Campus News Brief 2/19/12

Welcome to another week. We hope it’s a good one!

As per usual, here’s what’s up in the environmentalist world. Hope to see you at an event or two!

GU

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Contents:


~Events~


1. February 19 Rally in NYC in Support of Puerto Rico Against the Gas Pipeline “Via Verde

2. Friday February 24th, All Ivy Environmental and Sustainable Career Fair
3.
February 25 1:00 – 3:00 pm, Rally: Ban Fracking Now! – Cathedral of St. John the Divine

4. Tuesday, February 21 at 8:00pm in Schermerhorn 501. A discussion with Majora Carter about Home(town) Security
~Opportunities~


1. Volunteer with Columbia University Road Runners

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

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

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

5. Infracktion, Columbia’s new anti-fracking group and resource, invites you to check it out: www.infracktion.org

6. Internships & Fellowships

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~~ EVENTS ~~


1. February 19 Rally in NYC in Support of Puerto Rico Against the Gas Pipeline “Via Verde”

MARCHA NACIONAL – Desde Nueva York firmes contra el Gasoducto

 

Sunday, February 19…
We gather at 11:30am

26 Federal Plaza, NYC (Broadway at Thomas St.)

Cultural performances by activists, artists and poets: Jesus Papoleto Melendez, The Welfare Poets, Prisionera, Rafael Landron,
Juan Dominguez , Las Hermanas Colorados, Cacibajaguar and other surprises. Musicians who will help us make some noise:
Angel Rodriguez, Tato Torres, Chino Cruz, Rick Rivera, Ricky Ortiz and many more….
Come out to support the National March Against the Gasoducto/Gas
Pipeline to be held in Puerto Rico on February 19, 2012. The Puerto
Rican people, long unified in their opposition to the pipeline, will
reaffirm their demand that Governor Fortuño cancel the proposed GAS
PIPELINE ‘GREENWAY’, without delay or tricks.
Governor Fortuño’s Via Verde Gas Pipeline represents the destruction of
1,500 acres of forests, 800 acres of agricultural land, direct impact to
235 bodies of water, wetlands, ecosystems that produce the majority of
Puerto Rico’s drinking water, threats to sacred archeological sites of
native Taino people, displacement of scores of Puerto Rican families,
waste of millions of dollars, as well as putting at risk over 200,000
people.
The US Army Corp of Engineers, having ignored scientific evidence, and
the people’s call for public hearings, translation, access to documents,
will be making the final decision of a permit soon.
In Puerto Rico, environmental, professional, labor, student, religious,
cultural, political and community groups and grassroots Puerto Rican
people are marching. Join us to stand with them, to stand for
environmental justice, to stand for the right of the people of Puerto
Rico to their land, their water, their culture. Let’s tell US Army Corp
of Engineers, No!
More info on our FaceBook group page:
www.facebook.com/groups/nycontraelgasoducto/
In January 2012, environmentalist Bill McKibben presented his support against the Via Verde project and compared it to the halted Keystone XL pipeline project. He stated, “Around the world, the fossil-fuel industry is carrying out its last desperate attempt to avoid the arrival of renewable energy and to ensure the existence of its dirty fuels. They seem to be using their standard strategy in Puerto Rico as well: to act quickly and with a minimum amount of review before the opposition has time to organize and bring out the thruth.[48]

Check the website for an extended list of local sponsors.


2. Friday February 24th, All Ivy Environmental and Sustainable Career Fair

All Ivy Career Fair:

http://www.earth.columbia.edu/education/ivy_career_fair/

After the career fair, SUMA is screening (free of charge) “So Right, So Smart,” an award-winning film showcasing the success and ingenuity of companies that have proved what’s good for the Earth can also improve profitability. So Right So Smart makes the business case for sustainable business http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqDfs1xTxGY Time: 6:00pm — Location: 501 North West Building


SUMASA Screening:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dHBVazY5TDU1cmF1VWRQV2s1QW4zb1E6MQ

 

3. February 25 1:00 – 3:00 pm, Rally: Ban Fracking Now! – Cathedral of St. John the Divine


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, be inspired and galvanize our forces.

In addition to hearing from a variety of speakers, there will be short workshops and trainings on how to get more involved in the movement. At one table, you’ll learn how to collect petition signatures, at another you’ll learn about your legislators and where they stand on fracking. And don’t miss out on our table full of materials that you can take to share with friends and family, as well as What the Frack? t-shirts and Ban Fracking Now campaign signs!

More info and RSVP her



4. Tuesday, February 21 at 8:00pm in Schermerhorn 501. A discussion with Majora Carter about Home(town) Security

In honor of the release of Issue VII,
Consilience: The Journal of Sustainable Development, in partnership with the Earth Institute of Columbia University, will host a discussion with Majora Carter about Home(town) Security on Tuesday, February 21 at 8:00pm in Schermerhorn 501.


Major Carter founded and led Sustainable South Bronx from 2001 to 2008, a time when few were talking about “sustainability;” with regard to places like the South Bronx. She coined the term, “Green The Ghetto,” as she pioneered one of the nation’s first urban green-collar job training & placement systems. Majora’s 2006  TEDtalk was selected to launch TED.com‘s groundbreaking platform, and has gone on to host the Peabody Award wining public-radio series “The Promised Land,” and serves on the boards of of the US Green Building Council and The Wilderness Society.

Tickets are complementary and available at: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/9648945

Event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/295970013791474/

 

 

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~~Opportunities~~

1. Volunteer with Columbia University Road Runners


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!


2. 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. Q: “Moving forward, how will we address the global need for healthy, renewable energy?” Please email submissions@ghjournal.org.



3. Uncharted Play is looking for interns for their 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.

www.unchartedplay.com

 

 

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

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.

 



5. Infracktion, Columbia’s new anti-fracking group, invites you to check it out.

INFRACKTION is a Columbia University-based coalition against hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.”

We insist that fracking is not a “green” issue but a human issue–one which we must fight against now since pending legislation would allow it to potentially destroy New York City’s fresh water supply. This means that we need both students and professors from all fields–from environmental science to anthropology, sustainable development to comparative literature–to join us now.

Check out our website to see what we’re about, and to view the information, events, resources, and voices we’ve compiled just for you.

& like us on facebook!

(email us at infracktioncu@gmail.com with q’s / to get involved)

 



6. Internships & Fellowships

Visit: http://www.cugreenumbrella.com/2012/01/special-message-from-gu-contributor-todd/

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