Monthly Archives: November 2013

Energy Innovation Summit

Deadline: Dec. 2
Conference Dates: Feb. 25-27, 2014
The ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit gathers energy leaders in academia, business, and government to work towards moving cutting-edge energy technologies into the marketplace. Hosted by the US Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy in Washington DC, this summit will include over 150 expert speakers and keynote addresses and a showcase featuring more than 280 breakthrough energy technologies. A bipartisan group of US Senators and Representatives will also be in attendance. 

The Student Program is an opportunity for graduate students to attend the Summit, participate in additional student-focused panel sessions, and network with corporate recruiters. Accepted students will have their registration fee waived but must make their own travel and hotel accommodations. Please visit the Student Program website for more information and for the program application. 

 

TELI G: Environmental Literacy for Graduate Students!

Application Deadline: Dec. 2

Attention Tufts Grad students!

Are you interested in the environment?  Are you interested in water issues?  Would you like to get paid for your research work?  If yes, then we have a workshop just for you: TELI G!

     You probably wonder what is TELI G? It is the Tufts Environmental Literacy Institute for Graduate Students, hosted by the Tufts Institute for the Environment! It will be a weekend- long workshop aimed at enhancing your environmental literacy in relation to water issues.  As Tufts graduate students, you will have the opportunity to participate in a water crisis simulation exercise, interact with faculty, map water crises using the latest technology and acquire the tools you need for a cutting edge thesis.

   To register, please fill out our form by clicking here. The application deadline is December 2.

Agricultural Innovation Prize

In Washington DC , the Howard G. Buffett Foundation and the University of Wisconsin-Madison announced the launch of the 2014 Agricultural Innovation Prize in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture.
 
The competition is open to U.S. undergraduate and graduate students across all academic disciplines and runs through spring 2014, when teams will compete for the chance to win $215,000 in prize money, with a grand prize of $100,000; making this the largest agriculture-focused student competition in the world.
 
The contest encourages student teams to develop innovative plans to address social and agricultural challenges within food systems, improving the standard of living and quality of life for the world’s population. 
 
Additional information is available on this website.
 
We are very happy to answer any questions, or follow-up with you about this new and exciting opportunity for students.

Assistant Project Manager, Environmental Dashboard, Oberlin College

The Environmental Studies Program at Oberlin College invites applications for the position of Assistant Project Manager for Environmental Dashboard.  This is a one-year, full-time Administrative and Professional Staff (A&PS) position (potentially renewable based on grant support), reporting to Environmental Studies.

Learn more.

Executive Director, Urban Farming Institute (MA)

UFI is looking for an Executive Director to spearhead their fund development and take on managerial responsibilities. The Urban Farming Institute (UFI) is a two-year old nonprofit operating under the fiscal sponsorship of New Ecology Inc. It was created to respond to challenges faced by individuals and groups who would like to create an urban farming business. UFI offers education on the economic, social and health benefits of urban farms and trains individuals to become farmers. It is UFI’s mission to create the best partnerships between long term land owners, neighborhood residents and individual farmers. UFI has: 1) organized its first Urban Farming Conference in the spring 0f 2013 with over 300 attendees and is currently planning the 2nd; 2) advised the City (on Article 89) and the State on policy and legislation supporting urban farming; and 3) has developed a classroom farming curriculum and partnered with other collaborators to graduating 7 from this Urban Farming Training Program. Check us out online.

Conservation Finance Fellowship, The Trust for Public Land (Boston, MA)

The Trust for Public Land’s (TPL) Conservation Finance Program and its affiliate The Conservation Campaign (TCC) are pleased to announce the establishment of a one-year fellowship focused on Campaigns, Elections, Lobbying and Funding for Parks and Land Conservation. Learn more.

Eco Practicum, NYC, Spring Break!

Are you interested in spending your Spring Break in New York City – working with the most exciting organizations and meeting leaders in the environmental field? We are launching a new Eco Practicum program in New York City this Spring.

Eco Practicum offers intensive environmental education and action programs for college students and recent graduates. The programs consist of hands-on farm work, meetings with experts in many environmental fields, and thoughtful discussions facilitated by skilled democratic educators. Eco Practicum challenges emerging leaders to consider multiple sides of complex issues, while helping them gain practical skills and connect with leading-edge organizations. Eco Practicum NYC takes place during Spring Break (March 9-15; 15-22) and explores the unique ecological infrastructure of New York City focusing on food, energy, and resource management. Eco Practicum Catskills (May 25 – June 22) is our summer program that delves into the intricate socio-environmental issues affecting the bioregion. This program is comprised of four units, each covering a different topic: food, animals, energy, and land-use. Students can take part in one, two, three, or all four of these week-long units.


Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and must be received by February 1st for Eco Practicum NYC and April 1st for Eco Practicum Catskills. Students can apply online and learn more about the programs here.


US PIRG Fellowship

Interested in making a difference right after graduating? Consider applying for a Fellowship with U.S. PIRG.

U.S.PIRG is a network of state-based consumer advocacy groups working on behalf of the public interest. In 30 states around the country, we work on federal and state issues ranging from public health policy, to higher education affordability, to consumer protection, to open, democratic governance. Through targeted research, coalition building, outreach to citizen activists and the media, and direct lobbying of decision-makers, we work to ameliorate some of the nation’s most pressing problems.

Right now we are looking to hire graduating seniors for our full-time Fellowship program. Fellows with U.S. PIRG will do research, advocacy and grassroots organizing on critical public interest issues. They will receive extensive training while working side-by-side with experienced staff in one of our 30 state campaign offices. And after two years on the front lines tackling important problems and pushing for smart solutions, Fellows will have the skills and experience it takes to become a leader with us, or other organizations working to make change happen.

A current fellow will be present to answer any questions, plus there will be pizza! 1st round Interviews will be held Thursday, November 21st.

Apply at http://www.uspirg.org/apply by 12 PM on Wednesday, November 20th to reserve an interview time.

Executive Director, Urban Land Institute Boston/New England

The Urban Land Institute is seeking a new executive director for its Boston/New England branch. Learn more.

Tufts Eco-Reps Keep Busy This Week!

We don’t know how we did it, but the Tufts Eco-Reps managed to survive another week of environmental overload! In a good way, of course!

We kicked off the week on Tuesday with a Hodgdon-Bush movie night! First, a talk was given by Maragaret Garcia, a PhD student with the Civil Engineering Department and member of the Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) water diplomacy program.

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She shared her personal experiences and motivation for pursuing a career focused around water diplomacy and concluded with a question and answer session. The talk was a unique opportunity and provided a wonderful segue into the movie Last Call at the Oasis, written and directed by Jessica Yu, which urged viewers to be more conscious about the world’s current and impending water crisis.

 

Following on Thursday, the Eco-Reps teamed up for shifts at the Dewick-MacPhie dining hall where a display was set up to educate diners about our program. The display featured the compost program within the dorms and dining halls, a compost continuum showcasing the progression from food waste to nutrient-rich soil, the benefits associated with meatless meals, and a general introduction to the Eco-Rep program for any interested students.

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The table was a success with almost all of our program’s stickers being handed out to students who eagerly slapped them onto their newly received “Choose to Reuse” reusable Nalgene water bottles. The bottles were provided courtesy of the university as part of an initiative to reduce the use of disposable plastic water bottles.

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Friday proved to be no less hectic when the Eco-Reps were asked by the non-profit Reverb to host another table at the Eco-Village for the Campus Consciousness Tour featuring Grouplove. Before the concert started, the Reps attended a meet and greet session with the members of Grouplove.

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The team then set up a table next to other volunteers and organizations such as Ben & Jerry’s where concertgoers could explore sustainability both within and outside of the university. The concert was a loud success, as we rocked our way to a greener tomorrow.

Finally, the week wrapped up with free smoothies in Bush Hall! The Eco-Reps paired up with the ACE fellows to show students how to eat sustainably and stay healthy during the coming exam period. The event was a refreshing end to what was another crazy week for the Tufts Eco-Reps.

Keep an eye out for us on campus, and until next week, don’t forget to stay green, stay fresh, and stay kale (…what?).