Campus News Brief 4/10/12

Hello everyone!

We hope you had a pleasant weekend hunting Easter eggs, eating matzah or whatever it is you found yourself doing this weekend and are ready for some awesome green events coming soon!

And 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.  

Much love,


Green Umbrella




1.      2 Policy Advisors needed for NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability

2.    2012 SUMMER PLANNING INTERNSHIPS in San Francisco

3.    ECAASU Board Opportunity

4.    Earth Institute Research Funding (see attached application)

5.    Learn about Columbia sustainability

6.    The Best Internship on Earth



1.    Potluck: Monday, April 9th- 7pm – Sulz Tower

2.    The Way of the Water: Tuesday April 10th at 4pm

3.    3rd Annual NYC Water Summit: April 10th from 8:30AM – 4:30PM

4.   Connect with Dr. Lawrence Neuman! April 13th at 9:30AM

5.    Green Roof Science Symposium: Tuesday April 17th from 9AM – 5:30PM

6.    Climate Finance: Climate Change Policy Loans, a Comparative Perspective: April      19th from 6PM – 7:30PM

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

8.    Frackonomics: Debunking the Financial Myths of Shale Gas & Embracing a Green Energy Future: April 24th at 6:45PM

9.    NY+20 April 27th from 9AM – 3:30PM

10.   PowerShift NY April 27-29 2012 

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





1. 2 Policy Advisors needed for NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability (see attachment for more info)

Attached are job descriptions for two grant-funded vacancies to assist with the ongoing update to the city’s FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps and support our climate resilience initiatives.

Interested candidates please contact:


2. 2012 SUMMER PLANNING INTERNSHIPS in San Francisco (See attachment!)
The San Francisco Planning Department is currently looking for up to 11 Planning Interns (3 Paid and 8 Unpaid) to work with Planning Staff on a variety of planning projects. This will be a rewarding and valuable experience for those interested in the Planning field and desire introductory work experience or college credit. Planning Interns will conduct research and collect and analyze data for planning work related to historic preservation, open space / urban design, transportation, sustainable development, and legislation.

3.  ECAASU Board Opportunity (see attachment for more info!)

The ECAASU 2013 Conference Executive Board is calling for student leaders to submit applications for six (6) Chair positions on our Conference Major Board — Programming, Publicity/Marketing, Finance, Technology, Logistics/Administrative and Entertainment. Each Chair will be responsible for recruiting a committee and driving forward progress in their respective field. If you are interested in joining the conference board, please fill out this form.  Applications are due on April 14th by midnight

4.       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.

5.       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!

6.        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!




1.  Potluck: Monday, April 9th- 7pm – Sulz Tower

Most renewable energy today comes from hydropower.  Hydropower includes wave power, tidal power, and ocean thermal power.  It’s also a controversial source of energy due to the ecological impacts of dams and concerns of energy inefficiency.  Is hydropower an inevitable bust or part of the solution for solving our energy crisis? Find out at this week’s potluck, Why You Should Give a Dam? Water Power, Tidal Power, and Ocean Thermal Power, on April 9 at 7:00 PM in Sulzberger Tower.  Come eat delicious (and some Passover-kosher options) with your lovely Barnard EcoReps. Bring a spork and a plate!


2.  The Way of the Water
by Caridad Svich and directed by Lisa Campbell.

A play about the aftermath of the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill
and four ordinary people trying to stay afloat. Followed by a panel
discussion focusing on the lasting effects of the disaster.

Tuesday, April 10 at 4pm (Free)
Glicker Milstein Theater
LL200 Diana Center
Barnard College
3009 Broadway
New York, NY 10027



3. The third annual NYC Water Summit

(See attached flyer and agenda for more info!)

On April 10th from 8:30AM – 4:30PM in Davis Auditorium at Columbia’s Morningside Campus.


4.  Connect with Dr. Lawrence Neuman!

Location: Center for Career Education (East Campus, Lower Level), check in with the front desk

Date: April 13th, 9:30am, please arrive 5-10 minutes early

Dress Code: Business casual

This is your opportunity to connect with and pick the brain of an expert about trends in their industry, best practices for students in the hiring process, and advice about career paths in their field.  Before your meeting, you should have read Dr. Neuman’s bio (which is posted here: and have questions prepared for him to answer.  As well, it is encouraged that you send an email in advance with your resume to Lisa Dicce <> so that she can provide this to Dr. Neuman before your meeting.


5.       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


6.       Climate Finance: Climate Change Policy Loans, a Comparative Perspective  

When: Thursday, April 19, 2012 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm 

WhereColumbia 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. 


Info about Mr. Zerah:

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. 


7.      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!


8. Frackonomics: Debunking the Financial Myths of Shale Gas & Embracing a Green Energy Future 

United for Action and several co-sponsors will be holding a panel discussion with Financial Analyst Deborah Rogers, Economist Jannette Barth, and former DEP Commissioner Al Appleton to discuss the downsides of shale gas development from an economic and financial standpoint and will additionally be exploring the potential for green energy for New York State.

You may have seen Deborah Rogers mentioned in the latest issue of Rolling StoneMagazine and also read Rolling Stone’s response to Chesapeake Energy debunking some of the myths being touted by the Oil and Gas Industry.


When: April 24th 
Time: 6:45 (doors open at 6) 
Where: Ethical Culture Society, 2 West 64th Street @ Central Park West, NYC 
Cost: $10 donation


9. NY+20

Date: Friday April 27th, 2012

Time: 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Location: Ford Foundation, 320 E 42 St., New York, NY 

With the UN Headquarters in New York, we are in a unique position to expose young people to the UN process and to inspire them to take part in sustainable development action. We want the youth of the world to have a strong, organized position at Rio+20, and to be able to deliver a clear message of needs to be in the final outcome document.

*** You do not need to have any prior knowledge about sustainable development, Rio+20, or the United Nations to attend! Come join other young people from around New York City, get inspired, and start the movement for sustainability in your community!

Click here to Apply- applications are due Wednesday April 18!


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10.      Save the Date: PowerShift NY April 27-29 2012 

Thank you, Caroline!


11.       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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