Campus News Brief 2/7/12

Coming up:

1.      Net Impact Semester Kick-Off Event-February 8th at 9pm

2.      The Legal, Economic and Social Environmental Issues University Seminar February 8th at 7 PM

3.      Barnard Composting Workshop -February 9th, 6pm to 8pm

4.      Student Union for Sustainable Development (SUS-D) Launch event! Feb 17th, 3:00-5:00 PM

5.  Rally: Ban Fracking Now! – February 25 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Opportunities:

1. Volunteer with Columbia University Road Runners

2. The Journal of Global Health (JGH): Call for Submissions

3. The GlobalThink Forum is accepting submissions for Spring 2012 (www.ghjournal.org)

4. Green Work Now Applications

5. Uncharted Play is looking for interns for their Social Development team!

6. Consilience is Columbia’s Journal for Sustainable Development and needs you!

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Events

Columbia’s undergraduate chapter of Net Impact would like to invite your members to attend their upcoming Semester Kick-Off Event for the new semester on Wednesday, February 8th at 9pm in Satow Room at Lerner.  Join them for FREE Chipotle and to learn more about Columbia Net Impact!

The Legal, Economic and Social Environmental Issues University Seminar would like to invite you to our first meeting of the spring semester on Wednesday, February 8th at 7 PM at the Faculty House.
Our speaker will be Dr. Marty Hoffert, Professor Emeritus of Physics and former Chair of the Department of Applied Science at NYU. He will give a talk about the need for clean energy innovation called “Apollo’ Programs in Transformational & Sustainable Energy Technology as a Job-Creating Policy Initiative.” His biography is below.
As in the past, dinner is before the talk at 6 pm and costs $24. The talk follows from 7 to 9 pm. You are welcome to come for either or both events, and do not hesitate to invite friends or colleagues. If you would like to RSVP for the dinner, if you have any questions, or if you would like to suggest a future speaker, please contact me ataf2608@columbia.edu. We look forward to having you join us!
Schedule of Events:
DINNER:  6:00 pm (Fee $24 payable by cash or check)
SEMINAR: 7:00 to approx 9:00 pm
PLACE:  Faculty House.  A sign will be in the lobby to direct you to the
appropriate room.

The address of the Faculty House is 64 Morningside Drive, but you can only enter from 116th Street.
Bio: Prof. Hoffert has published broadly in fluid mechanics, plasma physics, atmospheric science, oceanography, planetary atmospheres, environmental science, solar and winds energy conversion and space solar power. His work in geophysics aimed at development of theoretical models of atmospheres and oceans to address environmental issues, including the ocean/climate model first employed by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to assess global warming from different scenarios of fossil fuel use. His early model of the evolving CO2 greenhouse in Mars’ atmosphere is also of interest today — providing both an explanation of Mars’ riverbed-like channels formed in the distant past and a motivation for terraforming its atmosphere for human abitability in the future. His research in alternate energy conversion includes wind tunnel and full-scale experiments on innovative wind turbines, photovoltaic generation of hydrogen and wireless power transmission applied to solar power satellites. His present efforts focus on energy technologies that could stabilize climate change from the fossil fuel greenhouse—including space solar power.

 

Composting Workshop
Thursday, February 9th, 6pm to 8pm
Milbank Hall, Room 328

Learn how to turn foodscraps into organic gold through the natural process of composting!  This informative workshop is administered by the NYC Compost Project and will teach you how to use indoor worm bins, including set up, maintenance, harvesting, and use of the finished compost.  Coupons for reduced priced bins will be provided.

Registration is required.  Please visit www.lesecologycenter.org to register.   The $5 attendance fee is a suggested donation for Barnard College students and all donations will benefit the NYC Compost Project, a program funded and managed by the Department of Sanitation, Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse and Recycling.

This workshop is co-hosted by the New York City Civic Engagement Program and the Barnard EcoReps.

 

 

Come find out more about the Student Union for Sustainable Development (SUS-D)! We are a new student group created especially for Sust Dev majors and concentrators! Meet and greet your fellow classmates while learning about our new peer-advising program, upcoming board position elections, and other ways to get involved! Yummy snacks will be provided.

What: SUS-D Launch event! FREE food and drinks
When: Friday, Feb 17th, 3:00-5:00 PM
Where: 569 Lerner

Hope to see you there! Feel free to e-mail cususd@gmail.com with any questions!

Rally: Ban Fracking Now!

Cathedral of St. John the Divine

112th Street & Amsterdam Avenue

Manhattan

Saturday, February 25, 2012

1:00 – 3:00 pm

Join us for a rally to ban fracking at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. The largest cathedral in the world, St. John the Divine is a powerful location for the anti-fracking movement to gather, get inspired, and galvanize our forces.

Event co-sponsors include Food & Water Watch, Frack Action, United for Action, Working Families Party, Citizen Action of New York, Democracy for America, Democracy for New York,  Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter, Center for Health, Environment, and Justice, Three Parks Independent Democrats, and Infracktion.

Click here to register: http://bit.ly/FrackingRallyatStJohntheDivine

For more information, or to join the list of co-sponsoring organizations, contact Eric Weltman: 718-943-9085eweltman@fwwatch.org

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Opportunities

Columbia University Road Runners is hosting its 3rd Annual Race for Charity in partnership with Achilles International to benefit disabled athletes. The 5K race/ walk will take place on Sunday, March 25 in Riverside Park, starting at 9:00am. We are looking for volunteers for pre-race set-up, post-race clean-up, and water distribution and felt that the best people to reach out to first would be our environmental groups as proponents of a healthy and clean park usage as well as provide an opportunity for message sharing. If you or your group has any interest please e-mail mq2157@columbia.edu.

Furthermore, if you are interested in running please do so as well! Race registration includes race entry, an official race T-shirt and post-race refreshments, and 100% of proceeds are donated to Achilles. Top finishers will receive awards, and there will also be a post-race lottery drawing for great prizes. We hope you will join us in supporting these inspiring athletes and enriching the NYC running community!

The Journal of Global Health (JGH): Call for Submissions

Based at Columbia University in the City of New York, The Journal of Global Health (JGH) is a student-run, international publication that seeks to highlight innovative solutions to global health problems. With authors and subscribers representing over 40 institutions in 10 countries spanning 5 continents, JGH is committed to featuring original student research in public health and spotlighting grassroots public health activism led by students.

In addition to the biannual print issue, JGH’s newest feature is the GlobalThink Forum. Featuring the work of students at over 25 institutions spanning 5 countries, GlobalThink (modeled after The New York Times’ Room for Debate) calls on undergraduates to make short essay arguments in response to provocative global health questions. GlobalThink and our recent Fall 2011 print issue can be found online at www.ghjournal.org.

 

Join the Debate: Respond to our current GlobalThink Forum discussion!

 

Q: “Moving forward, how will we address the global need for healthy, renewable energy?”

 

Though the 21st century has witnessed the development of many remarkable renewable energy sources, we currently remain in an energy crisis. In the future, solar, geothermal, wind, and water energies may not be sufficient for the developing world, where energy consumption has increased more than four fold over the last three decades. Proponents of nuclear energy have been faced with a major environmental health concerns in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima Nuclear Crisis; in spring 2011, Germany decided to shut down all of its nuclear plants in the next two decades.

Tell us what you think: until 11:59PM on February 26, 2012, we will be accepting GlobalThink Forum responses. Submissions should be 400-1000 words in length and should provide a concise, opinion-based perspective on the issue presented. Responses will be published at www.ghjournal.org in early March.

 

For more information, past debates, and the submission form, visit www.ghjournal.org. Questions? Please email submissions@ghjournal.org.

The GlobalThink Forum is accepting submissions for Spring 2012 (www.ghjournal.org)

 

Based at Columbia University in the City of New York, The Journal of Global Health (JGH) is a student-run, international publication that seeks to highlight innovative solutions to global health problems. With authors and subscribers representing over 40 institutions in 10 countries spanning 5 continents, JGH is committed to featuring original student research in public health and spotlighting grassroots public health activism led by students.

JGH’s GlobalThink Forum (www.ghjournal.org) publishes the work of students at over 25 institutions spanning 5 countries. GlobalThink (modeled after The New York Times’ Room for Debate) calls on undergraduates to make short essay arguments in response to time-sensitive global health and sustainable development questions.

Join the Debate:

Q: “Moving forward, how should we address the global need for healthy, renewable energy?”

 

Though the 21st century has witnessed the development of many remarkable renewable energy sources, we currently remain in an energy crisis. In the future, solar, geothermal, wind, and water energies may not be sufficient for the developing world, where energy consumption has increased more than four fold over the last three decades. Proponents of nuclear energy have been faced with a major environmental health concerns in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima Nuclear Crisis; in spring 2011, Germany decided to shut down all of its nuclear plants in the next two decades. How should we address the global need for healthy, renewable energy?”

 

Tell us what you think: until 11:59PM EST on February 26, 2012, we will be accepting GlobalThink Forum responses. Submissions should be 400-1000 words in length and should provide an opinion-based perspective on the issue presented. All submissions will be subject to a review process by the JGH Team, after which the top 5-6 responses will be selected as likely candidates for publication in GlobalThink.

 

For more information, past debates, and the submission form, visit www.ghjournal.org. Questions? Please email submissions@ghjournal.org.

*OPEN TO ALL MAJORS: GREEN is currently taking applications for its 2012 Summer season!

To Apply and see further details, such as the curriculum, itinerary, and photos from past programs, visit GREEN’s website at http://greenworknow.com

The video on the homepage will give you a good example of what you could be doing this summer! Interested? So were these students who attended the past programs. Check out what GREEN Alumni had to say about their experience on the GREEN Program: http://www.greenworknow.com/about/testimonials

GREEN Alumni have received 3-9 credits for participating in the GREEN program, as well as gained access to various doors to mentorships, internships, and job opportunities (Ex: General Electric, GreenerByDesign, USDA-Brazil, US Environmental Protection Agency, Solyndra, the Cooley Group, PSE&G, and more!)

 

Join us on this one-of-a-kind educational adventure where you will claim your place as a socially responsible, innovative thinker, with unique and highly-marketable experience in the field of renewable energy. Do not miss this chance to see how Renewable Energy Education can change your life! Remember, renewable energy is about more than just engineering, business, or environmental science. It is about the creative collaboration of these disciplines to create a truly sustainable world.

Uncharted Play is looking for interns for our Social Development team!

 

The Future Associate Program. All associates will be working on UP Inc.’s flagship award-winning product, sOccket: a soccer ball that harnesses the energy from play and stores it like a portable generator that can power small electrical appliances critical in the developing world.

Learn more about sOccket: www.soccket.com.

 

As a Social Development Associate, you will be immersed into the world of start-up social enterprises—gaining invaluable experience in development research, environmental and social responsibility modeling and outreach, and the ability to interact with the growing social entrepreneurship realm. Throughout the program, you will work directly with the Vice President of Social Development on meaningful projects that will help guide your career.

 

The Play For The Future Associate Program is based out of our downtown New York City office. It is a 3-month program; start date: Immediately. Associates are expected to dedicate a minimum of 12 hours per week in the office

 

Compensation: Course-Credit

Perks:

•Exclusive event access

•International & Domestic Travel

•Associate/Social Outings (It’s a play company, after all)

•Future Growth in Company

 

Upon completion of the program, associates chosen to continue their internship with Uncharted Play will be paid a weekly stipend. Candidates working toward a degree will be considered for full-time employment after graduation. Approximately 50% of all associates will be made offers for full-time employment.

 

All candidates for this program should have some background in international development research methods, sustainable development, and/or a background in environmental science or engineering. Please let us know which skills you possess in your cover letter. In addition, we’re looking for the following in our associates:

 

•Broad Interest in Social Enterprise

•Entrepreneurial Spirit

•Go-Getter Attitude

•Ability to Adapt to Changing Situations

•Ability to Multi-Task

•Fast Learner

•Working Knowledge of Languages Other Than English

 

In you are interested in becoming an associate in our Play For The Future program, please email your cover letter and resume to contactus@unchartedplay.com with “Play For The Future – Social Development” in the subject line. You will be contacted within 7 business days on the status of your application.

 

Consilience is Columbia’s Journal for Sustainable Development and we need you! We are looking for people to join our editing team and we are always looking for submissions for our Features column! So send us an e-mail if you’re interested or have any questions about how YOU can get involved! and don’t forget to follow Consilience on Facebook and on Twitter.

 

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