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Month: May 2012 (page 2 of 7)

Summer Food System Intern, Office of Food Initiatives (Boston, MA)

This internship will focus on Boston’s sustainable food community in the broadest sense, from production to waste management. The food systems intern will be tasked with conducting an assessment of the activities and actors that comprise Boston’s sustainable food system, identifying strengths and weakness, and most importantly, opportunities for impact. The Office of Food Initiatives will serve as a liaison and enable this intern to meet and interface with a diverse group, from the urban farmer to the small-­-scale food vendor to local representatives of national businesses. Specific projects include an assessment of Boston’s food landscape (from large scale groceries and corner stores to community gardens and public orchards) and advancing a conversation around subsidized Community Supported Agriculture models. Contact: Edith Murnane Food@cityofboston.gov

Energy Retrofit Data Analysis Intern, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (Boston, MA)

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) seeks a detail-oriented, self-motivated individual for the position of Energy Retrofit Data Analysis Intern in Boston, Massachusetts. The Intern will provide data analysis and research support to assist in analyzing the achievements of the Boston LISC Green Retrofit Initiative, and the LEAN Multifamily utility funded energy conservation program, and provide other data analysis support.  Other tasks may include troubleshooting data problems in WegoWise, a residential energy use tracking database, and following up with building owners to ensure proper documentation of the energy upgrades to the properties. The intern will compile the results into a final report and presentation to be delivered by the end of the summer. LISC will provide training on the WegoWise database, types of data available, and the overall retrofit initiative, but the Intern will be expected to work independently on the data analysis and must have prior database, research and analysis experience. The retrofit data project, will be the Intern’s primary responsibility, but if time allows, the intern may be able to engaged in other LISC work. To apply: Send resume and cover letter to Elizabeth (Betsy) Glynn at eglynn@lisc.org.

Assistant Director, Sustainability, DePauw University (Greencastle, Indiana)

Apply by June 1 for full consideration. The assistant director will coordinate sustainability efforts with the university’s Campus Master Plan, Capital Campaign and Facilities Management priorities, engaging all campus sectors in broad, interdisciplinary conversations about sustainability. The position will also facilitate university leadership in community, regional and national networks including the Indiana Green Campus Network and AASHE. Successful applicants will have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a sustainability-related field and at least six months of higher education sustainability experience. Apply online.

May 29, Jun 12, Jun 28: Free Urban Cycling Workshops (Cambridge, MA)

Considering biking to work? Free cycling workshops are being offered 6:30-7:30pm, on the following dates:

  • Tuesday May 29, Millers River Apartments, 669 Cambridge St. East Cambridge
  • Tuesday June 12, Andrew Peabody School, 70 Rindge Ave. North Cambridge
  • Thursday June 28, Central Square Library, 45 Pearl St. Cambridgeport

Questions, or want to RSVP? Email John Pelletier at jpelletier@cambridgema.gov

Tufts finishes 2012 Mass Commute Challenge with 981 miles

The Office of Sustainability would like to thank all 35 individuals who took part in the Bay State Bike Week Mass Commute Challenge last week! Tufts finished with 981 miles as a team (including 53 miles from the Medical Center in Boston).

Ken Olum on his recumbent bike, a Bacchetta Strada

Among those who took the challenge was Ken Olum from the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the School of Arts & Sciences. “I live in Sharon, a bit over 25 miles from campus,” Ken told us over email.  “Normally I bike to the Sharon train station, ride the train to South Station and the red line to Davis, and bike from there.  I bike nearly every day except when there’s snow or ice on the roads.”
For the MassCommute Challenge, Ken upped the ante. He didn’t feel comfortable doing 50 miles in one day, so he compromised by biking 23 miles from the Sharon commuter rail station to work last Thursday. He left his bike at Davis Square that night and went home by train. He then got a ride to the station the next morning, took the train to Davis Square, biked to work and then rode all 25 miles home on Friday evening. Kudos to Ken for finding a way to make it work!
The MassCommute Bicycle Challenge is the signature event of  Bay State Bike Week, Massachusetts’ annual state-wide bicycle commuting event which was held this year from May 14-20. Anyone who lives, works or attends school in the state can participate in the Challenge or any number of events going on around the state. For instance, Somerville hosted a commuter breakfast and several group rides.
The Office of Sustainability is giving away a 2012 Mass Commute t-shirt for the person who rode the most number of miles last week, so email us with your mileage totals so we can put you in the running for the shirt!

Don’t forget that you can earn rewards year-round thru NuRide! Whenever you avoid using a car—whether you walk, bike, telecommute, carpool, vanpool, take a subway, train, bus, ferry, or even work a compressed work week – you can earn 100 points per trip. Redeem the points for discounts or freebies at local and online establishments. (NuRide also offers a ride matching program that helps commuters quickly and securely find carpool partners.)

Team Miles Miles/Person Trips
Tufts University
928 26.5 406
 Tufts N.E. Medical Center 53 26.5 14

 

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