The goals of BC's Environmental Studies minor are to provide undergraduate students with: an awareness of the scientific, political and cultural aspects of the world's environmental problems and paths toward sustainable solutions;a background for environmentally related careers in business, education, law, policy or research; and preparation for graduate study.
The Environmental Studies Program is excited to announce that we have hired a new Graduate Assistant, Sarah Brandwood, to help with administrative tasks. Sarah is currently studying for a masters in social work to become a school counselor. She graduated BC undergrad in 2013 with an English major and a Faith, Peace, and Justice minor. After graduating, she joined the Peace Corps in Ethiopia, where she got a lot of exposure to agricultural practices and environmentally friendly micro farming. Welcome Sarah!
EBC Climate Change Program: The Challenge of Designing Systems for an Uncertain Climate Change Future
February 26th, 9 AM - 12 PM
This EBC Climate Change program explores the design and liability issues associated with designing resilient systems that are able to withstand increased demands due to climate change impacts. Traditionally, design professionals rely on historical data to design systems that have a 50 to 100 year timeframe. Due to the impacts of climate change, historical data may not be the appropriate basis of design for future systems. This EBC program will explore the dilemma that design professionals have in designing systems with uncertain design parameters. It will also explore the potential exposures and liabilities associated with designing for an uncertain future.
DEVELOP, part of NASA’s Applied Sciences Program, addresses environmental and public policy issues through interdisciplinary research projects that apply the lens of NASA Earth observations to community concerns around the globe. Bridging the gap between NASA Earth Science and society, DEVELOP builds capacity in both participants and partner organizations to better prepare them to address the challenges that face our society and future generations. With the competitive nature and growing societal role of science and technology in today’s global workplace, DEVELOP is fostering an adept corps of tomorrow’s scientists and leaders.
Participants should expect to spend their time conducting a literature review on the scope, methodologies, and types of NASA remote-sensing data applicable to their project. They will also utilize Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote-sensing data to conduct application projects that partner with organizations that can benefit from enhanced decision-making tools. Each DEVELOP team creates the same set of deliverables including a poster, presentation, technical report,, and video as the program puts an emphasis on building capacity to communicate project results to a variety of audiences. Participants also partake in personal development activities, like personality typing and team building, as well as networking opportunities with scientists and partner organizations.
About Ceres:Ceres is a sustainability nonprofit organization working with the most influential investors and companies to build leadership and drive solutions throughout the economy. Through powerful networks and advocacy, Ceres tackles the world’s biggest sustainability challenges, including climate change, water scarcity and pollution, and human rights abuses.
About our Summer Internship Program: Ceres actively seeks to engage interns in our work. We have a number of exciting projects going at any one time and find the logistical, research, analysis, and writing support of interns to be of great value. We also hope working here inspires the next generation of professionals to "transform the economy to build a sustainable future for people and the planet." We are looking for a mix of undergrads and graduate students. We have positions available from Agriculture Water Risk to Human Rights, Governance & Sustainability Disclosures, and Food Greenhouse Gas Emissions.
Each February, Ceres advertises for our summer program. During March we conduct interviews and make placements. Our internship program runs for 10 weeks, from June 3rd to August 9th. Interns are expected to work full-time, M-F 9am - 5pm, in our office (remote opportunities are not available at this time). We also require proper work authorization, so international students would need to have proper work visas (we are unable to sponsor these at this time). We offer a stipend of $5,500, as well as provide a local commuter pass (MBTA in Boston, BART in San Francisco). We hire around 10-15 summer interns each year, and in addition to contributing work on important projects for their teams, they participate in planned events throughout the duration of the program where they can learn more about other areas of the organization, have professional development learning opportunities, and get career advise as well.
Summer Interns work one-on-one with our researchers/educators aboard commercial whale watch boats in the beautiful Seacoast, New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts areas, at our Blue Ocean Discovery Center in Hampton Beach, NH and at our outreach programs. Check out our internship Focus Areas.
This internship will give you the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in whale research, data collection, educational techniques and the inner workings of a non-profit organization. You will attend guest lectures to expand your insight into the expansive field of marine biology, assist with beach cleanups and school programs, as well as have to opportunity to help at our Blue Ocean Discovery Center in Hampton Beach. This is a fun and exciting opportunity to experience the daily challenges of studying wild marine life on the ocean in all weather conditions and also interact with and inspire the public to take action to protect marine life.
The ideal candidate will be outgoing, enthusiastic, detail oriented and have a strong desire both to learn and teach. A desire to practice or improve public speaking skills is essential. Background knowledge of biology is helpful, but prior experience is not necessary. Although all training is provided and weekly meetings are required, we are looking for motivated individuals who have the ability to learn on their own and work independently in addition to working with our staff.
Middlebury School of the Environment: Enviornmental Leadership in China
Deadline March 1
The Middlebury School of the Environment will have twin bases in Dali, a small city in the western reaches of western Yunnan province and the foothills of the Himilayas, and Kunming, the province’s capital and largest city. With locations in both places and the ability to move between these environments, the program will explore social-ecological systems along the wilderness, rural, urban interface. The landscapes of rural and urban Yunnan, along with unique conservation areas nearby, become our classroom as we seek to understand place in this unique environment. As the world pivots to China, this country and its people illustrate the complexities of environmental problem solving in the 21st century. This program offers a hands-on experience exploring leadership and cultural diversity in sustainability initiatives. This is a six-week environmental studies program for college undergraduates and recent graduates based in Yunnan Province, China, with dual sites in Kunming and Dali. Students will take three college courses (nine semester-hours of credit) offered within a specially designed immersive curriculum that includes core course work, electives, leadership training, and field experiences.
EBC- "The 'R' Word: Retreat, Relocation, and Climate Resilience"
March 1, 8 AM - 12 PM Registration Required, $15
Climate adaptation efforts are often focused on armoring the built environment against climate risks. But given dire climate projections and the costs associated with retrofits and rebuilding, retreat and relocation should be part of the conversation as well. Join the Climate Adaptation Forum for a discussion about retreat, relocation, and climate resilience. Speakers will touch on the financial, legal and human hurdles to retreat. We will hear stories from around the country of communities and individuals that have successfully moved or are currently grappling with the need to relocate due to climate change and sea level rise.
Gain the Skills to Change the Future! The C2C Fellows Network at the Bard Center for Environmental Policy is a national program for undergraduates and recent graduates aspiring to leadership work in sustainable politics, NGO’s and business. C2C’s intensive, highly interactive, skills-based workshops include young people from across the country.
Led by Dr. Eban Goodstein, Director of Bard’s Center for Environmental Policy, C2C trainings focus on key leadership skills: vision, courage, developing your network, telling your story, and raising funds. Graduates of the workshops join a national network with access to continuing educational and professional opportunities, including dedicated scholarships to attend Bard’s Graduate Programs in Sustainability: Masters of Science degrees in Environmental Policy and Climate Science and Policy and the Bard MBA in Sustainability.C2C Fellows are leaders whose vision is to make a difference soon. Our mission is to accelerate their life’s work.
Registration fee of $30 payable after acceptance to the workshop. Please contact Agim Mezreku (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions.
World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is the world’s leading conservation organization.
Private Sector Engagement Intern: Assists the Private Sector Engagement (PSE) team in the development of opportunities to advance WWF’s conservation mission while working with companies in the travel and tourism industry to combat the illegal wildlife trade. Supports PSE team through research, coordination, communications, and administrative tasks that contribute to the successful management of existing corporate partnerships and the cultivation of new relationships in the travel and tourism industry. The role will include collaborating with multiple WWF teams, including but not limited to the Travel and Wildlife teams. More info: https://careers-wwfus.icims.com/jobs/2289/private-sector-engagement-intern--in-19040/job
Food Waste Data Analyst Intern:The production and consumption of food constitutes the biggest environmental threat to our planet. Eliminating waste and shifting consumption patterns represents our biggest opportunity to establish sustainable and regenerative food systems. Addressing food waste is critical – from field - to fork - to landfill. WWF’s Food Waste program is focused on institutional engagement and behavior change with private and public-sector partners. Our goal is to increase the speed and scale of solutions that make a more sustainable future possible. We accomplish this by convening science-based, multi-stakeholder groups to build awareness and consensus around urgent issues and trends and develop approaches to advance innovation and accelerate change at scale. This internship provides an opportunity for an undergraduate student to learn more about environmental sustainability, specifically food waste prevention and recovery, by working on an initiative that is focused on analyzing global solutions related to food system efficiency and consumption. This internship will work directly with the Director and the Senior Program Officer of the Food Waste program and will support ongoing research efforts and in-depth data analysis, with specific focus on the hospitality industry and the food retailing industry. More info: https://careers-wwfus.icims.com/jobs/2271/in-19039-food-waste-data-analyst-intern/job
Wildlands Studies programs occur entirely in the field. Although not taught in a classroom, there are definite academic expectations: participation in discussions and activities, readings, exams, projects and presentations. There will also undoubtedly be long days, possible inclement weather, logistical challenges, and physically demanding conditions. This comes as well with unsurpassed personal rewards. You will get the most out of the experience if you bring along flexibility, ample patience, a sense of humor, self-motivation, and perhaps most importantly, the desire to work as a team towards a common goal.
When we say “learning adventure,” we really mean it. You’ll learn a lot, have an amazing time doing so and make friends and connections you’ll probably keep for life. Our faculty use a mix of teaching methods from formal lecture to informal hands-on instruction in settings that span backcountry excursions, information exchanges with local experts and participation in key community events. The hands-on approach to learning and focus on our immediate surroundings is what often ignites a student’s excitement for learning and often results in a stronger academic focus.
BC Sustainability Action Network would like to pilot a Green2Go reusable to-go container program at Addie's. This quick survey (should take about 3 minutes) to help us gauge student interest in the program. We need to show that students are interested in order to continue with the program. Please help us out by filling out the survey! Thanks for your support
Our mission is to expand the world view of participants by providing high quality, relevant, dynamic, socially responsible and academically challenging experiences for students. Our two week courses carry three credit hours, transferable back to home universities with prior approval.
For full details on the courses, syllabi, student reviews and pricing, please click on the links below, or the website at CELA Belize. Our courses are also offered over the winter break.
James C. Scott: “In Praise of Floods: The Study of Rivers and Civilization”
March 20th, 7PM Gasson 100
James Scott is the Sterling Professor of Political Science and Professor of Anthropology and is Director of the Agrarian Studies Program at Yale University. His research concerns political economy, comparative agrarian societies, theories of hegemony and resistance, peasant politics, revolution, Southeast Asia, theories of class relations and anarchism. He is currently teaching Agrarian Studies and Rebellion, Resistance and Repression. Recent publications include Two Cheers for Anarchism: Six Easy Pieces on Autonomy, Dignity, And Meaningful Work and Play (2012) andAgainst the Grain: A Deep History of the First Agrarian States (2017). He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, has held grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Guggenheim Foundation, and has been a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Science, Science, Technology and Society Program at M.I.T., and the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. Recently, he has been working on hill-valley relations in Mainland Southeast Asia, particularly Burma.