Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Summer Announcements (June)

Food and Climate Change: A Conversation with Michael Pollan hosted by Juliet Schor
Thursday, November 2, 7:00 PM
Gasson Hall, 100

For the past twenty years, Michael Pollan has been writing books and articles about the places where the human and natural worlds intersect: food, agriculture, gardens, drugs, and architecture. He is the author of numerous bestsellers including In Defense of Food, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, and The Botany of Desire. In 2003, Pollan was appointed the John S. and James L. Knight Professor of Journalism at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, and the director of the Knight Program in Science and Environmental Journalism. In addition to teaching, he lectures widely on food, agriculture, and gardening.

Michael Pollan will be interviewed by Boston College’s Juliet Schor, professor of Sociology, whose research focuses on work, consumption, and sustainability. Her interests include the sharing economy, climate change, and alternative food provisioning.

More info at BC Event Calendar

Governor Bill Ritter
Public Talk
Tuesday, November 12, 6:00 PM
McMullen Museum
2100 Commonwealth Ave

The Environmental Studies Program will be sponsoring a talk by Governor Bill Ritter on climate change and energy policy and his book Powering Forward – What Everyone Should Know About America’s Energy Revolution.

Governor Ritter was elected Colorado's 41st governor in 2006. During his four-year term, he established Colorado as a national and international leader in clean energy by building a New Energy Economy. After leaving the Governor’s Office, Ritter founded the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University, which works with state and federal policy makers to create clean energy policy throughout the country.

More details to come. 

Part-Time Advocacy Director – Neponset River Watershed Association

Updated May 5, 2017

Position Description

The Neponset River Watershed Association is seeking qualified candidates for the part-time position of Advocacy Director to help lead the Association’s efforts to protect and restore the natural resources of the Neponset River and its watershed.

Position Background

The Advocacy Director is a key member of the Association’s senior staff team, helping to achieve fishable-swimmable water quality standards, restore more natural instream flows, enhance and restore aquatic and wetland habitats, preserve natural areas and open the river up as a recreational resource for local residents.
Some of the activities the Advocacy Director will assist over the next several years include:
·  Provide technical assistance to watershed municipalities on updating stormwater bylaws, zoning, and other rules to reduce polluted runoff
·  Encourage municipalities to allocate adequate funding for stormwater, water and wastewater infrastructure through mechanisms such as stormwater utility fees
·  Work with public and private land owners during local and state permitting processes to ensure that wetland resources and instream flows are protected, appropriate public access is provided, stormwater pollution is prevented, contaminated sediments are cleaned up, and stream habitats are restored.
·  Represent the Association before legislators and state or federal agencies on policy issues that affect water quality, streamflow, habitat, funding for infrastructure needs, and operating budgets for environmental agencies.
·  Engage with permittees and agencies to ensure that water withdrawal, stormwater, and wastewater permits incorporate effective protections.
·  Support efforts to increase ecosystem and infrastructure resiliency in the face of current and anticipated climate change.
·  Organize community support and partnerships to advance the Association’s agenda.

Position Details

This permanent position is available immediately. It is presently funded for 20 hours per week. It may continue as a long-term, part-time position or there may be an opportunity to expand it into a full-time role in the next 12 to 24 months. The schedule is very flexible but requires regular participation in evening meetings and occasional weekend events. The Advocacy Director reports to the Executive Director and works closely with the Association’s Environmental Scientist, Outreach and Education Director and other staff. Compensation is commensurate with experience.


The successful applicant will have broad experience with environmental law, civil engineering, hydrology, or watershed management, with 3-5 years related work experience at a minimum. They may be rooted in a science, engineering, or policy background, but will be able to bridge all three of these disciplines. They will have worked with at least some of the following permitting programs: the MA Wetlands Protection Act, the Water Management Act, the MA Stormwater Policy, the USEPA MS4 program, the 21e program, and/or Chapter 91. They will have excellent writing skills and be able to write effectively for lay, legal, and technical audiences. They will have strong presentation skills and the ability to cultivate strong working relationships with agency and municipal officials in spite of the potential for differences of opinion. They will have a strong work ethic, and be able to plan projects and work independently in a fast paced environment. They will be motivated by the opportunity to apply their skills and creativity to advance the Association’s mission.

To Apply

To apply, please submit a copy of your resume and a cover letter describing your interest to Ian Cooke, Executive Director, via email to  

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 at or email for more details.
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.

Environment America promotes bold ideas and organizes action to commit our country to 100% renewable energy, keep fossil fuels in the ground, ban bee-killing pesticides, end pollution of our water, and protect and expand our national parks and other public lands. We’re not afraid to think boldly, but we’re well aware that bold thinking is not enough. We work hard to produce the research, public education and citizen action it takes to win real results for our environment right now.

State Directors are responsible for developing our strategy, approach and local message to win our campaigns. The State Director will also meet with local decision-makers and opinion leaders, and represent our organization to allies and the media. State Directors help to build and foster our membership, grassroots and online base of support. Finally, the State Director will help recruit staff and volunteers to join us, fundraise for our programs, and maintain good systems for tracking and building on our work.

Environment America is seeking an experienced campaigner to run our Conservation America Program team. Responsibilities include coordinating program development, advocacy, field organizing and communications, recruiting and managing the team and building the resources for our work. More than 280 million people visited our national parks last year: places like Yellowstone and the Blue Ridge Parkway, which are a big part of what makes this country so great. Yet last year Congress voted to slash funding for all of our parks - a move that would leave our best places with less protection against pollution, logging and overdevelopment. These places deserve better. It’s up to us to protect them for the next generation.

Environment America seeks a Communications Officer to build the organization’s brand in the public and among opinion leaders, spearhead its national media outreach strategy, write and edit media materials, and build relationships with reporters and bloggers.

Environment America seeks a skilled and savvy advocate to persuade key decision-makers to protect our rivers and our drinking water from pollution. Responsibilities include developing strategy and messaging, advocacy, coalition-building, generating media and visibility, fundraising, coordinating grassroots efforts, and helping us build our team.

Work with one of our campaign teams to run a powerful digital campaign to help solve global warming, expand solar energy or protect clean water.

Imagine yourself organizing a town hall meeting on solar power. Or imagine releasing a hard-hitting research report on power plant pollution. Or picture yourself building a community coalition around clean water or fracking. Imagine building the organizational power—the funds, the membership, the activist base and so on—that it takes to keep all of this critical work going for the long haul. All of this is what you do as an Environment America fellow. Because this is how we build the support it takes 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.

For more information, visit  

 We're hiring!

Due to the enormous demand for our cutting-edge mobilization work, we're thrilled to announce that the Environmental Voter Project is looking to hire a Field & Digital Outreach Coordinator!

Please spread the word and include this link to the job description.

Position Overview.

The Environmental Voter Project is seeking a Field & Digital Outreach Coordinator with at least one year of experience in political field work and social media communications. The Field & Digital Outreach Coordinator will work closely with the Field Director and Executive Director to manage and execute the organization's multi-state field campaigns, volunteer recruitment & training, digital mobilization, and social media communications. This is a full-time position in Boston, MA, offering competitive salary and benefits.

Please visit here for more details and application instructions.

As campus is quieting down for the summer, we in the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid are gearing up for an exciting recruitment season. In the Fall, we hope to be traveling to a variety of cities including San Francisco, Washington DC, Bogota, Denver and many more! All of our events will be posted here and we will be sending out more information as the events are finalized. In the meantime, we invite you to join us here on campus for one of our summer campus visits. These events will provide an information session about the school and our programs, a tour of campus and the opportunity to meet with current students. The summer visit schedule can be found below:

Friday, July 28, 10:30 am - 1:30 pm

Monday, August 14, 10:30 am - 1:30 pm

We also wanted to be sure to let you know that the Fall 2018 application will go live in September and will be due on December 15, 2017. Please feel free to reach out to us at at any time if you have any questions about the Yale F&ES Master's programs or the application process.

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