ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES PROGRAM NEWSLETTER
FEBRUARY 25, 2008
In this issue:
** UPCOMING ES PROGRAM EVENTS: Tuesday evening colloquia, Conserving Warblers and Willet
** BEYOND COLBY: Environmental Health Lobby Day Tuesday, March 4, at the Statehouse
** SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY: Deadline approaching for Student Scholarships Available to Attend a Unique Northeast Energy Efficiency Summit
** CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY: The Greening of SSWAC
** IN THE NEWS: Sierra Club reports on candidates Environmental Scorecard
** GRAD SCHOOL INFO: Pursue a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences at Wright State University
** JOBS & INTERNSHIPS: Green Corps, Greenpeace, American Farmland Trust, Pacific Media
** UPCOMING ES PROGRAM EVENTS:
ES Evening Colloquia: Conserving Warblers and Willet
Peter S. McKinley, Ph.D. '87
Director of Forestland Conservation, Forest Society of Maine
Tuesday, February 26
7:00 in Olin 1
Dr. McKinley will use examples from his own career demonstrating the various roles of conservation science, education, and policy from a bottom-up perspective. If general conservation principles applied in broad brush strokes across our landscapes and seascapes represent top-down conservation, then site specific studies that educate and motivate people in a particular region or watershed represent the bottom-up approach. (Both approaches are needed) Quite often in the midst of conducting ecological research in forests and estuaries, he found himself explaining his research projects to various stakeholders and the general interested public (themselves a stakeholder group). The early interactions were incidental and might have occurred while trying to gain access to a research site, while latter interactions have become an important part of his conservation research projects. While such place-based conservation takes time, it is more likely to have lasting effects and take on a life of its own. The talk will be equal parts conservation science research conducted on songbird and shorebird populations, and various means of delivering this research to make differences on the ground and water.
** BEYOND COLBY:
Environmental Health Lobby Day Tuesday, March 4, at the Statehouse
The Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine is hosting its annual Environmental Health Lobby Day Tuesday, March 4, at the Statehouse in Augusta. Quack the rubber ducky and concerned Mainers from all over the state will visit the Maine Capitol Tuesday, March 4 to voice support for LD 2048. We will urge elected officials to pass LD 2048, which will protect our families from unnecessary toxic chemicals in children's products, the group said in a press release.
Environmental Health Lobby Day will begin at 8 a.m. in the Cross Cafˇ with coffee and muffins. Those attending will hear details about the bill and practice talking with legislators. We will then go and speak with our senators and representatives, have lunch, and hold group meetings with legislative leaders in the afternoon.
No prior experience is necessary, the group says. We'll provide materials, training and moral support. We will provide childcare for those who pre-register.
The basic layout for the day is this:
8:30 to 10 AM - Briefing on bills, lobbying role plays, etc.
10 AM to Noon - Lobbying upstairs in Capitol
Noon to 1 PM (approximate) - Lunch
1 PM to 3 PM (approximate) - Big group meetings with Senate Dem and Rep leadership
For folks who may arrive late, it is often possible to set up a lunch meeting with one's legislators in advance. If any students from your class will be attending, would be great chance for them to get direct feedback from legislators they are generating civic engagement contacts to. We're also hoping to get a short time with the Governor between Noon and 1.
For more information or to sign up, go to: http://www.cleanandhealthyme.org/NewsEvents/EnvironmentalHealthLobbyDay/tabid/119/Default.aspx
or contact Professor Gail Carlson <gcarlson>, she and members of ES 266, The Environment and Human Health will be attending this important event!
** IN THE NEWS:
For those of you who missed the great Goldfarb Center's Know Before You Vote presentation the environment by our own Philip Nyhus and Gail Carlson, the Sierra Club highlighted some of the findings of the League of Conservation Voters 2007 Scorecard.
(from Carl Pope, Director of the Sierra Club )
Sierra Club reports on candidates Environmental Scorecard
Two weeks ago John McCain was the only Senator to duck a crucial vote on the future of clean energy in America -- dooming to failure the measure that would have helped make renewable energy more affordable and accessible. Now it turns out this missed vote is part of a pattern. Last week, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) released the 2007 National Environmental Scorecardgiving Senator McCain a score of ZERO. According to the scorecard, McCain was the only member of Congress to skip all 15 crucial environmental votes scored by LCV. Can you help spread the word about McCain's 0% environmental voting record and write a letter to the editor? The opinion page is widely read in most communities -- and a well-placed letter can reach a broad audience. We've included sample text to get you started. McCain's LCV score exposes the real record behind the rhetoric -- a lifetime LCV score of 24, a history of siding with the polluters and special interests, and a consistent pattern of ducking important environmental votes.
For more information: http://www.lcv.org/
** CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY:
The Greening of SSWAC
Next time you are in the SSW Alumni Center, or just strolling by the Colby Green, I encourage you to check out the educational slideshow in the lobby of the building. The presentation, found on the flat screen as you enter the building highlights green initiatives used in the construction and operation of the alumni center. The fantastic piece was put together by Brian Speer based on the PowerPoint from Russ Cole and Sarah Becker '06. A great way to learn more about this green building!
** SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY:
Deadline approaching for Student Scholarships Available to Attend a Unique Northeast Energy Efficiency Summit
Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) invites you to nominate students to attend a major Business LeaderÕs summit scheduled for May 22, 2008 at the Marriott Hartford Hotel. In 2007 this unique regional forum brought together nearly 300 policymakers, efficiency service providers and business leaders from nine states across the Northeast region to demonstrate the progress and benefits of energy efficiency. Students who attend will have an opportunity to:
-Meet with the business leaders nominated to be recognized for their leadership in advancing and achieve energy savings through investment in cost effective efficiency measures at a special breakfast session
-Be introduced at lunch with a short note about work that they are currently doing that effects the way energy is produced or consumed
-Post and distribute resumes or research proposals looking for underwriters
-Attend a reception that will feature an exhibition of energy efficiency solutions
-Attend the conference and the Business Leaders dinner
All fees are waived for attending this Summit meeting. This is an outstanding opportunity for students in many disciplines including such areas as law, sociology, economics, political science, history, science and engineering fields, to discover job paths that have an intersection with their field of study and one of the most pressing problems of our time, energy.
More information will be forthcoming in early spring. For now we would simply ask that you let us know if you might have students that would be interested in this event. If so, please simply turn this email around. This event offers a unique opportunity for students who are close to graduating or picking a research topic to interact with the leaders in this area. Visit our website and see what you can expect this May:: 2008 NEEP Summit
** GRAD SCHOOL INFO:
Pursue a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences at Wright State University
The Environmental Sciences Ph.D. program at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio invites applicantsfor Fall 2008 admission. The program is designed to provide skills and training to better understand and solve complex environmental problems, such as those caused by anthropogenic pollutants, invasive species, habitat fragmentation and loss of biodiversity, that can affect both human and ecosystem health. Our students receive training in preparation for careers in academia, state and federal agencies, industry, and non-profit organizations.
Through a rigorous core curriculum and dissertation research, our interdisciplinary program is designed to broadly expose students to
both traditional and emerging areas of environmental sciences, and offers the ability to focus on research in a more defined area. Our
program includes faculty in the departments of Biological Sciences, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Chemistry, Physics, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Pharmacology and Toxicology, and Mathematics and Statistics.
The program offers competitive stipends for graduate students ($22,000 for Fall 2008) along with a waiver of tuition costs for full-time
students. Applicants are also eligible for consideration to receive a prestigious Yellow Springs Instruments (YSI) Fellowship for the first
year in the program, awarded to highly qualified students enrolling for Fall 2008.
Applicants are encouraged to contact program faculty in their areas of interest prior to completing the application. To apply online and to read more about our program and its curriculum, research, faculty and student profiles, please visit our program website at:
Questions regarding our program may be directed to our program office:
Ms. Cathy Kempf, Administrative Specialist
262 Diggs Laboratory
Wright State University
Dayton, OH 45435
Phone: (937) 775-3273
FAX (937) 775-3485
Office Hours: 8:30 AM – 5:00 pm Monday-Friday
** JOBS & INTERNSHIPS:
*Applications due March 15, 2008 – 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. Issue briefings include Clean Cars, Renewable Energy, Forests and Endangered Species. Strategy workshops include The Legislative Process, Social Change Methodology and Effective Media: Messaging and Framing. Finally, hands-on skills trainings include Leadership Development, Training Volunteers and Running Effective Meetings. Training is run by the Green Corps Central Staff, as well as environmental and social change experts such as John Passacantando, Executive Director, Greenpeace USA, Bill McKibben, author and climate change expert, and Wendy Wendlandt, Political Director, U.S. PIRG.
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.
Career Development. Upon completion of the training program, Green Corps will connect you to organizations that are seeking full-time professional staff. Green Corps graduates hold positions with MoveOn.org, Sierra Club, Greenpeace, Global Exchange, Endangered Species Coalition, Global Trade Watch, Corporate Accountability International, ForestEthics, and many other environmental and progressive groups.
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 Application Deadline of March 15, 2008. Deadlines, 2nd round interview locations and our online application are at http://www.greencorps.org.
Contact. Jesse Littlewood, Recruitment Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org, 617-426-8506, x1.
You can travel internationally with Greenpeace to work with activists abroad. Also, you'll learn how to engage in peaceful direct action, climb, and drive Greenpeace boats!
ACTION * TRAVEL * TRAINING
Spend a Semester with Greenpeace
Summer and Fall programs are filling up, and early applications are due March 7th.
Apply at http://www.greenpeace.org/got. The semester is offered in the Washington D.C. and San Francisco Greenpeace
offices. Contact program staff with questions at email@example.com or
877-450-3517 ext. 320.
For a green and peaceful future,
Linda Capato and Kate Bower
Graduating soon? Exciting jobs for college grads to stop global warming!
Apply today at: http://members.greenpeace.org/survey/start/41/
American Farmland Trust
American Farmland Trust works at the federal, state and local level to advocate for solutions that protect natural resources and encourage profitable, sustainable farming in the United States.
We're seeking skilled, hard-working interns to conduct research and assist with projects related to the new Agriculture and the Environment Campaign.This is an excellent opportunity for college students and graduates to learn first-hand about U.S. agri-environmental policy and to promote a cleaner environment and a robust agricultural sector. Internships are available starting immediately.
Duties will include:
-Conducting secondary research on the role of U.S. agriculture in Climate Change and Water Quality impairment and improvement.
-Assisting project leaders with workshop planning.
-Assisting with research on and drafting of policy recommendations to address climate change and water quality.
-College Junior (3rd year) or above. We seek candidates with a range of experience, including graduate students and recent college graduates.
-Proven interest in U.S. Farm, Climate, Energy, and/or Water policy issues.
-Skills: familiarity with Excel, PowerPoint, and internet research tools, strong organizational skills
A small stipend is available to help defray some living costs.
Please email a one-page cover letter and resume. Cover letter should include your availability for work in Washington, DC.
Green Technology Assistant
Position Type: Part Time
As a leading Media Communications firm in Silicon Valley, Pacific Media has provided corporate television and interaction media creation services to many of Silicon Valley's leading corporations.
GreenTech TV's mission is to provide services and products that enhance the understanding of green and sustainable technologies. With long standing expertise in environmental issue, Pacific Media's founder and staff are well positioned to provide leadership capaibility in the green media marketplace.
Pacific Media and its business unit, GreenTech TV, are looking for interns to support research, reporting, and production activities for Green technology media services.
We are looking for students with either journalism, environmental and/or media production (video and/or web) focus and with environmental sustainability knowledge and demonstrated interest.
Experience in writing, reporting, web research, web design, and/or video production with a passion for the expansion of Green technology to solve our environmental crisis is critical. A commitment of at least 8 hours per week is required.
Please call for further details. Email a one page resume with references.
Coordinator, Environmental Studies Program
5356 Mayflower Hill Drive
Waterville, Maine 04901
Office: 208 Diamond Building