Free Program: ALPINE Summer Institute for Land Protection

Alpine Summer Institute (Academics for Land Protection in New England

The application period for the 2018 ALPINE Summer Institute is now open—apply here! The dates and locations will be: June 9-11 at the Harvard Forest and July 25-27 at the Schoodic Institute.

The ALPINE Summer Institute is a program for participants interested in exploring careers in land conservation. Participants must have an internship that involves some aspect of land conservation in New England to participate. The Summer Institute takes place over two weekends in June and August and features presentations by leaders in the conservation arena, field trips to conserved sites, and guided reflections by the participants on their conservation internships. Participants will have the opportunity to meet and interact with leaders and educators in land conservation organizations.

Any students that are participating in an internship involving land conservation this summer will qualify for the ALPINE Summer Institute program.

ALPINE—Academics for Land Protection in New England—will be offering again this summer, a program for undergraduate and graduate students interested in becoming the next generation of land conservation leaders.  The Summer Institute is offered at no cost to students and includes:

  • Two intensive weekends at the beginning and end of the summer of 2018
  • Presentations by leaders in organizations such as the Harvard Forest, the International Land Conservation Network, the Maine Coast Heritage Trust, and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
  • Writing assignments and reflections
  • Leadership training exercises
  • Hikes and field trips to important land conservation projects in New England
  • Meals and accommodation for both weekends

The only requirements for students to apply are that they:

  • Have a 2018 summer internship related to land conservation in one of the six New England states (Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island)
  • Be able to provide their own transportation to and from the Summer Institute sessions

I’m including a link to the free application here.  More information about the program and past participants, as well as about ALPINE, can be found on our website.

Please let me know if you have any questions about the Summer Institute, and if you know of any students who you think would be a good fit.  I’m happy to reach out to them directly if that’s easier.

Thank you,


Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler

Project Coordinator for Land Conservation
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
(Office) 617-503-2203

Off campus Event: Princeton Environmental Ideathon, April 13-15, 2018

Princeton Environmental Ideathon
– Cities of Tomorrow  –
April 13-15, 2018
Princeton University

The event will run from April 13-15th, and will provide your students with an opportunity to network with leading student innovators from across the East Coast, as they work together to cultivate creative solutions to some of today’s biggest environmental issues. We especially want to extend our invitation to your Masters level students for an opportunity to accelerate their innovative ideas and make an impact on our undergraduate participants. For more information, please see the attached letter. The application can be accessed here.

We hope that students from your university will apply to join us for this one-of-a-kind experience!

Best regards,
Princeton Environmental Ideathon Team

Lisa M. Nicolaison
Program Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
Princeton University
MacMillan Annex West
Princeton, NJ  08544
Tel: (609) 258-6085
Cell: (609) 651-2416

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Internship: Visual Storytelling to mobilize policymakers- Water Security & Climate Change (Spring-Summer, 2018)

I’m working on a project with the Roddenberry Foundation and a number of other partners to use visual storytelling to inspire action among community members. Would it be possible to send this internship opportunity to current students?

We are seeking fellow Polar Bears to join us as we use visual storytelling to mobilize policymakers and community leaders on the issue of water security and climate change. This internship will be for the remainder of the spring semester, with an option to continue through the summer. We can provide a $500 stipend and as we grow, so will our funding for interns.

Currently, we are seeking two vision-driven, responsible and excited to learn Polar Bears – one focusing on digital/social media and communications and the other focusing on water security and climate policy. Experience shooting and editing video/stills is a plus.

Please email with a resume or Linkedin Profile. We will consider candidates on a rolling basis.

Alex Cornell ’06 (Gov & Legal Studies Continue reading

Off Campus Volunteer Opportunity: : Processing survey data on energy efficiency and clean energy needs in Maine municipalities (15-20 hours total)

Volunteer Opportunity: Processing survey data on energy efficiency and clean energy needs in Maine municipalities

The Nature Conservancy in Maine is seeking a volunteer for a data-entry project that will help discern how to best take climate action at the local level in Maine. The Conservancy recently conducted a survey of municipal officials about local needs regarding energy efficiency and clean energy, and data from 120 paper surveys need to be entered into an Excel spreadsheet for later analysis and summary. The project will require approximately 12-15 hours to complete and can be spread out over multiple weeks, depending on start date. The volunteer will report to Rob Wood, Policy Associate for the Nature Conservancy in Maine.

This opportunity would be a good fit for someone with attention to detail, a working comfort with Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets, and an interest in climate policy and action. The work can be carried out either remotely or at The Nature Conservancy’s office in Fort Andross.

For more information, please email Rob Wood at and Richard Joyce (volunteer coordinator) at

Networking Opportunity: Join our Environmental Studies LinkedIn Group!

Students, faculty, and alumni,

Please feel free to join the Bowdoin College Environmental Studies LinkedIn group! This is a platform to connect students, staff, faculty, and alumni to discuss what’s going on in the field of environmental studies, share job/internship opportunities, and stay connected with what’s going on at Bowdoin!

You can join by following the link below.

Feel free to invite other Bowdoin ES alum to join!

Off Campus Volunteer Opportunity: Seed Clam Restoration, Sunday 9/24

The Brunswick Marine Resources Committee is undertaking a seed clam relocation project.  It’s going to be held on Sunday, September 24 with folks showing up as early as 8 AM but I think a later start time would be fine.  If we have enough people, we will also be trying to assess population size and potentially remove some of the green crabs from the rocky outcropping where they tend to congregate as the weather gets colder.  The location will be at Thomas Point Beach over by Cook’s Corner.

All volunteers are welcome.  This is an opportunity to get hands-on experience in shellfish fishery management.  Feel free to give my name out as a contact and I’ll facilitate transportation if there is enough interest.


Marko Melendy, email:
Bowdoin College Science Center

Office 207-725-3517

Cell 207-712-6176


Off Campus Opportunity: Maine Food System Innovation Challenge- Join the Bowdoin Team!

Contact Eleanor Paasche ( if would like more information about joining the Bowdoin Team.

2017 Maine Food System Innovation Challenge
College Track
November 10-12, 2017
Saint Joseph’s College, Standish, ME

 College Challenge: How might we create products, services, apps or organizations that supports the expansion of production, distribution, processing and consumption of local, sustainably produced food and seafood.

Consider products or services that address one or more of the following:
* Helping food producers become resilient in light of climate change.
* Applying big data to small-scale production.
* Utilizing the Internet of Things (IoT) to bring efficiency to small producers and harvesters.
* Providing equal access and ability to purchase healthy food to all.
* Reducing or repurposing food waste.
* Making the food supply chain transparent to all.
* Reducing or conserving inputs – like water – in the production of healthy, sustainably produced food.
* Using drones to improve the efficiency of small, diversified farms.
* Integrating aquaponics, hydroponics or land based aquaculture into the food system.
The food system is vast and complex system and this is by no means a complete list. We are looking for innovative and sustainable idea stage enterprise that could become startup ventures.

Important Dates for College Teams
* Monday, May 1st: College Team Registration Opens. Team contact is required for your submission. You may submit additional team member names at any time. Register here.
* Monday, October 2 at midnight (or when the 8 team limit has been reached): College Team Registration Closes
* Friday-Sunday, November 10 – 12: College Challenge Weekend at Saint Joseph’s College

Eligibility – College Team
All entries must:

  • Be a new (pre-launch idea stage) initiative.
  • Present an innovative solution to the many challenges facing the New England Regional Food System.
  • Demonstrate a sustainable idea stage business model – profit or non – profit (both financial and ecological) offering a fair return to the farmer or fisherman with fair pay to the employees at a fair price to the buyer, while minimizing their carbon footprint.
  • College teams must have a minimum of 2 members and maximum of 5 members and members enrolled in a degree program.
  • Teams must be in attendance at the Challenge Weekend November 10-12 at Saint Joseph’s College.
  • Participants must register by October 2, 2017. We strongly suggest teams register ASAP as the registration will be cut off as soon as 8 qualified teams are selected.

Challenge Weekend Agenda and Logistics
The Challenge will run from Friday, November 10, 2017 at 4:00PM to Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 4PM. Meals will be provided to teams on Friday through Sunday.  Several resource people will be available on Saturday to advise teams and there will be two short workshops on the Business Model Canvas and Creating a Pitch. Teams will have access to wireless Internet and a printer. Teams should bring their own laptops. Dress is casual.

  • Housing
    The Host Committee has arranged for a limited amount of overnight accommodations at no cost for teams traveling a long distance. Contact us at if your team will require overnight accommodations.
  • Meals
    Meals will be provided Friday evening through lunch on Sunday.
  • Technical Advisors, Resource People & Mentors
    The Challenge will have several advisors available to teams during the day on Saturday. Advisors are professionals working in the field of food & agriculture, legal, finance, sustainability, food retailing and business systems. They will be available to meet with teams, advise, react and comment on team proposals.

Judging Criteria – College Track
Judges will use several criteria in evaluating submissions. The criteria have been carefully designed to be consistent with the nature of this Challenge: that is one that seeks initial concepts or proposals, not fully developed business plans. The five criteria are:

  • Clarity of the Value Proposition – 20%
  • Originality, Uniqueness or Appropriateness of the Proposed Innovation – 20%
  • Impact Potential – Local or Regional (replicable or scalable) – 20%
  • Sustainability – Financially & Ecologically -20%
  • Quality of Final Presentation – The Pitch – 20%

Cash Awards – College Track
Judges will select 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.
First Place Award – TBA
Second Place Award – TBA
Third Place Award – TBA

Judges – College Track
There will be five Judges. Teams will make their Pitches to the Judges on Sunday afternoon with winners announced at 3:30. Judges to date:

Mike Sobol, Lead Judge
Co-founder, Venture Hall, Portland, ME

Terms & Conditions – College Track
In order to enter and compete in the Maine Food System Innovation Challenge, participants must agree to the following:

    • College Teams pay a registration fee of $150/per team.
    • Participate in the Challenge Weekend at Saint Joseph’s College, November 10 -12.
    • Agree to allow all submission materials to appear on the Challenge website.
    • Certify that you own, or have the owner’s permission to use/present; all intellectual property utilized in your entry materials, including any technology.
    • Agree to allow participant names, description of your entry, photos of your team and video footage of your presentation from the Challenge Weekend to be used on the Challenge website and in future publicity, including social media.

Follow us on Facebook at for regular basis for updates and news about the Challenge.

Off Campus Volunteer Opportunity: The Maine Conservation Corps

The Maine Conservation Corps is looking for Volunteers!

MCC welcomes volunteers to join our AmeriCorps National Service Members and Teams on projects throughout the state. Individuals and groups are invited to help with projects like trail construction & maintenance, watershed surveys, invasive species removal, and many other conservation efforts.

No prior trail work experience or minimum time commitment is required. Safety equipment is required and any necessary safety equipment and training is provided by MCC. Volunteers receive discounts on name-brand outdoor gear, among other benefits. Everyone is welcome!

Current volunteer opportunities are posted on our webpage!

For more information email or call (207) 624-6092.