------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES PROGRAM
October 2, 2006
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------In this issue:
** Upcoming ES Program Events: ES Colloquia: "Climate Change; More Than Inconvenient"
Tuesday 7:00 pm Olin 1, Dr. Jose Molinas, World Bank, "Social Capital, Millennium Goals,
and Local Development: The Development Initiative in Crapegua, Paraguay."
** Also on Campus: Economics Alum returns for lecture: "Does Restructuring the Electric
Industry have Environmental Consequences?"
** Campus Sustainability: The ES Club kicks off Sustainability Month with showing of An
** In the News: Greg LaShoto, '07J contributes data for major NRCM study on climate change
** Beyond Colby: Have you been to Professor Tatelbaum's house? Now is your chance! She's
on the National Solar Tour, Environment Mane event
** Jobs and Internships: Green Corps is interviewing '07 grads, Department of Justice,
Death Valley Interpretation Center, & more
** UPCOMING ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES PROGRAM EVENTS:
Tuesday, October 3
7:00 Olin 1
"Climate Change; More Than Inconvenient"
Sherry Huber, Mainewatch Institute
Sherry has been the Executive Director of the Maine TREE Foundation since 1996. Prior to
that she served as the Executive Director of the Maine Waste Management Agency
(1989-1995) and as a consultant to private, non-profit organizations for fundraising and
development. Sherry chairs the Board of Directors of the Mainewatch Institute and is
President of the Forest Society of Maine. She recently was elected to the Board of
Directors of the Land Trust Alliance. Sherry is a graduate of Smith College and the
recipient of the Down East Magazine Environmental Award in 2002
She will discuss recent developments in the global warming debate, in particular former
Vice President Al Gore's "missing reel" from the end of An Inconvenient Truth, a major
speech calling for a series of actions from freezing carbon dioxide emissions to
revamping the auto industry, factories and farms. Maine and other states could play a
major role until more politicians are willing to step into the "no politician zone," she
Friday, October 6
12:00 in the Robins Room on the second floor of Roberts. (Grab a tray and join us!)
"Social Capital, Millennium Goals, and Local Development: The Development Initiative in
Dr. Jose Molinas, Senior Economist, World Bank
Poverty Reduction and Economic Management
Latin America and the Caribbean Region
On October 24, Gary Gardner, Director of Research, WorldWatch Institute, will be deliver
this semester's Hollis lecture, "Inspiring Progress: Religions' Contributions to
His book (same title) is on sale now at the bookstore, if you would like a head start.
** ALSO ON CAMPUS: Erin Mansur '95
Sponsored by the Economics Department:
On Friday, October 6th at 7:00pm Erin Mansur, an Assistant Professor of Economics at the
Yale School of Management and Assistant Professor of Environmental Science at the Yale
School of Forestry and Environmental Science, will be giving a talk entitled "Does
Restructuring the Electric Industry have Environmental Consequences?" Erin is a Colby
grad (Class of'95).
** CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY
Sponsored by the ES Club:
An Inconvenient Truth, Monday October 2, 8pm
Al Gore's recent film, An Inconvenient Truth, will be shown on Monday, October 2nd, at
8:00pm in Olin 1. This film is an accessible introduction to the scientific, cultural,
economic, and ethical dimensions of global climate change, one of the most significant
moral issues of our time. Surprisingly, An Inconvenient Truth is also riveting cinema;
it is an entertaining movie that ends on a very hopeful note.
** IN THE NEWS
During last semester, as a part of Professor Nyhus Global Information Systems (GIS)
course,Greg LaShoto was a part of a final project group that did a small amount of
research for the NRCM related to the impact of rising sea levels associated with global
climate change. This research led to hire Greg as as a part time summer intern at NRCM
to produce a more detailed final product for a press conference and awareness raising
Maine Coast Could Be Devastated by Global Warming
Analysis Shows Major Impacts to Homes, Economy, and Environment
PORTLAND, MAINE - Today, the Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM) released one of
the most complete depictions ever done of the potential impacts on Maines coastline
from rising sea levels due to global warming. Using the latest available science,
NRCMs analysis shows that coastal businesses, homes, wildlife habitat, transportation
systems, and some of the states most treasured places are highly vulnerable to
NRCM identified 20 Most at Risk communities along Maines entire coastline from
York and Kennebunkport to Jonesport and Beals where rising sea level could result in
the loss of up to 30% of a towns land and cause millions of dollars worth of damage to
property and infrastructure [See chart]. NRCM today placed flagging tape along several
blocks in downtown Portland to indicate where the new coastline would lie if major
sea-level rise occurs.
If sea-level rise continues as currently projected, then many coastal Maine communities
will be hit hard, harming Maine people, businesses and natural resources, said NRCMs
energy project director Dylan Voorhees.
Our analysis has produced potential snapshots of Maines future, when parts of
Portland could be submerged, coastal beach communities could be devastated, even portions
of President Bushs family compound at Walkers Point may be under water, added
Voorhees. The NRCM analysis estimates that a one-meter rise would submerge more than
20,000 acres of coastal real estate in Maine; the six-meter rise would inundate more than
128,000 acres. The two scenarios would destroy 53 and 380 miles of roads, respectively.
If global warming continues unabated, then portions of Maines coastline will be
forever changed. That is why we are calling for increased efforts at every level to
reduce global warming pollution. The most dangerous impacts of sea-level rise can still
be avoided, but widespread action is needed now. According to scientists, we have a
shrinking window of opportunity to change our coursemeasured in years not decades,
For the full story visit: http://www.maineenvironment.org/news_detail.asp?news=936
A selection of the maps: http://www.maineenvironment.org/sea_level_rise_maps.asp
Back ground from Greg: Using GIS, I was able to produce a table of area, roads, and
municipal buildings that would be lost if sea levels rose 1 meter (a moderate estimate)
and 6 meters (an extreme, long term estimate). Using this town-by-town data, we created
a list of towns that would benefit most from a visualization of potential sea level
changed. Satellite photos were then overlain with the one- and six-meter elevation
zones, producing an estimate of what the coast of these towns would look like in the
future if global temperatures and sea levels continue to rise. These maps can be found
on the NRCMs website, and also at various events across the state.
The one- and six-meter sea level rise were long term estimates, and did not take into
account features like coastal bluffs and brackish marshes. Higher sea levels would erode
bluffs more rapidly and there would be less of the protective buffer now provided in many
areas by coastal wetlands. While this study was far from exact in pinpointing areas that
would be damaged by changes in sea levels, it was hopefully effective in raising
awareness about the threat this problem could potentially pose to the state of Maine.
** BEYOND COLBY: National Solar Tour
Alternatives TO HIGH ENERGY COSTS & SAFER METHODS OF POWER TO BE SHOWCASED AT 11th ANNUAL
NATIONAL SOLAR TOUR
SATURDAY OCTOBER 7 2006
THE CENTRAL MAINE TOUR INCLUDES 30 HOMES & BUSINESSES
Open 9.00 am to 5.00 pm. (note 2 homes differ) Free, no registration.
To access full details of the Central Maine Tour including directions, plus links to
other MESEA Tours in Maine, & ones across the country, go to
Check the website for details on all the homes and businesses.
Highlighted below, Professor Linda Tatelbaum has opened her home for the tour:
Tour IV (B) APPLETON, HOPE, UNION 3 houses/businesses
Home 6: Appleton. OPEN ONLY 10-4 Owners: Kal Winer & Linda TatelbaumAddress: 1050 Guinea
Ridge Road, Appleton ME 04862
Phone: 207-785-4634 Description: They began to use solar electricity to power their home
in 1981. Built their passive solar home in 1977, later adding 2 additions. Electrical
system provides power for a high efficiency refrigerator, a computer, & most of the
comforts of a grid-connected home. Large battery bank gives 10 days of backup power for
extended cloudy periods; a propane generator is used a few times a year to recharge the
batteries. Most of home runs on 12 & 24 volt DC, but inverter is used to pump water & run
power tools & home appliances. They use a composting toilet to minimize water
consumption, & grow most of their own food in their large garden, & use canning & a root
cellar to keep their food year round.
Visit your neighbors & discover the relief, comfort, & savings that Renewable Energy &
Large wind turbine powers, small wind turbines, PV panels, solar hot water systems and
radiant floor heat, passive solar gain, along with re-used building materials. All
demonstrating what can be environmentally friendly. You will find an assortment of
systems, each one rewarding to the owners, many of whom produce their own food, have
livestock, keep honey bees.
Soaring energy and fuel costs are affecting millions of Americans. But for a fast growing
segment of the population, energy efficiency and solar and wind power are helping to beat
the increases in energy prices. Tours will be offered in 43 states, all are part of the
American Solar Energy Societies 11th National Solar Tour, They will showcase long used
systems and continuing advances in energy efficient construction, new products and
renewable energy technologies, (food products, too!)
Environment Maine, Frontier Cafˇ, Cinema and Gallery and Patagonia
What: Patagonia's Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival - reception, 7 film
screenings, and light dinner. Tickets are $15.00. Buy at the door or at Environment Maine
When: Thursday, October 5th - 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Where: Frontier Cafˇ, Cinema and Gallery, Fort Andross (Maine St./Route 1), Main
Join Environment Maine staff, members and the general public for the Grand Opening of
Frontier Cafˇ, Cinema and Gallery and Patagonia's Wild and Scenic Environmental Film
Festival. Proceeds to benefit Environment Maine! For more information call Jennifer
Andersen at Environment Maine, 253-1965.
** JOBS AND INTERNSHIPS
Intern Position Available:U.S. Department of Justice
Environment and Natural Resources Division
Law and Policy Section
The Law and Policy Section (LPS) advises and assists the Assistant Attorney General on
legal and policy issues. Working with the Office of Legislative Affairs, LPS coordinates
the Environment and Natural Resources Division's legislative program. LPS also
Department of Justice on interagency groups of a variety of issues that relate to the
mission of the Division. LPS also litigates amicus cases and undertakes other specially
assigned litigation projects at the trial and appellate levels. Other duties include
monitoring citizen suits; responding to citizen mail, congressional, and FOIA requests;
and serving as the Division's ethics officers. LPS attorneys also coordinate the
Division's activities on international environmental matters and environmental justice
Duties of the unpaid undergraduate intern position include: attending congressional
hearings and reporting on environmental legislation; researching legal and policy issues;
and providing support for the section's amicus litigation. Applicants must be U.S.
citizens, pass a mandatory drug test, and be willing to commit for a period of at least
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis but must be received no later than the
following application deadlines:
- For Winter internships (January through March/April, dates flexible):
October 20, 2006;
- For Spring internships (March/April through June, dates flexible):
January 1, 2006.
To apply, please fax a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript, and 3-5 page writing
sample (may be an excerpt from a longer paper on any topic) to Georgina Anton at (202)
514-4231, or mail the above to:
Environment and Natural Resources Division / LPS
P.O. Box 4390
Ben Franklin Station
Washington, DC 20044-4390
Green Corps 2007-2008 Environmental Leadership Program
Green Corps: our full-time, paid Environmental Leadership Training Program gives you a
year of in-depth training and experience with
leading environmental groups like the Sierra Club, and League of Conservation Voters and
Organization. Green Corps is the non-profit Field School for Environmental Organizing,
founded by leading environmentalists in 1992
to identify and train environmental leaders. Our year-long program includes intensive
classroom training, hands-on experience running
urgent environmental and public health campaigns, and placement in permanent leadership
positions with leading environmental and social change groups.
Training. Our intensive classroom training features workshops such as Global Warming
Strategy, Corporate Accountability Campaigns, Community Organizing Against Toxic Threats
and Effective Media: Messaging and Framing. Workshops are lead by the nation's top
environmental and social change leaders, such as Adam Ruben, Political Director of
MoveOn.org, Bob Bingaman, National Field Director of Sierra Club, and Ross Gelbspan,
climate change expert and author of The Heat is On and Boiling Point.Our field training
puts you on the front lines of today's most urgent environmental campaigns.
Locations & Dates: Our campaigns take place nationwide. The program begins in August
2007, with the Introductory Classroom Training in Boston, and concludes with graduation
in August 2008.
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/interns, train new leaders, and mobilize
Career Development. Our graduates are in high demand and quickly find jobs working on
issues they care about. Upon completion of the training program, Green Corps will connect
you to organizations that are seeking full-time professional staff. Green Corps'
graduates hold leadership positions with MoveOn.org, Sierra Club, Greenpeace, Global
Exchange, Rainforest Action Network, Natural Resources Defense Council, Friends of the
Earth, ForestEthics, and many other environmental and progressive groups.
Qualifications. We will invite 25 recent college graduates to join Green Corps in
2007-2008. 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.
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
Application Process. To apply for Green Corps' 2007-2008 Environmental
Leadership Training Program, fill out our online application. Regional
deadlines, campus interview dates, and online application are at www.greencorps.org.
Contact: Ashley Schaeffer, Green Corps ?07, at email@example.com
Dexter National Fish Hatchery
Dates: Fall 2006 through September 2007
This position will focus on applied aspects of fish culture. The successful applicants
will gain experience with husbandry of up to 17 species of endangered fish, including
Desert pupfish, Colorado pikeminnow, and razorback sucker. Duties will include feeding,
cleaning and maintenance of facilities. Culture methods include intensive and extensive
culture, indoor aquaria, raceways, and tanks and 77 outdoor ponds.
The Dexter National Fish Hatchery & Technology Center is dedicated to advancing fish
culture techniques for imperiled fishes of the American Southwest. This position will
focus on applied aspects of fish culture while allowing you to gain experience with
husbandry of up to 17 species of endangered fish, including Desert pupfish, Colorado
pikeminnow and razorback sucker. Carlsbad Caverns is 100 miles away, Sierra Blance ski
resort is located apprx 100 miles away. Dexter is 18 miles south of Roswell, NM of UFO
Feed, clean and maintain facilities using culture techniques include intensive and
extensive culture, indoor aquaria, raceways, tanks and 77 outdoor ponds; work in the
molecular ecology program (fish genetics) and the regional fish health unit.
Stipend & housing provided.
Send cover letter and resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please view
http://www.thesca.org/staffpicks/ for many more exciting internships.
DEATH VALLEY N.P. INTERPRETATION INTERN
Looking for enthusiastic, outgoing individual with good speaking and organizational
skills. Someone who has a love of our national parks and wants to be a part of a great
team whose goal is the preservation of the resources for future generations. This
position will be working in one of our nation's greatest natural wonders assisting
visitors who want to learn more about our great deserts and how to do it safely.
Death Valley National Park is the largest national park outside of Alaska. 95% of the
park is designated wilderness (3 million acres!) We also boast to be the hottest, driest
and lowest spot in North America. Though extremes of weather in summer can produce
temperatures above 120 degrees, fall through spring temperatures are mild and make for
great hiking and exploring opportunities. Our geology is world class with some of the
rarest species of plants and animals found anywhere in our nation. Striking panaramic
vistas can be found from any vantage point. Death Valley is truly the Yellowstone of the
desert parks. It is one of the least understood, and at times, least visited jewels in
our national park system. We are also rich in cultural history that goes back over 10,000
years. Desendents of the ancient Native Americans still live on the land while ghostly
remains of the park's mining past still dot the landscape.
Provide valuable park and safety information: introduce the public to the features and
life of Death Valley National Park and the Mojave Desert; work a busy information desk;
research, prepare and present guided walks and talks on subjects ranging from the park's
geology, to its rarest species of wildlife - the Devils Hole pupfish.
Stipend and shared housing provided.
Send cover letter and resume to: email@example.com.
Please view http://www.thesca.org/staffpicks/ for many more exciting internships.
Coordinator, Environmental Studies Program
4846 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901-8848
Office: 221 Lunder House