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The Candidates and the Climate

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!

Sustainability Fellow (Skidmore College)

The office of Sustainable Skidmore at Skidmore College seeks two full-time Sustainability Fellows. Each position is a two year appointment, funded through the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation. The Fellows report to the Sustainability Coordinator and work closely with one another, the Coordinator for the Environmental Studies Program, managers within Facilities Services, Skidmore’s Campus Sustainability Committee, the student Sustainability Rep Program, the North Woods Stewards, the Environmental Action Club, and other constituencies on and off campus.
The Sustainability Fellow for Communication and Outreach will assist in managing communication internally and externally for the Sustainable Skidmore office. He/She will create and implement programs related to sustainability for students and employees, aid in sustainability assessment, build alumni connections, and manage the Sustainability Rep Program. The Fellow will have an excellent opportunity to make an impact both on the ongoing operations of the College, and, through communication and outreach activities, on the development of future leaders.


The Sustainability Fellow for Projects will assist in recruiting and managing student staff in the North Woods Stewards Program, the Skidmore Student Conservation Corps, composting, and other areas. He/she will create and carry out various educational events and programs related to sustainability, assist in planning related to land use management, and aid in sustainability assessment which includes collecting data for a greenhouse gas inventory and climate action plan. The Fellow will have an excellent opportunity to make an impact both on the ongoing operations of the College, and, through educational and planning activities, on the development of future leaders.


Qualifications: BA or BS, strong written and verbal skills, a creative approach to problem-solving, and comfort in working with students, faculty, and staff from across the College. The successful candidate should have skills in organizing and compiling information across a broad range of topics.

Experience with digital communication, online tools, and with designing and facilitating training programs, educational programs, and general event-planning in areas related to sustainability is desirable. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in sustainability programs in higher education, state or corporate sustainability offices, or nonprofit organizations, and to those candidates who have experience coordinating and facilitating meetings and programs with students. Candidates interested in the Sustainability Fellow for Projects should have experience with hands-on tasks such as composting and trail maintenance.


Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.


To learn more about and apply for this position please visit us online.

Summer staff, Jobs for Good Causes (Boston, MA)

The Fund for the Public Interest is a national non-profit organization that works to build support for progressive organizations. We are hiring smart, passionate, and hard-working people to work on our campaign to increase solar power with Environment Massachusetts. Later in the summer we’ll be working to decrease waste by updating the bottle bill with MASSPIRG.

We are looking for interested candidates who are hard workers and have excellent communication skills and a passion to work on critical issues. As a member of our staff, you will fundraise for non-profits, build membership for our partner groups, and educate and activate citizens on pressing issues. You will also have the opportunity to organize press conferences and build coalitions with other non-profit organizations. While on staff, you gain knowledge about pressing concerns our country is facing, learn how to effectively generate public support, and obtain a firm understanding of the political process.

Learn more about these positions at: www.jobsforgoodcauses.org

Our full time staff:
- Run campaigns for groups like the Human Rights Campaign, Environment Massachusetts, and MASSPIRG.
- Make a difference on critical issues like expanding solar energy and decreasing waste in MA.
- Earn $4000-$6000 for the summer.

Apply online now:http://www.fundforthepublicinterest.org/jobs/citizen-outreach-staff/bostonapplication OR Call our office: 617-747-4329 to get scheduled for an interview. Ask for Paul

Food, Farm, and Sustainability Institute Summer Program (Hampshire College)

I am thrilled to announce the inaugural Food, Farm, and Sustainability Institute at Hampshire College, a six week summer academic program designed for undergraduate students interested in sustainable agriculture and food studies. Please forward this email to anyone you know who might be interested in applying!

Overview: From June 4 to July 13, 2012, students, faculty, staff, and alumni will come together as a living and learning community at Hampshire College. Students will gain hands-on work experience with the guidance of the Hampshire College Farm Center staff, learn through inquiry-based projects mentored by faculty with a range of expertise, and acquire ownership of knowledge through independent research projects. The institute will follow food from its origin in the soil, through plant cultivation and animal management, address issues in public health and politics, and end up in the kitchen, breaking bread and assessing the character of the food we produce and eat. There will be numerous opportunities for community building through roundtable dinner discussions with local farmers and food producers, a weekly film series, and field trips to local farms emphasizing environmental and community sustainability.

Tuition for the six week program is $3,400, including communal lunch costs (students are responsible for breakfast and dinners as well as all weekend meals). Lodging is an additional $800 for students who wish to reside on campus. 
Hampshire recommends 8 academic credits for completion of the 6-week program. Students are encouraged to check with their home institutions for credit equivalent.

Online Application Deadline: March 1, 2012

For more detailed information about the Food, Farm, and Sustainability Institute, please visit the website: summer.hampshire.edu.
If you have any questions, please contact ffs@hampshire.edu.

Contest: Undergrad Environmental Photography – $300 in prizes

The Tufts Environmental Studies Program is holding its first annual Environmental Photo Contest. It’s open to all Tufts undergrads and will include prizes for first place ($150), second place ($100), and third place ($50). CASH MONEY.

Students can submit multiple photos. All photography styles are welcome. Full rules and details are available on Facebook.

Submissions are due to the Environmental Studies Program, 210 Packard Avenue, Miller Hall-East Rear Door, Medford Campus, by Monday, Oct. 24.

Submitted prints will be exhibited in the Tufts Institute of the Environment and may be used by the Environmental Studies and TIE in their publications, websites, or for other Tufts-related purposes. Prints will also be showcased in a digital exhibition on the Environmental Studies website.

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