Laura Goldin
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EarthNotes: Sept. 17, 2009

This Issue

  • Climate action plan issued!
  • Green skills speaker  - Sept. 25
  • Internships - Waltham Climate Action, DEP
  • EPA undergraduate fellowships
  • Job: Second Nature

Climate Action Plan Released

Exciting News: This week, Brandeis University released its Climate Action Plan, a road map for how the university will
strive toward climate neutrality and educate the next generation of leaders equipped to tackle global climate change. See the plan online.

Kudos to Sustainability Coordinator Janna Cohen-Rosenthal for bringing this plan together, along with contributions from the members of BEST (Brandeis Environmental Sustainability Team) and the many students and alums who have helped along the way, including most recently Matthew Schmidt, Susan Paykin, Aka Kovacikova, Stephanie Sopher and others.

Building Green Skills: The New Economic Stimulus Package

Friday, Sept. 25

Registration, Networking and Refreshments at 1:30 pm
Panel Discussion from 2 - 4 pm
International Hall, Sachar International Center

  • Robert Bry, Academic Initiative, IBM
  • Merybeth Campbell, Director Workforce Development, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
  • Brian Kuhn, Founder, Aeronautica Windpower LLC
  • Dr. Matthew Laudon, President, Clean Technology & Sustainable Industries Organization
  • Efrain Viscarolasaga, Reporter on Green issues, Mass High Tech
Moderated by: Michael Appell, Adjunct Professor and Executive Director of Development and External Affairs, Brandeis
International Business School.

View view the event listing and speaker bios here. Please register online.

Internships Available for ENVS 89A Credit

Waltham Recycling Internships

The Waltham Recycling Department offers excellent opportunities for student interns to play roles of real responsibility in a critical city environmental office, and help Waltham move forward on key environmental initiatives. Interns are still needed for this semester, particularly to help launch the city's new "Committee for Energy Efficiency and Climate Action in Waltham (CEECAW)."

Interested? Please contact Professor Goldin.

DEP Internships

The Massachusetts DEP has several exciting internship opportunities currently available for students. You can see them online. Applications are still being accepted.

EPA undergraduate fellowship - Greater Research Opportunities (GRO)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) program, is offering Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) undergraduate fellowships for bachelor level students in environmental fields of study. The deadline for receipt of paper applications is Dec. 10, 2009 at 4 p.m. and Dec. 10, 2009 at 11:59:59 p.m. ET for submittal of electronic applications to

Subject to availability of funding, the Agency plans to award approximately 30 new fellowships by July 30, 2010 . Eligible students will receive support for their junior and senior years of undergraduate study and for an internship at an EPA facility during the summer between their junior and senior years. The fellowship provides up to $19,250 per year of academic support and up to $8,000 of internship support for a three-month summer period.

Award Information

Job: Program Associate, Second Nature

Second Nature is seeking a Program Associate for Strategic Initiatives , who will assist in developing emerging and implementing existing programs, including those advancing green building and renewable energy in higher education. This is a part-time, temporary position. Responsibilities will include managing outreach to colleges and universities on Second Nature’s fellowship and technical assistance programs for under-resourced schools; assisting with meeting facilitation and event organizing; and providing program support to emerging programs, among other responsibilities. Preference is given to candidates with a Masters or Bachelors degree and at least 5 years relevant work experience. Applications are due by Oct. 1, 2009.

For more information, go visit their Web site.

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.