Newsline November 13, 2017

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Good News Item

  1. China plans to build a pollution eating Forest City. 

Around EVST

  1. Missoula nonprofit EPI makes Outside Magazine's best workplaces list.
  2. Great coverage of MT forest fuel controversies thanks to UM students and alums. 
  3. Environmental Leadership Series seminar offered spring 2017. 

Featured Events (See the Conservation Calendar for more events & CHECK FOR FIRE CANCELLATIONS)

  1. National Geographic grizzly biologist speaks at UM, Nov 14. 

Volunteer Opportunities

  1. Restore Our Creek Rally in Butte, Nov 14.
  2. Deadline to comment on the review of the proposed mine on the Smith River, Nov 16. 
  3. Judges needed for Missoula Speech and Debate Tournament, Nov 18 and Jan 12 & 13.

Educational Opportunities

  1. Removing the dam on Rattlesnake Creek. Nov 14. 
  2. MT IoE Rough Cut Series - Jennifer Carpenter, Yellowstone Center for Resources, YNP, Nov 15.
  3. Wildlife Conservation Ranch Tours in the Bitterroot, Nov 15 & 28.
  4. Upcoming MUD Workshops, Nov 18.
  5. Bird walks with Five Valleys Audubon, Nov 18, Dec 3 & Dec 16. 
  6. UM BRIDGES Offering Science Communications Workshop, Nov 20 and 27.
  7. Hike & Bike in Vietnam nature reserve, Feb 22-March 9, register by Dec 15. 
  8. Summer courses at UM Flathead Lake Biostation, plan ahead to include this great experience. 
  9. Improve your chances of entering grad school - GRE Preparation Course offered by UM. 
  10. Tools & Methods for interdisciplinary Science, spring seminar. 
  11. ORION ENVIRONMENTAL WRITERS' WORKSHOP, June 10-15, 2018. 
  12. Montana Environmental Education Association’s 2018 annual meeting, March 22-24 in Great Falls.

Jobs and Internship

  1. Blackfoot Challenge seeks Executive Director, open till filled, desired start date January 2018. 
  2. What is the Envirojobs list serv and how do I subscribe? 
  3. Intern with UM Dining Gardens this spring. Sign up now. 

Funding

  1. MTCC Civic Engagement Scholarship for UnderGrads, Application deadline Nov 27.
  2. Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship 2018 Program, apply by Jan 3. 
  3. MT Water Center has Water Resource Fellowships for Graduate Students, deadline Nov 21.

Housing

Miscellaneous - Resources

  1. Join Run Wild Missoula for Family Friendly Fall Race, Turkey Day, Nov. 23.
  2. Missoula Valley Winter Market will be Saturdays from now to April 21. 
  3. Picture Wild Montana photo/video contest. enter by Nov 30.
  4. Sustainable UM Spotlight. 
  5. Future of Pacific Salmon in the Face of Environmental Change: Lessons from One of the World's Remaining Productive Salmon Regions.
  6. Sustainable Missoula Neighborhood news links. 
  7. The Journal of Human Rights and the Environment focuses its latest issue (8.2) on the theme "Crisis, injustice and response"  (see here). 

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Good News Item

China plans to build a pollution eating Forest City. 

Newly unveiled plans for Liuzhou Forest City, designed by the Italian firm Stefano Boeri Architetti to be built in southern China, certainly seem to fit the bill. The 342-acre, self-contained neighborhood will comprise more than 70 buildings -- including homes, hospitals, hotels, schools and offices -- all of which will be covered with 40,000 trees and almost a million plants. Eventually, up to 30,000 people could call the Forest City home. The plant life is expected to absorb almost 10,000 tons of carbon dioxide and 57 tons of pollutants per year, and produce 900 tons of oxygen a year, while also decreasing the air temperature and providing a new habitat for displaced wildlife. Solar panels on the roofs will collect renewable energy to power the buildings, while geothermal energy will power air-conditioning, adding to the project's green appeal. Read more here. 

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Around EVST

Missoula nonprofit EPI makes Outside Magazine's best workplaces list.

Ecology Project International was started by EVST alums and continues to count many alums in its staff. EPI is a nonprofit that connects kids with the natural world and conservation work, and has been named to Outside Magazine’s best workplaces list… Read more

Great coverage of MT forest fuel controversies thanks to UM students and alums. 

MTPR has had some great coverage of Montana’s recent fire season and the many controversies that it ‘sparked.’ EVST alum Rachel Cramer and Environmental Journalism student Nora Saks have had some great programs. Check them out here, Logging Fuel Reduction Projects Proposed for Bitterroot National Forest and Collaborative Group Seeks Consensus After Montana’s Summer Smoke.  

Environmental Leadership Series seminar offered spring 2017. 

EVST will offer a one credit Environmental Leadership Series (ELS) in Spring 2018 (ENST 595.01, CRN 37840). Faculty contact: Neva Hassanein. The ELS will include five or six professional-development workshops specifically designed for EVST graduate students and led by professional trainers. Participating in this series is a great way to build your professional resume and enhance your skills. Interested students are advised to enroll in ENST 595 for one credit; however, all students are welcome to attend sessions. Requirements for the course will include attendance at the workshops, as well as some short reading assignments to prepare for sessions. A detailed schedule and description will be available by the start of spring semester. We will aim to hold these workshops on Friday afternoons. ELS is funded by the Brainerd Foundation and the Wiancko Charitable Foundation. Topics this spring include: facilitation and group process; the power of the spoken word; non-profit organizations 101; fundraising basics, and issue campaigns. 

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Featured Events

National Geographic grizzly biologist speaks at UM, Nov 14. 

Wildlife Biologist and National Geographic Contributor, Douglas Chadwick, will speak at UM about his latest book, "Tracking Gobi Grizzlies: Surviving Beyond the Back of Beyond." Learn more about his book here. WHEN/WHERE: Nov 14 from 7-8:30pm in the Gallagher Business Building, Room 106. 

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Volunteer Opportunities

Restore Our Creek Rally in Butte, Nov 14.

Join Butte citizens as they rally for removal of tailings along Silver Bow Creek in Butte. EPA’s planned ‘expedited cleanup’ may choose to leave the tailings by the creek. WHEN/WHERE: Nov 14 at 6:30pm in Covellite Theater, 215 W. Broadway in Butte. More info on the rally here. 

Deadline to comment on the review of the proposed mine on the Smith River, Nov 16. 

Montana Department of Environmental Quality is taking public comment until Nov 16 on the scope of issues to be considered in the environmental review of a proposed mine in the headwaters of the Smith River. The Montana Environmental Information Center MEIC says that the mine will be in sulfide bearing ore which often results in acid mine drainage, which is very destructive to stream health. MEIC also says that a mine would have to pump down the groundwater table which would likely reduce flows in streams in the area. MEIC has a petition calling for a thorough review of the above issues. That petition can be accessed here. DEQ’s information on the proposed mine, and the link to submitting comments is here. 

Judges needed for Missoula Speech and Debate Tournament, Nov 18 and Jan 12 & 13.

Loyola Sacred Heart High School is hosting a Speech/Debate/Drama Tournament on November 18 at UM. And We NEED judges! No previous experience required. There will be judging clinics offered 11/12 and 11/16 for those who would like at attend. This year we are asking our judges to sign up on-line by clicking here. If you need help, please call 728-7363 and ask for Theresa Stergios. More info will be sent later about the Jan 12 & 13 tournament. 

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Educational Opportunities

Removing the dam on Rattlesnake Creek. Nov 14. 

At its regular monthly meeting, the Missoula Water Quality Advisory Council will discuss the plans to remove the dam on Rattlesnake Creek – pros and cons, how to mitigate any adverse effects. Rob Roberts of Trout Unlimited will give a presentation. In addition, there will be discussion of the city’s efforts to improve stormwater management. When/Where: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 7:00 pm in the Health Board Conference Room #210 (Second Floor) of Missoula City-County Health Department—301 West Alder. 

MT IoE Rough Cut Series - Jennifer Carpenter, Yellowstone Center for Resources, YNP, Nov 15.

"Transboundary Wildlife Management in Yellowstone National Park". Jennifer Carpenter was selected as the park’s new chief of the Yellowstone Center for Resources (YCR) in 2016. Carpenter has been acting chief since her predecessor, David Hallac, left Yellowstone in late 2014. As YCR Chief, Carpenter is responsible for overseeing more than 100 permanent and seasonal employees. YCR was created in 1993 and is responsible for managing all park science and resource management operations—wildlife management, aquatic resources, vegetation, cultural resources, geology and physical resources, social science, environmental compliance, science communications, and research programs. YCR works to promote scientific research within the park and integrate that research into management decisions. When/Where: 12pm, Wed., Nov 15, 2017, 126 Barnard Hall at MSU. Watch live screencast here

Wildlife Conservation Ranch Tours in the Bitterroot, Nov 15 & 28.

Visit MPG Ranch to learn about our current projects and long-term goals. Plan to spend some time walking and dress for the weather. The tour is limited to 6 participants. Contact Joshua Lisbon to register & for directions or at 406-396-6285.When: Wednesday, 11/15 - 1pm - 3:30pm and Tuesday, 11/28 - 1pm - 3:30pm.   

Upcoming MUD Workshops, Nov 18.

Sewing for Guys (and Girls) - Sat. Nov 18, 2-5pm. Take MUD's beginner sewing class to hone a new skill that will keep you busy (and cozy) all winter. Find out more! Montana State University Extension offers Women in Agriculture Conference - Sat. Nov 18 9am-4:30pm. A conference for women farmers and anyone who works with women farmers. Find out more. 

Bird walks with Five Valleys Audubon, Nov 18, Dec 3 & Dec 16. 

Saturday, Nov 18: Bird walk at Lee Metcalf NWR from 10:00am-Noon. Meet the field trip leader at the Refuge Visitor’s Center. Sunday, Dec 3: All-day field trip to the Mission Valley. Meet in the northwest corner of the Adams Center parking lot at 7:50 am or at the Cenex Gas Station in Ronan at 9:00 am. Saturday, December 16: Christmas Bird Count. Save the date. 

UM BRIDGES Offering Science Communications Workshop, Nov 20 and 27.

Attendees will learn how to conceptualize a communications strategy for their science. Workshop will be led by Associate Professor Nadia White from the School of Journalism. Learning objectives: Understand your audience and tailor the what and the why of your message appropriately for the to whom: practitioners, policy-makers, public, press (the 4Ps); Understand the importance and process of pre-reporting; Practice drafting a clear message, with little to no jargon; Understand the power of storytelling and learn how to integrate people and places in communicating science. This free workshop is open to all graduate students and faculty at UM, although space is limited (first come, first serve). The workshop will be held over two sessions: Monday, November 20 4:30-7:30 pm and Monday, November 27, 5:30-8:30 pm (first session begins during BRIDGES seminar slot). Please register here.  

Hike & Bike in Vietnam nature reserve, Feb 22-March 9, register by Dec 15. 

Join the Jeannette Rankin Peace Center on a 13-day hiking and biking adventure in the Dong Nai Biosphere Reserve in southern Vietnam, February 22 to March 9, 2018, led by Carla Abrams (EVST alum) and Marilyn Marler (EVST faculty affiliate).  Space is extremely limited, and the deadline to register is December 15.  For more information on this trip (including pricing), visit this linkor contact Marilyn Marler. This is not a typical tourist trip. We will be with our Vietnamese hosts every day, learning from their extensive knowledge and sharing their hospitality. Accommodations are often rustic, and the food is authentic. On this trip we consider whether nature tourism can benefit conservation and livelihoods in Vietnam. And if so, under what circumstances?  

Summer courses at UM Flathead Lake Biostation, plan ahead to include this great experience. 

Information about the Biostation’s 2018 Summer Ecology Classes is available here. To learn more about the Bio Station summer experience click on the Summer 2017 Storify link. And there are many scholarships available for this impactful educational experience that is available to undergraduate and graduate students from any university or college. One of the most beautiful classrooms you’ll ever be in. Courses include: Field Ecology, Conservation Ecology, Lake Ecology, River Ecology, Landscape Ecology and more.  

Improve your chances of entering grad school - GRE Preparation Course offered by UM. 

If you are planning to work towards a master’s degree or a PhD, note that entering grad school (& getting funded) is a competitive process, a major criteria used by grad programs to select students for support is how they score on the GRE Graduate Entrance Exam. UM is offering an online, self-paced course in preparing for the GRE. The cost is $150, but could be a wise investment. More information and registration can be found here.  

Tools & Methods for interdisciplinary Science, spring seminar. 

Build skills for multiple career paths in interdisciplinary science, with a suite of guest lectures, primers, and mini-workshops. Topics include research ethics, building conceptual models, an intro to R, Google Earth Engine, and more. 1 credit seminar NRSM 595-02 (CRN# 38621). For more info, contact Alisa Wade. WHEN/WHERE: Fridays 11-11:50am in Forestry 305. 

ORION ENVIRONMENTAL WRITERS' WORKSHOP, June 10-15, 2018. 

For people interested in writing about nature and culture. Now at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York. Connect with Orion writers and editors in order to understand more deeply Orion's approach to the relationship between literature and the natural world. The curriculum will include faculty readings and lectures, student readings, and small group classes dedicated to poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Applications will open on November 15, 2017. Visit Orion Magazine here for more information. 

Montana Environmental Education Association’s 2018 annual meeting, March 22-24 in Great Falls.

The full program for MEEA’s annual meeting is here: Click Here for more information! Steve Running, UM emeritus professor and nobel prize winner will be keynote speaker. 

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Jobs and Internships

Blackfoot Challenge seeks Executive Director, open till filled, desired start date January 2018. 

This is a full-time position responsible for the daily management of the organization, including fundraising, budgeting, program planning and implementation, staff and independent contractor supervision, program oversight, office management, and complying with the legal responsibilities of non-profits. The Executive Director (ED) works in close partnership with the Board of Directors to manage the financial health and overall direction of the organization. Annual budgets average around $1.4 million combined for the eight program areas. Program work is accomplished at the committee level, with board oversight for strategic planning and administration. Each committee is chaired by a board member or partner, and a full- or part-time staff member coordinates each committee. Each committee facilitates participation by diverse stakeholders, builds partnerships that serve overlapping values, and finds resources to implement activities. The ED supervises all coordinators. The ED’s work location is the Blackfoot Challenge office located in Ovando, MT with occasional work from a home office. Full Job Description and Application instructions can be found here. Deadline: November 17, 2017 or until position is filled. Start Date: January 2018 desired. 

What is the Envirojobs list serv and how do I subscribe? 

EVST provides a listserv of full time environmental/conservation/sustainability jobs (mostly around the US & Canada) likely to be of interest to our alums and soon-to-graduate students. In fact, you may want to subscribe well before you start job hunting – to see what sorts of jobs are out there, and what are the qualifications for those jobs (so you can choose classes and educational experiences so as to qualify). Many of the jobs are sent to us by alums (we hope you’ll continue that tradition when you graduate). Below is how to subscribe: HOW TO subscribe to (or unsubscribe from) the Envirojobs list serv, just click on link below & send the email. Include no message. To subscribe click List-Subscribe. To Unsubscribe click List-Unsubscribe.   

Intern with UM Dining Gardens this spring. Sign up now. 

The UM Dining Gardens are seeking interns!  1-3 credits are available for hands-on learning on ½ acre of urban horticultural land. Learn about agricultural ecosystems, growing your own food and managing a large urban garden. Internships are available for all semesters, please email UM Dining Garden with interest. 

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Funding

MTCC Civic Engagement Scholarship for UnderGrads, Application deadline Nov 27.

MTCC's Civic Engagement Scholarship honors the contributions college students make to community life in Montana and beyond. The $1000 scholarships recognize undergraduate students who have made a significant community-based service effort while pursuing a degree or certificate. MTCC selects six current undergraduate students who have completed at least one year of college at a MTCC affiliate campus. All applications meeting the required criteria (below) will be considered. Winners will be notified on December 14, 2017. APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Must be an undergraduate student who has completed at least one year of college at a MTCC affiliate campus, Must have completed a FAFSA application, Must be attending a MTCC affiliate institution in Fall 2017, Must be attending a MTCC affiliate institution in Spring 2018, Must submit your application on or before November 27, 2017. READY TO APPLY? Applications must be filled out via MTCC’s secure Submittable platform. Setting up an account with Submittable takes less than a minute, requiring only your name, email and a password. Once registered you can review the questions and begin filling out your application, which can be saved so you can return to is as often as necessary until it is complete and ready for submission. All required sections (noted by an asterisk) must completed in order to submit your application. If you have any difficulties accessing the application, please contact Kathy Peters or call 406-218-1570. CLICK HERE TO APPLY

Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship 2018 Program, apply by Jan 3. 

The MLEF Program provides college students with an opportunity to gain and develop research skills with the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy for 10 weeks over the summer. For 20 years, this program has increased awareness of DOE research opportunities to students pursuing STEM degrees (short for science, technology, engineering and math). The goal of the program is to improve opportunities for women and minority students in these fields, however all eligible candidates are encouraged to apply. Selected candidates will train under the mentorship of program officials and scientists on focused research projects consistent with the mission of the Office of Fossil Energy. The 10-week summer program may place students at one of several possible Fossil Energy sites in Washington DC, PA, WV, OR, LA, TX, TN, WA, CA, NM. Eligibility: US citizens at least 18 years old with a cumulate GPA of at least 3.0; Be currently enrolled full-time as a degree-seeking student in a STEM program at an accredited college or university at the Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctoral level (Students pursuing an Associate’s degree are eligible to apply if transferring to pursue a Bachelor’s degree for fall 2018). Must be at least a college sophomore at the time of application; Be available to participate in the full 10-week program. Application deadline: January 3, 2018, 11:59PM EST. How to Apply: Applications and supporting materials must be submitted here. Program Information: Detailed information about the internship can be found here. For questions please email us here

MT Water Center has Water Resource Fellowships for Graduate Students, deadline Nov 21.

Each year, the MT Water Center provides Water Resource Fellowships to MT grad students. Funds can be used for materials, travel, lab fees, etc. Maximum request is $2000. Proposals are due Nov 21. Funds are available for use from 3/1/2018 to 2/28/2019. General info found here, and more detailed application info here. Questions? Contact Whitney Lonsdale or 406-994-4454, new assistant director at the Water Center. 

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Miscellaneous - Resources

Join Run Wild Missoula for Family Friendly Fall Race, Turkey Day, Nov. 23.

Join us in getting some fresh air and exercise before feasting on a Thanksgiving meal! The Turkey Day 3K Family Fun Run is free for all ages! It is untimed and noncompetitive - perfect for kids and families. There is also an 8K option, which includes a knit winter hat for all paid participants. We encourage participants to consider donating non-perishable food or monetary donations to the Missoula Food Bank. For more information about the races and to register, click here

Missoula Valley Winter Market will be Saturdays from now to April 21. 

Missoula Valley Winter Market, directed by EVST alum Franco Salazar, will be in the Senior Center (705 S. Higgins) this winter! Saturdays, 9am-1pm! Live music and Lots of meats, cheeses, soaps, coffee, lotions, crafts, gifts, eggs, baked goods and Herbs! Careful of the dance floor or the contra dancers will haunt you. 

Picture Wild Montana photo/video contest. enter by Nov 30.

The Montana Wilderness Association calls on public land enthusiasts of all ages and experience levels to show the world what they love about Montana's wild places. Photographers and videographers can now submit their work to our Picture Wild Montana contest and compete for prizes totaling more than $1,500. We're excited to be offering a film category this year in addition to our popular photo category. There will be three grand prizes in both the photo and video submission categories. Contest ends on November 30. Winners notified in mid-December. For more information, visit Wild Montana, contact A. Hagerty by email, or call 406-443-7350, ext 108. 

Sustainable UM Spotlight. 

UM Dining is partnering with the Montana Harvest of the Month program to showcase locally grown foods in Montana schools and communities. Participating schools promote one locally grown item (like winter squash) a month by serving it in a meal and providing educational lessons and activities surrounding both the nutritional and agricultural aspects of the food. While the majority of the foods UM Dining serves already are Montana-grown, this is a great way to collaborate with other programs around the state and to continue the educational and nutritional aspects of serving local foods. The two primary goals for this program are to expose students to new, healthy foods and to support Montana’s farmers and ranchers. This spotlight provided by the UM Sustainability Office

Future of Pacific Salmon in the Face of Environmental Change: Lessons from One of the World's Remaining Productive Salmon Regions.

An article in the October 2017 issue of Fisheries documents that Pacific salmon Oncorhynchus spp. face serious challenges from climate and landscape change, particularly in the southern portion of their native range. Conversely, climate warming appears to be allowing salmon to expand northwards into the Arctic…Read more. 

Sustainable Missoula Neighborhood news links. 

Mountain Line Open Houses for public transit planning are Nov. 15 & 16 
Residents invited to review draft master plan for new Park on Nov. 16
Neighborhood Council leadership team  training is Nov. 27 @ 6 PM. RSVP 552-6081
City Seeks Comments on Draft Environmental Assessment for Low and Moderate Income Housing
City’s Urban Forestry Division to replace 79 high-risk street trees
Parks and Recreation, local foundation seek funding for area bike parks 

The Journal of Human Rights and the Environment focuses its latest issue (8.2) on the theme "Crisis, injustice and response"  (see here). 

The issue features a co-authored article discussing "The Declaration on Human Rights and Climate Change" developed by the Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and the Environment. The issue contains the following articles:

Beyond anthropocentrism and ecocentrism: a biopolitical reading of environmental lawVito De Lucia
Climate dreaming: negative emissions, risk transfer, and irreversibilityHenry Shue
The Declaration on Human Rights and Climate Change: a new legal tool for global policy changeKirsten Davieset al
Normative guidance for energy governance: sustainable development and human rightsVincent Bellinkx and Wouter Vandenhole
Post Paris reflections: fossil fuels, human rights and the need to excavate new ideas for climate justiceJulia Dehm
Book review: International Environmental Law and the Global South (Cambridge University Press, New York 2015) 656 pp.Rebecca Bratspies
Book review:  The Ecology of Law: Toward a Legal System in Tune with Nature and Community (Berrett-Koehler Publishers Inc,) 264 pp.Roxana Vatanparast

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This Newsline prepared by Vicki Watson and Laura Zanolli. Please send any comments to the Editor. 

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