Earth Week 2012


Tuesday April 17th

>             GREEN ROOF SCIENCE SYMPOSIUM, 9 AM – 5:30 PM, Diana Center Event Oval @ Barnard College


>             WHAT HAPPENED WITH THE GULF OIL SPILL? 1-2pm, International Affairs Building Room 902

Ever wonder what happened with the Gulf oil spill?  Did BP get sued, was the oil all really “cleaned up,” were communities compensated?  Find out next Tuesday the 17th at a brownbag discussion with Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) senior attorney David Pettit, who has been helping to lead NRDC’s efforts in response to the spill.

Two years ago this month, Deepwater Horizon was the largest oil spill to occur in US history.  Although media attention has dwindled, the work is far from over.

Some of the questions that will be covered are:

How much progress has been made in two years?
What is the status of the federal lawsuit?
What are the economic and environmental consequences?
What have been the federal and local responses?
How have Gulf communities endured?
How does this relate to the North Sea, Cuba, and China?

Read David Pettit’s bio here: and blog here:


Thursday April 19th


Please join Consilience: The Journal of Sustainable Development for our final dialogue series event of the year with David Smiley, Professor of Architecture and Urban Studies at Columbia University. Thursday, April 19 at 6:30 pm in Lerner 568. The event will feature a presentation followed by a discussion. Light refreshments will be served.

Sustainable development is a broad, interdisciplinary topic of study and can be defined in various ways. But what do the terms “sustainability” and “development” actually mean, both as individual words and as a combined term? Who gets to define these terms, much less conjoin them? What should be included in a project of sustainable development? Professor Smiley will discuss his take on defining such terms and how these terms are applied in today’s society.




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.



Friday April 20th


>             EARTH WEEK HIGH FASHION: GREEN ON THE GREEN, 12:30-2PM, Lehman Lawn of Barnard College

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!



Saturday April 21st


>             DO IT IN THE DARK @ GREENBOROUGH!  9pm, Greenborough, 604 W. 114th St. (btw Bway and Riverside)

Come celebrate the end of Earth Week with Barnard EcoReps and Greenborough!

We’re turning off all the lights in our house! Glowsticks, shiny things, and other kinds of entertainment will be present, as will you.

Where: The house with the gold rock, i.e. the first brownstone (604) on the south side of W 114th St between Broadway and Riverside Dr.
When: Saturday the 21st at 9pm

BYOCup, please – we’ll supply the food and drinks. (fb:



Sunday April 22nd – Earth Day 2012!

>            DIG THE GARDEN ON EARTH DAY! 12PM – 3PM, Campus Garden @ Pupin Plaza


In association with Harlem Park to Park, Green Umbrella, and SEEJ, Columbia Food Sustainability Project (CUFSP) is hosting an afternoon of food, fun, and community in Pupin Plaza. Come support local agriculture and celebrate planet earth amidst Columbia’s own campus garden.

The Columbia Community Garden is located at 120th St and Broadway, on Columbia’s Campus, in Pupin Plaza. We will be there from 10-3, with the morning (10-12) focusing on teaching and working with children to plant seeds in the garden and learn about sustainable gardening. Then we’ll take a break to eat (food provided by Columbia’s local sustainable student run catering service, 4Local) and listen to live a cappella from 12-1. From 1-3 we’ll open it up to an open-mic, and listen to awesome acoustic music as we continue to work in the garden and celebrate the Earth!

Join the facebook event:

>            SIGN UP FOR THE MORNINGSIDE HEIGHT’S CSA (COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE) 10am-3pm @ the Columbia Garden @ Pupin Plaza

Want cheap, healthy, sustainable produce for the entire fall season?
Want to learn how to cook new and exciting veggies?
Want to support a local farm?
…then get a Fall 2012 Farm Share from the Morningside Height’s CSA!

Farm Share Details:
– $200 each, for 10-weeks of produce to feed 4 people (that’s $5 per person, per week!)
– Optional egg share: 1 dozen eggs, bi-weekly, for an extra $22.50 total
**Pay in cash or check only**
– Please have money ready at sign-up

Check out the facebook event or email us at:


Wednesday April 25th

>             THE CU EARTH SUMMIT 1-6 pm, Low Library




>             CELEBRATE EARTH WEEK! EISAC’S SHORT FILMS 8pm, Pupin Plaza


Join the Earth Institute Student Advisory Council (EISAC) for an entertaining evening of short films on environmental issues in celebration of Earth Week!

Films will be screened outdoors on Pupin Plaza on Wednesday, April 25th* beginning at 8pm, and will include a UNICEF Talk on Digital Mapping of Environmental Risks in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, a TED talk: The Mannahatta Project, and Second Nature: The Biomimicry Evolution. Take a study break and come for as long as you’d like.  Enjoy free treats from our sponsors including popcorn and Odwalla drinks and snacks!

*Note: In the event of bad weather, screening will be postponed until Wednesday, May 2nd.

Never heard of EISAC? EISAC is a group of Earth Institute student representatives from a diverse array of disciplines across Columbia’s schools who share a common interest in the field of sustainability. Attend the film screening to learn more about EISAC’s expanding role in the Columbia community.  If you have any questions about the event or the council, shoot an email to

To add your event to the schedule, email


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