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April 15, 2017

Dear Albuquerque friends (with copies to Santa Fe and Taos friends) --

We have been developing our Summer 2017 Climate and Solar Ambassador Program over the past two months alongside our other work (here, at the UN, and in Washington, DC).

This program is shaping up to be really terrific!

We have over 30 diverse applicants from here and all over the country, many more than we can accept. Nearly all are highly qualified in terms of academic background, skills, and life experience. All are at least upper division undergrads and many are grad students in applicable fields. Some have considerable background in energy sciences and policy. Others have craft skills, graphic arts skills, and more. These bright people are passionate about saving this planet, with justice, and they are eager and excited about working with us.

Friends, the quality and quantity of this response has stunned us. We originally advertised our Climate and Solar Ambassador Program for a minimum of 5 and maximum of 9 interns. The outpouring of interest we are experiencing has led us to consider expanding the program to a maximum of 12, this being the most work spaces we can create in our office/home. How many we can accept, up to a maximum of 12, will depend on how many living situations we can find.

As you can see from the program announcement, we will provide room, board, and a $500/month stipend to those we accept (and a bicycle if needed). Some applicants are local and will not need housing, but others will. 

We need your help! If you live in Albuquerque, especially if you live within a couple of miles of our office, please consider hosting one or two of these talented people! Or, you may have a friend in our area -- within a mile or two of 2901 Summit Place NE -- whom you think might want to help out. Please share this with them.

We also need money of course. As you can see, this is not a cheap program -- but beyond two or three interns, supervision is a full-time job in any case. There are economies of scale. And we want a real team atmosphere and experience for our interns this summer. 
If you have even the tiniest shred of possible interest in hosting one of these interns, please call us -- or if you can, come to a meeting at our home and office (map) this coming Tuesday, April 18, at 6:30 pm. The interest expressed by these mostly young professionals and activists in climate protection, sustainability, and renewable energy is very important for our community and our state.

We can share more background about the program when you call and come on Tuesday.

We are very proud of our intern alumni, by the way. Some have important jobs related to the work they did for us here. It is hard not to stop right here and brag on some of them.

We have never focused our internship program on climate, energy, and solar issues specifically, although we have certainly worked on these issues for many years, decades even. We are also fortunate to have a national network of experts who will be helping us this  summer. We will be working closely with our two solar partners as well.

We anticipate weekly public discussions as part of this program as well as informal weekly video evenings and get-togethers. Course materials will be available for those interested. 

Even if you can't host an intern but want to know more about the program, come on Tuesday! 

You will hear more from us this coming week. There is a great deal more good news than we have yet shared. 

Have a wonderful weekend,

Greg and Trish, for the Study Group


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