ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES PROGRAM NEWSLETTER
NOVEMBER 4, 2008
In this issue:
** UPCOMING ES PROGRAM EVENTS: ES Colloquium “Negotiating Adaptive International Institutions for Transboundary River Governance” -- Wednesday
** ES PROGRAM NEWS: Two ES students create award winning poster, Mellon Deadline approaching, Canned food drive
** ALSO ON CAMPUS: Rally for Climate Justice
** BEYOND CAMPUS: “Conservation as if People Mattered: Indigenous and Community Conserved Areas around the Globe and Here at Home,” at Bowdoin,
** GRAD PROGRAM: Clark University Environmental Science and Policy Grad Program
** FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITY: 2009 NWF CAMPUS ECOLOGY
** JOBS & INTERNSHIPS: Green Map System
** UPCOMING ES PROGRAM EVENTS:
ES Colloquium: November 5
Noon, in the Fairchild Room in Dana. Join us at 11:30 for lunch with Cat.
“Negotiating Adaptive International Institutions for Transboundary River Governance”
Catherine Ashcraft, Visiting Professor of Environmental Studies and Government
Catherine’s research and teaching focus on negotiation processes and institutions for making environmental policy. At Colby, she teaches courses on environmental negotiation and dispute resolution, international environmental regimes, and transboundary environmental governance. Catherine’s research focuses on adaptability and flexibility of international water management institutions. She recently co-authored a book chapter with Lawrence Susskind in the forthcoming IUCN publication Negotiate, How to Reach Fairer and More Sustainable Agreements that draws insights from a number of international water negotiations. Catherine consults with the Consensus Building Institute and works with partners in intergovernmental organizations, multilateral development agencies and civil society in Asia, Africa, Europe, and North America to build negotiating skills and to help address environmental and development problems. She is also a certified mediator with the Harvard Mediation Program. Catherine will earn her PhD from MIT in 2008. She earned her Master of Environmental Science in 2002 from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and her B.A. in 1998 from the University of Pennsylvania. Catherine holds dual citizenship in the USA and the European Union (Germany).
** ES PROGRAM NEWS:
Award Winning Poster
On October 24, two ES majors, J. Sarah Sorenson ‘11 and Zach Ezor ‘10 were awarded first prize in the poster competition at the conference “Climate Change 21 -- Choices for the 21st Century (CC21)”, held at the University of Maine, Orono campus. Sarah and Zach worked with Professor Russ Cole on their poster, “Colby College’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory: A Guide to Carbon Neutrality”, which was submitted in the category for campus initiatives related to climate change. The competition judging team was led by internationally-recognized climate scientist Dr. Paul Mayewski, Director, Climate Change Institute, The University of Maine. Honorary Judge and awards presenter was Scott Pelley of “60 Minutes” -- CBS News. Please check out the award winning poster in the display case between Rooms 207 and 208 in Diamond. Also check out more terrific student work on display on the first floor in Olin, the poster created by Becky Lipson ‘09 and Peter Graham ‘12, “Sustainability Initiatives at Colby College”.
Mellon Deadline Approaching
Environmental Studies January Internship Stipends
The Environmental Studies Program has been awarded a grant by the Mellon Foundation to fund several environmental internship stipends annually. The amount of money available for each stipend will depend on the nature of the internship, the anticipated budget and financial needs of the applicant, and the availability of other resources including the employer's ability to provide partial compensation. Applications should be submitted in hardcopy and via email to <beth.kopp>, 208 Diamond, by November 17 for Jan Plan internships.
Criteria for Environmental Internship Stipends:
- ES majors, concentrators, and minors are eligible, preference given to majors and concentrators
- Current seniors are eligible for January stipends 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
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.
Proposals will be evaluated based on the criteria above. Successful applicants will be awarded their stipends pending their agreement to the terms of the award.
- Write a report on your experience appropriate for posting on the ES website and inclusion in our annual reports to the Mellon Foundation.
- Submit three digital photographs of you “in action” at your internship. These photos will enhance the ES Program website and other materials we may prepare on the internship program.
- Ask your internship site supervisor to write a letter evaluating your performance at the end of the internship.
- Give a presentation on February 11 describing your internship experience when you return to Colby. Your presentation will be part of the Environmental Studies Program lunchtime talks.
Cans Across America Challenge
Sodexho and the Colby Events Committee have announced the Cans Across America Challenge Program. This is a huge effort to collect canned food here at Colby that will then stay in the Waterville area or go to the Good Shepherd food bank which serves the entire state. The goal is to collect 2,500 pounds of canned food, we want the ES Program can get involved in this important event and help the College meet this ambitious goal.
A competition is underway. Departments across campus will be competing to see who can collect the most food. Please do your part by bringing a can (or a dozen) to my office, Diamond 208 by 9:00 am on Tuesday, November 11. (If I am not in you can leave it with Philip Nyhus two doors down). The food pantries are anticipating that this will be a very tough winter for them with few resources and many additional people needing help. They will appreciate any donations we are able to make.
** ALSO ON CAMPUS: Rally for Climate Justice
Colby students, under the inspiring influence of activist Afsan Chowdhury, are holding a Rally for Climate Justice on November 15. We will leave from Colby College at 2:30 and march to downtown Waterville. Here, we will congregate to write letters to congressional leaders, family, and friends, as well as view Afsan's film on climate change and Bangladesh and discuss further action. Our main target is the media, as the human dimension of climate change is vastly underrepresented in most climate discourse. Contact Amelia Swinton at <firstname.lastname@example.org> if you're interested in joining us on Saturday!
** BEYOND CAMPUS:
Bowdoin College is hosting a symposium on November 8, 2008, “Conservation as if People Mattered: Indigenous and Community Conserved Areas around the Globe and Here at Home,” sponsored by the Environmental Studies Program and Center for the Common Good at Bowdoin College and The Nature Conservancy. 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.
This symposium will feature a number of plenary speakers discussing international perspectives, including the keynote address by Ashish Kothari, who is the 2008 Mellon Global Scholar at Bowdoin and co-chair of the IUCN Theme on Indigenous/Local Communities, Equity, and Protected Areas. It will also feature examples of fishery and forestry based conservation strategies that are being implemented in New England.
A brief description of the symposium is provided below along with the official symposium website, which has information about registration and the schedule of events.
Conservation as if People Mattered: Indigenous and Community Conserved Areas around the Globe and Here at Home
The symposium will provide an opportunity to explore indigenous and community conserved areas as an emerging paradigm for conservation. Both the move towards collaborative management of protected areas, and the recognition of community conserved areas as the oldest form of protected areas, is part of this paradigm shift. The purpose of the symposium is to discuss this model through an exploration of successful case studies and to link this approach in its application to sites in Asia, Central America and locally in the Northeastern United States. Speakers and panelists will discuss the movement towards recognizing community rights and management institutions as an important part of managing sites that are crucial for their conservation values. Examples of types of community conserved programs will include indigenous protected sites, sacred sites, locally managed fisheries, and community forestry programs among others. The format will include three plenary speakers who will explore international perspectives. An afternoon panel of local speakers will provide an overview of community conserved initiatives in Maine and New England. In both sessions there will be time for the participants to engage in discussion. The symposium will conclude with a discussion on next steps.
The intended audience for this symposium is members of the conservation and social justice/human rights community, including international and local non-profit organizations, agencies, and faculty, staff and students from colleges and universities who are involved and interested in shifts within the field of community conservation and social justice. The symposium will be open to the public.
There is no charge for the symposium, however registration is required as space is limited.
For more information, contact Eileen Johnson at email@example.com or 207-798-7157.
** GRAD PROGRAM:
CLARK UNIVERSITY ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND POLICY (ES&P) GRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAM
Do you have a passion for protecting the environment while promoting sustainable development?
Are you interested in how changes to the environment, like rapid urbanization, impact human health?
Do you want to advance climate change mitigation and change current energy systems?
The Environmental Science and Policy (ES&P) program at Clark University prepares students for rewarding careers at the intersection of environmental science and policy. ES&P continues a long tradition of innovation and creative responses to environmental challenges – the current program has evolved from one of the first environmental programs in the country to explore relationships between environment, technology, and society.
Environmental challenges are complex: they have social, political, cultural, economic as well as ecological dimensions. ES&P teaches students to use knowledge and methods from both the natural and social sciences, integrate quantitative and qualitative analytical tools, and understand the connections among environment, technology, society, and development.
With this program's course of study, the ES&P student is equipped with skills and perspectives to work with a wide array of stakeholders – communities, industries, governmental agencies, NGOs, researchers, and donors – in ways that are sensitive to cultural, institutional, socio-political, and economic needs.
ES&P students have opportunities to participate in high quality, meaningful research collaborations, and interact with students and faculty who have diverse cultural backgrounds. ES&P graduates are able to recognize, frame, characterize, and creatively address the myriad environment-development challenges we face both locally and globally.
For further information about our programs and how to apply, please visit our website at www.clarku.edu/idce <http://www.clarku.edu/idce> . Our deadline for admissions applications is January 15, 2009.
** FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITY:
2009 NWF CAMPUS ECOLOGY FELLOWSHIPS: REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
Topic: Implementing practices on campus to reduce your school’s carbon footprint
Location: Anywhere in the United States
Background: Scientists agree that human-triggered greenhouse gas pollution is the cause of increasing
temperatures. But they also agree that if we start now, we can cap – and then begin reducing – harmful carbon
emissions before they cause irreversible damage. National Wildlife Federation has made confronting global
warming a priority and NWF’s Campus Ecology program supports that mission by offering Fellowships to
undergraduate and graduate students working with other members of the faculty, staff, or administration on
projects designed to help reverse global warming on campus and beyond. Campuses need to focus efforts on
reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This can be done through organizing committed faculty, staff, and
students to educate their communities and work towards curbing emissions.
Special emphasis will be placed on selecting Fellows from colleges and universities with recommendations
from a team of faculty, staff, or other students either already working on or interested in working on campus-
wide climate action.
Goal: Students are encouraged to submit fellowships proposals on a variety of sustainability practices that
work to reduce their school’s carbon footprint.
Core projects: Priority will be given to projects that focus on one or more of the following efforts.
• Implementing energy efficiency and conservation initiatives on existing or new buildings.
• Conducting a greenhouse gas inventory and developing a climate action plan
• Hosting a climate gathering involving representatives from three or more campuses
Other Projects: Limited number of fellowships available
• Designing and/or implementing greener 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, new policies, etc. on global warming awareness.
Writing and Research: Limited to graduate students
• Researching and writing articles for e-newsletter
• Writing best practices resources focused on campus climate leadership
Eligibility: Undergraduate or graduate students from any college or university in the United States may
apply. Applications are invited from students in all disciplines and are not limited to environmental studies
majors. Current and former employees of National Wildlife Federation and former NWF Campus Ecology
Fellows are ineligible to apply. Former NWF interns are eligible to apply following one year from their final
work date. The name on the application must be limited to one individual and the Fellowship reporting,
training, or other requirements cannot be transferred to or shared with another student. Additional involvement
should be noted in the proposal. Applications from students who have been nominated by a formal group or
committee working on climate and other sustainability projects on campus will receive special consideration.
A nomination process is especially encouraged where more than one student may be interested in applying for
NWF’s Campus Ecology Fellowship.
Funding: Undergraduate fellows may receive up to $2000 to help offset project. Graduate fellows may
receive up to $5000. Grant funds are intended to serve as seed money, not to cover the full cost of the project
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or gathering. Grant terms must be fulfilled by the awarded applicant; however, grant funds used for project or
meeting expenses may be used by the nominating or other formal group on campus affiliated with the project
at the discretion of the Fellow
Payments are dispersed in two installments: at the beginning and at the end of project period. Grant funds must
be distributed to an Administrative Office on campus (e.g. Research, Grants and Contracts Office, Financial
Aid Office, Campus Sustainability Office) to the attention of the appropriate administrator. All distributed
funds must be allocated towards direct expenses. Grant funds may be taxable; consult your tax advisor for U.S.
Internal Revenue Service reporting requirements.
Fellows are responsible for collecting documentation of project expenses, including associated receipts and
invoices. Copies of documentation must be submitted to the Administrative Office and/or Fellowship
Coordinator. Upon receipt and approval of the final report and expense documentation (or notice of receipt
from the Administrative Office), final grant payment will be released.
Grant monies not spent during the grant period and/or grant monies that are unaccounted for must, at NWF's
sole discretion, be returned to NWF within one year of the award of the grant. The project may extend beyond
the grant period, however, funding for more than one grant period is not guaranteed.
Grant Period and Time Allocation: NWF has several deadlines for the 2008-2009 school year.
Deadlines are as follows:
• August 1
• October 1
• November 14
• February 2
• March 31
Fellowships will be awarded within one month of each deadline. Projects begin immediately after notification
and last for a period of 15 months.
First installments of grant awards are made within two weeks of awarding fellowship. Final payment is made
half way through the grant period. Each fellow commits to working on the project for at least 12 months
throughout a 15-month grant period. A total of three months (12 weeks) of inactivity throughout the 15-month
period is allowed to account for summer, winter, or spring breaks if desired and one bi-monthly report may be
missed to account for this time off if necessary. NWF can request grant money be refunded if fellowship
requirements are not met. For graduate fellows seeking funding for writing and research, the time commitment
To allow for flexibility during the 15-month period, the three months of inactivity may occur concurrently or
be interspersed throughout the grant period at any point during the grant period, beginning, middle or end.
Some Fellows choose to take the summer off, for example, while others may work concertedly on their project
throughout the summer and end the Fellowship a bit earlier in the following school year. Others may work on
the project consistently throughout the 15-month period. These time-frames must be agreed in writing at least
two weeks prior to any periods of inactivity.
Fellows spend various amounts of time on their projects each week. The average amount of time spent is 10
hours weekly or 40 hours monthly. The fellowship project is a labor of love not a job. The time invested by
each student is typically considerable, but it is also flexible to account for schoolwork and other commitments
and the working style of each Fellow.
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Review and Selection Process: Proposals are reviewed by a committee to determine which meet the
selection criteria, fall within NWF Campus Ecology Fellowship Program objectives and fit our funding
priorities. All applicants will be notified of their status.
Marketing and/or Communication Design Intern
Green Map System, New York, NY (East Village)
Green Map is a locally-led global movement that today involves people over 50 countries in charting green living, nature, cultural and social resources. Currently, we are developing a monumental new platform to benefit both the makers and users of Green Maps. Currently in Preview at OpenGreenMap.org, with the public debut in Spring 2009, we seek the help of a talented marketing and /or designer who will be involved in all aspects of completing, launching and developing outreach for this project, and to some extent, other resources we offer to global and local audiences. You will be working with an international team from our base in Manhattan. We prefer that you are already based in the metro area, and can work with us over the next 9-12 months, and possibly, beyond.
You will gain experience in:
- coming up with novel ways to introduce our offerings to map users and makers, bloggers, journalists, non-profit and other business partners.
- growing a lean, mean marketing machine involving marketing "channels" (e.g. social networks, public relations, blogging, events, personal relationships, word of mouth, etc.).
- preparing and writing marketing and public relations copy for promotions, blog posts, press releases, etc.
- Strong written and inter-personal communication skills
- Genuine interest in sustainability, global programs, as well as emerging digital media, culture and businesses
- Ability to work effectively with team members and take direction
- Keen attention to detail and good organization skills
- Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, environment
- Familiarity with the following software/services preferred:
- - Google Analytics, AdWords, Google Ad Manager, Adobe Creative Suite, etc.
We are flexible about hours and days. We appreciate a link to your marketing and/or design work, in addition to your resume