Monday, February 9

Events Around Town

Mark these dates on your calendar!

1. Earth Institute panel, Reducing Emissions of Greenhouse Gases, Feb 11th 5pm-8:30pm.

The Earth Institute's Columbia Climate Center and the Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy present, in coordination with Columbia students, two panels on"Reducing Emissions of Greenhouse Gases" from the perspectives of the underlying science of emission targets as well as the technology, policy and economic instruments to reach those targets.
Focus the Nation is an organization that works with universities, community groups and faith-based institutions with the aim of "providing opportunities for community education on clean energy, sustained engagement with elected officials, networking youth initiatives, and developing clean energy leaders." They promote panels and teach-ins to engage students.The first panel will consist of Columbia faculty and researchers, including:
Kate Brash, Associate Director, Global Roundtable on Climate Change
Wally Broecker, Newberry Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences and Director, Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy
Klaus Lackner, Maurice Ewing and J. Lamar Worzel Professor of Geophysics
Sabine Marx, Associate Director, Center for Research on Environmental Decisions
Nilda Mesa, Assistant Vice President for Environmental Stewardship

The second panel will be made up of undergraduate and graduate students. Pizza will be served in a break between the panels. To RSVP, please go to

2. Teachers College Nutrition Dept. Conference, April 4th: Restoring Balance: New Visions for Food and Activity. Registration begins Feb 10th.
Save the date: April 4, 2009
8:00am - 5:00pm
120th Street @ Broadway, New York City
Program in Nutrition
Teachers College

Come to this exciting day of visions for a new and hopeful future in food and activity. Get inspired though provocative speakers and critical discussions. Learn about policy initatives and practical application for a variety of audiences and settings.

For more information visit On-line registration opens on February 10, 2009

Questions: contact Mary Gillis at 212/678-3001 or

Please visit to learn more about the Program in Nutrition.

3. Columbia University EarthCo. presents The Future of New York City Drinking Water (see below). Feb 19th, 8pm.

The Future of New York City Drinking Water:Drilling for Natural Gas in the Catskill WatershedThursday, February 19th, 8 pmMathematics Building, Room 312New York's Catskill watershed is home to extensive mountains and forests and supplies drinking water for 9 million New Yorkers. However, industrial gas development throughout much of the West-of-Hudson watershed threatens this important region. Today, gas companies aim to extract the significant natural gas reservoirs of the Marcellus Shale formation which underlies much of southern and western New York State. With new extraction technologies and ambitions comes the risk of a wide range of potential environmental impacts, not least of which is the threat of contaminating the drinking water supply of New York City.Kate Sinding, a Senior Attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council, will discuss the environmental and public health risks associated with development of the Marcellus Shale formation in New York State, as well as the opportunities to ensure that New York State becomes a model of how to carefully and safely approach new natural gas drilling technologies rather than a cautionary tale. Kate Sinding is a Senior Attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council, where she specializes in New York urban and regional issues, including a variety of solid waste, air quality and land use matters. She is a graduate of New York University Law School (J.D. 1997), the Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Affairs, Princeton University (M.P.A. 1997), and Barnard College (B.A. 1992, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa).EarthCo. is a Community Impact group.


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