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Zero-Waste Week Challenge: Day 3

It’s day three of the Zero Waste Challenge and I’ve accumulated a plastic bag that once held trail mix. Not bad, not bad. Admittedly, since I cooked all my meals at home, it has been pretty much smooth sailing

This week-long challenge isn’t all about making as little waste as possible. For me, it is about spreading awareness about food waste and the things we can do to minimize it from our lives. It is inspire others to take the challenge and think about their impact. It is a moment to self-reflect on my role and decisions as a consumer.

On the first day of the challenge, my fellow classmates saw the hanging Ziplock bag from my backpack. Just like that, it sparked a dialogue about the importance of reducing and reusing. It’s never too late to join in on the fun! Come by the Office of Sustainability and pick up your own Zero-Waste kit and spark some conversations of your own. Lastly, stay green, Tufts.

Signing out,


Residential Energy Efficiency Program Intern – Massachusetts Energy Consumers Alliance (Boston, MA)

The Massachusetts Energy Consumers Alliance (www.massenergy.org ) is a nonprofit organization that has been working for over 30 years to make energy more affordable and sustainable. Our programs include energy efficiency, discount heating oil, and green power. Mass Energy is looking to hire a paid intern for approximately 12 weeks at 24+ hours per week. This person’s primary role will be to connect consumers with the appropriate programs to save energy, save money, and reduce their carbon footprints. A large part of this intern’s responsibilities will be spent promoting Renew Boston (www.renewboston.org ).

We believe this is a terrific opportunity to learn from a skilled and experienced staff on a socially and environmentally beneficial program.

Specific responsibilities will include:

  • Direct outreach, such as hosting events, giving presentations, maintaining social media, etc.
  • Engaging community organizations and other partners
  • Representing Mass Energy in collaborative outreach efforts
  • Providing customer service to consumers interested in making their homes more energy efficient

Desired qualifications:

  • Basic knowledge of energy efficiency
  • Experience in community outreach or organizing
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking
  • MS Office skills, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are required, and experience with other databases is favorable
  • Ability to work on nights and weekends

Bilingual candidates and individuals of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Residency in the City of Boston and/or knowledge of Boston neighborhoods is strongly preferred.

Send cover letter and resume by August 31, 2013 to amy@massenergy.org with the subject line “EE Program Intern.” No phone calls please.

Fall Internship Program – Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (Boston, MA)

Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources: Creating a Cleaner Energy Future for the Commonwealth

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) develops and implements policies and programs aimed at ensuring the adequacy, security, diversity, and cost-effectiveness of the Commonwealth’s energy supply within the context of creating a cleaner energy future. To that end, DOER strives to:

  • Ensure deployment of all cost-effective energy efficiency
  • Maximize development of clean energy resources
  • Create and implement energy strategies to assure reliable supplies and improve the cost of clean energy relative to fossil-fuel based generation
  • Support Massachusetts’ clean energy companies and spur Massachusetts’ clean energy employment

DOER is part of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)

Objectives of the Massachusetts DOER Internship Program

The DOER Internship Programs seeks to provide interns with exciting opportunities to assist the Department of Energy Resources with implementing energy policies in areas such as renewables, energy efficiency, alternative transportation, energy markets, and more. The program is open to undergraduate students, graduate students, law school students, and other individuals who are seeking experience in the energy arena.

Internship Program Overview

In conjunction with Massachusetts DOER’s talented and professional team, interns are provided with education, training, hands-on experience, supervision, and networking opportunities, utilizing modern technology and information systems during their internships.

Current internship positions are unpaid; however, DOER can work with interns to earn academic credits. Internships are conducted in supervised settings and are available across DOER’s various divisions and functions.

Current Postings

While all of the DOER divisions and functions have intern slots available; some have specific projects that they are looking for assistance with for the summer. If the duties are related to a specific project, click on the attached file in the table below and review to see if your field of study and skills would fit that position. If there is no specific file attached; duties will be generally related to the division/function mission. Note that specific positions may include additional materials to be submitted with your resume and cover letter.

Positions may be part-time of full time depending on schedules of applicants and the requirements of the position.

To apply for the program, visit here.

Internship – Metropolitan Area Planning Council (Boston, MA)

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s Data Services Department seeks an intern to help develop a clearer picture of the region’s land use patterns and anticipate how they will change over the coming decades. MAPC is partnered with the Central Transportation Planning Staff (CTPS) to develop an integrated land use allocation / transportation demand model for Metro Boston, which will dynamically forecast the interaction between housing growth, economic development, and travel demand. The intern will help to collect and organize data required for model inputs and will participate in decision making about model parameters and assumptions. The intern will also develop and analyze data for the next round of the regional indicators project, which will include new reports and websites describing trends in transportation, economic development, and regional growth patterns. This is an opportunity to work as part of an innovative and highly collaborative team focused on using data and technology to support informed decision-making.

Typical Qualifications:  The following are required qualifications for the position:

  • Advanced undergraduate or graduate student in urban planning, geography, or a related field
  • Demonstrated experience with ESRI software, including ArcGIS and ArcCatalog
  • Strong data management skills, with a personal commitment to the quality of resulting data products
  • Strong organizational and time management skills, including the ability to coordinate multiple, complex data collection activities in the field and the office
  • Strong oral and written communication skills

To learn more about this exciting internship, visit MAPC website and click on “Jobs at MAPC” at the top.

C2C Fellowship (Undergrad/Grad) – Various Locations

C2C Fellows is a national network for undergraduates and recent graduates aspiring to sustainability leadership in politics and business.

C2C Fellows comes to Boston, California, New York, Florida, and Illinois this year!

Apply today and download the C2C Fellows workshop agenda on our workshops page! 

C2C stands for Campus to Congress, to Capitol, to City Hall, and also for Campus to Corporation. C2C stands for young people gaining control of their future. C2C Fellows is the power network for young people with the wisdom, ambition, talent, and grace to change the future.

C2C Fellows supports students to envision a path to early leadership and to develop their skills. We challenge young people to consider: What skills and experiences are needed to become people of power, people with the ability to affect the future, within five to ten years? We support C2C Fellows to gain these skills. The US Constitution empowers citizens at age 25 to become members of Congress. Yet few young people even imagine pursuing this opportunity. More students have been inspired by young business entrepreneurs. Yet few develop the leadership skills needed to launch a green business.
C2C Fellows engages 300 students each year in intensive, weekend leadership trainings. These regional workshops cover communication, entrepreneurship, environmental and climate science, media, raising capital, and other critical topics. Upon graduation from the workshops, students join the C2C Fellows Network. The network, based at the Bard Center for Environmental Policy, provides C2C Fellows with an ongoing community: updates, web-based events, career counseling, a social network of like-minded leaders, and ongoing educational opportunities. C2C Fellows are eligible to apply to become C2C Scholars—funded graduate school students in our M.S. in climate science and policy, in Bard’s M.B.A. in Sustainability; or the dual degree program M.S./M.B.A. They are also eligible to apply for two competitive $1000 scholarships for second-stage training – one to Starting Bloc, and one to Wellstone Action.
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