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The Columbia Economics Review (CER) is a student-run economics publication at Columbia University.  This year, we are excited to announce the launch of Competitive Climate, a new environmental policy competition.  We would like to invite undergraduate students from your university to participate.  Below is a brief list of requirements and expectations.  Winning applicants will have their presentations recognized by CER as well as Columbia’s Earth Institute.  If you could please forward this email to any current or former students who may be interested, we would greatly appreciate it.

The Columbia Economics Review invites groups of 2-5 undergraduates to participate in a symposium competition on the economics of US climate change legislation by submitting a policy recommendation and analysis via a 10-15 minute video presentation and a corresponding slide show or other visual aid. The team’s recommendation should analyze and discuss the economics of climate change solutions and legislation in the United States. Should the government act? How should it act? The winning team will be awarded a $500 monetary prize and will be recognized in Columbia Economics Review and by The Earth Institute.

Participants must submit:

A 10-15 minute video presentation
A transcript
A visual aid (e.g. slideshow)

Participants must also meet the following deadlines:

November 16: Registration at columbiaeconreview.com/ccc
December 7: Submission of video presentation, transcript, and visual aid.

Proposals will be judged by both Columbia University and Earth Institute faculty, and the winning presentation will be scored on:

An evidence-driven analysis of climate science research along with projections for future environmental and economic costs associated with climate change.
A sensible outline of policies and programs that will effectively address the market failures associated with climate change.
A well-researched discussion of the primary and secondary economic effects of the team’s proposal.
An analysis of how domestic and international political constraints affect the probability and impact of enacting the team’s proposal.

If you have further questions, please visit our website at columbiaeconreview.com/ccc or contact econ.columbia@gmail.com.

Columbia Economics Review (CER) aims to promote discourse and research at the intersection of economics, business, politics, and society by publishing a rigorous selection of student research. CER is sponsored by the Program for Economic Research at Columbia University

The CER Team


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At the CGI Annual Meeting, Chelsea Clinton announced that the sixth meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) will take place from April 5 – 7, 2013 at Washington University in St. Louis. The application to attend CGI U 2013 is now available online.

Students: apply now to attend CGI U 2013, hosted by President Clinton at Washington University in St. Louis from April 5 – 7, 2013.

The meeting is free to attend for all accepted students. Limited assistance for travel and lodging is available to students with demonstrated financial need who apply by the early decision deadline. Below are the key deadlines for applying to CGI U 2013:



CGI U is President Clinton’s initiative to engage the next generation of leaders from college campuses around the world. Each CGI U participant makes a Commitment to Action: a specific plan of action designed to address a challenge on campus, in the local community, or around the world. The meeting brings together students, NGO representatives, topic experts, and prominent change-makers. Last year’s participants included Jon Stewart, Madeleine Albright, and Usher.

CGI U is proof that young people have the power to make a significant impact by confronting some of the world’s most urgent challenges. Please share this opportunity with your network, and we’ll keep you posted with other updates about CGI U 2013.

Apply now to be a CGI U Campus Representative.
Watch this video to learn more about CGI U.

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Antioch University New England’s
Department of Environmental Studies
Center for Tropical Ecology and Conservation presents
The 8th Annual Symposium

Ecotourism: Can tourism, biodiversity conservation and sustainable community development be merged?

November 3, 2012

8:30am-5:00 pm

Antioch University New England, Keene, NH

This one day symposium brings together conservation practitioners, researchers, graduate students, professors, and community members to explore the intricate social, economic and environmental dynamics of ecotourism that may be unknown to the average, even “responsible” traveler. Ecotourism, as defined by its proponents, aims to promote both environmental conservation and the stability and resilience of the surrounding communities. Despite these good intentions, closer examination reveals that ecotourism, in many cases, has contributed to social and environmental degradation. Rapid economic growth inspired by ecotourism brings forth power dynamics, often resulting in the alienation of local communities in the conservation of their own lands, as well as increased visitation rates to fragile environments. Critically needed capacity building, policies, education, and appropriate infrastructure for such growth to enable local participation and stability are often ignored. We can learn from successful ecotourism enterprises that have been able to merge community development and sustainable growth with conservation. With a combination of speakers, posters and a panel discussion, an array of examples from around the world will be presented and discussed.

With an emphasis on cross cultural collaboration and the sustainability of both local and international communities, both the Antioch University’s learning environment and the Monadnock region are enriched by events such as these. We invite the public to register and attend November 3rd to not only learn of the realities of ecotourism, current research and initiates, but also to gain an edge on how you can truly be a “responsible” traveler both socially and environmentally.


Megan Epler Wood- Founder of the International Ecotourism Society (TIES), founder of Epler Wood International, Co-executive Director of Planeterra Foundation

Topics and presenters will include: Ecotourism in the Serengeti -Richard Estes, IUCN Species Survival Commission • Ecotourism and sustainable forest management in Mexico- Prof. James Gruber, Antioch University • Ecolodges and sustainable community development- James Woodward Lantz, Founder International Ecolodges


Early registration $35 non-student (deadline October 28th)/Walk-in $45/$25 students
Fees include refreshments, coffee, lunch and an after party
For more information or to register contact the CTEC Education Coordinator,
Emily Dark edark@antioch.edu

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