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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 – 9:45 am
Deadline: June 28, 2013
Ruby on Rails Developer, Sustainable Endowments Institute
The Billion Dollar Green Challenge, which helps colleges and universities invest in energy efficiency and resource efficiency projects on campus,has been creating a web tool called the Green Revolving Investment Tracking System (GRITS) over the past year and now has a working beta version of the tool. You can read more about GRITS here and see a video demo. The purpose of GRITS is to help colleges and other institutions manage and track their energy, financial, and carbon savings from energy efficiency projects. We are looking to add a developer that is skilled in Ruby on Rails to work with the existing beta version to build out a final platform that can be used by early September.
October 12, 2012 – 11:20 am
ICF International is a leader in providing support to national energy efficiency programs, and is currently seeking entry-level staff to support its energy efficiency team in Washington, DC or Fairfax, VA. Our clients include the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, and other Federal agencies. Entry level positions support a variety of functions that include the research and analysis of technical, policy, and programmatic issues for energy efficiency products and programs, and support outreach to key industry stakeholders and program participants.
Applicants should have a Bachelor’s degree and experience with MS Office. For more information and to apply, click here.
April 20, 2012 – 6:42 pm
Since the beginning of March, the three Working Groups of the Campus Sustainability Council have been meeting bi-weekly to discuss the current state of energy/emissions, water, and waste policies and practices at Tufts, and to create new policy measures in these areas.
The Energy/Emissions Working Group met for the first time on March 15th and reviewed its roles and responsibilities, which include reviewing current energy usage and emissions, existing initiatives and goals, as well as creating recommendations for goals and implementation plans to present to the Campus Sustainability Council.
The group reviewed Tufts’ institutional commitments to energy and emissions reduction including the 1990 Talloires Declaration and Tufts Environmental Policy, the 1999 Climate Change Commitment to follow the Kyoto Protocol and reduce carbon dioxide levels to 7% below 1990 levels by 2012, and the 2003 New England Governors/Eastern Canadian Premiers Climate Change Action Plan with the goal to be 10% below 1990 levels by 2020 and 75-85% below 2001 levels by 2050. The members also learned that many energy-saving initiatives at Tufts are already underway, including:
- Occupancy sensors in most rooms on campus
- Daylight sensing/dimming, lighting & controls
- Ongoing technology updates include LED lighting
- Equipment efficiency
- State of the art boiler controls and boiler upgrades
- Retro-commissioning of buildings
- Heat-recovery programs
- Energy Star vending machines & vending misers
- Free CFL bulb exchange
- IT upgrades (LCD screens, laptops)
- Solar panels on Sophia Gordon Hall, Schmaltz House, Fairmount House
- Management- Residence Hall winter break shut-down
- Behavior modification
- LEED Certification
- Fuel Switching from oil to gas
- Renewable energy such as solar and geothermal
The working group members discussed the differences between Tufts’ campuses energy use and emissions, life-cycle costing, ways to evaluate proposed solutions and appropriate metrics for evaluation. The group is in the final stages of assessing the current state of energy and emissions at Tufts and will soon move on to metrics and goal setting. The working group is co-chaired by Ann Rappaport, Lecturer at Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and Betsy Isenstein, Director of Facilities Technical Services.
As always, Tufts community members are welcome to add their own suggestions for the working group through the easy, on-line form available on the Office of Sustainability’s website.