This is a list of relevant articles, sites, and people to find out the latest on climate change. Feel free to “comment” a new source to this page! –> Just be sure to give a brief summary of what the source provides.
1. The Spring 2008 issue of Yes! magazine is a comprehensive look at the current state of climate change – the science, the movement, the solutions:
Check out Shadia Wood’s article on the growing youth movement here: http://www.yesmagazine.org/article.asp?ID=2289
And Bill McKibben’s article on the need to Step Up: http://www.yesmagazine.org/article.asp?ID=2271
How many thousands of coal plants we could replace with the most common renewable resource energy sources. http://www.yesmagazine.org/article.asp?id=2298#energy
“Fuse Washington” (fusewashington.org) sends great updates on progressive movements and has an action campaign to fight global warming.
Green Jobs Panel – Whitman College
Finding A Green Job
Green jobs can be found in a number of areas in addition to online job boards. In some instances employers may not publicize a job opportunity via a traditional online job board for reasons such as time (for example, the company may not be able to invest the internal human resources needed to review a large number of applicants that could arise with a broad-based posting) or capacity (for example, a young company may not have a complete human resources department). Some of the other sources and strategies to locate green jobs include:
1.) Go Direct
Some companies may publish job listings on their website, but not necessarily conduct additional external recruitment for candidates. To access these opportunities job seekers should identify companies they would be interested in working for and review the Jobs or Careers section of their website for potential jobs. Strategies to identify companies include:
Reviewing membership lists or other resources from relevant industry associations. For example, the American Solar Energy Society provides this list of employers. A list of some industry associations is available on Green Collar Blog.
Reviewing the list of exhibitors or presenters at industry conferences. For example, there were more than 400 organizations at this week’s Intersolar conference,
Reviewing relevant industry publications (for example, Sustainable Industries). These publications may contain news stories mentioning potential employers. Examining the companies who advertise in such publications may also be valuable.
Networking can enable job seekers to learn about job opportunities. There are a vast number of approaches and strategies for networking, including attending events by organizations such as EcoTuesday and GreenDrinks, participating in the local chapter of a national organization such as the American Solar Energy Society, or attending programs or conferences such as the Green Festival. There are also internet-based approaches to networking (see point #3). Due to the importance of networking to a successful job search it will be the focus of a future article on Green Collar Blog.
3.) Online Social Media
There are an increasing number of job opportunities posted via online social media channels. For example, all groups on the professional networking site LinkedIn include a “Jobs” tab where job opportunities can be posted. Company representatives (including hiring managers) may use social media to conduct their own outreach for potential candidates. For example, the Green Jobs and Career Network group on LinkedIn currently contains more than 50 job postings in various locations.
4.) E-mail Lists
As with job boards, there are an increasing number of recruiters that focus on careers pertaining to sustainability. A number of these organizations will post positions for which they are currently seeking candidates (two examples are Commongood Careers and Bright Green Talent). A list of some green recruiters is available on Green Collar Blog.
6.) Membership Organizations
Industry associations and other membership-based organizations can offer job postings among their member services. For example, Net Impact, a national organization that focuses on harnessing the power of business for social good, has an extensive set of career services (including a job board and resume tips) as well as an annual career expo.
7.) Academic Institutions
Academic institutions offer a range of job-related resources for their students and graduates. These include access to job listings and job fairs. For example, Stanford University will be holding an Energy & Environmental Career Fair in October and this page on Green Collar Blog lists recent green career fairs held by institutions including the University of Illinois and University of Minnesota. Academic institutions can also be a source of networking opportunities.
Student Career Experience Program (SCEP)
The Student Career Experience Program in EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA) and in the Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances offers career-related employment that will enrich your academic experience through valuable work experience. To qualify, you must be at least 16 years old and enrolled as a degree-seeking student. More specifically, you must be taking at least a half-time academic or vocational and technical course load at one of the following:
accredited high school, technical or vocational school, or a two- or four-year accredited college or university at the undergraduate, graduate, or professional school level.
U.S. citizenship is required to be considered for a possible conversion to permanent employment.
National Network for Environmental Management Studies (NNEMS)
A comprehensive fellowship program designed to provide undergraduate and graduate students with practical research opportunities and experiences. The projects are narrow in scope to allow students to complete the research by working full-time during the summer and/or part-time during the school year. Research fellowships are available in:
Environmental Policy, Regulation, and Law;
Environmental Management and Administration;
Environmental Science; and
Environmental Science; Public Relations and Communications.
NNEMS fellows receive a stipend at a level determined by the student’s level of education and the duration and location of the research project. Fellowships are offered to undergraduate and graduate students. Students must meet certain eligibility criteria.
The application deadline for the NNEMS Program is in the winter of each year with all projects beginning the following summer. Complete application information and materials can be obtained:
in the Career Service Center (or equivalent) of colleges and universities;
on the NNEMS Web site; or
by writing to Ginger Potter, NNEMS Program, US EPA (1704A), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20460.
Student Services Contracting Authority
EPA’s Office of Research and Development offers a unique and exciting career opportunity for students seeking scientific or administrative services experience in support of our mission. This opportunity is open to individuals at least 18 years old who are currently enrolled in a degree program at a recognized educational institution or are recent graduates (within one year of graduation for BS and MS degrees and two years of graduation for post docs). By means of flexible Personal Services Contracts, students are hired as Student Services Contractors to work with our various laboratories, research centers and offices located across the country. Student contractors partake in an intensive hands-on employment experience over a 12-month period (with an option for an additional 12 months) working side-by-side with EPA mentors and/or scientists, who will provide day-to-day direction and oversight. View more information and current openings.
Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Undergraduate Fellowships
The GRO fellowship program helps build capacity in universities with limited funding for research by awarding undergraduate fellowships to students in environmental fields. The purpose of the fellowship program is to encourage promising students to obtain advanced degrees and pursue careers in environmental fields.
Eligible students will receive support for their junior and senior years of undergraduate study and for an internship at an EPA facility during the summer between their junior and senior years.
Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP)
This program offers temporary employment that will enable you to earn a salary while continuing your studies. The length of these positions can range from three months during the summer to as long as you are a student To qualify, you must be a U.S. citizen, at least 16 years old and enrolled as a degree-seeking student. More specifically, you must be taking at least a half-time academic or vocational and technical course load at one of the following:
accredited high school, technical or vocational school, or a two- or four-year accredited college or university at the undergraduate, graduate, or professional school level.
Tribal Lands Environmental Science Scholarship Program
This program enables Native Americans to work for the environmental protection of tribal lands by assisting them in their pursuit of environmental science degrees. Full-time junior, senior, and graduate students majoring in an environmental discipline are eligible to compete for the scholarships. Students compete based on grade-point average, knowledge of Indian culture, commitment to environmental protection, character and leadership ability, level of study, and work experience.
EPA works with the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) to select the scholarship winners. Students wishing to apply should do so through AISES, which has chapters on many college campuses and may be contacted at 1630 30th Street, Suite 301, Boulder, CO 80301 or by calling (303) 939-0023. Applications must be postmarked by June 15 of each year.
Energy Action Coalition Job Board
The Energy Action Coalition Job Board is for posting of jobs, fellowships, scholarships, internships, awards, mini/personal grants and similar opportunities for young people to work to stop global warming and build a just and sustainable future. Non-profit, advocacy, service, political and private industry jobs are welcome so long as the opportunities are with good organizations/companies dedicated to justice and sustainability.
Green Jobs Network
The mission of Green Jobs Network is to connect people seeking jobs that focus on
environmental and social responsibility with available opportunities and resources.
Awards & Recognition
Brower Youth Awards http://www.broweryouthawards.org/
Earth Island Institute established the Brower Youth Awards in 2000 to honor our founder and legendary environmental activist, David R. Brower and to call forth a new generation of leaders. This award manifests the Earth Island Institute’s abiding commitment to growing environmental leadership.
Our annual Brower Youth Awards honor six young people for their outstanding activism and achievements in the fields of environmental and social justice advocacy. Each winner is awarded $3000 and brought to San Francisco for the award week and a backcountry camping trip. The Brower Youth Awards not only promote the accomplishments of these young leaders but also invest in their continued success by providing ongoing access to resources, mentors, and opportunities to develop their leadership skills through Earth Island Institute’s New Leaders Initiative.
Dave was a pioneering leader in the evolution of the 20th century environmental movement. Time after time in a career that evolved over more than 60 years, until his death in 2000, he saw the need for expanding what people thought of as environmental, to meet the needs of an evolving, fair, sustainable society. A key part of Brower’s vision for action was his mentorship of younger emerging leaders. Earth Island Institute founded its Brower Youth Awards program to celebrate the spirit of Brower’s mentoring, and it has expanded its New Leaders Initiative to provide other opportunities for young people finding their way in working for the planet’s agenda.
In recognition of the global nature of environmental challenges and the need to pool the resources of many nations to solve environmental problems, EPA has joined with the United Kingdom’s Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission, which has been administering the esteemed Marshall Scholarship since 1953. Through an EPA Marshall Scholarship, up to three talented individuals with strong backgrounds in environmentally relevant sciences are selected each year to receive up to five years of graduate education assistance. The first two years are supported by the UK, through a Marshall Scholarship to a university in Great Britain. Successful candidates may receive up to three additional years of support towards a doctoral degree, either in England or in the US. Applications are due each year on October 1. Visit the Marshall Scholarship Web site for more information.
The award, given out once a year, offers a cash prize of $6000 to a young person who has committed themselves to the causes of human rights and social justice. There is an emphasis on a proven ability to turn commitment into effective action, like working within the context of a specific organization or social movement. Anyone may nominate a candidate, and the application is due by the end of July.
Do Something offers a bunch of grants and awards on a regular basis. The Do Something Awards recognize the unique experiences and achievements of two types of role models: community leaders and social entrepreneurs. Awards up to $100,000. The Do Something Awards are a star-studded, nationally televised event that will air on Vh1 in April. Apply or tune in and be inspired.
Do Something is also calling on you to green your school! The Increase Your Green competition challenges middle and high school students nationwide to take action and shrink the size of their school’s carbon footprint. The schools that take the most innovative action to save energy, reduce and recycle waste, and involve the whole community win $1500 environmental grants.
Created to spotlight the best in youth leadership, the program identifies teens whose efforts are making a profound impact in lives other than their own. Nestlé donates $1,000 in the name of each winner to the charity of his/her choice. Nestlé also awards the winner a trip for them and a parent or guardian to Los Angeles, California for the Nestlé Very Best In Youth awards ceremony.
The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes
The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes honors ten outstanding young leaders ages 8-18 annually that have made a significant positive difference to people and our planet. Half of the winners have focused on helping their communities and fellow beings; half have focused on protecting the health and sustainability of the environment. Several past Brower Youth Award winners have also won the Barron Prize, which includes a $2000 check written to an organization of the winner’s choice. Youth are nominated by an adult familiar with their work (nominations due in late April).
The Anthony Prize is a $1000 cash award recognizing achievement in the field of grassroots environmental activism. The prize money is awarded to an organization of the winner’s choice, and not to an individual. The focus is on projects based in California, though they may have a wider scope of impact. Applications are due by mid-march, and the award is announced on Earth Day.
The Hitachi Foundation gives out ten $5000 grants a year to high school seniors on the basis of their community service activities. The activities must be geared toward long-term community-based change and should be focused in economically isolated communities. Winners must be nominated by another community member. The deadline is at the beginning of April.
The President’s Environmental Youth Award is given to young people from grades kindergarten through twelfth for an outstanding project to promote local environmental awareness. Young people can work individually or in groups; each project requires a responsible adult to act as a sponsor.
Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Awards This is a $750 annual prize given to a student enrolled at an AASHE member institution who has played a leadership role in implementing sustainable initiatives throughout their college campus. In addition to the cash prize, the student will be featured in the journal Sustainability. Students should apply by August.
This organization honors the work of 8 to 16 year-olds who have been part of creative environmental projects. The 14 annual award recipients receive a cash prize, certificate, and recognition on Action for Nature’s website. Applications are due at the end of February.
Win $1,000 for the charity of your choice and a trip for you and a parent/guardian to LA from this award, created to spotlight teens whose efforts are making a profound impact in lives other than their own.
This award from the U.S Environmental Protection Agency and is awarded to recipients living in California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii or the Pacific Islands. The goal is to promote individual environmental projects. They look for the promotion of innovative ideas, collaborative efforts, and how well the program has met its stated goals. Approximately 25-30 winners are selected each year. Applications are due in mid-February.
These awards give eight projects annually a $10,000 grant towards their work. The focus is on recognition for prior work, instead of a grant focusing on a future project. The judges are looking for strong project goals, community support, and impacts on the environment. Apply by the end of November.
This prize is awarded to five recipients a year, aged 21 to 30 years of age. They are looking for youth with demonstrated leadership talent who wish to propose an international project. The Wild Gift prize will provide the support for the newly initiated project to get off the ground. This is a 17-month opportunity worth $11,000-15,000.
This award is for students in grades 5-12 who are part of a volunteer-service activity. The program is in tandem with 4-H, Girl Scouts, Red Cross, and the YMCA. One of those organizations should be able to provide application forms and support for this award.
The Young Naturalist Awards is a research essay-based contest for youth grades 7-12. The essay should be based on original scientific research in the areas of biology, earth science, or astronomy. Two cash prizes are given per grade level. The essays will be based on their level of scientific investigation and presentation. Apply by March.
The Kodak award recognizes outstanding achievement related to the creation of greenways, blueways, trails and open space systems throughout America. The award gives grants to 3-4 awardees each year to continue and expand their greenway projects. The deadline is around the end of June.
In collaboration with the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), the Volvo Adventure Award rewards young people creating their own environmental projects. The Adventure Award is for youth, ages 13-16, working in groups of two to five, that are actively involved in devising and managing the project. Deadline in late January.
River of Words
River of Words conducts a free international poetry and art contest for youth on the theme of watersheds and the environment. The grand prize and international winners receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, DC, to attend the awards ceremony at the Library of Congress. Deadline each February.
Training & Fellowships
Ashoka identifies and invests in leading social entrepreneurs – practical visionaries with the same creativity and determination as leading business entrepreneurs – who apply these qualities to solving social problems on a large scale. Extensive, competitive application process around the world.
The Summer of Solutions is a grassroots program led by pioneering youth innovators in 12 locations nationwide. Each program unites team of youth leaders for 2 months to launch self-sustaining initiatives that build a green economy through innovative local partnerships. The program fosters creative communities of participatory leadership and helps participants build skills and prepare for long-term careers in community organizing, social entrepreneurship, and sustainable development. Teams work to find the resources to create their own summer jobs, develop model projects that can be broadly replicated, and create a community of practice of youth innovators. Applications are rolling through early May 2009.
The Breakthrough Institute is seeking up to ten of the nation’s top young thought leaders for a paid Fellowship in Summer 2009 as part of its young leaders initiative, Breakthrough Generation. Fellowships involve cutting-edge writing, research, and analysis on energy/climate, national security, the economy, health care, and other issues.
Green Corps calls themselves “The Field School for Environmental Organizing.” Green Corps has developed a year-long campaign-based training program that consistently gives their graduates excellent skills in grassroots organizing and places them in jobs with top organizations. Pay for the year is modest, but training is top-flight and camaraderie is excellent as you work on organizing on several environmental campaigns for other organizations. Green Corps recruits on college campuses and most applicants are recent college grads. Rolling applications until March.
Fellowship program for “social entrepreneurs” in various social benefit areas. Fellows receive $60,000 plus benefits, technical assistance, and access to a network of social change makers over a period of two years. Fellows must work full-time on starting a new organization (less than two years old) during this period. Initial applications due in early January annually.
Do Something’s Social Action Boot Camps bring together a diverse group of young community leaders, activists and social entrepreneurs for a day of networking and training. Boot camps are dedicated to giving each attendee the tools to grow and sustain their community action ideas, projects and organizations. They are held in 6 cities each year.
Provides Fellowships to attend group trainings and receive modest financial support over a 2-year period to a diverse range of environmental professionals with 3-10 years of work/campaign experience. Applications due October 1 annually.
NWF Campus Ecology Fellows will be required to confront global warming on campus by working with the administration to commit to a 30% reduction by 2020 and developing a climate action plan with the support of their advisor and verifier. In addition to joining the national network of current and alumni NWF Campus Ecology Fellows, students also receive a modest grant, project support, recognition of their accomplishments and other perks. Application deadlines are each January.
The Greenpeace Organizing Term operates in Washington, DC and San Francisco for spring, summer, and fall semesters annually. It’s a semester of advanced training for student activists, incorporating travel internationally and domestically to assist with Greenpeace field campaigns on forest protection, global warming, and other key issues.
Young People 4 year-long Fellowships begin with an all expense paid trip to a National Summit for Progressive Leaders in January where fellows learn from other progressive leaders, attend skill building workshops, and begin to refine strategies and tactics for running progressive campaigns in their home communities. YP4 provides advice, training, and an online community for continued support, and focuses on environmental and social justice issues.
The Drum Major Institute for Public Policy has launched DMI Scholars to identify progressive college students from diverse communities and train them in the skills necessary to obtain and succeed in entry-level public policy positions. Scholars will learn to approach problems through a policy lens and meet professionals doing this work for government, think tanks, campaigns and advocacy organizations. DMI Scholars are college sophomores and juniors who have demonstrated commitment to advocating for fairness and equity, strong communication skills. Deadline in January annually.
Rockwood’s Art of Leadership program is a four day intensive for social change leaders on developing skills in communication, self-awareness, presentation, emotional intelligence, team-building and personal mastery. Scholarships are available.
The Organizers Institute seeks to train youth in community organizing, eventually placing them in salaried positions in grassroots, congregation-based community organizations around the country.
CPL’s New Leaders Program helps diverse college students and other young leaders get paid internships and entry-level positions at progressive organizations in order to help jump-start life-long careers in progressive politics. They work to change the face of tomorrow’s political leadership by connecting young people of color, LGBT youth, and women to paid internships and entry-level positions with progressive organizations, as well as providing training and networking opportunities.
International fellows 18–29 receive support for a social entrepreneur project they are pursuing (not necessarily environmental). Individuals applying must have a leadership role in a youth-led initiative that works to create positive change in their community.
Greenpeace and Seventh Generation have partnered to provide an all expenses paid weeklong skills training in Washington, DC each summer. 200 students receive free travel to D.C. for training on campaign strategy, message development, lobbying, recruitment, and event planning. Students travel offsite to participate in a campaign event and will emerge from the program with more skills and tools they need to become effective leaders in the environmental and social justice movements.
NOI is excited to announce a slate of state-based trainings every summer on online organizing, online communications, political technology, new media, and testing/evaluation. They are working with a wide array of state-based partners for these “Organizers Summits.” Over the course of the summer, NOI will be holding Organizers Summits in nine states and regions (Michigan, DC, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Pacific Northwest, New Mexico, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Ohio) in an effort to share some of the lessons learned by organizations on the forefront of online organizing and political technology.
Action Camp is a week-long intensive training program designed to unite community members, students, organizers, and other people interested in learning more about campaign development and expanding their direct action skills base. The program is usually designed in collaboration with sponsoring organizations that have a deep commitment to long-term work with participants. At Action Camp, participants split their time between theoretical workshops focusing on a wide array of organizing and campaign skills, and hands-on technical training in nonviolent direct action tactics. Action Camp is also an opportunity for participants to share strategies, development leadership skills, and form relationships that help networking and alliance building. Many of their Action Camps are open to the public and require an application for admission.
The Sierra Student Coalition’s Student Environmental Leadership Trainings, led by the nation’s top student organizers, are weeklong sessions where youth will learn to develop effective groups and tackle serious environmental issues. By the end of the week, youth will be prepared to take what they have learned and put it into action on campus and in the community. Geared towards high school and college students, teaching grassroots organizing and leadership skills. Programs are available in PR, CA, VA, NH, NM, MN, TX, GA, PA and OR.
These Jams are weeklong gatherings of leaders 15-35 to foment collaboration and creativity. There are amazing participants and youth facilitators.