Monthly Archives: August 2012

Urban Greening Intern – Urban Ecology Institute (Cambridge, MA)

The Urban Greening Intern will play a key role in organizing tree data as well as analyzing and visualizing the extent and benefits of urban trees as a key component of a city’s green infrastructure. The intern may also be asked on occasion to interact with community residents and train them in the use of technology for performing onsite tree inventories. Required skills for this position include: An interest in urban greening, urban trees, or green infrastructure, familiarity importing data into and creating maps with GIS, comfort doing basic analysis (descriptive statistics) using a worksheet programs such as Excel and more. This is a non-paid internship. Please mail, or email cover letter and resume to: Urban Ecology Institute, Attention: Human Resources, 3 Phillips Place, Cambridge, MA 02138, E-mail: kgreaves@urbaneco.org Website: http://urbaneco.org/

 

Sep 10: Investor Feedback Forum – Future Energy (Cambridge, MA)

Future Energy is a series of events that connects entrepreneurs, researchers, and private investors in the energy and clean-tech industries to develop and commercialize radical solutions to the world’s energy challenges. Agenda 6:30pm – Pizza, networking and introduction. 6:45pm – Investor Feedback Forum. 8:00pm — energy and cleantech startups pitch to an investor panel; the panel provides actionable advice for each presentation. 8:15pm – Pitch Showdown – audience voting via Twitter; winners announced and prizes awarded. 8:30pm – Drinks at nearby location. Future Energy link: http://ultralightstartups.com/future-energy/ Ticket link: http://futureenergyboston.eventbrite.com/

Nov 15: Cool Science Art Competition (Lowell, MA)

Cool Science invites students of all ages to create and submit a visual work of art about climate change. The best 6 entries will be placed throughout Lowell’s mass transit system in 2013 and be seen by thousands of people every day! Winning students and their schools will receive $200 in gift certificates. Visit: http://www.uml.edu/Education/Coolscience/faqs.aspx for FAQ’s about the competition. Visit: http://www.uml.edu/Education/Coolscience/Submit-Your-Artwork/default.aspx for submission specific information. Deadline for submissions is November 15, 2012.

Oct 07: Boston Local Food Festival – Seeking Volunteers 11am-5pm

Our festival mission is to generate increased demand for local and sustainably produced food through education and promotion, support the growth and development of local farms and locally owned food-related businesses, increase the availability and access of healthy local food to urban communities and to facilitate collaborations between local food farms, businesses, and public and non-profit organizations. For more about the festival including, sponsorships, becoming a vendor or volunteer, visit: http://bostonlocalfoodfestival.com/

Sep 13: Fall Welcome Mixer – Community Health Advocates at Tufts

CHAT focus is on health promotion, health policy and engaging the community at local, state and national levels about issues of public health relating to health promotion, disease prevention and management.  CHAT is comprised of Tufts graduate students in health related fields. For more about CHAT, visit: http://sites.tufts.edu/chat/ and www.facebook.com/CHATufts . CHAT will provide snacks and a chance to learn more about the first official student group in the Tufts Public Health and Professional Degree Program!

Event will be held 4-6pm in Jarharis Cafe/Courtyard

Aug 27: Summer Book Club meeting – The Story of Stuff

The incoming freshmen aren’t the only people reading The Story of Stuff this summer. Named the common book for the Class of 2016, The Story of Stuff by Annie Leonard is also our pick for this summer’s book club. It’s a very engaging, accessible, eye-opening read, so go borrow/pick up a copy and come join us for a brown bag lunch on Monday, August 27.

Bring your lunch (and opinions) to the Miller Hall Conference Room at noon. Annie Leonard herself is visiting us in October so let’s all talk about what to ask her.

P.S. There may be ice cream. Shhhh!

Political Canvasser for League of Conservation Voters

Terra Strategies is looking for individuals for positions as political canvassers. We are working with the League of Conservation Voters to ensure voters know who stands strong on environmental issues leading in to the upcoming election. We are also able to provide internship and volunteer opportunities.

Responsibilities:

  • Effectively communicate with voters at their door
  • Educate voters about environmental issues and how they can be impacted in the upcoming November election
  • Report all challenges and problems to regional director
  • Participate in meetings and trainings

Qualifications

  • Aggressive, detail oriented, and adaptive personality
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines
  • Strong time management skills
  • Ability to walk outside for several hours each day
  • Must be comfortable communicating with voters at the doors
  • Must live in the Boston area and have reliable transportation.

All employees will be salaried employees. Background checks will be required before hiring.

Full and part-time work is available

Start Date: ASAP

Salary: $70 a shift

To Apply: Email Andrew at terrastrategies.2012@gmail.com

Terra Strategies is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Aug 16 – Aug 19: Boston GreenFest

What, Where and When
Boston GreenFest 2012 is a fully inclusive festival filled with fun learning experiences to address the important changes we need to make in our daily lives and our neighborhoods. It will begin at Boston City Hall Plaza with a Kick-Off Concert on Thursday, August 16, from 5-9:30 pm and will continue all day long, Friday-Saturday, August 17-18, from noon-9:30 pm and 11 am-8 pm. This year we are introducing The Movement Festival and will have performances and free dance classes on Sunday, August 19 from 10 am-5 pm. It is an event that will have something for everybody, young and old.

What’s Happening at Boston GreenFest 2012?
All of our neighborhoods will come together from across Greater Boston to work on solutions to make our city a healthy sustainable place to live. People from all over New England will be welcome to join us. Boston GreenFest 2012 brings many opportunities to the heart of our city to learn about green products, services, ideas, networks, and jobs. There will be interactive exhibits, workshops, presentations, and special features: continuous live entertainment on three stages, EcoTimeTrail, EcoFashion, GreenFilmFest for children and adults, eco-games, One Gallon Challenge – a “race” starting at noon on Thursday, August 16th from Plymouth, MA to GreenFest for cars that can drive 112 miles on 1 gallon of gas and arrive at City Hall throughout the afternoon to be on hand during the entire festival, lots of great kids’ activities, great food, and much more.

Learn and Celebrate!
Find out how to save money and make your home efficient. Buy local fresh and organic fruits and vegetables. Explore interesting vendors of unique crafts and products. Check out new clean technologies and green inventions. Be amazed at how we can begin to make a difference with small changes to our own lives and how we can build on these changes with our neighbors. Let’s learn and celebrate together!

 

For more information, check out their website!

Sept 15: Northeast Sustainable Energy Association Annual Meeting

The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) Community is gathering on September 15th at the Portland Public Library for our 2012 Annual Meeting, and you’re invited to join us!

What’s on the agenda?

  • Panel Discussion on the “Pretty Good House.”
  • Tour of Portland Public Library’s high performance systems.
  • Walking tours of nearby buildings with sustainable design.
  • Remarks from the NESEA Board and Executive Director.
  • Reception and networking.

Visit http://www.nesea.org/meetups/  to get signed up.

Aug 19-25: Massachusett’s Farmers Market Week

August 19 to 25 is Massachusetts Farmers Market Week! There are now over 250 Farmers Markets across the Commonwealth, close to double the number from five years ago. Farmers Markets bring a host of important benefits to our communities:

  • Boosting local farms through direct-to-consumer sales (more than 99% of farms in Massachusetts are local, family-owned businesses);
  • Increasing access to fresh, healthy food for low-income families (over 100 Markets now participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program);
  • Attracting new visitors to downtown areas and generating spin-off economic activity.

To celebrate Massachusetts Farmers Market Week, special activities are planned at more than twenty-five Markets, including chef’s demonstrations, live music, children’s activities, contests, free samples and more. Find a market near you, and enjoy your (locally grown) fruits and veggies!

Thanks for all you do for Massachusetts,

The Conservation Common and Urban Park Advocates Team

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