EI Presentation: James Hansen & Claude Henry – On Carbon Pricing: Some Countries Price Carbon Extensively and Are Prosperous — What About Yours? Monday, April 29th 6pm

The Earth Institute is pleased to present:

On Carbon Pricing: Some Countries Price Carbon Extensively and Are Prosperous — What About Yours?

Monday, April 29, 2013 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Columbia University, Morningside Campus, International Affairs Building, Kellogg Center, Room 1501


Moderator: Klaus Lackner, Ewing-Worzel Professor of Geophysics, Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering, Columbia University; Director, Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy, The Earth Institute, Columbia University.


Speakers: James Hansen, Adjunct Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (DEES), Columbia University; Claude Henry, Professor of Innovation and Sustainable Development, Sciences Po Paris, Visiting Professor, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University.  


This event is free and open to the registered public.  Registration is required for this event.  To register please click CARBON.


Contact: For further information regarding this event, please contact Lauranne Bardin by sending email to lb2808@columbia.edu .


This event is co-sponsored by the Earth Institute, the Lenfest Center and the Alliance Program.

CANCELLED CI3: Columbia Impact Investing Professional Development Training Opportunity – May 3rd and 4th

Interested in a certification that can help build your resume?

CI3 is partnering with BSD consulting to provide an opportunity for Columbia Students to receive a two-day GRI training certification (Global Reporting Initiative) at a discounted price for 25 students; first come, first served. The usual student fee is $900 / early bird student fee is $435. Register and pay in the following link .

Date: May 3 & 4, 2012. Time: 9 am – 5 pm.

Location: 420 West 118th Street, Room 408, International Affairs Building – Columbia University, New York, NY 10027

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is a non-profit organization that works towards a sustainable global economy by providing sustainability reporting guidance. The GRI Sustainability Reporting Guidelines have proven to be the most efficient method to respond to social, environmental, economic and governance impacts and risks and to build trust and credibility in the broader marketplace.

Professional Benefits of GRI Training

Great differentiator for professional opportunities in sustainability department of major corporations, public agencies and civil society organizations.

Professionals certified in GRI can help companies better implement sustainability indicators and develop their annual sustainability report.

Competency very much sought by consultancy firms working in the sustainability field.

One of the few certified courses in the sustainability field.

The course is not only about getting to know the GRI indicators but understanding sustainability management.

According to Ceres, more than 1,800 companies now use the framework for sustainability reporting. A study by GRI’s report services team found recently that 52 percent of GRI-based reports come from publicly listed firms. The top reporting sectors are financial services, energy, utilities, food and beverage, mining, telecommunications, chemicals, construction and health care.

Certification: Upon completion of the GRI Training Program and the feedback questionnaire, graduates will receive a certificate directly from GRI. The questionnaire is sent to participants via email shortly after the training. The certificate states that the participant has successfully completed the Certified Training Program and states the name of the GRI Certified Training Partner that organized the course.Please note: CI3 has no professional affiliation with BSD Consulting.

Disclaimer: At least 20 people must register by April 26, 2013 for the event to take place. In the event that the event needs to be cancelled, participant will be fully refunded.

MSSM Capstone Briefings – Tuesday, April 30th

Support your classmates! Attend the final briefings of the Integrative Capstone Management course on Tuesday April 30th from 6:10 to 8:00 p.m. in the Kraft  Center, Rennert Hall. Event and RSVP details are below. This semester, students have undertaken the following projects:

  • Living on the Edge – Integrating Renewable Resource Strategies on the Urban Periphery in Oaxaca, Mexico, Client: Instituto Internacional de Recursos Renovables (irri) Mexico, The Yansa  Group, The Ashoka Foundation Mexico
  • Opportunities for Climate Resilience: The Beaches of Stamford, CT, Client: City of Stamford, Land Use Bureau
  • Sustainability Certification System For Tourism Companies In Chile, Client: Chilean Federation of Tourism Enterprises, FEDETUR
  • Energy Systems for New York City Multifamily and Commercial Buildings, Client: New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA)
  • Developing a business plan for New Jersey Audubon, Client: New Jersey Audubon

Integrative Capstone Briefings

Date: Tuesday, April 30th , 6:10-8:00 p.m. (Please arrive by no later than 6:00 p.m.)

Location: Kraft Center, Rennert Hall (606 West 115th Street)

RSVP: http://www.earth.columbia.edu/events/view/64599

*If you are currently enrolled in the capstone course, RSVP is not required.

M.S. Student Applies Sustainability Management Skills to CDP

M.S. in Sustainability Management (MSSM) student Andrea Tenorio joined the program because she was interested in a career that aligned with her values of social responsibility, recognized her affinity for efficiency and conservation, and was technically challenging.  Currently, Andrea works at CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project), where she manages a program that provides companies with access to environmental information so that they can build internal expertise with regard to managing climate change issues. Andrea credits her varied background, personal interest in sustainability, and practical skills acquired in the classroom with being able to launch a meaningful career in sustainability management.

Read the whole interview at the Earth Institute’s blog

Sumasa ‘Beta’ Course Swap Night – Thursday, April 25th, 8-9 PM

Wondering what classes to take this summer and fall semesters? Please join us on Thursday, April 25th at 8pm for an informal swap of course experiences! Graduating students are encouraged to attend to help newer students learn about classes!

What: An informal time for SUMA students to hang out and trade the real story about each of the classes they’re taking to those trying to decide what to take next semester.

“Beta” is climbing jargon that designates information about a climb. In rock climbing this may include information about a climb’s difficulty, crux, style, length, quality of rock, ease to protect, required equipment, and specific information about hand or foot holds. For alpine climbs, beta may include information about the length and difficulty of the approach, availability of water on the climb and the approach, ease of exiting the route before completing it, descent information, perhaps even useful logistic information for climbs in foreign countries. Let’s help each other on our “course” climbs!

When: After Sustainability Management class on Thursday night, in the same classroom.

Thursday, April 25th


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