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Monthly Archives: February 2014
February 25, 2014 – 2:48 pm
Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 National Park Transportation Scholars Program
The National Park Transportation Scholars Program gives transportation specialists a unique opportunity for career development and public service. The Scholars Program places transportation professionals, as well as master’s and doctoral candidates in the fields of transportation, engineering, and planning, in National Parks across the country to assist Park Service staff in developing transportation solutions that preserve valuable resources and enhance the visitor experience.
Assignments begin in late June and last 12 months. Each scholar will receive a stipend of $50,000 for the 12-month assignment. Park projects involve transportation planning and analysis, coordination with local communities, environmental and traffic studies, and other transportation-related tasks.
February 25, 2014 – 2:27 pm
Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (“NEEP”) is seeking a Market Strategies Program Manager to manage NEEP’s regional projects to accelerate the adoption of highly efficient emerging technologies in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. A member of NEEP’s Market Strategies Team, this full-time position manages NEEP’s Emerging Technologies initiatives and its new Commercial Advanced Lighting Controls (CALC) project as well as supports the development of regional initiatives. This position reports to the Director of Energy Efficiency Strategies and interfaces with NEEP’s sponsors, partners, state and federal agencies, and the energy efficiency industry.
February 25, 2014 – 1:37 pm
Application deadline: March 4, 2014
The Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) is accepting applications for a Coastal Resiliency Specialist to join the StormSmart Coasts team in Boston. CZM seeks a talented professional with planning, outreach, and data analysis expertise to provide technical support for CZM efforts to develop and implement strategies that protect coastal resources and enable communities to better address erosion, flooding, and sea level rise. This full-time position serves on a multi-disciplinary team and will assist in all stages of coastal shoreline and floodplain management related data development, planning, and outreach.
February 25, 2014 – 11:42 am
First application deadline: March 9, 2014
The Real Food Challenge (RFC) Fellowship Program is a unique opportunity for recent college graduates to gain first-hand experience in building a social movement. Through this 14-month program, Fellows engage in intensive projects on a regional or national level while also honing their leadership skills and food systems knowledge through our participatory learning curriculum and engaged Fellowship community.
February 25, 2014 – 11:40 am
Provides leadership, vision, and strategic planning for the School of Sustainability’s (SOS) education, training, and capacity-building initiatives; represents the Global Institute of Sustainability (GIOS) to corporations, government employers, non-profits, and businesses with the objective of developing and delivering education, training, and capacity-building to organizations that support the GIOS and SOS strategic plan and mission. This position will report to the Dean.
February 25, 2014 – 11:38 am
DEADLINE: March 3, 2014
The Sustainability Program Manager is a core member of the University of Virginia’s Office for Sustainability and assists leading the Facilities Management department in providing, and advocating for, sustainable design and operations to support the educational, research, health care and public service mission of the University.
February 24, 2014 – 12:10 pm
by Arshiya Goel
This week the Eco-reps had Dr. Jack Barbash as a guest speaker. A research chemist for the U.S. Geological Survey, he spoke to us about his job and his views on the green movement. I was especially inspired by his dedication to living sustainably. When he visited Boston from California, he took the train (a three day journey) instead of flying! We were all impressed by the amount of patience this takes and what a big difference it makes. Airplanes are the worst gas-guzzlers and have humongous carbon footprints, while trains use only a small percentage of that energy for the same distance travelled.
It’s not easy to forgo the ease of flying for long train journeys in order to reduce your carbon footprint, but the key to sustainable living is baby steps towards those big commitments! Here are a few simple ways you can reduce your carbon footprint and live green during college!
- Recycle! Tufts recycles everything from paper, cardboard, hard plastics to aluminum foil and metals. Just look at the front of the bins on your floors.
- Use CFL or LED bulbs. They use less energy and last for decades. Take your old bulbs to the Office of Sustainability (on the back of Miller Hall) to trade them in for a CFL!
- Use cold wash when doing laundry. This is better for your clothes and uses a lot less energy. To do this in the dorm laundry machines choose “woolens” or “bright colors”.
- Plug your electronics into a power strip and remember to turn it off when you leave your room. This stops them from leaking “vampire energy”.
- Compost your food scraps! Our dorm composts can compost nearly everything (but no meat, dairy or eggs, please).
- Try to cut down on your shower time or just turn the faucet off while shampooing.
- You can recycle batteries, ink cartridges, cell phones, and even electronic chargers. Look for the white boxes in your dorms and in some other buildings on campus!
- REDUCE! Think about the packaged things you are buying and make choices that decrease the waste you produce.
For more information and tips you can ask any Eco-rep for a Green Guide. These are just small steps towards creating a sustainable lifestyle. Every decision you make can make a difference. With every step we take, we aim to collectively reduce our negative impact on the climate as a species. It’s not always easy and it’s rarely comfortable, but it is essential for our future on this planet. And maybe next time you need to travel from Boston to New York or Seattle to Portland you can consider taking a train and enjoying the beautiful scenery from ground level!
February 21, 2014 – 1:35 pm
Second Nature is now hiring for its position of Director of ACUPCC Intiatives. The Director will lead outreach, implementation, and fundraising for the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) as well as oversee the strategic capacity-building efforts supporting minority-serving and under-resourced institutions. In collaboration with the ACUPCC Steering Committee and the Director of Presidential Fellows Program, the Director will lead the strategic planning process for expanding the impact and success of these programs and establishing new opportunities to support climate action at signatory institutions.
Second Nature’s mission is to accelerate movement toward a sustainable future by serving and supporting senior college and university leaders in making healthy, just, and sustainable living the foundation of all learning and practice in higher education.
February 21, 2014 – 1:17 pm
Application Due Date: March 16th
Quest University Canada invites applicants for a full-time continuing faculty position in the area of Sustainability and Environmental Policy. The University seeks applications from individuals who show evidence of innovative pedagogy, collaborative teaching, and creative curriculum development across disciplines.
The University invites applicants with a background in life, physical or social sciences, and demonstrated research contributions in scientifically based sustainability and environmental policy. Areas of study could include climate change, air, water or soil quality, energy use, waste management, agriculture, forestry, urban development, technology, or socio-ecological resilience. Those with research foci in wildlife conservation biology, marine conservation, protected areas, or ecology need not apply. Preference will be given to candidates with a) strong quantitative and data analysis skills, and/or GIS skills, and b) expertise in US and/or Canadian environmental policy.
The successful candidate will demonstrate experience in and desire to develop interdisciplinary Concentration courses and teach Foundation courses across the Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Social Sciences. A PhD (or equivalent) and demonstrated teaching experience are required. Applicants must have taught, led and designed at least one, 40+ hour university-level course. Although research, especially that involving undergraduates, is encouraged, those seeking a research-focused faculty position should not apply.
All applications must include (1) a cover letter of no more than two pages (a) demonstrating familiarity with the Quest academic program, (b) specifying how your specific previous research or teaching experiences make you qualified to teach Foundation courses across at least two of our academic divisions, (c) discussing which interdisciplinary courses you can create for our Concentration program and how it will expand our current offerings to Quest students, and (d) explaining what you can contribute to our innovative curriculum; (2) a curriculum vitae, including the name and contact information of three references, and (3) a one page statement of teaching philosophy. Applications should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. The start date for the position will be August 1, 2014.
February 19, 2014 – 1:53 pm
The Mystic River Watershed Association will launch the third year of the Herring Monitoring Program. Volunteer herring monitors are needed to count fish for a ten minute slot at the DCR Upper Mystic Lake Damn in Medford. Training will be held on Saturday, March 22nd from 10am until noon at the Medford Boat Club. Volunteers must register for training. This is a great way to engage in community action and gain experience working for an organization. The program launches April 1st.