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SFI weekly newsletter (August 4, 2008)
A weekly service of SFI – www.sfi.mtu.edu

SFI NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
SFI NEW FUNDING

SUSTAINABILITY NEWS

1. Summer Olympics at Michigan Tech—TONIGHT! through August 17th, Sunday
2. ReCellular announces investment, expansion
3 . Greenpeace cites rising e-waste dumping in Africa
4. Calumet High School to build solar car that gets 30MPH
5.  Marathon donates $2.4 million for fuels exhibit at Science Center
6. Congress Passes Higher Education Sustainability Act (HESA)
7. The Alliance to Save Energy 2008 “Stars of Energy Efficiency”
4. School Fundraisers Go Green
5. The ENERGY STAR Recycle My Old Fridge Campaign

SEMINARS
1. Performance and System Analysis of Wastewater Treatment Systems and Potable Water in Rural Bolivia

FUNDING & AWARD OPPORTUNITIES
1. Request for Proposals to  Participate in a Project to Accelerate Campus Climate-Change Initiatives

 JOBS & INTERNSHIPS & Ph.D. OPPORTUNITIES

1. Assistant Professor, Global Environmental Politics, U Puget Sound
2. Sustainability Manager, Cuyahoga Community College

NEW RESOURCES
EVENTS & CONFERENCES  

1. EPA annual Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools National Symposium, Dec 4 to 6
2. 24th International Conference on Solid Waste Technology and Management Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.    March 15 - 18, 2009
3. Historically Black Colleges & Universities-Undergrad Program National Research Conference Exhibitor Site –October 23-26 in Atlanta
4. SCUP Regional Conf. - Regeneration: Planning Beyond Sustainability November 5 -7, 2008; New Orleans, LA

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
SFI NEW FUNDING

SUSTAINABILITY NEWS
1. Summer Olympics at Michigan Tech—TONIGHT! through August 17th, Sunday
A great sport competition is opening at the other side of the world, Beijing, China. As a response, CSSA (Chinese Students and Scholars Association) is holding a mini Olympics  games on campus, including basket ball, beach volley ball, badminton,
Soccer, and table tennis.  Registration and application accepted before the match day except for tonight’s opening video that requires no registration.

Schedule and Admin contact person
Aug 8 Fri-- video of the Olympics Opening and FREE pizza and drinks.

Fisher 139     7:00pm-11:00pm        Just walk in, no registration.

Aug. 9     Sat & Aug 10 Sun            Basketball 3v3 SDC MultiPurpose, 1:00pm-4:50pm        Zhenyu Hu (zhengyuh@mtu.edu) is in charge

Beach Volleyball4v4                         Beach Volleyball Court, 6:00pm-9:50pm                        Chen Li in charge: cheli@mtu.edu

Aug. 16 Sat & Aug. 17 Sun            Badminton single, level A &B                                           SDC MultiPurpose, 1:00pm-4:50pm
Jiesheng Wang is in charge: jiewang@mtu.edu

Soccer6v6  Soccer Field,                 4:30pm-8:20pm        Qing Ling in charge: qling@mtu.edu

Pingpong single, level A&B             WoodGym Balcony,6:00pm-9:50pm                            Zezhou Wang in charge: zewang@mtu.edu

According to the spirit of the Olmypics, everyone is welcome. We also need volunteers to referee and field setup. Enjoy the summer Olympics, and hope you win the great value.

2. ReCellular announces investment, expansion
ReCellular Inc., based in Dexter, Michigan, the world’s leading cell-phone recycling firm, announced today that Stockholm, Sweden-based Investor Growth Capital is investing $15 million in ReCellular in a Series A Preferred Stock financing. The investment adds a growing clean-tech company to IGC’s portfolio, and will enable ReCellular to expand operations and accelerate its rapid revenue growth. More at http://www.wwj.com/ReCellular-Announces-Investment--Expansion/2745107

3 . Greenpeace cites rising e-waste dumping in Africa
Greenpeace is calling on the world's electronics companies to eliminate hazardous chemicals from their products, saying toxic waste from wealthy nations' gadgets ends up being dumped in poor countries despite laws prohibiting it. The environmental watchdog made the appeal in a new report on the electronic waste trade, which it said was spreading from Asia to West Africa -- particularly Ghana, where discarded TVs and computers that contain toxic materials are being dismantled by children as young as 5. link

4. Calumet High School to build solar car that gets 30MPH
New Power Tour  in Laurium has  connected with a buyer and the CLK high school shop class to assemble build solar car that gets 30MPH here! General Manager Melissa Davis says it will be similar to the one in this youtube video: “It's 15 minutes, if you just want the deets on the car, you can jog it to around 5:00.  The whole story is nice, though.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0JNohHaqM4
www.newpowertour.com

5.  Marathon donates $2.4 million for fuels exhibit at Science Center
Detroit-based Marathon Oil Co. announced a $2.4 million grant to the Detroit Science Center for the creation of a new Future Fuels Gallery at the museum. The 6,000-square-foot, three-story gallery will be one of the museum's largest exhibit areas and the Midwest's only public, educational display of petroleum and alternative fuels technology. It is planned to open in 2010. Future Fuels will be an integrated experience that contains 40 exhibits in an immersive experience clustered into four themed areas on three different levels -- Exploring an Oil Reservoir, Production and Transportation Technology, Inside a Working Refinery and Alternative Fuels. More at http://www.wwj.com/Marathon-Donates--2-4-Million-For-Fuels-Gallery-At/2745191
 
6. Congress Passes Higher Education Sustainability Act (HESA)
Congress has passed all provisions of the Higher Education Sustainability Act (HESA) as part of the new Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HR 4137). HR 4137, expected to be signed into law shortly by President Bush, creates a "University Sustainability Grants Program" at the Department of Education. It will offer competitive grants to institutions and associations of higher education to develop, implement and evaluate sustainability curricula, practices, and academic programs. This is the first new federal environmental education funding program authorized in 18 years. The bill also directs the Department of Education to convene a national summit of higher education sustainability experts, federal agency staff, and business leaders to identify best practices and opportunities for collaboration in sustainability.  http://ncseonline.org/Updates/cms.cfm?id=2459
See also: Background on HESA from Campaign for Environmental Literacy http://www.fundee.org/campaigns/hesa/

7. The Alliance to Save Energy 2008 “Stars of Energy Efficiency” award winners
The Alliance to Save Energy congratulates its 2008 “Stars of Energy Efficiency” award winners, selected from among a record-setting 95 nominees.

United Technologies Corporation--The Galaxy Award for their environmental achievements to date, and for future investments committed for energy efficiency.

Rinnai Corporation--The Super Nova Award for innovation in energy-efficient tank-less water heater technologies.

York County, VA Schools--The Andromeda Award for reducing their energy consumption by more than 48 billion Btu through energy-saving and sustainable building design practices.

Embraco (Brazil)--The I-Star Award for International Projects for continuing to lead the market in energy-efficient reciprocating compressors for refrigeration.

Jupiter Oxygen Corporation--The Innovative Award for development of their patented cost-effective, carbon-capturing oxy-fuel technology.

Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner Jon Wellinghof--The Charles Percy Award for Public Service for decades of outstanding public service and leadership in energy efficiency at both state and federal levels.

Philips Electronics--The Chairman’s Award selected by Alliance Honorary Chair Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark) for leadership in the creation and success of the Lighting Efficiency Coalition.
For more details on the winning nominations, please visit www.ase.org/dinner.

8. School Fundraisers Go Green
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121607802464352547.html
For decades, children have hawked candy and cookie dough to friends and family to help fund extracurricular activities and school playgrounds. Now a handful of entrepreneurs have set out to change that paradigm, offering ecologically friendly products for kids and parents to sell for school fund-raisers. From recycled wrapping paper to fair-trade coffee, the business owners are pitching the products as viable fund-raising alternatives for schools.

9. The ENERGY STAR Recycle My Old Fridge Campaign

The ENERGY STAR Recycle My Old Fridge Campaign is a new, nationwide effort, brought to you by the U.S. Department of Energy and the government’s ENERGY STAR program. The campaign encourages every American who owns an old, inefficient refrigerator to save money, energy, and the environment by recycling old refrigerators and, when a replacement is needed, to buy a new ENERGY STAR qualified refrigerator. www.recyclemyoldfridge.com ENERGY STAR has a refrigerator retirement calculator at www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=refrig.calculator
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SEMINARS
1. Monday, August 11, 2008
Meredith Ballard, MS Environmental Engineering
Brian Barkdoll, Advisor
Performance and System Analysis of Wastewater Treatment Systems and Potable Water in Rural Bolivia
DOW 875                                                        10:00 am

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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. Request for Proposals to  Participate in a Project to Accelerate Campus Climate-Change Initiatives
 
Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) is inviting colleges and universities to submit proposals to participate in a project to accelerate campus climate-change initiatives. Ten selected campuses will be visited by RMI and later will receive funding to collaborate in an RMI workshop with Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education  (AASHE) and interested funders.  Campuses will be assisted in strengthening their climate-change initiatives related to campus operations. They will be eligible to receive modest seed funding in the range of $25K to 50K for high-potential projects after they have completed the workshop.  The project will ultimately result in a web-based framework for operations-based campus-climate action. The RFP and proposal application will be available for download beginning August 5th at http://www.rmi.org/sitepages/pid529.php. Proposals are due September 3rd.
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JOBS & INTERNSHIPS & STUDENT & Ph.D. OPPORTUNITIES

1. Assistant Professor, Global Environmental Politics, U Puget Sound
The University of Puget Sound (WA) invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor of Global Environmental Politics. Teaching responsibilities include the introductory "environment and society" course, a senior seminar, and other specialized courses in the candidate's area of expertise. The successful candidate will take an active and collaborative role in the growing Environmental Policy and Decision Making Minor and the new Sound Policy Institute, sharing responsibility for curriculum planning, co-curricular programs, student advising, and civic engagement. Qualifications include a Ph.D. in political science or a related field and a commitment to liberal arts undergraduate teaching and the on-going collaborative development of an interdisciplinary environmental policy and decision making program. Applications are due October 3, 2008. http://www.higheredjobs.com/search/details.cfm?JobCode=175327129

2. Sustainability Manager, Cuyahoga Community College
Cuyahoga Community College seeks a Sustainability Manager to oversee and develop a website, brochures, newsletters and other promotional literature related to sustainability; to reach out to local and state agencies, communities, and other community colleges to network and gain information regarding their programs and what the College's sustainability direction should be; and to serve as an advocate and lead the efforts to develop a college-wide sustainability plan. A Bachelor's degree and a minimum of four years involvement in sustainability initiatives are required. The position is open until filled.
https://careers.tri-c.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1218221175608
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NEW RESOURCES

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EVENTS & CONFERENCES  

1. EPA annual Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools National Symposium, Dec 4 to 6
The U.S. EPA hosts its annual Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools (IAQ TfS) National Symposium in Washington, DC, to bring together past, present and future leaders in protecting and improving IAQ in our nation’s schools.
http://www.iaqsymposium.com/?tr=y&auid=3887506

2. 24th International Conference on Solid Waste Technology and Management Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.    March 15 - 18, 2009

 Call For Papers Abstracts invited for oral or poster presentation at the Conference. www.widener.edu/solid.waste.

3. Historically Black Colleges & Universities-Undergrad Program National Research Conference Exhibitor Site –October 23-26 in Atlanta, Georgia

This conference highlights undergraduate student research and institutional strategies to enhance the quality of undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and research at HBCUs. The National Science Foundation (NSF) HBCU-UP Program recognizes and supports the important role that HBCU's play in increasing the number of underrepresented ethnic minorities that are well prepared for participation and leadership at every level of education and research in STEM. For more info:
http://guest.cvent.com/i.aspx?1Q,M3,a6f158c4-066d-4bfe-a30d-ca346e1d44c8

4. SCUP Regional Conf. - Regeneration: Planning Beyond Sustainability November 5 -7, 2008; New Orleans, LA
The Society for College and University Planning will host 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. Other topics of discussion will include how institutions deal with lost funding in the face of a needed capital project, find alternative funding sources, or build and/plan for sustainability; how a university or community college restores its culture or spiritual center after a change of leadership or catastrophic event; and how institutions deal with Generation Y students' expectations while ensuring integrity, viability and competitive academic programs. Early bird registration ends September 23, 2008. http://www.scup.org/regions/so/2008/index.html





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7/28/2008

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