Volunteer Opportunities – Sustainable Business Committee of CBSACNY

The Sustainable Business Committee of Columbia Business School Alumni Club of NY (CBSACNY) is holding an organizational meeting to plan events for the upcoming year, and it is seeking volunteers! As a volunteer you will have the opportunity to network with an array of sustainable-minded professionals.

Please attend the meeting and help brainstorm ideas for events, speakers, and promotion.  Maybe even chair the organization of an event yourself!  Last year we sponsored many forums including Launching a Green Business.

Please register by by 10 AM on Wednesday.  Sign up here.  (You do not have to be an alumni of or student at the business school to participate.)

Email your fellow SUMA student Matt Shurtleff at ms4202@columbia.edu with any questions.

EI Sustainability Professional Development Speaker Series Event – Tuesday, October 2nd

On Tuesday, October 2, 2012,  Jim Gowen, Chief Sustainability Officer and Vice President of  Supply Chain Operations at Verizon will come to the Earth Institute, Columbia University to speak to students in the MPA-ESP, MSSM, SDEV and Sustainability Analytics Certificate programs.

Jim will discuss the following topics:

  • His career path leading up to his role at Verizon as CSO and VP of Supply Chain Operations
  • How he took on being a change agent for sustainability
  • The initiatives he has championed in energy efficiency andcarbon emission reduction and how he gets the work done with his Green Team
  • How Verizon encourages sustainability outside of the office
  • His overall perspective of sustainability and the telecommunications industry

Date:     Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Where: Kraft Center – Rennert Hall 606 West 115th Street, New York, NY 10025
Time:     4:30 PM – 5:45pm PM (Check in begins at 4:00pm)

Jim Gowen Bio
Jim Gowen is a change agent. Since taking on the complementary roles of vice president of Supply Chain Operations and chief sustainability officer for Verizon in 2009, he has enlisted more than 9,100 employees in 20 countries to help reduce the company’s environmental footprint.
Gowen oversees “green” initiatives across Verizon including the introduction of a carbon intensity metric, fuel and energy reduction, paper suppression, waste reduction and recycling. In his supply chain role, Gowen leads centralized operations with responsibility for more than $2.5 billion in annual through-put.
Gowen earned his master’s degree in business administration from Long Island University and his bachelor’s degree from Manhattanville College. He is located in Basking Ridge, New Jersey.

A special thank you to Nicole deFuria, MSSM student and Senior Consultant – Process Engineer at Verizon, for helping to make this happen.

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Open House — Saturday, October 6th

The Earth Institute’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO) presents the annual Open House on October 6, 2012 from 10am-4pm. The Open House is free and open to the public and will include lab tours, hands-on demonstrations, and more.

Additionally, volunteers are needed for 2-3 hour blocks of time throughout the day.  The volunteer assignments include staffing the welcome tent, gift shop tent, helping researchers and scientists in the various exhibit tents, helping to staff student groups, ushering guests and a host of other activities.  Morning volunteers – 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, should plan to be at Lamont no later than 9:30 a.m.

Volunteers are given an Open House t-shirt, a meal ticket and transportation to and from Open House.  They are also invited to attend the Alumni/Volunteer BBQ at 4:30 p.m. on the grounds behind Lamont Hall.  Food and drink are provided at the BBQ.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Vilma Rivera Gallagher at vrgallagher@ei.columbia.edu by Monday, September 24th.   Please include your availability and contact information.


Social Enterprise Conference at Columbia Business School – Friday, October 5th