Spring 2018 Events

Data Visualization Workshop

On March 31, 2018 current SUMA student Lucas Piazza,  conducted the “Data Visualization for the Everyday (Wo)Man” workshop in which he drew upon his experience turning data into visual stories to teach the easy-to-employ secrets of good data visualizations. This workshop emphasized practicality over theory to ensure every attendee walk away with the knowledge that can be immediately used.

As a communications professional for a NYC-based data startup, Lucas Piazza knows the power of data visualizations. Design, done correctly, is a universal language that has the power to make highly complex information relevant to an audience.

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Spring 2018 Projects Mid-Term Review

Update 6/2/18: We’re so excited to announce that one of the teams from our Design Thinking Workshop won the Net Impact’s Drawdown INNOVATE challenge! They were invited to the 2018 Net Impact Accelerator in Oakland, CA and competed with other finalists for a cash prize. Congratulations Jenna Lewein, Matt Akins, and Merlyn Mathew! Additionally, Merlyn has received an internship from a sponsor.

On March 21, 2018 we conducted a mid-term review of the four projects for Spring 2018. Each team presented their findings and next steps to complete their project.

Project #1 Data analysis for life cycle assessment of products

Project # 2 Waste management strategy for Columbia University

Project #3 Sustainability strategy for Town of Lenox, MA

Project #4 Solar project development and communications strategy for craft brewery


Climate Drawdown Innovation Workshop

On March 3rd, 2018, we had an incredible workshop led by Of Course Global, where we learned about design thinking and how to apply it to climate change solutions for Net Impact‘s Drawdown INNOVATE challenge! A contest that gave winners an opportunity to further develop their concept through an accelerator program in San Francisco, internship, or cash prize.

Participant feedback:

“Thanks a bunch for putting on one of the best workshops I have attended here at Columbia.”
-Evan Carfagno
“Thanks to SUMA Net Impact for hosting events like the Design Thinking Workshop that allowed us to use our creativity and to learn methodologies to maximize it. This workshop is an excellent tool for sustainability professionals that aim to tackle the current world’s challenges. “
-Andrea Gomez Vesga

 

 


Waste Management Workshop

On February 27, 2018, SUMA Net Impact invited project teams to learn about current SUMA student’s, Aharon Kestenbaum, professional work with the NYC Department of Education’s zero waste initiatives.

It was allowed our Columbia Environmental Stewardship project team to discuss their current project findings and future deliverables.

Watch video of the event HERE

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SUMANI Trendster: Editor’s Note

Since a particular day in early November, my classmates and I have wondered (or lamented) aloud how we will move forward with our sustainable efforts while the Federal Government tries to tear them down.

Just last week, budget proposals were abuzz and one, in particular, was decried as… misguided (a mild synonym for many other adjectives I heard). Earth Institute Director Steven Cohen stated it clearly in his Huffington Post spot from last Monday.

While cuts to the EPA and research programs housed at universities like Columbia would reduce funding to important studies, I am confident in the ability of my classmates and my own abilities to develop a free market that will drive sustainability.

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SUMANI Trendster: BEEx WISE

Last Thursday, I sat in on an event at the Building & Energy Exchange’s office on Chambers Street. Everything about the BEEx is so glossy. From their exhibition on energy products, to the the white & neon event room, and especially their slick website. This is what can result from the public and private sectors partnering together.

In 2015 the BEEx launched a series, titled Women in Sustainability & Energy:

“WISE showcases inspirational women leaders who are accelerating the sustainability and energy efficiency of our buildings and our cities. This series brings together women from a diversity of fields to discuss cutting-edge policies, technologies, and programs. It provides a networking forum and framework for year-round dialogue. WISE supports the leaders of today and provides a platform for the next generation of women in this critical industry.”

The topics of conversation during this WISE event were definitely content heavy, and while the forum certainly serves to facilitate interactions between women in the sustainability and energy industries, these events are profound discussions on industry that just so happen to have an all-female perspective… the “all-male panel” is getting a bit tiresome.

On March 10th, Ali Adler, Angela Ferrante, and Allison Kopf, moderated by Pat Sapinsley discussed “Investors and Innovators Building and Supporting Clean Technologies.”

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Columbia University & Climate Change, Panel Discussion

We at SUMANI are really excited about the opportunity presented to us by partnering with a selection of student organizations on campus to bring about this event.
On Tuesday, March 1 at 6:30pm, Lisa Sachs will moderate our panelists’ discussion prompted by the question:

“What are Columbia’s Economic, Legal, and Moral Responsibilities to Act on Climate Change?”

Along with questions from the audience, Jeffrey Sachs, Michael Gerrard, Bruce Usher, Jessica Prata, and Todd Gitlin will address Columbia University’s sustainability efforts and reputation.

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Consulting Panel

Join SUMANI for a panel discussion on sustainability consulting! To register your attendance, please RSVP here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sustainability-consulting-panel-tickets-19326030678

This event will feature senior consultants from: SustainAbility, Accenture Sustainability Services, Ernst & Young Sustainability Services, and BSR. This is a great opportunity to learn about the sustainability consulting space and engage with consultants from top-tier firms.

Discussion topics will include: the type of work done by each firm, a day in the life of a sustainability consultant, interesting projects, industry trends, the recruiting process, etc. – the goal is to expose attendees to the industry.

Everyone is invited to join the organizers and panelists for drinks following the event!