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May 1, 2013 – 9:58 am
The Cambridge Community Development Department is seeking candidates for the 2013-2014 Sustainability Internship. Interested persons should submit a resume and cover letter to:
Contact: John Bolduc, Environmental Planner
Address: Community Development Department, 344 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone: (617) 349-4628
Fax: (617) 349-4633
The Environmental and Transportation Planning Division is responsible for improving the city’s quality of life by working to protect and improve the city’s environment and create a more sustainable community through initiatives on transportation, energy, and climate change.
The divisions’ sustainability planning activities cover transportation planning and implementation, with an emphasis on bicycle, pedestrian, and transit modes; energy efficiency and renewable energy planning and implementation; climate protection and preparedness planning and implementation.
The Sustainability Intern will assist the Environmental and Transportation Planning Division staff primarily on climate protection and preparedness projects, including local energy planning. This will involve implementation of programs and actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with activities in the community and municipal operations. The intern may also be called upon to assist on other environmental projects such as the review of major development projects, responses to public inquiries, and investigation and remediation of site contamination. This is a chance to work on a wide range of municipal sustainability initiatives.
Desired Skills and Interests
Ability to use various computer software including word processing, spreadsheets, and databases. Knowledge and interest in the technical and policy basis of climate change, energy, air quality, and sustainability. Interest in community process and participation is also desired.
WORK-STUDY ELIGIBLE STUDENTS ARE PREFERRED, BUT NON-WORK STUDY STUDENTS WILL BE CONSIDERED.
Starting Date: 06-01-13
Ending Date: 05/31/14 unless extended by Department
Hours: 37.5 hours per week, not including holidays summer; 10hours/week during the school year. Hours are flexible, however. A summer-only internship is not available.
May 1, 2013 – 9:48 am
Deadline: June 1, 2013
The Center for Urban Ecology (CUE) at Butler University invites applications for Butler’s first Sustainability Coordinator. We seek applicants who share our passion for creative solutions to issues related to campus sustainability, urban ecology, and sustainable cities. Butler University is a recent signatory of the American Colleges and Universities Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) and is looking to build upon this signing to develop innovative and robust sustainability programming for Butler’s campus, viewing the campus as a living laboratory for these programs. Butler’s Sustainability Coordinator will develop and oversee sustainability programming for faculty, staff and students of Butler University and promote Butler’s campus sustainability to local, regional and national audiences. This position reports to the director of the Center for Urban Ecology and will work closely with Butler’s existing Sustainability Council, students, faculty and staff to help develop and execute the University’s sustainability program.
April 29, 2013 – 12:21 pm
The Bard Center for Environmental Policy has an opening for a visiting Environmental Scientist to teach an annual fall semester course in climate and climate change science in our MS in Climate Science and Policy Program.
February 14, 2013 – 1:41 pm
Applications for Breakthrough Generation 2013 are now open — deadline March 5, 2013 at 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time.
The Breakthrough Institute is seeking five to ten outstanding young analysts, writers, and thought leaders for a paid fellowship in summer 2013 as part of their young leaders initiative, Breakthrough Generation. Fellows will contribute writing and research to one of three policy programs at the Breakthrough Institute: Energy and Climate, Conservation and Development, or Economic Growth and Innovation. Fellowships are highly competitive — only 5-10 percent of applicants are generally accepted — and involve cutting-edge writing, research, and public policy analysis.
The fellowship runs for ten weeks between June and August 2013 and pays $500 per week. The exact dates will be set in March. Fellows work 40 hours per week, and may be considered for full-time employment at the end of the fellowship. Breakthrough does not provide housing.
Who Can Apply?
Final-year undergraduates, college graduates, and postgraduates are eligible to apply for the fellowship. Fellowships are open to applicants from any country.
To apply, please send a cover letter, resume or CV, and three writing samples to generation [at] thebreakthrough.org. Incomplete applications will not be considered. The application must reach Breakthrough Institute by March 5, 2013 at 11:59 PM PST.
For more information, please click here.
November 28, 2012 – 4:45 pm
INTERNSHIP – THE CLEAN AIR TASK FORCE, BOSTON, MA
The Clean Air Task Force (CATF) is hiring an intern during the spring 2013 semester to support its Land Use and Bioenergy Project. Key responsibilities will include: Tracking, collecting, and summarizing emerging research on climate-related impacts of biofuels production and biomass-based power generation. Analyzing state, federal, and international policy developments. Reviewing and summarizing long-term projections about biomass availability.
Duration: January – May 2013 Time: 5-10 hours/week, Stipend: $12/hour. Website: http://www.catf.us/climate/land_use_and_bioenergy/
November 5, 2012 – 10:41 pm
While no candidate is perfect on climate change (and indeed, they all seem to be woefully inadequate), there are some differences:
Mitt Romney: despite his surprisingly good record on climate change while he was governor, Romney’s energy plan focuses almost entirely on pumping more fossil fuels into the atmosphere, a situation that would almost certainly ensure the world’s inability to reign in climate change (Rolling Stone has a pretty fierce write up of it, but you can read it yourself and see). Just one example: in his quotes about N. American energy independence, he uses a Manhattan Institute report that says, “In collaboration with Canada and Mexico, the United States could—and should—forge a broad pro-development, pro-export policy to realize the benefits of our hydrocarbon resources. Such a policy could lead to North America becoming the largest supplier of fuel to the world by 2030.” (what no-one seems to have told him, however, is that oil and gas companies that drill in N. America aren’t restricted to selling that fuel only to Canada, Mexico and the US – they’ll sell it to whomever gives the best price – as any good, non-government-run institution would do).
But anyhow, Obama’s no great climate champion these days either but at least he doesn’t blatantly ignore climate change or pledge to dig up and sell all the fossil fuels in North America. As an aside, Romney attacks Obama for ‘targeting old coal power plants’ – when, really, we wish he were targeting them, since those plants are some of the worst carbon emissions offenders.
Here is a summary of what the 2 candidates have said about energy and climate on the campaign trail.
Elizabeth Warren seems to support action on climate change – at least in words – but I doubt it’ll be a priority for her. Scott Brown, however, in June 2012 voted to ‘disapprove’ the EPAs endangerment findings on greenhouse gases and in March 2012 voted against ending tax deductions for major oil companies and extending incentives for energy efficient homes, plug-in vehicles and alternative fuels. They are considered one of 4 senate races with noticably different opinions on climate.
Jon Golnik doesn’t list ‘environment’ as an issue on his website, but under ‘energy’ he indicates he supports the Keystone XL pipeline, fracking and drilling in ANWR. OK, I guess that says it all. Climate doesn’t seem to be a priority for Niki Tsongas, but she states that she help[ed] to pass tougher fuel efficiency standards and incentives for renewable energy, so there’s hope there.
Don’t forget to vote!
October 18, 2012 – 1:57 pm
The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center on Tuesday launched an expanded 2013 paid internship program, offering fall and spring opportunities for students in addition to those offered during the summer.
The internship program connects students statewide to paid internships at clean energy companies based in Massachusetts. Gov. Deval Patrick announced the internships at an annual conference for clean energy industry professionals, which is being held this week in Boston.
The Massachusetts Clean Energy Internship Program during the past two summers has helped place more than 262 students and recent graduates from 32 public, private and community colleges and universities with more than 77 clean energy companies across the state. Thirty-eight of the interns ended up with full-time and part-time jobs, according to a press release from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC).
The internship program will begin accepting applications for the 10-week internship sessions on Nov. 1.
MassCEC will give participating clean energy companies up to $12 an hour to pay each intern. The summer session will include full-time internships, with a cap of $4,800 per intern, and the spring and fall sessions will be part-time internships, with a cap of $2,400 per intern, according to the state.
September 17, 2012 – 4:33 pm
Mondays, 12:30-1:45 PM
“Riding the Unicorn: The Myth of Sustainability”
Bruce J. Oreck, U.S. Ambassador to Finland and Chair, League of Green Embassies
Cabot 703, The Fletcher School
“Public Perceptions of Wind Energy Development in Massachusetts”
Maria Petrova, Postdoctoral Fellow, CIERP, The Fletcher School
Cabot 702, The Fletcher School
“No Great Wall – The Global Diffusion of Clean Energy Technologies”
Kelly Sims Gallagher, Associate Professor of Energy and Environmental Policy and
Director of CIERP’s Energy, Climate, and Innovation Program, The Fletcher School
Cabot 702, The Fletcher School
“Climate Change as a Driver of Humanitarian Crises and Response”
Peter Walker, Director of the Feinstein International Center and Rosenberg
Professor of Nutrition and Human Security, Tufts University
Cabot 702, The Fletcher School
For event flyers and additional information, visit the Fletcher School’s events page here.
August 9, 2012 – 3:00 pm
The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is seeking a fellowship program manager for the climate corps fellowship program. Location is flexible (Boston or New York preferred). EDF Climate Corps is Environmental Defense Fund’s innovative summer fellowship program that places specially-trained MBA and MPA students in companies, cities and universities to build the business case for energy efficiency. The Fellowship Program Manager oversees all functions related to the fellowship program, managing staff and consultants to deliver results on time and on budget. For more information on the program, visit: http://edfclimatecorps.org/ To apply, click here.
August 1, 2012 – 4:16 pm
Join Bard College every other Wednesday for the National Climate Seminar and listen in real time to experts discuss the latest science, politics, and economics of climate change. Assign these calls to your students, listen online after the call, or download the podcast! A question and answer session follows each presentation, so please send your questions prior to each call to firstname.lastname@example.org. All calls are also available as podcasts on our website.
Simply call 1-712-432-3100 (code: 253385) at 12:00pm eastern on the scheduled day. You can also visit our website for more information on our speakers and to listen to past seminars.
The Fall 2012 schedule is as follows:
September 5: Rio, Déjà Vu?
Hunter Lovins, President and Founder, Natural Capitalism Solutions
September 19: Climate and the Election
Bernie Sanders (Invited), U.S. Senator for Vermont
October 3: Coal Exports and Winning the Climate Game: Don’t Lose
KC Golden, Policy Director, Climate Solutions
October 17: Social Movements and Politics
May Boeve, Director for Partnerships and Policy/Co-founder, 350.org
November 7: The Clean Air Act, Next Steps
Dallas Burtraw, Darius Gaskins Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future
November 21: Climate Change: A Matter of Health
Kim Knowlton, Senior Scientist, Health and Environmental Programing, NRDC
December 5: Climate Change and Impacts on Biodiversity
Eleanor Sterling, Director, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, AMNH