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Interested in learning more about sustainability?

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) has a resource hub on a wide range of sustainability topics.

AASHE empowers higher education faculty, administrators, staff and students to be effective change agents and drivers of sustainability innovation. AASHE enables members to translate information into action by offering essential resources and professional development to a diverse, engaged community of sustainability leaders.

Internship and Work Opportunities

Wild Woods Farm Production Worker - Apply soon

Wild Woods Farm is seeking candidates to work for the 2019 growing season.  Wild Woods is a CSA-centered vegetable farm following organic practices. The farm is located 2 miles north of Iowa City. The position averages 30-40 hours per week from May through August. Work after mid-august is possible depending on farm needs and worker availability. Responsibilities include involvement in all aspects of our diverse farm operation with an emphasis on vegetable production: weeding, planting, harvesting, soil preparation, pest management, and irrigation.

Council for International Visitors Iowa Cities (CIVIC) Internship - Apply soon

Interns play a critical role in the success of CIVIC’s mission.  Internships are volunteer, but offer significant professional development opportunities. Internships permit students to work in a professional setting, contribute in significant ways to the operations of a non-profit organization, enhance their global cultural competency, and to develop and implement projects that may be used to demonstrate work experience to potential employers.

Iowa City Climate Action and Adaptation Board Student Member - Apply soon

The Iowa City Climate Action and Adaptation Board (CAAB) is a volunteer board working to execute the Iowa City Climate Action and Adaptation Plan, which was passed in the Fall of 2018. The entire CAAB meets monthly, and working groups meet as needed-- usually twice a month. The following are the current working groups: Communications, Transportation, Buildings, and Equity. The CAAB is looking for a new student member who is currently attending college/university in Iowa City.

Green Iowa AmeriCorps Full-Time Service - Apply soon

Green Iowa AmeriCorps operates through the University of Northern Iowa’s Center for Energy and Environmental Education (UNI CEEE) in Cedar Falls.  Green Iowa is looking to recruit passionate and motivated individuals for an 11-month service experience beginning September 2019 in one of our service locations throughout Iowa!

Environment, Natural Resources and Energy Division Student Fellowship - Apply before September 28, 2019

To provide financial support for a student interested and excelling in graduate level studies in planning related to natural resources, energy or the environment. $1,500 for the 2018-19 School Calendar Year (the award will be distributed in two amounts of $750 each at the end of each semester of the 2018-19 school year). It is the responsibility of the Fellowship recipient to maintain the course of study identified in their application and achieve a GPA of B or greater in both the semesters that the fellowship amounts are awarded. The recipient will also be required to summarize his or her project for publication in the ENRE Division's newsletter. Additionally, the recipient will be encouraged to present his or her project at the ENRE Business Meeting during the APA National Planning Conference the following year.

GHS:3560 Global Garbage and Global Health - Register for the Fall 2019 semester

Each person in the U.S., on average, creates 4.6 pounds of waste every day. What happens to that waste? It affects everything we do in several ways, ranging from human health to environmental wellness. This class explores the fate of our waste products as they are burnt, decomposed, landfilled, treated, recycled, reused, dumped on minority communities, or shipped abroad. Students will learn to define the social and cultural aspects of garbage as well as develop an understanding of the link between garbage, human health and environmental health. We will explore several major topics, including garbage as a social issue, the health effects of varying types of garbage, and how garbage identity has evolved. We will then research the path that garbage takes from the store shelves to disposal and examine the impact that the trash trade has on humans and the environment we inhabit. Most importantly, we finish the class by discussing past, present, and potential future solutions to this growing environmental threat. Discussion of solutions will include the instructor's experiences as a social entrepreneur who founded a tech company to improve sustainability. Students will be graded on attendance and participation, on several short response papers, and on a final paper and presentation addressing a topic of relevance to the course. This course is appropriate for students in international studies, global health studies, and entrepreneurship.

Scholarship Opportunities

4-H Youth in Action - Apply before October 21, 2019

For students who are 4-H members or alumni between the ages of 16-19 in our core pillar areas of Agriculture, Civic Engagement, Healthy Living & STEM.

Apprentice Ecologist Scholarship - Apply before December 31, 2019

For students who embody the spirit of the Apprentice Ecologist Initiative by demonstrating personal leadership and environmental stewardship in their project. Winning essays have been 750 to 1,500 words long. Middle school, high school, or undergraduate college/university students (ages 13-21) are eligible to apply.

ABPA Harrington-Arthur Memorial Scholarship - Apply before January 31, 2020

For students that seek to increase their knowledge and understanding of how Cross-Connection Control and Backflow Prevention help ensure safe drinking water. Backflow Prevention is designed to prevent dangerous - and sometimes fatal - bacteria, chemicals, and other harmful agents from entering the local water supply systems.

AFE Scholarships in Floriculture and Horticulture - Apply before May 1, 2020

For floriculture and horticulture students.

The Joe Halbur Scholarship - Apply before March 1, 2019

For students who plan to further their education in programs of environmental education, cultural interpretation, historical interpretation or outdoor recreation.

The Diane Albertson Memorial Scholarship - Apply before April 1, 2019

For students with a demonstrated interest in environmental action, especially as related to recycling and waste reduction. Applicants must be a senior or graduate of an Iowa high school and accepted for enrollment as a full-time undergraduate for the 2019-20 school year.

Iowa Assocation for Energy Efficiency Scholarship - Apply before April 26, 2019

For students pursuing a degree with supports the mission of the IAEE and are committed to a career in the energy efficiency industry.

Iowa Society of Solid Waste Operations Scholarship - Apply before May 1, 2019

For currently enrolled full-time college or university students who are entering their junior or senior undergraduate year and pursuing a degree in environmental science, engineering, or other suitable major related to the field of solid waste management. To be eligible, candidates must be SWANA Student Members in good standing.

Smith-Babcock-Williams Writing Competition - Apply before June 7, 2019

For law students and planning students writing on a question of significance in planning, planning law, land use law, local government law or environmental law.

A Little Hope Foundation Global Scholarship - Apply before June 30, 2019

For young adults to tackle the most intense issues affecting their communities. To be eligible, you must have a desire for higher education with an emphasis on (1) science, technology, engineering, or mathematics, (2) educating our children, and (3) the creative arts. Consideration also will be given to areas of emphasis that focus on sustainability.