Monthly Newsletter

This Just In!

A monthly newsletter published by the
Macalester Environmental Studies Department

October 10, 2012


Any upcoming events, job opportunities, 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.  Environmental Studies Student Lounge
2.  Alumni Day and Poster Session - October 12
3.  Fall 2013 EPA Greater Research Opportunities Fellowships for Undergraduate Environmental Study
4.  Campus Sustainability Day - October 24
5.  Greenpeace Semester
6.  Volunteer Opportunities with National Park Service
7.  Job with Environment Minnesota
8.  Fellowship with Environment America

ES Student Lounge1.  Environmental Studies Student Lounge

In case you didn't already know, the Environmental Studies has a lounge for students.  It is located in Olin Rice 253, right next to Olin Rice 250.  This is a great area to relax and meet fellow students.  Coffee, tea and hot chocolate are always on hand for students.  There are ceramic mugs for you to use.  Please keep the mugs in the room and wash them when you are finished.

 

2.  Alumni Day and Poster Session - October 12

The Alumni Day and Poster Session is Friday, Octpber 12.  Four notable science alums will each present a seminar in class and will attend the poster session and the wine/cheese reception. The alumni seminars are open to the public. Check out the Schedule

3.  Fall 2013 EPA Greater Research Opportunities Fellowships for Undergraduate Environmental Study

NOTE:  If you are interested in applying, contact Dan Hornbach by October 24, 2012.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Center for Environmental Research (NCER), invites applications for the Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowships for undergraduate environmentally-related study for bachelor’s level students. Subject to availability of funding, the quality of applications received and other applicable considerations, the Agency plans to award approximately 40 new fellowships in the summer of 2013.  The fellowship provides up to $20,700 per year of academic support and $8,600 for internship support for a combined total of up to $50,000 over the life of the fellowship.  The GRO program enhances and supports quality environmental education for undergraduates, and thereby encourages them to continue their education beyond the baccalaureate level, and pursue careers in environmentally-related fields, such as biology, health, the social sciences, and engineering  The actual amount awarded per year will vary depending on the amount of tuition and fees and the number of months the stipend is required.  This fellowship is intended to help defray costs associated with environmentally-oriented study leading to a bachelor’s degree.  For more details go to
http://epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2013/2013_gro_undergrad.html

4.  Campus Sustainability Day - October 24

When:  October 24, 2012
What time:  2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Where:  Davis Court of the IGC
Special:  It's CSD's 10th Anniversary! 
What's Happening:  A live interactive event!

  • A live panel (web cast) discussing the role colleges and universities can play in mainstreaming sustainability education amongst students and to prepare the next generation of leaders to lead a just, healthy, and sustainable society.
  • Questions from Audience

Who:  Featuring...

  • Dr. Geoffrey Chase: leader of the Ponderosa Project. 
  • Julie Elzanati: Director of the Illinois Green Economy Network.
  • Neil Weissman: Provost of Dickinson College.
  • Debera Johnson: founder of the Pratt Design Incubator for Sustainable Innovation

5.  Greenpeace Semester

A semester with a global environmental organization:  What will it look like?

  • Twelve weeks with a small group of peers immersed in creative projects, eye-opening discussions, engaging workshops, skills training, and real work to solve critical global environmental issues
  • Travel for three weeks to witness environmental destruction first hand and put your new knowledge to use
  • Learn the skills of environmental activism, effective communication, leadership, and strategic campaigning in a supportive environment
  • Live in Washington D.C. - access to monuments, museums, and close proximity to New York City, Philadelphia, and beautiful Shenandoah Valley
  • Form friendships that will last the rest of your life

 Apply online by October 22 to receive $100 off tuition.

 Questions?  Contact them at usa-semester@greenpeace.org.

6.  Volunteer Opportunities with National Park Service

National Park Service Mississippi National River and Recreation Area has several volunteer opportunities available for the rest of the fall survey season.  Volunteers are needed to help with river otter monitoring surveys and/or fall migratory waterbird counts.  Previous experience paddling a canoe is necessary for river otter survey work.

Dates for volunteer opportunities are on Mondays and Tuesdays on the following dates:

  • October 15 & 16 
  • October 22 & 23 
  • October 29 & 30
  • November 5 & 6

Times for fieldwork are flexible to volunteers' needs. However, ideally, Mondays would be a longer day (6-8 hours) and Tuesdays might be a shorter work day (~4 hours).

If you are interested in volunteering or have questions, contact Allison Holdhusen at 651-293-8466 (she is in her office on Mondays and Tuesdays).

7.  Job with Environment Minnesota

Do you want to make a difference?  Are you ready to roll up your sleeves and work on the most pressing environmental issues of our generation?

Their Campaign:  Currently, they are working on a campaign with Environment Minnesota to protect the Boundary Waters.  Out-of-state mining companies are working to develop a new and dangerous type of mining near the Boundary Waters which could pollute the water systems with sulfuric acid, jeopardizing drinking water and killing fish and other wildlife in the area.  Everywhere this form of mining has been done, pollution has caused water contamination and often cost taxpayers millions.

What You’ll Do:  You will work in the political arena; getting your hands dirty, building organizations and fighting for the victories that put them on a more sustainable and more democratic course.  The heart of the job is canvassing.  In order to build necessary citizen support, you will go out into communities and go door-to-door and talk with people about the issue, raise money, and build membership for the great organizations they work with.  You’ll also work with the media, help build coalitions with other organizations and mobilize activists to help them win their campaigns.

On average, campaign staff will make $9-$14 per hour.  Additionally they offer leadership position and great career opportunities for college grads!

Additional Qualifications:   Interested candidates must be hard workers, have excellent communication skills, and are committed to positive social change.  They have part-time and full-time positions available. 

Application Process:  Call Kevin at 612-331-8400 to apply for a position and for more information. You can also find out more or apply online at www.jobsthatmatter.org.  Check out more about the campaign at www.environmentminnesota.org 

8.  Fellowship with Environment America

Environment America works to advance the environmental vision and values we share—clean energy, clean water, wilderness and wildlife protection, healthy food and sustainable agriculture, and more.  With nearly 100 professional staff, more than 1 million members, activists and allies and affiliates in 29 states, they organize the support it takes to stand up to polluting industries and ultimately sweep past them.

As an Environment America fellow, you’ll get a two-year crash course in the nuts and bolts of environmental activism, organizing, advocacy and the type of institution-building that can sustain long-term battles.  Working with their senior staff, you’ll plan and run grassroots campaigns, lobby lawmakers, publish op-eds, set up and speak at news conferences, organize town hall meetings, run citizen outreach campaigns, identify new members, raise money, recruit and manage staff and much more. 

Qualifications:  They are seeking candidates who are ready to commit their time, talent and passion to advocating, organizing and fighting for the environment.  Being an Environment America fellow is not for everybody.  It’s tough, demanding and the challenges never stop.  They look for smarts, academic excellence, leadership experience, creativity, top-notch written and verbal skills and an eagerness to learn.  They value leadership or activist experience of all kinds, especially organizing, grassroots outreach and building campus groups.

Placement:   They are accepting applications for fellowship positions with their state affiliates across the country and in Washington, D.C.  They accept applications on a rolling basis.  Most fellowships begin in August, though a limited number are available throughout the year.  You can apply through Environment America or directly with one of their state affiliates.  If you’re flexible, you can apply for multiple positions in multiple locations.

To learn more and apply:   Contact Samantha Chadwick at Environment Minnesota 612-379-1475 or schadwick@environmentminnesota.org.  Or you can visit jobs.EnvironmentAmerica.org for program information, and click on the link to apply.

Any questions regarding this newsletter or to be removed from the mailing list, contact Ann Esson at esson@macalester.edu.