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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

Sincerely,  
The CER Team

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Clarkson University’s Institute for a Sustainable Environment (ISE) is currently accepting applications from Colleges and Universities to live and learn in the Adirondack Park.  We have had our first cohort enjoying Saranac Lake during the current semester and are looking forward to hosting more students in the Spring.

The Adirondack Semester (spring 2013 or Fall 2013), 15-credit program is themed around global sustainability, and examines the scientific, political and social challenges present in harmonizing economic, social and environmental goals. The program will focus its study on the Adirondack Park, one of the largest protected land areas in North America.

We seek students from a diverse background of majors including Biological Sciences, Business & Economics, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, and the Social Sciences to participate in this study of the Adirondacks and its people.

The curriculum will be delivered by Clarkson University faculty and is designed to be interdisciplinary, academically rigorous, experiential, and thought provoking.

Students reside in Saranac Lake near to downtown and the center of their winter activities. The location provides an ideal setting to become intimately acquainted with small-town living and offers fantastic recreational, educational and cultural opportunities.

Application deadline is  December 1, 2012 On-line application

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