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use-your-green-matter asked: You answered: Hi! I would love some advice on consultancy please! I just started a job as an air quality specialist
Well, your question is vague, so I’d start by advising to research your target and focus your inquiries on one question or issue. I have no idea what you’re really asking, or what your interesting new job entails. Are you a consultant? Are you selling a product? Do you have a quota? Are you self employed?
There is so much to know about consulting. Jeez, now that I think about it, I could write a book.
I rarely hunt for new contracts these days. After years of building a network, contracts come to me now. In the beginning, when I first started out, I would research a firm or non-profit, target a person or persons from that organization (usually s/he makes decisions, little point in connecting with general staff). I’d research what that contact has done in the past - their former career, their writing style, what they’re into besides their job. This helps me personalize an email, which are usually short notes introducing myself and my services. Nothing pushy or salesy - just: “Hello Ms. Smith, I noticed you know my colleague Mr. Doe. We worked on blah project, which was great/interesting/a learning experience (code for failure). I also noticed you are working on blah project. If you need (name the appropriate service), look me up. Happy to contribute and offer references. Best, Michael”.
I cannot tell you how much work I’ve generated with that simple approach. Sometimes they respond a year later, but work is work.
I also maintain a complicated system of rosters and databases that track my clients, contacts, and proposals. I can’t describe it here, but I track everything, from email inquiries to business cards. It’s tedious, but hard work goes with the territory. When I meet people at conference talks, for example, I scribble a note on their card (date, where we met, what they look like, and interesting fact/s to help me recall their face). Then I translate those notes later that day in two spreadsheets, one that tracks that particular conference, the other in a general contact xls, which is sub-divided into coded categories.
The contact will advance to other xls sheets if I spot business or collaboration opportunities. Again, it’s complicated.
Anyway, those are the super basics. There are plenty of consultant forums on the net. Google around and good luck to you!
The Halley Research Station in Antarctica is run by the British Antarctic Survey. The station is used to conduct research into meteorology, glaciology, seismology, radio astronomy, and geospace science.
Recently, the program began focusing on anthropogenic climate change. Halley provides vital information for a global understanding of ozone depletion, polar atmospheric chemistry, sea-level rise and climate change.
The station is mobile, but will likely remain in place for years to come. It took four years to build, and delivered its first scientific research in 2012.
About 20 to 70 people work and live at the station throughout the year, depending on the season.
- Background on living, working, research, history, the weather, and even a webcam: here
- Curious about Halley’s governing institution, the British Antarctic Survey? Go here
- Want a job at Halley station?! Click: Job Vacancies
- More on the modular design: here
- I enjoyed reading the profiles of the station’s variety of vehicles, including Snowmobiles, Sno-Cats, Bulldozers, Cranes, and Tractors with sno-tracks
About the architects. The station was designed by Hugh Broughton Architects, which specializes in extreme environment engineering for unique clients.
Our approach requires us to exercise the lateral thinking abilities of an architect to the full, taking us into new territories, exploring new forms of construction and drawing upon the full breadth of available technologies from a vast array of industries. This is epitomised by the success of our work for extreme environments, where we are one of the global leaders in the design of scientific research facilities in the Polar Regions. Via HBA
In Austerity Crisis, Greeks Turn to Wood-Burning, Illegal Logging
"A steep increase in heating costs has led many Greeks to switch from heating oil to wood-burning. But the price of using cheaper fuel is growing.
Illegal loggers are slashing through forests already devastated by years of summer wildfires. Air pollution from wood smoke is choking the country’s main cities. And there has been an increase in blazes caused by carelessly attended woodstoves.
Three children died in a northern village last month when a fire gutted the home of their grandparents, who had recently changed from oil-fueled central heating to a wooden stove to save money.
In Athens, the capital, officials have warned of severe health risks from the low-lying smog that smothers the city at night, when fireplaces and woodstoves burn at full blast in poorly insulated homes. Greece’s leading medical association is demanding urgent action to clean the air. But those warnings have largely been ignored for a simple reason: Burning wood provides the same warmth as heating oil, for roughly half the cost.
For the past three years, the country has been wracked by its worst financial crisis since the end of World War II. Living standards have plummeted, pensions have been slashed and a quarter of the workforce is unemployed, following deeply resented cutbacks demanded in return for international bailouts shielding Greece from total ruin.
The heating crisis was triggered by taxation changes, and made desperate by financial woes. For years, fuel for vehicles was taxed more heavily than heating oil. That encouraged crooked traders to sell heating fuel for use in vehicles and pocket the difference.
Hoping to boost faltering revenues and foil tax fraud, the government this year harmonized taxes on vehicle fuel and heating oil, which now costs about 40 percent more than last winter, although lower-income residents of colder areas get a rebate. Critics say the move backfired due to a drastic decline in sales.”
Part of this complicated issue is that Greeks aren’t used to paying market rates for basic services. Nor is the government itself used to the process of collecting taxes (sounds weird, but true). After recent austerity cuts, taxes and public services adjusted to (or attempt to) reflect a more market-oriented structure to help create a less corrupt, tax-dodging culture. The measures, as the above shows, may have been too strong and too fast, causing more damage to the country than taking a slower approach.
The Climate Desk is an innovative journalistic partnership between eight news organizations—The Atlantic, Center for Investigative Reporting, The Guardian, Grist, Mother Jones, Slate, Wired, and PBS’s public-affairs show Need To Know—dedicated to exploring the impact of a changing climate. With the partnership expanding in scope and reach, we seek a compulsive networker to coordinate and guide new approaches to climate journalism.
The project manager must be a senior journalist and project leader with serious digital chops who is excited about learning from and contributing to all the partner organizations. We’re looking for a dynamic innovator and skilled cat-herder who can spearhead a big reporting project (or two or five), provide support and guidance for a far-flung stable of producers and writers, and maintain close rapport with partner editors.
The project manager will be the key liaison with partner organizations, each with varying and changing editorial needs, seeking to determine stories and strategies that complement their mission. She or he will work with CD’s producers and writers to create coverage that informs, reveals, and surprises, and will obsessively pursue ways to amplify that coverage far beyond the green choir.
Desired Skills & Experience
To succeed in this position, you’ll need:
- Seven to ten years of journalistic experience in a news environment.
- A nose for news and opportunity—a.k.a. creating and distributing content pegged to what people care about now
- A keen competitive instinct and sharp eye for stories and memes that will go viral.
- A passion for new forms of storytelling—multimedia, interactive, social, and yet-to-be-discovered
- A strong affinity for and high comfort level in social media; proven track record engaging communities that care about content
- Networking savvy: You’ll need to schmooze and charm and coax both within the partnership and identify new partners and ever-changing distribution channels.
- Team-building smarts: Even more so than in most leadership jobs, relationships are key here
- Nimbleness and comfort with multitasking: If you require a measured pace and highly structured environment, this may not be for you. If you’re ready for an entrepreneurial challenge, it is.
- Sense of humor and grace under pressure: You can see why.
But why did I post this?
There’s an interesting section in this article, one that environmentalists can readily relate to, and that’s the “jobs defense.”
The Jobs Defense is a common response by businesses that fear new regulation. For those that know a bit of environmental and economic history, this defense been used effectively for centuries to tamp down protest, influence politicians, and garner public support.
The Jobs Defense was used to defend from regulating slavery, child labor, the right to vote, organize unions, pass environmental regulations, and myriad other policies that benefit you today.
In this case, a public meeting was called to democratically discuss how to prevent slaughtering children (dramatic, but that’s the language we’re using up here in New England regarding the Newtown, Ct mass shooting). True, the headline is about some brainless bullies who heckled a dad who lost his 6 year old boy.
But to me, the interesting aspect of this is that the journalist sort of dances around the examining the Jobs Defense.
A gun manufacturer is quoted in the article that his company, “(Pumps) tens of millions of dollars each year into the Connecticut economy.” The journalist does mention that gun manufacturers offered no solutions at the meeting. But the Jobs Defense went unchallenged.
There was no discussion or questioning that his product causes deaths.* There’s no discussion of why “tens of millions of dollars” is a reasonable response to the death of Americans. Isn’t that curious? That we all accept that the Jobs Defense is a so legitimate that it gets a free pass?
Barack Obama uses the Jobs Defense, too. In fact, it’s a primary driver of getting the Keystone XL Pipeline approved - jobs. Indeed, there are thousands of articles discussing jobs in relation to building the oil pipeline, have a look.
None of them, that I found, examined the benefits of environmental protection over the few jobs that the line will create. It’s true that some have examined the claim that the line will create a certain number of jobs. No one can say clearly if the line will create 500 jobs or 20,000.
But this still doesn’t examine the facile and rather weak argument that jobs should be a primary motivation versus incredibly beneficial, American alternatives. From my point of view, the Jobs Defense must be examined. Should jobs be held in reverence over human health? If so, why?
Jobs for students: Over 50 sustainable food internships over on the Yale Sustainable Food Project website ›
Should I post more jobs? Y/N?
The Yale Sustainable Food Project maintains an internship database relevant to anyone interested in pursuing a broad set of opportunities in sustainable food.
All these opportunities are open to both Yalies and the general public, so kindly pass on the link to friends who might benefit from this resource.
Don’t forget to follow the Yale Sustainable Food Project on Tumblr!
Pretty harsh article on the state of rural and farm communities. Rural communities are getting older, having fewer kids. I know a few farmers out here in western Mass., and they’re focused on local niches. Most are just barely paying the bills. There’s little time to focus on long-term growth, and frankly becoming a farmer isn’t very interesting to a lot of young folks. Ayuh. Times, theyah changin’…
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack delivered a dire warning to the 51 million farmers, ranchers and other residents inhabiting rural America before a farm group in Washington last month. His message: Rural Americans are becoming less relevant in the country’s increasingly urban landscape, and unless they find a way to reverse the trend, their voice will continue to fall on deaf ears in Washington and around the world.
“Unless we respond and react, the capacity of rural America and its power and its reach will continue to decline,” Vilsack said. “Rural America, with a shrinking population, is becoming less and less relevant to the politics of this country, and we better recognize that, and we had better begin to reverse it.” In the past four years, he said, more than 50 percent of rural counties have seen their populations decline.
Vilsack pointed to rural America’s diminishing impact as a reason Congress was unable to pass a farm bill in 2012 during an election year. More than 80 percent of lawmakers are not representing rural areas, making it an uphill battle for those outside of urban areas to be heard in Washington.
I may be biased, since your tumblr is a former TP intern, but it is a pretty amazing experience.
According to 2010 data compiled by the Brookings Institution, there are 418,512 green jobs in the states on Romney’s bus tour.Via Al Gore.
I posted this some months back. Seems to have gained traction recently. Hundreds of parks are being closed across the country, and they don’t need much money to stay open. Meanwhile, police departments are getting new tanks, drones, sound canons, and other testosterone bullshit.
The First 70: Closing Parks In California
The state of California is set to close 70 state parks in an effort to save money (which is a bad idea in itself and probably won’t work). This means that thousands of acres of natural history and beauty will no longer be maintained.
But the parks will not be erased. Instead, they will just lose their protectors, left to rot and deteriorate. How will we save them from polluters now? From vandals? From fire? How will we preserve these unspoiled lands and the life they contain?
The First 70 is a film project to draw attention to this misguided effort. Visit their site to find out how you can see the film and what you can do to help.
Barred owls vs spotted owls, and the controversy and challenges of conserving the Northern Spotted Owl.
“It’s totally maddening,” Mr. Sanfilippo said. “They’re just doing it to make all the green people happy.”
Whole Foods says that, in fact, it is doing its part to address the very real problem of overfishing and help badly depleted fish stocks recover. It is using ratings set by the Blue Ocean Institute, a conservation group, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California. They are based on factors including how abundant a species is, how quickly it reproduces and whether the catch method damages its habitat.
How dare us green people.
Wrong answer, Susty Sam. Enviros will not make inroads by alienating people who just lost their jobs. Hostility to opposing points of view, spouting egotistical responses, or publicly blathering about the poor environment are failed strategies. Such responses negatively impact the domain of viable solutions to ongoing environmental problems. They certainly do not foster public support nor does it build trust.
Public trust is a valuable and rare commodity among environmentalists. And trust is needed in order for environmentalists to get a seat at the table.
The NYTimes article shows that environmental wins sometimes cost good people’s jobs. When jobs are lost due to a new restriction - especially blue collar jobs - the impacts negatively affect public opinion. It’s not cool to spit in the faces of someone who lost their job to environmental successes. In this context, job losses become stained by environmental regulation.
Environmental success should exemplify excellence. They should not chip away at any potential support from the public for new or altered environmental regulations.
When the next round of regulations are proposed, imagine the opposition pointing to sarcastic responses, such as Susty Sams. This stuff infuriates the public, who are needed to vote for restrictive measures.
Enviros need to increase their influence by being respectful, acknowledge social impacts from increased regulations, and attempt to offer sets of alternatives once changes occur such as the above.
This article on Wisconsin job losses is amazing. Posted just this morning, it has nearly 700 comments! And wowza, the comments are fascinating to read. The theme is that folks are happy(!) that “teachers, union thugs, and the elites” are leaving the state in droves. Absolutely astounding to think that folks actually want a brain drain. Just incredible how effective strong, top-down right-wing policies are…
Here in Massachusetts, jobs are up. Unemployment is down to 6.5%. And the economy is steaming along. Fleeing Wisconsinites welcome!