Monthly Archives: November 2012

Green Retrofit Intern – Local Initiatives Support Corporation (Boston, MA)

LISC seeks a detail-oriented, self-motivated individual for a paid Green Retrofit Internship position in Boston. The Intern will provide programmatic support to a small team of Boston LISC staff focused on energy retrofits in affordable housing across Massachusetts. The Green Retrofit Initiative has received an Energy Innovation Award from HUD and match funding from the Barr Foundation to work with multifamily affordable housing owners to analyze energy use and implement retrofits that will achieve energy savings of 20%.

The intern should be available approximately 8-15 hours per week during the remainder of the school year, with a possible extension through the summer. Start and end dates are negotiable and schedule is flexible within normal business hours. This is a paid internship and the hourly rate will be based on experience.

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to Elizabeth (Betsy) Glynn. More information can be found at the  LISC website.

ELP Fellowship Program

The Environmental Leadership Program supports emerging environmental and social change practitioners eager to connect their specialized work to larger environmental and social concerns. ELP is committed to selecting Fellows that represents diversity of race and ethnicity, gender, sector, sexual orientation, education levels, professional background, values and traditions, and expertise. Our Fellowship Programs offers intensive leadership and skill training, regional and national networking opportunities, and time for personal and professional reflection. Through retreats and optional additional trainings, our curriculum helps emerging leaders hone their leadership styles, improve their strategy and organizational development, and strengthen their outreach to diverse constituencies.

We address the needs of emerging environmental leaders from academia, business, government and non-profits by:

  • Providing training and learning opportunities to increase their leadership capacity through our Fellowship Program;
  • Connecting Fellows with peers through our regional and national networks;
  • Linking Fellows with experienced environmental leaders through substantive interactions and mentoring opportunities;
  • Focusing attention on the need for the environmental community to develop the next generation of leaders.

Applications for 2013 classes are now available and are due February 1, 2013. For more information and to apply, click here.

Beyond Oil Campaign Internship – Sierra Club (Washington, DC)

Interns will provide support to all aspects of the Beyond Oil Campaign, including its three sub-campaigns: dirty fuels, green transportation, and green fleets & electric vehicles. Past job activities have included conducting research and writing, assisting in outreach efforts, organizing program activities and events, preparing educational materials, providing administrative support, and contributing to program blogs and social media.

Required Knowledge and Skills:
·        Excellent written and oral communication skills
·        Demonstrated ability to research complex issues
·        Ability to gather/synthesize complex information and communicate in a clear and concise manner
·        Ability to work well independently or in a team setting
·        Ability to converse comfortably on the phone
·        Strong attention to detail
·        Experience with grassroots organizing and campaigns is a plus
·        Possessing good time management and organizational skills
·        Enthusiastic about ending America’s oil addiction!

Compensation/Pay: All Sierra Club internships are unpaid. Participants may be able to gain college credit for their internship.

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to: jessica.eckdish@sierraclub.org with “Spring 2012 Internship Application” in the subject line.

The Candidates and the Climate

While no candidate is perfect on climate change (and indeed, they all seem to be woefully inadequate), there are some differences:
 
PRESIDENT
Mitt Romney: despite his surprisingly good record on climate change while he was governor, Romney’s energy plan focuses almost entirely on pumping more fossil fuels into the atmosphere, a situation that would almost certainly ensure the world’s inability to reign in climate change (Rolling Stone has a pretty fierce write up of it, but you can read it yourself and see). Just one example: in his quotes about N. American energy independence, he uses a Manhattan Institute report that says, “In collaboration with Canada and Mexico, the United States could—and should—forge a broad pro-development, pro-export policy to realize the benefits of our hydrocarbon resources. Such a policy could lead to North America becoming the largest supplier of fuel to the world by 2030.” (what no-one seems to have told him, however, is that oil and gas companies that drill in N. America aren’t restricted to selling that fuel only to Canada, Mexico and the US – they’ll sell it to whomever gives the best price – as any good, non-government-run institution would do).
 
But anyhow, Obama’s no great climate champion these days either but at least he doesn’t blatantly ignore climate change or pledge to dig up and sell all the fossil fuels in North America. As an aside, Romney attacks Obama for ‘targeting old coal power plants’ – when, really, we wish he were targeting them, since those plants are some of the worst carbon emissions offenders.
 
Here is a summary of what the 2 candidates have said about energy and climate on the campaign trail.
 
US SENATE
Elizabeth Warren seems to support action on climate change – at least in words – but I doubt it’ll be a priority for her. Scott Brown, however, in June 2012 voted to ‘disapprove’ the EPAs endangerment findings on greenhouse gases and in March 2012 voted against ending tax deductions for major oil companies and extending incentives for energy efficient homes, plug-in vehicles and alternative fuels. They are considered one of 4 senate races with noticably different opinions on climate.
 
US HOUSE 
Jon Golnik doesn’t list ‘environment’ as an issue on his website, but under ‘energy’ he indicates he supports the Keystone XL pipeline, fracking and drilling in ANWR. OK, I guess that says it all. Climate doesn’t seem to be a priority for Niki Tsongas, but she states that she help[ed] to pass tougher fuel efficiency standards and incentives for renewable energy, so there’s hope there.
 
Don’t forget to vote!

Tobin Friends of Fresh Pond Club Leader (Cambridge)

Position Available: Tobin Friends of Fresh Pond Club Leader

 

Employer: Tobin Community School [City of Cambridge Department of Human Services]

 

Schedule: 2 hours per week on either Tuesdays or Wednesdays, approximately 2:30–4:30. Calendar matches Cambridge Public Schools’ calendar. Openings are for sequential sessions in Winter and Spring (and next fall) which can potentially turn this into a full-year gig. [The community school also runs a summer camp and school vacation camps]

 

Location: Tobin School, 197 Vassal Ln, & Fresh Pond Reservation, Cambridge

 

Program: Seasonally-adjusted afterschool curriculum for third-graders that combines unstructured outdoor play, nature games, stewardship (volunteer work on specific reservation projects), natural history activities, outreach to wider school community, and learning site-specific Leave No Trace Principles.

 

Staffing: Supervision by club founder. You will officially report to Director of Tobin Community School; an intern or community school staff member will serve as assistant.

 

Pay: Hourly wage, commensurate with experience, on Tobin Community School specialist pay scale.

 

Other: If you are in an undergraduate or graduate program and want to develop an internship or similar arrangement, we are willing to work with your school to customize a program.

Do It In the Dark

This week we are going to talk about the Eco-Rep initiative DO IT IN THE DARK (DIITD).  With the help of facilities we’re comparing the electricity usage from mid-October – mid-November 2011 to mid-October – mid-November 2012.  Since weather differences won’t make much of a difference with for electric usage, it should be a fair comparison.  We as students can make a tremendous difference by doing simple things like remembering to turn off our lights and computers when we leave for class.  Just switching our desk lamp to a CFL from and incandescent bulb save 75% of the electric used.  Below are some Fun Facts about how to save energy at Tufts.

Fun Energy Facts:
- 90% of the energy that goes into an incandescent bulb is wasted as heat.
- If everyone in a South a floor lamp with an incandescent bulb while they’re at class it would save 23kWh of electricity.
- If you don’t unplug your mini-fridge when you leave for Winter Break, you’d waste 20kWh of electricity.

Public Relations and Marketing Intern – Green Salem Business Challenge (Salem, MA)

The Green Salem (MA) Business Challenge (GSBC) seeks an intern who is passionate about green initiatives and improving sustainability practices with a demonstrated flair for public relations, communications, and marketing.

The ideal candidate will bring excellent written and oral communication skills, experience writing press releases and using a variety of media platforms (including social media) to disseminate the GSBC message and to increase participation in the program. The GSBC intern must be able to commit to 10 to 15 hours per month for a period of six months with a start date in September 2012. S/he must have good project management skills and the ability to work in a deadline sensitive environment.

For more information, or to apply, please contact Liz Vago, lizvago@aol.com, 978-744-3442, or visit their website.

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