Campus News Brief 4/2/2012

Happy April! There are tons of great green events and opportunities for the summer/next fall. Check out the attached fliers for more information.  Some applications mentioned in this newsletter must be obtained from us. Please email if you find that is the case (

As always, if you would like a blurb included in our weekly email, please email Please note our new website address:, where you can find past newsletters and special announcements.

❤ Green Umbrella




1.      Earth Institute Research Funding (see attached application)

2.      Learn about Columbia sustainability

3.      The Best Internship on Earth

4.       Ethikus internship


1.      Sustainable Development Seminar Series: History of Science and Sustainable Development: April 4th  4:00 – 6:00 pm

2.      Gasland Screening: April 6th 4:30 pm (See attached flier)

3.      Misha Glenny Roundtable Breakfast . April 6th 2012,  9:00 AM

4.      Green Roof Science Symposium (See Flier Attached). April 17th 9 AM – 5:30 PM  

5.      Climate Finance: Climate Change Policy Loans, a Comparative Perspective: April 19, 6:00 -7:30 pm 

6.      Earth Week High Fashion: Green on the Green. 4/20/2012.  12:30-2PM.

7.      Save the Date: PowerShift NY April 27-29

8.      Save the Date: NYS DEC and EPA info session on green chemistry. Registration April 13, Webinar on May 10. See attached flier.



1.       Funding opportunities are available through the Earth Institute for 12 undergraduate research assistantships for the fall 2012 semester. These research assistantships are exclusively for undergraduates to conduct hands-on research with Columbia University faculty. This is a chance for faculty to start new projects without current funding, or fund supplements to ongoing projects. Research topics should be relevant to themes of the Earth Institute. These would include, but are not limited to, topics in Sustainability; Development Economics; Earth Sciences, Ecology, and Atmospheric research; or Environmental Policy among others. Students will work part-time with faculty on current research projects, aiming to give them a valuable chance to collaborate on substantive matters of inquiry. Students will be paid $15 per hour, for up to 10 hours of work per week, through Earth Institute funds for a total of 120 hours for the fall semester. Applications for funding will be reviewed by a committee and decisions will be sent out by June 8th. Upon selection, research assistantships will be advertised to undergraduate students. All resumes received will be forwarded to you for your review and selection of a suitable research assistant. To apply for funding for a research assistant, please complete the attached form. Submissions should be sent to me no later than 5PM on April 27th.

2.       Learn more about sustainability on Columbia’s campus from the University’s Environmental Stewardship winter newsletter, including an update about composting on campus – Thank You OES!

3.        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: – Thank You Nilda!

4. 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 –Thank you Guy!


1.      Sustainable Development Seminar Series: History of Science and Sustainable Development. 

Wednesday, April 4, 2012 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Location: Columbia University, Morningside Campus, Lerner Hall, Room 555

The fifth event in this year’s Seminar Series in Sustainable Development will focus on the history of science, the role of science in society, and its influence on the emerging field of sustainable development.  The panel will be moderated by Patricia Culligan, Vice Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor, Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Columbia University.  Speakers Include:  Robert Pollack, Director, Center for the Study of Science and Religion; Director, University Seminars; Professor, Biological Sciences, Columbia University.  Peter Schlosser, Vinton Professor, Earth and Environmental Engineering; Professor, Earth and Environmental Sciences, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Columbia University; Associate Director, Earth Institute.  Steven Shapin, Franklin L. Ford Professor, the History of Science, Harvard University.

RSVP required for this event.  To RSVP, please click HISTORY.


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.       Join Misha Glenny, the world’s leading investigator of global organized crime and cyber crime, for a special roundtable breakfast with undergraduates. Friday, April 6th 2012  |  9:00 AM. 918 IAB (Weatherhead Institute). Breakfast provided. Open to all Columbia University undergraduate students   Following the discussion will be a meeting to assemble CGT’s new undergraduate committee, which will continue to organize undergraduate discussions and forums with highly-distinguished global thinkers from the Columbia community and beyond.

4.       Green Roof Science Symposium (See Flyer Attached). Tuesday, April 17th, 2012 9 AM – 5:30 PM  Diana Center Event Oval, Barnard College of Columbia University

5.       Climate Finance: Climate Change Policy Loans, a Comparative Perspective  Thursday, April 19, 2012 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm  Location: Columbia University, Morningside Campus, Jerome Greene Hall, Room 103  The Earth Institute, Columbia University, The Alliance Program and the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) in Paris present “Climate Change Policy Loans, a Comparative Perspective,” with Dov Michel Zerah, the CEO of the French Development Agency (Agence Française de Développement, AFD), since June 2nd, 2010.

Mr. Zerah began his career at the French Treasury where he spent thirteen years. He then became the permanent secretary of Michel Roussin, the Minister of Cooperation, in 1993.  From July 1993 to November 1995, he was Deputy General Director of the Caisse Française de Développement (CFD), which would later become AFD. Dov Zerah became Corinne Lepage’s permanent secretary within the Ministry of the Environment, where he stayed from 1995 to 1997. He then headed the cabinet of Edith Cresson, the European Commissioner, from 1997 to 1999. From 1999 to 2002, he was the CEO of DAGRIS (Développement des agro-industries du Sud), the former French Company for the Development of Textile Fibers, as well as of the Compagnie Cotonnière (COPACO). Mr. Zerah then became the Director of the Département des Monnaies, Médailles et Antiques de la Bibliothèque Nationale de France, between 2002 and 2007, before holding the post of senior counselor at the French Court of Financial Auditors until his nomination as the General Director of AFD. RSVP required for this event.  To RSVP, please click ZERAH.    PHOTO ID WILL BE REQUIRED FOR TO ENTER THE BUILDING.

6.      Interested in fashion?  What about TRASHION?  Barnard’s Earth Week Committee is putting on: Earth Week High Fashion: Green on the Green. 4/20/2012.  12:30-2PM. Be There. Watch students strut their stuff in plastic bags, newspapers, cans, bottles, and whatever else, on Lehman lawn.

To enter the trashion show, competitors must follow the below rules:

1. Use anything that has been used before, that you would consider “trash”.
2. Should be sturdy enough to have been worn at least 3 times.
3. Participant has to find another person to model [or choose to model themselves]
4. Anyone from Barnard or Columbia can participate!
5. While clothing can be creative, the choice must be tasteful enough. The outfit will be approved by the participant coordinator the night before.
6. Footwear does not have to be part of the outfit, but heels are not allowed.  We encourage you to go barefoot!
7. Notice of submissions (whether complete or not) must be given by Friday the 13th.

8. BE CREATIVE!!! :]

The winner of the Earth Week Trashion Show will receive a prize!
PLEASE contact Lizzie [] or Caroline [] by April 13 for notice of submission. Unfortunately, if it rains, the event will be cancelled, so hope for sunshine!

7.      Save the Date: PowerShift NY April 27-29 2012 -Thank You Caroline

8.       Please join us on May 10, 2012, as the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Beyond Benign (a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization), and EPA Region 2 share information on the best chemical management practices, principles of green chemistry, and other lessons learned from work under way in New York schools. The New York State Education Department will also be present to reflect upon statewide opportunities to advance green chemistry. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions during the Q&A session.

Registration will open on April 13. Keep your eye out for an electronic invitation with registration instructions; Webinar information, including speaker biographies and presentations; and links to other green chemistry and engineering information, programs, and videos. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Donna Jackson at

Green chemistry is the science and practice of designing chemicals, products, and processes that result in the reduction or elimination of hazardous substances; pollutants, such as greenhouse gas emissions; and waste. Green chemistry applies across the life cycle of a chemical product, including its design, manufacture, and use.


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