On Campus Job: Work for the Sustainability Office next year!


The Office of Sustainability would love to apply YOUR perspectives on environmentalism, sustainability, Eco Repping, and Climate Action Plans to Bowdoin’s future. We have a total of 20 positions available for next year between College House Eco Reps, Campus-wide Eco Reps, and student office staff. Check out the Student Employment page, linked here, and apply for anything that looks like it might suit you. If you are going abroad, we may be able to hire you for the semester you are on campus, so don’t let travel limit your sweet green dreams. Talk to current Eco Reps, Bethany, or Keisha for more information about the work. College House Eco Rep jobs are open until Friday 4/27, everything else until Friday 5/4.

Thanks so much for all your thoughts, work, and research on these topics. I’m looking forward to all of us building off your best ideas to make Bowdoin ever better and greener.



Bethany Taylor
Pronouns: she/her
Sustainability Outreach Coordinator
Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME

Summer Fellowship: Horizons Fellowship, Horizons School of Technology

The summer is approaching and I thought I’d resend this information your way about the Horizons Fellowship.

The Horizons Fellowship is a summer opportunity that supports outstanding undergradute and graduate students (of any year) in their pursuit to combine technology into their existing course of study. The Horizons Fellowship gives students the ability to learn about real-world technology and build advanced software products.

Our world is becoming increasingly multidisciplinary in nature. Horizons is designed to provide access to a modern technology skill set for students like those in your department.

I would be thrilled and honored if you could forward out this opportunity to your students.

Interested candidates can start an application here!

Thank you,
Abhi Ramesh

Co-Founder, Horizons School of Technology
Class of 2014, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

The Horizons Fellowship

The Horizons Fellowship supports 200 outstanding university students in their pursuit to become multidisciplinary leaders using technology. Our fully-funded program provides real-world technology courses geared towards high-achieving college students.

Horizons students have gone onto work at a variety of amazing companies – Google, Facebook, Visa, The Stanford Research Institute, Slack, Yelp, Amazon, McKinsey, Bloomberg, J.P. Morgan, EA Games, and more.

Past Horizonites have come from a variety of schools and backgrounds. Students have hailed from Harvard, Princeton, Yale, UPenn/Wharton, Columbia, Northwestern, Brown, Michigan, state schools, community colleges and more. The world is becoming multidisciplinary in nature. We’ve had computer science majors, math majors, economics/business majors, biology majors, english majors, and art majors all take our program.

Interested students can start an application here!

3 Month Position: Assistant Needed for Birds of Maine book project

Assistant Needed for Birds of Maine book project
Part time for about 3 months. Start and end dates and hours flexible.

Peter Vickery, noted Maine ornithologist, died in early 2017 before he was able to complete his book Birds of Maine, a comprehensive overview of Maine’s avifauna. Before he died he assembled a team to finish the manuscript and see it published. This team now seeks an assistant for editing and research tasks.

The tasks of the assistant will include:

  • Tracking down missing citations
  • Drafting graphics from numeric and text data
  • Locating and cataloguing photos of unusual sightings referenced
  • Integrating reviewer comments into species accounts, ensuring consistency with Birds of Maine style guidelines

This contract work will be supervised by Barbara Vickery. Location of work is flexible but will require travel to libraries at Bowdoin, Maine Audubon and possibly Colby College and University of Maine in Orono.

Qualifications: BA/BS degree or expected within a year; some knowledge of and strong interest in birds; editing skills; ability to create graphics from data; careful attention to detail; ability to track down information efficiently; demonstrated ability to work independently.

Pay $15/hour

To apply please send cover letter, resume and contact information for references to barbaravickery@roadrunner.com

For more information, contact Barbara Vickery at email above or call 737-2958

Off Campus Event: DIY Adaptations & Home Energy Efficiency, Monday, April 23- 6:30-8PM, Curtis Library

Monday, April 23rd, 6:30-8 PM
Curtis Memorial Library(organized by Bridger Tomlin, ’17, Sustainable Bowdoin/ Americorps

Save money and adapt to climate change all from the comfort of your living room! Learn about DIY home weatherization projects and energy efficiency tips that will cut back on heating and energy bills and reduce your carbon footprint. Speakers include:

  • Steve WardMaine Climate Table: “Maine’s Energy Efficiency Legislative History and Future”
  • Nat BlackfordEfficiency Maine: “Energy Efficiency Programs and Incentives”
  • Jen HatchRevision Energy: “Solar Energy and Installation”

Off campus Event: Island Energy Conference: Deadline to Register: Friday, April 27

Hello Maine energy friends and colleagues,

I hope you’re all doing well and having a good start to Spring! I am writing to invite you to this year’s Island Energy Conference coming up on May 3-5. I have attached a current agenda. There is a fantastic line up this year, with presenters from Maine, Hawaii, Alaska, Europe and elsewhere coming to discuss energy system resiliency in their communities. You can click here to register. The deadline is Friday April 27, this Friday, but you can also register the day of.

We would very much appreciate you taking a moment to spread the word about the conference on any relevant island email lists and Facebook groups. There is a Facebook event you can share as well. We would love to have strong attendance from Casco Bay communities! I have included a description of the event below that you can share via email or post.

Conference Description:

For the past eight years, the Island Energy Conference has brought together island leaders and energy experts from New England and beyond to discuss common energy challenges and the resources and techniques available to address them. This year’s event will highlight what island communities are doing to increase the resilience of their energy systems and communities in the face of an increasingly unpredictable world. Join us to connect with leaders and experts from the field at the region’s premier forum on community-based energy solutions.

If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to reach out or share my contact with others.

Thanks very much,

Brooks Winner (Bowdoin class of 2010)
Community Development Officer
Island Institute
207.594.9209 x 148
207.358.0219 cell
@brookswinner2 | LinkedIn

Need grant support for your community energy project? Check out the Spark! Fund!

Summer Program: Deforestation

My name is Sophia Watkins and I founded Forest Fund. This is the first year we will be running a course in applied sustainability entrepreneurship. The goal of the summer program is to bring students to the deforestation forefront to understand the economics of destruction firsthand. They will be learning about sustainability problems and analyzing the local and international markets that have generated them (lots on externalities!). By the end of the six weeks they will have formed small teams, picked a sustainability problem, and written and pitched a business plan for a startup to address the problem.

If it would be at all possible to make this opportunity known to undergraduates studying Environmental Studies, we would be very grateful!

Below is the flyer for the summer course and here is a link to a recent interview by The office of Sustainability at Harvard (https://green.harvard.edu/news/understanding-economics-deforestation-amazon).

Summer Program: Wildlands Studies

Wildlands Studies Summer programs offer a perfect work/school balance. For many students, summer is a time to hit the reset button. Most seek jobs to gain experience or restore bank accounts. A few keep to the grind with summer classes. With our programs, students can do both. Our 5-quarter-credit courses in YellowstoneBanffBig Sur and the California Channel Islands give undergraduates the opportunity to learn field research methods and gain credit for a small portion of the summer while also working a summer job before school starts in the fall. Our courses are extremely affordable (less than $2,850 in tuition), short (2 weeks), and attractive to students who don’t want to miss a term on campus.

There is still space on all of these programs and we encourage students to apply soon! Applications for our programs are available at: http://wildlandsstudies.campbrainregistration.com/


Gabe Andrews
Field Studies Advisor
Wildlands Studies

Announcement: New England Food System Innovation Challenge- Registration Open for College Teams for Fall 2018

Hello All

Registration is now open for the College Track of the 2018 New England Food System Innovation Challenge. We changed our name because the issues facing the Maine Food System are the same for New England. As before, we have room for 8 teams with cash awards to the winners. The Challenge will be held at Saint Joseph’s College November 9-11.  All meals will be provided and we will provide over overnight accommodations to teams traveling a distance. Remember, this is an idea stage challenge. On Saturday of the event we will have 15-20 Resource Team members – professionals in food systems, law, finance, technology and business development to help fine tune your idea. Several past teams have gone to prototype and test their idea and three have moved on to launch their enterprises. Attached is a pdf  outlining the Challenge and rules for participating.  In past years we have had teams from Bowdoin, Bates, College of the Atlantic, Harvard, Unity, Colby, UMaine Darling Center, Hampshire and Saint Joseph’s College. Join us in 2018.

View results of the 2017 Challenge at:    http://maineinnovationchallenge.org/wpa/2017-challenge-results/

Registration at:  http://maineinnovationchallenge.org/wpa/college-team-registration/

View our Three-minute video at: https://vimeo.com/252044306

Follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/NEInnovationChallenge

New England Food System Innovation Challenge

November 9-11, 2018, at Saint Joseph’s College


Three-minute video  https://vimeo.com/252044306

Bill Seretta, Convener and Co-Chair   

Tom Settlemire Co-Chair

On Campus Event: “Remnants of a Vision: The Lokshala Movement in Present Day Gujarat”, with Jane-Marie Law, Mon. 4/16, 7PM Kresge

“Remnants of a Vision: The Lokshala Movement in Present Day Gujarat”, with Jane-Marie Law
Monday, April 16 7:00 PM
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center

Professor Law investigates traditional intentional religious communities as keepers of marginalized forms of knowledge about ecological sustainability. She discusses the Lokshala movement, which follows Gandhian principles to promote agricultural self-sufficiently.