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Campus News Brief 1/27/12

Opportunities:

1. Apply to be the Environmental CCSC Liaison! Cugreenumbrella@gmail.com

2. Earn 2 course credits at The Global Engagement Studies Institute (GESI) at Northwestern University

3. Sign up for the Corbin Hill Rd. Farm Share for the Winter/Spring!

4. Build a garden at St.Mary’s Church!

Events

1. “Will Technology Let Us Avoid the Limits to Growth?” January 26th

2. OWS ECO-SUMMIT January 28
3. Prepare for World Environment Day Jun 5


Announcing: Corbin Hill Rd. Farm Share opportunity this Winter/Spring!

Pick ups are once a month on the first Tuesday of the month — February 7th, March 6th, and April 3rd
Price: $48 month for 1-2 people’s worth of veggies (40 lbs of food) – or $30 for food stamps recipients!
Location: Interchurch Center, 475 Riverside Dr, Tuesday 2-4pm
OR Riverside Church, 495 Riverside Dr, Tuesday 5-7:30pm
OR Friends of Corbin Hill 116 W. 120th St, 5-7:30pm
(these are the locations closest to Columbia, there are more though!)

Sign up by February 2nd for the February 7th pick-up!
Visit http://corbinhillfarm.com/ to sign-up and for more info

Some students at Union and JTS, along with congregants at St. Mary’s Church on 126th between Broadway and Amsterdam
received a grant to build a garden in their churchyard, which has turned out to be far more work than we suspected. We are looking for students who are interested in being involved with the project, and we have several volunteer days coming up.

Thought your members would like to know about a new Crowdsourced Conservation Corps called civicmob.com

The purpose of the project is to empower students, workers, and citizens of all stripes to have their voices heard about conservation opportunities they see around them everyday. We’re just getting started, so this is a great time for students to get involved and provide input!

Thanks,

Team CivicMob
@civic_mob

On Saturday, January 28th at 2pm we will be holding the very first OWS ECO-SUMMIT at 56 Walker St. !!!

PART A: The platform is simple: We are asking each PROJECT to present for 3 to 5 minutes on what they are doing currently. The goal is to plug our community directly into what we are doing so everyone can get to work in Spring 2012. (Please note I say project NOT working group because we want to specifically discuss projects that we are working on CURRENTLY so we can get people involved. For example, Sustainability is not going to stand up & talk about everything we are doing. We will be making short, separate presentations on: Mobile Education Lab, Workshop Bazaar Events, Rooftop Farm, etc etc etc).

PART B: After all the presentations we will open up to facilitate a broader discussion on what we want to collectively be actionable about in Spring 2012. (suggestions have included: Farm Bill, Fracking Actions, reclaiming vacant lots for community gardens). If you would like to nominate a TOPIC for this discussion, please email OWSSustainability@gmail.com. We will organize the order of this agenda based on which topics have been suggested the most to the least (in interest of highest engagement & interest, and time).

We would love to see your group attend!!!

PROJECT PRESENTATIONS:
If you, or your group, are currently working on a project, and would like to present, here is how to do so:

We will be creating a tight presentation agenda to get people excited & involved very quickly. The time slots will be short, so we are asking presentations to be tightly organized & very specific. You will be given a specific amount of time to present, and no more, so plan effectively. Each project presentation will be required to first present & then answer an extremely short Q&A about their project. You will be required to have a list for individuals to sign up & volunteer with you. You are required to have point person(s) for your project for clear communication.

To participate, these are the requirements:

Email OWSSustainability@gmail.com
(1) What your project name is
(2) A Short abstract about your project (one paragraph)
(3) How can people get involved? What help do you need?
(4) Any technical needs you have for the presentation
(5) what working group you hail from, if any (not required)
(6) willingness to carry a volunteer list about your project at the event
(7) a specific contact person, or contact peoples for volunteers **

In Summary,
We really want to see all our great projects represented at this Eco-Summit. So please, submit a project presentation proposal!!!
Afterwards, we are hoping to create a lively and energetic open discussion about our collective strategy for Spring 2012. We are hoping to create some cross functional & strategic coalitions out of these discussions!! Please nominate ideas for action during Spring 2012 ASAP!!

“Will Technology Let Us Avoid the Limits to Growth?”
When: Thursday, January 26, 2012 | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Where: The New York Academy of Sciences
Cost: $10 for non-member students
Info: Featured will be Dennis Meadows, a principal co-author of The
Limits to Growth, and Thomas Graedel, Director of the Center for
Industrial Ecology at Yale and editor of the recent book Linkages of
Sustainability.
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Jessica Crespo from the Earth Institute has sent some information about Spring Travel Grant Funding, internships and assistantships.

TRAVEL GRANTS
Travel Grant Deadline: February 3, 2012

Through the Earth Institute Travel Grant Program, Columbia University students work on a variety of projects nationally and internationally. Travel grant funding is designed to support students’ continued learning and research in the area of the environment and sustainable development, as well as to bring them closer to earning their degree in a specialized field. The type and amount of academic credit awarded varies depending on each student’s area of study and degree program. A travel grant can be attained to earn credit for a number of different programs including studios, workshops, theses, senior seminar projects and independent studies, among others. For more information on previous projects or on how to apply, please visit http://www.earth.columbia.edu/articles/view/2656.
Each grant consists of a maximum of $750 for travel expenses. After completion of their research projects, students provide summaries of their findings, which are posted online on the Earth Institute website. This gives students the opportunity to publicize their research. All students who are awarded funding are also required to do a presentation at the spring Student Research Showcase, hosted by the Earth Institute.

For spring 2012 funding, application materials must be submitted by February 3, 2012. Receipts for reimbursement are due no later than May 31, 2012. To apply please click here: http://www.earth.columbia.edu/articles/view/2656.

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT POSITIONS: SPRING 2012

The Earth Institute, Columbia University is pleased to announce 12 research assistant opportunities for undergraduate students during the spring 2012 semester. Undergraduates from Columbia and Barnard will be able to serve as research assistants on exciting research projects related to sustainable development and the environment, and engage with distinguished faculty and researchers at the cutting edge of this burgeoning field.

While research assistantships at Columbia are generally awarded to graduate students, this program instead aims to present undergraduates with a unique opportunity to be involved in high level research and to gain valuable experience and skills for their future academic and professional careers.

Successful applicants will work on a part-time basis and directly with faculty on these projects. Research assistantships are funded at a rate of $15/hour for 10 hours per week and up to a maximum of 120 hours for the spring 2012 semester.

This spring, the 12 research assistantships are:

1. Anthropogenic radionuclides in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans
2. Growth and Climate Response of Coppiced Quercus griffithii in Bhutan
3. Regional Partnership to Promote Trade and Investment in sub-Saharan Africa
4. Ethnoclimatology in Bhutan: Anthropological and meteorological approaches to traditional forecasting of climate variability
5. Enterococci in the Hudson River: Sources of Contamination at 125th Street: Environmental Issues and Policy Recommendations for the Waterfront Development in Manhattanville
6. Evaluation of impact of large-scale anti-malaria programs implemented in sub-Saharan Africa through funds provided by Global Fund
7. International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs (ICAP)
8. Biodiversity, Water, and Energy: A Case Study in the Inquire Institute and Technology, Research, Ecology and Exchange for Students Program
9. Statistical downscaling of precipitation (rainfall and snow) over the Western Himalayas
10. Collectivizing Performance: Unions and Education Reform in Brazil
11. Climate Extremes in a Changing World: Analyses and Implications
12. Relationship between implementation of a farmer’s agricultural input subsidy scheme and household food security/nutritional outcomes in ten African countries

For detailed descriptions of each position including project background, tasks and skills required, please visit http://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2012/01/02/spring-2012-undergraduate-research-assistant-positions/.

To Apply:
To apply for these positions, please complete the online application available here by January 29, 2012 at midnight. While you may apply for more than one position, you must submit separate applications. Please note that only undergraduates from Columbia and Barnard are eligible to apply. Decisions will be made shortly after the deadline.

Please note that students who are awarded research assistantships will be expected to participate in the Earth Institute Student Research Showcase, which takes place in spring 2012.

Please contact us at ei-students@ei.columbia.edu with any questions.

INTERNSHIP POSITIONS: Spring 2012

This spring the Earth Institute, Columbia University is offering Columbia students opportunities to intern within various departments and research centers at the Earth Institute. All full-time Columbia and Barnard students are eligible to apply for internships. These internships are funded at a rate of $15/hr for 10 hours per week and up to a maximum of 120hrs for the spring 2012 semester. Please see below for the descriptions of ten internship opportunities.
1. Fossil Fuel Reduction: Does using a public health rather than climate change frame make a difference?
2. Conflict Resolution Alumni Development
3. Extractive Industries and Sustainable Development
4. Organization and project management tasks associated with IRI’s collaboration with the President’s Malaria Initiative
5. Advocacy and Outreach for the African Green Revolution 2.0
6. An evaluation of technology applications in the health sector (electronic and mobile health (e/mHealth) initiatives) in select Millennium Villages Project sites
7. Supporting the Millennium Cities Initiative
8. Millennium Villages Project, Health Sector Internship
9. Administrative Intern for the Center for Climate Change Law
10. The Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project (AgMIP): Assessment of Vulnerability, Capacity, and Preparatory Activities related to Food Security in AgMIP Regions

For detailed descriptions of each position including project background, tasks and skills required, please visit http://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2012/01/02/spring-2012-internship-positions-announcement/.

To apply:
To apply for these positions, please complete the online application available here, by January 29, 2012 at 11:59PM. While you may apply for more than one position, you must submit separate applications. Decisions will be made shortly after the deadline.

Please note that students who are awarded internships will be expected to participate in the Earth Institute Student Research Showcase, which takes place in spring 2012.
Please contact us at ei-students@ei.columbia.edu with any questions.

Special Message from GU contributor, Todd.

Hey Eco-friends and other potentially interested parties,

See below for a list of interesting science and policy fellowships for undergrads– looks pretty cool if you’re looking for, say jobs or summer work. A friend of mine who’s in grad school at Berkeley and worked to compile this list sent it out to me. Hope it’s useful!

Best,
Todd

Internships

* AAAS Internship OpportunitiesThe American Association for the Advancement of Science provides paid and unpaid science policy internship opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students. Internships opportunities are available with several AAAS centers and programs as well as with Science Magazine, the largest circulating weekly of basic research and science policy related news.

AAU Internships in Science and Higher Education Policy — The Association of American Universities (AAU), an organization of 62 leading public and private research universities in the United States and Canada, provides unpaid internships for college students in the fall, winter/spring, and summer. Among other things, AAU interns work on substantive projects relating to science and/or higher education policy; track legislation; attend and report on congressional hearings; draft congressional correspondence, briefing papers, and other written materials; and shadow AAU federal relations staff in their daily activities.

* House Science, Space and Technology Committee . The House Science, Space and Technology Committee is involved in many key science and technology policy issues facing the U.S. Congress. The committee has partial or complete jurisdiction over the following federal agencies: the National Science Foundation, NASA, the Department of Energy,  EPA, NOAA, National Institute of Standards and Technology and the United States Geological Survey. To learn more about internship opportunities with the Committee, e-mail: science@mail.house.gov or call: 202-225-6371. Individuals interested in applying for internships working for the Republicans on the Committee should mail a cover letter and résumé to: Committee on Science, Space, and Technology c/o Internship Program 2321 Rayburn House Office Building Washington DC, 20515. Applications to work for the Democrats on the Committee can be obtained at: http://democrats.science.house.gov/sites/democrats.science.house.gov/files/documents/112%20Internship%20Application.pdf

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Campus News Brief 1/16/2012

Welcome back Lovely Green Folks,

 

We hope your break was as lovely as the mild weather we were having in New York. . You can contact us by email or on twitter, @cugreenumbrella, if you would like your events/opportunities posted. Take care!

 

Contents

 

Opportunities:

  1. Join the Green Umbrella Board as the Environmental CCSC Liaison Apply!
  2. Earn 2 course credits at The Global Engagement Studies Institute (GESI) at Northwestern University http://www.gesi.northwestern.edu/
  3. Join Metta House, Columbia’s vegetarian coöp special interest community http://www.studentaffairs.columbia.edu/resprograms/sic/residentapplication

 

Events

  1. Attend Cleanweb Hackathon:  an upcoming gathering to demonstrate the impact of applying information technology to resource constraints Jan 21-22 http://cleanwebhack.com/hackathon/
  2. Prepare for World Environment Day Jun 5 http://www.unep.org/wed/infomaterials/

 

Campus News Brief 12/14/11

The Green Radar, brought to you by Green Umbrella at Columbia University, NYC:

Events

1. Want to swap your stuff with new stuff? SWAPLUCK, Friday December 16, 8:30-9:30, 606 w 114th Street,

2. Columbia Against Hydrofracking – first meeting this Thursday, December 15th, 6pm, Brownie’s Café (basement of Avery) email mdk2130@columbia.edu. Visit www.frackaction.com for more information and to take action.

3. Last meeting of the Legal, Economic and Social Environmental Issues
University Seminar of the fall semester
on Wednesday, December 14 at 7
PM at the Faculty House.

Opportunities

A. Join the Green Umbrella Board! Apply!

B. IEPA (the International Environmental Policy Association at SIPA) is starting the process of forming a board to direct the creation of the first Annual CU Environmental Symposium If you are interested please send an email to Seisei Tatebe-Goddu and at seisei@tandemcg.com and David Abrahamson at davidsipa13@gmail.com

C. Read Consilience, Columbia’s Journal of Sustainability: http://www.consiliencejournal.org/

D. Earth Institute Fellows Symposium: Meeting the Challenges of Sustainable Development in a Changing World (Part 1)

 

E.Without Walls’ Eco Practicum is an environmental sustainability and action program for undergraduate students and recent grads. Learn while impacting society and shaping the global future.

For more information check out our website:  http://www.ecopracticum.com

F. Tell Governor Cuomo of New York to Ban Fracking: http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/7139/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=5897

 

Peace, Good luck with finals ❤

 

Campus News Brief 12/6/11

Hello all –

December crept up onto us, and as quickly as it’s come, it will fly. We hope that your final few weeks of school are as stress-free as possible, productive, and rewarding.
This week is short on featured events and opportunities, so please enjoy some content from our member groups, and the chance to get involved in some fantastic groups next semester.

Take care of yourselves!
-Green Umbrella

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Join the Green Umbrella Board! Apply!

Want to connect people like we do? Interested in creating a more comprehensive and communicative environmental community?

Seasoned environmental club members preferred, though newbies welcome to apply as well.
Email us at cugreenumbrella@gmail.com
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IEPA (the International Environmental Policy Association at SIPA) is starting the process of forming a board to direct the creation of the first Annual CU Environmental Symposium, a multi-disciplinary and cross-school event. Ideally we would like 7-10 directors and associate directors representing a wide cross section of the schools on campus, graduate and undergrad.
If you are interested please send an email to Seisei Tatebe-Goddu and at seisei@tandemcg.com and David Abrahamson at davidsipa13@gmail.com

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Consilience Journal of Sustainability

Some examples of the articles currently up on the website include:
Lobster Houses as a Sustainable Fishing Alternative
Why Rural Rich Remain Energy Poor The Tough Realities Small NGOs Face When Evaluating Their Efforts: Observations from Guatemala and Mexico

There are many more!
Don’t forget to check them out on Facebook and Twitter for information about the latest Consilience issues, weekly articles and regular events!

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Earth Institute Fellows Symposium: Meeting the Challenges of Sustainable Development in a Changing World (Part 1)
(Follow link to website for Part II)

Connect with the Earth Institute on Facebook and Twitter to get the latest on EI news, events, and opportunities!

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Article Roundup

Climate research bolsters ‘action’ call to UN talks – BBC America

By the Numbers: 1.6 Billion Square Feet – The White House

Work on Purpose: Create a Career with Impact Webinar Signup – Echoing Green

Economist: We’ll Just Move to Siberia to Escape Climate Change – Grist

Take care y’all!

Campus News Brief 11/28/11

Hey yall, here are some Columbia University green events & opportunities. Email us @ cugreenumbrella@gmail.com or tweet us @cugreenumbrella if you would like your event posted too.

EVENTS

1.   “Growing Greener Cities: Sustainable Architecture’s Expansion in New York City” 11/30 6 PM Lerner 568

2. SEADS screening of “To Catch a Dollar” 12/1 8-10 PM Hamilton 517

3. Hear Assistant Attorney General Ignacia S. Moreno, head of the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD), announce ENRD’s priorities for the year ahead.  Ms. Moreno will be speaking on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 from 6-8 p.m. in the Great Hall of the New York City Bar Association, 42 W. 44th St., New York, NY.

4. CHOOSE REALITY – A Climate Reality Project Presentation, Thursday December 8, 2011 from 7:00pm – 8:30pm, Joan of Arc Auditorium, 154 West 93rd Street

5. Panel–Awareness Into Action 2: Speaking Out On The Environment, December 7th, at 7 PM, in Held Auditorium

6. EarthCo Meeting Mondays 8pm Hamilton 318

 

OPPORTUNITIES AND CONNECTIONS

1. Bike Share: Please take a minute to tell us what you think: tinyurl.com/cuBikePoll

2. Head Funding Officer, Sense & Sustainability (Deadline 12/10):

If you’re interested, please contact Abdul El-Sayed (elabdul@gmail.com) with a resume and a statement of interest by

DECEMBER 10th.

3. 1st Annual CU Environmental Symposium: If you are interested please send an email to Seisei Tatebe-Goddu and atseisei@tandemcg.com and David Abrahamson at davidsipa13@gmail.com

4. Apply to live in Greenborough Special Interest Brownstone: email at greenborough@columbia.edu

5. Join the Green Umbrella Board !: email us cugreenumbrella@gmail.com