Thursday, May 2, 2013

Weekly Announcements 5/2

Dear Environmental Studies Students:

Please see this week’s announcements below.  Good luck on all of your final exams and final projects!

ESP News and Events
1.       New England Campus Sustainability Forum’s Student Grant Competition

Graduate School Information
1.       Bard MBA in Sustainability

Internship Opportunities, Travel Opportunities and Graduate School Presentations
1.       Internships with EnergySage
2.       Study in Belize Next Winter
3.       Oberlin College Position Available: Sustainable Technology Research Fellow
4.       Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
5.       Green Corps Environmental Training Program
6.       Texas A&M Research Experience in Costa Rica
7.       Environment Massachusetts


B. Kevin Brown
Graduate Assistant, Environmental Studies
Devlin 213

Office Hours, Spring 2013:  Monday 11:00am-5:00pm, Tuesday 10:00am-2:00pm, Wednesday 1:00-3:00pm, and Thursday 1:00-5:00pm  

The 2013 New England Campus Sustainability Forum is pleased to announce a competition for funding to support student initiatives for campus sustainability. Mini-grants (up to $1000 for each project) are available to student-run groups at colleges and universities in the New England region. Student groups at under-resourced institutions (URIs), minority-serving institutions (MSIs), and ACUPCC signatory institutions are strong encouraged to apply!

Possible grant activities include:
  • A project that will promote and/or improve sustainability efforts on campus
  • Guest speakers series on sustainability/climate issues
  • Visit or host workshop with other campuses to replicate and implement successful campus sustainability practices/models
  • Other (propose your own project!)
The eligible projects must:
  • Be proposed by a student-run group at a college or university located in New England 
  • Promote or raise awareness on campus sustainability efforts

As a start-up we operate in a very fluid environment so responsibilities can shift based on the day to day needs of the business. That being said, we also are able sometimes to shift responsibilities based on the skills that interns bring to the table (the upside of resource constraints!). In general, we are looking for smart, enthusiastic interns with decent writing skills, a working knowledge of clean energy and environmental issues and the ability to grasp that we are coming at this issue from a slightly different angle, emphasizing the investment aspects and economic benefits in addition to the environmental ones.
Job Description:Blogger. Interns will work closely with VP of Corp. Comm and other members of the EnergySage executive team to determine and research topics and develop and promote content for our blog. Topics will be related to clean energy in general, the financial benefits of adopting clean energy, the environmental benefits of clean energy, useful information about determining what clean energy is most appropriate for home and business owners, topics related to the purchase process, etc. EnergySage is very cognizant that this should be a mutually beneficial relationship and is committed to providing opportunities that will build experience / skills.
Qualifications:EnergySage is seeking 2 interns with exceptional writing skills to assist with our blogging efforts. Applicants should have a basic understanding of and interest in clean energy and personal finance as well as knowledge / skills related to blogging. Knowledge of WordPress is useful, but not required
Please email Eileen Newman, VP corporate communications 
*Job Description:  the social media intern(s) will support all of EnergySage's social media activities including, but not limited to, sourcing content to share, creating content, posting content, "participating in the online conversation" about topics related to EnergySage's business / interest, tracking and measuring the success of our social media efforts, etc. EnergySage is very cognizant that this should be a mutually beneficial relationship and is committed to providing opportunities that will build experience / skills.
Qualifications:  candidates will have a working knowledge of the main social media channels, knowledge of how to communicate via social media, an understanding of / interest in clean energy and / or personal finance.
Please email Eileen Newman, VP corporate communications

About EnergySage simplifies the shopping process for solar and other clean energy technologies by creating an informative, transparent marketplace for homeowners, businesses and non-profits. Our free suite of educational, analytical, and shopping tools -- all in one convenient, easy to use website -- help consumers determine suitable clean energy solutions and confidently proceed with installing solar, wind, geothermal or other technologies at their home, business or non-profit. Consumers can learn about clean technologies and their financial and environmental benefits; they can shop using our automated Marketplace, which provides a simple, transparent, empowering comparison-shopping experience; and they can share their knowledge and experience with others who are looking to make similar switch to clean and renewable energy. helps manufacturers, installers, builders, financiers and other professionals by increasing consumer awareness, knowledge and demand for their services. By growing the market, we help the industry by driving sales and profits and reducing customer acquisition costs and sales cycle times.  EnergySage:  Learn.  Shop.  Share. is operated by Distributed Energy Research & Solutions, Inc.

The Bard Center for Environmental Policy and the Bard MBA in Sustainability are looking for motivated students who are ready to embark on an exciting educational journey. We would be very grateful if you could forward this email to students or recent graduates at your university / college who might enjoy finding out about our pioneering master's degree programs (see below).

Our students come from a variety of academic disciplines, and they bring to Bard a passion about their future role as environmental and business leaders. Interdisciplinary course work, faculty-student mentorships, and professional hands-on experiences provide the platform students need to succeed academically and professionally. Both Bard CEP and Bard MBA offer competitive merit fellowships, project assistantships, and campus employment opportunities for qualified candidates.

Thank you in advance for your help spreading the word to Bard College students interested in graduate school!

With Graditude,
Molly Williams and Katie Van Sant
Bard Graduate Programs in  Sustainability

The Bard MBA in Sustainability focuses on the business case for sustainability. We train students to see how firms can integrate economic, environmental, and social objectives, the triple bottom line, to create successful businesses that build a more sustainable world. Graduates of the Bard MBA Program will transform existing companies, start their own businesses, and pioneer new ways of operating that meet human needs, while protecting and restoring the earth’s natural systems. The Bard MBA is a low-residency program structured around “weekend intensives” with regular online instruction between these residencies. Five of these intensives are held each term: four in the heart of New York City and one in the Hudson Valley. Residencies take place over four days, beginning Friday morning, and ending Monday afternoon.

Contact: Katie Van Sant MS '07
Phone: 845-758-7388
Application Due Dates: Final: May 15, 2013

The Bard Center for Environmental Policy believes that to solve environmental challenges and achieve sustainability in our institutions and in society, government and business policies must be grounded in the best available science. Bard CEP’s cohort-based program and intensive, campus-based, first-year curriculum require students to synthesize information from a range of disciplines and sources. The emphasis on science-based policy enables students to progress from knowledge of the issues to the formulation of feasible, effective policy responses. Distinctive program features include a modular approach to course work; close student-faculty interaction; professional internships; practical training in geographic information systems (GIS), statistics, leadership, and communication strategies; and research opportunities created to fit student interests.

Contact: Molly Williams MS '08
Phone: 845-758-7071
Application Due Date: Final: May 15, 2013

Are you searching for an opportunity to put your studies in environmental science or ecology to work in a field setting?   The Institute for Sustainable International Studies, ISIS, is offering ecology field courses in Belize that offer you a chance to study in the tropical English-speaking setting of Belize and gain valuable professional and personal experience.  Belize’s rich environment, cultures and biodiversity are the labs for these courses.  About 40% of the land and sea areas of Belize are set aside in protected areas, parks or reserves to protect its diverse flora and fauna. 

One student summarized his experience by saying: “The field trips were the best in the Marine Ecology class. Nothing like getting outside and experiencing first hand and being able to converse with the locals!  I learned a lot about the environments and problems in Belize and its culture and customs.”

For the syllabi and course itineraries, click on the links below:
Our two week winter session runs from December 26, 2013 to January 7, 2014, including travel days.  The cost, $2,995, includes one course, accommodations, transportation to and from the airport, field trips and excursions, breakfasts and one transcript for transferring credit.  Airfare is not included.  Students receive three (3) credits from Sacred Heart College.  The application deadline for winter is October 1st.  Our 2014 summer sessions run in June and July.   There are two week and four week programs for $2,675 and $4,225.  The application deadline is March 1st for summer 2014.  Application forms are available on the ISIS website.
The syllabus for each course is available on the ISIS website,, or by clicking the link above.  Cynthia Reece,, the Program Manager for ISIS, can respond to questions related to housing, logistics, course costs, and other details.  

Oberlin College invites applications for the position of Sustainable Technology Research Fellow. The successful candidate will assist in the development and management of “Environmental Dashboard,” a novel technological system that provides community residents with environmentally and socially contextualized real-time feedback on electricity and water flows and environmental conditions through residential and commercial buildings and through cities. More information on the project can be found at: We seek a recent college graduate (or equivalent experience) with substantial knowledge of computer systems and excellent organizational skills who is excited by the opportunity to develop and manage novel technology designed to motivate and empower citizens to take better care of the environment.  Applications will be considered immediately until the position is filled (6/1 limit).  A full description and instructions for application are posted at:

The MA DOER Internship Programs seeks to provide interns with exciting opportunities to assist DOER with implementing energy policies in areas such as renewables, energy efficiency, alternative transportation, energy markets, and more.  The program is open to undergraduate students, graduate students, law school students, and other individuals who are seeking experience in the energy arena.

Green Corps is looking for college graduates who are ready to take on the biggest environmental challenges of our day.

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:

Apply online today at

Green Corps
44 Winter St, 4th Fl
Boston, MA
617 747 4302

Texas A&M University is again hosting a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site funded by the National Science Foundation for 10 undergraduate students to conduct cutting-edge research in a transitional cloud forest in central Costa Rica.  Specifically, the REU site provides a unique international opportunity for students to be immersed in the practice of active inquiry and research in:
1.     Ecohydrology: feedback between forest vegetation and hydrology from the scale of an individual leaf to the entire stand 
2.     Hydrology: movement and distribution of water through the forest from above-canopy precipitation and cloud immersion, to stream and groundwater flow 
3.     Meteorology and climatology: spatial and temporal variation in precipitation, evapotranspiration and boundary layer structure from the scale of an individual stand to the entire watershed 
4.     Soil Science:structure and geochemistry of forest soil 
5.     Biogeography: distribution and structure of forest vegetation at various scales in the watershed
Successful applicants will receive all expenses paid trip to Costa Rica in addition to a $500 a week stipend.   Further information about the program can be found at and a description of the Soltis Center for Research and Education in Costa Rica can be found at

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.

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