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Month: October 2012 (page 2 of 5)

Tips for Zero-Waste Week

It’s easy to do the Zero Waste Challenge when you are at a place like Tufts, where recycling bins abound and compost drops are available on campus. Still, here are some good tips to keep in mind:

  • Snack on fresh fruit – it’s healthier AND it’s compostable.
  • Carry a small tupperware to put food to compost later.
  • Bring your lunch and use the container to get takeout for dinner.
  • Get your drinks without a straw.
  • Avoid individually wrapped tea or drink loose leaf tea.
  • Always bring a reusable mug or water bottle.

    Photo courtesy of Tufts Dining

    • Save 20 cents at Mugar Cafe, Tower Cafe, Brown & Brew, Hodgdon Good-to-Go & Commons Deli if you bring your own mug.
    • The Tufts “Choose to Reuse” clear water bottle will get you a discount on any fountain beverage at Mugar Cafe, Hodgdon Good-to-Go, Commons Deli, and Tower Cafe. Water and sparkling water will also be discounted at Hotung Cafe.

A few things to remember:

  • Aluminum foil and yogurt cups are recyclable.
  • All napkins are compostable.
  • Any rigid plastic can be recycled – including coffee stirrers. (It doesn’t have to fit through the openings of the recycling bin, by the way – just lift the cover.)
  • Energy bar wrappers and chip bags are recyclable. Tufts has Terracycle brigades on campus.

For more information on recycling and composting at Tufts, visit the TuftsRecycles! website.

Good luck and have fun!

Internship – Kalu Yala (Panama)

Kalu Yala is a sustainable community that will be built in the mountains about 45 minutes outside Panama City, Panama. The Kalu Yala Internship Program is an exciting opportunity for students and young professionals who are looking to gain work experience and broaden their cultural outlook. Our interns create projects that are tailored to their individual interest, yet are fundamentally involved in the shaping of the Kalu Yala community.  We are currently offering internships in the following programs:

  • Business Development in Panama City
  • Digital Development in Panama City
  • Community Outreach in San Miguel
  • English as a Second Language in San Miguel
  • Outdoor Recreation in the Valley
  • Living Systems (Agriculture, Animal Science, and Biology) in the Valley

Kalu Yala is looking for passionate, self-starting individuals who wish to help inspire and continue the progress of our work. We are seeking individuals from all backgrounds who will be able to flourish in a whole-systems, entrepreneurial research environment. Upcoming semester dates: Spring Internship: January 14th- April 12th, Summer Internship: May 20th- August 2nd.

Students can apply online by filling in the application form here or email internships@kaluyala.com for more information.

Think Outside the Bottle: Student Leader

Corporate Accountability International is a membership organization that protects people by waging and winning campaigns challenging irresponsible and dangerous corporate actions around the world.

Think Outside the Bottle Student Leader Description: For more than six years, Corporate Accountability International’s Think Outside the Bottle campaign has been building support for our public water systems and challenging the social and environmental impacts of bottled water. Students are playing a critical role to advance this work on hundreds of college campuses by running campaigns to urge their administrations to end the sale of bottled water on campus and provide more access to tap water for students. In this skills-building remote internship program, student leaders take on a significant campaign project to advance Think Outside the Bottle by building a team of activists on their campus to eliminate bottled water while developing strong leadership, communication and organizing skills.

 

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Develop  and manage grassroots campaign challenging corporate control of water on campus
  • Build a team of activists on your campus to urge your administration to end the sale of bottled water
  • Organize and participate in national campaign actions

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Commitment to corporate accountability and/or progressive social change
  • Leadership experience
  • Ability to build a team of activists to advance a grassroots campaign
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Good organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to juggle several tasks while meeting deadlines
  • Interest in working with student leaders across the country to build organizing skills and grassroots power

 

DETAILS:

Location: Your college campus with supervision from a Regional Student Organizer (experienced student activist)

Length of Internship: Full Academic Year 2012-2013

Training: Calls with remotely located Regional Student Organizer and experienced campaign staff to provide resources, support, and ongoing training on strategic grassroots organizing.

 

 

CONTACT:

If you are interested in getting involved with the Think Outside the Bottle Campaign and learning more, please contact Mackenzie Cunningham at waterintern@stopcorporateabuse.org.

Think Outside the Bottle: Regional Student Organizer Internship

Corporate Accountability International is a membership organization that protects people by waging and winning campaigns challenging irresponsible and dangerous corporate actions around the world.

Regional Student Organizer Description: For more than six years, Corporate Accountability International’s Think Outside the Bottle campaign has been building support for our public water systems and challenging the social and environmental impacts of bottled water. Students are playing a critical role to advance this work on hundreds of college campuses by running campaigns to urge their administrations to end the sale of bottled water on campus and provide more access to tap water for students. In this skills-building remote internship program, experienced student activists take on significant campaign work to advance Think Outside the Bottle by building a team of activists on their campus to eliminate bottled water while simultaneously working with other student leaders on college campuses across the country. The internship will include direct supervision from National Campaign Organizer staff remotely from Boston and skills trainings on grassroots campaign planning, strategy, tactics, student outreach and advocacy. For student leaders with campaign experience, this is a great way to support new student activists, increase your impact nationally, and hone organizing skills.

 

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Build a team of activists on your campus to urge your administration to end the sale of bottled water
  • Train and manage 3-5 other student leaders in your region to plan and execute Think Outside the Bottle campaigns on their campuses
  • Track progress and provide support as needed to student leaders to advance Think Outside the Bottle on their campuses
  • Organize and participate in national campaign actions
  • Recruit other student leaders to participate in national campaign actions
  • Attend student organizing conferences like Powershift with staff and other Regional Student Organizers
  • Develop and manage campaign materials to support actions

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Proven leadership experience
  • Ability to build a team of activists to advance a grassroots campaign
  • Commitment to corporate accountability and/or progressive social change
  • At least one year campus campaign experience on Think Outside the Bottle or other grassroots campaign
  • Highly effective written and verbal communication skills, particularly e-mail and phone skills
  • Good organizational skills, attention to detail, professional demeanor and the ability to juggle several tasks while meeting deadlines

 

DETAILS:

Location: Your college campus with supervision from campaign headquarters in Boston, MA

Length of Internship: Full academic year

Hours: 10-15 hours/week

Compensation: This is an unpaid internship

Training: Classroom sessions and ongoing trainings will be provided by senior campaign staff

 

TO APPLY: 

Send a letter of interest, three references, and your résumé addressed to Grace Morris, National Campaign Organizer on Think Outside the Bottle at gmorris@stopcorporateabuse.org.

Clean Energy Internship (Massachusetts)

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center on Tuesday launched an expanded 2013 paid internship program, offering fall and spring opportunities for students in addition to those offered during the summer.

The internship program connects students statewide to paid internships at clean energy companies based in Massachusetts. Gov. Deval Patrick announced the internships at an annual conference for clean energy industry professionals, which is being held this week in Boston.

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Internship Program during the past two summers has helped place more than 262 students and recent graduates from 32 public, private and community colleges and universities with more than 77 clean energy companies across the state. Thirty-eight of the interns ended up with full-time and part-time jobs, according to a press release from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC).

The internship program will begin accepting applications for the 10-week internship sessions on Nov. 1.

MassCEC will give participating clean energy companies up to $12 an hour to pay each intern. The summer session will include full-time internships, with a cap of $4,800 per intern, and the spring and fall sessions will be part-time internships, with a cap of $2,400 per intern, according to the state.

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