Education

Job announcement: Assistant Project Manager for Environmental Dashboard

The Environmental Studies Program at Oberlin College invites applications for “Assistant Project Manager for Environmental Dashboard”. This is a full-time, one-year, non-continuing, grant-supported position with the potential for renewal. The hire will assist in development, management, assessment and communication related to “Environmental Dashboard.” This novel technology combines environmentally and socially contextualized real-time feedback on resource consumption and environmental conditions in buildings and cities with pro-environmental images and text drawn from community members (see www.oberlindashboard.org). The goal is to develop, test and disseminate this as a technology and approach that enhances “systems thinking” and pro-environmental identity and that can be adopted by communities throughout the United States.

The incumbent will assist in all aspects of project management including overseeing students workers, coordination among community partners (including public school teachers, city government, businesses and non-profits), assisting in curriculum development (K-12 and college level),  managing the website, assisting in research, representing the project and coordinating participation from other communities.

Important skills and experiences include excellent oral and written communication, project management, web management, strong computer aptitude, and a demonstrated interest in promoting environmental sustainability.  Exceptional organizational skills and a high level of responsibility are essential.

Review of applicants will begin April 30 and will continue until the position is filled. The position will begin on August 1, 2015. A complete job description including instructions for applying is posted at:http://tinyurl.com/envdash.

Captain Planet Foundation Offers Grants for Hands-On Environmental Education Activities

The mission of the Captain Planet Foundation is to promote and support high-quality educational programs that help children and youth understand and appreciate our world through hands-on learning experiences aimed at improving the environment in their schools and communities.

Grants are intended to serve as a means of bringing environment-based education to schools and inspiring youth and communities to participate in community service through environmental stewardship activities. The foundation will fund unique and innovative projects that do not precisely match the grant guidelines but otherwise promote the foundation’s mission to advance hands-on environmental activities.

The foundation makes grants to schools and nonprofit environmental and educational organizations in the United States with annual operating budgets of less than $3 million.

Preferential consideration is given to requests seeking seed funding of $500 or less and to applicants who have secured at least 50 percent matching or in-kind funding for their projects. (Projects with matching funds or in-kind support are given priority because external funding is a good indicator of the potential for long-term sustainability of the activities.) The foundation will on occasion consider grants of up to $2,500.

Apply here.

Life on Public Lands Photo Mission

During National Environmental Education Week 2015, April 19-25, the public is invited to participate in a national photo mission to capture snapshots of wildlife, plants and other organisms that share our public lands.

  • All submissions are welcome and anyone can get involved.
  • With so many public lands to choose from and so many organisms to photograph, they will help give participants some direction by introducing a new optional theme challenge each day.
  • Participants are asked to enter the name of the public land site where each picture was taken as either the location or as a note in the upload process so that they can see not only the diversity of all the different organisms out and about during EE Week but of all the public lands we share as well.

Your chances to win

At the end of each day the mission is active, organizers will be selecting a photo that best captures the theme for that day along with two honorable mentions. All three selections will be featured on eeweek.org and through EE Week social media accounts.

  • Each day, a $10 REI gift card will be awarded to a participant who best captures the theme for the day!
  • At the end of the week, EE Week will award aBirkSun Solar Backpack to one participant who has shown particular dedication to the mission based on the number of different organisms photographed, number of public land sites represented, and overall quality of submissions.

 

 

Everyone who participates in the EE Week mission and submits at least 1 photo during EE Week will receive a Project NOAH virtual mission patch in recognition! This exclusive patch will only be available to those who participate in this EE Week mission.

To join the mission, you will need to sign in to Project NOAH. This is free and easy and you sign in and begin uploading spottings anytime (and continue after the mission is over!).

2015 EPA Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowships for Graduate Environmental Study

Open date:  April 8, 2015  –  Close Date: May 26, 2015

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces the posting of the Request for Applications, 2015 EPA Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowships for Graduate Environmental Study with the goal of offering Graduate Fellowships for master’s and doctoral level students in environmental fields of study. Subject to availability of funding and other applicable considerations, the Agency plans to award approximately 55 new fellowships in the Fall of 2015. Master’s level students may receive a maximum of two years of support ($88,000). Doctoral students may be supported for a maximum of three years ($132,000), usable over a period of five years.

Supporting these fellowship grants is in line with the Sustainable and Healthy Communities (SHC) Research Program. EPA’s SHC Research Program provides useful science and tools for decision makers at all levels to help communities advance sustainability as well as achieve regulatory compliance. SHC is collaborating with partners to conduct research that will result in science-based knowledge to guide decisions that will better sustain a healthy society and environment in America’s communities.  The research is intended for decision-makers at the federal, regional, state and community levels.

New Release: Second Nature Sustainability Sit-Downs Video #12

The final Sustainability Sit-Downs video is out. This week’s video features Gabriela Boscio, Communications and Education Manager at Second Nature, discussing her organization, the greatest sustainability challenges we are facing, and her hopes for the future. Sustainability Sit-Downs is a new Second Nature video series consisting of 12 short interviews with sustainability professionals in higher education and partner organizations. View the whole series at https://youtu.be/Ov5fpkNhvE4?list=PLbtnopuXNFKSbRudAuT6rXPlihLKJW4Ju.

New Release: Second Nature Sustainability Sit-Downs Video #11

Sustainability Sit-Downs #11 is out. This week’s video features Wendell Brase, Administrative Vice Chancellor at University of California, Irvine, discussing discussing the true costs of inaction in the face of Climate Change. Sustainability Sit-Downs is a new Second Nature video series consisting of 12 short interviews with sustainability leaders in higher education and partner organizations. A new video will be released every Wednesday.

Public Libraries, U. Wisconsin–Madison Team Up on Climate Change MOOC

Read the full story in Library Journal.

The University of Wisconsin–Madison (UWM) is offering a new four-week massive open online course (MOOC) on Changing Weather and Climate in the Great Lakes Region. What’s different about this endeavor, besides the strong local interest angle, is that the university, in coordination with Wisconsin Library Services (WiLS), is partnering with 21 public libraries across the state. The collaborative venture will share scientific information about global warming via video, readings, an online discussion board, and quizzes, as well as in-person discussions at the libraries with scientists, staff, and graduate students from UWM, the National Weather Service, and the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.