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In the Headlines
India Scott sits in the living room of her home in New Orleans on Monday, Oct. 10. Activists, advocates, researchers and people living with disabilities say not enough is being done to include disabled people in climate action planning and policy, or disaster relief recovery efforts. AP Photo/Gerard Herbert.
People with disabilities left out of climate planningJulia Watts Belser, a Georgetown professor and ECo faculty affiliate who uses a wheelchair, said the inclusion of people with disabilities in climate mitigation and adaptation planning “matters deeply” to her. She leads an initiative exploring the intersection of climate change and disability at Georgetown and teaches a class called Disability, Ethics, Ecojustice. “I think about wanting us as a society to invest in the infrastructure for our communities so that we are better able to adapt and respond,” she said, “so we aren’t leaving people behind, so we aren’t leaving people to die.” The Washington Post >> | The Hour >> | U.S. News & World Report >>
Physical, landscape, and chemical properties of Amazonian interior forest mineral licks. A new paper co-authored by ECo faculty Brian Griffiths—which he co-authored with his mother and animal nutritionist Lesa G. Griffiths, among others—undertakes the largest survey of Amazonian mineral licks to date to determine the landscape, physical, and chemical properties of these critical sites where animals go to consume soil. The authors suggest that mineral licks have the potential to provide multiple services to visiting species, demonstrating their ecological importance. Read in Environ Geochem Health >>
What we're reading

'Green-hushing' is the new greenwashing Politico

Racial discrimination has decimated Baltimore’s tree diversity Science

There’s Something in the Water in Virginia. Before You Say ‘Yuck,’ Wait. New York Times

ECo Opportunities
Work with the Earth Commons

Open Rank Professor of Sustainability (Tenure Line). An interdisciplinary scholar whose background includes Sustainability science, environmental systems, and/or materials science but also has demonstrated ability to connect with related areas of sustainability. Learn more >>

Assistant Professor: Remote Sensing/GIS. An interdisciplinary scholar who uses remote sensing/geographic information systems, geospatial analysis and modeling. Learn more >>

Graduate Research Assistant. A part-time graduate research assistant for an academic planning project to initiate a new University program. Learn More >>

Hoya Harvest Garden Stewards. Part-time undergraduate student garden stewards to manage and maintain the Hoya Harvest Garden. Learn More >>
Green Professorship: Howard University. The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences invites applications for a tenure-line faculty position at the rank of tenure-track Assistant Professor or tenured Associate Professor with research interests in the area of Environmental Science. Review of applications will begin Nov. 1 and will continue until the position is filled. Apply now >>
Green Event Oct 27-28: Bhumi Global—the world's foremost Hindu environmental organization—is bringing together voices from the worlds of faith, business, finance, and activism to discuss solutions for a healthier planet during this special 2-day summit in partnership with the UNEP Faith for Earth Initiative. Register now >>
Green Job: MD Forest Service is hiring a new Associate Director position to lead 5 Million Trees, the overall Urban and Community Forestry Program, Legislative support, and other external policy work including climate issues. Closes 10/27. Apply now >>
Green Job: The Maryland Sea Grant is now accepting applications for a new Proposal and Reporting Coordinator position.The position will be open until filled. Learn more about specific duties and qualifications here. Apply now >>
Green internships: Engie, Georgetown's sustainability utilities partner. Four internships in the DC area provide part time opportunities: Energy Conservation MeasuresData Collection and VisualizationFinance and Accounting, and Business Development
Environment & the Arts
Calling youth storytellers. Do you or someone you know have an urgent story to share about the climate emergency? We Hear You—A Climate Archive is a global performance exploring youth perspectives on the climate emergency co-conceived by ECo Artist in Residence, Caitlin Nasema Cassidy. Check out the Call for 77 Storytellers >>
Talking About Climate: Short Plays Wanted. Deadline Nov. 15. The WorldWide Teach-in on Climate and Justice invites you to create provocative plays that are short (7 minutes or less), in multiple languages, that engage with the complexities of the climate crisis. Selected entries will be promoted for production at colleges, universities, and high schools around the world. More info and submission form >>
DCEFF Film Submissions. Deadline: Dec. 1. Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital (DCEFF) are once accepting submissions for the annual Film Festival. Selected films will be invited to screen during next year’s March Festival. The code DCEFFec23 can be used to bypass the fee to submit films for consideration via the FilmFreeway page >>
Updates from the
Students joined Drs. Meiller and Griffiths for a field trip to Huntley Meadows Park in Alexandria, VA the afternoon of Wednesday October 12. The park has a central wetland and marsh ecosystem that provides habitat for many species including beavers, muskrats, numerous other mammals, 10 species of turtles, 12 species of toads and frogs, and over 200 species of birds. 
After discussing drivers of climate change, the effects on the local environment and human health, and strategies employed by Barbados to mitigate and adapt to Climate change, students Mia Astudillo and Mancy Tomar of MS-ESM spoke with Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Amor Mottley.
The Earth Commons along with the McDonough School of Business and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences created the MS-ESM degree with the understanding that science and business principles are critical to achieving sustainability goals across the globe. Fall 2023 Applications Open.
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We need all of Georgetown's talent, momentum and purpose to secure a more sustainable future for our planet and all its inhabitants. Here are some opportunities to engage.

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Apply for Green Commons Award funding. The Earth Commons and the Office of Sustainability offer awards up to $5k to support proposals that spark campus dialogue or spur change. Second round of proposals due Dec 12. 
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