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Students!! Attend Citizens’ Climate Lobby Regional Conference (September 20-22 ) for only $20!

Are you interested in learning more about how YOU can make a difference when it comes to policy that fights climate change? Come to the 2019 Citizens’ Climate Lobby Great Lakes Regional Conference to LEARN and NETWORK with like-minded folks. The student fee for registration is only $20! The conference will be held Friday, September 20 to Sunday, September 22 in Notre Dame, Indiana.

Interested? Sign up by September 12.

From their site: CCL builds the political will for our elected representatives to take action on climate change. And with an effective, bipartisan climate bill introduced in Congress right now, that political will is more important than ever!

The Regional Conference is an opportunity for newcomers and longtime CCL members to gather to learn, practice skills, inspire each other, and strategize in moving our country toward climate solutions. The Great Lakes Region – Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin – is large and diverse, but we share common concerns due to the climate impacts already manifesting in our wildlands, cities and farms.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Dell and John Sabin (greatlakes-rc@citizensclimate.org)


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Sustainability Leadership Training, ON-LINE: Gain the Skills to Change the Future, Saturday March 2, 9 AM-5:30 PM

The C2C Fellows Network at the Bard Center for Environmental Policy is a national program for undergraduates and recent graduates aspiring to leadership work in sustainable politics, NGO’s and business. C2C’s intensive, highly interactive, skills-based workshops include young people from across the country. 

Led by Dr. Eban Goodstein, Director of Bard’s Center for Environmental Policy, C2C trainings focus on key leadership skills: vision, courage, developing your network, telling your story, and raising funds.

Graduates of the workshops join a national network with access to continuing educational and professional opportunities, including dedicated scholarships to attend Bard’s Graduate Programs in Sustainability: Masters of Science degrees in Environmental Policy and Climate Science and Policy and the Bard MBA in Sustainability. 

C2C Fellows are leaders whose vision is to make a difference soon. Our mission is to accelerate their life’s work.
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Details:

  • Registration fee of $30 payable after acceptance to the workshop
  • ON-LINE, Saturday March 2,  9 AM – 5:30 PM EST. 
  • Questions? Please contact Agim Mezreku, am6872@bard.edu


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Citizens’ Climate Lobby: Higher Education Outreach Intern

Are you interested in assisting higher education outreach while getting professional experience? We’re accepting applications for a higher education outreach intern starting in the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. 

POSITION PURPOSE: 

CCE/CCL’s mission is to create the political will for climate solutions and to empower individuals to have breakthroughs in exercising their personal and political power. CCL is a national non-partisan non-profit with educational programs and lobbying activities (designations of 501 (c-3) for CCE and 501 (c-4) for CCL). The purpose of this position is facilitate the participation of young people in CCL and build support for carbon pricing in higher education.

GOALS:

  • Increase the participation of young people in CCL.
  • Increase support for carbon pricing from higher education.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Conduct outreach to higher education on carbon pricing and CCL’s events and opportunities.
  • Help recruit students to the Campus Leaders Program.
  • Assist CCL higher ed allies and volunteers with higher ed outreach.
  • Assist with and attend Campus Leader and Higher Ed Ally monthly calls.
  • Assist with advocacy such as the Higher Education Carbon Pricing Endorsement Initiative.
  • Edit and improve existing training and outreach materials.
  • Help with website, newsletter, and social media outreach.
  • Web research and data entry.
  • Other tasks as needed.
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The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center–Internships Available, Apply NOW!

Expand your horizons with a paid internship!

Do you have an interest in ecology, natural resource management, environmental education, science communication, environmental policy, or social science as it relates to our natural resources? 

Are you interested in exploring a career path you may not have considered yet, instead of looking for a summer job?  If so, then apply to become an intern with the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center.

The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center is looking for 19 undergraduate students interested in exploring natural resource and science-related careers through internships located throughout the Midwest. Please download the project summaries to see available projects and the requirements and locations for each and the important program dates to ensure your availability to participate in the program. These materials, a copy of the application questions, and the online application link can also be found by visiting our internship website (http://www.ngrrec.org/internship). The program starts with a week-long short course at NGRREC’s field station in East Alton, IL before students depart for their various project locations. At the end of the summer, students will return to present their work in a professional, two-day Symposium attended by their peers, research advisors, and other professionals.

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Mobilize Green: Youth Conservation Crew Leaders Needed for Summer 2019 (paid)

MobilizeGreen is seeking residential Crew Leaders, Site Coordinators, and Environmental Educators for Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) programs during the summer of 2019. The MobilizeGreen-Forest Service YCC program includes multiple three-week residential programs for diverse young people between the ages of 15 and 18 years of age where members live and work together as a team. Staff will lead teams of high-school youth to work on conservation-related projects together during the day and participate in environmental education, personal development opportunities, and outdoor recreation activities during the evenings and weekends. The goal of the program is to create environmental stewards and future leaders through community engagement, physical labor, and teamwork. Staff work in collaboration with a co-leader to manage student and group safety, personal development, camp life, environmental education, and work-project management. Staff also represent MobilizeGreen on-site and coordinate with the Forest Service partner on designated projects. Staff must attend the orientation and skills-based training sessions. Program recruitment is targeted to attract youth and young adult leaders from diverse backgrounds, including socio-economically disadvantaged urban and rural communities, from across the country. To download, share and/or post a flyer for this position, click here.

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Greenest Region Corps Volunteer Application (Deadline September 9, 2018)

The Greenest Region Corps is a NEW partnership between the Caucus and AmeriCorps to find enthusiastic volunteers to lead sustainability projects in a select group of our GRC communities. AmeriCorps volunteers will work directly for a GRC community on a project that will result in greater environmental awareness and stewardship. Volunteers will be recruited and administered by the Caucus, but will be placed directly in one of eight community locations. In addition, volunteers will receive training and mentoring from staff at the USEPA Region 5 Office in Chicago and Moraine Valley Community College. The program is anticipated to start in October 2018 and volunteers must complete 1,700 service hours by December 2019. Volunteers will be paid a living allowance and will be provided health insurance. Upon completion of the program, volunteers will be eligible for a Segal AmeriCorps Educational Award. To learn more about AmeriCorps and the benefits of serving, please visit:  https://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/americorps-programs/americorps-network

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Paid Internship, Effort to Ban Styrofoam

This summer, the Fund for the Public Interest is hiring paid summer staff to work with Environment Illinois to run a grassroots campaign protecting wildlife! You will be to pass a statewide ban on polystyrene (or what a lot of people think of as styrofoam). Foam is one of the most egregious forms of plastic pollution. Not only because it can’t be recycled and doesn’t degrade, but it also is very harmful to wildlife- injuring or killing animals from earthworms to whales because they confuse the foam with food.

If you’re interested in protecting the environment, earning $11-16/hour, gaining campaign & leadership skills, or if you are looking for a fun summer job you should fill out your contact info at http://fundforthepublicinterest.org/apply-now.html or call (312)-559-4701.