Tag Archives: Sustainability

Sustainable Development J-Term Virtual Internship

Apply to the AASD Virtual J-term Internship
Deadline: Wednesday, November 4th
The Andean Alliance for Sustainable Development (AASD) is a well-established NGO in Peru with over ten years of on-the-ground experience working in sustainable development and with experiential learning programs. In Summer 2020, we hosted our first virtual Summer Development Practicum with the intention to bring Peru to the participants and provide them with a unique virtual learning experience. We are open to providing these experiences in hopes that these programs will motivate participants to eventually come to Peru with the AASD.

Interested candidates should submit a resume and a statement of purpose to anna@alianzaandina.org.  Please limit your Statement of Purpose to 500 words total. Your Statement of Purpose should be forward looking. While it is ok to draw on past experience for examples, we prefer that past experience and qualifications come through in your resume. The following questions should be addressed. 

  • What are you hoping to get out of the AASD 2021 J-term Virtual Practicum?

You are encouraged to find your own faculty adviser to advise you in this application process. You will interview directly with AASD. Please visit the Handshake posting for more information about this J-term Internship. 

Students can learn more about applying for funding assistance through CCE’s CCCS grant application.

Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education-FREE

AASHE Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education
Mobilizing for a Just Transition
October 20 – 22, 2020

Middlebury College is a Host Institution for this virtual conference and FREE REGISTRATION is available for interested Middlebury students, faculty and staff.  Registration includes access to all sessions and events during and for 30 days after the conference.

Humanity faces a series of intensifying and interrelated social and ecological crises. Solving these crises requires a holistic transformation: a shift from an extractive economy to a regenerative economy. With a theme of “Mobilizing for a Just Transition,” this year’s Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education will focus on centering justice within this transformation and ensuring that it leaves no one behind. We seek to encourage higher education sustainability leaders to reflect and act on the Just Transition Principles articulated by the Climate Justice Alliance and to spotlight inspirational examples of institutions championing this work.  (AASHE – Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education)

There are many sessions to choose from, both live and on demand.  Check out the schedules for a list of offerings:
Live Schedule     https://www.aashe.org/conference/program/live-schedule/
On-demand Schedule   https://www.aashe.org/conference/program/on-demand-schedule/

A few of the Keynote Speakers:
Colette Pichon Battle, Executive Director, Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy, will address the need for a just recovery from the COVID -19 pandemic and its associated impacts.
Tuesday, October 20, 10:30 – 11:15a

Tasneem Essop, Executive Director, Climate Action Network – International (CAN), will share lessons learned from her efforts to advance the concept of a just transition in global climate negotiations.
Wednesday October 21: 9:00 – 9:45a

Professor Ibram X. Kendi, Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University and NYT bestselling author, will provide a new frame for understanding racism and provide guidance on how to be an antiracist.
Wednesday, October 21: 1:30 – 2:15p

Robin Wall Kimmerer, Distinguished Teaching Professor, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry Director, Center for Native Peoples and the Environment, will offer reflections and an indigenous perspective on the meanings of a just transition in this special keynote address.
Thursday, October 22: 9:00 – 9:45a

If you are interested in registering for the Conference, please reach out and email Tracy Himmel Isham at thimmeli[at]middlebury.edu.

Virtual Info Session: U360 Business Sustainability Internship

INFORMATION SESSIONS:

  • Friday, June 26th 2020, 10:30 am – 11:30 am EDT (Register HERE)
  • Tuesday, June 30th 2020, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm EDT (Register HERE)
  • Wednesday, July 8th 2020, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EDT. (Register HERE)

If you have an interest in sustainability or business (or both!) and are looking for an internship for next school year, then Manomet’s U360 program might just be the opportunity you’ve been seeking!

Learn all about this experiential education and professional development program from the Program Manager and past U360 students during this virtual info session. We’ll be meeting over Zoom and all you need is the URL to attend this event from wherever you are (but please register in advance).

U360 is designed to Increase students’ knowledge of environmental issues, practical sustainability, and business management, and prepare them for their future careers. The two-semester internship is 8-10 hours per week; is entirely virtual (and always has been), so students participate from their campuses; and up to 6 students are accepted from each of the four New England states every year.

The U360 internship incorporates applied science, business, and sustainability workshops; career skills training; sustainability assessments of small businesses; and a Capstone project. Specifically, students spend the majority of the program interviewing up to 25 small businesses each about their current practices, and the internship ends with each student creating a Sustainability Action Plan for one business they interviewed and presenting it to a panel of business leaders in a final Capstone Competition. U360 focuses on the skills that employers most seek—communication, teamwork, professionalism, creative problem-solving, and strategic thinking—while giving students a unique professional experience that differentiates them from their peers when entering the workforce and helps them build confidence, develop a professional network, and gain a vast understanding of business operations.

Read the full job description and program details HERE on Handshake.

Are you looking for seed funding to work on a personal project this summer?

The Innovation Hub invites you to apply to MiddChallenge, a pitch competition that gives students (including graduating seniors) the opportunity to win up to $3,000 to work on their innovation ideas this summer.

A little briefing on how the competition works — students will choose to apply to one of four different competition categories: Business, Technology, Social Impact and Sustainability, and Arts. Students should submit their applications before March 19th. The top proposals in each category will be selected to pitch their idea for 10 minutes to a panel of judges, and two projects in each category will receive funding. Past winners have worked on their project either full time or alongside another summer internship. More info about the event, including the application form, can be found at go/middchallenge. Please reach out to mbenti@middlebury.edu with any questions.

Sustainability in Practice: Field Trip to Bee’s Wrap

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.

High Meadows Fund 2-Yr. Post-Grad Fellowship-Info Session 12/4

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.

We do our work through charitable grantmaking, research, convenings, direct engagement of our staff, and investing for mission impact. We particularly value social and marketplace innovation and collaboration.

Please see our website, www.highmeadowsfund.org, for more information and join the event tomorrow to learn more about the position or contact thimmeli[at]middlebury.edu if you cannot attend.

 

VT EPSCoR Summer Environmental Research Opportunity-Deadline Jan. 30th

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.

 For more information, see our website at https://epscor.w3.uvm.edu/epscor, or contact us at this email address if you have any questions.

Thank you,

The VT EPSCoR CWDD Team

 Funding Provided by NSF OIA 1556770

 

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