Friday, February 17, 2012


February 17, 2012

Environmental Action 2012- Saturday, March 3rd, 2012
Northeastern University, Boston, MA- 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Register now to join over 300 citizens, activists and experts for an unforgettable day of networking, learning, and inspiration.

Some of the days discussion topics will include:

Fracking and Natural Gas: Community Perspectives in an Age of Energy Uncertainty – with Nadia Steinzor from Earthworks, Staci Rubin from ACE, and John Rumpler from Environment America

The Blue-Green Line: Engaging with Labor on Environmental Issues – with Jennifer Doe from Jobs with Justice 

Three Decades Later: Lessons Learned Since Woburn – with Jan Schlichtmann and Dr. Phil Brown, a Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies at Brown University       

Composting: The Next Frontier for Zero Waste – with Gretel Clark from Hamilton, 2011 Massachusetts Recycler of the Year

Making the Ask: Directly Lobbying Decision-makers – with Senator Jamie Eldridge, a Massachusetts state Senator for Middlesex and Worcester Districts    

Please call 617-747-4362 to register over the phone, and email with any questions. 

The Massachusetts Water Resources Research Center is pleased to partner with Tufts University Water: Systems, Science and Society (WSSS) program to host an exciting student-organized symposium on the value of water. Hold the date of Friday April 27, 2012 to participate in The Glass Half Full: Valuing Water in the 21st Century on the Tufts University campus in Medford, Mass.

On the program:
  • Keynote addresses by Jerry Delli Priscoli of the US Army Corps of Engineers' Institute for Water Resources and by Ximing Cai from the University of Illinois
  • Three panel discussion sessions on The Value of Clean Water, Floods and Droughts, and Valuation of Environmental Flows
  • Student Poster Session
  • Networking Cocktail Hour
There will be a Best Poster Competition with cash awards, so all students are encouraged to submit a poster on their water-related studies at:

We welcome Symposium sponsorships, details at (scroll down that page to find details)

Public Affairs Summer Internship at AGU Headquarters
AGU Science Policy Alert 12-10: 10 February 2012

Are you interested in gaining valuable science policy experience and spending part of your summer working in Washington, D.C.?  AGU’s Public Affairs department is looking for a summer intern.  This is an opportunity for undergraduates, graduate students, and recent grads to learn more about the intersection of public policy and Earth and space science.  Tell a friend, tell a student, or apply yourself!

The AGU Public Affairs department maintains a continuous flow of information between AGU scientists and Capitol Hill. The department advocates on behalf of Earth and space science as related policy evolves in Congress. The Public Affairs intern will work closely with Public Affairs and Outreach staff. This internship provides an opportunity to learn about the public policy process first-hand and to gain knowledge about Earth and space science policy issues, including climate change and natural hazards.

The intern will attend congressional hearings and briefings that relate to Earth and space science policy and write summaries for the AGU website and other publications. The intern will also assist with AGU members’ congressional visits and with organizing congressional briefings and receptions. The internship also includes social media outreach, authoring articles for AGU’s weekly membership newsletter Eos, and administrative tasks, as assigned. 

This is a paid internship.

Good research and organizational skills are a must. Coursework related to Earth or space science, political science, and communications are a plus.

Internship Requirements:
  • College student, graduate student, or a recent graduate
  • Preferred majors include, but not limited to, Earth or space sciences with experience in public policy and communications
  • Cover letter strongly recommended with application
Application Due Date:  Monday, 19 March 2012
Anticipated Start: 7 May 2012
Anticipated Internship Duration: Three months
Please forward this message to those interested in a unique summer professional opportunity.  The Watershed Stewardship Program will hire approximately 20 Watershed Stewards in the summer of 2012 to educate visitors to boat ramps across the Adirondack Park and inspect watercraft for aquatic invasive species.  Memorial Day to Labor Day (some flexibility about end dates to accommodate students returning to college).  Please visit this link:

MA Fair Share-Boston College
Clean Energy Jobs Campaign
Massachusetts Fair Share is a non-profit group that works to provide every American with a fair shot at a good job, a secure future, and a strong voice in our democracy. This semester, we are working with students at Boston College to build public support for investing in clean energy, like wind power, in order to create new jobs. Our efforts here on campus are part of a nation-wide movement to solve the jobs crisis by extending critical incentives for wind farms. With the wind industry booming, we want to show our political leaders that we can put people back to work building wind turbines and make America a world leader in the clean energy economy.

If you would like more information about the organization, campaign, or positions available, please click the link above, and fill out the information request form.  Massachusetts Fair Share will also be holding info sessions on campus in the coming weeks.

2012 Biosphere 2 NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates
If you are, or know of, an undergraduate in search of research experience this summer, please have a look at the University of Arizona Biosphere 2 NSF-funded REU program. Biosphere 2 has a truly interdisciplinary faculty, and students have the opportunity to collaborate on many projects across ecology, biogeochemistry, geomorphology, hydrology, and Earth systems modeling, all while living on site at the one and only Biosphere 2. Many projects are linked to the nearby UA NSF Critical Zone Observatory (, and/or the forthcoming Biosphere 2 Landscape Evolution Observatory (

Here is a taste of last year's program:

Better Future Project
2012 Summer Internships
Final Deadline: March 1st
Learn by doing. Live your values. Lead by example.
This summer, join the movement for a better future.
People     ⇒       Power      ⇒     Justice

Climate Summer (New England):  
Program Dates: June 13th - August 18th
  • Learn community organizing!
  • Become a stronger leader!
  • Spend your summer on a bike, traveling across New England!
  • Learn from and connect with community leaders!
  • Inspire others to take action to live their values more deeply!
  • Highlight what communities are doing to move beyond fossil fuels through the press, blogging, and our new Digital Movement Map!
  • Highlight the harms of the fossil fuel industry in environmental justice communities
Ride for the Future (Gulf Coast):
Program Dates: May 22nd - July 30th
  • Learn community organizing!
  • Become a stronger leader!
  • Spend your summer on a bike, traveling across Louisiana and Texas!
  • Learn from and connect with community leaders!
  • Inspire others to take action to live their values more deeply!
  • Highlight what communities are doing to move beyond fossil fuels through the press, blogging, and our new Digital Movement Map!
  • Highlight the harms of the the fossil fuel industry in environmental justice communities and communities hit by oil spills, hurricanes, and wildfires!
  • Bike to ExxonMobil’s headquarters and ask them to join the movement for a better future!
Applications for both programs are available at
FMI see: and

Riders may apply for both programs, or only apply for one program.  The programs are open to all young adults ages 18-25. You do not need to be attending/have attended college to apply.  Older applicants who are currently full-time students will be considered. We encourage you to apply early, as the program will be filled as soon as we admit a sufficient number of diverse and qualified applicants.  Food and housing are provided to all participants, and limited funds are available to help those who require further financial assistance in order to ride. Priority consideration will be given to members of directly affected communities and military veterans.

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