13 Jan

Climate/Environment Happy Hour

There is now a Green Drinks chapter of Ann Arbor. The first happy hour for folks working on climate and environment is Tuesday, January 21.

Details at http://www.greendrinks.org/MI/Ann%20Arbor

31 Oct

Environmental Fellows Program accepting applications for 2020 cohort

SEAS’ Environmental Fellows Program is opening its application period for graduate students interested in professional development at environmental justice organizations across the United States.

The application period opens tomorrow (Friday), November 1. There will also be an information session next Monday, November 4, in Dana 2024. To RSVP for this session click here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSej99p4VUMkwf1oKA9Vgih1ihNW2Fn2L3q0fizZMzcuZLn5Sg/viewform

More information about the program here: https://efp.seas.umich.edu/

About the program:
The Environmental Fellows Program (EFP) at the University of Michigan (U of M) School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS), in partnership with the Environmental Grantmakers Association (EGA), is a 12-week summer fellowship opportunity that seeks to diversify the environmental field by cultivating the career aspirations of master’s and doctoral students from historically underrepresented groups by connecting students to work opportunities in environmental nonprofits, grant makers, and government sectors.

18 Oct

“Ecological Grief”, Climate Cash, and Welcoming a Climate Emergency

The September 17 2019 issue of Nature features a couple of fascinating articles on climate change.

– An article about the “ecological grief” experienced by scientists witnessing the decline of the Great Barrier Reef: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-02656-8

– A detailed look at where funding for mitigating and adapting climate change is coming from and going to: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-02712-3

– An infographic with “The Hard Truths of Climate Change”: https://www.nature.com/immersive/d41586-019-02711-4/public/pdf/d41586-019-02711-4.pdf

– An editorial Paul Gilding (former director of Greenpeace) on why he is optimistic that, once we experience a climate emergency, governments will get serious about addressing climate change: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-02735-w

13 Aug

[ESPA] water infrastructure consulting project

Hey folks,

ESPA is in the process of helping a state legislator on a water infrastructure project related to climate change. The project will involve understanding technical aspects of the issue and identifying potential solutions. While the project timeline has not yet been established, we expect the project to take 4-8 weeks starting in the next month, and require 5 to 20 hours per week (average 10).

If you are interested in participating in this project, please send a short blurb on your interest in this initiative, a paragraph describing your research in non-technical language, and a PDF of your resume or CV to ESPAcomms@umich.edu.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.


Charles Lu

09 Jun

Track-changes on Climate Science Testimony by Climate Skeptics

Fascinating to read what William Happer, the White House science advisor, objected to in a State department analyst’s testimony about the national security implications of climate change. It’s a chance to see a whole bunch of the arguments climate skeptics use and see exactly where it diverges from mainstream science.

NYTimes articles about the White House’s attempts to stop the testimony here: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/08/climate/rod-schoonover-testimony.html?emc=rss&partner=rss

10 Apr

Job opening: Inclusive Pedagogy in Environmental Studies – Postdoctoral Associate (UC Boulder)

The Environmental Studies Program at the University of Colorado at Boulder invites applications for a Postdoctoral Associate in inclusive pedagogy. This position is open until filled. Applications received by Friday April 19, 2019 will receive full consideration

To apply, please visit: https://jobs.colorado.edu/jobs/JobDetail/?jobId=16567

The Postdoctoral Associate will join a multidisciplinary group of faculty committed to positive change in environmental educational practices, and enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in program curricula and culture. This position is granted to persons holding a doctoral degree (or equivalent) and who will be engaged in full-time mentored research and/or scholarship and field-appropriate professional activities. This includes the opportunity to carry out research in inclusive pedagogy under direct mentorship, submit grant applications, draft and submit publications of your research/scholarship, attend or present your research to the greater CU community, and engage with discipline-based education researchers in multiple units at CU Boulder, and with the broader Science Education Initiative at the university and DEI initiatives such as the Office of Diversity Equity and Community Engagement.

The Environmental Studies program at CU-Boulder is a hub for facilitating interdisciplinary collaboration in environment and sustainability. Environmental Studies courses integrate the academic divisions of natural science, social science, and humanities, providing skill and knowledge applicable to the pursuit of solutions to environmental challenges faced globally, nationally, regionally, and locally.This position will join a multidisciplinary group of faculty committed to positive change in environmental educational practices, and enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in program curricula and culture. Our unit is committed to the concept that a diverse and inclusive workforce is better positioned to find and solve new and compelling problems and to training students that thrive in diverse and inclusive teams.

The Postdoctoral Associate will lead a research program that seeks to address topics such as how classroom-based curriculum modifications impact students’ interpersonal skills, learning experience and understanding of environmental studies content, how inclusion-promoting interventions can be sustainably integrated into the environmental studies curriculum, and what system-level and structural changes are effective in supporting departmental change among others.

The associate may use qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods approaches, and will have the opportunity to work with faculty and students to evaluate educational programs and interventions. The associate will teach a two-credit graduate course once annually in Inclusive Pedagogy and Leadership. The knowledge generated by the associate’s work will contribute to the development of organizational change and inclusive educational approaches that will be applicable to a wide range of settings, including in the academic, public, and private sector.