Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Better America

I've put together a little wiki on national policy. The idea is to explore the issues, the options, what may happen, and act rationally based on American values. Crazy stuff, I know. It's an idea I've had for a long time, that conservatives use think tanks extremely well because the top-down elitist nature of think tanks works well with conservative thought. Web 2.0 goodies like blogs and wikis are more appropriate to liberal thought. So here's a first stab. Have at it! The password is "usa".

Friday, October 27, 2006

Charlottesville Green Drinks

a la Heidi:

Green Drinks is finally coming to Charlottesville November 14th. We’ll meet the second Tuesday of every month at 7pm at the Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar. Green Drinks is a casual meeting of folks from all sorts of different environmental fields. It’s going to be a great time—bring friends!

Thanks to Heidi for organizing this.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Internship with ACCT

A Charlottesville transportation nonprofit is hiring two unpaid interns. ACCT is doing some exciting work promoting a more healthy mix of transportation options in the Charlottesville Albemarle region. I highly recommend this opportunity to anyone interested in sustainable mobility or the fast growing green job market. I predict that green (which is the new black) is also going to be the new .com in the business world. Yes, I predict a green bubble. It will be good and bad. But there will be a lot of exciting jobs out there.

**ACCT announces two internships***

The Alliance for Community Choice in Transportation is a nonprofit organization that works to promote biking, walking, transit, car-pooling, and sustainable land-use in the Charlottesville area. ACCT is pleased to announce two internships for the fall and winter of 2006, open immediately.

Marketing Coordinator, posted 10/16/06
One of ACCT's most prized projects is the Regional Mobility Map, a Charlottesville-area map that shows roads, bike lanes, transit routes, safe walking routes, and trails. We have 40,000 maps and we need them to be spread widely through our community! Currently, the map is distributed at numberous area business locations. The Marketing Coordinator is responsible for coordinating with our long list of business sponsors about map distribution. The Marketing Coordinator will contact businesses, deliver more maps when necessary, and help some businesses figure out a more successful strategy for map distribution. Lastly, the Marketing Coordinator will help ACCT develop a strategy for recruiting new volunteers and members using the maps as a vehicle for outreach. It is essential that candidates should be able to communicate in a clear and professional manor. Candidates should be creative, be able to work independently, and be familiar with Excel. Page layout skills are a plus. Interns should plan to dedicate about 5-10 hours per week to this position, throughout November and possibly December. This is an unpaid, resume-building internship. Candidates will gain experience working in the nonprofit sector and creating grassroots marketing strategies.

Safe Routes to School Development Coordinator, posted 10/16/06
The Federal Highway Administration recently announced a new grants program for Safe Routes to School programs. Safe Routes to School is an initiative to encourage walking and biking around schools using education, encouragement, enforcement, and engineering strategies. Albemarle County will partner with ACCT to submit an application for funds to make physical improvements around several elementary schools. The Development Intern would work directly with Albemarle County planners and ACCT staff to write the grant application and develop supplemental materials. This position is an excellent opportunity to develop grant-writing skills and to collaborate between state, county, and nonprofit stakeholders. Candidates should have strong writing skills and a basic comprehension of planning and engineering language. Interns should plan to dedicate about 5-10 hours per week to this position, through November and December. This is an unpaid, resume-building internship.

Descriptions and application details can be found at http://www.transportationchoice.org/internships.html. Questions should be directed to Alia Anderson at alia@transportationchoice.org.

Alliance for Community Choice in Transportation
PO Box 1582
(108 5th St SE, Suite 206)
Charlottesville, VA 22902
tel/fax: 434.295.6554

Tuesday, October 17, 2006