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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



  • 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


  • 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

  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

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