Thursday, March 16, 2017

Weekly Announcements 3/16

Dear Environmental Studies Students,

Please find this week’s Environmental Studies Announcements below.

On Campus Events
1.       Redevelopment as a Career Path
2.       Volunteers needed as Composting Begins in McElroy
3.       Beyond Sustainability: Human Well-Being and the Environment by Thomas Dietz
4.       Urbanization, Housing, and the Politics of Zoning Reform
5.       Conscience: The Challenge of Pope Francis by Simone Campbell, S.S.S.
6.       Economics and Ethics for the Anthropocene
7.       Ecological-Cultural Struggles of Indigenous Peoples: Toward a Sustainable Economy” with Agnes Brazal
8.       Climate Change as a Consequence of Human Presence: A Dialogue between Anthropology and Biblical Studies

Off Campus Events
1.       Student Documentary Competition
2.       Careers in Conservation
3.       Accepting Abstracts for Conference on Sustainable Development
4.       Orion Magazine Spring Nature Writing Retreat

Research and Study Abroad Opportunities
1.          Hydrology Summer Field Course
2.          Summer Field School in Ethnographic Methods in NYC
3.          Study Abroad with the Green Program
4.          Undergraduate Environmental and Ecological Research Opportunities in Montana
5.          Summer Program on Integral Ecology in the Peruvian Upper Amazon
6.          Courses in Belize
7.          Prehistorical Archeology
8.          Summer 2017 Shark and Ray Research in Clearwater, FL

Internship, Graduate School, Training, and Job Opportunities
1.          Volunteer or Intern with
2.          Policy Associate with Frontier Group
3.          Solar Project Development Job with OPDE
4.          Advocacy Directory Neponset River Watershed Association
5.          Part-Time Writer and Researcher with Energy Sage
6.          Environmental League of Massachusetts, Communications/Development Intern
7.          Environmental Voter Project Internships
8.          Job Opportunities with Mass and US PIRG
9.      Internship with Environment America


B. Kevin Brown
Graduate Assistant, Environmental Studies
Devlin 213

Boston College Environmental Studies Program

Redevelopment as a Career Path
Communities are constantly reinventing themselves and in need of multidisciplinary expertise to address the changes in economic conditions, demographics, and environmental impacts that we've experienced since industrialization in the 1800s. Much of this work is occurring in the most marginalized communities in this country, where redevelopment and revitalization is much needed.

This field requires expertise not commonly available and combines environmental science, real estate, planning, communications, architecture and design. Michael Taylor, President of Vita Nuova, Frank Gardner, Brownfields Coordinator of USEPA Region 1, and real estate developer Greg Bohenko will discuss the myriad career opportunities in this quickly expanding and extremely vital field.
Tuesday, March 21
Devlin 201

Compost Initiative at McElroy
A Joint Project through BC Dining, the Office of Sustainability, UGBC & Environmental Caucus

Beginning Monday, March 13th
McElroy Dining Hall

Goals and Mission:
        To successfully implement a post-consumer, student-run composting system in McElroy during peak dinner hours;
        To facilitate a discussion with students about composting and recycling in campus dining halls to better understand how these programs can be improved;
        To promote knowledge and understanding of the sustainability impacts of composting and recycling among members of the BC community and encourage students to make positive, environmentally-friendly decisions in regards to waste management.

“Compost Guide” Volunteer Jobs and Responsibilities
       Monitor waste bins (recycling, compost and trash) and ensure that students are placing waste in the correct bins, with special attention to the new bins and countertops;
       Explain the purpose of the trial run and how UGBC, BC Dining, the Office of Sustainability, and the Environmental Caucus collaborated on this event;
       Encourage dialogue with students about the benefits of composting, including the environmental implications of diverting food waste from trash;
       Answer any questions students may have about what can be composted / recycled and why, what BCDS already does in terms of composting, how and from whom the waste is collected / transported, or anything else related to sustainability (see FAQ section for background or contact with specific questions).   

What can be composted on campus?
All food waste, including fruit and vegetables, meat, poultry, bones and fat trimmings, dairy products, egg shells, and other organic wastes such as coffee grounds, paper napkins, and tea bags can be composted.

Which BC Dining halls collect compost?
All BC Dining facilities collect and compost pre-consumer waste. This includes any excess food waste generated prior to being served to students. Pre-consumer food waste is the easiest to compost because it is already separated from the rest of the waste stream and can be sorted directly in the kitchen. It is more challenging to collect post-consumer waste, or the food left after consumption, because it is more likely to be contaminated with non-compostable scraps. At Boston College, only Corcoran Commons has the infrastructure to compost post-consumer waste. This waste is collected and sorted in the back by BC Dining employees.
Who takes care of composting on campus?
Boston College proudly works with Save That Stuff to collect recyclables, compost and other trash materials from our campus. Check out the Save That Stuff  website for more information about composting, recycling, and other ways to divert food waste.
What are the benefits of composting?
Composting is an effective way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by diverting organic waste from landfills and reducing methane emissions. Food that is mixed in with regular trash is estimated to make up about 40% of the trash in landfills. It also is the biggest offender in creating landfill methane which is a powerful greenhouse gas – 72 times more powerful than carbon dioxide. Reducing landfill methane is just one of the benefits of keeping this type of waste out of landfills.
Composting also has “upstream” benefits when it is re-integrated into ecosystems as organic matter to improve the health and workability of soils. Compost is full of beneficial nutrients, which can stimulate plant growth and retain water and moisture in soils.
What is the history of composting at McElroy?
In the past, student-based initiatives collaborating with BC Dining and the Office of Sustainability have organized and implemented composting programs at McElroy. Unlike other dining halls, like Corcoran, McElroy does not have the infrastructure to sort post-consumer waste in the back by BC Dining employees. This means that students must successfully sort waste themselves to ensure that the compost and recycling is not contaminated. This requires an understanding of what can and cannot be composted, what can be recycled, and what bins are designated for each. Without proper signage and/or an understanding of waste diversion, the bins get contaminated with trash / non-compostable or recyclable items. Due to the frequency of these events, and the economic burden this mismanagement places on the University, composting programs have never remained in practice for the long-term.
After a week-long trial run before winter break, the team collected student feedback about current composting initiatives and how we can approve them. In the weeks following, we created a comprehensive publicity and outreach campaign to introduce the idea to students and ensure that come spring break, students would be aware that composting would be introduced at McElroy.

Beyond Sustainability:
Human Well-Being and the Environment
The term sustainability is ubiquitous in the discourse of academia, business and governments.  But is the concept useful?  Can we have a sociology of sustainability?  I will trace the history of the concept, note that it engages both science and values, and examine the two most common approaches:  the triple bottom line and analysis of capitals.  By focusing on the normative goals of improving human well-being while protecting the environment and other species, several sociological questions emerge:  What gains in well-being result for using the environment as a form of capital?  Why does our efficiency at producing well-being from various forms of capital vary across social arrangements?  How can we better integrate scientific understandings with value based democratic decision making?  I will explore these conceptually and offer some empirical evidence in response to each question.
Thomas Dietz is a professor of Sociology and Environmental Science and Policy (ESPP) and an active participant in the Animal Studies Program at Michigan State University. He holds a Ph.D. in ecology from the University of California, Davis, and a bachelor of general studies from Kent State University. At MSU he was founding director of the Environmental Science and Policy Program as well as associate dean in the Colleges of Social Science, Agriculture and Natural Resources and Natural Science. He is currently co-director of the NOAA funded Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments Center. He has co-authored or co-edited twelve books and more than 110 papers and book chapters which have received over 35,000 citations in Google Scholar. His current research examines the human driving forces of environmental change and human well-being, environmental values and the interplay between science and democracy in environmental issues.
Questions? Contact Andrew Jorgenson (

Wednesday, March 22, 6:00pm
Fulton Hall, Honors Library

Commissioner Francis Suarez and Andrew Frey '01 will discuss their experiences reforming zoning in the City of Miami. 
In 2015, Commissioner Suarez successfully persuaded the Miami City Commission to remove the parking requirement for lots under 10,000 square feet, with Frey drafting the ordinance and spearheading private and NGO-sector support. 
As a result of the zoning reform, vacant lots in areas such as Little Havana and Overtown can now attract development more readily. The reform will lower development costs, drive investment, and ultimately help provide more affordable housing options for Miami residents.

Frey and Suarez’s urban activism is tied to a bigger movement around the country which aims to revitalize neighborhoods, encourage alternative methods of transportation (i.e. public transit/ridesharing), and increase the availability of affordable housing.

conscience: the challenge of Pope francis (will include discussion of ladauto si’)

Presenter: Simone Campbell, S.S.S., Executive Director of NETWORK
Date: Wednesday, March 22
Location & Time: St. Ignatius, Upper Church, 7:00 p.m.
Sponsors: Campus Ministry and The C21 Center

Jeffrey Sachs: 
Economics and Ethics for the Anthropocene
Friday, March 24 at 4:30 p.m.
Devlin Hall, Room 008
Jeffrey Sachs is a world-renowned professor of economics, leader in sustainable development, senior UN advisor, bestselling author, and syndicated columnist whose monthly newspaper columns appear in more than 100 countries. He is the co-recipient of the 2015 Blue Planet Prize, the leading global prize for environmental leadership, and has twice been named among Time Magazine’s 100 most influential world leaders. He was called by The New York Times, “probably the most important economist in the world,” and by Time Magazine “the world’s best known economist.” Professor Sachs serves as the Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. He has authored five books, including The End of Poverty (2005) and The Age of Sustainable Development (2015).

March 27, 5 p.m.
Gasson 305
Professor Agnes Brazal (De la Salle University, Manila) will present this year's Duffy Lectures in Global Christianity. The theme of her lecture series is "Liberation-Postcolonial Ethics in the Philippines." The theme of this lecture is "Ecological-Cultural Struggles of Indigenous Peoples: Toward a Sustainable Economy.

Agnes M. Brazal is associate professor of theology at the De la Salle University Manila, Philippines. She was also past President and founding member of the DaKaTeo (Catholic Theological Society of the Philippines) and one of the first coordinators and "mothers" of the Ecclesia of Women in Asia (association of Catholic women theologians in Asia).


Thursday, April 6, 2017, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Presenter:  Carol A. Newsom
Corcoran Commons, Heights Room, Chestnut Hill Campus
Free of Charge

Human induced climate change is the most serious problem confronting the ecology of our planet.  Was this an inevitable consequence of the appearance of humans in the ecosystem?  How should we think about how we got to this terrifying state, and how can we think hopefully about the future?  Anthropologists who study the emergence of homo sapiens present an account of our origins that engages in intriguing ways with the Israelite reflections on human origins in Genesis 1-11.  Here is a conversation between religion and science that offers true insight into how our unique nature is both a danger and a promise in this fragile world.
Sponsored by the School of Theology and Ministry,
and generously supported by the Kitz Family in honor of Richard J. Clifford, S.J.
Carol A. Newsom is the C. H. Candler Professor of Old Testament/Hebrew Bible at the Candler School of Theology, Emory University. 

The Witnessing Change Video Competition is an educational and documentary effort done by the Climate Cost Project. The competition asks students to make 2-min documentaries through personal interviews with impacted people in their communities. Student contextualize their interviewees' experience, and the interview, around climate change., Our purpose is to have the students' work inform the public about the climate impacts that are happening in America now, and to help build a diversity of voices within the country talking about their own personal experiences of climate change. We think a common narrative about the costs climate change is already having on Americans--one that transcends race, class, and other lines currently dividing us--is necessary to create the social unity and political will needed to address climate change. We do not believe that this has been done before, but think that it is critical for building public understanding and empowering individual communities to tell their own stories. This is the first year of the national competition, and we are hoping to have as many submissions from talented students as possible. There is no fee for entry and winners will receive cash prizes of $US 500 and $US 250 dollars, respectively. We will also publicize the videos both directly through the Climate Cost Project.

You can read more about the competition here:, and find out more about the Climate Cost Project on our webpage: The Climate Cost Project is a non-profit organization fiscally sponsored by the Open Space Institute funded with support from the Alex C. Walker and Kettering Family Foundations. For questions please contact

Harvard College Conservation Society Presents Careers in Conservation

Date and Time

Sat, March 25, 2017
9:30 AM – 6:00 PM EDT


Harvard College Student Organization Center at Hilles
59 Shepard Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Careers in Conservation 2017 will be the second annual conference sponsored by the Harvard College Conservation Society (HCCS). The focus of this conference is to provide career advice and connections for undergraduate students in the Boston area who are interested in pursuing careers in conservation. Our event will feature accomplished conservationists as keynote speakers, provide the opportunity for students to learn about different career paths within conservation through various workshops, and conclude with an Interdisciplinary Panel on Conservation which features experienced professionals from different conservation perspectives. Networking opportunities and lunch will be provided.

Registration closes Wednesday, March 22nd.

Don't forget to send to your friends, tell them there's free Bon Me and JP Licks, and register now!

Note on Parking: Communicate with anyone that needs parking for the event that they must reserve a visitor day permit at (either the Observatory Lot or Quad Lot).

The call for abstracts is now out for the Fifth Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD), which will take place on 18 & 19 September, 2017, at Columbia University in New York City. Abstract submission and conference registration will take place on the conference website.

The conference is free for students, and an affordable $310 for faculty and professionals. We thought that you, your students, and/or your colleagues might be interested in submitting an abstract or attending. The overarching conference theme is The World in 2050: Looking Ahead for Sustainable Development. Abstracts should be directly relevant to one of the 27 conference topics, which cover all 17 SDG areas and a number of crosscutting issues, including data, the role of universities in achieving the SDGs, and the arts as a tool to raise awareness of the SDGs. 

A full list of topics and the call for abstracts are available online. We hope you will join us! 

Join Orion's Editor-in Chief for a Weekend Nature Writing Retreat

Writing Naturally
March 31 - April 2, 2017
Rowe, Massachusetts 
You love nature and you love writing. To write well about nature, however, requires more than curiosity about the natural world and more than a commitment to speak on its behalf. You must master the craft of writing, which means using language to express not only information and ideas, but also powerful feelings. Writers from Emerson and Thoreau to Aldo Leopold and Rachel Carson have done that. Today's nature writers do so too, playing a vital role in shaping new models of how we might live on this planet. They remind us of the wonders and dangers that so many others have forgotten-or never knew about. They make a difference. So can you.
Whether you're a journalist or a creative writer, a newcomer or an old hand, at this weekend retreat-led by Orion's editor-in-chief Chip Blake-you'll develop skills and access to creative energy that will make you a better and more successful nature writer. You'll also learn about the realities of the publishing world and how writers succeed in getting their work into print.

Registration fees are on a sliding scale based on income, and accommodations are available on-site, off-site, and at a range of affordable prices. 

Find out more and register at Writing Naturally with Orion

Hydrology Summer Field Course
New Mexico Tech — July 6th-19th, 2017

The Hydrology Program at NM Tech is pleased to offer a 2-week, 2-credit (upper division or graduate) field camp designed to train students and professionals in cutting-edge field methods for the study and monitoring of groundwater and surface waters.

Aquifer Mechanics: Sevilleta NWR & Kirtland AFB; Dr. Mark Person
Fluvial Hydrology: Valles Caldera National Preserve; Dr. Dan Cadol
Stream-Aquifer Interactions: Valles Caldera NP; Dr. Jesus Gomez-Velez
Aquifer Geochemistry: Carlsbad Caverns National Park; Dr. Andrew Luhmann
Shallow Geophysics: Carlsbad Caverns National Park; Dr. Deqiang Mao
Cave and Karst Systems: Carlsbad Caverns National Park; Dr. Lewis Land

Cost: $1,939 — Full info at:

Summer Field School in Ethnographic Methods in New York City
10th CIFAS Field School in Ethnographic Research Methods, June 12 to 22, 2017

The Comitas Institute for Anthropological Study (CIFAS) is pleased to announce the 10th CIFAS Field School in Ethnographic Research Methods, in New York City.

The goal of the Field School is to offer training in the foundations and practice of ethnographic methods. The faculty works closely with participants to identify the required field methods needed to address their academic or professional needs. The Field School is suitable for graduate and undergraduate students in social sciences and other fields of study that use qualitative approaches (such as education, communication, cultural studies, health, social work, human ecology, development studies, consumer behavior, among others), applied social scientists, professionals, and researchers who have an interest in learning more about ethnographic methods and their applications.

The total work load of the course is 30 hours. Students interested in earning credits for the course may have additional assignments in order to totalize 45 hours of activities (what is equivalent to 3 credits).

Course venue: Classes will take place at the Institute for Latin American Studies at Columbia University.


Renzo Taddei (Assistant Professor, Federal University of São Paulo/Affiliated Researcher, Columbia University).

Lambros Comitas (Gardner Cowles Professor of Anthropology and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University).

Registration and other costs: Places are limited. The tuition fee is US$ 900. The tuition fee does not cover accommodation, meals or transportation.

For more information or to register, see link attached, or please write to Renzo Taddei at

Created for students, by students, The GREEN Program has introduced a new model for education abroad. Our accredited, short-term model focuses on bringing transformative experiences to students around the world and unlocking doors to governmental, public, and private facility access, exclusive tours, and unique bucket-list experiences around the world. We are working with universities around the world to redefine what a classroom should mean - from lecture halls to studying the effects of climate change on the top of our world's glaciers.
As commitment partners to the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals, The GREEN Program exposes students to the heart and guts of these sustainability challenges and initiatives around the world.
Our programs are catered to students who are curious about the world and seek opportunities to adventure, break outside of their comfort zones, and stand out amongst their peers as global citizens.

We don’t want students to choose between a job, internship, or a study abroad experience. We want them to do it all.

We help students maximize their winter, spring, and summer breaks in order to allow them to get in a fulfilling educational abroad experience within just 8-10 days. All the while, students are able to land that awesome internship they’ve had their eye on, complete summer classes needed to graduate on time, or challenge their idea towards global citizenship.

Currently on our 7th year, we currently operate over the spread of three continents. Our organization’s core team and company headquarters are located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Our full-time team of five works out of Pipeline Philly, a co-working space located in Center City, Philadelphia. As one of the founding members of the space, The GREEN Program is a part of this ever-growing community now home to more than 200 companies and organizations.

Beyond Philadelphia, we work alongside numerous indigenous educational institutions and organizations specific to our program locations. Fearless adventure leaders and passionate education gurus, our in-country guides are an integral part of what makes GREEN, GREEN. Of course, our community would not be what it is today without our extended GREEN Family – The GREEN Program Alumni. Having hosted participants from more than 300 universities around the world, we are elated to welcome more than 1800 student leaders and young professionals into our ever-growing community.

Our team and students all have one underlying mission in common: we have consciously chosen to pursue a future of possibilities, and are determined to be part of the solutions toward a better world.

Visit to learn about our programs.

Swan Valley Connections is an integrated education and conservation non-profit in Western Montana. We offer students the opportunity to study the complexities of natural resource management through experiential learning. We specialize in interdisciplinary, place-based education, as we believe that a deep understanding of natural history and ecological processes combined with empathy for human communities leads to innovative and thoughtful stewardship.

Our programs, Landscape and Livelihood and Wildlife in the West, are unique because we provide high-quality education (we are accredited by the University of Montana) and we are actively engaged in collaborative monitoring projects and community-based conservation. This allows us to expose students to conservation professionals as they are grappling with natural resource issues in real time. We also invite alumni of our programs to come back as interns as part of our mission to foster the next generation of conservation leaders.  

Summer Program

July 1 – August 11, 2017

August 12-26, 2017 – optional forest retreat with focus on Amazonian medicinal plants

Sachamama Center for Biocultural Regeneration (SCBR)
Lamas, Department of San Martin, Peru

Levels: Undergraduate students, MA students, and Activists

Course Faculty: Dr. Frederique Apffel-Marglin, Professor Emerita, Dept. of Anthropology at Smith College,

Application deadline: March 31, 2017

Testimonial by Aleena Glinski, Yale student: "This is a remarkable program where students experientially learn about the agroforestry techniques of the indigenous people of the high amazon in Lamas, Peru. One learns how to make terra preta and biochar in seminars and in the field while exploring the cosmovisions of the indigenous people who originally created this miraculous soil both in text and in conversations with Kechwa people. Throughout, there is an emphasis on deeply investigating the origins of the nature-culture dichotomy in a cross-disciplinary manner, which inevitably results in personal discovery into our connection to and role within the biosphere."  

See the flyer:

The Center for Engaged Learning Abroad delivers two week field courses in environmental science and conservation using the country of Belize as a classroom, during May and June, and over the winter break.  This Caribbean/Central American country provides a rich learning context and is a great place for students studying abroad for the first time.  Please share this email with students or faculty who may have an interest in engaged learning abroad in English-speaking Belize.

Thank you,
Ed Boles, Ph.D.
Faculty Associate

The field courses, briefly described below, give students powerful field methods experiences, exposes them to areas of science they may want to pursue further and they gain a lot of confidence in capabilities.   These courses carry three hours of credit, transferable back to home institutions with prior academic approval.
Wildlife Health, Ecology and Conservation:  This course, taught by a wildlife veterinarian, introduces students to tropical ecology, local conservation efforts, Belizean wildlife and wildlife research techniques, and zoo and wildlife health issues and medicine.   Students explore the many factors that effect the management, conservation, habitat and health of wild animals; work alongside zookeepers in the world renowned Belize Zoo; participate in surgeries, animal enrichment and health management at the Zoo; and explore rehabilitation and conservation at a variety of wildlife organizations in Belize.
Watershed Conservation, Ecology and Management: This course explores the general structure and ecology of watersheds, the movement of surface and sub-surface waters through the landscape, larger integrated interactions of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, overall ecological services provided by watersheds, impact on human activities on watershed structure and function, assessment and monitoring of watersheds, and solutions to human induced impacts while providing students with hands-on experience in field research techniques.
Tropical Marine Ecology and Conservation:  This systems-ecology course includes classroom, field and laboratory components in terrestrial riparian, estuarine and marine ecosystems with emphasis on watershed interconnectivity and reef/mangrove/seagrass ecology and conservation.  The Caribbean Sea is explored from Tobacco Caye, a five acre island of sand perched on the reef with mangroves and grassbeds, with mask and snorkel, both day and night.
Health, Belief and Ethnobotany in Belize: This course explores traditional healing, spiritual belief, sustainability, food security and agro-forestry.  Through lectures, discussions, visits to healers/elders, and tours to farms and medicinal plant gardens, students will have the opportunity to experience unique and unforgettable traditions as they have been passed down through generations.  This is a field oriented course with rustic accommodations and local cuisine.   Students will go on jungle hikes in hot and humid conditions with some rain.  Cultural sensitivity, adventurous personality, stamina, desire to learn from other cultures and an open mind are desirable traits for students to succeed in this course.

These are exciting times to engage with prehistoric archaeology. New finds shed light on the origin of our own species, and novel research is providing fresh insights into the relationships with our closest relatives, the Neanderthals. Innovative work is allowing us to gain better understanding of the origins of agriculture and the shift to sedentary life.

Many of the IFR field schools directly engage with these topics. Our Lesotho-Sehonghong Rockshelter program explores the evolution of hunting & gathering technology over tens of thousands of years in one of Southern Africa most impressive and historically significant rock shelters. The South Africa- Spitzkloof field school investigates human/biota relationships in the past 60,000 years in the rugged and remote areas of the Richtersveld region of Namaqualand, a coastal desert in the northwest corner of the country. Work at the Montenegro-Vrbička Cave focuses on human evolution from the Late Paleolithic through the Mesolithic and to the Early Neolithic in the Balkans. Surprisingly, the site shows evidence of human occupation during the Upper Paleolithic, one of the coldest phases of the last Ice Age (the Last Glacial Maximum, around 22,000 years ago).
At the recent AIA annual conference, Michael Richards (Simon Fraser University) suggested that while Neanderthals were efficient top predators, they focused on terrestrial animals exclusively. The newly arrived Anatomically Modern Humans (AMH), on the other hand, added fish and other marine animals to their diet – a possible relative advantage that allowed AMH to push out Neanderthals from all available environmental niches. Is this the case?

Our Portugal-Vale Boi field school team addresses such questions as it studies the Upper Paleolithic and possible interaction between AMH and Neanderthals in the region. Preservation at Vale Boi is of remarkable quality with impressive faunal recovery and numerous lithic assemblages present. Vale Boi project members are examining adaptive strategies of both species. Our program at Spain-Cova Gran explores early human arrival to the Iberian Peninsula and AMH-Neanderthal interactions. The site covers more than 50,000 years of human occupation with upper layers dating to the early Neolithic period and the arrival of early farmers to the south Pyrenees.
Finally, IFR’s later prehistory offerings feature the shift from hunting and gathering to agriculture. Our Turkey-Boncuklu  field school is focused on the transition from nomadic to sedentary lifestyle in Anatolia. Boncuklu is the earliest village in central Anatolia and the predecessor of the famous Neolithic site of C
̧atalhöyük. It is an ideal location to study this critical transformation to permanent human settlements, including its advantages and pitfalls. Finally, research at our Bulgaria-Tel Yunatsite and Bulgaria-Ilindentsi field schools is focused on the entry of early farmers from Anatolia to Europe and debates about agriculture’s arrival by technology diffusion or population movement.

Will you please let interested students know about these opportunities? Per usual, I would like to remind you of our extensive scholarship offerings. Students are strongly encouraged to apply to any of our scholarships for which they may be eligible.


Ran Boytner

Program description:
This program is focused on a hands-on, field curriculum.  We conduct a 1 - 2 hr. lecture or class discussion each day and spend the rest of the day for 6 - 8 hours in the field conducting research on sharks and rays.  Most lectures are focused on elasmobranch biology, physiology, ecology, identification, and conservation.  Other lectures will include biology, physiology, identification, and conservation of sea turtles and manatees; fisheries, aquaculture, and ecotoxicology; the concept of a species; aquarium controversy; and how to develop a research project and communicate the results effectively.  To make this program as hands-on as possible, our students conduct all research activities under the supervision of one or more staff members or instructors.  This means that our students set and retrieve gear, handle any captured animals, collect data from any captured animals, tag elasmobranchs, and release all captured animals.  No previous research experience or animal handling experience is necessary.  This program is excellent for any student interested in the natural sciences, any student wanting to gain research experience, and any student interested in attending graduate school.

Program dates:  Our summer program runs at 1 week intervals (Sunday - Saturday) from May 7, 2017 - August 26, 2017.  Students may attend as many weeks as they would like.  Any student who attends 4 weeks or more will be acknowledged in any scientific paper published from the data collected that summer.  There are tuition breaks for students who attend 3 or more weeks as well as for groups of 6 or more students attending together.

Deadline for early enrollment benefits: December 31, 2016

Deadline for program enrollment: March 30, 2017

For pricing and program availability please visit the summer program page as well as the tuition page of our website

If you have any questions regarding the above courses and programs please contact us at or (843)246-0750.

Intern or Volunteer with to Save the Environment

About Green-U (launching soon) will help students contribute to the environmental sustainability of college/university campuses and communities, while also increasing environmental awareness, literacy, and activism.

Our platform has the following components:

  • Resources: We will provide extensive resources, how-to guides, and marketing assets to help people plan and improve sustainability programs, including waste reduction, composting, water use, food, landscaping, energy use, procurement, healthy buildings, solar, and transportation. While such resources exist today, they are difficult to find, scattered across multiple websites, and often available only to those who have paid for access.

  • Community: Our online community at each college/university will help all stakeholders—including student organizations, individual students, faculty members, staff, and administrators—coalesce and organize to envision, plan, promote, and implement these programs. It will also connect people interested in the same topics at different schools.

  • Surveys:  Surveys will gather information on environmental practices at individual schools nationwide.

  • Petition: Our online petition will allow members of each college/university to lend their voices to advocate for their school’s adoption of environmentally-sustainable policies.

  • Beyond-Campus: We will also advance the movement towards sustainability by providing news and ways to get involved beyond the campus.

  • Media, Partners, and Celebrities: We will engage with media, partner organizations, and celebrities to promote this program.

Interns, Volunteers, and Campus Reps
We are recruiting interns and volunteers to work in our Manhattan office or remotely. Focus on research and editorial, marketing, or community management. We are also recruiting campus reps to grow this movement at campuses nationwide.
  • Use your skills, experience, knowledge, creativity and talent to help us help students green their campuses and communities, while also building environmental awareness and activism.
  • Become a member of our dynamic and creative international team.
  • Take a leadership role in the movement to protect the environment.
  • Learn a tremendous amount.
  • Enhance your resume with a record of service and accomplishment, and get a glowing letter of recommendation.

Use and enhance your professional skills in any of these fields: environmental studies or engineering, research, editorial, strategy, partnerships, finance, communications, social media, graphics, community management, fundraising, sponsorships, Public Relations (PR), Human Resources (HR), marketing, event management, organizing, and activism.

This is a great place to work. We have had interns and volunteers from all over the United States and more than fifty countries. The atmosphere is energetic, creative, and fun. We value brainstorming, initiative, sharing, and collaborating. Think of it is a laboratory, studio, seminar, or incubator. We are also casual. We are interested in your brains, creativity and heart, rather than your attire. Want to work in jeans, t-shirt and flip-flops? That’s fine with us.

Green-U is a project of, which The New York Times called an “ of the nonprofit world” for our work in helping nonprofits capture money normally spent on traditional presents (BTW, we are recruiting interns and volunteers for a wide range of causes and roles on it; please see for more info on it). We are also getting ready to launch Green-U, which is described here.

Who, Where, When
  • We are glad to hear from undergraduate and graduate students, as well as professionals who want to make a meaningful impact with their skills.
  • Work at our office or remotely. We are conveniently located at 7th Avenue and 33 Street, across from Penn Station in Manhattan. 
  • Full-time or part-time, school-year or summer, day or evening, weekday or weekend. We are flexible.
  • We provide a great opportunity to take a leadership role in making a meaningful change in the world, but this is an unpaid position.

Please share this opportunity with others who may be interested.

Apply Now 
Are you ready for a great experience and eager to make a difference?
Please send a resume and short cover letter to:  join [AT] ChangingThePresent [DOT] org.

Please tell us what role you would like to take, what you are passionate about, whether you would like to work from our office or remotely, and when you are available.
Thank you!

Frontier Group uses the power of ideas and information to achieve a cleaner environment and a fairer and more democratic society.
We produce timely, high-quality research reports on the nation’s pressing challenges: environmental protection, sustainable energy, good government and more. We help shape effective public policy strategies that address those problems. And we work to make sure the public and decision-makers hear our message through the media.

As a policy associate, you will:
·  Write compelling reports on social problems and solutions, using a variety of methodologies including literature reviews and data analysis.
·  Help advocates in the field craft a message that will change minds, spur action and generate media attention.
·  Write op-eds, blog entries and journal articles that insert our findings into the public debate.
·  Participate in trainings, presentations and panels.
·  Learn the skills of canvassing and managing a fundraising operation, and run a canvass office for a partner organization during the summer months.
·  Learn recruiting skills and participate in recruiting new Frontier Group staff

Location: Denver, CO, Boston, MA, and Santa Barbara, CA
Apply Today! Go to to submit a resume, cover letter with references, and writing sample. In your cover letter, please be sure to mention where you saw our job advertised and what location you are interested in.

OPDE is a Spanish solar developer with development projects in the US. OPDE is seeking a paid intern to assist in the site selection of utility scale solar project sites. The candidate will utilize GIS software to identify sites that are appropriate for solar projects and free of environmental issues such as wetlands and endangered species The candidate will work closely with the development department leaders to understand solar development requirements and issues in the industry.

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About EnergySage, Inc.

The Environmental Voter Project is looking for highly-motivated undergraduates to join our selective Fall Internship Program. Interns will work closely with the Field Director and the CEO to learn about subjects such as field campaigning, nonprofit communications and data analytics. Interns will be expected to devote time to field outreach, senior staff support, event planning, research, and drafting of membership communications, blog posts, and stakeholder presentations. In addition to gaining valuable nonprofit advocacy skills, interns will become talented organizers and political operatives by learning the nuts and bolts of nonprofit work and electoral campaigning from an exciting and innovative organization.  We are seeking responsible, motivated candidates who can commit to 12+ hours per week for this program. This is an unpaid internship in Boston, MA.  

Available Positions

National Campaign Director

Consumer Program

National Campaign Director

Tax & Budget Program

National Campaign Director

21st Century Transportation Program

State Director


Public Health Organizer

Maryland PIRG

Transportation Advocate


Our fellows don’t just sit behind a desk. You’ll be out in the real world—recruiting new groups to join a coalition, speaking in a church basement or town hall to win a new endorsement, organizing a news event or rally, meeting with an editorial board, or doing whatever else it takes to urge our public officials to do the right thing. This is a two-year program, expressly designed to prepare future leaders within PIRG. We look for smarts, leadership experience, top-notch written and verbal skills, and an eagerness to learn. We value experience organizing, including building campus groups.

Digital Campaigners
Our digital campaigners help us design and win campaigns on some of the most important issues affecting the public today. This position is an exciting way to organize and motivate people online. Our online campaigns reach tens of thousands of people and spread the word about making change. This is a position for professionals who are ready to turn online skills into political action. We’re looking for people with sharp writing skills, savvy strategic ability, and a talent for using social media.

To learn more and apply, visit

U.S. PIRG is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, handicap, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status.

What do interns with Environment America interns do?  You’ll help us educate and engage more students and citizens on the most critical environmental issues of our time. You’ll help us 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.


We’re working to stop global warming: We took a big step forward last summer when President Obama directed his Environmental Protection Agency to develop standards that would cut carbon pollution from power plants, the nation’s largest contributors to global warming pollution. This historic step won’t be enough to fully solve the problem, but it’ll be an important start. But standing in the way, at every step, is one of the most powerful special interests in the world: the fossil fuel industry. That’s where we come in. We’re working to rally millions of American citizens, along with local elected officials and other powerful voices to back the President’s plan.

We’re making sure we don’t frack our future: Dirty and dangerous fracking could soon put some of America’s most spectacular places at risk. And we know that this especially destructive method of drilling for gas contaminates water and turns forests and rural landscapes into industrial zones – making nearby families sick and contributing significantly to global warming as well. Now, we’re working to offset the outsized influence of the oil and gas industry and keep our remarkable special places protected.

We’re working to protect our rivers, lakes and streams:  To protect our waterways from pollution and destruction we need to crack down on factory farm pollution, sewage and other threats. And we know it won’t be easy because of big opposition from the Farm Bureau, giant agribusiness and others. Now, we’re working to harness grassroots support for clean water and turn it into the political power we need to have a lasting direct impact on our waterways.

Becoming an Environment America intern
If you agree that it’s time to solve these big environmental problems, the best thing you can do to get involved is to apply to be an Environment America 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 learn how to analyze environmental problems, push for smart solutions, 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 attend briefings and trainings to learn even more about environmental issues and gain organizing skill
  • And if you’re thinking you might want to make a career out of solving big environmental problems like global warming – interning with Environment America is one of the best ways to get started. Not only will you get the training and experience you need, but we hire our most talented and committed interns to join our Fellowship Program when they graduate. 

We’re hiring interns in Boston and 29 states nationwide. Email Madeline Page, Environment America’s Global Warming Outreach Director at with questions or to apply!

B. Kevin Brown
Graduate Assistant, Environmental Studies
Devlin 213

Spring 2017 Office Hours: Monday 11:00am-4:00pm, Tuesday 11:30am-1:30pm, Wednesday 11:00am-3:00pm, and Thursday 11:30am-2:30pm

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