Author: Caroline Ambros (page 1 of 3)

Several Positions, City of Hartford Climate Stewardship Initiative (Hartford, CT)

Sustainability Coordinator:

The City of Hartford is seeking a full-time Sustainability Coordinator to develop and administer programs and initiatives related to environmental stewardship at the local level. The Sustainability Coordinator will work with various public and private stakeholders on activities to combat the adverse effects of climate change on Hartford. Throughout the 22-month, grant-funded position, the Sustainability Coordinator will report to the Chief of Staff in the Office of the Mayor.

Hartford seeks a Sustainability Coordinator in the context of its rigorous, comprehensive climate resiliency effort – the Climate Stewardship Initiative (CSI) – which aims to improve our quality of life through environmental stewardship, while advancing our economy, improving public health outcomes, and promoting social equity. Through the CSI, Hartford has collaborated with corporations, private foundations, and state and federal government agencies to make significant strides in a number of areas. More information about these initiatives is available a http://www.hartford.gov/climate.

A Sustainability Coordinator would help Hartford build on this strong coalition, and not only respond to threats of climate change, but also strategize proactively for the future.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The Sustainability Coordinator will:

  • Manage the process of drafting and finalizing a climate action plan for the City
  • Initiate, manage, and coordinate a variety of sustainability-related projects in and among different City departments, including the Departments of Development Services and Public Works, and the Hartford Public Schools
  • Monitor performance of environmental management and sustainability initiatives
  • Develop and maintain relationships with public and private stakeholders interested in contributing to sustainability activities
  • Identify and pursue funding sources including federal, state, and private funds to support sustainability programs and initiatives
  • Monitor sustainability-related changes in local, state, and federal law and policy
  • Maintain channels of publicity (including website and social media) on the City’s sustainability initiatives
  • Advise the Mayor and other City officials on sustainability issues
  • Attend, hold, and initiate city and community meetings on sustainability issues
  • Oversee the work of the Green Infrastructure Specialist
  • Liaise with the funders of the grant for the Sustainability Coordinator position.

The above essential duties and responsibilities are not intended as a comprehensive list; they are intended to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may be required to perform additional related duties.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in science, sustainability, urban planning, architecture, public policy, law, or related fields
  • Ability to communicate clearly and work closely with officials, city residents, the business community, environmental groups, and other stakeholders
  • Ability to maintain projects and meet deadlines
  • Excellent analytical and research skills
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct public engagement activities

Preferred Requirements:

  • Graduate Degree in science, sustainability, urban planning, architecture, public policy, law, or related fields
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in coordinating environment-related projects

Other Details:

  • Salary up to $90,000/year, based on experience, with possibility of City benefits
  • This position is in the unclassified service, and incumbent is appointed and serves at the pleasure of the Mayor in accordance with Chapters IV and V of the City Charter.

Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to mayor@hartford.gov.

 

Green Infrastructure Specialist:

The City of Hartford is seeking a full-time Green Infrastructure Specialist to facilitate and administer stormwater management infrastructure in Hartford. Throughout the one-year, grant-funded position, the Green Infrastructure Specialist will report to City Sustainability Coordinator in the Office of the Mayor.

Hartford seeks a Green Infrastructure Specialist in the context of its rigorous, comprehensive climate resiliency effort – the Climate Stewardship Initiative (CSI) – which aims to improve our quality of life through environmental stewardship, while advancing our economy, improving public health outcomes, and promoting social equity. Through the CSI, Hartford has collaborated with corporations, private foundations, and state and federal government agencies to make significant strides in a number of areas. More information about these initiatives is available at http://www.hartford.gov/climate.

The Green Infrastructure Specialist is entirely grant-funded by the University of Connecticut’s Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA). In addition to collaborating with CIRCA, the Green Infrastructure Specialist will be required to coordinate with the Metropolitan District Commission (MDC), the regional water and sewer authority, on a variety of matters.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Assess and analyze in a written report green infrastructure techniques best suited to Hartford’s built and natural environments, position along a vital inland waterway, and population
  • Coordinate with the MDC in MDC’s efforts to advance green infrastructure strategies and assist with the identification of locations and configurations where green infrastructure would be most successful in reducing load on our existing stormwater systems
  • Initiate major green infrastructure pilot project(s)
  • Collaborate with City personnel to draft specifications on materials used for milling/paving roads, sidewalks, parking lots and similar facilities to incorporate and, where possible, replace existing material specifications with greener solutions, and use these specifications as the basis for a manual for other towns
  • Collaborate with the City bicycle/pedestrian coordinator and other federal, state, and City personnel to identify and implement a program on “Green and Complete Streets”
  • Conduct outreach to community groups in Hartford, as well as other cities in coordination with CIRCA to discuss best practices around the state and country regarding stormwater-related green infrastructure and impact on resilience and sustainability
  • Identify and pursue state and federal, and private funding sources for additional green infrastructure projects
  • Perform site visits with City and consultant engineers to identify design strategies and locations for implementation
  • Organize and evaluate engineering design documents submitted by consultant engineering firms
  • Prepare presentations of design plans to City officials and engineers
  • Advise the Mayor, Sustainability Coordinator, and other city officials on green infrastructure-related issues

The above essential duties and responsibilities are not intended as a comprehensive list; they are intended to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may be required to perform additional related duties.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Project Management, Landscape Architecture, Urban Studies, or a related field leading to a career in green infrastructure
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience with design and/or project management of green infrastructure
  • Ability to quickly understand and insightfully present engineering concepts to those without an engineering background
  • Demonstrated public presentation and speaking skills
  • Strong analytical skills

Preferred Requirements:

  • Masters degree in environmental management, environmental studies, natural resources, or a related field
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully lead collaborative green infrastructure projects between nonprofit, institutional, and public partners

Other Details:

  • Salary up to $60,000/year, based on experience, with possibility of City benefits
  • This position is in the unclassified service, and incumbent is appointed and serves at the pleasure of the Mayor in accordance with Chapters IV and V of the City Charter.

Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to mayor@hartford.gov.

Several Positions, Hubway (Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Somerville)

ATO Environmental Challenge

This semester, ATO of Massachusetts GreEco-Reps Grace Aro, A17, and Matt Stewart, A19, initiated the chapter’s first semester-long environmental challenge. Members are encouraged to incorporate environmentally friendly habits into their daily routine, and are awarded a certain number of points for each eco-friendly act they perform.

Points are tabulated by Aro and Stewart, who keep track of the sustainable acts through Snapchats from members. At the end of the semester, the member with the most points wins a prize of their choosing. Each member receives one point and a “Green Greeks” sticker for their first green act, and then one point for each act thereafter. For example, requesting and using a compost bin for your apartment, dorm, etc. is ten points. Compost bins are worth the most points because one of the GreEco Rep goals for this year has been to get all the houses with GreEco Reps to compost. Additionally, having a compost bin is more work than most other sustainable tasks, and Aro wanted that level of commitment to be recognized.

This semester, the GreEco Reps are encouraging their communities to try small actions that can be done every day. However, Aro finds that for some, doing these things feels inconvenient or difficult to remember. To combat this, Aro was inspired to start a competition. She realized that members would be more likely to be convinced to make small, positive changes to their daily routines if they could win prizes. According to Aro, the competition is popular so far, with 18 active participants and 5 new composters, although members need the occasional reminder at weekly chapter meetings. Since Aro and Stewart brought the idea forward, Delta Tau Delta and Chi Omega have started their own green competitions.

Campaign Organizer, IMPACT (Several US Cities)

If you are interested in joining a team of passionate people to make an impact on issues like global warming, clean water, big money’s influence over our democracy and other issues that matter to our future, consider a job with Impact.

Impact was created by leading advocacy organizations like Environment America, U.S. PIRG and the PIRG Campus Action project. We build the grassroots action and power it takes to make an impact on important issues. It’s a full-time, two-year commitment to advocate for our environment, our democracy and our future.

Impact is now accepting applications to join our team in August 2017! Our application deadline is March 10th. We also have immediate positions available.

If you aren’t looking for a full-time job, you can also make a big difference through an internship with Impact.

You can learn more and apply on our website or reach out to our Director, David Rossini, at jobs@weareimpact.org.

Apply to Impact today!
Final spring application deadline is March 10th

 

Tufts Dining Hosts Waste Less Dinner

On February 2nd, 2017 Tufts Dining hosted the annual Waste Less Dinner in Dewick. At the dinner, students were encouraged to only take what they could finish, and to eat everything on their plate. Student volunteers collected and weighed any food waste before dirty dishes were sent through the conveyor belt into the dish room.

Food waste is one of the largest components in our landfills, and emits CO2 into the atmosphere as it breaks down.

Take a look at pictures from the event below!

 

Juleen Wong,  A17, a volunteer at the Waste Less Dinner, disposes of food waste before sending the plate back into the kitchen.

 

 

Students line up to hand volunteers their dirty dishes at the Waste Less Dinner.

 

 

Dana, Manager of Dewick-MacPhie (right), and Gary, Manager of Hodgdon (left) attend the Waste Less Dinner.

 

 

Students collect the food waste from Waste Less Dinner attendees’ plates.

 

 

Students volunteer to help run the Waste Less Dinner.

 

 

A view of the food waste station from above

 

 

Tufts Dining provides information about reducing food waste at Tufts.

 

 

 

 

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