Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Weekly Announcements 9/2

Dear Environmental Studies Students,

Welcome back!  Please find this week’s announcements below, including a course description for one of our electives currently being offered: Theology and Ecology with Prof. MaryAnn Hinsdale, IHM

The 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.

Featured Fall Course
1.       Theology and Ecology

On-Campus Events and Lectures
1.       Ubering On with Eban Goodstein
2.       Free Market Solutions to Energy and Climate Change Policy by former Rep. Bob Inglis (R-SC)

Off-Campus Lectures, Forums, and Exhibitions
1.       Boston Environmental History Seminar Schedule
2.       Garden Bike Tour on September 6
3.       EJ Toxic Tour of Dudley Square on September 11

Graduate and Professional School Opportunities
1.       Louis M. Bacon Environmental Leadership Program at Harvard

Internship and Job Opportunities, Site Visits, Study Abroad Opportunities, and Travel Opportunities
1.       Volunteer for Neponset River Association
2.       BC Green Career Updates
3.       Job Opportunities with Mass PIRG
4.       Internship with Environment America


B. Kevin Brown
Graduate Assistant, Environmental Studies
Devlin 213

Fall 2014 Office Hours: Monday 9:00am-1:00pm, Tuesday 10:30am-2:00pm, Wednesday 9:00am-1:00pm, and Thursday 10:30am-2:00pm

Instructor:  Dr. Mary Ann Hinsdale, IHM, Ph.D.                                  hinsdale@bc.edu

This course studies the emergence of ecological theology as a form of liberation theology. It will investigate the roots of environmental degradation in the Judeo-Christian tradition and the attempts of contemporary theologians to re-envision our understanding of God, creation, nature, and what it means to be human, in order to shape a sustainable, planetary theology. Authors studied include: Thomas Berry, Ilia Delio, Teilhard de Chardin, Denis Edwards, Elizabeth Johnson, Sallie McFague, Christiana Peppard, and Pastoral Statements of the Catholic Protestant and Orthodox churches.   Prerequisite: an undergraduate theology course or permission of instructor.

Students interested in the course may reply to this email and request a full syllabus.

Wednesday, October 1
Devlin 201

From the depths of the 2008 crash, the US has experienced yet another jobless recovery, with high unemployment sustained for one of the longest periods since the great depression. With the failure of the “old economy”, attention has focused on an IT-enabled New Economy, variously modified as “sharing”, “local”, “sustainable”, “idealist”, “mission-driven” and “resilient”.  This talk focuses on the forces driving the emergence of the New Economy, and assesses whether the new boss will be the same as the old boss.

Tuesday, October 21
Gasson 100

Bob Inglis, Executive Director of the Energy and Enterprise Initiative at George Mason University and former member of the House of Representatives, will address free market solutions to energy and climate change policy. This event is co-sponsored by the College Republicans and the Winston Center for Leadership and Ethics.

Tuesday, October 14                        David Benac, Western Michigan University, “Finding Meaning and Debating Value in a Historical Landscape”
                                                            Comment: Victoria Cain, Northeastern University

Tuesday, November 18                   Derek Lee Nelson, University of New Hampshire, “The Ravages of Teredo: The Historical Impacts of Marine Wood-Boring Worms on American Society, Geography, and Culture, 1865-1930”
                                                            Comment: Robert Martello, Olin College of Engineering

Tuesday, December 9                     Steven Rudnick, University of Massachusetts—Boston, “Water Rights in the American Southwest”
Comment: Megan Kate Nelson, author of Ruin Nation: Destruction and the American Civil War

Tuesday, January 13                       Joshua Specht, Harvard University, “The Rise and Fall of the Texas Longhorn”
Comment: Beth LaDow, author of The Medicine Line: Life and Death on a North American Borderland

Tuesday, February 10                     Katherine Johnston, Columbia University, “An Enervating Environment: Altered Bodies in the Lowcountry and the British West Indies”
                                                            Comment: Conevery Bolton Valencius, University of Massachusetts—Boston

Tuesday, March 10                          Andrew W. Kahrl, University of Virginia, “Fear of an Open Beach: The Privatization of the Connecticut Shore and the Fate of Coastal America”
Comment: TBA

Tuesday, April 14                             Joel Tarr, Carnegie Mellon University, “Legacy Pollution Issues in Energy Development: The Cases of Manufactured Gas and Natural Gas”
                                                            Comment: Patrick Malone, Brown University

All sessions start at 5:15 P.M and are held at Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215
Tel: 617-646-0568, Fax: 617-859-0074

Interested in food justice, urban gardening and bikes? 
For three years, youth from ACE's Roxbury Environmental Empowerment Project (REEP) have transformed neglected vacant lots into vibrant community gardens. On  September 6, we invite you bring your bike and join us for a tour of four gardens and a light lunch. You'll meet gardeners and the youth who lead this effort. 
The Bike Tour on  September 6 is hosted with help from Bikes Not Bombs. We hope to raise enough money to build our next garden! Please   purchase tickets here:  http://www.eventbrite.com/e/grow-or-die-garden-bike-tour-tickets-12459902905
Time:  10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Start and end in Dudley Square at our garden on the corner of Washington Street and Shawmut Avenue.
Questions: email   dave@ace-ej.org

Interested in environmental justice, health equity and community organizing? 
ACE's signature toxic tour is a two hour event highlighting the stories behind nine local sites where youth and residents fought for environmental justice and won. We cover an overview of EJ, sites like the "Asbestos Pile" and "Bartlett Bus Depot," and key issues facing the community today. 
On  September 11, we offer this special tour for faculty and graduate students, with a  $25 suggested donation (no one will be turned away).   http://www.ace-ej.org/toxic_tour_9
Time:  3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Location: ACE Office, 2201 Washington St. #302, Roxbury, MA 02119, rear entrance through the public parking lot on Ruggles Street.
RSVP or questions: email   dave@ace-ej.org

The Center for Public Leadership (CPL) at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) has just announced the launch of the Louis M. Bacon Environmental Leadership Program, a fellowship for emerging leaders in environmental public policy and practice.

As CPL seeks to recruit our inaugural cohort of five fellows, I am writing to ask for your help getting the word out. We are looking to recruit future leaders in the environmental community who are currently working in NGOs, government, and business to apply to HKS by December 2, 2014. These fellows will come to Harvard and immerse themselves in discussions about environmental challenges; they will learn from Harvard faculty and from each other, and will emerge with new skills and ideas to apply to the world.

The Bacon Fellowship will provide a full tuition scholarship, health insurance, a $10,000 living stipend, and a comprehensive co-curricular program for up to five admitted HKS degree candidates each year. Students from joint-or concurrent-degree programs are encouraged to apply.

To apply for the 2015-2016 academic year, prospective degree candidates will have to complete two steps:
  • First, apply to HKS by December 2, 2014.
  • Second, apply for the fellowship by February 26, 2015.
In addition to serving as founder and CEO of Moore Capital Management, LP, Louis Bacon has been advocating for more than 20 years for conservation and protection of natural resources in the United States and abroad. In 1992, he founded The Moore Charitable Foundation to support nonprofit organizations with a focus that includes land and water conservation.

To learn more about the Bacon Fellowship, click here.

We are seeking your help to spread the word, and are hoping you might circulate the link above and the informational PDF (link below) to any relevant individuals, groups, and lists in your network.

If you—or anyone interested in applying—have any questions about the fellowship, please contact our program manager, Sharon Watson Fluker, at Sharon_Watson_Fluker@hks.harvard.edu or (617) 496-3744.

The fellowship also includes a potential slot for a post-doctoral scholar or early career faculty member to participate in the cohort. Qualified candidates should feel free to contact us directly for more information.

Dear Students, 
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 world.

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 applications.

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.

Head on over to http://www.cellonline.org/programs/study-abroad-program/ for more information, or take a look at this video to hear how CELL Alums define sustainability.

Have questions? Drop us a line at info@cellonline.org

We have space available in our three-week Maymester programs in Iceland and Central America, in our Fall 2014 programs in East Africa, and Iceland and in our Spring 2015 programs in East AfricaIceland, and Central America.  

Drop us an e-mail or contact us by phone for more information (dave@cellonline.org or tel.(207) 230-4025.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Dave and CELL Team
Center for Ecological Living and Learning (CELL)

60 Blueberry Hill Road 
Hope, Maine 04847
Tel. 207-230-4025; E-mail: info@cellonline.org; Web: www.cellonline.org 

Volunteer with the Neponset River Association

Neponset River Cleanup in Hyde Park
Sat., September 6 from 8am-1pm

Are you looking to make a difference in your community?  Can you volunteer for a few hours to help the environment?  We need people like you!

The Neponset River Watershed Association, along with an extraordinary group of local volunteers and partners, is sponsoring the third annual Neponset River cleanup on Saturday, September 6 from 8am-1pm, with a rain date of Sunday, September 7 (same time). The clean-up will serve to bring together community members from across the 14 towns of the Neponset River Watershed area in an effort to increase awareness of the River, and promote its use as a recreational resource for everyone.

“The clean-up is an opportunity for area residents to spend some time outdoors and explore parts of the Neponset River that they may not normally see.  This will give people a chance to get in touch with a piece of nature right in their own back yard." said Hyde Park’s Martha McDonough, the primary organizer of the event.

Pre-registration is helpful for planning purposes, but not necessary.  (Walk-ins are welcome!)  People can either sign up by emailing or calling Kristina LaFrance at lafrance@neponset.org or 781-575-0354, or by going to the website www.neponset.org/cleanup and using the on-line registration form.

Volunteers are asked to meet at 8am at the Martini Shell parking lot, 1015 Truman Parkway, Hyde Park, where they will get assigned to a clean-up site. Please bring water, sunscreen, hats, work gloves, appropriate footwear (no sandals) and work clothes that can get dirty. Snacks will be provided. No one under the age of 15 please.

Last year, over 85 volunteers worked tirelessly to remove debris of all kinds from the bed of the Neponset River, and the results were impressive.  As the morning wore on, the pile of debris grew.  There were tires, shopping carts, car engines, scrap metal, countless Styrofoam cups and plastic bags.  “It’s amazing how much trash we pulled out of the river,” said Rory McGregor, a volunteer from Sharon.  “It looked so much better after just a few hours, but we still have a lot of work left to do.”


Citizen Water Monitoring Network Program

We are actively seeking volunteers to collect water samples from the Neponset River and its tributaries for the Citizen Water Monitoring Network (CWMN) Program.  The samples are analyzed for a variety of parameters, including bacteria and nutrients to understand the status of the river and progress of cleanup efforts.

Sampling days this year are Thursday mornings from 6-7:30 AM.  We have sampling dates remaining this year on Thursday August 28, Thursday September 25, and Thursday October 30.

We currently have openings for the following volunteer positions for the remaining sampling dates:

• Water samplers for individual sites in Canton for August 28, September 25, and October 30
• Water sampler to measure dissolved oxygen at six sites in Walpole, Medfield, and Foxborough on August 28 (about 8 miles total between all sites)
• Drop off coordinator for Walpole for September 25 – stationed at the Senior Center from 6:30-7:30am to collect samples from volunteers and then drive them to NepRWA headquarters in Canton
• Backup samplers to help cover sites all over the watershed on all sampling dates

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Neponset Watershed Environmental Engineer, Sarah Bounty at bounty@neponset.org or 781-575-0354 x302.

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RealInternships: Learning How to Address Environmental Injustice

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Looking 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 wellington@masspirgstudents.org for more details.

Environment America 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 application here.

Monique Sullivan
Recruitment Director
Environment America
(202) 461-2448

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