January 30, 2006
Some flyer-lifted news: The first meeting of Universities Allied for Essential Medicine will be today (Monday 1/30) at 8 PM in Earl Hall. They are planning to “work to improve treatment access for poor countries.” I’m unable to attend, but if someone who reads cuenv happens to go, I’d love to hear about the group and get connected with the people involved.
January 29, 2006
So tonight I was at a meeting hosted by the CU Green Umbrella about the administration’s Environmental Assessment Committee. Apparently the committee is meeting behind closed doors, which–as you would expect–is drastically limiting their ability to collect accurate or comprehensive data, and raises questions about potential greenwashing in any publications produced. The question under debate is how to open the assessment project to students. If you’d like to help, email Anjana Sharma or show up at the Housing & Dining-sponsored Group for Environmental Opportunities meeting this Friday 2/3 at 11 AM in Wallach 102.
So yesterday I was at Wharton for the first event in the 2006 StartingBloc Institute for Social Innovation, and all I have to say is–wow. I could ramble on for a while, but in the spirit of concision I’ll simply say that the program focuses on making participants aware of opportunities and methods available for doing socially and environmentally beneficial things in the for-profit, nonprofit, and government sectors, and on creating networks to enable cooperation across sectors in those kind of endeavors.
Speakers included two of the founders of the Social Venture Network, an officer in the Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Competitiveness Group at the World Bank Institute, and others with incredible experience and accomplishment. The other participants of the program were similarly impressive; sitting at a table with people–just a year or two older than myself–who have been in the Peace Corps, founded “a few businesses”, and sat on state educational policy boards is both inspiring and (I’ll be honest) a little intimidating. Anyway, I would recommend applying to the program next year to–well, anyone.
For more details I’ll refer you to their website; if all goes as planned, I’ll be able to post at least audio recordings of some of the speakers from the first event within a month or so.
January 27, 2006
I’ll be in Philadelphia tomorrow at the first event in the 2006 StartingBloc Institute for Social Innovation. The fellowship is essentially an introduction and intensive workshop aimed at developing awareness and support networks for college students interested in promoting corporate social responsibility upon graduation. I’ll let you all know how it goes.
January 25, 2006
Food Sustainability Project Partners with Housing and Dining to Form Group for Environmental Opportunities
The Food Sustainability Project has been working with Housing and Dining and the university administration to bring local produce into the dining halls over the past two years. Now they’re partnering with Housing and Dining to form GEO, the Group for Environmental Opportunities:
Since direct dialogue has been important to FSP, we have talked with Larry [Levitas, director of Dining Services] about forming a group known as GEO: Group for Environmental Opportunities. GEO would be an attempt to bring together undergraduate environmental student groups with Columbia administration to discuss specific environmental goals concerning Columbia Housing and Dining. There are two reasons for this group: If we work together on specific environmental tasks we will get more accomplished at a quick rate. Also, if we work with certain projects in GEO, there will be a body to keep projects going even when student leaders graduate.
Their first meeting is this Friday 1/27 at 11 AM in 102 Wallach. Email Coogan Brennan if you’re interested.
This just in from our homies at the Earth Institute:
On Friday, February 17, 2006 The Office of Educational Programs and Student Programs at The Earth Institute at Columbia University will host the second annual All Ivy Environment and Sustainable Development Career Fair in Lerner Hall’s Auditorium. The event will run from 10:00am-3:00pm and will feature internship, educational and full-time career opportunities for undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree students from all the Ivy League schools.
There’s a long list of for-profit, non-profit, academic, and government organizations that are listed to be there. People who wish to attend are encouraged to register, dress nicely, and bring copies of their resume.
January 24, 2006
More yummy events for y’alls:
Lecture: Sucesses and Challenges in International Development – Lessons from Togo
The Institute for African Studies is hosting a lecture by Arnold Ahiaesi, Global Fund Coordinator for Togo, this Thursday 1/26 from 12:15 to 1:45 PM in IAB 1134. It looks to be an instructive look at some big-picture development issues.
University Environmental Assesment Task Force Student Interest Meeting
Apparently the university has created a task force to complete an environmental assessment of our facilities. I’m not sure what exactly that’s going to entail, but it sounds like good news to me. The odd thing is that the people on the task force apparently looked for students to get involved, but could not find any interested students (as Anjana said, “What?!?!?!”). Clearly this is more a communication problem than anything else: if you’re interested, hit up the meeting in the Lerner Second Floor Piano Lounge this Sunday 1/29 at 8:30 PM. Email Anjana Sharma (of CU Students for Economic and Environmental Justice) if you plan to attend.
Another flyer-lifted event some of you might be interested in checking out:
Students for Choice Clinic Escort Training
Wednesday January 25 at 10 PM or
Friday January 27 at 2:30 PM at the Center for Research on Women, 101 Barnard Hall
January 23, 2006
Community Impact Open House
Community Impact will be holding an open house on the second floor of Earl Hall on Wednesday 1/25 from 7 to 9 PM. From what I have heard, most of their programs will be tabling, as will other groups that are active in the sustainability/environment/social justice space.
EarthCo: Captain Planet Brunch
The Earth Coalition is holding a brunch in Broadway dorm (on 114th and Broadway) from 11 AM to 12 PM on Sunday 2/5 to commemorate the success of their Go Cold Turkey pledge drive last semester. Free hot bagels, orange juice, jelly, cream cheese, and Captain Planet cartoons.
Some flyer-lifted upcoming event info:
Subway Prevention Program
Pass out free condoms and free HIV testing info on the subways.
First meeting: Tuesday, January 24th, Lerner East Ramp Lounge at 8 PM
Columbia Global Justice
A health- and human-rights-based activist group.
Meetings on Wednesdays at 8 PM in Earl Hall