Beyond Oil NYC Part-time Internship (Winter/Spring 2014)

solar bulbThe safe amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is 350 ppm, according to the Mauna Loa Observatory the amount of co2 in the atmosphere as of November 2013 was 395.10 ppm. It is believed and backed by significant research, that global warming is a consequence of the increased industrial activity that’s transpired post the industrial revolution. Concluding that global warming and the disastrous effects that accompany it are largely manmade, is perceivably a difficult pill to swallow, but implies that the problem is not wholly out of our control. Sustainable behaviors can assist in addressing the very real problems that global warming presents – one such behavior would be the utilization of solar energy.

“With prices for solar energy systems dropping and abundant financial incentives for their purchase, solar energy is a better investment than ever. However, efforts to expand solar power capacity in NYC still have not taken advantage of the ability of nonprofit groups to promote solar energy to their local contacts.

Beyond Oil NYC, a nonprofit volunteer advocacy project, is offering a part time internship with flexible hours in winter/spring 2014. Interns will select a NYC neighborhood, and compile a list of its community based organizations, civic leaders and faith organizations, and contact them by phone, email and in person to enlist their participation in a marketing program for solar energy systems. The supervisor will provide the intern with abundant guidance in community organizing and program promotion. There is no salary, but may be a stipend depending on performance.

A new solar marketing program, which has been successfully tested by a business service nonprofit in Queens, encourages nonprofit groups to contact their constituents who own large buildings about installing solar power systems on their roofs. Their incentive is a referral fee – a percentage of any solar system purchase cost from any of their constituents who they contact. There is no charge for the nonprofit to participate, and all marketing materials are provided. Undergraduates with a strong interest in sustainability, resilience, urban affairs and government are invited to apply. “

Qualifications:

Experience or interest in sustainability, resilience, renewable energy and climate change response
Experience or interest in government, public policy, and urban affairs
Must be comfortable with cold calling
Must be a self starter, and be persistent
Having community connections is a plus
Experience or interest in research and / or community development
Excellent written and verbal communications skills
Excellent computer and web skills
Excellent organizational, analytical and critical thinking skills
Experience in working with community groups or small teams

To apply:

Send a cover letter and resume to dan.miner@cbsix.org.

 

New Electric Cars Unveiled in Frankfurt

 

Porsche's new hybrid sports car the 918 Spyder retails for $850,000. (Porsche)Cars are major contributors to global greenhouse gas emissions. There are over one billion cars in the world today and the vast majority of them run on gasoline. In an effort to cut not only cars’ contribution to greenhouse gasses but also to reduce the reliance on  gasoline. Many car companies have introduced electric cars. The two most popular electric cars in the United States are the Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf. Though these are the most frequently purchased models in the U.S., a recent auto show in Frankfurt unveiled a variety of electric car models produced by a considerable number of new car companies. Read the article below to find out more.

http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2013/09/13/frankfurt-auto-show

“Renewables To Surpass Gas By 2016 In Global Power Mix – IEA”

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Check out this article by Eurasia Review that says “renewable power is expected to increase by 40% in the next five years”! What do you think?

To Slow Warming, Tax Carbon

OpinionENVIRONMENT played only a modest role in the recent American presidential election. President Obama lauded his new fuel-efficiency standards and support for renewable energy sources, while Mitt Romney faulted the president for rising gasoline prices and new restrictions on coal mining.

But while environmentalists have lamented America’s slow response to climate change, the United States is actually on a much better path than Europe. It is making the transition from coal to gas, it is investing in new energy technologies, and its carbon emissions are falling faster than Europe’s.

This is not to paint too rosy a portrait. Since world leaders met in Kyoto, Japan, in 1997 and agreed to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions of industrialized countries by about 5 percent below 1990 levels by 2012, virtually nothing has been done to slow the buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. In 1990, carbon emissions were rising at less than 2 parts per million per year. Now they are rising at nearly 3 p.p.m. per year.

How could so little have been achieved, despite all the already considerable economic costs of climate change? Europe, in particular, has put great effort into being a ”world leader” on climate change and has spent lots of money on wind farms and rooftop solar panels. Sadly, this has had almost no global effect.

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