With so many negative things happening in the environmental news, it’s easy to feel down and out about the future of Earth’s health. As much as each of us tries to help to make the world a better place, it oftentimes seems like there is simply too much to be done to make a difference.
For this reason, the 4th Annual Sustainability Film Series is kicking off with a fun and light-hearted movie about environmental initiatives across the United States. Your Environmental Road Trip follows three young professionals as they embark on a journey to find unique sustainable ideas in each state. Their story chronicles inventions from solar roadways and recycled museums to a yummy chocolatey Valentine’s Day surprise.
In what may be described as “silly” to some and “thrilling” to others, YERT is fun for all and will leave you feeling enthusiastic about your future environmental endeavors. Not only does the team strive to learn more about sustainability from others, but they have made their own commitments- to create only one shoebox of waste and recyclables per month and to completely avoid incandescent light bulbs. These struggles become all too real when one of the cast members becomes pregnant and must now care for two bodies instead of just one.
YERT has been suggested by the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and has also won awards at events such as the Environmental Film Festival at Yale and the Costa Rica International Film Festival.
Following the film, there will be a moderated discussion facilitated by Patty O’Keefe, a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota and a winner of the AASHE award for her work with the Youth Environmental Congress. O’Keefe currently works with MN 350 on engaging youth in environmental issues.
The showing Your Environmental Road Trip, the first installment of the 2014 Sustainability Film Series, will occur on Thursday, February 6th at 7:00 pm at the Bell Museum of Natural History. This event coincides with “BIG Thursday at the Bell” which also includes sketch night, an Audubon conversation, and Exploradome showings. There will be free food and beverages prior to the event. The film is free with museum admission.
The Film Series will continue on March 6, April 3rd, and May 1st with the movies Midway, A River Changes Course, and More than Honey.
Wilderness Inquiry is now accepting applications for summer 2014 trail staff and interns. Wilderness Inquiry is a nonprofit located in Dinkytown whose mission is to make adventure travel accessible to everyone, regardless of age, background or ability.
The following positions are available:
- Summer Trail Staff: Guide extended trips (hiking, canoeing, kayaking, etc.) to a variety of locations throughout the Midwest and beyond.
- Urban Wilderness Canoe Guide: Guide day-trips on the Mississippi River
- Internships: Build your resume by gaining outdoor industry experience at Wilderness Inquiry.
To apply, visit the Wilderness Inquiry’s employment page.
The University is finally getting a community garden! Plans are underway to create a new garden in the Prospect Park neighborhood just east of campus. But in order to launch this project, volunteers are needed to help with planning, concept design, landscaping, construction, horticulture, and garden management. If you’re interested in helping out, reply here!
The Women’s Environmental Institute is seeking hard-working, enthusiastic interns for the 2014 farming season. These are paid internships that usually run for 6 weeks with potential extensions for those who are interested. WEI farm student interns will have a curriculum and a special research project.
Each intern will work 24 hours per week and earn approximately $100 per week. WEI will provide modest living accommodations Monday evening through Friday afternoon for the interns, including access to its kitchen and laundry room facilities and extra produce when available. WEI also provides wireless e-mail for all residents who must provide their own computers for personal use.
Enrollment in WEI Farm Internships is limited to one term. Upon completion of that term, an intern can continue to work on the farm as a volunteer or apply (when available) for a farmer employee position. The education program is still open for steady farm volunteers and for farmer employees but is not covered by farm employee hours or wages.
Early Summer (June 4 – July 12) (3 Interns)
Late Summer (July 16 – August 23) (3 Interns)
Autumn (Sept 1 – Oct 15th) (3 Interns)
If you would like apply, please fill out this application and submit of letter of interest and resume with three references via email or post to Jacquelyn Zita, Director of Operations and Farm Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org, P.O. Box 128, North Branch, MN 55056.
On Wednesday, February 5 from 1:00 to 5:00, the Environmental Internship and Career Fair will take place in the North Star Ballroom of the St. Paul Student Center. Dozens of potential employers will be in attendance to meet with you, discuss internship and job possibilities, and answer questions. They will represent a wide range of environmental fields including corporate sustainability, soil science, environmental engineering, ecotourism, environmental policy, and more.
Students who plan to attend should review the list of attending employers and identify a few tables of interest before arriving. Also remember to dress professionally and have a few copies of your up-to-date resume ready to hand to potential employers. Walk-in resume help is available in 198 McNeal Hall, and job fair advice is available through an online workshop and handout.