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Month: December 2011 (page 2 of 4)

Green Gifts Guide

This holiday season, when considering what to give your loved ones, why not show some appreciation for the planet as well? With the growing popularity of green gifts, you’re sure to find something for everyone on your list. To help, websites such as Inhabitat and the Huffington Post have compiled guides specialized for different kinds of gift recipients.

When looking for a special gift for her, think organic cotton, hand knit scarves and gloves, or recovered and repurposed metal necklaces and earrings. These options provide, stylish, personal gifts that won’t impact the environment as much as your everyday accessories. Organic fabric scarves and pendants made from recycled metal are good bets. For him, look for organic shaving and body products, or eco-friendly tech gadgets and accessories. From eco-friendly body kits to shave kits with natural oils, there are great options that won’t harm the planet. In terms of gadgets, think recycled felt ipad cases, stylish watches made from corn resin, or wooden earbuds that not only boost sound but cut down on plastic. When it comes to the food lover in your life, go for recycled material bottles or glasses, or even a hand powered espresso maker. Definitely don’t forget about Mom and Dad this holiday season; we’ve got them covered too with a selection of sustainable products to beautify the home and amp up the kitchen. Go for a plant or mushroom growing kit, cork bowl or cork and bamboo chopping block, or even a bird house to spruce up the home. Even if you’re shopping for a child, you can still go green. Kids are sure to love recycled-content alphabet crayons, a toy school bus made from recycled milk jugs, or eco-dough—sure to provide hours of entertainment.

So, whatever you choose to give this year, remember that it is possible to not only find the perfect gift, but also to buy responsibly and support a more sustainable world. Give back in every way this season with thoughtful, sustainable gifts for everyone on your list.

$65,000 Award Opportunity for Students, Faculty and Universities

Beginning on January 2, 2012, The Odebrecht Award for Sustainable Development will begin accepting entries from undergraduate students in all engineering fields, architecture, building and construction management, and chemistry. 
 
By submitting a paper that outlines contributions to sustainability, students have an opportunity to win $65,000 in cash prizes for themselves, faculty advisors and Tufts. 
Download the Official Award Guidelines here: http://www.odebrechtaward.com/images/OfficialGuidelines2012_v6.pdf
 
Ideas can be related to efficient, real-world uses of sustainable materials, new chemical and petrochemical processes or new building techniques.
 
Entries will be accepted from January 2, 2012 through May 31, 2012 at: www.odebrechtaward.com
 
Connect with us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/odebrechtaward) and Twitter (http://twitter.com/odebrechtaward) for award updates and related news.
 

Dec 15th: Inaugural Water Diplomacy Seminar

When: Thursday, December 15th at 2:00pm

Where: Coolidge Room, Ballou Hall

Join us for the inaugural speech of the Water Diplomacy Seminar Series, featuring Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili, Vice President of the Africa Region, The World Bank.

The lecture is entitled “Meeting Africa’s Water Challenge: The Time is Now.”

Please RSVP by December 12th by contacting Emily Schipper Emily.Schipper@tufts.edu

*Lunch will be served directly after the lecture.

Introducing GreenLink, a new online environmental database for students!

Developed by recent Tufts graduate Adrian Dahlin (LA ’11), GreenLink is an online portal designed to connect students with study abroad programs, internships and entry-level jobs in the environmental field.

The website is especially helpful for those who want to study abroad and get active experience in environmental organizations. Dahlin was inspired to create the GreenLink site after his own experience interning at an environmental NGO in Israel and Palestine. If you are insure of how to get involved in the environmental movement or which path to take to optimize your individual talent, GreenLink might just be for you.

The site allows students to search the database specifying a location and area of interest and includes a comprehensive rating system that monitors the quality of study abroad programs, internship and job opportunities.

Greenlink will also feature a blog with content from environmentalists covering topics ranging from study abroad stories to career advice; anyone will be able to contribute to the blog content.

You can check out the site here: GreenLinkTufts.com

Grassroots Campaigns—Assistant Director Job Descriptions

Background

Grassroots Campaigns, Inc is a progressive political consulting firm that specializes in running face-to-face citizen mobilization campaigns for political parties, candidates, and advocacy groups. By running campaigns on behalf of groups such as the National Democratic Party, MoveOn.org, the American Civil Liberties Union, Amnesty International, the Sierra Club and The Nature Conservancy  we can focus on building up their membership and volunteer bases while running field campaigns for candidates and other organizations to win progressive victories on the local, state, and national level and mobilize citizens to be more actively involved and engaged in politics.

Canvass Directors and Assistant Canvass Directors manage our 30 grassroots fundraising field offices across the country, with bottom-line responsibility for all local operations.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Recruitment:  Build a team of 15-50 canvassers by recruiting from within the local community.  Interview prospective staff and make hiring decisions.
  • Staff Management:  Teach canvassing/fundraising skills.  Work with your staff in individual and group settings, with a particular eye towards developing leaders.  Cultivate a welcoming and motivating atmosphere.
  • Canvassing:  Canvass in the field for four days per week, to train new and experienced staff in the field and meet personal fundraising requirements.
  • Administration:  Carefully track income and expenses.  Manage the budget for your office.  Process staff payroll.  Maintain records for future organizing efforts.

Qualifications:

Strong communication and motivational skills, work ethic, and desire for political change are essential.  Candidates must be able to work within a team, have proven leadership ability and an orientation towards handling a lot of responsibility. Strong self-direction and the ability to take initiative are also necessary qualifications. Previous field or canvassing experience is a plus, and may qualify candidates for additional leadership positions.

Training:

Newly hired directors will typically spend three weeks doing field training, working intensely alongside experienced directors and will also attend a week-long national classroom training.  Additionally, directors receive support from regional management staff throughout their time on staff.  After one year in the position, staff will have learned the basics of running a successful grassroots campaign, including, but not limited to, fundraising and donor recruitment, hiring and supervising staff and/or volunteers, and turf management.

Expectations:

Positions last through the 2012 Presidential Election.  Campaign hours can run 80-100 hours per week, including work on weekends.

Salary/Benefits:

Annual salary for Assistant Canvass Directors begins at $24,000.   Staff may opt into our health care plan (PPO).  Paid training, vacation and sick days are included; student loan assistance is available.

Timing and Location:

Positions are available in cities nationwide.  Currently hiring in MA, ME, NY, AR, PA, OH, IL, IN, MN, MO, CO, CA, WA, OR, TX and Washington, D.C.

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