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SFI weekly newsletter (March 10, 2008)
A weekly service of SFI – www.sfi.mtu.edu

 
SFI NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
1. World Water Day student research poster competition, Monday, March 24, 2008
2. Call for judges for the MTU GSC Research Symposium on 25-26 March 2008
3. Bioenergy Research/ Inventors Day at MSU April 11 from 9am-4pm Deadline TODAY
4. Heavy Chemical Manufacturing in Houghton County 1886-1960, March 21, 2008
5. Indigenous Earth Day Summit April 22 -- 23 on the campus of NMU

NEWS
1. Bill allows EPA to retrofit old diesel engines Mar 14, 2008     Detroit News    
2. Are the Grandkids Worth the Money? Mar 14, 2008     New York Times, Opinion    
3. Bill Gates testifies to congress for more visas for STEM workers
4. Sweden aims to get nearly half of its energy from renewable sources by 2020.
5. MI Attorney General Cox slams renewable energy, electric re-regulation bills
6. Spills from Biofuel Plants in the Midwest Becoming More Common
7. News from University of Nevada: Los Vegas-- Urban Sustainability Initiatives
8. Waste may power MSU
9. MSU Land Policy Study Puts Value On 'Green Infrastructure'

 SEMINARS
1. Environmental/Water Resources Engineering Graduate Seminar March 17

FUNDING & AWARD OPPORTUNITIES
1. NSF Innovations in Engineering Education, Curriculum and Infrastructure  (IEECI)
2. Basic Research and Modeling to Support Integrated Assessment of Climate Change Impacts and Adaptations 
3. USEPA Region 2 – Green Technology Demonstration Project to Reduce Groundwater Discharge within the Tully Valley (Central New York)
4. Multiscale Mathematics and Optimization for Complex Systems
5. International Research and Studies Program
6. U.S. DOE--Area of Interest 2: Innovative Water Reuse and
7. Coca-Cola, National Recycling Coalition Bin Grant Program

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS & Ph.D. OPPORTUNITIES
1. Energy Program Associate
2.  Manager, Sustainability Initiatives, Red River College
3.  Executive Director, AASHE
4. Executive Director, Engineers for a Sustainable World
5. Instructor, Environmental Science, College of Southern Nevada
6. Adjunct Instructor, Environmental Science, Everest College
7. Breakthrough Generation Fellowships

NEW RESOURCES
1. Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System Podcast
2. List of Academic Programs on Sustainability & Environmental Law
3. Campus Sustainability Whitepaper Series: 10% off for AASHE Members
4. Unity College President's Blog: Env. Studies for the Real World

EVENTS & CONFERENCES 
1. National Student Day of Action to Fight Climate Change Injustice, April 4, 2008
2. CFP First International Conference on Management and Marketing Sciences, Greece
3. 3rd Annual National Environmental Studies and Sciences Summit in Jonesboro May 22-24, 2008
4. Symposium on Sustainability and Product Development: Advances in Sustainability, Digital Design, and Advanced Manufacturing August 7-8, 2008 Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago, Illinois
5.  Clean Tech Innovation & Growth Forum 2008 on March 18-19, 2008 in San Jose,
6. Smart and Sustainable Campus Conference March 31 – April 2, 2008;
7. Fossil Fools Day 2008 April 1, 2008; Washington, DC
8. 2008 Students United for a Responsible Global Environment Conf.March 28 – 30,
9. Creating a Greenhouse Gas Inventory Webcast April 9, 2008
10. How to Start a Local Food Purchasing Program Webcast April 23, 2008
11. Bringing LEED to College Campuses Webinar April 7, 2008; Webinar
12. Michigan Energy Conference - April 11-12
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. World Water Day student research poster competition, Monday, March 24, 2008.
The Center for Water and Society encourages you students to enter a poster in the upcoming World Water Day student research poster competition. The competition is open to all MTU undergraduate and graduate students.

The prizes for best posters are
First Place ($250)
Second Place($150)
Third Place ($100)

The World Water Day poster session coincides with other World Water Day activities at MTU: an arts competition and Peter Annin's keynote lecture on Great Lakes Water Wars. The World Water Day student poster session is an opportunity for students to present  their research to the entire university community and to demonstrate the diversity of water-related research at MTU. Please note that you can also enter your poster in the GSC Research Symposium-Poster Session, March 25-27, 2008.

To enter your poster, fill out and submit the entry form found at http://www.mtcws.mtu.edu/education.html The deadline for entry is March 17, 2008.

2. Call for judges for the MTU GSC Research Symposium on 25-26 March 2008.
The GSC poster session will have 36 presenters and the research colloquium will feature 18 presenters. However, the GSC still has need for 5 more judges. It is particularly seeking judges from Civil, Environmental and Physics departments, as these are very well represented in both events. Judges will have to devote only 2 hours of their time. Judges are needed for: March 25th: 10 to noon & 2 to 4pm and March 26th: 10 to noon.  Please contact Mohit Law of the GSC Academic Committee if you can help.  mslaw@mtu.edu

3. Bioenergy Research/ Inventors Day at MSU April 11 from 9am-4pm in the Henry Center at the University Club
Send 2 page submissions due TODAY March 14, 2008
This is a day focused on student research and ideas related to all aspects of the Bioeconomy in Michigan.  We will have undergraduate and graduate students presenting.  The morning will have a series of 5 oral presentations, chosen from the pool of interested students as 5 of the most promising ideas. The afternoon will have a walking lunch and poster presenation for all other students attending with their research.  There will be representatives from Industries
such as Consumer Electric and Toyota present as well as state government officials from the Michigan Renewable fuels commission.  To register, please visit
http://jmc.msu.edu/mciep/InventorsDay/index.htm, and click on the appropriate link on the left-hand side of the screen.

Students interested in participating should submit a 2-page proposal TODAY describing their idea or research and why it is valuable or relevant to the Michigan biofuels economy to inventorsday@gmail.com.  Please note, it is not necessary that students have completed their research.  Students can come with finished research, inventions, research in progress, or even new ideas that they have given careful and considerate thought to.  This is an excellent networking opportunity for students given the level of industry and government involvement. There are also PRIZES of $1,000 to be given to the 5 morning presenters, as well as travel scholarships available for students who need to come from a distance or stay the night at the conference center.  Again, this day is for
both graduate and undergraduate students interested in the topic, and we encourage submissions from students of all disciplines (including sciences, economics, social aspects, etc.). Email ferrydan@msu.edu or call 517-290-6502. 

4. Heavy Chemical Manufacturing in Houghton County 1886-1960, Friday
March 21, 2008, 10:00 a.m. Chemical Sciences & Engineering Bldg. Room 201
The Chemical Engineering Grain Processing Corporation 2007-08 Lecture Series Presents William Haller Chemical Entrepreneur
Records from 1910 indicate that we were already producing several millions pounds of specialty chemicals annually; while straightforward in chemistry, they represented extreme challenges in safety, materials handling, logistics, materials preparation and effluent control, prompting elegantly practical solutions.

5. Indigenous Earth Day Summit April 22 and  23 on the campus of NMU.
The first-ever Indigenous Earth Day Summit is scheduled for Tuesday, April 22 and Wednesday, April 23 on the campus of NMU.  The overall goal of the Summit is to provide participants with the opportunity for intercultural sharing with Indigenous peoples from the Americas and Australia and will function as a call to action in addressing environmental issues from an international, multi-cultural approach.
Call for Proposals and complete information at:
Link

NEWS
1. Bill allows EPA to retrofit old diesel engines Mar 14, 2008     Detroit News    
The EPA estimates there are 11 million older diesel engines in the United States that lack emissions control technology. In 2004, it issued diesel limits for most non-road engines and is now looking at emissions from ships, which run on diesel fuel. New maritime diesel emissions limits could impact Great Lakes shipping.

2. Editorial Observer: Are the Grandkids Worth the Money? Mar 14, 2008     New York Times, Opinion    
Arresting global warming won’t come cheap. The 2006 Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change projected that about $700 billion this year is needed to cut carbon emissions. The best case for bold action now is that it provides insurance against the chance of an unfathomably grim future of large-scale environmental disruption, widespread species extinction, worldwide hunger.

3. Bill Gates testifies to congress for more visas for STEM workers
Gates asks Congress for more tech visas Bill Gates returned to Capitol Hill on Wednesday with the same wish list he's had for years: more visas for highly skilled workers, more math, science and engineering in schools and more money for technology investment. Gates’ testimony before the House Science and Technology Committee amplified the call for major overhauls in education and immigration laws to help the U.S. technology industry stay competitive globally.  The Great Lakes IT Report (Tuesday).

4. Sweden aims to get nearly half of its energy from renewable sources by 2020.
With a projected increase of shares in renewable energy from 40 to 49%, Sweden would hold the highest share in the world. For text of speech by Sweden’s Energy and Enterprise Minister Maud Olofsson to Washington International Renewable Conference (WIREC) 05 March 2008 go to http://www.sweden.gov.se/sb/d/3211/a/99916

5. Cox slams renewable energy, electric re-regulation bills
Attorney General Mike Cox today announced he is opposing what he calls a "radical" re-regulation of the state's electric industry, saying the House plan will cost consumers anywhere between $2 billion and $2.8 billion, as much as 40 percent increase on current electric bills. The legislation sets renewable energy standards and energy efficiency initiatives, but restricts consumer advocate oversight, opening up consumers to foot the bill for any new power plant cost overruns, Cox said. Utility officials respond that the cost increases would be spread over 15 years, and that they work out to be less than the rate of inflation. Gov. Jennifer Granholm's staff, meanwhile, touted the job creating potential of alternative energy, and called Cox's position a "job killer." http://www.wwj.com/pages/1806250.php?

6. Spills from Biofuel Plants in the Midwest Becoming More Common
Spills at the Alabama Biodiesel Corporation plant are similar to others that have come from biofuel plants in the Midwest. Brenda Goodman, New York Times, March 11 Link

7. News from University of Nevada: Los Vegas-- Urban Sustainability Initiatives
The Urban Sustainability Initiative (USI) has recently received extramural funding that will enable UNLV to appoint three 12-month graduate assistants (master's and doctoral level) to conduct research and promote education on sustainability.  USI GAs may pursue a program of study associated with any facet of sustainability, including environmental, economic, and social/cultural issues (e.g., health, education, social justice).  Beginning Fall 2008, these graduate students will work closely with faculty in their degree program and the Office of the Vice President for Research to advance understanding of these issues.  We also plan to have these GAs gather periodically as a cohort to discuss the findings of their research, share information on networking opportunities, and develop plans for future study. The stipend for doctoral students is $18,000 and $15,600 for master's students. 

8. Waste may power MSU: Campus considers using human, animal biosolids as energy source
by Jeremy W. Steele Lansing State Journal Published March 7, 2008
http://lsj.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080307/NEWS03/803070316

9. MSU Land Policy Study Puts Value On 'Green Infrastructure'
The Land Policy Institute at Michigan State University last week released its final report on green infrastructure in Michigan ranking Michigan 47th in the nation in per capita spending on natural resource conservation.  Link
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SEMINARS
1. Environmental/Water Resources Engineering Graduate Seminar March 17, 3:PM


“Impact of Tank Parameters on Energy Conservation in Municipal Water Distribution Systems” by Santosh R. Ghimire and Brian D. Barkdoll 642 Environmental Science & Engineering Building

Municipal water distribution networks (MWDN) use a significant amount of electrical energy for the pumping of water from low elevations to higher ones. The use of electrical energy has an effect on pollution emissions and, therefore, potential global climate change as well. There are many aspects of MWDNs that affect the energy usage.  The properties of the storage tank(s), namely size, amount of tank utilized for storage, and elevation, are singled out here for analysis. Various values of these tank parameters are modeled on seven MWDNs of various size using a network solver and the energy usage recorded. It was found that when averaged over all seven networks analyzed (1) a reduction of tank diameter of 20% results in approximately a 4% energy savings, (2) the reduction of maximum tank water level by 20% results in a 1% energy reduction, and (3) a change in tank elevation is network specific. A reception will follow in the 8th floor atrium
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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.

1. NSF Innovations in Engineering Education, Curriculum and Infrastructure  (IEECI)
Deadline: Full Proposal April 30, 2008
40  to  50  Awards for Exploratory Projects and Expansion Projects
$9,000,000 total in FY08 
The Innovations in Engineering Education, Curriculum, and Infrastructure (IEECI) program supports research which addresses three basic issues related to engineering education: (1) how students best learn the ideas, principles, and practices to become creative and innovative engineers, and how this learning is measured; and (2) research that helps the community understand how to better attract a more talented and diverse student body, in particular U.S. citizens and permanent residents, to all levels of engineering study. This would also include research to understand how to increase student interest in engineering by leveraging partnerships among engineering schools, school districts and exemplary non-profit organizations to recruit and retain engineering students. Finally (3), this program will support projects to investigate potential models for the evaluation of and assessment of how successful teaching, advising, and mentoring leads to improved retention and graduation, and ultimately, to a sound business model for engineering education.
http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2008/nsf08542/nsf08542.htm

2. Basic Research and Modeling to Support Integrated Assessment of Climate Change Impacts and Adaptations 
Estimated Funding Available:  Not Available
Expected Number of Awards:  Not Available
Deadline: 4/14/2008
 
The Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER) of the Office of Science (SC), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), hereby announces its interest in receiving grant applications for basic research and modeling to support integrated assessment of climate change impacts and adaptations under the Integrated Assessment Research Program (IARP). The IARP, located within the Climate Change Research Division (CCRD) of BER, supports the U.S. Climate Change Science Program in efforts to understand, model, and assess the complex interaction of the integrated human-natural system on climate forcing as well as the impacts to the human- natural system from climate change. Past work of the IARP has emphasized understanding and predicting anthropogenic drivers of climate change. Future work seeks to improve our scientific understanding of the impacts to human and natural systems from climate change and the potential capacity to adapt to such change. Applications are requested that advance the fundamental methodologies for analysis of climate change impacts and adaptations, including innovative models and approaches. Grant applications that approach these elements in the context of a critically important area for DOE - potential climate change impacts on energy systems and their capacity to adapt - are especially encouraged. 
Link

3. EPA Region 2 – Green Technology Demonstration Project to Reduce Groundwater Discharge within the Tully Valley (Central New York) EPA-R2DEPP-FO-08-01
Deadline--April 11, 2008

Amount-- one grant for up to $100,000

This will evaluate, by installing and monitoring, how solar powered or wind powered water pumps work in lowering ground water levels in and near the former Tully Valley Brine Fields. This project will be conducted in the Tully Valley in Onondaga County, New York. http://www.epa.gov/region02/grants/greentech_demo_project.pdf

4. Multiscale Mathematics and Optimization for Complex Systems
Letter of Intent:  03/03/2008 by 04:30 PM Eastern Time  Application Due Date:  04/28/2008
Estimated Total Funding Available:  Not Available Expected Number of Awards:  Not Available

The Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) of the Office of Science (SC), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), hereby announces its interest in receiving grant applications for research addressing multiscale mathematics and optimization for complex natural and engineered systems. Awards for this solicitation will be made in two categories: 1) Multiscale Mathematics for Complex Systems, and  2) Optimization of Complex Systems.

Areas of focus within these categories include the development of:
• Mathematical tools needed for the modeling, analysis, and simulation of multiscale phenomena, including those associated with complex multiphysics systems or hybrid discrete-continuum models.
• Techniques for formulating, analyzing and solving challenging optimization problems arising in complex natural and engineered systems.

Additional areas of interest in both categories include sensitivity analysis, risk analysis, and the quantification and mitigation of uncertainty.

5. International Research and Studies Program
Department Of Education Office of Postsecondary Education 
Deadline--April 7, 2008
$1,642,000 for 14 awards
The International Research and Studies Program provides grants to conduct research and studies to improve and strengthen instruction in modern foreign languages, area studies, and other international fields.This priority is: (a) The development of specialized instructional materials for use by students and teachers in foreign language and international studies that are focused on one or more of the following critical language areas: Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian, as well as Indic, Iranian, and Turkic language families; or (b) The development of tools, technologies and materials to assess foreign language competency or fluency in one or more of the following critical
language areas: Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian, as well as Indic, Iranian, and Turkic language families.
http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/01jan20081800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/pdf/E8-3261.pdf

 6. U.S. DOE--Area of Interest 2: Innovative Water Reuse and Recovery
Due Date:  04/21/2008 Cost Sharing or Matching Required
Estimated Total Funding:  $9,000,000          Expected Number of Awards:  8
Research in this area is intended to develop advanced technologies to reuse power plant cooling water and associated waste heat and to investigate methods to recover water from power plant flue gas. Considering the quantity of water withdrawn and consumed by power plants, any recovery or reuse of this water can significantly reduce the plant’s water requirements.

Link

7. Coca-Cola, National Recycling Coalition Bin Grant Program
The Coca-Cola and National Recycling Coalition Recycling Bin Grant Program supports local community recycling programs by providing bins to selected grant recipients for the collection of beverage container recyclables in public settings. Grants will be provided to a limited number of applicants who can demonstrate how their proposals will lead to sustainable recycling opportunities. The grant program is open to government, civic, school, non-profit groups and for-profit companies. Applications are due April 4, 2008. http://www.bingrant.org/overview.htm
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JOBS & INTERNSHIPS & Ph.D. OPPORTUNITIES

1. Energy Program Associate
Deadline: Friday, March 28, 2008
Michigan Environmental Council, a coalition of organizations protecting Michigan’s people and the environment, seeks an Energy Program Associate to advance policies aimed at climate protection and widespread deployment of clean energy technologies. Responsibilities include working with MEC staff and allies to advance low-carbon energy policy reforms; representing MEC in various legislative, regulatory, business and advocacy forums; initiating and strengthening creative partnerships to further MEC goals; and supporting Energy Program Director with research, policy analysis, and other duties. Desired qualifications include college degree(s) or equivalent experience; strong writing skills and excellent grammar; solid grasp of current energy issues, including an understanding of the relative impacts of various technologies; and professional experience in public policy analysis or advocacy.
 To apply, please send cover letter, resume, two writing samples, and three references to Lana Pollack, President, Michigan Environmental Council, 119 Pere Marquette, Ste. 2A, Lansing, MI 48912. Applications also may be e-mailed (preferred) to judy@environmentalcouncil.org or faxed to 517-487-9541. If you have questions, please contact Judy Bearup at e-mail address above or 517-487-9539. More details on bulletin board outside 840 Dow.
 
2.  Manager, Sustainability Initiatives, Red River College
Red River College is seeking a Manager of Sustainability Initiatives to lead and facilitate the management, operation, and maintenance of sustainability features at the college. Reporting to the Director of Design, Planning and Construction, this position is required to function as a facilitator, resource, strategist, and a program developer. Using collaborative processes involving staff, students, faculty administrators and external entities, the position is responsible for developing, implementing, maintaining and communicating sustainability initiatives throughout the College. Candidates must possess post secondary education in environmental studies, and have several years of directly related professional experience. A Masters degree in a related field is preferred. Applications are due March 21, 2008. http://www.rrc.mb.ca/files/File/jobpostings/2008-20.pdf

3.  Executive Director, AASHE
AASHE invites applications and nominations for an Executive Director to be responsible for the leadership and management of a rapidly growing, North American higher education association. Tasks will include day-to-day operations, fundraising, communications, and programs. The Executive Director will report to the Board of Directors of AASHE, and will work with six full time staff plus student interns. Desired qualifications include a visionary leader who can inspire university communities to excellence in sustainability, knowledge of current trends in sustainability, and previous leadership in a growing, multi-dimensional nonprofit organization. Review of applications will begin in mid-March and will continue until the position is filled. http://www.aashe.org/highlights/ed_job_posting.php

4. 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

5. Instructor, Environmental Science, College of Southern Nevada
The College of Southern Nevada is seeking an Instructor to teach introductory Environmental Science classes and associated labs. Responsibilities include developing syllabi and course materials and evaluating student mastery of skills and competencies required by course outcomes. A Master's degree in Environmental Science or related fields is required. The candidate must also have recent teaching experience at a college or university with a commitment to lower division teaching. The position is open until filled. http://www.higheredjobs.com/search/details.cfm?JobCode=175299886

6. Adjunct Instructor, Environmental Science, Everest College
Everest College invites applications for an Adjunct Instructor of Environmental Science. Responsibilities include planning course instruction based on approved syllabus/course outlines and assuring course content and learning objectives are met. Candidates must have 2 – 3 years supervisory and teaching experience. The position is open until filled. http://www.higheredjobs.com/search/details.cfm?JobCode=175299858

7. Breakthrough Generation Fellowships
Breakthrough Generation is recruiting for a Fellowship Program that will select up to ten of the country’s top young organizers and thinkers to develop a vision and strategy for a new youth progressive movement. BG is seeking highly motivated, capable, and innovative young leaders who are willing to challenge accepted political norms. Fellowships include a $5,000 grant to support independent projects that both achieve on-the-ground local green solutions and advance the larger movement for a major national investment in clean energy, attendance at the spring and fall summits, and participation in the summer conference. Applications are due at 5p.m. on March 21, 2008. http://itsgettinghotinhere.org/2008/02/21/5000-breakthrough-fellowships/
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NEW RESOURCES

1. Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System Podcast
AASHE has posted a podcast on STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System. The podcast gives an introduction to the rating system and the categories therein. The discussion also covers the process campuses will use to complete an assessment and receive an overall sustainability rating.
http://www.aashe.net/staffblog/campus-operations/podcast-all-about-stars

2. List of Academic Programs on Sustainability & Environmental Law
AASHE had prepared a series of new resources on sustainability in legal education. The resources include lists of graduate programs in sustainability and environmental law, as well as a list of academic centers focused on sustainability and environmental law. The resources are available only to AASHE members. http://www.aashe.net/resources/law.php

3. Campus Sustainability Whitepaper Series: 10% off for AASHE Members
PaperClip Communications is offering a 10 percent discount to AASHE members on their recently released Campus Sustainability Whitepaper Series. The series is comprised of 6 whitepapers: Greening Your Events: How to Plan and Implement Sustainable Campus Events; Sustainable Campus Food Service Programs: From Little Changes to Large Initiatives That Change the Environmental Balance; Going Green in Residence Life: Putting Your Operation in Line with Sustainable Practices; Sustainable Campus Practices: Green Campus Facilities, Purchasing and Business Practices; Sustainable Student Initiatives: What's Working on Our Campuses; and Hosting a Campus Sustainability Day: 40 Campus Examples, How-to Tips & Resources. The whitepapers offer ideas, strategies, and best practices for moving toward sustainability. http://www.aashe.net/staffblog/campus-culture/campus-sustainability-whitepaper-series-10-discount-for-aashe-members

4. Unity College President's Blog: Env. Studies for the Real World
The President of Unity College, Mitchell Thomashow, recently started a new blog entitled, "Environmental Studies for the Real World." In the blog, Thomashow's goal is to use his voice as the President of Unity College to comment on how climate change, loss of biodiversity, and sustainability must be at the forefront of higher education. http://www.ucesrealworld.blogspot.com/
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EVENTS & CONFERENCES 
1. National Student Day of Action to Fight Climate Change Injustice
April 4, 2008; George Washington U; Washington, DC
The National Student Day of Action to Fight Climate Change will bring students together from across the nation to work with their Senators on halting climate change. Students will converge on George Washington University’s campus to receive basic preparation before heading to Capitol Hill to meet with their Senators. Registration deadline is March 24, 2008.
http://vsa.vassar.edu/~operationdonation/

2. Call for Papers--First International Conference on Management and Marketing Sciences (ICMMS 2008)  23 - 25 May Hotel Armonia, Vouliagmeni, Athens, Greece, 23 - 25 May 2008.
 
International Conference on Management and Marketing Sciences 2008 (ICMMS 2008), Athens, Greece 23 - 25 May 2008

The aim of ICMMS 2008 is to discuss and publish research on change in societies, cultures, networks, organizations, teams, and individuals as well as the processes that are most effective in managing transitions from dominant structures to more evolutionary, developmental forms.

Business Administration, Business Law and Ethics, Decision Sciences and Operations Management, E-Business, E-Government, and E-Society, Economics, Finance and Banking, Human Resource, Innovation and Learning, International Business, Knowledge Management, Negotiation, Management and Organizational Behaviour, Management and Sustainable Development, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Online Learning and Management in Education, Operational Research and its applications to industry and economy, Research Methods, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Social Issues in Management, Strategic Business, Technology and Innovation, Other Relevant Topics (see http://www.icmms.org/topics.htm).
URL address: http://www.icmms.org/

3. 3rd Annual National Environmental Studies and Sciences Summit in Jonesboro, Arkansas- May 22-24, 2008

The Summit is an opportunity for exchange of interdisciplinary scholarship, teaching methods, and general networking. It is also an opportunity to learn how you can participate in the newly forming Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) and a new interdisciplinary environmental studies and sciences journal.

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

4. Symposium on Sustainability and Product Development: Advances in Sustainability, Digital Design, and Advanced Manufacturing August 7-8, 2008 Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago, Illinois, USA

Presented by the Department of Mechanical, Materials, and Aerospace Engineering: Illinois Institute of Technology

Presenting the research needs and direction in sustainability, digital design, and advanced manufacturing to assure future US manufacturing competitiveness.

Look for more information in the coming weeks. www.mmae.iit.edu/symposium

5.  Clean Tech Innovation & Growth Forum 2008 on March 18-19, 2008 in San Jose, CA.
Panels added. Due to overwhelming demand, we have extended our Clean Tech Innovation & Growth Forum 2008 on March 18-19 to include panels covering current Clean Tech Trends and Carbon Offset Strategies.  A preliminary agenda of confirmed speakers can be found below. For more information, please visit http://www.ianano.org

6. 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

7. Fossil Fools Day 2008 April 1, 2008; Washington, DC
The Energy Action Coalition is organizing Fossil Fools Day to bring together thousands of young people from around the world for a global day of action demonstrating the youth commitment to stop climate change. The Coalition is calling on communities across Canada and the U.S. to join the event through rallies at gas stations or representative offices, Critical Mass bike rides, office occupations, and more. Fossil Fools Day is an opportunity for students and youth to show strong support for clean energy solutions over fossil fuel addiction.
See also: Rising Tide North America: 15 Ideas for Fossil Foolery on April 1 http://actions.energyactioncoalition.org/fossilfools

8. 2008 Students United for a Responsible Global Environment Conf.
March 28 – 30, 2008; Appalachian State University; Boone, NC
The annual Students United for a Responsible Global Environment Conference will bring together young progressive activists in North Carolina and other southeastern states to build a stronger progressive youth movement through education and collective action. The conference will feature workshops on urban cooperative gardening, direct action organization, hands-on solar power and biodiesel, community bike share projects, tours of wind farm and biodiesel facilities, and more. http://www.surgenetwork.org/conference/

9. Creating a Greenhouse Gas Inventory Webcast April 9, 2008
The National Association of College and University Business Officers will host a webcast on how to conduct a greenhouse gas inventory. The webcast will cover American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment requirements and GHG inventory protocols, GHG inventory tools available, processes and methods relating to conducting a GHG inventory, issues signatories face in conducting a GHG inventory, and resources for implementing the ACUPCC and GHG inventories. Chief Financial Officers, Environmental Health and Safety staff, Sustainability Coordinators, and Facilities Managers are encouraged to participate. http://www.magnetmail.net/actions/email_web_version.cfm?recipient_id=7041157&message_id=444290&user_id=NACUBO

10. How to Start a Local Food Purchasing Program Webcast April 23, 2008
Academic Impressions is offering a webcast on how to set up and manage a local food purchasing program. The presentation will offer solutions to challenges such as distribution, cost, liability, product specifications, handling, and storage, and will also give viewers tips on training the staff to use local food, marketing, and setting short and long term goals. The webcast is aimed at institutions exploring local food purchasing or looking to expand their current local and sustainability initiatives. Directors of Dining, Dining Services Managers, Purchasing Managers, Auxiliary Service Directors, and Sustainability Coordinators are encouraged to attend the event. https://www.academicimpressions.com/web_conferences/0408-local-food.php?q=aashe&c

11. Bringing LEED to College Campuses Webinar April 7, 2008; Webinar
Sustainable Industries magazine will host Extra Credit: Bringing LEED to College Campuses, a free webinar designed to teach viewers how to take advantage of green building opportunities on campus. Green Building professionals, Real Estate professionals, Higher Education professionals, and students are encouraged to attend.
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12. Michigan Energy Conference - April 11-12

Best Practices, Developing Technologies, Economic Impacts, Education Opportunities, Efficiency Standards, Global & National Demands, Policy Issues

Using energy effectively and efficiently is vital to Michigan and its economic future. Creating sustainable environments at home, at work, and throughout our state can help Michigan become a national leader and example in the energy movement. Ferris State University seeks to initiate, facilitate and support the dialogue and innovation necessary to ensure Michigan a bright, promising future.

http://www.ferris.edu/mec/


Fume hoods—small but essential safety devices used in laboratory environments—are highly energy-intensive, each one consuming more energy than three homes in an average U.S. climate. Increasing airflow rates in an effort to enhance safety not only elevates energy use but can in fact compromise safety by causing dangerous turbulence that can foil containment. Source: Mills, E. and D. Sartor. "Energy Use and Savings Potential for Laboratory Fume Hoods." Energy, Vol. 30, 2005, pp. 1859-1864.





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