ON CAMPUS EVENT: Securitization of Water, Climate Change, and Migration Linkages in Israel, Jordan, and Syria (4/16)

Securitization of Water, Climate Change, and Migration Linkages in Israel, Jordan, and Syria with Dr. Weinthal
Searles 315
April 16, 2014 7:30-9:00 PM

Protracted droughts and scarce water resources combined with internal and cross-border migration have contributed to the securitization of discourses around migration and water in much of the Middle East. This presentation will examine how Israel, Jordan, and Syria frame issues of water, climate change, and migration as national security concerns in different ways. Dr. Weinthal and her colleagues identify two different framings of the water-climate-migration nexus, depending on whether migration is largely external or internal. In Israel and Jordan, concern with influxes of external migrants elevated migration as a security issue in part through impacts on already-scarce water resources. In Syria, where severe drought in the early 2000s prompted large-scale internal migration, officials downplayed connections between scarce water resources, drought, and internal migration, part of a broader pattern of rural neglect.

Dr. Weinthal specializes in global environmental politics and natural resource policies with a particular emphasis on water and energy. The main focus of her research is on the origins and effects of environmental institutions. Her research on water politics in conflict regions (e.g. the Gaza Strip in the Middle East) focuses on how the environment might be harnessed for peace building.

Dr. Weinthal is Associate Professor of Environmental Policy and Associate Dean for International Programs at Duke University, Nicholas School of the Environment. She earned a PhD in Political Science from Columbia University.

ON CAMPUS EVENT: Grinners, Green Dinners Hosted by Green Bowdoin Alliance

Moulton North Dining Room
Every Wednesday
5:30 – 7:30
Hosted by Green Bowdoin Alliance

Interested in justice? Care about the environment? Come and talk about these and other issues in a friendly, exciting setting! We’re a group of passionate people meeting to talk about current environmental events, ideas, etc. It’s casual — come whe you can and bring a topic you want to talk about!


ON CAMPUS EVENT: The Future of Cars (4/18)

The Future of Cars: Bridging Towards Petroleum Alternatives
Friday, April 18, 12:30-1:30
Beam Classroom, VAC

The Panelists

Ben Burke: a geologist with Noble Energy Inc. in Denver, Colorado, where he leads a small team in the production group. He has also worked for ExxonMobil Exploration, Development, and Production Companies as well as for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, both in Houston. In the environmental consulting realm, he ahs worked for Maine-based Woodard and Curran, Inc., in Connecticut for several years. He is a collaborating professor with Iowa State University and a former adjunct professor at Arapahoe Community College in Littleton Colorado. He holds an AB from Bowdoin in Geology and Russian with a minor in History, a MBA from Texas A&M, and a PhD from Dartmouth College in Earth Science.

Mark Rosenblatt: Has been working to open the transportation market to competitive fuels for over ten years. As a tech investor and entrepreneur, Mark has been investing in and building companies for over 25 years. He serves on the boards of RiverMeadow Software and Luminoso Technology. Most recently he founded and ran a Predictive Analytics Software Company, Rationalwave Analytics, sold to Bottomline Technologies in early 2014. He holds a BS in electrical engineering and an MBA from Yale.

Tom Twist: sustainability office for the Chewonki Foundation, a nonprofit located in Wiscasset, Maine. He is responsible for all renewable advancements on the Chewonki campus and is helping the institution move towards a greener fleet of vehicles. He is currently using a blend of high-efficiency vehicles, electric vehicles, and bio diesel blends to lessen the fleet’s impact.

ON CAMPUS EVENT: Eco Service Day (4/19)

Eco Service Day
Saturday, April 19
9:00AM – 4:00PM

Eco Service Day is April 19th this year! All participants get a tee shirt and a high five from Captain Planet. It’s a fun event, as many of you know.

We have 5 local organizations we’re helping out:

9am-12:30…Maine Building Materials Exchange, Lisbon
9am-12:30…Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust Community Garden
12:30-4… Maine Building Materials Exchange, Lisbon
12:30-4… Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust Community Garden
12:30-4…Bowdoin Organic Garden
12:30-4…Cathance River Education Alliance (CREA)
12:30-4…Friends of the Town Commons



OFF CAMPUS EVENT: How Green is Your Grocer? Presentation at Frontier (4/17)

Manomet presents How Green is Your Grocer? An Engaging Conversation with Peter Cooke and Kasey Harris
Frontier Theatre, Brunswick ME
Thursday, April 17 5:30-7:00
Admission to Presentation Free with Reservation
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Everyone needs groceries. With more than 36,000 supermarkets across the United States, the sector plays a huge part in our lives. But have you ever thought about how your supermarket manages its environmental footprint?

Working closely with Hannaford Supermarkets, Manomet Program Manager Peter Cooke developed the nation’s first and only grocery sustainability certification system — known as the Grocery Stewardship Certification (GSC).

Join Manomet Center on April 17 for an engaging conversation with Peter Cooke and Kasey Harris, Hannaford Sustainability Programs Specialist about grocery sustainability and the new Manomet certification system.  Registration is required.  This event is free and open to the public.

OFF CAMPUS EVENT: Urban Ecology: The State of the Science and its Future Directions (4/17)

Jianguo(Jingle) Wu – Urban Ecology: The State of the Science and its Future Directions
University of Southern Maine University, Glickman Library
Thursday, April 17, 10:30-11:30AM in room 423/424

Jianguo (Jingle) Wu is the Dean’s Distinguished Professor of Landscape Ecology and Sustainability Science at the School of Life Sciences & Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University. Wu earned his B.S. in biology from Inner Mongolia University and M.S. and Ph.D. in ecology from Miami University. A National Science Foundation (NSF) postdoctoral fellow at Cornell University and Princeton University, Wu has authored 12 books and more than 220 journal articles and book chapters in the areas of landscape ecology, biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, urban ecology, and sustainability science. He is a co-PI and Leadership Team member for the Central Arizona-Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research project (CAP-LTER) and a founding faculty member of Global Institute of Sustainability (2004) and School of Sustainability at Arizona State University.




JOB OPPORTUNITY: Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. Paralegal Position

Environmental Law Paralegal Position
Application found here: B&D – Paralegal Assistant Job Description and Criteria

Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., one of the nation’s leading environmental law practice boutiques, is looking for a paralegal assistant to support the firm’s expanding international environmental and product stewardship practice. We are seeking an individual with a demonstrated interest in international, legal and/or environmental issues who has strong research, writing, organizational and communications skills.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

1. Works with attorneys, staff, clients, co-counsel and independent consultants to obtain documents and reference materials for client or practice group needs

2. Organizes and maintains documents and other legal support materials

3. Conducts research, retrieves documents/information, provides updates related to environmental initiatives within U.S. federal agencies, the U.S. Congress and international organizations

4. Conducts research, retrieves documents/information, provides updates related to international environmental agreements, foreign environmental laws and selected industry issues

5. Utilizes Internet, databases, and other computerized litigation support to compile materials for the practice group

6. Monitors and reviews periodicals, newspapers, trade press articles, websites, Congressional Records, etc., for current developments in the environmental field

7. Drafts legislation tracking charts, correspondence, Freedom of Information Act Requests and memoranda

8. Proofreads typed material for contextual, grammatical, typographical and spelling errors

9. Checks accuracy and validity of factual and legal citations in pleadings and legal memoranda using documents, library and on-line resources

10. Attends Congressional and Administrative hearings, relevant meetings and conferences as directed and report on the same

11. Assists with preparing PowerPoint presentations, including graphics

12. Utilizes spreadsheets to create budgeting and invoicing tracking charts

13. Attends meetings and webinars as requested by attorneys

14. Indexes or enters documents into document management system as directed

15. Other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

1. Bachelor’s Degree

2. One year of related experience

3. Excellent written and verbal communication skills

4. Highly proficient in office computer programs such as Windows, Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and document management system software programs. Advanced skill in PowerPoint and Excel is strongly preferred.

5. Knowledge of legal principles and practices at a level normally acquired through formal paralegal training or its equivalent

6. Ability to conduct Internet search

7. Ability to prioritize, organize and complete multiple tasks under time constraints

8. Ability to concentrate and pay close attention to detail

9. Foreign language abilities (in addition to English) preferred

10. Ability to retrieve and distribute print volumes, push and pull packages and books weighing up to 20 pounds, and ability to retrieve objects from shelves of up to 8 feet high and replace same

11. Ability to work more than 37.5 hours per week to perform the essential duties of the position, which may frequently require irregular hours

SUMMER OPPORTUNITY: Natural Leaders Network Legacy Camp (App Due 4/30)

Natural Leaders 2014 Training Camps
Applicants who are selected to participate in this year’s Legacy Camp will receive intensive training and ongoing support to create lasting social change in their communities to ensure that all children (and adults) experience the benefits of a meaningful, daily connection with the natural world. Leaders are trained in four key skill areas: Community Organizing, Outdoor Leadership, Event Planning, and Public Speaking.
Leaders leave the camp with:
• a new and powerful network of colleagues and friends
• practical skills to make a difference in their community
• increased leadership capacity for connecting people to nature in their career either in traditional or non-traditional “green” jobs
Fifty slots are available in the 2014 Natural Leaders Legacy Camp which will be held July 20th-25th at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, with generous support from the REI Foundation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and The North Face and many individual supporters. All meals, lodging, program, and materials provided at no cost to participants. Transportation is not included. [+] find out more
Applications are due April 30th, 2014 and the selections will be announced by May 15, 2014.

SUMMER OPPORTUNITY: Hydrology Field Assistant Position (App due 4/21)

2014 Summer Student Hydrology Field Assistant Positions:
The Environmental Geosciences Group in the School of Earth and Climate Sciences and the Senator George J. Mitchell Center -  Maine Water Resources Research Institute are sponsoring several summer field assistant positions for undergraduate or graduate students. The shared positions will support field activities related to watershed and groundwater projects in Maine, including locations near Orono, Houlton, Wells, Sebago, and Bar Harbor.
Activities may include stream channel surveys, drainage network mapping, stream flow and groundwater measurement, and water quality sampling. Tasks may include operation of sampling and survey equipment, GIS mapping, data management, and other supportive activities related to project operations. Some of the work may involve water sampling during storm events in coastal areas.
The paid positions will run for 10 to 12 weeks (May through August). Preference given to students that have completed coursework related to hydrology and/or have had student experiences involving field work. Pay scale will be based on standard University rates.
Applications, including resume and cover letter, should be sent by email to John Peckenham (jpeck@maine.edu) by 5pm on April 21 (address is also listed below). Questions can be directed by email John Peckenham, Sean Smith (sean.m.smith@maine.edu) or Andrew Reeve (asreeve@maine.edu).