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Month: September 2011 (page 2 of 7)

Tufts Bikes Meeting

When: Thursdays 8:00PM

Where: Eaton 207

Tufts Bikes will be starting regular weekly meetings tomorrow, where they talk about running the bike share and planning future events. The weekly meetings will be on Thursdays at 8 PM in Eaton 207, starting tomorrow, September 22. If you have any interest in getting more involved with Tufts Bikes, this is your chance! They encourage you to come tomorrow to see what their meetings are like and get to know the officers. There is definitely a chance to become a leader if you show the commitment!

Oct. 3 Energy and Climate Policy Research Seminar

When: Monday, October 3 from 12:30-1:45pm

Where: The Crowe Room (G310), The Fletcher School, 160 Packard Ave., Medford.

“Understanding Climate Mitigation Responses in the United States and China from the Strategic and Institutional Perspective,” with Xingshu Zhao, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, CIERP

Part of the Energy and Climate Policy Research Seminar, convened by Prof. Kelly Sims Gallagher. Sponsored by Fletcher’s Center for International Environment and Resource Policy: Energy, Climate, and Innovation Program.

*Light refreshments will be available

No RSVP necessary.

Oct. 1 NESEA Green Building Open House Tour

Deep Energy Retrofit Open House

National Grid is a sponsor of the NESEA Green Building Open House Tour onSaturday Oct 1, 2011. Eight National Grid DER projects are featured. Check out the below list of locations to find a DER project near you.

Elementary Garden Education Volunteer (Somerville, MA)

Elementary Garden Education Volunteer Assistant
Months: mid Sept-December (12 weeks), Hours 2+ hours/week , unpaid (repeats each season, inquiries for winter and spring sessions welcome)

Assist nature/gardens programming in Groundwork Somerville’s after-school Garden Clubs.  All programs operate during after-school hours on the same schedule each week, so commitment to the same weekly schedule for the full 11 weeks is necessary. Experience working with youth ages 5-12 required.

Email cover letter explaining why you’d like to be involved and weekly availability to Tai@groundworksomerville.org)


Maple Syrup Project Intern (Somerville, MA)

Months: Periodic planning hours in fall, increasing to 8-15 hours/week mid-Janurary through March, unpaid

Help coordinate and execute some or all of the following components of this exciting and intensive seasonal project: tree tapping, sap collection, community outreach, elementary education sessions, syrup production logistics, and/or boil down event planning. Most desirable applicants will have a love for many of the following: environmental education, urban trees, community outreach, local food production, and heavy lifting. Experience working with youth ages 6-8 is also a plus.

Please email cover letter, resume, and weekly availability to Tai@groundworksomerville.org)

Community Energy Associate (Rockland, ME)

Community Energy Associate

The Island Institute’s Community Energy Program undertakes projects that address island and remote coastal communities’ priorities related to their energy challenges and opportunities, including energy efficiency, the evaluation of ocean renewable energy and community-owned renewable energy projects, and energy education.

The Community Energy Associate will provide technical, community outreach and administrative support to assist the Island Institute’s community partners to better understand and confront their unique energy challenges.  Through working closely with the Community Energy Director, the Community Energy Associate will implement projects in areas such as: outreach and education with coastal stakeholders on the potential impacts and benefits of offshore wind development in Maine; technical analysis and translation to local stakeholders as part of feasibility studies for community-owned renewable energy projects; program development and implementation of the Island Institute’s Energy for ME program for middle and high school students, teachers and their families; increasing home and business owner access to energy efficiency retrofits and related incentives; and building local capacity to work on energy issues on Maine’s high energy cost islands.

Responsibilities will include: outreach and education, including developing materials and building strong working relationships with both community and energy industry partners; research, including data analysis and translation related to the evaluation of renewable energy projects; organizing, attending and reporting out on meetings; providing administrative support for internal and external initiatives; and advocacy at the state and federal level in collaboration with other staff. This position requires the ability to work on multiple projects at a given time and dedication to building and maintaining relationships within our partner communities.

The successful candidate should have a degree in environmental studies, public policy, planning, economics or a related field. Candidates should have excellent communication skills including the ability to assist with meeting facilitation, listen, write, and speak effectively, as well as the ability to process and analyze energy data. The job also requires: the ability and willingness to travel to Maine’s island and coastal communities and elsewhere around the state on a regular basis, often during irregular hours; attend, speak, or present on behalf of the Island Institute at conferences, public meetings, and legislative hearings; and work collaboratively in a team-oriented environment. The successful candidate will be a self-starter with an excellent work ethic and time management skills. Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Power Point, and accessing web-based information is required.  GIS and WindPRO skills are a plus.

The Community Energy Associate will be a full-time position starting on or before November 1, 2011 with competitive compensation, commensurate with experience. Electronic application preferred. Please submit a letter of application including a résumé, a writing sample, and three professional references by October 7, 2011 to:

Island Institute
Attn: Suzanne Pude
Community Energy Director
P.O. Box 648
Rockland, ME 04841
spude@islandinstitute.org

Walk/Ride Day with Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray and MBTA Acting General Manager Jonathan Davis

When: Friday, Sept. 30 6:55 am

Where: Worcester Commuter Rail

Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray and MBTA Acting General Manager Jonathan Davis will participate in Walk/Ride Day by riding the 6:55 commuter rail from Worcester to Boston. At South Station, they and other VIPs will welcome commuters. There will also be exhibitors, music and refreshments.

Please mark your calendar and share with your friends. If you check in online and pledge to participate this Friday, you will be eligible for special raffle prizes. Three lucky winners will win lunch with the Acting General Manager of the MBTA!

Click the invitation below and visit our site for more details as they emerge.

Oct. 1 Somerville Community Growing Center’s 17th Annual Harvest Festival

When: Saturday, Oct 1st 1pm to 5:30pm

Where: 22 Vinal Ave Somerville, MA 02143

The Friends of the Somerville Community Growing Center invites friends old and new to come celebrate this year’s bounty at our 17th annual Harvest Festival.Attendees of all ages are invited to participate in apple pressing, butter making, pumpkin decorating, and nature activities for kids from 1-4pm. Music from the Gloucester Hornpipe and Clog Society will entertain guests from 4-5:30pm.

Check out our website atwww.thegrowingcenter.org to find out more about the Growing Center and learn about other programming and events that happen at this unique outdoor site.

For more information on the Harvest Festival: Lisa at (617) 666-2969 or info@thegrowingcenter.org

For more information on the Silent Auction Fundraiser:  Marla at marla217@yahoo.com.

For up-to-date event updates: https://www.facebook.com/somervillecommunitygrowingcenter

2012 Tufts Energy Conference organizing team is looking for members

Interested in energy? Want to know more, make contacts and get some leadership and organizing experience along the way?

Apply to the 2012 Tufts Energy Conference organizing team!
Applications are due Sept. 28, 2011 by 12noon (Details included below)
www.tuftsenergyconference.com

CONFERENCE HISTORY
Initially begun as part of an undergraduate student group (Tufts Energy Forum), the Tufts Energy Conference (TEC) is now a stand-alone organization that draws its organizing committee from across the diverse graduate and undergraduate schools at Tufts. From its beginnings as a single afternoon event in 2006 to its current two-day format, the Tufts Energy conference has evolved its content offering during each year of its existence. Each year, roughly 30+ undergraduate and graduate students work together to plan and execute TEC.

CONFERENCE FEATURES
TEC features a two-day format program with panel discussions, keynote speakers and workshops. A showcase event spotlights businesses, nonprofit groups, research and action projects undertaken by Tufts students in the energy space. Recently added conference features have included a premier lunch and cocktail party, a conference blog, a low-carbon emission vehicle “hot rod show” and the Tufts Energy Challenge, a two track (action and research) energy competition for Tufts undergraduate and graduate students.

CONFERENCE THEME
TEC aims to create content that caters to the unique space that Tufts University and its various undergraduate and graduate schools occupy at the nexus of science, engineering, international affairs, public policy, economics and business. The 2011 conference focused on the “Great Debates” in the energy sphere. For a full listing of previous conference themes, visit the Archives section of the 2011 website:www.tuftsenergyconference.com

CONFERENCE ORGANIZERS
The caliber, scope and visibility of the Tufts Energy Conference grows each year, a direct result of the enthusiasm and creativity of its student organizers. Joining TEC provides students with invaluable leadership and organizing experience, the opportunity to engage directly with energy sector experts, professionals and a variety of private, public and nonprofit sector players while building relationships across the university with professors, administrators and students with an interest in energy.

2012 CONFERENCE
This year’s conference will be held on Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21, 2012.
The commitment for student organizers include:
• Attendance at a weekly team meeting (typically 1 hr) Early October 2011 through the end of April 2012. The executive team leader will work with organizers to determine the group’s meeting time availability
• 3-4 hours working on team responsibilities either independently or with other team members
• Attendance at TEC full team meetings (4-5 prior to April conference)
• Required Attendance for day-of set-up/break-down and the full program on April 20-21, 2012.
As a student organizer, you will work hard, learn a lot, make friends, and have fun.
We hope you will join us!

HOW TO APPLY
Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply. Prior energy-related experience or knowledge is not required. Organizer positions are listed below. In your application, please list your desired teams in order of preference (1) = top choice. Additionally, we still have an Executive level position open – Director of Web Communications/Webmaster (description listed below) Please let us know in your application if you are also specifically interested in being considered for this position. Team organizer applications will be accepted until 12noon on Wednesday, September 28th, 2011. Please send completed applications totuftsenergyconference2012@gmail.com.

TUFTS ENERGY CONFERENCE TEAMS
Major responsibilities for the team are outlined below; though this is not an exhaustive list. Anywhere between 1-5 student organizers will support the directors in each of these groups.

Operations Team
• Helps to manage overall conference operations, which include all day-of conference logistics and venue details; organize speaker details with content team; help to organize all-team meetings.

Finance Team
• Work with the director in managing conference budget; work with executive team members in budgeting, tracking and reporting expenses from each of their departments; interface with university administrators; produce a final summary of expenses.

Content Team
• Help to develop conference content; research, outreach and recruit conference speakers; interface with operations on speaker & conference logistics; collaborate with marketing on promotional & conference materials; produce a final conference report-out/executive summary.

Sponsorship Team
• Secure corporate sponsorship funds, which make up the majority of the TEC budget; manage relationships and conference logistics with corporate sponsors who also present at the conference.

Marketing Team
• Contribute to reaching out to students and professionals to attend TEC 2012; work with the directors in organizing both on and off-campus marketing; design and prepare website, promotional & conference materials; conduct outreach to students, private, nonprofit and public sector organizations; organize media outreach; recruit and manage promotional partners.

Showcase/Energy Challenge Team
• Recruit energy businesses, nonprofit groups and research and action projects undertaken by Tufts students in the energy space and manage all logistics of conference showcase event. Help to coordinate the outreach, recruitment and execution of the two-track (research and action) project competition for Tufts undergraduate and graduate students; oversee follow-up from previous year’s applicants and winners.

Director of Web Communications (Executive level position)
Create, troubleshoot and oversee the conference website; interface with many of the executive team positions in organizing and managing various dimensions of the website; manage online ticketing sales and other web-related initiatives.

CONFERENCE ORGANIZER TEAM APPLICATION INFORMATION REQUESTED

1. On a separate sheet(s) of paper, please include the following:
o Name, Degree pursued, Major/Field of Study, Anticipated year of graduation
o Email/Phone Contact
o Briefly list your current academic and/or extracurricular commitments for 2011-2012
o Briefly describe your leadership/organizing background and your interest in energy (no more 2-3 paragraphs necessary)
o If you have served as a previous TEC organizer and/or attended a previous Tufts Energy Conference, please let us know
o Please list the teams that you would like to join by order of preference
o Anything else you would like to share

2. Attach a copy of your resume

EMAIL COMPLETED APPLICATIONS TO: tuftsenergyconference2012@gmail.com

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.

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