USGBC Emerging Professionals June Forum – Environmentally Responsible Investing


Investment banks and portfolio managers devise investment strategies that generate returns based off of criteria and goals put forth by the client.  In recent years Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) has emerged as the go-to solution for the environmentally conscious client.  Please join the Emerging Professionals at The New School for our June forum as we discuss SRI with Louis Berger of Washington Square Capital Management and Colm O’Connor of Kleinwort Benson Investors.

Date: June 24, 2014

Time: 6:30 to 8 PM


Louis Berger
Co-founder and Partner, Washington Square Capital Management

Berger is co-founder and partner of Washington Square Capital Management, a NY-based independent investment advisory firm specializing in socially responsible investing. Berger oversees investment portfolios for individual, institutional and corporate clients. Prior to co-founding WSQ Capital in 2009, Louis worked as a financial advisor in the wealth management division of UBS, the Swiss bank. Louis holds a BFA from New York University and an MFA from the New School.

Colm O’Connor 
Portfolio Manager, Energy Solutions and Global Environmental Solutions Strategies, Kleinwort Benson Investors

O’Connor is a portfolio manager in the Energy Solutions and Global Environmental Solutions Strategies (GESS) group at Kleinwort Benson Investors where he is responsible for the development of investment strategy as well as the day to day management of the strategies. Colm joined the Environmental Strategies team in 2006 as an analyst on the Energy Solutions Strategy and was promoted to Portfolio Manager in 2008. Prior to that, he worked at the firm as an analyst in the Alternative Investments unit and as a Performance analyst in the Performance Measurement and Risk Analysis Unit. Colm graduated from University College Dublin in 2000 with a Commerce degree and continued on to complete a Masters in E-Commerce.


If you are interested in volunteering for this event please contact Anne Sjolander at

PLEASE NOTE: This event is free (registration is still required!) for Urban Green Council Members, but there is a $5 admission fee for non-members. Your donation is critical in supporting Emerging Professionals events.

As always, networking will continue at our *mandatory* extended happy hour(s) at Reservoir Bar located at 70 University place (between 11th and 10th streets).

Click here to register for the event.

New York Energy Week Starts Monday June 16th!

ImageThe second annual event series kicks off on Monday, June 16th, with an official Opening Ceremony hosted at Con Edison’s NYC headquarters, featuring the State’s top policy makers and leading market participants addressing New York’s recently announced Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) agenda.

The 12 headline events will be hosted by leading organizations all throughout New York City. This year’s hosts include: CME Group, Google, Con Edison, National Grid, NY Academy of Sciences, the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey and Morgan Stanley, among others.  

Speakers from New York and beyond will lead discussions throughout the week. This year’s speakers include: Audrey Zibelman, Chair of the NY Public Service Commision, John McAvoy, CEO of Con Edison, John Rhodes, CEO of NYSERDA, Ken Daly, President of National Grid, Alfred Griffin, President of the New York Green Bank, Gil Quiniones, President of New York Power Authority, Jigar Shah, Founder & Former CEO of Sun Edison, Chris Faulkner, CEO of Texas-based Breitling Energy, Peter Molengraaf, CEO of Alliander, Cheryl Martin, Acting Director of DOE’s ARPA-E program.

Click here for the full list of speakers and hosts and to request your invitation.


North American Student Energy Summit Bursaries

northamerican-hor-clrWant to attend the North American Student Energy Summit for FREE on June 19-20th? The summit is now offering a limited number of bursaries on a first-come-first-serve basis, so the earlier you apply the better your chance of selection (value of $90). Select bursary winners will also have the opportunity to attend one-on-one sessions with recruiters from BP and Northland Power.

Click here to apply!

Some more information about the event:

The North American Student Energy Summit (NASES) is a regional forum that will focus on today’s pressing energy issues and the role that students will play in addressing them Taking place at the UN headquarters and Columbia University in New York City June 19-20, 2014, this event will also be linked to four other summits hosted by Student Energy taking place on the same days across the globe in Africa, Latin America and Europe.

See the full line-up & schedule at


Join the Emerging Professionals of Urban Green Council and several New York City graduate programs focused on green building and sustainability to kick off the new school year! Mix and mingle with graduate students in your program and from other programs across the city. This is also a great opportunity for young professionals considering graduate school to meet current students.

This event is free and open to all; please register below. There will be drink specials and light snacks will be provided.


Bard College MBA in Sustainability

The City College of New York Sustainability in the Urban Environment

Columbia University Sustainability Management

The New School Environmental Policy & Sustainability Management

NYU Center for the Sustainable Built Environment

Pratt Institute Urban Environmental Systems Management


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New York, NY 10002

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Event: Trivia Night hosted by Net Impact SUMA!

Dear Columbia SUMA friends,

Please join SUMA Net Impact (SUMANI) and SUMA Student Association (SUMASA) as they co-host a night of networking festivities at the EAST VILLAGE Pourhouse on Wednesday, July 17th!

Trivia games, food and drink specials, as well as sustainable prizes are to be shared with a great sustainability-minded crowd!

Note: Start-time of the event is now 6pm! The end-time is still 10pm.

Details: East Village Pourhouse: 64 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10003 (corner of 11th and 3rd)

Date: Wednesday, July 17th

Time: 6:00pm-10:00pm, Trivia starts at 8pm

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See you there!

And don’t forget to create a profile at—it’s free to join! Be sure to select Columbia University, School of Continuing Education as your chapter.