Environmental Studies Blog

April 14, 2014

Save the Date: Sustainability Fair

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The First Annual Sustainability Fair will be held on Wed. April 23rd from 11am-2pm on Chapels Field! Featuring our local food vendors, such as Russo’s, Gifford’s Ice Cream, and Red’s Best Seafood, alongside student groups SEA and Eco-Reps! Enjoy free local food, win giveaways, and learn about exciting sustainability efforts on campus and what’s coming next year! The Hoot Market will also be accepting design submissions for their new reusable bags. Stop by to get a share of the goodies and learn more about all the ways Brandeis is taking steps towards sustainability.

October 17, 2012

Phil Brown, Brandeis SOC PhD joining Northeastern University

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shota Adamia @ 4:23 pm

Phil Brown, who is a Brandeis SOC PhD, is directing a new interdisciplinary institute at Northeastern University: the Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute. university distinguished Pro­fessor of Soci­ology and Health Sci­ences with joint appoint­ments in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities and the Bouvé College of Health Sciences. Brown’s research included focusing on bio­mon­i­toring, which mea­sures the level of con­t­a­m­i­nants in the human body, and on house­hold expo­sure mon­i­toring, which mea­sures tox­i­cants found in the air and dust inside our homes and the air in our driveways.


The Social Sci­ence Envi­ron­mental Health Research Insti­tute will hold an offi­cial launch event on Oct. 29 in the Alumni Center from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. See Attached Flyer


to view the full article, please visit: http://www.northeastern.edu/news/2012/10/big-visions-for-solving-environmental-health-issues/

February 28, 2012

February 22nd Earthnotes

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This Issue

* Focus the Nation: ReCharge Applications

* Climate Media Fellowship: Call for Applications

* Brandeis Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Information

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

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!

Call for Applications – Climate Media Fellowship 2012

The Heinrich Boell Foundation welcomes applications for its Climate Media Fellowship 2012. The EU and Germany have embarked on an ambitious transition toward a low carbon economy where great emphasis is placed on the role of increased energy efficiency and renewable energy in securing economic opportunities for business and industry. The goal of the Climate Media Fellowship is to familiarize US energy experts with the European and German experiences and policy solutions and communicate these into the US policy debate on a local, regional and national level. The Climate Media Fellowship is open to media journalists from the United States who are eager to learn and report about the European and/or German energy transition in the U.S. Ideally, the reports and articles resulting from the Climate Media Fellows’ research will subsequently be published widely across the United States. The Heinrich Boell Foundation will support the Climate Media Fellow in setting up adequate meeting schedules in Europe. The Foundation will also cover all travel logistics as well as an honorarium fee for a 3-4 day long research trip to Europe. Climate Media Fellows may choose their own field of study within the energy and climate realm and decide on the time of their research trip between April and September 2012. If you are interested in applying for the Climate Media Fellowship, please send your CV, a cover letter outlining your particular research interest as well as a short journalistic writing sample to Rebecca.Bertram@us.boell.orgThe application deadline is February 29th, 2012. For further information, please contact Rebecca Bertram at Rebecca.Bertram@us.boell.org

Interested in Teaching Post Graduation? Check out the Brandeis MAT!

The Brandeis Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program offers students the opportunity to prepare to teach in public elementary schools, Jewish day schools (the DeLeT program), or in middle and high schools in multiple fields including English, history, physics, biology, chemistry, and Tanakh. Our small, personalized program stresses inquiry and social justice. Generous scholarship support is available, including scholarships dedicated solely to Brandeis graduates. Our graduates regularly secure good teaching jobs, and make a difference in the work they do. For other information, and to register, students may go to:  http://www.brandeis.edu/programs/education/news/index.html Visit our website: http://www.brandeis.edu/programs/mat/.

*** 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.

South Boston Youth “Green Team” Coordinator Job

The South Boston Neighborhood Development Corporation (SBNDC), the South Boston Community Health Center (SBCHC), and South Boston Grows (SBG) have teamed up to provide youth with summer jobs that will teach youth in the South Boston community about taking care of the environment, eating healthy, and leading more sustainable lives. We are looking for a responsible supervisor to organize sustainable urban gardening programs in different areas of South Boston. This intern will supervise youth and serve as a resource to the partner organizations. With supervision from the SBNDC Executive Director and the SBG President, the intern will be responsible for the supervision of as few as 4 and as many as 15 teen summer employees, community outreach, budgeting and planning for the planting of flowers around street trees and in up to 3 vegetable gardens in South Boston. The candidate will organize planting, clean-up, maintenance, and other necessary responsibilities to ensure the planting, gardening and overall program runs smoothly. The Summer intern is expected to work 40 hours per week for July and August and part-time work is available starting earlier for a stipend, class credit or in exchange for fresh and local produce. Please send cover letter and resume to: Phoebe Flemming at southbostongrows@gmail.com. See attached flyer for more information.

Woolman Semester Community Internships

Recommended by Brandeis 2011 Graduate Cece Watkins! From the Woolman Internship; ” If you sing while washing dishes, laugh when splattered with mud in the garden, or tell jokes while hiking in the rain, this might be the perfect place for you. We’re now accepting applications for the dynamic and exciting Community Internship program. This program is for people who love to work and love to play, who want to learn as well as to teach, who are self-motivated, community-minded, reliable, and who take their responsibilities seriously. A positive attitude and healthy work-ethic are a must. The Community Internship is a year-long experience of living, working, growing, and learning as part of the Woolman educational community. Interns are fully integrated into the life, work, and play of the Woolman community, and gain valuable knowledge and experience by taking responsibility for important aspects of its functioning.  Dates: Aug 2012 –  Aug 2013. Apply by March 1st. Learn More about the Community Internship at: http://woolman.org/employment/community-internship or  http://semester.woolman.org/

Waltham Fields Community Farm, Assistant Educator Job

Waltham Fields Community Farm is hiring!  Available for recent graduates or otherwise. See job listing at:http://communityfarms.org/index.php/about/job-opportunities/  Waltham Fields also has internship opportunities (for academic credit) over the summer and for fall. If you are interested, please contact me: goldin@brandes.edu.

Green Corps 2012-2013 Field School for Environmental Organizing

From Green Corps: “In Green Corps’ year-long paid program, you’ll get intensive training in the skills you’ll need to make a difference in the world. You’ll get hands-on experience fighting to solve urgent environmental problems — global warming, deforestation, water pollution and many others — with groups such as Sierra Club and Food and Water Watch. And, when you graduate from Green Corps, we’ll help you find a career with one of the nation’s leading environmental and social change groups. For more information, read below or visit our web site: www.greencorps.org.  You’ll even get paid: Green Corps Organizers earn a salary of $23,750. And when you graduate from the program, you’ll be ready for what comes next: Green Corps will help connect you to environmental and progressive groups that are looking for full-time staff to build their organizations and help them create social change and protect our environment. We’re looking for 35 college graduates who are serious about saving the planet, people who have taken initiative on their campus or community, and people who are willing to roll up their sleeves and work for change over the long haul.  If you think you’re one of those people, visit http://www.greencorps.org/apply to submit your application. Green Corps’ year-long program begins in August 2012 with Introductory Classroom Training in Boston, and continues with field placements in multiple locations across the U.S. Candidates must be willing to relocate. For more information, visithttp://www.greencorps.org or contact Aaron Myran, Green Corps Field Recruitment Director, at aaron@greencorps.org or 617-747-4302. ”

National Wildlife Fund

NWF is hiring a Southeast Campus Field Coordinator to support climate leadership and sustainability among colleges and universities in the Southeast.  From NWF: “This person will work with campus leaders to reduce greenhouse gas emission, advance sustainability goals, develop green jobs training programs at community colleges, and engage college students in climate and sustainability issues at all levels.  It is a great leadership opportunity for someone who has a passion for sustainability and climate and energy issues.  More details are available at the application website” here!

Corporate Accountability International Jobs

From the organization: “This spring and summer ten students or recent grads will recruit people to support the campaign to protect children’s health from predatory fast food marketing and retire Ronald McDonald, persuade businesses, campuses and elected officials to cut spending on bottled water, and work side-by-side with experienced organizers to protect people and the environment from corporate abuse.  Internships are available for Spring or Summer 2012 in the following areas: Campaign Organizing (on each of our three campaigns); Non-Profit Administration; Development and Membership Outreach; Research; Finance and Accounting; Online Organizing; Communications; Media Relations.Are you ready to apply?  Get the details at www.StopCorporateAbuse.org/jobs and apply soon – interviews are happening now.”

Climate Summer Opportunity:

From Climate Summer: “Learn community organizing, Become a stronger leader! Spend your summer on a bike, traveling across Louisiana and Texas!  Learn from and connect with community leaders! Inspire others to take action to live their values more deeply! Highlight what communities are doing to move beyond fossil fuels through the press, blogging, and our new Digital Movement Map! Highlight the harms of the the fossil fuel industry in environmental justice communities and communities hit by oil spills, hurricanes, and wildfires! Bike to ExxonMobil’s headquarters and ask them to join the movement for a better future! Applications available at http://www.climatesummer.net/get-involved/apply/ FMI see: climatesummer.net and rideforthefuture.org Riders may apply for programs in two regions, or only apply for one program.  The programs are open to all young adults ages 18-25. You do not need to be attending/have attended college to apply.  Older applicants who are currently full-time students will be considered. We encourage you to apply early, as the program will be filled as soon as we admit a sufficient number of diverse and qualified applicants.  Food and housing are provided to all participants, and limited funds are available to help those who require further financial assistance in order to ride.”

Sierra Club Environmental Apprenticeship Program 

From Sierra ClubThe Apprenticeship Program is designed for resourceful, conscientious and motivated individuals interested in legislation, media and community outreach as a means of promoting green initiatives. The Apprenticeship is a paid, six month staff position based in one of the Sierra Club’s offices. Apprentices will be exposed to a variety of work experiences including but not limited to grassroots organizing, administrative policy advocacy and public communications while being trained and guided by a team of experienced Sierra Club staff. The Program is a wonderful stepping stone for a recent college graduate.” http://www.sierraclub.org/careers/apprenticeship/default.aspx  

Middlesex Conservation District

The Middlesex Conservation District is seeking a Program Coordinator “to organize a Middlesex County Local Work Group to identify the highest priority conservation issues and needs in the County. These are identified by local stakeholders and as expressed by all interested parties through public forums. This is a part time, contracted position for $20/hour for up to 150 hours from February through September, 2012.  Position requires a home office, a valid driver’s license and a working motor vehicle for use during performance of duties. Variable driving hours. Mileage reimbursement. Major roles include: .Candidates should have significant experience in the field of public outreach, skill in planning/coordinating events, ability to produce work products using computers and MS Office applications, skill in organizational and administrative tasks, skill in both oral and written communication, perform duties in a professional manner, ability to work well with others, individually and in groups, and prepare professional planning documents.   In addition candidate should have knowledge of equal opportunity and civil rights requirements of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Employment Act, provide assistance to deliver programs and services that are carried out without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, physical/mental disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status, and maintain a positive regard for civil rights in all interactions with clients and others. “To apply, send a letter of interest and resume by email  to: Elizabeth.mcguire@ma.usda.gov   (Please type LWG Coordinator in the subject line) By post to: Middlesex Conservation District LWG 319 Littleton Rd., Ste 205 Westford, MA 01886. Review of applications begins Wednesday, January 27, 2012 and position begins as soon as possible thereafter.
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 are also ideal for academic credit with the fall, spring or summer ENVS 89a course. Just discuss with me first: goldin@brandeis.edu


February 16, 2012

Colloquium: Thursday February 16th, Dr. Sabrina McCormick discusses her book “No Family History: Environmental Links to breast Cancer”

Filed under: Uncategorized — chansen @ 6:11 pm

On Thursday February 16th from 3:30 to 5pm in Mandel Reading Room (3rd Floor) Dr. Sabrina McCormick will be discussing her book “No Family History:Environmental Links to Breast Cancer.” Dr. Sabrina McCormick, Science and Technology Fellow, AAAS, recieved her PhD in Sociology from Brown University in 2005. Since then she has been jointly appointed in the Department of Sociology and the Environmental Policy Program at Michigan State University. Her first book, “No Family History: The Environmental Links to Breast Cancer,” was recently made into a documentary film.

This event is sponsored by: The Department of Sociology, Martin Weiner Distinguished Lecturers Fund, Health: Science, Society, and Policy Program, Environmental Studies Program, and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program.

Below is the link to the Facebook event:


December 21, 2011

Students Finish Environmental Health and Justice JBS

Filed under: Uncategorized — chansen @ 5:42 pm

The 2011 edition of the Justice Brandeis Semester: Environmental Health and Justice came to a close today. The innovative program, a combination of classroom instruction and experiential learning, allowed students to engage with the local community and learn about the law, policy, social impacts and science of environmental health challenges facing individuals and families today.

For a more detailed overview, check out the flier for this year’s program: http://www.brandeis.edu/programs/environmental/images/JBS%20FALL.pdf

To visit our webpage visit http://www.brandeis.edu/programs/environmental/

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