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Stepping Back and Listening for the Silence

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Content based on an Environmental Studies Lunch and Learn Talk given to professors, staff, and students at Tufts University. Every week during the academic year, the ENVS Lunch & Learn lecture series features speakers from government, industry, academia and non-profit organizations to give presentations on environmental topics. This is a great opportunity to broaden your knowledge beyond the curriculum, meet other faculty and students and network with the speakers. This lecture series is co-sponsored by the Tufts Institute of the Environment and the Tisch College of Civic Life.

Listening for justice: Place-based humanities education and research
Emma Schneider, Department of English, Tufts University
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How are listening and literature part of promoting environmental justice? How can the imaginative space created by stories promote more equitable and sustainable ways of paying attention to each other and the environment? This presentation discusses how contemporary environmental justice writers ask their readers to listen beyond the powerful narratives that enable exploitative practices. We will think about the role of the humanities in environmental studies and education, particularly in terms of developing a sense of place and community grounded in justice and deep listening.

Do you ever stop to think about whose voices you do not hear? Or what narratives you are not exposed to in the media? How do you decipher “meaningful sound” from background noise?

These are some of the questions Emma Scheider, Ph.D candidate in the Department of English, asks us—a room full of academics in positions of privilege and power—to grapple with in her Environmental Studies Lunch & Learn Talk—Listening for justice: Place-based humanities education and research.

Environmental or climate justice as defined by the EPA, “is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.” This is to say that environmental degradation (pollution and resource abuse) and climate change disproportionately burden people of color and low-income. They are movements that aim to bring awareness to and address this economic and legal systematic oppression.

Emma explains that when it comes to the environment and more specifically environmental and climate justice, we do not lack information or data; our missing link is conversation—a listening gap. She reminds us to listen to the web of different voices in our communities and their stories, because they can help us to re-envision and re-form our world.

As individuals with decision-making powers and privilege, our first response to a perceived lack of outcry at a decision or change is to assume that no one takes issue with it. What if we questioned the silence? Within our legal system, we tend to think of objection or speaking out as the responsibility of those who are affected by policy and decision making. Scheider explains that we tune out “meaningful sound” to calm our own fears and ignore the ways we may be benefiting while others suffer. It can be scary to listen to stories of violence and harm. However, it is pivotal to the survival of communities that people demonstrate courage and listen for these changes from within and outside of their communities. In fact, this important community knowledge can come from those who have experienced transitions to environmental degradation and can recall how the landscape of their community used to be.

We are called to create space for those who have something to say, but aren’t being heard. In closing her presentation, Emma asks us “where are the places [in which] connections can be made or bridges can be formed in listening to the things that make us uncomfortable?”

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Intern, MassDEP (Various Locations)

The Department of Environmental Protection is the state agency responsible for ensuring clean air and water, the safe management of toxics and hazards, the recycling of solid and hazardous wastes, the timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills, and the preservation of wetlands and coastal resources. In an effort to assist MassDEP with its succession planning, MassDEP continues to recruit individuals who are interested in working and utilizing their skills in the environmental field. MassDEP is providing opportunities to undergraduate students, graduate students, law school students, and other individuals who are seeking experience in the environmental field.

Application Deadline: November 25th
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Conference Scholarship, BuildingEnergy (Boston, MA)

The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) is now accepting scholarship applications for students to attend the BuildingEnergy Boston Conference + Trade Show on March 8th, 2017. Current voc/tech, college, and graduate students passionate about renewable energy, sustainable building, and high-performance design are encouraged to apply for this scholarship. We are calling upon members of our extended community to help us spread the word to qualified students.
Application Deadline: November 30, 2016
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Graduate Student Research Assistant, Global Development and Environment Institute (Medford, MA)

The Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), affiliated with Tufts University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, is an interdisciplinary research institute dedicated to promoting a better understanding of how societies can pursue their economic and community goals in an environmentally and socially sustainable manner.

Position Description:

Professor William Moomaw is looking for two graduate student research assistants to help with a major project concerning the role of bioenergy in addressing climate change. There is considerable confusion and misunderstanding of the carbon dioxide and other emissions associated with burning trees and other plants for heat and electricity. In addition to climate related emissions, this study plans to assess the multiple ecosystem services lost when forests and forest lands are used as an energy resource. The project will also assess how soil loss from forests, grasslands and other ecosystems plays a role in climate change. The social justice dimensions and competition for food from the use of biofuels will also be evaluated.

Job duties will include:

  • Find and analyze bioenergy studies from researchers, IPCC, IEA, etc
  • Identify policies of governments and intergovernmental organizations such as the World Bank, Sustainable Energy 4 All, FAO and UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
  • Gather research on Sustainable Development Goals that relate to how bioenergy is used.
  • Gather and analyze data on national and international climate goals and obligations, and assess the likelihood of meeting these goals and obligations.

This work will inform a major international study for the UN that will begin early next year. There is an opportunity for the research assistants to co-author published research papers. These are paid positions with a time commitment of 10-15 hours per week through May 2017, with a possibility of extension. Start date is immediate.


  • Graduate student
  • Organized, responsible, and detail oriented individual
  • Excellent writing skills and capacity to write fluently in English
  • Previous research experience in any of the following fields: Climate change policy, Renewable energy technology or policy, Forest or agricultural policy or ecology, Bioenergy technology or policy
Application Deadline: ASAP
Send a resume, cover letter, and references to Please indicate if you have work-study status.

Campus Coordinator, BostonCAN (Boston, MA)

BostonCAN is a group of Boston residents taking action in personal, social, and political ways to achieve climate justice. It is comprised of a 7-member board, a larger action team which implements the campaigns,  and a contact list of over 450 activists. They are seeking a consultant to serve as Campus Coordinator to help them lead their new campaign focused on expanding access to renewable energy for Boston residents via Community Choice Aggregation.



  • Coordinate bi-weekly meetings and campaign activities of action team
  • Help implement Community Choice Aggregation campaign by: building relationships with City officials and gain political knowledge about how to influence the Walsh administration and city council during election year; strengthen relationships with partner groups and develpo a shared action agenda; help lead campaign to win approval of City ordiance and/or Mayoral executive action prior to an international climate action meeting in Boston during summer 2017
  • Recruit new members to campaign via monthly events organized with action team in Winter 2016-17
  • Plan and facilitate meetings and events with partner groups and city officials in order to further the campaign
  • Organize and attend campaign-related events, including occasional public speaking
  • Document activities and expenses regularly for BostonCAN board and treasurer


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • At least 2 years community organizing or campaign experience, including creating and implementing campaign strategies, recruiting new members, and developing organizational leadership
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends, attending events throughout Boston
  • Familiarity with issues of energy policy, climate change, and environmental justice, especially as they relate to decisions about energy pricing and provision at city level
  • Experience working with small, grassroots organizations
  • Experience working with, and preferably coordinating, collaborative networks
  • Experience working with diverse constituencies, preferably low-income communities of color, public officials, private sector partners, and non-native English speakers
  • Knowledge of Boston neighborhoods and with the diverse array of groups working on climate change from variety of perspectives
  • Experience with social media and digital organizing tools
  • Ability to communicate in second language widely spoken in Boston preferred
  • Experience writing grants preferred


  • BostonCAN’s board anticipates being able to fund either a full-time or part-time position, with rate per hour and hours per week to be decided collaboratively between the Consultant and Board. Duration of contract is negotiable, with the opportunity of renewal contingent on funding.
Application Deadline: Nov 11, 2016
To apply, send a resume and cover letter to


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