Monthly Archives: February 2012

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
corwin@newecology.org

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

Payment

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.

March 8: CURC Webinar: College Recycling Processing Equipment & Vehicles

March 8, 2012; 1:00 p.m. Eastern; Online

Hosted by the College and University Recycling Coalition (CURC), this webinar will identify ways to maximize efficiencies through processing equipment and vehicles; discuss which types of trucks are best suited to collect which materials; evaluate the pros and cons of different types of processing equipment; and review the factors driving the decision process to purchase or contract out vehicles and equipment necessary for pre-processing, bailing and processing materials.

Enviro Health and Safety Coordinators, Columbia College Chicago

Columbia College Chicago’s (IL) Department of Campus Safety and Security is seeking applications for two environmental health and safety coordinators. The position will develop and coordinate the college’s environmental health and safety programs; assist with the development of safety programs to meet local, state and federal guidelines; and serve as an expert liaison with all safety and code related departments of the city and all related federal agencies. Successful candidates will have a minimum of a four-year degree in occupational safety, industrial hygiene, environmental discipline or an equivalent field of study and at least three years of experience with an emphasis in environmental, health and safety program management and employee training.

A Lecture Lover’s Laud: Sustainability Talks at Tufts

Do you know that heavy cattle grazing can rejuvenate grassland and reverse desertification? I didn’t either – until I attended a presentation at the Fletcher School called “Reversing Global Warming and Desertification with Livestock? Counter Intuitive Thinking: A Futurist’s Inquiry.”

The talk given by the President of Planet-TECH Associates, Seth Itzkan, opened my eyes to the revolutionary new idea of Holistic Management, which has already been implemented in farms around the globe to astonishing success. The system, developed at the Africa Centre for Holistic Management in Zimbabwe, allows for (and may actually require) four times more cattle on a normal amount of grazing acreage than traditional ranching methods and quickly replenishes the soil fertility and water table to boot. All that’s required to transition to this system is additional manpower to rotate livestock in a pre-determined pattern.*

My point in sharing these fascinating “planned grazing” factoids is that I may never have encountered these ideas had I not gone out on a limb to visit Fletcher that day.  Everyone, including freshmen like me, can take advantage of speakers brought in by different organizations to the Tufts community, as events are generally open to the public. Many of these lectures focus on sustainability and discuss reforming current systems to pave the way for a better future. With such important and timely content, the talks tend to be eye-opening and in some cases groundbreaking, as Mr. Itzkan’s presentation was for me.  Who knows what a similar lecture could be for you? It could be anything from a fun supply of “brain candy” to the opportunity of a lifetime.

Regardless of what you do – whether you teach, study or work at Tufts – you won’t know what you are missing until you step out of the box and look around. There’s no shortage of chances to broaden your horizons. The Office of Sustainability promotes many events related to sustainability on our blog and website.

Check out some of the programs here at Tufts that sponsor ongoing lecture series:

The Center for International Environment and Resource Policy (CIERP)

CEIRP’s Focus: International environment and resource issues
Upcoming Talk: Sustainable Development Diplomacy & Governance Program –  “International Resource Politics and Minerals: How does the Resource Nexus come in?” (Mar 1, 7pm)

Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE)

GDAE’s Focus: Integration of economics, policy, science and technology
Upcoming Talk: Brown-Bag Lunch Series – “The Global Food Crisis and the Future of Agriculture” (Mar 5, 12:30pm)

Tufts Institute of the Environment (TIE)

TIE’s focus: Environmental education, research, outreach, and service
Upcoming Talk: TIE Talk – Mary Davis, Tufts UEP Professor, on her research in economics and public health (Mar 7, 4:30pm)

Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI – US)

SEI’s focus: Changes in sustainable development by bridging science and policy
Past Talk: “The Social Cost of Carbon” (Sept 29, 2011)

Environmental Studies Program (ENVS)

ENVS’s focus: Training in social and natural sciences, engineering, and humanities
Upcoming Talk: Lunch and Learn - “Groundfishing in New England: Have the Managers Finally Gotten it Right?” (Mar 1, 12pm)

Water: Systems, Science and Society (WSSS)

WSSS’s focus: Interdisciplinary management of water related problems
Upcoming Talk: “Water in a New Era” (Mar 27, 3pm)

Each of them has its own specialties and flavor, so pick a lecture from each and see what fits your fancy!

*Want to learn more about the nuts and bolts of Allan Savory’s Holistic Management? Visit www.savoryinstitute.com to expand your world.

Feb 23: The 2Seeds Network Information Session

The 2Seeds Network is an incorporated non-profit which serves as an umbrella organization incubating small, efficient, and effective agricultural development projects in Africa. 2Seeds focuses on selecting, training, and mentoring bright and passionate graduates at the beginning of their careers to work with our African partners. In a joint effort, our teams address the issue of food and income security by training rural farmers in agricultural best practices. At every step, 2Seeds encourages our project leaders to embrace independent decision making, enforce financial accountability, and humbly seek a deep and sincere partnership with the local African community.

Got what it takes? The 2Seeds Network is looking for Tufts students who aren’t afraid to take risks, who are driven to make a difference, humble and resilient in the face of great challenge, and have the compassion to form deep cross-cultural relationships. Think you have what it takes to lead a project in Tanzania? Come to the 2Seeds information session on Thursday, February 23rd at 5:30pm in the Mayer Campus Center’s Large Conference Room, to meet 2Seeds Co-founder and Director Sam Bonsey and learn more about this unique leadership opportunity.

For more information about the 2Seeds organization, see the website here.

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