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  • Eleanor 2:03 am on April 17, 2013 Permalink
    Tags: Environment, , Green Eagles, , impact, , , public transit   

    Environmental Impact of Interning 

    Ok, I know I just posted. I just became a little aware that I can get compensated for 10 blogs,  but not fewer than 10… I doubt I’ll write 5 more blogs in the next week, but you never know.

    At the internship on Monday, I did a lot of filing. I made new files, took old ones out of the cabinet, and generally did a lot of organizing. It made me think a lot about paper and the environment. Some thoughts about the environmental impact of my day.

    8:20-9– Got on the bus. Feeling good about that impact, wishing there were more buses and fewer cars, as usual, because it takes forever to get down to M Street from AU, which it really shouldn’t. Also, less cars is good for the Earth.

    9-12– Filed so many papers. I must have taken 200 outdated files out of the cabinet, and asked my boss if I could reuse them to make some of the new folders. She said no, because it’s policy to keep those correspondences for a certain amount of time. Which I get. Nobody has time to scan that stuff, but all I could think of was taken paper in paper folders out of a wooden file cabinet, and into cardboard boxes. As my Green Eagle friend would say, “oof.” It was a lot of tree products, which is just going to be shut away an not looked at. Hopefully when it can be disposed of in 5-10 years (I don’t know) it will be recycled.

    12-1– Lunch break. I ate my seitan and rice out of the reusable container I brought, and drank water from a glass and used a plastic fork (which I’ve used before and I’ll wash and use again). That’s not too shabby for the environment. I spent some time on the computer checking email and reading the news. Also good. I also read the Post this morning in paper form, but I missed a lot of stuff, because I only read it for like 5 minutes while I made toast.

    1-3– Back to filing, and some computer work. I printed about 20 pages (oof again) and felt SO bad taking all 250 folders from the supply room. I mean, that’s what it’s there for, that’s not what I felt bad about. Many Congressmen/women will not ever correspond with IMLS. I hope when they leave office and another intern cleans out the file cabinet in 10 years, they can reuse the ones that were empty. The empty ones I took out (only about 15) I reused. Reduce, reuse, recycle. That’s the proper order too. Reduce is definitely most important.

    3-3:40–N2 is my favorite route, it drops me right at the corner of New Mexico and Nebraska Avenues. Wonderful, right on campus. Listened to music.

    3:45– Got an iced chai from the Dav. I did not need to do that, and I felt bad, even though the service was good and the drink was tasty. I try to avoid getting iced drinks because I can’t use a reusable mug. Sadness. But the Dav is good about using recycled goods, and I recycled my cup.

    And my life went on, non-internship related. I still think about it though, a lot… the environment is so important, and if I knew more about it, I’d go into the carbon footprint of my day. I guess I’m asking you, reader, if you exist, to think about the environment too.


  • Josephine Chu 2:55 pm on March 16, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: community outreach, Environment, healthy cooking, small businesses, ,   

    the importance of community outreach 

    This past Wednesday, Chef Yolanda did a healthy cooking demonstration at the Guy Mason Community Center in Glover Park, about a twenty minute walk from the market. Her cooking demo was part of the Guy Mason Community Center’s seven week series entitled, Seven Servings of Healthy Recipes and Tips from Local Chefs. It was a great opportunity to not only educate people about healthy eating options, but also ways to eat in a more eco-friendly manner, and how the two goals of health and sustainability are intertwined. I spoke about the environmental initiatives that the market is taking such as sourcing from local farms, using biodegradable packaging, and implementing a composting system. It is important to note, however, that sustainability is a process, and that it takes time for some of these initiatives to occur. One of the products that I hope to produce at the end of my internship is a guidebook to help small businesses become sustainable as there are many obstacles (financial, logistical, human capital, etc) that make it quite difficult.

    We also briefly discussed the debate between local vs. organic (which will merit its own blog post). At Hawthorne Homemade, we attempt to source from local farms as much as possible, and work to ensure that those farms practice sustainable agriculture. We will be visiting one of these farms, Sligo Creek Farm http://www.ourhousefarmmd.com/, next week. However, there are certain products that we cannot buy locally such as coffee or hemp milk so for those products, we aim to buy fair-trade and/ or organic.

  • Jessica Darmawan 7:28 pm on June 10, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: Environment, forest, , , , Jessica Darmawan, World Resources Institute   

    Making a Global Impact Through Your Internship 


    Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Jessica Darmawan and I’m a rising senior at the School of International Service. I’m an international student from Jakarta, Indonesia, where there is consistent good food and humidity. As my friends are spending their summer back home, I’m staying in DC for a fellowship at the World Resources Institute. This global environmental think tank provides strategies and effective tools to solve the world’s environmental challenges.  I found this opportunity to be amazing, as although I’m interning in DC, I’m able to make an impact in Indonesia. Here’s how: (More …)

  • ay5895a 8:44 pm on March 8, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , , Environment, etiquette, ,   

    Working with the Sponsorships Team and Learning about “Intern Etiquette” 

    Although we just finished our most recent Request for Proposal (RFP), Discovery Education is always bustling with activity!  Besides organizing the RFP library this week, I assisted one of the account coordinators on the sponsorships team.  Since the “Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge” deadline is coming up, I was assigned to call participants and remind them about the deadline.  This contest encourages students k-12 to identify an environmental problem and create a solution.  The specific requirements are different for elementary, middle and high school.  To find out more about the challenge and the great prizes, you can visit this website:  http://www.wecanchange.com/.

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  • Candice Allouch 4:01 pm on February 22, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , Environment, ,   

    Working for… the Government? 

    I had always seen myself as someone working in the field, with hands-on projects that I could directly see making a difference. So last semester, when I decided to stroll on into Bender Arena and take part in the semi-annual career fair, dressed all spiffy and ready to hand out my resume, I made sure to visit tables that had this element. I made sure to stop at places where the “getting your hands dirty” aspect was pretty evident, where employers didn’t sugarcoat the expectations, and where I didn’t get assigned a desk with my name on it, rather, I’d be assigned a pair of running shoes. But of course, nothing ever goes as planned (not for me at least). (More …)

    • miranda78 2:49 pm on February 25, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The story of how your got your internship is really great! It is also good that you are able to see the value in your work, and it sounds like this opportunity will only lead to many other great ones!

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