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!

Your Sustainability Entrepreneurship Path – 24 Feb 2014

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).