As an Outreach Associate with 3Degrees, you will communicate directly with Ameren Missouri customers about Pure Power program with the ultimate goal of enrolling customers in the program. You will interact with the public in a variety of settings, including festivals, storefront tables, community events, and going door-to-door in select neighborhoods.
This is a part time position that offers mostly evening and weekend hours, along with some weekday hours. Training is provided and there are opportunities for advancement.
Mississippi campaign Intern
The campaign’s main recruitment method is to talk to people face-to-face at River festivals, events and workdays where Interns will encourage people to become River Citizens—people who pledge to help protect the River by taking simple actions; each region aims to recruit 1,000 River Citizens in 2013. In addition to attending recruitment events, interns will be required to track the River Citizens recruited, recruit and train volunteers, write 1 blog post per month and submit 2-4 press releases regarding the campaign in their region.
This program will include training opportunities and at least one in-person meeting with other campaign interns from around the country. Through this experience 1 Mississippi campaign interns will develop organizing skills, a unique understanding of values-based communications campaigns, public speaking and teaching experience and the ins and outs of a national environmental campaign.
MRN is hiring a paid campaign intern for one day a week, plus event days totaling an average of 20 hours a week for the duration of the summer, beginning with our training in March until early October.
You will need to have a strong background in GIS software, the ability to integrate complex datasets into watershed modeling software, and a passion for using technology effectively and creatively to the benefit of our environment and quality of life.
The major components/goals of this interns work plan:
• Compile all relevant GIS, flow and water quality data for the Kiefer Creek Watershed Plan
• Process datasets for integration into the following watershed models : ArcHydro, Nature Serve Vista, and TR55
• Integrate processed datasets into the above listed watershed models
• Articulate watershed models for public consumption using Google Earth Pro to create enhanced kmz and kml layers
Software the intern will/may be using: ArcGIS 10.1, ArcHydro 2.0, FME, Manifold, Nature Serve Vista, Google Earth Pro, Basins, Photoshop/Illustrator/Premier, SketchUp
Duration : 240 hours
Send resume, cover letter, three references, and relevant work samples to firstname.lastname@example.org
Consumer Privilege: It’s Complicated
Human exploitation of the planet is reaching a critical limit while our demands are ever increasing.
The two most complex systems on Earth are the environment and human society. For the entirety of our history we have existed together in harmony. However, our gift of manpower is creating a dynamic shift in the natural equilibrium we have come to enjoy. Humans have evolved to be the species leader of the Earth and we are leading in the wrong direction, to the destruction of a biological-supportive nature. We have been given dominion over nature, and as such, feel separated from our ecosystem. However, in no way can we ever be completely disassociated with nature. Expectations, politics, and selfishness govern our human-created environment that enforce separation with all other living things, and nature itself. Our existence on this planet is dependent on nature – for it’s diverse natural processes that keep our atmosphere intact, and for its abundance of vitamins, minerals, and resources we take for granted.
We must undergo a cultural transformation to understand the balance of consumption. It’s time for us to get away from a continual growth model, as we are constrained by a finite level of resources. Our role as students is to become responsible and well informed activists to show our government that ecology must be intertwined with all legislation. Maybe if we can create the common appeal, and common level of education on the matter of the proposed future if we stay on the same track, then change will happen. Everyone has the power to vote; and I’m not talking about for the President. We have the power to vote on products and services, and our vote is carried out through the purchase of a good for us to enjoy. There must be a common understanding on the need for frugality and the disassociation with corruptible wealth. Everyday we do something different, now, let’s use that power for the good of our friends, family, community, nation, world, and life itself.
Growth is a means to an end. The wrong kind of growth reduces our quality of life, and we must take economics back to a human-environment optimization. The human mind created the concept of the future. We look ahead, recognize where the opportunities are and where the dangers lay, and choose accordingly to survive. No other living organism carries the same intellectual capacity. Constant growth is an unnatural term created by the lack of foresight in humanity. The only model for comparison is the entire universe, which some believe is constantly growing from the original big bang. Even if this is true, do we really have the audacity to think we hold a parallel power to the whole universe in that there are no boundaries to our reach (major God-complex)? If we do, I am unbelievably scared for our future as a species, especially on our home planet.
Here’s two facts for thought for you to enjoy:
- Consumers can recognize hundreds of company logos but most do not know 10 native plant species in their hometown.
- Americans spend more money on lawn maintenance than India receives in tax revenue
P.S. How many native plant species of St. Louis are there, and what are they? Can you name five of them?
- Comprehension (of overall outcome; what it means to you)
- Acceptance (of willingness and desire to change)
- Sacrifice (one’s comfort with old practice for new)
- Diligence (staying on track)
This week we get down to green energy itself.
To start things off, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on some recent events. Now as we all have read in the news, Energy Secretary Steven Chu is leaving the administration, overall he’s got some mixed reviews. The case that stood out the most that got grilled over and over before and during the campaign season was the failure of Solyndra bankruptcy — $528 million federal dollars spent on the company only to see Chinese competitors getting more subsidy, producing cheaper solar panels and drying up the market. Not trying to make a political point, I think both sides could agree that a greener, more sustainable energy future is inevitable and the industry will have to experience some birth pain, and it’s not doing too bad when Exxon Mobile and other big oil companies are still getting millions and millions in tax credits.
Mr. Chu once said that he’s confident that hybrids and electric cars were going to play a big role in US transportation in the coming decades, and “we need an infrastructure for charging”, plain and simple, and keep in mind, these words came from a guy who had a Nobel prize in physics before he took the cabinet post.
Now back to green energy in St. Louis. For those of you who courageously attended the Career Fair last week despite the snow, you may have seen Syndicated Solar. They are a perfect example. Something I learned from talking to Mr. Loughridge, basically the way it works it that they come to your home, depending on what kind of roof you have and what the surrounding of the house looks like, they design an individualized plan for installation, and it’s guaranteed for 25 years, once it’s integrated to the grid, you can start saving right away. The mean time, Syndicated Solar is also trying to spread the product by allowing people to buy solar panels at a lower price if they could help make referrals — that’s why we have seen clusters of homes having these solar panels out in some communities in Colorado, apparently people have started to see the benefits of it and it’s only a matter of time that we’ll see a greater proliferation.
As I was reading President Clinton’s book Back to Work, I was humbled by his knowledge on green energy and one suggestion he made was that “at least paint the roofs white” (to safe energy on heating)— ironically after nine other suggestions he acknowledged as unfeasible in today’s political environment, one of which happens to be more federal support on tax credits and deductions on solar panels purchases. As we have four more years of President Obama in the White House, this prospect might not be the top priority, but it is surely covered under a more friendly administration. This could be significant because as the green job report points out, this is an industry that depends heavily on customer demand since it’s still in its infancy compared to big oil, and if people are not willing to buy the technology into their homes than it would be very hard for the industry to be itself sustainable. Therefore employers in this sector are looking for people who have a degree preferably on math, science or engineering, who have the knowledge of how green alternatives work and be able to use persuasion to illustrate the long-term and short-term benefits of using green energy.
In previous years the case competition has been very campus-centric (tackling issues of landscaping, parking, and energy use on our own grounds), but this year, at the behest of the Office of Sustainability, we have taken the case ‘off-campus’ to tackle the issue of vacant land in the urban core of St. Louis and its social, economic, and environmental ramifications. The topic has proven to be of great interest to the student body, building upon the synergies with the Sustainable Land Lab, and we launched the case to packed house of interested students from across the campuses in November. The case (linked here) was officially released to our registered teams on December 13th and we’re looking forward to reviewing a set of first round submissions on January 20th.
Our judges will soon begin filtering down the participants to a group of 3-4 teams who will be invited to present at the Finalists’ Presentations on February 8th at 1:00 PM here in Simon Hall’s May Auditorium. The awards and reception will follow at 3:30 PM at the Knight Center. We would be delighted and honored if you could join us (details below).
This week’s topic? Green salvage and remediation— the process of renewing resources through material extraction, environment cleanup, re-use, and product conversion. Some big names here in St. Louis: Environmental Operations, Inc, it was just named First Place Specialty Contractor in the Environmental Remediation & Demolition discipline at the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of St. Louis 2011 Construction Industry Awards gala. Their projects ranged from the Busch Stadium to the University of St. Louis campus, and their services covers everything from environmental engineering to demolition. Another notable firm in this area would be Hilex, who operates the largest closed loop plastic bag recycling facility in the world, where plastic bags are turned back into resin pellets and then back in to new bags.
The most recent example would be the devastation on the east coast brought on by hurricane Sandy, the efforts went into debris removal and cleanup were tremendous. This is an industry that has a great potential for growth (in St. Louis region) given the obvious shift from waste to recycling, the economic benefits of this shift has encouraged a lot of firms to devote new management into the process, therefore we’ve seen waste turned into end-products like recycled paper — a new market.
This is also a sector that links tightly with green building, green energy, and in the case of hurricane Sandy, it’s also under the regulatory compliance of FEMA — green public administration.
Possible course to look into: Environmental Remediation Technician in St. Louis University.
Great job this week with Small Steps Big Wins- we are in 7th place in the competition!!
A quick reminder that the blood drive is this TUESDAY 1/29 from 9am-9pm. We
are promoting this action as a great social sustainability step to support a
much needed resource. Please consider donating or volunteering. We will also
be at the DUC 276 donation location handing out chocolate and encouraging
donors to sign up for the challenge and track their action. Please email me
(email@example.com) if you are interested in helping promote the challenge
this Tuesday, even if just for a half hour sometime throughout the day- we
love all the help we can get!
St. Louis has become a leader in green building in the Midwest, the number of LEED certified building grew from just one ten years ago to now over 80 commercial and 50 residential in the region; in the last five years green building projects have gone from 2% to 33% nationally, having a green building is now a serious consideration that could lead to long term benefits for firms and individuals.
The idea of creating a healthy environment while preserving the nature by saving electricity and reducing waste is gaining ground. Below are training opportunities that employers stated are important preparation for a strong green building industry, and the people they employ:
- Sustainable construction
- Sustainability degree programs
- Shadow programs that can build into internships
- Continuing education opportunity for long-tenured workers in the field
- Safety training or certification
- On-the-job training
If interested, the possible programs that we encourage you to look into are the LEED Green Associate Training program in St. Louis Community College and Green Fundamentals of Sustainable Buildings in St. Charles Community College.