Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Weekly Announcements 9/25


ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
Weekly Announcements
September 25, 2018

Events at Boston College

·         12/10: Photo Contest Deadline







Environmental Activism

Events in Boston

Jobs and Internships 



Study Abroad



TODAY: Charles River Associates: CRA Information Session at BC - September 25, 2018  from 7-8 PM in Fulton 511 – On Campus Interviews: October 16, 2018

Charles River Associates, an economic and management consulting firm, is recruiting students to work for the CRA Energy practice. Representatives will be on campus for the Fall Career Fair September 13, a CRA information Session September 25, and on campus interviews October 16. They have hired ENVS majors and minors before, and are very interested continuing to hire BC students for Jobs and Internship opportunities:

JOB: Analyst (2019 Start): All of our practice areas share common themes:  conducting sophisticated economic, financial, and strategic analysis in a project based environment; assembling compelling evidence from data and research that support our expert opinions and business recommendations; and working collaboratively with senior-led teams and clients. Each CRA consultant will be assigned to one of our 11 practice areas based on skill set and interest. Your specific responsibilities may include (varies by practice):
Developing financial and economic analyses or valuation models to support case theories
Developing familiarity with data that serves as input to this analysis, including company financial reporting, accounting statements, and social and economic survey data as well as non-financial measures of organizational performance
Interacting with clients, by participating in client meetings or gathering data through interview-based research on behalf of our clients
Programming, model building, and regression analysis in statistical analysis programs (such as Stata, SAS, R, or Python)
Ensuring reliability of analysis through quality control review
Applications are due November 30th, 2018. For more information and to apply for this position, visit: http://www.crai.com/careers/jobs/apply?gh_jid=1275202

INTERNSHIP: Analyst Intern (Summer 2019): Our Summer Analyst Internship program is meant to mirror the analyst experience to give you a greater understanding of our business and the type of work that is done at Charles River Associates.  Throughout the 10 week program, Analyst Interns work closely with both senior and junior staff on project teams across a variety of industries, and apply economic, financial and business principles to solve real-world problems.  We offer a competitive compensation package, professional development opportunities, and a work environment that is collegial and entrepreneurial. During the Analyst Internship program, you can expect to work on many aspects of a project:
    Analyzing economic and financial data using spreadsheets and databases
    Ensuring the integrity and accuracy of analyses
    Programming, model building, and regression analysis in statistical analysis programs, such as SAS and Stata
    Assisting in the production and development of research summaries, expert reports, and the presentation of findings
    Reviewing and summarizing analyst reports, client documents, and industry trade press
    Conducting industry, market, and competitor research
    Performing interview-based research on behalf of commercial clients, government entities, and industry associations
Applications are due March 31, 2019. For more information and to apply for this position, visit: http://www.crai.com/careers/jobs/apply?gh_jid=1275043

QUESTIONS: Contact CRA Analyst Michelle Kang, BC Environmental Studies Minor ‘18: mkang@crai.com



2018 FALL INTERNSHIP: Environment America Clean Water Intern – APPLY ASAP

We know all about the damage we’re doing to the planet: climate change, plastic pollution, wildlife disappearing forever. But we also know we have solutions: solar panels are getting better, electric cars are getting better, and on and on. That’s why our mission -- the thing that drives everything we do -- is to harness our country’s wealth, technology and imagination to make our communities, our country and our planet greener and healthier places to live for all of us.

Right now, Environment America is hiring interns to join us at our Boston office for the fall semester. Interns will work alongside fellow and advocates, learning how to analyze environmental problems, push for smart solutions, and build the public support it takes to win. Interns will help us educate and engage citizens on the most critical environmental issues of our time, earn media attention, build coalitions, organize events, and lobby decision makers.  This program specifically reached out the Environmental Studies Program looking for applicants! For more information and to apply for this position, visit: https://jobs.environmentamerica.org/internship.html



Harvard Center for the Environment: “The Trump Administration’s Rollback of U.S. Climate Policy” – September 26, 2018 from 4-6PM


The Harvard University Center for the Environment presents a special lecture:  "The Trump Administration's Rollback of U.S. Climate Policy.” Speakers will include Jody Freeman, Archibald Cox Professor of Law and Director of the Environmental Law Program at Harvard Law School and Richard Lazarus, Howard J. and Katherine W. Aibel Professor of Law, Harvard Law School. The discussion will be moderated by Daniel Schrag, Hooper Professor of Geology; Professor in the Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and Director of the Harvard University Center for the Environment.



International Conference on Sustainable Development September 26-28, 2018 in NYC – REGISTRATION REQUIRED, FREE FOR STUDENTS WITH ID

In 2013, an ocean away from New York, a meeting was held in Dakar, Senegal, to find solutions to the complex challenges of sustainable development. Participants felt that a larger conference was needed to bring others into the dialogue, and thus in an auditorium at Universit√© Cheikh Anta Diop, it was decided that the Global Association of Master’s in Development Practice programs would partner with the Sustainable Development Solutions Network to launch the first ICSD. The first ICSD took place in September 201. the 6th ICSD will be hosted in New York City by The Earth Institute, Columbia University, and their Center for Sustainable Development.

This year’s International Conference on Sustainable Development will be the most important and historic yet! Not only will the science and policy be at the cutting edge; the conference will take place on multiple campuses around the world, making it a truly global event. ICSD will host students from around the world, top scientists, and world leaders from politics to government to the UN. I urge everybody interested in sustainable development – the great challenge of our age – to come to ICSD.

ICSD brings together professionals from the private sector, academia, government, and civil society, along with students from the world’s top universities. We welcome participants from all sectors and experience levels.

For more information and to register, visit: http://ic-sd.org/


EBC & UMass Boston Climate Adaptation Forum: Law and Governance Meets Climate Change – September 28, 2018 from 7:15-11:45 AM –$15 (Non-Profit rate for students and faculty),  REGISTRATION REQUIRED


Adapting legal and governance systems to address dramatic changes in climate trends pose significant challenges. The focus of this Climate Adaptation Forum is on the development of new rules, regulations, institutions, and forms of governance needed to respond to our changing climate. This Forum will:
Provide examples of developing the political will to enact change;
Discuss impediments from existing regulatory programs designed to protect the existing conditions;
Present the findings of the Governance and Climate Adaptation Report prepared by UMass Boston Sustainable Solutions Lab on governance;
Present report: “Governance for a Changing Climate: Adapting Boston’s Built Environment for Increased Flooding”
And report on Resilient Rhody, the 2018 the Statewide Climate Resilience Action Strategy developed for the State of Rhode Island.

As with past Forums, there will be sufficient of time for audience engagement during the moderated discussion with the speakers.

This forum is a part of the Environmental Business Council of New England & UMass Boston Sustainable Solutions Lab series on Climate Adaptation. For more information and to register to attend, visit:  https://climateadaptationforum.org/


Tufts Institute for Business in the Global Context: “The Ocean’s Turn? Geopolitics, Sustainability, and Innovation– September 28, 2018 from 8 AM to 5:30 PM – FREE, REGISTRATION REQUIRED

The ocean covers 71% over the earth’s surface, far, far greater than any land mass. Directly or indirectly, it touches every piece of life on earth and every aspect of human society. The ocean feeds nations, transports goods, and provides energy across the globe. The Fletcher School at Tufts University aims to convene an important conference in September 2018 entitled "The Ocean’s Turn?" With this one-day event, we will look at the role of the ocean as an avenue, an arena, and a source, and examine it all through the lenses of geopolitics, sustainability, and an overarching notion of innovation. The conference will bring together thought leaders from around the globe and examine the critical issues facing the world’s oceans today. Through engaging keynotes, debates, and panel discussions, we will explore the maritime sphere from the perspectives of science, business, law and politics, investment and the economy, security, and international relations.

The purpose of the conference is to evaluate important maritime sectors, such as global shipping, the food industry, and the energy sector, and will dive into geopolitics, BlueTech, maritime security and policy, environmental imperatives, and other vital issues. Major themes will include technology and innovation of a "connected ocean," geopolitical and transnational legal factors, and imperatives driven by sustainability needs, concerns, and opportunities.



BC Sustainability Action Committee (SAC) Meeting October 2, 2018 from 6-7 PM in the Heights Room – RSVP REQUESTED, FREE FOOD

Please join us for the first Sustainability Action Committee Meeting on Tuesday, October 2nd at 6:00pm in the Heights Room! SAC is a place for student environmental groups to meet and collaborate on initiatives for the year, and we can't wait hear everyone's thoughts and ideas!

If you plan on attending, please RSVP here. Both eboard members and general members of groups are encouraged to attend, so please forward this message to anyone interested. If you have any agenda items to add, please indicate them on the RSVP form. We are looking forward to meeting everyone!


USGBC Careers in Sustainability Series: The Evolution of the Sustainability Professional October 2, 2018 at 5 PM – Boston Architectural College – FREE, TICKET REQURED (LIMITED NUMBER REMAIN)


The Emerging Professionals of Massachusetts are excited to share our next Careers in Sustainability panel discussion at the Boston Architectural College, covering the Evolution of the Sustainability Professional. We will cover the places where young professionals are entering into the sustainability industry today (degree programs and start-ups) and where we see opportunities for the future (entrepreneurial ventures, non-profits, public service). From 10 years ago, we had a rise in CSR professionals and we will discuss what has changed since then and where the future of green jobs are for upcoming graduates. We look forward to seeing you there!



MIT Seminar Series on Environmental and Agricultural History: “The Optimism of the Dismal Science: Growth, Economics, and The Natural World in the American Century"– October 5, 2018 at MIT 2:30-4:30 PM 

In 1956, a young MIT economist named Robert Solow published an article titled "A Contribution to the Theory of Economic Growth." Combined with his continued work on the topic over the next several decades, the paper helped him win the Nobel Prize in economics and gain recognition as the progenitor of growth theory. A brilliant theorist, gifted writer, and adored teacher, Solow’s contributions to economics are beyond question. Yet his growth theory, like much of postwar American economics, excluded the natural world from its calculations. The legacies of this disjuncture are still felt today, where contemporary political discussions are often framed as a conflict between economic growth and planetary protections, with the former almost always prioritized over the latter. To a historian, this is a curious state of affairs. Economists did not always exclude the environment, and my research seeks to trace the uneven and contingent process by which this occurred. In particular, my talk examines three episodes in this longer history: the methodological pluralism of pre-WWII American economics, the rise of growth theory in the 1950s and 1960s, and the response of economists to the environmental movement of the 1960s and 1970s. Throughout, I seek to build on and extend discussions in environmental history on the interconnections between material and intellectual history, growth and sustainability, and economics and ecology.

This lecture is part of a year-long series sponsored by MIT’s History faculty and program in Science, Technology, and Society. For information on future lectures, see: https://history.mit.edu/lectures-and-seminars/seminar-environmental-and-agricultural-history


Massachusetts Historical Society Environmental History Seminar Series: “Native American Environmental History” – October 9, 2018 at 5:15 PM – FREE, RSVP REQUIRED

Speakers: Lisa Brooks, Amherst College; Strother Roberts, Bowdoin College; Ashley Smith, Hampshire College; Thomas Wickman, Trinity College

Moderator: Cedric Woods, Institute for New England Native American Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston

This panel will explore the intersections of environmental history and indigenous studies—the questions that each field engenders in the other, as well as the perspectives that native and non-native scholars bring to their research as they traverse both fields. Questions of race, gender, geography, and sources enliven this growing body of scholarship. Join us for a stimulating and wide-ranging conversation on these and other topics.

To RSVP: email seminars@masshist.org or call (617) 646-0579.

For more information on this lecture and future lectures in this series, see: https://www.masshist.org/calendar/seminars/environmental-history


Environmental League of Massachusetts (ELM) Action Fund: Keep Massachusetts a Leader in Offshore Wind – Sign Petition to Candidates for Governor

Contracts are in place for the first 800 megawatts (MW) of offshore wind to be built off our coast. This is a great start, but we must keep moving forward so that Massachusetts can capitalize on the environmental and economic benefits of responsibly-developed offshore wind power. Benefits of offshore wind include: reduced greenhouse gas emissions, lower wholesale electricity costs, improved air quality and human health, highly skilled and well-paying jobs, a path to meet legally mandated renewable energy requirements, and a competitive alternative to our existing fossil fuel power that is facing major retirements in coming years.

We are calling on Governor Charlie Baker and Democratic nominee Jay Gonzalez to commit that if elected, they will ensure that Massachusetts continues to lead the nation's offshore wind industry. Sign the petition urging both candidates to commit to doubling down on offshore wind. The commitment focuses on accelerating the timeline for future offshore wind. It includes a pledge to study the procurement of an additional 1,600 MW of offshore wind and report on economic feasibility by May 2019. This study is already required by the 2018 Clean Energy Future Act. If economically justified, this procurement would effectively double Massachusetts' large-scale offshore wind resources.



NEURISA Day Conference –Conference October 15, 2018

NEURISA is the New England Chapter of the Urban and Regional Information System Association, a non-profit organization committed to providing education, resources, and guidance in the GIS community – especially to students and young professionals.  NEURISA is holding its annual NEURISA Day Conference  Monday October 15, 2018 at the Wylie Inn & Conference Center in Beverly, MA.  Topics can include anything from climate change to drones to strategic planning.   The Conference is also a fun day of GIS related presentations, key note speakers, and networking opportunities.
           
More information about the conference can be found here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1wAFSdVIqhGpoMR11e9M4vEdsoZ_5in_w/view


Keynote Address from Gina McCarthy, Former EPA Administrator: “US Environmental Policy: What Has Been Lost, What Can Be Gained” – October 23, 2018 Murray Room – FREE, Sponsored by ENVS

Gina McCarthy served as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency under President Obama, leading historic progress to achieve the administration’s public health and environmental protection goals and Climate Action Plan. In 2015, McCarthy signed the Clean Power Plan, which set the first-ever national standards for reducing carbon emissions from existing power plants, underscoring the country’s commitment to domestic climate action and spurring international efforts that helped secure the Paris Climate Agreement. During her tenure, EPA initiatives cut air pollution, protected water resources, reduced greenhouse gases and strengthened chemical safety to better protect more Americans, especially the most vulnerable, from negative health impacts. Internationally, McCarthy worked with the UN and WHO on a variety of efforts and represented the U.S. on global initiatives to reduce high risk sources of pollution. McCarthy now serves as Professor of the Practice of Public Health in the Department of Environmental Health at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health and is Director of Harvard Chan’s Center for Health and the Global Environment.

This event is being sponsored by the Environmental Studies Program. For more information, see: http://events.bc.edu/event/gina_mccarthy_former_environmental_protection_agency_administrator#.W4VWds5KhaQ


CELA Belize – Study Abroad Program from December 26th-January 7, 2019 – APPLICATIONS DUE OCTOBER 30, 2018

Do you know students who want more hands-on experience in the field of environmental or wildlife ecology and conservation? Could they find two weeks to study abroad?

This is a unique opportunity for students who can't find time in their busy schedule to study abroad.  Course runs from December 26 to January 7, 2019.  $2,995 for one course.  Courses carry three credit hours, and credit can transfer from a US or Belizean institution, with prior approval. For full details on the courses, syllabi, student reviews and pricing details, please click on the links below, or visit our website at CELA Belize. October 30 is the application deadline.  This is a great first time study abroad experience as English is the national language of Belize. The following programs, plus two other additional programs, are also run during summer sessions. For more information on other programs or summer session study abroad opportunities, visit: http://www.celabelize.com/#Program

***If you are interested in any of these programs, please reach out to the Office of International Programs (https://www.bc.edu/offices/international.html)  to make sure that you will be able to receive credit for the course***

Wildlife Health, Ecology, and Conservation Program:  Through a combination of classroom lectures, field trips and practicums, students will be introduced to tropical ecology, local conservation efforts, Belizean wildlife, veterinary practices and wildlife research techniques. This intensive, introductory course will help students understand the many factors that affect the management, conservation, habitat and health of wild animals. You will work along side zookeepers in the world renowned Belize Zoo. The focus of the course is on wildlife veterinary practices, conservation and research methods. Species specific focus will include the research and conservation of the jaguar (Panthera onca), puma (Puma concolor), tapir (Tapirus bairdii), jabiru stork (Jabiru mycteria), howler monkey (Alouatta pigra), spider monkey (Ateles geoffroyi) and the green iguana (Iguana iguana). Students will gain insight on several field research techniques including specialized leg hold traps, cage traps, GPS and VHF tracking, camera trapping, chemical immobilization and remote drug delivery, avian mist netting, bird banding, and nest searching and monitoring. Students will also get the opportunity to observe and collect data on captive and wild animals. http://www.celabelize.com/wildlife-health.html

Primate Ecology and Conservation - an Introduction to Field Research: The Community Baboon Sanctuary (CBS) has set the standard for community based conservation. Over 200 landowners have pledged to project that habitat of the local howler monkey population. The black howler monkey (Alouatta pigra), known as a Baboon in Creole, is classified as endangered by the IUCN. This includes the populations in Yucatan, southern Mexico, Guatemala and Belize. From 1985-1999, censuses at CBS showed steady population growth. Estimates have showed a steady increase to over 2000 monkeys; however a complete census has not been done since 1999. This project will update the conservation status and give up to date results of the original goal of CBS: to protect howler monkeys and to examine the overall health of the monkeys. When animals experience high population density there is often a correlation with high parasite loads and stress levels. Finally, the course will engage in community education with the villages within the Community Baboon Sanctuary (CBS).  This field course provides an introduction to field research in primatology and will engage students in wildlife conservation. Course topics explore the behavior, ecology and conservation of nonhuman primates (New World monkeys and howler monkeys, (Alouatta pigra) in particular), with emphasis on natural history and adaptation to the environment. Specific topics include methods for the study of primate behavior, history of primate behavior research, socio-ecology, foraging, predation, affiliation, aggression, mating, parenting, development, communication, and conservation. Because most primate species are listed as threatened or endangered, the course will also examine the threats to primate survival and strategies for their conservation. Students will be trained in various methods of collecting behavioral, physical and ecological data, and will practice those methods during fieldwork. This is a rigorous course with a great deal of field research. Students will live with Belizean families in Bermudian Landing, Belize District who will supply three meals a day. The village is very rural with very limited internet and transportation service. http://celabelize.com/primate-ecology.html

Global Health – Biology, Medicine, and Public Health in the Tropics: Students will learn to situate health in its wider social, economic and political context and acquire a basic understanding of the intimate, bi-directional relationship between health and development processes. Instruction focuses on field-based, hands-on learning. Lectures, readings from primary literature, and discussions are also integral components of the program and provide the conceptual framework for discussion, analysis, and interpreting field observations and findings. This course will consider tropical diseases and medicine by certain key categories: geography, vectors and the route of infection (portal of entry) providing students with a broad overview of the major issues and diseases in tropical climates. http://www.celabelize.com/global-health.html



Harvard College Conservation Society and ALPINE (Academics for Land Protection in New England) Career Conference November 10, 2018 from 9 AM to 4 PM – FREE, REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Careers in Conservation (CiC) is an annual event which provides career advice, inspiration, and connections for students from Harvard and other nearby universities who are interested in pursuing careers in any of many disciplines within the field of conservation. CiC includes renowned speakers from the field of conservation, various workshops for students to attend to gain more information on various subfields within conservation, and an interdisciplinary panel. We are also expanding our networking opportunities through inviting more organizations and alumni and representatives from various organizations in the hopes of connecting with students with potential job/ internship opportunities and mentors. Refreshments will be provided. Please reach out to harvardconservation@gmail.com with any questions. We look forward to seeing you there!



2018 Annual Tide Mill Conference – November 10, 2018 from 8:30AM - 4 PM - $50, REGISTRATION REQUIRED

A tide mill is a water mill that derives its power from the rise and fall of the tides.  Conference topics focus on how man once extracted power from the tides and how he seeks to use this power again. Come to learn and participate in the discussions. Topics under discussion include: Medieval vertical and horizontal millwheels, A tide mill at the heart of the 1775 Battle of Brooklyn, Structure of tide mill dams, How tides in New York's East River supply power to the grid, and a possible tidal energy canal for Boston.

For more information about the conference and to register, visit: http://www.tidemillinstitute.org/2018-annual-conference/


Environmental Studies Photo Contest – Submission Deadline December 12, 2018

Environmental Studies is holding our first photo contest this year! Share with the Environmental Studies community a picture from campus, your study abroad program, summer travels, internship, or hometown that exemplifies a theme or concept from environmental studies.  The deadline to submit your photo and description of the photo is Monday, December 10.  Top entries will be featured on our website and the best photo of 2018 (voted on by our Steering Committee) will be printed and framed for display in Devlin.

Photos can be submitted to envstudies@bc.edu.


Boston College Environmental Studies Program
Devlin 213
Graduate Assistants:
Isabelle Kennedy & Joseph Manning



Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Weekly Announcements 9/18


ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
Weekly Announcements
September 18, 2018

Events at Boston College

Events in Boston
Jobs and Internships

Charles River Conservancy: Volunteer at the CoastSweep Cleanup – September 22, 2018 from 9AM -12PM – RSVP REQUESTED


Each September through November, thousands of volunteers throughout Massachusetts turn out for COASTSWEEP—the statewide coastal cleanup sponsored by the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM). COASTSWEEP is part of the International Coastal Cleanup organized by Ocean Conservancy in Washington, DC. Volunteers from all over the world collect marine debris—trash, fishing line, and any other human-made items—and record what they find. This information is then analyzed and used to identify sources of marine debris and develop education and policy initiatives to help reduce it.

For more information, visit: https://www.mass.gov/coastsweep
To  RSVP to volunteer, contact Sasha at the Charles River Conservancy:  svallieres@thechalres.org

Volunteer at the Neponset River Cleanup – September 22, 2018 from 8AM to 12 PM – REGISTRATION REQUESTED

We are invested in the Neponset River, its protection, and its restoration. Our fall river cleanup takes place on Saturday 9/22, from 8-12 am. This year we will be tackling sites in Hyde Park, Mattapan, Milton and Canton. This is a great opportunity for your students, colleagues and even you to get some quality hands-on time with the challenges and opportunities facing our urban rivers. It's always a fun day, and satisfying in a very tangible way. We’re removing trash from water and land to help beautify the area and restore fish and wildlife habitats in Canton, Hyde Park, Mattapan and Milton.

At this point, we don't have nearly as many volunteers signed up as we need. Registration is helpful, but walk-up volunteers are always welcome.

Charles River Associates CRA Information Session at BC: September 25, 2018 – On Campus Interviews: October 16, 2018

Charles River Associates, an economic and management consulting firm, is recruiting students to work for the CRA Energy practice. Representatives will be on campus for the Fall Career Fair September 13, a CRA information Session September 25, and on campus interviews October 16. They have hired ENVS majors and minors before, and are very interested continuing to hire BC students for Jobs and Internship opportunities:

JOB: Analyst (2019 Start): All of our practice areas share common themes:  conducting sophisticated economic, financial, and strategic analysis in a project based environment; assembling compelling evidence from data and research that support our expert opinions and business recommendations; and working collaboratively with senior-led teams and clients. Each CRA consultant will be assigned to one of our 11 practice areas based on skill set and interest. Your specific responsibilities may include (varies by practice):
  • Developing financial and economic analyses or valuation models to support case theories
  • Developing familiarity with data that serves as input to this analysis, including company financial reporting, accounting statements, and social and economic survey data as well as non-financial measures of organizational performance
  • Interacting with clients, by participating in client meetings or gathering data through interview-based research on behalf of our clients
  • Programming, model building, and regression analysis in statistical analysis programs (such as Stata, SAS, R, or Python)
  • Ensuring reliability of analysis through quality control review
Applications are due November 30th, 2018. For more information and to apply for this position, visit: http://www.crai.com/careers/jobs/apply?gh_jid=1275202

INTERNSHIP: Analyst Intern (Summer 2019): Our Summer Analyst Internship program is meant to mirror the analyst experience to give you a greater understanding of our business and the type of work that is done at Charles River Associates.  Throughout the 10 week program, Analyst Interns work closely with both senior and junior staff on project teams across a variety of industries, and apply economic, financial and business principles to solve real-world problems.  We offer a competitive compensation package, professional development opportunities, and a work environment that is collegial and entrepreneurial. During the Analyst Internship program, you can expect to work on many aspects of a project:
•    Analyzing economic and financial data using spreadsheets and databases
•    Ensuring the integrity and accuracy of analyses
•    Programming, model building, and regression analysis in statistical analysis programs, such as SAS and Stata
•    Assisting in the production and development of research summaries, expert reports, and the presentation of findings
•    Reviewing and summarizing analyst reports, client documents, and industry trade press
•    Conducting industry, market, and competitor research
•    Performing interview-based research on behalf of commercial clients, government entities, and industry associations
Applications are due March 31, 2019. For more information and to apply for this position, visit: http://www.crai.com/careers/jobs/apply?gh_jid=1275043

QUESTIONS: Contact CRA Analyst Michelle Kang, BC Environmental Studies Minor ‘18: mkang@crai.com


Harvard Center for the Environment: “The Trump Administration’s Rollback of U.S. Climate Policy” – September 26, 2018 from 4-6PM


The Harvard University Center for the Environment presents a special lecture:  "The Trump Administration's Rollback of U.S. Climate Policy.” Speakers will include Jody Freeman, Archibald Cox Professor of Law and Director of the Environmental Law Program at Harvard Law School and Richard Lazarus, Howard J. and Katherine W. Aibel Professor of Law, Harvard Law School. The discussion will be moderated by Daniel Schrag, Hooper Professor of Geology; Professor in the Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and Director of the Harvard University Center for the Environment.


International Conference on Sustainable Development  September 26-28, 2018 in NYC – REGISTRATION REQUIRED, FREE FOR STUDENTS WITH ID

In 2013, an ocean away from New York, a meeting was held in Dakar, Senegal, to find solutions to the complex challenges of sustainable development. Participants felt that a larger conference was needed to bring others into the dialogue, and thus in an auditorium at Universit√© Cheikh Anta Diop, it was decided that the Global Association of Master’s in Development Practice programs would partner with the Sustainable Development Solutions Network to launch the first ICSD. The first ICSD took place in September 201. the 6th ICSD will be hosted in New York City by The Earth Institute, Columbia University, and their Center for Sustainable Development.

This year’s International Conference on Sustainable Development will be the most important and historic yet! Not only will the science and policy be at the cutting edge; the conference will take place on multiple campuses around the world, making it a truly global event. ICSD will host students from around the world, top scientists, and world leaders from politics to government to the UN. I urge everybody interested in sustainable development – the great challenge of our age – to come to ICSD.

ICSD brings together professionals from the private sector, academia, government, and civil society, along with students from the world’s top universities. We welcome participants from all sectors and experience levels.

For more information and to register, visit: http://ic-sd.org/

EBC & UMass Boston Climate Adaptation Forum: Law and Governance Meets Climate Change – September 28, 2018 from 7:15-11:45 AM –$15 (Non-Profit rate for students and faculty),  REGISTRATION REQUIRED


Adapting legal and governance systems to address dramatic changes in climate trends pose significant challenges. The focus of this Climate Adaptation Forum is on the development of new rules, regulations, institutions, and forms of governance needed to respond to our changing climate. This Forum will:
  • Provide examples of developing the political will to enact change;
  • Discuss impediments from existing regulatory programs designed to protect the existing conditions;
  • Present the findings of the Governance and Climate Adaptation Report prepared by UMass Boston Sustainable Solutions Lab on governance;
  • Present report: “Governance for a Changing Climate: Adapting Boston’s Built Environment for Increased Flooding”
  • And report on Resilient Rhody, the 2018 the Statewide Climate Resilience Action Strategy developed for the State of Rhode Island.

As with past Forums, there will be sufficient of time for audience engagement during the moderated discussion with the speakers.

This forum is a part of the Environmental Business Council of New England & UMass Boston Sustainable Solutions Lab series on Climate Adaptation. For more information and to register to attend, visit:  https://climateadaptationforum.org/

Tufts Institute for Business in the Global Context: “The Ocean’s Turn? Geopolitics, Sustainability, and Innovation” – September 28, 2018 from 8 AM to 5:30 PM – FREE, REGISTRATION REQUIRED


The ocean covers 71% over the earth’s surface, far, far greater than any land mass. Directly or indirectly, it touches every piece of life on earth and every aspect of human society. The ocean feeds nations, transports goods, and provides energy across the globe. The Fletcher School at Tufts University aims to convene an important conference in September 2018 entitled "The Ocean’s Turn?" With this one-day event, we will look at the role of the ocean as an avenue, an arena, and a source, and examine it all through the lenses of geopolitics, sustainability, and an overarching notion of innovation. The conference will bring together thought leaders from around the globe and examine the critical issues facing the world’s oceans today. Through engaging keynotes, debates, and panel discussions, we will explore the maritime sphere from the perspectives of science, business, law and politics, investment and the economy, security, and international relations.

The purpose of the conference is to evaluate important maritime sectors, such as global shipping, the food industry, and the energy sector, and will dive into geopolitics, BlueTech, maritime security and policy, environmental imperatives, and other vital issues. Major themes will include technology and innovation of a "connected ocean," geopolitical and transnational legal factors, and imperatives driven by sustainability needs, concerns, and opportunities.


USGBC Careers in Sustainability Series: The Evolution of the Sustainability Professional – October 2, 2018 at 5 PM – Boston Architectural College – FREE, TICKET REQURED (LIMITED NUMBER REMAIN)


The Emerging Professionals of Massachusetts are excited to share our next Careers in Sustainability panel discussion at the Boston Architectural College, covering the Evolution of the Sustainability Professional. We will cover the places where young professionals are entering into the sustainability industry today (degree programs and start-ups) and where we see opportunities for the future (entrepreneurial ventures, non-profits, public service). From 10 years ago, we had a rise in CSR professionals and we will discuss what has changed since then and where the future of green jobs are for upcoming graduates. We look forward to seeing you there!


MIT Seminar Series on Environmental and Agricultural History: “The Optimism of the Dismal Science: Growth, Economics, and The Natural World in the American Century"–October 5, 2018 at MIT 2:30-4:30 PM 

In 1956, a young MIT economist named Robert Solow published an article titled "A Contribution to the Theory of Economic Growth." Combined with his continued work on the topic over the next several decades, the paper helped him win the Nobel Prize in economics and gain recognition as the progenitor of growth theory. A brilliant theorist, gifted writer, and adored teacher, Solow’s contributions to economics are beyond question. Yet his growth theory, like much of postwar American economics, excluded the natural world from its calculations. The legacies of this disjuncture are still felt today, where contemporary political discussions are often framed as a conflict between economic growth and planetary protections, with the former almost always prioritized over the latter. To a historian, this is a curious state of affairs. Economists did not always exclude the environment, and my research seeks to trace the uneven and contingent process by which this occurred. In particular, my talk examines three episodes in this longer history: the methodological pluralism of pre-WWII American economics, the rise of growth theory in the 1950s and 1960s, and the response of economists to the environmental movement of the 1960s and 1970s. Throughout, I seek to build on and extend discussions in environmental history on the interconnections between material and intellectual history, growth and sustainability, and economics and ecology.

This lecture is part of a year-long series sponsored by MIT’s History faculty and program in Science, Technology, and Society. For information on future lectures, see: https://history.mit.edu/lectures-and-seminars/seminar-environmental-and-agricultural-history

Massachusetts Historical Society Environmental History Seminar Series: “Native American Environmental History”  October 9, 2018 at 5:15 PM – FREE, RSVP REQUIRED

Lisa Brooks, Amherst College; Strother Roberts, Bowdoin College; Ashley Smith, Hampshire College; Thomas Wickman, Trinity College

Moderator: Cedric Woods, Institute for New England Native American Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston

This panel will explore the intersections of environmental history and indigenous studies—the questions that each field engenders in the other, as well as the perspectives that native and non-native scholars bring to their research as they traverse both fields. Questions of race, gender, geography, and sources enliven this growing body of scholarship. Join us for a stimulating and wide-ranging conversation on these and other topics.

To RSVP: email seminars@masshist.org or call (617) 646-0579.

For more information on this lecture and future lectures in this series, see: https://www.masshist.org/calendar/seminars/environmental-history

NEURISA Day Conference –Conference October 15, 2018

NEURISA is the New England Chapter of the Urban and Regional Information System Association, a non-profit organization committed to providing education, resources, and guidance in the GIS community – especially to students and young professionals.  NEURISA is holding its annual NEURISA Day Conference  Monday October 15, 2018 at the Wylie Inn & Conference Center in Beverly, MA.  Topics can include anything from climate change to drones to strategic planning.   The Conference is also a fun day of GIS related presentations, key note speakers, and networking opportunities.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
More information about the conference can be found here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1wAFSdVIqhGpoMR11e9M4vEdsoZ_5in_w/view

Keynote Address from Gina McCarthy, Former EPA Administrator: “US Environmental Policy: What Has Been Lost, What Can Be Gained” – October 23, 2018 Murray Room – FREE, Sponsored by ENVS

Gina McCarthy served as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency under President Obama, leading historic progress to achieve the administration’s public health and environmental protection goals and Climate Action Plan. In 2015, McCarthy signed the Clean Power Plan, which set the first-ever national standards for reducing carbon emissions from existing power plants, underscoring the country’s commitment to domestic climate action and spurring international efforts that helped secure the Paris Climate Agreement. During her tenure, EPA initiatives cut air pollution, protected water resources, reduced greenhouse gases and strengthened chemical safety to better protect more Americans, especially the most vulnerable, from negative health impacts. Internationally, McCarthy worked with the UN and WHO on a variety of efforts and represented the U.S. on global initiatives to reduce high risk sources of pollution. McCarthy now serves as Professor of the Practice of Public Health in the Department of Environmental Health at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health and is Director of Harvard Chan’s Center for Health and the Global Environment.

This event is being sponsored by the Environmental Studies Program. For more information, see: http://events.bc.edu/event/gina_mccarthy_former_environmental_protection_agency_administrator#.W4VWds5KhaQ

Harvard College Conservation Society and ALPINE (Academics for Land Protection in New England) Career Conference – November 10, 2018 from 9 AM to 4 PM – FREE, REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Careers in Conservation (CiC) is an annual event which provides career advice, inspiration, and connections for students from Harvard and other nearby universities who are interested in pursuing careers in any of many disciplines within the field of conservation. CiC includes renowned speakers from the field of conservation, various workshops for students to attend to gain more information on various subfields within conservation, and an interdisciplinary panel. We are also expanding our networking opportunities through inviting more organizations and alumni and representatives from various organizations in the hopes of connecting with students with potential job/ internship opportunities and mentors. Refreshments will be provided. Please reach out to harvardconservation@gmail.com with any questions. We look forward to seeing you there!


Environmental Studies Photo Contest – Submission Deadline December 12, 2018

Environmental Studies is holding our first photo contest this year! Share with the Environmental Studies community a picture from campus, your study abroad program, summer travels, internship, or hometown that exemplifies a theme or concept from environmental studies.  The deadline to submit your photo and description of the photo is Monday, December 10.  Top entries will be featured on our website and the best photo of 2018 (voted on by our Steering Committee) will be printed and framed for display in Devlin.

Photos can be submitted to envstudies@bc.edu.

Boston College Environmental Studies Program
Devlin 213
Graduate Assistants:
Isabelle Kennedy & Joseph Manning