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November 6, 2006
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** UPCOMING ES EVENTS: ES Evening Colloquium:"Sustainable Solutions: Entrepreneurship and
Environmental Challenges", CoSponsored by ES & ECON
** ES PROGRAM NEWS: Mellon Funds Available for Jan Plan ES Policy majors travel to DC
** ALSO ON CAMPUS: Watch the Election Results at the Green House, Goldfarb sponsors
** BEYOND COLBY: Tuesday is ELECTION DAY!!, Stopping the Toxic Legacy: What Babies and
Whales Are Telling Us about Chemical Pollution
** GRAD/RESEARCH PROGRAMS: Clark University, National Geographic, Greenpeace
** JOBS AND INTERNSHIPS: Denver Urban Gardens, Orion Magazine, Industrial Economics
** UPCOMING ES EVENTS: ES Evening Colloquium:"Sustainable Solutions: Entrepreneurship and
Environmental Challenges", Cosponsored by ES & ECON
Tuesday, November 7
7:00 Olin 1
Paul Hudnut, Director of Venture Development, Colorado State
Sustainable Solutions: Entrepreneurship and Environmental Challenges
Co-sponsored by the Economics Department and the Environmental Studies Program
Paul Hudnut will discuss how entrepreneurship can be a positive force for making
significant, scaleable and sustainable environmental impacts. He will also discuss
examples of social entrepreneurs, as well as his experience as a founder of Envirofit
International, which was recently recognized by the Stanford Social Innovation Review as
one of the Top Ten most innovative companies at creating social change.
Paul Hudnut is director of venture development at Colorado State University, where he
works on the commercial development of university technologies and teaches
entrepreneurship classes at the College of Business. He is also co-director of the CSU
Global Innovation Center for Energy, Health and Environment, a joint effort between the
College of Engineering and College of Business. His interests include building companies,
technology transfer, intellectual property, and applying entrepreneurial approaches to
large global challenges to human and environmental health. Hudnut was a senior executive
at Heska Corporation, U.S. WEST Marketing Resources and PR Pharmaceuticals. He is a
founder and chairman of Envirofit International, Ltd. and currently serves on the boards
of directors of CaringFamily LLC; Inviragen, LLC; and the Rotary Club of Fort Collins.
Hudnut earned his BA from Colorado College, his law degree from University of Virginia,
and has completed the Program for Management Development at the Harvard Business School.
** ES PROGRAM NEWS
Mellon Funds available
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 Mellon internship and you meet the following criteria,
please consider applying:
Criteria for Environmental Internship Stipends
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
Applicants must be in good academic standing and be able to demonstrate financial need
Summer internships require a minimum of 350 hours, cannot exceed 40 hours a week and must
comply with Federal wage and hour laws
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
Submit full application materials (electronic and hardcopy please) to Beth Kopp, box 4846
DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 30
ES Policy Majors Travel to DC
(from James Cryan)
On October 20 Environmental Studies Professor Liliana Andonova and the students in her
Environmental Policy Practicum: Poverty and Sustainable Development class traveled to
Washington D.C. to meet with a variety of different international institutions, including
the World Bank, the Millenium Challenge Cooperation, Jill Perry a former Peace Corps
volunteer and now of the Center for International Education, the World Resources
Institute and Dr. Jose Molinas, founder of Instituto Desarrollo.
These meetings helped illuminate the variety of institutions which work at different
levels to promote international development. At each meeting the students engaged with
the presenters in a discourse and were able to ascertain a much greater understanding of
these types of institutions than can be garnered from the academic literature. The group
was able to obtain advice and more information from these institutions for their class
project which involves collaboration with the rural municipality of Carapegua, Paraguay.
In short, the day was a very valuable experience for everyone involved.
** ALSO ON CAMPUS:
Watch Election Returns at the Green House!
The future of our country hangs in the balance this coming Tuesday, November 7th. Be
sure to vote (for whomever you wish), and then join Green House residents to watch the
election returns! 8 to 11 PM.
Ann and Christopher (faculty residents) will have their apartment and the Go-Ho lounge
TVs tuned to cable news. We've invited the Green House residents to stop in at any time
that evening and would love to have you stop by as well. We'll have some beverages, hor
d'oeuvres, snacks, munchies, things to eat, etc., and I'll check to see whether I can
have a fire going in the fireplace. Come and go as you please - this is a very casual,
open-ended event. Hope to see you then and there!
No need to RSVP, just show up if you'd like to!
Goldfarb Center Conference
Energy Past, Energy Present, Energy Futures:
How does energy policy develop? How do local, state, and national officials, industry
representatives, and citizens groups work together to ensure adequate supplies of fuel
for electrical energy, transportation, heating, and other needs? How have state officials
and local officials worked with energy suppliers to ensure the availability of affordable
energy on a long-term basis and to promote energy efficiency? What can be accomplished on
a local level or state level independent of national environmental, economic, and
political desiderata? Wont the nation and the state be dependent on oil and coal
for decades to come? And what are the prospects for nuclear power in the US? In this
symposium, invited speakers, Colby faculty, and students will consider Energy Present,
Energy Futures: Fossil Fuels and Nuclear Power in Local and National Mix."
** BEYOND COLBY:
Tuesday is ELECTION DAY
Stopping the Toxic Legacy: What Babies and Whales Are Telling Us about Chemical Pollution
NRCM TO HOST PORTLAND EVENT
On Thursday, November 16, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. join the Natural Resources Council of Maine
in Portland to hear from world-renowned whale researcher Roger Payne and
internationally-recognized ecologist, author, and cancer survivor Sandra Steingraber.
<http://www.oceanalliance.org/oceanalliance/oa_rogerpayne.html> and Dr. Steingraber
<http://www.steingraber.com/> will make the connections between our environment and our
health, and what we can do to protect both. The discussion, which is free and open to the
public, will be held in Hannaford Auditorium at the USM Campus in Portland.
Dr. Steingraber is an expert on the environmental links to cancer, learning disabilities,
and reproductive health. She is a widely
acclaimed author of several books, including Living Downstream, and bridges the gap
between scientists and activists. She is a
Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York.Dr. Payne, is a
widely published whale behaviorist, known for his
co-discovery that humpback whales sing songs. He will share findings from his recent
research into toxic contamination of whales from
environmental pollution and the implications for the ocean ecosystem upon which we all
depend. Please join us for this special presentation, followed by questions and
discussion. Please contact Ryan at (800) 287-2345 ext 243, email
firstname.lastname@example.org or on the web:
** GRAD PROGRAMS:
Clark University offers an interdisciplinary Environmental Science & Policy masters
degree program that prepares environmental professionals to work at the intersection of
environment, technology, society, and development. Environmental Science and Policy is
one of four programs in the Department of International Development, Community and
Environment (IDCE), also including: International Development and Social Change;
Community Development and Planning; and Geographic Information Sciences for Environment
ES&P faculty focus their teaching and research on three core areas:
Environmental Health: How can we protect the environment and human health from the
adverse effects of economic growth, urbanization and poverty? Current ES&P
faculty/student research includes a multi-year NIEHS Environmental Justice grant to
assess and strengthen health among vulnerable Worcester communities, and a study of
radiation-induced cancers in the southwest Native Americans for the Department of Energy.
Climate, Energy, and Sustainability: How can we assess and mitigate climate change
impacts? What advances do we need in energy efficiency, renewable and clean energy
technology, and energy policy? ES&P faculty are presently researching carbon capture and
storage, alternative transportation, as well as the effects of climate change on risk of
malaria near Lake Victoria in Kenya.
Environmental Management and Policy: What is the role of science in policy making? How
can technology and institutions reduce the adverse environmental impacts of economic
growth, alleviate poverty, and enhance community development? ES&P faculty are working on
issues of corporate environmental responsibility, domestic and international government
regulatory systems, and a National Science Foundation-sponsored comparative study of the
Global Reporting Initiative.
ES&P graduates become highly sought after cross disciplinary professionals, able to apply
natural and social science knowledge to policy-making and technology choices in both
developed and developing countries.
We would appreciate your posting the attached flyers in your departments and passing them
along to any student you believe would be interested in our ES&P masters degree. For
details and application: see www.clarku.edu/departments/idce or contact Admissions, IDCE
Department, Clark University, Worcester MA 01610-1477.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC OFFERS GRANTS TO YOUNG SCIENTISTS, EXPLORERS
WASHINGTON (Oct. 30, 2006)-Budding field researchers, explorers and conservationists now
will be able to get an early start on their dreams. A Young Explorers Grants Program,
aimed at individuals ages 18 to 25, has been launched by the National Geographic Society,
with support from Lindblad Expeditions, the nation's pioneer in expedition travel to
remote and locations.
Twenty-five to 50 grants ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 will be
provided each year to a select number of young adults who apply.
Applications will be reviewed by a subcommittee of National
Geographic's existing grant-making bodies - the Committee for Research and
Exploration, the Expeditions Council and the Conservation Trust.
Grants will be made in fields traditionally supported by National Geographic, such as
archaeology, wildlife biology, conservation and adventure.
"Few resources are currently available for young people who
are hungry to pursue field science and exploration, and these grants can
mean the difference between getting to the field or not," said
Rebecca Martin, director of National Geographic's Expeditions
Council. "We're excited about offering first-time opportunities to individuals who may be
world's next generation of field researchers, explorers and conservationists."
Information on grant applications is available at
Alison Reeves Publicity Manager Communications Division
National Geographic Society
1145 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036
Tel: (202) 857-7793; Fax: (202) 828-6679
Environmental Science and Policy Program
Evolutionary and Community Ecology Course in the Amazon Rain Forest
Summer session with Arizona State University
Arizona State University is offering a 7-unit summer course in the Amazon Rain Forest on
May31rd-June22nd, 2006. The course will focus on Evolutionary and Community Ecology,
entirely in the field at Estacion Jatun Sacha in Amazonian Ecuador. Taxonomic specialties
focused in the course include, but are not limited to, reptiles, amphibians, primates,
and plants. Part of the course will focus on lectures, discussions, and group field
activities, and the last part will be devoted towards independent student research
projects. There will also be free-time activities such as a tour of the Ecuadorian
Capital, Quito, as well as whitewater rafting. A compete description of the course and
directions on applying are found at: www.ReptileResearch.org. Applications from
out-of-state students and sometimes non-Biology students are also accepted, based on
Paul Hamilton, M.A., Ph.D.
Director, Reptile Research
www.ReptileResearch.org -- Volunteering and Education
www.BiodiversityPhotography.org -- Nature Photography
phone: (520) 260-9280
fax: (815) 717-749
PO Box 1348
Tucson, AZ 85702-1348, USA
Im writing to let you know about the Greenpeace Organizing Term, an action-filled
semester and the best hands-on training for students to become environmental leaders.
Youll be making an investment in your leadership skills and training in grassroots
organizing, media, direct action, and campaign strategy. Youll travel abroad with
Greenpeace and join a team of incredible activists working to protect the planet. Many
students are also able to receive class credit for the semester. You can find more
information and apply at http://www.greenpeaceusa.org/got
I now understand what it means to be an organizer. I can now use all the amazing things
Ive learned to actually make a difference. - Charis, University of North
Carolina-Asheville, GOT Fall 04
We give you hands-on experience with a real Greenpeace campaign. We have the best
trainers come here to our DC headquarters or our new San Francisco office to provide all
the skills youll need to hit the ground and work with a real Greenpeace campaign to
implement what youve learned. Youll put your organizing skills into action, play a
critical role in organizing on-the-ground Greenpeace events, and make a real impact
fighting to protect Americas last remaining forests, promoting clean energy and saving
our worlds oceans. Youll learn how to climb, drive Greenpeace boats, use advanced
communication equipment and practice peaceful direct action.
We travel abroad for a week to meet with international Greenpeace activists. During past
trips, students have traveled to Greenpeace headquarters in Amsterdam, to Paris to take
part in a 500-person peace symbol, and to Germany where they joined a 6,000-person march
in to protest of nuclear waste shipments. We give people a few days to just relax and
explore Europe as well.
We provide more than 50 cutting-edge training sessions in grassroots organizing, campaign
skills, media strategy, and direct action. Americas top environmental leaders will
train you in everything from recruiting volunteers and developing leaders to creating a
If you are passionate, bold, smart, visionary, strategic, savvy and ready to stand up for
the environment, join us! We are currently accepting applications for the Spring 2007
semester in Washington DC and San Francisco. To learn more and to apply, visit
To contact program staff with questions, e-mail email@example.com or call Samantha
Washington, D.C. 20001
** JOBS AND INTERNSHIPS:
Sent from Allison (Stewart) Barasz '05
Industrial Econmics Internship Posting
Dates: Jan 2007 - May 2007, maybe longer, between 15-35 hrs/week/days flexible
PAID position; rate commensurate with experience
Contact: Angela Vitulli, Senior Associate: firstname.lastname@example.org
Position Title: National Environmental Performance Track Program Assistant
The National Environment Performance Track: (http://www.epa.gov/performancetrack) is a
multi-media, US Environmental Protection Agency program to encourage and reward
facilities that achieve beyond compliance environmental performance. It is a voluntary
program with over 350 member facilities. Applications are accepted twice per year. Every
year, members have to report on their environmental performance as a requirement of the
program. In addition, members have to renew their membership every three years.
Industrial Economics, Incorporated (IEc) provides a variety of support services to the
Performance Track program. One of our main roles is to review applications, renewal
applications, and annual performance reports, and to follow up with applicants and
members on their submissions to insure that information provided is clear and accurate.
The position will be heavily focused on this review role. In addition, the program
assistant will respond to calls and e-mails received by the Performance Track Information
Center, which IEc manages for EPA. Information Center work consists of responding to
member information requests related to reporting requirements, online access, and the
application process, among other things.
When annual performance reports and applications have been approved, IEc also assists EPA
to evaluate the quality of the reported data for inclusion in EPA's annual report on
member environmental progress. In addition, we perform analysis of the Performance Track
data as well as a thorough quality control review of EPA's analysis based on the reported
data. The position may require work on these tasks as well.
Sample of Duties:
Review annual performance reports, applications, and renewal applications submitted by
Performance Track member for clarity and completeness.
Conduct follow-up phone calls with Performance Track member to improve the clarity and
completeness of annual performance reports.
Answer hotline calls and e-mails from Performance Track members and applicants, as well
as the general public.
Conduct quality control of data submitted by Performance Track members.
BA or BS required
" General knowledge of environmental issues affecting industrial facilities
" Comfort with basic quantitative operations needed to assess environmental
impacts, e.g., converting units of energy and mass, using simple linear formulas to
derive greenhouse gas impacts, etc.
" Strong oral and written communication skills
" Strong attention to detail
" Good customer service disposition
The ideal candidate would also have:
" Knowledge of voluntary pollution prevention programs
" Experience with MS Excel and Access
STUDY ABROAD IN THAILAND!
PEOPLE, ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
International Sustainable Development Studies Institute (www.isdsi.org)
People, Environment and Development Program courses study sustainable development,
ecology and culture throughout Thailand, from tribal villages to tropical islands.
Interested? Email email@example.com for an application.
ANNOUNCEMENT FOR 2007 FALL SEMESTER
Nationally recognized as a "best-practice" program, the People, Environment and
Development program is one of the only study-abroad programs in the world to combine
cross-cultural experiential study of culture, ecology and sustainability with place-based
expedition learning. The classrooms for the program's unique "Expedition Field Courses"
are the forests, islands, villages, cities, rivers, and coasts throughout Thailand. Each
course focuses on a specific aspect of the interaction between people, the environment
and development--learning about local solutions to global issues. The courses maximize
student learning through deep immersion in the local cultures and ecology, and active
learning with local communities. Students earn a semester of academic credit while on the
Foundations : Thai Language and Society (Foreign Language)
Agroecology: Social and Biological Factors in Sustainable Agriculture (Biology/Sociology)
Political Ecology of Forests: Ethnic People and Natural Resources (Anthropology/Ecology)
Islands, Oceans and Sustainability: Marine Protected Areas and Reef Ecology
January option (for students on fall semester):
Service Learning Internship: Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Development
For information on applying, including specific dates, fees and application deadlines,
please see www.isdsi.org/apply.html.
To request an application, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further information about ISDSI and other inquiries, see www.isdsi.org or email
Please post and forw ard this email as appropriate.
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Position: Volunteer Coordination Assistant
Organization: Denver Urban Gardens
Contact: Dusty Martin
Description: Job Description:
The Volunteer Coordination Assistant will assist in
volunteer workday coordination, construction and
maintenance of garden sites and various garden and
Assist with work days including pre-day planning and coordination, workday organization
and training volunteers;
Help to lead work days in gardens and community
Coordinate construction and maintenance of garden sites;
Help with general field work;
Assist with general office work.
Qualifications: Skills Needed:
Experience with volunteers and construction projects desired.
Interest in community gardens.
Ability to do outdoor, physically demanding work.
Comfortable in diverse settings and diverse communities.
Prefer college juniors, seniors, or graduates.
Location: Denver, CO
Duration: 4 months
Start Date: April 3, 2007
Hours: 20 hours/week
Tangible results in the form of actual garden improvements.
Training in volunteer management, construction skills and work project coordination.
Working for an organization that benefits Denvers diverse communities.
Possibility of stipend.
Application Procedure: Please send a cover letter and resume to Denver Urban Gardens,
3377 Blake St, Suite 113, Denver, CO 80205 or email to email@example.com. For more
information, please look online at www.dug.org or call 303-292-9900.
Orion Magazine 2007 Editorial Intern
Organization: The Orion Society
Contact: Harlan C. Clifford
Description: Orion magazine is accepting applications for an Editorial Internship for
2007. This is a twelve-month position, commencing in March 2007. The Editorial Intern
will be exposed to all aspects of producing a high-quality, bimonthly publication. The
Intern is expected to work a forty-hour week. The position pays a stipend of $800/month.
The Orion staff is small and functions in a collaborative manner. The Editorial Intern
will assist in basic administrative tasks such as mail management, photocopying, the
taking of meeting minutes, fact-checking, evaluating unsolicited submissions,
proofreading, and tracking down information. The intern may be given responsibility for
elements of the magazines content if, in the judgment of senior staff, such
responsibility is appropriate.
Qualifications: Applicants should have strong communications skills, interest in issues
of environment and culture, and a professional interest in publishing.
Location: Great Barrington, MA
Duration: 1 year
Start Date: March 2007
Compensation: Stipend of $800/month.
Application Procedure: Please become familiar with the magazine before you apply. Visit
our website at www.orionmagazine.org. Please submit in hard copy a résumé, letter of
interest, three unedited writing samples and three references (with contact information
and annotation regarding their relationship to the applicant), to be received at Orion no
later than December 20, 2006. Address applications to:
Harlan C. Clifford
187 Main Street
Great Barrington, MA 01230
Promising candidates will be contacted by phone. Please, no phone calls or emails.
Deadline: December 20, 2006
Coordinator, Environmental Studies Program
4846 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901-8848
Office: 221 Lunder House