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

 

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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/