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Application for the student representatives of the georgetown environment initiative steering committee

We are accepting applications for the positions of undergraduate student representative and graduate student representative on the Georgetown Environment Initiative (GEI) Steering Committee for the upcoming 2017-18 Academic Year.

The application is due by Monday, May 22, 2017 by 11:59pm EST.
 

Responsibilities

Both student representatives on the GEI Steering Committee must be willing and able to work constructively and collaboratively with a large group and to commit to participating in monthly Steering Committee meetings for a full nine-month term, which will begin in September 2017 and conclude in May 2018.

Qualifications

Applicants should be working toward an undergraduate or graduate degree at Georgetown University and must be in good academic and student conduct standing.  Applicants also should have demonstrated an interest in and knowledge of environmental issues through academic or co-curricular activities while at Georgetown.

To Apply

Applicants must send a cover letter (not to exceed 2 pages in length) and resume to jennifer.eagleton@georgetown.edu by Monday, May 22, 2017 by 11:59pm EST, with “Student Representative” in the subject line. In the cover letter, applicants should describe 1) any past or current academic or extracurricular experiences, involvements, or commitments related to environment issues that they would bring to the position as well as 2) why they are interested in the position.

Please email jennifer.eagleton@georgetown.edu with any questions. 

Zero Waste Hoyas- Call for applicants

For Earth Month 2017, GEI and the University’s Office of Sustainability are teaming up with a network of campus partners to spark and support a campus-wide effort accelerating the adoption of green practices at campus events. In support of this effort we are launching Zero Waste Hoyas, a small-scale pilot project this April to prototype a “sustainable materials pipeline” for events, from the purchase of recyclable and compostable event supplies through the productive end use of the materials.

For a limited number of campus events this April, Zero Waste Hoyas will provide partial funding toward the purchase of compostable supplies and will provide a simple process to sort, recycle and compost the discarded wastes. We invite interested student groups and University departments and centers to join in this effort by hosting “green events” this spring to help test this materials pipeline.

The Zero Waste Hoyas pilot will culminate in a set of findings and lessons learned that will be shared with key Georgetown stakeholders and will help inform a longer-term effort to support green practices at campus events.

Event planners interested in participating can start the application process by filling out THIS short Google form.

GEORGETOWN ENVIRONMENT INITIATIVE IMPACT PROGRAM - SPRING 2017 CALL FOR PROPOSALS

The Georgetown Environment Initiative (GEI) is announcing the Spring 2017 Call for Proposals for the Georgetown Environment Initiative Impact Program.

GEI brings together faculty and staff across Georgetown’s campuses – from business, foreign service, the humanities, law, medicine, public policy, the sciences, and the social sciences – to contribute Georgetown’s scholarship to the Earth’s stewardship. Through the GEI Impact Program, we welcome opportunities to seed new directions and new collaborations for environmental research, seminar series, educational programs, and outreach programs that show significant potential for attracting external financial support for their future expansion.

We want a “snap shot” of your idea: who is on your team, what you propose to do, how you measure success, and how your idea seeds a larger endeavor. Proposals may not exceed two (2) pages. Collaborations – across academic disciplines or with external organizations – are particularly attractive for the GEI Impact Program.

Our proposal deadline for the Spring 2017 Call for Proposals is 11:59pm on Monday April 3rd, 2017. Click here for the Proposal Requirements.

GEI-MDI RESEARCH PILOT GRANT
A joint award offered by the Georgetown Environment Initiative Impact Program and the McCourt School Massive Data Institute seed grant program

During the Spring 2017 Call for Proposals, we also will review proposals for a joint award offered by the GEI Impact Program and the McCourt School Massive Data Institute seed grant program (http://mccourt.georgetown.edu/massive-data-institute).  The GEI-MDI Research Pilot Grant is a seed grant to fund research undertaken by Georgetown faculty that employ large data sets and associated quantitative and computational approaches to address questions centrally related to environment. Proposals must involve collaboration between faculty in different departments and must show promise of contributing knowledge to a question with clear relevance to the environment, building lasting collaborations, and forming partnerships and preliminary results that lead to external funding.

GEI-MDI Research Pilot Grant proposals must follow the proposal requirements of the Georgetown Environment Initiative Impact Program.  Click here for the Proposal Requirements.  However, only research as described above (not seminar series, educational programs, nor outreach programs) will be funded by this award, and the proposal must include a description of research methods to be used.  Proposals will be reviewed jointly by GEI and the MDI. To facilitate the identification and review of GEI-MDI Research Pilot Grant proposals, please use "GEI-MDI:" as the beginning of the proposal title and send the complete the GEI-MDI Research Pilot Grant cover sheet to both Jennifer Eagleton (jennifer.eagleton@georgetown.edu) and Jessica Hassanzadeh (jsh127@georgetown.edu). Click here for the cover sheet. 

 

Opening up our new home

The recently opened GEI space (Regents Suite 391) is now available for reservation. This collaborative space has three different meetings spaces: individual workstations, a conference room, and a meeting room. Any Georgetown University faculty, staff, or student organization that is hosting meetings, classes, or events related to environmental topics can reserve and use the spaces free of charge. In keeping with the mission of the Georgetown Environment Initiative, we ask that those reserving the available spaces be as sustainable as possible with their event coordination.

It is our hope that this space will function as a productive space for the interdisciplinary exploration of our environment. To reserve the space, click here.

The Georgetown Environment Initiative (GEI) Impact Program - Fall 2016 Call for Proposals

The Georgetown Environment Initiative (GEI) is announcing the Fall 2016 Call for Proposals for the Georgetown Environment Initiative Impact Program.

GEI brings together faculty and staff across Georgetown’s campuses – from business, foreign service, the humanities, law, medicine, public policy, the sciences, and the social sciences – to contribute Georgetown’s scholarship to the Earth’s stewardship. Through the GEI Impact Program, we welcome opportunities to seed new directions and new collaborations for environmental research, seminar series, educational programs, and outreach programs that show significant potential for attracting external financial support for their future expansion.

We want a “snap shot” of your idea: who is on your team, what you propose to do, how you measure success, and how your idea seeds a larger endeavor. Proposals may not exceed two (2) pages. Collaborations – across academic disciplines or with external organizations – are particularly attractive for the GEI Impact Program.

Our proposal deadline for the Fall 2016 Call for Proposals is 11:59pm on Thursday, December 1, 2016. Click here for the Proposal Requirements.

Georgetown Convening on the Zika Epidemic

The Georgetown Environment Initiative and the Global Futures Initiative are convening an interdisciplinary dialogue on the Zika epidemic.  We seek to examine the current state of public health and research efforts to combat the spread of the Zika virus as well as to stimulate a dialog at the intersection of science and policy to advance solutions. 

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Biology, the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, the Center for Latin American Studies, and the African Studies Program.  It is part of a semester-long dialogue on "The Global Future of Security," organized as part of Georgetown's Global Futures Initiative.

For more information and to register for this event on Eventbrite, click here

 

Application for the Student Representatives of the Georgetown Environment Initiative Steering Committee

We are accepting applications for the positions of undergraduate student representative and graduate student representative on the Georgetown Environment Initiative (GEI) Steering Committee for the upcoming 2016-17 Academic Year.

The application is due by Monday, May 16, 2016 by 11:59pm EST.
 

Responsibilities

Both student representatives on the GEI Steering Committee must be willing and able to work constructively and collaboratively with a large group and to commit to participating in monthly Steering Committee meetings for a full nine-month term, which will begin in September 2016 and conclude in May 2017.

Qualifications

Applicants should be working toward an undergraduate or graduate degree at Georgetown University and must be in good academic and student conduct standing.  Applicants also should have demonstrated an interest in and knowledge of environmental issues through academic or co-curricular activities while at Georgetown.

To Apply

Applicants must send a cover letter (not to exceed 2 pages in length) and resume to jennifer.eagleton@georgetown.edu by Monday, May 16, 2016 by 11:59pm EST, with “Student Representative” in the subject line. In the cover letter, applicants should describe 1) any past or current academic or extracurricular experiences, involvements, or commitments related to environment issues that they would bring to the position as well as 2) why they are interested in the position.

Please email jennifer.eagleton@georgetown.edu with any questions. 

 

Georgetown Environment Initiative Impact Program - Spring 2016 Call for Proposals

The Georgetown Environment Initiative (GEI) is announcing the Spring 2016 Call for Proposals for the Georgetown Environment Initiative Impact Program. 

GEI brings together faculty and staff across Georgetown’s campuses – from business, foreign service, the humanities, law, medicine, public policy, the sciences, and the social sciences – to contribute Georgetown’s scholarship to the Earth’s stewardship.  Through the GEI Impact Program, we welcome opportunities to seed new directions and new collaborations for environmental research, seminar series, educational programs, and outreach programs that show significant potential for attracting external financial support for their future expansion.

We want a “snap shot” of your idea:  who is on your team, what you propose to do, how you measure success, and how your idea seeds a larger endeavor. Proposals may not exceed two (2) pages.  Collaborations – across academic disciplines or with external organizations – are particularly attractive for the GEI Impact Program.    

Our proposal deadline for the Spring 2016 Call for Proposals is 11:59pm on Monday, April 11, 2016.  Click here for the Proposal Requirements.  

 

GEI-MDI Research Pilot Grant
A joint award offered by the Georgetown Environment Initiative Impact Program and the McCourt School Massive Data Institute seed grant program

During the Spring 2016 Call for Proposals, we also will review proposals for a joint award offered by the GEI Impact Program and the McCourt School Massive Data Institute seed grant program (http://mccourt.georgetown.edu/massive-data-institute).  The GEI-MDI Research Pilot Grant is a seed grant to fund research undertaken by Georgetown faculty that employ large data sets and associated quantitative and computational approaches to address questions centrally related to environment. Proposals must involve collaboration between faculty in different departments and must show promise of contributing knowledge to a question with clear relevance to the environment, building lasting collaborations, and forming partnerships and preliminary results that lead to external funding.

GEI-MDI Research Pilot Grant proposals must follow the proposal requirements of the Georgetown Environment Initiative Impact Program.  Click here for the Proposal Requirements.  However, only research as described above (not seminar series, educational programs, nor outreach programs) will be funded by this award, and the proposal must include a description of research methods to be used.  Proposals will be reviewed jointly by GEI and the MDI. To facilitate the identification and review of GEI-MDI Research Pilot Grant proposals, please use "GEI-MDI:" as the beginning of the proposal title and send the complete the GEI-MDI Research Pilot Grant cover sheet to both Jennifer Eagleton (jennifer.eagleton@georgetown.edu) and Laura Winters (lam265@georgetown.edu). Click here for the cover sheet. 

 
2015 Fuller Symposium: Wired in the Wild

When: November 18, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 
Where: National Geographic Society, M St. Building - Grosvenor Auditorium
1145 17th St. NW
Washington, DC 20036
Registration: Register here for the symposium. 
 

Today, more than ever, we depend on innovations in technology for our work, health and daily lives. Technological breakthroughs are changing the way we address some of the most pressing issues threatening our planet—providing new tools to monitor illegal activity from the sky and use eDNA to inventory biodiversity from a single drop of water. Scaling innovative solutions requires learning from other sectors and tracking emerging opportunities.

The 2015 Fuller Symposium on November 18th will bring together thought leaders in science, policy, business, conservation and development to tackle the emerging issues facing our planet. This year’s symposium will explore current uses of innovative technology and the promises and perils they pose in addressing some of the planet's greatest challenges.

The event is free and open to the public and will take place at the National Geographic Society’s Grosvenor Auditorium in Washington, D.C. It will also be streamed live on the web. A reception and technology fair is scheduled to follow the Symposium. 

For more information, visit worldlife.org/fuller2015.

 

Georgetown Environment Initiative Impact Program - Fall 2015 Call for Proposals

The Georgetown Environment Initiative (GEI) brings together faculty and staff across Georgetown’s campuses – from business, foreign service, the humanities, law, medicine, public policy, the sciences, and the social sciences – to contribute Georgetown’s scholarship to the Earth’s stewardship.  Through the GEI Impact Program, we welcome opportunities to seed new directions and new collaborations for environmental research, seminar series, educational programs, and outreach programs that show significant potential for attracting external financial support for their future expansion.

We want a “snap shot” of your idea:  who is on your team, what you propose to do, how you measure success, and how your idea seeds a larger endeavor.  Proposals may not exceed two (2) pages.  Collaborations – across academic disciplines or with external organizations – are particularly attractive for the GEI Impact Program.

We anticipate having two calls for proposals during the 2015-16 Academic Year.  The first proposal deadline is 5 pm on Wednesday, November 11, 2015.

The GEI Impact Program may provide significant seed opportunities for your environmentally-related research or programming; please consider the Call for Proposals that can be found here.

 

New State Department Grant Funds Research on Environment and Migration

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration awarded a grant of $196,670 to Dr. Susan F. Martin, Donald G. Herzberg Professor and Director of the Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM), and Dr. Mark Giordano, Associate Professor and Director of the Program in Science, Technology and International Affairs (STIA). Both are faculty in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. The year-long project, “Environmental Impact of Refugee Campus: Resource Usage and Management,” will examine how the presence of large populations of refugees in camps over long periods of time has affected the quality, quantity, and usage of natural resources.

This effort represents a unique perspective on natural resource usage, with Dr. Giordano contributing essential scientific expertise on water and land usage and the management of shared resources and Dr. Martin contributing her expertise in humanitarian emergencies and refugee policy. As Dr. Martin explains, “Without better management of natural resources, refugee camps can cause serious environmental problems.” Dr. Giordano adds that the research will “offer comparative evidence-based assessments and identify actionable best management practices that would restore environmental integrity for camp and host communities alike.”

Dr. Douglas Howard, a geoscientist with expertise in remote sensing and geochemical, hydrological, and geomorphological processes, joins the team as a senior researcher and will provide environmental assessments and geospatial analysis of the regions. Nili Sarit Yossinger (MAGES ’12), Research Associate at ISIM and the Office of the Senior Vice President for Research, will serve as Program Manager and conduct field work along with Drs. Martin and Giordano. The team is also joined by Uwe Brandes, Executive Director of Georgetown’s Urban and Regional Planning Program. Brandes will be exploring the urban infrastructure relationships between ‘temporary’ refugee camps and ‘permanent’ host communities.

Looking at refugee camps in Kenya and Ethiopia, the team will use an integrative approach, comparing interviews with local residents, resource managers, academic experts and service providers with analyses of resource management and environmental degradation over time. The study, which will be done in collaboration with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, will make recommendations for improving environmental management in refugee camps.

This project exemplifies many of the strategic goals of the Georgetown Environment Initiative (GEI). Dr. Martin and her team utilize an interdisciplinary approach to examine the interactions of the environment and humans. They integrate humanitarian, scientific, legal and policy dimensions in their analysis of the plight of the increasing number of refugees around the world.

 

NATURAL RESOURCES SYMPOSIUM 

Wednesday, October 14 and Thursday, October 15 | Georgetown University Hotel & Conference Center

This symposium is convened by the Ad-Hoc Industry Natural Resource Management Group in cooperation with Georgetown's Environment Initiative. The event will foster in-depth discussions on policies and practice issues around industry-relevant natural resource use. Additionally, representatives from the public and private sectors will present, along with high level policy thinkers and some of the field's practitioners. 

Advanced registration is required to attend this event. To RSVP, click here

 

 

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