Monday, March 30, 2015

Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy

The University of Illinois at Chicago and UI LABS Present the 5th Annual
Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy

In partnership with Argonne National Laboratory; Clean Energy Trust; Energy Policy Institute at Chicago (University of Chicago); Institute for Sustainability & Energy at Northwestern (Northwestern University); Loyola University; Wanger Institute for Sustainable Energy Research (Illinois Institute of Technology)

The SISE Program
The Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy (SISE) is a two-week intensive workshop and lecture series for students and professionals.  From August 6-18, a diverse body of participants will engage a broad spectrum of energy and sustainability-related topics through daily presentations, collaborative projects, mentoring activities, site visits, and networking opportunities with leading research institutions and companies in the digital technology and energy sectors. The issues presented will be of interest to scientists, economists, political scientists, urban planners, engineers, architects, and entrepreneurs. Graduates leave as thoughtful and informed global citizens with a firm foundation and expanded network for careers in sustainability, energy, and smart technology and infrastructure.

2015 Theme: Digital Rebirth
Digital technology now allows us to capture the dynamics of entire systems, from manufacturing lines to the electricity grid to the flow of people, cars, water, and waste. Given the need to service concentrated population clusters, cities in particular can take advantage of digital technology and the Internet of Things to improve systems delivering energy, water, and transportation. Yet this requires addressing such challenges as retrofitting or replacing aging infrastructure, data collection and management, privacy issues, cybersecurity risks, and the formation of new business and financing models.

SISE will 1) explore the crossroads of digital manufacturing, smart cities, and energy; 2) dive deep into specific applications such as smart grid and the connected vehicle; and 3) theorize how these innovations can usher in a more sustainable future. Topics will revolve around integration; sourcing and use of supply; reduction of waste; energy and resource demands; big data collection and use; anticipation, reaction, and adaptation to the unexpected; and sensors, connectivity, and cybersecurity.

Now Accepting Applications
Admission into the program is highly competitive, drawing from a national pool of applicants. Applicants accepted into the program can expect to receive lodging support for the duration of the 2-week program and some meals on weekdays. Many will receive partial support for travel costs.

Senior-level undergraduates (as of the fall of 2014), graduate students, and professionals working in the fields of sustainability and energy who are living, working, or studying in the United States are eligible to apply. An online application form, a resume, and three letters of reference are required. Applications will be accepted through July 1, 2015. More information is provided on the SISE website.

We invite you to learn more about the SISE program by visiting us on the web. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Thomas Aláan (, SISE Program Coordinator. We look forward to seeing some of you in Chicago this summer!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Attention Policy Students!!

City of Seattle: Internship and Work Study Opportunities

Internship and Work Study Opportunities

Friday, March 27, 2015
Welcome to the City of Seattle's Student Opportunities!
NeoGov, the City’s Applicant Tracking System, recently launched a major upgrade. This upgrade is based on input from customers all over the country and will significantly improve the applicant experience.   Highlights of the upgrade include:
·         Auto-fill from Linkedin or resume
·         Improved attachment handling
·         Mobile friendly design
·         Intuitive user experience
·         Simple account creation and password management

You can now apply online by clicking on the job title you are interested in and clicking on the "Apply" link! If this is the first time you are applying using our online job application, you will need to create an account and select a Username and Password. After your account has been established, you can build an application by clicking on the "Build Job Application" link. This application can be saved and used to apply for more than one job opening.

Please note that some student employment opportunities may require that you have a work study award from a Washington State college.  Funding for these positions comes from a state student financial aid program and is only available to students eligible to receive work study funds.  If you are applying for a work study position, please make sure to upload a copy of your work study award letter (authorization or referral form) to your application.

Student positions are not eligible for benefits unless specifically noted in the job announcement.

Applications will not be accepted after 4:00 PM on the closing date.


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Summer Course: Analysing Earth Friendly Technologies

Two ENVS students attended this last summer. Read more about their trip here:


Analyzing Earth Friendly Technologies:
Studying Context, Culture and Design

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Representatives form Engineers without Borders-UK, the Center for Appropriate Technology and Indigenous Sustainability (CATIS)-Mexico and theInternational Institute for Renewable Resources will be on the call to talk about the summer course and answer questions. 

The Summer School explores the implementation of earth-friendly technologies in international development, considering social, technical and economic issues relevant to urban, peri-urban and rural contexts in Mexico.

Check out the presenters in our upcoming courses in the partner list below.
Sign up for the webinar or schedule an individual call with the coordinating staff. 
Taller 13
Casa del Agua
Citizens Water Observatory (OCAS)/AguaVida
Isla Urbana
Micro finance: Kubo Financiero
Social Enterprise: Ashoka
Center for Small Producers and Development in Northern Guanajuato State (CEDESA)
Farmers’ Market
Rancho Romita
Via Organica
The trip went beyond my expectations as I got to not only learn about the technical side of the sustainable technologies but the human side of the implementation.
— Danielle,
2014 Participant
“The most significant change was that I learnt how simple the sustainable technologies are and how it can impact and affect peoples lives for the better. I feel that we take basic resources, such as water, electricity and gas for granted and attending this course has made me reflect.”
— Aisha, 2014 Participant

Friday, March 20, 2015

Celebrating Women and the Environment

Herstorical Tea Program to commemorate Women's History Month
Sunday, March 29, 2015
3:00-5:15 p.m.
DeKalb Area Women's Center 1021 State Street DeKalb, IL

Experience entertaining education at the annual tea program celebrating "Women and the Environment" with presenters from NIU, Kish College, U of I Extension, Master Gardeners, DeKalb County Community Gardens, DeKalb Area Garden Club, Wild Ones, League of Women Voters, DeKalb County Community Foundation and a local singer-songwriter. Enjoy hot tea and cookies surrounded by an environmental exhibit which includes women artists who are inspired by nature. Suggested donation: One Lincoln paper bill OR one Sacagewea golden dollar coin OR one Susan B. Anthony silver dollar coin. Accessible lift from north alley. Parking 1/2 block south in 11th Street lot and on-street. or 815-758-1351. All are welcome. 

Summer Employment with Elgin Community College Professor

Summer Employment Opportunity

Environmental/OSHA Consulting

An environmental and safety consulting firm in Rockford needs 10-12 students for part-time summer employment (30 – 35 hours/week) starting in mid-May and ending in early August, 2015.

Some work may be in the Chicago western and southwestern suburbs but the majority of the work will be in the Rockford/DeKalb/Belvidere area.  Tasks include driving to active industrial locations in small groups, meeting w/company personnel, performing chemical audits of the facilities, conducting Internet research, and documenting the results.

Work hours would mainly be Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (or thereabouts) and flexibility could be worked out.  If needed, weekend and/or evening hours could be arranged.  On-the-job training will be provided and potential internships may be available for upperclass students.

Areas of study most benefited by the work would be engineering, biology, geology, chemistry, environmental studies, occupational health, geography, industrial hygiene or management, and public health, although applications from students studying other disciplines will be accepted. 

If interested, send an e-mail to or text to 815.378.8142.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Expanding Social Media Horizons!

Hello, my name is Kayi Lawson! I am a freshman marketing major. I ended up at NIU because of three main reasons. One, I was born here and it always stayed in the back of my mind. Two, all the other places I applied to I did not like. Third, NIU has an amazing business school and building that houses it. For the Environmental Studies Office this semester, I am an Interactive Marketing Intern. Basically, I will find better ways for us to use our social media, promote our website visitation, and other marketing duties. My knowledge about the environment is limited to what I have been taught in school, but I do think we should keep the place we live clean and I hope to learn more about the environment throughout my time here.


During the short time that Kayi has been with the ENVS office, she has accomplished quite a bit. You can now find information about ENVS in the following social media outlets:


Linked In (private and might need to request access)



Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Internship at Boone County Conservation District

Towns and Gowns: Creating True Collaboration for Success

We want to invite you to join us for our upcoming Towns and Gowns workshop in Kent, Ohio, near Cleveland, on the campus of Kent State University.

This workshop will focus on developing successful collaborations between communities and colleges through a mix of case studies, peer-to-peer learning and interactive sessions. Case studies include:
       Case Western Reserve / University Circle
       Kent State University / Kent
       Oberlin College / Oberlin

Monday, April 13
1pm to 5pm
Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center
215 S Depeyster Street
Kent, OH 44240

Participants also have the opportunity for an interactive learning experience in a small-group setting, facilitated by the list of industry and university leaders below.

Speakers and Facilitators:
Adam Branscomb, Fairmount Properties
Ben Fierman, Risinger Associates
John Harris, a5 inc.
Sean Hayes, Oberlin Project
Tim Hindes, UEDA, Fourth Economy
Irwin Lowenstein, Case Western Reserve University
Chris Ronayne, University Circle
Alan Mountjoy, Principal, NBBJ
Bridget Susel, City of Kent

Click here to register for the Towns and Gowns workshop, for just $35.

For more information, contact John Harris at, or Gary Cuneen at

Duke Summer REU Opportunity: Linking Urban Landscapes to Streamwater Quality & Quantity

EPA job for environmental geologist/hydrologist in Denver

Job Title:Physical Scientist (Environmental)/Geologist/Hydrologist
Agency:Environmental Protection Agency
Job Announcement Number:CI-R8-DE-2015-0002


$51,947.00 to $81,706.00 / Per Year


Friday, March 13, 2015 to Wednesday, March 18, 2015




Full-time - Permanent




1 vacancy - Denver, CO View Map


Any U.S. citizen may apply.


Public Trust - Background Investigation




This position is located in Region 8, Office of Ecosystem Protection & Remediation, Support Program, Immediate Office in Denver, Colorado. For more information on this office, visit their website:


  • Occasional Travel
  • May be required to travel 1 to 5 per month.


  • No


  • If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required.
  • You must submit resume and required documents (See How to Apply Tab)
  • Position has educational/degree requirements.(See Qualifications Section)
  • Position has portable work and the selectee may be eligible to telework.
  • EPA and non-EPA applicants must submit transcripts/course listings.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen.


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At the entry level of this position, you will:

- Perform qualitative and quantitative hydrogeologic analysis related to the characterization and remediation of groundwater contamination.

- Provide technical advice on monitoring compliance to assess the groundwater quality and effectiveness of groundwater cleanup.

- Ensure that hydrogeologic issues are evaluated consistently in all site-related documents.

- Prepare and deliver technical presentations or briefings at project meetings, technical conferences or public meetings.

When entering a Federal job at a grade level lower than the highest promotion potential level, you may be promoted to more complex duties and work more independently, as your career progresses.

You will spend less than 25% of your work time on contracts, grants/cooperative agreements, and/or interagency agreements.