Climate Communications with Bedford 2030

This opportunity is available during the Fall 2022 semester. This is a remote position and is only available for CEL credit.

Bedford 2030 is a progressive nonprofit focused on grassroots community climate action. The organization has piloted a number of environmental and sustainability initiatives that have subsequently been adopted and implemented throughout Westchester County.

Bedford 2030 is a 501(c)3 that addresses the urgent issue of climate change through the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and preservation of natural resources. Since 2010, through partnerships, programs, and events we have inspired, advocated, communicated, convened and connected with our community, in Bedford and beyond, to drive behavior change. A recent report shows that, with Bedford 2020 leading the way, our community successfully reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 44% (as compared to 2004 baseline data).

We are seeking an intern to assist us in applying for and completing tasks to certify the Town of Bedford as a Silver Certified Community. We currently are Bronze certified and are looking to update our application to reflect the required information about the additional sustainable actions we have completed. Climate Smart Communities (CSC) is a New York State program that helps local governments take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to a changing climate. The program offers free technical assistance, grants, and rebates for electric vehicles.

Our intern(s) will help us aggregate data, coordinate task completion and organize our application to submit to the Climate Smart Community program. The intern(s) will work closely with the Bedford2030 team and the Town of Bedford.

Position Description:

Students would help with the Climate Smart Certification initiative, including drafting information required for the state government grant and policy. The student would learn about how town departments are involved in these initiatives and how the climate smart communities work towards the state level certifications. Students will write articles, blogs, and help with details regarding press, and communications with the public.

Desired Skills:

  • Project management
  • Organized
  • Attention to detail
  • Interest in clean energy is a plus

Hours: Flexible within Monday – Thursday between 10 and 5; Students can register for either 0.5 unit or 1.0 unit of credit ( min. 40 hrs with org over the semester for + 30 hrs of academic work OR min. 80 hr over the semester with org + 60 hours of academic work)

To Apply:  Please email a statement of interest and your resume to OCELapplication@Vassar.edu

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