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Month: December 2011 (page 2 of 2)

Lead Intern, The Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) / Silent Spring Institute (SSI)

The LEAD intern will assist with oversight of other interns and projects for each of the organizations. Publicizing and preparing for the annual Against the Tide fundraising event will be the main task involving MBCC. Responsibilities include contacting media outlets throughout Massachusetts with press releases and feature news stories covering the Against the Tide events. Tasks can be completed from school or home, as Internet and telephone will be the primary communication tools needed for assignments. Minimal travel except for on-site assistance required the day before and day of the 2012 Against the Tide Swim/Walk/Run/Kayak events held on June 23rd at DCR’s Hopkinton State Park in Hopkinton, MA, and on August 18th at DCR’s Nickerson State Park in Brewster, MA. For more information, please contact Cheryl Osimo, MBCC/SSI Event and Outreach Coordinator, at 508-246-3047 or cherylosimo@comcast.net.

Regional Conservation Advocacy Coordinator (part time), Mass Audubon (MA)

Mass Audubon’s Advocacy Department is seeking a results-oriented public outreach coordinator to promote and develop support for local and regional land use reforms, sustainable development, conservation initiatives, and other key advocacy issues working with other environmental groups, municipalities, state officials, the general public, and media in the Route 495/central Massachusetts region. The coordinator will develop and present outreach programs and provide support for associated local and regional planning, zoning, and land and water conservation initiatives through the Shaping the Future of Your Community program. For further information, visit their website.

Commuter Choice Program Coordinator (Harvard University, MA)

Harvard University (MA) seeks a commuter choice program coordinator to develop, implement and administer a system to monitor and increase campus enrollment in various programs including carpools, Zimride and Zipcar. The position will also support special projects including bike share initiatives and act as a contact for sustainable transit-related matters. To learn more visit their job details website.

Green Joey Survey

Please fill out this quick 8 question survey to help us get a better understanding of the changes you wish to see to the Joey system!

Dec 9: Sustainability in the Food Industry – know today’s food!

WHEN: Fri, December 9, 7pm – 10pm (register by Dec 8, 5PM)
WHERE: Savory Green U. 24 Jeanette Avenue Belmont, MA 02478 (map)
SAVORY GREEN, a sustainable catering company owned based in Belmont, is holding its workshop on Sustainability in the Food Industry. Owner Tracy Stamos recently spoke at Tufts as part of the ENVS Program Lunch & Learn series.
Here’s an excerpt from event page: “Upon discussions with people over time, I mostly observe people’s great surprise when they find out what they are truly eating. If the prices are cheap, there is a reason! Today’s food world has dramatically changed. Unfortunately, people are not aware of what these changes entail. Time magazine’s cover story of August 21, 2009 entailed “Getting Real About the High Price of Cheap Food”, which is what Savory Green continues to address in our business, through educational classes, lectures and our sustainable green food services. Come learn about today’s food, and we will do some taste-testing analyses. We will discuss our findings over a healthy bite!”
Cost: $75.00 includes materials, hand-outs, food

Jan 9-13: Organic Land Care 11th Annual NOFA Accreditation Course

WHEN: January 9-13, 2012
WHERE: Worcester State University

This 5-day intensive course provides professional training and accreditation in organic land care. Covers all aspects of designing and maintaining naturally- beautiful landscapes that protect the health of people, pets, and local ecosystems. Thirty hours of instruction include site analysis and design, organic turf, soil fertility, rain gardens, and the control of pests, diseases and invasive species. The curriculum is based on NOFA’s internationally-recognized Standards for Organic Land Care. Recommended for landscapers, designers, municipal and parks employees, horticulturists, campus grounds staff, garden center employees, master gardeners and entrepreneurs.

For registration and information, visit  www.nofamass.org/programs/landcare/ or contact the Program Coordinator, Caro Roszell at (508) 360-0874 or caro@nofamass.org. Registration is $505 for NOFA members registering by Dec 17 (includes daily locally-sourced lunch). Group discount of 15% off registration for three or employees/members. For additional courses, more information about professional Accreditation, or to find an Accredited Organic Land Care Professional (AOLCP) near you, visit www.organiclandcare.org.

MassDEP Volunteer Internship Program

Program Name: Commercial Waste Reduction and Waste Planning, BWP
Location: Boston
Program Supervisor: John Fischer
Contact Number: 617-292-5632
Email Address: john.fischer@state.ma.us

Description of MassDEP Project:

· Recycling and Composting Reporting: Receive, enter and QA?QC annual reports from recycling processors and compost site reports, conduct analysis to calculate statewide recycling and composting totals.

· Organics Infrastructure and Policy Development: Work with MassDEP’s Organics Subcommittee and other stakeholders to develop policy and programs to build infrastructure for handling organic materials, including developing a waste ban on commercial and institutional food waste.

Description of Internship Duties:

Recycling and Composting Reporting
Assist with entry, review, and QA/QC of 2011 reports from recycling and composting facilities, follow-up on missing reports, and conduct analysis to prepare statewide recycling and composting total

Organics Infrastructure and Policy Development Assist with planning stakeholder meetings and preparing materials to support development of organic materials infrastructure and policy development

Description of Knowledge and Skills needed:

· Excellent oral and written communication skills
· Working knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Word, and preferably Access as well
· Interest in recycling and solid waste management issues
· This position may require some in-state travel

Why Internship Program is important for us:

Determining statewide recycling and composting progress for 2011 is an important supporting component of MassDEP’s Solid Waste Master Plan and helps us to evaluate progress and continue to assess priorities.

Increasing food waste diversion is a Commissioner level priority at MassDEP and an important component of MassDEP’s Clean Energy Results Program.

Proposed Duration:

January – May 2012

Economic/Environmental Consulting Positions, IEC (Cambridge, MA)

IEC is looking to hire two Research Analysts (with undergraduate degrees) and one Associate (with an advanced degree) available to work within the next two or three weeks.  Seeking motivated candidates who enjoy analysis, have excellent communication skills, and are comfortable with collaboration and solving problems. Students who would be interested in IEC, but are not available to work until May 2012, should not apply until early next year.  Associate candidates in this group might consider attending the winter Open House to find out more about IEC’s work and culture.  The Open House will take place at their Cambridge office on Friday, February 17, and is open to all those who expect to earn a Master’s degree by June 2012. For further information, visit www.indecon.com.

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