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Month: November 2013 (page 2 of 13)

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.


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.


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?).

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