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Calling All Volunteers

25 October

Rebuilding Together NYC will be providing extensive repairs for homeowners STILL recovering from Hurricane Sandy in Rockaway, Queens. At this large-scale neighborhood revitalization event, we will be repairing 9 homes, 1 community center, and installing 50 solar-powered, exterior security lights.

We need volunteers like YOU! With your help, we can bring homeowners that have been waiting for 2 years back to a safe and healthy home. Together we can provide much needed repair assistance and resiliency upgrades to the Rockaway community.

Sponsor: Rebuilding Together NYC

Date: Saturday, October 25

RSVP: To volunteer for this event, please register here. Once registered, you will receive an email with all the details like the address, what to wear, and what to expect. The day will go from 8am-4pm with breakfast and lunch provided. There will be an after party at the Bungalow Bar in Rockaway.

Can't make it, but want to learn more about volunteering with Rebuilding Together NYC? Please contact Caitlin Yumori at caitlin.yumori@rebuildingtogethernyc.org.

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Millennials Rising: What's Next For Sustainability?

31 October

Sponsor: Columbia University Business School

Conference Organizers: Social Enterprise Club; Green Business Club; International Development Club: & Social Enterprise Program

Conference Keynote Speakers: Al Gore, Former Vice President, & Alicia Glen, NYC Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development

Featured Sessions: Impact Investing; Sustainable Cities; Wearable Technology; Education Reform; Farm to Table Agriculture; Social Entrepreneurs & Revenue Models; Millennial Workforce

Including Speakers from:HP; Inspiring Capital; alia Ventures; Living Cities; Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams; Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing; Natural Resources Defense Council|and more

Date: Friday October 31, 8:30 AM - 5 PM

Location: New York Marriott Marquis, 1535 Broadway (between 45th & 46th Streets)

RSVP: To register and for more information Columbia University Business School

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Possible Impacts of the New York Public Service Commission’s “Reforming the Energy Vision” on Wholesale Power Markets

3 November

Energy Policy Discussion Series: Impacts of REV on Bulk Power Markets

Discussion will focus on the New York Public Service Commission’s Reforming the Energy Vision initiative to reform New York’s electric energy industry and regulatory practices to promote greater system-wide efficiency, greater deployment of renewable energy and “distributed” energy resources, and greater use of technologies, products and services to increase demand elasticity and efficiency. The REV could have profound operating and legal implications for wholesale power markets in New York (and potentially in other parts of the U.S.). This event provides a forum for experts to discuss these implications and the factors that should be considered while the REV initiative is being finalized by the Commission.

Sponsor: NYU Guarini Center for Environmental, Energy & Land Use Law and Latham & Watkins LLP

Opening Remarks: Michael Gergen ('92), Partner - Latham & Watkins LLP

Speakers: Clarke Bruno ('92), Senior Vice President & General Counsel - Anbaric Transmission; Richard B. Miller (’87), Director, Energy Markets Policy Group - Con Edison; John P. Reese, Senior Vice President - U.S. Power Generating Company

Moderator: David L. Schwartz, Partner - Latham & Watkins LLP

Date: Monday, November 3, 6:30 - 8 PM

Location: NYU School of Law, Faculty Library (3rd Floor), Vanderbilt Hall, 40 Washington Square South

RSVP: Eventbrite 1.5 CLE credits available for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys. Note :CLE Available

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Transition Neighborhoods Workshop

17 November

Two days after the Climate March in September, the beta launch of Transition Neighborhoods took place in NYC. Riding the crest of a wave of climate change activism, many New Yorkers came to explore how to keep the momentum going. 19 attendees, almost half of the 45 people in the room, expressed an interest in initiating a Transition project in their neighborhood. Transition is a global community organizing response to climate change, resource depletion and financial instability. There are 1,100 plus Transition groups in 44 countries with 16 national hubs that have emerged to serve these groups. In the U.S. 151 Transition initiatives have formed with 100 more in formation. It's time for New York City to tap into the power, creativity, and collective genius of this global grassroots network.


It starts with a series of small group meetings in which friends and neighbors go through chapters of a guidebook. They strengthen their sense of place and neighborhood culture while building relationships, promoting local food, and mapping their neighborhood's current state of resiliency. The Transition Neighborhoods Prequel shows how to coalesce a group of friends and neighbors, and get a resilience initiative up and running in your community. In this highly interactive workshop, we'll walk through the Prequel using small group scenarios and role playing, and explore the first chapters of the guidebook. We'll work through NYC-specific challenges, with lots of time for questions and answers.


Facilitated by Pamela Boyce Simms, Lead Trainer, Transition US and the Mid-Atlantic Transition Hub.

Date: Monday, Nov. 17, 7 - 9 PM

Location: Friends Meeting House, 15 Rutherford Place 15th Street between 2nd & 3rd Avenues

No charge to attend, donate what you wish.

For more information: NYC Transition Hub at transition.nyc.hub@gmail.com.

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The Origins of Environmental Law

3 December

Register for any or all of the eight-part class on the Origins of Environmental Law: Regulation and Evolution, taught by Leon Billings and Thomas Jorling, the two senior majority and minority staff members who led the Senate environment subcommittee which developed the major environmental legislation of the 1970s including the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Superfund Act. Over the course of a single decade, Congress enacted a series of environmental laws that defined the direction and character of environmental policy in the US and globally. Learn about the process that led to these seminal laws from the writers of the legislation themselves.

Sponsors; The Earth Institute & Columbia University

Dates: Wednesdays, 11:00am – 12:50pm

Register here for each individual lecture:
October 8: The Solid Waste Disposal Act and RCRA
October 15: The Federal Water Pollution Control Act
October 22: The Clean Water Act: Conference with the House Public Works Committee
October 29: The Nixon Veto and the Override
November 5: Mid-Course Correction: The Clean Air Act and Auto Standards
November 12: Mid-Course Correction: The National Commission on Water Quality
November 19: The Final Act: Superfund and the End of an Era
December 3: Congress Today: The Role of Campaign Finance and Fundraising

Location: Columbia University’s Morningside Campus, the International Affairs Building, West 120 Street, Room 407. The class is free and open to the public, but RSVP is required. Guests each week will join registered students in the class for the lecture and discussion.

For more information, contact Hayley Martinez at hmartinez@ei.columbia.edu.

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