Monthly Archives: October 2012

Eco Rep-Tufts Office of Sustainability (Medford, MA)

Apply now to be an Eco Rep for the Spring 2013 Semester!

The Tufts Eco-Representatives (Eco-Reps) are a group of residential students who help to raise awareness about ecological issues, encourage environmentally responsible behavior in their hall-mates and peers, and plan related events and activities. They also organize group activities, collaborative projects, and represent the Eco-Reps Program at various campus events. Eco-Reps attend a training retreat at the beginning of the semester as well as weekly meetings. For more information about the program, visit our website.

The application process is rolling, so apply today! Contact tuftsecoreps@gmail.com with questions.

Eco-Reps Weekly Updates

Zero Waste Week

Today, October 17th, is the start of Zero Waste Week! From October 17th to October 24th, 200 students will participate in this challenge to raise awareness that trash doesn’t just “disappear.” Participating students will place all trash that will not otherwise not be recycled or composted in a clear plastic bag that they will carry around with them for the week. Students should feel less compelled to create waste since they’ll have to carry it all with them! The plastic bags will be dropped off on the RezQuad at Mt. Trashmore on October 24th and the amount generated by the participants will be compared to the trash generated from a comparable sized dorm.  Visit the Office of Sustainability, the Crafts House, or find your Eco-Rep to be a part of the challenge!

Sustainability Day

October 24th, the end of Zero Waste Week, is also Sustainability Day! This event, taking place from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm, focuses on raising awareness of what has been done and what needs to be worked on to become a sustainable campus. Events for this year’s Sustainability Day include Mt. Trashmore, which will feature individual piles of trash taken from Miller, Houston, Carmichael, and Hill Halls, and “The Story of Bananas” dinner at Dewick. “The Story of Bananas” dinner seeks to educate students on the path of the dining halls’ most eaten fruit from farm all the way to compost. Check out the five stations, play the fun foodie game to win banana themed prizes, and enjoy foods with bananas! In addition, Annie Leonard, the author of “The Story of Stuff” will be holding a talk, question and answer, and book signing session in Cohen Auditorium from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

Eco-Rep Events

Last night Eco-Rep Sidney May, the Eco-Rep for Wren Hall, held her first event. She set up a tap water vs bottled water taste test and raffled off a Brita reusable water bottle! Sidney threw residents a fun curve ball by serving only tap water. Residents had fun doing the test and were almost always surprised they tried two cups of tap water. Way to go, Sidney!

Hill and West residents, don’t miss the Sustainability Dinner event tomorrow night put on by Eco-Reps Chantal Davis and Laina Piera. The dinner will focus on sustainability of the food in the dining halls. You can’t miss the delicious Flatbread pizzas they’ll be serving for dinner! The event takes place from 6-7pm in the Hill Hall Lounge.

Plus, look out of Do It In the Dark, an inter-dorm competition to see which can reduce their energy consumption the most over a one-month period! More information to come in our next post!

Project Assistant – SUNY Office of Sustainability (Albany, NY)

The State University of New York (SUNY) System Administration is seeking a half-time Project Assistant to the SUNY Director of Sustainability.  The SUNY Office of Sustainability is responsible for working to reduce the carbon footprint of SUNY through its operations and finding ways to integrate and discover synergies between sustainability research projects across the SUNY campuses.  The Office is acting strategically to implement innovative programs that will reduce energy usage, encourage renewable energy projects, and improve the food infrastructure as it relates to the food consumed on our campuses as well as agriculture in the State of New York.

Duties and Responsibilities:

- Coordinate campus initiatives in an effort to meet SUNY’s energy goals.
- Coordinate meetings, speakers and conferences for the SUNY Office of Sustainability.
- Prepare presentations and reports for the SUNY Office of Sustainability.
- Maintain communication between 29 SUNY state-operated campuses on current and planned sustainability practices and initiatives.
- Coordinate and promote collaboration between SUNY student environmental groups.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree, preferably in environmental studies, engineering, biology, chemistry or physics.  Advanced degree or experience is preferable.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Intern – U.S. Green Building Council (Boston, MA)

This is a unique opportunity to help BPS develop their first ever Boston Public Schools Sustainability Report. The position would begin immediately and work through the end of the semester. The goals of the project include the following:

1. Collect consistent and comprehensive information (qualitative and quantitative) data from all of the BPS departments and 128 schools on what they are doing related to sustainability.
2. Educate school leaders and administrators on what it means to be a green school and provide resources to them on ways they can improve their practices, operations, curriculum.
3. Compile the data and organize the layout of the report.
4. Develop graphs, info graphics, compile photos, etc., to display the information gathered in an appealing manner.

For more information and to apply, please contact Phoebe Beierle: pbeierle@usgbc.org

Oct 19: MIT Energy Night

We would like to invite you to attend the MIT Energy Night. The event will be held from 5:00-8:30 pm on October 19, 2012 at the MIT Museum. The MIT Energy Night showcases energy research, initiatives, and entrepreneurship at MIT. It is a large scale poster session and is free and open to the public. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served. You do not need to RSVP.
Presenters are MIT graduate students, postdocs and MIT-affiliated start-ups. In past years, MIT faculty, energy professionals, technology investors, local and national press have attended the event. The event first started in 2006 with 30 poster presenters and 600 attendees. Last year, the event attracted 70 poster presenters and over 1,300 attendees! For more information, please visit our website: http://mitenergynight.org/

Oct 22: Public Perceptions of Wind Energy Projects in Massachusetts

The state of Massachusetts has plans for increasing its cumulative wind energy supply to 2,000 MW by 2020; currently it is at 61 MW (10/11/2012). To be able to achieve this goal, it is important to have a coherent understanding of the factors that make wind energy projects accepted at the local level.

Fletcher’s Center for International Environment and Resource Policy (CIERP) is conducting a study of the factors that lead to community acceptance of wind energy projects. The leader of this study, CIERP postdoctoral research fellow Maria Petrova, recently conducted a survey  and will  present her  results.   From  April  to June, 2012, surveys were mailed to randomly selected residents from the towns of Hull, Kingston, and Falmouth in Massachusetts, where wind projects have been sited with various levels of success. The differences in responses will be analyzed, and the factors that influence public acceptance and lead to the adoption of wind projects at the local level will be discussed.

 

Dr. Petrova came to CIERP from Oregon State University, where she completed her PhD in Environmental Science in 2010. Her doctoral dissertation focused on public acceptability of wave energy technology in Oregon. Her main interests are in public opinion and acceptability of renewable energy technologies (RETs), as well as the policies that need to be in place to advance RET development and deployment. She is also interested in comparative RET policy studies, mainly between the U.S. and countries in the EU.

 

Event will be held on Monday, October 22, 2012 from 12:30-1:45
(a light lunch will be served – no RSVP, first-come first-served)
Cabot 702, The Fletcher School
160 Packard Avenue, Medford

Energy Efficiency Program Support Specialist – ICF International (Washington, DC or Fairfax, VA)

ICF International is a leader in providing support to national energy efficiency programs, and is currently seeking entry-level staff to support its energy efficiency team in Washington, DC or Fairfax, VA.  Our clients include the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, and other Federal agencies. Entry level positions support a variety of functions that include the research and analysis of technical, policy, and programmatic issues for energy efficiency products and programs, and support outreach to key industry stakeholders and program participants.

Applicants should have a Bachelor’s degree and experience with MS Office. For more information and to apply, click here.

Consulting & Executive Transitions Intern – Third Sector New England (Boston, MA)

TSNE, which provides management and leadership resources to help nonprofits support healthy, just communities, is accepting applications for their spring internship program. Interns will gain first-hand knowledge of the internal management of a nonprofit consulting practice, shadow consultants in the field, delve deeply into the theoretical underpinnings of organizational transition consulting, and learn about process evaluation for nonprofit capacity building efforts.

Internship projects 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

For more information or to apply, click here.

Marketing Internship – Public Radio on Climate Change (Belmont, MA)

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.

To apply, send an email to interns@humanmedia.org 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.

Sustainability Program Coordinator – Lehigh University (Bethlehem, PA)

Sustainability Prgm. Coordinator will meet the university’s advancement of sustainability strategies and goals through support for core programs/commitments.  The primary focus of the position is the management and growth of existing sustainability behavior change programs and initiatives. Applicants should have a degree in environmental areas, experience working with students and residential halls, and be familiar with social media. Responsibilities include: 1) Support the Eco-Reps program, 2) Support the Green Team Program, 3) Support collection of the Greenhouse Gas Inventory, and 4) Communicate Sustainability efforts and engage community.
For more information and to apply, click here.

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