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Welcome to the 2012-2013 Sustainability Internship Program!

The Sustainability Internship Program was launched in the Fall 2011 by the Tompkins County Planning Department as a pilot feature of The Sustainability Center. Over the course of the past year, the Sustainability Internship Program successfully matched students from area colleges with local businesses and organizations, supporting the advancement of community sustainability. While the Sustainability Internship Program was getting underway, our local leaders were successful in partnering with the Park Foundation to fund the start-up of The Sustainability Center.

Haven’t heard of The Sustainability Center before? That’s because we’re new! If you’ve ever tried to navigate the spectacular sea of sustainability-focused businesses, non-profits and events in our area, perhaps you’ve been inspired, but a little overwhelmed. The Sustainability Center will help you find your way!

Our mission: The Sustainability Center will create, in the center of the community, a physical space from which to promote community-wide sustainability efforts in Tompkins County, through public engagement, service learning, and partnership with local green businesses, non-profits and leaders in the field.

So, when can you use this new resource?! The Sustainability Center will open to the public in February 2013! Stay tuned for details and plan to check out our sustainability gallery and programming! We’ll keep you posted as we progress.

In the meantime, we’ll help match students with compatible skills and experience with local green businesses and organizations in need of assistance in the Sustainability Internship Program!

During your participation in the Sustainability Internship Program, we are asking that HOSTS and STUDENTS commit to the following: 1) Participation in one Introductory Meeting / Orientation; 2) Completion of one pre- and one post-internship survey; 3) On-going communication between host supervisor and student intern and lastly 4) Participation in a Celebration Event at the end of the semester honoring and showcasing projects completed through the program.

The Sustainability Internship Program will match students with businesses and organizations with compatible needs and skills, so please do not contact them until we recommend doing so. Feel free to call or email me directly should you have questions or concerns.

Warm Regards,
Jackie Mouillesseaux-Grube, Coordinator
The Sustainability Center
(607) 227 - 7329

The Sustainability Center Steering Committee:
Ed Marx, Commissioner of Planning and Community Sustainability, Tompkins County
Gay Nicholson, President, Sustainable Tompkins
Marian Brown, Board Member, Sustainable Tompkins
Gary Stewart, Director of Community Relations, Cornell University
Gary Ferguson, Executive Director, Downtown Ithaca Alliance
Phyllisa DeSarno, Deputy Director for Economic Development, City of Ithaca
In Shik Lee, former SUNY GREENS NY Program Coordinator, Adjunct Professor, Sustainability Council,TC3
Dee Gamble, NYSERDA Energy $mart Communities Coordinator, CCE of Tompkins County
Herbert Dwyer, Owner, President / CEO, ASI Energy and ASI Renovations

Spring 2013 Placement Opportunities

Please submit your RESUME and a COVER LETTER for each position of interest to
Jackie Mouillesseaux-Grube at the Sustainability Center at

Position Organization
Energy Programs Intern -- FILLED ASI Energy

Sustainable Agriculture/ Local Food Assistant -- FILLED

Brooktondale Community Center
Data Interpretation Intern Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom
Local Foods Research Intern Coddington Road Community Center
Administrative Assistant Intern Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming
Educational Programs Intern Historic Ithaca
Social Media Coordinator New Earth Living
Healthy Food Presentation Project Intern NY Coalition for Healthy School Food
Youth Leader, Sewing and Reuse Arts Camp SewGreen
Researcher, Landfill Diversion and Reuse of Textiles SewGreen
Eco-Fashion Program Implementation SewGreen
Center Operations Assistant Sustainability Center
Junior Web Developer Swidjit
Graphic Designer Swidjit
Community Liaison Swidjit
User Interface Designer Swidjit
Social Media Marketing Swidjit
Sustainability Intern -- Wood Smoke Program

Tompkins County Health Department

Sustainability Intern IN PROCESS (no longer accepting applicants) Town of Ithaca
Communications and Coordination Intern -- FILLED Woods Earth






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