This Just In!

This Just In!

A monthly newsletter published by the
Macalester Environmental Studies Department

October 28, 2011

Any upcoming events, new internships, or other environmental news received by the ES Department are included in this newsletter. More information on the items listed in This Just In! can be received by contacting the ES Department. This issue of This Just In! and archived issues can be found at:

In This Issue....

1. "Future Harvests: The Economic and Social Impacts of Food and Farming - November 1
2. Twin Cities Urban Sustainability Forum - November 2-3
3. Davis Projects for Peace
4. Green Practices Event - November 17
5. "The Dirt on Sediment Pollution: Water Quality in the Mississippi River" - November 17
6. Environment America Fellowship
7. Humphrey School of Public Affairs
8. Internships

1. "Future Harvests: The Economic and Social Impacts of Food and Farming - November 1

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie will be speaking on Tuesday, November 1, from 4-5 p.m. at the Music Recital Hall, Room 104 (O'Shaughnessy Auditorium), St. Catherine University. Mark has been an advocate for sustainable food practices. He served for 21 years as the president of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. Mark also served as the president of the Organic Buyers and Growers Association. This event is free and open to the public.

2. Twin Cities Urban Sustainability Forum - November 2-3

The Forum will highlight emerging outcomes of sustainability research and cutting edge trends in sustainability practice and policy. Presentations by leading national and international speakers will address:

  • Connecting urban ecosystem science with social and economic sustainability
  • Federal and state-level sustainability policy
  • Overcoming disconnects between sustainability research and practice

Insightful panels and networking opportunities will inform a translational research agenda – to ensure a closer connection between re-search priorities and urban sustainability practice.

Who should attend? Planners, water and natural resource managers, engineers, urban ecologists, and others interested in urban sustainability practice or research.

When: November 2-3, 2011
Where: University of MN Continuing Education Center, St. Paul Campus
For more information:

3. Davis Projects for Peace

Spend the summer of 2012 carrying out a grassroots project for peace, with the help of a $10,000 grant from the Davis Projects for Peace. You design the project, and make it happen with community partners locally or anywhere in the world. Students may apply as an individual or as a group, and at least one grant will go to a Macalester student or group. Proposals are due January 17, 2012, for review by a campus committee. The national committee will announce winning proposals in mid-March 2012.

Contact Karin Trail-Johnson to discuss your ideas. More information on the IGC website.

4. Green Practices Event - November 17

The AZUL, the Minnesota Zoo's young professional organization, is sponsoring an event on green practices. The event will be held November 17, 2011, in Minneapolis at the offices of Dorsey & Whitney from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. The Zoo's Conservation Director, Dr. Tara Harris will be speaking on ways to make life more green. There will be door prizes, appetizers, and plenty of networking time.
AZUL is comprised of young professionals from around the Twin Cities who are passionate about conservation.

For more information go to

More information about AZUL and this event can also be found on Facebook at

5. "The Dirt on Sediment Pollution: Water Quality in the Mississippi River" - November 17

Thursday, November 17, 2011
7:00-8:30 p.m.
Science Museum of Minnesota
120 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul

How is water quality changing in the Upper Mississippi River? Why is Lake Pepin filling in? And what can we do about it? Join FMR and the Science Museum of Minnesota for this special City of Saint Paul-sponsored presentation to learn the answers to these questions.

Following this engaging presentation, there will be a guided conversation with Dr. Engstrom, FMR Watershed Program Director Trevor Russell and Linda Meschke, president and founder of Rural Advantage. Attendees will have the opportunity to contribute questions.

Additionally, registrants may enjoy the Science Museum free of charge beginning at 4 p.m. The current exhibit is "Nature Unleashed: Inside Natural Disasters" on earthquakes, tornadoes, volcanoes and hurricanes; the museum's Mississippi River Gallery also offers a beautiful river overlook as well as engaging, interactive displays. There will also be a special one-night-only Science Museum presentation of works by FMR Artist-in-Residence Peter L. Johnson near the presentation area.

To register for this free, limited-capacity presentation, please contact Alyssa Johnson at the Science Museum, or 651-221-4511.

6. Environment America Fellowship

If you’re looking to make a powerful, long-lasting impact on how we respond to these challenges, apply for an Environment America Fellowship today. You can learn more about our Fellowship Program here.

We’re winning real changes across the country - The results of Environment America’s work include more solar and wind power in 29 states; policies to cut energy use in 22 states; caps on global warming pollution in six states, and a regional cap on global warming pollution from power plants in 10 Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states; new clean car standards that will amount to the single biggest step this country has ever taken to end our addition to oil; bans on plastic bags and Styrofoam containers; initial limits on the gas drilling industry to protect rivers and streams from the dangers of fracking; action to preserve, protect or expand national parks from Mt. Hood to the Everglades, from the Grand Canyon to Glacier; bans on offshore drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico and along the Atlantic coast; and stronger protections for waterways from Puget Sound to the Great Lakes to the Chesapeake Bay. You can learn more about the changes we’ve made across the country here.

7. Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Prospective students can meet current students and faculty members, explore the curriculum and career prospects, and ask the questions that will help them make good decisions about their futures.

Info sessions are held at the Humphrey Center unless otherwise noted. These events are free and open to the public, but registration is required as space is limited. A light meal is also served. Visitors may request disability accommodation by emailing us at

Master of Public Affairs Information Sessions

Master of Public Policy Information Sessions

Master of Urban and Regional Planning Information Sessions

Master of Development Practice Information Sessions

Master of Science in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy Information Sessions

8. Internships

  • University of Maryland School of Law
  • Breakthrough St. Paul
  • Punta Mona Center for Sustainable Living and Education

Information about these internships can be found at:

Also, other current internship opportunities can be found at:

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