OEP students SGL Reader information

MULT90004 Sustainability Governance & Leadership (SGL) Semester 2, 2014 Tutorial allocations and Reader

Tutorial (tute) group allocations for SGL are done by the subject coordinator, Arnaud Gallois. This is so that the the international diversity and gender balance for each of the tutorial groups can be maximised.

The tutorials in SGL all run concurrently, so SGL students’ timetable for SGL classes remain the same whichever tute they’re allocated to.

Students enrolled in SGL will be informed of their tutorial group allocation for this subject in the first week of semester via the LMS.

Do be sure set aside 8.30 am to 4.30pm on the first 6 Fridays of semester for the classes in SGL – the first day of classes will be Friday 1st of August.

The SGL reader will be available from Friday the 8th of July and may be collected from the OEP (Office for Environmental Programs) reception (ground floor, Walter Boas building).

There is plenty of reading to be done, so please pick it up early and start reading! There is no additional charge for the reader; just present your student card at pick-up.

Please direct any questions about SGL to the subject coordinator, Arnaud Gallois: galloisa@unimelb.edu.au

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ENST90019-Semester 2 subject reminder

A reminder that the subject ENST90019 Contemporary Environmental Issues B will this year focus on Consumerism and the Growth Paradigm: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (Semester Two, 2014)

The subject is taught by Sam Alexander, http://simplicityinstitute.org/samuel-alexander

This interdisciplinary course focuses on theoretical, empirical, and policy issues surrounding the core ideas of consumerism, economic growth, and sustainability. Drawing on sociology, psychology, ecology, normative ethics, economics, and politics, students will critically engage questions about why people consume, how consumption and economic growth impact on the environment, and what influence institutions and public policy have, or could have, on consumption patterns in society. Attention will also be given to counter-cultural ‘alternatives’ to consumerism and the growth paradigm, such as the voluntary simplicity movement, transition towns, and the steady-state economy. By providing interdisciplinary perspectives on these and other issues, the aim is to enable students to recognise the complex relationships between consumption, growth, and sustainability, and to develop the skills needed to effectively confront the various social, ecological, economic, and political issues raised by consumerism and growth in today’s world.
2014 Handbook Reference https://handbook.unimelb.edu.au/view/2014/ENST90019

 

 

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2 x Student placement opportunities

  • Community engagement: Online sustainability advice, June-July 2014
  • Climate change research: NAGA Large scale solar, June – July 2014

Community engagement: Online sustainability advice, June-July 2014

Moreland Energy Foundation Limited are seeking an enthusiastic tertiary student with knowledge of sustainability issues and experience working with websites to assist the MEFL team to update our online sustainability advice offerings on the MEFL and Positive Charge websites. The MEFL and Positive Charge websites provide resources for households and businesses to reduce their energy consumption and make their homes and businesses more sustainable. The new Positive Charge website aims to be a “one-stop shop” offering sustainability advice on a broad range of issues.

Key Activities
*Reviewing, researching and writing updates to content relating to sustainability issues to ensure advice is correct and up to date
* Formatting and uploading content (including text and images) to a Content Management System website
* Assisting the MEFL team with implementing MEFL’s communications strategy to update the structure of the MEFL and Positive Charge websites

Applicant Requirements
Applicant must be either:
* a current student of a sustainability-related tertiary qualification, with experience working with websites, OR
* a current student of a communications/media-related tertiary qualification, with an interest in and knowledge of sustainability issues

Essential skills:
experience using a Content Management System website (e.g. Joomla, WordPress, Expression Engine) / web research skills /  basic knowledge of sustainability issues

Desirable skills:
experience with resizing and compressing images
experience writing for the web
an understanding of communications strategy

To apply, please forward your curriculum vitae and a 1 page cover letter to Mel Miller at mel@mefl.com.au.
For more information about the role, download the placement description or contact Mel Miller on 9385 8506 or mel@mefl.com.au.   Applications close Tuesday 3 June.

2. NAGA Large scale solar, June – July 2014

We are seeking an enthusiastic student of a sustainability-related tertiary qualification to assist the Northern Alliance for Greenhouse Action (NAGA) team within MEFL on a climate change research project focusing on large scale solar installations. The purpose of this project is to collect and collate information to support future funding applications for large scale solar installations and energy efficiency upgrades on council and commercial facilities.

Key Activities
Collect information from NAGA members regarding possible solar installations and      energy efficiency upgrades they have planned, on council facilities (includes cost and expected financial and energy savings).
Collect available information on potential for large scale rooftop solar on commercial premises in member municipalities.
Collect available information on potential for large scale energy efficiency upgrades in commercial premises in member municipalities.

Applicant Requirements
Applicant must be a current student of a sustainability-related tertiary qualification.
Applicant must have:

  • Confident and engaging manner
  • Basic Excel skills
  • Background in environmental studies or science preferred
  • An understanding of solar facilities and energy efficiency upgrades (desirable)

To apply, please forward your curriculum vitae and a 1 page cover letter to Mel Miller at mel@mefl.com.au.  For more information about the role, download the placement description or contact David Meiklejohn  on 9385 8505 or david@mefl.com.au
Applications close Tuesday 3 June.

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OEP student opportunity

Moreland Energy Foundation Limited is now accepting applications for the second annual MEFL is now accepting applications for the second annual Frank Fisher Memorial Internship. Please feel free to distribute to your networks and students who may be interested.

Frank Fisher Memorial Internship

Applications are now open for the 2014 Frank Fisher Memorial Internship. The Frank Fisher Memorial Internship is MEFL’s six-month paid internship opportunity.

The Internship was created in 2013 to provide an opportunity for a promising student or recent graduate to gain work experience in a dynamic independent community organisation working closely with the Moreland community offering a range of services and programs to ensure a sustainable future.

We are seeking an enthusiastic advanced year-level student or recent graduate of a sustainability-related tertiary qualification for this paid internship to work with MEFL staff to capture the impacts of our projects on-the-ground, and translate those into policy and advocacy priorities for MEFL.

Professor Frank Fisher

Professor Frank Fisher was a lifelong advocate of sustainability, committed to social transformation, sustainability education and innovation. Professor Fisher was known for his ability to challenge the status quo and push the boundaries of accepted wisdom within the sustainability field.

Professor Fisher was the first lifetime member of MEFL and a longtime supporter of MEFL’s objectives and projects. The Frank Fisher Memorial Internship was created in 2013 to recognise the lifetime commitment of Frank Fisher to sustainable initiatives and sustainability education, and to provide an opportunity for a creative-thinking student or recent graduate to gain valuable work experience with the aim of germinating a career in sustainability.

Key Activities

  • Work with the MEFL staff on the agreed sustainability advocacy project
  • Assist MEFL staff with projects as directed

Key Selection Criteria

Essential

  • Currently an advanced year-level student or recent graduate of a sustainability-related tertiary qualification
  • Demonstrated understanding of sustainability theory
  • A sound understanding of current sustainability issues, especially locally
  • Ability to undertake applied research and project work
  • Demonstrated independence managing workloads, priorities and deadlines
  • High level of oral and written communications

Desirable

  • Ability to challenge accepted wisdom in the sustainability sector
  • The capacity to help people understand how we can re-design our energy needs.
  • The ability to apply a systems thinking approach to sustainability issues.

To apply, please forward a brief response to the key selection criteria (3 pages max), your curriculum vitae, and a short cover letter via email to Mel Miller at mel@mefl.com.au.

For more information about the role, download the position description or contact Mel Miller on 9385 8506 or mel@mefl.com.au.

Applications close Wednesday 11th June at 10am.

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OEP student job opportunity

Climate change research: Best practice green purchasing, June-July 2014

Morland Energy Foundation Limited is are seeking 2 enthusiastic students of a sustainability-related tertiary qualification to work together and assist the MEFL team to review and revise our current green purchasing policy and procedures. The task includes reviewing the existing MEFL green purchasing documents and systems against current industry best practices. It will also involve a review of our current tools to ensure that we have a system to be able to only engage with suppliers / services that have an environmental plan.

MEFL focuses on sustainability as a key driver in its own activities. We are committed to improving the environmental performance of our office-based activities, and to be leaders in best practice environmental management of these. This forms a key component of our commitment to demonstrate good environmental practice in our own operations.

Key activities

Work with the MEFL team to:

  • review current environmental purchasing documents
  • review supplier audit tools
  • use the audit tool against our current list of providers
  • create a list of approved “green” suppliers

Applicant requirements

Applicant must be a current student of a sustainability-related tertiary qualification

Applicant must have:-

  • an understanding of sustainability theory
  • the ability to undertake research and project work
  • excellent time management and organizational skills

To apply, please forward your curriculum vitae and a 1 page cover letter to Mel Miller at mel@mefl.com.au.

For more information, placement description, contact Mel Miller on 9385 8506 or mel@mefl.com.au.

Applications close Tuesday 27 May 2014 Student Placement 2014 Green purchashing  June - July 14

 

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