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EarthNotes: Oct 3, 2011


 This Issue: 

  • GET FUNDED: Brandeis Sustainability Fund (BSF)
  • IBS's Net Impact Presents: CEO of Preserve Eco-Friendly  Products
  • Arava Institute
  • Internship and Job Corner!

Brandeis Sustainability Fund - GET FUNDED.

It’s time to get those green creative juices flowing. Apply now to the Brandeis Sustainability Fund (BSF) to receive grant funding for your ideas! 

Info sessions: Wed. Oct. 5, 5-6:30 and Thursday, Oct. 6 4-5:30 in room 315 in the SCC. Snacks included.

What is the BSF?

The Brandeis Sustainability Fund was created by and for undergraduate students in 2010 to create a $50,000 fund for for innovative projects that cut energy use, reduce waste, promote sustainability in student life, and create a more environmentally friendly campus.

 How do I get involved?

For inspiration check out last year’s funded sustainability grants. Project included a new energy building dashboard, expanding DeisBikes, and more! Grant applications will be reviewed by a University-wide selection committee of Faculty, students and administrators. 

 Any deadlines to consider?

Now is the time to get your idea or project funded and make a difference. Deadline to declare interest is Oct. 27 and writing the appliction Nov. 10   Learn more here!

 You can attend a BSF Info session to learn more about this opportunity and connect with other who might be interested. 

Wed. Oct. 5, 5-6:30 and Thursday. Oct. 6 4-5:30 both in room 315 in the SCC. Snacks included. If none of those times work e-mail us to schedule something.

   
IBS's Net Impact Presents: Eric Hudson, Founder and CEO of Preserve

Thursday October 6th, 2011 12:00-1:00PM in the Lemberg Alumni Lounge (next to the IBS cafe)

Preserve is a company located right here in Waltham that makes stylish, high performance, eco-friendly household products.  Since its founding in 1996, Preserve has developed a dynamic product line of approximately 35 bathroom, kitchen, and dining room products made from 100% recycled plastics and 100% post-consumer paper.  

 Please join us on Thursday Oct. 6th at 12:00-1:00pm in the Lemberg Alumni Lounge to hear Eric's story about Founding preserve.   We will learn about the actions Eric and his team have taken to make preserve a more successful and sustainable business as well as the challenges and opportunities the company faces today.

 RSVP at our Facebook event and check out Preserve's website.

Consider Arava Institute for Study Abroad:
From ARAVA: "The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies on Kibbutz Ketura is the environmental studies program in the Middle East, preparing future Arab and Jewish leaders to cooperatively solve the region's environmental challenges. Our program brings Israeli, Palestinian, Jordanian, North American, and other International students together, in coexistence and in academic study, using passion for the environment as the connecting thread and the common goal. Our program, which offers both undergraduate and graduate levels of study, incorporates peace-building, environmental leadership and community building skills while living on a desert kibbutz, and gives students an opportunity to learn and understand the many faces of the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Students from North America come to the Institute as a study abroad opportunity in the middle of undergraduate work, or for post- graduate studies. All classes are taught in English, with a very low student to faculty ratio. The Institute is accredited by Ben Gurion-University.  

 To see more about the type of projects that the Arava Institute is involved with, click here.


*** Internship and Job Corner ****
We have a long list of outstanding internships available for the right students for academic credit with the ENVS89a course (offered every semester and summer.) Just contact me if you are interested and to register for the course:  goldin@brandeis.edu . For a snapshot of the many opportunities available and information about the internship course, see the ENVS website

Appropriate positions can meet internship requirements for HSSP, IGS and others programs.

Gender and Justice Investigative Journalist Intern – On Campus Job!
The Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis is seeking a new intern for the Fall 2011 semester to focus on Gender and Justice Investigative Journalism. The precise nature of the projects will shift with deadlines, interests, and current events; student research partners should be flexible and willing to work where needed. The internship may be focused on one of the following: LGBT issues, Representation of Women in the Media, Corruption in Adoption, Violence against Women, Human Trafficking and modern-day slavery. The intern will work closely with a Scholar who is a Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism. The application deadline is rolling so potential applicants are strongly advised to submit now. Click here for more information and to apply.

Public Interest Network Activist Workshop Intern
From PIN: "Are you involved on campus? Are you serious about social change? Do you want to learn more about how to develop and train the next leaders of social change movements – with issues ranging from the environment, to consumer concerns, to social justice, to equality? Public Interest Network Training Center is seeking interns who will be working to plan and organize (and possibly attend some of) our activist workshops around the country. We will also be partnering with other organizations, strengthening social networks, and raising social awareness about important issues.
Qualifications: We are looking for people who are passionate about social change, have a desire to strengthen and augment the social change movement, and have demonstrated leadership experience. We are looking for interns who are hardworking, ready to take responsibility for their projects, and can work in a fast paced environment.

Benefits: The internships are unpaid, but interns are given the opportunity to audit portions of our Activist Workshops as well as our classroom trainings in August, which feature training from top environmental leaders in organizing, advocacy, and leadership skills. Interns also have the opportunity to work in a variety of topic areas that match their interests." For more information on the position and how to apply, click here.

Fall 2012 EPA Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowships for Undergraduate Environmental Study
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowships program, is offering Greater Research Opportunities undergraduate fellowships for bachelor level students in environmental fields of study. Subject to availability of funding, and other applicable considerations, the Agency plans to award approximately 40 new fellowships by July 30, 2012. 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 of their junior year.

Deadline: The deadline for the receipt of applications is December 12, 2011 4:00 PM ET for receipt of paper applications, and December 12, 2011 at 11:59:19 PM ET for submittal of electronic applications to Grants.gov.
Payment: The fellowship provides up to $19,700 per academic year of support and $9,500 of support for a three-month summer internship.

For more information, please click here, or contact Georgette Boddie at boddie.georgette@epa.gov 

Fall 2012 EPA Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowships For Graduate Environmental Study
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is offering Graduate Fellowships for master’s and doctoral level students in environmental fields of study. Subject to availability of funding and other applicable considerations, the Agency plans to award approximately 80 new fellowships by July 31, 012. Master’s level students may receive support for a maximum of two years. Doctoral students may be supported for a maximum of three years, usable over a period of five years.
Deadline: The deadline is November 8, 2011 at 4:00 PM ET for receipt of paper applications, and November 8, 2011 at 11:59:59 PM ET for submittal of electronic applications via Grants.gov
Payment: The fellowship program provides up to $42,000 per year of support per fellowship.

For more information, please click here.

Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship
The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship is a competitive national program that provides college graduates the opportunity to work in Washington, DC, with one of twenty-seven participating public-interest organizations focusing on international security issues. Scoville Fellows may undertake a variety of activities, including research, writing, education, and advocacy in support of the goals of their host organization and may attend coalition meetings, policy briefings, and Congressional hearings. Fellows have written articles, blogs, fact sheets, letters to the editor, op-eds and reports, organized talks and conferences, and been interviewed as experts by the media. The fellowship lasts six to nine months and provides a stipend, health insurance, and travel costs to Washington. The Scoville Fellowship does not award grant or scholarship money to students.

For more information about applying and answers to FAQ about eligibility, please see: http://www.scoville.org/


Assistant Director of Tenant Based Rental Assistance
The Boston Housing Authority is seeking a college alumnus to fill its position for an Assistant Director of Tenant Based Rental Assistance. This position will manage the administration, operations, and finances of the Leased Housing Division’s HCVP rental assistant program.

 Please click here for more information.

Waltham Fields Community Farm Education & Volunteer Coordinator
WFCF is a non-profit farm in Waltham that promotes local agriculture and food access through farming operations and educational programs, using practices that are socially, ecologically, and economically sustainable. It is searching for a full-time Education and Volunteer Coordinator to begin in 2012.

Qualifications:
* Superior organizational skills 
* Minimum Bachelor's degree and 3 years experience in education programming 
* Masters Degree in related field preferred 
* Considerable experience in sustainable agriculture 
* Strong administrative skill set including good written and verbal communication skills, computer literacy with MS Office software, recordkeeping and reporting competency. 
* Ability to work well with the public and represent the Farm in a professional manner 
* Ability to work efficiently and effectively without close supervision 
* Supervision experience necessary for overseeing the work of program
staff, interns, and volunteers. 
* Commitment to collaboration and problem solving 
* A desire to work with children and adults in farm related activities
* A commitment to the mission of Waltham Fields Community Farm 
* Ability to effectively present information in both one-on-one and group situations to program participants, volunteers, colleagues, public officials, WFCF community members & the public 
* Experience with event coordination 
* Willingness to learn new skills, adapt to situations, work towards shared goals 
* Web editing (html code) a plus 
* First aid certification a plus (we will pay for certification course if not already certified)

For more information please click here.

Zero Waste Coordinator at American University
Do you want to advance sustainability at a leading university in the nation’s capital? Are you experienced in creating and implementing waste reduction and diversion programs? Do you look at trash bins and see material resources waiting for new uses?

 If you answered yes to the above, then you might be the person who will take American University to our goal of sending zero waste to landfill. Don’t be trashy, go zero waste today! Details are online here.

Joint Research/Communications Fellow at the Sustainable Endowment Institute
Sustainable Endowments Institute, special project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, located in Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA
The Sustainable Endowments Institute (SEI) seeks highly motivated and reliable individuals for a part-time Joint Research and Communication Fellowship this fall. The fellowship positions will last the fall semester or full academic year, dependent on applicant interest and/or availability, starting in September 19th, 2011. Flexible scheduling arrangements can be considered in certain circumstances. The SEI is a nonprofit organization engaged in research and education to advance sustainability in campus operations and endowment practices. We encourage applicants to familiarize themselves with our website before applying: www.GreenReportCard.org 

and www.endowmentinstitute.org.

Responsibilities:

* Conducting weekly communications with a network of colleges and university administrators and students

* Coordinating information and working with our Research Fellows and Institute staff on current and new research

* Conducting web research on sustainability programs

* Reviewing, verifying, and updating previously gathered material

* Data analysis and entry

* Developing innovative outreach strategies to connect with new constituencies

* Providing media relations support related to the launch of the Billion Dollar Green Challenge, SEI’s newest initiative to help colleges and universities invest a combined total of one billion dollars in their own self-managed green revolving funds to support on-campus sustainability and energy-efficiency projects

Qualifications:

* Demonstrated experience with advancing sustainability on campus or in communities

* Strong oral and written communication

* Ability to navigate the internet and conduct comprehensive and targeted research

* Proficiency in Word and Excel

* Ability to succinctly summarize data

* Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail

* Work experience with college and university administrators on campus-oriented projects

* Flexible and cooperative work ethic

* Experience in designing and administering surveys, or coursework in survey methodology

* Ability to work both independently and cooperatively as part of a team

Compensation: competitive compensation commensurate with experience

Application Deadline: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. For the best chance of being offered a position, applicants should apply as soon as possible.

Application Instructions: Candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample as Microsoft Word or PDF file attachments. Send to Mark Orlowski, Executive Director at the following email: jobsendowmentinstitute.org.

Please address the following questions withing the body of your cover letter:

* How did you hear about the fall SEI joint research and communications fellow opportunity?

* Why are you interested in working for the Sustainable Endowments Institute?

* What experiences—work-related or otherwise—have you had on the topic of environmental sustainability in higher education?

* What set of skills or experiences have you had working with college and university administrators and/or other student leaders on campus?

* Do you have any experience in succinctly summarizing and explaining large amounts of data?

* What are you hoping to gain from a position at SEI?

Green Corps 2012-2013 Field School for Environmental Organizing

 In Green Corps’ year-long paid program, you’ll get intensive training in the skills you’ll need to make a difference in the world. You’ll get hands-on experience fighting to solve urgent environmental problems — global warming, deforestation, water pollution and many others — with groups such as Sierra Club and Food and Water Watch. And, when you graduate from Green Corps, we’ll help you find a career with one of the nation’s leading environmental and social change groups. For more information, read below or visit our web site: www.greencorps.org.

In your year with Green Corps: You’ll get great training with leading figures in the environmental and social change movements such as Adam Ruben, political director of MoveOn.org, and Bill McKibben, author and organizer of the “350.org” rallies for climate action. You’ll get amazing experience working on environmental issues across the country such as Rainforest Action Network, Sierra Club, Greenpeace, Food and Water Watch and Environment America in San Francisco, Chicago, Boston and dozens of other places in between. You’ll even get paid: Green Corps Organizers earn a salary of $23,750. Organizers also have a chance to opt into our health care program with a pre-tax monthly salary deferral. We offer paid sick days and holidays, two weeks paid vacation and a student loan repayment program for those who qualify. And when you graduate from the program, you’ll be ready for what comes next: Green Corps will help connect you to environmental and progressive groups that are looking for full-time staff to build their organizations and help them create social change and protect our environment. We’re looking for 35 college graduates who are serious about saving the planet, people who have taken initiative on their campus or community, and people who are willing to roll up their sleeves and work for change over the long haul.

If you think you’re one of those people, visit http://www.greencorps.org/apply to submit your application. Green Corps’ year-long program begins in August 2012 with Introductory Classroom Training in Boston, and continues with field placements in multiple locations across the U.S. Candidates must be willing to relocate. For more information, visithttp://www.greencorps.org or contact Aaron Myran, Green Corps Field Recruitment Director, at aaron@greencorps.org or 617-747-4302.

 
Orion Online Latest Listings:
The following are just some of the latest listings for environmental nonprofit internships and jobs around the country from Orion Grassroots Network. For information on these positions and the many other listings, go to:http://jobs.oriongrassroots.org/ .
Many of the internships are ideal for academic credit with the fall, spring or summer ENVS 89a course. Just discuss with me first: goldin@brandeis.edu

Conservation Director
Highstead
Redding, CT (Regional and National Travel)

Youth Program Coordinator
The Welcome Project
Somerville, MA

Director of Institutional Advancement
The Land Institute
Salina, KS

Campaign Representative for Indiana, Beyond Coal Campaign
Sierra Club
Indianapolis, IN

Sustainability & Wilderness Leadership Apprentice
Hawk Circle Wilderness Education
Cherry Valley, NY

Associate Organizing Representative, Riverside, CA - Beyond Coal Camapaign 
Sierra Club 
Riverside, CA 

Associate Field Organizer for Washington State, Beyond Coal Campaign 
Sierra Club 
Spokane, WA 

Program Associate and Wyss Fellow 
Sierra Nevada Alliance 
South Lake Tahoe, CA 

(And of you don't see the job you want on EARTHNOTES or in your own searching, don't forget the Brandeis Hiatt Career Center. From Hiatt: "There are over 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. Hiatt offers students/alumni daily walk-ins hours. Stop by for assistance with resumes, cover letters, and interview preparation. Web site: www.brandeis.edu/hiatt /Hiatt Nacelink: and https://brandeisu-csm.symplicity.com/students‚  Location: Usdan Student Center")


Take care all, 

Laura Goldin