Environmental Studies Blog

March 19, 2012

EARTHNOTES March 19, 2012

Filed under: Earthnotes — Shota Adamia @ 6:47 pm

This Issue:


Sierra Club Beyond Oil Opportunities Webinar – Mon, March 19

* Student Conservation Association on Campus – Tues, March 20


Paid Clean Energy Summer Internships – Apply by March 22

* NOT MY LIFE: Documentary on Child Trafficking -March 26

* Focus the Nation: ReCharge Applications

* And Lots More Summer Internships & Jobs in the Internship and Job Corner!

Sierra Club Beyond Oil Student Leadership: Webinar Monday, March 19th, 8:00 PMFrom the organization: “Please join us for a Beyond Oil, Campus Edition webinar on Monday, March 19th at 8:00 PM EST to learn more about the Beyond Oil Campaign, the tactics it uses to help America kick its addiction to oil and how you can use those strategies on your campus! For more information and to RSVP for the upcoming Webinar, contact Jessica Eckdish, jessica.eckdish@sierraclub.org. “

Student Conservation Association (SCA) and affiliated groups: Office Hours

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 from 1:00- 4:00, at Hiatt Apply by March 20!

Practice your networking and meet one-on-one with a professional during next week’s Hiatt Office Hours. Join Ms. Beth McCarthy, SCA’s Northeast Recruiter, will be conducting Office Hours, one-on-one informational interviews, in advance of the March 20 application deadline. This is a perfect opportunity to learn more about summer internships or a one year service assignment in conversation with SCA or any of its affiliated government agencies, like National Park Service, theNational Forest ServiceUS Fish, or the Wildlife Service.This also is an excellent opportunity to learn about careers in conservation or in environmental service in general as well. Register: Contact Caroline O’Shea at oshea@brandeis.edu to register OR log in directly to B.hired via this link, https://brandeisu-csm.symplicity.com/students/index.php?mode=form&id=350a9e5ee0316efcee024a152c728d04&s=event&ss=ws

Clean Energy (PAID) Summer Internships – Apply by Thursday, March 22!
Last year the Massachusetts Clean Energy Internship Program facilitated the placement of more than 117 students and recent graduates in summer internships at 70 clean energy companies across the state, including 3 Brandeis students. As a result of the internship program, 20 students gained full time and part time employment, and more than 70 students are being considered for future employment. More about the internship program at http://www.masscec.com/index.cfm/pid/11150/cdid/12016. Submit your resumes and cover letters to ma.cleanenergyeducation.org.Upload your resume and cover letter to this posting in Hiatt’s B.hired.

NOT MY LIFE: Documentary on child trafficking worldwide, Monday March 26th 7:45 PM, Olin-Sang 101

The Gender and International Development Initiatives (GaIDI) and the Brandeis University Women’s Studies Research Center (WSRC) invite you to a screening of the powerful documentary on the pandemic of child trafficking worldwide. Filmed on five continents, NOT MY LIFE, directed and produced by Oscar nominee Robert Bilheimer, “probes the dark, hidden, and often unspeakable realities of human trafficking and modern-day slavery— multi-billion dollar global industries that earn their profits, as the film’s narration says, ‘on the backs and in the bed of our planet’s youth.'”  A wrenching exposé of the reality of one of the worst forms of human rights abuse and its most vulnerable victims, millions of children across the globe. See attached flyer.

Focus the Nation: ReCharge RetreatApplications for 2012’s ReCharge! Retreat are now open. Application deadline is April 1st, 2012. Retreat is scheduled for August 12-18, 2012. Focus the Nation selects twenty students, five from each Quadrant, who show passion, dedication, and drive to accelerate the transition to clean energy. The one week retreat includes a balance of intellectual rigor, collaborative practices, reflection and physical activity as it applies to building our clean energy future. APPLY TODAY for your chance to be a part of this life changing opportunity!

*** Internship and Job Corner ****

We have a long list of outstanding internships available for the right students for full course credit when accompanied by the ENVS89a seminar (offered every semester and summer along with your internship experience, and you present your work at the Environmental Internship Symposium!) Just contact me  goldin@brandeis.edu . For a snapshot of the many opportunities available and information about the internship course, see the ENVS website at
 Appropriate positions can meet internship requirements for HSSP, IGS and others programs.

Job: Forest Health Intern, Department of Conservation Resources
The Department of Conservation and Recreation seeks qualified applicants for the positions of Forest Health Intern. The USDA APHIS (Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service) has provided funding to the DCR to trap and monitor the invasive exotic forest insect pest, the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). Recently discovered in July of 2010 in Eastern New York this insect has the potential to be a major threat to Massachusetts forests. Using a 2 by 2 mile grid pattern interns will be responsible for locating stands of ash trees throughout the four western counties in Mass. and then deploying 715 traps in May and early June. Each trap will be monitored for EAB every 30 days, data and specimans will be collected from the EAB insect survey and all work will be documented and reported to the USDA. There will be extensive travel throughout the 4 western counties to accomplish this work. The DCR will be hiring 2 student interns to work on this project. The expected start date to insure the work project can be completed would be April 1, and would end September 1. For more info: https://jobs.hrd.state.ma.us/recruit/public/31100001/job/job_view.dopostingId=J29462&code=search.public&federalStimulus=no&companyId=53.
NOFA-NH Summer Internship Opening

NOFA-NH, the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Hampshire, is looking to hire an intern wo work on a project creating the first draft of a fundraising campaign for NOFA-NH to hire an Executive Director.  The campaign needs to raise approximately $200,000 over the course of one year.  Duties of the position include researching grants, developing a plan for locating major gifts, volunteer time/coordination, and documentation. For more info see http://www.nofanh.org. Please contact Prof G if interested.

Ecosystems Center Internship and RA Positions for Summer 2012
The Brown-Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) program seeks up to three undergraduate interns for summer 2012 to work on a project that examines the environmental impact of the Green Revolution in Sub-Saharan Africa. Interns would conduct fieldwork on responses to agricultural intensification as part of the Partnership for International Research and Education (PIRE) Project at Brown. The Millennium Villages Project is funded by the United Nations and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The PIRE project is aimed at examining the environmental consequences of increased fertilizer use in the Millennium Villages in Kenya and Tanzania, in order to facilitate a new regional understanding regarding the impact of fertilizer that will inform strategies in N management to improve crop yields, conserve soil, and adapt to a changing climate. Please see attached flyer for more information and how to apply.
Sustainability Technology Research Fellow at Oberlin College
The Environmental Studies Program at Oberlin College invites applications for the position of Sustainable Technology Research Fellow. This is a full-time, one-year position (renewal for additional years contingent on grant funding), beginning as soon as a suitable applicant can be hired, reporting to the Director of the Environmental Studies Program. The successful candidate will assist in the development and management of a novel technological system of building and bioregional “dashboards” and other devices that provide city and college residents with environmentally and socially contextualized real-time feedback on electricity and water flows through college, residential and commercial buildings and through the City of Oberlin. More information on the project can be found at: www.oberlindashboard.org. Please apply at:  http://new.oberlin.edu/home/jobs/jobs_detail.dot?id=3872517
Boston Natural Areas Network Youth Conservation Corps
BNAN is seeking applicants for summer positions with our Youth Conservation Corps:  1 Field Manager, 3 Crew Supervisors, and 1 Urban Agriculture and Crew Supervisor.  BNAN is a non-profit organization working to preserve, expand and improve urban open space in Boston: Community Gardens, Greenways and Urban Wilds. Please see attached flyers for details.
Bay Area Climate Collaborative Internship
Whether your background is in business, sociology, economics or environmental science, you are bound to find a valuable piece of our work of interest to you in areas ranging from electric vehicles to energy efficiency to renewable energy.You will own one or more key projects involving research and execution of clean energy implementation. While projects are subject to change based upon project timelines and applicants’ interests, likely summer projects may include: Analysis and strategy development for LED lighting implementation and other commercial efficiency, or Supporting innovative strategies to accelerate electric vehicle adoption including aggregate purchase and local government guidelines.
Please see attached flyers for more information:
BACC Overview
BACC Summer Opportunity


Seeking student interested in helping get work out about Greenlink and Rising Green. From the organization: “Campus Ambassadors are under graduates who act as a liaison between Rising Green and their respective college communities, serving as the face of the organization. This is a semester-long opportunity to work with GreenLink and Rising Green Blog, and allows the flexibility for students to make their own schedules.” Apply Here!  Contact President, Adrian Dahlin at adrian@risinggreen.com.


First Root Farm

From the organization: “First Root Farm is small, diversified vegetable farm, growing on 2 acres of historic farmland in Minute Man National Historical Park in Concord, MA. We are looking for motivated people, enthusiastic about sustainable farming and community building, to join our farm team this summer. Responsibilities: assisting the farmers in all aspects of vegetable production, including greenhouse management, field seeding and transplanting, harvest and post-harvest handling, weeding and cultivation, tillage and field preparation, CSA distribution and management, and interacting with the public, including CSA members and volunteers. For more information, visit www.firstrootfarm.com or email us: firstrootfarm@gmail.com.”

Citizen Schools

From the organization: “National Teaching Fellows launch their career in education reform by serving as instructional leaders, community builders and youth developers in the middle schools Citizen Schools serves. Jump start your career by teaching outside the box. This dynamic fellowship offers unparalleled opportunity to make a difference in high-need communities, grow personally, and gain professional experience. Please contact Lauren at laurenreibstein@citizenschools.org.”

Massachusetts Fair Share

From the organization: “Massachusetts Fair Share is a citizen-based non-profit advocacy organization that works to provide every Bay Stater with a fair shot at a good job, a secure future and a strong voice in our democracy. We are NOW Hiring for our office in the greater Boston area to work on the campaign. We’re looking for people who work hard, communicate well, and are committed to positive social change. Click here to learn more!

March 14, 2012

EARTNOTES March 5, 2012

Filed under: Earthnotes — chansen @ 2:43 pm

EARTNOTES March 5, 2012

This Issue:

* EFS JBS Application Deadline – March 16

* Sierra Club Beyond Oil Opportunities- March 19

* Focus the Nation: ReCharge Applications

* A Wealth of Opportunities in the Internship and Job Corner!


Environmental Field Semester JBS
Deadline: March 16
The deadline for the summer and fall JBS programs is noon on March 16!
There is still time to apply.
Fall 2012, 20 credits
Professor Brian Donahue, Adjunct Faculty Michael Harrity, Hannah
Ramer, and Emily Silver
The program also fulfills many major and minor requirements:
—BIOL 32aj meets the Environmental Studies requirement for the
Natural Sciences Group elective
—ENVS 100ej meets the GIS requirement for the Environmental Studies major
—AMST 104bj meets the Environmental Studies requirement for the
Social Sciences/Humanities Group elective
—AMST 104bj meets the  Social Justice Social Policy elective requirement
—AMST 104bj meets the History requirement for the Post-1800 History period
—SN School of Science Distribution Requirement will be met
—SS School of Social Science Distribution Requirement will be met
To learn more contact Alyssa Grinberg (agrin@brandeis.edu) or visit
JBS on the web www.brandeis.edu/jbs


Sierra Club Beyond Oil Student Leadership

From the organization: “Please join us for a Beyond Oil, Campus Edition webinar on Monday, March 19th at 8:00 PM EST to learn more about the Beyond Oil Campaign, the tactics it uses to help America kick its addiction to oil and how you can use those strategies on your campus! For more information and to RSVP for the upcoming Webinar, contact Jessica Eckdish, jessica.eckdish@sierraclub.org. ”


Focus the Nation: ReCharge Retreat

Applications for 2012’s ReCharge! Retreat are now open. Application deadline is April 1st, 2012. Retreat is scheduled for August 12-18, 2012. Focus the Nation selects twenty students, five from each Quadrant, who show passion, dedication, and drive to accelerate the transition to clean energy. The one week retreat includes a balance of intellectual rigor, collaborative practices, reflection and physical activity as it applies to building our clean energy future. APPLY TODAY for your chance to be a part of this life changing opportunity!

March 13, 2012

Brandeis Sustainable Energy Program

Filed under: Announcements — tbelanga @ 4:08 pm
The new Brandeis Sustainable Energy Program marks the next step in improving energy consumption on campus. Several buildings will undergo upgrades in heating and cooling systems, lighting retrofits, and other energy related inefficiencies. These improvements are projected to reduce annual utility costs by $540,000 and reduce carbon emissions  equal to taking 316 cars off the road! The upgrades will take place over the next 16 months with a budget of $5 million.  Buildings include many in the Science complex, Bernstein-Marcus Administration Building, Kutz Hall, Sherman Student Center, Slosberg, among others. This program jumpstarts Brandeis’ effort to reduce campus-wide energy consumption and fullfill goals in the Climate Action Plan with plans for additional improvements in the future.

March is Energize Brandeis Month. Brandeis Eco-Reps encourage all members of the Brandeis community to reduce energy consumption through simple actions like turning off lights, controlling heating, unplugging vampires (chargers and electronics that suck energy even when not in use), and using cold wash settings on washers. The goal of Energize Brandeis Month is to see a real change in energy use across campus.
Brandeis will be competing against other colleges in the 2012 Campus Conservation Nationals (CCN). The Building Dashboard will monitor energy consumption in the Shapiro Campus Center, Village Residence Hall, and Massell Quad and will calculate energy reduction during CCN. Other buildings will have challenges and prizes to encourage reduction. Ending in Earth Hour on March 31 where as a symbolic measure of all the energy saved the whole month full buildings will turn off lights together.
Sometimes it’s hard to imagine that one person’s actions can make a marked difference in energy reduction. Consider this statistic from theEPA: if every household in the U.S. replaced 5 light bulbs with ENERGY STAR bulbs, we would prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions from nearly 10 million cars.

Think about it like this: you might not save much energy by turning off your lights one time, but imagine if you turned your lights off every time they weren’t in use for a year? What if every person in your neighborhood turned off their lights for five years or every person in your state? The individual is an important part of the equation because each person contributes to the collective impact.

Ask yourself, what can I do in my own life to save energy? You don’t have to lobby for the environment or plead with your city to use solar energy. You can reduce energy consumption with small changes to your daily life.

  1. Use power strips to turn off televisions, computers, chargers, appliances, and other electronics when not in use. The Natural Resources Defense Council points out that even when you think these products are off, their “standby” consumption can be equivalent to that of a 75 or 100 watt light bulb running continuously.
  2. Turn your heat down a few degrees during the winter and up a few degrees in the summer.
  3. Dry your clothes with a drying rack instead of in the machine.

Visit the Campus Sustainability Initiative website for more tips.


Composting at Brandeis
Reducing energy consumption in the home is not the only method to battling climate change. Composting food and garden scraps also reduces your carbon footprint and provides useful materials. Composting is easy and Brandeis offers several composting methods on campus.
Home Composting bins are available outside Charles River, Mods, Ridgewood, Ziv, and Village residences. See tips above for how to compost in home bins. Vermiculture or composting with worms, is offered in the Deroy 2 kitchen in Massell Quad.
Did you know that all waste in the Usdan and Sherman dining halls is sent to a Commercial Composting facility? Materials are heated to speed up the composting process which can also take many more items (such as meat and biodegradeable plastics) than home comopsters and the end result is a nutrient-rich fertilizer. In addition facilities services composts Yard Waste to reuse on campus.

March 9, 2012

A Night Out with Toxics-Free Nails

Filed under: Events — tbelanga @ 4:14 pm

With the help of a community grant from the Toxics Use Reduction Institute, the Norfolk County 7 Public Health Coalition is hosting an educational workshop for salon owners, employees and the public to learn how to improve air quality and public health.

Where: Holiday Inn, 55 Ariadne Road, Dedham, MA 02026

When: Tuesday March 13, 2012 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM EDT

Please join us. Register now.



Nails6:30 to 7:30 p.m. – Network, pick up gift bags and view exhibits

7:30 to 9 p.m. – Presentations from the Boston Public Health Commission, Brandeis University, raffle and more

  • Learn about the health effects of the so-called “toxic-trio” of formaldehyde, toluene and dibutyl phthalate.
  • Learn what can be done to improve the health of employees and customers.
  • Students from Brandeis University will present results from an air quality study of 20 Boston nail salons from the Environmental Health and Justice Program.

The first 75 attendees will receive canvas gift bags full of safer products such as nail polish, nail polish remover, foot scrubs and more.

Appetizers and refreshments will be provided. The event is free but space is limited so please register at the link below to reserve your seat.

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