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Better Buildings Partnership – Internship Opportunities

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Better Buildings Partnership (BBP) is offering internship opportunities in specific projects to give students from the Master in Sustainable Development – UNSW ownership and focus on practical work-streams in the following areas:

– Waste from Fitout – The BBP recognises a large amount of waste currently goes to landfill from churn of tenancy fitouts. We have commissioned research on the most wasteful materials and what potential futures they could have (reusing, recycling or upcycling) before landfill, and are conducting trials on matching social enterprise with market-creators in this space. We are keen to have a student passionate about materials, interior design, and with a bit of an engineering/architecture twist to champion this stream. In the next year we are looking to run a design competition for finding the best and most market-ready opportunities for high-impact materials and continuing trials to prove best practice.

– Data and Trends – The BBP captures raw consumption data (emissions, energy, waste, water) and building attributes (age, size, ratings, value, etc) for over 2.5 million sqm of space in the Sydney CBD. This data is used for trending and analysis, league tables and targeted research on the value of buildings and performance. We would like a data-hungry student who knows systems like Microsoft Excel very well and can identify and understand trends in large tracts of data.

– Operational Waste – BBP members spend large amounts on waste leaving their buildings for recycling and landfill, with very limited controls and best practice observed by contractors and building managers. A large piece of work will be completing outlining best contracts, grading of waste practices and conversions from densities to weights for reporting purposes. Alongside finalization of this work, we will begin to embed the learning and outputs into industry practice (training courses, presentations, written articles, case studies) and would like someone keen on learning how to influence industry with new tools.

Anyone looking for work experience and interested in volunteering some time with exposure to a highly commercial, council, and industry setting please contact Ben Thomas (an alumnus himself of Sustainable Development program) noting what project you are keen to champion and what piques your interest about it. Please attach a copy of your CV.

Contact: Ben Thomas
bthomas@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au
http://www.sydneybetterbuildings.com.au

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Summer School for Outstanding Postgraduate and Senior Undergraduate Students 2014

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The Faculty of Construction and Environment (FCE) and the Research Institute for Sustainable Urban Development (RISUD) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), invite outstanding postgraduate and senior undergraduate students from leading universities around the world in disciplines related to construction and environment to join our Summer School tentatively from 6 (Wednesday) to 15 August 2014 (Friday) in Hong Kong.

Who can apply

1.Full-time postgraduate students pursuing a Master’s degree programme.
2.Fresh graduates of Bachelor degree programmes at the time of the Summer School.
3.Senior undergraduate students who are in the final stage of their studies at the time of the Summer School (e.g. have at least completed 3 years of a 4-year Bachelor degree programme).
4.The applicants should have a strong interest in a research/academic career, excellent communication skills as well good leadership potential.
5.The academic performance of successful applicants is expected to be within the top 10% of students from leading universities (e.g. Chinese mainland universities of the 985 project).
6.For applicants who are not a native speaker of English and from non-English speaking universities, they are expected to meet the following requirements:

a) An overall score of at least 6.5 (with score for the writing component at 6.0 or above) in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS); or
b) At least 575 or above in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for the paper-based test, at least 232 in the computer-based test, or at least 90 in the internet-based test.
c) Alternatively, consideration will be given to acceptable scores in other internationally-recognized public examinations, such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).

How to submit applications

Please complete the online application form: http://www.polyu.edu.hk/fce/events/FCE&RI_SS/form and attach the following documents:

(1) Recommendation of Academic Referee (Please use the template attached to this post);
(2) a Curriculum Vitae;
(3) Academic transcripts/academic results reports (showing the GPA or average score of each academic year);
(4) a one-page personal statement describing the applicant’s research/career aspirations and
(5) Degree and English examination certificates (if any).

Details of the Summer School
Seminars on research frontiers in construction and environment plus other activities (e.g. laboratory and site visits, gatherings, etc.) will be organized by the FCE and RISUD. The seminars will be delivered in English.
Students who are interested in furthering their studies in disciplines related to construction and environment at PolyU can also take advantage of this opportunity to explore potential research topics at PolyU.

Financial support
The Summer School is free of charge. Further details can be found at: http://www.polyu.edu.hk/fce/events/FCE&RI_SS
Free accommodation (shared room) will be provided to all admitted students. Economy class return air tickets or train tickets will also be provided on a reimbursement basis. The reimbursement ceiling for students from within and outside the Pearl-river delta region will be HK$1,000 and HK$4,000 respectively.

Enquiry
For enquiry, please email summer.school@polyu.edu.hk or fax 852-2362 2574 or telephone 852-3400 3894.

Application deadline
Interested students are welcome to submit an application online (http://www.polyu.edu.hk/fce/events/FCE&RI_SS/form) on or before 21 March 2014. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

We look forward to welcoming you to Hong Kong in the near future!

Faculty of Construction and Environment, and
Research Institute for Sustainable Urban Development
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

PDFs & FORMS:
FCE&RI SS Recommendation of Academic Referee(s)
FCE&RI SS FAQ
FCE&RI SS Advertisement

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Urban Ideas Competition 2014 – Toronto

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This is an open, international ideas competition whose purpose is to gather ideas to stimulate discussion and to get the community-at-large to start thinking about the future of Toronto and its relationship to its waterfront. There is no commitment to build the ideas.

Furthermore, entry is open to any potential participant, and not limited to design professionals; submissions by multi-disciplinary groups or teams are encouraged as well.

Total prize value is $5,000 for winning submissions (there will be a first, second, and third prize). Prominent judges will be involved; moreover, ideas will create significant exposure here in Toronto with all entries being displayed in high visibility locations throughout the downtown core.

Further details and submissions:
http://toronto.uli.org/about-us/
http://toronto.uli.org/urban-ideas-competition/

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Master and PhD Programs of UNEP-TONGJI IESD 2014

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Up to now, UNEP-Tongji Institute of Environment for Sustainable Development (IESD) has 160 international Master students and 39 Ph.D students from over 40 countries in English taught Master and PhD programs. Abundant internship resources including plentiful international organizations are yearly offered to excellent students as well. Over the years, most of IESD graduates have obtained positions in the ministries of environment or energy in their home countries, international organizations like UNEP, UNDP and other NGOs.

In 2014, IESD will keep running the following programs:

+ Master Program in Environmental Management and Sustainable Development
+ Master Program in Environmental Engineering
+ Doctoral Program in Environmental Management and Sustainable Development

If you consider yourself as a suitable candidate to join these programs do not hesitate to contact IESD. Do not forget that in order to promote and encourage excellence in higher education in developing countries, Tongji University will provide limited scholarships.

The deadline for application is 10th June 2014. Please kindly find more information in the attachments or through http://unep-iesd.tongji.edu.cn/.

Apply online: http://study-info.tongji.edu.cn/
Tuition fee: 39,000 RMB/year

Contact Person:
Jessica JIA/Emma LIU
Office: +86-21-6598 3548/1837 Fax: +86-21-6598 7790
Email: unep_tongji@tongji.edu.cn
Address: 509, Mingjing Building, 1239 Siping Road, Shanghai, 200092, P.R.China

FURTHER INFORMATION (.pdf documents):
Chinese Government ScholarshipApplication Guide 2014

IESD Masters and PhD ProgramsApplication Guide-2014

IESD Visiting ProgramsApplication Guide 2014

Shanghai Government ScholarshipApplication Guide 2014

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Help the fight against cancer – MOVEMBER by Warren Neilson (SBE Alumnus)

Dear All,

Thank you so much to those of you who have already supported my effort to raise funds for prostate and testicular cancer prevention research this year!

For the past 4 years I have made an effort to raise donations from friends, family, colleagues and complete strangers in an attempt to rid the world of these diseases. I grow a mustache on my face every November and participate in the fund raising campaign known widely as Movember. I do this because I hate cancer and frankly you should too. It has taken the lives of several of my family members, friends, colleagues and complete strangers over the years. Asking for your donations to support this cause will, no matter how small or large, support a global effort to prevent your uncles, nephews, brothers, fathers, sons, cousins, friends, colleagues and local strangers from suffering from testicular and prostate cancer in the future. This is my last plea of the month to ask YOU to help support the cause and help science and medicine rule the day on the fight against cancer.

To help by donating a couple bucks in this effort simply click on the below link and join the others that have already helped my team raised $735 dollars. We are far off from our $3,000 goal this year so every bit counts.

http://us.movember.com/mospace/471023

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Thank you all again!

Warren Neilson

wneils1@gmail.com

(415) 926 1829

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Recruitment of Master and Doctoral Candidates in the UNEP – Tongji Institute of Environment Sustainable Development

The program provides an educational facility for young professionals in the Asia-Pacific Region and beyond to study and conduct research for the advancement of knowledge on environmental issues as they relate to the new sustainability paradigm.  It focuses on the generation of new knowledge, development of leading-edge approaches, creative innovations and novel applications of knowledge.  It provides advanced education to produce graduates and leaders with the knowledge and skills to understand the issues involved in environment and sustainable development, and to offer innovative solutions.

The program is flexible and at the same time in-depth to a large extent, tailored to the educational goals of the individual student and emphasizes creativity, problem-solving, field-based learning, systems-oriented approach to sustainability as well as interdisciplinary in curriculum design. These programs include:

• Master’s Program in Environmental Management and Sustainable Development

• Doctoral Program in Environmental Management and Sustainable Development

• Master’s Program in Environmental Engineering

More details could be found at http://unep-iesd.tongji.edu.cn/

The deadline of admission for IESD programs is June 10th. The deadline of Chinese Government Scholarship has already past, but excellent applicants still can apply for Shanghai Government Scholarship until the end of May.

Contact Person:

Maggie SHEN

Office: +86-21-6598 7790    Fax: +86-21-6598 5059
Email: shenjiaqi@tongji.edu.cn

Address: 903, Zonghe Building, 1239 Siping Road, Shanghai, 200092, P.R.China

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Bushlight is calling for Expressions of Interest – Be part of building Indigenous community resilience

Electricity prices are going up. The people most affected by these
changes live in the most remote parts of Australia isolated from
mainstream support programs.

Our energy efficiency program is tailored to ensure remote Indigenous
households are equipped to make informed choices about energy use
to reduce household expenditure on power bills.

Use your project management experience and community
engagement skills to lead this exciting project. You will be on the
ground facilitating meetings with community residents and regional
stakeholders. You will be well supported by our multidisciplinary team
who have a demonstrated track record of work in over 260 remote
Indigenous communities.

We can offer attractive remuneration for the right person to take a
lead role in this discrete, short term project with opportunities for
future work with Bushlight.
Please send an expression of interest and current CV to
marteena.mckenzie@bushlight.org.au by 31st March.
For further information please call Marteena McKenzie on
0418 852 496.

Bushlight is part of the Centre for Appropriate Technology. For more
information about Bushlight visit http://www.bushlight.org.au

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