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Month: January 2013 (page 1 of 2)

Clinton Global Initiative University (April 5 – 7) – St. Louis, MO

The application deadline is today, January 30.

The sixth annual meeting of CGI U will take place from April 5 – 7, 2013 at Washington University in St. Louis, bringing together nearly 1,200 attendees to make a difference in CGI U’s five focus areas: Education, Environment and Climate Change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health. The meeting will bring together student leaders, NGO representatives, topic experts, and celebrities to brainstorm ideas, share best practices, and develop their action plans for the months ahead. Join President Clinton, Jack Dorsey, Salman Khan, and many other to-be-announced innovators and entrepreneurs.

More than $400,000 in funding for select attendees is now available. The Resolution Project will provide $100,000 total to the winners of a social venture competition on-site. The CGI University Network will provide more than $300,000 total to student attendees from member universities. To be eligible for funding, students must first apply online to attend CGI U.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Tufts Energy Competition 2013 (Deadline: Feb 1st)

Do you have a great energy idea? perhaps even a final project related to energy? Win up to $3,000 to jump-start your energy idea! Apply to the Tufts Energy Competition! 

Working on an innovative project on energy or sustainability that can be leveraged into a winning proposal? The Tufts Energy Competition is looking for your ideas! This competition is a celebration of innovative student-driven solutions to energy challenges. The goal of the Tufts Energy Competition is to support students implementing projects that explore solutions to key energy issues. The winning team will receive up to $3000 to implement their project, and the runner-up will receive $2000.

Every Tufts student is eligible to apply, including engineering students, undergraduates, Tufts medical students, international studies students, and more. The application is due February 1 and can be found onhttp://www.tuftsenergyconference2013.com/energy-competition/.

Need some inspiration? Previous finalists and winners include:

  • A Split Junction Solar Concentrator for More Efficient Electricity Generation
  • Giving Students the Chance to Choose Their Energy
  • Efficient Hygiene Initiatives: Bringing Ecological Sanitation to Thottiypatti
  • Solar Powered Uninterruptible Power Systems
  • Ocean-Based Algae Energy
  • Wind Turbines and Solar Cookers in Zimbabwe
  • High Voltage Lithium Ion Battery Management System

The 2013 Energy Competition hopes to continue this success with your great ideas!

For more information on the 2013 Tufts Energy Competition please visit: http://www.tuftsenergyconference2013.com/energy-competition/

For any further questions or comments on the 2013 Tufts Energy Competition please email tuftsenergycompetition2013@gmail.com or nolan.katherine@gmail.com

European Forest Institute (Barcelona, Spain; Joensuu, Finland)

Applications are due February 17, 2013.

EFI is seeking an experienced and highly motivated individual to lead Forest for Society Research Programme. Among the core duties of the Head of Programme are managing and coordinating the Forest for Society Programme accordance to EFI strategy. She/he should proactively initiate new (externally funded) projects, promote and coordinate Pan-European research network activities involving EFI member organizations and relevant forest stakeholders on topics significant to the programme.The position is based at the EFI Headquarters in Joensuu, Finland. Two other posts, Head of EFIMED Regional Office and Senior Researcher are also opened. These posts are located in Barcelona, Spain. Visit EFI¹s careers webpage (http://www.efi.int/portal/careers/open_jobs/ ) further details of the positions and application instructions.

Fellowship, Environment America (various locations)

Environment Massachusetts is a statewide, citizen-based environmental advocacy organization. We are a part of Environment America, a federation of 29 state-based groups working for clean air, clean water, and protecting open space. Environment America is hiring fellows into our offices nationwide to make a difference in environmental issues. We are looking to hire recent college graduates who have the passion, the commitment and the talent it takes to fight for our environmental values across the country. As an Environment America fellow, recent grads get a two-year crash course in the nuts and bolts of environmental activism – working alongside senior staff to plan and run grassroots campaigns, lobby lawmakers, set up and speak at news conferences, organize town hall meetings, identify new members, raise money, recruit and manage staff and much more.


Learn more/apply!

Intern, Boston Cyclists Union Urban (Boston, MA)

Intern 20-40 hours a week. The velorution is taking Boston by storm. Every Urban Planning intern is assigned a particular Union campaign they can help out on, whether it be a long-term policy effort, a particular street we’d like to see reconstructed in a more bike-friendly way, or outreach to a particular neighborhood. The complexity of the project and level of leadership is dependent on the intern’s abilities and time availability. To find out more, visit: http://www.bostonycyclistsunion.org

National Environmental Policy Act Specialist (Alabama)

Vernadero Group Inc. is actively seeking a highly motivated individual for the position of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Specialist. The position will be located in the Environmental Management Division at Redstone Arsenal in Alabama. Candidates should have Bachelors degree in Geology, Biology or related field and 5-7 years of experience in preparing NEPA compliance documents. Knowledge of Army and DoD NEPA requirements is preferred. Candidates must be a U.S. citizen, posses a valid driver’s license, and be able to pass a background check. To apply email resume to staffing@vernadero.com or fax to (480) 315-1001, Attn: Human Resources. Website: http://www.vernadero.com/?page_id=26

Mar 02: Campus Cultivation Conference

Campus Cultivation Conference
March 2nd
Tufts University
RSVP by Feb 15
http://cultivatecampuses.tumblr.com/

In 2010, Middlebury College hosted the first Campus Cultivation Conference, bringing together students from liberal arts schools with a garden or farm – or just a dream for one – in the Northeast for a day of networking and sharing. The following year, Wellesley College picked it up, hosting such schools as Babson, Brandeis, Olin College of Engineering, Bennington, Tufts, and of course, Middlebury.

This year, on March 2, 2013, Tufts University student gardeners are planning to keep it going!

We’ll be focusing on issues surrounding cultivation in an urban environment, with workshops on diverse topics including hydroponics, medicinal uses for herbs, and how to garden in cold climates. We will also have a collective problem solving exercise to help students create strategies for issues such as using limited resources and in the face of high membership turnover.

Working schedule includes:

Keynote speaker: Groundwork Somerville

Workshops:
Hydro/aquaponics by Sabrina from Rootdown Hydroponics

Canning/Preserving by TBA
Designing Food Systems Curricula by Jeff Hake (check out his blog )
Medicinal Uses for Herbs by Naturopathic Dr. Zartarian
Soil Health by Jeff Hake
Cold Climates by Tufts Biology Professor George EllmoreFor more information, email tuftsstudentgarden@gmail.com.

See you in March!

Program Associate – Alliance to Save Energy (Oakland, CA)

Applications accepted on a rolling basis through January 27, 2013.

The Alliance to Save Energy is seeking a full-time Program Associate to assist with implementation of its PowerSave Campus Program.  The Program Associate will work in the Alliance’s Oakland, CA office or from a home office in the LA area.  Headquartered in Washington, DC, the nonprofit Alliance to Save Energy (www.ase.org) promotes energy efficiency worldwide to achieve a healthier economy, a cleaner environment, and greater energy security.

The PowerSave Campus Program is a student-driven energy efficiency and workforce education and training initiative currently serving 23 campuses nationwide, including 16 in California.  The program employs and manages paid student interns to develop and implement projects that promote careers in the sustainability field, generate energy savings on campus, increase awareness of the importance of energy efficiency, and encourage the infusion of sustainability concepts into academic curricula.  Over 75 university students are employed yearly through the PowerSave Campus Program, each trained to emerge as a highly skilled sustainability and energy efficiency professional at the time of graduation.  For more information about the program, please visit: www.ase.org/powersavecampus.

Candidates must have exceptionally strong written and oral communication skills, along with experience in project management, team building, public speaking, and meeting facilitation.  In addition, candidates should be self-starters who can juggle multiple tasks with minimum supervision, have a good eye for detail and, at the same time, be capable of seeing the bigger picture. Experience working with campus sustainability initiatives is desirable, and a familiarity with energy efficiency technologies is a definite plus.

How to Apply: Please e-mail resume, cover letter, and one writing sample to Meghan Kearns at mkearns@ase.org. For additional information, please click here.

Sustainability Capacity-Building Internship – Second Nature (Boston, MA)

Apply at: careers@secondnature.org by January 25, 2013

Second Nature is seeking applications for an intern to join the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) Program Team to assist on projects that aim to advance climate leadership and sustainability education initiatives at colleges and universities across the country.  The Sustainability Capacity-Building Intern will work on a variety of activities to advance the goals of the ACUPCC and other Second Nature initiatives related to education, green building, greenhouse gas reporting, and climate action planning.  These program activities may include analysis of energy and climate data, outreach support to signatory institutions, blogging, social media management, and webinar development. The Intern will also focus on supporting special programs with minority-serving institutions, climate adaptation and resiliency, and select fundraising activities.

Position Details: This position requires a 6-month working presence in the Second Nature office in downtown Boston during working hours (9am-5pm), beginning late January or early February 2013. Candidates will work 20-30 hours/week with flexibility around holidays and academic calendars. This is a competitively paid internship.

How to Apply: Please submit a resume and cover letter stating your interest in the position and qualifications to careers@secondnature.org. Applicants should include the names and contact information of two references in their resume and explain their work availability (see position details).

For more information, click here.

Business Development Internship – Green City Growers (Boston, MA)

Green City Growers, Massachusetts’ premiere vegetable gardening business, is seeking an intern for spring 2013. GCG specializes in raised-bed garden installations, maintenance, and education for residential, business, restaurant and community locations. We are a small business (6 full time staff), and operate out of Union Square in Somerville.

GCG is seeking a positive, driven individual interested in immersing themselves in a growing business. Your time at GCG will be focused on sales, marketing, and business development. You will learn many aspects of running a small business. If you are looking to gain a wide variety of professional experience, this internship is for you. Your responsibilities will include (but are not limited to):

  • Creating and executing newsletters
  • Blogging and utilizing social networks
  • Emailing and following up on sales leads
  • Assistance in scheduling and coordinating workshops out of the GCG Office space
  • Attending and finding events
  • Track and analyze marketing data
  • Aid in the development of new sales techniques

The position will last until the end of May. The internship is part time (2-3 days a week). Candidates will only be considered if they can commit to the position until the end of May.

Please send a resume and a cover letter stating why you are interested in obtaining this internship, when you can start and your availability. More information can be found by clicking here.

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