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Apr 30: Senior Projects Poster Session,Tufts Dept. of Chemical and Biological Engineering

When: Monday 4/30 from 12 to 1:15pm
Where: Atrium of SciTech

Join the Tufts Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering next Monday for a poster session highlighting senior student projects! Four out of seven of the projects relate to sustainability.

Project Appetizers:

1 & 2: These projects involve ways of removing carbon dioxide from the waste stream of a power plant.  The titles of these projects are “CO2 Capture with Lithium Zirconate” and “Fabrication and Analysis of a Wetted Wall Column for CO2 Analysis”.

3: This project involves a new method for fabricating solar energy collectors using electro-deposition.  Its title is “Increasing Conductivity in Cuprous Oxide: Doping with Electro-deposition and Hot-Point Probe Construction.”

4: For this project, the students are synthesizing ethanol from a plant called duckweed as an alternative to using corn.  The title of their project is “Hydrolysis Stage Optimization for the Production of Ethanol from Duckweed.”

While these projects don’t directly affect sustainability on our physical campus, it’s worth noting (and celebrating) that our students are thinking about sustainable practices in their research. These undergraduate research projects show the present and future trends in what Tufts students may contribute to sustainability beyond our campus.  We would like to give our students the opportunity to display their hard work and commitment to sustainability with like-minded members of the Tufts community.

Internships, Environmental Protection Agency (New England)

Ever thought about having a great career dedicated to

  • improving the health and well-being of all Americans?
  • ensuring that we have clean air, pure water and better-protected land?

You can have that career at EPA! EPA internships and fellowships provide a great introduction to our work, giving you a sense of whether EPA might be the right place for you.

The US EPA, Region 1 (New England) currently has some Summer College Student Vacancies available.   It is now required for all students submit their resumes via USAJOBS.GOV to apply for posted vacancies.   Students will need to check the US EPA student site:  http://www.epa.gov/ohr/student to get information on all student employment.  Please keep in mind that these are positions for College Freshman Level and above.

TO APPLY, FOLLOW THESE STEPS:

1. You must be an enrolled student, a U.S. Citizen and have yet to finish your program of study to qualify for one of the posted positions.

2. We highly recommend that all students go to USAJOBS.gov and complete a profile to apply for government jobs at the grade level and geographic location they are interested in.  There is a very helpful link in USAJOBS called “Resource Center” that directs you to student job information and how to complete a profile.   Click here for a Summer Job Fact Sheet from USAJOBS.

3.  Make sure you complete the part of the profile where you check off that you wish to be notified when a position you have indicated interest in is posted.  Check off “daily” for frequency of notification.  You must be vigilant!  When the jobs are posted, they open and close very quickly.  This year, expect an announcement for jobs within the next week or so.  Jobs are expected to close within 1 day, you must act quickly after it is posted.

4.  It is to your advantage to be prepared with the following so that you only have to add the electronic information requested when the jobs are posted and check USAJOBS EVERY DAY:

Have an ELECTRONIC COPY READY of the following:

  • Your Most Current Transcripts (unofficial is acceptable; Official Transcript is requested if hired)
  • Proof of Enrollment from the school you are currently attending
  • Your Current Resume

When  you see that the job you’re interested in has been posted, immediately follow the instructions for applying and attach all the necessary documents.

Apr 22: Picnic for the Planet, The Nature Conservancy in Boston

Team GreenSense Supervisor, Cambridge Dept of Public Works (Cambridge, MA)

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Cambridge DPW seeks a qualified individual to develop and supervise a summer youth program.  The supervisor will work with a group of approximately 15 high school students to lead and coordinate educational activities to support learning and work objectives related to energy efficiency and environmental sustainability, and to help these students develop a final project that reflects what they have learned by participating in the program. Specific duties include but are but are not limited to the following:

*   Develop and implement a project-based curriculum on a variety of sustainability topics, including energy measurement, transportation, urban eco-systems (including forests, water and agriculture), and waste reduction
*   Supervise students on a daily basis.
*   Schedule internal and external partners, guest speakers, and site visits into the weekly schedule.
*   Adapt materials and activities based on the needs of the students.
*   Assist students as they work to develop their final project, which will be a web-video.
*   Ensure professional presentation and behavior of students on daily basis.
*   Work to integrate 21st Century Skills into program activities.
*   Assess student skill development and evaluate effectiveness of various activities throughout the program, making adjustments to proposed activities based on this assessment and evaluation.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

*   Experience working with youth in informal or experiential education setting
*   Demonstrated experience with group facilitation and team-building
*   Enthusiasm and flexibility; ability to “think on one’s feet” to revise and/or adapt to curriculum and schedule changes.
*   College coursework in environmental science, urban planning, or education preferred. Bachelor’s degree preferred. Equivalent experience may substitute for education.
*   Solid basic skills in reading, writing, science, and mathematics
*   A demonstrated interest in environmental and energy issues
*   Familiarity with Cambridge preferred

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  Must make site visits, which involves walking, bending, squatting, reaching, pulling, pushing, and climbing. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:   Classroom setting.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED: Supervised by DPW Assistant Commissioner for Administration

RATE: $20/hour.

HOURS PER WEEK: 20 hours/week; 10 weeks, June through mid- August
APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

Internal applicants submit a job bidding form and 2 copies of both your resume and letter of interest; external applicants submit 2 copies of both your resume and letter of interest by 8pm on the closing date via email to: employment@cambridgema.gov or to Personnel Dept, Room 309, City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA  02139. Fax 617-349-4312

THE CITY OF CAMBRIDGE IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER. WOMEN, MINORITIES, VETERANS, AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.

CITY OF CAMBRIDGE RESIDENTS ESPECIALLY ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.

May 5: Climate Impacts Day, 350.org

It’s time to Connect the Dots between climate change and extreme weather.

Protest, educate, document and volunteer along with thousands of people around the world to support the communities on the front lines of the climate crisis. Start an event here!

Record-breaking heat waves in Russia, wildfires in Australia, floods in Thailand. Every time we pick up the newspaper and read about another record-breaking natural disaster, it becomes increasingly clear that climate change is not a future problem — it’s happening right now.

Connect the Dots is a project of 350.org and its partner organizations, to shine a spotlight on the connections between extreme weather and climate change. They will use those connections to issue a wake-up call for our communities, the media, and our politicians.

They’ll kick off the project with Climate Impacts Day on 5/5/12, when thousands of communities around the world come together to take action to Connect the Dots and call for urgent action to stop the climate crisis.

Who: You, your neighbors, family, friends, and the rest of climate movement.

What: Actions – rallies, presentations, art projects, and more – that help your community connect the dots between extreme weather and climate change.

Where: All over the world.

When: May 5, 2012 (and beyond)

Why: Because climate change is not a future problem. It is happening right now, and it is devastating communities around the world. The world needs a wake-up call, and there’s no time to lose.

Apr 27: Green Streets Initiative: Walk/Ride Day Corporate Challenge

An update on the Green Streets Initiative:
It’s about that time: Next Friday is April’s Walk/Ride Day!

The Green Streets Initiative’s Corporate Challenge is a competition among Boston area employers to see which workplace has the highest percentage of staff going car-free or car-light on Walk/Ride Days. And Tufts University is competing. Simply check in HERE daily to help Tufts win!

It won’t be hard for Tufts to have a good showing. If you haven’t done so already, simply start telling your colleagues about it. Your organization will at least be in the running and have a baseline to compare participation in future months.

Please feel free to contact us for inspiration, ideas and support in getting your organization on board. We are also happy to analyze your organizations check-in data with you.

With best regards,
The Green Streets Initiative Team

Feel free to contact any of us at walkridedays@gmail.com.

Apr 26: Aviation Biofuels: Propelling the World toward a Low-Carbon Future

CIERP’S Energy, Climate, and Innovation Program presents…

Aviation Biofuels:
Propelling the World toward a Low-Carbon Future

with Cristina Haus , Executive Editor,
Jet Fuel Intelligence, Energy Intelligence Group

Thursday, April 26, 2012
12:30-1:45, Murrow Room, The Fletcher School
160 Packard Avenue, Medford
(A light lunch will be served. No RSVPs – first come first served.)

Cristina Haus will speak about the development of aviation biofuels over the last six years, from the military’s early strategic priorities that led to testing by the Air Force and later the Navy, to the certification effort for commercial use, to flight tests by Lufthansa and others, and the current effort to bring these fuels from technical viability to commercial reality through efforts by NGOs such as the Carbon War Room and groups like the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative. She will also discuss the regulatory framework – what exists and what is missing in terms of a global climate change agreement for aviation specifically and the world in general.

Haus, a Fletcher graduate (F’81), has worked at Energy Intelligence for most of her professional career. She began as a reporter at the flagship publication Petroleum Intelligence Weekly, and for the last twenty years has been Executive Editor of Jet Fuel Intelligence. She attends (and has been a frequent speaker at) Fuel Forums of the International Air Transport Association, which has taken her all over the globe. During a brief hiatus from EIG she worked for Bloomberg Business News and Cambridge Energy Research Associates. She speaks German, French, Italian and English, each of which she uses often in her work. Haus has two daughters, one of whom currently attends Tufts University.

For more information about this event or about CIERP in general, visit the Fletcher School Events page.

Sustainability Intern, Cambridge Public Schools (Cambridge, MA)


The Office for Sustainability at the Cambridge Public School Department seeks an intern to assist the Sustainability Manager for 10-15 hours or more per week. Hours flexible, work can be done off-site sometimes. This is an
unpaid internship.

  • The intern will be assisting primarily with program implementation of the Cambridge Green Schools Initiative.
  • The position requires very strong written, verbal, and communication skills.
  •  The intern must be good at independent work, and writing e-mails, meeting with students and staff in the schools, and writing short 1-page progress reports.
  • The candidate should be a current undergraduate or graduate student seeking work experience in the field of policy, sustainability, or education.
  • He or she must be pursuing a degree or have a strong interest in the following fields: education, environmental science, energy management, engineering, sustainability, policy, or administration.

Time-frame:

  • Length of Time Total: 10-15 hours per week, flexible.
  • May or June 1st through August 31st 2012, with potential to expand into the fall of 2012. Dates flexible.
  • Time per Week: 10-15 hours per week.

Please send resume and cover letter to:
Kristen von Hoffmann, Sustainability Manager
kvonhoffmann@cpsd.us

Summer Internship, Tigercomm (Washington, DC & CA)

Do you want to work with a team of passionate individuals in the intersection of sustainability and communications?

An internship at Tigercomm is the perfect solution. Our interns work directly with Tigercomm staff to rapidly deliver strategic communication services to our clients, while enhancing our reputation for unparalleled effectiveness and accountability for results. You will contribute to the growth of clean energy companies, while learning about the field of communications and the day-to-day efforts that make public relations firms succeed. Apply today to Tigercomm’s premier internship program for students and young professionals interested in communicating the benefits of clean energy and working to solve the climate crisis.

For more information on the program, go to www.tigercomm.us/internship.  This internship is paid, and applications are due by April 15, 2012. They are looking for some talented candidates from Tufts apply for their nationally-competitive internship program.

How to Apply

Tigercomm employees are known for their dedication to a clean energy future. Previous internship experience in politics, environmental advocacy, or communications is preferred, with HTML proficiency a plus. If you want to get paid to learn a lot, gain contacts and make a positive difference, send your resume, a cover letter, 2-3 writing samples, and references to gelsner@tigercomm.us.  Applications for our Summer Internship Program are due on April 15, 2012.

May 1 deadline: Climate Counts i2 Challenge Competition

Pop Quiz: What do the following companies all have in common?

*   Amtrak
*   Annie’s Homegrown
*   Ben & Jerry’s
*   ClifBar
*   Kohl’s
*   Levi’s
*   REI
*   Shaklee
*   Timberland

Answer:  These companies are all members of the Climate Counts Industry Innovators (i2) program.   i2 companies support Climate Counts mission of educating consumers while holding themselves to the highest standard of climate leadership.

As a way of saying thanks to these companies, the winner of our Climate Counts i2 Challenge will win a $50 gift card to the i2 company of their choice.

How do you win?
Simple: email us a picture of a time you supported an i2 company.  It could be a photo of you atop a mountain decked out in REI gear, a shot of your friends boarding the Amtrak to see the cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C., or perhaps your neighbors enjoying a refreshing cone of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream.  The person with the coolest picture (as judged by your peers) wins!

You can send pictures with a brief explanation to us at  info@climatecounts.org with “Climate Counts i2 Challenge” in the subject line.  All photos will be compiled and added to our  Facebook page and  blog, with judging to be completed by May 7, 2012.

Deadline for submissions is Tuesday May 1, 2012.

The winner will received one $50 gift card to the i2 company of choice.   If you’re one of the top 5 pictures we pick, we’ll send you a FREE Climate Counts t-shirt to show our appreciation!

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