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How Science Converges with Sustainability

September 10, 2008

If you are smart and great in science and math, please read the attachment.  It gives great insight into the ways you can leverage your natural gifts toward every scientific based discipline you can imagine.  You too can find a way to make money doing the right things related to the environment.  Whether you are a Geologist or an Ecologist, an Engineer or a Chemist, or even a Sociologist, you can use your intellect to create sustainable solutions, improve society, and convert your career into the emerging Green economy.  Make sure you read the attachment from the American Association for the Advancement of Science http://www.aaas.org/programs/centers/sd/careers.pdf which offers a variety of green job ideas for those who feel compelled to contribute their scientific training toward up and coming opportunities in the sustaininability-focused employment market.  Consider making a difference by using your expertise to solve the globe’s challenges.  Who knows you might change the world for the better.

Climate Crisis Coalition

July 17, 2010

Description: The Climate Crisis Coalition (CCC) was founded in 2004 to create awareness and convey a sense of urgency about the climate crisis and broaden the constituency of the climate action movement. Our mission was also to approach climate change from the holistic perspective that links issues of environmental, social and economic equity. In light of how quickly the movement is now growing, CCC believes that this linkage of issues is ever more important, especially during this 2008 election year

Sustainability Initiatives: For the past four years, CCC has facilitated, participated in, and publicized numerous local and national climate actions designed to draw attention to the climate crisis and the strong measures needed to address it. To this end, they’ve made use of their websites, our blog, action alerts, and our relationships with other organizations and constituencies. CCC has assumed a leadership role in generating support for the International Day of Climate Action, which coincides with the annual UN Climate Change conference, each year publicizing, and in some cases generating, about 70 events around the country. Last year, as the UN meeting was convening in Bali, the International Day of Climate Action fell on December 8. CCC is now planning for the December 6, 2008 Day of Climate Action, which will take place during the UN Climate Change meeting in Poznan, Poland, and for actions in December 2009, when the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change convenes in Copenhagen to sign the post-Kyoto treaty.

URL: http://www.climatecrisiscoalition.org/

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Headquarters: Climate Crisis Coalition
P.O. Box 125
South Lee, MA 01260

Link to Financial Profile: http://www.climatecrisiscoalition.org/resources_reports_and_data.html

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Ecological Society of America

July 17, 2010

Description: The Ecological Society of America (ESA) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization of scientists founded in 1915 to: promote ecological science by improving communication among ecologists; raise the public’s level of awareness of the importance of ecological science; increase the resources available for the conduct of ecological science; and ensure the appropriate use of ecological science in environmental decision making by enhancing communication between the ecological community and policy-makers.

Sustainability Initiatives: Since its founding in 1915, ESA has diligently pursued the promotion of the responsible application of ecological principles to the solution of environmental problems through ESA reports, journals, research, and expert testimony to Congress. ESA’s Education and Diversity Programs office offers a variety of programs to increase the diversity of the ecology-related professions and to improve the quality of ecology education.

ESA offers a professional Certification Program for ecologists. ESA maintains a List of Certified Ecologists.

URL: http://www.esa.org/

Link to Job Postings:  http://www.esa.org/careers_certification/employment.php

Sustainability Awards, Recognition: http://www.esa.org/aboutesa/awards.php

Headquarters: 1990 M Street, NW | Suite 700 | Washington, DC 20036 | phone 202-833-8773 | fax 202-833-8775 | email

Link to Financial Profile: http://www.esa.org/forms/Annual_Report2007.pdf

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Global Footprint Network

July 17, 2010

Description: In 2003, Global Footprint Network was established to enable a sustainable future where all people have the opportunity to live satisfying lives within the means of one planet.

An essential step in creating a one-planet future is measuring human impact on the Earth so we can make more informed choices.

That is why our work aims to accelerate the use of the Ecological Footprint – a resource accounting tool that measures how much nature we have, how much we use, and who uses what.

The Ecological Footprint is a data-driven metric that tells us how close we are to the goal of sustainable living. Footprint accounts work like bank statements, documenting whether we are living within our ecological budget or consuming nature’s resources faster than the planet can renew them.

Sustainability Initiatives:

  • Our Ten-in-Ten campaign is engaging national governments to establish the Ecological Footprint as a prominent, globally accepted metric as ubiquitous as the GDP.
  • Our stewardship of the National Footprint Accounts is bringing new levels of scientific quality and precision to the Ecological Footprint.
  • Our Sustainable Human Development initiative is defining what it really means to meet human needs while maintaining natural capital.
  • Our programs for cities and businesses are extending the Footprint into new domains, developing new methodologies and tools and building the market for Ecological Footprinting.
  • Our work developing international Footprint Standards is advancing the integrity and comparability of Footprint applications worldwide.
  • Our network of 90-plus Partners, located on six continents, is comprised of the world’s leading Footprint practitioners and users and plays a vital role in guiding our research agenda and making Footprinting relevant and practical.

URL: http://www.footprintnetwork.org/en/index.php/GFN/

Link to Job Postings:  http://www.footprintnetwork.org/en/index.php/GFN/page/job_opportunities/

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Headquarters: 312 Clay Street, Suite 300
Oakland, CA 94607-3510 USA

Tel. +1-510-839-8879
Fax +1-510-251-2410

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International Society for Environmental Protection (ISEP)

July 17, 2010

Description: The International Society for Environmental Protection is a forum for the exchange of environmental information between environmental experts, administration, industry, research and the public. ISEP as a non-governmental organisation has long-standing co-operation experience in large-scale projects with several partners and holds contacts with international environmental and health organisations and experts.

Sustainability Initiatives: ISEP is co-ordinator of the DANUBIS program, destined to build an Information System for the Danube River Basin. ISEP has participated in projects within the EIONET, the “European Information and Observation Network” of the European Environmental Agency (EEA) and within the ETC/CDS, the European Topic Centre on Catalogue of Data Sources. Moreover, ISEP participates in the CAPE project with the goal to include Central and East European Countries (CEEC) in environmental information networks.

http://www.isep.at/projects/index.htm

URL: http://www.isep.at/

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Headquarters: Mail: Marxergasse 3/20, A-1030 Vienna, AUSTRIA
Phone: +43 1 715 28 28 0 Fax: +43 1 715 28 28 19

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North American Native Plant Society

July 17, 2010

Description: Unfortunately, widespread disturbances of natural areas have resulted in drastic reductions of native plant populations. The natural areas that do remain are increasingly degraded by invasive alien species such as purple loosestrife, garlic mustard, and buckthorn. Exotic species such as dandelion and Queen Anne’s Lace, have overtaken the diverse landscapes of native wildflowers to such an extent that many people believe them to be native.

Our goal is to reverse this trend. Through education and information we aim to inspire an appreciation of North America’s native plants — aiding the restoration of healthy ecosystems across the continent.

Sustainability Initiatives: Seed Exchange

URL: http://www.nanps.org/

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Headquarters: NANPS
PO Box 84, Station D
Etobicoke, ON M9A 4X1

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Society for Ecological Restoration

July 17, 2010

Description: The Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) International is a non-profit organization infused with the energy of 2300 members – individuals and organizations who are actively engaged in ecologically-sensitive repair and management of ecosystems through an unusually broad array of experience, knowledge sets and cultural perspectives. They are scientists, planners, administrators, ecological consultants, first peoples, landscape architects, philosophers, teachers, engineers, natural areas managers, writers, growers, community activists, and volunteers, among others.

Founded in 1988, the SER International now boasts members in 37 countries and all 50 US states, with 14 chapters serving regions of North America, England, Europe, Australia and India. Recognized by public and private enterprises as the source for expertise on restoration science, practice and policy, the Society achieves its objectives through cooperation with partner organizations and the work of its worldwide membership. The Society for Ecological Restoration International is a registered not-for-profit organization under Section 501(c)3 of the US Internal Revenue Code, and all contributions are fully tax-deductible. 

SER International does not itself engage in restoration projects; its mission is:

“to promote ecological restoration as a means of sustaining the diversity of life on Earth and reestablishing an ecologically healthy relationship between nature and culture.”

Sustainability Initiatives: The Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) International restores habitats. Check out their showcase for more information.

URL: http://www.ser.org/default.asp

Link to Job Postings: http://www.jobtarget.com/home/index.cfm?site_id=578

Sustainability Awards, Recognition: John Rieger Award Communications Award, Theodore M. Sperry Award

Headquarters: Society for Ecological Restoration International
285 W. 18th Street, Suite 1, Tucson, Arizona 85701 USA
520.622.5485 phone / 270.626.5485 fax

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World Wildlife Fund

July 17, 2010

Description: WWF’s mission is the conservation of nature. Using the best available scientific knowledge and advancing that knowledge where we can, we work to preserve the diversity and abundance of life on Earth and the health of ecological systems by protecting natural areas and wild populations of plants and animals, including endangered species; promoting sustainable approaches to the use of renewable natural resources; and promoting more efficient use of resources and energy and the maximum reduction of pollution. We are committed to reversing the degradation of our planet’s natural environment and to building a future in which human needs are met in harmony with nature. We recognize the critical relevance of human numbers, poverty and consumption patterns to meeting these goals.

Sustainability Initiatives: By 2020 we will conserve 19 of the world’s most important natural places and significantly change global forces to protect the future of nature. WWF works with governments, communities and businesses around the world to change attitudes about global warming. Our focus is to (1) shape international policy through science, (2) reduce carbon through forest programs, (3) help high-risk ecosystems adapt to unexpected change and (4) help corporations reduce their carbon emissions.

URL: http://www.worldwildlife.org/species/

Link to Job Postings:  http://www.worldwildlife.org/who/careers/

Sustainability Awards, Recognition: The Kathryn Fuller Science for Nature Fund

Alcoa Foundation Conservation and Sustainability Fellowships

The Russell E. Train Education for Nature Program

Getty Award

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Link to Financial Profile: http://www.worldwildlife.org/who/financialinfo/index.html

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