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Eco-Rep Update

Anyone pumped about the environment, which ought be everyone, should apply to be an Eco-Rep for the Fall of 2013!  We are looking for a diverse group of people looking to make an positive impact on the environment!  Do it now! 

Get excited!  Recyclemania is coming to a close with only a week left for all the dorm to step up the recycling!  Make sure to check out the website if you are not sure what is and is not recyclable, or, ask any Eco-Rep!  Go green and help support Tufts in the national competition!

A call for old cloths: do you have cloths that you don’t wear any more?  Do you have no more space in your closet?  It’s about time to let go of your old cloths by donating it to the Eco-Reps for the upcoming clothing swap!  There are boxes in each dorm for cloths (but no shoes) so make sure to get some Spring cleaning done and stick some of your old cloths in the labelled boxes!

This week at our meeting the Eco-Reps learned about environmentally friendly ways to get around.  Too often we rely on our personal cars to take us places.  We found that in reality, public transportation tends to be cheaper, stress free, and easier.  The T is always a reliable way to get around the Boston area, and buses are very dependable too!  There are a lot of helpful applications for your phone to track buses and the T.  We came to the conclusion that buses are a great way to get around: bus drivers are great, they are cheaper than the T, and you can even hitch your bike to the front of the bus( just don’t forget to take it down when you get off!).  Getting a ZipCar and carpooling is also often very cost effective and convenient.  If you are a Tufts student, there are special rate!  Check out the website to learn more and to see how to register.  But, let’s not forget the lovely Tufts Bikes group on campus that allows us to borrow bikes from Tisch library for up to 8 hours!

Fun fact: L.A. could have potentially been the most eco-friendly county.  But, because of the political and economic power of big oil companies, much of the plans to implement awesome public transportation was not made possible.  It was quite surprising to many of us how great energy-efficient technology has been developed in the past, but has been destroyed or overlooked because of the multi-billion dollar industry that capitalized on oil and fossil fuels.

Earth Day is coming up so get excited for dorm and school-wide events!  There are going to be flyers and posters all around campus, but if you want to get more details RA’s and Eco-Reps are always happy to tell you all about the exiting upcoming events!

2013 Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy: Sustainable Transportation

Announcing the 3rd annual
SUMMER INSTITUTE ON SUSTAINABILITY AND ENERGY
Hosted by the Energy Initiative at the University of Illinois at Chicago, in partnership with Argonne National Laboratory; Clean Energy Trust; Energy Policy Institute at Chicago (University of Chicago); Energy and Sustainability Engineering (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign); Initiative for Sustainability & Energy at Northwestern (Northwestern University); Wanger Institute for Sustainable Energy Research (Illinois Institute of Technology)

2013 Program Theme: Sustainable Transportation

The Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy (SISE) is a two-week intensive workshop and lecture series geared towards individuals interested in the title subjects: sustainability and energy.  From August 5-16, a diverse body of participants will converge on the UIC campus and immerse itself in a broad spectrum of sustainability and energy related topics.  Issues presented will be of interest to scientists, economists, political scientists, urban planners, engineers, architects, and entrepreneurs.  Participants will engage these issues through interactive and interdisciplinary lectures and panel discussions, collaborative research projects that stress scientific innovation and entrepreneurship, networking opportunities with academics and professionals, and tours of sustainability and energy related sites in the Chicago area.  This experience leaves graduates of the Summer Institute with a firm foundation for future careers in sustainability and energy, and inspires them to lead the next generation as thoughtful and informed global citizens.

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED.

Admission into the program is highly competitive. 60-80 participants will be accepted from a pool of national applicants.  Those accepted into the program can expect to receive financial support including transportation getting to and from Chicago, lodging during the duration of the program, and most meals.

LEARN MORE ABOUT US!
We invite you to learn more about the Summer Institute.
Visit us on the web at: http://sise.phy.uic.edu/

GIS Intern Positions – Boston Region Metropolitan Area Planning Organization (Boston, MA)

The Central Transportation Planning Staff (CTPS) of the Boston Region MetropolitanArea Planning Organization has openings for two interns in its GIS group. These are paid positions.  The interns will be responsible for:  Editing, updating, and performing some QA/QC on attribute data for very large GIS vector data sets, based on data collected in the field, conflating two very large GIS vector data sets, based on well-defined criteria for different classes of records in the data sets.  Required skills: At least 6 months experience using ESRI’s ArcGIS tools (ArcMap andArcCatalog), particularly using the editor. Knowledge of and/or experience withArcSDE is a plus, as is knowledge of and/or experience working with linear referencing systems.  Hours: 37.5 hours per week, during regular business hours (M-F, 9-5).

If you are interested in this position, please forward via e-mail a resume and cover letter to:  Benjamin Krepp, Manager of GIS and IT Central Transportation Planning Staff, Suite 2150, 10 Park Plaza, Boston MA 02115 E-mail: bkrepp@ctps.org

Parking and Transportation Department Intern (Cambridge)

The City of Cambridge is seeking an intern in its Parking and Transportation Department. The TP&T intern’s main priority will be working on the City’s Bike Rack installation program. This will involve helping select locations in the city that warrant new bike racks (mostly on city sidewalks), creating work orders for each round of installation, mapping locations in gis, photographing and documenting racks, managing contractor, and monitoring the bike racks being installed in the field. The intern will also assist the engineering and transportation planning functions of the department. Hours: Flexible. Up to 37.5 hours/week. Salary: $13.90 per hour.  Fore more information, visit:  http://www.ci.cambridge.ma.us/jobs.aspx

Transportation Planning Internship (Cambridge, MA)

The selected candidate will be responsible for a wide variety of tasks with a focus on the bicycle parking program, traffic calming program, bicycle/pedestrian studies, and the Parking & Transportation Demand Management program. In addition, the candidate will provide basic administrative support to these programs and other activities as needed in the division. Work-study eligible candidates are strongly preferred for this internship. Start Date: September 2012 (exact date negotiable). A minimum commitment until May 2012 is required. Hours: 10-15 hours / week; Compensation: $13.69/ hour.

To apply, please send a cover letter with a resume to:

Bill Deignan
Environmental & Transportation Planning Division
Community Development Department
344 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02139.

Email: wdeignan@cambridgema.gov. Please specify your available start dates and your work-study status in your cover letter.

Community Organizer – Community Labor United (Boston, MA)

The Organizer will be responsible for a wide range of programmatic work including CLU’s Public Transit – Public Good, a campaign of the Green Justice Coalition (GJC). The GJC’s Public Transit – Public Good campaign is a statewide partnership of community-based organizations and labor unions working for a sustainable funding structure for transit throughout the state; fully functional transit service in each of our regions; and public transportation that increases equity across race, class, region, and citizenship status. The Organizer  will report to a Co-Director/Deputy Director. A pplications will only be accepted electronically.  Please email a cover letter, resume, salary history and three references to Jeremy Shenk at Jeremy@massclu.org. Please include a daytime phone number where we can contact you.

Government Affairs Intern (Boston, MA)

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) seeks an intern to work in the Government Affairs department of its Boston office. MAPC is a regional planning agency serving the people who live and work in the greater Boston region. Our mission is to promote smart growth and regional cooperation, which includes protecting the environment, supporting economic development, encouraging sustainable land use, improving transportation, bolstering affordable housing, ensuring public safety, advancing equity and opportunity among people of all backgrounds, and fostering collaboration among municipalities.

Duties may include:

  • Working with the department to advance the agency’s legislative agenda at the State House and on Capitol Hill;
  • Organizing and participating in program activities related to the agency’s youth violence prevention initiative;
  • Conducting research and drafting policy documents on subjects that may include open space, public health and/or municipal finance.
  • Collaborating with other agency departments (e.g., Communications, Data Services, and Municipal Services) on projects that may arise.

Qualifications:

The intern will have significant responsibilities and will be included in relevant meetings with municipal officials, state legislators and their staff, and various coalition partners. The intern must be personable, have strong writing skills, and possess excellent research capabilities. The ideal candidate is a graduate student with substantial writing experience who is studying law, public policy, public administration, urban planning or another related field. Only current students will be considered for this position. The intern should be willing to commit at least 20 hours per week.

Supplemental Information:

This is a paid position without benefits. Position open until filled. Candidate must have legal authorization and visa status to work in the USA. MAPC is an EOE/ AA employer. Diverse candidates are encouraged to apply. Please see MAPC web site (www.mapc.org) and go to “Jobs at MAPC” AND APPLY ONLINE THERE AT LINK SHOWN. Posted 6-1-12.  Thomas E. Hauenstein, Manager of Human Resources.

For more information go to the MAPC website.

Intern Boston Cyclist Union (Boston, MA)

This intern will gain valuable skills in networking with planners and leaders across all of Boston’s neighborhoods and will develop an in depth understanding of how public works projects are carried out. He/she will attend important evening meetings on roadway and major construction projects and confer with the executive director on steps that can be taken to ensure better bicycling infrastructure is included. Urban planning background or interest is required, as is availability in the evenings and a willingness to travel to all corners of the City of Boston (many areas are not easily accessible by the T.) Please send applications to noelle@bostoncyclistsunion.org with a resume and statement of purpose. The email should include the internship for which you are applying, your academic and career goals, the skills and experience you possess and their relevancy to the internship you are applying for, when you would like to start and end your internship, and how many hours a week you are available.

Mar 30: Walk/Ride Day Corporate Challenge!

The Green Streets Initiative is thrilled to announce the launch of its inaugural Walk/Ride Day Corporate Challenge!

Kicking off March 30, the Walk/Ride Day Corporate Challenge is a competition among Boston area employers to encourage alternative commuting habits just one day a month, over the course of seven months. The Challenge aligns with Green Streets’ signature Walk/Ride Days when, on the last Friday of every month, individuals can check in at http://greenstreets.mapc.org to indicate they have used active, sustainable transportation and receive special incentives.

Each month, gogreenstreets.org will display a leader board of companies ranked according to the employer’s percentage of participation. We’ll also raffle off a fabulous prize among participants of each month’s leading company, including gift cards to area restaurants and more. Upon the Challenge’s conclusion in September, the company with the highest cumulative percentage of participation will be named the Walk/Ride Day Corporate Challenge and be honored with a special celebration.

Employers ready to sign up now can do so at http://gogreenstreets.org/sign-walkride-day-corporate-challenge.

The Green Streets Initiative also has a number of sponsorships available, including the Walk/Ride Day Corporate Challenge Naming Title Sponsorship. As the Naming Title Sponsor, your company’s name will appear on all materials related to the Challenge, from bus signs and brochures, to t-shirts, cups and bike vests.

For more information, see GSI’s website.