March 2020 Edition

Welcome to the Sustainable Scoop: your source for all things green at Mason! 

Read to the bottom to get to know our Sustainable Student of the month - Sara Babcock!
Office of Sustainability Updates
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Transportation Updates
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Career Corner
National Geographic Internships
Deadline: March 13, 2020
Internship, The National Geographic Society
The National Geographic Society offers a 10-week-long paid summer internship experience. All interns will perform work on a temporary basis to gain job-related skills and will engage in other formal learning and educational opportunities. The program offers support and guidance from a wide array of National Geographic staff and focuses on giving interns the opportunity to learn from the host department/mentor, the management team, other staff members, and Human Resources.
Coastal Biology Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program
Deadline: March 20, 2020
Summer 2020, University of North Florida

The UNF REU Program offers paid research training experiences in Coastal Biology to 10 undergraduate students during a 9-week period between late May and late July. REU participants are paired with Coastal Biologists at UNF, the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Jacksonville Field Lab to conduct mentored research projects related to their advisor’s expertise. 
Food First Internship Program
Deadline: April 15, 2020
Internship, Food First Institute for Food & Development Policy
Food First internships generally consist of conducting research; writing blogs and newsletter articles; doing Food First outreach at local events; assisting with communications including writing press releases and updating media lists; copy-editing and proofreading; and grassroots fundraising. There are three unpaid positions available: Narrative Strategy and Donor Engagement; Communications, Writing, and Editing; Linking and Weaving Food and Farm Justice in the Bay Area.

CivicSpark Fellowship
Deadline: March 15, 2020
AmeriCorps Program, California Volunteers
Fellows are matched with Project Partners (state, local, and community-based organizations) to serve on at least one project. Through project service, Fellows gain hands-on experience tackling the most pressing environmental and social equity problems facing communities today. Projects are spread throughout regions across California. Through service and training, Fellows also grow their professional, technical, and leadership skills, and build strong networks of resilience professionals.

Zero Waste Strategic Partnerships Interns
Deadline: March 23, 2020
Internship, Post-Landfill Action Network
The Zero Waste Strategy interns will work with both PLAN’s Director of Partnerships and Director of Engagement to develop our Program Case Study Library on zero waste programs at schools across the country and review and expand existing partnerships with campuses, organizations, and companies that are outlined within the Library. Interns will gain a thorough understanding of the intersections of the global waste crisis with broader social and environmental justice movements, as well as the relationship between campus contracts and partnerships.

Sustainability Internship
Deadline: March 31, 2020 (via Handshake)
Internship, Van Metre Companies
The intern will work to promote sustainability within Van Metre Companies. They will: work with the architecture, construction, and sales teams to understand current practices and identify areas of opportunity to implement sustainability best practices; analyze best practices in residential design and construction drawing on recognized third party rating systems; create proposals to implement sustainability best practices throughout the organization including the design, procurement, and construction processes; identify and implement utility savings opportunities in residential designs.
Climate Change and Sustainability Specialist
Deadline: April 30, 2020
Full-time, ICF International, Inc.
The Climate Change and Sustainability Specialist will support ICF managers in winning, planning, and executing projects that prevent pollution, save energy, and help the world mitigate and become more resilient to impacts from climate change. In this role, you are likely to work on multiple projects, interact with all levels of staff, and have some client interaction. This position is intended for candidates with a Master's degree or comparable work experience who are available to start working in summer 2020.

American Flood Coalition 2020 Summer Intern
No deadline provided
Internship, American Flood Coalition
The American Flood Coalition is hiring summer interns for three different positions: Policy & Government Relations, Strategy; and Outreach. Interns will conduct research on flood adaptation policies and funding, synthesize information into shareable documents for partners and coalition members, support communications efforts, and help develop the Coalition's strategic initiatives. 

February News Highlights
Sustainable Student Spotlight
Introducing March's Sustainable Student Spotlight...

Name: Sara Babcock
Major: Environmental & Sustainability Studies
Year: Senior
How did you first become interested in sustainability? During an exercise to practice problem solving, I was brainstorming creative solutions to remove the oil from the water. This was following the BP Oil Spill, and I realized that the sustainability of our environment was something that was important to me.
In what ways are you involved with sustainability on campus? I am the President of Alpha Kappa Chi, an environmental professional fraternity, the Undersecretary for Sustainability for Student Government, and a member of the Mason Environmental Justice Alliance. Through my past experience I have gotten amazing opportunities like being a student organizer for the Fridays for Future Climate Rally this past October and working on a Strategic Plan for Sustainability (Dr. Dann’s EVPP 480-008 class).
What upcoming project are you most excited for? I am currently helping to plan the Virginia Environmental Justice Summit in March! It’s going to be great to create a network of university students all throughout Virginia and a wonderful research to educate others.
Resources & Support:
Need service hours this semester? Volunteer on campus at the greenhouse & gardens, for zero waste, alternative transportation and other sustainability initiatives. You can even track your service learning hours by professor and class!
Bring any biodegradable NON-ANIMAL products/ foods to the Innovation Food Forest or Potomac Heights Vegetable Garden and follow the instructions in this composting videoFor more info email
Questions? Thoughts? Suggestions? Get in touch!
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