PennEnvironment is a statewide, citizen-based environmental advocacy organization focused on issues of special importance to the state of Pennsylvania. A constituent of the national organization Environment America, PennEnvironment works to better the environment through a number of approaches, including the protection of the natural heritage and health of residents, and promotion of sustainable resource exploitation. These goals are accomplished through activism and advocacy, by recruiting citizens, interacting with the press, and lobbying government at the local, state, and federal level.
Current initiatives include the protection of state parks and forests, the conversion of Philadelphia’s Reading Viaduct into an elevated park, and fighting the activities of coal and natural gas corporations in the state. For a complete list and detailed descriptions, see http://www.pennenvironment.org/issues.
Students can get involved with PennEnvironment during both their time at Bryn Mawr and after graduation.
Fellowships are available to recent college graduates interested in making a two year commitment to environmental advocacy in Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., or 29 other states. Check out http://jobs.environmentamerica.org/fellowship.html for details. If you’re interested in talking with past PennEnvironment fellows, email Nell as well.
1420 Walnut Street, Suite 650
Philadelphia, PA 19102
350.org is building a global climate movement. Our online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions are coordinated by a global network active in over 188 countries. 350.org works in almost every country in the world on campaigns like fighting coal power plants in India, stopping the Keystone XL pipeline in the U.S, and divesting public institutions everywhere from fossil fuels. All of our work leverages people power to dismantle the influence and infrastructure of the fossil fuel industry, and to develop people-centric solutions to the climate crisis.
Are you stressed out over climate change? Fed up with inequities within our economic system? Tired of money in politics stifling your voice? Are you enraged by social injustice, police brutality, and the lack of public funding for education and healthcare?
350Philly’s monthly meetings are an amazing hub for you to plug in to change-making.
Join us to learn how solutions to the climate crisis are actually humanity’s opportunity to right the wrongs of racism, poverty, and inequity. Come to learn about the work of the coalitions we support and get involved with an active committee where you’ll help foster the change you want to see in your city.
Check our Facebook page for more information on meetings, and email us to get involved!
Next City, formerly Next American City, is a non-profit media organization dedicated to connecting cities and informing the people who work to improve them, especially young emerging leaders.
Next City provides daily coverage of public policy and current affairs from an urbanist perspective online at http://nextcity.org. In addition to online journalism, the organization produces events including an annual urban leadership conference.
Get published! Next City welcomes stories on issues of urban sustainability that you feel passionate about and have thoroughly researched. For info on where to send pitches, writing samples, op-eds, photographs, illustrations, other art, or proposals for a reporting assignment, visit https://nextcity.org/pitch.
Bryn Mawr students have partnered with Next City on Praxis III courses, and summer internships are regularly offered, with applications opening in March in past years. Contact Nell Anderson (firstname.lastname@example.org) regarding Praxis courses, and check the Next City website for current internship listings. Next City also has a searchable national jobs database if you are job-seeking.
Founded by Bryn Mawr alumna Joanna Underwood, Energy Vision is a New York-based national nonprofit organization that seeks to “analyze and promote ways to make a swift transition to pollution-free renewable energy sources and to the clean, petroleum-free transportation fuels of the future.” The organization’s strategy is to educate the government, businesses, students, and other citizens about the environmental and economic risks of our current dependency on fossil fuels and to analyze and create awareness regarding cleaner, more sustainable alternatives, such as hydrogen-based fuels. Among Energy Vision’s top priorities is weaning the 10 million buses and trucks on U.S. roadways off of polluting diesel fuel.
Energy Vision uses media and the internet to generate visibility for pathways to sustainability by targeting areas with dense populations and high levels of vehicle-related air pollution, organizing workshops and giving demonstrations of natural gas-fueled refuse trucks to communities, and linking communities to companies that can help them plan fuel-switching initiatives.
Founded by former President Bill Clinton and based primarily in New York City, the Clinton Foundation convenes businesses, governments, NGOs, and individuals to improve global health and wellness, increase opportunity for women and girls, reduce childhood obesity, create economic opportunity and growth, and help communities address the effects of climate change. Under this umbrella, the Clinton Climate Initiative approaches the issue of climate change by increasing energy efficiency in cities, increasing the large-scale supply of clean energy, and working to stop deforestation.
The Clinton Climate Initiative achieves its goals through a multifaceted repertoire of projects, including investing in green energy in Haiti, reducing the carbon emissions of built environments by improving construction and maintenance standards and instituting an employee-based benefit loan program to help people retrofit their homes to be more energy efficient, and working with governments and local partners in Indonesia, Kenya, Tanzania and Guyana to develop sustainable forest management projects and measure forest carbon emissions.
Fellowships, internships, and volunteer opportunities are offered in conjunction with many of the Clinton Foundation’s projects and allow students to participate in research, communications, logistics, and technological support. Visit http://www.clintonfoundation.org/careers for current listings and application instructions.