Here is a video about how librarians can help people be more sustainable.
Made for “The Encounter for Sustainable Library Development” conference, February 10, 2017.
Work Defending the Future: Sustainability Careers Post-Trump
How to Get a Purpose-Driven Job in Business, NGOs, or Government
Webinar: Thursday December 1st, 7 PM
Dr. Eban Goodstein, Director of Graduate Programs in Sustainability at Bard College, will outline career strategies for both soon-to-be and recent college graduates, and for professionals looking to make a move. Goodstein will provide participants with a concrete job-search strategy, discuss what Trump’s election means for careers in social and environmental sustainability, and also field questions.
Dial-on Only: 1.888.240.2560 Code: 644334550
The Jarchow Lab at the University of South Dakota is seeking an innovative and hard-working student to be part of the first cohort of students in a graduate program in sustainability that is being developed at USD. The PhD position is fully funded for four years at ~$22,000 per year. The position has a flexible start date of either summer or fall 2017.
The PhD position is part of a project, funded by NSF, titled “Sustainable socio-economic, ecological, and technological scenarios for achieving global climate stabilization through negative CO2 emission policies.” The project brings together an interdisciplinary team of researchers from USD, Montana State University, and the University of Wyoming to evaluate the role that a BEECS (bioenergy and carbon capture and sequestration) economy would have on the Upper Missouri River Basin (UMRB). The Jarchow Lab-led project has two main components. First, we will assess, map, and quantify how residents of the UMRB perceive the social values of the ecosystem services provided by their environment. Second, we will do sustainability visioning to develop a scenario of a desirable future for the UMRB.
Applicants with training in a number of academic disciplines will be considered for this position including sustainability, biology/ecology, environmental science or studies, political science, sociology, or other related fields. Additional qualifications include knowledge of geographical information systems (GIS) software, excellent oral communication skills, and interest in conducting interdisciplinary research.
To apply for this position, please send a cover letter describing your career goals and how your experience and qualifications make you a strong fit for this position to me (Meghann.Jarchow@usd.edu). Also attach your CV or resume, unofficial transcript(s), GRE scores (unofficial OK), TOEFL scores (for non-native English speakers only), and the names and e-mail addresses of three references. Applicants are encouraged to submit their materials by 16 December 2016.
For more information, please contact me.
Sustainability Program Coordinator
Department of Biology
University of South Dakota
Churchill-Haines Labs 171E
The Earth is not a trash can! Please don’t treat it like one.
Dear person driving the green sedan in front of me on the highway,
Tonight I was on my way to a sustainability event sponsored by the environmental non-profit associate board I serve on. I was driving along, listening to the radio, and minding my own business.
We were driving in the middle lane of the highway when your next action really stuck with me. You didn’t brake suddenly, or swerve into another lane endangering other drivers.
Instead, you rolled down your window and tossed some wrappers out onto the road, as if it were your own personal trash can. My jaw legitimately dropped and hung open for a good five minutes as a million questions ran through my mind.
How could you do that?
Why couldn’t you have just waited to where you were going to throw out those wrappers?
Who taught you that it was okay to litter?
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This sounds like the new way all businesses and products should be.
Over the summer I had the opportunity to work with a start up called Oddisay as an expert sustainability consultant. Oddisay just officially launched as a sustainable goods marketplace. It is like Etsy, but with an eco-friendly focus.
For instance, when you open a shop on Etsy (which I have done before), there is no vetting on the materials your product is made of. You could say it is made of local, organic, biodegradable hemp all you want, but you never have to actually prove anything.
On Oddisay, every product that is posted gets evaluated by 3 key qualities:
Products on Oddisay must be made of sustainable materials that can be recycled, reused or reclaimed. Additionally, Oddisay strives to make sure that products are fairly sourced. It was described to my colleagues and I that…
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