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Job Networking Fair, Harvard College Conservation Society, (Cambridge, MA)

We are the Harvard College Conservation Society, and we would like to invite you to attend our Job Networking Fair on Saturday March 5th, 2016. The purpose of this fair will be to connect Harvard University and other Boston-based students interested in careers in conservation with each other, and with scientists and conservationists from NGO’s such as the Nature Conservancy, Conservation International, the Oceanic Society, and Women for Wildlife.

The fair will have three major components:

  1. Talks and panel discussion centered around presentations by women from the ‘Women for Wildlife’ network, accomplished biologists and conservationists, and representatives from major international NGO’s.
  2. Discussions in small classroom-type settings, for students Boston-wide interested in pursuing jobs or summer internships in the conservation field.
  3. A networking lunch with information distribution for groups interested in giving out contact information and or work application opportunities.

Let us know if members of your group are interested in the event so we can be sure to expect the right number of people, and also whether you would be interested in reserving a table for your group at the reception.

Event Date: Saturday March 5, 2016
Contact to attend

12 Alternative Gift Ideas for a Sustainable Holiday Season

A Christmas story we should tell more often, but don’t:

The Story of Stuff

It may not feature a spectacled 9-year old on a mission to get the Red Ryder BB gun, but this short film will also teach you something, make you laugh, and change the way you look at all the stuff in your life, forever.

Gather your loved ones and watch this fast-paced and fact-filled look at the underside of our consumption patterns. (

3 tips for making this holiday season more meaningful to you and gentler on the planet:

  1. Give the gift of new experiences
  2. Embrace the value of a good DIY
  3. Go paperless and plastic-free

Some alternative gift ideas for:

The Foodie

Food tour of your city

Lower your carbon footprint by staying local.

(Check out FoodTourFinder)

Subscription to a digital food magazine

Viewing stunning culinary creations and articles on the latest food trends doesn’t have to involve tree-cutting! (Check out these e-zine recommendations curated by Say Daily, Vanity Fair, and Huffington Post)

The Happy Camper

DIY bug-repellent

With the help of this guide and some essential oils, you can create a toxin-free formula to protect against a variety of pesky bugs.

Upcycled gear

There are many great companies offering durable, leather-free equipment made from recycles materials!

The Artisan

Pottery workshop

Get their creative juices flowing while making one-of-a-kind dishware that can be reused over and over again!

Cooking class in their favorite cuisine

Using whole ingredients rather than pre-packaged meals prevents waste from entering landfills.


The Beauty Guru

‘Green spa’ treatment

Relax knowing that your patronage is supporting efforts to conserve resources and minimize chemicalpollution

Homemade body scrub

The microbeads in commercial beauty products are wreaking havoc on our oceans. Whip up some festive Gingerbread Sugar Scrub Cubes and pack them in a reusable jar instead!

The Animal Lover

Adopt a wild animal

There are more than 32 different wild animals you can adopt, from manatees to lynxes!

Trip to an animal sanctuary

Spend a day with rescued animals and treat your friend or family member to a delicious vegan meal!

The Coffee/Tea Drinker

Subscription to a fair trade, organic coffee club

There are many wonderful businesses dedicated to making sure their products are not only sustainably, but ethically-sourced.

Travel mug

Your favorite coffee/tea addict can drink in style with one of GOOD Magazine’s 8 Innovative & Reusable Mugs


Cheers to a mindful, healthy, and happy holiday season!

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:

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

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.

Tufts/Fletcher in Paris:

Follow along with faculty and fellows who are attending COP21:

If you are a Tufts/Fletcher alum in Paris, don’t miss the Paris Climate Conference Alumni Gathering:

  • Sunday, December 6, 2015 at 6:00 pm
    Delaville Café, 34 Boulevard Bonne Nouvelle, 75010 Paris, France
    Register Online

Events on the Tufts Medford Campus:

  • The Great Debate on Climate: Bill Moomaw and Bruce Everett
    Thursday, December 3, 2015 6:30 – 8:00
    ASEAN, The Fletcher School, 160 Packard Ave, Medford, MA

    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]

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.
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