Open Call for Collaborators – Summer Sustainable Design

The Urban Design Program at Columbia University (MSAUD) is looking for graduate students interested in participating in interdisciplinary teams to submit entries to the “UrbanSOS – All Systems Go” design competition – a global open ideas competition co-hosted by Aecom, Van Alen Institute, and 100 Resilient Cities (a Rockefeller Foundation Initiative.

The urban design students will work on this project during the summer semester between July 13th and August 7th and will have an additional 2 weeks to complete their proposal for the competition deadline on August 21, 2015.  

Interested students will join a team and work under the guidance of Urban Design faculty.  At a minimum, you should be able to commit to one team meeting (approx. 2 hours) per week.

If you are interested, email Kaja Kuhl at kk730@columbia.edu.

Summer CSA with Local Roots!

Eat healthier and cook more this summer with produce straight from local farms and NYC based small batch provisions.  The Local Roots CSA connects you with the freshest foods through a convenient subscription-based food system.  Simply order on their website for 10 weeks of food, and then pick up your groceries right in the office each week.

The local farms you’ll be supporting use humane and sustainable growing practices with nutrients and flavor.  The Local Roots CSA is a social, fun, and easy way to get your groceries.  Contact LocalRootsNYC.org for more information.

CoolNYC Program

ThinkEco has partnered with Con Edison to create a residential program called coolNYC that lets users better control their energy use from the biggest energy hog in their home: their window ACs.

Participants get smartAC kits to control their ACs from anywhere, anytime with their smartphone or computer.  Customers who already have Wi-Fi enabled ACs can join by enrolling their ACs in the program.

coolNYC members help maintain the stability of our electric grid during periods of high use by participating in coolNYC Events.  During the Event, thousands of New Yorkers reduce their power use by cooling at a slightly higher temperature setting.  This allows us to reduce the pressure on the electric grid, and most participants don’t notice any change.  Visit the coolNYC website to learn more and sign up!

US Green Building Council: From Emerging Professionals to Industry Leaders

For just over 10 years, our Emerging Professionals’ Co-Chairs have been organizing networking and educational events, and facilitating career development opportunities for their peers.  Today, these EP alumni have gone on to hold leadership positions throughout the green building industry.

Join five former EP Co-Chairs as they discuss their experiences during and after their tenure with the EP committee.  Hear how the position affected their career development, continued learning, and sparked community engagement.

When: Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Where: Designtex, 200 Varick St (8th floor)
RSVP: Click Here

New York Society on Ethical Culture: Champions of Change

Please join us at the New York Society for Ethical Culture (NYSEC), Thursday, April 30th to hear dynamic legislative and policy leaders like the Honorable Barney Frank and Columbia’s Earth Institute leader Steven Cohen confront the question of whether major public service initiatives, the next Big Idea, like job creation, climate sustainability, gender equality, immigration and civil rights legislation can still happen.  What can the people expect? More info here.

When: Thursday, April 30, 2015
Time: 5:45 PM – 8:30 PM
Where: NYSEC, 2 West 64th St
Cost: $10
RSVP: Click Here

Museum Meet-up & Cultural Outing

Join your fellow SUMAsters for a Museum Meet-up at Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, followed by a Cultural Outing dinner to Amy Ruth’s Restaurant.

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is one of the world’s leading research facilities devoted to the preservation of materials on the global African and African diasporan experiences.  A focal point of Harlem’s cultural life, the Center also functions as the national research library in the field, providing free access to its wide-ranging noncirculating collections.  It also sponsors programs and events that illuminate and illustrate the richness of black history and culture.

When: Saturday, April 18, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM
Where: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Blvd.
RSVP: Facebook or email Derrick at ds3009@columbia.edu

Afterwards, let’s grab a late lunch at the famous, and delicious, Amy Ruth’s restaurant!  They are known for their southern style, old fashioned home cooking.

When: Saturday, April 18, 2015
Time: 2:00 PM
Where: Amy Ruth’s Restaurant, 113 W 116th Street
RSVP: Facebook or email Derrick at ds3009@columbia.edu

New York Society on Ethical Culture: Champions of Change

Please join us at the New York Society for Ethical Culture (NYSEC), Thursday, April 30th to hear dynamic legislative and policy leaders like the Honorable Barney Frank and Columbia’s Earth Institute leader Steven Cohen confront the question of whether major public service initiatives, the next Big Idea, like job creation, climate sustainability, gender equality, immigration and civil rights legislation can still happen.  What can the people expect? More info here.

When: Thursday, April 30, 2015
Time: 5:45 PM – 8:30 PM
Where: NYSEC, 2 West 64th St
Cost: $10
RSVP: Click Here