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Welcome to BCEEAN - the Boston College Energy & Environment Alumni Network! We formed in 2009 to:

  • provide networking and career opportunities for alumni interested in energy & environment (including government, business, finance, nonprofit, education, and research);
  • help alumni keep abreast of developments in this rapidly expanding field by connecting alumni to cutting-edge research and to the insights and experiences of other alumni;
  • serve as a resource for BC students, faculty, administrators, and alumni;
  • enhance Boston College's contribution to creating a sustainable economy.

BCEEAN publishes a bi-annual newsletter, sponsors alumni panels and networking events, and supports internship opportunities for students. We welcome your participation!

Fran Dubrowski NC'70 and Patricia Randolph Williams '77

BCEEAN is now on Facebook!

Be sure to stay up-to-date on all BCEEAN events and information by "liking" the BCEEAN Facebook Page!


Congratulations BC! The 2013 Princeton Review named BC one of only 322 "Green Colleges" in the U.S. The recognition from the Princeton Review and the U.S. Green Building Councils Center for Green Schools highlights colleges which have demonstrated a notable commitment to sustainability and are raising the bar on sustainability and preparing students to be global leaders in a new paradigm of people, planet, and prosperity. Read more about why BC merited an outstanding ranking in the upcoming issue of the BCEEAN newsletter!

Upcoming Events


Explore how artists are tackling the complex subject of climate change, point the way towards, prepared, resilient, "climate smART" communities.

April 24, 2014 - Reception at 6:30pm, Panel Presentation at 7:00pm

Boston College Arts Fest, Devlin Hall, Room 101

Past Events

Boston College Law School Professor Zyg Plater will be coming to DC to discuss his new book: The Snail Darter and the Dam. Catch up with him at one of the following locations:

March 11th, 2014: Washington DC: Environmental Law Institute & American Rivers, lecture:

At American Rivers, 1101 14th St NW, Suite 1400, 12:00-1:30 pm

Contact: American Rivers: Sandra Adams: sadams@americanrivers.org

March 12th, 2014: Washington DC: Smithsonian Institution Seminar Series

Co-sponsors: National Museum of American History & the Division of Vertebrate Zoology: The Remarkable Journeys of a Very Small Fish through the Corridors of American Power

Noon - 1:00 pm, Constitution Ave. and 10th St.,

Note: security-checked entry is necessary: meet at 11:40 at Constitution Ave. entrance lobby for entry; to facilitate, send name[s] ahead of time if possible, to Sandra Adams,sadams@americanrivers.org

March 13th, 2014 Washington DC: Library of Congress, Science, Technology, and Business Division

Lecture: The Snail Darter & the Dam 12:30-1:30, Pickford Theater, 3rd Floor Madison Bldg., between First and Second Streets SE on Independence Avenue

Contact: Constance Carter, ccar@loc.gov\

"Photographer James Balog '74 Gets a Standing Ovation at the BC Arts Festival"

Patricia Williams '77, Co-Chair of BCEEAN, talking to James Balog at the book signing.

Over 200 alumni, faculty, students, and guests crowded into Devlin Hall to hear renowned photographer James Balog introduce his award-winning documentary, Chasing Ice. The lecture and film screening graced the opening night of BC's 15th Annual Arts Festival, a celebration of the arts and accomplishments of BC's artists.

This year's festival, which coincides with the University's sesquicentennial, was organized around the theme 'Ever to create,' a theme which aptly describes Balog's work. In spring 2005, Balog, recipient of the BC Arts Council Alumni Award, launched the Extreme Ice Survey. This project - a collaboration between scientists, artists, and extreme weather expedition specialists - used revolutionary time-lapse cameras to document changes in the glacial landscape of the Arctic. The survey resulted in spectacular photography and film footage that became the documentary, Chasing Ice.

The documentary won Sundance's Excellence in Cinematography Award for U.S. Documentary Filmmaking, among many other prestigious awards. It was also selected by the National Geographic Channel to premiere in 171 countries, giving more than 440 million homes access to the film's stunningly beautiful and truly poignant images of a rapidly changing Arctic environment. BC film-goers were so moved by the photographic images and the unrelenting effort it took to obtain compelling visual evidence of glacial melt that they gave Balog a prolonged standing ovation. Indeed, most audience members stayed after the film screening well into the evening to ask Balog numerous questions about his work and its import.

The Arts Festival screening and lecture was sponsored by BCEEAN, the Institute of Liberal Arts, the Environmental Studies Program, the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department, the Arts Council, and the student-led Ecopledge. If you missed the event, you can still view the film: it will be available on DVD and from Netflix in June. A collection of photographic images from the Extreme Ice Survey is also available in Balog's new book, Ice: Portraits of Vanishing Glaciers, now in its second printing. See http://earthvisiontrust.org/

"Wearing of the Green: An Introduction to the Boston College Center for Irish Programs."

On October 13, 2011, the Boston College Energy and Environment Alumni Network (BCEEAN), in partnership with the Washington, DC and Baltimore alumni chapters, hosted "Wearing of the Green," a networking evening introducing the renowned Boston College?Center for Irish Programs to alumni and friends. Attendees heard about the Center's progress, current activities and likely future trajectory and met its leaders at an exciting panel presentation.

"Excelling at Sustainability: Leadership for Others"

"Excelling at Sustainability: Leadership for Others," the first university-wide conference on sustainability, took place on campus April?
15-16, 2011 to widespread acclaim! Approximately 180 trustees, administrators, faculty, staff, alumni and students joined BCEEAN for informal networking, career-reflection, alumni-student mentoring, ground-breaking research analysis and stimulating discussion.

View photos from the conference

View video premiered at the conference. Five BC professors discuss the environmental aspects of their research programs.

Joining BCEEAN/Growing BCEEAN

We welcome any BC graduate interested in energy and environmental issues to join BCEEAN, now over 500 members strong, by e-mailing us at envrn@bc.edu. Please provide your name, class year, job title and company (if applicable), geographic location (city and state), and preferred e-mail address in the body of the e-mail when signing up. If you know alumni who might enjoy participating in BCEEAN, please circulate this website address to them and invite them to join us too!


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The BCEEAN newsletter is a bi-annual publication featuring profiles of alumni, faculty, and students, as well as the latest information on events in the energy and environment fields. Newsletter editor is Tim Sullivan '02.

Job Opportunities

The Florida State Univ. College of Law is accepting applications for its Environmental LL.M. Research and Teaching Fellowship.  Applications for the Fellowship for the fall 2014 semester are due by no later than June 15.  The award may range from $7500 - $15,000. See more info HERE.

The Institute for Policy Integrity, a non-partisan think-tank housed at New York University School of Law (www.policyintegrity.org), is seeking to hire a Legal Fellow for the 2014–15 and 2015–16 academic years.  

George Washington University Law School is considering lateral and entry-level candidates in the environmental/natural resources/energy areas. Interested parties should contact Lisa Fairfax at:lfairfax@law.gwu.edu.

Pace Law School
seeks to hire a tenure-track or tenured faculty member in environmental law broadly, including energy law, land use law, natural resources law, and international environmental law. Entry-level and lateral candidates will be considered. Please send a c.v. to Professor Darren Rosenblum, Appointments Committee Chair, at drosenblum@law.pace.edu.

The University of Wyoming will be advertising for (a) water law; and (b) energy, principally oil and gas. (This will be a joint School of Energy Resources and Law position -- preliminary information.) Contacts: Jacquelyn L. Bridgeman jbridge@uwyo.edu (water law); James M. Delaney jdelaney@uwyo.edu (oil and gas).

The Florida State University College of Law seeks to hire a lateral, tenure-track faculty member to fill a named professorship and teach in the areas of environmental law, energy law, land use, natural resources law, coastal and ocean law, or water law, or a combination of these. The College of Law is especially interested in senior lateral candidates. Please send a CV to Professor Wayne Logan, Appointments Committee Chair, at wlogan@law.fsu.edu.

The University of Colorado Law School is searching for candidates with expertise in the following areas: environmental law, energy law, property law, and land-use law. Contact person: Scott Peppet: scott.peppet@colorado.edu

The University of New Mexico School of Law (UNM SOL) plans to hire a visiting faculty member for the Spring 2015 semester in the area of natural resources and/or environmental law. Interested candidates should contact Nathalie Martin, Chair, Faculty Appointments Committee, at martin@law.unm.edu. UNM SOL hopes to fill a permanent position in this area next year.

Vermont Law School is searching for a Transactional Clinical Assistant Professor and Staff Attorney to work as a lawyer and teacher spearheading the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS) work with students, the CAFS LLM Fellow, and other faculty to develop legal tools and resources to support sustainable food systems. Send a resume and cover letter with salary requirements to Human Resources, Vermont Law School, P.O. Box 96, South Royalton, VT 05068 or tojobs@vermontlaw.edu.

Arctic University of Lapland is looking for a Project Manager and 2 researchers for a project designed to improve environmental impact assessments in the Arctic regions of Finland and Russia. For information, email Dr. Timo Koivurova at timo.koivurova@ulapland.fi

Angstrom Advanced, a small tech firm located in Braintree, MA. is currently hiring individuals interested in promoting their renewable energy products. Their products include hydrogen generators and they are a retailer of small scale solar panels and wind turbines. Ideally, they are looking for full time employees however internships and part-time positions are negotiable, as well. Individuals who have a passion for renewable energy and are driven by achievement are the candidates that will do best at Angstrom. If you are interested in applying, please send your cover letter and resume to sam@angstromadvancedinc.com. All majors welcome, though business and science background is preferred.

Next Step Living
, a residential energy efficiency and renewables company in the Boston area, is hiring a Home Energy Advisor. This position involves auditing homes as well as building rapport with home owners and selling the Next Step Living solutions based upon their needs. To apply, click here.

The Vanderbilt Institute for Energy and the Environment and the Vanderbilt Climate Change Research Network have openings for 2 one-year long postdoctoral fellowships: one in environmental social science and a second in energy and environmental systems. Apply with 1) a curriculum vitae or resume, 2) three letters of reference from supervisors or professors signed on letterhead with email addresses and phone numbers included, and 3) a 3-5 page essay describing reasons for applying, goals to be accomplished during the fellowship, and how the fellowship will further your career goals. Apply to VIEE@vanderbilt.edu.

Speaking and Publishing Opportunities

The Journal of Animal and Environmental Law (JAEL), an online specialty journal published by the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, is accepting submissions of manuscripts from law students at other law schools for possible online publication in JAEL.

Many very good student research papers in seminars, independent studies, and the like are never published, but could make valuable contributions to discourse about environmental law. In addition, students and new lawyers benefit greatly from the opportunity to take their work through a rigorous editing process and have their work appear in a published form. JAEL takes a broadly interdisciplinary perspective on issues that transcend narrow legal treatment and thus is open to considering manuscripts that are interdisciplinary in nature.

Please encourage students and former students to submit their papers to JAEL at jael.submissions@louisville.edu or jaelsub@louisville.edu

Fellowship Opportunities

Awards and Competitions

Conference Opportunities

Internship Opportunities

Millennium Water Alliance is a 501(c)(3) coalition of America's charities working to bring clear, safe drinking water and sanitation to millions in developing nations in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Our members include CARE, Catholic Relief Services, Food for the Hungry, Global Water, Lifewater International, Living Water International, WaterAid America,Water for People, Water Missions International, Water.org., and World Vision. See mwawater.org. This internship is ideal for a candidate who is interested in international development with a public policy perspective. The internship will allow the candidate to gain exposure to multiple aspects of development, including advocacy, communications, proposal development, and program management. Time will be equally spend assisting the Program Director and Advocacy Director, as well as, assisting in other daily operational needs. Please visit us here for more information on the position.

EnerNOC, a leading provider of demand response and energy efficiency solutions, has an immediate need for an Intern working in the Network Operations department. The mission of Network Operation is to maximize demand response dispatch performance and support our energy efficiency offerings. We do this by enabling and maintaining secure communications within our provider network, delivering 24x7 service to our internal and external customers, preparing for and executing demand response dispatches, and ensuring quality site configurations and energy data. The intern will work within the Operations department to prepare for and execute demand response dispatches. Understanding that different interns come with a variety of different skill sets, we will help find responsibilities that maximize the intern's productivity and valueFor more information, visit http://enernoc.org/.

BCEEAN would like to facilitate internship opportunities for current students. If you are an alum able to hire a BC student for an internship or willing to have a BC student "shadow" you for a day, please contact envrn@bc.edu with the following information: 1) your name and class year, 2) name of company/organization, 3)company/organization?address, 4) internship description, 5) desired dates of availability, and 6) whether the internship is or is not a paid position. Thank you for helping our students!

Become a BC Externship Program Host

We would like you to host a BC student or students during our Winter Break Externship Program.Your participation will help you build your brand on campus while establishing positive, long-term relationships with Boston College students. To learn more about this program, click here.

Continuing Education Opportunities and Resources

The National Academies Press released a report on seismic activity related to fracking and injection wells. To view the report, click here.

The Irish Business and Employers Federation (IBEC) is publishing 'IBEC Europe Agenda', a monthly newsletter providing a business perspective on developments in EU policy during Ireland's Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The January edition reports on the launch of the Irish Presidency's Programme and provide updates on: ongoing IBEC engagement with EU stakeholders;  the upcoming negotiations on the next Multi-annual Financial Framework (MFF) 2014-2020; developments on a proposed Financial Transaction Tax; developments in various EU institutions and information on IBEC's flagship events during the Presidency. See: www.ibec.ie/eupresidency.

The Council on Environmental Quality released two new handbooks on Improving Efficiency of Federal Environmental Reviews. To view these handbooks, click here.

Two new guides on corporate social responsibility were released recently: one by the the Network for Business Sustainability and the other by the World Resources Institute.

The Congressional Research Service just released a new summary of climate change law.

Vermont Law School Environmental Law Center 
launched the Middle East Environmental Law (MEEL) website, accessible at: www.vermontlaw.edu/meel. The website aims to serve as a global education resource on environmental laws and regulations in the Middle East, and as a forum for discussion of environmental law and policy changes facing the region.

With the upcoming centennial of the National Park System, Island Press recently published To Conserve Unimpaired: The Evolution of the National Park Idea by Bob Keiter (9781597266604/$35). The book draws upon history, science, law, and policy to describe how the national park idea has evolved, what its defining controversies have been and continue to be, and what significant future challenges warrant our reflection.


To maximize your interactive BCEEAN experience, please visit LinkedIn.com and join BCEEAN's LinkedIn community.

BCEEAN created its LinkedIn community so that members can discuss and share issues, concerns, comments, announcements, observations, news, and other items, and can respond to such items in an interactive, real-time format. The BCEEAN LinkedIn community will also serve as BCEAAN's gateway to job postings and searches for those seeking job opportunities in green-related vocations.

To join BCEEAN's LinkedIn community, please visit www.linkedin.com and search under groups for "Boston College Energy and Environment Alumni Network." If you are not yet a LinkedIn user, you must first register with LinkedIn before you may join BCEEAN's LinkedIn community. We look forward to talking with you there!