Tufts Gets Green

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Date: March 22, 2012 (page 1 of 2)

Apr 3-4: Good Jobs, Green Jobs 2012 Eastern Conference (Philadelphia)

WHEN: April 3-4, 2012
WHERE: Sheraton Philadelphia Center City Hotel
201 North 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA

The 2012 Good Jobs Green Jobs Eastern Regional Conference is the nation’s premier event for sharing ideas and strategies on building the green economy — and creating good jobs along the way.  Now in its fifth year the conference continues to bring together people from different walks of life together to promote, preserve, and build coalitions that create good jobs and preserve our economic and environmental future.  We welcome students to attend and add their voice to this critical conversation. The reduced student registration is just $95* (regular registration is $195).  With this, you will have access to exciting plenaries, over 50 workshops, and numerous opportunities to network with others of your similar interest.  Register today for the Good Jobs, Green Jobs Eastern Conference and use the passcode “student2012”.

U.S. Senator Christopher Coons and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter will be there to recognize the growing movement to create good jobs that are also good for the environment. The workshops will feature experts and leaders from sustainable industries, workers building a more sustainable economy, and activists working every day to create good jobs that are also good for our environment. For example the “Innovations in Green Technical Education: The Sustainability Workshop and the E-House Initiative” workshop will showcase students working on real-world projects to improve energy efficiency, address the challenges of climate change, and lead Philadelphia into the green economy.  All of these opportunities and more will be available at the Good Jobs, Green Jobs Eastern Conference, so register today.

And for those who would like to lend a helping hand, we have volunteering opportunities available as well.  Whether you are helping at the registration desk, greeting conference participants or making sure workshops run smoothly, volunteers are a vital part in helping make the Conference a highly successful event, year after year.  To show appreciation for the great work volunteers do, we will waive the registration fee for any individual who commits to volunteering for six hours over the course of the two-day conference.  Contact Ashley Haugo at ashleyh@bluegreenalliance.org to sign up.

*must present a valid student ID at the time of check in at the Conference

Apr 2: Sustainability & Religion: New Directions in Research and Practice

The Harvard Divinity School Green Team and the HDS student organization EcoDiv are presenting a panel discussion titled “Sustainability & Religion: New Directions in Research and Practice” on Monday, April 2nd from 4-6pm in the Sperry Room at Harvard Divinity School, 45 Francis Ave, Cambridge, MA.

Among the presenters will be Prof. Timothy Weiskel, Co-Director of the Working Group on Environmental Justice at the Du Bois Institute, who created and directed the Environmental Ethics & Public Policy Program at the Harvard Divinity School from 1989 to 1999. Also on the panel will be HDS Prof. Susan Abraham, Assistant Professor of Ministry Studies and Associate Director of the Center for the Study of World Religions, HDS Prof. Dan McKanan, Ralph Waldo Emerson Unitarian Universalist Association Senior Lecturer in Divinity and HDS Prof. Diane Moore, Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies and Education and Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of World Religions.

The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow across the street at the Center for the Study of World Religions afterwards.

Apr 12: Community Stormwater Conference

April 12, 2012; 4 – 8:30 p.m. at Worcester State University  (Agenda)


The Massachusetts Watershed Coalition is holding Community Stormwater Conference on Thursday April 12 to learn about easy ways to protect and renew local waters.  EPA Region 1 Administrator Curt Spalding is the keynote speaker, and he will share stormwater updates with a focus on EPA’s Soak up the Rain Campaign that helps people cleanse polluted runoff.

Few people know that stormwater is the leading source of water pollution.  Lethal runoff from roads, homes and businesses goes directly into living streams.  Rapid overflow from paved areas during storms erodes streams and reduces the groundwater recharge that nourishes stream flows in dry times.  Fortunately, inexpensive solutions can fix problems that damage property, harm stream life and spoil the uses of brooks, lakes and reservoirs.

Stormwater is caused by the entire community and everyone can reduce runoff to heal damages to vital waters. The meeting will feature workshops about low-cost runoff remedies, aquatic ecosystems, stormwater utilities, erosion control, porous paving, BMP performance ratings, how to disconnect streets from streams, and more.  Expert speakers will supply practical guidance for municipal officials, watershed groups, lake associations, highway departments, home builders, engineers and concerned citizens, which can help to renew the health of cherished waters. 

Please click here to download the meeting agenda.

The $10 registration ($5 for students) includes meeting materials and refreshments.  Please register online at this website or telephone (978) 534-0379.

Campaign Director, Fair Share Alliance (30 locations)

Fair Share Alliance is a citizen-based non-profit advocacy organization that works to provide every American with a fair shot at a good job and a strong voice in our democracy. We are NOW HIRING for positions around the country. Click here to learn more: http://tiny.cc/FairShareDirector.

While millions of Americans are struggling to find work and make ends meet, big corporations and special interests are getting billions in government subsidies and exerting far too much influence in our political system. Fair Share Alliance is fighting back! Through grassroots organizing and advocacy, we’re working to create more jobs rebuilding America and expanding clean energy.

We’re hiring Campaign Directors to lead our grassroots campaign for a fair economy. We’re looking for graduating seniors and students going into their Junior and Senior year who are passionate and ready to take action to create positive social change in our economy and democracy. If you’d like to receive more information, please fill out our online interest form: http://tiny.cc/FairShareDirector.

Interviews are being held right now and over the next few weeks. Positions will be filled on a rolling basis. If you’re ready to apply, please email your resume and one paragraph about why you’re interested to Patrick Stelmach, Lead Campaign Director, at pstelmach@fairsharealliance.org.

Fair Share Alliance Campaign Director Job Description:

As a Campaign Director, you’ll be a part of building a Fair Share Alliance organization in your community and raising the profile of our issues to make a real impact in the lives of your friends, family and neighbors. Campaign Directors are responsible for building the grassroots movement to help everyday people have access to the American Dream. Specifically, you’ll run a local campaign office to conduct grassroots fundraising, build membership for Fair Share Alliance and support for our issues, turnout voters for the elections and keep the heat on the 1% in the media.

You’ll work on a team with other directors to run a successful campaign office. Each Director will be responsible for:

Staff Management
• Recruit and manage a 10-25 staff members to sign on thousands of members in your area to support our work and our issue campaigns.
• Train staff on effective canvassing and grassroots campaign skills.
• Develop new leaders and the next generation of political activists.

Grassroots fundraising and membership building
• Lead the effort to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars and recruit thousands of members for the organization locally. Specifically, meet or exceed your office’s goals for fundraising and membership.
• Canvass three or more days a week to raise money, identify supporters, sign up members and train staff.
• Manage all day-to-day administrative tasks related to fundraising, building membership, campaign and election work and general office management.

Issue Campaigns and Election Field Work
• Work with local coalitions of like-minded organizations, elected leaders and businesses.
• Run media events to raise the profile of our issues.
• Organize grassroots lobbying events and in-district meetings with elected officials.
• Work with the Fair Share Alliance political team to devise a local strategy for reaching out to base and swing voters.
• Recruit volunteers and staff to talk face-to-face with thousands of voters.
• Target and turn out our supporters to vote.

Training is designed to give the skills and confidence needed to tackle the challenges of building a movement. In classrooms and in the field, you’ll work with experienced staff to learn all the skills of campaign directing, including recruitment, leadership development, staff management, public speaking, media, fundraising, canvassing, and administrative management.

We’re looking for smart leaders ready to launch a project in their state.  Passion for the issues, strong work ethic, ability to work on a team and follow direction are a must.

We’re hiring for 30 locations across the country.

Email your cover letter and resume to Patrick Stelmach, Lead Campaign Director, at pstelmach@fairsharealliance.org.

Jun 16: Hyper-Local Craft Brew Tasting

Calling all foodies, artisan craft food devotees, craft brew fans, localvores, brew hobbyists, nano-brewers, and micro-brewers and the curious-minded.

Join us for our third Local Craft Brew event and first event highlighting the pairing local brews with local ingredients. Come learn, explore, socialize, and network with more than 20 brewers and local food artisans and enjoy 3 hours of tastings of local craft beer, wine, cider, and mead. While you celebrate local brews, you can savor live music by local musicians at this lovefest of all things good and local.

Hyper-Local Craft Brew will showcase local craft brewers and highlight, celebrate and local promote brews made with locally sourced ingredients, including hops, barley, wheat, fruit and many other local items used for flavoring–herbs, teas, coffees, chocolates, honey and more. During this event, you will also have a chance to talk with our local brewers and purchase local wine, directly from our local vintners.

Bottled Wine will be available for sale from local vintners.

Food will be on sale by local vendors for $5.00 or less.
Spread the word, tell your friends, and get your tickets early because we plan to sell out.

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