Organization: University of Iowa Office of Sustainability
Location: Iowa City, IA
Timeframe: Spring 2014, Fall 2014
Deadline: Third Friday of blocks 1, 3, 5, and 7
Description: The Office of Sustainability is the center of efforts at the University of Iowa to reduce waste and pollution and to be “greener” in use of energy sources. University of Iowa President Sally Mason announced on Earth Day, April 22, 2008, a strengthened emphasis on sustainability in the UI’s use of energy and materials and in its academic focus, and an organizational structure to facilitate and promote sustainability efforts on campus. Key Areas of Focus include:
- energy conservation and renewable energy
- sustainable materials and life-cycle costs (including recycling and purchasing)
- green buildings and environmental friendly designs for new construction
- reduction of the carbon footprint of University-related transportation and travel
- integration of sustainability into the academic mission of the UI
Depending on their areas of interest, a Fellow may work in one of the areas below related to the Office of Sustainability’s 2020 Vision Statement:
- Achieve Net-negative Energy Growth
- Green Our Energy Portfolio
- Decrease Our Production of Waste
- Reduce the Carbon Impact of Transportation
- Increase Student Opportunities to Learn and Practice Principles of Sustainability
Work in each of the areas above are likely to involve gathering background information and the collection of data about current conditions and the effect of ongoing changes. The Fellow may be asked to attend meetings of the relevant campus committees and liaison with various campus departments and/or student groups as appropriate.
Students who are particularly interested in writing may, alternatively, be involved in website and blog management and development. Students who complete the Fellowship in March and April of 2013 will have the opportunity to be involved in the planning and execution of Earth Month activities.
The successful applicant will be an excellent writer and speaker with strong conceptual skills. The applicant should show a demonstrated interest in sustainability and coursework relevant to the tasks to be completed. The Fellowship is available in Terms 3-8 of the 2012-2013 academic year, and the student must apply at least two terms prior to the desired starting date.
Students who are interested in the Cornell Fellowship in Sustainability should contact the Faculty Director of the Cornell Fellows Program, Suzette Astley, with an indication of the area of interest. She can provide further information about the specific work to be done in each area outlined above for inclusion in the student’s application.
This fellowship is available only during the academic year and the student must apply at least two terms prior to the desired start date.