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Month: February 2012 (page 2 of 10)

Environmental Internships, ARAMARK (Philadelphia, PA)

In partnership with the Student Conservation Association, ARAMARK is seeking interns for its Environmental Internship Program. Designed to meet a growing need for employees who have a practical understanding of environmental initiatives plus fundamental business knowledge, the program provides young professionals with corporate experience and creates awareness of the role environmental stewardship can play in all jobs by engaging interns in hands-on environmental initiatives at ARAMARK locations. Interns will be selected by mid-April.

Click here for more information.

Win a Trip to Rio+20: United Nations Conference

The United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) and Aarhus University in Denmark invite students and faculty to join the global PRME Leaders+20 case competition. Those who integrate sustainability perspectives into new or existing course descriptions and curricula, demonstrate an inspiring cross-generational cooperation between students and faculty, and present their team’s innovative ideas in writing and video have a chance of winning the first prize trip to Rio+20: United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in June 2012.

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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.

Application

Send a resume and cover letter to:

Eric J. Gardner
Energy Efficiency Program Director
gardner@newecology.org

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

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