Monday, January 30, 2012

BEN - January 30, 2012 #383

News Across Alabama

Op-eds, Links, Audio and Videos

WKRG Mobile - Oil Spill Restoration Projects Focus on Environment
Events, Grants & Job Openings

BEN - Job Openings, Grants, Events & Calendars (Jan. 30 Update)

Job Openings


Sunday, January 22, 2012

BEN Job Openings, Grants, Events and Calendars (January 22)

BEN - January 23, 2012 #382

In this Edition: Video of Jacksonville State University's Canyon CenterMobile Register: Dauphin Island Fish Show Up with LesionsDaily Home: State Environmental Toxicologist Gives State of the Lake Address,  AWF: Alabama Outdoor Classroom Workshop Schedule,  Tennessee Riverkeeper Seeking Administrative Assistant, Mobile Register: Seperate Restore Act from Politics

News Across Alabama

Op-eds, Links, Audio and Videos

Events, Grants & Job Openings

January 23rd Jobs, Grants and Events Update

TNC to Celebrate Earth Day Picnic for the Planet @ Railroad Park


Birmingham, Ala. –
On April 22, 2012, Earth Day, the Alabama Chapter of The Nature Conservancy will invite people from across the state to get outside and celebrate the planet with a free picnic at Railroad Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Alabama Chapter will also join Conservancy chapters worldwide in an attempt to set the world record for the most people picnicking in a 24-hour period.

The community is encouraged to bring a picnic (and blanket) or purchase picnic food at Railroad Park and join us for the world’s largest picnic celebration. There will be live music spotlighting local talent, a display of sponsored picnic tables decorated by local artists and the opportunity to participate in a Guinness world record.  Local community leaders Bill and Becky Smith will chair the event.

In 2011, the global office of The Nature Conservancy held an inaugural Picnic for the Planet which resulted in thousands of people joining more than 600 picnics in 61 countries on all seven continents. This year, those who are unable to attend the Picnic at Railroad Park can sign up to host their own picnic with family and friends like the one in Birmingham. Anyone who holds a Picnic for the Planet with at least 25 people can download materials that will allow their picnic to be officially included in the record-breaking attempt.

Picnic for the Planet for Earth Day 2012 is a celebration of the planet we live on, the bounty it provides and the people who work to preserve it. As a fundraiser for the local chapter of The Nature Conservancy, picnic tables will be available for sponsorship. Local artists in the community will be engaged in adorning the tables for future display around the city. This event is free and open to the public, rain or shine.

Contact the Nature Conservancy of Alabama at 205-251-1155 for additional info.

Longleaf Alliance Job Opening

Position Announcement

Vice-President for Operations
The Longleaf Alliance, Inc.

            The Longleaf Alliance, Inc. (LLA, Inc) is seeking a Vice-President for Operations to guide the day to day activities of the organization as it moves forward.  The mission of the LLA, Inc is the restoration, management and conservation of longleaf pine ecosystems and their social, economic, and ecological values as a significant component of the southeastern forest landscape.  This established mission has been and will continue to be accomplished by working closely with a wide range of constituents – forest landowners, biologists, foresters, NGO’s, and public natural resource agencies.  We seek a proven and competent supervisor to interact with both the staff and the President to lead the LLA, Inc. through a major program-building phase as the organization increases its capacity to interact with a variety of existing partnerships and to form new partnerships.
            The LLA, Inc seeks an experienced, dynamic and collaborative leader with a minimum of 5 to 8 years experience within the longleaf region in managing or studying natural resources with familiarity and knowledge specific to longleaf ecosystems.  At a minimum, the position would require an undergraduate degree in forestry, wildlife biology, or other related natural resources field and work experience in those fields.   The candidate must have an excellent personal and professional reputation and credibility in the conservation community, and have demonstrated the ability to create effective relationships with board and staff, landowners, donors, state and federal agencies, NGO’s and other key constituencies.  The position requires strong organizational, supervisory, and interpersonal skills, as well as excellent written and oral communication skills.  Candidates should have adequate proficiency in computer skills, including spreadsheets, word processing, database management and GIS applications.             
The Vice President for Operations will be responsible for: 1) coordinating day to day activities of the staff;  2) assisting with provision of technical assistance to landowners and land managers; 3) assisting with academies, workshops, and field days; 4) working with the President to secure funding for the organization; 5) maintaining and/or developing working relationships with professional and stakeholder communities; 6) reviewing staff performance and development; 7) assisting with website development and maintenance, newsletter production, and technical publications; 8) and working closely with the Vice-President for Business in budgeting, grant administration, and tracking of accounts.  The position will likely require some travel, most but not all within the longleaf region.  Position will be located at the Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center near Andalusia in south central Alabama.
            Salary will be commensurate with experience and includes an appropriate benefits package.  Send resume, cover letter, and three references to:

Rhett Johnson, President
The Longleaf Alliance, Inc.
Post Office Box 1796
Andalusia, AL  36420

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Green Building Focus Auburn Seminar - January 26 - Register Now!


Earn 5 AIA and GBCI credits for $99
The Green Building Focus
Green Building Retrofit Seminar
Topics Include:
Basic Retrofit Principles, Benefits of Commissioning, Financing and Incentives, Benchmarking and Performance Measurement.

Students - Free
Professionals - $99

Earn 5 AIA LU|SD|HSW Credits
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The Green Building Focus high performance building
renovation & retrofit seminar is designed to provide
property owners and facility managers as well as architects
and engineers tangible solutions and strategies for existing
buildings. The one
 day format provides 5 hours of continuing
education for attendees and includes an introduction
to LEED for existing buildings. It explains the benefits
of commissioning and retro-commissioning, discusses
performance monitoring/reporting and provides details
on funding sources and incentives for retrofits. The aim of
the seminar is to empower professionals by providing the
tools and information that they need to make better choices
when designing, constructing and managing buildings
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Saturday, January 07, 2012

BEN - January 9, 2012 #381

Special in this Edition: The 2011 Green Progress Report, Governor Bentley Announces Grants for Trails, Agencies Gather to Discuss Tornado Debris at Lake Martin, CBS 42 in Birmingham's Award winning "Poison in the Air",  Conservation Alabama's Adam Snyder and Avondale Park Profiled in B-Metro, BEN 2012 Jobs, Events and Calendars - January 9th Update
Green Progress Report 2011
News Across Alabama
Sand Island Open to the Public and Tarball-free
ADEM Accused of Discrimination in Perry County Landfill Case
Op-eds, Links, Audio and Videos
Alabama's Personalized License Plate Environmental Tags: Legacy, 
Cahaba River Society, Ducks Unlimited, Forever Wild, Take a Kid Fishing
National Wild Turkey, Forestry,

Jobs, Events and Calendars