Monday, October 7, 2013 | 6–8 pm

42 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036

Climate change is placing increasing strain on the infrastructure and resources of cities around the world. Rising sea levels, increases in heat waves, and more frequent and intense weather events demand broad adaptation initiatives and new attention to long-term resilience. As home to more than half of the world’s population, cities are becoming the first responders to climate change and are taking a leadership role in addressing its impacts. This panel will discuss adaptation initiatives being implemented in cities around the world and New York’s role within this global movement.


AMY DAVIDSEN, Executive Director, US, The Climate Group

RADLEY M. HORTON, Associate Research Scientist, Center for Climate Systems Research, Columbia University

CRISTINA RUMBAITIS DEL RIO, Senior Associate Director, The Rockefeller Foundation

ELLIOTT SCLAR, Professor of Urban Planning, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and Professor of International Affairs, School of

International and Public Affairs Director, Center for Sustainable Urban Development, The Earth Institute, Columbia University


MICHAEL B. GERRARD, Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice and

Director, Center of Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School

Event co-sponsored by the Committee on International Environmental Law, the

Committee on Environmental Law, the Task Force on Climate Adaptation and

the Columbia Center for Climate Change Law

This event is open to the public and free of charge, but please register at:



EVENT: SIPA – Energy: What Is Next and Beyond

SIPA: US Energy: What Is Next and Beyond

Please join the Center on Global Energy Policy for a presentation by Aubert Guillaume,Partner and Managing Director, Boston Consulting Group, on US Energy: What Is Next and Beyond? Guillaume will discuss the different drivers that will affect how U.S. energy and power markets could look in 2025 and beyond, focusing on the role of technologies, resources, competitive dynamics, regulation and policy.

When: Monday, September 30, 2013 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Where: International Affairs Building, Room 1501

420 West 118th St

Columbia University

Contact: Jesse McCormick

RSVP Link: http://energypolicy.columbia.edu/events-calendar/us-energy-what-next-and-beyond#

SUMASA Outdoor Skate Party

Join your SUMA classmates for New York City’s largest outdoor skate party with DJ Misbehavior in the CPDSA Skate Circle.

Renowned on the London Club scene, no plane tickets are required.

Admission is free whether you skate or dance or just listen to the beats. The Skate Truck will be on location for this event and offers inline or ‘old school’ quad skate rentals (and safety gear). Show your Columbia University ID card and get $5 off a skate rental for you and a friend (only $10 after the discount).

If you have never been to this event before, check out numerous videos on youtube (search central park skaters or central park dance skaters).

Where: Central Park Skate Circle http://cpdsa.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3&Itemid=4

Address: Central Park, New York City

When: Sunday, September 29, 2013

Time: 3:00-5:30

Webpage: (Skate Circle has the following webpage www.cpdsa.org

Skate truck is at www.skatetrucknyc.com )

DJ Misbehavior http://djmisbehavior.com

General Assembly Meeting with SUMA Board the HAPPH HOUR!

Please join the SUMASA Board for a Fall semester General Assembly meeting on Wednesday, September 25th at 8:15pm in 510 Northwest Corner Building. This will be an opportunity to connect with classmates, meet student groups, and talk with your governing student body. We will be discussing the following topics:

  • 1. Board introductions
    • VP of communications position
    • Topical committee participation

    2. SUMASA Meeting with Administration

    • Areas of concern
    • Constructive suggestions

    3. Symposium

    • Student survey promotion
    • Topical areas
    • Committee volunteers

    4. Events  

    • Working with other groups- SUMANI, Women and Sustainability, Aquanauts
    • Upcoming – (see SUMASA website)
    • Student ideas
    • Feedback – (this portion will lead directly to Q&A)

    5. Q & A

    6. Happy hour – Haakon’s Hall

We want to hear from you! Feel free to email important agenda items to sumasaboard@sumasa.org.

[RECRUITING NOW] Fourth Annual Inter-University Climate Negotiation Simulation

Fourth Annual Inter-University Climate Negotiation Simulation

Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies are pleased to announce that the Fourth Annual Inter-University Climate Negotiation Simulation to be held October 18-19, 2013 at Yale University.

The negotiations of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, particularly at the annual Conferences of Parties (CoP), are vital discussions which promise to determine the ecological and economic fate of our world under the specter of global warming. The last COP held in Doha, Qatar, saw the adoption of a second commitment period for the Kyoto Protocol. However, many key countries have opted against participation in this agreement, placing the onus of any serious long-term international climate policy on the outcome of continuing negotiations set forth in the Durban Platform of 2011. Hence, the upcoming CoP 19 in Warsaw, Poland will continue to determine the rights and duties of countries with regards to mitigation, adaptation, finance, technology development and transfer, transparency of action, and support and capacity-building.  These issues will be the central themes of this year’s Negotiation Simulation.  As the core of this exercise, participants will be assigned a country and, over the course of two days, charged with representing their interests as they negotiate over the legal issues of a new international climate agreement, based on actual working texts from the UNFCCC. 

We are going as a team, so if you are interested in participating, please let us know (sumasaboard@sumasa.org / subject: Climate Negotiation Simulation) and send us the following information by Saturday, October 5th, 2013:

  • Full name (First, Last)
  • Projected Graduation Date
  • Email address and mobile phone number (information will be shared with other participants from same institution)

Additional Information

Country and working groups will be assigned by the event organizers.  Registered participants will receive country and working group assignments, working texts, and additional information one week prior to the start of the event.   This meeting is supported by the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies Student Advisory Committee.

*All meals will be provided to registered participants during the event.  While we cannot provide hotel accommodations, we can solicit free housing options from the Yale FES community.  Participants must also contribute their own travel costs.

Where:  Yale University School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, New Haven, CT Address:  Details to be shared with selected participants

When:  5:30PM, Friday, October 18 through 5PM, Saturday, October 19, 2013

Time:  See above

Webpage: none

RSVP Link: N/A