Your Sustainability Entrepreneurship Path

Join SUMA Net Impact for this workshop on how to identify, value, and capture sustainability opportunities with Social Venture Network (SVN*) award winner, Elizabeth Scharpf. This interactive workshop will cover Elizabeth’s own path to entrepreneurship and advice for entrepreneurs.

Elizabeth, a Harvard alumna, is Founder and Chief Instigating Officer at Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE). SHE is a social venture that invests in people and ideas that are typically overlooked (and often taboo) as vehicles of socio-economic change.

Monday, February 24th at 8:10pm – 9:30pm
Hogan Hall Conference Room A – 2910 Broadway

RSVP here:

Don’t forget to create a free profile at and please be sure to select Columbia School of Continuing Education as your Chapter.

Learn more about the organizations here:

*SVN is the world’s leading peer-to-peer network of values-driven entrepreneurs and investors. Network members include Eileen Fisher, Amy Domini (Domini Social Investments) Chip Conley (Airbnb) and Ben Cohen & Jerry Greenfield (Ben & Jerry’s).

Service Corps Program

Service Corps provides Net Impact members the opportunity to use their business skills to help nonprofits in their community by engaging in short-term, part-time consulting projects ranging from marketing, to business operations, to strategic planning, and more.

Net Impact members participate in Service Corps to:
-Offer quality business consulting services to organizations that cannot otherwise afford it
-Work with experienced professionals
-Develop and strengthen their relationships with organizations and individuals in their local nonprofit community
-Gain tangible nonprofit management experience

Nonprofits participate in Service Corps to:
-Bring new perspective into their organization
-Receive quality business consulting on projects
-Support development of emerging nonprofit leaders
-Engage volunteers in their organization’s work

The Net Impact NYC Board Fellows program aims to match talented, energetic, and committed New York area professionals with local nonprofit organizations in an effort to increase capacity in the nonprofit sector while providing members with an opportunity to grow both personally and professionally. The program brings valuable business skills to non-profits and allows nonprofits to cultivate potential new board members, while exposing Net Impact members to “real life” non-profit management and governance.

Nonprofit organizations are expected to:
-Commit one existing board member to act as a mentor to the Board Fellow, helping them navigate the organization and their responsibilities.
-Include the Board Fellow in all general board meetings and relevant committee meetings.
-Work with the Board Fellow to establish goals and projects that benefit the organization and interest the Board Fellow.
-Complete a post-project evaluation.

Board Fellows are expected to:
-Commit to contributing 5-10 hours per month to the nonprofit organization.
-Attend all general board meetings and meetings of all committees in which the Fellow participates.
-Carry out projects and tasks, and all interactions with their nonprofit, with integrity and professionalism.
-Come to the table with experience and success in leadership positions, and sincere interest in or passion for the cause of the organization.
-Submit a report at the end of their Fellowship, summarizing the impact of their participation for the host nonprofit, and discussing key lessons and takeaways from their Board Fellowship experience.

Click the flyers above to learn more about how to get involved!

Dinner & Networking with Morgan Stanley

Net Impact: SUMA Chapter is pleased to invite you to its first Dinner & Networking event, featuring Francesco Liberti, Global Environmental Risk Lead at Morgan Stanley.

Unlike most networking events, this dinner is designed to be a small and intimate evening to allow more engaging conversations for all participants.

There is a short survey to be completed upon registration that SUMANI will distribute to Francesco and student registrants—the survey will help everyone to make the most out of this unique networking opportunity.

Seats are very limited and will be assigned on a first-come-first-served basis.

Students are responsible for paying for their own meals and drinks, in addition to splitting Francesco’s check evenly between themselves.

Finally, all registrants must create a FREE profile at and select Columbia University School of Continuing Education as their chapter to be eligible to attend this dinner.

RSVP here:

Hurley’s Saloon
232 West 48th Street
New York, NY 10036

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)

About Mr Liberti:
Francesco Liberti is Morgan Stanley’s Global Environmental Risk Lead. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley in 2010, he spent 15 years with Deloitte’s environmental and sustainability advisory practice and has also worked as an environmental engineer designing and building remediation and treatment systems for groundwater, soil, and air. His educational background includes a B.S. in Engineering Science and an M.S. in Environmental Engineering (both from New Jersey Institute of Technology) as well as an MBA from Rutgers University.

See you next Wednesday!

Tee-Shirt Design Contest

SUMA Net Impact is proud to announce its very first tee-shirt design contest!

Don’t miss the chance to express your creativity and design a tee to be worn by your fellow SUMA students!

Design submissions will be accepted until 11:59pm on Friday, November 22nd, 2013.

Voting by the SUMA population will occur during the week after the submission deadline.

Full guidelines below:

  • Tee will be a one-sided, front design only
  • Tee fabric will be the same color as in the flyer above (or here)
  • Design must contain the following color: RGB 68,77,62
  • Design must contain one of the following colors: RGB 0,103,177 or RGB 28,174,235
  • Design must contain only two colors total
  • Design must contain the following text: “Sustainability Management
  • Design must contain either of the following texts: “Columbia University” or “Columbia
  • Design must contain either of the official Columbia SUMA Net Impact logos in monochromatic color scheme:


Please e-mail Mikael Amar, your SUMANI VP of Marketing and Communications, at for full-sized logos.

Good luck!

LEED Building Tour

WHAT: LEED Tour of the Northwest Corner Building
WHEN: Monday, October 14th from 4:00PM to 5:00PM
WHERE: NWC Building entrance, West 120th Street & Broadway

LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building program that has set out to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built, and operated.

According to the Department of Energy, LEED standards aimed at reducing water, waste, and emissions have helped building owners to reduce their energy use by as much as 25% while lowering their operational costs by as much as 19% compared to the national average.

Join us for a tour of the Northwest Corner (NWC) Building led by Joseph Mannino, Vice President of Capital Project Management & Planning at Columbia University Facilities, to learn about Columbia’s commitment to LEED and how the process of becoming Gold-certified has contributed to better building design and performance at NWC.

Also guiding the tour will be Adam Friedberg, the LEED consultant who participated in the NWC Building planning process, Janet Grapengeter, Director of Design and Compliance at Columbia Facilities, and Jessica Prata, Assistant Vice President of Environmental Stewardship at Columbia.

Schedule for Monday, October 14th:

3:50PM – 4:00PM
Assemble at the 550 West 120th Street entrance of the NWC Building
4:00PM – 5:00PM
Tour of a typical lab, possibly a mechanical room, the café, lecture hall, library, Pupin Plaza area and entry lobby, with attention to green design features and considerations, followed by Q&A time.

** Space is limited – preregistration required! **
Please RSVP here:

Below are the bios of our Tour Guides:

Joseph Maninno
Joseph is Vice President of Capital Project Management & Planning at Columbia University Facilities. With over 15 years of experience, Joseph has managed over $100 million in projects. He is a licensed architect in New York and New Jersey, and his previous experience includes designing institutional buildings and acting as an owner’s representative for the City University of New York.

Adam Friedberg
Adam has over 9 years of experience in sustainability, environmental engineering, and consulting for private, public, and non-profit clients nationally and internationally. His work includes implementing innovative sustainable planning, design and on-going maintenance strategies for buildings, infrastructure and urban and suburban master planning projects. A native of New York, Adam holds a degree in Environmental Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Janet Grapengeter
Janet has more than 20 years of experience in facilities management and operations. Prior to working at Columbia, Janet served as National Director at Jones Jang LaSalle, as a Facilities Manager at P&G, and at the Brystol-Myers Squibb Co. She has a Construction Management diploma from NYU and a degree in Architecture from the University of Virginia.

Jessica Prata
As the Assistant Vice President of Environmental Stewardship, Jessica is responsible for overseeing, launching, and monitoring sustainability efforts across the university in collaboration with students, faculty, and staff. Prior to her current role, Jessica served as the first-named Corporate Sustainability Officer at New York Presbyterian Hospital (NYP).

Transportation and Solid Waste in NYC

Curious about the Capital of the World’s waste management and commuting initiatives?

Want a first-hand account of these programs from the people who helped to formulate them?

Ever heard of PlaNYC?

Then don’t miss the chance to meet the people who created one of the most influential sustainability plans in the world!!

SUMA Net Impact has been invited to visit the Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability (the folks behind PlaNYC) to receive a presentation on Transportation and Solid Waste in NYC!!!


There will be a wait-list. The first ten registrants will be sent an e-mail requesting a confirmation of their attendance 48 hours before the event. If SUMANI does not receive a reply to this message within 24 hours, then SUMANI will start emailing the people on the wait-list.


Event details:
Tuesday, Aug 27th, 2013
2pm – 3pm
253 Broadway (near City Hall)
10th floor, Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability

See you there!

Green Networking and Trivia Mixer

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.

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

Click here to RSVP:
Or RSVP here:

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.

Defining Materiality in Sustainability: A discussion with SASB


Defining Materiality in Sustainability: a discussion with The Sustainability Accounting Standards Board

Date: Wednesday, June 19th, 2013
Time: 6:30pm
Location: 602 Hamilton Hall
RSVP: Here

Please join Sustainability Management’s Net Impact (SUMANI) Chapter for a discussion on the importance and methodology of establishing an understanding of material sustainability issues facing industries and creating sustainability accounting standards suitable for disclosure in standards filings to the SEC, such as the Form 10-K and 20-F.

Speaker: Marisa Mackey

With nearly fourteen years of experience in the financial industry, Marisa Mackey is SASB’s Associate Director of Education, responsible for developing and launching SASB’s education and certification programs. Prior to SASB, Marisa served as Director of Americas for Adkins Matchett & Toy (AMT), a global financial training firm catering to investment banks, consulting firms and investment management firms. Prior to AMT, Marisa was a Credit Analyst for Tudor Investment Corporation’s emerging markets fixed income strategy. She was responsible for expansion and ongoing monitoring of corporate and real estate investments located in Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America. Marisa joined Tudor from the Investment Banking Division of Lehman Brothers where she served as a Senior Associate in the Communications & Media Group and gained significant experience working on mid- and large-cap transactions in the equity, fixed-income and M&A markets. Marisa began her career at W. P. Carey & Co., a publicly listed real estate investment firm.

Marisa earned her BS in Political Science and Economics with Honors from the University of Wisconsin, and her MBA from Columbia Business School.

Organization: Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB)

The Sustainability Accounting Standards Board™ (SASB™) is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization engaged in the development and dissemination of industry-specific sustainability accounting standards. SASB is establishing an understanding of material sustainability issues facing industries and creating sustainability accounting standards suitable for disclosure in standard filings such as the Form 10-K and 20-F. SASB addresses the unique needs of the U.S. market, establishing standards for integrated reporting that are concise, comparable within an industry, and relevant to all ~13,000 publicly listed companies in the U.S.

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And don’t forget to join the event page too!

Barclays MSCI ESG Fixed Income Indices Launch Seminar

MSCI and Barclays invite you to the Barclays MSCI ESG Fixed Income Indices Launch Seminar in New York on June 27, 2013.

Barclays and MSCI have established a partnership to create a family of global ESG Fixed Income Indices. The combination of both organizations’ expertise will help institutional investors integrate ESG investment strategies into their bond portfolios.

The Barclays MSCI ESG Fixed Income Indices will be co-branded and independently marketed by both firms. These indices will be aimed at asset owners and managers with ESG commitments, such as UN PRI (United Nations Principles for Responsible Investing) signatories, who have exposure to fixed income investments that require a benchmark which integrates ESG factors. Institutional clients will be able to license the ESG fixed income indices to create index-linked investment products, such as Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), separately managed accounts, and structured products.

The seminar will be hosted by Dr Thomas Kuh, Executive Director, MSCI ESG Indices.

Please visit the event webpage to learn more and register for the event!

Event details:
Jun 27, 2013
8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
MSCI, 250 Greenwich Street
7 World Trade Center
New York NY 10007

Book Talk at 92YTribeca: Jeffrey Sachs on JFK’s Quest for Peace

Fifty years ago, President Kennedy embarked on the last great campaign of his life — the struggle for a sustainable peace with the Soviet Union and a dramatic slowdown in the proliferation of nuclear arms. In October 1962, the United States and the Soviet Union were on the edge of the nuclear abyss during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Both Kennedy and his Soviet counterpart, Nikita Khrushchev, were deeply shaken by the near-death experience.

Jeffrey D. Sachs, author of “To Move the World: JFK’s Quest for Peace,” joins 92YTribeca to show how Kennedy emerged from the crisis with the determination and prodigious skills to forge a new and less threatening direction for the world. Together, Kennedy and Khrushchev would pull the world away from the nuclear precipice, charting a path for future peacemakers to follow.

Join Sachs and Gillian Sorensen, widow of Kennedy speechwriter Ted Sorensen, for a conversation on how Kennedy campaigned for his vision and opened the eyes of the American people and the world to the possibilities of peace.

When: Monday, June 10, 7:30-9 p.m.
Where: 92Y/Tribeca Mainstage, 200 Hudson St., New York, NY
Tickets: $15. To reserve tickets and for more information, visit the 92Y/Tribeca website.

Jeffrey D. Sachs is the director of the Earth Institute, Columbia University, and Special Advisor to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.