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 SFI NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
1. Green Travel Partners travel agency contributes to Engineers Without Borders
2. SFI now listed on the Green Pages Directory
3. Greg Mortenson to speak to faculty and staff

SUSTAINABILITY NEWS
1. MSU to create genomic clearinghouse for biofuel crops
2. Bush proposes changes in Environmental Reviews Aug 12, 2008     /New York Times/     
3. Bush Declared 422 Major Disasters Aug 10, 2008     /New York Times/     
4. Texas to Invest Record Amount into Renewable Energy
5. Giant Retailers Look to Sun for Energy Savings
6. School Fundraisers Go Green
7. Energy Star Recycle My Old Fridge Campaign

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FUNDING & AWARD OPPORTUNITIES
1. EPA Forecasting Ecosystem Services from Wetland Condition Analyses 2008

 JOBS & INTERNSHIPS & Ph.D. OPPORTUNITIES
1. The Yves Rocher Foundation Women of the Earth Awards
2. Engineers/geologists for small water resources consulting firm in Littleton, CO
3. Yale Office of Sustainability seeks two new Assistant Director positions
4. Giant Retailers Look to Sun for Energy Savings
5. School Fundraisers Go Green
6. Energy Star Recycle My Old Fridge Campaign    

NEW RESOURCES
1. Textbooks - Summer Offer 20% off textbooks: offer ends August 31st
2. New book--"The Power of the Big Green Purse"—available at North Winds bookstore
3. New report released: Climate Action Planning: Pathways to a Low-Carbon Campus.
4. Climate Counts rates companies according to their sustainability
5. New video: Green is the Color of Money

EVENTS & CONFERENCES  
1. Homeland Security to conduct workshops for Minority Serving Institutions
2. 2008 Michigan Clean Transportation Expo & Awards Gala--Where Innovation Meets Transportation Wednesday, September 24, 2008, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Rock Financial Showplace in Novi, Michigan
3.  9th Nat’l Conf on Science, Policy and the Environment: Biodiversity in a Rapidly Changing World  December 8-10, 2008
4. Living Green Wisconsin Expo that in Oshkosh on September 6^th and 7^th , 2008.  

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. Green Travel Partners travel agency contributes to Engineers Without Borders by G. Rendell

Engineers Without Borders uses mostly student (and other volunteer) labor, to implement civil and other engineering projects in developing countries at little or no cost to the recipients. (See http://www.d80.mtu.edu/EWB.html for Michigan Tech’s branch of EWB.)  Their projects save lives, improve lives, and are heavily imbued with the concept that sustainability is tied to locality and efficiency. If you want to learn to solve problems without throwing massive quantities of electricity at them, there’s nothing like the near-complete absence of electricity to open your mind to other alternatives. Constraints can be liberating, at least in terms of thinking.

Anyways, EWB sends students oversees to do good work. Of course, most of the time, that means flying them there. Flying causes lots of GHG emissions. Not a good thing. So, EWB tries to offset those emissions. But offsetting costs money, and EWB is a grassroots non-profit with limited funds available. Happily, I can help.

Rather than going to Travelocity (or Expedia, or Hotels.com, or Priceline, or ...) directly, I go to www.GreenTravelPartners.com/ewb.htm . I then click through to the travel service I want to use, and everything’s just like normal. Everything except the cashflow. Travelocity (for example) takes a small fee on every trip booked through their service. If I go to Travelocity directly, they keep that fee as income. If I go to GreenTravelPartners, however, half of the fee goes to EWB, who use the income to purchase offsets for their own travel emissions.So when it is not practical to travel by train, arranging travel through GreenTravelPartners contributes to both social and ecological sustainability.

From "Tripping more sustainably" in Inside Higher Education  Wednesday, August 13, 2008 by G. Rendell http://www.insidehighered.com/views/blogs/getting_to_green

2. SFI now listed on the Green Pages Directory
SFI is listed in the Green Pages Directory at http://www.eco-web.com/  The Green Pages database was started in 1994 with the goal of setting up a network, linking a global audience who needed or provided environmental products and services. Its efforts focus on delivering a forum where information about sustainable technologies and solutions passes easily, freely and directly. The purpose of a directory is to put before its readers a concise and up-to-date reference source, and this is the prime object of ECO Services International in producing Green Pages.

The current database (Volume 12 / Issue 33 • 2008) contains 7'000 Listings from 149 Countries. It keeps the address data current to maintain a constant level of relevance and quality.

3. Greg Mortenson to speak to faculty and staff
Greg Mortenson, Best Selling author of Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace …One School at a Time, this year’s selection for Michigan Tech’s Reading as Inquiry initiative, will be speaking to faculty and staff in a question and answer session on Wednesday, August 27, at 1:30PM in Dow 641.   

SFI NEW FUNDING
GENERAL SUSTAINABILITY NEWS
1. MSU to create genomic clearinghouse for biofuel crops
Michigan State University scientists, armed with a half-million-dollar federal grant, are creating an easily accessible, Web-based genomic database of information on crops that can be used to make ethanol. "Ultimately this will allow us to create better biofuel crops," said C. Robin Buell, associate professor of plant biology and project leader. "Right now, about half of the biofuel crops don't have genomic databases, and the ones that do are in many different places and are annotated differently, which makes it difficult to compare and use the information." More.
http://www.wwj.com/MSU-To-Create-Genomic-Clearinghouse-For-Biofuel-Cr/2773269

2. Bush proposes changes in Environmental Reviews  Aug 12, 2008     /New York Times/     
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Bush administration is proposing to let federal agencies decide for themselves whether highways, dams, mines and other construction projects might harm endangered animals and plants, according to a draft of planned rule changes obtained by The Associated Press. The proposed regulations, which do not require the approval of Congress, would reduce the mandatory, independent reviews that government scientists have been performing for 35 years. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne said late Monday that the changes were needed to ensure that the Endangered Species Act not be used as a “back door” to regulate the heat-trapping gases linked to global warming.

3. Bush Declared 422 Major Disasters Aug 10, 2008     /New York Times/     
During his seven and a half years in office, President Bush has declared 422 major disasters — severe storms, tornadoes, wildfires and floods — or more than one a week. That is 11 percent more than President Bill Clinton’s disaster declarations and 130 percent more than President Ronald Reagan during their full two terms in office.

4. Texas to Invest Record Amount into Renewable Energy
Texas utility regulators announced the largest renewable-energy investment in the U.S. when they recently approved a $4.9 billion plan that will build extensive transmission lines to carry wind-generated electricity from remote western parts of the state to urban centers like Dallas, Houston, Austin, and San Antonio. http://www.nationalacademies.org/headlines/200080725.html  

5. Giant Retailers Look to Sun for Energy Savings
 The New York Times, BUSINESS   | August 11, 2008 By Stephanie Rosenbloom
Chains are seizing a chance to bolster environmental credentials, and gain a tax advantage, by installing solar roof panels before a Dec. 31 deadline. In recent months, chains including Wal-Mart Stores, Kohl’s, Safeway and Whole Foods Market have installed solar panels on roofs of their stores to generate electricity on a large scale. One reason they are racing is to beat a Dec. 31 deadline to gain tax advantages for these projects.

6. 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.

7. 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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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. EPA Forecasting Ecosystem Services from Wetland Condition Analyses 2008

Amount: Approximately two awards for Approximately $950,000 total including direct and indirect costs, with a maximum duration of 3 years. Cost-sharing is not required.
Deadline: Solicitation Closing Date: November 3, 2008, 4:00 pm Eastern Time
The EPA, as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications to develop relationships between wetland ecological condition indicators and ecosystem services delivery. There is a great need to extract maximum value from current efforts to conduct wetland condition surveys and to consider the full range of benefits derived from ecosystem services. (Services provided by ecosystems to humans include provisioning [e.g., providing water food, fuel, fiber]; support [soil fertility, nutrient cycling, pollination]; regulation [climate moderation, flood control]; cultural [economic, spiritual, and recreational benefits]; and preservation [biodiversity, renewable resources].) Methods to demonstrate how data on wetland condition can be used to quantify the services provided by wetlands are vital if state and tribal wetland managers are to ensure continued benefit from those services.
http://es.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2008/2008_star_wetlands.html#Synopsis
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JOBS & INTERNSHIPS & STUDENT & Ph.D. OPPORTUNITIES

1. The Yves Rocher Foundation Women of the Earth Awards
No Amount  listed
Deadline Sep 30, 2008
 Activity Location & Citizenship or Residency Unrestricted but priority seems to go to women in France (and from around the world) who are working to preserve nature. For the 6th edition of Women of the Earth, hundreds of applications will be selected and analyzed by a jury made up of members of the Institut de France and the Foundation. The awards recognize women who are working towards a greener world with an eco-citizenship project that will contribute to the preservation of the plant world, both in France and across the globe.  Requirements: Graduate Student, Ph.D./M.D./Other Professional, Undergraduate
 
Bookmark Url http://fundingopps.cos.com/cgi-bin/fo2/getRec?id=101776
URL for more info http://www.yves-rocher-fondation.org/UK/index.html

2. Engineers/geologists for small water resources consulting firm in Littleton, CO

John C. Halepaska and Associates (JCHA) is a small privately-owned water resources consulting firm in Littleton, Colorado.  JCHA currently has openings for staff engineers or geologists with 0-4 years of experience.  Bachelor’s degree in geology, geological engineering, hydrology, hydrogeology or related field is required.  Responsibilities will include conducting field-related studies, data analysis and report writing in relation to various surface and ground water projects.  Competitive salary will be consistent with experience.  Benefits include medical and dental insurance coverage for employee and dependents, employer-matched contributions to 401K, participation in bonus pool, paid vacation time and sick leave.  This job will be based in Littleton, but will involve field work. Interested candidates please call (303) 794-1335. This announcement was sent from MTU Geological Engineering graduate, Jason Rose, P.E., Project Hydrogeologist, at John C. Halepaska and Associates, Inc. in Colorado.

3. Yale Office of Sustainability seeks two new Assistant Director positions
3-1.    The Assistant Director, Office of Sustainability is a new position that will provide leadership, critical analysis and managerial support to advance Yale’s commitment to becoming a national and international leader in campus sustainability. Education and Experience: Masters degree in related field and minimum four years of professional experience or equivalent combination.  Preferred: Experience working in college/university setting. For immediate consideration, please visit www.yale.edu/jobs and apply online for position: Requisition # 5379BR

3-2.    The Assistant Director, Sustainability Partnerships is a new position that will provide leadership, support and oversight to Yale’s participation in various state, regional, national and international sustainability collaborations.  Education and Experience: Bachelors degree in related field and minimum three years of professional experience.  Preferred: Graduate degree. For immediate consideration, please visit www.yale.edu/jobs and apply online for position: Requisition # 5385BR
 For more information about the Office of Sustainability go to www.yale.edu/sustainability. Email inquiries only to sustainability@yale.edu

4. University of Iowa seeks Director of Office of Sustainability
The University of Iowa is nearing the end of its application process in seeking a dynamic leader to serve as the director of the newly created Office of Sustainability.  Interested candidates are encouraged to apply this week. We seek a highly motivated person with a passion for sustainability and the drive to make substantial changes in operations, learning, discovery and outreach.   This is an exciting opportunity to work within a very supportive institution pursuing an aggressive, ambitious and funded sustainability initiative. The job description for Director, Office Sustainability is listed at  http://www.facilities.uiowa.edu/adminservices/hr/recruitment.htm.  To apply for this position, visit http://jobs.uiowa.edu and reference requisition #55659
For more information on the University of Iowa’s solid foundation in sustainability, please visit http://energy.uiowa.edu

 5. U of M Risk Science Center seeks Director
The U of M Risk Science Center (UMRSC) is seeking a Director, who will also hold the Charles and Rita Gelman endowed  professorship within the University of Michigan School of Public Health.   A recent gift to the UMRSC established the endowed professorship, funds for the addition of two new faculty members,
fellowship support for graduate students, and increased support for administration and marketing. We seek nominations and applications for
this position.
To view the Director position announcement or to apply, visit
http://www.sph.umich.edu/riskcenter/director.htm
Download the July newsletter, http://www.sph.umich.edu/riskcenter/news/newsletter_jul_08_final.pdf
To learn more about the recent gift to the Center, visit
http://www.sph.umich.edu/riskcenter/gift.htm
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NEW RESOURCES
1. Textbooks Summer Offer 20% off textbooks: offer ends August 31st
Extensive teaching notes are available free from the publisher for both Making Sustainability Work and Case Studies in Sustainability Management and Strategy.
Several books listed at Greenleaf Publishing web site. For further information please contact: Jayney Bown, Greenleaf Publishing
www.greenleaf-publishing.com

2. New book--"The Power of the Big Green Purse"—available at North Winds bookstore
The book, by University of Michigan School of Natural Resources graduate Diane MacEachern, contains  information about how to simplify  sustainable purchasing decisions. It is described at  http://www.biggreenpurse.com/ , a website that  believe that the fastest, easiest, most direct route to a clean and healthy environment is to shift spending to environmentally-safe, socially responsible products and services.
http://www.nwf.org/nationalwildlife/article.cfm?issueID=123&articleID=1625

3. New report released: Climate Action Planning: Pathways to a Low-Carbon Campus.
It's a fairly comprehensive review of the strategies and steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on campus, with best practices from U.S. colleges and universities. Feel free to distribute the link for free downloading:
http://www.nwf.org/campusecology/resources/HTML/climateactionplanning.cfm.

4. Climate Counts rates companies according to their sustainability
At  http://www.climatecounts.org/pdf/ClimateCountsPocketGuide08.pdf you can print out a foldable card that rates companies according to their actions toward sustainability. Climate Counts brings consumers and companies together to tackle climate change. We score companies annually on the basis of their voluntary climate actions: the  higher the score, the higher the commitment. The Climate Counts Company Scorecard, launched in June 2007, helps people vote with their dollars by making climate-conscious purchasing and investing choices that put pressure on the world's most well-known companies to take the issue of climate change seriously. Supported  by organics pioneer Stonyfield Farm and based in New Hampshire, Climate Counts
believes everyday consumers can be the most important activists in the fight against global warming.

5. New video: Green is the Color of Money
It shows a commercial building that was built to LEED Platinum for no more money.  It is called Green Is The Color Of Money.  Harvard U also has examples of LEED that did not cost more, according to their calculations. www.deepgreen.tv <http://www.deepgreen.tv>
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EVENTS & CONFERENCES  
1. Homeland Security to conduct workshops for Minority Serving Institutions --Awareness, Access and Opportunity

DHS Office of University Programs invites you to attend a technical assistance workshop aimed to provide information on ways in which faculty and students from Minority Serving Institutions can take advantage of the different programs and initiatives available through the DHS Science and Technology Directorate.   These programs and initiatives are intended to provide funding for scholarships and fellowships, internships, and research for faculty and students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and social sciences.

October 2, 2008 Texas Southern University Houston, TX
October 30, 2008 John Jay College of Criminal Justice New York, NY
November 13, 2008, California State University, Los Angeles

For more information about the workshop and registration visit:
http://www.orau.gov/dhsmsiworkshop <http://www.orau.gov/dhsmsiworkshop>
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2. 2008 Michigan Clean Transportation Expo & Awards Gala--Where Innovation Meets Transportation
Wednesday, September 24, 2008, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Rock Financial Showplace in Novi, Michigan
To provide a once-in-a-lifetime networking and learning opportunity with the decision makers who are driving Michigan's clean transportation future.
   
Nominate candidates by August 24th awards in 10 categories. Nominate those that deserve to win ... including yourself or your organization!  To register and offer one or more nominations for this event, please visit www.mct-expo.com

3.  9th Nat’l Conf on Science, Policy and the Environment: Biodiversity in a Rapidly Changing World  
December 8-10, 2008
The National Council For Science And The Environment invites you to participate in the 9th National Conference on Science, Policy and the Environment: Biodiversity in a Rapidly Changing World  December 8-10, 2008 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC.
Registration will open the week of August 25th.  Register early to take advantage of the early bird registration rate. The program has many diverse sessions that will greatly expand your knowledge of current scientific and conservation efforts and how to effectively tackle the challenges posed to biodiversity in our rapidly changing world.  

Submit a Poster for the Poster Session- Abstracts due Monday, September 15, 2008
Questions?: Email conference@ncseonline.org or call 202.530.5810
http://ncseonline.org/conference/biodiversity/

4. Living Green Wisconsin Expo that in Oshkosh on September 6th and 7th , 2008.  
The expo will be featuring information about the latest in renewable energy, green building solutions, eco-friendly textiles, conservation, health care and more.  You can purchase eco-friendly home products and shop for local produce at the farmers market.  There will even be an organic fashion show!

WAEE would like to offer all of you the chance to attend the expo on behalf of WAEE.  This would require you to simply take the WAEE display and some promotional materials to the expo, set them up, work the display and then break-down the display at the end of the expo.  We understand that with gas prices so high right now this is not an easy thing to ask.  WAEE will be covering gas/mileage (up to $100) and give you an additional $50 stipend to help with food or lodging. Again, this is a wonderful opportunity for WAEE and a great chance for one of you to see the first annual Living Green Wisconsin Expo.  For more information on the expo please visit www.livinggreenwisconsin.com <http://www.livinggreenwisconsin.com> or for questions about this offer please call the office at 715-346-2796.






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