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Launched in December 2009, the Westchester Green Business Challenge (WGBC) is a joint program of Westchester County Government and the Business Council of Westchester.  The mission is to educate and encourage Westchester County businesses to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) while improving operational performance and saving money. Modeled after the successful Chicago Green Office Challenge developed by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, the program was adapted to reflect the unique business profile of Westchester County while addressing the universal issues of energy and water conservation, waste reduction, sustainable land use and transportation (the five areas of focus in the Westchester County Action Plan for Climate Change & Sustainable Development).  For more information on the WGBC, visit www.westchestergreenbusinesschallenge.org.
The WGBC continues to grow as companies of all sizes in Westchester County begin to address climate change and sustainability issues. As an intern, you will receive training on resources currently provided through the WGBC and be equipped to contribute to the expansion of our program.  You will gain unique insight into a wide range of Westchester-based businesses who have committed to reducing their environmental impact.
Academic credit for this internship can be arranged through department approval at your college or university.
The attributes we look for in our interns:
• Strong work ethic and initiative
• Interest in environmental sustainability & economic development
• Ability to work well in a team environment
• Strong written and verbal communication skills
• Strong organizational skills
• Embraces experiences as learning opportunities
• Skilled in Microsoft Office, especially Excel & PowerPoint
• Experience with social media platforms and website maintenance
Ideal candidates will also meet the following requirements:
• Enrolled in a college or university that is part of the Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges and Universities
• Active involvement in activities related to environmental sustainability
• Good academic standing
Specific duties include:
• Program outreach at local business events
• Provide support to businesses participating in the WGBC as needed
• Respond to inquiries from prospective participants in the program.
• Help maintain and analyze participant data.
• Assess program resource needs based upon the data received through the WGBC website.
• Assist in creating educational events and trainings for participants.
• Provide on-going program website maintenance and support.
Duration: This internship will begin in spring/summer 2012; the duration and number of hours per week is flexible based on availability and project requirements, but estimated at 10-20 hours per week for a minimum of 3 months.
Location: The internship is home-based, with on-site meetings in downtown White Plains scheduled on an as-needed basis.  The intern will also attend other local events that are relevant to the WGBC and its mission.  Access to a car is therefore desired, but not required to apply.
To apply: Please e-mail your cover letter and resume to WestchesterGBC@gmail.com, with WGBC Internship in the subject line.
 

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The Westchester Green Business program is seeking qualified college-level interns to work with Westchester-based organizations on advancing their internal sustainability efforts leading to green business certification.  Prior to beginning the internship, students will participate in a two-day training session at the Greenburgh Nature Center to learn more about the Westchester Green Business program, sample projects and internship expectations.    

Westchester Green Business Members Currently Seeking Interns:

  • Westchester Jewish Community Services
  • Cerebral Palsy of Westchester
  • North Castle Library
  • Westchester Medical Center
  • New York Presbyterian
  • Greenburgh Nature Center

INTERN WILL LEARN AND BE EXPOSED TO:

  • Performance measurement/greenhouse gas accounting tools that calculate a business’s environmental impacts of energy, travel, waste, water and/or refrigerants. 
  • Green Action Checklist that provides businesses with guidance for reducing their environmental impacts, and opportunity to be involved in the implementation of these action items.
  • Development of podcast programs, research and write newsletter articles, marketing campaign development, list management, and putting together an annual community service project that has an educational component.


RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assist with helping Westchester Green Business member organizations make progress toward certification
  • Examples of tasks include the collection of the necessary documentation for becoming certified and assisting with implementation of new green initiatives at the participating organization. This may include:
    • Collecting information in the areas of organizational commitment, energy, waste, green purchasing, land use, and water.
    • Data collection for greenhouse gas emission inventories and use of Excel-based tool to input GHG data.
    • Review of organization’s environmental messaging on website and social media.
    • Assistance with a final presentation, which includes a summary of all green initiatives at the organization.
  • Assistance with communications, including presentations, website and/or social media
  • Analysis of green purchasing options
  • Development of educational materials related to green business practices
  • Completion of Action List to achieve certification

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Great “people skills” – comfortable engaging with business professionals on green initiatives
  • Highly organized with ability to independently manage projects and drive them to conclusion
  • Demonstrated interest in environmental sustainability
  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Excel preferred
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications (Word, PowerPoint)


SCHEDULE and COMPENSATION:

  • There are paid and for-credit internships available with our Westchester Green Business members. Schedule will be determined by hired intern and business


TO APPLY:

  • Email your resume and cover letter to Nicole Virgona -  nicole@greenbusinesspartnership.org with “Green Business Internship” in the subject. In your cover letter, please include all the following information:
    • Please mention how many hours you are available to work per week, and your preferred weekly scheduled.
    • Please specify the company name where you are looking to be placed, as we are promoting green business internships at several member organizations. You should also indicate if you have specific preferences with regard to placement or are open to any green business internship opportunity

 

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