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Climate, Copenhagen, and Columbia

The following was prepared by SIPA Student Joshua Huneycutt, a second year MIA student concentrating in Energy and Environmental Policy.

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As the world prepares for the upcoming global climate summit in Copenhagen this December, there’s a flurry of activity here at SIPA and Columbia.   Following British climate economist Lord Stern (link here) and controversial Danish environment minister Connie Hedegaard’s (link here) visits to the 15th floor of SIPA last month, there have been a number lively debates, lectures, and events surrounding the question of whether or not the US and the rest of the world can forge agreements and pass legislation to prevent a global climate catastrophe.

Columbia’s establishment of the Columbia Climate Center (link: http://climate.columbia.edu/) this past spring reaffirmed the university’s commitment to comprehensively tackling the issue.  With Columbia Law School’s hiring of leading climate law expert Michael Gerrard and SIPA’s appointment of Scott Barrett, a lead author of the IPPC’s second assessment report, to the SIPA faculty, climate policy issues have been put in the spotlight on campus.

On top of stellar new faculty and engaging events, SIPA gives students the opportunities to engage directly with agenda-setting organizations on matters related to climate change.  For example, I participated in a consulting workshop group that advised the World Bank on incorporating climate adaptation considerations into their lending mechanisms and helped to overhaul a computer-based climate risk analysis tool.

Regardless of what happens in Copenhagen, SIPA and the Columbia community will continue to expand their offerings to help those dedicated to finding viable solutions to these great challenges.  Check out a few climate-related events that took place:

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10/29 What is the Global Warming Intensity of a Vehicle Fuel?  Uncertainty, Life Cycle Analysis, and Time in the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard and Beyond.

We have the pleasure of welcoming Michael O’Hare, Professor of Public Policy in the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC-Berkeley, for an informational lecture and discussion on his research regarding the use of alternative fuels. A few months ago, the Air Resources Board of the State of California adopted a Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), a 10% reduction in greenhouse emissions by 2020, and Professor O’Hare’s team at Berkeley was responsible for a large amount of the policy’s supporting research.

This groundbreaking legislation was passed with the notable inclusion of “indirect land use change” (LUC), the conversion of land used to grow food into land used to grow corn specifically for ethanol, as a source of emissions, overcoming the intense lobbying efforts of the ethanol biofuel industry with indisputable research on the effects of LUC. Professor O’Hare will share many of his team’s discoveries, as well as comment on their potential and actual impacts on local, state, and national climate change policy.  Join us for a lively discussion of an important facet of the current climate change debate.

Thursday, Oct. 29th at 3 pm

Location: 1512 International Affairs Building

This event is being co-sponsored by The Earth Institute, the Columbia Climate Center, the Master in Public Administration program in Environmental Science and Policy, and the Master in Public Administration in Environmental Policy Studies Energy and Environment Concentration program.

10/30 LDEO Earth Science Colloquium: Assessing Resilience of Past Societies to Climatic Change: the Case of Angkor’s 15th Century Collapse and Reorganization

Speaker: Dan Penny, Australian Research Council (ARC) Fellow, University of Sidney

Friday October 30 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Location: Columbia University, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Monell Building Auditorium

Web Site: http://www.ldeo.columbia.edu/news-events/earth-science-colloquium/2009-2010

Today at SIPA: Climate Conference Discussion

One of the great parts about a SIPA education is having access to events that focus on issues that are shaping the policy world.  With over 20 different institutes and centers focused on both regional and functional areas of study it is possible to see distinguished policy makers every week on campus.  Today a discussion will take place concerning the upcoming Climate Conference scheduled to take place in Copenhagen.

SIPA, the Columbia Law School, and The Center of Energy, Marine Transportation, and Public Policy are sponsoring a panel discussion entitled, The Obama Administration’s Road to Copenhagen: Views from the Trenches.

The panelists are:

  • Jody Freeman, Counselor for Energy and Climate Change the White House
  • Lorie Schmidt, Senior Counsel US House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee
  • Taiya Smith, Senior Associate, China Program Carnegie Endowment for Peace
  • Stephen Eule, Vice President, Climate and Technology U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for 21st Century Energy

The moderators are:

  • Prof. Albert Bressand, Executive Director, CEMTPP
  • Prof. Michael Gerrard, Director, Center for Climate Change Law

Today at SIPA: Back-to-Back Events

At 4:00 P.M. today SIPA students will have the opportunity to hear from an expert in climate change and economics, and shortly thereafter from a Nobel Peace Prize winner.

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A conversation with Sir Nicholas Stern, author of The Economics of Climate Change: The Stern Review and  Patel Professor of Economics and Government and Chair of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics.

4:00 pm
Room 1512, International Affairs Building
Sponsored by the School of International and Public Affairs
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A conversation with Martti Ahtisaari, 2008 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and former president of Finland
6:00 pm
Kellogg Conference Center, 15th Floor, International Affairs Building
Sponsored by SIPA and the Center for International Conflict Resolution.

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SIPA Energy Association Welcome Message

There are many student groups at SIPA that provide a place for discussion, debate, fun, networking, and friendship.  A full list of student groups can be found by clicking here.  One such group, the SIPA Energy Association, asked me to send out a message to incoming students that selected Energy and the Environment as a concentration.  However I thought it would be nice to post the message for all to view.  Orientation will feature a time to get to know representatives from other groups as well.

Dear Incoming International Energy Management and Policy (IEMP) Track Student,

On behalf of the SIPA Energy Association (SEA) Board, congratulations on your acceptance into the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and on your choice to follow the IEMP Track.  The IEMP Track is one of the most prestigious energy programs in the world, and will equip you with the requisite skills to succeed in the dynamic international energy sector.

I would like to take this opportunity to briefly introduce you to SEA, a student-run organization whose efforts (with your involvement) will positively complement your academic achievements.  The primary missions of SEA are 1) to build a closely-knit community of students and practitioners of energy, 2) to enhance the energy curriculum by conducting a broad spectrum of activities outside the classroom, and 3) to act as the collective voice of energy students vis-a-vis the Center for Energy, Marine Transportation and Public Policy (CEMTPP), the body which administers the IEMP Track.

SEA works closely with CEMTPP’s director as well as the IEMP Program Assistant (PA), to schedule guest speakers, panels, site visits, energy-related international trips and much, much more.  Programming for the 2009-2010 academic year is already underway.  You can expect to attend the IEMP fall retreat, the Joint SIPA-SAIS Washington DC Energy Policy and Career Networking Trip, the Annual Alumni Dinner, the NYMEX trading competition, the Spring Energy Symposium and countless individual speakers, to name a few.  In addition, SEA releases a monthly student-run alumni newsletter, and plans to publish the first edition of a student-run SIPA Energy Journal this fall.  Finally, because SEA believes in building comradery amongst energy peers and establishing lasting relationships, we host countless happy hours throughout the year.

How can you get involved?  SEA strives to foster a culture of commitment to the energy program.  Thus, we believe the more you become engaged in SEA’s mission, the more you will gain personally and professionally during your time at SIPA.  In addition to attending general member events, all SEA members are invited to volunteer to assist with larger events, initiate and execute new projects (subject to the board’s approval), or compete for various assistant director or editorial positions.  Please mark your calendars for the First General Member SEA Meeting, scheduled for Thursday, September 10th from 7-9 pm in SIPA IAB room 1512.  At this meeting, you will have the opportunity to meet SEA Board members and learn details about membership and involvement, dues, and perhaps most importantly, be entered into the listserv as well as into the SEA peer networking database to assist you in your career building activities.

Until then, please feel free to contact one of the following SEA Board members (according to the first letter of your last name) with any questions about SEA, the IEMP Track and energy curriculum, CEMTPP, SIPA or regarding any other general issues.:

Last name A-I contact JP Yorro (President): jpy2103 [at] columbia.edu
Last name J-R contact Meaghan Casey (Vice President): mec2175 [at] columbia.edu
Last name S-Z contact Jeffrey Klug (Director of Communications): jjk2162 [at] columbia.edu

Again, congratulations on your acceptance into the program.  We look forward to meeting you all in September!

Sincerely,

JP Yorro
President, SEA

SIPA News Magazine: The Latin America Issue

The January 2009 edition of SIPA News takes a closer look at a variety of issues affecting nations in Latin America. These issues include the global recession, climate change, free trade and income inequality. SIPA News also examines the changing relations between the U.S. and Cuba, gun violence in Brazil, and even the production of the coffee you drink in the morning.

SIPA News is published twice a year and the entire issue is available as a PDF file by clicking here. All past issues of SIPA News are also available via PDF. To view all past issues please click here for the archive.

"The most global public policy school, where an international community of students and faculty address world challenges."

—Merit E. Janow, Dean, SIPA, Professor of Practice, International and Economic Law and International Affairs

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