Posts Tagged ‘Sustainable Development’

In 1985, Rainforest Action Network (RAN) was founded with the belief that a sustainable and just world can and must be created in our lifetime, and that it will take individuals and communities standing together to confront corporate power to get us there. Through education, grassroots organizing and nonviolent direct action, RAN’s campaigns focus on catalyzing market and investment pressure to transform corporate and government policies and behavior in support of forests, the climate and human rights.
The ideal Development Coordinator will bring extraordinary energy, a love of multi-tasking, no fear of learning new technology, multi-faceted skills in project management, event planning and execution to help RAN’s development team raise $4.5mil this coming year. The right person will enjoy providing customer-service-style warmth and information directly to our development team and our “customers,” some of the world’s most dedicated philanthropists for the planet! The Development coordinator will join a fast-paced team that cares deeply about consistency of brand message, customized outreach, professionalism and creating special settings for intimate gatherings and big events.

  • Exceptional project management and organizational skills
  • Experience in Special Events management/coordination
  • Impeccable attention to detail
  • Able to prioritize and manage multiple projects and timelines
  • WIllingness to work independently from beginning to end of project, as well as side-by-side with Development Director and/or Board members as needed
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills as well as great care and judgement for tone
  • Fluency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Positive and professional attitude
  • Experience with database management
  • Enthusiasm for RAN’s mission and work is essential
Fabulous Bonus Experience:
  • Advanced experience with Raiser’s Edge and ability to run effective queries
  • Experience with Salsa and Drupal
  • Desire to learn about all the different channels of fundraising
  • Ability to “weather” the occasional “fire-drill”
  • High energy, comfort with deadlines and good work-life balance
  • Interest in anti-oppression and diversity work
Please send resume and letter of interest to resumes@ran.org or fax to 415-795-3770 or mail to
HR, Rainforest Action Network
22 Pine St.
Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94104
No phone calls, please.

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EcoLogic protects forests and water resources by strengthening sustainable livelihoods, facilitating payment for ecosystem services opportunities, and supporting community self-determination. The Communications Officer loks to the Research and Writing Intern for help drafting original content for online and print publications and media outlets, and researching specific subject matter related to our areas of specialization. This is a rotating position and applicants are welcome at any time.
Commitment: at least 15 hours per week, ideally visiting the office twice per week
Compensation: this is an unpaid internship, but EcoLogic has experience with local universities in the provision of credit for the successful completion of internships.
  • 3rd or 4th year undergraduate student
  • some work or volunteer experience, preferably in a nonprofit or international setting
  • proficiency with Windows OS, MS Office, and Google Docs
  • experience in communications, journalism, PR, and/or environmental conservation a plus
  • desire to learn, grow, and become a better researcher and writer
  • Spanish language ability valuable but not necessary
To apply please send a cover letter that includes current contact information, your resume with detailed work experience and education, and a writing sample (blog posts, articles, or topically relevant materials on environmental subjects, indigenous peoples, or Latin America, preferred) to lpowell@ecologic.org

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People, Ecology and Development: Landscape based experiential studies of Southeast Asian ecosystems and cultures
International Sustainable Development Studies Institute, Thailand

The mission of the International Sustainable Development Studies Institute (ISDSI) is to develop committed leaders for a sustainable future. Our vision is to combine the best of cross-cultural study abroad with leadership development—focused on the study of people, ecology, and sustainable development. We believe that hands-on learning in a cross-cultural environment is the best way to help students understand the challenges of creating a sustainable future, and engender a commitment in them to be change agents in their future careers. 

What distinguishes the ISDSI People, Environment, and Development program from both faculty led and the university-based programs is the expedition and landscape based course design model. Drawing on the education for sustainable development work of David Orr and Roselyn McKeown, among others, the ISDSI program strives to take advantage of natural teaching opportunities that are “locally relevant and culturally appropriate” (Orr) rather than taking a curriculum developed in a North American college or university and trying to fit it to the Southeast Asian context. ISDSI offers courses designed and taught with the collaboration of the local communities where students will live and learn. 

Working in Southeast Asia with American, Thai and other students, ISDSI has developed unique “Expedition Field Courses” which allow the students to be immersed in field studies for weeks at a time. A strong academic focus on sustainable development issues is supported by two key enabling skills—cross-cultural competency (including language study) and expedition skills. 

The ISDSI People, Ecology and Development program has courses in every region of the country, representing every significant region in Thailand and Southeast Asia. These include upland (mountain) ecosystems and tribal communities, lowland villages, rivers, cities, islands and coasts. 

Nationally recognized in the US as a “best practice” program by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in 2005, several things make ISDSI programs unique: 

The semester is a series of four courses, each one a month long “block”—one week on campus and then three weeks of field studies.
The curriculum is landscape based—developed out of specific environments and cultures—to take advantage of contextually rich learning opportunities.
Courses are collaborations between ISDSI, local communities and NGOs, ensuring that the program is both culturally sensitive and accountable.
Cross-cultural skills, including language, are a key component of courses on the program.
Expedition skills and leadership are required and taught as necessary during the courses.

ISDSI Expedition Field Courses are an innovative approach to studying ecology and sustainability within the context of cross-cultural learning. By participating in the program, students will become knowledgeable about sustainability, cross-culturally competent, and have the leadership skills to be change agents on their return home.

For more information, and to apply, please visit www.isdsi.org

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Masters in Global Environmental Policy
Masters in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development

The Global Environmental Politics Program in American University’s School of International
Service seeks highly qualified students who are dedicated to social change for sustainability.

Among the defining features of our Master’s degree program are the following:

Innovative degree options: SIS offers a professional Master of Arts in Global Environmental
Policy (GEP) and a unique dual-degree program in Natural Resources and Sustainable
Development (NRSD), in partnership with the UN-mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica.

A commitment to service: The School of International Service is the most diverse graduate
program in international studies in the US, with a core mission of service and strong
commitments to globalism, social justice, and civil society. The school also features innovative programs in areas such as international development, peace and conflict resolution, social enterprise, and international communications that serve as resources for GEP/NRSD students.

Strategic Washington location: Our Washington location provides access to a host of
intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations for site visits, research, internships, and employment. As one of the longest-standing programs of its type, we have a large alumni network giving our students access to institutions, mentoring, and networking opportunities.

Faculty expertise: Our core faculty includes Ken Conca (global governance, water,
environment/conflict/peacebuilding); Garrett Graddy (agro-ecology, political ecology,
biodiversity, bio-ethics); Sikina Jinnah (climate, global governance, international institutions); Simon Nicholson (food security, biotechnology, political economy of sustainability); Malini Ranganathan (urban issues, water and energy, climate adaptation and risk reduction); Judy Shapiro (China, Asia, environmental security, environmental justice); and Paul Wapner (practice of environmentalism, social movements, environmental ethics). We also have several affiliated faculty of international reputation, including Robin Broad (environment, development, globalization), Dan Fiorino (US environmental policy), David Hunter (international environmental law), and Matthew Nisbet (climate change, US environmental movement, environmental communication).

Leading by example: Our green building (LEED-certified Gold), designed by Cradle to Cradle
author William McDonough, provides an important hub for sustainability events in the
Washington area. Our campus has the largest installed solar capacity of any institution in
Washington, and we are involved actively in American University’s ambitious commitment to
achieve carbon neutrality by 2020.

For more information about our programs, contact Dr. Judy Shapiro <shapiro@american.edu>
and visit http://www.american.edu/sis/gep/Index.cfm

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The Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) is a 28 year old resident-led, non-profit planning and organizing group in the Roxbury/North Dorchester area of Boston. Its mission is to empower Dudley residents to organize, plan for, create, and control a vibrant, diverse and high quality neighborhood in collaboration with community partners. In order to realize the neighborhood’s vision of a vibrant urban village, DSNI focuses on 3 strategic areas: sustainable and economic development, youth opportunities and development, and community empowerment.

Position Overview:
The Community Organizer will work with DSNI’s Sustainable and Economic Development team to implement organizational initiatives around affordable housing, community planning, and economic development.

Conduct community outreach and develop resident and merchant involvement in issues affecting the quality of life in the neighborhood
Participate in regular meetings of neighborhood and resident associations in the Dudley area
Monitor zoning, licensing and other regulatory processes and inform and engage residents in these efforts
Work with other committees and staff as part of DSNI’s overall organizing efforts to build our urban village including the Open House, Annual Meeting, Multi-Cultural Festival, Walk for Dudley and community cleanups
Conduct outreach to DNI Community Land Trust residents
Engage and support residents to play an active role in neighborhood revitalization planning processes
Connect neighborhood families to job and educational opportunities
Support campaigns to promote affordable housing and economic opportunities
Support other organizational work/activities and connect community members to these areas
Opportunities for professional growth by attending workshops, conferences and trainings.

Commitment to DSNI’s mission and organizing principles
Community organizing experience preferred
Familiarity with Dudley neighborhood and DSNI’s work
Bilingual English/Spanish or Cape Verdean Creole strongly preferred
Good written and verbal communication skills
Computer skills a plus
Experience working in a multicultural community
Ability to take initiative while working as part of a team
Willingness to work flexible schedule, including some nights and weekends
College degree preferred

To Apply:
To apply please submit cover letter and resume with “Community Organizer” in subject line.

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By locally building wind turbines, WINDAID provide clean and affordable electricity for communities in Peru who have no access to electricity.  They are based in Trujillo, North Peru, and together with volunteers build 2.5 kW wind turbines for small communities that are part of some 7 million people living in Peru with no access to electricity. Volunteers have the opportunity to experience the life and cultures in Peru and get to fully manufacture, assemble and install a wind turbine that is then given to a community or school which needs it most.

Participants do not need any pre-requisite skills or knowledge of wind turbines.  Practical experience with resin composites, carbon fiber, steel structure, electrical systems, aerodynamics, and many other disciplines are involved in the program.

The dates for upcoming projects are:

2011 (5 week program)

7th November – 9th December (limited space)


2012 (Please note that there are now 1, 2, and 4 week programs.)

1st Jan – 13th Jan (limited space)

25th Jan – 17th Feb (limited space)

18th Mar – 24th Mar (limited space)

25th Mar – 31st Mar (limited space)

9th Apr – 4th May (open)

21st May – 15th June (limited space)

30th Jul – 24th Aug (limited space)

4th Sep – 28th Sep (open)

8th Oct – 2nd Nov (open)

12th Nov – 7th Dec (open)

Our website is www.windaid.org, or please visit our Facebook group (http://www.facebook.com/windaid.org) and take a look at photos of our past projects.



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Azafady is a UK charity and Malagasy non-profit organization which has been working in response to local communities’ expressed needs on environmental, humanitarian and sustainable livelihoods projects in southeast Madagascar for over 15 years. We offer a limited number of opportunities to get involved in these projects for 2-10 weeks.

Our volunteer programs are award-winning, having been awarded the Responsible Tourism award for “Best Volunteering Organization” in 2007.  However Azafady is not just a volunteering organization; first and foremost we are a respected sustainable development NGO.  As such, by volunteering with us students gain valuable experience in the workings of a grassroots conservation and development NGO, in addition to the opportunity to learn about the many issues faced in developing countries first-hand and to make a genuine contribution to local communities and their environment.

Our 10-week Pioneer Programme, designed to give participants an all-round introduction to international development work starts on the 1st of July this summer, with teams also starting in January, April and October each year.

See our website for further details: http://www.azafadyusa.org/

You can also find Azafady on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AzafadyMadagascar, twitter: http://twitter.com/azafady and read all the latest news from our projects on the Azafady Blog: http://azafady.us/blog/

For more information regarding Azafady’s volunteer programmes, please feel free to contact us at our London office on +44(0)208 960 6629 or via email at info@azafadyusa.org


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