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Month: April 2012 (page 1 of 8)

Campus Sustainability Council update: Waste Working Group

Since the beginning of March, the three Working Groups of the Campus Sustainability Council have been meeting to discuss the current state of energy/emissions, water, and waste policies and practices at Tufts, and to create new policy measures in these areas.

The Waste Working Group met for the first time on March 12th and reviewed its roles and responsibilities, which include collaborating to create university-wide solid waste reduction/avoidance goals, presenting goals to the main Council for feedback and approval, and creating strategies to meet the goals, including implementation planning.

The group reviewed how Tufts manages its waste as well as consumption data. They learned that causes of waste output variations are usually hard to determine but that waste increases noticeably during a strong economy and times of high consumption, and that reduced consumption and reusing materials could impact waste output considerably. The group reviewed the waste breakdown for the past several years on the Boston and Medford campuses. Finally, the group looked into strategies for waste reduction. The waste management hierarchy follows, from most preferred to least preferred:

  • Source reduction and reuse
  • Recycling/composting
  • Energy recovery
  • Treatment and disposal

In the second meeting, the Waste Working Group decided to break down into smaller sub-groups, and the third meeting was spent working within those groups. The groups, along with their objectives, are:

  • Waste Management
    • To identify gaps and weaknesses in current waste management and address gaps, and to achieve uniformity in waste management practices wherever possible
    • Group will cover practices and metrics
  • Source Reduction
    • Group will impact waste reduction and responsible choices through purchasing contracts and client interface
  • Labs and Hospitals
    • Group will focus on laboratory and hospital waste management including animal facilities
  • Marketing and Education
    • Group will raise the level of awareness for waste reduction across all Tufts communities through behavior change

The working group members are now in the process of brainstorming goals and areas of policy change within their subgroups. Once this process is complete, the sub-groups will discuss their findings and the Waste Working Group will make a report to the Sustainability Council. The working group is co-chaired by Gretchen Kaufman, Assistant Professor of Wildlife Medicine in the Department of Environmental and Population Health and Director of the Tufts Center for Conservation Medicine at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, and Dawn Quirk, Waste Reduction Program Manager in Tufts Facilities Services.

As always, Tufts community members are welcome to add their own suggestions for the working group through the easy, on-line form available on the Office of Sustainability’s website.

Program Assistant, The Carrot Project (Boston, MA)

The Carrot Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating financing solutions for small and mid-sized farms and farm-related businesses. The Carrot Project was founded in 2005 and made its first microloans to farmers in Vermont and Massachusetts in 2009. Our program model is designed to incubate, learn from, and establish alternative financing programs in combination with business technical assistance. We work collaboratively with private investors, lenders and farm support organizations. We are helping to rebuild a farming system that offers stability to local farmers, provides healthful food for citizens, replenishes the environment, and is good for regional and local economies. We are currently active in New England and parts of New York.

Job Summary:
This is a new part-time position. The person who fills this varied role will work closely with The Carrot Project’s Executive Director to provide administrative support, coordinate our virtual office, and provide development and communications support. We seek a candidate who can thrive in a small dynamic organization, has excellent interpersonal skills, and office management experience.

Key Job Elements:

Administrative: schedule meetings and handle logistics, reply to routine inquires, coordinate database and virtual office, transcribe meeting notes

Development: prepare materials for appeals and acknowledgements, prepare budgets for proposals and other routine materials

Program/Communications: evaluate application process, support investor communications, up-date the website, conduct basic research

Required Skills

  • Office management experience
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Proven ability and enjoyment in attending to details, including follow up
  • Experience and interest in using databases
  • Experience supporting grants management and development
  • Excellent administrative skills
  • Proven ability to transcribe accurate meeting notes
  • Strong computer skills including MS Office
  • Strong written communication skills
  • Proven ability to meet deadlines and manage workload
  • Proven drive to excel and meet challenges

Preferred Skills

  • Knowledge and familiarity with sustainable agriculture and/or farming
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent

Special Requirements

  • Ability and willingness to work from a home office in Greater Boston
  • Occasional regional travel required.

To Apply
The application deadline is Friday, May 4th. We strongly encourage online applications. To apply, visit www.tsne.org/jobs — please include a resume and cover letter. We do accept applications by mail or fax. Send to: Third Sector New England; NonProfit Center, 7th floor; Attn: HR – 89 South Street; Boston, MA 02111 or Fax: 617.523.2070.

Research Intern, Center for Environmental Innovation (Prescott, AZ)

The Center for Environmental Innovation (CEI) is seeking interns to conduct research on a variety of cutting edge environmental, health, safety, sustainability and corporate social responsibility projects. Additional information can be found on the website.

The intern’s primary responsibilities will be to conduct literature searches and direct telephone and e-mail correspondence with major corporations, NGOs, and governmental agencies. Undergraduate and/or graduate studies in environmental policy, business, engineering, or science are preferred. A strong background and understanding of research methods and literature search techniques are required. Excellent verbal and written skills are essential.

Hours are flexible and the work may be conducted at candidate’s home office. This position is an internship, not an employee of CEI. Initial, part time assignments can begin in late April 2012 and vary according to the candidate’s course load. At the end of the 2011-2012 academic year the assignments would be up to 40 hours per week and would extend through the summer, as a minimum, and if mutually desirable, could extend part time on into next school year (2012-2013) for candidates returning to the university.

Initial compensation is up to $17 per hour, depending on qualifications and experience.

To apply, send an e-mail cover note and attached resume (prefer MS Word) to:

Richard MacLean,  MacLean@Enviro-Innovate.org.

Center for Environmental Innovation, Inc.
350 Hidden Valley Drive
Prescott, AZ 86303


Aug 11-19: Suburban Permaculture Design & Leadership Course, Common Circle (Eugene, OR)

Join an unforgettable program in leadership, permaculture and sustainable design in Oregon with the world’s most renowned instructors and change your life, your community and your planet.  Not only do Common Circle Education courses offer the most complete curriculum of any similar program, but the people who come to the programs make this the most powerful training offered anywhere.

Gain cutting-edge skills in nature-inspired sustainable design that’s applicable virtually anywhere design is used — from green businesses to your own back yard.  Visit ecovillages, organic farms, the nation’s first biofuel station (ever seen a gas station with solar panels and a green roof selling kombucha? ;), while spending two weeks with some of the most inspiring people around!

During the workshop, we will talk about:

* Smart nature-inspired design principles
* Rainwater catchment and storage
* Greywater – smart water re-use with plant filters
* Food forests & garden design for food abundance
* Eco-psychology and Regenerative Leadership
* Intentional community design and dynamics
* Bio-remediation and toxic waste cleanup
* Natural building design – cob, strawbale and more
* Soil biology and regeneration
* Sustainable transportation and fuels
* Green business and sustainable economics
* Natural patterns and principles
* Everything you ever wanted to know about plants and soil!

We’re thrilled to announce the availability of a limited number of scholarships for our upcoming Urban Permaculture & Regenerative Leadership training in August.
Permaculture Design & Regenerative Leadership Course – Aug 11-19th
Tuition co-pay with scholarship:  $1000 (regular price: $3000!)
-> Discount code:  AUGUSTSCHOLARSHIP (only valid for august course)

We’re making ONLY TEN of these need-based scholarships available
first-come-first-serve.  Just sign up online, and if the system
accepts your credit card information with the code, you’re in.

Common Circle Education is the nation’s ecological design and
sustainable living school with courses in Oregon, Hawaii and
California; our instructors are some of the most well-known
leaders in sustainability, organics and permaculture design.

May 2-3: Community Visioning Workshops, Medford LEAP

Medford Local Energy Action Program – Community Visioning Workshops

The City of Medford and the Metropolitan Area  Planning Council (MAPC) are pleased to invite you to the Medford Local Energy Action Program Community Visioning Workshops. The Workshops are being held to solicit your input on how the City can best deliver and support energy reduction programs to Medford residents and businesses, as well as how the City can reduce its own energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. Come give your opinion on how the City can help you.

There will be two workshops held, and each will have the same format and content.
1st Workshop Date: Wednesday, May 2, 7:00PM – 9:00PM

2nd Workshop Date: Thursday, May 3, 10:00AM – 12:00PM

Location: Medford City Hall, Council Chambers, 85 George P. Hassett Drive

The Community Visioning Workshops are open to the public, and residents, local business owners, students, and community stakeholders are all encouraged to attend. The workshops will include:

- An introduction to the Local Energy Action Program
- An overview of Medford’s past energy accomplishments
- Brainstorming sessions focused on energy opportunities and interests in Medford

For more information or to request special accommodations, please contact Erin Brandt at (617) 451-2770 ext. 2044 or at ebrandt@mapc.org.

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