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Month: June 2012 (page 1 of 2)

Communities benefit from Tufts Computer Donation Program

Tufts Community Relations (TCR) has been working with University Information Technology (UIT) for several years to donate computers to community agencies and schools.

The Tufts Computer Donation Program collects, cleans up and donates Tufts-owned computers that are less than five years old to the Grafton, Boston, and Medford/Somerville communities. Older computers are recycled via Tufts’ long-standing recycling program. Before donation, all computer hard drives are wiped and their operating systems  reinstalled. UIT then provides a list of available computers to TCR to identify organizations that would benefit from a donation.

Medford/Somerville faculty and staff with old computers to donate should go to Facilities’ website and ask to schedule a time for them to pick-up your old computer. If you work in Boston or Grafton, email computers4community@tufts.edu.   For more details, visit UIT’s website.

 


Aug 14: Medford Wind Turbine Tour

Ever wondered what the wind turbine off of Rt 93 looked like up close? This is your chance to find out.

Take a tour with the Medford Energy Department folks and hear about how it was built, listen to it whir and even peek inside! Friends/family are welcome. RSVP now!

The tour will begin at the McGlynn school, where we will first listen to a short presentation about the permitting and installation of the turbine, and then we will visit the turbine up close.

When: August 14, noon

Where: Meet at the Office of Sustainability or at the McGlynn School

Jul 10: Film showing of “YERT: Your Environmental Road Trip”

YERTWhen: Tuesday, at noon

Where: Olin 011

Called to action by a planet in peril, three friends hit the road—traveling with hope, humor, and all of their garbage—to explore every state in America in search of the extraordinary innovators and citizens who are tackling humanity’s greatest environmental crises.

The Office of Sustainability has sponsored a viewing of this film before and is excited to offer those who missed it during Earth Week an opportunity to watch this inspiring, eye-opening docu-comedy.

Read our film review or click here for more information on the film.

Jun 26: NESEA Visitor Event at dasHAUS Cambridge

The dasHAUS tour is making a stop in Cambridge this year, and we’ve got a special NESEA event lined up on the evening of June 26th for Members and like-minded friends.

What’s the evening look like?

Welcome from long time member and BuildingEnergy 13 Conference Chair Paul Eldrenkamp

Tour of dasHaus’ incredible traveling sustainable tech pavilion, featuring:

  • A room built to Passive House standards (thin, superinsulated envelope)
  • Triple-pane windows
  • State of the art thin flim PV
  • Design Concepts from Technical University of Darmstadt’s 1st Place-Winning SunShot Entries
  • And more!

After seeing what dasHaus has to offer, come join us at Simmons Hall for drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and socializing.

Don’t miss out on this occasion to link up with other NESEA members and see what the other energy aficionados are talking about.

RSVP HERE!

Simmons Hall: 229 Vassar Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

Get Directions

Hope to see you there!

Campus Sustainability Council Administrative Intern (Medford, MA)

President Monaco recently announced the formation of a President’s Campus Sustainability Council to assess the goals and aspirations for next level of campus sustainability at Tufts. The council will be made up of a small group of faculty, staff and students. In addition, there will be three working groups, consisting of experts in the field, one each for water, waste and energy. The intern will work  the Sustainability Council and working groups to set up meetings and reserve rooms, send out meeting reminders and follow-ups, take and write-up meeting minutes, maintain a Wiki and webpage and conduct research. The Intern may also work with the Eco-Ambassadors, a staff program designed to promote sustainability in the department and administrative offices at Tufts. This is a great opportunity to see the inner workings of sustainability action!

Requirements: Applicants must be reliable, courteous, responsive and very professional. Organizational skills, excellent note-taking and event organizational skills are imperative. This position is only open to Tufts students who are studying at the graduate level. Work-study or non-work-study students are welcome. 15 hours per week anticipated. Applicants should send a resume and cover letter to tina.woolston@tufts.edu.

Position to be filled as soon as possible. Applicants should apply early.

Jul 18: Webinar on Career Advice for the Environmental Industry

Looking for #career advice? Register today for our second @NAEP /APU complimentary webinar on career advice which will focus on how to build “The Perfect #Resume ” so that you can stand out in the #environmental industry. This session will bring experts to the table to provide a deep dive on resumes, hear perspectives from experienced HR and hiring managers as well as top career development experts in the industry who play active roles at the National Association of Environmental Professionals.

http://www.studyatapu.com/naep-webinars

This webinar will be hosted on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 – 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET. To register or for more information, please visit: http://www.studyatapu.com/naep-webinars. Register today or forward this opportunity to a friend.

http://www.studyatapu.com/naep-webinars

This webinar will be hosted on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 – 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET. To register or for more information, please visit: http://www.studyatapu.com/naep-webinars. Register today or forward this opportunity to a friend.

Jun 16: COGDesign Plant Sale

Saturday, June 16;  9:30am – 2:30pm

Espousal Retreat and Conference Center

554 Lexington St., Waltham, MA 02454

Gorgeous perennials, herbs, shrubs, and trees at affordable prices; many from award-winning gardens.

Also for sale: gardening gloves, decorative pots, and worm castings.

EXCLUSIVE:  new Coast of Maine organic granular fertilizer (limited supply).

Experienced gardeners will be on hand to help with selection and placement of plants in your garden.  Professional landscape designers will be available for individual design consultations for $25 for half an hour – so bring your photos!

Proceeds from the Plant Sale will be used for COGdesign’s Nursery Garden, on the grounds of the Espousal Center, which supplies plants to other community projects throughout greater Boston.  See the new raised bed planters constructed for the Nursery Garden by Pine Street Inn’s Handy Works program!

Aug 03: Tour of Drumlin Farm

Curious about local food production here in Massachusetts?  Interested in visiting a working farm?  Join Friends of MetroFuture at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln!  Explore the farm and field area and hear from a teacher naturalist about the challenges involved in growing and raising food locally and on a large scale.  Learn about the energy, quality of life, and ecological issues surrounding the food industry, including genetically modified food, land use, and management.  Make sure to dress appropriately as there will be some walking on dirt trails outdoors.  This is an all-weather event and it requires a fee of $9.25 per person that goes to Mass Audubon. (Photo Credit: Drumlin Farm).

10a.m.-12p.m. on August 3.

Directions and Parking Information are here.

RSVP here.

 

Jun 14: Walking Tour of Downtown Salem

Tour downtown Salem and hear about different planning approaches and strategies to encourage redevelopment and to enliven and reconnect the waterfront to the city.  Salem is a mixed use and fascinating community that possesses a strong historic charm.  Along the tour, learn about the way that historic preservation continues to strengthen the surrounding community.  Spend the last half hour of the tour enjoying Salem’s weekly farmer’s market where home-made products accompany produce, coffee, and cookies.

Commuter Rails leave Boston for Salem approximately every hour from North Station.  For schedule information click here.  The tour will meet at the Salem train station at the kiosk with a map of downtown on it.  The kiosk is located at the bottom of the stairs.

3-5p.m. on June 14.

RSVP here.

Download the flyer here.

Checkout other  MetroFuture Walks and Talks.

Government Affairs Internship (Boston, MA)

Description:

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) seeks an intern to work in the Government Affairs department of its Boston office. MAPC is a regional planning agency serving the people who live and work in the greater Boston region. Our mission is to promote smart growth and regional cooperation, which includes protecting the environment, supporting economic development, encouraging sustainable land use, improving transportation, bolstering affordable housing, ensuring public safety, advancing equity and opportunity among people of all backgrounds, and fostering collaboration among municipalities.

Duties may include:

  • Working with the department to advance the agency’s legislative agenda at the State House and on Capitol Hill;
  • Organizing and participating in program activities related to the agency’s youth violence prevention initiative;
  • Conducting research and drafting policy documents on subjects that may include open space, public health and/or municipal finance.
  • Collaborating with other agency departments (e.g., Communications, Data Services, and Municipal Services) on projects that may arise.

Qualifications:

The intern will have significant responsibilities and will be included in relevant meetings with municipal officials, state legislators and their staff, and various coalition partners. The intern must be personable, have strong writing skills, and possess excellent research capabilities. The ideal candidate is a graduate student with substantial writing experience who is studying law, public policy, public administration, urban planning or another related field. Only current students will be considered for this position. The intern should be willing to commit at least 20 hours per week.

 

This is a paid position without benefits. Position open until filled. Candidate must have legal authorization and visa status to work in the USA. MAPC is an EOE/ AA employer. Diverse candidates are encouraged to apply. Please see MAPC web site (www.mapc.org) and go to “Jobs at MAPC” and apply online there at the link shown.

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