Thursday, April 23, 2015

Weekly Announcements - 4/23

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.

On-Campus Events

Internship and Job Opportunities, Site Visits, Study Abroad Opportunities, and Travel Opportunities
1.        Intern with CIRENAS
2.        Solar Energy Fellowship
3.        EPA Grant Opportunity
6.        Catskills Eco Practicum
11.     Jobs with IMPACT


B. Kevin Brown
Graduate Assistant, Environmental Studies
Devlin 213

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

Political Science Department
International Politics Lecture Series 
Joseph Aldy 
Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the
Harvard Kennedy Schoolš

“The Road to Paris: U.S. Leadership in the Emerging Pledge and Review of International Climate Policy Architecture”

5:00 p.m., Thursday, April 23, 2015
Fulton 415

Joe Aldy is also a Visiting Fellow at Resources for the Future, a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a Senior Adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. His research focuses on climate change policy, energy policy, and mortality risk valuation. He also serves as the Faculty Chair of the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government Regulatory Policy Program. In 2009-2010, he served as the Special Assistant to the President for Energy and Environment at the White House.  In this position, Aldy was responsible for the energy and environmental policy portfolio at the National Economic Council, for coordinating policy development and evaluation for the Office of Energy and Climate Change, and for coordinating international energy and environmental policy in support of the National Security Council. He served as the Co-Director of the Harvard Project on International Climate Agreements and Co-Director of the International Energy Workshop before joining the Obama Administration. He earned his doctorate in economics from Harvard University, a masters of environmental management degree from the Nicholas School of the Environment, and a bachelors degree from Duke University.

Thursday, April 30th, Devlin 201 from 10:30 am –1:15pm (posters will be up by 9am).  Please stop by the Environmental Studies poster symposium to learn about the exciting research BC seniors have been engaged in all semester. Some of the topics include: Expanding Electric Vehicle Use in Newton; An energy audit of coffee makers on BC campus; and Publicly Owned Pre-Treatment Plants for Attracting Technology Companies to Set up Shop in Struggling Communities.  Check out these and more!

Intern in Permaculture
CIRENAS (Centro de Investigaciones de Recursos Naturales y Sociales) is seeking interns to help the ermaculture program on its new campus on the Pacific coast of the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica. CIRENAS is a research and learning center in the Ario watershed that seeks to provide simple and replicable solutions for water management, food security, and healthy ecosystems. Located on a 1,800 ha working ranch, CIRENAS demonstrates science-based, regenerative and productive ecological practices for our local community and beyond.
Interns will work with our permaculture team on:
·         Earthworks
·         Water retention, slope stabilization, human and animal movement through landscape
·         Water management and storage
·         Potable supply, irrigation supply, place based solutions
·         Planting and landscape design
·         Cover crops, tree planting, guild establishment, support species
·         Waste treatment
·         Black water, grey water, run off, solid wastes and reuse/recycling
·         Potential entrepreneurial projects
·         Business incubation, modeling, trial

Interns will get hands-on experience in all of the areas mentioned above and will also be given reading materials to provide background and philosophical context. The goal is to have interns understand how to make CIRENAS as self-sufficient as possible and to identify ways that our systems can be adopted in the local community to ensure a sustainable future for the region. Although interns will learn about all facets of permaculture work on campus, they will also be given the opportunity to focus on individual elements of their work and will be assigned a personal project.

Interns are expected to work five hours per day with the permaculture team, Monday-Friday. Saturday is a half-day (2.5 hours). The remainder of the day/week is technically free but interns are encouraged to get involved in other aspects of CIRENAS’s work and/or work on personal projects. Interns will be given the opportunity to present information from their personal projects as well as participate in weekly seminar discussions. Outside of work, interns have the opportunity to explore neighboring Santa Teresa, Mal Pais, Caletas or Montezuma, surf, visit local turtle research centers, study Spanish, fish, kayak, and much more.

Interns stay in communal spaces that are rooms with bunk beds and shared bathrooms. Meals consist of typical Costa Rican food and are mostly prepared by a local cook. Interns are expected to set up and clean up meals, and keep living spaces clean and clutter free, therefore everyone coming to work at CIRENAS must be committed to community living and doing their share.

Program Information
Interns pay $600 to cover room and board expenses, as well as their own transportation to and from campus (see travel section of website). Interns are expected to stay at least one month to provide continuity and ensure in depth learning. The next “class” of interns will begin on June 15, 2015.
For more information and to request an application, please contact CIRENAS requires a brief application, a resume, and two references.

Highlights of Interning at CIRENAS
·         Work and live with Costa Ricans and improve your Spanish
·         Learn in an experiential setting
·         Understand and implement important permaculture concepts that you can transfer to wherever you next live
·         Meet a variety of people from around the world who will also pass through as visitors, interns, students or researchers
·         Live in an intentional community
·         Experience the wonder and beauty of Costa Rica!

I am writing from a nonprofit solar financing organization based in San Francisco called RE-volv. RE-volv finances solar projects for nonprofits and cooperatives that serve their community. Last year, RE-volv launched the Solar Ambassador Program, a yearlong internship for college students interested in renewable energy. For the 2015-2016 academic year, the Solar Ambassador Program has been revamped as a fellowship that gives teams of students the opportunity to develop and execute a solar project in their community.

This fellowship is a unique opportunity for college students to take clean energy into their own hands and have a real impact in their communities, while developing key project management and communications skills. Additionally, students will be able to participate in webinars with leaders in the environmental and renewable energy fields.

We are now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 academic year, and we are hoping to reach students who would be most interested in this opportunity directly. It would be wonderful if you could pass this along to your students and to others in your department.

I hope you'll consider encouraging your students to apply for this great opportunity. If you have any questions, please feel free to call or email me. Application materials and more information can be found here.

Thanks so much, and I look forward to being in touch.


Gavriella Keyles
Communications & Program Coordinator | RE-volv

Funder: Environmental Protection Agency Deadline:  May 19, 2015 Grant Title: Greater Research Opportunities Fellowships for Undergraduate Environmental Study Funding Description: Supports quality environmental education for undergraduates, encouraging fellows to pursue post-baccalaureate careers in fields such as physical science, biology, health, the social sciences and engineering. Eligible: Bachelor’s level students in environmental fields of study  Awards: $1.7 million for 34 awards Link:

ATTENTION: Please distribute this mailing through the appropriate channels. Earth Corps is a for-credit summer field studies course in the high country of Colorado. Additional information is available by visiting If you would like to have a poster and informational brochure sent to you, please respond to this email with your mailing address.

Earth Corps 2015

July 13 - August 10
Environmental Service Program
Field Studies in Geography (GES 446)
Kit Carson Peak and Challenger Peak Trail Project
Willow Lake Basin, Colorado
Adventure ∙ Education ∙ Service

Earth Corps is a program run by the Rocky Mountain Field Institute in partnership with the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs to provide motivated, environmentally conscious students the opportunity to live and learn in the incredible natural classroom of the Colorado wilderness. The program is designed to integrate key lessons in environmental studies with the completion of multiple critical environmental restoration projects. Earth Corps attracts exceptional students from across the nation to participate in this unique service learning opportunity.
In 2015, Earth Corps students will complete environmental restoration projects in Willow Lake Basin located at the base of Challenger Point and Kit Carson Peak in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Students will gain field experience in restoration ecology through the completion of a highly technical trail reconstruction project. Students will learn about soil, vegetation, hydrology, land/recreation management, and other key aspects of natural resource management. Upon successful completion of the program, each student will receive 4 credit hours from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (GES 446: Field Studies in Geography).
For the duration of the program, participants will live, work, and learn in a backcountry wildland environment, complete long hours of very demanding physical labor at altitudes of 11,000-14,000+ feet, work effectively as a team, exercise the highest level of commitment and perseverance, and make enduring friendships. Students will develop key outdoor skills during the program and through their summits of Challenger Point and Kit Carson Peak. Students will practice and learn Leave No Trace, backcountry navigation, alpine mountaineering, and risk management skills.
The Rocky Mountain Field Institute is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) environmental stewardship and education organization dedicated to the conservation of public lands in the Southern Rocky Mountains. RMFI accomplishes its mission through key environmental projects developed in partnership with federal, state, and municipal land management agencies.
Program Dates: July 13 - August 10, 2015
To Apply: A complete application includes:
● RMFI Program Application form and $25 application fee (instructions at
● Cover letter detailing your qualifications and interest in program
● Current resume
Course Fee: There is a course fee of $2,500 due upon acceptance into the program (merit- and need-based scholarships available to qualifying students, see website for more information).
Application Deadline: Early deadline February 20, final deadline March 13. Participants announced April 3.
Questions: Please direct questions to Joe Lavorini, Program Director: joe@rmfi.org719-471-7736, ext. 3#

Small Planet Institute is hiring! Are you who we're looking for?


Dear friends,
Small Planet Institute is seeking thoughtful, resourceful, and committed people to join our Cambridge-based team. Our open positions are for an Institute Manager and Summer Interns. Please see our site for the complete job descriptions and application instructions.
It's an exciting time to be a part of our organization with the recent completion of a 
new book on world hunger, the Real Food Media Contest in full swing, and endless opportunities to connect with other groups engaged in world-changing work. We hope you'll consider joining us.

Happy Spring,

Frances, Anna, and the Small Planet Team

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Eco Practicum is seeking passionate applicants for the summer hands-on opportunity of a lifetime! Spend 2 or 4 weeks at a solar-powered environmental education center in the Catskills, two hours north of NYC, where you will:
  • Practice a variety of farming techniques (organic, urban, no-till)
  • Meet 20+ experts in the field
  • Gain firsthand experience addressing food, water, energy, and waste
  • Make a positive impact on the bio-region 
If you’re into hands-on learning and real community engagement, apply online by April 15th.

*Financial aid is available for all students. Simply ask us for more information. 

Apply Online & Learn more:

Eco Practicum Catskills Workshops include:

  • Organic farming
  • DIY Solar Power
  • Aquaculture Design
  • Rain Catchment Systems
  • Art and Ecology
  • Building with Reclaimed Materials
  • Strategies for Rural Economic Development
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Solar Campaign Internships

Apply today at
Summer and fall internships available -- apply by Friday, April 10.

Environment Massachusetts is 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 powerful fossil fuel companies threaten to stop solar in its tracks. So right now, we’re building support for a goal of 20% solar in Massachusetts by 2025. In order to persuade our governor to go big on solar energy, we’ll mobilize public support and build a powerful coalition of businesses and elected officials.

We're also working to restore Clean Water Act protections to thousands of miles of streams in Massachusetts and cut global warming pollution from America’s power plants.

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 public support it takes to win.

Becoming a solar campaign intern
If you agree that it’s time for Massachusetts to go solar, the best way 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.
We’re hiring interns for the summer and for the fall semester. The deadline to apply for a summer internship is Friday, April 10.

Apply today! Visit to submit your application.

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

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.

Cultivate a culture of sustainability at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA.

Now in its fourth summer, the Food, Farm, and Sustainability Institute (June 8 - July 3) combines rigorous classroom instruction and practical experience, utilizing our working farm as a laboratory. 

What will students learn?

Not only will students learn about organic vegetable production and sustainable animal husbandry at the Farm Center, which provides food to more than 200 farm share members, they will learn about microbiology through making cheese, fermentation through making sauerkraut, and cultural practices through growing heritage varieties and breeds.

Students will be challenged to explore alternatives to conventional agriculture, focusing on agriculture that part of a diverse ecosystem and a social network, with such concepts as biodiversity, food and economic webs, human nutrition, complex biotic interactions involving mutualism as well as predation and competition, and more

Who should apply?
We encourage students from across the globe to join us! The Food, Farm, and Sustainability Institute primarily serves undergraduate (and some graduate) students with an interest in food, sustainable agriculture, farming, environmental studies, and/or sustainability studies. Anyone over the age of 18 is welcome to apply.

Yeah, but what about transfer credits?

We've got those too! The course structure will mainly consist of work at the farm in the mornings, afternoon classes, field trips (e.g., to other local farms and food processors), some evening speakers, and some weekend trips. We recommend
a minimum of four undergraduate credits for the completion of the program. Students are encouraged to check with their home institutions about how many credits will be accepted before enrolling.

Ok, I'm interested. What is the application process? 
Here are the basics. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Only completed applications are reviewed. In order to secure your place in the program, a $300 nonrefundable tuition deposit will be due two weeks after date of acceptance.

Program Fees
Tuition $2,300
Room $904
Board $825*

*This fee is for a full meal plan, which covers 3 meals a day, every program day, including the communally prepared meals and the meals at the dining commons. Partial meal plans are available for $90. This only covers one communally prepared meal per week. Students on a partial meal plan are responsible for all other meals on their own.
April 3 - Priority Deadline for all applications (the last date by which we can guarantee space in the program)
April 11 - Tuition Discount Deadline (students will receive 15% tuition discount if all payments are received)
May 1 - Application Deadline (all application materials must be submitted)
May 15 - Payment Deadline (all deposits and payments must be submitted)

Keep in touch! Email or call 413-559-6843 with questions. Or just to say hi.

On behalf of Bridge Education Abroad Institute (BEAI), I am writing to you today to inform you about our summer programs in South Africa. Our institute plans short programs all across the world, to provide students with unique opportunities to experience different political cultures while strengthening their leadership and diplomacy skills. Our programs draw a diverse group of students together from all over the world to discuss pressing global issues while exchange cultural values. In a rapidly globalizing world, we believe these experiences are invaluable to the success of students in the global job market.

For the summer of 2015, we have programs scheduled in Cape Town and Johannesburg for the months of June, July and August. This program will include lectures from experienced professors and guest speakers from all over the globe, including the United States of America. A few of our professors include:
·         Professor Dr. Paul Joseph (Tufts University, USA)- Author and Previous Director of the Peace and Justice Studies Program

   PHD from UC Berkeley
   Previous president of the national Peace Studies Association
   Former Distinguished Chair for the United States-India Education Foundation     (Fulbright program)

·         Professor Dr. Solava Ibrahim (University of Cambridge, UK) – Director of MA in Poverty and Development a the institute for development policy and management

PHD and MPhil from Cambridge

·         Service Learning Day with Educo Africa (Local NGO)Vision- Young people understanding their roles as powerful agents of change – actively, confidently and positively contributing towards a better global community.

♦ Paired with 12 local South Africans for a meaningful day of service  

The students will enrich their knowledge of South Africa’s history, international politics, and economics while also enjoying travel to famous and historic places. We also encourage students to get to know one another and share cultural values through planned social events.

·  Nelson Mandela’s Jail Cell at Robben Island
·  Big 5 African Safari
·  Apartheid Museum
·  Visit President Nelson Mandela’s home in the Soweto’s
·  NGO Service Learning day with Local South African Leaders
Please Note: We limit our South Africa programs to 12 students per program to enhance the students learning between our professors and students.

Even with the summer close at hand, there are still plenty of students still figuring out their plans for the upcoming break. We hope you will consider recognition of our institute as an option for your students who are looking for international opportunities. We would greatly appreciate if you can pass the information about our program on to your students. If you believe you have students at your university that would be interested in this unique opportunity, please inform them to contact us via

Thank you very much for your support, and to find more information about our program, you may visit

Benjamin Doherty
President | |+1 (941) 302-0483 |2750 Stickney Point Road, Sarasota, FL 34231

The Center seeks energetic interns interested in helping urban communities prosper.  This paid internship will provide students an opportunity to gain professional experience and develop skills while working on transformative community projects. Interns will be matched with a local organization from the Center’s network of partners and will complete a project that promotes neighborhood revitalization and urban development.

Jobs with Impact  
Make your impact for our environment, our democracy, our future

Apply for Impact: Impact is a campaign team that works in states where we can win positive change on issues like global warming, clean water, and the influence of big money in politics. 

And we're hiring! We're looking for graduating seniors to join our team of campaign organizers and hiring current students for internships this spring and summer.

If you are serious about making an impact on these issues and would like to get out and work in the real world, where issue campaigns like these are won and lost, then Impact is the group for you.

To learn more, visit our website at! Our priority application deadline for graduating seniors is February 8. 

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Looking for work that reflects your values? From environmental education and organic farming to advocacy and organizing, if you're passionate about making change in the world, there's an opportunity listed at Orion magazine's Grassroots Jobsource that is perfect for you.  

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Some new internships:
Spring Grassroots Intern
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
Washington, DC

Environmental Education Intern
Ogden Nature Center
Ogden, UT

Natural History Intern        
Wiscasset, ME   
Aspen Center for Envi Studies
Aspen, CO  
Heifer Project International   
Perryville, AR

Summit Intern
No Barriers USA
Fort Collins, CO 

To view all of the current job and internship listings, click here.  
Some recent job listings:

Chincoteague Bay Field
Wallops Island, VA

Sierra Nevada Journeys
Sacramento, CA 

Sitka Salmon Shares  
Madison, WI & Galesbury, IL 
Coastal Studies for Girls
Freeport, ME 

Mangrove Action Project 
Seattle, WA 

New England Grassroots Environment Fund
Newmarket, NH 

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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 or email for more details.

Climate change looms as the most pressing issue of our generation. Fracking has contaminated drinking water and made people sick across the country. Our rivers, lakes, and most treasured natural areas are vulnerable to mining, drilling and other harms.

There’s no lack of solutions to solve these challenges; there’s a lack of political will. That’s why Environment America is running grassroots campaigns to bring people together to convince our leaders to stop pandering to big polluters and climate deniers, and start getting behind the solutions. We are hiring interns for the 2015 semester to work.

To win positive change for the environment, you need a smart strategy and effective tactics. But most of all, you need grit and determination – because that’s what it takes to mobilize enough public support to win.

As an Environment America intern, you’ll be working with some of our with some of our most experienced advocates and organizers on campaigns to reduce global warming pollution, create more solar and wind power, spare our parks and forests from fracking, keep our beaches, rivers and streams clean, and protect our wildlife and wild places.

You’ll help craft and implement social media campaigns, generate traditional earned media through opinion writing, recruit community leaders to join our campaigns, collect petitions and other grassroots support, and research and write fact sheets and other materials for decision makers and opinion leaders.

Apply today!  

And if you’re graduating this year, you should apply to Environment America’s fellowship program, a two-year crash course in environmental organizing and advocacy. Find out more and apply at