Tufts Gets Green

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Date: May 16, 2012

Summer intern, Teens Turning Green (Sausalito, CA)

Teens Turning Green is looking for interns to work in our Sausalito office over the spring and summer months. Interns will work on various projects being developed by this exciting, student driven non-profit. This will be a hands-on internship where your voice and participation will be essential to the direction and success of our projects!

Sample of intern responsibilities:

• The focus of this internship will be on developing the topics, resources, and structure for Project Green Challenge 2012 launching in October. Please reference projectgreenchallenge.com to check out PGC 2011.
• Student engagement: Opportunity to take a leadership role in building capacity and participation for Project Green Challenge with students across the country.
• Social Media outreach: Use of social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to disseminate information, build energy and participation in PGC and ultimately drive traffic to the TTG website so students can sign up.
• Event Coordination and Staffing: Assist with planning and staffing of promotional, fundraising and outreach events.

This internship requires a minimum commitment of 25 hours per week. Though unpaid, we will support you in receiving university or high school credit.

To apply, please attach your resume and a document (.doc or .docx) answering the following questions and email to info@teensturninggreen.org

Phone number:
Email Address:
Year in school:
Do you own or have access to a car (or are you local to the Sausalito area)?

Please answer the following questions in approximately one page:

1. Statement of Purpose – Please explain why you are applying for an internship with Teens Turning Green and what you would hope to gain from this internship.

2. Experience and Skills – Please describe any past relevant experience or skills that you will bring to our projects (specifically PGC 2012).

3. Why are you a good fit for the internship?

4. Green background and goals – What issues/themes are important to you? In which specific areas of the sustainability movement are you or do you want to get more involved?

5. Who you are! – Tell us about yourself. Feel free to be creative!


Jun 20-22: Permaculture Your Campus Conference (UMass Amherst, MA)

The University of Massachusetts Amherst proudly announces the Permaculture Your Campus Conference held at the UMass Amherst campus June 20-22, 2012 with special keynote speaker Frances Moore Lappé, author of 18 books, including the 3-million copy Diet for a Small Planet.

At the international Permaculture Your Campus Conference, directors of the award-winning UMass Permaculture Initiative will give an introduction to permaculture in a campus setting and share the value that it has created for the University of Massachusetts system and local community. Participants will learn how to develop a successful permaculture initiative for their campus and will leave with their own individualized action plan for their own campus permaculture initiative.

For more details about the conference, check out our Info About the Conference page and our Conference Schedule page.

Jun 22-24: 6th Annual Biomimicry Education Summit (Portland, OR)

The Biomimicry 3.8 Institute is pleased to host the 6th Annual Biomimicry Education Summit, which will take place Friday, June 22 to Sunday, June 24, 2012 in beautiful Portland, Oregon. The Summit is a unique opportunity to learn from the leaders and innovators in Biomimicry Education from youth, university and non-formal education institutions. Plenary sessions and interactive workshops provide outstanding opportunities to learn, engage, connect, and get re-inspired to bring biomimicry more deeply into your teaching.  Oregon K-12 Teachers may receive certificates for up to 20 PDUs.

Exciting News:  Richard Louv will be giving an Opening Address on Thursday night to kick off the Summit!


Who should attend?

University professors… K-12 classroom teachers… Curriculum developers… STEM educators of all types… Science Museum program leaders… School administrators… Undergraduate and graduate students… Anyone who has an interest in the potential of biomimicry to engage students, cross disciplinary boundaries, and change the world. See their flyer and visit their website.

May 30: Power Purchase Agreements – The Key to Renewable Energy

Everyone wants renewable energy and to reduce carbon emissions, but historically a number of factors have kept organizations from building their own wind farms or solar fields. High upfront costs, technical expertise and long term price volatility just to name have kept companies, schools and governments from more readily adopting large scale renewables.

All that is changing, with new market tools helping solve those problems and expand renewable energy. Power Purchase Agreements are fast becoming the preferred method for securing renewable power while limiting upfront costs and risks.

During the webinar we will hear from two very different organizations who are both utilizing PPAs to maximize green power purchasing.

Join Sam Arons, Energy Program Manager from Google Inc., who is responsible for overseeing the PPA program and coordinating deals, and

Chris O’Brien, Director of Sustainability at American University where they recently finished a large solar PPA project.

Register online.

Jun 17-19: ACPA Institute on Sustainability Conference, Boulder CO

The fifth annual ACPA Institute on Sustainability will again bring together students, staff and faculty from colleges and universities across the country who are committed to sustainability. Now, more than ever, it is essential to implement sustainable practices that save money and reduce a campus’ carbon footprint. This Institute will provide participants with tools necessary to help each campus become more sustainable.

The goal of the Institute is to provide individuals and institutional teams with a plethora of knowledge about sustainability so that they can return to their campuses prepared to contribute to the development of sustainable policies and practices and the education of campus community members. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from some of the leading sustainability scholars and practitioners; explore promising practices from campuses across the country; and develop a framework and actionable goals that can be taken back to campus and integrated into the core of the institution.

The ACPA Institute on Sustainability will seek to create education and awareness for sustainability’s triple bottom line and may include sessions that discuss the following:

Green Building and Renovation
Integrating Sustainability into the Fabric of Campus
Assessing Student Learning
Sustainability and Student Activism
Sustainability in the Academy

See http://www2.myacpa.org/professional-development/2091 for more information

Program Manager, Sustainability Leadership Program (Portland/Eugene, OR)

The UO Academic Extension (AE) invites applications to fill an Officer of Administration position of Program Manager, Sustainability Leadership Program (SLP). This position is for 12 months, fixed term, .60 FTE, renewable annually based on funding and performance. Salary is commensurate with experience, based on a full time (12 month) salary of$40,000 – $60,000.  Additional compensation may be possible through instructional assignments.  Excellent benefits. See http://hr.uoregon.edu/benefits/ for more information.

Program Overview

The mission of the Sustainability Leadership Program (SLP) is to provide practitioners with a theoretical foundation and practical tools for leading organizations, communities, and individuals to develop sustainable living and working environments. SLP provides participants with opportunities to meet their career and academic goals through fields of study that are cultivated to create a unique learning environment for professional growth and development.  The Sustainability Leadership Program was launched in 2003 and during this time it has served over 1,000 individuals from more than 450 organizations.

The SLP courses, both credit and noncredit, are administered in a cost-recovery fiscal model through Academic Extension (AE).  Curricular approval for optional academic credit-bearing courses is through the UO School of Architecture and Allied Arts.

General Description of the Position

The Program Manager will manage the ongoing intensive workshop series, held on-site at UO White Stag Block in Portland, and launch a pilot online series.

  • Coordination of on-site program activities, approximately .3 FTE:
  • Coordination of online program, approximately .3 FTE:

The Program Manager will be responsible for multiple aspects of the Sustainability Leadership Program (SLP).

  • Organize, plan, and implement program content and delivery.
  • Research and recommend curriculum and relevant technology.
  • Work with content experts and the instructional design/technology support staff to develop and deliver online courses.
  • Propose, implement, and monitor program activities within cost-recovery budget structure.
  • Communicate with students, faculty, and technology services.
  • Select and hire new and continuing presenters.
  • Develop and review curriculum in collaboration with appropriate academic units.
  • Evaluate overall course and program format and delivery modes.
  • Consult with participants on workshop topics and develop individualized study plans.
  • Coordinate marketing campaigns, directing themes, and writing text for program promotional materials, including website.
  • Coordinate student access for both content and technological interaction.
  • Integrate, where appropriate, with AE programs and UO resources.
  • Attend sustainability related conferences and events; participate in committees, workgroups, and community outreach activities.
  • Work with fiscal services to develop arrangements for presenters’ contractual agreements.

To implement these functions, the Program Manager will work with other staff/areas within Academic Extension, including registration and operations; graphics, communications, and marketing; fiscal services; technology and instructional design; facilities; etc.

Please send the following three items as a single PDF attachment, via e-mail:

  1. Letter of interest
  2. Resume or Vita
  3. Contact information for three references
Subject: UO Job Posting # 12174

Sustainability Communications and Marketing Manager (Amherst, MA)

As a member of the UMass Amherst University Relations team, the manager will lead Communication and Marketing (C&M) efforts to advance the Universitys reputation as a global leader in sustainability. The manager will be responsible for implementation of the UMass Amherst Green Visibility Campaign, a three-year effort to establish the University as a national leader in sustainable-related teaching, research, and campus life.

Minimum Qualifications: Masters degree with two years experience in communications and marketing and three years experience directly related to issues of sustainability; or B.A. with seven years C&M experience and five years experience related to issues of sustainability, such as energy efficiency strategies or behavior change campaign techniques; experience applying marketing principles, concepts, strategies and best practices; strong written and interpersonal communication skills, including presentation and group facilitation skills; record of successfully applying concepts and principles of digital media and social media strategies, metrics and tactics; ability to creatively apply tools to reach communication and marketing goals; technical skills in computer applications for web publishing; ability to communicate with, motivate and support diverse working groups; ability to work efficiently and effectively in a team structure with other professionals and vendors.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience in a higher education environment, launching and managing marketing or promotional campaigns, and with Drupal.

The manager is a term position, for a period of three years, with the possibility of extension.

Hiring Salary Range: $47,400 – $60,000

Normal Starting Salary Range: $47,400 – $53,700

To apply, please submit a letter of interest, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references to: Search #R43131, Employment Office, 167 Whitmore Administration Building, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003-8170. The priority application deadline is May 21, 2012. However, applications will be accepted beyond that date until the position is filled.

The University of Massachusetts is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and members of minority groups are encouraged to apply.

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