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Northeast Campus Sustainability Conference

Join us for “Strengthening Ties for Collective Impact: Campus Sustainability in the Northeast Region”, a conference hosted by UMASS Amherst April 9 -10, 2015, and brought to you by the Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium, the New England Campus Sustainability Forum, and their partners.  Prior to the conference, Farm to Institution New England (FINE) will be hosting a conference earlier in the same week at UMass Amherst:  www.farmtoinstitution.org/summit.

Participants are encouraged to participate in both events and more information will be available soon about the FINE event.  Meanwhile, check out  https://www.umass.edu/sustainability/northeast for the NECSC/NECSF conference.  Anyone interested in joining the conference planning committee is welcome to email Ezra Small at esmall@umass.edu.

Call for Conference Proposals (Amherst, MA)

Call for Proposals for “Strengthening Ties for Collective Impact: Campus Sustainability in the Northeast Region”

The Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium and the New England Campus Sustainability Forum are accepting proposals for the “Strengthening Ties for Collective Impact: Campus Sustainability in the Northeast Region” conference being held at UMass Amherst on April 9-10, 2015.

 Strengthening Ties for Collective Impact

Details for the conference will be posted here as they develop: www.umass.edu/sustainability/northeast

The Key Conference Objectives:

-Collectively understand and discuss the most important and urgent sustainability issues in our region

-Determine what our collective impact could be to address these issues

-Grow as sustainability professionals

Important dates (subject to change)

• December 19, 2014: call for proposals submissions open

• January 23, 2015 (5 p.m.): proposals submission deadline

• February 6, 2015: Proposal Notification

• March 20, 2015: session editing deadline (if proposal is accepted)

• April 9-10, 2015: Conference

**PLEASE NOTE: Your proposal does not need to be a refined proposal by any means. This call for proposal/ideas/input is our attempt at casting a wide net to capture as many ideas as possible and identify who is interested in exploring ideas with the planning committee, and doing the work to develop those ideas and convening colleagues to deliver them into interactive sessions.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS FORM

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.

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