Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Weekly Announcements 11/12

Dear Environmental Studies Students,

Please find this week’s announcements below.

The Environmental Studies program now has a Facebook page.  Like it today at  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 BC Courses
1.       ENVS 2256 Environmental Law and Policy
2.       HIST 4890 American Environmental History: Pre-Columbian America to Climate Change
3.       Take BIOL 1420 Genetic Century in Ireland this summer!
4.       Take a course while rafting through the Grand Canyon this summer! Info session 11/18

On-Campus Events
1.       International Careers Virtual Networking Event

Off-Campus Lectures, Forums, and Exhibitions
1.       C2C Sustainability Leadership Training
2.       Boston Environmental History Seminar Schedule
3.       Future of Transportation Case Competition

Graduate and Professional School Opportunities
1.       Louis M. Bacon Environmental Leadership Program at Harvard
2.       Funded Graduate Programs at the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment

Internship and Job Opportunities, Site Visits, Study Abroad Opportunities, and Travel Opportunities
1.       Internship with Climate Action Business Association
2.       Middlebury School of the Environment Summer Session
3.       Job Opportunities with Mass PIRG
4.       Internship with Environment America
5.       Internship with Environment Massachusetts


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


Learn the structures of the legal process and explore the exciting field of environmental law & policy!
UNAS-256 / ENVS 2256
Environmental Law and Policy:
Nature, Law & Society

* * *       Spring Semester 2015      * * *

    Great for students interested in law, science, public health, or anyone who is looking for a fun and engaging course!
    Learn about protection of health &natural resources—U.S., and global
     See how individuals can use the legal system to protect
            their quality of life, property, and the environment
    Learn about current environmental policies
and the environmental analysis that underlies them.

COURSEWORK:  topical, engaging, relevant to a broad range of career paths—science, law, business, politics, communications, engineering, advocacy, & community activism.

TEACHERS: Two-person teams of expert senior law students from BC, BU & Harvard Law Schools supervised by Boston College Law School Professor Zygmunt Plater

NOTE: Students who do well in this course are able to enroll in actual law school elective courses during their sophomore, junior, and senior years. Only BC offers this!
• • •
Three sections available: Mon-Wed, 10:30, Tu-Thurs, 10:30, Tu-Thurs, 12 noon
Check us out on Facebook:

MWF 11:00am
Prof. John Spiers

This course examines the environmental history of America from pre-Columbian times to the present. At a basic level, environmental history looks at the interactions between people and the natural environment over time. It explores how people have thought about and altered the natural landscape and what the consequences have been for the environment and humans alike. It also considers how elements of nature, such as plants and animals, geography and climate, and ecological resources like air, water, and soil have shaped possibilities for human life and society. In this course we will examine a variety of topics including: the impact of American Indians on the environment before the arrival of Europeans; the ecological revolution of European colonialism; the market revolution and the development of slavery; Western expansion; urbanization; the rise and influence of environmental activism; and the emergence of global environmental concerns like climate change. This course will encourage you to think critically and creatively about people’s ever-changing relationship with the natural environment. .

Professor Clare O’Connor will be offering BIOL 1420: Genetic Century in Dublin, Ireland this summer.  This course counts as an ENVS elective.

Dear Students

I am a professor in the Political Science Department. This summer I am teaching a summer course that includes a rafting trip down the Grand Canyon. The course is open to all BC undergraduates and also to students from other universities. If you are interested please attend an information session that I am conducting..
ROOM: McGuinn 437
DATE:   Monday November 17
TIME :    4:30PM

If you cannot attend I would still love to tell you about the course. Please email me at

Thanks for your kind attention

Marc Landy 

Be a part of Boston College's first ever International Careers Virtual Networking event on November 18th from 11:30am-1:00pm. Through this virtual networking event, you will be able to connect in one-on-one chats with alumni in international careers in the fields of Education, Business, Law/Government/Policy, and Service from Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, and North America without getting on an airplane.  You can attend this event from anywhere in the world - all you need is a computer with an internet connection!  Participants do not need to commit to the full event time - come and go as you are available.

Participate in this event to connect with these and many other alumni working in international careers:
·  A Chemistry major with experiences as a consultant in financial services and oil and gas industries in the UK and South Africa.
·  A Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, now working as a Program Coordinator with the International Youth Foundation, who was a Math major.
·  A Health Promotion Assistant and MPH Candidate at Columbia University (previously in the Peace Corps)
·  A Senior Manager at Clinton Health Access Initiative
·  A finance professional in Fixed Income Sales & Trading
Registration is required for this event.  Register here.

Questions? Contact Rachel Greenberg, Associate Director in the Boston College Career Center at

C2C Fellows sustainability leadership training, weekend workshop at Bard College, December 5-7.
C2C workshops are for current students and recent graduates who want high-impact careers that can change the future, in sustainable policy and politics, and business. Join C2C to learn the leadership skills necessary to succeed: how to develop a vision; know what you’re good at; tell your story; raise money; and build your network. The cost of the weekend trainings, including food and lodging, is $30. 
Graduates of our workshops are eligible for scholarships to become funded graduate students at Bard's Center for Environmental Policy, and Bard's new MBA in Sustainability Read more about the benefits of joining the growing national network of over 500 C2C Fellows here.
Students aspiring to sustainability leadership in policy, politics and business should apply now to join student leaders from across the country. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and only 60 participants will be accepted into each workshop. You know change is needed. Lead the Change.


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

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 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.

Graduate Student Funding Opportunities

Research Assistantships
Teaching Assistantships
Tuition Scholarships
Funding opportunities typically cover stipends and tuition for fall and spring semesters.

Masters Degree Programs
M.A. in Geography
M.S. in Geography
M.S. in Geology
Master of Marine Policy
M.S. in Marine Studies
M.S. in Ocean Engineering
M.S. in Water Science and Policy

Doctoral Degree Programs
Ph.D. in Climatology
Ph.D. in Geography
Ph.D. in Geology
Ph.D. in Marine Studies
Ph.D. in Ocean Engineering
Ph.D. in Oceanography
Ph.D. in Water Science and Policy


Minimum GPA of 3.0
Minimum GRE verbal score of 153
Minimum GRE quantitative score of 146
Foreign students: minimum TOEFL score of 100


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The College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE) at the University of Delaware is pleased to announce the availability of graduate student funding for Master's and Doctoral students interested in Marine Science and Policy, Geological Sciences, and Geography.

Graduate students in these programs tackle complex environmental challenges by applying the latest technological advances to ocean, earth, and atmospheric research using high-tech satellite images, surface and underwater sensors, laboratory instrumentation, and complex computer models to help enhance climate predictions, identify and mitigate pollution, improve resource management, explore energy solutions, make marine transportation safer and more efficient, and examine the relationships between humans and the environment. Our students also are using innovative tools to better understand our valuable biological resources, investigate populations, life histories and habitats, and determine the natural and human factors affecting their survival.

Prospective students should visit the CEOE website to learn more about the specific degrees offered within the College and available research projects with nationally ranked faculty who serve as graduate student advisors.

The intention of this announcement is to recruit highly competitive students to the University of Delaware's College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment. Qualified applicants are strongly encouraged to contact one or more of the faculty members in the College to discuss their research and educational interests prior to completing their applications for admission.  

Students who apply and are being considered for admission will be invited for a paid visit to our campus to meet with faculty and current graduate students.

Questions? Contact us at

© 2014 University of Delaware College of Earth, Ocean, & Environment |

internship with climate action business association

Climate Action Business Association Internship Position
CABA is a business association based in Boston, Massachusetts. We focus on helping our members take targeted action on climate change through progressive policy and driving their internal sustainability. You can find out more about us at We have several internship positions available with responsibilities designed to best fit the skills and experiences of the candidates.


Internal Sustainability:
   This position involves behind-the-scenes analytics and organization. Responsibilities include supporting activities undertaken by businesses and their CALs, keeping tabs on projects and results. The intern will also research potential new projects for businesses and refer them or the CAL to third-party contractors if appropriate (e.g. ThinkLite, Next Step Living). The intern will help develop outcomes from the coalition-wide sustainability data management tool. In addition, interns will track and support case studies of member businesses, contributing necessary information to studies.

    Coalition building is a critical part of CABA’s success, accomplished through events planned solely by the coalition and in tandem with other organizations. Responsibilities include writing weekly newsletters using MailChimp, updating subscribers on coalition activities and other important local climate news. The intern will also be tasked with tracking outreach to potential new member businesses, keeping an well-organized and updated list of interactions. Intern may be responsible for assisting in maintaining the CABA blog. During the term of the internship, the intern will be tasked with taking ownership of one-larger scale project, to be determined as projects become available.

Policy and Advocacy:
    CABA’s climate policy framework assists member businesses in identifying and acting on opportunities to advocate for better climate policy at all levels of government. Responsibilities include dealing with these policies by staying updated on the constantly changing policy landscape. Specific responsibilities will include drafting newsletters to legislators, legislative aides, and other policymakers, drafting policy briefs and reviews for legislation applicable to CABA or member businesses, and creating other “one-pagers” and review materials as needed. The intern will likely be at the forefront of CABA’s policy platform, thus may travel to meet with local government officials and to lobby for climate legislation.

Web Development and Social Media:
    CABA’s web development and social media responsibilities include developing the public image and representation of CABA through social media and our web page. Specific duties include creating daily updates on Facebook and Twitter, press releases for new program announcements, and implementing new project ideas to improve website traffic and reach. The intern may travel around Boston for CABA public/private events in order to advance the public image of CABA through social media.

  • Undergraduate/graduate students in any field related to sustainability (including economics, political science, business management, public relations) with a passion for environmental/climate affairs
  • A solid understanding of sustainable business practices
  • Ability to work independently on individual projects as they are assigned
  • Strong capacity to adapt in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment
  • Candidates should be willing to work with others both inside and outside of the coalition as needed
  • Preferred background in web development (HTML, CSS, Javascript), but not necessary to complete the primary functions of the role

Required skills:
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills are a must
  • Not afraid to speak to officials at all levels of government
  • Ability to use MailChimp and HootSuite is a plus
  • Experience with Wordpress, LinkedIn, Excel and Excel-based data management tools

To Apply:
Please send a resume and cover letter detailing which responsibilities you feel are you are most qualified for based on your interests, relevant experiences, and skills to

Fast facts for the Middlebury School of the Environment<>

·         Six-week, integrated program

·         June 19 to July 31, 2015

·         Middlebury College, Vermont

·         Nine semester-hour credits (3 courses)

·         Need-based grants available<>

·         Both Introductory and Advanced Tracks of study

During our inaugural session, we offered an intermediate/advanced curriculum of courses<> as well as workshops with environmental and leadership practitioners<> such as Gus Speth, Bill McKibben, Helen Riess, Alden Woodrow, Mary Hurlie, Kenny Williams, and Jack Byrne.

Specific courses in this track included two core courses – Sustainability Practicum and Understanding Place: Lake Champlain – and a choice of one of two electives: Environmentalism and the Poor, and International Environmental Negotiation.

For summer 2015, we are adding a second track of study, an introductory track<> for students without prior college-level environmental coursework.  Students will enroll in two core courses – Introduction to Environmental Analysis and Systems Thinking Practicum – as well as an elective.

I’m happy to talk to anyone regarding the curriculum. Feel free to write to me directly – or have your interested students write to me – with any questions (

Also, just as a related heads up, I will shortly be posting announcements for faculty positions in the School.  I will be recruiting four faculty for the coming summer in fields from across the spectrum of environmental studies, including natural science, social science, humanities, and the arts. If this kind of summer teaching opportunity may be of interest to you, keep an eye open for future announcements about these openings.


Steve Trombulak
Director, Middlebury School of the Environment
Program in Environmental Studies and Department of Biology
Middlebury College

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 or email 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

If you care about the environment and want to make a difference, apply to be an Environment Massachusetts intern today.

What do interns with Environment Massachusetts do? You’ll educate and engage more people on the most critical environmental issues of our time. You’ll get our issues into the media, build coalitions, organize events and lobby decision-makers. Ultimately, you’ll help us build the kind of public support it takes to win.

In Massachusetts, we’re building a clean and renewable future powered by the sun:  We could meet all of America’s energy needs by capturing just a sliver of the virtually limitless and pollution-free energy of the sun. And we're making a lot of progress: In Massachusetts, solar energy has grown more than 100-fold since 2008.

But we’re still getting most of our electricity from dirty sources like coal and gas, and the power of fossil fuel interests threatens to stop solar in its tracks. This fall, we’re ramping up our work to build support for a national goal of getting 10% of our electricity from the sun by 2030 — and in Massachusetts, we’ll push the envelope by mobilizing public support and building a powerful coalition of businesses and elected officials behind ambitious clean energy goals.

Becoming an Environment Massachusetts intern

If you agree that it’s time for Massachusetts to go solar, the best thing you can do to get involved is to apply to be an Environment Massachusetts intern today. We’re looking for students who care deeply about the environment and are ready to make a difference now.

As an intern:
  • You’ll push for smart solutions to environmental problems, and build the public support it takes to win.
  • You’ll work side-by-side with one of our organizers, learning the ropes.
  • And you’ll make a real difference on critical issues, while developing valuable skills and experience in one of the nation’s leading environmental nonprofits.

And if you’re thinking you might want to make a career out of solving our greatest environmental problems, interning with Environment Massachusetts is one of the best ways to get started. You’ll get the training and experience you need, and we hire our most talented and committed interns to join our staff when they graduate.

Apply today! Visit to submit your application. Be sure to choose "Boston, MA" under "Where are you applying to intern?"

Questions? Contact Ben Hellerstein:, 617-747-4368.

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