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Community Energy Associate (Rockland, ME)

Community Energy Associate

The Island Institute’s Community Energy Program undertakes projects that address island and remote coastal communities’ priorities related to their energy challenges and opportunities, including energy efficiency, the evaluation of ocean renewable energy and community-owned renewable energy projects, and energy education.

The Community Energy Associate will provide technical, community outreach and administrative support to assist the Island Institute’s community partners to better understand and confront their unique energy challenges.  Through working closely with the Community Energy Director, the Community Energy Associate will implement projects in areas such as: outreach and education with coastal stakeholders on the potential impacts and benefits of offshore wind development in Maine; technical analysis and translation to local stakeholders as part of feasibility studies for community-owned renewable energy projects; program development and implementation of the Island Institute’s Energy for ME program for middle and high school students, teachers and their families; increasing home and business owner access to energy efficiency retrofits and related incentives; and building local capacity to work on energy issues on Maine’s high energy cost islands.

Responsibilities will include: outreach and education, including developing materials and building strong working relationships with both community and energy industry partners; research, including data analysis and translation related to the evaluation of renewable energy projects; organizing, attending and reporting out on meetings; providing administrative support for internal and external initiatives; and advocacy at the state and federal level in collaboration with other staff. This position requires the ability to work on multiple projects at a given time and dedication to building and maintaining relationships within our partner communities.

The successful candidate should have a degree in environmental studies, public policy, planning, economics or a related field. Candidates should have excellent communication skills including the ability to assist with meeting facilitation, listen, write, and speak effectively, as well as the ability to process and analyze energy data. The job also requires: the ability and willingness to travel to Maine’s island and coastal communities and elsewhere around the state on a regular basis, often during irregular hours; attend, speak, or present on behalf of the Island Institute at conferences, public meetings, and legislative hearings; and work collaboratively in a team-oriented environment. The successful candidate will be a self-starter with an excellent work ethic and time management skills. Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Power Point, and accessing web-based information is required.  GIS and WindPRO skills are a plus.

The Community Energy Associate will be a full-time position starting on or before November 1, 2011 with competitive compensation, commensurate with experience. Electronic application preferred. Please submit a letter of application including a résumé, a writing sample, and three professional references by October 7, 2011 to:

Island Institute
Attn: Suzanne Pude
Community Energy Director
P.O. Box 648
Rockland, ME 04841

Walk/Ride Day with Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray and MBTA Acting General Manager Jonathan Davis

When: Friday, Sept. 30 6:55 am

Where: Worcester Commuter Rail

Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray and MBTA Acting General Manager Jonathan Davis will participate in Walk/Ride Day by riding the 6:55 commuter rail from Worcester to Boston. At South Station, they and other VIPs will welcome commuters. There will also be exhibitors, music and refreshments.

Please mark your calendar and share with your friends. If you check in online and pledge to participate this Friday, you will be eligible for special raffle prizes. Three lucky winners will win lunch with the Acting General Manager of the MBTA!

Click the invitation below and visit our site for more details as they emerge.

Oct. 1 Somerville Community Growing Center’s 17th Annual Harvest Festival

When: Saturday, Oct 1st 1pm to 5:30pm

Where: 22 Vinal Ave Somerville, MA 02143

The Friends of the Somerville Community Growing Center invites friends old and new to come celebrate this year’s bounty at our 17th annual Harvest Festival.Attendees of all ages are invited to participate in apple pressing, butter making, pumpkin decorating, and nature activities for kids from 1-4pm. Music from the Gloucester Hornpipe and Clog Society will entertain guests from 4-5:30pm.

Check out our website to find out more about the Growing Center and learn about other programming and events that happen at this unique outdoor site.

For more information on the Harvest Festival: Lisa at (617) 666-2969 or

For more information on the Silent Auction Fundraiser:  Marla at

For up-to-date event updates:

Nov 11-13: Hillel Adamah Retreat

When: November 11-13

Where: Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center in Falls Village, CT.

How is what we eat and where it comes from a social justice issue? Learn all about organic farming and sustainability while getting your hands dirty and connecting to Jewish roots and spirituality over a long weekend at the Adamah organic farm at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center in Falls Village, CT.

Hillel welcomes applications from all Jewish students interested in learning about organic farming.

Applications are due to Hillel by Friday, September 23, 2011. Registration is 65$.

Questions?  Please contact Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg at<>.

More info and the application can be found here:

Oct. 4 Wittich Energy Sustainability Research Symposium

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When: October 4, 2011, 9:00 am-1:30 pm

Where: Tufts University, Gordon Institute, Suite 2400, 200 Boston Avenue, Medford MA 02155

Faculty, Students and Staff are Invited to Join Dean Linda M. Abriola & Associate Dean Eric L. Miller for the Wittich Energy Sustainability Research Symposium

A light breakfast and lunch will be served

To register, please email

For more information, please visit


9:00 – 9:20                  Opening Remarks, Dean Linda Abriola

9:20 – 9:30                  Peter Wittich

9:30 – 9:50                  Optimized Thermoelectric Module-Heat Sink Assemblies for Precision Temperature Control, Prof. Marc Hodes

9:50 – 10:10                Using the DOE Methodology to Determine Optimal Annealing Profiles for Organic BHJ Photovoltaics, Prof. Matthew Panzer

10:10 – 10:30              Wet Chemistry Based Low Cost Nanowire Photovoltaic Cells,Prof. Sameer Sonkusale and Prof. Thomas Vandervelde

10:30 – 10:50 Break

10:50 – 11:10              Pathway Engineering in Escherichia coli for Lipid Synthesis and Accumulation, Julie Paul, Joanna Rucker, Prof. Blaine Pfeifer and Prof. Kyongbum Lee

11:10 – 11:30              Atmospheric Materials Processing Enabled by Microplasma Arrays, Prof. Jeff Hopwood, Alan Hoskinson, Chen Wu, Naoto Miura, Michael Grunde and Mical Nobel

11:30 – 11:50              Reinventing the Wheel:  A Look Inside the THR 12, Chris Jackson, Will Salisbury, Simon Metcalf, Alex Chan, and Nathan Goldsberry

11:50 – 12:00              Closing Remarks, Eric Miller

12:00 – 1:30                Poster Session and Lunch

Oct. 1 Reducing Energy Bills in Older Buildings with Limited Budgets Workshop

When: Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011

Where: First Church at 11 Garden St., Cambridge MA

Marc Rosenbaum, Award-winning Building Systems Analyst, will be speaking at this hands-on case study, which will teach participants how to develop realistic long-term plans to bring older buildings into the 21st century while considering limited budgets, mixed uses, moisture, ventilation, and preservation. Energy efficiency incentives and innovative fundraising/financing options will be explained.  This workshop is set within historic First Church of Cambridge for hands-on learning and team-work, not just lecture.

The instructor, Marc Rosenbaum, is widely respected as a great presenter who really knows how to make buildings work better. It’s common for over 100 people to pay $225 or more for single-day workshop to learn from Marc; at $75 this is a great deal for a great cause.

For more info please go to (and scroll down) for more information and to register.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Sustainability Planner, Community Development Department (Cambridge, MA)

The City of Cambridge is seeking a sustainability planner who will focus on developing and implementing outreach and other programs to engage residents and businesses in adopting more sustainable practices. Specific responsibilities include promotion of walking, biking, public transit and carsharing/carpooling and other green practices to city employees, businesses and the general public; supporting sustainable transportation and other green programs being carried out by employers and grassroots organizations; development of a climate change communication strategy; implementation of social marketing programs and follow-up surveys to determine adoption of sustainable behaviors by residents and employees; planning and organization of outreach events; development of effective outreach strategies including creation of effective written materials; development and maintenance of web and social media content; best practice research; and development and management of other policies, projects or programs aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

For further information, visit

Marketing Intern, Office of Energy and Environment (Medford, MA)

The City of Medford is seeking an intern to help develop marketing materials for use at fairs, for tours of the wind turbine and to do outreach in the Medford Schools. Help is also needed with general office tasks including answering the phone and data entry. S/he should possess experience with creating posterboards, MS Word, MS Powerpoint; excellent writing skills; ability to work independently; critical thinking skills.

For more information please contact Alicia Hunt at 781-393-2137 or

Climate Action Plan Intern, Office of Energy and Environment Intern (Medford, MA)

The City of Medford is seeking an intern to work on a status update of its 2001 Climate Action Plan. Office of Energy & Environment has a full time Director and a part time Energy Efficiency Coordinator. The Office handles all environmental issues, energy and efficiency programs for the City. The 2001 Climate Action Plan sited energy usage statistics and numerical goals for the city to meet by 2010. The intern would be responsible for confirming the sources of the original numbers and determining the 2010 energy usage of the city within the past year. The intern would then produce verbiage, graphs and charts as a report on the 2001 Climate Action Plan. The second stage of this project is to look at projects that were proposed in the Plan to reduce energy usage and develop a brief written report on the state of these projects. Minor office assistance, such as answering the phone and talking to walk-ins is included.

For more information please contact Alicia Hunt at 781-393-2137 or

Sep 20: Fletcher’s Center for International Environment and Resource Policy Meet & Greet

When: Tuesday, September 20, 5:30pm

Where: Cabot 7th Floor

Enjoy food and drink while learning about the Center’s activities and opportunities, including:

·         Ongoing research and projects

·         Upcoming events

·         Tufts environmental programs and centers

·         Internship and job opportunities

Please see attached flyer. For more information, contact Miranda Fasulo:

617-627-2778 or