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Mid-October Digest

Dear Lucy,

I have been hearing a lot of students talk about the EVSS/MPA Concurrent Program. How do I know if this program is right for me and I am able to still apply for it? 

Studious Sam 

Dear Studious Sam, 

The Environmental and Sustainability Studies and Public Administration Program is a ~three year program (60 credit hours) that will prepare you for the challenges of a career in the environmental administration field. Courses examine the development and implementation of public policy responses to environmental issues. You will also gain a greater understanding of how information should be used to assess societal risk and create policy. Through courses offered in the Master of Public Administration Program,  students learn how to effectively manage organizational resources and exposes them to the political settings in which policy is often developed.

You are able to apply for the Concurrent EVSS/MPA Program within your first 18 credit hours or first year and the application final due date for this Fall is December 1st.

For the application process you will need to start a new application, but the only new item you will have to complete is a rewritten statement of goals. You will still be prompted to upload documents, but we will already have your undergraduate transcripts and your CofC transcripts on file that will be automatically added to your new application. When it comes to adding your recommenders, you can put the same name of your previous recommender, but instead of their email address, put the email for the contact and your recommendation letters will be re-uploaded for your new application. If you have any questions regarding the application process, please reach out to Susan Hallatt ( in the graduate office. 

If you are wondering if this program may be right for you and your career goals, please set up a meeting with our office. 

Lucy Davis
EVSS Program Coordinator 

Virtual Office Hours: Lucy Davis
  • Thursdays 11:00 am -12:00 pm
  • Join Zoom Meeting
  • Meeting ID: 343 074 906
    Password: 645756
  • Ask questions about your graduation timeline, classes, navigating online teaching/learning, research challenges, etc.
Faculty & Students- NVIVO software: licenses available for around 20K

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Planning Internship with Regional Planning Agency in Charleston SC

  • Berkley Charleston Dorchester Council of Government (BCDCG)
  • Gain experience in assisting professional planning staff conduct research, collect and analyze data, produce maps and graphics, and draft reports on a variety of topics
  • Part time with flexible hours, ranging from 18-28 hours/week
  • email your resume to apply
  • Click here to learn more

Visit the EVSS website here for a complete list of job announcements!

Regional Integrated Science and Assessments (RISA) FY2022 Notice of Funding Opportunity

  • Letters of Intent Deadline: October 19, 2021
  • Full Application Deadline: January 11, 2022

Funding Availability:

  • RISA teams in currently covered regions- proposals can request up to $1,000,000/year for core RISA work. For a total of $5,000,000 over 5 years. For proposals including a small-grants component, applicants can propose up to an additional $180,000 total to support the competition. It is anticipated that up to one full RISA team will be funded per region.
  • RISA teams in new regions, proposals can request up to $1,000,000/year for core RISA work. For a total of $5,000,000 over five years. For proposals including a small-grants component, applicants can propose up to an additional $180,000 total to support the competition. It is anticipated that up to one full RISA team will be funded per region.
  • Collaborative Planning Activities will be at a funding level of up to $100,000 total per award. It is anticipated that 4-6 awards will be made.
  • Research on Complex Fiscal Pathways for Climate Adaptation in Rural Areas Across the U.S. will be at a funding level of up to $150,000 per award. It is anticipated that 4-6 awards will be made.
  • To learn more click here
Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship
  • fellowship provides a one-year, paid experience for highly qualified early career professionals to work on issues related to coastal, marine and Great Lakes science and policy in offices within the executive or legislative branch of government in Washington, D.C. 
  • deadline to apply is February 18th 2022
  • click here to learn more and apply
South Atlantic Reef Fish Extension/Communication Fellowship
  • Deadline Oct 15th at 5pm EST
  • provides on-the-job education and training opportunities in reef fish extension and communication for an early-career professional in the southeast region.
  • This two-year opportunity offers a competitive stipend, work-related travel expense reimbursement, and an opportunity for engagement in extension programming and communication.
  • submit application materials here
  • additional instructions and information
Visit the EVSS website here for a complete list of job announcements!


Assistant Director Environmental Management and Sustainability- Cape Fear Public Utility Authority- Wilmington NC
  • salary range of $93,487.00 Annually to $118,718.00 Annually
  • Oversee initiatives such as the annual resiliency report, greenhouse gas emissions inventory and the development and implementation of the environmental and energy management systems consistent with the organization’s sustainability and resiliency goals.
  • Provide education and support to ensure environmental management, compliance, and sustainability are incorporated into the core business and promote conservation, resiliency and improve environmental sustainability.
  • Lead cross functional working groups to further goals and objectives and liaise with internal and external partners on projects and policies.
  • Click here to learn more and apply
Director of Planning & Development Service- City of Wilmington
  •  $111,410 - $169,702 annually
  • First review of applications will take place the week of October 11, 2021. 
  • Plan, organize, control, integrate, and evaluate the work of the Planning & Development Services Department to include establishing and monitoring performance against the annual departmental operating budget and the City’s Capital Improvement Plan budget.
  • Ensure implementation and regular review of new Land Development Code occurs with engaged from development interests and residents.
  • Click here to learn more and apply
Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer- City of Wilmington
  • $68,120.00 - $102,180.00 Annually
  • We will continue to accept applications until the position has been filled.  First review of applications will take place the week of October 4, 2021.
  • This work entails collaboration with community stakeholders, city departments, and forging new community partnerships; collection and regular reporting of data through regular updates to the City Council on the progress of equity initiatives; and meeting with designated city council committees. 
  • Click here to learn more and apply
Facilities Coordinator- City of Hillsborough NC
  • $48,415.00 - $77,464.00 Annually
  • Develops and tracks regular maintenance schedules at facilities and park buildings including but not limited to HVAC, plumbing, electrical, generators, paint, flooring, roofing, and gutters.
  • Obtains estimates, selects, and supervises contractors to conduct repairs to facilities and park buildings including ground maintenance, cleaning, HVAC maintenance, pest control, generators, solid waste and recycling collection, gutter and drainage system maintenance, general building repair and maintenance, furniture, fixtures, and equipment. 
  • Click here to learn more and apply
Coastal Training Program Coordinator- Georgia DNR, Sapelo Island, GA
  • Salary: $43,063.23/year plus benefits
  • Application Deadline: October 18, 2021
  • Primary duties & responsibilities are to: direct the Reserve’s
    Coastal Training Program; design, implement and evaluate training workshops with local and regional decision-
    makers; design, implement and evaluate meetings and workshops for area scientists; collaborate and build
    partnerships with academic and nonprofit partners to conduct projects that address decision-maker needs and develop collaborative funding proposals for such projects
  • Click here to apply
  • Click here for more information
Sustainability Coordinator- City of Tarpon Springs FL
  • Salary: $46,035 - $74,164
  • Responsible professional work in strategic planning, coordinating, monitoring, and reporting to maintain the City’s policies, programs, and initiatives that promote local environmental, energy, economic, and social sustainability.
  • Under direction of the Public Services Director, this position will work with City staff, department directors, and elected officials to better evaluate, prioritize and integrate long-term economic, environmental, and social considerations into City plans, actions, and expenditures.
  • Applications can be found here
  • More info here
6th Grade Earth Science Teacher- Ashley Hall private school in Charleston SC
  • This is a permanent faculty position beginning in December of the current 2021-2022 school year.
  • The course load includes responsibility for lesson planning, grading and comment writing for three sections of 6th Grade Earth Science. The teacher is expected to tailor and develop the curriculum for the Earth Science course to engage students in activities and lessons that focus on the study of the planet and its relation to the rest of the universe. Connections to our local geography should also be incorporated into the curriculum. As academic advisor, the teacher will provide guidance to 15 students to check daily planners and help students understand and manage expectations. In addition, advisors will oversee student/parent conference day each semester to review student progress.
  • The position also includes daily support such as carpool, study hall and lunch duties and some Friday afternoon boat building activity support.
  • If interested, please email your resume and references to Mary Schweers, Director of the Intermediate Program, at and Angela Semo, Human Resources Director, at
Program Manager- North Carolina State Climate Office, Raleigh NC
  • anticipated salary range: $57,000 - $65,000
  • This position will require capacity to coordinate multiple concurrent tasks, including managing budgets and other aspects of the award, annual and regular reporting of results, deliverables, and budget items to NOAA. Annual reports to the NOAA RISA program are extremely detailed and contain both narrative and budgetary information. A successful candidate will be an excellent writer as well as able to meet sponsor deadlines. 
  • Click here to learn more and apply

Visit the EVSS website here for a complete list of job announcements!
Resilience Program Assistant- Sea Grant SC
  • 20+ hours/week for 4 months
  • $15/hour
  • The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium (Consortium) is seeking a Resilience Program Assistant to aid the agency director in assembling and cataloging information, materials, local policies, and plans from throughout the state associated with planning for resilience to the impacts of climate change. The Resilience Program Assistant will convene an advisory group of state agency and academic partners to guide the collection of information and the delivery of final products. The Resilience Program Assistant will work with Consortium staff to produce the end product(s) and may present it at local and regional meetings.
  • Click here to apply and learn more
Marine Education Program Assistant- Sea Grant SC
  • 20 + hours per week for at least 16 weeks
  • $15/hour
  • The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium (Consortium) is seeking a Program Assistant to aid the agency’s Marine Educator with preparing, delivering, and evaluating virtual and/or in-person marine science-related classroom and field trip programs, teacher professional development (PD), and community-science efforts throughout South Carolina.
  • Click here to apply and learn more

Visit the EVSS website here for a complete list of job announcements!

LEED Green Associate (GA) Training - Webinar and Online self-paced options
1. September 18 2021 – 1:00PM – 5:30PM EST  
2. October 1 2021  – 3:00PM – 7:30PM EST
3. October 23 2021 – 1:00PM – 5:30PM EST
4. November 4 2021 –  5:00PM – 9:30PM EST
5. November 20 2021 – 1:00PM – 5:30PM EST
6. December 4 2021 – 1:00PM – 5:30PM EST     - OR -
7. On-demand recordings completed at your own pace
A. LEED AP BD+C (Level 2) – December 11+12 2021 
  • Register for a live webinar or start today with our on-demand recorded workshop completed anytime at your own pace here 
  • This course is instructed by a USGBC Faculty member and is the most effective way to pass. The USGBC charges a $100 (reduced for students) fee for the actual exam which can now be taken online from home. 
  • Cost: $200 - Students can use the coupon code ‘green’ for $50 off (Discounted course price $150)
  • Save your seat by registering here for our live or self-paced options 
  • Please contact the instructor Lorne directly with any questions at

31st Annual International Conference on Soil, Water, Energy, and Air

  • March 14-17, 2022
  • DoubleTree Mission Valley San Diego, CA
  • Deadlines: February 4th, 2022 - Presenter registration deadline
  • February 28th, 2022 - All fees increase by $50.00
  • Click here to view more fee information and to register

Alumni Panel on Sustainable Cities and Communities

MUSC Fall into Sustainable Nutrition Oct. 20th

"Finding Color in Dark Places- Deep Sea Corals" *FREE FOR STUDENTS*

  • Wed.10/20 6:008:30pm
  • Palmetto Brewing Co. 289 Huger Street, Charleston, SC 29403
  • You must pre register here


Check out the following organizations for upcoming volunteer events:
Thank you for a great year! Join us this Fall for garden volunteer days. 

Stono Fall 2021 Volunteer Days: 

Sunday, Aug. 29th 2 - 4PM 
Sunday, Sept.12th  2 - 4PM 
Sunday, Sept. 26th 2 - 4PM 
Sunday, Oct. 10th 2 - 4PM 
Sunday, Oct. 24th 2 - 4PM 
Sunday, Nov. 7th 2 - 4PM 
Sunday, Nov. 21st 2 - 4PM 

Find us on Facebook, Instagram, and our website below:

Add the MESSA Google Calendar to yours here!
Questions? Email us at 

Upcoming volunteer opportunities with MESSA will be on November 6 - so mark your calendars! Any Stono or Student Garden Workday opportunities will also be counted as volunteer experience to qualify for MESSA funding. Be sure to email Alyssa Lundy at so any participating can be logged! 

Upcoming events:


Halloween Mixer at Bay Street Biergarten 

Saturday, October 30th: Time TBD 

549 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29403 

Wear your best costume for a chance to win an awesome prize! 


November 6: Revel on the River with Charleston Waterkeeper, times TBA 


President: Nicole Killen 
Vice President: Jackson Barratt Heitmann
Secretary: Kristin Horn 
Volunteer Coordinator: Alyssa Lundy 
Treasurer: Kayla Squiggins
Public Liaison: Emmi Palenbaum 
Social Chair: Haley Kenyon 

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