ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES NEWSLETTER
In this issue:
** Upcoming ES Events: ES Colloquia: Climate Change and the University: Lessons Learned from the Tufts Climate Initiative and Sustainability Panel Discussion
** ES Program news: New Spring Course: The Environment and Human Health
** Campus Sustainability: 3-mile loop clean up and Food Waste survey both successes! This week Sustainability Panel. Dont miss it!
** Jan Plan Funding Opportunities: Mellon and more
** Beyond Colby: MOFGA conference, Grad School Fair
** Jobs and Internships:
** Upcoming ES Events:
Climate Change and the University: Lessons Learned from the Tufts Climate Initiative
Sarah Creighton, Project Manager, Tufts Climate Initiative
Tuesday, October 25 in Olin 1
The Tufts Climate Initiative (TCI) began on Earth Day 1999 as Tufts became the first institution of higher education nationally to commit to specific emission reduction goals. TCI is an exemplary program that moves global warming beyond a classroom topic and promotes practical actions to help solve this critical environmental problem. In the past six years Tufts has worked to reduce its own emissions of climate altering gases by taking direct and measurable actions: a combination of renewable energy, energy efficiency, fuel-switching, and behavioral change. Tufts has nearly leveled university emissions despite growth in the number of campus buildings.
This presentation will use the TCI share the lessons from the TCI experience to focus campus sustainability efforts using the issue of climate change as well as to explore the opportunities that climate change action presents for students, faculty, staff and administrators.
Creighton is Project Manager of the Tufts Climate Initiative. She is author
of Greening the Ivory Tower: Improving the Environmental Track Record of
Universities, Colleges and Other Institutions, a motivational and how-to guide for staff,
faculty, and students and offers detailed greening strategies. She holds a B.S. in Physics from
Sustainability Panel Discussion
Do you want to hear how Colbys president, faculty,
PPD staff, and a Green House student view sustainability?
SURE you do! Come to this event with questions for the panel!
PROFESSOR RUSS COLE
ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAM MANAGER, DALE DEBLOIS
PROFESSOR LINDA TATELBAUM
EMILIA TJERNSTROM, 06
MODERATOR: SARAH KELLY 06
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 26,
** ES Program News
Mellon grant supports new spring course.
Following a successful Women and the Environment course last Jan Plan, Research Scientist, Gail Carlson will offer the following spring course:
ES298 The Environment and Human Health Tuesday/Thursday
Four credit hours. Carlson
An examination of how human health is impacted by our physical, chemical, biological, and social environments; how we measure the effects of these determinants at the level of the cell, tissue, individual, and population; and how we assess these determinants in order to make regulatory decisions. Topics include the basic concepts of toxicology, epidemiology, and risk assessment, as well as the specific human health effects of various forms of pollution, radiation, synthetic chemicals, global climate change, and biodiversity loss. Students will conduct a community-wide audit of potential environmental health threats as part of the course. Prerequisite: Environmental Studies 118.
** Campus Sustainability:
Sustainability Month has been a great success:
The 3-mile loop clean up went quite well! Jenna Morrison organized 15 volunteers who filled 12 trash bags full and 1 bag of recyclable cans/bottles! Thank you all for this effort!
Also this past week
The ES Club and EnviroCo sponsored a Food Waste Survey. This insightful survey showed us that we should all remember to Take Only What You Can Eat!.
** Jan Plan Funding Opportunities:
ES113 Women and the Environment
Three credit hours. Gail Carlson
The diverse and complex ways in which women and the natural environment intersect, using the works and voices of prominent women environmentalists and authors, including Rachel Carson and Terry Tempest Williams. Topics include how women around the globe participate in environmental issues, how women's participation has influenced Western science and environmental policy, and how the physical and chemical environment uniquely impacts women's health. An important theme of the course is that understanding the experiences, messages, and actions of women is critical to our approach to environmental issues today.
ES173 Environmental Law and Indian Tribes: The "Rez" and the "Hood"
Three credit hours. S. Peter Sly
M, T, W, R
environmental law often affects land use decisions. An examination of
environmental decision-making in the context of the most regulated lands in the
** Both of these courses above will count toward the Humans and the Environment requirements for science majors and Environmental Issues requirements for policy majors.
Also in January:
PL197 Environmental Ethics
An introduction to prominent questions and themes in environmental ethics. We will begin with a study of theoretical approaches to nature, animals, and the place of human beings in the environment, including Social Ecology, Deep Ecology, Ecofeminism, and Ecopsychology. Then we will consider a number of issues that raise ethical questions in the context of environmental philosophy, such as ecojustice, consumption, globalization, economics, poverty, pollution, biodiversity, education, population, technology, place, activism, and wilderness.
198Bj Ecological Teaching and Learning In a cooperative learning community, students explore the philosophical foundations of experiential, holistic, and ecological education. Students reflect on their own learning styles, levels of emotional engagement in various contexts, and messages received in school about their place in the web of life. Class sessions include theoretical discussion, observation of model educators, and practice using a variety of teaching techniques. Every student gains experience facilitating group activities, designing hands-on lessons, evaluating peer teachers, and teaching ecological concepts in the outdoors. A variety of learning environments are used for the course, including the dynamic winter ecosystems of riparian zones and forests during a three-day field trip. Nongraded. Three credit hours. EDELGLASS
Book Seminar: Natures Metropolis
STS Professor Paul Josephson is hosting a book seminar Tuesdays at in West Quad on William Cronon's NATURE's METROPOLIS. They have room for a few more participants. This would be good for ES majors and minors. Those interested could contact Meg Smith (email@example.com).
** Beyond Colby: MOFGA conference
The 16th annual Farmer-to-Farmer Conference
* A venerable institution in
* 12 sessions covering a range of
topics reflecting the diversity of
* Unique session format featuring ample discussion time intended to capitalize on the accumulated knowledge of all the farmers in attendance
* Lots of time to socialize -- catch up with old friends and make new ones
* Keynote by David Pimentel, the renowned Cornell agroecologist
* Delicious meals featuring local, organic food
For a full conference program, including registration form, follow this link:
Monday, October 24, , Cotter
Admissions representatives from over 95 institutions varying in size, program specialties, and geographic locations, will be on-hand to distribute literature, answer questions, and provide useful information. Fields related to arts and sciences, law, public policy, international affairs, business, medicine, and social services will be represented.
Environmental Science MS degree at
The Environmental Science Program at
DC invites applications from students interested in graduate work at
the interface of science and policy. Located minutes from downtown DC,
and the states of
program have the unique opportunity to build on classroom instruction
with internships and fellowships at all levels of government as well as
with the many NGO's headquartered in this region. The Environmental
Studies Program offers competitive fellowships, teaching assistantships
and student grants to qualified applicants. For more information, go
to: www.american.edu/cas/env_std/environ_about.html or contact Dr.
Steve MacAvoy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-885-3003
RA-ships are starting in summer or autumn 2006 for qualified
graduate students interested in systematic ichthyology here at the
UW is ranked among the top 20 universities in the world and SAFS is a fantastic department of some 30 faculty, 120 graduate students, 100 undergraduate majors, and state-of-the-art facilities for both lab and fieldwork. We provide a high-quality education in all aspects of marine and freshwater science. For more information, see:
** Jobs and Internships:
Create Your World: Celebrating 25 Years of Design/Build Yestermorrow Design/Build School
The Yestermorrow Design/Build School, in
The two week course explores the design/build process in depth. Using a small scale project, budget, and real life client as the vehicle, the class as a team will be challenged to define an overriding design concept from which the rest of the design decisions will flow. The team will be encouraged to explore materials as well as creatively push the limits of design, all the while learning that designing and building are not two separate/linear processes, but rather one integrated process. Students will participate in intensive round robin design exercises, model building, group decision making, and most importantly, hands-on building.
Internship work would include general support, upkeep, class preparation, and campus improvement projects. Internship work would qualify for tuition reduction. There is limited lodging space available.
Now in its 25th year, Yestermorrow is one of the only design/build schools in the country, teaching both design and construction skills with a focus on sustainability. For more info, visit www.yesterm 413 4436999orrow.org, or call 888-496-5541.
Research Expeditions to the Coastal Rainforest of
students can gain valuable field work experience as a member of a Global Vision
International research expedition during their summer vacation or post
graduation. Expedition members are required to join the GVI research team
starting throughout the year to undertake biodiversity studies in remote
coastal habitat of
The expedition is focused on conducting a comprehensive research program in a biodiversity hotspot near Tortuguero on the Costa Rican coast. Expedition members are needed for periods of 5, 10 and 15 weeks. Research activities include mammal research; bird identification and bird song recording; turtle and jaguar predation surveys; GPS mapping; management of the trail system, and environmental education programs. No experience is necessary. Expedition members will be provided with a comprehensive training program upon arrival to equip them with the necessary knowledge to conduct the rainforest and coastline research.
This Global Vision International expedition works with the following organizations;
"Both GVI and COTERC are dedicated to the conservation of our environment and the dissemination of information about the rainforest"
Tom Mason, COTERC Director, March 2005
Further details are outlined on the relevant webpage at
http://www.gvi.co.uk/pages/expeditionDetail.asp?expedition=68 or can be requested by contacting
GVI directly on 1- 888-653-6028 (in AK, HI, and
Global Vision International
Global Vision International promotes sustainable development through research, education and direct financial support with the creation of global partnerships across the world. With an international network in 20 countries worldwide, GVI supports many of the world's most critical conservation and humanitarian projects. For more information about GVI, visit www.gviusa.com
Career Opportunities in the field
GVI offers a large range of jobs, internships and other exciting field work placements in the fields of education, research, environmental management and wildlife research alongside its partner organizations in countries across the world. More details can be seen on http://www.careersabroad.co.uk
MARK GINSBERG SUSTAINABILITY FELLOWSHIP BACKGROUND
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) created the Mark
Ginsberg Sustainability Fellowship to honor Mark Ginsberg, board member in the
Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. The
award will support a USGBC Fellow for one semester each year to research a
sustainability issue important to the growth and development of the USGBC,
"mirroring the contributions, spirit, and integrity of Mark
Ginsberg." The USGBC is currently seeking applicants for a fellowship beginning
January 2005. APPLICATION DEADLINE:
The scope of the project will mirror the contributions, spirit and integrity of Mark Ginsberg. As such, it will contribute to a healthy and prosperous future for the environment, for society as a whole, and for the Council itself. The project will:
** Help to make our society more sustainable and reduce our impact on the planet.
** Be pioneering and help us to broaden our understanding of the possibilities of the sustainability movement.
** Contribute to the growth and effectiveness of the Council by supporting work already underway at the Council and/or by advising the Council about new horizons. The project's results may also increase the knowledge and effectiveness of the Board and/or Senior Management.
** Demonstrate the Council's leadership and bring together organizations and individuals in both the public and private sectors.
** Require and embrace imagination and creativity to enhance and refine the Council's strategy and mission.
The 2006 project is a 4-month activity designed to support
the development a national green building research agenda outlining the most
critical gaps in technical and market information needed to advance the
adoption and evolution of sustainable building design, construction and
operations practices in the
Work is expected to be part time, including a two-day Research Committee retreat in February or March, (and synopsis), occasional tasks throughout the spring, and completion during the summer. Minimum compensation will be $5000.
The successful applicant will be an advanced degree student committed to and enthusiastic about the mission of the Council and will have demonstrated the ability to support this mission. He or she will have excellent leadership skills and a strong desire to work toward positive change through the cooperation of public and private sectors. The applicant should have the business and research experience necessary to fulfill the goals of the project, in addition to excellent writing skills. Applicants are requested to submit a resume, a statement of interest, and a relevant writing sample, to Tom Dietsche (email@example.com).
The State PIRGs Campus Organizer
2006-2007 Job Description
continues. For more information about the state PIRGs student chapters, visit www.studentpirgs.org.
Run public interest campaigns. Campus Organizers lead a variety of public interest
campaigns on their campuses, giving students an opportunity to solve pressing social
need to A key part of the state PIRGsʼ mission is to train leaders who are capable of designing and winning be solved.
Training:campaignsfrom passing clean air protections to toughening campaign fi nance laws. The state PIRGs conduct an intensive, three-week, paid training program for Campus Organizers. Training begins in late July and includes two weeks of campaign work and field work with the state PIRGsʼ citizen outreach staff , followed by one week of classroom training.
At the end of training, new Campus Organizers are placed at a specifi c college campus, with placement
determined by the individual organizerʼs skills and experience. Campus Organizers also participate in
other training events, including regional conferences and a
national staff training in
We are looking for motivated individuals who are willing to work hard and commit themselves
to getting results. We value experience with campus groups or student government, academic
achievement, public interest commitment, and outstanding verbal, written and leadership skills. But most of all, we look for people who fi nd a way to make a diff erence.
Salary & Benefits
As a recent graduate, you will earn $23,750 in your first year with the state PIRGs. Salary for experienced candidates is commensurate with relevant professional experience and/or advanced degrees. You will be eligible to opt in to our group health plan, will accrue two weeks paid vacation and will be eligible to apply for college loan assistance.
The state PIRGs are hiring for positions in: AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MO, NC, NH, NJ, NM, OH, OR, PA, RI, TX, WA, WI and Washington, D.C. During the interview process, applicants are asked to specify their geographic limitations and will only receive an offer if a position in one of those locations can be guaranteed.
How To Apply
You can pick up a brochure at your career placement offi ce and schedule an on-campus interview, or apply online at www.pirg.org/jobs.
Please contact Sarah Bennett in our Recruitment Department with any questions: e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (617) 292-4800.
The State PIRGs Fellowship Program
2006-2008 Job Description
The goal of a PIRG Fellowship is to develop leaders for the public interest movement. You might see yourself becoming a fi eld organizer, advocateor even director of a public interest group someday.
As a PIRG Fellow, you gain hands-on experience in organizing, advocating, raising money, recruiting staff and leading campaigns in your fi rst year on staff . More importantly, you get real results, whether at the local, state or federal level. And your experience is complemented by intensive training and the direction and advice of a senior mentor. As a PIRG fellow, you will build expertise on global warming, open space destruction or another social problem. Youʼll conduct research, craft policy solutions, act as a spokesperson to the media, build diverse coalitions, write grants, recruit activists and members and develop the kind of politically powerful support you need to win. Your day-to-day work might include meeting with a state or national decision-maker, researching or writing a report, canvassing door-to-door, conducting a news conference, or directing a citizen outreach campaign. Upon successful completion of the two-year program, youʼll be eligible for a leadership role within the organization. The Fellowship Program positions include, but are not limited to:
Issue Associates: As an Issue Associate, you will master your issue area, research and
write reports, develop and coordinate campaigns, prepare legislative testimony, build
statewide and national coalitions, organize media events, raise funds, and meet with
Field Associates: As a Field Associate, you will build and demonstrate support for
PIRG proposals at the state or federal level. You must quickly master the basics of a
variety of issues, and then reach out to individuals, media outlets and organizations to
build visibility and gain their support. This year, Field Associates organized support for
measures to help solve
our dependence on oil, stop drilling in the
Each fellow takes on the critical role of building the organization by canvassing
throughout the year in addition to running a citizen outreach offi ce in the summer
Address real problems; get meaningful results.
If you want a job working hard to solve our countrys problems each day, consider a job with the state Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs). The state PIRGs are a national network of nonprofit organizations that advocate on behalf of the public interest. Starting with thorough research, we tackle problems that need to be solved.
A key part of the PIRG mission is to train leaders who are capable of designing and winning public interest campaigns, from the first steps of research to the last news conference where the governor signs our bill into law, all while building a sustainable organization by recruiting members, raising money, and developing staff for the long-term.
As a PIRG Fellow, you
attend a nine-day, paid training starting in mid-August in
You gain valuable skills and experience building an organization, including fundraising through grant-writing and canvassing, recruiting and managing staff , and directing campaigns.
Fellowship candidates are hired nationwide and placed with state PIRGs in offi ces across the country. This year, we will also be placing a few Fellows with PennEnvironment, Environment California, Environment Colorado and Environment Maine, the homes of the state PIRGsʼ environmental work in these states.
GIS Program Director
uses the skills of geographic information systems (GIS) and web site design and development to
work with urban youth in
high school dropout rate
for African-American and Hispanic youth in
create hope, good-paying jobs, business development and educational opportunities for those
that have dropped out of
school. There are 8,000 such youth in
Hopeworks has an advanced curriculum and training program by which youth are able to earn
college credits and gain valuable professional skills. As part of our program Hopeworks offers GIS
services to paying clients using the projects as an opportunity for training and youth
The GIS Program Manager reports directly to the Executive Director and is responsible for the
1. Youth Development
a. Provide a positive role model for youth, encourage respectful interaction with
others and respect, care and ownership for Hopeworks and their lives
b. Involve youth in project planning, client interaction and team management.
Structure learning through projects that are managed by trainees, encouraging
both independence and teamwork.
2. GIS Project Management
a. Seek out new GIS business revenue. Manage timeline and workload for all the
GIS projects, keeping projects within budget and deadline constraints.
b. Able to work independently, be extremely organized, and able to keep cool under
deadlines. Must be able to oversee multiple projects.
3. Resource Development
a. Write/modify curriculum and plan training relating to GIS for Hopeworks trainees
in light of current and anticipated projects
b. Make decisions on GIS hardware and software needs, keeping track of emerging
a. GIS and related data management software (ArcView 9.x, MS Access, Excel, etc)
b. Seek out and oversee accredited GIS training from local/online colleges as well
as other training opportunities from ESRI, New Horizons, etc.
S K I L L S A N D O T H E R R E Q U I R E M E N T S
1. Self-motivated and independent
2. Interest and desire to work with an innovative youth-development program and be
involved with the lives of youth.
3. Understanding of the concepts of geographic information systems
4. Experience with ArcView 9.X; Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word
5. Experience with additional GIS software (ArcEditor/ArcInfo; ArcView Extensions-
Streetmap, 3-D Analyst, Spatial Analyst, etc; ArcPad/ArcPad Studio); SQL; Microsoft
Access/PowerPoint/Publisher/Outlook are pluses.
6. Additional skills for client interaction are also pluses: Writing (grants and business
proposals), Public speaking and presentations, Sales
7. Passion for youth and their development and well being, a desire to make a difference in
a place of great need and a desire to be a part of an innovative and entrepreneurial
enterprise are essential
H O U R S / S A L A R Y
Commensurate with experience
Medical and dental benefits
H O W TO A P P L Y :
With their resume, applicants must include a writing sample explaining what
they find compelling about working with a youth-development program such
All applicants should submit their resumes via post. No online applications or
phone calls will be accepted.
Attn: Jeff Putthoff