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Nov 15: Cool Science Art Competition (Lowell, MA)

Cool Science invites students of all ages to create and submit a visual work of art about climate change. The best 6 entries will be placed throughout Lowell’s mass transit system in 2013 and be seen by thousands of people every day! Winning students and their schools will receive $200 in gift certificates. Visit: http://www.uml.edu/Education/Coolscience/faqs.aspx for FAQ’s about the competition. Visit: http://www.uml.edu/Education/Coolscience/Submit-Your-Artwork/default.aspx for submission specific information. Deadline for submissions is November 15, 2012.

Parking and Transportation Department Intern (Cambridge)

The City of Cambridge is seeking an intern in its Parking and Transportation Department. The TP&T intern’s main priority will be working on the City’s Bike Rack installation program. This will involve helping select locations in the city that warrant new bike racks (mostly on city sidewalks), creating work orders for each round of installation, mapping locations in gis, photographing and documenting racks, managing contractor, and monitoring the bike racks being installed in the field. The intern will also assist the engineering and transportation planning functions of the department. Hours: Flexible. Up to 37.5 hours/week. Salary: $13.90 per hour.  Fore more information, visit:  http://www.ci.cambridge.ma.us/jobs.aspx

Aug 08: Cambridge Launches their newest Hubway Station

Hubway, the regional bike share system, has just started to open stations in Cambridge! The system is fully integrated amongst the participating municipalities of Cambridge, Boston, Brookline, and Somerville.

Hubway Cambridge Launch Event

On Wednesday, August 8 the City will officially celebrate the opening of Hubway in Cambridge. Join us!

The event will begin on August 8th at 11:00 in front of the City Hall/Central Square Post Office Hubway Station.  This event will include official remarks and the unveiling of the Commemoratory Bicycle Stamps, with a ride and celebration in Harvard Square to follow.

Look for more details about the event on the City website as well as the Community Development Department Twitter and Facebook Pages soon.

Transportation Planning Internship (Cambridge, MA)

The selected candidate will be responsible for a wide variety of tasks with a focus on the bicycle parking program, traffic calming program, bicycle/pedestrian studies, and the Parking & Transportation Demand Management program. In addition, the candidate will provide basic administrative support to these programs and other activities as needed in the division. Work-study eligible candidates are strongly preferred for this internship. Start Date: September 2012 (exact date negotiable). A minimum commitment until May 2012 is required. Hours: 10-15 hours / week; Compensation: $13.69/ hour.

To apply, please send a cover letter with a resume to:

Bill Deignan
Environmental & Transportation Planning Division
Community Development Department
344 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02139.

Email: wdeignan@cambridgema.gov. Please specify your available start dates and your work-study status in your cover letter.

Community Organizer – Community Labor United (Boston, MA)

The Organizer will be responsible for a wide range of programmatic work including CLU’s Public Transit – Public Good, a campaign of the Green Justice Coalition (GJC). The GJC’s Public Transit – Public Good campaign is a statewide partnership of community-based organizations and labor unions working for a sustainable funding structure for transit throughout the state; fully functional transit service in each of our regions; and public transportation that increases equity across race, class, region, and citizenship status. The Organizer  will report to a Co-Director/Deputy Director. A pplications will only be accepted electronically.  Please email a cover letter, resume, salary history and three references to Jeremy Shenk at Jeremy@massclu.org. Please include a daytime phone number where we can contact you.

Government Affairs Intern (Boston, MA)

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) seeks an intern to work in the Government Affairs department of its Boston office. MAPC is a regional planning agency serving the people who live and work in the greater Boston region. Our mission is to promote smart growth and regional cooperation, which includes protecting the environment, supporting economic development, encouraging sustainable land use, improving transportation, bolstering affordable housing, ensuring public safety, advancing equity and opportunity among people of all backgrounds, and fostering collaboration among municipalities.

Duties may include:

  • Working with the department to advance the agency’s legislative agenda at the State House and on Capitol Hill;
  • Organizing and participating in program activities related to the agency’s youth violence prevention initiative;
  • Conducting research and drafting policy documents on subjects that may include open space, public health and/or municipal finance.
  • Collaborating with other agency departments (e.g., Communications, Data Services, and Municipal Services) on projects that may arise.

Qualifications:

The intern will have significant responsibilities and will be included in relevant meetings with municipal officials, state legislators and their staff, and various coalition partners. The intern must be personable, have strong writing skills, and possess excellent research capabilities. The ideal candidate is a graduate student with substantial writing experience who is studying law, public policy, public administration, urban planning or another related field. Only current students will be considered for this position. The intern should be willing to commit at least 20 hours per week.

Supplemental Information:

This is a paid position without benefits. Position open until filled. Candidate must have legal authorization and visa status to work in the USA. MAPC is an EOE/ AA employer. Diverse candidates are encouraged to apply. Please see MAPC web site (www.mapc.org) and go to “Jobs at MAPC” AND APPLY ONLINE THERE AT LINK SHOWN. Posted 6-1-12.  Thomas E. Hauenstein, Manager of Human Resources.

For more information go to the MAPC website.

Intern Boston Cyclist Union (Boston, MA)

This intern will gain valuable skills in networking with planners and leaders across all of Boston’s neighborhoods and will develop an in depth understanding of how public works projects are carried out. He/she will attend important evening meetings on roadway and major construction projects and confer with the executive director on steps that can be taken to ensure better bicycling infrastructure is included. Urban planning background or interest is required, as is availability in the evenings and a willingness to travel to all corners of the City of Boston (many areas are not easily accessible by the T.) Please send applications to noelle@bostoncyclistsunion.org with a resume and statement of purpose. The email should include the internship for which you are applying, your academic and career goals, the skills and experience you possess and their relevancy to the internship you are applying for, when you would like to start and end your internship, and how many hours a week you are available.

Jul 10: Film showing of “YERT: Your Environmental Road Trip”

YERTWhen: Tuesday, at noon

Where: Olin 011

Called to action by a planet in peril, three friends hit the road—traveling with hope, humor, and all of their garbage—to explore every state in America in search of the extraordinary innovators and citizens who are tackling humanity’s greatest environmental crises.

The Office of Sustainability has sponsored a viewing of this film before and is excited to offer those who missed it during Earth Week an opportunity to watch this inspiring, eye-opening docu-comedy.

Read our film review or click here for more information on the film.

May 29, Jun 12, Jun 28: Free Urban Cycling Workshops (Cambridge, MA)

Considering biking to work? Free cycling workshops are being offered 6:30-7:30pm, on the following dates:

  • Tuesday May 29, Millers River Apartments, 669 Cambridge St. East Cambridge
  • Tuesday June 12, Andrew Peabody School, 70 Rindge Ave. North Cambridge
  • Thursday June 28, Central Square Library, 45 Pearl St. Cambridgeport

Questions, or want to RSVP? Email John Pelletier at jpelletier@cambridgema.gov

Tufts finishes 2012 Mass Commute Challenge with 981 miles

The Office of Sustainability would like to thank all 35 individuals who took part in the Bay State Bike Week Mass Commute Challenge last week! Tufts finished with 981 miles as a team (including 53 miles from the Medical Center in Boston).

Ken Olum on his recumbent bike, a Bacchetta Strada

Among those who took the challenge was Ken Olum from the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the School of Arts & Sciences. “I live in Sharon, a bit over 25 miles from campus,” Ken told us over email.  “Normally I bike to the Sharon train station, ride the train to South Station and the red line to Davis, and bike from there.  I bike nearly every day except when there’s snow or ice on the roads.”
For the MassCommute Challenge, Ken upped the ante. He didn’t feel comfortable doing 50 miles in one day, so he compromised by biking 23 miles from the Sharon commuter rail station to work last Thursday. He left his bike at Davis Square that night and went home by train. He then got a ride to the station the next morning, took the train to Davis Square, biked to work and then rode all 25 miles home on Friday evening. Kudos to Ken for finding a way to make it work!
The MassCommute Bicycle Challenge is the signature event of  Bay State Bike Week, Massachusetts’ annual state-wide bicycle commuting event which was held this year from May 14-20. Anyone who lives, works or attends school in the state can participate in the Challenge or any number of events going on around the state. For instance, Somerville hosted a commuter breakfast and several group rides.
The Office of Sustainability is giving away a 2012 Mass Commute t-shirt for the person who rode the most number of miles last week, so email us with your mileage totals so we can put you in the running for the shirt!

Don’t forget that you can earn rewards year-round thru NuRide! Whenever you avoid using a car—whether you walk, bike, telecommute, carpool, vanpool, take a subway, train, bus, ferry, or even work a compressed work week – you can earn 100 points per trip. Redeem the points for discounts or freebies at local and online establishments. (NuRide also offers a ride matching program that helps commuters quickly and securely find carpool partners.)

Team Miles Miles/Person Trips
Tufts University
928 26.5 406
 Tufts N.E. Medical Center 53 26.5 14