ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES PROGRAM
MARCH 19, 2007
In this issue:
** UPCOMING EVENTS: No ES Colloquium this week, Tuesday night the Green House is hosting
a GREENER COLBY panel discussion
** CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY: National Wildlife Federation's Chill Out Contest, Be sure to
** BEYOND COLBY: March 24th Symposium "Who Owns Maine's Water?", Boreal Bird Petition
** SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: 2007 Brower Youth Award
** JOBS & INTERNSHIPS: Sierra Student Coalition, Apprenticeships at MOFGA, Endangered
Species Act Guardians Coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator, & More
** UPCOMING EVENT:
(No ES Colloquium this week)
The Green House hosts a panel discussion on Tuesday, March 20 at 7:00 pm
Join us for a tray dinner at 5:30 in the Robbins room in Bob's. We will have a sign up
sheet at the front desk if you do not have a
1. Sara Lovitz from the NRCM, will be discussing The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative,
2. David Kaufman from Energy Solutions (http://energyforbuildings.com) will be doing an
analysis of Colby's potential capacity for solar power. He's visiting from Portland.
3. Pat Murphy will be showing the video about Climate Change, and just talking in general
about Colby's efforts to become greener.
4. Zack Schuman will be discussing his project regarding the potential
use of wind energy at Colby/his research.
** CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY
Colby EAG has submitted a video called "Making a Choice" as part of the National Wildlife
Federation's Chill Out Contest. This contest is part of a campaign to reverse global
warming at colleges and universities all across the United States and abroad. If we are
a winner, Colby College will receive a $500 grant and be featured on a nationally
televised program on Earth Day 2007! The winners are determined by on line voting so
please go to the website and vote for Colby's video! To do this
(1) go to www.youtube.com/group/nwfchillout
note: you have to be a member of "youtube" and logged in to vote, but it is very easy to
do and costs nothing
(2) On this web page, find Colby's Video called "Making a Choice"
(3) After viewing it, I am sure you will agree it deserves 5 stars! so click on the star
to the far right to give it an "awesome" rating!
The voting starts immediately and ends on March 31, 2007! Please vote today. If you
have any trouble voting, please contact PPD at X5000! Thanks for your help!
** BEYOND COLBY:
Boreal Bird Petition
The Canadian Boreal region, stretching from Yukon across the continent to Newfoundland,
contains some of the world 's most intact
forests and wetlands. It represents both an unprecedented conservation opportunity and a
place at great risk as a frontier for
extractive natural resource industries. Already much of Canada's southern Boreal has been
allocated for resource development. It is
increasingly clear that the window for conserving the ecological integrity of the region
is limited. Recently over 100 Ph.D. scientists from Canada, the U.S., and throughout the
world signed the letter below to urge Canadian policy makers to recognize the importance
of the Boreal and their responsibility for its protection.We invite scientists to sign
the letter to show the Canadian government and the world that the scientific community,
as represented by hundreds of scientists, recognizes the Boreal as one of our world 's
last great conservation opportunities.
Read the letter below for more details and then consider adding your name in support.
Please pass this on to your colleagues. They can sign-on at http://
As part of efforts to maintain the ecological integrity of this largely still intact
ecoregion (one of only a handful of pristine
ecoregions left in the world), over 100 prominent scientists have signed a letter that
will be sent to Canadian government leaders to
explain the scientific rationale for conservation of the Boreal and urge further
conservation efforrts while there is still an
opportunity to do so.
To increase the effectiveness and impact of the letter, a general invitation has been
sent out to scientists across the world to add
their names to the letter. A website has been set up for scientists to easily read the
letter and sign on at:
The goal is to have 500 signatures by April first as there is some urgency to release the
letter soon because of the timing of political
events in Canada.
Please feel free to forward this invitation as well to scientist colleagues.
March 24th Symposium "Who Owns Maine's Water?"
Farmington, Maine -- On Saturday, March 24, 2007, the Defending Water for Life in Maine
campaign is sponsoring "Who Owns Maine's Water? A Symposium on Water Commons" at the
University of Maine, Farmington, featuring local and international speakers and
interactive workshops. The event runs from 9:30am to 4:30pm.
Maude Barlow, co-author of Blue Gold: The Fight to Stop Corporate Theft of the World's
Water and renowned international speaker/advocate on water as a fundamental right for
all, will describe how citizens around the world are becoming the "keepers" of the fresh
water systems in their localities.
In describing the nature of water, Barlow says, "Water is nature's lifeblood and must be
held as a commons for all living things for all time. We must be stewards of this
precious resource and stop the corporate theft of water."
She continues, "If corporations are allowed to own and sell water at whatever price the
market will bear, who will buy it for Nature? How will clean water be made available to
the poor? The Earth's water belongs to the earth and all species, and therefore must not
be treated as a commodity to be bought, sold and traded for profit."
Penobscot tribal elder Butch Phillips will begin the day with an opening ceremony.
Claudia Torrelli, with Friends of the Earth, Uruguay, will share the story of how a
movement was built to drive the right to water into the Uruguay constitution and Colin
Woodard, author of The Lobster Coast will speak about the "Triumph of the Commons: How
Maine's Lobstermen Built a Sustainable Fishery." Ed Friedman, chair of Friends of
Merrymeeting Bay, will make the case for why we should enact a formal Public Trust
Doctrine to protect our rivers. Workshops include an interactive presentation on the
"Tapestry of the Commons," weaving the cultural and natural commons together, led by
Nancy Price, co-chair of the Alliance for Democracy.
Registration is sliding scale: $15-50 (please pay what you can), students $10. Coffee,
tea, muffins & bagels available in the morning. Lunch included for
pre-registrants(includes vegetarian options). The location is wheelchair accessible. For
further information and to register, please visit:
http://defendingwaterinmaine.org/commons.html or contact conference coordinator Kate
Harris, at email@example.com or (207) 338-9509.
Sponsored by: the Alliance for Democracy's "Defending Water for Life in Maine" campaign.
Co-sponsors include: Maine Council of Churches Environmental Justice Program, Sierra
Club-Maine Chapter, Peace Action Maine, Maine Fair Trade Campaign, Portland League of
Young Voters, Peace through Interamerican Community Action (PICA), Corporate
Accountability International, Friends of Merrymeeting Bay, Food & Water Watch, SEA-Change
of UMaine Farmington and Women's International League for Peace & Freedom (WILPF)-Maine
** SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES:
Brower Youth Award
Do you know any teens or young adults in North America who have led a dynamic
environmental campaign or project? Do you work with youth groups or inspiring new
leaders? Are you someone 13-22 years old who fits this description? Read on!
CALL FOR AWARD ENTRIES (Deadline May 15):
2007 Brower Youth Award
Awards for youth ages 13-22 working for the Earth
Has your effort been in the realm of conservation, preservation, or restoration? Could
you use the publicity and funds from an award to further your work and support your group?
If so, apply today for a Brower Youth Award! Each year, this annual national award
recognizes six young people for their outstanding activism and achievements in the fields
of environmental and social justice advocacy. The winners of the award receive a $3,000
cash prize, a trip to California for the award ceremony and wilderness camping trip, and
ongoing access to resources and opportunities to further their work at Earth Island
Institute and develop leadership skills.
Who can apply?
...Young leaders ages 13 to 22 as of July 1, 2007 living in North America
When are applications due?
...Completed application must be postmarked or emailed by May 15, 2007.
...Call or email Sharon Smith at sharonsmith@ earthisland. org
or 415-788-3666 x144.
** JOBS & INTERNSHIPS:
The Sierra Student Coalition is looking to support talented student organizers to
implement our Building Environmental Campus Community (BECC) campaign during the Fall
2007 semester on select campuses nationwide. BECC organizers will work with an
environmental group to conduct a hard-hitting campaign for clean energy on campus. As a
BECC fellow, you will have the opportunity to attend an advanced training that will
provide you with skills to win victories on your campus. Fellowships are intended for the
leader of student groups who are currently enrolled in college. A limited number of
$1,500 scholarships are available for exceptional applicants. The deadline to apply for
the Fall semester is April 29.
Learn more about the BECC program.
In other news...
The deadline for the Red, White and Green climate change grant has been extended!
Youth Service America and the Civil Society Institute are excited to announce the second
round of the Red, White & Green Climate Change Grant. This opportunity offers $500 to
young people in the United States between the ages of 15-25 and to organizations that
engage youth ages 15-25.
Applicants are expected to develop and implement a service-learning project about climate
change that engages their community, policy-makers and candidates running for election in
2007 and 2008. We welcome projects where youth work in partnership with adults (parents,
coaches, teachers, youth leaders, etc.): but the projects should be youth-led, and must
take place between May 1 and October 31, 2007.
Selected grantees will share the outcomes and next steps of their service projects
with each other and with climate change experts. They will also present their
recommendations to high-level policy-makers. Applicants need to download application
materials at www.YSA.org/awards. BOTH the Introduction & Requirements document (.pdf
format) and the Application & Guidelines document (word format) are required to submit a
competitive application. We encourage applicants to review the evaluation form before
filling out their application, although only grantees will need to complete the
evaluation after their projects take place. A list of grantees and project descriptions
from the first round of Red, White & Green! grants is available at
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Extended deadline March 23, 2007 5pm EST.
MOFGA's Farm Apprenticeship program connects people wanting to learn organic farming with
experienced farmers willing to share their expertise. The typical arrangement involves an
exchange of labor for room, board, a stipend, and informal, intensive training and
experience in farming. Read about the 60+ Maine farms hosting MOFGA Apprentices.
Farm Apprenticeships provide opportunities for training in:
Organic vegetable, herb, and flower production at many different scales
Marketing techniques, including direct marketing strategies such as Community Supported
Raising livestock, including cattle, goats, sheep, horses, pigs, and poultry
Using draft animals for cultivation and woods work
Homesteading skills, including housebuilding, food preservation, and alternative energy
Dairy farming and cheese making with cows, goats, or sheep
Maple sugaring, orchard pruning, cider pressing, and meat processing
Making value-added products with farm resources
Grass-based and intensive rotational grazing farm systems
For more information:
Endangered Species Act Guardians Coordinator
Protecting the Endangered Species Act itself is essential given assaults against this law
by the Bush Administration and anti-conservation allies in Congress. This project entails
mobilizing the public to assure that our decision makers support the ESA. The coordinator
will help develop, assemble, and disseminate information kits to Endangered Species Act
Guardians (volunteers who commit to defending the Endangered Species Act), and recruit
new Endangered Species Act Guardians. The project involves close coordination with the
Conservation Director and Outreach Director in establishing and reaching campaign goals.
Outstanding verbal communication skills; and a willingness to engage strangers and travel
with our Outreach Coordinator.
full or part-time
Forest Guardians internships are generally flexible regarding start and end dates, though
some projects are seasonal (see below). Most positions are based in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
We also have opportunities in our Denver, Colorado office and in Boulder, Colorado. While
we want interns to gain the experience of working in a small, non-profit office, in some
cases, interested applicants can work remotely from their homes or universities. Please
complete and return
application form along with:
A cover letter if you wish to elaborate on your interests, experience, availability, or
A résumé (directly applicable experience not required);
A writing sample (a school paper, excerpt, or similar work);
A course list of applicable coursework experience, if any.
Return your application to Lori Colt. Preferred method is to send application
electronically to email@example.com. You can also mail your information to Lori at:
312 Montezuma Avenue Suite A
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Volunteer Program Coordinator
Volunteer Program Coordinator
(5 months, starting May 21, 2007)
New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, Mahwah, NJ
Duties: Coordinate the collection and data-entry of up-to-date volunteer data, process
volunteer assignment information in database for the Bear Mountain Project at Trail
University and the general volunteer program, document and improve the volunteer
assignment process in conjunction with the trail conference staff and volunteers (30%);
create and conduct volunteer follow up and exit surveys and procedure to collect feedback
from volunteers on their experiences (30%); assist with the coordination of workshops and
volunteer training activities, including curriculum development, workshop logistics, and
volunteer enrollment processing and follow up (15%); actively recruit new and existing
volunteer via telephone calls and emails and other techniques (10%); participate in all
SCA Corps-wide trainings and service projects, as well as project evaluation and
Learn more at:
Required: Experience working with relational databases, good written and oral
communication skills and ability to problem solve.
Desired: Experience with volunteer recruitment and management.
Admissions Assistant Intern
The Admissions Assistant Intern will seek out students to apply for the Woolman Semester
at Sierra Friends Center. The Woolman Semester offers high school students the
opportunity to focus a semester of studies on peace, justice and environmental
sustainability. The intern will spend most weeks preparing for, and following-up on,
outreach trips to designated cities around the U.S. Approximately 7 to 10 days of each
month will be spent visiting those cities in search of prospective students for the
Woolman Semester. The assessment and development of marketing materials and strategies
will take place throughout the year.
We are seeking someone who will be a self-starter with good organizational and public
relations skills. The Admissions Assistant intern must work well independently while away
on outreach trips as well as collaboratively on campus.
Effective communication in person, by phone and in writing with students, parents, and
staff is imperative. Proficiency with the Microsoft Office Outlook database and related
applications is desirable.
6 months to 1 year
30 hours average per week
Full room and board and $200/month. Health Insurance. Paid travel to cities around the
Applicants need to supply the following:
191 S. Monmouth Rd., Monmouth, ME.04259, offers free room and board, with whole grain,
mostly vegetarian, international cooking, a private room, shared use of the large living
room entertainment area, internet access, and $250 per month stipend for apprentices
willing to commit 2, or preferably 3 months to applied biology learning and work
activities. Students don't need any farm or science background, but should like exercise,
be willing to tolerate hot, dry and damp, cool working conditions, have a good work
ethic, be curious and questioning and want to become a good observer. Physical strength
isn't so important as a willingness to use your body to the best of it's ability, and
preferably already participate in regular physical activity. Work includes seeding
vegetables with a push seeder, transplanting seedlings from the greenhouse into the
field, hoeing, picking, washing, weighing, and bagging vegetables, collecting insects,
and observing plant diseases and insect activity. Apprentices can come from May through
September, if you commit to 40 hours work per week, with consecutive 2 days off, for at
least 2 months. On the weekends apprentices will be working with Nancy Chandler, the
farmer, and shareholders, guiding them in the same activities. Formal learning
opportunities are available on other farms almost weekly, and informal learning about
many ecology, biology, farm economics, marketing and policy topics happen in the fields,
limited only by the curiosity, interests and thinking processes of the apprentice. To
learn more about the farmer, and fill out an application at no cost, go to www.mofga.org,
select programs, then farm apprentices, then information for apprentices. Phoenix Farm is
listed as KEN 07. Benefits include working in beautiful fields, swimming and kayaking in
local lakes, experiencing wildlife, participating in increasing health of yourself, the
environment and others, plus practical and academic knowledge about growing many plants.
Also available are free concerts and dance at nearby Bates and Bowdoin Colleges, and
Lewiston, and $10 plays at Theater at Monmouth. Please call Nancy Chandler
at(207)933-9370 to discuss this apprentice opportunity and fill out an application at