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This Just In!

A monthly newsletter published by the
Macalester Environmental Studies Department

February 27, 2013


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.  Live in the EcoHouse Next School Year
2.  "Energy Wars" Screening - 4:30 p.m., February 28
3.  "King Corn" Screening - 7 p.m., February 28
4.  Terry Tempest Williams Discussion and Reception - March 11
5.  Simran Sethi Speaks at St. Kate's - March 13
6.  Sustainability Logo Competition
7.  Job with Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light
8.  Jobs with Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
9.  Hertog Global Strategy Initiative
10.  SWANA Scholarship
11.  Summer Environmental Work in New York State’s Adirondack Park
12.  Grassroots Campaigns Hiring
13.  Colorado Ecosystem Field Studies Summer Course
14.  Colorado College Summer Course
15.  Conference at Lawrence University - April 5-7
16.  Internships

1.  Live in the EcoHouse Next School Year

If you are interested in living in the EcoHouse 2013-2014 school year, applications are due by 3 p.m. on Monday, March 11.  Come to the EnviroThursday presentation by current EcoHouse residents on March 3 at 12 noon in Olin-Rice 250 and find out about their Eco-Living/Learning Laboratory.  They will also talk about the house and their projects.  This is an excellent opportunity for EcoHouse applicants to learn more about living in the house from current residents.  Application Forms

2.  "Energy Wars" Screening - 4:30 p.m., February 28

In honor of Energy Month the Sustainability Office is showing the documentary, Energy Wars, on Thursday, February 28, from 4:30- 6:00 p.m. in the Library, Harmon Room.  Energy Wars, a two-part documentary, explores the major developments with regards to energy sources and the geopolitical consequences of the dependency on fossil fuels.

Don't miss it!  Energy wars, which features NY Time columnist Thomas Friedman, promises to be interesting. There will be pizza and discussion on the film's relation to economic, social and environmental justice.

3.  "King Corn" Screening - 7 p.m., February 28

Come and watch "King Corn" on Thursday, February 28, from 7-9 p.m. in Olin-Rice 150.  "King Corn" is a feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation. In the film, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from college on the east coast, move to the heartland to learn where their food comes from. With the help of friendly neighbors, genetically modified seeds, and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America’s most-productive, most-subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they find raises troubling questions about how we eat—and how we farm.

4.  Terry Tempest Williams Discussion and Reception - March 11

Come and meet Terry Tempest Williams at a reception on Monday, March 11, from 5-6 p.m. in the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, lower level of the Weyerhaeuser ChapelAfter the reception at 7 p.m. she will have a discussion of her book When Women Were Birds in Weyerhaeuser Chapel.  Terry is the award-winning author of 14 books, including Leap, An Unspoken Hunger, Refuge, and Finding Beauty in a Broken World.

5.  Simran Sethi Speaks at St. Kate's - March 13

You are invited to attend this free public lecture titled "Women's Work: The Role of Women in Sustainability" by distinguished environmental journalist and educator Simran Sethi.  She will explore the ways in which gender informs leadership and share examples of women at the forefront of business models that support financial, social and natural capital.  This presentation takes place on Wednesday, March, 13, at 7 p.m. at The O'Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University, St. Paul Campus.  The reserve your free tickets, call 651-690-6700 or theoshaughnessy.com.

6.  Sustainability Logo Competition

Sustainability according to popular belief has always been viewed as a practice/ phenomena /ideology that prioritizes environmental issues and negates economic and social struggles. However, the goal of sustainability is to increase and preserve our social and economic capabilities. Indeed, poverty increases and cultures change due to our degradation of environment, which results in scarcity and the erasure of certain cultural elements that are connected to the land.

The Sustainability Office recognizes the need to emphasize equally the four sustainability pillars: the economy, the environment, and society. In particular, we want to explicitly show the connection amongst environmental, economic and social justice through discussion and practice.  

It is tragic that the food justice movement is viewed as separate from the sustainable food movement. This semester we intend to address critical arguments that view sustainability as a privilege and peripheral goal. One such initiative is our Sustainability Logo Competition which begins on March 1, 2012, at 9:00 a.m. and end on March 29 at 12 p.m.

The logo competition will culminate into an event that explores the question: Why be Sustainable?  At the event we will announce the winner of our logo competition, who will receive a prize and have the privilege of seeing the Sustainability Office utilize their logo.  At the event we will also discuss briefly Sustainability at Mac and examine the work of two students who have done work related to sustainability.

If you are interested, go to the "Macalester Sustainability Office Logo Competition" Facebook page and click on JOIN.

7.  Job with Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light

Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light is looking to fill their Executive Director position.  Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light believes that the active care of creation is integral to spiritual life and social justice. Through leadership and guidance to Minnesota’s faith communities, we respond to climate change by promoting energy conservation, energy efficiency, renewable energy sources, and advocating policy change with legislators and regulators.

The Executive Director position position requires an entrepreneurial generalist with an ability to convey our compelling vision, then create organizational positions and recruit volunteers to join our movement.

The ED will collaborate with: the board; committees; skilled volunteers; educators promoting faith based stewardship; leaders in statewide faith communities/denominations and congregations; legislators; regulators and select allies involved energy conservation and clean energy policies.  More Information

8.  Jobs with Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

The Urban Garden Program at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum has a number summer jobs available:

  • CityFresh Veggie Facilitator: Lead a team of six teenagers in a summer business model of growing and selling specialty produce to local restaurant chefs.
  • CityFresh Garden Product Facilitator: Lead a team of six teenagers in the design, research, development and marketing of a new garden product.
  • Smart Snack Pop-up Garden Project Coordinator: Lead two teams of teenagers in the implementation, maintenance, education and public engagement about the smart snack pop-up demonstration garden.
  • Children’s Garden in Residence Instructor: Present a 7-week hands-on science in the garden growing experience for children ages 5 to 10 years old.

For full job descriptions and application information visit:  www.arboretum.umn.edu/urbangardenyouthemployment.aspx

9.  Hertog Global Strategy Initiative

The Hertog Global Strategy Initiative (HGSI) seeks talented undergraduates, graduate students, and mid-career professionals for its 2013 seminar on the History of Climate Change and the Future of Global Governance at Columbia University, Department of History, from May 28 - August 16, 2013.

HGSI is a research program that explores how the world community has responded to planetary threats to derive lessons that will help us take on the challenges of the present and the future. Each summer, a select group of participants comes to Columbia University for three months to work with leading scholars and policymakers. This year's initiative hopes to train a new generation of researchers and leaders who understand both the development of climate science and the changing nature of world politics.

Participants pursue original research both independently and in teams. Students will receive eight credit points for the seminar, the equivalent of two semester-long courses at Columbia.

For more information about the program, visit globalstrategy.columbia.edu. You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter. Please direct any further questions to globalstrategy@columbia.edu or 212-854-9854.

Application Deadline: March 5, 2013.  Apply at: http://globalstrategy.columbia.edu/admissions/

10.  SWANA Scholarship

The Minnesota Land of Lakes Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) Scholarship Committee is seeking qualified candidates for the Floyd Forsberg Environmental Scholarship. The Floyd Forsberg Environmental Quality Scholarship is for the 2013-2014 academic year beginning in Sept. 2013.

Scholarship Amount:  This year the SWANA-Land of Lakes chapter is offering a scholarship in the amount of $3,000. The scholarship will be presented at the annual SWANA conference in the fall, scholarship recipients are also invited to speak at the Annual Conference & Show. In addition, two $500 scholarships will be awarded to the runners up.  

Eligible Applicants:  Minnesota college students currently enrolled in Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering, Environmental Health, Environmental Sciences, Soil Science, Solid Waste Management or other environmental related programs at post high school educational institutions located in Minnesota with sophomore standing or higher are eligible to apply.

To Be Considered:  In order to be considered for this year's scholarship, applications must be emailed or postmarked by 4 p.m., May 31, 2013. Completed applications must be mailed, emailed, or hand delivered to Thomas Halbach.  More Information

11.  Summer Environmental Work in New York State’s Adirondack Park

The Watershed Stewardship Program (WSP) at Paul Smith's College in New York state is a community-based program designed primarily toeducate the public about aquatic invasive species (AIS) issues pertaining to specific watersheds.  Stewards interact with visitors at boat ramps and perform watercraft inspections intended to prevent the the transport of AIS. The WSP also fulfills research and service functions.  More Information

12.  Grassroots Campaigns Hiring

Grassroots Campaigns is currently hiring Assistant Canvass Directors to run field campaigns on behalf of issue based organizations like Oxfam America, ACLU, The Nature Conservancy, and the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Grassroots Campaigns is looking to interview top students to join our teams as Assistant Canvass Directors!  There is no better time get involved and shape the next generation of activists that will take this country in a more progressive direction and see change on issues that matter now.

Students who are interested should apply directly to:  Mac Smith, msmith@grassrootscampaigns.com, 917-866-9804.

13.  Colorado Ecosystem Field Studies Summer Course

Colorado Ecosystem Field Studies is offering a summer 2013 credit field course.  You will:

  • Study, hike, & camp in the amazing foothills of the Rocky Mountains
  • Gain valuable career skills in hands-on ecosystem field research
  • Earn 3 undergraduate semester transfer credits

You will have an opportunity to apply your classroom/textbook learning while immersed in an incredible Colorado ecosystem settingThis course is accredited by the University of Montana at Missoula Environmental Studies Program - ENST 391.

Visit  www.ecofs.org for more information.

14.  Colorado College Summer Course

Colorado College is offering a summer course called "Topics in Environmental Science:  Ecology and Land Use in the Pyreness."  This course, taught largely in Spanish, will use extensive field trips to explore the extraordinarily diverse ecosystems of the Pyrenees region and to analyze how intensive human use over two thousand years has affected the landscape.  We will integrate an overview of the human history and culture of the region with changes in land use that have shaped the landscape in the past and present. Throughout the course we will review and build Spanish language skills, including vocabulary, grammar and overall abilities to listen, read, discuss, and write. By the end of the course, students should know more about the ecology of the Pyrenees, have stronger Spanish, be familiar with the basic history and culture of Spain, and also implicitly assume that they can function at a moderately competent level in another language and culture.  If you have any questions about this course, contact  Jim Ebersole, jebersole@coloradocollege.edu.

15.  Conference at Lawrence University - April 5-7

You are invited to attend the first annual Community Initiatives in Sustainable Agriculture (CISA) Conference at Lawrence University, April 5-7, 2013, in Appleton, WI.

The Community Initiatives in Sustainable Agriculture Conference is aimed at young people who are interested in sustainable agriculture. Our purpose is to build confidence in sustainable agriculture as a viable and worthwhile pursuit. Our mission is to provide the necessary community, resources, and experience to establish and support new farmers. In addition to building confidence in sustainable agriculture and providing a venue for young people to engage in conversations and educational activities, CISA is the launching point of our Community Farm Incubator Program. The details and plans for the Community Farm Incubator Program will be presented at the conference.

Registration Deadline: March 15, 2013.

For more information please visit www.communityfarmincubator.org/gather or email info@communityfarmincubator.org

16.  Internships

  • National Park Service
  • Hennepin County
  • Oceans Campus
  • Environment America
  • Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge
  • Laughing Loon Farm

Information about these internships can be found at:  http://www.macalester.edu/academics/environmentalstudies/studentopportunities/internships/currentopportunities.html

Other internship opportunities can be found at:  www.macalester.edu/internships/students/currentpostings/

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