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Month: July 2012 (page 1 of 4)

Tips for a greener move-in

 

It’s that time of year again when students begin looking at their belongings and wonder how they managed to drag so much stuff home last spring… and how they could possibly stuff it all back into boxes to bring back to school.

Move-in (as well as move-out) days may cause people to act less sustainably than they otherwise would. More items tend to get cast aside, left behind and thrown out because it might seem easier to buy new things upon arrival than transport them.

The Tufts Office of Sustainability has put together the Quick and Easy Steps to Moving in Green, a guide for anyone who is changing abodes. For instance, it encourages individuals to reuse or buy once-used furniture rather than buying new. Not only does this cut back on cost, but it saves resources and energy.  If one cannot avoid buying new rather than used items, consider buying Energy Star® rated products. Other green move-in tips include:

  • Bring reusable containers, utensils, water bottles, mugs, etc. to reduce waste and save money
  • Save trees and reduce pollution by purchasing recycled content paper and notebooks.
  • Exchange inefficient incandescent light bulbs for efficient CFLs.  Light bulbs can be exchanged at the Tufts  Office of Sustainabilityduring orientation, or through your Eco Rep-in-Residence, FOR FREE!

Visit our website for the complete guide for a Greener Move-In.

Mass Energy Lab, Seek Energy Innovation Competition

Mass Energy Lab is committed to continuously seeking knowledge and innovation that can contribute to energy waste reduction in commercial and industrial buildings.This fall, Mass Energy Lab will sponsor a contest for graduate and undergraduate students in Massachusetts to identify and research cutting-edge, new-to-market energy efficiency solutions that can impact the built environment. Research projects should explore the technical performance of the subject solution,as well as the marketability of the solution in the region. Participants are expected to provide a detailed explanation of the product’s functionality and a thorough market analysis that relays the solution’s potential for market penetration. Participants may enter the contest individually or in groups of up to two people.

Deliverables:

Research Project paper exploring the technical performance and marketability of a new-to-market energy efficiency retrofit solution.

Finalist will present their research to a panel of industry experts.

Timeline:

  • Submissions open- 9/1
  • Submissions closed- 11/4
  • Notifications- 11/18
  • Awards Event- 12/1
  • Awards Issued- 12/8

Prizes:

  • First Prize- $3000
  • Second Prize- $1500
  • Third Prize-$500

For more information visit their website.

Transportation Planning Internship (Cambridge, MA)

The selected candidate will be responsible for a wide variety of tasks with a focus on the bicycle parking program, traffic calming program, bicycle/pedestrian studies, and the Parking & Transportation Demand Management program. In addition, the candidate will provide basic administrative support to these programs and other activities as needed in the division. Work-study eligible candidates are strongly preferred for this internship. Start Date: September 2012 (exact date negotiable). A minimum commitment until May 2012 is required. Hours: 10-15 hours / week; Compensation: $13.69/ hour.

To apply, please send a cover letter with a resume to:

Bill Deignan
Environmental & Transportation Planning Division
Community Development Department
344 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02139.

Email: wdeignan@cambridgema.gov. Please specify your available start dates and your work-study status in your cover letter.

Consulting and Executive Transitions Program Intern (Boston)

Third Sector New England (TSNE) provides management and leadership resources to help nonprofits support healthy, just communities. The Consulting and Executive Transitions Program provides capacity-building consulting services, focusing on executive and organizational
transitions, succession planning, coaching for leadership and teams, and general consulting. There are multiple unpaid positions available for the fall semester. This internship will be customized to fit your personal learning goals. However, some potential projects could include: Shadowing consultants in the field, taking notes at meetings and drafting reports for clients, evaluating internal systems and processes, providing recommendations for improvement, analyzing evaluation data and developing reports, researching organizational transitions and developing materials for use by consultants, researching and evaluating businesses used by TSNE for strategic contracting decisions, independent projects co-developed by the intern and TSNE staff. If you would like to apply to this internship, please visit: http://www.tsne.org/jobs/CET_intern.

C2C: Position with C2C Sustainability Leadership Training Initiative (Annandale-on-Hudson, NY)

Bard College’s Center for Environmental Policy seeks applicants for a full time position as Workshop Facilitator for the C2C Fellows Project, which provides weekend training opportunities for undergraduates and recent graduates who aspire to sustainability leadership in business and politics. The Workshop Facilitator, working with the Project Director and Bard CEP graduate students, will organize, recruit for, and help lead C2C Fellows workshops around the country. Additional duties include oversight of the project webpage, management of communications and social media, and support for fund-raising.

 The successful applicant will have a Bachelor’s Degree with experience in event organizing, preferably in green business or politics. Excellent public speaking skills and experience facilitating group discussions are particularly desired. The position is for one year and may be renewable, depending on funding.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received until the position is filled. Please send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names of at least three references by email only to hr12050@bard.edu. Bard College is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from individuals who contribute to its diversity.

Faculty, Earth and Environmental Sciences (University of Michigan)

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Michigan is searching for tenure-track faculty candidates for a university-year appointment in the areas of Aqueous/Low-Temperature Geochemistry, Geochronology, and Global Climate Change, starting September 2013. Appointments at the assistant professor level are preferred, but exceptional candidates at higher levels will be considered.  We encourage applications from candidates with records of research and teaching in any one of these areas.

 

Successful candidates are expected to establish an independent research program and contribute to both undergraduate and graduate teaching in a large public university.  Candidates whose research and teaching complement and enhance the existing programs in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences will receive special consideration.  Applicants must have a PhD and should submit a CV, statement of current and future research plans, statement of teaching philosophy and experience, and contact information for at least four persons who can provide letters of recommendation.

 

Further information about the Department and the positions can be found at: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/earth  To apply please go to http://www.earth.lsa.umich.edu/facultysearch/newapplicant complete the online form and upload the required application documents as a single PDF file. If you have any questions or comments, please send an email message to earth-search@umich.edu.

 

The application deadline is September 24, 2012 for full consideration, but applications will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. The University is supportive of the needs of dual career couples. The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Visiting Assistant Professor/Instructor in Energy and Environmental Science (Miami, FL)

A Visiting Assistant Professor/Instructor is available to teach introductory courses in energy systems engineering and energy policy, and upper-level courses in project management and environmental science.  The position is a nine-month appointment and 75% time, beginning in August 2012.  Require: a masters degree in engineering, environmental science, or related field (for appointment as instructor), and related teaching experience.  Desire: A PhD in engineering, environmental science or related field (for appointment as visiting assistant professor); postdoctoral teaching experience in energy and environmental science; and Project Management certification.  This interdisciplinary teaching position is a joint appointment between the Institute for the Environment and Sustainability (www.muohio.edu/ies) and the School of Engineering and Applied Science (www.eau.muohio.edu).  Send letter of application, resume, and names of three references by email to withrodg@muohio.edu, Denise Withrow, Institute for the Environment and Sustainability, 254 Upham Hall, Miami University, Oxford, OH 45056.  Review of applications will begin 9 July 2012, and continue until position is filled.  For more information read the posted job description.

Senior Community Development Analyst (Boston Fed)

The senior community development analyst is responsible for coordinating outreach activities that support the Boston Fed community development unit’s focal areas, including efforts to strengthen the prospects of New England’s lower-income populations by promoting revitalization in post-industrial cities. The person works with organizations engaged in community development, including nonprofits, municipalities, financial institutions, and foundations to identify needs in lower-income communities and with other staff to develop strategies that effectively utilize partnerships to address these needs. This person engages in a variety of relationship-building activities, including hosting meetings, conferences, and trainings, and must be adept at engaging senior leadership across the region to build strong cross-sector coalitions. For more information about the Boston Fed’s community development unit, click here.To apply, click here.

Director of Advocacy Resources (New Haven, CT)

General Purpose

Help guide the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity’s rapidly-expanding work on food marketing to young people. Coordinate and lead the Rudd Center’s work to educate and inform community organizations about issues related to food marketing, and develop resources to help identify and implement appropriate strategies for intervention.

Essential Duties

  • Develop a comprehensive advocacy liaison strategy for the Rudd Center, focusing on food marketing to children and adolescents, and communities of color.
  • Build and maintain advocacy relationships by identifying and serving as a liaison between community advocates and health- and child-related NGOs.
  • Educate advocacy groups about food policy and obesity, marketing, and the food environment via briefings, webinars, conferences, presentations, and other methods as appropriate.
  • Provide expert/technical assistance to advocates from community organizations pertaining to obesity and marketing issues, including creating strategic plans, agenda setting, message framing, policy options, etc.
  • Produce fact sheets, reports, and other written materials for distribution on the website and/or in written form; work with Communications Director to ensure website is up-to-date.
  • Represent the Rudd Center at meetings, conferences, and speaking engagements.
  • Monitor and analyze local and state legislation, policymaking, and regulatory activity regarding food marketing.
  • Work collaboratively with faculty and staff at the Rudd Center to carry out the Center’s mission.

Education and Experience

Master’s degree in a related field or law degree and two years of related work experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Skills and Abilities

  • Firsthand knowledge of advocacy processes.
  • Experience working with a wide range of groups, including low-income people and communities of color.
  • Familiarity with health care/nutrition issues.
  • Experience in public speaking/presentations.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Excellent public speaking skills for multiple audiences.
  • Ability to travel within and outside Connecticut.

To apply for this position, visit Yale’s job posting website. Search the position by the requisition number: 17643BR.

Ecological Agricultural Economist – CATIE Solutions (Turrialba, Cartago, Costa Rica)

Located in Costa Rica, CATIE combines science, graduate education and technical cooperation. Its campus is located in a tranquil and secure natural area, rich in biodiversity, providing a high quality of life. Innovation, excellence, service, integration and appreciation of diversity, are some of the values of an institution which promotes professional growth, international and multicultural exchange.

 

For more information visit their website.

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