Environmental Studies Blog

February 25, 2013

Brazil’s Balancing Act

Filed under: Events — chansen @ 7:00 pm

Brazil’s Balancing Act: Reconciling the Demands of Economic Development, Environmental Protection and Indigenous Rights

March 5, 2013
2-5 pm 

Experts working in diverse fields – including economic development, international business, environmental protection, international law, human rights and indigenous rights – will examine the intersecting interests and responsibilities of those working in sometimes conflicting sectors.


The event will be moderated by Dean Bruce Magid of the Brandeis International Business School.

The symposium will provide a forum for dialogue about how Brazil might best fulfill its local, national, and international obligations.


2:00 – Welcome and introductions
2:15-3:30 – Panelist remarks
3:30-3:45 – Short break
3:45 – 4:45 – Moderated discussion with panelists, followed by Q&A with audience
4:45 – Reception (all are welcome)
Organized by the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life and the International Business School of Brandeis University.


Earthnotes February 20, 2013

Filed under: Earthnotes — Shota Adamia @ 4:39 pm

Lots of opportunities below!  Stay tuned to EARTHNOTES for events, announcements, and more opportunities. 

For info on courses, the two ENVS JBS programs,the Internship program and other information, check out the Environmental Studies ENVS website  Facebook page:  http://www.facebook.com/groups/159239994157799/ 

This Issue:

*Real Food at Brandeis
*Research, Job, Internship and Fellowship Corner for current students, alumni and friends!
Real Food at Brandeis
From Brandeis Real Food: “A group of us have been working to get real food (local/fair-trade/ecologically-sound/humane) here at Brandeis for 3+ years and are re-igniting our campaign. We want Brandeis to be a pioneer in this movement, to be relentless in combating climate change, and to utilize our passion ffaror social justice to work for equality of rights to healthy, sustainable food. After all, the right food can unite the community, energize its members from producers to consumers, and stimulate a drive for a better tomorrow. Please join with us and sign our petition!”



**Job, Fellowship, Internship and Research Corner**
For Undergraduates, New Graduates, Grad Students, Alumni and Friends!
Some of the internships, research may also be available for academic credit with the summer ENVS 89a course. Just discuss with me first goldin@brandeis.edu

Clean Air-Cool Planet: Applications for 2013 Climate Fellowship program.  Due March 1

“CA-CP’s Climate Fellowships pair outstanding students with important projects that will propel the US toward a low-carbon future. Fellows spend 10 weeks during the summer working on meaningful, challenging projects at CA-CP and with our partners. In return, Fellows receive a stipend, as well as supervision, mentorship, and unique networking opportunities. 2013 Fellows will also join a growing group of nearly 50 CA-CP Climate Fellowship alumni, the vast majority of whom have remained in the environmental/energy fields.  Review available Fellowship postings and learn how to apply at http://cleanair-coolplanet.org/2013-fellowships/. All Fellowship applications must be received by March 1, 2013, in order to be considered.”

Jobs for 2013 Graduates: Environment America

From EA: “Environment America is a federation of 29 state based-citizen funded environmental activist groups that work on national issues at a local level.  Currently we are working on campaigns ranging from trying to address the current global warming threats, to reducing our countries dependency on oil, to preserving the country’s parks, wildlife refuges and forests.  Start date for positions is August 2013



submit your application online: http://jobs.environmentamerica.org/page/amr/apply-be-environment-america-fellow.” 

Lead Farmer- Camp Young Judaea, Wimberly, TX

From the camp: “Position Purpose: To further the mission of the camp through the development and delivery of farming and gardening activities that are safe, fun, and appropriate to the camper’s ages and abilities. They will be responsible for the management of the farming specialists, program, equipment and supplies.” See attached flyer for more information. Contactyael@cyjtexas.org.

Internship- The Green Program, Costa Rica   “The GREEN Program enhances your understanding of the Renewable Energy and Sustainability industries by taking you outside of the classroom and into the field. By gaining exclusive access to different Renewable Energy facilities in Costa Rica, you will receive the hands-on experience you need to accelerate your career. The GREEN Program provides a perfect balance of interactive online modules, engaging group discussions, and exclusive facility visits to inform, engage, and inspire students of all majors.The GREEN Program is a 12-day experience which combines education, adventure, and cultural immersion that creates a lasting impact and helps you accelerate your career.To gain a better understanding of The GREEN Program visit our website at www.theGREENprogram.com,view our program video, and download our Program Package.” 

National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates– Geospatial Reseach and Mapping (GRAM), O’AHU, HI Application deadline march 1st 2013. Geography and Archaeology undergraduates, as well as others interested in the study of landscapes, may be interested in our summer 2013 field program on geospatial research and mapping (GRAM) that will take place at both California State University Long Beach and at the famous* Kualoa Ranch in the picturesque Ka’a’awa valley on the north shore of O’ahu. For more information, visit: http://www.csulb.edu/colleges/cla/departments/geography/nsf-reu/

Eco-Innovation Fellow, Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation, Dorchester, MA
“The Eco-Innovation Fellow will have primary responsibility for generating the data and analysis, surfacing innovative models and program support needed to guide sustainable development activities in the Eco-Innovation district, currently defined as the Talbot Norfolk Triangle sub-neighborhood. Competitive salary and benefits, commensurate with experience. Send resumes with cover letter and salary requirements by February 21, 2013 to gail@csndc.com or to Executive Director, Codman Square NDC, 587 Washington St, Dorchester, MA 02124. For more information, visit: http://csndc.com/jobinfo.php

Internship – Vermont Farm Viability Program, Montpelier, VT 
The Vermont Farm Viability Program is seeking a summer intern to conduct research and outreach, as well as other projects as they arise. Work would involve a combination of travel to farms and office time. Specific projects may include: site visits to enrolled farms & photographic documentation; writing case studies about participants; surveying participants for program evaluation; attending agricultural workshops and events; data analysis & database management; designing outreach materials Hours for this position are flexible: 20-40 hours a week for 8-12 weeks. Personal transportation will be necessary; mileage will be reimbursed. Unpaid; a stipend may be available to cover expenses. School-year internships also possible. Office is located in Montpelier, VT. For more information, contact Liz Gleason at 802-828-3370 or liz@vhcb.org.

ENVenture, Multiple Locations

From the organization, “ENVenture is tackling health, sanitation, and underemployment challenges in developing countries by supporting young entrepreneurs. ENVenture’s fellowship and mentorship program offers young innovators business training in partnership with local community-based organizations to help them launch and operate sustainable businesses. Young entrepreneurs will create working supply chains in remote villages to market and sell thousands of safer, low-carbon products like solar lights, improved cookstoves, water filters, and energy-saving fuel briquettes. Find out more here: http://www.indiegogo.com/cleanenergystoreUganda/x/2061454 .

Ameson Education and Cultural Exchange Foundation in Washington, DC.
From the organization, “We are a non-profit organization looking to provide recent graduates with a job opportunity to teach English in China for one year through our Ameson Year in China (AYC) program. Participants will receive a monthly stipend, free housing, reimbursed airfare, free health insurance, and more.  The only qualification requirements are to be a native English speaker and have graduated from an accredited US college/university.
Ameson Foundation – www.ameson.org Ameson Year in China – www.ameson.org/ayc Please feel free to contact me at jhyman@ameson.org.  Let me know if you
have any further questions!.” See attached flyer for more information. 

Mattahunt In-school Educator

From the organization, “SCA environmental educator will help to support the 4th and 5th grade teachers with the necessary support to help increase planning and implementing time around the science curriculum to improve MCAS scores. Compensation: 35hrs per week for 25.5 weeks (Jan-Jun). at a pay-rate of 300per week. With the possibility of receiving an AmeriCorps award.” Contact Laura Goldin for more information.

 Youth Coordinator- The Chelsea Collaborative, Chelsea, MA
From the organization, “The Chelsea Collaborative is seeking a full-time Youth Coordinator to work within the organization’s Youth and Families Department to increase, through close collaboration with local agencies, the number, range, and depth of positive learning experiences available to considerably disadvantaged young people living in Chelsea. Subject: Youth Coordinator Hiring Committee, Chelsea Collaborative, Inc., 318 Broadway, Chelsea, MA 02150, Email: roseannb@chelseacollab.org  Website for more information: http://chelseacollab.org/
 PR Officer/ Web Editor- Wetlands International, Ede, Netherlands
From the organization, “Wetlands International seeks a PR Officer / Web Editor who has a journalistic approach in developing attractive offline and online products and who has a strong interest in the international development and conservation issues of our organisation. The deadline for this replying for this position is 11th February. The duty station is Ede, The Netherlands and so this position is only open for European (EU, EFTA) citizens. For more information, visit the web site by clicking here.
 Project Director, Silent Spring Institute, Newton, MA
From the organization, “
Silent Spring Institute, a nonprofit CBPR research organization, that studies women’s health and the environment, is seeking a research assistant or project director. This position will have substantial responsibility for NIEHS-funded projects on how people respond to learning their biomonitoring results and on informed consent and data-sharing in environmental studies. These projects integrate social science, technology, and environmental science through collaborations of Silent Spring scientists and researchers at Harvard, Northeastern, and UC Berkeley. More information at http://www.silentspring.org/about-us/employment#researchposition.”
 Boston Coordinator- Right to the City, Boston, MA
Right to the City Boston seeks a Coordinator to support and lead the organization to become a strategic, movement building force in the city of Boston. Position is 3 /4 time with intention of full time as funding permits. The Coordinator is staff of the national alliance and will have some national obligations. For more information, visit their website at: http://www.righttothecity.org/index.php
 Real Estate Director, Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation, Jamaica Plain, MA
From the organization, “
We are looking for a seasoned, entrepreneurial real estate professional to oversee our expanded activities, including bringing several complex projects to fruition and strengthening JPNDC’s development pipeline, with particular attention to the multi-site Jackson Square Initiative, a major transit-oriented development project that will link Jamaica Plain and Roxbury. The ideal candidate will embrace complexity and challenge, have a strong profile in the community development field and be adept at establishing and cultivating strategic relationships. For more information: http://jpndc.org/ ”

Investment Associate, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, Boston, MA 

From the organization, “
The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center’s (MassCEC) Investment Associate will work with the Director of Investments to accelerate job growth and economic development in the Massachusetts Clean Energy Industry. The Associate will work along with a Senior Associate to develop and manage seed and venture equity investment programs designed to catalyze job creation in the most promising clean energy companies. Qualified candidates are encouraged to send a resume and cover letter via email toemployment@masscec.com Attn: Investment Associate. Website: http://www.masscec.com

Orion Online Latest Listings

The following are just some of the recent listings for environmental nonprofit internships and jobs around the country from Orion Grassroots Network. For details on these positions and the many other listings, go to:http://jobs.oriongrassroots.org/ . Many of the internships may also be available for academic credit with the fall, spring or summer ENVS 89a course. Just discuss with me first: goldin@brandeis.edu


Natural Resource Internships
Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge
Wells, ME

Summer Interns
Sprout City Farms
Denver, CO

Summer and Multi-Season Naturalist Internships
Walking Mountains Science Center
Avon, COOregon State Director
Trust for Public Land
Portland, OR

summer research jobs
Center for Ecology
Carbondale, IL

Stewardship and Youth Program Internships
Northern Forest Canoe Trail
Waitsfield, VT (NY, VT, NH, & ME)2013 CSA Crew Members
Holcomb Farm
West Granby, CT

Water Quality Monitors
Hartford, CT (Long Island Sound)
Peconic Land Trust
Southold, NY
Peconic Land Trust
Southold, NY

Executive Director
Point Reyes National Seashore Association
Pt Reyes Sta, CA (N. San Francisco Bay Area)

Farm Apprenticeship
Siena Farms
Sudbury, MA
Peconic Land Trust
Southhampton, NY
Great Basin Institute
Las Vegas, NV
San Joaquin Outdoor School
La Honda, CA
Cabot Shores Wilderness Resort and Retreat
Englishtown, NS, Canada


Ecology Intern
Redding, CT2013 Ag/ Environmental Day Camp Counselor
Hart-to-Hart Farm & Educational Center
Albion, ME

(And of you don’t see he job you want on EARTHNOTES or in your own searching, don’t forget the Brandeis Hiatt Career Center. From Hiatt: “There are over 300 organizations in Hiatt Nacelink focused on environment/conservation, energy, NGO/non-profit, agriculture, or government including 80 with a specific focus on green careers. In addition to the Environmental Studies Program and the annual Green Careers Forum, Hiatt brings many green employers to campus for recruiting, networking and informational purposes. Hiatt offers students/alumni daily walk-ins hours. Stop by for assistance with resumes, cover letters, and interview preparation. Web site: www.brandeis.edu/hiatt /Hiatt Nacelink: and https://brandeisu-csm.symplicity.com/students‚  Location: Usdan Student Center”)

TapBrandeis BSF Award

Filed under: News — staylor2 @ 4:04 pm

The TapBrandeis initiative has been granted $25,000 by The Brandeis Sustainability Fund to install hydration stations throughout campus. TapBrandeis started as a Greening The Ivory Tower project last semester by Alina Pokhrel, Emma Balmuth-Loris, Jamie Garuti, Jeremy Goodman, Sara Taylor. This semester the group is continuing on with the project with the help of the BSF fund to install new hydration stations and encourage a behavioral shift away from the purchase of bottled-water and towards students carrying their own refillable bottle. Another fabulous step towards making Brandeis a more sustainable campus!

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February 6, 2013

Justice Brandeis Semester: Environmental Health and Justice

Filed under: Announcements,News — geneviev @ 7:05 pm

Counts for 4 courses – 16 credits – No prerequisites

Satisfies multiple requirements & majors/minors: ENVS, IGS, HSSP, SJSP, LGLS, WGS, others
Applications open now, rolling admissions, don’t delay!


Instructors: Laura Goldin, with Drs. James Stewart, Joe Allen (Harvard School of Public Health),Ted Myatt & Matt Fragala.
Engage directly with the community as you delve deeply into the law, policy, social impacts and science of pressing environmental justice and environmental health challenges facing individuals and families today.  You’ll work directly with some of the most disadvantaged communities from inner-city Boston and Waltham to the rural coal mining mountains of Appalachia, as we battle issues such as toxic exposure, access to environmentally safe housing, healthy food and open space, destruction of age-old mountains and pollution of streams for coal extraction.
For more info and to apply:
Also don’t hesitate to contact Laura Goldin goldin@brandeis.edu or Program Manager, Brandeis-Led Study Programs Amber Thatcher athacher@brandeis.edu


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