Special Invitation From EarthCo

Columbia University Earth Coalition (EarthCo) would like to invite you to the “Recycle That” study break!

Come hang out with CU EarthCo and make fun eco-crafts out of recyclable items! Bring old plastic bottles, milk cartons, cans, to us on Lerner Ramps to learn how to transform your junk into cool crafts!

Email cuearthco@gmail.com with any questions! We hope to see you there!

-Thank you Rakhi!


Campus News Brief 3/19/12



1. The Rio Blogger Prize for environmental photographers/bloggers (deadline 23 March 2012) – Tcktcktck

http://tcktcktck.org/2012/02/rio-prize-description/  -Thank You Rio+20


2. UN PRME Leaders+20 Competition (Deadline 1 April 2012) – PRME Leaders+20

http://prme-leaders20.au.dk/   -Thank You Rio+20


3. Apply to the Global Engagement Studies Institute (GESI) for 2 course credits from Northwestern University (Deadline April 2 2012) http://cgenorthwestern.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=72adc4a52b41faa16985eef9e&id=9c9a7294aa&e=7343a5fc40


4.  Learn more about sustainability on Columbia’s campus from the University’s Environmental Stewardship winter newsletter, including an update about composting on campus

http://www.environment.columbia.edu/newsandprofiles/sustainablecolumbianewsletter0 – Thank You OES!


5.  The Best Internship on Earth is the opportunity to travel around the country with Sierra Club’s Mission Outdoors programs, and document these adventures for the Sierra Club (while enjoying $2,000 worth of merchandise from The North Face!).  The Outdoor Youth Ambassador is a paid position, uniting young adults with a passion for the environment with community outreach programs that focus on outdoor experiences.




Sierra Club is seeking students (over the age of 18) who are passionate about the outdoors and looking for an adventure this summer.  Please visit: www.sierraclub.org/bestinternship – Thank You Nilda!


6. Styleta is currently looking for interested students to join our executive board as Committee Director!


Styleta Inc. is a nationwide 501c nonprofit organization (www.styleta.org) that uses fashion to raise awareness and fundraise for charity.  We work with students, designers and local boutiques to collect gently worn clothing or past season/sample items that we can sell at our bi-annual fashion show and trunk sale.  Last semester the Columbia University chapter hosted a fashion show in conjunction with NYU in Soho to raise funds for charity:water!  This semester we are working with CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) – Fashion Targets Breast Cancer (FTBC).  Committee Directors will be in charge of one of the following divisions:


Logistics (communication with external resources – including boutiques, designers, venues, and suppliers)

Marketing (collaboration with CU and non-CU publications and blogs – in charge of communicating Styleta’s message and advertising our events)

Creative (design and creative vision, responsible for styling events and shoots)

The three directors will play a key role in coordinating and executing our spring trunk show and photo shoot, as well as the year end fashion show.  This is a wonderful experience for students interested in the fashion industry or looking to gain hands-on business and marketing experience.  All applications must be submitted no later than Thursday, March 8th.


Below is a link to our application:


https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dEpjSldKRlhCTDA5V192TWpGb0x0aVE6MQ  – Thank You Styleta!


7.  www.ethikus.com is a startup social venture working with 20+ community organizations to build a community of consumers who choose to shop based on their environmental and ethical values. Our website highlights businesses across New York that are doing great things for their community, employees and the environment.


We’re looking for:


3-5 volunteers to administer our survey to business owners around the city. The ideal candidates have an interest in sustainability and will be comfortable discussing ethical and environmental friendly practices with business owners. Volunteers will have the possibility of extending into an internship through the rest of the spring and summer if desired. Training is provided and the hours /scheduling will be extremely flexible. Those who are interested or would like more information should contact Guy at Guy@ethikus.com. –Thank you Guy!


8. Founded in 2011, Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) is a national business organization representing the entire advanced energy industry. AEE’s mission is to create a better business environment that will ensure U.S. leadership in meeting growing global energy needs with advanced energy solutions. AEE is looking for top university students who are passionate about advanced energy to become AEE Fellows this summer.


The Fellowship is composed of:

A 10-week, paid summer internship in AEE’s San Francisco office, conducting industry research, liaising with energy companies, and working alongside eight other AEE fellows.

Organizing an advanced energy campus event in the fall

An ongoing relationship with the growing AEE network of organizations and companies


Learn more and submit cover letters here: http://www.internmatch.com/company/advanced-energy-economy/internships/roles/summer-2012-advanced-energy-economy-fellowship – Thank You Todd!





1. Save the Date: PowerShift NY April 27-29 2012 http://www.facebook.com/events/190463297733482/ -Thank You Caroline


2. SEEJ, Infraktion, CUFSP, EcoReps-Water, Aquanauts and Green Umbrella present a Screening of the human rights, environmentalism film: Gasland on April 6th at 4:30 pm in Lerner Cinema. Discussion following film


3.  Sustainability Conference at HEC Business School in Paris March 22, 2012.  (It will be in English) The theme of this year’s edition will be “Smart Cities. Smart Sustainability”, with tracks on Energy & the Environment, Social Business, as well as Infrastructure & Mobility.


HEC Business School’s Sustainable Conference team aims to reach out to students in leading universities in the field of sustainability worldwide, such as Columbia University. The event will be followable on Twitter and Facebook on the day of the conference and video replays will be available the week after the conference. Here are the details:


Home page of dedicated website: http://hec-sbc.org/

Program to date : http://hec-sbc.org/program/

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/HEC-SBC-2012-Smart-Cities-Smart-Sustainability/105987376185330

Twitter: @hec_sbc

Hashtag : #hec_sbc


4.  The Wall Street Green Summit is the longest running and most comprehensive environmental market event in the industry. Launched in 2002 by Peter Fusaro, The Wall Street Green Summit covers cutting edge content, industry developments and features the practitioners and the leaders of tomorrow.  March 19-20, 2012 Center for Architecture Foundation 536 Laguardia Place, New York, NY (212) 358-6133 ‎ · aiany.org –Thank You Zak!

5. EarthCo “Recycle That” Study Break

Lerner Ramps
“Recycle That” Study Break
Come hang out with CU EarthCo and make fun eco-crafts out of recyclable items! Bring old plastic bottles, milk cartons, cans, to us on Lerner Ramps to learn how to transform your junk into cool crafts!

Email cuearthco@gmail.com with any questions!

Campus News Brief 3/1/12


1. Legal, Economic and Social Environmental Issues University Seminar – Wednesday, March 7th
2. Undergraduate Forum: Your Global Thoughts? – Monday, March 5th
3. Bloomberg LP Brown Bag Event – Friday, March 2nd


A. Columbia Beekeeping Initiative
B. Better Future Project – DEADLINE MARCH 1st
C. Udall Scholarship
D. Summer 2012 Internship in Gujarat, India
E. Global Sustainability Summer School Potsdam/Germany – DEADLINE MARCH 1st

1. The Legal, Economic and Social Environmental Issues University Seminar

would like to invite you to our meeting on Wednesday, March 7th at 7
PM at the Faculty House. Our speaker will be Jonathan Lautze, Water
Advisor at USAID/International Water Management Institute. He will
give a talk about transboundary water management and transboundary
water law in Africa, focusing on a few case study basins.

As in the past, dinner is before the talk at 6 pm and costs $24. The
talk follows from 7 to 9 pm. 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 af2608@columbia.edu.

Schedule of Events:
DINNER: 6:00 pm (Fee $24 payable by cash or check)
SEMINAR: 7:00 to approx 9:00 pm (Free)
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.

Where do you see the world headed in 2012? What global trends call you to action?
A discussion with students and faculty to spark involvement and action with today’s global issues

Monday, March 5th | 6:15 PM | Broadway Room, Lerner Hall

Hosted by Carol Gluck, joined by Saskia Sassen, Michael Doyle, Mamadou Diouf, Akeel Bilgrami, Katharina Pistor, Sudhir Venkatesh, and Jose Antonio Ocampo. Co-sponsored by the Committee on Global Thought and Consilience: The Journal of Sustainable Development

3. Bloomberg LP Brown Bag Event March 2nd

You are invited to attend the Sustainable Development Brownbag on Friday, March 2nd! Come and speak with Lee Ballin, Sustainability Manager, Bloomberg, LP., and learn more about the role of sustainability through the innovative technology at Bloomberg.

Speaker Bio:

Lee Ballin works within Bloomberg’s global Sustainability team. The initiative is a Chairman’s Office effort and was started in September 2006. The program aggressively integrates sustainability considerations into all operations and leverages the product to evaluate sustainability market risks and opportunities.

As the premier financial information provider for banks, corporations, governments and others, Bloomberg is leveraging their distribution platform to provide environmental, social and governance data to improve transparency, liquidity and asset valuations.

The event will take place Friday, March 2, 2012 from 12:00-1:00PM at the Alumni Center located at 622 West 113th Street, Kings Room. Pizza and soft drink will be provided.

To register for this event, please click HERE.


A. Interested in beekeeping?

Want to have a direct impact on the environment in Morningside Heights?
Do you just like honey?

The Columbia Beekeeping Initiative is looking for your help this spring and summer, when we plan to install a working beehive in the neighborhood! We’re currently looking for both experienced and aspiring beekeepers to get our hive functional and to maintain it throughout the year. We plan to hold regular classes on colony establishment, hive management, and the many benefits of beekeeping, so enthusiasm counts far more than experience (although veterans are certainly welcome, too).

Please contact Kimberly Rubin (kar2140@columbia.edu) if you would like to get involved, have any questions, or simply want more information about our operation.

B.Better Future Project

2012 Summer Internships

Final Deadline: March 1st

Learn by doing. Live your values. Lead by example.

This summer, join the movement for a better future.

People ⇒ Power ⇒ Justice

Climate Summer (New England):
Program Dates: June 13th – August 18th

Learn community organizing!
Become a stronger leader!
Spend your summer on a bike, traveling across New England!
Learn from and connect with community leaders!
Inspire others to take action to live their values more deeply!
Highlight what communities are doing to move beyond fossil fuels through the press, blogging, and our new Digital Movement Map!
Highlight the harms of the fossil fuel industry in environmental justice communities!
Organize a regional day of action against coal!

Ride for the Future (Gulf Coast):
Program Dates: May 22nd – July 30th

Learn community organizing!
Become a stronger leader!
Spend your summer on a bike, traveling across Louisiana and Texas!
Learn from and connect with community leaders!
Inspire others to take action to live their values more deeply!
Highlight what communities are doing to move beyond fossil fuels through the press, blogging, and our new Digital Movement Map!
Highlight the harms of the the fossil fuel industry in environmental justice communities and communities hit by oil spills, hurricanes, and wildfires!
Bike to ExxonMobil’s headquarters and ask them to join the movement for a better future!

Applications for both programs are available at http://www.climatesummer.net/get-involved/apply/
FMI see: climatesummer.net and rideforthefuture.org

Riders may apply for both programs, or only apply for one program. The programs are open to all young adults ages 18-25. You do not need to be attending/have attended college to apply. Older applicants who are currently full-time students will be considered. We encourage you to apply early, as the program will be filled as soon as we admit a sufficient number of diverse and qualified applicants. Food and housing are provided to all participants, and limited funds are available to help those who require further financial assistance in order to ride. Priority consideration will be given to members of directly affected communities.

C. Udall Scholarships

In 2012, the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation expects to award 80 scholarships of up to $5000 and 50 honorable mentions of $350 to sophomore and junior level college students committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care.

Here is brief description of the program from the Udall Foundation http://www.udall.gov.

Columbia may nominate six students for these awards, and our internal deadline for seeking these slots is coming up on March 5. Students may download internal application instructions fromhttp://college.columbia.edu/students/fellowships/catalog/udall-scholarship. For any questions or to access the online application portal, please contact Paul A. Bohlmann at pb2488@columbia.edu.

D. Summer 2012 Internship in Gujarat, India

Meha Jain, Ph.D. Student in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology Columbia University is seeking an interested undergraduate or Masters student to help manage the collection of household level surveys in Gujarat, India during the summer of 2012. The project examines climate change adaptations in agricultural systems in Gujarat, India. Specifically, examining how farmers may shift their cropping strategies (e.g. shift planting dates, alter crop choice, and change inputs like irrigation and fertilizer) and quantifying whether these adaptations buffer the negative impacts of climate variability. Meha and his field team have surveyed 750 farmers across 15 villages last summer, and will visit these same 750 farmers this summer to conduct a follow-up survey. In addition to helping to manage the project, the intern may also add several questions to the survey based on his/her interests. These data can then be used towards a thesis project and/or publication.

*Requirements*: The intern must be willing to live in a field station in rural, Gujarat. This field station is equipped with 24-hour electricity, air conditioning, cooking facilities, and bottled water. The intern must be able to understand and converse in Hindi and/or Gujarati. Previous field experience is desired, but is not necessary. The ability to work long hours in the field and be flexible with travel within Gujarat is a must.

If interested, please email a paragraph of your interests along with your CV to Meha Jain (mj2415@columbia.edu).

E. Global Sustainability Summer School Potsdam/ Germany July 2012 – Call for Application

From July 8-21 the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), in partnership with the Santa Fe Institute (SFI), will host The Global Sustainability Summer School 2012. 35 young professionals from universities, governmental and non-governmental agencies and industry from all over the world will meet at IASS and PIK to explore and discuss globally pressing sustainability issues such as risks from dangerous climate change, extreme events and urgent societal and economic responses. The program will comprise lectures, field trips and interactive project activities. Lecturers will come from all three institutions but also include other leading international scientists as well as politicians and key representatives of civil society. The Summer School, located in the inspirational scientific environment of Potsdam and in proximity to vibrant Berlin, will promote the exchange among participants and foster international cooperation. The Global Sustainability Summer School 2012 has been made possible due to the support of the Robert Bosch Stiftung.

Applicants from all countries are welcome. Application deadline is March 1st, 2012. For more information please visit: http://www.gsss-potsdam.org.