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SFI weekly newsletter (April 14, 2008)
A weekly service of SFI – www.sfi.mtu.edu


Celebrate Earth Day This Weekend!


 SFI NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
1. Earth Day Festival Tomorrow! Saturday, April 19, Calumet Theater from 5 to 7pm
2.  Drop-N-Shop coming soon! April 29th and 30th
3. Remember: Dorms and MUB go trayless on Earth Day Tuesday April 22
4. Michigan Space Grant Consortium (MSGC) awards two grants to Western UP Center
5. SFHI proposal at Tech Talk on April 22 from 4-5 in MUB Ballroom A
6. Aqua Terra Tech Enterprise Earth and Hydro-science Outreach papers presented in Memphis
7. Michigan Tech Green Campus Enterprise informational meeting, Monday, April 21, 7:00 PM.
8. International programs and services offers “the spring festivals of the world” on april 18.

NEWS
1.  AASHE needs feedback on its STARS program
2. Scotland launching a $10M research call in marine renewable energy
3.  Academic  policy of sustainability directly influence student behavior
4. Scholarly journals subscribe to plagiarism detection software
5. New Conservation Map Tech Showcases Biodiversity Hotspot
6. Campus Environmental Resource Center
7. Ford says near-term tech can boost MPG 20 percent
8. NASCAR going green!
9. Do Colleges Need Green Czars?
10. A Tribute to Aldo Leopold Posted by Margaret Guthrie

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FUNDING & AWARD OPPORTUNITIES
1. RFP Michigan Energy Efficiency Grants (MIEEG).
2. RFP# 30565-06, "Separation of Glycols and Ether from Water."
3. Hydrogen Storage Engineering Center of Excellence

 JOBS & INTERNSHIPS & Ph.D. OPPORTUNITIES
1. Campus Sustainability Fellow, The Hill School, Pottstown, PA, a grade 9-12 boarding school
2. VISTA summer and year-long positions
3. Recycling/Sustainable Acquisition Program Specialist - Houston, TX  
4. Call for Papers--AASHE Student Research on Campus Sustainability Award
5. Web Application Developer for Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Ed. 
6. Manager, Transportation Demand Management, Princeton U
7. Faculty, Env. Science & Conservation Biology, Intl. Honors Prgm
8. Lecturer, Environmental Studies, U Southern California

NEW RESOURCES
1. Diff. Makers-How Social & Institutional Entrepreneurs Created the Corp. Responsibility Movement
2.  Appropedia – Website for Solutions in Sustainability
3. Campus Sustainability Whitepaper Series: 10% off for AASHE Members
4. Fossil fuel CO2 emissions data from the Vulcan Project at Purdue University.
5. Creating posters advice on poster design from Thomas Eatmon

EVENTS & CONFERENCES 
1. International Conference on Sustainable Production and Consumption--Sep 18-20
2. The Future of Food to be shown at Portage Lake District Library in Houghton, April 30th at 6:00pm
3. CFP - AASHE 2008: Working Together for Sustainability Nov 9-11,  Raleigh, NC
4. Creating a Culture of Sustainability Conference May 28-30, 2008; Denver, CO
5. Planning Beyond Sustainability SCUP Southern Regional Conf. Nov 5 – 7 New Orleans, LA
6. Planning for a Sustainable Campus SCUP Conference
7. Creating a Sustainable Campus through Integrated Planning Workshop
8. Embracing a Green Michigan: Carbon Culture at the Crossroads
9. NMU Sustainable Agriculture Club Hosts Guest Speaker Howard Lyman Thurs, April 24, 7 pm
10.  CFP 5th International Congress of Nano-Bio & Clean Tech 2008 San Francisco, Oct 27-30
11. International Workshop "Natural and Low-Cost Materials In Wind Energy Technologies" in Nepal

The weekly newsletters are now posted at our Website (http://www.sfi.mtu.edu/) under “Press Room.” In an effort to increase recognition and enhance SFI’s image, we want to include more publicity about SFI  member achievements. Please send announcements of your publications, presentations, awards, and names of awarded proposals. Please send items for inclusion in SFI weekly newsletter to Denise Heikinen, Communications Coordinator, at dmheikin@mtu.edu, or call (906)487-0044.

SFI NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

1. Earth Day Festival Tomorrow! Saturday, April 19, Calumet Theater from 5 to 7pm
The ballroom will feature many environmental groups, artists
and merchants with displays and demonstrations.
•    Keweenaw Krayons --seed pots, from recycled newspaper
•    Autumn Star Designs--garments made from all natural fibers and dyes
•    Clothing and accessories from natural and salvaged materials
•    Ryan Dalman will have wood fired pottery
•    Earthwork Music will have CD's, T-Shirts, posters and more
•    Barbara Hardy and Viki Weglarz--Permaculture backyard Design
•    Keweenaw Land Trust, Seeds, Northern Options and more
•    The Keweenaw Coop will serve soup, snacks and refreshments from 5 to 7pm
•    Slide shows and power point presentations begin at 5:00 pm.  In order of appearance:
Melissa Davis, New Home Power Tour on alternative energy
Ray Weglarz RN CHPN on canoeing the rivers in  the western Upper Peninsula
o    Rick Loduha, professional designer, demonstration on Sustainable Design
o    Mary Hindelang PhD, RN, BSN, Wild Nature-Places and Animals
Concert starts at 7pm, in the theater featuring the EarthWork Music Collective

2.  Drop-N-Shop coming soon! April 29th and 30th

The Students for Environmental Sustainability are organizing this year’s Drop-N-Shop events along with Michigan Tech Residence Life during Tuesday and Wednesday of finals week (April 29th and 30th ). There will be four locations around campus to drop off your gently used items:
 DHH Loading Dock, 2:00-3:00 pm     McNair Loading Dock, 3:00-4:00 pm
Wads Loading Dock, 4:00-5:00 pm     MUB Circle, 12:00-5:00--On-the-Spot Drop-N-Shop events)

The goal of Drop-N-Shop is to reduce the amount of useable items that are landfilled each spring due to the departure of students. However, we welcome all students, staff, faculty and community members to donate their gently used items, which can then either be purchased for a small donation at the On-the-Spot Drop-N-Shop MUB Circle location, or at St. Vincent de Paul where all remaining items will be donated. Please look for Drop-N-Shop posters for a list of acceptable donation items. And remember, your “trash” could be someone’s treasure!

3. Remember: Dorms and MUB go trayless on Earth Day Tuesday April 22

4. Michigan Space Grant Consortium (MSGC) awards two grants to Western UP Center

Joan Chadde, Director of the Western UP Center for Science, Math, and Environmental Education, received two grants from the MSGC each for $4,776.
Public Outreach - to conduct 3 Family Engineering Nights
Teacher Training - to conduct 3 "Engineering is Elementary" workshops in the UP
The Family Engineering K12 website is http://wupcenter.mtu.edu/family_engineering/

5. SFHI proposal at Tech Talk on April 22 from 4-5 in MUB Ballroom A
Craig Waddell (HU) will present a proposal for a Strategic Faculty Hiring Initiative (SFHI) focused on reducing or elimination global poverty.

6. Aqua Terra Tech Enterprise Earth and Hydro-science Outreach papers presented in Memphis

Undergraduate Katelyn FitzGerald (GMES) presented a paper co-authored by undergraduates Stephanie Garbacik (CEE) and Tyler Cragg (GMES), "Engaging Urban Students in Geoenvironmental Education Using Storm Water Management Techniques," at the
2008 Ground Water Summit held March 31-April 2 in Memphis. Associate Professor John Gierke (GMES), advisor to ATT, presented a paper co-authored by graduate students Essa
Gross (GMES) and Elizabeth Myre (CEE) and Antoinette Kome (SNV-Nicaragua), "A Technologically Appropriate Method for Measuring the Specific Capacity of Rope-pump Wells," in the Ground Water Research in Developing Countries session.

7. The Michigan Tech Green Campus Enterprise informational meeting, Monday, April 21, 7:00 PM.
The Michigan Tech Green Campus Enterprise invites the student body and members of environmental sustainability organizations on campus to attend an informational meeting on Monday, April 21, 7:00 PM. After a brief presentation, there will be an opportunity for Q&A and an open discussion to determine how all involved can proceed synergistically to achieve their goals to climate change, develop a greener campus, and attain academic credit.
Enterprise participants will report on its work

    * to achieve carbon neutrality on campus,
    * embark in new research opportunities for energy conservation and carbon footprint analysis,
    * design educational models and academic curricula for environmental sustainability,
    * and implement greener, energy efficient technology throughout the University.

This informational meeting will be held in Fisher Hall 130 at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, April 21. Free pizza and refreshments will be served. The Green Campus Enterprise is sponsored by the MTU Academic Quality Improvement Program and the Pavlis Institute for Global Technological Leadership.

8. International programs and services offers “the spring festivals of the world” on April 18.
In conjunction with the Michigan Tech’s annual tradition of Spring Fling, the Office of International Programs and Services (IPS) will offer the Spring Festivals of the World on April 18th starting at noon. The event is co-sponsored by the International Club, Muslim Student Association (MSA), Indian Student Association (ISA), and Malaysian Student Association.

NEWS

1. AASHE needs feedback on its STARS program
The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) invites you to provide feedback on the latest draft version of STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System).  The document, STARS 0.5, is available at www.aashe.org/stars/documents/STARS_0.5.pdf.  STARS strives to provide a standardized system for tracking information about sustainability performance and enable better information sharing about sustainability practices.  Over 90 colleges and universities are pilot testing STARS throughout 2008.  Additional information about the project is available at www.aashe.org/stars.  

2. Scotland launching a $10M research call in marine renewable energy
The BBC announced that Scotland is launching a $10M research call aimed at jump-starting research in marine renewable energy. Entries will need to be commercially viable and demonstrated in Scotland, whose seas are thought to have the capacity to produce 25% of Europe's tidal energy - and 10% of its wave energy. It's all part of the Scots' ambitious plan to generate half of their electricity from renewable sources by 2020 to meet Kyoto standards; they are currently gunning for 31% by 2011 - a very achievable target if they are able to effectively harness the seas' plentiful energy an their reputation for innovation in the areas of science.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/7325870.stm

3.  Academic  policy of sustainability directly influence student behavior
Students are more likely to act in environmentally friendly ways (or at least to report that they do) at colleges and universities where campus policies emphasize environmental sustainability, according to a survey of 1,700 students conducted by researchers at the College of William and Mary and released today. The survey, released by the Sustainable Endowments Institute, found that students at institutions that received A grades on the institute’s sustainability “report card” were likelier than those at colleges that scored D’s and F’s to report limiting their energy use, limiting their appliances, and turning off their computers when not in use, among other behaviors. “When students perceive climate change to be a priority for their school, it really affects their individual actions,” Samantha Weston, co-director of the study and a senior at William and Mary, said in a news release about the survey.

http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2008/04/18/qt
Sustainable Endowments Institute  http://www.endowmentinstitute.org/

4. Scholarly journals subscribe to plagiarism detection software
Students may not be the only ones being checked electronically for plagiarism. The company that offers the popular detection service Turnitin announced this week a new service to be used by scholarly journals. http://www.crossref.org/crweblog/2008/04/crossref_announces_crosscheck.html

5. New Conservation Map Tech Showcases Biodiversity Hotspot
Researchers have developed a new road map for finding and protecting thousands of rare species that live only in Madagascar, considered one of the most significant biodiversity hot spots in the world. The plan and the methods used to develop it are described in the April 11 issue of the journal Science. Similarly rich sources of data exist in other parts of the world, the authors noted, and their method of analysis can easily be transferred to other high priority regions for conservation.
 
http://www.wwj.com/New-Conservation-Map-Tech-Showcases-Biodiversity-H/2024079

6. Campus Environmental Resource Center
The National Association of College and University Business Officers recently launched an online environmental resource center called CampusERC. The site is designed as a multifaceted library of resources for college and university environmental officers to keep up with the latest news and information on environmental issues, study best practices in environmental management, view case studies, and better understand what institutions must do to comply with environmental regulations issued by the Environmental Protection Agency.
See also: CampusERC Website http://www.campuserc.org/Pages/default.aspx
http://www.campuserc.org/news/Pages/HigherEducationAssociationsLaunchOnline.aspx

7. Ford says near-term tech can boost MPG 20 percent
Ford Motor Co. says near-term technological advances can boost fuel economy by up to 20 percent. Andreas R. Schamel, Ford's chief engineer for research and advanced engineering, told the Society of Automotive Engineers 2008 World Congress Wednesday about the automaker's EcoBoost technology. EcoBoost, which mates advanced direct injection technology and turbocharging with a gasoline engine, can deliver up to 20 percent better fuel economy, 15 percent lower CO2 emissions and superior driving performance versus larger displacement engines. The technology will be spread across Ford's lineup from small cars to large pickups.
http://www.wwj.com/ISSYS-Gets-Patent-For--Microtubes-/2015135

8. NASCAR goes green!
Chevrolet is continuing its effort to have NASCAR make alternative fuels a priority. NASCAR executives have indicated that alternative fuels are a priority. The chairman of General Motors has been among those who has talked with NASCAR officials about alternative fuels. Link

9. Do Colleges Need Green Czars?
At a recent gathering in College Park, Md., for the Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference, business officers joined campus planners and the latest subgroup to make its presence felt: campus sustainability coordinators. http://insidehighered.com/news/2008/04/15/sustainability

10. A Tribute to Aldo Leopold
Aldo Leopold is widely considered the father of the conservation movement. This Monday (Apr21) marks the 60th anniversary of his death.  http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/54563/
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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. RFP Michigan Energy Efficiency Grants (MIEEG).
The Michigan Public Service Commission invites proposals from organizations for Michigan Energy Efficiency Grants (MIEEG). This RFP has three separate components: develop or improve the quality or application of energy efficient technologies, promote and increase the use of ENERGY STAR Compact Fluorescent Lamps, or develop Green Community programs. Nonprofit, public, and private organizations are eligible to submit proposals. One or more grants will be awarded.  Grants will be funded by the Low-Income and Energy Efficiency Fund. The total amount available for MIEEG is $15 million. The distribution of monies from this fund is contingent upon the passage of, and will be consistent with, the 2009 appropriations bill.  Proposals may be for a portion of the available funds or for the entire amount. It is anticipated that the grant(s) will be awarded in a Commission Order in June 2008, and the grant period is expected to begin October 2008 and end October 31, 2010.

 For more information see the April 10, 2008 Michigan Energy Efficiency Grant Request for Proposal at http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mpsc/miee-rd22_4-9-08_230977_7.pdf


2. RFP# 30565-06, "Separation of Glycols and Ether from Water."
Lyondell Chemical Company has retained the services of NineSigma to seek respondents to RFP# 30565-06, "Separation of Glycols and Ether from Water."

Conventional distillation approaches do not provide cost effective solutions. Permeation, adsorption and absorption processes and hybrid processes are of great interest. The final submission date for Proposal Abstracts is May 2, 2008. More information is available in the Request for Proposal (RFP) document online at http://www.ninesigma.com/mx/30565-06.

If after reviewing the full RFP document you are interested in submitting a proposal or would like more information, please contact me PhD@ninesigma.com by email and reference RFP# 30565-06 in the subject line.

3. Hydrogen Storage Engineering Center of Excellence
Deadline-- 6/4/2008  16 for $40M
researching and developing onboard vehicular hydrogen storage systems and components that will allow for a driving range of greater than 300 miles while
http://tinyurl.com/6yvpfz
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JOBS & INTERNSHIPS & Ph.D. OPPORTUNITIES

1. Campus Sustainability Fellow, The Hill School, Pottstown, PA, a grade 9-12 boarding school

 
The Campus Sustainability Fellow will continue to develop the School's sustainability program, which aims to:
-    Raise environmental awareness among students, faculty, and staff;
-    Integrate sustainability practices into all aspects of school life and operations; and
-    Reduce The Hill School's environmental impacts.  
 
Responsibilities include:
•    Build relationships to generate ideas and support.
•    Complete a campus sustainability audit and establish a set of indicators 
•    Use the audit and other resources to create a comprehensive plan with specific projects for sustainability.
•    Establish and manage a sustainability task force to and implement changes 
•    Advise and manage several ongoing student activities
•    Oversee the development of a small school garden
•    Educate the School community about sustainability
•    Maintain the "Sustainability at The Hill" section of the School's website
•    Work with the Business and Advancement offices to identify and pursue funding
•    Represent and share the School's sustainability program beyond campus through NAIS networks, the Environmental Education Committee of the local

            Ideally the successful candidate will have: a bachelor's degree in environmental studies, science, management, conservation, or related field; knowledge of sustainability issues and best practices; commitment to institutional and societal sustainability; ability to develop relationships and collaborate with people throughout a school community; excellent organizational, analytical, and planning skills; strong writing skills; and the ability to work independently.  Experience as an intern in a college campus sustainability office strongly preferred; interest in working in a boarding school environment strongly preferred.  Experience with fundraising/grant writing a plus.
 
Please contact Kristin Cheek, (610) 326-1000, ext. 7249 or kcheek@thehill.org.

2. VISTA summer and year-long positions
VISTA has 55 openings for challenging national service working with environmental issues and their own artistic capabilities in  the Appalachian Coal Country Watershed Team and the Western Hardrock Watershed Team. These jobs entail working with volunteer watershed/community improvement volunteers to address the mess left by past mining.  A  new team in Colorado has four positions open.  See www.accwt.org for lots of useful information, including how to apply.  VISTA offers both full-time year-long opportunities and a Summer Associate program. The pay is low but survivable. These are opportunities to work with others of many disciplines and many backgrounds and many perspectives, to test one’s own sense of worth and to see just how well one might do in the larger world of multiple opportunities and the demanding realities of poverty borne of environmental devastation. Allan Comp 202-208-2836 tcomp@osmre.gov

3. Recycling/Sustainable Acquisition Program Specialist - Houston, TX  
Position Description—Will oversee and manage the Recycling/Sustainable Acquisition Program under the Environmental Program at Johnson Space Center (JSC). Will identify, assess and resolve problems concerning water pollution. Will conduct required environmental tests, analysis and observations and will evaluates results and make recommendations as necessary for maintaining compliance with regulatory agencies. May direct and lead the work of others.
 Required Skills—3 years experience in developing recycling plans, policies and procedures, and in implementing recycling and waste minimization programs, activities, plans and recommending new technologies. Experience with EPA and TCEQ regulations and guidance regarding recycling, source reduction and waste minimization and in developing and implementing sustainable acquisition programs, preferred. If no experience exists, training must be obtained within 30 days of employment start date.
Education—B.S. Degree in Environmental Science or Management, or Chemistry, Environmental or Chemical Engineering or related science.
 Submit Resume To: careers@ertcorp.com

4. Call for Papers--AASHE Student Research on Campus Sustainability Award

AASHE invites undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at U.S. or Canadian institutions of higher education to submit research papers of any length on campus sustainability that have not been previously published, are written in English, and were completed after August 1, 2007. A version of the winning paper will be published in Sustainability: The Journal of Record (subject to editorial review). Longer papers will be edited to meet the Journal's length standards. Papers are due August 1, 2008.
http://www.aashe.org/programs/student_research_award.php

5. Web Application Developer for Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Ed. 
AASHE invites applications for a Web Application Developer. The successful applicant will work as part of the IT Team to develop web applications. Duties will include leading the development of data intensive and user friendly web applications that help colleges and universities share information and measure their progress toward meeting sustainability goals, indentifying programming paradigms and design patterns most suitable for AASHE’s application needs, and developing creative solutions to complex programming problems. Experience developing web applications in a LAMP environment is highly desired. A Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Information Sciences or similar curriculum with software development emphasis is required. The position is open until filled.
http://www.aashe.net/blog/aashe-biz/were-hiring-web-application-developer
AASHE http://www.aashe.org/highlights/web_developer.php

6. Manager, Transportation Demand Management, Princeton U
Princeton University (NJ) is hiring a Transportation Demand Management Manager to implement a sustainable TDM program. The TDM manager is required to develop, implement, monitor and evaluate programs and initiatives that result in significant shifts in transportation mode shares within the University. One example would be shifting trips from single-occupant-vehicles to walking, cycling, transit and carpooling. The position requires a bachelor's degree and two to three years of professional experience managing a TDM program, related transportation/transit planning or operations agency or the equivalent combination of education and experience. The position is open until filled.
http://www.higheredjobs.com/search/details.cfm?JobCode=175306686


7. Faculty, Env. Science & Conservation Biology, Intl. Honors Prgm
The International Honors Program seeks a Ph.D.-level faculty or Ph.D. candidate to participate as a travelling faculty on the program, "Rethinking Globalization: Nature, Culture, Justice". Rethinking Globalization is an 8-month program of study and travel around the world from September 2008 to May 2009. The itinerary will include Washington DC, Tanzania, India, New Zealand, and Mexico. The IHP is seeking a traveling faculty for late November to early May to teach the course, Ecology and Comparative Conservation Practices. The ideal candidate would have a background in ecology, environmental studies/policy, conservation biology, and globalization studies. Expertise and/or field experience in one or more of the countries on the itinerary is preferred, but not essential. Preference will be given to candidates with experience leading or teaching on field-based courses, and those who have traveled and/or lived in another culture for an extended period. The position is open until filled.
http://www.higheredjobs.com/search/details.cfm?JobCode=175306097

8. Lecturer, Environmental Studies, U Southern California
The University of Southern California Environmental Studies Program in the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences is seeking applicants for a non-tenure-track lecturer position on the policy side of environmental studies. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses in the ENST program as well as graduate courses in a developing progressive MA degree program. The requirements include a Ph.D. in a field related to environmental policy and planning such as political science, international relations, or economics.
http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000554139-01&pg=s&cc=
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NEW RESOURCES

1. The Difference Makers: How Social and Institutional Entrepreneurs Created the Corporate Responsibility Movement by Sandra Waddock


Pre-order before publication on 1st May 2008 and receive 20% discount. For TOC and sample chapter go to http://www.greenleaf-publishing.com/productdetail.kmod?productid=2688

2.  Appropedia – Website for Solutions in Sustainability
Humboldt State University's Campus Center for Appropriate Technology recently partnered with Appropedia, a website for collaborative, free, open-source solutions in sustainability, to host the methods and lessons of the Center's sustainability projects. Appropedia uses the same format was Wikipedia to allow user to share and gain knowledge of appropriate technologies and sustainable living solutions. The site offers projects and information in water conservation, organic gardening, community organizing, and more.         See  http://www.humboldt.edu/~ccat/drupal-5/?q=node/38

3. Campus Sustainability Whitepaper Series: 10% off for AASHE Members
PaperClip Communications is offering a 10% 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 white papers offer ideas, strategies, and best practices for moving toward sustainability. http://www.aashe.net/blog//campus-culture/campus-sustainability-whitepaper-series-10-discount-for-aashe-members

4. Fossil fuel CO2 emissions data from the Vulcan Project at Purdue University.
The Vulcan Project is a NASA/DOE funded effort under the North American Carbon Program (NACP) to quantify North American fossil fuel carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions at space and time scales much finer than has been achieved in the past. The purpose is to aid in quantification of the North American carbon budget, to support inverse estimation of carbon sources and sinks, and to support the demands posed by the launch of the Orbital Carbon Observatory (OCO)scheduled for 2008/2009.

Data are freely available to scientists and the public: www.purdue.edu/eas/carbon/vulcan
The Purdue press release is at: http://news.uns.purdue.edu/x/2008a/080407GurneyVulcan.html
A YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJpj8UUMTaI

5. Creating posters advice on poster design from Thomas Eatmon

Swarthmore--- http://www.swarthmore.edu/NatSci/cpurrin1/posteradvice.htm
http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/powerpoint/HA100308481033.aspx (for scaled-down version)
Creating an Effective Scientific Poster Presentation
http://www.tc.umn.edu/~schne006/tutorials/poster_design/
 Engineering school at Penn State      http://www.writing.engr.psu.edu/posters.html
 Effective poster design        http://www.ncsu.edu/project/posters/NewSite/
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EVENTS & CONFERENCES 

1. International Conference on Sustainable Production and Consumption--Sep 18-20
The Centre for Economic Law Studies the Faculty of Law at Université Laval is proud to welcome two prestigious keynote speakers, Ms. Sheila Watt-Cloutier (nominated for the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize) and Mr Pierre-Marc Johnson. For more information go to www.colloque2008cede.fd.ulaval.ca or contact claude.massicotte@fd.ulaval.ca

2. The Future of Food to be shown at Portage Lake District Library in Houghton, April 30th at 6:00pm
The film, The Future of Food will be shown Wednesday, April 30th at 6:00 p.m. at the Portage Lake District Library in Houghton. The purpose is to encourage home and community gardening, as well as  the development of a marketing system to ensure local food security.The film is sponsored by the Keweenaw Co-op and the Copper Country Citizens for Progressive Change. For more information, call 482-3270.

3. CFP, Regist. Open - AASHE 2008: Working Together for Sustainability Nov 9-11, 2008; Raleigh, NC
AASHE is inviting submissions of abstracts for AASHE 2008: Working Together for Sustainability - On Campus and Beyond. Over 1,000 participants are expected from every sector of the higher education community, including sustainability officers, administrators from academics and operations, facilities officers, operations and finance staff, design consultants, and faculty and students from a variety of disciplines. Keynote speakers include Van Jones, Peter Senge, Lester Brown, and Vandana Shiva. Presentation proposals are due by May 1. Early registration ends June 17, 2008. Discounts are available for students and AASHE members.
http://www.aashe.org/conf2008/call.php

4. Creating a Culture of Sustainability Conference May 28-30, 2008; Denver, CO
Academic Impressions will host "Creating a Culture of Sustainability," a conference that will offer sustainability coordinators and those charged with organizing sustainability efforts across campus the skills to create a roadmap for promoting a culture of sustainability on campus. The conference will teach participants how to develop and increase sustainability efforts, think and plan strategically for carbon neutrality, develop creative financing strategies for sustainability initiatives, implement innovative strategies for engaging students, faculty, and staff, and track the progress of sustainability efforts on campus.
https://www.academicimpressions.com/conferences/0508-sustainability.php

5. Planning Beyond Sustainability SCUP Southern Regional Conf. Nov 5 – 7 New Orleans, LA
The Society for College and University Planning is pleased to invite registration for the 2008 Southern Regional Conference, Regeneration: Planning Beyond Sustainability. The conference will examine the concept of the regenerative and restorative roles institutions of higher education can play to better their communities and environment. The conference also plans to address how institutions deal with lost funding in the face of a needed capital project, find alternative funding sources, or build and/plan for sustainability. http://www.scup.org/regions/so/2008/index.html

6. Planning for a Sustainable Campus SCUP Conference April 24, 2008; Southern Methodist University; Dallas, TX
The Society for College and University Planning is pleased to invite participants in the 2008 Southern Metro Mini, Planning for a Sustainable Campus. The conference will address such topics as cost versus benefit of going green, new projects and renovations, and projects that make campuses more sustainable. Early registration deadline is April 20, 2008.
http://www.scup.org/annualconf/43/workshops.html#P023

7. Creating a Sustainable Campus through Integrated Planning Workshop  July 19, 2008, Montreal, QC
The Society for Campus and University Planning is inviting participants for the Creating a Sustainable Campus Through Integrated Planning preconference workshop. The workshop will discuss creating sustainable practices that bring inter- and intra-campus communities together, developing integrated strategies that tie sustainability to its core mission, and merging the planning efforts of academic, student life, resource, and facilities professionals on campus. This workshop is for any campus planner, organizer or administrator who beginning to develop and integrate sustainability as a core value into their campus planning process.
http://www.scup.org/annualconf/43/workshops.html#P023

8. Embracing a Green Michigan: Carbon Culture at the Crossroads
On Earth Day, April 22, WWJ Newsradio 950 and the University Research Consortium (UM, MSU, and WSU) are sponsoring "Embracing a Green Michigan: Carbon Culture At The Crossroads." This event will explore the public policies that are needed at the federal, state and local levels to create a bioeconomy, how environmental concerns will change the products we use every day, the challenges of changing public behavior and habits to support new energy and environmental technologies and more. More at http://www.wwj.com/pages/1958825.php.

9. NMU Sustainable Agriculture Club Hosts Guest Speaker Howard Lyman Thurs, April 24, 7 pm
 Cattle rancher turned vegan and activist, Howard Lyman, comes to Northern Michigan University to present in the Great Lakes Room of the University Center.  This fourth-generation cattle rancher’s objective is to educate people on plant based diets, sustainable food practices, and the current dangers of modern agriculture and methods of food production.

During a 1996 guest appearance on the Oprah Winfrey show, Lyman made the public aware of the current issues with cattle feeding practices. Today, Lyman travels hundreds of thousands of miles every year lecturing and speaking to individuals about plant based lifestyles.  He also makes it a point to expose propaganda about the cattle and dairy industry.  This, according to Lyman, is the “Plain Truth from a Cattle Rancher That Won’t Eat Meat.”
Contact: Erica Lensink, President, NMU Sustainable Agriculture Club
Phone: (608) 669-0833        Email: elensink@nmu.edu

10.  CFP 5th International Congress of Nano-Bio & Clean Tech 2008 San Francisco, Oct 27-30
Deadline for Abstract submission: June 30, 2008

The International Association of Nanotechnology is now accepting abstracts to be presented at the upcoming  5th International Congress of Nano-Bio & Clean Tech 2008. The conference will gather world class researchers, business executives and engineers from over 30 countries. Featured Session: Emerging Tech Investment Forum
This session will provide a unique opportunity for start-up companies to present their products, services, and business models to an audience of venture capitalists and private investors.
For more information, please visit http://www.ianano.org/CallforPapers.htm

11. International Workshop "Natural and Low-Cost Materials In Wind Energy Technologies" in Nepal
10-12 November 2008 in Dhulikhel, Nepal.

The workshop will serve as a forum for sharing latest research results in the areas of  wind energy technologies, as well as mechanics and strength of natural materials (first of all, wood), which have a potential for the use in wind energy technologies. Further, we seek to introduce local participants and other participants from  the developing countries into the perspectives of the application of wood and other low-cost materials in wind energy. The webpage of the Workshop is http://www.risoe.dk/Conferences/Nepal_workshop2008.aspx.
Web:  http://www.risoe.dk/About_risoe/research_departments/AFM/CV/lemi/lemi_cv.aspx


Edmunds tested cars including a 2007 Lexus, a 2008 Buick Enclave and a 2007 Toyota Tundra to gauge calm driving (65 mph using cruise control) and aggressive driving (75 mph to 80 mph, constantly accelerating, changing lanes and braking sharply for obstacles). Calm driving resulted in fuel-mileage improvements of 32.5 miles per gallon from 24.5 for the Lexus (33 percent), 20.8 from 15.5 mpg for the Toyota (35 percent) and 27.2 from 19.7 mpg for the Buick (38 percent). Driving in a calm manner but at high speeds (77 mph) showed a 10 percent to 15 percent improvement in gas mileage over aggressive driving. Traveling the speed limit alone improved savings an average 14 percent; mileage decreases about 20 cents a gallon for every five miles an hour over 65 mph, according to the agencies.



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