On Campus Event: Cities at Sea, with David Bruce ’13 (3/3)

Cities at Sea: Dave Bruce ’13 Watson Fellowship Gallery Opening and Talk
Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 7:00PM
Digital Media Lab, Edwards Hall
Edwards Art Center

As a Watson Fellow, David Bruce (ES/Visual Art) lived in coastal cities vulnerable to sea level rise and coastal storms that are rapidly growing. He drew, painted, thought, read, and wrote about vulnerability and resilience. On March 3rd, he will be telling some of his stories, sharing his videos and images, and framing the larger themes from his year. Join us to see Dave’s Watson Fellowship drawings and paintings and listen to his talk! Co-sponsored by Visual Art and the ES Program.

On Campus Event: Brown Bag Lunch Home Weatherization- Where does the energy go? Monday 3/9 12-1

Brown Bag Lunch: Home Weatherization – Where does the energy go?
UMaine Mechanical Engineering Professor Emeritus, Richard Hill
Monday, March 9th – Noon-1pm
Adams Hall Room 208

For forty-six years Professor Dick Hill was a very important part of the University of Maine’s Mechanical Engineering Department where he was also Director of the Department of Industrial Cooperation for the last thirty years of his tenure. In addition to his work as professor of Mechanical Engineering, Professor Hill has educated the people of Maine through numerous public speaking engagements, fourteen years of weekly radio presentations on energy matters for five MPBN stations, and his more recent weekly three hour hour-long radio call-in program on energy related matters. He has been invited to speak to Bowdoin’s Office EcoReps about home weatherization –a timely topic! His talk will cover information that will help Bowdoin employees understand where they can get the best bang for their buck in terms of efficiency projects (insulation, caulking, windows, etc) focusing primarily on building envelop. Home energy flows cannot be managed until they can be monitored. He will focus on “how do we know where the energy goes’. The brown-bag lunch talk will be open to all faculty and staff that would like to join us. Feel free to bring your own lunch – cookies and coffee will be provided. Please RSVP to Keisha Payson at cpayson@bowdoin.edu or x3086.

Off Campus Event: 2015 Maine Sustainability and Water Conference (3/31)

Attend or Present a Poster in the 2015 Maine Sustainability and Water Conference
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
August Civic Center, Augusta, ME
Cost for Registration for Student with a poster is $25
Learn more about the Sustainability Conference at the event’s website

Poster Abstracts

The submission deadline for poster abstracts is Monday, March 9, 2015.

*Please note: Students who have submitted posters must register for the conference.  The rate for students submitting posters is $25. Select the poster option at registration. Register (Online)

Posters invited for display will address one or more aspects of the following:

  • Water quality/quantity. These may include chemical, biological, hydrological, and geochemical aspects of surface and ground waters, and their policy and economic implications.
  • Sustainability. These may include implementation and evaluation of policies and practices that promote economic development while protecting ecosystem health and fostering community well-being.

For 2015, the juried poster competition will include three judging categories: graduate, undergraduate and high-school.

Non-student poster presentations based on appropriate research findings are also accepted for display. Please note that we will not accept posters that are considered advertising. Organizations that wish to advertise should register as exhibitors.

Guidelines for Poster Abstracts

  • Indicate that this is a poster presentation.
  • Indicate judging category: graduate, undergraduate, high school, or NA for non-student posters.
  • Provide a title which accurately summarizes the subject of the presentation.
  • Indicate names and affiliations of all authors (include address, phone, and e-mail).
  • Bold and underline the name(s) of the presenting author(s).
  • Provide an abstract not to exceed 250 words.
  • Abstract must state the purpose, significant results, and main conclusion of work.
  • Abstract should be single-spaced using 12-point Times Roman. Abstracts should be submitted as a Microsoft Word document or as an rtf file.

Please submit abstracts as an e-mail attachment to umgmc@maine.edu.

Guidelines for Poster Presenters

  • Poster presenters must register for the conference. Registration information is available at http://umaine.edu/mitchellcenter/
  • Students must be present at their posters during the morning poster session (10:30am-11:30am).
  • Maximum poster size is 4ft x 3ft (landscape).
  • Posters do not need to be mounted. Push pins are provided.
  • Student posters are judged on the following criteria:
    • Definition of problem/hypothesis
    • Use and description of methods
    • Description of results
    • Interpretation of results
    • Clarity of expression and visual organization

Internship Opportunity: Charles River Watershed Science Internships

Charles river watershed science internshipsCharles River Watershed Association Watershed Science Internships
Opportunities are currently available for watershed science internships with CRWA. CRWA’s internship program offers on the job training in a variety of field science and watershed management tasks. Areas of focus may differ depending on intern skills and interest, but may include support for field science projects, the annual Charles River Earth Day Cleanup, volunteer engagement, invasive plant management and removal, data management and analysis, and environmental advocacy.
Internship Details:
• All internships are unpaid, but in many cases, interns are able to coordinate with their school programs to receive college credit
• Internship schedules are flexible within normal business hours
• The internship program requires a commitment of at least 16 hours per week
• Interns work directly with CRWA staff and volunteers
• See below for information on application and intern program timeline
Potential Skills Gained:
• Learning about important water quality and environmental issues
• Volunteer engagement, communications and event planning
• Professional experience working with a small non-profit organization
• Working with various types of water quality data
• Watershed mapping and spatial data display
• Grant and report writing
• Field investigations of water quality issues and rain event run-off monitoring
• Learn more about current CRWA projects
Desired Experience:
• An interest in environmental and water quality issues
• Willingness to learn and ability to work independently
• A major or coursework in civil/environmental engineering, water resources, hydrology, biology, chemistry, environmental science, or a related field
• Access to a car and a valid driver’s license is helpful
• Experience with Microsoft Office Suite, especially Excel
• GIS experience

Internship Schedules Application Period Internship Period
Spring November 1 – 30 January 2 – May 31
Summer* March 1 – April 30 June 1 – August 31
Fall July 1 – August 15 September 1 – December 31

*Summer internships require a time commitment of 24 hrs/week
If interested in this opportunity, please submit a cover letter and resume to Elisabeth Cianciola.

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CRWA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of age, class, color, disability, ethnicity, faith, gender, national origin, race, or sexual orientation.

Internships: New England Water Pollution Control Commission (from Dan Peckham ’12)

Two new internship opportunities sent by Dan Peckham ’12 (ES/Econ), Environmental Analyst with New England Water Pollution Control Commission (NEWPCC)

Dan writes: “I just wanted to pass along two additional internship positions from NEIWPCC for the upcoming summer. As always, I’d be happy to talk with current students who may be interested.

The Lake Champlain Basin Program is a great group of people, and I can’t think of many better places to spend a summer than Burlington, VT!”


Lake Champlain Basin Program GIS Intern and Lake Champlain Basin Program Education and Outreach Intern. If you use the link below you will directed to the website posting where you can access the full job descriptions. Please let us know if you have any questions about these positions.
Click here for the neiwpcc employment website


Internship: Maine Standard Biofuels

Maine Standard Biofuels in Westbrook is the only biofuels company in Maine and growing. With a staff of 14 ( including drivers) – these are  folks with a passion for biofuels. They take on interns – not usually paid – who share their passion for biofuels and have a background in gov’t – marketing etc (not really pure science people). They are just now starting to produce a cleaning product with the byproduct of the biofuels process.

Anyone interested in working with Maine Standard Biofuels are encouraged to reach out to Cynthia Kingsford in Career Planning. E-mail her at ckingsfo@bowdoin.edu

Summer Workshop Opportunity: Conservation Media Group Workshops

Conservation Media Group Summer 2015 One Week Workshops
Session 1: July 5-11
Session 2: July 12-18

We invite you to try our unique seven-day residential workshop model of pairing media-makers with conservation organizations –starting DAY ONE. 


Goal and summary of our one-week workshop:  to advance your media production and distribution skills and to introduce you to a conservation organization via collaborative work on a co-production that you will complete within the week.  You will also co-design a distribution plan that includes measurement of the impact of your production. Each workshop participant will be paired with your own conservation group.  Besides the immediate utility and production credit with this established group and its constituency/viewership, you will also meet and join supportive production colleagues in the CMG community that will help you develop a foothold with like-minded talented people and the future of conservation media.

Partner Conservation Groups:  Appalachian Mountain Club (New England), Conservation Law Foundation (New England), The Nature Conservancy (Global), Hurricane Island Foundation (Maine), Island Institute (Maine), Society for the Protection of New England Forests (New Hampshire), Te mana o te moana (Marine Protection in French Polynesia), Ocean View Foundation (Rhode Island), The Ocean Foundation (Global), World Ocean Observatory (Global).  Additional groups will be added by the end of 2014.

Location:  CMG workshops will be held at the Lewis Center in Kensington, New Hampshire.  This spectacular 400-acre retreat is a 90 minute drive from Boston, traveling northeast along the coast.

Cost to participant:  $1,200 all inclusive except for travel to and from Kensington. $1,150 Early Bird (fully registered by 5pm December 19, 2014)

2015 Instructors:   David Conover is Founder and Director of the Conservation Media Group, and has piloted CMG through its first campaign collaborations, using innovative distribution and impact measurement developed with commercial clients.  After more than two decades as a successful working professional, he has a broad and established network within the ocean community.   He is also finishing up a year as the Coastal Studies Scholar at Bowdoin College.  David Wright is a veteran cameraman and producer focusing on environmental, science and natural history subjects. Starting out in the business at Oxford Scientific Films, he has a strong technical background in documentary shooting but also high speed, time-lapse and motion control.  David also teaches a series of production workshops for National Geographic and Expedition Travel company Lindblad.  He works with Nikon to give public presentations and write articles on the use of HDSLR.

Skill Level Prerequisite, Production Applicants: An intermediate level of field and post-production competency is required.  You must demonstrate working knowledge and experience with at least one professional or prosumer camera format, as well as an understanding of audio.  A link to your work must be submitted with registration for review, with your role clearly defined.

Skill Level Prerequisite, Distribution Applicants: Two years of experience with “Content Marketing” using video is required.  You must demonstrate a working knowledge of basic video analytic tools, such as YouTube Analytics, Vimeo Analytics, or Omniture. Please submit a link to a past Content Marketing campaign with registration for review, with your role clearly defined.

Summer Internship Opportunity: Solar Development Program Summer Internship (Application Due 3/3)

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Location: Belmont, California

Eligible for: Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors

How to Apply: Apply Online with a Resume and Cover Letter on eBear AND with a web application here

Applications: accepted until March 3, 2015

At SunEdison, we are looking for talented self-starters with imagination, creativity and vision. In addition, we are seeking individuals who are original thinkers, possess the drive to achieve quick results, and have the capacity to assume increasing responsibility in a highly successful global organization. Ideal candidates will have a passion for the solar industry and desire to be part of a team with goals to change the way the world’s energy is produced, distributed, and consumed.

The Solar Development Program (SDP) offers training and professional development to candidates at the undergraduate, graduate, and recent graduate level. Throughout the 10- to 12-week-long internship, summer interns will gain commercial business experience in an area integral to SunEdison’s day-to-day operations with a strong emphasis on training and mentorship. Interns are matched with a particular business unit with responsibilities that include a combination of project-based work and support functions to the broader team. Students should address cover letters to:

Lauren Edelman, SDP Analyst
600 Clipper Drive
Belmont CA 94002

SunEdison is leading the solar industry with a strong “one company, one culture” environment that allows you to innovate, expand your potential, and own your future. This environment encourages positive thinking, integrity, and a “together we win” attitude. In addition to providing a climate for professional growth, SunEdison offers competitive salary. SunEdison is an equal employment/affirmative action employer. If you need accommodation for any part of the employment process because of a medical condition or disability, please send an e-mail to RTI_SunEdison@adp.com

Learn more about SunEdison at http://www.sunedison.com/ and in this video

Summer Opportunity: UNH Climate Fellowships (App due 3/13)

University of New Hampshire Sustainability Institute Climate Fellowships
Deadline to Apply: March 13, 2015
Learn More, and Apply, by March 13th at https://sustainableunh.unh.edu/climatefellowsClimate-Fellowships-600

The University of New Hampshire’s Sustainability Institute is inviting applications for our competitive Climate Fellowships.     http://www.sustainableunh.unh.edu/climatefellows

The Climate Fellows program pairs outstanding students with challenging, important projects that will propel the US toward a low-carbon, climate-resilient future. Fellows each undertake challenging deliverables, and receive supervision, mentorship, unique networking opportunities, and a $6000 stipend.

The Climate Fellows program was started in 2008 by the nonprofit Clean Air-Cool Planet, which focused on practical solutions to climate change and its impacts.  It now has more than 70 alumni—climate professionals in positions of innovation and leadership across the US and the globe.

Time commitment:  40 hours per week, June 1-August 14, 2015

Location:  Project-dependent.  2015 Fellows may be based in Durham, NH; in Boston, MA; or in Bozeman, MT. For some projects, state or regional travel may be required.

What You Need to Know Before Applying:

  • All applicants should be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program when they apply (college seniors graduating in May are welcome.)
  • Academic backgrounds in the fields indicated in the individual project postings are preferred; these vary widely.
  • We will encourage, but not require, an academic sponsor or reference for each fellow, and where possible we will ask that course credits are awarded.
  • There is a MANDATORY three-day, two-night orientation in Durham, NH, from May 27th-29st.  Lodging and food will be provided, but Fellows are asked to pay their own associated travel costs.
  • There is a $35 application fee, payable online.  (However, this may be waived for UNH students or in the case of financial hardship.  To request a waiver, applicants should contact UNHSI.)
  • The Fellowship does not cover any costs for temporary (summer) relocation or housing, beyond the $6,000 stipend.

The 2015 Projects:

Climate Solutions New England (CSNE) Case Studies: Work with CSNE network to identify and document examples of cutting-edge solutions that address climate change mitigation and adaptation, and provide multiple socio economic benefits.

Food Solutions New England (FSNE) Outreach: Create web-based outreach materials to help transform the New England food system into a resilient driver of racial equity and food justice, health, sustainable farming and fishing, and thriving communities.

NH Farm to School/USDA Foods: Lay the groundwork for local food producers in New Hampshire to sell their products to schools through the USDA foods system.

One Montana Climate, Agriculture and Water: Conduct research and create resources to support Montana farmers and ranchers seeking adaptive strategies around water scarcity and other climate impacts.

Greenovate Composting: Help grow the City of Boston’s new community compost program, through extensive education, outreach and stakeholder engagement.

Greenovate Efficiency Research: Research and document “best practice” policies and programs across the U.S. for driving energy efficiency upgrades in multifamily buildings, and identify opportunities to apply them in Boston.

Greenovate Efficiency Pilot: Provide technical support to building owners/property managers of buildings that have electric resistance heating systems; work with them to support whole building weatherization, fuel switching, and equipment upgrades.

Coastal Flooding Summit: Help organize and promote a National Summit on Coastal Flooding convened by the Union of Concerned Scientists, to draw national attention to front-line coastal communities impacted by growing flood risk and ensure this issue is considered within public debate during the 2016 election cycle.

Climate Change Communications:  Focus on identifying and using effective public relations strategies in climate communication, to increase awareness and engagement on the climate issue within New Hampshire’s private sector.

Why Apply?

Fellowships are opportunities for highly skilled and motivated students to contribute to unique and exciting new projects and initiatives. As a result, fellows will gain:

  • - $6,000 (taxable) compensation
  • - New skills and knowledge;
  • - Access to extensive new professional contacts and networks;
  • - Material to add to his or her professional portfolio.

The Fellowship Selection Process:

By March 13th – Apply: Fill out online form and upload a single PDF document with cover letter, resume, three references, and writing sample at https://sustainableunh.unh.edu/2015-climate-fellowships-application

Pay $35 fee (waivers available for UNH students, financial hardship.)

By April 6th –     UNHSI will set up phone or Skype interviews with selected candidates.

By April 24th –   UNHSI will extend Fellowship Offers to selected candidates.

By May 1st –       Signed offer letters due back to UNHSI for 2015 Fellowships.


Summer Opportunity: Bowdoin Organic Garden Summer Internship

Bowdoin Organic Garden is offering two summer internships!Capture

The Bowdoin Organic Garden is now hiring two summer interns! And we want your applications.

The job includes all the day-to-day garden work, special events, and learning lots about organic gardening/farming.  You can find the full job description and application at studentemployment.bowdoin.edu.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Delger at (derdenes@bowdoin.edu) or Sara, the garden manager (scawthon@bowdoin.edu).