Green internships: What’s Out There?

Not sure how to get your foot in the door and dive into your green career? It’s okay. Thanks to Google and other search engines, researching volunteer and internships have become a cinch.

Googling “Georgia teen internships” grants you access to a jazillion websites, blog posts, articles, books, seminars that give you the ends and outs on what internships are out there and how you can land one.

So, for those of us who want to go green AND work green, what’s out there? Where do you go when you care about the environment and want to get more involved? Maybe you already recycle but want to do more. Perhaps you want to educate the community and others about the natural resources around them.

There’s no better time to prepare for your future than right now. Internships are the best way to get a feel for the career you want to have in the future. They’re kinda like a road map for students who want to develop skills, gain experience or simply help out (in this case) with eco-friendly projects.

On large contact-gathering sites like Internships.com, it’s easy to find the green internships that are a great match for you.  These sites allow you to narrow down the available green jobs by searching for specific locations, keywords, and other program details.

Want more options? Here’s a list of great sites where internships are only a click away:

Student Conservation Association

InternMatch.com

Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future

EPA.gov

Internshipprograms.com

GoAbroad.com

Getting a jump-start on your future and gaining experience are all great incentives to getting an internship. But you know the best reason for interning and volunteering with an environmental organization is that it’s a big way to earn AirCreds. Taking a little time to research what’s out there and doing some forward thinking on where you see yourself working in the future can lead you straight to the perfect summer internship and to the top of the AirCreds leader board.

 

Take the 2 Mile Challenge: Are You Up For It?

Did you know that 40% of all trips are 2 miles or less? And ninety percent of those trips are taken by car.

Maybe we can’t bike and walk everywhere. But there’s a growing movement of people that bike and walk everywhere within a two-mile radius. Meet the 2 Mile Challenge.

The 2 Mile Challenge is simple: If you’re going somewhere that’s less than 2 miles away, don’t drive. Walk or bike instead. Or take public transportation, if you can.

Let’s think about it here, people. We drive way more than we need to. Most of us have the strength to make it the length of a few blocks on our own steam, but we choose not to. Walking may not be the fastest way to get around, but it’s greener, healthier, and saves you gas money.

It’s 2013. A lot of you are looking for ways to get fit, save money and live healthier. Taking on the 2 Mile challenge gives you a chance to tackle all of those goals. The idea gets you out of the car, out of traffic, out of your pockets and ultimately gets emissions out of the air.

We’ve found this cool tool from our dear friends at CLIF BAR  to help us see how much we’re driving when we don’t need to. They have created a game to see how many car trips could be replaced with a bike instead.

Twenty-five percent of United States’ emissions come from motor vehicles.

Let’s say you commute about seven minutes from home and don’t feel your short commute could make that big of a difference. You’d be wrong, btw.

In fact, it does make a difference. If 1 million people replaced a 2-mile car trip with a bike ride just once a week, CO2 emissions would be reduced by 50,000 tons per year. If 1 out of 10 commuters switched from cars to bikes, CO2 emissions would be reduced by 25.5 million tons per year.

Here’s the thing. We all generally walk about 2 miles throughout the day at work or school without even thinking about it. The challenge is all about perception. In the hopes of being successful, you want to see it as more of an “opportunity” rather than a “challenge.”

The goal is not only about getting cars off the road; it’s also about getting people to walk more and utilize their clean commuting alternatives.

Last year’s 2 Mile Challenge participants helped give away $100,000 for bike advocacy and climate change organizations, while avoiding more than 65,000 car trips covering almost 470,000 miles during the program’s six-month team competition. In choosing bikes over cars, participants prevented 433,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions.

The 2 Mile Challenge is a simple way to inspire people to start taking every opportunity to hop, skip, and run or whatever it is and make a habit out of it. The more we ditch our cars for short trips, the easier it’ll be, the further we’ll go and the longer we’ll have to enjoy living green and living clean.

I invite you to share your passion with other clean commuters and help spark a clean commuting movement in hopes making the world a greener place to live and thrive.

Are you up for the challenge?

All you have to do is start pedaling your bike to move the goodness forward.

 

Click HERE to read about one person who ‘walked the walk’ and took the challenge.

Measuring the ‘Green-ness’ of Your Commute with Google Maps

The holiday season has ended and it seems as though everyone has headed back to the office and back into the classroom.

Quick question: while traveling, toasting to the New Year and opening last minute gifts, did you calculate the number of trees it would take to make up for all the emissions your car poured into the atmosphere?

We’re guessing you didn’t. But that’s OK. Because Google decided to do it for you.

Google Maps has created what they call the ‘Carbon Footprint’ for Google Maps. This environmental add-on tool automatically estimates the total CO2 emissions for driving routes suggested by Google Maps.

What does that mean in plain English? Basically, it means that there is a feature on Google Maps that tells you how many trees you’d need to plant and how long they’d need to grow to offset the CO2 emission. The tool reminds users to take routes and modes of transportation that cut down on carbon.

Not only that. In addition to seeing how much you’re releasing, it also lets you see how much CO2 you are reducing by choosing clean commuting. You get a chance to see your daily impact on the environment (it creates a “Carbon ID,” if you will).

The perks of choosing alternate methods of transportation and being cognitive of your emissions behavior promote clean living through clean commuting choices. Insurance companies love when you drive less, and so does Mother Earth.

This is not to say that you must become a carbon geek. The goal is to inspire commuters to bike, walk, and carpool or take public transit. The mode of your transportation, length, and time may not seem like a big deal—but just like climate change, it is. So next time you travel or need directions, don’t forget to compare your carbon footprint while you find your way around.