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MSc and PhD Scholarship Opportunities in Abu Dhabi

Masdar Institute (MI), in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, is offering graduate scholarship opportunities to qualified students in the Science and Engineering field.  The scholarship includes full tuition fees, text books, laptop, accommodation, health insurance, travel expenses and a monthly allowance. Opportunities are also available for Postdocs & Research assistantships. MI is established in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and currently operates in close on-going collaboration to develop research and development (R&D) capacity in the country and the region.. focused on sustainable technologies and renewable energy projects.
 
MI is located in Masdar city, close to the AD International Airport, and its campus has unique facilities, state of the art labs, students residence and is fully powered by solar panels.
 
Interested students, Engineers and Scientists who are keen to pursue their graduate education, are encouraged to submit the online application along with all supporting documents. Our Admissions office will evaluate the application and update applicants accordingly.
 
The deadline to receive applications for Fall 2014 is approaching (31st May, 2014) so it’s crucial to submit your application ASAP. We have several students from North America enrolled in MI and we are keen to welcome more qualified students who are passionate about research in the renewable energy field.
 
MI offers 9 MSc programs based on the US graduate education model:
·           MSc Electrical Power Engineering
·           MSc Engineering Systems and Management
·           MSc Computing and Information Science
·           MSc Materials Science and Engineering
·           MSc Mechanical Engineering
·           MSc Microsystems Engineering
·           MSc Water and Environmental Engineering
·           MSc Chemical Engineering
·           MSc Sustainable Critical Infrastructure
 
And a PhD in Interdisciplinary Engineering program.
 
Further information on Masdar Institute profile, programs and the admissions requirements is available on our website .

Volunteer at PV America Conference, June 23-25

Volunteer at PV America

Apply now to volunteer at PV America on June 23-25, 2014 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center and receive a complimentary Full Conference registration, with access to all education sessions, including the General Session and new programs like Master Speakers, Educational Posters, and QuickTalks; nearly 100 exhibitors on the Show Floor; and all networking receptions.
Volunteers at PV America have the unique and exciting opportunity to play an active role in New England’s largest education and business-to-business event, focused on the PV solar market.

Eco-Rep Update: End-of-Year Festivities!

-by Savannah Christiansen

The Eco-Reps are closing out the year in celebration of sustainability! We had a successful clothing swap at Earthfest on April 11th on the Academic Quad and many students walked away with new styles in hand. Why have a clothing swap anyway? Manufacturing new textiles can put a pretty heavy burden on the planet in terms of the amount of resources needed for manufacturing the fabric, putting it together and then shipping them to retail locations. Clothing swaps are an easy way for people to share existing clothing without using up any new resources!

We spoke with potential future students at Jumbo days on April 17th, 18th and 25th about the Eco-Rep program and the Office of Sustainability and encouraged students to keep their college move-in green with tips such as bringing reusable mugs to campus, using power strips and many more that you can check out here.

Savannah

On Sunday, April 28th the Reps enjoyed an end of the year celebration with sushi and bouncy castles on Fletcher Field. Wren Hall also got to participate in the festivities for winning Recyclemania. We hope all of our residents are ready to look out for us next year with more composting, in-dorm campaigns, eco events and more. See you then Tufts!

Sushi  EcoReps

Eco-Rep Update: Where We Eat, Live, and Play

The environment can be defined in many ways but my favorite is: where we eat, live, and play. I think it makes a lot of sense because the environment is not some abstract concept but our very surroundings, where we live, eat, study, and go to class. Our environment is Tufts! And it is undeniable that we love to keep our campus pretty. So it makes me wonder where the resources come from to keep our environment in tip top shape, the people who work here, and where our waste goes? What does it take to keep our environment clean?

Tufts does a great job of working to make Tufts a sustainable living space. However there are many improvements we can make as a community to ensure the impact we make is equitable and fair. In my Environmental Justice and World Literature class, we spoke about the many privileges we have of living in such a healthy environment and the disproportionate cost that can have on communities around us. We took a survey to see if we know for example, where our trash goes, where the salt we use to melt ice is stored, when the workers who help with upkeep of our environment come to work and where they live.

These are important questions to ask to understand how we affect our communities that surround Tufts and better understand the impacts we have. For starters, the salt is stored in Chelsea, and our waste is incinerated in Saurgus. These are communities that have been historically disproportionately affected by industries and have lower economic mobility. It is easy to think about the invisible processes that create the space we live in when we don’t always have to deal with them.  Our trash and snow don’t just disappear off campus. I am sure we can all remember the incredible workers who came to shovel snow off our roads to help make it safer for us to get to class at 3 AM in the morning, working in the biting cold.

This coming week, on Monday the 28th, the students in the Environmental Justice and World Literature class are holding an event to increase awareness of these issues of how our living practices at Tufts affect our surrounding communities. Hopefully, once we start thinking about the effects we have on other communities, we can start thinking about how to decrease these impacts. Knowledge is empowering and I hope that it will empower us to make the changes we should to promote sustainability at home and our surrounding communities!

-by Aparna Dasaraju

Operations and Development Assistant, Charles River Conservancy

The Charles River Conservancy works to make the Charles River Parklands more active, attractive, and accessible for all.  It organizes volunteers to beautify and rejuvenate the Parklands; advocates for advancements to healthy living, public access, and physical parkland improvements; and builds awareness about the Charles River.
 
Organizational Overview:
 
The Charles River Conservancy, which was founded in 2000, is a strong advocate for continued improvement and activities on the Charles’ urban parklands from the Boston Harbor to the Watertown Dam. Its major initiatives and projects currently include engaging cadres of Conservancy Volunteers, building a world-class skate park, creating the conditions necessary to enable public swimming in the river, advocating for uninterrupted biking and walking routes along the river, and educating the public about opportunities to insure that the parklands achieve their full potential. For more information about the Charles River Conservancy, visit our website.
 
The Operations and Development Assistant is a full-time position (35 hours per week) with the responsibilities listed below. This position reports to the Conservancy’s President.
 
Primary Responsibilities:
 
·      Process incoming donations, update donor database, and prepare acknowledgment letters.  Work with bookkeeper to prepare financial reports regarding donations.
·      Assist with appeal mailings and grant proposals.
·      Staff the Development and Finance Committees and prepare reports for their meetings.
·      Prepare packages for Board of Director meetings.
·      Oversee database training and updates.
·      Purchase office supplies.
·      Assist in the recruiting and training of interns.
·      Conduct research for various projects.
·      Assist with organizing fundraising events.

Qualifications:
 
·      Bachelor’s degree and several years of work experience, preferably in a non-profit organization
·      Ability to work both independently and in a dynamic team environment
·      Strong attention to detail
·      Ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines
·      Must be highly organized, and self-motivated
·      Solid writing skills
·      Good interpersonal skills and flexibility to pitch-in in a small office environment
·      Proficiency in Mac MS Office Word and Excel
·      Experience with database software a plus
 
Salary dependent on experience.  Please e-mail your resume and cover letter to rvt@thecharles.org.  Please put ‘Operations and Development Assistant’ and your first and last name in the subject line. Applications accepted on a rolling basis, preferred ASAP.

Senior Sustainability Planner, Greener-U (Watertown, MA)

GreenerU is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Senior Sustainability Planner. The Senior Sustainability Planner will lead all campus planning efforts which GreenerU is involved in, particularly the development of climate action plans, energy master plans,and strategic sustainability plans. Please submit resume and cover letter to careers@greeneru.com

Coordinator, Bike Maryland (Luthorville, MD)

Currently recruiting a Coordinator for our Bike Friendly Program. The position is a fantastic hands-on opportunity that involves networking, workshop organization, education and lastly fundraising is a large component.

Learn more.

Sustainability Program Manager, Temple University (Philadelphia, PA)

The Program Manager is responsible for managing sustainability programming throughout the University. The incumbent will be responsible for coordinating academic, research and technology initiatives and for LEED certification initiatives for campus buildings. The Program Manager will be responsible for moving capital projects through the LEED certification process, which includes working with project consultant teams and senior level management to ensure that the project design and construction meet LEED standards. In addition, he/she is responsible for the preparation of Temple University’s annual Greenhouse Gas Inventory.

Learn more.

Internship, Dept. of Recreation and Conservation (Boston, MA)

The Ecology Program Assistant provides support for the Ecology and ACEC Programs by assisting with the research permitting process, providing general administrative assistance, and assisting with field surveys or monitoring conducted by the Ecology Program staff.

Learn more.

Internship, Philadelphia Energy Authority (PA)

Intern and co-op students are an integral to expanding the outreach and impact of the Philadelphia Energy Authority (PEA). We are offering a unique opportunity that will include both civic engagement and entrepreneurial business experience. PEA is uniquely positioned to facilitate discussions regarding innovative energy projects, educate policy development and lead the implementation of best practices. You will work directly with the Executive Director and engage with City leadership.

Learn more.

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