Monthly Archives: September 2012

Chemistry Dept Eco-Ambassador wins grant for 2012

"The talk around the water cooler is about the water cooler."

There’s a new water filter system in the Chemistry Department and they have Eco-Ambassador Sarah Iacobucci to thank for it.

Iacobucci – an Eco-Ambassador from the 2010-2011 class – applied for and won a $200 grant from the Office of Sustainability last summer. She writes, “We had a water filter system installed in a location in which we were told it was not possible to install one. Everyone loves it! We also bought a bunch of water pitchers for the department meetings and they are a big hit, too!”

To be eligible for a grant, Eco Ambassadors need to have attended 8 or more Eco-Ambassador sessions in any year and not have already received a grant. Previous winners include:

  • Jess Warner, Tisch Library: compost bins
  • Anita Robbins, Feinstein Center: Brita water pitchers
  • Carla Walsh, Education: incremental cost of new, energy efficient fridge
  • Kris Thompson, Tisch Library: Eco-grant book contest (which were featured in a library exhibit last spring as part of Earth Week events)

Grant proposals were evaluated on potential impact (How much waste, energy, water is saved and how many people are affected) and the potential to influence follow-up behavior change.

Congratulations Sarah! We look forward to more proposals to help make Tufts a greener workplace.

For more information on the Eco-Ambassador program, visit http://go.tufts.edu/ecoambassadors.

Executive Assistant – Parks & Recreation (Boston, MA)

Under direction from the Director of Design and Construction and the Chief Landscape Architect, serves as Outreach Coordinator and as administrative aide to a division or department head.  Performs a wide variety of important public outreach and administrative tasks and procedures.  Represents the department as the liaison to diverse neighborhood and community groups, civic associations and non-profit agencies.  Other duties as assigned.

- Coordinate, host and organize Parks Department neighborhood meetings, park opening events, and park groundbreaking events; acting as a liaison with diverse community groups, managing outreach efforts to churches, civic associations, elected officials, funding agencies, and non-profits.
- Responsible for management and expansion of the Park Partners program through stewardship, web-based presence, training and education.  Generate new and innovative fundraising opportunities and expansion of existing programs.  Perform outreach and constituency building, building and increasing awareness and public participation in departmental campaigns and goals.
- Performs related work as required.

Minimum Entrance Qualifications:

At least five (5) years of experience in a public administration capacity is required, of which at least two (2) years should involve community outreach experience.  Work experience with non-profit organizations is helpful but not required.

To apply, click here and search for job ID 343902.

Paid Marketing Internship for Public Radio on Climate Change

A national program on public radio is offering an internship (8 hrs/week @ $12/hr) to assist in promoting our programs online. Work with an established producer based at a small studio in Belmont Center and learn about the field of public radio. The intern will work primarily on a project to promote content relating to environmental responsibility. The internship requires a very dependable person who can commit to 8 hours per week at our office.

Please reply to this post to: interns@humanmedia.org. Include an email addressed to Executive Producer, Human Media, explaining why this internship interests you, what you would hope to gain from it, information on your background and available times you may have.

(No phone calls please!)

Thank you.

Oct. 14: AASHE Conference 2012

 

Head to LA on October 14th for the 2012 Student Summit of the annual Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) conference.

At the summit, students have the opportunity to present their unique sustainability projects. They can each contribute their ideas, resources, and opinions on sustainability efforts, and will have the opportunity to network with other students from different schools after these student presentations. The summit will also include a variety of workshops that can guide students in starting sustainability efforts at their school.

The summit will also feature keynote speaker Billy Parish, the Co-Founder and President of Solar Mosaic, a solar investment marketplace. Among his many accomplishments, he founded the Energy Action Coalition, the largest youth advocacy organization in the world focused on climate crisis, and was honored as a “Climate Hero” by Rolling Stone magazine.

The Student Summit provides opportunities for information and resources to start initiatives on your campus. AASHE also provides students with the opportunity to submit their individual research, as well as apply for their two awards: the Student Sustainability Leadership Award and the Student Research on Campus Sustainability Award.

For a full schedule of events and to sign up, visit the AASHE website!

Oct. 1: GDAE Brown Bag Lecture “Work in the Post-Growth Economy”

Location: 44 Teele Ave., Somerville, MA

Time: Oct. 1st, 12:30-1:30pm

Head out to GDAE, located just off campus at 44 Teele Ave., and enjoy a free lunch and lecture with Neva Goodwin, GDAE’s Co-Director! GDAE Brown Bag Lectures are held in the 3rd floor conference room and are open to the public. For more upcoming lectures at GDAE, see their events page.

GDAE’s name: Our name reflects our mission. We have capitalized the “A” of “And” to emphasize that it is the interrelation between Development And Environment that is our special focus; studies or policies relating to either of those terms alone have too often resulted in one or another kind of failure. We use the word “Global” to indicate that we are concerned with the linkages between Development And Environment in all parts of the world. There are important differences – as well as some important similarities – between the meaning and the consequences of those linkages in the North and in the South. We are concerned with understanding both the differences and the similarities, from both the academic and the policy perspectives.

Eco Reps enjoy retreat to New Hampshire

The 2012-2013 Eco-Reps spent the last week of August training for the new school year. While most of the training took place on the Medford campus, the group took an overnight retreat on the last night of training week to Woodstock, New Hampshire, to spend time getting to know one another, hiking, and training Tufts’ “loj.”

The group, which included the 15 Reps, 2 coordinators, and Tina Woolston, the Director of the Office of Sustainability, arrived in New Hampshire on Friday afternoon, August 31. They spent the afternoon and evening hanging out, cooking, and roasting marshmallows.

Early Saturday morning, the whole group woke up to go on a hike of Mt. Tecumseh. The hike lasted through the morning, and gave the Reps an opportunity to grow together, through partner hikes and trail games. At the peak, the group enjoyed a picnic lunch. Standing tall at 4,003 feet, the summit provided great views of the surrounding forests and mountains.

The entire group of Eco Reps enjoy the view from the top of Mt. Tecumseh. The hike was an exciting part of the Eco Rep retreat at the end of August.

After returning from the hike, the group had a busy early afternoon of training. They started by brainstorming events for the upcoming semester. Each Rep is responsible for three dorm-wide events each semester, and this brainstorming session led to a lot of ideas for how to plan successful events.

Next, they troubleshot how to handle difficult scenarios and situations that may come up throughout the year. To conclude the day, the Eco Reps re-evaluated the goals they had set at the start of training week, and prepared to leave the loj.

After a great overnight retreat, the Eco Reps returned to campus ready to take on the fall semester!

Outreach Program Manager – Stanford University Office of Sustainability (Stanford, CA)

The Office of Sustainability seeks an experienced and committed Outreach Program Manager to lead and manage the outreach, campus education and training components of the Office’s sustainability programs and services. This position will advance outreach and educational aspects of program management in sustainability campaign design and execution, print and media publications, staff and student training, within the framework of the strategic vision for sustainability at Stanford.

More information can be found here by searching under Job ID 49397.

Environmental Database / GIS Analyst – Whetstone Associates, Inc (Gunnison, CO)

Whetstone Associates is seeking a scientist or mathematician with experience and/or aptitude in environmental database management. The position requires relocation to Gunnison, CO. Job duties will include data compilation, database development & querying, statistical analysis, 2D mapping in GIS and/or AutoCAD and more. Some of the qualifications and experience required: A.S., B.S. or M.S. in earth sciences and/or mathematics, working knowledge of relational environmental databases, expertise in Microsoft Access and Excel, experience in simple programming and querying. For a full job description visit this website by clicking here

Fundraising/Development Internship – Green Streets Initiative (Cambridge, MA)

Green Streets Initiative (GSI), a Cambridge-based nonprofit involved in promoting sustainable and healthy transportation, is seeking a Fundraising/Development Intern for the fall semester and beyond.  In this role, you will work with GSI to expand and sustain sponsorship and partnerships with community corporations, retailers and institutions. Candidates should have a genuine interest in and enthusiasm for the GSI mission 1+ years’ work experience in related field, excellent written and verbal communications skills and more. Compensation: This position is currently an unpaid internship, with the caveat that, as funds are raised, the intern will be compensated based on GSI sponsorship acquired.

To apply, send resume, cover letter and 2 other writing samples to Director, Green Streets Initiative, walkrideday@gmail.com.

GIS Intern Positions – Boston Region Metropolitan Area Planning Organization (Boston, MA)

The Central Transportation Planning Staff (CTPS) of the Boston Region MetropolitanArea Planning Organization has openings for two interns in its GIS group. These are paid positions.  The interns will be responsible for:  Editing, updating, and performing some QA/QC on attribute data for very large GIS vector data sets, based on data collected in the field, conflating two very large GIS vector data sets, based on well-defined criteria for different classes of records in the data sets.  Required skills: At least 6 months experience using ESRI’s ArcGIS tools (ArcMap andArcCatalog), particularly using the editor. Knowledge of and/or experience withArcSDE is a plus, as is knowledge of and/or experience working with linear referencing systems.  Hours: 37.5 hours per week, during regular business hours (M-F, 9-5).

If you are interested in this position, please forward via e-mail a resume and cover letter to:  Benjamin Krepp, Manager of GIS and IT Central Transportation Planning Staff, Suite 2150, 10 Park Plaza, Boston MA 02115 E-mail: bkrepp@ctps.org

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