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February 2013 Newsletter



It's the shortest month of the year and according to the groundhog "Punxsutawney Phil", an early spring is on it's way!


This newsletter brings many exciting announcements and events that ESW has in store. In this newsletter, you will find information on February being ESW's Membership Registration Month, how to join the 2013 - 2014 National Team, and a recap of ESW at the Virginia Energy & Sustainability Conference. You will also find info about our February webinar (happening today!), the book discussion for the month, and a couple of opportunities geared toward ESW members.


To skip around to different sections within this newsletter, simply click on the links on the sidebar under "In This Issue". If there are things you'd like to see or share, please let us know at



Happy February,


Verena Kwan


Communications Director


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Important Announcements
February is Membership Registration Month!

If you have not officially registered as an ESW member yet, register on our website today! (Even if you've already registered, click on the link anyway to make sure your registration is up-to-date.) Our members are at the core of what we do, so your membership is very important to us. In addition, becoming a member of ESW has many perks, such as access to our Webinar Archive and the Opportunities Bank.  

Chapter Membership
Students at universities which have an active chapter can register for free through their university's annual chapter dues. It's simple and fast! Head here to see a list of current chapters, or click here to register as a chapter member. Many students who are currently active in their local chapters have not officially registered yet, so don't let that be you! 

At-Large and Professional Membership
Students without an active chapter can register as a member-at-large for $10/year. In addition, all professionals and faculty members can register for $45/year. Both students-at-large and professionals can register here.

ESW National Team Recruitment

We want YOU to join the NT! ESW is primarily operated via a National Team of volunteer directors. These dedicated individuals manage day-to-day operations, creation and implementation of new programs, and relations with other organizations. While these positions are unpaid, they offer the opportunity to guide a national organization and create change at the national level.

All positions will require 5-10 hours of work a week, and transportation costs to National events will be covered as appropriate. Participation in the National Team offers the opportunity to engage with fiercely passionate people on a national level, and we hope you will join us. Read more about joining the National Team. 

LCA+U Challenge: Deadline Extended to Feb. 15th

Last month, we announced our first project in partnership with Sustainable Minds, the Life Cycle Assessment Plus Universities (LCA+U) Challenge. This joint initiative challenges members to work with campus staff and sustainability life-cycle assessment software to identify solutions or improvements to campus operations that have quantifiably lower environmental impacts.

In order to allow more applicants, the deadline to submit a project proposal is now February 15. For more information on the challenge and the RFP, click here.  

Recapping the Virginia Energy & Sustainability Conference

Erin Rose and Alex at the conference On January 30 - 31, ESW attended the Energy & Sustainability Conference hosted by Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. ESW was represented by two of our National Team members: Alexander Dale, our Executive Director & Education Director and Erin Rose Briggs, our Assistant Development Director. Click here to find out more about what happened at the conference! 
Webinars & Online Events
February Webinar: Smarter Cities & Climate Capitalism w/ Boyd Cohen

Join us for a webinar on Tuesday, February 12 from 4:00pm - 5:00pm PST (7:00pm - 8:00pm EST)!

Come hear about what cities are and should be doing to help build a better world, and how the actions at a local level are proving much more promising than those at the national or global level. This inclu
des local policies and projects as well as the actions of some of the businesses within cities. Hopefully, this can help provide you or your chapter with ideas on partnering with your local municipality to make things better. We'll also have half an hour for Q&A, the perfect opportunity to ask one of the authors any questions you may have about Climate Capitalism. This webinar will end before President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech, and may even serve as an opportunity to discuss it during the Q&A. Register here!

February Book Discussion: Tomorrow's Table 

Tomorrow's Table cover The book we will be discussing this month on our forums is Tomorrow's Table, by Pamela C. Ronald and Raoul Adamchak, regarding organic foods, GMOs, and the future of food.  


Written as part memoir, part instruction, and part contemplation, Tomorrow's Table argues that a judicious blend of two important strands of agriculture - genetic engineering and organic farming - is key to helping feed the world's growing population in an ecologically balanced manner.


If you're itching to read something besides textbooks, read this and come discuss it with us during the last two weeks of the month!    

Upcoming Opportunities
National Collegiate Wind Competition - Dept. of Energy
U.S. DOE logo The National Collegiate Wind Competition is a forum for undergraduate college students of multiple disciplines to investigate innovative wind energy concepts; gain experience designing, building, and testing a wind turbine to perform according to a customized market data-derived business plan; and increase their knowledge of wind industry barriers. Successful teams will gain and then demonstrate knowledge of technology, finance, accounting, management, and marketing, providing lifelong technical and business skills.

Initial proposals are due on February 23rd, and more information is available here.

Research Assistantships in Sustainable Infrastructure - U. of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota has received a four-year, $4.5 million Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) grant from the National Science Foundation to design, compare and contrast the development of sustainable and healthy cities in the U.S. and Asia. The grant will explore the specific transformations needed to achieve low-carbon, resource-efficient and healthy city goals in the United States, China and India.

Applications for Humphrey's MS in Science, Technology & Environmental Policy must be submitted by February 15, 2013, and more information can be found here.

Opportunities Hub

For more great opportunities, be sure to visit the Opportunities Hub on our webpage! (As a reminder, the Hub is only available to ESW members, so register here to see all more great opportunities!)

If there is an opportunity you would like to see on the Hub, you can add it yourself or contact our Projects Director Rob Best at
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