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54 W 39th Street
New York, NY
Posted: August 04 2016
Application Deadline: Available Year-round
Position: Part-time, Unpaid
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DescriptionGlobal Green USA (GGUSA) is dedicated to helping the people, the places, and the planet in need through catalytic projects, transformative policy, and cutting-edge research. GGUSA's signature programs include greening affordable housing, schools, neighborhoods, and cities across the United States through our 4 office locations; Los Angeles, CA, New York City, NY, Washington D.C. and New Orleans, LA. A key part of GGUSA's work in urban sustainability is with pilot programs, research and events that promote recovery of food scraps from being buried in landfills. The reason for this focus is not only to keep valuable nutrients in our food system, but also to prevent the release of methane - a powerful greenhouse gas that forms when food scraps decompose in a landfill environment.
The purpose of this program is to support innovation in outreach program design and application that GGUSA is currently piloting at a small scale in Los Angeles and Bay Area to determine the impact on food waste prevention and diversion outcomes for residents of Multi-Family Dwellings (MFD) that can be achieved through enhanced tenant outreach and engagement strategies, specifically through door-to-door outreach, and to evaluate approaches to expand this approach nationally - with an emphasis on the geographic locations where Global Green has offices in NYC, DC, New Orleans and Los Angeles.
This is a remote research internship available for students in New York City or Los Angeles. Global Green staff will hold meetings and/or phone calls with the intern on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. Depending on both ability and contribution, the intern will have the opportunity to serve as a co-author on published articles and/or reports.
ResponsibilitiesState and local governments also use proven local economic incentives to drive solid waste behavior. For example, “pay-as-you-throw” (PAYT) pricing is an increasingly popular incentive that promotes diversion of organics by charging fees for waste based on the amount disposed. We're seeking to an intern to help us evaluate the communicate how these different programs vary in California and nationally. The goals of this project are to a) improve existing PAYT systems and b) help bring them to cities such as New York and DC that do not yet have these incentive structures in place.
The research will require:
a) Retrieving information from numerous published sources and websites.
b) Contacting government and industry officials
c) Compiling this information in a spreadsheet
d) Analyzing the information according to weight, volume and engineering considerations
e) Collaborating with Global Green's graphic design team to publish infographics and data visualizations of this information for use in eternal reports.
Requirements- Experience and/or academic background in economics
- Interest in sustainability and waste diversion
- Research experience
SkillsRequired - Economic Data Analysis, Econometric Modeling, Economic Research
Preferred - Economic Forecasting, Environmental Analysis