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Fair Trade Campaigns Fellowship, Fair Trade Campaigns (various locations)

Are you passionate about Fair Trade and social justice? Are you a student or recent graduate looking for rewarding part-time work? Do you want to gain hands-on experience supporting grassroots organizers, developing leaders, building regional networks, and executing communications strategies?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, read on to find out more about the 2019-20 Fair Trade Campaigns Fellowship!

Fair Trade Campaigns is hiring eight Fellows to support our work advocating for Fair Trade in communities and on college campuses across the country.

We’re looking for two passionate, skilled organizers in each of the following regions: Mid Atlantic, Northeast, Great Lakes and Southwest. The fellowship program lasts 14 months, from August 2019 to October 2020,and we offer a modest stipend.

Learn More & Apply Here

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. The application deadline is May 31, 2019.

UEP Tupperware Initiative

I asked Mike Flanary, a staff assistant at the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Eco-Ambassador, about UEP’s Tupperware initiative. He described a system that reduces waste – both food and dishware – as long as students remember to bring them. Below, read more details about the program. 

The Urban and Environmental Policy department hosts an event series each semester called the UEP Colloquium. The events, usually presented by alums of the program, focus on urban and environmental issues. Since they take place during Wednesday open block (12-1pm), the department provides lunch. 

Mike Flanary says that with extra department funds, the department Chair, Mary Davis, wanted buy swag for students. “It’s pretty crazy the amount of objects that you can put a logo on these days and most of them aren’t very practical or usable and are rather cheap quality… Our students and faculty use the kitchen in our building for storing their lunch in the fridge and microwaving food, so when I was looking at possible swag items, this instantly came to mind.” Tupperware would be practical, especially for bringing home food from the colloquium. Otherwise, leftovers are thrown out, whether on the day of the event or later, when the fridge gets cleaned out. 

Flanary described a lesson from his Eco-Ambassador training that stuck with him: Companies try to “go green” but often just to make it look or feel good, without making a dent in waste production. For example, recyclable or compostable products are more expensive and still are only used once. If they are not disposed of properly, they will end up in the waste strem along with the food that remains uneaten at the event. He quoted a proverb, “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.”

The response to this initiative has been positive. Many students also bring reusable water bottles, coffee tumblers, and mason jars. Flanary says that food waste has decreased. “It’s allowed students to grab some extra food for later that would probably have been thrown out. We don’t send out an RSVP for the event so we try to get enough food while not having too much leftover. Since getting the containers, we have tried to have food that fits in the containers and that people would want to have later.”

For the future, or for other departments to adopt? “Remind students to pack up their containers the day before or even better to just have it their backpack.” The production of the plastic containers will only be offset if students use the containers frequently. “My hope is that students continue to bring them to future events, but it might be like the reusable bags issue, they’re great but it only works if people actually bring them into the store, or to the events in this case. Perhaps entice people with an incentive for bringing it with them.” Other departments who would like to start a similar initiative could think about what disposables get used up often. What costs a lot when ordering through WB Mason? How could an alternative work? Do you think it would be used? Would it be convenient? 

More information about past UEP events is available:

Recycling and Waste Reduction Fellow, Office of Sustainability (Medford, MA)

Working for the Office of Sustainability in collaboration with Facilities Services – Campus Services, the Recycling & Waste Reduction Co-op student would be responsible for helping Tufts University meet its goal of reducing waste by 3% each year. This fellowship is designed to provide significant work experience to a recent graduate who does not already have a professional background in the field of waste management but is interested in exploring it as a potential career path. Generally, fellows are provided with unique leadership opportunities that are not typically available to someone starting out in an entry-level position. The Fellow would help manage student interns and respond to waste and recycling related requests from the campus community as well as manage other waste related projects. Although projects vary each year, in general during the fall semester the focus is on move-in, recycling education and outreach, and the spring semester focuses on planning for move out. 

This is a one year term-limited, full time hourly position and includes benefits.

Apply online on Handshake by April 30th.

STARS & Resources Intern, AASHE (various locations)

TERM:  June 1st, 2019, up to one year term

LOCATION:  Home office.  Preference will be given to candidates residing in the following states:  Florida, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and Vermont.

APPLICATIONS:  Position is open until filled.  Review of applications will begin on April 2, 2019. Apply online.

PAY RATE:  $12.75 per hour

HOURS:  40 hours per week during summer semester, up to 10 hours per week during other semesters


The Resources Intern assists in submission review of AASHE’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) and provides administrative and technical support in the ongoing development of AASHE resources, particularly related to AASHE’s new online resource library, the Campus Sustainability Hub.

Various Positions, Better Future Project (Cambridge, MA)

Better Future Project is hiring for three staff members to join our growing team – an Operations ManagerLegislative Organizer, and Climate Justice Partnerships Organizer. We are also hiring for two summer internships: a 350 Mass Organizing Intern and a Divest Ed Organizing Intern.

Better Future Project (BFP) is working to build a diverse, powerful, and democratic grassroots movement that will drive society to address climate change and its devastating effects, advancing a fair and fast transition beyond coal, oil, and gas toward an economy powered by renewable energy that equitably benefits all people.

Application can be found at the link above, open until filled.

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