ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES PROGRAM NEWSLETTER
October 29, 2007
In this issue:
** UPCOMING ES PROGRAM EVENTS: Plum Creek proposal panel discussion Monday, Charting Maine's Future: Make the Connection, Tuesday evening
** ES PROGRAM NEWS: Mellon Funds Available for Jan Plan
** SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: Udall Scholarship, NWF Fellowship Opportunity
** BEYOND COLBY:Balkans Peace Park Project, Board of Pesticide Control public hearing on Proposed Rule for Regulation of Bt Corn
** JOBS AND INTERNSHIPS: Green Corps, Climate Action Coordinator at Washington College, Clean Air Cool Planet, Nevada Salmon Recovery Organizer, Coastal Outreach Specialist
** UPCOMING ES PROGRAM EVENTS:
Plum Creek proposal panel discussion MONDAY
Monday, October 29th
Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond
Come learn more about the Plum Creek proposal controversy from the EXPERTS. This is the biggest issue facing Maine today. Not to be missed by anyone interested in Maine, economics, conservation, land use planning, or the Moosehead Lake region.
Entitled Conservation, Development, or Both? Alternative perspectives on the future of the Moosehead Lake region, the event is scheduled for Monday, October 29 at 7pm in Ostrove Auditorium, in the Diamond Building.
The panel discussion will include Cathy Johnson, North Woods Project Director for the Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM), which is opposing the project, and Elizabeth Swain, President of Barton and Gingold, representing Plum Creek. Jeff Pidot, formerly a Deputy Attorney General, will moderate the discussion.
With impending hearings to be held by the Land Use Regulation Commission (LURC) to consider Plum CreekÕs development proposal involving rezoning 421,000 acres around Moosehead, this panel provides a timely and informative opportunity for anyone interested to hear firsthand two opposing viewpoints about the benefits and costs of this proposal for the future of Maine.
The program's panelists have backgrounds that are particularly relevant to the evening's discussion:
Elizabeth Swain is a veteran policy consultant in Maine and also a registered professional forester. She served as a member of the LURC board from 1984-1992 and as its four-term Chair.
Cathy Johnson is senior staff attorney for the Natural Resources Council of Maine, the stateÕs largest environmental advocacy organization. She has previously worked for the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, as well as the National Parks Office of Nepal.
Jeff Pidot recently retired from his long-time post as head of the Attorney General's Office Natural Resources Division. He was director of LURC in the early 1980's.
Tuesday, October 30
7:00 pm in Olin 1
Charting Maine's Future: Make the Connection
The Environmental Studies Program welcomes, Alan Caron, the founder, President and CEO of GrowSmart Maine to campus. In his talk, Alan will discuss the GrowSmart-Brookings Report, which investigated the connections between Maine?s economy, our quality places, and our governance. The Brookings Institution found ample good news: our economy is growing, and the ?Maine brand? is still strong. But we also face challenges: a high tax burden is accelerating sprawl, while our emerging innovation economy remains small. The Report?s findings can be unified in a single insight: that protecting our quality places, growing the innovation economy and streamlining government are related and interdependent issues.
Grow Smart Maine is a statewide non-profit organization based in Yarmouth. GrowSmart was created in 2002 to engage Maine people, across the state, in working together for a more sustainable and prosperous future, while preserving the qualities that make Maine such a special place. GrowSmart describes it?s mission as ?Protecting the Maine we Love?to Build the Maine we Need?.
** ES PROGRAM NEWS:
Mellon Funds available for Jan Plan
The Environmental Studies Program is very lucky to have received money from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that can be used to provide stipends to students who want to undertake environmentally-related internships in the summer and over Jan Plan. If you are interested in applying for a Jan plan Mellon internship and you meet the following criteria, please consider applying:
Criteria for Environmental Internship Stipend
* Preference for ES majors, ES minors/concentrations
* Current seniors eligible for January only
* Internship should be related to environmental science or policy coursework
* Preference for students interning in humanitarian, not-for-profit, and governmental organizations
* Applicants must be in good academic standing and be able to demonstrate financial need
Applications should include the following:
* A written proposal describing the organization sponsoring the internship, the internship responsibilities, and the relationship of the internship to environmental science or policy coursework and to your future career goals;
* A letter of recommendation from a Colby faculty member;
* A current resume;
* A budget proposal listing projected income (including wages, stipends, family contribution, gifts and other) and projected expenses (including transportation, housing, utilities, food, and other); and
* A letter or other communication from the sponsoring organization confirming the internship.
* Submit full application materials (electronic and hardcopy please) to Beth Kopp, box 5356 (Beth.Kopp)
* DEADLINE NOVEMBER 23
** SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES:
$5,000 Scholarship for students pursuing ENVIRONMENTAL careers
If you're interested in being plugged into a growing network of environmentally-committed students across the country, you should check out the Udall Scholarship.
The Udall Scholarship seeks to reward undergraduates with the commitment and potential to make significant contributions to the
fields of the environment, tribal health, or tribal governance.
Eighty $5,000 scholarships are available each year for:
" Undergraduate sophomores and juniors in fields related to the environment
" Undergraduate sophomore and junior Native American/Alaska Native students
in fields related to health care, or tribal public policy
To be eligible for the Udall Scholarship, you must be nominated by your institution. To find your Faculty Representative and application materials, go to the "Our Programs" section of our web site:
Put your application together over winter break (but contact your FacRep now) - the receipt deadline for all materials is March 4th. Email Program Manager, Melissa Millage ( email@example.com) with questions.
NATIONAL WILDLIFE FEDERATION, CAMPUS ECOLOGY FELLOWSHIPS
Call for proposals
Accepting Proposals Beginning November 1.
Proposals Due December 15.
Learn more at: www.nwf.org/campusecology/fellowships
NWF's Campus Ecology program is accepting proposals beginning November 1, 2007, for the 2008 class of Campus Ecology Fellows. NWF is seeking proposals from undergraduate and graduate students working with a team of faculty, staff, or other students on projects to reduce their campus carbon footprint.
Global warming has emerged as the defining environmental issue of the 21st century. Scientists agree that human-triggered greenhouse gas pollution is the cause of increasing temperatures. At National Wildlife Federation, we know we can't fully achieve our mandate to protect wildlife without addressing global warming. That is why we are now asking Campus Ecology Fellows to confront global warming on their individual campuses by committing to reducing global emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases by 2% per year, or 30% by 2020. Fellows also help to educate and engage the campus community on global warming impacts and solutions.
Students are encouraged to submit fellowship proposals on a variety of sustainability practices that work to reduce their school's carbon footprint. These practices can include, but are not limited to:
Implementing energy efficiency and conservation initiatives on existing or new buildings.
Conducting a greenhouse gas inventory and developing a climate action plan.
Co-hosting, with at least three other campuses, a gathering on global warming solutions.
Designing and/or implementing green transportation options.
Installing or purchasing clean energy.
Initiating sustainable food systems.
Increasing and protecting wildlife habitat and green space on grounds and roof tops.
Designing supportive processes such as fiscal incentives, planning documents, professional development, community outreach, and/or new policies, etc. to address global warming awareness.
Fellowship grants of up to $2,000 are awarded.
If you have any questions about NWF Campus Ecology Fellowships or other opportunities, contact Kristin Kranendonk at 703-438-6265 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
** BEYOND COLBY:
BALKANS PEACE PARK PROJECT IN RUNNING FOR TOP TOURISM AWARD
Peace Park nomination now among three finalists in competition for award from the British Guild of Travel Writers
Last autumn community leaders from valleys in northern Albania and adjacent areas of Kosovo and Montenegro met in Pristina (Kosovo) to mark their support for creating an international peace park in the mountainous region where their three territories converge.
Now, less than a year later, the Balkans Peace Park Project (BPPP) finds itself in the running for one of Britain?s premier tourism awards as one of three finalists for an award from the British Guild of Travel Writers (BGTW). That was agreed at a Guild meeting held in London on Wednesday 12 September.
The BPPP helps unite communities that have hitherto been divided by common borders and makes a stand against environmental degradation. It promotes the effective protection of a region that has mountain landscapes and rural lifestyles which are not replicated elsewhere in Europe. The project also promotes access to the region for ethical and responsible tourism in one of Europe?s remotest areas. Above all, the project is a powerful agent for peace in a region of Europe where ethnic tensions have still not been entirely resolved. The BPPP benefits from support from a number of non-governmental agencies and individuals besides the six municipalities and some government ministries.
Representatives of the three finalists are invited to attend a gala dinner at London?s Savoy Hotel on Sunday 11 November, on the eve of the World Travel Market ? and there the winning project is announced. 2007 is the thirtieth year in which the BGTW (many of whose members are among Britain?s most accomplished travel journalists and authors) has made an award for the best overseas tourism project. The criteria are simple: the project must be genuinely innovative, it must be sensitive to environmental and ecological concerns, and it must make a positive social contribution. At their best, such projects allow for interested travellers to explore landscapes, communities and cultures which might otherwise be off-limits.
For more information on the Balkans Peace Park Project, go to www.balkanspeacepark.org.or contact Abbey Radis directly via email ( email@example.com)
Board of Pesticide Control PUBLIC HEARING on Proposed Rule for Regulation of Bt Corn:
November 16th 9:30 am.
at the Hampton Inn on Kennedy Memorial Drive in Waterville
The BPC needs to hear from YOU!!
In July of this year, the Board of Pesticide Control (BPC) licensed Bt corn for use in Maine. This corn product has been genetically engineered to produce a pesticide in every cell of the plant. At the time of licensing, the BPC agreed to make rules restricting the use of this pesticide, and on Nov. 16th, they will be soliciting public comment on those rules. Protect Maine Farmers is urging concerned farmers, gardeners, and consumers to come out to the hearing and make your voices heard. Let's tell the BPC to protect Maine growers rights to produce crops free of genetic contamination as their markets and consumers demand, and to protect Maine's image as a clean, green state by strictly regulating Bt corn.
Protect Maine Farmers will be issuing another action alert in the coming weeks for people unable to attend the hearing to send their written comments to the BPC. However, it is crucial that as many people as possible come out and speak directly to the BPC on Nov. 16th. So please, save the date, plan ahead, and we'll see you there.
For more information: Contact Logan Perkins, 615-5158, firstname.lastname@example.org
** JOBS AND INTERNSHIPS:
Applications due Oct. 26, 2007 ? apply online today at http://www.greencorps.org
Green Corps is the non-profit Field School for Environmental Organizing, founded by leading environmentalists in 1992 to train environmental organizers. Our program includes intensive classroom training, hands-on experience running urgent environmental campaigns, and placement in permanent positions with leading environmental and social change groups.
Classroom Training. Our intensive classroom training combines issue briefings, workshops and skills trainings to prepare you to run a grassroots campaign.
Field Training. Our field training puts you on the front lines of today's most urgent environmental campaigns. With Green Corps, you will work in multiple cities nationwide, chosen for their ability to make an impact on critical environmental problems. Potential locations include, but are not limited to, San Francisco, CA; Chicago, IL; Washington, DC and Boston, MA. You must be willing to relocate during your year with Green Corps.
Dates. The program begins in August 2008 and concludes with graduation in August 2009.
Responsibilities. Plan and implement a series of critical environmental campaigns with groups like Rainforest Action Network, Sierra Club and Greenpeace. You will secure media coverage, recruit and manage volunteers, train new leaders, and mobilize grassroots activists.
Qualifications. Each year we select 35 recent college graduates to join Green Corps. We are looking for people who are serious about saving the planet, have demonstrated leadership experience, and want to work for change over the long haul at the grassroots level.
Salary & Benefits. Salary of $23,750. Optional group health care coverage, paid sick days and holidays, two weeks paid vacation, and a student loan repayment program for qualifying staff.
To Apply. To apply to Green Corps, fill out our online application by the Early Application Deadline of Oct. 26, 2007. Deadlines, 2nd round interview locations and our online application are at http://www.greencorps.org.
Contact. Colin Beckman, Green Corps Organizer, at email@example.com 301-767-5411.
Climate Action Coordinator
Washington College's Center for Environment & Society seeks a Climate Action Coordinator to coordinate and manage climate action plans for Washington College and the Town of Chestertown. Responsibilities will include development of plans to move toward carbon neutrality for the College and the Town, preparation of a greenhouse gas emissions inventory for the College, and creation of an urban greening plan for Chestertown. The Coordinator will work with faculty, staff, students, Town staff, and volunteers to achieve project goals. This is a full-time, one year position with benefits. Continuation beyond one year is possible, contingent upon external funding. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.
Requirements for this position include a Bachelor's degree, with a strong background in environmental science and/or managerial skills; advanced degree preferred; excellent written, oral and interpersonal skills; demonstrated supervisory and organizational skills; and ability to work well with direction and independently.
The Center for Environment & Society promotes interdisciplinary learning, research, and exemplary stewardship of natural and cultural resources. It endeavors to shed light on the reciprocal relationship between humankind and the natural world, with the goal of integrating ecological and social values. Washington College is a competitive four-year liberal arts school located on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, near the Chesapeake Bay. Washington, Baltimore, and Philadelphia are within easy driving distance. Review of applications will begin October 29, 2007, and continue until the position is filled. Washington College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and members of traditionally underrepresented minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information on the Center and Washington College, visit http://ces.washcoll.edu and http://www.washcoll.edu. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and names of three references to: Director of Human Resources, 300 Washington Avenue, Chestertown, MD 21620.
300 Washington Avenue
Chestertown, MD 21620
Campus Program Associate
Based in Portsmouth, NH, with regular on-site work on New England college campuses
Campus Program Manager
Full-time, one year, with possibility of extension
1. Support coordination and outreach efforts for various campus program initiatitives, under the direction and guidance of the Campus Program Manager. These initiatives include the CA-CP Youth Climate Leadership fellowship, our partnership with the Campus Climate Challenge, an annual survey of CA-CP partner campuses to determine needs and resources and to gather information about innovative new projects, and others.
2. Work closely with the MA Executive Office of Environmental Affairs to coordinate on resources and guidance for completion of greenhouse gas inventories and climate action plans for Masachusetts campuses - and work closely with the CA-CP campus team to replicate that model on campuses outside Massachusetts.
3. With Campus Program Manager and campus team, assist in creating annual campus program workplan, goals and deliverables.
4. Meet with Campus Program Manager and other campus team members weekly to coordinate and evaluate progress in meeting program goals and specific deliverables.
Please send application materials (cover letter, resume, references) to Lynn Sullivan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 100 Market St. Ste. 204, Portsmouth, NH 03801. No phone calls, please. Application deadline November 12th.
NEVADA SALMON RECOVERY ORGANIZER
Save Our Wild Salmon
Save Our Wild Salmon (SOS) is a nationwide coalition of conservation organizations, commercial and sport fishing associations, businesses, river groups, and taxpayer and clean energy advocates working collectively to restore healthy, self-sustaining and abundant wild salmon to rivers, streams and oceans of the Pacific Salmon states
DEFINITION. Save Our Wild Salmon seeks a contract organizer for a four-to-six month project in Nevada. This project will build citizen support for restoring salmon and steelhead to northern Nevada streams flowing into the Snake River; generate media coverage of the history of salmon and salmon use in Nevada, and the prospects and means for restoring salmon; and facilitate contact with Nevada elected leaders in support of doing so. (Salmon and steelhead once inhabited the Owyhee River, Bruneau River and Salmon Falls Creek in northern Nevada until extirpated by large downstream dams.)
DESIRED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS. We seek an energetic, creative, organized person who easily interacts with and engages people of all kinds, likes to travel, and is seeking experience which can lead to professional opportunities in conservation advocacy. We need someone who works well with a broad constituency, including hunters, anglers, businesses, and conservationists. Position requires excellent written and oral communication. Organizing experience in an advocacy or political campaign, including event planning and management, is desired. Some media experience is desired. Travel will be extensive.
Canvass Nevada conservation organizations, and meet as appropriate with leaders and chapters (e.g., Trout Unlimited, National Wildlife Federation, Sierra Club chapters) to enlist their help;
Organize and participate in public events to inform and educate people on the Nevada/salmon connection;
Engage Nevadans in the federal relicensing of Idaho Power CompanyÕs Hells Canyon dams, the Columbia/Snake Biological Opinion for endangered Snake River salmon, and any related public processes occurring during the project;
Establish a network (in a database and in relationships) of Nevada citizens for electronic and phone contact after the project ends;
With Nevadans in the lead, generate news and editorial coverage in key Nevada newspapers for the vision of restoring salmon and the Nevadans ngaged in it;
Establish and maintain positive contact, and organize citizens to contact, NevadaÕs members of Congress and other statewide elected officials;
Prepare outreach and media materials necessary for the work above.
TERMS. The contract fee for this position is DOE, within a range of $2,000-3,200 per month. An expense budget for travel, materials, supplies, etc. will be included. Full-time preferred, but will entertain a part-time proposal from a highly-qualified applicant. Prefer applicants with own car, laptop and cell phone. Valid driverÕs license and proof of insurance required.
TO APPLY: Send a resume and cover letter via email only to Joseph Bogaard, email@example.com. Position open until filled. Additional information available at www.wildsalmon.org.
Coastal Education Outreach Specialist
Coastal Education Outreach Specialist (CEOS) works as part of the regional office team to manage all aspects of coastal education and outreach activities for students, educators and the public within the assigned region of coastal North Carolina. CEOS designs and implements educational and outreach programs focused on the coastal environment and habitat stewardship. Programs implemented by the CEOS will increase opportunities for active participation in all work focus areas of the Federation. CEOS designs and carries out programs that reach targeted audiences in a highly professional and effective manner, and works with the regional team to coordinate the overall management of Federation volunteers within assigned geographic regions. Educational programming managed by the CEOS will be designed to engage and educate students, teachers, and community decision-makers within their assigned geographic region. Outreach and education efforts will be integrated into the advocacy (not including students), restoration, and preservation priorities of the regionÕs team.
1. Apply to Todd Miller, Executive Director, North Carolina Coastal Federation.
2. To apply: (a) Submit a cover letter stating your reasons for seeking employment and special qualifications that you wish to highlight from your resume; and (b) Submit a current resume.
3. How to apply: (a) Send your cover letter and resume by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org; (b) Subject heading on your email should read: Application for Employment; (c) Request return receipt to make sure your application is received; (d) Submit application no later than 5:00 p.m. Nov. 5, 2007; and (e) No mailed or faxed submissions will be accepted.