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  • Net Impact Event! The Sustainable Business Network of MA joins us for a discussion of how we are at the nexus of a new,resilient economy that will help Massachusetts withstand coming challenges ...
    Posted Apr 6, 2014, 12:18 PM by NU HEAT
  • Looking for a part time job? PAID Campaign Jobs for Students- Working to Protect Our ParksOur current campaign is with Environment Massachusetts to protect our national parks, with a regional focus of the Cape Cod ...
    Posted Jan 26, 2014, 4:53 PM by NU HEAT
  • Boston Volunteer Opportunity  The local feeder event, the Blue Lobster Bowl, is approaching, and the good folks at MIT, where it's hosted, are looking for many volunteers.  Please see below.  This event ...
    Posted Jan 26, 2014, 4:51 PM by NU HEAT
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Net Impact Event!

posted Apr 6, 2014, 12:18 PM by NU HEAT

The Sustainable Business Network of MA joins us for a discussion of how we are at the nexus of a new,

resilient economy that will help Massachusetts withstand coming challenges, from price spikes to extreme

weather. What is the role of small businesses in building sustainable communities and how do companies 

participate in these initiatives?

This event will take place on Saturday April 12th from 2:00 to 4:30pm at 716 Columbus Avenue, 6th floor. Please join us!

Looking for a part time job?

posted Jan 26, 2014, 4:53 PM by NU HEAT

PAID Campaign Jobs for Students- Working to Protect Our Parks

Our current campaign is with Environment Massachusetts to protect our national parks, with a regional focus of the Cape Cod National Seashore. Cape Cod, along with all of our national parks, are home to some of the most beautiful places in our country. Yet, in recent years, funding for our national parks has been cut by more than 11%. This leaves wildlife unprotected and threatens America’s iconic outdoors. This is especially relevant since the recent government shutdown forced our national parks to actually close. We need to make our legislators know that is will not be tolerated.

We have both part-time and full-time positions available. The average salary comes to between $10-15/HR, and we can be fairly flexible with students’ schedules. Those interested can call our office at 617-292-4810, or apply online at

Boston Volunteer Opportunity

posted Jan 26, 2014, 4:51 PM by NU HEAT

 The local feeder event, the Blue Lobster Bowl, is approaching, and the good folks at MIT, where it's hosted, are looking for many volunteers.  Please see below.  This event is a lot of fun, and a great way for you to connect with some of the best and brightest marine science scholars in Massachusetts high schools.

MIT Sea Grant is seeking volunteers for our National Ocean Sciences Bowl "Blue Lobster Bowl" regional competition to be held on March 1st on MIT Campus.  We are seeking volunteers of all backgrounds, but a strong background in science and experience is required for certain roles.  Volunteers  must be able to commit their time for the competition day as well as one training session.

Register by 2/13 at

If you are unfamiliar with the Blue Lobster Bowl, see details below.  If you have any questions, please contact the BLB Coordinators at

WHAT: Help Run the 2014 Blue Lobster Bowl:

Foster enthusiasm for learning by keeping time, keeping score, and judging science, judging rules*, moderating**,running, or grading written team responses***

Competition: Saturday, 3/1
         9:30 AM to 3:30, or 4:30 or 6:30 PM

         Blizzard Postponement Day: 3/2

         A Training/Practice Session is Required:
         Saturday, February 22, 9:30-11:30am
         Wednesday, February 26, 6-8PM or 8:30-10:30PM
         Thursday, February 27, 6:30-8:30PM

WHERE:    MIT, Cambridge


Support young people who are interested in and knowledgeable about the natural world by staffing the National Ocean Sciences Bowl "Blue Lobster Bowl" regional competition, a fast-paced, one-day competition among 24 high school teams from MA. Topics include the biology, chemistry, geology, physics, history, and economics of the ocean as well as ocean-related current events. The winning team will compete in the nationals in Seattle. For more background, visit

Oxfam Volunteer Opportunity

posted Jan 26, 2014, 4:49 PM by NU HEAT

Oxfam is currently recruiting volunteer leaders of various ages and backgrounds for our free national training in Washington D.C. April 5-8, 2014, in 15 US cities.  If you have some organizing experience and a passion for global justice, it’s a great way to meet others, develop your leadership skills with support from Oxfam staff, and take local action that makes a global impact! The deadline to apply is February 14. Sign up at 

Oxfam America, an international relief and development organization, invites you to play a leading role in the Oxfam Action Corps, an exciting grassroots effort to stand up to poverty, hunger, and injustice around the world – starting right in your community.  The Oxfam Action Corps is a group of trained grassroots advocates in fifteen US cities who organize with other local volunteers in support of our GROW campaign for policies that will save lives, defend the rights of women and farmers, and protect communities worldwide from rising food prices and climate change.  It includes a free national advocacy and leadership training for select participants. You will gain leadership skills, have fun, and change the world!

350MA Divestment Panel feat. Mara Scallon

posted Dec 3, 2013, 7:28 AM by NU HEAT

November 16, 2013
Contact: Malcolm Bliss (; 617-821-0422;
Darcy DuMont ( 413 210 2201

Speakers Share Perspectives on Divestment From Fossil Fuels

Boston, MA—The packed room at the Boston Public Library observed a moment of silence for the
victims of monster typhoon Haiyan that hit the Philippines last week. At the public forum on
fossil fuel divestment organized by 350Massachusetts, panelists drove home the urgency of
curbing the fossil fuel industry’s relentless development of carbon reserves which exacerbates
global warming and its devastating effects. To spur political action, panelists urged participants
to support legislation to divest the state pension fund from fossil fuel holdings. Bill S.1225,
sponsored by Sen. Downing of Pittsfield, is currently in the Joint Committee on Public Service at
the Massachusetts State House.

According to Malcolm Bliss, 350 Massachusetts Coordinator, divestment weakens the political
clout of the fossil fuel industry because the value of these corporations is based on the fuel
reserves that are still in the ground. The reserves contain five times more carbon as can be safely

Active campaigns are underway at colleges and universities, faith organizations, and at the town,
city and state levels. Northampton, Amherst, Cambridge, Truro, Provincetown have all passed
resolutions calling for divestment of municipal pension funds.

The four panel members each spoke from his or her own unique perspective on why divestment
is an ethical and effect tool to counteract the power and influence of the fossil fuel industry.
Chuck Collins Director of Inequality and the Common Good from the Institute for Policy Studies
spoke about his experience with the anti-apartheid divestment movement in the 80’s. Collins
said, “When Nelson Mandela walked free, his first stop was Boston where he thanked
Massachusetts for being the first state to divest from companies that did business with the South
African apartheid regime. After Massachusetts divested from those companies, several other
states quickly followed suit.”

Northeastern University student panelist, Mara Scallon, shared her worry about the uncertain
future she and her generation face. She is working with other students on the Husky
Environmental Action Team (HEAT) to convince Northeastern to join the growing list of other
colleges and universities who believe it is their ethical obligation to invest in clean energy over
carbon fuels. “ It’s not only the environmental activists who are now championing divestment,”
said Scallon. “It is also the economic students who think divestment is a good economic choice.”
Representing the faith community, Rev. Karen B. Montagno, an Episcopal Priest, said that climate
change is a social justice issue because human life is intricately tied and dependent on the
natural world. “The most vulnerable people, who contribute the least to global warming, are the
ones who will suffer first and most as nature’s balance is disrupted. “ Said Montagno.
“Divestment can’t financially bankrupt the industry but can morally bankrupt them and reduce
their lobbying power in Washington DC and elsewhere. Let us put our money where our heart

Panelist Eric Packer is an investment advisor specializing in socially responsible investing. “The
question should not be why should we divest from fossil fuels but why should we be investing in
an industry whose value is based on untapped reserves that cannot be burned without
irreversible damage to the climate” stated Packer. “If the world succeeds in limiting the
extraction and burning of these reserves the industry will be devalued.” This concept is known
as the “carbon bubble” and the financial effects could be similar to the recent bursting of the
housing bubble. Packer added that investing in sustainable energy instead is safer and better for

Hayat Imam of Grassroots International moderated the Q & A session with an audience of over
80 attendees. The event was co-sponsored by the Jamaica Plain Forum, Boston Climate Action
Network, and the Husky Environmental Action Team at Northeastern University. It was also a Green Event: the impact of the forum electricity use was matched with clean and
healthy wind power
350 Massachusetts has been convened and facilitated by Better Future Project with a
commitment to building a thriving, volunteer-led, statewide movement to address the urgency of
the climate crisis. 350 Massachusetts organizes and executes grassroots campaigns that advance
a just transition away from fossil fuels toward sustainable energy practices and an atmospheric
carbon-dioxide concentration of less than 350 parts per million. Better Future Project was
founded to accelerate the growth of a powerful grassroots movement to address the climate crisis
and make stronger, healthier, and more resilient communities by advancing a rapid and
responsible transition beyond fossil fuels.

A Message from SGA

posted Nov 18, 2013, 7:22 PM by NU HEAT

Members of Husky Environmental Action Team,

I hope your semester is going well! I talked to you last month about SGA’s new Monthly 

Initiative program and our October Monthly Initiative: Take NU With You. Thank you to 

those who responded!

For the month of November, our initiative is called A Reason to Return. Northeastern is 

an unconventional University. We are challenged to explore beyond campus boundaries 

and pursue global and professional experiences. Therefore, every Northeastern student’s 

experience is unique. To strengthen our bond as Huskies now and as future alumni, what 

traditions can we establish that will unite the Northeastern community for years to 


We want to hear from you! This month, there are a series of ways for you to connect with 

SGA and help us build tradition at Northeastern. On Friday November 15th

hosting a Homecoming Tailgate in Krentzman Quad from 5:00-7:00pm before the men’s 

ice hockey game against UNH. The event will include a free BBQ, face painting, and we will 

be giving out #GoNU foam fingers! During the event, you will have the chance to fill out a 

survey and provide us with your thoughts and ideas.

Feel free to reach out at anytime with questions and feedback. You can contact me at or at Click here to see the full list of SGA Senators.


Helen Ramsay

2 Scholarships

posted Nov 5, 2013, 8:03 AM by NU HEAT

1) I am currently seeking out qualified applicants for the Truman Scholarship. I hoped you might share this announcement with the members of HEAT. The Truman Scholarship is a very competitive and prestigious national scholarship for our best and brightest who hope to enroll in graduate programs oriented to careers in public service, such as law, public administration, public health, international relations, economics, social services, conservation and environmental protection.  Potential Truman Scholars will possess:

· An extensive record of campus and community service.

· Commitment to a career in government or the nonprofit and advocacy sectors.

· Excellent communication skills and a high probability of becoming a “change agent."

· A strong academic record with likely acceptance by a first-rate graduate school.

The Scholarship serves as a living memorial to President Harry S. Truman and provides financial support of $30,000 for graduate study, leadership training, and fellowship for those who are committed to making a difference through public service.   


Applicants must be U.S. citizens or full-time students with junior-level academic standing. “Junior” here means a student who plans to continue full-time undergraduate study and who expects to receive a baccalaureate degree between December 2014 and August 2015.


The application is currently open. Our internal deadline falls on November 25th


If you know of students who you believe fit this profile, I hope you will let them know about the opportunity and encourage them to be in touch with me. You can also recommend these students to my attention via the Faculty/Staff Recommendation Form. Thank you for your consideration.

2) Attached is information about the upcoming Muckenhoupt Award. Applications will be accepted up to February 1st, 2014. More information about the award can be found here:


SGA Announcement

posted Oct 21, 2013, 7:17 PM by NU HEAT

Members of HEAT,


My name is Helen Ramsay, and I am the Student Government Association Senator representing Husky Environmental Action Team.


SGA has heard year after year that students at Northeastern want to be involved in a way that is unintrusive, doesn’t take up a lot of your time, and has substantial impact. As a result, we are launching the Monthly Initiative campaign to focus our outreach to one topic per month that affects the entire Northeastern community.


For the month of October, our initiative is called Take NU With You. Northeastern students are constantly leaving the Boston campus to pursue valuable experiences, but it is easy to lose the connection to our community while we are away. This stems from a missing link between the life of campus and the students taking advantage of these opportunities. The question is: how can Northeastern help you stay connected to the community centered on Huntington Avenue?


As your representative, I want to hear from you. You can contact me or at SGA will also be hosting a huge event onOctober 29th in Centennial Quad with a survey to collect feedback.


Looking for more information on this initiative or SGA as a whole? Can’t wait to take the survey? Want to find a full list of Senators in SGA? Click here to find all of this information and more.


I look forward to serving as your representative this year!



Helen Ramsay

Senator, Student Government Association | 617.373.2651

Speaker and Job Opp

posted Oct 15, 2013, 3:30 PM by NU HEAT

Northeastern University’s 
Urban Coastal Sustainability Initiative

Dr. Edward B. Barbier
Title: Valuing ecosystem services for coastal wetland protection and restoration: progress and challenges
October 24, 2013 
Cabral Center
Northeastern University 
40 Leon Street

Edward B. Barbier is the John S Bugas Professor of Economics, Department of Economics and Finance, University of Wyoming. His main expertise is natural resource and development economics as well as the interface between economics and ecology. He has served as a consultant and policy analyst for a variety of national, international and non-governmental agencies, including many UN organizations, the OECD and the World Bank. Professor Barbier is on the editorial boards of several leading economics and natural science journals, and he appears in the 4th edition of Who’s Who in Economics. He has authored over 200 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, written or edited 21 books, and published in popular journals. His books include Blueprint for a Green Economy (with David Pearce and Anil Markandya, 1989), Natural Resources and Economic Development (2005), A Global Green New Deal (2010), Scarcity and Frontiers: How Economies Have Developed Through Natural Resource Exploitation(2011), Capitalizing on Nature: Ecosystems as Natural Assets (2011) and A New Blueprint for a Green Economy (with Anil Markandya, 2012).


PAID Campaign Jobs for Students- Working to Increase Recycling in MA



Our current campaign is with MassPIRG to update the Bottle Bill, which is the single most effective recycling program in Massachusetts. This is the 5 cent deposit that is on beer and soda bottles, but not on newer containers, like sports drinks or bottled water. These containers—over a billion every year—then get thrown away and end up in our waste stream. So we’re hiring people to get out into neighborhoods and build the public support it will take to update the Bottle Bill.


We have both part-time and full-time positions available. The average salary comes to between $10-15/HR, and we can be fairly flexible with students’ schedules. Those interested can call our office at 617-292-4810, orapply online at


Feel free to get in touch with any questions that arise.


Katie McGinn

Canvass Director


Toxics Action Center internship

posted Oct 8, 2013, 11:02 AM by NU HEAT

At Toxics Action Center, we start from the core belief that everyone has a right to breathe clean air, drink clean water, and live in a healthy community where government operates responsively and democratically. Our mission is to make these rights a reality by organizing side by side with residents who are facing toxic threats. We train residents in the skills and know-how they need to run effective local campaigns, while also developing long-term leaders to fuel New England’s progressive movements.


Over the last 26 years, Toxics Action Center has organized side by side with residents in more than 700 communities as the 911 of the environmental movement, winning countless victories to protect public health and the environment and sparking broader state and regional policy changes.


Toxics Action Center seeks an intern that will play a key role in support of our program work. Organizational interns work closely with the administrator, event planner and development director. They will take part in the foundations of Toxics Action Center’s work, helping with fundraising efforts, planning our annual activist conference, and administrative duties.




- Manage Toxics Action Center’s social media, including Facebook, flickr and twitter.

- Create action alerts for members to weigh-in with decision makers on important issues.

- Play a key role in putting together events such as house party fundraisers and activist conferences.

- Maintain and organize records of donors, member lists, news articles, trainings and more.

- Recruit supporters out to events, including movie screenings, rallies, press conferences, and public hearings.

- Assist with general administrative tasks 


Skills Required


- Commitment to environmental issues and social change

- Strong communication and writing skills

- Desire to develop event planning and outreach skills

- Social media aptitude

- Must learn quickly and work efficiently


To Apply


Our internships operate on a rolling start and end date and have flexible hours. Please e-mail resume and cover letter to Megan Stokes


Toxics Action Center is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the base of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, handicap, pregnancy, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

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