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.”

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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!

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.

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.

SCE Professional Career Development Workshop

This Professional Career Development Workshop is an exclusive event for SCE students and alumni to explore innovative ways to pursue new career opportunities. Join your fellow classmates, alumni, and the schools professional career development team for this interactive workshop with career management consultant, Ellis Chase.

Explore ways to pursue new opportunities and dispel myths surrounding the career search while discussing Mr. Chase’s new book, The Fun Forever Job.

The workshop will be followed by a wine and cheese reception. Each attendee will receive a copy of The Fun Forever Job.

All SCE alumni and current students are welcome to attend.

Please click here to register for the event.

Date: Monday, June 24, 6- 9 p.m.
Location: Columbia University Club of New York,
15 West 43rd Street,
New York, NY 10036-7402

Questions? Contact the Office of Student Life and Alumni Relations at

MTA NYC Career Fair


MTA NYC Transit’s Capital Program Management Department is hosting a Capital Program Management Career Fair on Monday, April 29th, from 9am–4pm in Manhattan, New York.


The flyer says that the fair is only open to engineers and architects, but MTA is opening it up to graduate students pursuing degrees associated with sustainability as well. For those who cannot attend, positions will be online at various times, but all should be posted by the career fair date and remain active until at least May 10th.