Monthly Archives: October 2011

Nov 9: Plastic Ocean Event at Boston University

When: November 9th, 5-7pm

Where: Life Sciences & Engineering Auditorium, B01, 24 Cummington Street (Boston University)

Captain Charles Moore discovered the Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch and brought it to world attention.  He wrote a book called ” Plastic Ocean: How a Sea Captain’s Chance Discovery Launched a Determined Quest to Save the Oceans” and is on a book tour now.

Milo Cress launched a campaign to raise awareness about waste based on a single item – straws. Restaurants often give straws with drinks without asking if you want one. At age nine he began with local restaurants in Vermont where he lives and launched a website: He has gone on to speak with with mayors, the governor of Vermont, the congressional delegation in Washington and he spoke at FYSOP this summer and was very well received.

**The talks will be followed by a Captain Moore book signing.

Conservation Agent, Norwell Conservation Commission, Town of Norwell, MA

Norwell (pop. 10,031, land area 21 square miles) is seeking qualified candidates for Conservation Agent to work for the Norwell Conservation Commission in administering the wetland laws and managing 2000 plus acres of conservation land.  Supervises, directs and is responsible for administering day-to-day conservation activities. Candidates must have experience in wetland delineation and on-site inspections, with thorough knowledge of the Wetlands Protection Act and all facets of wetland regulation, the ability to read maps and plans, and the ability to run and present at public meetings. Experience in land management, GIS, and public outreach programs are a plus.  Night meetings, varied hours, and MA driver’s license are required. 37.5 hour Union position with $50,336.94-57,889.26 salary offered.
To apply, send resume and cover letter to Deadline: 11/4, 12:00 p.m.

Nov 2: The Promise of Hubway

When: Wednesday, November 2, 2011, 5:30 p.m.

Where: Harvard Kennedy School, Taubman 301, 3rd fl, Taubman Bldg, 15 Eliot St.
New Balance Hubway, Boston’s new bike sharing system, was launched in July 2011 with 61 stations and 600 bicycles and plans to expand into Boston neighborhoods and surrounding communities. Touted as a way to boost healthy, environmentally friendly transportation, the program has gotten off to a positive start – organizers claim the Hubway bikes were used 37,000 times in month after it was launched. Speakers: Mary McLaughlin, General Manager, Hubway & Nicole Friedman, Director, Boston Bikes.

Oct 28: Walk/Ride Day

Green Streets will be holding its monthly Walk/Ride tomorrow and there’s lots going on, including a Halloween Parade in Somerville!

Commute car-free and celebrate, be proud and check-in! Be rewarded by retail sponsors, too

ALL DAY: Walk/Ride Day celebrations at schools and workplaces throughout the Boston region. Send us your pictures and videos! And, visit our sponsors and check in online! Lucky online check-in raffle entrants are eligible to win:

  • Tin wind-up bicycle toy from Joie De Vivre
  • A “Reel Pass” (3 admissions) to the Boston Jewish Film Festival
  • Tickets to Bang on a Can At MIT, V.2

6:30 AM – 7:00 AM: Ride the 326 bus with the MBTA Acting General Manager and MassDOT Rail & Transit Administrator Jonathan Davis. Bus #326 departs Medford Square for Haymarket Station at 6:30 AM.

3:00 PM – 6:00 PM: Paint Storefront Windows in Central Square, Cambridge, with Green Transportation and Halloween Themes, as well as free refreshments and goodies. More info here.

4:00 PM: Somerville Walk/Ride Day Halloween Parade, Somerville Community Path at Cedar Street to Davis Square. More info here.

EcoHouse Program Coordinator, U Connecticut

The University of Connecticut seeks a program coordinator to coordinate day-to-day administrative activities and provide support for the EcoHouse Learning Community, where undergraduate students live together and participate in academic and service learning projects related to sustainability issues. Successful candidates will have a bachelor’s degree in environmental science studies, sustainability or related area and three to five years of experience with administrative methods within higher education or environmental contexts.

“GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth” Documentary

Friday, November 4, 7:00 pm, at Union Hall, 27 School Street, Carlisle, MA.

Thursday, November 10, 7:00 pm at the Refuge Visitor Center, Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge, 680 Hudson Road, Sudbury, MA.

“Growthbusters: Hooked on Growth” is a non-profit documentary examining what may be the most critical issue of our time: the unsustainability of our society’s addiction to growth everlasting.

Have you ever questioned the “conventional wisdom” that growth will solve our problems?

Many of us are thinking about growth, yet so few of us are moving our lips. It is preventing us from making a dent in so many of our problems like sprawl, climate change, energy, dying oceans, pollution, traffic trauma, and heaps of trash.

Growth: Economic, consumption and population growth are overwhelming all that conservation and technology might do. Yet, we keep saying that perpetual growth will solve our problems – but many believe that this is really the FAILED conventional wisdom.

Come see a dramatic and riveting new documentary that shakes our common assumptions to the core with dramatic out-of-the-box conversation, analysis and thinking. It is a 90 minute feature film, by gifted producer Dave Gardner, which holds up a mirror to our culture, our values and our daily behavior.

Showing times and locations are listed about.

The movie, a discussion, and snacks are all free. For a taste, see For more info, contact Mike Hanauer at

Job Opportunity in Food System and Land Use Mapping and Research

The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future is seeking a Data Specialist to support the Maryland Food System Mapping Project team. They are looking for someone with a background and interest in food systems, geography, agriculture and land use research to help them collect and map data about environmental impacts of agriculture in Maryland, processing and distribution of local food, and to help expand a new interactive mapping website. Full-time position. Masters degree preferred. You can find the complete job listing on their website:

Campus Sustainability Day: Wednesday, Oct. 26

Yes, tomorrow is the 186th anniversary of the opening of the Erie Canal, but it’s also Campus Sustainability Day, which is even spiffier.
Don’t forget about the Massachusetts School Sustainability Coordinators Roundtable from 9:30 to noon tomorrow at Wentworth Institute of Technology. Staffs are encouraged to invite colleagues and students to attend. Click here for details.
Click here to check out Campus Sustainability Day events happening at campuses nationwide.
Lots of colleges and universities are making big leaps toward sustainability. Check out this story about a leading-edge zero net energy building at a community college in Salem, Mass.
Go to it, Jumbos! How will you exercise sustainability tomorrow?

Cranberries over avocados: Mass. overtakes California as top energy efficiency state

In an announcement sure to vindicate Mass****s, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy has announced that Massachusetts has replaced California as the top energy efficiency state in America.

The rankings were evaluated based on an array of metrics concerning best practices and leadership in energy efficiency policy and program implementation in the residential, commercial, industrial, and transportation sectors, according to the press release.

“Energy efficiency is America’s abundant, untapped energy resource and the states continue to press forward to reap its economic and environmental benefits,” said ACEEE Executive Director Steven Nadel, according to a press release from the council. “The message here is that energy efficiency is a pragmatic, bipartisan solution that political leaders from both sides of the aisle can support. As they have over the past decades, states continue to provide the leadership needed to forge an energy-efficient economy, which reduces energy costs, spurs job growth, and benefits the environment.”

Of the five times the rankings have been published, this is Massachusetts’ first time on top.

“Thanks to our investments in innovation and infrastructure, Massachusetts is now leading the nation in energy efficiency,” said Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, according to the press release. “Through our Green Communities Act, we set aggressive goals and laid the foundation for greater investment in energy efficiency — and now we are proud to be a model for the nation and world.”

Oct 24: Climate Governance at the Crossroads

The Road to Durban Speaker Series presents “Climate Governance at the Crossroads: Experimenting with a Global Response after Kyoto”,  a book talk with the author, Matthew J. Hoffman, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto.

Monday, October 24, 2011

12:45 in Cabot 102, The Fletcher School

(A light lunch will be served. RSVP required – see

The global response to climate change has reached a critical juncture. Since the 1992 signing of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the nations of the world have attempted to address climate change through large-scale multilateral treaty-making. These efforts have been heroic, but disappointing. As evidence for the quickening pace of climate change mounts, the treaty-making process has sputtered, and many are now skeptical about the prospect of an effective global response. Yet global treaty-making is not the only way that climate change can be addressed or, indeed, is being addressed. This book provides an exciting new perspective on the politics of climate change and the means to understand and influence how the global response to climate change will unfold in the coming years.

This is the first in a series of speakers discussing the climate negotiations that will take place November 28 to December 9 this year in Durban, South Africa.

Sponsored by Fletcher’s Center for International Environment and Resource Policy.