offering Columbia students opportunities to intern within various departments and research centers at the Earth Institute. All full-time Columbia and Barnard students are eligible to apply for internships. These internships are funded at a rate of $15/hr for 10 hours per week and up to a maximum of 120hrs for the spring 2012 semester. Please see below for the descriptions of ten internship opportunities.
1. Fossil Fuel Reduction: Does using a public health rather than climate change frame make a difference?
2. Conflict Resolution Alumni Development
3. Extractive Industries and Sustainable Development
4. Organization and project management tasks associated with IRI’s collaboration with the President’s Malaria Initiative
5. Advocacy and Outreach for the African Green Revolution 2.0
6. An evaluation of technology applications in the health sector (electronic and mobile health (e/mHealth) initiatives) in select Millennium Villages Project sites
7. Supporting the Millennium Cities Initiative
8. Millennium Villages Project, Health Sector Internship
9. Administrative Intern for the Center for Climate Change Law
10. The Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project (AgMIP): Assessment of Vulnerability, Capacity, and Preparatory Activities related to Food Security in AgMIP Regions

For detailed descriptions of each position including project background, tasks and skills required, please visit

To apply:
To apply for these positions, please complete the online application available here, by January 29, 2012 at 11:59PM. While you may apply for more than one position, you must submit separate applications. Decisions will be made shortly after the deadline.

Please note that students who are awarded internships will be expected to participate in the Earth Institute Student Research Showcase, which takes place in spring 2012.
Please contact us at with any questions.

Special Message from GU contributor, Todd.

Hey Eco-friends and other potentially interested parties,

See below for a list of interesting science and policy fellowships for undergrads– looks pretty cool if you’re looking for, say jobs or summer work. A friend of mine who’s in grad school at Berkeley and worked to compile this list sent it out to me. Hope it’s useful!



* AAAS Internship OpportunitiesThe American Association for the Advancement of Science provides paid and unpaid science policy internship opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students. Internships opportunities are available with several AAAS centers and programs as well as with Science Magazine, the largest circulating weekly of basic research and science policy related news.

AAU Internships in Science and Higher Education Policy — The Association of American Universities (AAU), an organization of 62 leading public and private research universities in the United States and Canada, provides unpaid internships for college students in the fall, winter/spring, and summer. Among other things, AAU interns work on substantive projects relating to science and/or higher education policy; track legislation; attend and report on congressional hearings; draft congressional correspondence, briefing papers, and other written materials; and shadow AAU federal relations staff in their daily activities.

* House Science, Space and Technology Committee . The House Science, Space and Technology Committee is involved in many key science and technology policy issues facing the U.S. Congress. The committee has partial or complete jurisdiction over the following federal agencies: the National Science Foundation, NASA, the Department of Energy,  EPA, NOAA, National Institute of Standards and Technology and the United States Geological Survey. To learn more about internship opportunities with the Committee, e-mail: or call: 202-225-6371. Individuals interested in applying for internships working for the Republicans on the Committee should mail a cover letter and résumé to: Committee on Science, Space, and Technology c/o Internship Program 2321 Rayburn House Office Building Washington DC, 20515. Applications to work for the Democrats on the Committee can be obtained at:

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Campus News Brief 1/16/2012

Welcome back Lovely Green Folks,


We hope your break was as lovely as the mild weather we were having in New York. . You can contact us by email or on twitter, @cugreenumbrella, if you would like your events/opportunities posted. Take care!





  1. Join the Green Umbrella Board as the Environmental CCSC Liaison Apply!
  2. Earn 2 course credits at The Global Engagement Studies Institute (GESI) at Northwestern University
  3. Join Metta House, Columbia’s vegetarian coöp special interest community



  1. Attend Cleanweb Hackathon:  an upcoming gathering to demonstrate the impact of applying information technology to resource constraints Jan 21-22
  2. Prepare for World Environment Day Jun 5