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Month: October 2011 (page 1 of 8)

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.  http://www.ted.com/talks/capt_charles_moore_on_the_seas_of_plastic.html

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: http://bestrawfree.org/ 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 Mschmid@townofnorwell.net. 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.

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