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Month: November 2011 (page 1 of 3)

Dec 5: Interconnected Energy Grids – A Future for Electric Energy

The Energy and Climate Policy Research Seminar Series presentsInterconnected Energy Grids – A Future for Electric Energy” with Professor Aleksandar Stanković, Alvin H. Howell Professor in Electrical Engineering.

The area of energy processing, which includes power electronics, electric drives and power systems, is at a crossroads. Its challenges are both external (contribution to climate change, nonfunctional markets) and internal (inability to integrate renewable sources and efficient loads). The promise of energy processing comes from a growing array of potentially transformative technologies that currently exist in energy components, power electronics, distributed sensing, and networked control. The first part of this talk will review available energy technologies, and outline salient features of the existing energy systems. The second part will outline desirable future developments in electric energy systems with an emphasis on interconnection of networks with different energy carriers.

Monday, December 5, 2011

12:30-1:45 in Cabot 108b

The Fletcher School, 160 Packard Avenue, Medford

A light lunch will be served (no RSVPs – first come first served)

The Energy and Climate Policy Research Seminar Series is convened by Professor Kelly Sims Gallagher and sponsored by the Energy, Climate, and Innovation Program at Fletcher’s Center for International Environment and Resource Policy.

View the event flyer here.

Dec. 1, 2: OneWorld Global Crafts Bazaar

Join OneWorld on December 2nd between 11:00AM and 4:30PM in the Mayer Campus Center for the Third Annual OneWorld Global Crafts Bazaar. The OneWorld Bazaar brings together student groups, local artisans, students and faculty in efforts to raise awareness about fair trade and global inequality. Join over 20 student groups and 5 local vendors to browse hundreds of local and global fair trade crafts and food products. With this year’s theme, Fair Trade and Socially Responsible Consumption, the bazaar will help you think about how to “Vote With Your Dollar” as you get a head start on holiday shopping. Enjoy free food from local restaurants, support artisans around the world, and learn more about ways you can be a more responsible consumer in the future! For more information check out our website www.oneworldtufts.com or email dahlia.norry@gmail.com.

Where did the idea of “fair trade” come from? Who decides what is fair? What do all those labels and certifications mean, anyway? How do you know that your purchase actually is “fair”? Elizabeth Bennett, PhD candidate at Brown University and Fletcher alum (MALD ’08) will answer these questions and more in her lecture at 7:30 on December 1st in Cabot 205.  Our discussion will include a history of fair trade, a comprehensive explanation of how fair trade certification works, a summary of current debate and controversies in fair trade, and guidance on how to be a fair trade and socially responsible consumer.  For students interested in learning more about what the commonly-used term ‘fair trade’ actually means, or who would like to get involved in the fair trade movement, this lecture will be both interesting and instructive! For more information email check out our website www.oneworldtufts.com or email Molly.Weinstein@tufts.edu .

Dec 1: Sustainability Dinner and “Trashion” Show

On Thursday, December 1, the Tufts Sustainability Collective is partnering with Dining Services to offer an exciting sustainability-themed dinner in Dewick! Food will be sourced from local sites, and there will be a variety of organic options. This is a great way to learn about the issues surrounding your food while enjoying a delicious meal.

The Dewick stage will feature performances by multiple bands, and a “trashion” show at 6:15 by the Eco-Reps! Design your own runway attire made out of trash or reused or recycled materials, and then enter to be one of our models. Models with the best runway attire, as decided by our audience, will win awesome prizes, like gift cards to JP Licks and Dave’s Fresh Pasta! To sign up to be one of our models, fill out this form: goo.gl/10ecM or visit the Facebook event page.

Come see your friends model their recycled outfits and learn about the university’s new terracycle collection program in this exciting show. Terracycle a program that recycles chip bags, granola bar and candy wrappers into really cool products, like tote bags and speakers!

All you have to do is show up at Dewick for dinner! If you need further convincing, here’s sustainability dinner menu. See you there!

Outreach Coordinator, Union of Concerned Scientists, Cambridge, MA or Washington, DC

The Climate and Energy Outreach Coordinator will work with a multi-disciplinary program team to advance the goals of the department by coordinating and implementing a variety of outreach and capacity-building activities at the national, state, and regional levels. Priorities include: (a) actively participating and leading priority projects in both the climate and the energy campaigns; (b) strengthening the outreach capacity in UCS priority states, most especially the Midwest; (c) leading the development of new or expanded departmental outreach efforts; and (d) engaging UCS activists, experts, and coalition partners to achieve state and federal policy and public education goals.
Click here for further information.

Manager, Environmental Sustainability, ARAMARK

Food services provider ARAMARK is seeking a manager of environmental sustainability to enhance its ability to meet clients’ environmental interests, including those on higher education campuses. Duties include the management of ARAMARK’s Environmental Internship Program; the development of enterprise-wide environmental tools and trainings; and the engagement of employees in environmental volunteerism. Successful candidates will have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree related to environmental policy, science or business with experience in environmental issues.

To apply, click here search for job number: 70657.

Sustainability Coordinator, Franklin Pierce U

Franklin Pierce University (NH) seeks a sustainability coordinator for its Rindge Campus. The position will work with faculty, students, staff and senior administration to develop and coordinate programs in sustainability education, recycling, and resource and energy conservation/efficiency. The position will teach up to two sustainability-related courses per semester. Successful candidates will have a master’s degree in resources management, environmental science or a closely related discipline.

Applications will be accepted through Nov. 30, 2011.

Dec 1: Products, Plastics, Putrefaction, and Power: Rethinking How We Manage Materials to Achieve Just Sustainability

When: Thursday, December 1, 2011, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge, MA
The majority of urban trash is plastic or biodegradable. What is the best way to manage these materials? Businesses and environmentalists are battling it out right now. Part of the Peabody Museum Trash Talk series of free lectures. A public reception follows at the Peabody Museum, 11 Divinity Ave., Cambridge.
Admission is FREE

Apr 2-4: Campus, Community and Culture – the Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium Conference

Share your experiences and your knowledge with other campus sustainability professionals across the northeast USA and eastern Canada!  Campus, Community and Culture – theNortheast Campus Sustainability Consortium Conference (April 2-4, 2012 at Syracuse University) is a perfect opportunity for you to become a more active participant in the campus sustainability discussion.

If you’ve spoken at sustainability conferences before, you’ll find NECSC audiences appreciative, knowledgeable and responsive.  If you haven’t, this is a great place to start – not too big, not too small, just right!  Either way, you’ll get useful, thoughtful feedback and encouragement, and you’ll make great connections.

Please visit http://greenuniversecity.syr.edu/NECSC-2012/NECSC_PresForm.html to learn more about the conference program and guidelines for presenters.  You can submit your presentation proposal from the same page.  All proposals must be received by January 20, 2012 in order to be considered.

Want further clarification about the conference or about presenting at it?  Email Brooke Wears (bkmorley@syr.edu).

Wakefield Estate Graduate Fellowships

The Wakefield Estate works with local colleges and universities to provide graduate- and undergraduate-level research fellowships and internships.  Depending on the school and program, research fellowships are either for stipend or for school credit.  Over the past three years, students from Boston University, Simmons College, Harvard University, University of Massachusetts/Boston, The Conway School of Landscape Design, The Landscape Institute and the Winterthur Museum have conducted research at the Wakefield Estate in the following areas:

  • Collections Research and Management (furniture, art, etc.)
  • Archival and Library Studies
  • Landscape Design and Research
  • Archaeology and GIS
  • Historic Buildings and Architecture
  • Mineralog

For more information about graduate and undergraduate research opportunities, email mark@dogwoodlanefarm.orgcall 617-333-0924 or visit their website.

Department of Energy SunShot Initiative

Funding: Up to $7 million

Open Date: 11/15/2011

Close Date: 03/05/2011

Funding Organization: Solar Energy Technologies Program

Funding Number: DE-FOA-0000607

Summary:

DOE is supporting the development of tools and approaches that will reduce balance of system non-hardware costs for solar energy systems. These soft costs—expenses associated with permitting, financing, interconnection, and inspection—can account for approximately half of the total expense of photovoltaic installations.

As part of the SunShot Incubator program, this funding opportunity is designed to help small businesses and entrepreneurs develop data-driven tools, innovative programs, and streamlined processes that will make solar more accessible for Americans. This solicitation builds on the Incubator program’s proven success with photovoltaic technologies to begin targeting market barriers. By addressing all sectors of the solar energy economy, the SunShot Initiative works to reduce the total installed cost of photovoltaic systems.

For more information, see the full solicitation.

Additional Information:

Submission Deadline for Concept Papers: January 16, 2012, 5 p.m. EST

Full Applications Due: March 5, 2012, 5 p.m. EST

More information is available in the DOE press release.

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