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My husband and I always get a live Christmas tree that we plant in our yard. We have only lost one tree in 36 years. It’s really fun to watch them grow. The first year we were married we got a live/cut tree and it was very dry about a week after we got it. My vote goes for real trees! The best way to water live trees that you plant is with ice cubes.

waste not want not

We have surpassed Thanksgiving. Now it is finally acceptable to enjoy anything Christmas.

Since K and I now live together we had the very adult discussion about artificial vs. real Christmas trees. K’s family has historically gone with real trees, while my family has pretty much always went the fake route.

From an environmental standpoint which is better?

christmas-tree Our Michigan grown Fraser Fir

Both have their own pros and cons.

Artificial Tree Pros

  • Don’t have to buy a new tree year after year, cheap
  • Convenience: can come pre-lit, no needles

Artificial Tree Cons

  • Will eventually be disposed of in a landfill
  • Not made from environmentally friendly or recyclable materials (such as PVC)
  • Most likely made in China (guessing here)

Real Tree Pros

  • Can be composted and mulched up
  • Local, grown in the USA
  • Bolsters local, small business economies
  • Smells awesome

Real Tree Cons

  • Water, land, and resources used on Christmas tree farms
  • Most…

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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.

Log-in:  bluejeans.com/644334550

Dial-on Only: 1.888.240.2560  Code: 644334550

A version of the webinar for undergraduates can be viewed here.

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.

Meghann Jarchow

Assistant Professor

Sustainability Program Coordinator

Department of Biology

University of South Dakota

Churchill-Haines Labs 171E

(605)677-3115 (office)

(605)659-1889 (cell)

http://www.jarchowlab.org/

EcoCareer Conference

National Wildlife Federation’s EcoLeaders.

EcoCareer Conference 2017: Building Pathways to Sustainable Careers

Wednesday, February 22nd – Conference Day from 10 – 5:30 PM ET

Thursday, February 23rd – Workshop Day from 12 – 3 PM ET

http://online.nwf.org/site/Calendar?id=108403&view=Detail

 

As we all process and come to terms with the results of the election, the work continues and we keep on keeping on.

National Community College Sustainability Webinar

Community Colleges and the National Council for Science and the Environment

November 15th, 1:30 PM Central Time

This webinar will feature connections between the NCSE and community colleges through the NCSE’s Community College Alliance for Sustainability Education (CCASE).  Our presenters will be:

Michelle Wyman, Executive Director of the NCSE.

Wyman will discuss the growing role for community colleges at NCSE as well as the upcoming NCSE conference focusing on Environmental Health.

James Miller (Coordinator, Project Admin & Research); Kirk Sawyer (Professor, EMERGE) from Seminole State College of Florida.

The EMERGE program provides foundational, project-based learning opportunities to first- and second-year college students via a multifaceted certificate curriculum in sustainability and renewable energy that’s designed both to complement technical education degrees and to enrich liberal arts studies.  Focuses include hands-on laboratories that create certification pathways for future technicians as well as co-curricular projects that enhance engagement among non-technical students and make for a better informed, globally conscious citizenry.  Seminole State is a CCASE member and will also discuss their relationship with NCSE.

We may also have some time to discuss the impact of the election on our work.

When it’s time, join the meeting from here:
Join the meeting
 
When: Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 1:30 pm (1 hr), Central Standard Time (Chicago, GMT-06:00).
Access Information
 
Meeting Number:
991 827 124
 
Password:
(This meeting does not require a password.)
 
Audio Connection
 
913-469-2799 (JCCC Webex)

Access Code:
991 827 124

Deep breaths. Now let’s plan the fight ahead:

It’s hard to know what to say in a moment like this. Many of us are reeling from the news and shaken to the core about what a Trump Presidency will mean for the country, and the difficult work ahead for our movements.

Trump’s misogyny, racism, and climate denial pose a greater threat than we’ve ever faced, and the battleground on which we’ll fight for justice of all kinds will be that much rougher.

America, and the world we touch, has crossed overnight from an era of economic and political stability into a highly uncertain future. It is clear that much of the policy direction in support of sustainability that Washington has provided the past eight years will be reversed.  This means that for the next few years, our proactive work will now be happening within state and local government, corporations, start-ups, NGO’s, educational institutions, and faith organizations— as it did from 2000-2008.

Our work will not go away. In just the last three years, the planet has heated up almost a quarter of a degree. Meeting the needs of billions of more people all aspiring to a better quality of life demands that we still rewire the world with clean energy, still reinvent the global food system, still rebuild smart and inclusive cities, and fundamentally, put sustainability and sufficiency at the heart of what we are doing on the planet. This is a moment that calls on all of us to redouble our efforts to lead the change.

Please join us next Wednesday, 11/16  at noon eastern for an on-line conversation with Bill McKibben: 

 The Post Election Climate for Climate Action

Bill Mckibben, 350.org

Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Location: Webinar: bluejeans.com/163092697

Wishing you all the chance to get outside today, take a walk, and take in the world.