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SFI weekly newsletter (February 25, 2008)
A weekly service of SFI – www.sfi.mtu.edu

 
SFI NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
1. Swedes to UP: Turn wood into power
2. AASHE Spotlights MTU
3. Paper Recycling Monday, March 3
4. MTU's Global City Meets Tuesday Room 204 of Dillman on March 4 from 6-7pm
NEWS
1. A New Yorker article “BIG FOOT” discusses the new currency of carbon
2. U.S. House Passes Higher Education Sustainability Act
3. U Washington Begins IGERT Doctoral Biofuels Program
4. Academic Programs in Sustainable & Environmental Engineering
5. Granholm pushes for delegate fix, energy bill
5. Greentech: A Pollution Scorecard for New Cars Feb 24, 2008     New York Times     
7. New green auto care plant in Detroit to create 125 jobs
8. Britain announces a $100 million program to seek out a “cycling city”
9. At Tissue: Paper Products--campuses campaign to ban Kleenex paper products
10. Compact Fluorescent Lights Sales doubles
SEMINARS
1. SFI Colloquium on Sustainability - March 7, 2007
2. Two Environmental Engineering Seminars Monday
3. Grad Research Forum Friday on Ecology, the Environment, Biotechnology  
FUNDING & AWARD OPPORTUNITIES
JOBS & INTERNSHIPS & Ph.D. OPPORTUNITIES
1. Dissertation Proposal Award for Sustainability Business Research
2. Coord. of Sustainability, Recycling & Alt. Transportation, CSU Fresno
3. Executive Director, Engineers for a Sustainable World
4. Director, Institute of Env. & Natural Resources, U Wyoming
5. Recycling Coordinator, U Montana
6. Asst. Professor or Instructor, Env. Science, Ecology & Forestry, Colby C
NEW RESOURCES
1. The Society for College and University Planning (SCUP
2. National Environmental Education Week 2008
EVENTS & CONFERENCES  
1. American Wind Energy Association - Canadian Wind Energy Association joint workshop Tuesday, March 18 and Wednesday, March 19:
2. The Clean Tech Innovation & Growth Forum 2008--March 18-19, 2008-- San Jose
3. Hour Town Cities worldwide will turn off lights for Earth Hour March 29
4. Smart and Sustainable Campus Conference
5. Bio-Innovators--7th April 2008, University of Reading, Reading, UK
6. 3rd Annual National Environmental Studies and Sciences Summit, Arkansas State University, 22-24 May 2008.  
7. Lean and Green Summit July 17-18, 2008 St Julien Hotel & Spa Boulder, CO
8. ACPA Institute on Sustainability Conference June 11-14, 2008; Harvard University,
9. AASHE's 2nd Biennial Conference, AASHE 2008: Working Together for Sustainability - On Campus and Beyond (November 9-11, Raleigh, NC).

Please send items for inclusion in SFI weekly newsletter to Qiong (Jane) Zhang, Operation Manager, at qiong@mtu.edu, or call (906)487-3612, or Denise Heikinen, Administrative Associate, at dmheikin@mtu.edu, or call (906)487-0044.

SFI NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
1. Swedes to UP: Turn wood into power
An overflow crowd of more than 130 in the Upper Peninsula's Escanaba heard how biomass energy could both create jobs and improve the environment in the U.P. The renewable fuels summit, part of the ongoing biofuels collaboration between Michigan State University and Michigan Technological University, brought Swedish bio-energy experts to Bay de Noc Community College. Hans Gulliksson, an energy expert with a Swedish energy agency, spoke about bioenergy as both a development strategy and an environmental advantage. "It makes jobs and it makes also a better environment, and on a global level it makes less CO2 impact," he said. "If you take away 300 cubic meters of oil, working with biomass, you make one local job." Gulliksson said his region of 300,000 inhabitants has created about 5,000 jobs in bio-energy. More at http://www.wwj.com/Swedes-to-UP:-Turn-Wood-to-Power/1722799
(See also ENERGY TIDBITS – March 2008.  Energy Tidbits is free. To subscribe, contact sarverj@michigan.gov).

2. AASHE Spotlights MTU
MTU is the current spotlight university at the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). See http://www.aashe.org/index.php

3. MTU Paper Recycling Monday, March 3
Recycle your paper from home at the first-Monday-of-the-month collection
on March 3, from 3:30-5:30 p.m., at the Dow sixth floor loading dock off
the main lobby (just west of where the Dow extends over Cliff Drive). Next
month's collection is tentatively scheduled for April 7. For more information, see http://www.esc.mtu.edu/ or subscribe to greenmtu-l@mtu.edu.

4. MTU's Global City Meets Tuesday Room 204 of Dillman on March 4 from 6-7pm
Global City, a group comprised of MTU graduate students with an interest in learning more about environmental and political issues around the world, meets every other Tuesday. Meetings are informal and membership is open to interested people. The next Global City meeting is Tuesday in Room 204 Dillman, March 4 from 6-7pm. The speaker is Andres Tarte, a Fulbright scholar from Panama and CEE graduate student who will discuss some environmental concerns in Panama.  The presentation will be divided into two parts: Part 1, Past: Environmental History of the Isthmus of Panama Part 2, Present and Future: Dealing with Environmental Problems in Panama. For  more information about Tuesday's  talk  or about how to join the Global City  e-list, contact Fredline ILORME at filorme@mtu.edu

NEWS
1. The New Yorker article “BIG FOOT” discusses the new currency of carbon
The February 25th  issue of the New Yorker discusses the science and economics of measuring carbon emissions. It gives a history and review of carbon counting as an economic tactic. “Possessing an excessive carbon footprint is rapidly becoming the modern equivalent of wearing a scarlet letter. Because neither the goals nor acceptable emissions limits are clear, however, morality is often mistaken for science. … Facts like these have transformed carbon dioxide into a strange but powerful new currency, difficult to evaluate yet impossible to ignore.” See http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2008/02/25/080225fa_fact_specter

2. U.S. House Passes Higher Education Sustainability Act
The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the College Opportunity and Affordability Act, HR 4137, which includes all the provisions of the Higher Education Sustainability Act with a few minor amendments. The final higher education act will now be addressed in the conference between the House and the Senate. So far, Senators Kennedy, Dodd, Bingaman and Kerry have co-sponsored Senator Murray's Senate version of HESA, and are looking for more support. These Senators are asking for colleges and universities to contact their senators about the importance of HESA.
http://www.fundee.org/  See also: Background on the Higher Education Sustainability Act http://www.fundee.org/campaigns/hesa/

3. U Washington Begins IGERT Doctoral Biofuels Program
The University of Washington recently began its new doctoral program in sustainable energy that focuses on biofuel technologies. Students in the program will work on the engineering challenges of sustainable energy. The program is sponsored by the Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training award, which funds six interdisciplinary doctoral students for five years and requires the school to recruit students from Native American communities. http://uwnews.org/article.asp?articleID=39301

4. Academic Programs in Sustainable & Environmental Engineering
AASHE had prepared a series of new resources on sustainability in engineering education. The resources include lists of undergraduate and graduate programs in sustainability and environmental engineering, as well as a list of academic centers focused on sustainability engineering. The resources are available only to AASHE members. http://www.aashe.org/resources/engineering.php

5. Granholm pushes for delegate fix, energy bill
DNC has to fix this problem," Granholm said.The governor has been pushing state lawmakers to pass a comprehensive energy bill that would set a target of replacing 10% of Michigan's energy demand with renewable sources by 2015.But if the bill bogs down, Granholm said she would consider trying to push the renewable standards through as a stand-alone bill.Contact JUSTIN HYDE at 202-906-8204 or jhyde@freepress.com.Newstex ID: KRTB-0048-23242778...Feb 24, 2008     Detroit Free Press     

6. Greentech: A Pollution Scorecard for New Cars Feb 24, 2008     New York Times     
A LIST released last week of what are said to be the 12 greenest vehicles sold in the United States includes nine made by Japanese automakers, two by Europeans and only one from the Detroit companies. The list was compiled by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, a Washington-based nonprofit group financed by foundations, other nonprofit groups, electric utilities and state and federal agencies, as part of its 2008 Green Book Online. The book ranks models from the worst polluters to the most environmentally friendly, by measures including tailpipe emissions, greenhouse gases and fuel economy. More information is available at www.greenercars.org. There is a charge for the full report.

7. New green auto care plant in Detroit to create 125 jobs
Stamford, Conn.-based Green Earth Technologies Inc. (Pink Sheets: GETG), a manufacturer and marketer of environmentally friendly consumer products, Thursday announced the formation of GET Manufacturing Inc., a Detroit-based subsidiary that will manufacture, package and distribute the company's automotive appearance and performance products. Company spokesman Brian Ruby said the company formed GET Manufacturing with Ron Lipson of Kwik Paint Products, which has an existing 55,000-square-foot plant at 6040 Russell St. in Detroit. Ruby said the plant will create 125 new jobs and will start production on Green Earth products this week.
http://www.wwj.com/Green-Auto-Products-Plant-To-Create-125-Jobs/1715261

8. Britain announces a $100 million program to seek out a “cycling city”
The UK ranks 12th out of Europe’s 15 "cycling nations," but that may improve soon. Britain announced earlier this week a $100 million program to seek out a “cycling city” and 6 "cycling towns" that would promote two-wheel travel, and serve to cut pollution and alleviate urban congestion. The cycling city will join initiatives already underway in London to increase the number of cyclists by 400% by the year 2025. London’s $800 million program will begin with the construction of 12 bicycle superhighways linking popular residential areas to the city center with wide bike lanes, restructured intersections and clear signage. A free bicycle-renting program is also being established in the city center for short distances, similar to programs in Paris and other large European cities.
http://www.ecospace.cc/transport/uk-bike-initiative-0208.htm

9. At Tissue: Paper Products--campus campaigns to ban paper products that lack recycled fibers
Scrutinizing campus purchases — see the “anti-Coke” initiative or the grape boycotts of a previous era — has long been a student tradition. Some colleges have begun to reconsider the use of everyday items such as lunch trays and Kleenex that are seen as contributing to wasteful practices. http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2008/02/29/tissue

10. Compact Fluorescent Lights Sales doubles
Compact Fluorescent Lights Sales doubled to 290 million units during 2007 and accounted for about 20% of the U.S. light bulb market by year-end, according to the EPA.
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SEMINARS
1. SFI Colloquium on Sustainability - March 7, 2007


The March 7, 2007 SFI Colloquium will include a discussion of the paper, "End-of-Life Vehicle Disposal: Policy Proposals to Resolve an Environmental Issue in New Zealand," by S. Cassells, J. Holland, and A. Meister published in Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning (2005). For more details about the Colloquium, and for a copy of the paper, visit http://www.me.mtu.edu/~jwsuther/colloquium/index.html. For access to readings, the username is "reader" and the password is "want2read."

The SFI Colloquium on Sustainability will be held each Friday this semester in MEEM 208 from noon-1pm. Southern University-Baton Rouge participates via videoconferencing. All are invited. Input and ideas are always welcome! SFI Colloquium Organizers are John Sutherland (jwsuther), Karl Haapala (krhaapal), and Jill Jensen (jijensen).

2. Two Environmental Engineering Seminars Monday
Professor James Mihelcic and PhD student Mark Rowe (CEE) will give back-to-back presentation Monday, March 3, at 3 p.m. in Dow 642. A reception follows in the eighth-floor atrium.

Rowe will give the first talk, “Modeling the Influence of Atmospheric Stability on Air-Water Exchange of Persistent Bioaccumulative Toxics in the Great Lakes.” Coauthors are David Tobias, also an environmental engineering PhD student, and Associate Professor Judith Perlinger (CEE).

Mihelcic follows with the seminar “Compost Latrines in the Developing World: Pathogen Destruction or Fertilizer Production?” This talk is based on research performed by environmental engineering master's students Danny Hurtado, Josephine Kaiser and Jessica Mehl, who have participated in the Master’s International Peace Corps program. They served as water/sanitation engineers and performed research in six communities in Panama.

3. Grad Research Forum Friday on Ecology, the Environment, Biotechnology  
The Fourth Annual Ecosystem Science Center/Biotechnology Research Center Graduate Research Forum will be held today, Friday, Feb. 29, from 3 to 4:30 in the atrium of the U. J. Noblet Building. Graduate students conducting research in ecology, the environment and biotechnology will present posters and will be available to discuss their research. An award ceremony will follow the poster session.  
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FUNDING & AWARD OPPORTUNITIES   

To submit research proposals through the Sustainable Futures Institute, add “SFI” to the DEPT/CENTER/INSTITUTE(S) column for identifying the PI’s and co-PI’s. The transmittal sheet must then be signed by the SFI Director, John Sutherland, on page 3. (If John Sutherland is unavailable for signing transmittal sheets, Qiong (Jane) Zhang can also sign for SFI). Submitting proposals under SFI provides wider publicity and  recognition for your research as well as a 10% return on your incentive account.
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JOBS & INTERNSHIPS & Ph.D. OPPORTUNITIES

1. Dissertation Proposal Award for Sustainability Business Research

The Center for Business Education at the Aspen Institute is accepting applications for its annual Dissertation Proposal Award. The purpose of this award is to identify innovative research in core business disciplines that considers the interdependence between business decision-making in a wider societal or environmental context. The recipient(s) will receive a $1500 cash stipend and will be recognized at an awards breakfast in New York City in the fall of 2008. Applicants must be doctoral students of business, or in a business-related discipline, and be in good standing with their educational institution. The deadline for application submission is Friday, March 28th, 2008. http://aspencbe.org/awards/dissertation/2008ApplicationProcess.html

2. Coord. of Sustainability, Recycling & Alt. Transportation, CSU Fresno
California State University, Fresno is seeking a Coordinator of Sustainability, Recycling & Alternative Transportation to propose, develop and coordinate new initiatives in Transportation Demand Management and in alternative transportation that are consistent with campus needs, reduce the demand for available parking, and are complimentary to regional initiatives and sustainability principles. Under the direct supervision of the Assistant Vice President for Risk Management and Sustainability, the candidate will also operate the University's recycling program and assist with waste management issues. A Baccalaureate degree and at least three years of environmental management, alternate transportation systems, and/or sustainability initiative planning experience is required. Applications are due March 6, 2008. https://my.csufresno.edu/psp/mfs/CSU/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_CE.GBL?Page=HRS_CE_HM_PRE&Action=A&SiteId=1

3. Executive Director, Engineers for a Sustainable World
Engineers for a Sustainable World is seeking a full-time, salaried Executive Director to provide strategic direction, vision, and leadership for the successful execution of ESW's nationwide programs. The Executive Director is responsible for organizational development, fundraising, program development, staff management, and public representation of ESW at national and international conferences and events. The successful candidate will have a master’s degree in management or equivalent, be highly motivated and entrepreneurial with demonstrated leadership skills, and have a proven track record in fundraising and resource generation. The candidate will also have excellent presentation skills, demonstrated knowledge and interests in sustainability, and a broad understanding of international development. The target start date for this position is June 15, 2008. Review of applications will begin on April 1, 2008. The position is open until filled. http://www.eswusa.org/pdf/ESW_ED_2008.pdf

4. Director, Institute of Env. & Natural Resources, U Wyoming
The University of Wyoming Helga Otto Haub School and William D. Ruckelshaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources is seeking an energetic leader with proven intellectual and administrative skills who will work with faculty in contributing academic units for the Director position. The Director will report to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and must represent the School and Institute effectively to the university administration, the Ruckelshaus Institute advisory board, external constituents concerned with environment and natural resource issues, state and national political leadership, and the public. Preferred qualifications include an earned doctorate, or a combination of education and experience appropriate for the position, an internationally recognized record of teaching and research in environment and natural resources, and administrative experience that demonstrates vision, managerial ability, and communication skills. Applications are due March 20, 2008. http://www.higheredjobs.com/search/details.cfm?JobCode=175296800

5. Recycling Coordinator, U Montana
The University of Montana is seeking a Recycling Coordinator to serve as an informational liaison to the campus community to help UM reduce waste. Responsibilities include but are not limited to policy development, conducting internal informational meetings, establishing and implementing demonstration projects, serving as a UM representative at external meetings, conducting research, analyzing environmental policy regarding material management and waste reduction, designing and distributing informational and marketing materials. The candidate will also hire, train, and supervise student support staff. The candidate should have a high school diploma and three years of related experience. Screening begins March 10, 2008. The position is open until filled. The University of Montana is an ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference employer. http://www.umt.edu/hrs/STAFF/081360.html

6. Asst. Professor or Instructor, Env. Science, Ecology & Forestry, Colby C
The Colby College Environmental Studies Program and the Department of Government invites applicants for a one-year leave replacement position as a visiting assistant professor or instructor, beginning September 1, 2008. The successful candidate will offer courses in the area of environmental studies and government, including a course in international environmental policy/politics and a team-taught introductory course in Colby's interdisciplinary Environmental Studies program. The college seeks an individual, broadly trained in international environmental policy, who is committed to undergraduate teaching and to scholarship. Review of applications will begin on March 15, 2008 and continue until the position is filled. http://www.higheredjobs.com/search/details.cfm?JobCode=175296927
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NEW RESOURCES

1. The Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)

SCUP, established in 1965, is a collegial community dedicated to sharing, learning, and teaching best practices in planning for colleges and universities. SCUP takes a holistic view of planning; as its name implies, it embraces the full spectrum of planning functions at a postsecondary institution, including, but not limited to: academic, campus or master facilities, budgeting and financial resources, infrastructure, and strategic.   http://www.scup.org/

2. National Environmental Education Week 2008
Educators planning to teach ecology or other environmentally-themed lessons during the week of April 13-19 can gain national recognition for their efforts through National Environmental Education Week 2008. National EE Week promotes understanding and protection of the natural world by actively engaging students and educators in a week of environmental learning before Earth Day. As partners in EE Week, educators have access to standards-based environmental education lessons and activities, monthly electronic newsletters that highlight the latest EE curricula, professional development, and funding opportunities, and opportunities for online communication and knowledge-sharing with educators from across the country. http://www.eeweek.org/
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EVENTS & CONFERENCES  

1. American Wind Energy Association - Canadian Wind Energy Association joint workshop
Tuesday, March 18 and Wednesday, March 19: American Wind Energy Association - Canadian Wind Energy Association joint workshop on wind and transmission issues, Marriott Renaissance Center hotel, Detroit. For more information, visit www.awea.org.

2. The Clean Tech Innovation & Growth Forum 2008--March 18-19, 2008-- San Jose
The International Association of Nanotechnology,  a non-profit professional association with the goal of fostering research and business collaboration in the emerging of nanotechnology and clean technology worldwide for benefits of society, is pleased to present The Clean Tech Innovation & Growth Forum 2008

The Clean Tech Innovation & Growth 2008 will feature leading policy makers, venture capitalists, industry leaders, energy experts and educators in the emerging field of Clean Tech and  will feature panel discussions on the following topics:
• Advanced Technology Showcase
• Public Policy and regulations
• Infrastructure Development
• Best Practice, Codes and Standards
• Commercialization and Applications
• Investment Opportunities and Challenges
• Education and Workforce Training

Registration online: http://nanotechcongress.com/registration.htm

3. Hour Town Cities worldwide will turn off lights for Earth Hour March 29

Mark your calendar for March 29, when cities around the world will switch off non-critical lights at 8:00 p.m. for an awareness-raising Earth Hour. At present, 24 cities -- with a total population of some 30 million people -- plan to participate in the energy-saving symbolism, from Toronto to Tel Aviv, Bangkok to Brisbane, Canberra to Copenhagen, and first Earth Hour participant Sydney to copycat event holder San Francisco. Thousands of individuals and businesses have also signed on to come to the dark side. http://www.grist.org/news/2008/02/20/earth_hour/index.html?source=friend

4. Smart and Sustainable Campus Conference
March 31 – April 2, 2008; University of Maryland; College Park, MD
The conference will bring together current and future leaders in the areas of campus planning and development, environmental health and safety, sustainability, finance and business, facilities management, and procurement. This comprehensive symposium will feature sessions and workshops on smart growth and sustainable practices that serve the economy, the community, and the environment specifically in institutionalizing sustainability, operational solutions, smart growth and campus planning, and assessment and measurement. http://www.nacubo.org/x9790.xml

5. Bio-Innovators--7th April 2008, University of Reading, Reading, UK
Bio-Innovators will bring together a number of leading thinkers and practitioners to highlight experience related to bio-based innovation and biomimetics with a particular focusing on the challenges of moving ideas through to commercialization. Bio-Innovators will build on previous successful eco-i net events on eco-innovation, sustainable building technologies, energy harvesting, low carbon and resourceful innovators (see www.cfsd.org.uk/eco-i-net) Co-organized by: eco-i-net: www.cfsd.org.uk/eco-i-net and BIONIS: www.biomimetics.org.uk

6. 3rd Annual National Environmental Studies and Sciences Summit, Arkansas State University, 22-24 May 2008.  
This year’s meeting will not only have 2 great key note speaker addresses and 20 moderator guided breakout sessions, but will also offer you the opportunity to present oral presentations and students will have their own  poster presentation session.  For more information on the meeting in general go to:  http://evs.astate.edu/summit2008.htm

7. Lean and Green Summit July 17-18, 2008 St Julien Hotel & Spa Boulder, CO
The Lean and Green Summit will gather industry professionals already making strides toward sustainability and those who want to start making  the short-term AND long-term changes needed. Learn from industry professionals who display a high degree of
business acumen in addressing their company's impact on  the world around them.
This first Summit will be a highly collaborative event with a focus on solutions that can be actuated. http://www.leanandgreensummit.com/

8. ACPA Institute on Sustainability Conference
June 11-14, 2008; Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass
The American College Professional Association Institute On Sustainability will bring together a diverse group of professionals who serve higher education and are committed to sustainability. The goal of this institute is to invite individuals and teams from institutions to create an understanding, framework and actionable goals and tasks that can be taken back to campus and integrated into the core of the institution. Leading sustainability scholars and practitioners will discuss current trends, benchmark and promising practices, as well as afford participants with the opportunity to plan the beginning of or next institutional steps to their on-campus practice. The ACPA Institute On Sustainability will seek to create education and awareness for sustainability's triple bottom line: healthy social systems, healthy environment and healthy economy. http://myacpa.org/pd/sustainability/

 9. AASHE's 2nd Biennial Conference, AASHE 2008: Working Together for Sustainability - On Campus and Beyond (November 9-11, Raleigh, NC).

AASHE has issued a CFP and seeks presentations focused on sustainability education and research, sustainable operations, and sustainability in administration and finance. Poster submissions are due September 1, and all other submissions are due May 1.
For further information about the conference and expo, including a tentative schedule, please visit: http://www.aashe.org/conference.   

To save energy--Please shut off lights, idling equipment, computers, research setups, fume hoods and exhaust fans whenever possible, and also keep windows and doors closed. Fume hoods, especially, are huge energy consumers.




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