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Program Coordinator, Lead by Example (Boston, MA)

LBE provides clean energy guidance and technical assistance, as well as supports development of innovative financing tools that help make clean energy projects feasible and cost-effective. The Fellow will serve a 2-year term with a possible 1 year extension. For more information, click here.

Energy Project Manager, West Chester University (PA)

Join a vibrant campus community whose excellence is reflected in its diversity and student success. West Chester University of Pennsylvania’s Facilities Division invites applicants for an Energy Project Manager (EPM).

The Energy Project Manager will manage all energy related projects along with some sustainability related projects, identify new energy savings and sustainability technologies, implement new projects which will reduce energy and resource usage, manage campus mechanical and/or electrical projects, continually monitor energy usage and the Facilities Department sustainability efforts; identify areas of high energy usage and its cause, malfunctioning equipment and ensure corrective action is taken; evaluate the energy efficiency of proposed construction, building expansions and/or renovations; set performance standards, develop and write guidelines, procedures and specifications for projects; assist Plant Operations in identifying problems with mechanical, HVAC, and utility systems; management of Campus Energy Management and Control Systems to ensure that they are kept in peak operating condition; manage West Chester University of Pennsylvania’s multi-million dollar utility budget; ensure energy is purchased and billed at the lowest rate; serve as technical consultant on new energy technology and an active member of the University’s Climate Action Planning Team; actively promote energy conservation measures; maintain historical records and train personnel in energy and resource savings.

Learn more/apply.

Lunch and Learn Recap: Alicia Hunt

This week’s Lunch and Learn, an initiative of the Environmental Studies Department, featured Alicia Hunt, director of Energy and the Environment for the city of Medford.  Ms. Hunt spoke to a packed room of students, professors, community members, representatives of the Tufts Institute for the Environment and the Office of Sustainability, and President Monaco himself!

aliciahuntMs. Hunt began with an overview of city demographics and background. Medford was actually the fourth English settlement in North America! Today, the city is home to 56,000 residents, but it is also 1/3 green space, including The Fells.

Medford has also long been a trendsetter in environmental and sustainability innovation. Its Go Green Medford initiative has placed the city at the vanguard nationally. In 2002, Medford switched all its traffic lights over to LED – revolutionary at the time, but now the standard of efficiency. In 2004, its city hall was the first in Massachusetts to receive the Energy Star Plaque, and in 2009 Medford built the first municipal-scale wind turbine at a school in Massachusetts. “We love to be first” with everything green, said Hunt.

In fact, Medford has gotten so good at setting the standard for sustainability that when the Department of Energy launched its Better Buildings Challenge, they specifically recruited Medford to participate,  knowing the prestige and expertise which Medford would bring to the program.

Hunt was also quick to point out how helpful the state’s grants and other incentives are in driving sustainability.

Just last year, Medford developed a local energy action plan, an updated version of its 2001 climate action plan. Other recent initiatives and accomplishments include an Idle-Free Medford education outreach campaign and participation in SolarizeMass. Tufts’s planned installation of solar panels on the roof of Dowling Hall will be part of Medford’s Solarize Medford initiative. Hunt emphasized that the work that the city had done in vetting potential solar companies and determining which would work best in the community made the process and decision immeasurably easier for residents looking into solar installations.

In addition, while Medford has long had a focus on residential sustainability, Hunt said they are adding a focus on encouraging green business practices.

Of course, we were glad to hear that Hunt and her department are always looking for Tufts students and faculty to contribute to the efforts, whether through work-study, volunteering, internships, stenciling by storm drains, investigating the feasibility of a compost program, etc. Tufts is so fortunate to be situated in such a sustainable city!

Assistant, PowerSave Campus Energy Program, Alliance to Save Energy (Oakland, CA)

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

Learn more.

Energy Innovation Summit

Deadline: Dec. 2
Conference Dates: Feb. 25-27, 2014
The ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit gathers energy leaders in academia, business, and government to work towards moving cutting-edge energy technologies into the marketplace. Hosted by the US Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy in Washington DC, this summit will include over 150 expert speakers and keynote addresses and a showcase featuring more than 280 breakthrough energy technologies. A bipartisan group of US Senators and Representatives will also be in attendance. 

The Student Program is an opportunity for graduate students to attend the Summit, participate in additional student-focused panel sessions, and network with corporate recruiters. Accepted students will have their registration fee waived but must make their own travel and hotel accommodations. Please visit the Student Program website for more information and for the program application. 

 

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