Upcoming ES Events: Environment as a Bridge to Peace in the Middle East; Arava Institute Information session; Undergraduate research symposium, environmental studies session
Around Campus: Results of EnviroCo trash audit
Beyond Campus: Art opening- Common Street Gallery; MCHT land conference; Strategies for a New Economy conference at Bard
In the News: Quebec Yes, Maine No; As Half the U.S. Contemplates Hydraulic Fracturing, First Liquefied Natural Gas Export Plant Approved
Scholarships, fellowships, graduate opportunities: EPA fellowship; Oberlin Research Fellow
Jobs and Internships: Silent Spring internship(MA); CLF Ventures internship (MA); Ctr for Enviro Innovation intern (AZ); Harvard Kennedy School, sustainability internship (MA); Policy Specialist MA DEP(MA); Entry level transportation economist USDOT (DC), Third Millennium internship (Ecuador);
Upcoming ES Events
The Environment as a Bridge to Peace in the Middle East
Rabbi Michael Cohen
Tuesday, April 24, 7pm, Olin 1
For more information
***Counts towards ES 402
Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, Semester programs Information Session
Rabbi Michael Cohen
Fairchild Room, Dana
Wednesday, April 25, 12-1 pm
Colby Undergraduate Research Symposium
SESSION : ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES Environmental Studies Honors and Independent Study Presentations Hurd, 1:00 - 3:30 pm
Please come out and support your peers!
1:00 pm Daniel Homeier ('12), Environmental Studies Cameras, Satellites, and Surveys: A Multi-Platform Approach to Monitoring Lake Conservation Behavior
1:30 pm Anna Leavitt ('12), Environmental Studies From Pond to Pump: Microalgae as a Feedstock for Biodiesel
2:00 pm Yiyuan Qin ('12), Environmental Studies South China Tiger Reintroduction: Lessons, Assessments, and Implications
2:30 pm Jillian Howell ('12), Environmental Studies Church Forests in Ethiopia
Results of EnviroCo Trash Audit
The trash audit completed by EnviroCo resulted in some interesting findings. In 6 bags of trash, they filled 2
full bins with trash and unrecoverable recyclables, and 1 full bin with recycling. We also collected about 2.5 gallons of compost. This means that about half of the trash we found today (probably more) could
have been recycled! Some common things were spa boxes, plastic cups, and plastic bottles.
Think about these results when you reach for the trash bin!
Art opening at Common Street Gallery- Downtown Waterville
Please Join us on Thursday April 26th from 5-7pm for the opening reception of Colby on Common - a collective exhibition of artwork by Colby College students, faculty and staff. There will be live music from Colby student musicians, deliciously catered food from Barrels Community Market and a cash bar provided by Silver Street Tavern.
Maine Land Conservation Conference- Full scholarships available for students (Great networking opportunity!- President of MCHT is a Colby ES alum) Maine Coast Heritage Trust is again hosting the Maine Land Conservation Conference on Saturday, April 28th in Topsham. This conference is attended by over 400 people interested in land conservation, and includes over 30 workshops and presentations. A generous donor has offered to pay for the registration (which includes lunch) of students from any Maine college or university, and we hope that you can spread the word about the Conference and this offer. Complete information about the conference can be found here: http://www.mltn.org/meetings/conservation-conference.php To register, contact Donna Bissett at firstname.lastname@example.org, who will provide the students with a code to receive free registration.
STRATEGIES FOR A NEW ECONOMY CONFERENCE
As Half the U.S. Contemplates Hydraulic Fracturing, First Liquefied Natural Gas Export Plant Approved
Friday - Sunday, 6/8-10
Bard College, New York
Strategies for a New Economy is a three-day conference that will include over 60 workshops, plenary gatherings, and participatory strategizing sessions organized in 10 theme areas (see attachment). The event will gather together what are often diverse and scattered efforts to reshape our economic system, place them under one tent, and raise the flag to announce that transitioning to a new economy will mean engaging politicians, researchers, media, educators, citizen activists, business leaders, financial experts, scientists, union workers, cultural leaders, advocates for the disenfranchised, and youth -- all working together to achieve a common goal. Early registration prices are available until April 1st and feature a $550 all-inclusive package (Full Conference access, Dining and Accommodations). A limited amount of reduced student tickets are also available at $250.
In the News
Quebec Yes, Maine No
A short yet interesting piece of regional news!
Scholarships, Fellowships, and Graduate School Opportunities
RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP - ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA), ARLINGTON, VA
Successful candidates will have an interdisciplinary background or interest in a wide variety of natural/environmental sciences, including aquatic ecosystems, urban systems and planning, water resources, land use change, climate change, etc.; strong analytic capabilities, particularly in spatial analysis of large datasets within a GIS environment; strong interest in applying GIS tools to a variety of global change assessments; interest in GIS scripting and tool development, for example using Python; excellent communication skills including cartography. The work is highly interdisciplinary and interactive with applicability to EPA and other agency programs. We are looking for a highly motivated individual with excellent skills in geography, urban planning, environmental science, natural resources, or related fields. For details on the ORISE fellowship, see: http://orise.orau.gov/epa/description.aspx?JobId=1200
Sustainable Technology Research Fellow
Oberlin College invites applications for the position of Sustainable Technology Research Fellow. The successful candidate will assist in the development and management of a novel technological system of building and bioregional "dashboards" and other devices that provide city and college residents with environmentally and socially contextualized real-time feedback on electricity and water flows through college, residential and commercial buildings and through the City of Oberlin. We seek a recent college graduate (or equivalent experience) with advanced computer skills and experiences and excellent organizational skills who is excited by the opportunity to develop and manage novel technology designed to motivate and empower citizens to take better care of the environment. Applications will be reviewed starting 5/1 and applicants will be considered until the position is filled (6/1 limit). Graduating seniors and recent graduates with appropriate skills are encouraged to apply. A full description and instructions for application are posted at: new.oberlin.edu/home/jobs/jobs_detail.dot?id=3872517
Jobs and Internships
SPECIAL EVENTS AND OUTREACH INTERN - MASSACHUSETTS BREAST CANCER COALITION/SILENT SPRING INSTITUTE
For position details, click here.
SUMMER PROGRAM INTERN -CLF VENTURES, BOSTON
For position details, click here.
RESEARCH INTERN - CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL INNOVATION, PRESCOTT, AZ
The Center for Environmental Innovation (CEI) is seeking interns to conduct research on a variety of cutting edge environmental, health, safety, sustainability and corporate social responsibility projects. Additional information can be found on the website http://www.Enviro-Innovate.org. The primary responsibilities will be to conduct literature searches and direct telephone and e-mail correspondence with major corporations, NGOs, and governmental agencies. Undergraduate and/or graduate studies in environmental policy, business, engineering, or science are preferred. A strong background and understanding of research methods and literature search techniques are required. Excellent verbal and written skills are essential. Hours are flexible and the work may be conducted at candidate's home office. This position is an internship, not an employee of CEI. Initial, part time assignments can begin in late April 2012 and vary according to the candidate's course load. At the end of the 2011-2012 academic year the assignments would be up to 40 hours per week and would extend through the summer, as a minimum, and if mutually desirable, could extend part time on into next school year (2012-2013) for candidates returning to the university. Initial compensation is up to $17 per hour, depending on qualifications and experience. To apply, send an e-mail cover note and attached resume (prefer MS Word) to: Richard MacLean, MacLean@Enviro-Innovate.org. Center for Environmental Innovation, Inc., 350 Hidden Valley Drive Prescott, AZ 86303
PAID SUMMER RESEARCH ASSISTANTS - HARVARD KENNEDY SCHOOL "INNOVATION & ACCESS TO TECHNOLOGIES FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT" PROJECT
The Harvard Kennedy School project on "Innovation and Access to Technologies for Sustainable Development http://www.hks.harvard.edu/centers/mrcbg/programs/sustsci/activities/program-initiatives/innovation is seeking paid research assistants for the summer of 2012. Positions can be from 4 to 12 weeks duration. The Innovation & Access Project is developing a conceptual framework and using it to identify the most important weaknesses of the global innovation system of sustainable development technologies in the agriculture, health, water, energy, and manufacturing sectors. Seeking students with an interest in innovation and sustainable development and/or an interest in any of the five sectors listed above. Interested applicants, please e-mail your CV and a short paragraph with a statement of interest and timing availability to Kira Matus at Kira_Matus@hks.harvard.edu by 4/24.
ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYST, TECHNICAL AND POLICY SPECIALIST - MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION (MASSDEP), BOSTON
MassDEP is seeking a full-time analyst in the Boston, MA office, to serve as a technical and policy specialist for the development of air quality regulations and assist with the development of planning and technical support documents related to State Implementation Plans (SIPs).
For details, see:
ENTRY-LEVEL TRANSPORTATION ECONOMIST - U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
The Office of Transportation Policy at U.S. DOT seeks an entry-level transportation economist to join a fast-paced, high-profile office to conduct cutting-edge transportation economic and policy analysis, research, and outreach in priority areas for USDOT, including transportation finance, surface transportation program design, high-speed rail, safety, environment, livability, and freight policy. For details, see: http://yptransportation.org/2012/03/28/job-alert-transportation-economist-us-dot-office-of-transportation-policy/.
Third Millennium Alliance Internship, Ecuador
A few years ago, a few of us ecology, economics, and business graduates founded a nonprofit organization called Third Millennium Alliance. We raised some money and bought a lot of land in a critically-endangered rainforest and established an ecological reserve. There was a small patch of previously-degraded land right in the middle, where we have built an innovative and surprisingly comfortable research station out of bamboo, by hand. Immediately surrounding the house we are designing/growing/building a living laboratory of sustainable resource management (i.e. permaculture). Our goal is 100% food self-sufficiency within 10 years. So far, we maybe 20% of the way there. Likewise this is a testing ground for appropriate technology, such as off-the-grid renewable energy, water treatment and management, organic pesticide production, etc. We are also in need of various biological research projects and inventories. The date range for the summer program is May 24-July 22. Priorities for the Summer Internship include: -Forest mammal inventory with photo trap cameras (on-going project) -GIS mapping of the reserve and/or wild cat survey area -Organic pesticide research and development (on-going) -Low-tech mushroom propagation system -Wild mushroom identification and photo inventory -Native bamboo propagation If you would like to learn more, please visit our Internship page on our website, where you can download a PDF file which includes a detailed program description, at: http://www.3malliance.org/index.php?id=3D320 After reading the PDF file, if you would like to apply, send an email to the address listed in the program description.