Lacey Jo Braun
It is that time of year when things start to wind down. After the crescendo of final papers, projects, and tests it is nice to look back on the year and see how far you have come.
This was an exciting year of Sustainability Education. Sustainability Education hosted and participated in several events throughout the year. The highlights reel includes SELF Sustain, Food Day, a visit from Bill McKibben, our Commons gallery opening, the 2013 Sustainability Film Series, the 2013 Sustainability Symposium, and Jelly Before the Jam.
Sustainability Education and IonE sponsored a student organization called Students for Sustainability. If you are interested in joining the group see the Facebook group.
Another exciting project Sustainability Education worked on was an undergraduate course taught by the Institute on the Environment’s Director, Jon Foley.
Our team gained four new members: Madeline Giefer, Sima Sajjadiani, Lacey Jo Braun, and Alireza Asary. We also will be saying good-bye to a two year veteran of the team, Kiley Bastain, who graduated this spring with a degree in Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management.
Richfield Greenstep Cities is looking for a summer intern who would be responsible for gathering departmental data and inputting information into the Minnesota Greenstep Cities website. There is a possibility of monetary compensation. This is a great way to get involved in local sustainability with a big, successful program. Please consider applying!
- Nonprofit Administration and Development
- Events and Program Coordination
- Marketing and Sales
Applications are due May 31. All positions are unpaid and require 10 to 20 hours per week. For more details about these positions and the application process, see WEI’s announcement.
Students interested in helping the University of Minnesota move forward in sustainability next year should apply to be on the Twin Cities and/or Systemwide Sustainability Committee. These committees allow students from a wide range of backgrounds and interests to work on projects involving stormwater and grounds management, transportation, food, energy, communications, and other areas.
The Twin Cities committee focuses on operational, teaching and research objectives and is a great place for students interested in operational programs and implementation. Meanwhile the Systemwide committee is a better fit for students interested in planning, governance, and policy. Members of the Systemwide committee find ways to make connections across all University of Minnesota campuses and consolidate annual campus reports into an annual sustainability report for the President and Regents.
The Twin Cities committee requires approximately two to three hours per month while the Systemwide Committee requires two to four hours each quarter. Becoming active on a task team will increase these expectations. Accepted students commit to one to two years of service.
To apply, email the following to Amy Short, Sustainability Director (email@example.com) before Tuesday, May 28:
1. Your name, major, minor, focus and planned graduation date (You must be a U of M student.)
2. A brief paragraph describing your interests
3. Indicate which committee(s) you are interested in
4. Attach a resume if available (not required)
Minnesota GreenCorps is a great opportunity for new college graduates to pay off loans and begin their careers while serving the Twin Cities community.
Minnesota GreenCorps is a division of Americorps run through the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Members spend one year of service with local, county, and state governments working on a wide range of assingments from quantitative monitoring of water quality to public education and outreach. Members can even gain valuable leadership experience by conducting their own community projects. GreenCorps also provides a great deal of training, making it a great transition between college and the workforce.
Applications are due June 7.