Laura Goldin
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"Open Door Always"

EarthNotes: Aug. 18, 2009

This Issue

  • Latest issue of World Watch
  • Climate Ride Sept. 26-29
  • Fall ENVS89 Internships: Recycling, Science Museum, Enviro businesses and more
  • Green careers conference: Marlborough
  • Sustainability fellow position: Oberlin

World Watch

Download the latest issue of World Watch from the World Resources Institute. World Watch contains feature articles on some of the latest on energy and climate change, biodiversity, agriculture, the economy, politics, and other environmental sustainability issues.

Climate Ride

From the 2nd Annual Brita Climate Ride: "You're invited to pedal your way to a new energy future! More than two hundred cyclists will join together from September 26 - 30, 2009 to embark on a journey from New York City to the steps of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. We’ll be making a powerful statement about the need for renewable energy and climate change awareness throughout this beautiful 300-mile bicycle ride. As a valued member of the green community, we invite you to participate in this historic event. Here are five good reasons why you’ll want to sign up:

  • Be Part of a Grassroots Effort – You’ll meet everyone from knowledgeable renewable energy experts, scientists and climate activists, to recent college graduates and everyday folks committed to making a difference.
  • Make an Important Statement – As you wind through the Delaware River Valley, Valley Forge, and Amish Country, your congressional representatives await your arrival at our nation’s Capitol. There, you’ll have the opportunity to voice your concerns and encourage action.
  • It’s a Climate Conference on Wheels – Hear informative talks each evening after a day of enthusiastic cycling through beautiful countryside. Discuss climate science, green technology, and solutions to the climate crisis while re-energizing for the next day’s ride.
  • The Time is Now – We’re at a climatic tipping point. With the upcoming COP15 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December, the 2009 Brita Climate Ride is more timely than ever.
  • It’s Fun! – This unforgettable, fully-supported event allows you the chance to unite with fellow cyclists while having the time of your life. Experienced leaders mind all the logistics, so you can strike up new friendships, network, and engage in stimulating conversation.

Are you ready to ride? Take five minutes to explore the Climate Ride Web site . We've posted photos and videos from the 2008 Ride that will entice and excite you – we guarantee it! Mark your calendar and register here. We have a number of fundraising prizes and incentives this year including an all-expense paid trip to the COP15 Conference in Denmark!

The Brita Climate Ride supports essential climate projects at two beneficiary organizations. Focus the Nation and Clean Air – Cool Planet . When you become a 2009 Climate Rider your fundraising effort (minimum $2,400) helps support their projects. In order to accommodate more riders, we’ve doubled the number of available openings to 250. They will fill up fast, so register today, and we'll see you there!"

Geraldine Carter & Caeli Quinn, Climate Ride Co-Founders,

Fall internship opportunities still available

It's not too late for a fall ENVS89a internship. The following are just some of those still looking for qualified interns. Please contact me ASAP if you are interested in pursuing any of these, and get your resume and a cover letter ready!

Boston Recycling Office

The Boston Recycling Office is looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic intern in the area of multi-lingual recycling outreach and education. This position is perfect for someone interested in community development work and public policy. The ideal candidate will have excellent people skills, ability to work independently, a creative approach to community outreach and education, and the ability to speak Spanish. The intern will help to communicate and present effectively the City of Boston’s recycling programs. See attached for the full internship description and contact me if you are interested.

Waltham Recycling Department

Waltham Recycling designs and implements the city-wide Recycling, Regional Hazardous Materials Recycling, Rain Barrels and other programs. Ongoing ENVS interns have done everything from developing the economic justification for doubling the frequency of recycling pick-up, to reaching out to Hispanic residents to increase recycling in the Spanish-speaking community.

Two interns are needed for Fall 09 to help:
  • Provide assistance to all department programs, including Recycling, Hazardous Products Management, Idling Reduction, Rain Barrel Sales, Energy Efficiency and Climate Change Action Program.
  • Manage phones and respond to requests for information
  • Research information, as needed.
  • Write announcements and/or articles for local newspaper.
  • Assist with office work.
  • Distribute recycling bins and literature.
Museum of Science

The Museum of Science in Boston is currently recruiting for Fall interns in the following areas. The Butterfly Garden is an Environmental Studies favorite!
  • Butterfly Garden
  • Cahners ComputerPlace
  • Child Development
  • Cognitive Science
  • Exhibit Interpretation
  • Fundraising
  • Information Systems
  • Informal Education
  • Live Animal care
  • Marketing
  • Robotics
  • and many more!

Please visit this Web site for descriptions of the available internships.

For more Information and FAQs, please visit this Web site.

Intern benefits include free parking in the Museum garage, proximity to the Green Line, free admission, discounts in the Museum store and café and more.

Environmental Business Council

The Environmental Business Council of New England is a Boston-based nonprofit organization "working toward educating member companies about important environmental concerns and fostering the growth of the environmental and energy industry in New England." The EBC hosts various events throughout the year focused on networking and creating forums for environmental discussion. The fall 09 intern’s responsibilities will entail office work, including data entry and maintenance of various networking databases and sites. The intern also will be responsible for various research projects in the environmental field and event planning. This offers exposure to the environmental industry, business operations, some new computer applications and programs, and involvement and networking opportunities at a series of EBC events with businesses. 10 hours/week, flexible hours. If you are interested, contact

Design Technologies: Interns for Sustainable Start up

Ran Lerner and Mary Howard have partnered to start SunCirc, an eco friendly food packaging company. From the founders: "SunCirc creates environmentally friendly, convenient food packaging solutions with world class design, state of the art compostable materials, convenience and cost competitive pricing. Building on Ran's world class design expertise for Wedgewood, Christofle, Crate and Barrel, Umbra and Pottery Barn, and Mary's business development experience raising over $50 Million to fund 15 start ups, Ran and Mary have developed a line of food packaging that brings joy and pleasure to eating, while reducing the environmental impact on landfills for single serve food packaging. The market for this product is international including Australia, China, South Africa and South Asia.

The student intern will be responsible for market research, including due diligence for concept stage innovations including competitor analysis, manufacturers capabilities research, environmental certification research, investor research and customer research.The position requires working with and collaborating with inventors and investors and working closely with founders. Offers a great opportunity to learn about the emerging green packaging industry. Most of the internship work can be done on your own time, and meetings with company founders/supervisors on campus. When travel away from campus is needed for meetings, etc, the supervisor will drive.

Skills/Experience: Proficient in database research. Creating graphical results. High revision cycles. Presenting data verbally and graphically. Identifying data holes to be filled. Excellent communication skills. Ability to defend findings to challenging investors and inventors. Ability to identify and resolve problems, establish procedures where none exist, flexibility, wear many hats, work with little infrastructure. Sense of humor, good intuition, honesty important.

To apply, e-mail by August 31, 2009. Include your resume, references and contact information, and please cc This position is 10 hours a week to start immediately.

Encyclopedia of Earth internships

From EOE: "The award-winning Encyclopedia of Earth  is a free, fully searchable online encyclopedia about the Earth, its ecosystems and their relationship to society.  The EoE seeks student interns to assist with posting articles and performing other tasks as needed.  Internships are not paid. However, interns gain valuable education and experience, receive recognition on the EoE, and may receive course credit. Interns will work on their own at their home institutions, but will have regular contact with EoE authors, editors and staff based in Boston, Washington, D.C. and other locations. Eligibility:  Intern candidates must be enrolled as an upper level undergraduate or graduate student majoring in an environmental science subject or otherwise demonstrating a strong interest and knowledge of environmental issues.  Each candidate must have a faculty sponsor complete a recommendation form that evaluates the candidate’s academic achievement and career potential and attests to his or her reliability and ability to work independently.

Internship position description: EoE Student Interns will add content to the EoE’s wiki-based platform by posting articles provided by Content Partners or Content Sources and/or creating content based on templates (such as articles on various species using sources provided). Depending on an individual’s background, skill level and interest, he or she may develop original content in accordance with the guidelines of the Student Science Communication Project.

Training in using the wiki platform will be provided. Internships will be offered during the academic year, in most cases September through May.  Interns may be asked to work with EoE Editorial Board members and staff on special projects.  All interns will participate upon request in conference calls with EoE Editorial Board members and authors on timely topics of interest.  To receive course credit, interns will need to make arrangements in accordance with their home institution’s internship policies. Criteria and selection: Internship candidates must have completed course work and/or work experience in an environmental field; must have a demonstrated ability to work independently and meet deadlines; must be willing and able to work 8 to 10 hours per week during the course of the internship. Student interns must have regular and reliable Internet access. Candidates can apply by emailing a completed EoE Fall 2009 Internship Application Form found online. Interns will be selected by the EoE Editorial Board. Rolling deadlines for Fall 2009 internships are August 31, September 15 and September 30."

Green Careers Conference

Green Workforce Training and Associates is hosting a Massachusetts Green Career Conference on October 2nd at the Marlborough Holiday Inn. Registration for students is $45. From the hosts: "This exciting conference offers green career guidance and resources to 250 job seekers, businesses, workforce training professionals, and anyone interested in green careers and the emerging green economy. Green Careers are Growing! Learn from leading experts, Network with professionals, entrepreneurs, and companies that are hiring, Go home with knowledge and resources on green jobs and training opportunities"

7:15 – noon, Friday, October 2, 2009
Marlborough Holiday Inn Ballroom
265 Lakeside Avenue (at the junction of Route 20 and I495)

Info and registration on their Web site.

Oberlin: Sustainable Technology Research Fellow

"The Environmental Studies Program at Oberlin College invites applications for a Sustainable Technology Research Fellow. This is a full-time, one-year position (possibly renewable for up to three years), beginning Fall 2009, reporting to the Director of the Environmental Studies Program.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will assist in the development of a prototype system that provides city and college residents with environmentally contextualized real-time feedback on electricity and water flows through college, residential and commercial buildings and through the City of Oberlin. Download more information on the project. (PDF)

Requirements: A recent college graduate with computer programming skills and leadership potential who is excited by the opportunity to use technology to motivate and empower citizens to conserve water and energy. The ability to solve problems independently and collaborate as a team member is critical.

Desired Qualifications: Technical skills including programming, web design, database management, data analysis and graphical display (e.g., Java, PHP, Flash, HTML, SQL, statistical analysis) and experience with computer hardware and electronics (ample opportunity for on-the-job learning for an individual with demonstrated technological experience and aptitude).

Applicants should submit a résumé, along with a cover letter describing qualifications and interest in the position and contact  information for at least three references to:

Dr. John Petersen
Director of Environmental Studies Program
Oberlin College
122 Elm Street
Oberlin, OH 44074

Review of applications will start immediately. Applications will be accepted until September 15 or until the position is filled.

If you don't see the job you want in EarthNotes or in your own searching, don't forget the Brandeis Hiatt Career Center.

From Hiatt: There are more than 300 organizations in Hiatt NACElink focused on environment/conservation, energy, NGO/non-profit, agriculture, or government, including 80 with a specific focus on green careers. In addition to the Environmental Studies Program and the annual Green Careers Forum, Hiatt brings many green employers to campus for recruiting, networking and informational purposes. Located in the Usdan Student Center, Hiatt offers daily walk-in hours for students and alumni. Stop by for assistance with resumes, cover letters, and interview preparation.