ICIC is seeking a research and advisory intern who is able to work part-time throughout the spring 2016 semester. There is the possibility to continue through the summer. The intern will work closely with research and advisory staff to support research projects concerning urban economic development, food system resilience, and business growth issues.
The research assistant will work with the Research Coordinator on updating research and basic graphic design materials for the economic and environmental education texts published by the Theory and Education department at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE) at Tufts University. In addition, they will help to prepare and organize GDAE’s Social Science Library Project (a project developed in conjunction with the United Nations Decade for Education for Sustainable Development) through which educational resources are distributed to university libraries in developing countries around the world.
This is a paid position with a flexible 5-12 hours/week.
Western’s Sustainability Action Plan (SAP) is intended to become the University’s guiding document for the incorporation of sustainable principles and practices into the broad areas of academics, operations, outreach, and administration. The SAP will consist of several chapters related to the different areas of sustainability activity on Western’s campus including Western curricula, student life, campus engagement, management of resources and operations, facilities planning and design, research activities, community relations, business and finance, the extra-curricular life of Western and others. Each chapter will contain content such as background information, long term goals, potential objectives and strategies, prioritized action steps relative to resource need, and key performance indicators.
With oversight from the Sustainability Manager, the SAP Coordinator will act as the primary organizing position and editor for the creation of Western’s Sustainability Action Plan. This will be achieved through several mechanisms including meeting facilitation, public input, research, writing, and presentation. This position will form a working relationship with Western’s Sustainability Advisory Committee (SAC), the body charged with completion of the SAP. The SAP Coordinator will usher the SAP through the necessary approvals, aligning the document to Western’s mission and strategic plan.