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March 2020 Edition

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


We hope that you're all staying safe and healthy. This is a critical moment in history where we each have the power to shape the outcome of these events. Just as every one of us has a responsibility to live sustainably and reduce our impact on the climate, so too do we have a responsibility to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus and and protect our most vulnerable neighbors.

Together, we can reduce infection and save lives. Stay home, if you're able. Wash your hands regularly. Support your immune system with self care and a nutritious diet. Don't forget to be kind to others. Check in on one another with a phone or video call. Remember, we will get through this together, but each and every one of us must act with our own and each other's health in mind. Luckily, sustainability challenges us to act in this manner anyway, so we're all well-prepared.


In this month's edition, we're focused on ways we can connect with one another and live sustainably from where we are. Plus, read to the bottom to get to know our Sustainable Student of the month - Michael Warner!
Office of Sustainability Updates
Get Involved (Virtually)
Transportation Update
Professional Development
Resources & Support
Career Corner
Resiliency Intern
No deadline provided
Internship, Arcadis
In this position you will support the Arcadis Risk and Resiliency Program and Project Management Team. This internship will train you to become a leader in innovative and forward-thinking program and project solutions and to ensure high quality deliverables to clients. You will be given the opportunity to participate in planning and engineering projects that are making communities more resilient. Arcadis will provide you with exposure to leading practices and practitioners in the field relevant to your area of study.
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. 

ReThink Disposable Associate
No deadline provided
Full-time position, Clean Water Action & Clean Water Fund
Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund seek a full-time energetic Associate to help implement our ReThink Disposable program (www.rethinkdisposable.org). The Associate will do outreach to engage local restaurants and institutions in implementing cost saving practices that reduce packaging and waste. The campaign focuses on reducing the use of disposable products in the food service industry, replacing them with reusable products. 
Sustainability Advocate - Paid Internship
No deadline provided
Summer 2020, Clean Water Action
Clean Water Action is currently accepting applications for their 2020 summer internship programs. Clean Water Action’s internship provides motivated and talented individuals an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in politics, communications, fundraising and advocacy. Interns will work alongside our full time professional outreach team to engage communities in local, state and national issues, informing and educating the public, building support and channeling that support into action. 
Urban Resilience Intern
No deadline provided
Internship, Urban Land Institute
The Urban Resilience program seeks an intern with an interest in, and subject matter knowledge of, climate change, land use and sustainability to assist the program team with their dynamic program of work. The intern role will include the opportunity to support key ULI Urban Resilience publication and technical assistance projects, through desktop research and analysis as well as project management support. 

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

Name: Michael Warner
Major:
Masters of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies: Concentration - Energy & Sustainability
Year: Graduate Student, graduating in May 2020
How did you first become interested in sustainability? 
I first became interested in sustainability because my high school had a lot of environmental initiatives including: locally sourced food, mandatory Eco-Day for students and constructing a wood chip-powered heating facility.  However, I've always appreciated being outside and connecting with the environment, but being a college athlete was my goal.  Fast forward to junior year of undergrad - I had reached my goal and was in a sales internship, I had to call a coral reef conservation organization to see if they were interested in buying tickets...and I thought "there has to be a way sports can help the environment."  Turns out the Green Sports Alliance partners with teams, stadiums, organizations to increase their efficiency and protect our natural resources through innovation.  From that moment I knew I would graduate with a B.S. in Sport Management, but knew I needed a Masters in some form of Sustainability if I wanted to work in this industry.  I believe sports can translate a message no other industry can because people will always escape reality and gravitate toward sports, thus if sports are recycling, using locally sourced food and produce, utilizing renewable energy then fans are repeatedly exposed to these new habits that can change our future trajectory.  
In what ways are you involved with sustainability on campus? 
I wish I was more involved with Sustainability on campus, but I am also a Marketing & Communications Graduate Assistant for Mason Recreation so balancing work, school, homework & a second job limit my availability.  However, I have initiated Mason Recreation to go through the Green Office Pilot Program through the Office of Sustainability.  Being in the office spaces, there are a few things I wish we did more efficiently, therefore I'm hoping Mason Recreation continues to minimize their carbon footprint and think of innovative solutions to be more effective, efficient and sustainable.

What upcoming project are you most excited for? 
The upcoming project I'm most excited for is my Thesis Project titled "Golf Sustainability: A Guide for Golf Course Environmental Stewardship".  I've been working toward a career at the intersection of sports and sustainability and, with the help of my second job, I've found that golf is the epitome of sports and the environment.  Golf receives a lot of negative criticism for their water, fertilizer, pesticide usage however golf is perfectly situated to be the pioneer of environmental stewardship.  My hope is to create a guide to give to golf courses that provides simple, yet effective solutions to enhance their environmental stewardship ranging from implementing butterfly gardens or bee hives to increase pollination and vegetation; working with local schools or boys scout troops to construct bird / bat boxes for the course; partnering with universities to administer environmental remediation / restoration projects.  With increased urbanization and a decrease in green spaces, golf courses have to be more than just a golf course; but rather golf courses can be a protected environment for species where people can compete in a sport during a challenging walk through nature's elements - the way golf was created.
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 gmuroosevelt@gmail.com
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