Trendster Updates

Hello and welcome to Ian Brecher! Ian's joining the SUMANI ranks by serving as our blog-specific Knowledge Partner. We're looking forward to reading the posts he can solicit from our fellow SUMA students. If you'd like to write a post about a topic that you're interested or well-versed in, Ian can help you bring that to fruition. 

  • After attending a WISE event by the Building and Energy Exchange, Abigail (that would be me) published a post on our site. It was a refreshing format for a great discussion.
  • Congrats to Sust.Spec. (a student organized Sustainability Podcast) on their feature by the SPS! It's fantastic to see this initiative gaining so much traction, give their latest, Episode 3, a listen.
Keep an eye out for our next event.
With the Spring semester whizzing by, we will be organizing a discussion that will address how best to leverage your time and efforts this summer, whether you're in an internship or otherwise. Follow SUMA Net Impact's Facebook page for updates and details!

Sustainability on the Columbia Campus

The moderated discussion from last month, addressing Columbia University's actions in response to Climate Change, was a great success. The event coincided with the release of a statement from the faculty and staff of the Earth Institute, and there are now active discussions with the Columbia community on implementing specific Sustainability Principles. Here's the video recording of the event.


Challenges, Contests, Competitions!

Excercise those SUMA muscles and put your grand ideas to the test, succeed through one of these programs and you'll be well on your way to truly making an impact.

The Pollination Project
"Have a world-changing idea, but lack the funds to make an impact?
Luckily, you've got Net Impact in your corner to help out. Net Impact is partnering with the Pollination Project to give grants to next generation leaders who seek to spread compassion in their communities and in the world. Pollination Project Seed Grants support committed people with an early-stage social change vision. If that's you, we encourage you to apply!"

Halycon Incubator
Halycon Incubator is "looking for early stage social entrepreneurs to participate in an 18-month residency-based fellowship program in Washington, DC. The fellowship includes FREE housing + workspace, mentorship, pro bono support from elite partners like Deloitte, Arnold & Porter, and Amazon Web Services, a $10K stipend, and so much more! Our priority is social impact; we do not take equity in the ventures we support."
Applications are due May 3

Net Impact Forward Food Competition
Net Impact is looking for "any business solution that advances consumption, production, or distribution of more sustainable food or drink options. Viable proposals could be a sustainable product, in idea to solve food waste, or an innovation in food systems."
Applications are due May 15

Climate CoLab Contests
MIT's Climate CoLab has launched 10 contests, addressing the challenges of energy, water, transportation, land use, etc.
"Winners will be invited to MIT to present their proposal, be eligible to win a $10,000 Grand Prize, and be invited to join the Climate CoLab Winner’s Program. Proposals can also win cash awards for being included in national and global climate action plans, built on the site later this year."
Proposals are due May 23

The Geneva Challenge
"In 2016, the contest is to discuss The Challenges of Urbanisation. The idea is to gather contributions that are both theoretically grounded and offer pragmatic solutions to a relevant international development problem stemming from an interdisciplinary collaboration between 3 to 5 enrolled master students from anywhere in the world."
Registration is due by May 25

What else is going on?

Catching the Sun
Documentary on solar energy and now a New York Times critic's pick.
"Through the stories of workers and entrepreneurs in the U.S. and China, CATCHING THE SUN captures the global race to lead the clean energy future. Over the course of a solar jobs training program, CATCHING THE SUN follows the hope and heartbreak of unemployed American workers seeking jobs in the solar industry."
Being shown at Cinema Village until April 7th.

SUMASA Annual Perspectives Symposium:
Driving Sustainability: Who's Responsible
Friday, April 8 at 11:00am

NYC Green Festival Expo:
free admission for students on Friday
Friday through Sunday, April 15-17

More events listed by SIPA ECO, The Earth Institute.

Interview Series
Mike Houck, Urban Greenspace Institute:

Mike Houck is the Director of the Urban Greenspaces Institute, and a native Portlander. He has spent most of his professional career involved with the Audubon Society of Portland in some capacity or another, and is currently serving as their Urban Naturalist. In this audio interview, our own Mitika Bajpai prompts Houck to discuss the importance of having nature in cities. Although he notes that the philosophies of planners have shifted over his 35 year career, to perhaps even embracing the integration of greenery into the city, there is still a battle in proving that there is something worth saving amid all the concrete, and that a pristine environment does not equate a natural environment. The Urban Greenspaces Institute’s motto is “In livable cities is preservation of the wild.” Houck argues that while cities are essential: in order for them to be livable and lovable: people need access to nature where they live, work, and play.
Read a bit more, and give the interview a listen on our site!

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