ASSISTANT VICE CHANCELLOR – ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP is an essential leadership position necessary for creating and delivering the UC Davis of the 21st Century. The incumbent has primary responsibility and is accountable for three campus programs: (1) sustainability including waste reduction and recycling; (2) environmental planning, review and management, and (3) natural resource management and planning. While housed in Campus Planning, Delivery and Facilities, successful development, management, and implementation of these programs require: participation and integration across most administrative divisions (e.g., Student Affairs, Administration, and Research); involvement of students, faculty, and staff; and fostering relationships between administrative and academic programs. The incumbent functions independently to identify potential issues, develop possible solutions, propose campus policies, recommend actions to achieve program goals, implement approved actions, and manage related litigation. All three program areas are highly visible with off-campus constituencies. The Assistant Vice Chancellor represents the campus to the press, in public forums, and on committees organized by local government agencies including the City of Davis and the County of Yolo on these topics. The incumbent also coordinates litigation related to these topics for the campus. Incumbent is responsible for administering an annual operating budget of approximately $850,000. In addition the AVC is responsible for oversight of the budgets for campus environmental planning and review which varies but can exceed $1.0 million in some years.
The Sustainability Coordinator for Operations reports to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities and supervises an Education Specialist position. The Sustainability Coordinator for Operations works closely with directors and unit leaders in the establishment of sustainability programs and goals at operational areas including: utilities, recycling and waste reduction, design and construction, housekeeping, maintenance, grounds, purchasing, transportation, campus access, dining, foundation investments, information technology, and environmental health and safety. This position works in collaboration with the Academic Sustainability Coordinator in programs that promote strengthening the campus sustainability culture. The Sustainability Coordinator for Operations monitors progress towards achievement of UNCG’s Climate Action Plan and prepares the university’s sustainability STARS report on a periodic basis. This position is a member of the university’s Sustainability Council and provides regular reports to the council. This position represents UNCG at sustainability related events and is required to make presentations to a variety of audiences.
Between November 30th and December 11th, 2015, world leaders and representatives from over 190 countries will gather in Paris for the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). A key goal of the conference is to reach a universal climate agreement to keep global temperature rise below 2°C in an effort to avoid the most dire impacts of a changing climate. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) projects that if no action is taken and we continue on our present course, the earth is on track to see a global average temperature rise of at least 4°C (more than 7°F) by the end of the century.
President of the French Republic, François Hollande, explained that despite the attacks that occurred on November 13th, the conference will go on as planned: “We must continue – continue working, going out, living our lives, influencing the world: this is why the international climate conference will not only go ahead, but will bring hope and solidarity.”
This video from Grist provides a basic overview of the upcoming negotiations in under 5 minutes.
Official Site of COP21 in Paris: Provides a variety of resources not only for following along with the conference but also for understanding climate change.
Paris Knowledge Bridge: 4 expert videos on different aspects of the negotiations including history, science and economics, pillars of climate governance, and negotiating itself.
You can also watch live coverage of COP21 on Periscope. People will be tweeting links to their Periscope broadcasts, so simply search for #Periscope and #COP21 together on Twitter. Another alternative is to search for “COP21” on the Periscope app.
Climate Action Network (CAN) Eco-Newsletters: ECO is a daily insider’s look at what is happening in the negotiations. ECO is published every day of the negotiations and has been done so since the Stockholm Environment Conference in 1972.
Tree Alerts Climate News Bulletin: With desks in Europe, Latin America, the United States, Canada, China, and Australia, The Tree is a global resource for information on climate change and the ongoing transition to renewable energy.
Adopt A Negotiator: Representing 13 countries and 9 different languages, Adopt A Negotiator’s mission is to change the way citizens from around the world engage in shaping climate change solutions at a global level.
Climate Home: Climate change news, analysis, commentary, video, and podcasts focused on developments in global climate politics.
OneWorld: Founded in 1995, OneWorld is an international NGO with a mission to innovate internet and mobile phone applications that the world’s poorest people can use to improve their life chances and that help people everywhere understand and act on global problems.
What is the most desirable outcome for the UN Conference on Climate Change in Paris? GDAE Co-Director Bill Moomaw and Professor Bruce Everett will go head to head on this topic in this year’s Great Debate. This will be the 15th debate between the two, and the stakes have never been higher than now.
Would you like to share other resources that are not included on this list? Send us an email at sustainabilityoffice[at]tufts.edu.
The Environmental Studies Program is looking for an outreach/communications intern for the Spring semester (6 -10 hrs a week), starting in January. S/He will work under the supervision of the Environmental Studies Program Administrator. Duties include preparation of promotional material including flyers, newsletters, doing on-campus outreach, assisting with event organization, posting on social media, preparation of course guides updates and office tasks as needed. If interested, please apply through JobX or email Dr. Gomez at email@example.com by Dec 11th and submit: 1)Cover letter (indicating available dates), 2)Resume, 3)Name and contact information for 2 references, 4) a flyer designed by you for the following event: “Communicating Sustainability”, John Smith, Thursday March 19,12 pm, Rabb room, Lincoln Filene Center, Watch talk live at Bit.ly/LiveLunchLearn, free pizza
Global Warming Campus Internship
Make a difference on global warming and clean energy this fall.
Work from campus, 4-7 hours/week.
Global warming is happening and we’re seeing the effects all around us — from dangerous heat waves and droughts to last winter’s snowstorms. And scientists warn it could get much worse unless we act soon.
The good news: we have the solutions. Solar power is taking off, and we’re beginning to harvest energy from the winds off our shores.
But powerful interests, including utility companies and the fossil fuel industry, are threatening to stop clean energy in its tracks.
We’re looking for smart, hard-working students to build the people power it will take to repower Massachusetts with clean energy. Interns will work 4-7 hours per week from campus.