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Volunteer at PV America on June 23-25, 2014 in Boston!

Volunteers at PV America (PVA) have the unique and exciting opportunity to play an active role in New England’s largest education and business-to-business event, focused on the PV solar market. It takes a diverse group of volunteers to support our goals – we hope you can join us! Volunteers will work approximately 15 hours between Monday, June 23 and Wednesday, June 25, and in exchange, will receive a complimentary Full Conference Registration Pass including access to educational sessions; the Exhibit Hall; General Session; and networking receptions and lunches.
 
The Volunteer Application will be available in late January, and positions will be filled on a rolling basis.
 
Join their mailing list to receive the application when it is available. Make sure to select “Volunteering” in the drop down menu options. Email Brittany Doyle, Volunteer Coordinator, Solar Energy Trade Shows, LLC if you have questions at bdoyle@solarenergytradeshows.com.

Program Coordinator, ACP Energy Fellow (Boston)

The Department of Energy Resources (DOER) is responsible for implementing the state’s Renewable and Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard (RPS and APS) programs, which includes the RPS Solar Carve-Out. As part of these programs, DOER collects from time to time Alternative Compliance Payments (ACP) which are used to further the clean energy goals. DOER is looking to hire an ACP Energy Fellow. The Fellow’s contributions will primarily in support of the RPS Solar Carve-Out program, providing data management, application review and processing, communications with applicants and stakeholders, and general market analyses. For more information, or to apply, click here.

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

Campus Sustainability Council update: Energy/Emissions Working Group

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.