Laura Goldin
Raab 347

"Open Door Always"

EarthNotes: Oct. 26, 2009

This Issue

  • Green Your Dorm Room
  • New Master of Development Program
  • Internship and Job Corner

Meet the Majors: Environmental Studies

Wednesday, Oct. 28
3-4:30 p.m.
International Lounge, Usdan
Organic and Local Snacks Provided

Come meet some of the faculty and fellow students! For more info, please contact the UDRs: Lindsey Sarquilla, or Becky Fisher,

Healthy Eating for Homeless Families

Thursday, October 29
Home Suites Inn
455 Totten Pond Road, Waltham

From students Jessica Vitale, Jie Dong and Danielle Gershon:"Some of us students from "Greening the Ivory Tower" class are doing a project involving homeless families and nutrition. If you are interested in Women's Issues, Nutrition, Early Childhood, Sustainability, Social Work, Government Programs, or Helping Human Beings, we would love for you to volunteer with us! This Thursday from 6-8 p.m., we are hosting a special meal and nutrition program at the Home Suites Inn for the many homeless women and children currently living there. Collaborating with us are the Jewish Family & Children's Services, Healthy Waltham, and hotel management. The families only have access to microwaves and are on very low budgets. Our project aims to help them learn how they can maintain a healthy and whole food diet despite limited resources. On Thursday we'll be cooking healthy meals in the microwave, offering a free healthy dinner, and doing a fun craft with the kids. We'd love your help!

Transportation: We are going to try to organize some sort of transportation, but it would be great if you can also provide your own. If you can't, we still want you!!!  See attached flyer to see how we described the program to the families. Please if you can help!" 

Environmental Start-ups & Sustainable Packaging Presentation

Thursday, October 29
5:10pm-6:30 p.m., Brown 115

Mary Howard, Founder SunCirc LLC

All are welcome to join the Environmental Internship seminar to hear Mary Howard talk about SunCircs biodegradable food packaging and what this product brings to the food packaging industry. Learn about the funding involved in a startup, issues involved in biodegradable food packaging, and more. This is a great opportunity to hear from a practitioner at the intersection of addressing environmental challenges and creating successful startup ventures. More information on SunCirc from the company: "Ran Lerner and  Mary Howard have partnered to start SunCirc, an eco friendly food packaging company. 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."

Green Your Dorm Room

You, too, can make your room a "Certified Green Room." Pick at least 10 green ideas that you do or will start soon. Show off your green steps, and inspire others to make Brandeis a more sustainable campus.

Volunteer for National Council for Science and Environment

January 20-22, Washington, D.C.

The National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) is now looking for volunteers to help in the upcoming National Council for Science and the Environment's 10th national conference on "Science, Policy, and the Environment:  The New Green Economy." It will be held in the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 20-22, 2010.  NCSE's national conference engages leading thinkers and doers from a diversity of disciplines, sectors, and perspectives in a structured conversation about the meaning of the green economy and how investment in green education, research and jobs can help solve both the economic and environmental crises. Welcoming over 1000 attendees, The New Green Economy will bring together leaders in sustainable business, environmental policymakers, civil society, university faculty, students from across the nation, and educated citizens.

NCSE uses a multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral approach that engages involved scientists and decision-makers from a wide range of organizations. Our conferences are highly interactive, including renowned speakers, topical symposia to explore issues in more depth, and breakout sessions to develop (and publish) recommendations on how to advance science and connect it with policy and decision-making. For more information, contact alumna Deborah Schober, the Conference Volunteer Intern, by email; phone 202-530-5810 x215; or fax 202-628-4311 (Attn: Deborah).

Master of Development Practice Program

New from University of Minnesota: "In the fall of 2010, the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota will welcome its first class in the new Master of Development Practice degree in international development. This multidisciplinary program is specifically designed for students interested in pursuing careers in international development. Offered in partnership with the University's Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change and five other colleges, the program includes broad exposure to the most important sectors in development work: agriculture, education, public health, environmental management, policy analysis, management and leadership. We have scheduled a series of on-campus information sessions and online chats to provide information about the MDP program to prospective students, both domestic and international. The first session is Wednesday, October 21.  Students can find more information about the MDP and our schedule of online chats and information sessions on our Web site."

Internship and Job Corner

DEP Drinking Water Internship

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Bureau of Resource Protection
Drinking Water Program, Boston

Description from DEP: "The project is to research and prepare for a forum on Boil Water Orders in Massachusetts. The intern will evaluate the numbers, types, and cause of boil water orders issued in the state over the last 5 years. The intern will review our current procedures, compare them to other specified States and make recommendations for updating our procedures. This project will require a background in public health or environmental science. The intern should have good research, organization and writing skills. The person should be able to provide at least 6 hours per week to the project for the next 3 months.In addition the intern will plan for an internal and external forum on Boil Water Orders and will be responsible for drafting a final report."

If you are interested, please contact Laura Goldin at

Orion Online Latest

The following are some of the latest listings for environmental nonprofit internships and jobs around the country from Orion Grassroots Network

Farm Apprentices
Quail Hill Farm Organic CSA
Amagansett, MA

Program Manager
Seattle, WA

Farm Apprenticeships
Maine Organic Farming and Gardening Assoc
Unity, ME (state-wide)

Executive Director
Sustainable Bioplastics Council of Maine

Staff Manager
Deer Hill Expeditions
Mancos, CO

Fundraising Intern
Bikes not Bombs
Jamaica Plain, MA

Director of Major and Planned Gifts
New Jersey Audubon Society
Bernardsville, NJ

Assistant Grower
Stearns Farm CSA
Framingham, MA

PEEPs Coordinator
Northwest Service Academy
Portland, OR

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.