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Seeking Greenhouse Gas Inventory Interns!

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We recently received news that we were accepted into the 2021 IU Resilience Cohort! Northwest Indiana is the first region to participate in this program; previously only cities, towns and one county have participated. NIRPC received commitment letters from: Lake, LaPorte and Porter Counties as well as (11) cities and towns within those counties: City of Laporte, Chesterton, Valparaiso, Cedar Lake, East Chicago, Highland, Hobart, Lake Station, Merrillville, Munster and Schererville.

Indiana University will award our project (2) Climate Fellows via their Indiana Sustainability Development Program. IU students from any campus may apply for those positions through February 19, 2021.

NWI Region Resilience, in cooperation with Earth Charter Indiana and Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) is seeking (4) additional college interns to work on a regional greenhouse gas inventory this summer. A background/interest in the environment/sustainability. A job description follows:

Summer 2021 Resilience Cohort Extern

 

Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) seeks several highly motivated students to assist with the completion of a community-wide greenhouse gas inventory in the summer of 2021. Completing a greenhouse gas inventory is a fundamental first step for a local government committed to reducing emissions and increasing energy efficiency. 

 

The successful applicants will work with NIRPC staff as well as contacts at the local (city and/or county) level. Students will also work in cooperation with Climate Fellows through Sustain IU, Indiana University’s sustainability office. The regionally appointed team will participate in the IU Environmental Resilience Institute’s Resilience Cohort, along with other Indiana governments performing greenhouse gas inventories. Students will receive on-the-job training from ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability on how to complete a greenhouse gas inventory using ClearPath, a cloud-based inventory software. Findings from the inventory will be used to develop a baseline of current greenhouse gas levels; with that knowledge we can develop a plan to reduce emissions cost-effectively, mitigate effects of climate change and build resilience to better prepare Northwest Indiana for climate change.

Students will gain unique experience, working as a team on a region-wide greenhouse gas inventory, the first of its kind in Indiana. They will learn a replicable skill and gain valuable experience in greenhouse gas accounting and working in local government. They will also develop technical and project management skills beneficial to a career in environmental science or policy. 

 

The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) is a regional council of local governments serving the citizens of Lake, Porter, and LaPorte counties in Northwest Indiana. It is organized under the provisions of Indiana Code 36-7-7.6. NIRPC provides a forum that enables the citizens of Northwest Indiana to address regional issues relating to transportation, the environment, and economic development.

Responsibilities

  • Identify and categorize emissions sources by sector and scope
  • Collect and compile emissions source data from multiple sources
  • Communicate with government agencies, industries and local government officials to obtain relevant data
  • Track and manage data submissions
  • Utilize Microsoft Excel and ClearPath to execute moderately complex data analysis
  • Synthesize inventory findings into actionable policy and program recommendations
  • Participate in regular Resilience Cohort webinars and conference calls
  • Draft an inventory summary report
  • Assist with other sustainability projects such as preparation for 2022 Climate Action Planning and others depending on time and interest
  • Attend a 3 – 4 day bootcamp training, hosted by Sustain IU, in May 2021

 

Qualifications

  • Prior quantitative coursework or research experience, preferably in a discipline applied to sustainability such as environmental science, engineering, chemistry, or environmental economics
  • Experience manipulating data using spreadsheets
  • Experience summarizing research in reports and presentations
  • Ability to follow detailed and technical instructions 
  • Enthusiastic about greenhouse gas management and accounting
  • Effective verbal and written communication
  • Self-motivated, proactive, and flexible with careful attention to detail
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple ongoing tasks

 

Preferred Skills

  • Experience in evaluating the environmental impact of products, activities, and systems
  • Experience creating professional reports

 

Application Process 

Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Kathy Sipple (kasipple@gmail.com). The application deadline is February 28, 2021. 

 

Compensation

Interns will receive a minimum stipend of $2000 and may receive additional support to find housing if relocation is required, etc. The commitment will span 10 weeks between May and August. The student will be expected to work full-time and must participate in a mandatory bootcamp training in May 2021.

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