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 Blog: Editor’s Note III

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.

Continue reading “SUMANI Trendster Blog: Editor’s Note III”

SUMANI Trendster Blog: 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.”

Continue reading “SUMANI Trendster Blog: BEEx WISE”

Climate Change Panel

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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Sustainability Consulting Panel

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!

Alumni Panel

Attention students and alumni: Join us this upcoming Thursday, at the SUMANI Alumni Panel event!

With a growing network of SUMA alumni, this panel discussion will include discussions about transitions from life as a SUMA student to becoming a professional working in the field of sustainability.

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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: http://goo.gl/skAQON

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

Learn more about the organizations here:
http://svn.org
http://sheinnovates.com
https://sumanetimpact.wordpress.com

*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!

HultPrize@ Columbia competition

Our distinguished judges for the HultPrize@ Columbia competition are leaders in the health, sustainability, business, and start-up arenas:

Professor Satyajit Bose, Ph.D.:  Professor of Economics of Sustainability, Green Accounting and Cost-benefit Analysis in the Master of Science in Sustainability Management program at Columbia. Read full bio.

Moses Choi:  Vice President in Morgan Stanley’s Global Sustainable Finance department, which supports investors and clients in the development of long-term sustainable business models and investment products capable of achieving financial, social and environmental returns. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Mr. Choi worked for several years at Citigroup where he was most recently responsible for strategy, deal origination and product innovation for Transaction Banking solutions contributing to financial inclusion and environmental sustainability. Read full bio.

Professor Geoffrey Heal, Ph.D.: Donald C. Waite III Professor of Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School who is noted for his contributions to economic theory and resource and environmental economics. Read full bio.

Professor Patrick L. Kinney Ph.D.: Director of Columbia Climate and Health Program. Professor Kinney’s teachings and research address issues at the intersection of global environmental change, human health, and policy, with an emphasis on the public health impacts of climate change and air pollution. Read full bio.

Sal Lahoud: Co-founder and CEO of Pave.com a platform where individuals seeking funding and support connect with experienced people looking to invest in young careers. Mr. Lahoud is also the chairman of FCancer.org. Read full bio.

The judges will be using a multi-dimensional scorecard to identify the winning idea that can successfully serve the needs of 25 million slum dwellers suffering from chronic diseases by 2019.  The criterion includes how well the enterprise is aligned to the issue, how unique and potentially impactful the solution may be and how financially, technically, commercially and organizationally feasible the solution appears.