Daily Archives: March 22, 2012

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
STUDENT REGISTRATION DISCOUNTED RATE is $95

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)

COMMUNITY STORMWATER SOLUTIONS
KEEPING STREAMS & LAKES HEALTHY

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:

FIGHT FOR A FAIR ECONOMY
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.

RESPONSIBILITIES
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
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.

QUALIFICATIONS
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.

OFFICES
We’re hiring for 30 locations across the country.

HOW TO APPLY
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.

Communications Coordinator, Chittenden County RPC (Winooski, VT)

Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) is seeking to hire a full-time communications coordinator. We are looking for an energetic, creative and well organized person to improve public engagement in our broad-based regional planning programs. CCRPC’s programs and projects include land use, transportation, emergency management, GIS, stormwater, housing, natural resources, and other issues important to the communities in Chittenden County. More info here: http://www.ccrpcvt.org/jobs/

Judicial Practice Advocate (Washington DC)

Earthjustice is the legal backbone for the environment. Founded in 1971, we annually represent nearly 400 non-profit organizations for free in over 250 cases that promote a clean energy future, preserve our natural heritage, and safeguard our health.

Earthjustice has nine regional offices, an international program, a legislative team and a communications team. We represent coalitions that drive broad environmental protection, prevent irretrievable losses, and ensure that environmental laws are put to work. Our experience and distinguished track record enable us to mount strategic and effective campaigns that result in lasting environmental protection.

This position in Earthjustice’s Policy and Legislation Department provides legislative and administrative strategy development and implementation on judicial issue priorities for Earthjustice . (e.g. access to the courts, Administrative Procedures Act) assigned by Supervisor.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND FUNCTIONS Development and implementation of legislative and administrative strategies relating to assigned issues. Directly lobbies Congress and the Administration. Tracks legislation relating to assigned issues. Develops lobby and education materials. Develops or assists in developing media strategies with Communications Department and conducts media outreach on assigned issues. Tracks legislation and policy initiatives relating to assigned issues. Perform policy and legislative analysis. Outreach to broader non-profit legal community Represent Earthjustice in coalitions. Represents Department on Earthjustice practice groups related to assigned issues. Liaison with Earthjustice Litigators working on assigned issues. Educate the Administration and Congress on key legal challenges and rulings. Based on experience, serve as spokesperson for Earthjustice on assigned issues.

REQUIREMENTS: JD degree. Demonstrated experience working with the legislative process.
Familiarity with administrative rulemaking process. Ability to handle multiple tasks, projects and deadlines. Excellent writing and oral communications skills.. Proven ability to work in coalitions. Experience in working with media. Proven ability to work independently. Two to six years related policy or legal advocacy experience.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: Dependent on experience, this position may supervise projects and other efforts performed on assigned issues by Assistants, Interns or Contractors.

We offer a mission and employee-focused work environment and a competitive compensation package including excellent benefits. Earthjustice is an equal opportunity employer and highly values diversity. For full position description and to learn more about Earthjustice visit www.earthjustice.org.

To Apply
Interested candidates should submit a resume along with cover letter to jobs@earthjustice.org. Please include “Legislative Counsel” in the subject line.

NO TELEPHONE CALLS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

Environmental Health Advocate (Washington, DC)

Earthjustice is driven by a passion for justice, partnership and excellence. Our core values lead us to seek a broad range of perspectives and backgrounds to achieve our mission and to maintain an inclusive environment where all staff are valued and respected. As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to employment practices that ensure that employees and applicants for employment are provided with equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the position.

Earthjustice is the legal backbone for the environment. Founded in 1971, we annually represent nearly 400 non-profit organizations for free in over 250 cases that promote a clean energy future, preserve our natural heritage, and safeguard our health.

Earthjustice has nine regional offices, an international program, a legislative team and a communications team. We represent coalitions that drive broad environmental protection, prevent irretrievable losses, and ensure that environmental laws are put to work. Our experience and distinguished track record enable us to mount strategic and effective campaigns that result in lasting environmental protection.

This position in Earthjustice’s Policy and Legislation Department provides legislative and administrative strategy development and implementation on environmental health issue priorities for Earthjustice (e.g. toxics, pesticides, hazardous waste) assigned by Supervisor.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND FUNCTIONS Development and implementation of legislative and administrative strategies relating to assigned issues. Directly lobbies Congress and the Administration. Tracks legislation relating to assigned issues. Develops lobby and education materials. Develops or assists in developing media strategies with Communications Department and conducts media outreach on assigned issues. Tracks legislation and policy initiatives relating to assigned issues. Perform policy and legislative analysis. Represent Earthjustice in coalitions. Represents Department on Earthjustice practice groups related to assigned issues. Liaison with Earthjustice Litigators working on assigned issues. Educate the Administration and Congress on key legal challenges and rulings. Based on experience, serve as spokesperson for Earthjustice on assigned issues.

REQUIREMENTS: Bachelors or Masters in related environmental field, JD a plus. Demonstrated experience working with the legislative process. Familiarity with administrative rulemaking process. Ability to handle multiple tasks, projects and deadlines. Excellent writing and oral communications skills. Ability to work in coalitions. Experience in working with media. Proven ability to work independently. Two to six years related policy or legal advocacy experience

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: Dependent on experience, this position may supervise projects and other efforts performed on assigned issues by Assistants, Interns or Contractors.

We offer a mission and employee-focused work environment and a competitive compensation package including excellent benefits. Earthjustice is an equal opportunity employer and highly values diversity. For full position description and to learn more about Earthjustice visit www.earthjustice.org.

To Apply
Interested candidates should submit a resume along with cover letter to jobs@earthjustice.org. Please include “Environmental Health Advocate” in the subject line.

Climate Change Continuing Education Symposia for Faculty

FREE weekly webinars on Tuesdays, 3 pm Eastern Time

The National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE), Council of Environmental Deans and Directors (CEDD) and the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC)  invite you to participate in a series of free weekly webinars that will introduce you to exciting resources for teaching about climate change science and solutions that are located on the CAMEL (Climate Adaptation and Mitigation E-learning) web portal (www.CAMELclimatechange.org).
NCSE will provide a “digital badge” of participation to registered faculty members.
Each free webinar will feature a faculty member discussing a teaching module or exercise and how to use it in your teaching. The modules to be discussed are designed for undergraduate students, primarily at an introductory level.

Webinar Schedule:

1.       March 20 - Introduction to the CAMEL Resource,  Andy Jorgensen, University of Toledo
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2.       March 27 - David Kitchen, University of Richmond, Recent Climate Change
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3.       April 3 - Arnold Bloom, Un. California – Davis, Climate Change and Wine
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4.       April 10 -  Kevin Spigel, Unity College: A Mini-Module Approach to Understanding Climate Change
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5.       April 17 -  Tricia Mynster, University of Nevada – Las VegasClimate Change Impacts on Colorado River Water Supply
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6.       April 24 -  Octaviana Trujillo, Northern Arizona University and Teresa Newberry, TOCC – Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Climate Change
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7.       May 1 -  Dave Hassenzahl, Chatham University, NASA Time Machine Visualization
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8.       May 8  - Stephanie Pfirman and Patrick Callahan, Barnard College
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9.       May 15 - Mike Finewood, Chatham University,  Climate Change and Food
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10.   May 22  - Lisa Bosman and William Van Lopik, College of the Menominee, Climate Change and Energy from an American Indian Perspective
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