RSVP to Visit Bee’s Wrap and Co-Op Team Date: Thursday, November 14th from 3:00-5:00 p.m. (meet at the ADK at 2:50 p.m. for transportation) The Innovation Hub’s Vermont Ventures Trip program and the Sustainability Solutions Lab invite you to an afternoon dedicated to learning more about local enterprises dedicated to sustainability. We will first visit the Bee’s Wrap factory in town, meet the team and learn about their eco-friendly food storage product and their growth as a B-Corp company. We will end our trip at the Middlebury Co-Op where we will talk to representatives over some yummy Co-Op snacks provided by us. Transportation will be provided. RSVP here. If you have any questions, please contact Meron Benti at mbenti[at]middlebury,edu.
You are invited to join an Information Session to learn more about the High Meadows Fund 2-year post-graduate Fellowship offered exclusively to Princeton and Middlebury seniors graduating between December 2018-May 2019. Tomorrow’s event, Tuesday, December 4th, is at 4:30 in The Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest (Room 103). Hear from current fellow, Will Lathrop, Environmental Philanthropy Associate and a Princeton graduate. He will discuss his day-to-day work on sustainability issues throughout the state of Vermont and in particular how a community’s values inform their land use.
Here is a description from the the High Meadows Fund of the issues they work on:
Climate disruption threatens Vermont’s communities and working landscape. It is urgent Vermonters address it head-on by both lowering their contribution to a warming planet and adapting to the changes already underway. High Meadows applies this sense of urgency in three areas of focus:
Land Use: Encouraging working farms and forests, compact settlements, and watershed land use that protects communities, soil, and water quality.
Clean and Efficient Energy: Lowering fossil fuel use, especially in homes of low income Vermonters.
Farm, Food and Forest Enterprises: Promoting vibrant enterprises as well as healthy ecosystems.
Attached please find a flyer for the Vermont EPSCoR Undergraduate Internship Program, which offers students a $5,000 stipend and the opportunity to join a team of scientists (faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral associates) conducting research on the coupling of natural and social systems of the Lake Champlain Basin to understand and promote Basin Resilience to Extreme Events (BREE).
Undergraduates will be matched with a research team working for 10 weeks in summer 2019 on the transdisciplinary BREE research program. Research teams are assembled by topic and interact regularly across focus areas including Ecological Systems, Social Systems, and Integrated Assessment Modeling.
The summer 2019 internship runs from May 28 to August 2 at the University of Vermont. In addition to the $5,000 stipend, travel and on-campus lodging will be provided. Interns will have the opportunity to present their research at the Vermont EPSCoR Research Symposium. Applications will be available the first week of December, and the deadline to apply is January 30, 2019.
1) Applications for the new spring positions in the Office of Sustainability Integration are still open, get your apps in by Wednesday! (details below)
2) VERY EXCITING–they are extending the deadline for applications for the Solar Decathlon houses! Applications (available here) are now due on FEBRUARY 16th at NOON.
The Office of Sustainability Integration is hiring for FIVE students to be divided between two brand new positions. Both positions focus on sustainability outreach on campus–one will primarily deal with waste management and the other with energy conservation. These are paid positions.
Details and applications are available at the following links. Applications are due Feb. 14th () at noon.
Dr. Curt Stager visited Middlebury to talk about a new, long-term view of climate change. His book, Deep Future, examines the surprising shifts—and choices—we face in a human-driven era scientists are calling “the Anthropocene”: the Age of Humans.
The Teton Science Schools are offering two internship opportunities to work with sustainability and education in Kelly, Wyoming over J-Term. Yes, really.
As an intern, you will have the chance to work on the school’s sustainability audit (STARS) and the development of a Sustainability Report, describing the outcomes of the audit and the school’s efforts towards sustainability. As part of this program, you will have the option to take a Winter Ecology Course (3-9 days) and work on the development of sustainability curriculum within the Field Education Program, including exploring pedagogy and field teaching, depending on your interests.
Interested? Of course you are. Head to MOJO today to apply!
How do you explain carbon neutrality to a group of first-years? Cue the carbon-shredding sharks, of course! Director of Sustainability Integration Jack Byrne did just that during an orientation barbecue hosted by President Ron Liebowitz and his wife Jessica for the class of 2016. He wanted to get their attention in a new way—and also get them excited to help the college reach its goal of carbon neutrality by the time they graduate. Take a look at how he and his group of Campus Sustainability Coordinators made it happen.