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2013 Cambridge Science Festival (April 12-21) is still accepting proposals

The Cambridge Science Festival is a celebration showcasing Cambridge as an internationally recognized leader in science, technology, engineering and math. A multifaceted, multicultural event every spring, the Cambridge Science Festival makes science accessible, interactive and fun for everyone!

The call for proposals is still open for the 2013 Cambridge Science Festival!  Join the 10-day festival April 12-21, 2013 to celebrate the great science, technology, engineering, art, and math happening all throughout the Cambridge and Boston area.

We are looking for fun interactive workshops, talks, exhibits, performances, games, and great ideas only you can think up.  Some larger events to participate in include:

  • Science Carnival -  Show off performances, building workshops, or cool activities in a carnival of the sciences
  • A Robot Zoo – Present robotics projects as part of National Robotics Week
  • Science of Sports – Why does a curveball curve, anyway?
  • Rocket Day – Have a blast demonstrating astronomy-related research and engineering projects on National Astronomy Day (Saturday, April 20)
  • Science of Food – Cook up the biology, chemistry, physics, and materials behind the food we eat every day!

Participant online entry form

Cambridge Science Festival

April 12 – 21, 2013

 

2013 Cambridge Science Festival (April 12-21) is a 10-day celebration of the STEM in our lives run by the MIT Museum

Organizer, Green Corps

Early Winter Application Deadline January 22, 2013

Click here to find out more about Green Corps’ paid training program in environmental organizing.

Green Corps is looking for college graduates who are ready to take on the biggest environmental challenges of our day.

In Green Corps’ year-long paid program, you’ll get intensive training in the skills you’ll need to make a difference in the world. You’ll get hands-on experience fighting to solve urgent environmental problems — global warming, deforestation, water pollution, factory farming and many others — with groups such as Sierra Club and Food and Water Watch. And, when you graduate from Green Corps, we’ll help you find a career with one of the nation’s leading environmental and social change groups.

For more information, read below or visit our web site: http://www.greencorps.org/findoutmore.

In your year with Green Corps:

You’ll get great training with some of the most experienced organizers in the field: Green Corps organizers take part in trainings with leading figures in the environmental and social change movements: people such as Adam Ruben, political director of MoveOn.org, and Bill McKibben, author and founder of “350.org”.

You’ll get amazing experience working on environmental issues across the country: Green Corps sends organizers to jump start campaigns for groups such as Rainforest Action Network and Environment America in San Francisco, Chicago, Boston and dozens of other places in between.

You’ll have a real impact on some of the biggest environmental problems we’re facing today: Green Corps organizers have built the campaigns that helped keep the Arctic safe from drilling, that led to new laws that support clean, renewable energy, that convinced major corporations to stop dumping in our oceans and much, much more.

You’ll even get paid: Green Corps Organizers earn a salary of $23,750. Organizers also have a chance to opt into our health care program with a pre-tax monthly salary deferral. We offer paid sick days and holidays, two weeks paid vacation and a student loan repayment program for those who qualify.

And when you graduate from the program, you’ll be ready for what comes next: Green Corps will help connect you to environmental and progressive groups that are looking for full-time staff to build their organizations and help them create social change and protect our environment.

In the next few months, we’ll invite 35 college graduates to join Green Corps in 2013-2014. We’re looking for people who are serious about saving the planet, people who have taken initiative on their campus or community, and people who are willing to roll up their sleeves and work for change over the long haul.

If you think you’re one of those people, visit www.greencorps.org to apply to join the 2013-2014 class of Green Corps’ Field School for Environmental Organizing.

Green Corps’ year-long program begins in August 2013 with Introductory Classroom Training in Boston, and continues with field placements in multiple locations across the U.S. Candidates must be willing to relocate.

For more information, visit www.greencorps.org or contact Katherine Sawyer, Green Corps Organizer, at ksawyer@greencorps.org.

Fine Gardening Account Manager/Division Manager (Medfield, MA)

Put your talents to work at a rapidly growing landscape design/build company in Medfield, MA. The Garden Continuum TM is an award winning firm dedicated to building and maintaining residential landscapes that are in tune with the environment and improve the lives of homeowners. Get in on the ground floor of this great opportunity to grow this dynamic division with a team of professionals who work passionately in an industry they love!Position SummaryThe Fine Gardening Account Manager/Division Manager is charged with growing this division to the one million dollar level. You will develop new and existing accounts by directing personnel and resources towards providing impeccable service for each of our unique properties.Responsibilities

  • Manage and schedule a diverse mix of maintenance and gardening: Horticultural Management, Plant Health Care, Ornamental Pruning, Bed Maintenance, Some mowing and plowing
  • Estimate & Sell new clients
  • Client Renewals & Enhancement Sales
  • Client Communication & Quality Control
  • Meet Gross Margin & Profit Goals
  • Management of up to 4 Crews
  • Production Scheduling
  • Materials Purchasing & Allocation
  • Staff Hiring & Development

REQUIREMENTS & ELIGIBILITY

Requirements

  • Knowledge and proficiency with computer programs & smart phone apps (examples: MS Office Suite, Gmail, Dropbox, Skype, & Texting, etc.)
  • Customer Service Experience – able to identify opportunities and resolve concerns
  • Ability to Schedule Work & Prioritize Production Needs
  • Effective Oral and Written Communication with Clients and Direct Reports
  • Strong Work Ethic and Passion for the Green Industry
  • Ability to Fit In with our Fun Loving & Friendly Culture

Eligibility

  • 10 years combined experience of field work, crew supervision, and sales
  • Industry Certifications and/or College Level course work in the green industry and/or business and sales field.

CompensationCompetitive base salary and benefits with incentive potential for qualified applicants

HOW TO APPLY

How to Apply

  1. Email a cover letter to employment@TheGardenContinuum.comstating your interest and potential contribution to our team.
  2. Include a current resume
  3. List 3 references - at least 2 employers

Communications Intern (Office of Sustainability, Medford campus)

Are you a creative, energetic, responsible individual who is interested in making a difference in the field of sustainability? Then you are in luck – we are looking for a communications intern!

Job Description

The role of the Communications Intern is to assist the Office of Sustainability in implementing its marketing and outreach initiatives. Among the responsibilities of the intern are:

  • Produce content for the various communications channels (online and traditional)
  • Update the website, blog, Facebook page, newsletter and Twitter feed -
  • Assist in organizing events
  • Take photographs as needed
  • Create miscellaneous materials such as brochures, posters, flyers, signs, etc.

This is only open to students with Work Study. The rate is $10/hr and the intern is expected to work 8-10 hours/week.

The Communications Intern should ideally possess the following characteristics:

  • Good writing, editing and interviewing skills
  • Excellent organization skills with ability to work independently
  • Familiarity with online tools such as WordPress, Facebook, Twitter and Hootsuite
  • Graphic design skills and/or proficiency in Adobe Design Creative Suite preferred but not required
  • Basic HTML & CSS skills proficiency preferred but not required

To apply, visit the JobX student employment website, job ID 4825. Good luck!

 

TSC holds Fall Sustainability Roundtable

TSC's Fall Roundtable drew members from the CSC working groups and various sustainability-related organizations around campus

Tufts Sustainability Collective, the active umbrella organization for environmental groups on campus, has been very busy the past two weeks! The student-run group hosted two successful events, a Sustainability Roundtable and a Sustainability Dinner at Dewick. Both of these events have become staples each semester, so if you missed them this time around, look for their reappearance in the spring!

This fall’s Sustainability Roundtable featured the Campus Sustainability Council‘s three working groups for Energy and Emissions, Waste, and Water. Each group presented their goals for the university and their progress since convening earlier this year, pursuing a dialog with members of the Tufts community, from students to the head of Facilities.

Energy and Emissions team-members noted the achievement of meeting the standards set by Kyoto protocol by 2012 and mechanisms for decreasing the university’s carbon footprint, such as increased efficiency and switching fuels to natural gas or to distributors with renewable sources. In order to reduce energy consumption as the community continues to grow, however, a university-wide effort is called for, and the educational aspect of this goal is where the Office of Sustainability comes in!

The Waste working group focused on reducing outputs to the landfills during new construction projects and building rehabilitation. They mentioned many waste-reduction goals and plans to collaborate with Tufts Facilities in particular to “use less, reuse and recycle more” before anything is dumped in the trash.

The Water team had great news to present, including some concrete actions already in motion on the Tufts campus! Projects so far have included water reuse systems for machinery in laboratories and elsewhere, reducing the water coming in by hundreds of thousands of gallons already, and the recent construction of a university rain garden near the lower campus dorms. Rain gardens are both visually appealing and ecologically sound, ensuring rainwater is infiltrated into the soil, cleaned naturally, and returned to the groundwater rather than sent with pollutants down the storm drains. The Water working group also discussed plans to enter the EPA’s RainWorks Challenge, a national infrastructure design competition, and to look into porous pavement and gray water systems.

Read more about what was discussed at the roundtable in Tufts Daily’s news article.

-written by Anne Elise Stratton

Campus Sustainability Council Fall 2012 Update

During the summer, the Tufts Sustainability Council’s various working groups met to discuss goals for Tufts in the areas of water, waste and energy/emissions reductions.

The Water Working Group envisioned Tufts having an integrated water management approach that reduces consumption, promotes reuse, and minimizes impacts on the environment enabling Tufts to become a leader in campus water management in higher education.

To reach this goal, the Water Working Group recommends that Tufts meets and exceeds federal, state and local regulations regarding runoff, sanitation, and sewer systems; implements LEED standards for water use and quality; and ensures that Tufts students, faculty, and staff are knowledgeable of how their actions impact water use and quality and know how to mitigate negative impacts on their watersheds.

The Waste Working Group’s primary goal as discussed during their Summer meetings is an overall reduction of waste at Tufts by 3% a year through source reduction, improved waste management strategies, and a general culture change on campus with regards to waste.

Part of the Waste Working Group’s proposed strategies involves improved purchasing practices to ensure that an increased percentage of environmentally responsible products are purchased by the university.

The Energy and Emissions Working Group discussed ways for Tufts to demonstrate leadership in responsible climate action through energy efficiency, emissions reduction and adaptation. Under the New England Governors/Eastern Canadian Premiers Climate Change Action plan, the Energy and Emissions group is committed to seeing Tufts reduce emissions to 10% below 1990 levels by 2020 and reducing emissions to 75-85% below the 2001 levels by 2050.

To do this, the Energy and Emissions group is developing a laundry list of energy efficiency measures and is committed to supporting a transition away from fossil fuels and teaching the Tufts community about the importance of energy efficiency, reduced energy consumption, and reduced emissions.

The groups stressed a need for reporting, feedback, and community outreach to ensure that all of Tufts sustainability efforts and goals can be reached.

Over the remainder of the semester, the Water, Waste, and Energy/Emissions groups will be meeting to discuss progress towards these goals, ongoing sustainability efforts, and additional strategies the university could use to meet their goals. A draft report will be available on February 1st, 2013 for comments. The comment period will end on March 1st and a final report will be prepared for the end of the academic year.

- by Robert R. Lynch, Campus Sustainability Council Administrative Intern

Tips for Zero-Waste Week

It’s easy to do the Zero Waste Challenge when you are at a place like Tufts, where recycling bins abound and compost drops are available on campus. Still, here are some good tips to keep in mind:

  • Snack on fresh fruit – it’s healthier AND it’s compostable.
  • Carry a small tupperware to put food to compost later.
  • Bring your lunch and use the container to get takeout for dinner.
  • Get your drinks without a straw.
  • Avoid individually wrapped tea or drink loose leaf tea.
  • Always bring a reusable mug or water bottle.

    Photo courtesy of Tufts Dining

    • Save 20 cents at Mugar Cafe, Tower Cafe, Brown & Brew, Hodgdon Good-to-Go & Commons Deli if you bring your own mug.
    • The Tufts “Choose to Reuse” clear water bottle will get you a discount on any fountain beverage at Mugar Cafe, Hodgdon Good-to-Go, Commons Deli, and Tower Cafe. Water and sparkling water will also be discounted at Hotung Cafe.

A few things to remember:

  • Aluminum foil and yogurt cups are recyclable.
  • All napkins are compostable.
  • Any rigid plastic can be recycled – including coffee stirrers. (It doesn’t have to fit through the openings of the recycling bin, by the way – just lift the cover.)
  • Energy bar wrappers and chip bags are recyclable. Tufts has Terracycle brigades on campus.

For more information on recycling and composting at Tufts, visit the TuftsRecycles! website.

Good luck and have fun!

Chemistry Dept Eco-Ambassador wins grant for 2012

"The talk around the water cooler is about the water cooler."

There’s a new water filter system in the Chemistry Department and they have Eco-Ambassador Sarah Iacobucci to thank for it.

Iacobucci – an Eco-Ambassador from the 2010-2011 class – applied for and won a $200 grant from the Office of Sustainability last summer. She writes, “We had a water filter system installed in a location in which we were told it was not possible to install one. Everyone loves it! We also bought a bunch of water pitchers for the department meetings and they are a big hit, too!”

To be eligible for a grant, Eco Ambassadors need to have attended 8 or more Eco-Ambassador sessions in any year and not have already received a grant. Previous winners include:

  • Jess Warner, Tisch Library: compost bins
  • Anita Robbins, Feinstein Center: Brita water pitchers
  • Carla Walsh, Education: incremental cost of new, energy efficient fridge
  • Kris Thompson, Tisch Library: Eco-grant book contest (which were featured in a library exhibit last spring as part of Earth Week events)

Grant proposals were evaluated on potential impact (How much waste, energy, water is saved and how many people are affected) and the potential to influence follow-up behavior change.

Congratulations Sarah! We look forward to more proposals to help make Tufts a greener workplace.

For more information on the Eco-Ambassador program, visit http://go.tufts.edu/ecoambassadors.

Sep 20: ENVS Lunch & Learn – Environmental Sustainability at Tufts University

Tina WoolstonJoin our very own Tina Woolston, Sustainability Program Director at Tufts University, as she discussed the sustainability efforts here at Tufts, resources available to students and opportunities to get involved on campus. If you’ve ever wondered about installing solar on campus or where the food from the dining halls goes, this is the perfect place to learn and ask questions about your ideas for innovation on campus!

Tina Woolston has worked in the Office of Sustainability, first as a program coordinator and more recently as director. She co-founded MaynardCAN!, a local non-profit that organizes and promotes sustainability initiatives in the city of Maynard, MA. Prior to Tufts, she worked for the Earthwatch Institute as their Program Manager for Sustainability and Outward Bound as a sea kayak and mountaineering instructor. She received her Master of Science from Cornell University.

Sept 8: Somerville Bike Fest

Ride, repair and relish in Somerville’s bicycle culture! SPOKES 2012 will feature free bike maintenance workshops, bicycle goods, info on bike activism/awareness, bike art and more. Come share your love of all things bicycle and all things Somerville!

2:30-5:00pm: “Tasting Tour of Somerville.” The Somerville Bicycle Committee will lead a fundraising ride through the streets of Somerville. Check out the event page to RSVP: http://www.facebook.com/events/448226095198600/.

5:00-7:00pm: Free bike repair works

hops, bike-art, info tables on alternative transportation and more…FREE WORKSHOP SCHEDULE:
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5:00-5:30: Ace Wheelworks mechanics will offer a general maintenance clinic to teach riders about how to upkeep their own bicycle.

5:30-6:00: Ace will then dive more in depth to cover brake and gear adjustments.

6:00-6:30: Bike Boom will teach you how to fix a pesky flat tire. Never go stranded again!

6:30-7:00: Broadway Bicycle School will demystify the hub and demonstrate hub adjustment tricks and tips, giving insight into how all of the different bearing systems work. They will also cover how to remove a freewheel/cassette.

Ongoing: Tyler from Paramount Bicycle Repair will be offering a wheel building demo. Look for the Paramount tent and come say hi!
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7:30-9:00pm: Free “bike-in movie” screening of “PeeWee’s Big Adventure.” Dinner/snacks sold by Lefty’s Silver Food Cart, Culinary Cruisers, TAZA Chococycle, & more. Picnic blankets encouraged. This will happen right in the Union Square Plaza (parking lot in front of The Independent).

9:00pm: S.C.U.L. invites civilian bike craft to come along for a post-event night ride through the city. There will be music.

SPOKES 2012 is brought to you by ArtsUnion and the Somerville Arts Council. To sign up as a vendor or for more info email: jacy.edelman1@gmail.com.