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COP21: Resources for Following Along




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.


Background Information:

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.

Timeline of COP21 from 1992 to present: A brief overview of the COP decisions.


Resources to Use During the Negotiations:

Live Broadcasts

Follow COP21 Day by Day: Draft texts and live streams will be available on the official website during the negotiations.

Check live news on Twitter or join the discussion with the hashtags: #COP21, #GCFund, #INDC, #Action2015

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.


Email Updates

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.

Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Email Listserv from IISD: These email blasts will be released daily during the negotiations and will provide impartial coverage of the negotiations.


News Resources

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.

Climate Change TV: Provides videos featuring top negotiators.

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.

Climate and Development Knowledge Network: The Climate and Development Knowledge Network supports decision-makers in designing and delivering climate compatible development.

UNFCCC Newsroom: Website featuring climate change and stories about the groundswell of climate action by governments, companies, cities, the UN, and civil society around the world.


Would you like to share other resources that are not included on this list? Send us an email at sustainabilityoffice[at]


Volunteer, Fluff Festival, (Somerville, MA)

It takes a small army to make the Fluff Festival a success! We need help in just about every way you can imagine, both before, during and after the event.

More than 200 volunteers are involved so there’s literally something for everyone. Email us directly for this at

Volunteers get rewards too!

Student Mentor, Education First, (Cambridge, MA)

EF Education First in Cambridge are organizing the fourth annual Global Challenge student competition at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (CRLS). It’s a three-month high school competition designed to provide experiential, project-based learning opportunities for CRLS students while tackling locally relevant issues. This year, we are asking students to develop innovative plans to reduce energy use in Cambridge as part of the City’s effort to win the Georgetown University Energy Prize.

The mentors coach the students and help them create realistic, implementable projects:

  • The time commitment for a mentor is approx. five hours divided into two-three sessions between early October and early December.
  • The sessions will be held at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School.
  • Mentors are welcome to dedicate more time throughout the competition or attend the final event, although this is not required.
  • We will assign mentors to student team(s) and facilitate the entire process. Within a couple weeks, we will have the final dates and times confirmed.
Contact Stephanie Chen Schmidt at 1-800-457-1300 if you are interested in applying.

Various Positions, EcoLogic (Cambridge, MA)

EcoLogic builds partnerships with rural and indigenous communities in Central America and Mexico, and helps them identify, evaluate, and prioritize their conservation and natural resource needs. In each of our community-powered conservation projects, we work with these communities to get them what they need to restore and conserve the tropical ecosystems where they live and on which they rely for basic necessities and well-being. Our work with our partners can include skills, financing, materials, access to decision makers and experts, hands-on experience, and other forms of support.

Fall 2015 Intern Positions:


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Sustainability Program Coordinator, Ursinus College (Collegeville, PA)

Reporting to the Director of Facilities, the Sustainability Outreach Coordinator works in the Office of Sustainability (OS) and has overall responsibility for updating, strategizing on, reporting on, and working with Ursinus College employees to implement the College’s Climate and Sustainability Action Plan (CSAP) in compliance with our commitment to the ACUPCC. Tasks performed with a high level of autonomy include:

*   Must be able to communicate in English, including the ability to speak in public.
*   Must be able to work collaboratively with staff, faculty, and students.

·      This position is a full time position with flexible work hours to accommodate evening and weekend events.
·      Reports for work shifts in a dependable and timely fashion, in order to minimize the interruption or delay of regular output for the department.
·      As needed, works outside the framework of a normal work schedule in order to complete projects of heavy demand or to meet student schedules.

·      Maintains Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reports.
·      Maintains CSAP database.
·      Writes, with the Sustainability Outreach Coordinator , the OS Annual Sustainability Report.

·      Demonstrates and maintains technical knowledge of the job and of related procedures and policies in order to provide quality support to the department and its constituents.
·      Begins assignments without prompting, maintains productivity in both quantity and quality of work, and appropriately plans, organizes and prioritizes work in order to maximize the use of department resources.
·      Independently contributes ideas and process improvements, and looks for creative solutions and better ways of doing things, in order to meet the goals of continuous improvement.
·      Identifies, analyzes and addresses problems in order to resolve issues whenever possible in a way that minimizes the negative impact on the organization.
·      Makes appropriate, timely, and effective decisions in order to support the work of the department.
·      Manages budget for areas related to Sustainability.


·      Advanced degree in environmental studies, sustainability, or related field required, or Bachelor degree in environmental studies, sustainability, or related field and 2-3 years related work experience.
·      Must have working knowledge of social media; website programming capabilities a plus.
·      Must have knowledge of computer operations and programs sufficient to coordinate all record keeping requirements with vision sufficient to read computer screen and printed materials.
·      Must have excellent interpersonal skills, oral and written communication skills and the demonstrated ability to manage timetables and detailed paper work.
·      Must possess physical mobility sufficient to tour campus, work on the organic farm, carry materials for events, etc. Must have good hearing and speaking skills.
·      A record of organizational leadership, and familiarity with institutional operations in higher education. The candidate will have strong written and oral communication and interpersonal and skills and a demonstrated ability to coordinate activities within a community of diverse participants. Grant writing experience desirable.

·      Adapts to new work situations, people, ideas, procedures, and organizational structures, in order to accommodate an evolving work environment.
·      Builds successful relationships with constituents and coworkers. Communicates and works effectively as a team member, in order to maximize the effectiveness of the office.
·      Exhibits maturity, reliability, composure, and stability under pressure in order to handle on-the-job challenges.
·      Understands and abides by a high standard of professional ethics in order to ensure the integrity of the organization.
·      Works successfully with diverse others and upholds the College’s commitment to equal employment opportunity and affirmative action, in order to help the organization realize its commitment to excellence through diversity.

Application Deadline: Open until filled

To apply: Please submit a letter of interest, a resume, and a list of three references via email to: hr[at] (Human Resources Office).  We will review applications as received and will continue to do so until the position is filled.


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