Daily Archives: February 24, 2012

Mar 4: Deep Energy Retrofit Open House (Sudbury, MA)

When: Sunday, March 4, 2012, 12 Noon — 3 PM

Where: 61 Oakwood Avenue, Sudbury, MA

National Grid will be sponsoring an Open House showcasing the Deep Energy Retrofit (DER) of a single family residence at 61 Oakwood Avenue in Sudbury, MA. Synergy Construction LLC, the project’s DER envelope subcontractor, and October Engineering LLC, the owner and mechanical systems installer, will be on hand to discuss the concepts and construction details. The home was built in 1961.

The owners, Deborah Wolozin and Robert Morrison, purchased the home in 2010 as a rental property in one of Sudbury’s family-friendly neighborhoods. A subsequent home energy audit and review of utility bills revealed its poor energy performance. The owners were uncomfortable passing these high utility costs onto future tenants. In the course of researching window replacements and air-sealing energy retrofits, they discovered the NGrid DER Pilot Program. The owners decided on an expanded financial planning horizon which incorporated the benefits of the pilot program to pursue a gut-rehab, deep energy retrofit in conjunction with a second floor expansion.

The super-insulated and air-tight enclosure, made possible through financial and technical support from National Grid and Building Science Corporation, will include interior spray foam insulation for air sealing and insulation in addition to an exterior insulation wall and roof build-out. A heat recovery ventilator will provide fresh air while recovering energy from exhausted air. A premium efficiency hot water heating system is being installed. A multi-split system heat pump will be installed for air conditioning and backup heating. A solar photovoltaic array is currently being designed. The project is aiming for completion by July 2012.

For more information on National Grid, the Deep Energy Retrofit Program, or for directions to the Open House, click the link to their website.

Internships, MassDEP (Boston, MA)

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) now has summer internships posted on our website. There are four internships available through the Boston Headquarters alone, including work in areas such as Commercial Waste Reduction & Waste Planning, Climate Strategies Program, and the Drinking Water Program.

The application deadline for these internships is March 15, 2012. Note that these are volunteer (unpaid) internships. For questions about the Internship Program, please contact the Diversity Office at dep.employment@state.ma.us or 617-292-5806.

Internship, Energy Efficiency Program, New Ecology Inc. (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.

The position is 12-15 hours/week during the fall/spring academic year. Preference will be given to candidates who are willing to work through the summer and into the following academic year. Preference is also given to students that have work-study funding.

Start date: could begin immediately, start date flexible.

Required Skills/Experience

The ideal candidate should be entrepreneurial, results-oriented, and able to work independently. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are a must, as is an active interest in working with numbers and spreadsheets. At least a basic working knowledge of building structures, HVAC systems/operations, and energy efficiency technologies is preferred.


Send a resume and cover letter to:

Eric J. Gardner
Energy Efficiency Program Director

For more information about New Ecology, Inc., see their website.

Sustainability Wiki & Media Manager, New Ecology Inc. (Boston, MA)

Sustainability Wiki & Media Manager

New Ecology is seeking an innovative manager with experience in web applications and sustainable development to help bring a newly launched green building wiki to scale.

Buildingwell is a wiki-style website that allows users to share knowledge about greening existing multi-family affordable housing. It is an innovative tool that aims to bring together a national network of users to share and vet information on technology, systems, products and approaches. The scope and reach of the website are rapidly expanding and this is an exciting position with great opportunities for growth. See: www.buildingwell.org.

New Ecology, Inc. (NEI) developed and manages the Buildingwell site. NEI is a cutting edge non-profit organization-one that provides value-added services to other non-profit and private clients and that works to use market mechanisms to promote green building and sustainable development. See: www.newecology.org.

Description of Position:

The candidate will be responsible for managing the day to day operation of the site, expanding its audience and impact, and attracting users and experts in an ongoing conversation about best and emerging green practices.

To apply, send a resume and cover letter to:
Alison Corwin, Senior Associate

For more information, see New Ecology’s website.

Learning Facilitator, Earthwatch Institute (Boston or Brazil)

Earthwatch is seeking someone to deliver its award-winning corporate sustainability learning programs in Brazil.  These sessions run several times a year and are approximately 1 to 2 weeks in duration.

Role Description

The objective of this role is to deliver short-duration learning programs for Brazilian corporate audiences.

Earthwatch’s corporate learning programs are helping to build a network of environmental leaders who value the environment and prioritise it in their every day choices & decision making and who have an authentic conviction & passion which influences others to do the same.  These leaders will enable communities, organisations and businesses to make their policies, processes and practices more sustainable.  These programs possess a high quality field research which increases knowledge, informs policy and delivers positive environmental impacts.  Engagement with staff, scientists, participants and partners inspires transformational learning that enables change in knowledge, skills or behaviour.

You should an experienced learning practitioner with:

  • at least 3 years relevant experience working in learning and development across a range of audiences
  • understanding of and experience working with learner-centred principles, models and practices for organisational and personal behaviour change
  • experience of delivering experiential learning programmes, facilitating participatory processes and group learning and development
  • knowledge and understanding of the environmental and sustainability agendas, with the ability to apply your skills and experience to the sustainability context
  • written / spoken fluency in English and Portuguese is required
  • willingness to undertake significant business travel to Brazil for periods of up to 2 weeks


You will be paid at a rate commensurate with skills and experience.  All travel and lodging will be covered by Earthwatch.

Please submit your resume to:

Nichole Cirillo, Senior Learning Manager, Earthwatch ncirillo@earthwatch.org

Organics Planning Assistant, Dept of Public Works (Cambridge, MA)

Reporting to the Director of Recycling, the organics planning assistant’s duties and responsibilities include:

identify and evaluate existing and planned organics processing facilities within the City of Cambridge’s proximity requirements; determine what organic materials each facility above accepts and how (food scraps only, yard waste, mixed or separate), facility capacity and tipping fees; analyze operational issues, economics and GHG emissions of various collection options; itemize costs for all collection options and other issues related to each collection option, such as collection method, union contract, additional fuel/maintenance, vehicles or retrofits needed, existing contracts, expansion of yard waste collection to year-round services, etc.; determine cost per ton for the composting options and compare to the cost per ton that the City pays for MSW disposal; evaluate and develop recommendations for size/type of curbside and kitchen containers, and compostable liner bags to be used for single family homes and multi-family buildings; collect and review educational materials from model programs in CA, WA, MN, CO, Canada and Europe and document the most useful information for the proposed pilot; identify a neighborhood within one collection route that would be appropriate for the pilot, such as collection efficiency, density, diversity of building types, volume and yard waste generated’ consider options and determine eligibility for households in the target area; develop criteria for making the decision to implement the pilot, Phase 2; summarize and present findings from the above research in a report at the end of Phase 1.

To Apply: Submit 2 copies of both your resume and letter of interest via email to: employment@cambridgema.gov or to Personnel Dept, Room 309, City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA 02139. Fax 617-349-4312. Review of resumes will begin 2/29.

Summer Intership, Neponset River Watershed Association (Canton, MA)

The Neponset River Watershed Association seeks a Summer Intern to assist with the water quality monitoring program; the Purple loosestrife biological control program; public outreach activities; and other potential projects. The Intern will work with both the Environmental Scientist and the Restoration Manager/Outreach Director, and potentially with other staff. Ideally, the Internship begins in May and ends in August, with the potential to include April and/or September (negotiable). Minimum 10 week duration. The Internship is unpaid. For a complete description visit: http://neponset.org/Internship.2012.htm.

Applications due March 9.

Questions? Contact Carly Rocklen at rocklen@neponset.org or 781-575-0343 x303.

Apr 13: EBC 8th Annual Environmental, Energy & Engineering Career Day

Friday, 4/13 @ 11AM-3PM

Lenox Hotel, 61 Exeter Street, Boston, MA 02116

The Environmental Business Council’s Annual Environmental, Energy & Engineering Career Day is a great opportunity for environmental professionals, recent graduates and students to learn about career opportunities in New England. The Career Fair features regional leaders in environmental and energy engineering, consulting and law and policy, as well as government agencies and non-profits.

For a list of showcased employers and registration information, visit the EBC website!

Food, Farm, and Sustainability Institute Summer Program (Hampshire College)

I am thrilled to announce the inaugural Food, Farm, and Sustainability Institute at Hampshire College, a six week summer academic program designed for undergraduate students interested in sustainable agriculture and food studies. Please forward this email to anyone you know who might be interested in applying!

Overview: From June 4 to July 13, 2012, students, faculty, staff, and alumni will come together as a living and learning community at Hampshire College. Students will gain hands-on work experience with the guidance of the Hampshire College Farm Center staff, learn through inquiry-based projects mentored by faculty with a range of expertise, and acquire ownership of knowledge through independent research projects. The institute will follow food from its origin in the soil, through plant cultivation and animal management, address issues in public health and politics, and end up in the kitchen, breaking bread and assessing the character of the food we produce and eat. There will be numerous opportunities for community building through roundtable dinner discussions with local farmers and food producers, a weekly film series, and field trips to local farms emphasizing environmental and community sustainability.

Tuition for the six week program is $3,400, including communal lunch costs (students are responsible for breakfast and dinners as well as all weekend meals). Lodging is an additional $800 for students who wish to reside on campus. 
Hampshire recommends 8 academic credits for completion of the 6-week program. Students are encouraged to check with their home institutions for credit equivalent.

Online Application Deadline: March 1, 2012

For more detailed information about the Food, Farm, and Sustainability Institute, please visit the website: summer.hampshire.edu.
If you have any questions, please contact ffs@hampshire.edu.