Friday, September 28, 2012

Weekly Announcements 9/27/12

Dear Environmental Studies Students:

Please see this week’s announcements below.

Upcoming Events and Announcements
1.       Film Screening: Switch – 10/11

Upcoming Conference and Forum Opportunities
1.       Clough Center Discussion Panel on Global Environmental Constitutionalism – 9/26
2.       Radcliffe Institute Symposium: The Future of Water – 10/12
3.       Symposium with Jay Walljasper – 10/15
4.       Colby College Conference on Students as Catalysts for Large Landscape Conservation – 3/1

Internship Opportunities, Travel Opportunities and Graduate School Presentations
1.       Educational Delegation with First Food –  12/22-12/30
2.       Oceana Internship
3.       Environment Massachusetts
4.       Environment America Fellowship Program


B. Kevin Brown
Graduate Assistant, Environmental Studies
Devlin 213

Office Hours: Monday 12:00-4:00pm, Tuesday 10:00am-4:00pm, Thursday 10:00am-2:00pm, and Friday 12:00-2:00pm


What does the future of energy really hold? Join energy visionary Dr. Scott Tinker on a spectacular global adventure to find out. Dr. Tinker explores the world’s leading energy sites, from coal to solar, oil to biofuels, many highly restricted and never before seen on film. He gets straight answers from the people driving energy today, international leaders of government, industry and academia. In the end, he cuts through the confusion to discover a path to our future that is surprising and remarkably pragmatic. Switch is the first truly balanced energy film, embraced and supported by people all along the energy spectrum – fossil and renewable, academic and environmental. To be followed by a discussion lead by faculty from the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department.

When: Thursday, October 11, 7:00-9:00pm
Where: Devlin 008

For information about the film, visit

The Clough Center Discussion Panel on Global Environmental Constitutionalism

Cloudy with a Chance of Solutions:
The Future of Water

Friday, October 12, 2012 | 9 am – 5 pm
Radcliffe Gymnasium, 10 Garden Street, Radcliffe Yard
Cambridge, Massachusetts

The Radcliffe Institute’s annual science symposium will focus on the important and challenging topic of water. Water is a theme that encompasses issues as varied as environmental contamination, public health, agricultural shortages, and geopolitical disputes. “Cloudy with a Chance of Solutions: The Future of Water” will focus on the ecological and human health hazards of environmental contaminants, the threats to drinking water of fracking, the promise of new technologies for water treatment, the need for national water policy, and the role of urban and other areas in conservation. The majority of the talks will focus on the “hard science” of water-related issues; others will offer the perspectives of experts from the policy, business, or urban-planning worlds to put the scientific discussions in a broader context and to link them thematically.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.  
For more information and to register, please visit or call 617-495-8600.

Symposium with Jay Walljasper
The (Re)Discovery of the Commons as a Path Toward a Greener, More Equitable and Happier World

Jay Walljasper is editor of, a website devoted to restoring an appreciation of common purpose and common assets to contemporary life, and Senior Fellow at On the Commons. He is also a Senior Fellow Project for Public Spaces, a New York-based organization focused on improving public places, an associate of the DC-based public affairs consortium Citistates Group, and a Senior Fellow at Augsburg College’s Sabo Center for Citizenship and Learning in Minneapolis, where he lives.

When: Monday, October 15, 7:00pm
Where: McGuinn Hall, Room 121

Colby College Conference on Students as Catalysts for Large Landscape Conservation

Students as Catalysts for Large Landscape Conservation
Colby College
March 1, 2013

The Environmental Studies Program at Colby College, in conjunction with partner universities, colleges, and research institutions, is hosting a conference on March 1, 2013 in Waterville, Maine, that will focus on students as catalysts for large landscape conservation.

This conference will provide students, practitioners, and scholars with the opportunity to network with, and learn from, peers and leading experts from North America and beyond working in the field of large landscape conservation.

One feature of the conference will be a conservation innovation contest for students. Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to submit essays or creative contributions, such as videos. Authors of winning contributions will receive travel reimbursements to attend the conference up to $500.  One essay will be considered for inclusion in a forthcoming book on large landscape conservation to be published by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.  Additional essays will be considered for publication in an issue of an international conservation journal. Students unable to attend the conference are encouraged to attend via web conferencing.

The organizers also are soliciting student posters for display and presentation at the conference. These posters will not be considered as part of the conservation innovation contest for students.

For additional information about the student essay contest, registration, and other  conference details, see:

For questions about the conference, please contact:

Sin maíz, no hay país!” (“Without corn, we have no country!”) is a popular battle cry in Oaxaca, Mexico. As the cornerstone of Mesoamerican agriculture and diet, corn or “maize” is at the heart of the ongoing struggle for food sovereignty in Mexico. This December, Food Sovereignty Tours offers the public an opportunity to explore current food issues in this diverse region of Mexico first-hand as part of a guided delegation.

Participants will learn directly from local farmers, scholars and activists about the threats to rural livelihoods such as environmental degradation, mining, out-migration and contamination of native seeds by imported genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The tour will look into how peasant organizations are working to strengthen local food systems while playing an important role in the global food sovereignty movement.

Along the way, participants will sample native fare, including renowned moles, countless corn-based dishes, and hot chocolate made from local cacao beans. In addition, delegates will celebrate the holidays with traditional Oaxacan dishes and enjoy “Night of the Radishes”—a unique festival celebrating food, farming and creativity. The delegation will also visit a maguey (cactus) farm that produces artisanal mezcal, a once criminalized tequila-like spirit.

The Food Sovereignty Oaxaca Tour will take place December 22 – 30, 2012. Partial scholarships are available for qualified applicants on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants who register (including deposit) by September 22, 2012, will receive a complementary copy of Food Rebellions! Crisis and the Hunger for Justice by Eric Holt-Gimenez and Raj Patel.

Tour registration is open to the public. To learn more, visit the Food Sovereignty Tours website:

The mission of Food Sovereignty Tours is to build the global movement for food sovereignty through solidarity travel and immersion learning. Food Sovereignty Tours is a program of Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy, which has been called one of the “most established food think tanks” by the New York Times. The program also leads international delegations to Bolivia, Mexico, Italy, the Basque Country and more.

Oceana is the world’s largest international nonprofit dedicated solely to ocean conservation. Oceana’s Greater Boston Climate and Energy campaign is currently offering internship opportunities for college students. Internships will give students invaluable experience in grassroots issue advocacy and an opportunity to make an impact in moving the U.S. away from offshore drilling and towards a clean energy future.

About the Campaign:
Oceana is working to ban offshore oil drilling. Based on the direct impacts of oil drilling and its  contributions to climate change, Oceana recommends the following:
·         Prevent the expansion of offshore drilling to the Atlantic coast
·         Prioritize the development of offshore wind energy in place of offshore oil drilling
·         Promote energy efficiency and low carbon fuels

About the Internship:
As an intern with Oceana’s Climate and Energy campaign you will help bring about the transition to clean energy. You will talk with hundreds of students and community members about the impact of offshore drilling. You will collect photo petitions, organize media events, and help build grassroots coalitions of businesses and organizations. You will be part of a nationwide movement!

Leadership Opportunities:
We are looking for capable team leaders to facilitate the week-to-week operations on campus. Help organize your campus and community around these critical ocean issues.

Intern Responsibilities:
·         Dedicates 8-10 hours per week to the Climate and Energy campaign
·         Masters the core message of the campaign and communicates this message effectively
·         Attends weekly core meetings and weekly project group meetings
·         Participates in events or workshops where we’ll need “all hands on deck”, like rallies, film screenings, etc.
Intern Benefits:
·         Build your resume while gaining valuable skills, knowledge, and experience
·         Work with a motivated team of like-minded students
·         Earn a letter of recommendation from Oceana upon completion

How to Apply:
Please email your resume and a short cover letter explaining your interest in this position to Please include ‘Campus Intern’ in the subject line. Check out our website at to learn more about who we are and what we do. Oceana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Environment Massachusetts has a number of internship opportunities posted on their website.  For more information, please visit or contact Alison Giest, Environment Massachusetts, New England Federal Field Associate, at or 813-215-3604.

Environment America Fellowship Program

Each year, Environment America hires recent college graduates with the passion, the commitment and the talent it takes to stand up to polluting industries, organize support and fight for our environmental values.

This year, we are recruiting to fill 35 fellowship positions with our state affiliates across the country and in Washington, D.C. Every Environment America fellow will organize, advocate and fight for the environment while gaining the responsibility, training and experience you’ll need to make a difference – now and for years to come.

Our Fellowship Program is a two-year immersion in the nuts and bolts of environmental activism, organizing, advocacy and the type of organization-building necessary for the long haul.

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