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Graduate Scholarships in Solid Waste Research Available for 2015-2016 Academic Year - Application Deadline May 1, 2015

The Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) is one of the largest sources of solid waste research funding in the U.S., allocating approximately $1 million annually in research grants and graduate level scholarships. 

 Thus far, over 50 students have been EREF scholars, many of whom are now in key academic and professional positions across the U.S. 

 EREF is pleased to announce that scholarship applications for the 2015-2016 academic year are now available. The application deadline is May 1, 2015 at 5:00 pm (eastern).

Click here for more information and application.


Little Free Libraries Info (Reusing books to foster sustainability)

Did you know about the four Allan Saxe Little Free Libraries on campus. (Allan Saxe sponsored the initial purchase of the libraries). Little Free Libraries are part of a global movement where people exchange reading materials (mainly books) via the small birdsize-like Little Free Libraries. Future plans include repurposing two old defunct phone booths in the UTA library to become two more little free libraries (in progress). More may go up around campus and I am working informally with some community folks to try and put more up in the city.

 The libraries promote sustainability by presenting an option to "reuse" and exchange books versus throwing them away and/or buying new ones. Evelyn Barker in the UTA library and I are coordinating and stewarding the project. We are also seeking book donations, so if you have any extra books of any kind (including academic) that you no longer need or would like to donate, please contact me and I can come get them from your office. I am stockpiling books to restock them every few weeks. Thanks for sharing the word and also considering donations. "It takes a village". If you have any books on sustainability-related topics, that would be great, too! :)

 Here is some basic info on the libraries: There are four libraries around the UT Arlington campus: 1) Carlisle Hall 2) Fine Arts Plaza past the Cooper St. Bridge, 3) Arlington Hall, and 4) Trimble Hall/Hammond Hall Breezeway. Contact Peggy Semingson ( or Evelyn Barker ( for larger donations! Here is the Facebook page: The larger website page is here:


Dept. of Energy Program Positions Available

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Summer 2015 U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities University Workforce Development Program (CCUWDP). This summer year, CCUWDP is offering up to 38 workforce development program positions across the nation and applications are now available.  This is a wonderful opportunity for students looking to gain experience in the energy and transportation areas. Please pass this information along to anyone you know who may be interested in one of these positions. The online application process closes on April 24, 2015, so applications and resumes must be submitted by that date.  Applications can be found at  with more information below. If you have any questions, please email


EPA Fellowships Available

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces the posting of the Request for Applications, 2015 EPA Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowships for Undergraduate Environmental Study<> with the goal of offering undergraduate fellowships for bachelor level students in environmental fields of study. Subject to availability of funding and other applicable considerations, the Agency plans to award approximately 34 new fellowships.  Eligible students will receive support for their junior and senior years of undergraduate study and for an internship at an EPA facility during the summer of their junior year. The fellowship provides up to $20,700 per academic year of support and $8,600 of support for a three-month summer internship.

Supporting these fellowships is in line with the Sustainable and Healthy Communities (SHC) Research Program. EPA’s SHC Research Program provides useful science and tools for decision makers at all levels to help communities advance sustainability as well as achieve regulatory compliance. SHC is collaborating with partners to conduct research that will result in science-based knowledge to guide decisions that will better sustain a healthy society and environment in America's communities.  The research is intended for decision-makers at the federal, regional, state and community levels.

Open date:  March 30, 2015  -  Close Date: May 19, 2015