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Date: September 23, 2011

Communications Officer, Center for Global Change Science, MIT (Cambrige, MA)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change is seeking a communications officer. The position will facilitate external communications and manage the dissemination of public information, functioning as a writer and editor, webmaster and public information officer promoting the program’s research and newsworthy activities. Successful applicants will have a bachelor’s degree in environmental science, economics, engineering, public policy or other related field combined with a familiarity of global change issues. The review of applications will begin Oct. 1, 2011. Apply here.

Oct 14-16: 2011 Bioneers Conference

The 22nd Annual Bioneers Conference will focus on “Reimagining Civilization in the Age of Nature.” In addition to AASHE memberdiscounts, Bioneers is offering a limited number of partial scholarships for professors and students to attend the conference for $85 per day. The scholarships are offered on a first-come basis until October 1.

Nov 3-4: Beyond Sustainability Conference

Educators, researchers, administrators and community members are encouraged to attend the Beyond Sustainability Conference sponsored by Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, FL. The event will provide networking and learning opportunities through general and concurrent sessions designed to create an open dialogue and weave common ideas for creating an action plan for ecosystems, education and economic sustainability. Register here.

Online Program Coordinator, Enviro Studies (Springfield, IL)

The University of Illinois, Springfield’s Department of Environmental Studies seeks a full-time online program coordinator with expertise in geographic information systems (GIS). The position will serve as the primary academic resource for online/blended students; maintaining contact, assessing retention and recruitment strategies, and ensuring students’ academic progress. The position will also teach an introductory GIS course. The review of applications will begin Oct. 3, 2011.

Director of Sustainability (Davidson, NC)

Davidson College seeks a Director of Sustainability to provide visionary leadership in the management, administration and strategic planning of sustainability for a highly selective, residential, liberal arts college. The Director is responsible for short-and-long-range sustainability planning for the College, including implementation of new strategies and technologies.

Additionally, the Director will oversee the development, implementation and evaluation of sustainable practices focused on strengthening co-curricular learning, promoting faculty, staff and student interaction and enhancing civic engagement.

An advanced degree in environmental studies, or commensurate program, and at least 3-5 years experience with environmental or sustainability programs and initiatives is required.

Please visit jobs.davidson.edu to view the complete job description and to apply.

Trains and Handkerchiefs

Tina on train with zero waste bag

Luckily the guy behind me didn't have any complaints about my bag…

Since today is the last day of Mass Car-Free Week, my fellow commuter rail travelers got a special peek at my Zero-Waste Challenge trash. We have now sent out invitations to lots of students and employees at Tufts encouraging them to try their own challenge. My colleague, Ann Greaney-Williams (also the Environmental Studies coordinator) is going to do it with her five-year old and her husband. And two other staff from OOS will be starting their challenge week on Monday – so you can join them too.

I did notice another unintended consequence – the Zero-Waste Challenge keeps your dietary indiscretions in full view – no more pretending you didn’t eat that cookie or candy bar. I haven’t decided if this is a good thing yet…

On another note, the other day I was reminded that there was life before disposable tissues and Simple t-shirt tissuesit’s time to re-discover handkerchiefs! With so many awesome designs out there like these by Hank & Cheef, how can you resist buying one for every day of the week? If you don’t want to buy anything you can make your own perfect ones with a sewing machine and a scrap of fabric. Or, if like me, the sewing machine won’t be entering my life soon enough for my next bout of sniffles, check out this awesome blog on how to make simple, adorable, no-sew t-shirt tissues.

Maybe this is the solution to my cat’s insistence on pulling my non-eco-friendly tissues out of my trash bin and chewing them to bits on the floor… (speaking of which – does that count as trash for this week if I used them last week?)

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