Jobs, Fellowships and Things you should know about from around the country

CPL New LeadersCenter for Progressive Leadership (CPL) New Leaders
CPL’s New Leaders Internship Program brings young people from underrepresented communities across the country with a demonstrated passion for progressive change to Washington D.C. for paid, on-the-job experience in a top progressive organization, leadership training, coaching, networking and community building. The 2010 New Leaders Internship runs from June 7th – August 13th, 2010. The early decision deadline to apply is February 8th, 2010 and the regular decision deadline is March 8th, 2010. However, the application process is rolling and the earlier you apply, the higher likelihood you have of being matched with an organization of your choice. For more information visit

Generation Change
Excited about the opportunity for progressive change on social justice issues in the last year? Ready to take the first major step in working as a community organizer? Then apply to be a 2010 GenChange Intern! Work full-time with a local community organization on issues that directly affect you, receive a 5 day intensive introductory training to community organizing, and get paid (Interns earn $400 per week before taxes for 10 weeks). Interns are placed directly with experienced organizers who are committed to leadership development and investing in the next generation of community organizers and grassroots leaders. For more information visit

Brower Youth Awards
The Brower Youth Awards will launch the 2010 prize search for outstanding grassroots environmental leaders on January 1, 2010. We’re looking for individuals ages 13-22 who are changing the world. Six Brower Youth Award honorees will receive a $3,000 cash prize, an all-expenses paid trip to San Francisco to speak at an inspirational award ceremony, and media coverage. The award doesn’t stop there. Our honorees continue as environmental change agents, writers, organizers, visionaries, and speakers, supported by Earth Island Institute’s New Leaders Initiative. Join them! Visit the Brower Youth Awards Web site for full details.

Alliance for Justice ( has internships available for undergraduate and graduate students as well as recent graduates. Interns must be able to work a minimum of twelve hours per week for a minimum of ten weeks.
Interns will gain substantive experience working on a wide range of projects with professionals in Alliance for Justice’s Outreach (Field) and Communications departments. Alliance for Justice is premised on the belief that all Americans have the right to secure justice in the courts and to have our voices heard when government makes decisions that affect our lives. We identify and address threats to public interest and civil rights organizations, as well as opportunities they can seize. We pool resources and talents, drive strategies, organize campaigns, and mobilize constituencies. Alliance for Justice promotes a bold agenda to realize our Constitution’s promise of liberty and justice for all.

Advocates for Youth: Youth Activist Network Coordinator
The Program Coordinator for the Youth Activist Network will manage Advocates’ Campus Initiative as well as the Great American Condom Campaign (GACC) and will work closely with the New Media Strategies and Policy Departments to expand and mobilize the Youth Activist Network. For more information visit here.

Choice USA: Midwest Field Associate
Choice USA seeks a committed, experienced individual who is passionate about reproductive/social justice to organize and develop our Midwestern States Field Program. The Midwestern States Field Associate will build a diverse base, lead and create trainings, build relationships with colleagues and partners as well as create and implement campaign strategy. Candidates must have knowledge of and commitment to reproductive health and rights and/or social justice issues, experience with national and/or state organizing and excellent training skills. For more information and to see other opportunities visit Choice USA’s idealist page here.

Energy Action Coalition: Executive Director
The Energy Action Coalition is seeking a dynamic and self-motivated individual to join our team as the Executive Director. Energy Action Coalition has a central staff of 10 that coordinates our coalition of 50 organizations with 30+ funded staff in the field. The central staff is small and flexible in order to respond to the coalition’s changing needs and variety of projects. The Executive Director will be a key spokesperson and advocate for the Energy Action Coalition nationally and internationally. They will be responsible for representing the Coalition to media, funders and supporters, government, and other non-governmental organizations. For more information visit

United States Against Sweatshops: National Organizer
United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) is currently hiring two (2) full-time National Organizers to be based out of Washington, DC. The position requires a two-year commitment and a willingness to work flexible hours including nights and weekends. The position offers a comprehensive health benefits package and a union contract including flexible vacation time and a Cost-of-Living Adjustment. Applicants will be notified in late April and the position will start in May/June 2010. Incoming organizers will be trained by the four current national organizers, three of whom will leave shortly after the two incoming staff start. USAS National Organizers are overseen by a National Coordinating Committee of student organizers. For more information on USAS, please visit

Californians For Justice: Oakland Organizer
Californians for Justice (CFJ) is currently hiring for an Oakland Organizer. Californians for Justice is a statewide grassroots organization working for racial justice by building the power of communities that have been pushed to the margins of the political process. Since 1995 we have organized youth, immigrants, low-income people and communities of color in order to improve their social, economic and political conditions. CFJ is a unique and exciting organization. We are the only grassroots organization in California that is organizing youth and
community college students to have a voice in both local and statewide education policy. For more information visit

Brave New Films: New Media Associate
Brave New Films is looking for a New Media Associate to assist and drive our online marketing and distribution efforts. This is a very unique and exciting opportunity for the right person to use their social media marketing, email marketing, analytics, and project management talents to help build a vital progressive infrastructure. For more information visit


PLEASE COMMENT: Temperature Set Point Guidelines

In efforts to control an outrageous utility bill as PLU of over $1.3 million, as well as exercise our right to common sense, PLU is considering implementing several Utility Management Guidelines. The first of which would be a Temperature Set Point Policy that required buildings to lower heat or air conditioning during night and weekend unoccupied hours. Of course their will be some buildings exempt such as residence halls and laboratories, but the savings the rest of campus would see would be in the thousands of dollars. At the same time, what if the heat would be set at a solid 68 degrees in winter, and a cooler 76 in the summer? Would you even notice? What could PLU do with that kind of savings? Please answer these questions below, and bring up others you are concerned about. This policy is ready to go, and it needs input to move forward!

PLU policy draft

A utility is defined as anything that is useful, and a utility resource is capable of being readily drawn upon when needed. However, society is beginning to accept that while readily accessible today, most utilities are not renewable for future generations. In addition, overconsumption has produced a list of potential disasters including limited transmission lines and rising costs for the increased demand. Most importantly, production of some utilities can be exceedingly harmful to the natural world. For example, electricity production and natural gas extraction both release dangerous greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to both air quality and global climate change.
PLU has continuously stepped up to the plate with sustainability-based initiatives. As a signatory of the Talloires Agreement and member of the Presidents’ Climate Commitment Leadership Council, the University has already established standardized low flow plumbing fixtures, embraced a green building policy, and worked to spread sustainability throughout curriculum, among other achievements. For the sake of this set of guidelines however, utilities will be the targeted measures for their unique potential and will be defined as any resource that PLU must purchase.
There are multiple reasons to adopt Utility Management Guidelines. They are a first step in a path to carbon neutrality, which PLU is strongly committed to. The best source of green energy is that energy which can be avoided altogether. Utility Management Guidelines are low to no cost to implement, but cost savings can be tremendous. In addition, maintenance is reduced on equipment not being overly used, resulting in significant savings for the University.
Utility Management Guidelines are not meant to replace plans for capital upgrades, but rather assist in the prioritization or even determining necessity. Wise use of utilities will isolate costs to the true usage, and eliminate waste. Waste results in unnecessary spending and increased environmental damage. With the exact usage needs determined, planned retrofits may be deemed unnecessary in lieu of greater opportunities in other facilities.
Puget Sound Energy (PSE) identifies nine key categories where conservation opportunities lie. As a leader in sustainability, and a sponsor of the sustainability coordinator position at PLU, their established categories are a perfect starting point. They are:
1. Building Operation
2. Building Envelope
3. HVAC Systems
4. HVAC Distribution Systems
5. Water Heating Systems
6. Lighting Systems
7. Power Systems
8. Energy Management Control Systems
9. Heat Recovery Systems
From these, it is suggested that PLU adopt guidelines to ensure wise use of utilities. Such may include, but are not limited to, Seasonal Power-down Guidelines, Temperature Set Point Guidelines, Laboratory Energy Conservation Guidelines, Lighting Guidelines, Standardization of Water Flow and Printer Utilization Guidelines.
So as not to slow progress, it is suggested that they be drafted and implemented separately as appendices of the whole. This will gradually accustom campus community, as well as gain immediate cost savings.

RecycleMania Weeks 4&5

Sorry for the delayed results, Lutes! Here are the results from Weeks 4&5 of the RecycleMania Competition!

Plastic-26.00 pounds
OCC-34.00 pounds
Mixed Paper-84.50 pounds
Cans-7.00 pounds
Glass-30.50 pounds
Total=182.00 pounds
PLU Total=181.50

Plastic-28.50 pounds
OCC-35.00 pounds
Mixed Paper-95.50 pounds
Cans-11.50 pounds
Glass-59.00 pounds
Total=229.50 pounds
PLU Total=227.50

Plastic-25.00 pounds
OCC-25.50 pounds
Mixed Paper-52.00 pounds
Cans-7.50 pounds
Glass-19.50 pounds
Total=129.50 pounds
Garbage-2.50 pounds
PLU Total=127.00 pounds

Total of all 3=541.00 pounds

Plastic-31.50 pounds
OCC-48.00 pounds
Mixed Paper-66.00 pounds
Cans-10.00 pounds
Glass-46.00 pounds
Total=201.50 pounds
PLU Total=196.50

Plastic-26.50 pounds
OCC-36.50 pounds
Mixed Paper-85.50 pounds
Cans-16.50 pounds
Glass-35.00 pounds
Total=200.00 pounds
PLU Total=195.00

Plastic-23.00 pounds
OCC-21.50 pounds
Mixed Paper-55.50 pounds
Cans-4.50 pounds
Glass-45.50 pounds
Total=150.00 pounds
Garbage-4.00 pounds
PLU Total=146.00 pounds

Total of all 3=551.50 pounds

Way to go, Lutes! Keep up the recycling!

Have you ever been interesting in learning about LEED? Free webinar through the Office of Sustainability

This month, USGBC is pleased to announce an exciting new online training, teaching you all you need to know about the LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance rating system.

Join USGBC for the exciting five-part webinar series, LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance – A Credit-by-Credit Review. This series will focus on the technical requirements of the rating system, highlight personal case examples, and ultimately give you a solid understanding of LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance.

USGBC LEED Faculty – both LEED implementers and skilled presenters – will review the rating system’s seven credit categories: Sustainable Sites (SS), Water Efficiency (WE), Energy and Atmosphere (EA), Materials and Resources (MR), Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ), Innovation in Operations (IO) and Regional Priority (RP).

Session Structure: All sessions will be held from 1:00 to 2:30 PM ET.

* February 11, 2010: Sustainable Sites (SS)
* February 25, 2010: Water Efficiency (WE) & Innovation in Operations (IO)
* March 11, 2010: Energy and Atmosphere (EA)
* March 25, 2010: Materials and Resources (MR)
* April 8, 2010: Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)

This webinar series will meet GBCI credential maintenance requirements for LEED Accredited Professionals and LEED Green Associates, as well as GBCI eligibility requirements for the LEED Green Associate.

Fellowship Applications are due by March 17th!

The 2009 fellowships were a tremendous success. Coming to PLU in June, I can say that the student work I saw was what impressed me most about PLU. Enough to take the job and move 3,000 miles away from my family and husband to a school of 3,600 students.

There were three fellowships in 2009. Two were sponsored by the Office of the Provost, and one by Mithun specifically for land issues. What would you do if you were given the chance to change any one thing at PLU? What could you make better? What kind of pollutants, waste or carbon would you spare the environment? You could do anything.

Two students shared a fellowship to research ways in which Admissions could green up their operations. The examined paper reduction, visited other schools to see what they were doing and finally came up with a plan to cut down waste in the office. On top of all that, they also promoted green transportation in a special week.

Another had the chance to research Dining’s composting efforts, and suggest ways to improve them.

Still another began to examine PLU’s problems with invasive Blackberry bushes. He derived a plan to turn the area around the UC into a fully restored native habitat. Such a place would be free of pesky invasives, and provide a space on campus for outdoor learning. The Parkland community could enjoy this space as well, and all of PLU would be better for restoring it together. Work parties are ongoing to this day, and a grant was even secured for native plants!

All of these fellowships have left their mark at PLU, and you could lead the next one! These are paid fellowships, with built in advising and funding for your dream project. If you want more info, or to download the application, please visit and check out “Fellowships”

GREAN meeting minutes from last Monday

Hi everyone!

First, thanks to everyone who helped paint the Bike Co-Op and create the tentative Earth Week schedule last week!!

Please let me know if you can table at all (even a half hour!) tomorrow between 5-6pm or 7-8pm in the UC. I will make a little sign for our table and leave it in the clubhouse under the table with the mailboxes. I was thinking we could have our notepads out if people wanted to buy them: 1/4 sheet ones for $0.50 and the half sheet ones for $1. They are made from PLU’s recycled paper.

This Monday, February 22nd at 7pm in Morken 125 fifteen students from our sister college, Concordia University (Moorhead, MN) are visiting as part of the Justice Journeys alternative spring break program. This year the program is focusing on environmental justice. The goal of their presentation and following informal discussion is to gain ideas and inspiration from each other in order to improve our campuses.

Starting Monday, March 1st, grean will be meeting from 7-7:30pm and the ASPLU Sustainability committee will be meeting from 7:30-8. We are both student environmental groups so combining efforts makes sense. Please stay for both meetings if you can. The goal of this new format is to create focused, concise, and effective meetings with regular attendance for both groups.

Here is some info about the spring Meant to Live program:

Meant to Live is an annual program that helps PLU students think about their passions and their vocation. This year, we have partnered with the division of the Natural Sciences. As a student leader in a club or organization that also fits within the Natural Sciences (be it Biology Club, Chemistry Club, Progress, Delta Iota Chi, Education Society, G.R.E.A.N., Hope Scopes, or RHA) I would like to ask you to inform others about this program and all it has to offer. Just forward this email on to them, or encourage them to visit our website at

All students will enjoy:
Monday, 2/22 from 11-2 in the CK (drop by for a 20 minute experiential activity):Choose Your Own Adventure
Monday, 2/22 from 2-3pm in the Regency Room: The Chemistry of Chocolatewith PLU Lead Baker Erica Fickeisen and Chemistry Professor Dr. Justin Lytle
Monday, 2/22 from 6-7pm in the CK: Keynote speaker Reed Timmer (from Storm Chasers)

Science majors will especially enjoy:
Tuesday, 2/23 from 12-1pm in UC 201: A Vocation for Animals with Bruce Bohmke (Woodland Park Zoo Deputy Director), sponsored by Biology Club!
Tuesday, 2/23 from 6-7pm in the Regency Room: Women in the Sciences panel, moderated by Dr. Amy Siegesmund

Juniors and seniors will especially enjoy:
Tuesday, 2/23 from 4:30-6pm: NEXT panel of recent PLU graduates

Looking for a job after graduation? Check out the Pierce Conservation District!

Pierce Conservation District
Job Description for
Stream Team Technician 1

The position of Stream Team Technician 1 exists to provide primary support to the Pierce Stream Team Program and secondary support to the Pierce Conservation District in general. The person hired for this position is directly responsible to the District Board of Supervisors under the direction and guidance of the Stream Team Coordinator and District Property Manager. This is expected to be a full-time position (40 hrs/week) with commensurate benefits. Pay begins at $16.14/hour.

The primary responsibility of the Stream Team Technician is to work directly with the Stream Team Coordinator to support the Stream Team missions of environmental education, outreach, and habitat enhancement. This position will also assist with the maintenance of District facilities and equipment as time allows.

This person shall become knowledgeable of work tasks and perform them under the direction and guidance of the Stream Team Coordinator and District Property Manager. Duties include the following:

Stream Team
A. Assist with planting projects, including site prep, installation, and post-installation tasks.
B. Clean and maintain water quality monitoring kits, including kit pick-up and drop-off for volunteers.
C. Supervise seasonal interns or temporary hires as needed.
D. Assist with revegetation monitoring and related maintenance as needed.
E. Assist with annual macroinverterbrate sampling effort.
F. Assist with the coordination and implementation of outreach efforts at community and regional events (e.g. Puyallup Fair).
G. Assist with stormdrain marking and rain garden events.
H. Assist with South Prairie Creek knotweed grant.
I. Assist with data collection for a variety of monitoring projects.
J. Assist in the preparation and presentation of informational talks and workshops, as well as development of education and outreach materials.
K. Coordinate Pierce County Stream Sign program, working with local governments and private citizens to arrange installation and maintenance programs for stream signs.

District Maintenance
A. Assist with required general maintenance duties on all District properties and/or facilities, and any required District project sites.
B. General grounds keeping.
C. Vehicle and equipment maintenance.
D. Janitorial work for District facilities.
E. Vegetation control on District properties and/or project sites.
F. Trash collection and clean-up on District properties and/or project sites.

Desired Skills, Knowledge, and Characteristics
The Stream Team component of this position requires a background in natural resource management, a Bachelor’s degree in a compatible field of study, or at least two years post high school education and one year work experience in a field of study compatible with this job description. The District Maintenance component should have demonstrated work experience and knowledge in a related area. Together, this position requires the following:

A. Understanding of and belief in the Stream Team and Conservation District mission(s). Represent Pierce Stream Team and Pierce Conservation District in a professional and upstanding manner.
B. Knowledge of a broad range of soil and water conservation principles, and knowledge of native plant species and appropriate planting/maintenance techniques.
C. Proficiency in written and oral communication techniques to address a wide variety of audiences, to prepare and explain conservation practices, prepare informational articles, and to prepare summary work reports.
D. Perform field work and physical labor year-round in all types of weather and conditions.
E. Ability to operate a motor vehicle for transportation to and from the field.
F. Operate small power equipment and possess knowledge of basic tool use. Ability to learn to operate larger equipment is desired.
G. Prior knowledge of or ability to learn to use technical field monitoring equipment.
H. Familiarity with computers to write reports, keep track of work progress, prepare educational and informational materials, and record field data.
I. Utilize a positive, helpful, and constructive attitude with members of the public, co-workers, and colleagues, even in stressful or difficult situations.
J. Effectively plan and organize own schedule of activities related to work goals set by the Stream Team Coordinator and District Property Manager.
K. Ability to maintain accurate records regarding time-keeping and authorized expenses.
L. Ability to meet deadlines and provide high quality, accurate, and timely product.
M. Work in both a team environment and independently, with the ability to be flexible and adapt to changing situations.
N. Be dependable and show initiative.
O. Ability to properly follow and implement management procedures, directives, or regulations.

Training and Evaluation:
Performance standards will be developed as needed to assist in evaluating work abilities, and work products. The person in this position will be evaluated in accordance with the State Conservation Commission Guidelines. These guidelines include a six month period of probation and thereafter, at the minimum, evaluations annually.

Performance evaluations are designed to aid communication between supervisors and employees, and clarify duties and responsibilities. They are intended to assist in the personal development of employees and to strengthen their performance through the development of an employee training plan. Evaluations will be used to substantiate recommendations for promotions, salary increases, and dismissals.

Training needs will be developed as a result of performance evaluations described above.

To Apply:
Submit a one-page cover letter describing how and why you are best suited to this position, resume’ (two pages maximum), and three references to the Pierce Conservation District no later than 4pm, February 19th, 2010. Electronic transmissions and faxes will not be accepted.

Contact Information:
Contact the following for questions or more information:
Jayme Gordon, Stream Team Coordinator (253-845-2973 or
Mike Baden, District Property Manager (253-845-9770 or
Monty Mahan, District Director (253-845-9787 or

Physical Address:
Pierce Conservation District
5430 66th Ave. E.
Puyallup, WA 98371

Mailing Address:
Pierce Conservation District
P.O. Box 1057
Puyallup, WA 98371