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Various Internships, Tufts University Office of Sustainability, (Medford, MA)

For the summer, we are hiring the following interns!

Communications Intern

Programs Intern

Application Deadline: Monday, March 12th
Apply Online: On Jobx

 

In the Fall, we have the following openings:

Video Production Intern
Recycling Communications Intern
Waste Reduction Intern
Specialty Recycling Intern
Education and Verification Intern

Application Deadline: Open until filled.
Apply Online: On Jobx

 

We can’t wait for you to join our team!

 

Campus Organizer, PIRG Campus Action

Campus Organizer, PIRG Campus Action (Massachusetts)

 

PIRG Campus Action works on important campaigns to improve our environment, public health, and democracy. Learn more about our jobs online or watch this quick video!

 

Application Deadline: February 25th, 2018
Apply Online: http://pirgcampusaction.org/apply.html

Fellowship, Environment America

Fellowship, Environment America, Various Locations around the United States

Environment America is a policy and action group with one mission: to work for a greener, healthier world with clean air, clean water and clean energy.

We promote national, state and local policies that put the environment first. We’ve won policies that have resulted in more solar and wind power in 25 states, cleaner cars and power plants nationwide, and better protections for our rivers, streams, lakes and drinking water.

As a fellow, you’ll join a team of researchers, advocates, campaign staff, and communications experts, working together for the environment. You’ll work on a targeted environmental campaign on issues like renewable energy, clean water and conservation, learning the nuts and bolts of political organizing and campaign work while making a huge difference on issues you care about.

Application Deadline: February 23rd, 2018, Interviews at Tufts on February 22nd, 2018
Apply Online:  jobs.EnvironmentAmerica.org

From Ethnobotany to Energy Democracy—ENVS Lunch & Learn 2018

Content based on an Environmental Studies Lunch & Learn Talk given to professors, staff, and students at Tufts University. Every week during the academic year, the ENVS Lunch & Learn lecture series features speakers from government, industry, academia and non-profit organizations to give presentations on environmental topics. This is a great opportunity to broaden your knowledge beyond the curriculum, meet other faculty and students and network with the speakers.
Students, faculty, staff, and members of the community are welcome to attend.
This lecture series is co-sponsored by the Tufts Institute of the Environment and the Tisch College of Civic Life.
Medicinal Plants in their Environments: The chemical warfare of ethnobotany
John de la Parra, Visiting Lecturer, Tufts Experimental College
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Redistributing Power: Energy Democracy, Renewables & Community Resilience
Jennie Stephens, Dean’s Professor of Sustainability Science & Policy, Northeastern University
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This semester, the Environmental Studies Lunch & Learns are off to a great start with an emphasis on justice and respecting the knowledge, needs, and problem solving of indigenous people, women, communities of color and low-income communities.

The first talk of the semester, given by John de la Parra, explored the intersections of indigenous knowledge and medicine, and advancements in the biotechnology sphere that increase consistency of products through standardization and analysis. He began by centering the talk on respecting a woman’s knowledge as powerful, as he explains that in many cultures, medicine people are women who know their way around the local plants. About 80% of the world uses plants to heal themselves. Knowledge of the native plants in a given area points to understanding chemical differences between plants that impact their healing qualities and abilities based on their own “chemical warfare—reactions to pathogens, weather or drought, other plants, and herbivores. Ethnobotany pairs the technological advances now available with this indigenous knowledge to grow a huge density of plants within the controlled environment of a bioreactor—needing fewer inputs—to produce concentrated tinctures for different illnesses. De la Parra discusses these lab experiments as a way to create very specific instructions to make treatments accessible—possibly by drone drop-offs—to people all around the world who may be unable to afford or reach pharmaceuticals.  Ethnobotany can produce a product to be used by indigenous cultures to treat existing health problems.

In another talk, Jennie Stephens discussed the movement of Energy Democracy—a concept that connects the energy system transitions away from fossil fuels and toward renewables to social change. The energy democracy integrates concerns about the environment, climate change, social justice, income inequality, racism, wealth, and human rights. This vision is an alternative to fossil fuel dominated systems, as the fossil fuel industry is the most profitable industry in the world and the biggest contributor to climate change. This resistance is forming as a response to growing inequalities, unequal distribution of the impacts of energy and climate change, and the political power of the fossil fuel industry. We are in this energy transition from fossil fuels, even if we sometimes feel we are stuck without much progress. The Energy Democracy sees this transition as an opportunity to democratize and decentralize energy while intentionally advancing justice through inclusion and awareness of the implications and connections between issues of inequality, justice, climate, and energy. Stephens posits that renewable energy systems offer a possibility, but not a certainty for more democratic energy futures.

Stay tuned for more Environmental Studies Lunch & Learns highlighting the intersections of the environment, climate change, and justice.

Sustainability Fellowship, City of Somerville (Somerville, MA)

Sustainability Fellowship, Climate Action Outreach, City of Somerville, Office of Sustainability and Environment (Somerville, MA)

The City of Somerville is in the process of completing its first comprehensive climate change plan called Somerville Climate Forward, which will identify projects, programs, and policies to advance climate change resilience and to work towards carbon neutrality by 2050. Many of the programs and policies identified in Somerville Climate Forward will require public engagement and participation to be successful. The UNH Sustainability Fellow will take one or more of the recommendations from Somerville Climate Forward and develop the outreach strategy and materials to implement the chosen program. Depending on the fellow’s skills, outreach materials could include videos, informational pamphlets, posters, infographics, written communication (letters, emails, social media posts), graphics, and/or webpage content. The exact solution(s) of focus will be chosen later this spring when Somerville Climate Forward’s solutions are more developed. Examples of what the project might focus on include tree planting and maintenance guidance for private property owners, actions that homeowners or renters can take to address climate change at different price points (low to high cost actions), stormwater management best practices, or electrical vehicle adoption. The Fellow will be invited to review solutions and help decide on the focus of the project during the work plan development process.

Find the full description from the Office of Sustainability and Environment.

Application Deadline: February 14, 2018
Apply Online: on the University of New Hampshire website

 

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