The goals of BC's Environmental Studies minor are to provide undergraduate students with: an awareness of the scientific, political and cultural aspects of the world's environmental problems and paths toward sustainable solutions;a background for environmentally related careers in business, education, law, policy or research; and preparation for graduate study.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Weekly Announcements 4/29
Environmental Studies Minors,
find the this week’s announcements below.
Be sure to stop by Higgins Atrium this evening for the Senior Seminary
Poster Symposium and the Sustainability Fair tomorrow in Carney Dining Room.
Environmental Studies program now has a Facebook page. Like it today at https://www.facebook.com/bcenvstudy.
We promise not to flood your newsfeed with updates will but keep you informed
about both the most important ESP events and relevant local, national, and
global environmental news stories.
Campus Forums and Presentations
1. Senior Seminar Poster Symposium TONIGHT
Fair at BC TOMORROW
1. Hampshire College Food, Farm, and Sustainability
Lectures, Forums, and Exhibitions
Climate CoLab Student Research Contest
Exploring Cambridge’s Urban Forest
Sila: A World Premiere, Central Square Theater
and Professional School Opportunities
PhD Assistantship in Human Health and the
Environment at the University of Vermont
2. Professional Development Certificate in Campus Sustainability
at University of Vermont
and Job Opportunities, Site Visits, Study Abroad Opportunities, and Travel
1. Oberlin College Sustainable Energy Technology Research Fellow
2. Adirondack Park Jobs: Watershed Stewardship Program
3. Center For Ecological Living and Learning International
2-July 11, 2014 The
Food, Farm, and Sustainability Institute at Hampshire College is an
interdisciplinary academic program focusing on food production and
sustainable agriculture, centered at the vibrant Hampshire College Farm
Center. Over a
6-week period, students will gain hands-on work experience with the
guidance of the Farm Center staff, learn through inquiry-based projects
mentored by faculty with a range of expertise, and acquire ownership of
knowledge through independent research projects. The
institute will follow food from its origin in the soil, through plant
cultivation and animal management; address issues in public health and
politics; and end up in the kitchen, breaking bread and assessing the
character of the food we produce and eat.
Summary of Key Topics include:
Agroecology; Organic and
Soil Health and
Microbiology, and Safety
Animals in Agroecosystems
College recommends the equivalent of 8 academic credits for the
completion of this program.
Students are strongly encouraged to apply before the priority application deadline of
April 14, 2014. Admissions
decisions are made on a rolling basis.
At MIT’s Climate CoLab you can
work with people from all over the world to develop ideas for what we can
do about climate change, right now.
If you submit one of the winning
ideas, you’ll be able to present it before government officials,
business executives, NGO leaders and scientists who can help move
proposals toward implementation, as well as share it at an MIT
conference, where a $10,000 Grand Prize will be awarded.
Even if you don’t have new ideas
yourself, you can help improve other people’s ideas and support the ones
you find most promising.
Current contests address
low-carbon energy, building efficiency, adaptation, geoengineering,
shifting public attitudes and behaviors, and over a dozen other topics.
Entries are due July 20, 2014.
Christine Vatovec of the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources
at the University of Vermont is seeking a qualified candidate who is committed
to pursuing a Ph.D. degree, gaining pedagogical skills as a teaching assistant,
and engaging in high-quality environmental health social science research.
Specifically, the research addresses:
The socio-ecological consequences of medical care, and
Human-health benefits of nature contact.
candidates for the assistantship must meet admission standards and be fully
accepted to the University of Vermont’s Natural Resources doctoral
program. Candidates must have positive recommendations from previous positions.
Prior qualitative research experience is preferred. Strong organizational,
project management and communication skills are desirable. Please see attached
full position description or visit https://sites.google.com/site/christinevatovec/research-team.
further information, contact Dr. Christine Vatovec (email@example.com). Review of applications
will begin immediately.
The hire will play a central role in
the development and management of hardware, software and data associated with
“Environmental Dashboard,” a novel technological system that provides community
residents, faculty, students and facilities personnel with real-time feedback
on energy, water, and other environmental conditions in residential and
commercial buildings and through whole communities. We seek candidates with college or masters degree
(or equivalent in experience) with deep 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. Review of applicants will begin
immediately until the position is filled, ideally for a June start date. More information on the project can be found at:www.oberlindashboard.org. Applicants should review and respond to the complete
position description posted at: http://new.oberlin.edu/home/jobs/jobs_detail.dot?id=60c5d71e-d4a5-48d4-b5d2-b426037bba56
Full time (approximately 30) and part time
(few) positions available.
Full-time (40 hours) - work all weekends plus 3 days per week (5 days per week
Part time position works weekends, plus one weekday morning.
Supervisory positions (2)
& Mission of the Program
Watershed Stewardship Program (WSP) at Paul Smith's College is a community‑based
program designed primarily to educate the public about aquatic invasive species
(AIS) issues pertaining to specific watersheds. Stewards interact with visitors
at boat ramps and perform watercraft inspections intended to prevent the
transport of AIS. The WSP also fulfils research and service functions. Visit
this link for our annual report: http://www.adkinvasives.com/Aquatic/Resources/documents/WSPProgramSummary2013.pdf
Placid/Saranac Lake/Tupper Lake area, Chateaugay Lake, Cranberry Lake, Long
Lake, Raquette Lake, Fulton Chain of Lakes, Stillwater Reservoir, Saratoga Lake
and other lakes. Most stewards should be located within commuting
distance of Paul Smith’s College, Saratoga Lake, Tupper Lake, or Raquette
Lake. Housing is not provided by WSP.
of appointment: May 19 – August 24, 2014 (14 weeks); 1 additional week until
Labor Day required, depending on employee’s fall semester school schedule (15
Public education and natural/cultural history interpretation.
Perform watercraft inspections; remove AIS, operation of boat wash
station (where present).
Data collection: boat launch use patterns, AIS removal.
Service projects (one day per week): invasive species mapping and
control, loon monitoring, trail maintenance, write newsletter, update social
media, environmental education with all ages and presentations.
Completed or pursuing a degree in natural resources, biology,
environmental studies, science, or a related field.
Capable of performing duties independently and proactively.
Strong verbal communication, writing, and environmental
Ability to work in rainy weather, both on and off the water.
Must possess and provide proof of medical coverage effective
during the period of this appointment.
Individual vehicle needed for commuting to duty stations.
Experience operating and navigating small watercraft.
Writing, desktop publishing, public speaking/education
Capacity to carry and maneuver up to 50 pounds and perform other
Experience, training, and/or NYS certification in herbicide
may submit a letter of intent, resume and contact information for three
Are you interested in having an adventure of a lifetime while
learning how to live sustainably? The planet needs stewards to get us back on
track to a sustainable future. And you (yes, you) are it. Think of this as
an anything is possible,
opportunity to learn how one life, your life, can make a BIG difference in the
If you are interested in celebrating what is right in the world
and being a part of real life solutions to the problems we face, join us for an
unforgettable study abroad experience and the adventure of a lifetime while
learning how to live sustainably.
Go beyond traditional study abroad programs. Be a part of local
and global solutions to environmental, social, and economic problems.
Experience some of the world’s most inspiring examples of community
sustainability from organizations like Heifer International, Sustainable
Harvest International, and others. Learn experientially and through service
learning opportunities that integrate classroom knowledge with real-world
The world has great need of people who not only understand what
sustainability is all about, but who are committed to making a difference in
the world. The world has a great need of people like you.
for a job that makes a difference? U.S.PIRG is hiring college seniors to work
as Campus Organizers on college campuses across the country. On issue after
issue, we see powerful interests corrupting the democratic process, twisting
public policy to serve their own ends. U.S. PIRG takes action by documenting
the problems, finding practical solutions, informing the public and making the
case for change directly to decision-makers. We work on fighting climate
change, restoring democracy, and protecting public health. Apply online
atwww.uspirg.org/jobs or email firstname.lastname@example.org
for more details.
Program is led by Antioch University professor Suzanne
Kolb, PhD, who is assisted by Brazilian professors, research scientists,
and activists, who provide local expertise on current environmental issues
facing each region.
Fall semester students engage in a month-long
field internship, working with a Brazilian scientist or NGO for
individualized hands-on experience in their field of interest.
Students explore multiple ecosystems, allowing them to compare the ecological
characteristics of each, and providing a broader understanding of ecology in
Curriculum: The Fall
Semester program offers 4 courses for 16 semester credits - Introduction to
Brazilian Ecosystems; Ecology and Protective Management of Biodiversity
in Brazil; Beginning, Intermediate, or Advanced Portuguese; Field
Internship. Summer Term students enroll in Introduction to Brazilian
Ecosystems for 4 semester credits. Click
here to view detailed course descriptions. If you would like to review
syllabi for the process of approving this program, please contact
interns will spend their fall semester making a big difference on critical
environment issues and learning a ton, while getting the experience they need
to launch a career in the environmental movement after graduation.
Read more about our
internship program here. Interested candidates can complete an online