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The View from Blakeley Hall

This is Andrew, the Fletcher School’s Eco-Representative. For this week’s post I’ll give you an idea of what it is like to be the Eco-Rep for Blakeley Hall, Fletcher’s graduate student dormitory. First, some background: Blakeley was built in 1926, in a Georgian style of architecture. It has three wings set around a courtyard, with seven independent towers of rooms. The middle tower houses Blakeley’s common room and kitchen, which serves as the busiest gathering space for residents, and the source of delicious smells when students cook dinner or prepare baked goods as a method of procrastination during exam periods…

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Every year, about eighty students in Fletcher’s various degree programs spend a year (or a semester, for exchange students) in singles, doubles, and triples. Many residents come from overseas, which results in a vibrant social scene and a tremendous variety of cuisines prepared in the kitchen. Residents routinely come together for dorm-wide events, like communal cooking events, pick-up cricket matches in the courtyard, and Fletcher’s infamous Blakeley Halloween Party.

As to Eco-Rep and sustainability initiatives, Blakeley, like all Tufts dorms, has receptacles for recycling and compost collection. Each tower contains recycling containers on the ground floor, and the communal compost bin is located in the kitchen. I am happy to report that since the beginning of the school year, Blakeley residents have increased their average weekly compost collection by about 60%! Lastly, each of Blakeley’s towers will contain boxes for TerraCycle recycling. Regarding recycling, we may have to wait until Recyclemania to ascertain how well residents are sorting their materials. Residents have been keeping tabs on recycling and composting, asking me many good questions, and offering suggestions on ways to make Blakeley even greener. I’m very encouraged thus far by their enthusiasm and look forward to holding further Eco-Rep events at the dorm. Next up this month: a pie baking event with a review of composting and recycling best practices!

Program Associate – Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson, NY)

Bard College’s MBA in Sustainability is seeking a Program Associate to oversee the day-to-day operations of the program. Under the supervision of the Assistant Director, the Program Associate’s primary responsibilities will include:

  • Bookkeeping and Accounts Payable
  • Event planning including coordinating space needs and other logistics for classes and events in both Manhattan and on the Bard Campus
  • Student support including managing enrollment, grade submission, and student affairs
  • Liaising with other Departments on the Bard Campus (student accounts, health services, etc.)
  • Training Faculty and students on use of software in the online component of the MBA program
  • Representing the program at external marketing and recruiting events
  • Other administrative duties as needed

The successful candidate will possess a Bachelor’s degree, with two years professional work experience. The position requires excellent communication, organizational, project management skills, and a professional demeanor. Experience with distance education technology is not required.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Sustainable Technology Research Fellow – Oberlin College (Oberlin, OH)

Application due TOMORROW, March 30.

The Environmental Studies Program at Oberlin College invites applications for the position of Sustainable Technology Research Fellow. This is a full-time, one-year position (renewal for additional years contingent on grant funding), beginning on June 1, 2013, reporting to Professor of Environmental Studies, John Petersen.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will assist in the development and management of “Environmental Dashboard,” a novel technological system that provides community residents with environmentally and socially contextualized real-time feedback on electricity and water flows and environmental conditions through residential and commercial buildings and through cities. More information on the project can be found at: www.oberlindashboard.org and at: https://oncampus.oberlin.edu/source/articles/2013/03/19/environmental-engagement-goes-community-wide.

Requirements: We seek an individual with a bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and work experience, with advanced computer skills and leadership potential and strong organizational skills who is excited by the opportunity to develop and manage novel technology designed to motivate and empower citizens to take care of the environment. Reliability, creativity, ability to independently trouble shoot and solve technical problems and to collaborate as a team member are necessary.

Desired Qualifications: General hardware and software problem solving skills and experience; scripting (e.g. php); database management (SQL); system administration and system management experience; web design (HTML, XML); project management. It is not essential that applicants have all of these skills and experiences, but we are looking for someone who has substantial knowledge of computer systems and the demonstrated ability to learn and teach themselves new skills as needs arise.

Compensation: Within the range established for this position, salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience and includes an excellent benefits package.

To Apply: Applicants should submit a résumé, along with a cover letter describing qualifications and interest in the position and contact information for at least three references to: Dr. John Petersen, Oberlin College, 122 Elm Street, Oberlin, OH 44074, or john.petersen@oberlin.edu.  Review of applications will start on March 30 and will continue until the position is filled.

Student Sustainability Advisor – Oregon State University (Corvallis, OR)

Application due March 31, 2013

The Student Sustainability Advisor is charged with supporting and advising the Student Sustainability Initiative (SSI), a program that is part of Student Leadership & Involvement. The advisor will support the SSI in the development of long and short term vision and goals and in the implementation of a comprehensive, innovative sustainability programming model that is grounded in student development and sustainability education theory. This position supports the Oregon State University academic mission by developing engaged, reflective citizens, creating opportunities for experiential learning, and supporting the institutional strategic plan centered on healthy people, planet, and economy.

Through collaboration with students, faculty, and staff, the Advisor will be responsible for advising, supporting, and growing student-driven co-curricular sustainability outreach, engagement, and educational projects and efforts in order to promote and advance a culture of sustainability that engages Oregon State’s diverse student demographic. The Advisor position is responsible for supporting programming that will allow students to acquire and cultivate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to lead more sustainable lifestyles and be agents of change. Along with the SSI Director, a student position, the Advisor will provide advising and supervision support to the student staff housed in the Student Sustainability Center. In cooperation with other SLI staff and the OSU Sustainability Coordinator, the Advisor will continuously develop co-curricular engagement and sustainability opportunities that meet the needs of the contemporary student population.

QUALIFICATIONS: This position requires a Bachelors degree with minimum experience equal to two full years or relevant professional experience gaining requisite knowledge, skills and abilities pertaining to the position OR any equivalent combination of experience, and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills, abilities have been achieved. In particular, this position requires:

Demonstrated knowledge of:

  • Student development theory and practice
  • Sustainability principles, frameworks, and models
  • Advising, mentoring, coaching techniques and theory

Experience with:

  • Working with, supporting, and developing diverse populations
  • Coordinating and prioritizing work for self and others
  • Event and program planning

For more information and to apply, click here.

Campus Sustainability Planner – Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA)

As a member of the university’s core sustainability team, the primary role of the Campus Sustainability Planner is to work collaboratively with the campus community to conceive, develop, implement, and measure new sustainability initiatives in support of the Virginia Tech Climate Action Commitment and Sustainability Plan. There are five main responsibilities in this position: (1) Coordinate the implementation of the undergraduate student internship program, (2), Identify opportunities to expand and strengthen the campus sustainability program, (3) Develop campus community outreach and engagement programs, (4) Coordinate strategic planning efforts for the sustainability office, and (5) Document, measure, and report on campus sustainability initiatives.Successful candidates will be able to strike a balance between providing a vision for the office on how to further create a campus sustainability culture, designing new programs with a strategic intent, and maintaining a public presence to nurture and expand the network of sustainability champions on campus.

Requirements:
- Bachelor’s degree in urban or environmental planning, environmental science, environmental engineering, or a related field or equivalent training and/or experience.
- Considerable experience in the development and implementation of sustainability initiatives in an institutional environment.
- Experience working with interns and/or leaders, and building collaborative partnerships within an organization.
- Must be able to demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the principles of sustainability and how they relate to organizations and university campuses.
- Proficiency in MS Office Suite and a Windows operating system environment.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Program Associate – Alliance to Save Energy (Oakland, CA)

Applications accepted on a rolling basis through January 27, 2013.

The Alliance to Save Energy is seeking a full-time Program Associate to assist with implementation of its PowerSave Campus Program.  The Program Associate will work in the Alliance’s Oakland, CA office or from a home office in the LA area.  Headquartered in Washington, DC, the nonprofit Alliance to Save Energy (www.ase.org) promotes energy efficiency worldwide to achieve a healthier economy, a cleaner environment, and greater energy security.

The PowerSave Campus Program is a student-driven energy efficiency and workforce education and training initiative currently serving 23 campuses nationwide, including 16 in California.  The program employs and manages paid student interns to develop and implement projects that promote careers in the sustainability field, generate energy savings on campus, increase awareness of the importance of energy efficiency, and encourage the infusion of sustainability concepts into academic curricula.  Over 75 university students are employed yearly through the PowerSave Campus Program, each trained to emerge as a highly skilled sustainability and energy efficiency professional at the time of graduation.  For more information about the program, please visit: www.ase.org/powersavecampus.

Candidates must have exceptionally strong written and oral communication skills, along with experience in project management, team building, public speaking, and meeting facilitation.  In addition, candidates should be self-starters who can juggle multiple tasks with minimum supervision, have a good eye for detail and, at the same time, be capable of seeing the bigger picture. Experience working with campus sustainability initiatives is desirable, and a familiarity with energy efficiency technologies is a definite plus.

How to Apply: Please e-mail resume, cover letter, and one writing sample to Meghan Kearns at mkearns@ase.org. For additional information, please click here.

Sustainability Capacity-Building Internship – Second Nature (Boston, MA)

Apply at: careers@secondnature.org by January 25, 2013

Second Nature is seeking applications for an intern to join the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) Program Team to assist on projects that aim to advance climate leadership and sustainability education initiatives at colleges and universities across the country.  The Sustainability Capacity-Building Intern will work on a variety of activities to advance the goals of the ACUPCC and other Second Nature initiatives related to education, green building, greenhouse gas reporting, and climate action planning.  These program activities may include analysis of energy and climate data, outreach support to signatory institutions, blogging, social media management, and webinar development. The Intern will also focus on supporting special programs with minority-serving institutions, climate adaptation and resiliency, and select fundraising activities.

Position Details: This position requires a 6-month working presence in the Second Nature office in downtown Boston during working hours (9am-5pm), beginning late January or early February 2013. Candidates will work 20-30 hours/week with flexibility around holidays and academic calendars. This is a competitively paid internship.

How to Apply: Please submit a resume and cover letter stating your interest in the position and qualifications to careers@secondnature.org. Applicants should include the names and contact information of two references in their resume and explain their work availability (see position details).

For more information, click here.

Project Assistant – SUNY Office of Sustainability (Albany, NY)

The State University of New York (SUNY) System Administration is seeking a half-time Project Assistant to the SUNY Director of Sustainability.  The SUNY Office of Sustainability is responsible for working to reduce the carbon footprint of SUNY through its operations and finding ways to integrate and discover synergies between sustainability research projects across the SUNY campuses.  The Office is acting strategically to implement innovative programs that will reduce energy usage, encourage renewable energy projects, and improve the food infrastructure as it relates to the food consumed on our campuses as well as agriculture in the State of New York.

Duties and Responsibilities:

- Coordinate campus initiatives in an effort to meet SUNY’s energy goals.
- Coordinate meetings, speakers and conferences for the SUNY Office of Sustainability.
- Prepare presentations and reports for the SUNY Office of Sustainability.
- Maintain communication between 29 SUNY state-operated campuses on current and planned sustainability practices and initiatives.
- Coordinate and promote collaboration between SUNY student environmental groups.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree, preferably in environmental studies, engineering, biology, chemistry or physics.  Advanced degree or experience is preferable.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Outreach Program Manager – Stanford University Office of Sustainability (Stanford, CA)

The Office of Sustainability seeks an experienced and committed Outreach Program Manager to lead and manage the outreach, campus education and training components of the Office’s sustainability programs and services. This position will advance outreach and educational aspects of program management in sustainability campaign design and execution, print and media publications, staff and student training, within the framework of the strategic vision for sustainability at Stanford.

More information can be found here by searching under Job ID 49397.

Sustainability Coordinator – The College of Lake County (Grayslake, IL)

The Sustainability Coordinator* will organize the delivery of programs and services for the college’s Sustainability Center. The Sustainability Coordinator* will work in collaboration with CLC faculty and staff, local government agencies, not-for profits, and other agencies and organizations to support the college’s sustainability efforts around the campus, in the curriculum, and throughout the community. The Coordinator will be directly involved in providing services to students, faculty, residents, businesses, and others seeking information, resources, and training in the areas of sustainability.

*This is a grant funded position: continued employment in this position is based on external funding sources.

Applicants should apply by October 1. For more information and to apply, click here.

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