Sustainability Fellow 2011: Job Description
The Project:Laying the Groundwork for Sustainability Leadership and Innovation in the GreatBay/Piscataqua watershed
Clean Air-Cool Planet’s focus is on accelerating the transition toward sustainable systems andcommunities by creating local models of climate mitigation and adaptation in the Northeast thatwill inspire leadership and action nationally.A current CA-CP priority is to gain a thorough understanding of the linked human and naturalsystems that are relevant for climate solutions sustainability in the places and communitieswhere we plan to go deeper and work over the longer-term. We want to gain a sophisticatedoverview of existing resources and challenges for these communities and systems, includingfood, energy, water, climate and economic systems as well as identifying promising levers for change.The 2011 CA-CP Sustainability Fellow will work in partnership with the Sustainability Academyat the University of New Hampshire to conduct this research for the Great Bay/Piscataquaregion and Watershed. The fellow will compile the following:
Broad community description (demographic profile, major industries, political hot-buttons, economic challenges, unique elements, etc.)
Existing commitments, projects, programs, groups focused on energy/climate
“Power mapping” – who are the opinion leaders? What are the priority issuesinfluencing decisions on environmental protection?
What are the CA-CP relationships, and what are the existing networks in the area?
What are the priority and related activities, projects and priorities at the University of New Hampshire?
What are the untapped community resources, priority relationships, existing projects?
The work will involve extensive telephone and face to face interviewing, as well as online research. Sometravel in the watershed should be expected, and may require attending occasional events on evenings or weekends.
The Fellow will also report on climate and energy-focused initiatives taking place in other regions with significant natural resource features (e.g., Chesapeake, Hudson River Valley,Adirondacks, Puget Sound, San Francisco Bay).The overall research agenda will be based on priorities determined during weekly briefings theCommunity Fellow will make to her supervisory team, highlighting new contacts made,opportunities identified, new questions raised. Along with these weekly briefings, theCommunity Fellow will prepare a mid-term summary and a final project presentation to sharewith CA-CP staff and relevant project partners.
CA-CP office, 100 Market St. Suite 204, Portsmouth, NH