Other Opportunities

We are pleased to showcase grants and funding opportunities, volunteer opportunities, contests and conferences related to sustainability, both at the George Washington University as well as off-campus. Please check back often for new opportunities. For a list of sustainable jobs and internships, both at GW and off-campus, visit our Jobs and Internships page.

Interested in posting an opportunity? Email sustaingw@gwu.edu.

Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture (Volunteer Opportunity) (back to top)

Overview: Arcadia is a non-profit organization serving the Washington, D.C. Metro area. Arcadia’s mission is to create a more equitable and sustainable local food system to improve the health of our community, increase the viability of local farmers, and preserve the environment for future generations. Arcadia has three interrelated program areas: Food Access, Farm & Nutrition Education, and Sustainable Agriculture.Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture seeks Farm Education Volunteers to assist with the Arcadia Farm Field Trip Program which teaches students about the origins of healthy food. Field Trips help students in grades Pre-K-5th make the connection that fresh food comes from the earth through hands-on, farm-based learning. Trips familiarize students with new fruits and vegetables that grow in the DC Metro area so that they will be more likely to eat those healthy foods when they see them in the cafeteria or at home. Farm Education Volunteers help make Field Trips safe, educational and fun. They teach farm-based curriculum, help monitor the space, provide instruction during trips, and assist with general garden maintenance. 

Must haves: a desire to work with children (ages pre-K-5th grade), creativity, enthusiasm, dynamic/energetic personality, willingness to learn, must be able to work outdoors and lift 50lbs, and pass a background check. BONUS: CPR/first aid certification, and Spanish speakers.

Hours: Commitment of minimum of one day/week from April 12 – June 8, 2018. This is a 5 hour/week minimum commitment under the guidance of our Farm Education Manager. Volunteers commit to one (or as many as you liked!) of our three Field Trip days: either Wednesday, Thursday or Friday from 9:00am-2:30pm(Wednesday slots are also available for 3-4 volunteers). Please note: a mandatory volunteer training (2 days) will take place before the Spring 2018 Field Trip season begins. Date to be determined

Location: Volunteer time will take place at Arcadia Farm, 9000 Richmond Highway in Alexandria, VA. Volunteers must provide their own transportation to and from the farm.

If interested please contact Ivy Mitchell (ivy@arcadiafood.org) by March 5, 2018 with the subject line “Farm Education Volunteer"

M.S. in Sustainable Systems at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
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The Sustainable Systems MS program focuses on systems that create goods and services using processes that are: non-polluting; conserving of energy and natural resources; economically viable; and safe and healthful for workers, communities, and consumers. Coursework and research takes a systems level and interdisciplinary approach to solving seemingly intractable sustainability problems, as opposed to single disciplinary approaches destined to yield marginal positive impacts. Students may select a concentration area, for example:

Sustainable Manufacturing – the development of processes and logistics that reduce the environmental footprint of products in the manufacturing stage and promote the recovery of materials and embodied energy in products at their end-of-life.

Sustainable Mobility – the creation of vehicle systems and fuels that reduce energy consumption and draw on renewable sources of energy.

Sustainable Energy Systems – the development and management of energy systems that rely heavily on renewable sources.

Graduates of this program are prepared to undertake or continue careers in their chosen fields with an understanding of basic sustainability principles and the expertise to analyze and solve complex sustainability issues.

The program can be completed in one year of full-time study.  We offer merit-based tuition scholarships to most students.

Students may contact Paul H. Stiebitz for additional information or they may visit our website at http://www.rit.edu/gis/academics/ms-sustainability/. Also, news about Sustainability Institute activities is posted on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Golisano-Institute-for-Sustainability/232816406776583.

The Green Program (back to top)

The GREEN Program is the leader in experiential education in the field of renewable energy and sustainability. Our interdisciplinary approach provides 52 contact hours over the course of 12 days. Unlike traditional study abroad programs, this short-term program allows even the busiest of students with course-intensive majors to do the following:

  • Gain international experience from countries at the forefront of renewable energy and sustainability
  • See technology in action through exclusive hands-on plant visits to leading clean energy facilities
  • Transform local communities through service learning projects
  • Enhance their entrepreneurial skills through Capstone Projects to be turned into green businesses
  • Advance their careers through the GREEN Alumni Network
  • Develop leadership skills through adventure excursions and team building activities



 Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy (back to top)

The Energy Initiative at University of Illinois, Chicago will host “Nexus,” the 6th annual Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy (August 4–16), an exploration of the intersection of energy, water, and environment. All participants will receive lodging support for the duration of the program, and many will receive partial support for travel costs. To apply, applicants must submit an online application, a resume, and two recommendation letters for consideration. For more information visit their website. Applications accepted through July 1.