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This Just In!

A monthly newsletter published by the
Macalester Environmental Studies Department

March 25, 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.  Jobs at The Fund for Public Interest - Info Meetings March 26 and 27
2.  Macalester FoodRoots - Share Your Experience on April 1
3.  Women's Environmental Network Event - April 3
4.  Metro CERT Spring Resource and Networking Event - April 17
5.  Beez Kneez
6.  Call for Applications: The History of Climate Change and the Future of Global Governance
7.  Global Engagement Studies Institute
8.  Food, Farm and Sustainability Institute
9.  Internships

1.  Jobs at The Fund for Public Interest - Info Meetings March 26 and 27

The Fund for the Public Interest is a national non-profit organization that works to build support for progressive organizations across the country. They run campaigns for the Human Rights Campaign, USPIRG, and Environment America.  Last summer their staff helped ban off-shore drilling to protect our coasts, repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and increase food safety standards to make school lunches safer- all while building valuable leadership skills.

Currently, they have paid positions open on their campaign staff in each of their locations. They require that interested candidates are hard workers and have excellent communication skills.  As a member of their staff, you will fundraise, build membership for our partner groups, and educate and activate citizens on pressing issues. You will also have the opportunity to organize press conferences and build coalitions with other non-profit organizations. While on staff, you gain knowledge of pressing concerns our country is facing, learn how to effectively generate public support, and obtain a firm understanding of the political process.

They will be holding information sessions and interviews at Macalester College on March 26 and 27, 2013, at 10 a.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. each day. Call 1-800-75EARTH for location information! To apply today, please visit www.JobsThatMatter.org or call 1-800-75-EARTH (753-2784).

2.  Macalester FoodRoots - Share Your Experience on April 1

Have you worked on an organic farm in the United States or abroad? Would you like to share your experiences and advice with other interested students?

If yes, Macalester FoodRoots invites you to sit on our "Why WWOOF: Your Experiences, Questions, and Advice" panel. This Food Week event will take place on Monday, April 1, at 4:45 p.m. in the Harmon room of the library. After a short (15-20 minute) Q&A session with panel members, we will break into small groups to discuss experiences and answer questions about WWOOFing in different areas of the globe. Come share what you learned, what you would recommend, and some of the life-changing moments that made your experience unique. In addition, we will have snacks!

If you are interested, please contact Abby Rosenfeld at arosenfe@macalester.edu.

3.  Women's Environmental Network Event - April 3

The Women's Environmental Network presents the 4th Annual Networking in the Environmental Field Event on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, from 6-8 p.m., Hamline University, Kay Fredricks Room, 3rd Floor of Klas Center.

  • Meet one-on-one with event sponsors.
  • See how their positions are related to the environment (sustainability, CSR, education, health & safety, consulting, wetlands and more!).
  • Learn about environmentally-related jobs in a variety of business sectors.
  • Bring your resume. Career professionals from different universities can offer you advice.
  • Talk to others who have found jobs in the environmental field.
  • Exchange business practices/share your organization’s environmental efforts.
  • Build or refresh your network.

Register at www.fwef.org.

4.  Metro CERT Spring Resource and Networking Event - April 17

Join Metro Clean Energy Resource Team (CERT) affiliates, partners & friends to celebrate their 6th year of connecting communities to resources!  Hear about their work and exciting energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, and find out how you can work to reduce your energy footprint. The program will be followed by a resource fair, cash bar, light appetizers, and networking!

When:  Wednesday, April 17, 4-8 p.m.
Where:  Science Museum of Minnesota, 120 Kellogg Blvd. W, St. Paul

Agenda:

  • Electric Vehicles in Minnesota:  Jukka Kukkonen, PlugInConnect
  • Wright-Hennepin Community Solar:  Steve Nisbet, Wright-Hennepin Electric Cooperative
  • Metro CERT Affiliate Action:  Jen McLoughlin, City of Woodbury
  • After-Program:  Resources, Networking, Light Appetizers, and Cash Bar

Register for free at http://MetroCERTannual2013.eventbrite.com

5.  Beez Kneez

Erin Rupp, a 2004 Environmental Studies graduate, would like to tell you about "Beez Kneez":

The Beez Kneez is a small Minneapolis based organization I've helped to grow. Kristy Allen started it in 2010; she dresses up like a bee and delivers honey to people's doors by bicycle.  I joined her at the end of 2011 to start Community Bees on Bikes, the education arm of the business.  The Beez Kneez LLC is an education, honey production and honey distribution organization. We establish and maintain honey bee hives in community spaces in the Twin Cities and teach public classes in those hives. 

We're halfway through (and 66% funded!) a fundraising campaign through Kickstarter, an easy social fundraising platform, for a Beez Kneez Honey House- a hive of our own.  The honey house will be a place to extract and bottle honey (for us, for the Twin Cities beekeeping community), an education and community gathering space, and a logistical hub for all the programming we do.  Our campaign describes it better:
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/thebeezkneez/revive-the-hive-with-the-beez-kneez-honey-house

6.  Call for Applications: The History of Climate Change and the Future of Global Governance

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.

Department of History, Columbia University
May 28 - August 16, 2013
New York, NY

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 or financial aid opportunities, visit: globalstrategy.columbia.edu. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter. Please direct any further questions to globalstrategy@columbia.edu or 212-854-9854.

Apply at:  globalstrategy.columbia.edu
Deadline:  April 12, 2013 (Note: applicants will be admitted on a rolling basis)

7.  Global Engagement Studies Institute

There are still available spaces in the 2013 program Global Engagement Studies Institute (GESI) offered by Northwestern University for the countries of the Dominican Republic & Haiti, Bolivia, Nicaragua, India, Uganda, and South Africa.  This program is for undergraduates who are looking for a meaningful study abroad and internship experience this summer.  They have several internship placements that are directly relevant to students interested in environmental studies and policy.

What:  GESI students design and implement a community development project with their host community and a small interdisciplinary team of talented students from across the country. 

When:  June 17- August 24, 2013.

Why:  So many reasons!

  • Meaningful cultural immersion through homestays 
  • Two full Northwestern course credits (the equivalent of 6 semester hours) 
  • On-the-ground professional experience 
  • Lifelong friendships with passionate students from around the country

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until April 1, 2013.  Spaces are filling up fast, so apply today to secure your spot in your first choice country location.   More information can be found on their website: www.gesi.northwestern.edu. To see examples of student projects from previous years, visit their Facebook page and look at the albums.   Apply online at www.gesi.northwestern.edu/application-process.

8.  Food, Farm and Sustainability Institute

The second annual Food, Farm, and Sustainability Institute at Hampshire College is a six week summer academic program designed for undergraduate students interested in sustainable agriculture and food studies.

From June 3 to July 12, students will be immersed in the study and practice of sustainable agriculture, guided by the overarching theme of “New England Terroir”---the conditions in which a food is grown or produced and that give the food its unique characteristics---as a way to contextualize the flavors of our fields and soils in our food.

Students will participate in the daily operations of the farm, learning about everything from integrated, sustainable vegetable production to holistic animal husbandry and bee-keeping.  Each week, students will delve deeply into a specific area of inquiry with expert faculty, from topics ranging from compost and soil to food biochemistry (think cheese!) to animals in agroecosystems. They will also address global issues such as trade and food sovereignty, climate change, and regional resilience.

Application review begins on April 1, 2013.  For more detailed information about the Food, Farm, and Sustainability Institute, please visit the website: ffs.hampshire.edu. If you have any questions, please contact ffs@hampshire.edu.

9.  Internships

  • Superior National Forest
  • Second Harvest Heartland
  • Wyoming Wilderness Association
  • Mill City Farmers Market

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

Other internship opportunities can be found at:  www.macalester.edu/internships/findinganinternship/index.html

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