Friday, March 11, 2016

Go Green over Spring Break

Consider these green tips before jetting off for spring break. Unplug all appliances and power strips before you go to avoid phantom electricity usage. If you’re traveling by air, consider purchasing carbon credits to offset emissions. Enjoy a ‘staycation’ by visiting local parks such as Eno River State Park and Jordan Lake. Read more »

Earth Day Festival Student Speaker Competition

The Environmental Affairs Committee of Student Government will hold auditions to select engaging and energetic student speakers for the annual Earth Day Festival. Students are invited to share stories, spoken word pieces, or monologues that express a personal tie to a current environmental issue. Content can range from climate change to environmental injustice and pieces should be limited to 10 minutes. Apply by midnight on March 24. Selected speakers will be featured at the annual Earth Day Fest, on April 22, 5-7pm, at the Bell Tower Amphitheater. Mark your calendar to join together and celebrate our dedication to environmental issues on campus.

Carolina Environmental Film Festival

Students and filmmakers are encouraged to submit short documentaries on environmental issues and sustainability for the Carolina Environmental Film Festival. The festival, sponsored by the UNC Institute for the Environment and UNC Sustainability Office, will be held at the Varsity Theater from 7-9pm on April 22. Documentaries should be less than 10 minutes in length and recently produced. A panel of judges will award prizes to the top submissions. Read more »

Join A Drink For Tomorrow's Leadership Team

A Drink For Tomorrow (ADFT) encourages students who are interested in water issues, public health, social justice, advocacy, and international development to join their team. The student organization, dedicated to raising funds and awareness to combat the global water crisis, has open positions related to publicity, major events, finance, outreach, and more on their Executive Board. Apply by application and send your resume to by March 11 at 5PM. Apply here »

Green Corps Internship Network

Sign up to receive bi-weekly internship announcements from Green Corps and alumni representing over 350 groups, including Greenpeace, Food & Water Watch, the Sierra Club, National Wildlife Federation, and more. Email Jasmine Ruddy with questions and subscribe to the listserv. Sign up here »

Estes Drive Bike and Pedestrian Improvements

The Town of Chapel Hill recently held an open house and information session to review three design options for improvements for bicyclists and pedestrians along Estes Drive. The project will consist of bike lanes and sidewalks on the north and south sides of Estes Drive from MLK to Caswell Road. The Town plans to choose a design and start construction by the end of summer. The Estes Drive Connectivity Project is part of the Chapel Hill Bike Plan. Read more »

Free Solar Assessment for Your Home

Solarize the Triangle will provide free solar assessments for homes until April 30 to scope the viability of solar panels for your roof. Solarize aims to simplify the process and lower the price of installing solar photovoltaic systems and two information sessions will be held on March 20, in Raleigh, and April 14, in Chapel Hill. Read more »

The US Food System Symposium

Davidson College will host the US Food System Symposium over the weekend of April 9. The symposium will focus on four main themes: environmental sustainability, economic development, labor, politics and poverty, public health and nutrition, and science and technology. Students interested in food production and consumption issues are invited to submit an abstract to the Knowledge Fair. Register here »

Carolinas Climate Resilience Conference

Presentation and session ideas for the 2016 Carolinas Climate Resilience Conference will be accepted until April 8. The conference is scheduled from September 14-16 in Charlotte, NC, and will focus on climate science, planning for resilience, communications and outreach, among other topics. Read more »

From Inspiration to Impact Conference

The North American Association for Environmental Education will host a conference on best practices October 19-22 in Madison, Wisconsin. The call for presentations is open until March 31. Read more »

Clean Water and Sanitation Provision

Gary White, UNC graduate and CEO and Co-founder of, leads efforts in developing drinking water and sanitation provision. The organization’s ‘Water Credit Initiative’ allows to take a market-based approach and fund microloans that allow beneficiaries to use money on improved water and sanitation quality and access. Read more »

Institute for the Environment Receives Energy and Water Research Award

The Duke Energy Foundation awarded UNC’s Institute for the Environment $100,000 to research water and energy use. The Institute is examining drought vulnerability, energy diversification, and alternative energy sources. This grant will fund faculty and student research as well as a speaker series and new environmental courses. Read more »

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – UNC Environment, Health and Safety Student Assistant–NC

North Carolina State University – Waste Diversion Coordinator – NC

North Carolina State University – Waste Reduction & Recycling Program Assistant – NC

Duke University – Sustainability and Quality Control Manager – NC

Requisition number 401070562
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Appalachian State University – Assistant Professor, Sustainable Development – NC

Benevolence Farm – Executive Director – NC

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services–Health Education Intern– NC

UNC Southeast Regional Climate Center– Heat Vulnerability Intern– NC

University of Virginia – Sustainability Analyst – VA

Posting Number: 0618198
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Food Recovery Network – Fellowship–MD

Goucher College – Sustainability Coordinator – MD

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

The next time you take a tea or coffee break, consider bringing your own mug. Most cafes, including the Daily Grind, provide discounts or incentives for using reusable mugs. Buying organic is another way to mitigate environmental impacts, as the coffee or tea is grown without pesticides and herbicides which can run off into water and create dead zones.

UNC Athletics #TurnItGreen

UNC Athletics recently released a comprehensive report outlining sustainability initiatives throughout the department and across campus. The report highlights UNC Athletics’ sustainability efforts, including:
 • More recycling bins at athletic events
 • Using reclaimed water for athletic fields, with a projected savings of 10 million gallons of potable water annually
 • Installing low-flow toilets that reduce water consumption by up to 30 percent per flush
 The Smith Center took on a different look during the January 30 men’s basketball game as students, the pep band, dance team, cheerleaders and Rameses all donned “#TurnItGreen” REPREVE® t-shirts, which are each made from 15 recycled plastic bottles. UNC and North Carolina-based Unifi, Inc., makers of REPREVE, have been collaborating since 2014 to raise awareness among students, faculty, fans and alumni about recycling and how Unifi transforms plastic bottles into REPREVE-based products. Read more »

UNC Hosts Clean Tech Summit

The 3rd Annual NC Clean Tech Summit will be held on February 18-19 at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education in Chapel Hill. This year’s event will highlight the latest innovations and recent trends of the clean tech industry and challenges ahead. Students will have the opportunity to engage with clean-tech industry leaders through one-on-one mentoring, networking sessions, and a panel discussion. Conference registration is $250, with special rates for one-day participants, students, and others. Read more »

Learn to Lead Staff Sustainability Efforts

“Making the Workplace More Sustainable,” an interactive staff sustainability workshop, helps participants identify, measure and promote sustainable practices in their work areas. Participants learn about UNC sustainability goals and initiatives, become “green events” certified, and learn how to conduct a Workplace Sustainability Assessment. The upcoming, two-day training will be held Tuesday, February 23, and Thursday, February 25, from 8:30am - 12:30pm, at the Administrative Office Building on Airport Drive. Register soon through ConnectCarolina for “Workplace Sustainability 1,” space is limited. Read more »

Carolina Environmental Film Festival

Students and filmmakers are encouraged to submit short documentaries on environmental issues and sustainability for the Carolina Environmental Film Festival. The festival, organized by the UNC Institute for the Environment and UNC Sustainability Office, will be held at the Varsity Theater from 7-9pm on April 22. Documentaries should be less than 10 minutes in length and recently produced. A panel of judges will award prizes to the top submissions. Read more »

New Resource for Energy Efficient Laboratory Equipment

The Energy-Efficient Laboratory Equipment Wiki, a tool created by the Laboratories for the 21st Century program and now available on I2SL, includes energy data and best practice information on dozens of types of laboratory equipment. The wiki provides:
 • Purchasing information so the most efficient equipment can be selected
 • Tips for researchers on how to use existing equipment most efficiently
• Realistic estimates of power consumption for different types of equipment
Laboratory equipment users are invited to peruse the wiki to determine the energy efficiency of existing equipment or consider equipment efficiency before purchasing new equipment. Read more »

Sustainable Business & Social Impact Conference

Join the Duke Net Impact Club and Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship on Wednesday, February 24 for the 11th annual Sustainable Business & Social Impact Conference. This year's conference will highlight the future of sustainable and social impact around the world. Confirmed keynote speakers include Rose Marcario, President and CEO of Patagonia, and Barbara Pierce Bush, CEO and co-founder of Global Health Corps Register here »

Next South Career Conference

Next South 2016, the Southeast’s largest conference and career fair for future leaders seeking careers in sustainability and corporate responsibility, will be held on February 26 in Atlanta. The event features a full day of speakers and panels, plus a career fair with top companies seeking talent for internship and career opportunities. Registration is $45. Read more »

Call for Films: Real Food Films 2016

Real Food Media is looking for powerful films about sustainable food, farming, and innovative strategies. Share your 4-minutes-or-less original film by March 1 to be eligible to win prizes and distribution opportunities. Read more »

Climate Change Adaptation Conference

Abundance NC’s Climate Change Adaptation Conference grew out of a need for education and support for local farmers experiencing extreme weather challenges. The 2016 conference will explore practical and social solutions and adaptations to climate change on March 4, from 8am-5pm at Central Carolina Community College. The pre-conference “Amuse Bouche” on March 3, the evening before the conference, is open to the public and followed by a discussion about food sovereignty and social issues. Register here »

Communicating Science Workshop for Graduate Students

The second annual ComSciCon-Triangle will be held May 14and May 21 at the Frontier at Research Triangle Park. Graduate students in STEM fields at triangle universities will have the opportunity to develop their science communication skills, network with other students, and learn from professional science communicators and experts. Read more »

Summer Institue on Sustainability and Energy

This August, the Energy Initiative at the University of Illinois at Chicago will host its sixth annual Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy, a two-week intensive workshop and lecture series for students and professionals. The “Nexus” program will explore the intersection of energy and water and impact on the environment. All participants will receive lodging support for the duration of the program, and many will receive partial support for travel costs. Apply by July 1.Read more »

Paid Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates

IDEA seeks motivated and talented undergraduate students to participate in ten-week full-time summer research programs. Students will work with UNC faculty, participate in graduate school prep seminars, and share experiences. Research opportunities are available in Marine Sciences, Geology, Geography, and Environmental Sciences. Previous research experience is not required. Apply by February 29. Read more »

Researchers Map the Sea Floor for Offshore Wind Farms

The outer continental shelf of North Carolina supports some of the best conditions for potential offshore wind energy in the southeast United States. However, the construction of offshore energy facilities could impact sensitive marine ecosystems. Researchers from the UNC Institute of Marine Sciences are studying the hardbottom rocky reefs that serve as essential habitats for valuable fish species to better understand these unique offshore ecosystems. The researchers use hydrographic sonar survey methods to map the seafloor. These maps can be used to minimize impacts to sensitive seafloor habitats. Read more »

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Benevolence Farm – Executive Director – NC

North Carolina State University – Waste Reduction & Recycling Program Assistant – NC

Appalachian State University – Lecturer, Sustainable Development – NC

NC Department of Environmental Quality – Graphic Design Internship – NC

North Carolina State University – Waste Diversion Coordinator – NC

North Carolina Botanical Gardens – Summer Intern– NC

Appalachian State University – Assistant Professor, Sustainable Development – NC

University of Houston – Sustainability Coordinator – TX

Colorado Mountain College – Sustainability Faculty – CO

University of New Hampshire – Sustainability Fellowships – NH

Goucher College – Sustainability Coordinator – MD

Georgia Tech – Associate or Assistant Director, Service Learning and Partnerships – GA

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

APPLES Service-Learning - Summer Internship - NC