Monday, May 10, 2010
Monday, May 3, 2010
Would you like to make a tangible difference in the fight against poverty? Work for a greener future? Help shape the rapidly expanding home energy efficiency industry?
Civic Works, a non-profit leader in green jobs training and home energy efficiency, is hiring a Green Projects Development Intern. The Intern will work with the Green Projects Development Coordinator to provide assistance in expanding the size of Civic Works’ current green training programs, developing additional career training programs, and expanding our home performance business. Current college students gain the kind of real-world experience they can’t find in a typical internship.
Civic Works’ green programs have been highlighted by Green for All, The Washington Post, and the US Council of Mayors. Civic Works operates 12 programs in the areas of Community Revitalization, Education, Energy Conservation, and Workforce Development. We provide green job training opportunities, convert vacant lots into community gardens, rehabilitate homes for low-income residents, improve home energy efficiency for low-income residents, and tutor and mentored thousands of students in Baltimore City and County schools.
The mission of Civic Works’ Green Projects is to harness the power of green jobs as a pathway out of poverty for Baltimore residents. The purpose of this internship will be to help develop and expand Civic Works’ Green Careers Initiatives. Since 2003 our B’More Green program has prepared unemployed and underemployed Baltimore residents for brownfields mitigation careers. Beginning in summer 2010, Civic Works will start offering an Energy Efficiency Retrofit Installer training course. Along with these training programs, Civic Works operates a full service home performance company, offering energy audits, energy retrofits and cool roofs.
This is an unpaid internship. However, we will be able to provide a $1,000 scholarship to be applied towards education expenses.
- Research, write and edit grant proposals.
- Develop presentations to be given at community meetings.
- Communicate regularly with Civic Works’ community partners
- Assist the Energy Retrofit Project Manager in identifying areas to cut costs, improve quality and increase customer satisfaction.
- Conduct research for the development of new energy auditor and energy retrofit installer training curricula.
- Write content for Civic Works’ website and marketing materials that motivates homeowners to implement residential energy efficiency retrofits
- Regularly contribute posts on energy efficiency topics to Civic Works’ blog and new media sites.
- Strong analytical and organizational skills
- Ability to prioritize and multi-task and work under strict deadlines
- Excellent oral and written communication skills are a must
- Commitment to the environment and social justice
- Receive a $ 1,000 scholarship to be applied towards higher education expenses
- Healthcare benefits
- We are willing to work with your academic institution if you are interested in receiving credit.
- Gain experience and skills in marketing, community outreach, grant writing, coalition building, business and program development.
20-40 hours a week for 7-10 weeks. The expected start date is June 7.
How to Apply:
Please send a cover letter and resume to:
Green Projects Development Coordinator
Weapons Manufacturing. Dirty Energy. Border Militarization. Environmental Racism. Discriminatory Hiring Practices. Deforestation. Tar Sands Oil Extraction. Natural Gas "Fracking." Animal Testing. Privatized Military Contracting. Factory Farming.
Did you know that Wesleyan invests in all of these practices?
Socially Responsible Investing Coalition Mass Meeting
Date: May 4th
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Woodhead Lounge
As Wesleyan students, we have the unique opportunity to influence the behavior of the socially irresponsible corporations in which we invest. We also have the potential to push for Wesleyan to shift its investment strategies towards more ethical alternatives.
If you are interested in changing our investments to better reflect your values, come to the first mass meeting of the grassroots, student-led initiative called the Socially Responsible Investing Coalition (SRIC). The SRIC is a brand new, multi-issue coalition that strives to facilitate communication and action between various student groups and individuals who come together in order to assert our student voice in our school's investments.
At our mass meeting on May 4th, we’ll discuss where everyone’s interests and goals lie, begin to shape the way the coalition will function, and set plans in motion to mobilize for next semester. Anyone should come to this meeting, whether you already have a specific idea for how you’d want to engage with our schools investments, or if you just want to find out more.
If you would like to come chat with the founding organizers of the SRIC, we will be tabling at Usdan from 12-1 all week. Please stop by if you have any questions!
If you choose to participate in the festivities on Foss, enjoy the music, great company, and gorgeous weather (forecast: 79 degrees)!
Just remember to clean up after yourselves and help keep our campus beautiful!
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Hundreds of thousands of children work in agriculture throughout the U.S. Child farmworkers as young as twelve often work twelve- and fourteen-hour days under dangerous and grueling conditions. They risk pesticide poisoning, injuries, and suffer fatalities at five times the rate of children working in other jobs. As a result of their long hours, they drop out of school at alarming rates. Nationally, barely half graduate from high school.
Although agriculture is one of the most dangerous occupations in the U.S., child farmworkers are exempt from the legal protections granted to all other working children in the U.S. This briefing will give you an overview of these issues by Human Rights Watch as well as an opportunity to sign a letter addressed to local Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro urging her support of the Children’s Act for Responsible Employment (CARE Act, HR 3564), legislation that would greatly improve the lives of children in the fields.
Date: April 30 - April 30
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Place: Usdan 110
Monday, April 19, 2010
Wesleyan’s SAGES (Sustainability Advisory Group for Environmental Stewardship) has compiled a calendar of events sponsored by a variety of student, University, and community groups happening this Earth Day Week.
MONDAY, APRIL 19
Students for a Just and Sustainable Future (SJSF) Sleep Out
Screening of No Impact Man
Free dinner beforehand and short discussion afterward
TUESDAY, APRIL 20
SJSF Sleep Out
2:00- Field Organizing Strategy
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21
SJSF Sleep Out
11:00 am-2:00 pm
THURSDAY, APRIL 22
Bon Appétit’s Low Carbon Day
Brian Stewart's Third Annual Earth Day Rant
4:30 p.m., refreshments at 4:15
SJSF Sleep Out / WesFRESH / Farmer’s Market Feast
Wesleyan Earth Day Celebration Panel Discussion and Film Screening
FRIDAY, APRIL 23
WesFRESH Cooking Demonstrations
Attend cooking demonstrations in kitchens across campus.
check back here for times and locations!
Reggie Wilson / Fist & Heel Performance Group
Pre-performance talk by Pamela Tatge and Allison Hurd on Friday at 7:15pm, CFA Hall (formerly CFA Cinema)
SATURDAY, APRIL 24
Reggie Wilson / Fist & Heel Performance Group
Screening of Home
Goldsmith Family Cinema
9:00 am-1:00 pm
Harbor Park, Middletown
Sponsored by Middletown Lions Club and The Jonah Center for Earth and Art
CT Trail Maintenance Outing
Bicentennial Park in Berlin, CT
8:30 am-2:00 pm
SUNDAY, APRIL 25
Bus to DC for the Earth Day Network rally
Email weseon at gmail.com if you want to reserve a spot
Panel on the Present and Future of Sustainable Foods
Usdan, room TBD
TAP THAT! Campus water fountain awareness
Look for signs and information about campus water fountains and facts about bottled water presented by the TAP THAT! Bottled Water Awareness week, an Earth Day Week program of the Environmental Organizers Network (EON).
For events happening after Earth Day Week (including several WesFRESH events, a screening of Food Inc., and an Earth Day 5K) check back here at the Green Scene!
For more information about sustainability at Wesleyan, visit http://www.wesleyan.edu/
See their campaign video on Wesleying.