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!

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Campus News Brief 3/19/12

[Opportunities]

 

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!

 

 

[Events]

 

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

7-8pm
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

Events

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

Opportunities

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.

2. UNDERGRADUATE FORUM: YOUR GLOBAL THOUGHTS?
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.

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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.

Special Message from Green Umbrella Board

Do you care about the environment and have something to say about it? Want to be featured in the Spec? Columbia Green Umbrella (GU) is looking for submissions for a semi-regular column to be run in the Columbia Spectator about environmental issues. These can be related to one of the GU groups, or simply your own personal thoughts about any issue related to the environment, sustainability, or other “green” issues. These submissions should be of appropriate length and format for a Spectator editorial (approximately 500 words). Submissions will be reviewed by Green Umbrella board members and Spectator editing staff. We look forward to your ideas!

All submissions should be sent to cugreenumbrella@gmail.com. Feel free to pass this on to club members, classmates, colleagues, or friends who are interested in environmental and sustainability issues.

Thanks!
Columbia University Green Umbrella Board

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/

Campus News Brief 2/12/12

Columbia University Green Umbrella Opportunities & Events for the week of 2/12/2012

 

Contents

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. Green Work Now Applications

*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.

 

4. 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

 

5. 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.

 

6. Internships & Fellowships

 

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

 

Events:

1.  Student Union for Sustainable Development (SUS-D) Launch event! Feb 17th, 3:00-5:00 PM 569 Lerner Feel free to e-mail cususd@gmail.com with any questions!

2. Rally: Ban Fracking Now! – February 25 1:00 – 3:00 pm Cathedral of St. John the Divine https://www.facebook.com/events/335336259822472/ flyer attached

3. Majora Carter, MacArthur “genius” Feb 21st at 7:30 in Schermerhorn 501 Email My with questions: ms4389@columbia.edu – my.seppo@gmail.com

4. The next ReNEW New York panel on Renewable Energy! February 19th, 12:15–2:45 @ Cathedral House of the Cathedral of Saint John The Divine, Amsterdam Avenue @110th Street, New York City. Feel free to email RenewNY@gmail.com with questions. Flyer attached

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

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.