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Date: October 14, 2011

Energy Program Coordinator, North Carolina State University

The Utilities and Engineering Services team at NC State University in Raleigh, NC, is seeking an Energy Program Coordinator to implement campus energy management programs.  The position is broad based as it involves energy data management, building and equipment efficiency program deployment, and campus awareness integration.  Successful candidates will have a technical degree in a relevant field and possess 2 to 3 years of practical experience in building energy reduction and sustainability concepts.  Strong business/technical writing skills are essential.
For more info, click here.

Part-Time Project Coordinator Position, The Boston Tree Party

Looking for a fun, smart, creative, self-directed, and passionate individual to help us spread the Boston Tree Party revolution. They promise that you’ll have lots of opportunities to learn and grow, meet amazing people, and contribute in meaningful and substantive ways.

For further information, visit:


Energy Efficiency Intern, New Ecology, Boston, MA

The successful candidate will work primarily within New Ecology’s energy efficiency program, which works to improve the efficiency of existing buildings by analyzing historical energy use, evaluating building systems, and researching the cost/benefit of potential improvements.  More specifically the intern will assist in benchmarking the energy performance of buildings; assist in analyzing building performance; assist in evaluation of potential energy efficiency improvements such as building weatherization, HVAC improvements, water conservation measures, and installation of renewable energy systems; assist in preparation of funding applications to support implementation of energy efficiency improvements; and complete other duties as assigned. To apply, send a resume and cover letter to Eric J. Gardner, Energy Efficiency Program Director, gardner@newecology.org.

Sustainability Project Specialist, Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Texas A&M University-Kingsville seeks a sustainability project specialist to assist with the leadership, strategic design and administration of current university sustainability initiatives. The specialist will serve as the contact for campus sustainability projects in areas including environmental health, recycling, composting, community garden efforts and renewable energy. Successful candidates will have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a related field.

For more information, click here.

Green Building Intern, New Ecology, Boston, MA

The intern will be actively participating in research on the availability and feasibility of green components for a variety of new construction affordable housing projects. Interns will participate in the planning and execution of greening charrettes with the project design team and project specific technical assistance and cost benefit analysis related to energy and water conservation, indoor air quality, low impact site design, and building durability. Interns will learn to evaluate project plans and specifications for greening and will be involved in the integration of renewable energy technology on select projects. To apply, send a resume and cover letter to Alison Corwin, Senior Associate, corwin@newecology.org.

Oct 20-21: Carbon Smarts Conference: Learning Science On the Go

When: October 20-21, 2011

Where: University of Massachusetts Lowell Inn and Conference Center, Lowell, MA 01854

The conference brings diverse communities together to examine the potential of Out of Home Media (mass transit, billboards, posters, smart phone apps., radio, etc.) to foster informal science learning about climate change among the commuting adult population. Experts representing marketing, communication, risk analysis, science education, mass transit, informal learning, and atmospheric research will share their experience and ideas on how to improve the public’s understanding of climate change science with special attention given to new digital tools.

For further information, visit http://www.uml.edu/GSE/Carbon-Smarts/default.html.

Tisch Eco-Grant Books Contest

The Tisch Eco-Grant* Books Contest

Prizes to be awarded:
***Your name in lights*** (so to speak)
in a Tufts Library Catalog Notation for the winning book nominations!

How to enter:
1) Recommend a GREEN (ecology or sustainability-themed) book which you would like Tisch Library to add to our collection. If you need inspiration, try an Amazon book search or a Google book search (and make sure that the book isn’t already part of our collection).

2) In 50-100 words, let us know why you would like Tisch Library to purchase this book.  Submit your entry to the Tisch Sustainability Team Library at tischsustain@elist.tufts.edu.

Contest starts today!
Runs through October 31
Winners will be announced the week of November 14
- Eligible contestants: all Tufts Library staff, Tufts Eco-Ambassadors, Tufts Eco-Reps
- There will be approximately 3-4 winners, based on purchase costs of winning book selections
- * Book purchase funds provided by a grant award from Tufts University’s Eco-Ambassadors program


When: November 1, 2011

Where: Westin Boston Waterfront, 425 Summer St., Boston, MA

An action-packed day designed to provide you with the latest investment opportunities, business insights, career options, and fund-raising strategies, from seed to Stimulus, the 7th Annual Conference on Clean Energy promises to be the biggest and most diverse event to date. Join your fellow stakeholders in business, innovation, academic and government organizations as we showcase startups and present industry, finance, international and university panels that represent the growing cluster. For further information, visit http://greenovationconference.com/index.html.

Bottle Bill Action Alert!


Get the Bill out of Committee by November 1st

MassRecycle needs your help!  The Updated Bottle Bill (H890/S1650) has been stuck in the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy (TUE) at the State Legislature all year, despite a hearing on July 20th where over 300 people showed support for the bill.  They need to convince the TUE Committee to vote on the Bill by November 1st to give the full State Legislature a chance to weigh on in the Bill.

If you live in the district of one of the 17 TUE members listed below, please contact them to voice your support for the Updated Bottle Bill and to urge for a vote by November 1st.

If you do not reside in one of these 17 districts, contact your State Representative to voice your support for the Updated Bottle Bill and urge them to push getting the Bill out of committee.  Lookup your State Representative here.

To help you talk to your legislators, here is a sample phone script:


My name is _______, and I live in ________.

I am calling to ask Senator/Representative ________ to urge the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy to vote on the Updated Bottle Bill before November 1st.  This bill is vital for increasing recycling in the state.  Thank you.

*Once you have contacted your Representative or TUE Member, let us know by emailing director@massrecycle.org.

TUE House Members
Rep. John Keenan, Chair - JohnD.Keenan@mahouse.gov – 617-722-2015
Rep. Kate Hogan, Vice Chair - Kate.Hogan@mahouse.gov – 617-722-2060
Rep. Paul Adams - Paul.Adams@mahouse.gov – 617-722-2425
Rep. Carlo Basile - Carlo.Basile@mahouse.gov – 617-722-2637
Rep. Tackey Chan - Tackey.Chan@mahouse.gov – 617-722-2425
Rep. Stephen DiNatale - Stephen.DiNatale@mahouse.gov – 617-722-2460
Rep. Thomas Golden - Thomas.Golden@mahouse.gov – 617-722-2450
Rep. Randy Hunt - randy.hunt@mahouse.gov – 617-722-2396
Rep. John Mahoney - john.mahoney@mahouse.gov – 617-722-2425
Rep. John Rogers - John.Rogers@mahouse.gov – 617-722-2040
Rep. Walter Timilty - Walter.Timilty@mahouse.gov – 617-722-2810

TUE Senate Members
Sen. Benjamin Downing, Chair - Benjamin.Downing@masenate.gov – 617-722-1625
Sen. Marc Pacheco, Vice Chair - Marc.Pacheco@masenate.gov – 617-722-1551
Sen. Eileen Donoghue - Eileen.Donoghue@masenate.gov – 617-722-1630
Sen. James Eldridge - James.Eldridge@masenate.gov – 617-722-1120
Sen. Jen Flanagan - Jennifer.Flanagan@masenate.gov – 617-722-1230
Sen. Michael Knapik - Michael.Knapik@masenate.gov – 617-722-1415

Oct 26: Massachusetts School Sustainability Coordinators Roundtable

When: Wednesday, October 26th from 9:30am to 12pm

Where: Wentworth Institute of Technology, Evans Way/Tudbury Auditorium, 550 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA (Easily accessible by the Green Line E Train)

October 26th is the 9th annual national Campus Sustainability Day (CSD), and in honor of this, Wentworth Institute of Technology would like to invite MSSCOR members to take part in a conversation on campus sustainability data collection and reporting programs.  The agenda will include networking time, a series of short presentations (speakers to be announced soon), followed by a roundtable discussion, and finally a campus tour highlighting some of Wentworth’s key sustainability initiatives.  Staffs are encouraged to invite colleagues and students to attend.

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