The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) develops and implements policies and programs aimed at ensuring the adequacy, security, diversity, and cost-effectiveness of the Commonwealth’s energy supply within the context of creating a clean energy future. DOER is part of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA).
In order to comply with Massachusetts regulations and reduce Tufts’ greenhouse gas emissions from commuting and university vehicles, the Operations Division and the Office of Sustainability survey members of the Tufts community each year about their transportation habits. Members of the Tufts community were randomly selected to participate in a short survey containing general questions about current and future transportation at Tufts. 5,200 people participated in the survey, representing an overall response rate of 34%.
The final survey results can be viewed here.
The graph below shows the response rate per population per campus:
The Solar Tompkins Board of Directors is now conducting a search for a uniquely qualified and talented individual to hire as Program Director for this year’s HeatSmart Tompkins program. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to participate in a limited term project that involves encouraging up to 100 homeowners within Tompkins County to convert to heat pump technologies and/or undertake building efficiency measures through an effective program that optimizes the customer experience and simplifies what can otherwise be a complex set of decisions. The Program Director’s contract position is for the approximate period June 29, 2015 – July 15, 2016.
The Program Director will be directly involved with the Solar Tompkins Board of Directors in shaping the program to achieve those goals, and will be responsible for the day-to-day operation and management of the program.
This is an exciting initiative for Tompkins County, and a rare opportunity for the right individual to make a difference in the transitioning of our community to a clean energy future.
|Application Deadline: 3:00 PM (EST) Friday, May 22, 2015.
On June 10th, the students and teachers of Medford High School will be participating in a stewardship event organized by the Community Conservation Education Partnership (CCEP) from 10 am -12 pm with lunch and music to follow. The CCEP is a committee of local organizations including Medford High School, Eagle Eye Institute, the Friends of the Middlesex Fells Reservation, MA DCR, USDA Forest Service, US EPA, and Tufts University. The CCEPaims to connect the entire Medford High School community (students, teachers, and parents alike) to the Middlesex Fells Reservation through innovative in-school and after-school outdoor education, field research, and enrichment activities. If you are a supporter of outdoor education, please consider participating in this outreach event to show your support.
Volunteers can simply agree to assist a teacher with a small group of approximately 20 students on a specific task in the Fells, such as identifying different plant species in the area or removing an invasive plant species in a designated area. Volunteers are also welcome to lead a group of students in an activity such as reading Thoreau in the Lawrence Woods or guiding a group of students to a location to capture the scene with photography, poetry, or any form of art.
Any idea for a project is welcome; the CCEP wants these projects to be diverse in content to pique the interest of all of the community members of Medford High School!
|Application Deadline: Any suggestion for a project will need prior approval by the CCEP and Headmaster of Medford High School preferably by May 21st.
Application Details: If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Karen O’Hagan at karen.ohagan[at]tufts.edu with a short description of your project idea or just your willingness to assist a Medford High School teacher by spending 2 hours outside along a trail with a group of high school students.
We are seeking applicants for the position of lead research technician at the Boston-Area Climate Experiment (BACE). This is a full-time position based at the BACE site in Waltham, Massachusetts (approx. 9 miles from Boston). The successful applicant will maintain the BACE and conduct and assist with ecological research at the site. S/he will be responsible
for maintaining a well-organized research environment, maintaining and organizing lab records, equipment, and supplies, analyzing experimental data and presenting results, helping to coordinate activities of undergraduate researchers, troubleshooting problems, ensuring that safe research practices are followed in the lab and in the field, and performing other assigned duties. The technician will work occasional odd hours and weekends as dictated by field or lab work schedules, and will sometimes work outdoors in inclement weather. The technician will spend about 70% of their working hours outdoors.
The position is open immediately (pending paperwork at Purdue), with an
immediate start preferred.
Applicants should have an educational background (bachelor¹s or
preferably M.S.) that includes coursework in ecology or environmental
science. We would be particularly interested in candidates with previous
experience as a technician in plant ecology labs, experience working on
outdoor experiments that simulate climate change in natural or managed
ecosystems, experience working with large datasets, managing student
employees, and/or working in old-field ecosystems of the northeastern
United States. The initial appointment will be for a period of six
months, with a one-year extension of the position contingent upon
satisfactory performance. Further extensions will depend on performance
and future funding. Salary will be commensurate with experience. The
technician will be employed by Purdue University (an equal access/equal
opportunity university), but will be based in the Boston area, with
little or no travel to Purdue.
For more information on the experiment, see the BACE website.
|Application Deadline: N/A
|Potential applicants should email Jeff Dukes (jsdukes[at]purdue.edu) a statement of interest and resume (or CV) with contact information for two or more references, using the subject line “BACE technician.” Applications will be considered as they are received.