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SFI NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
1. Update on SFI Newsletter policy and procedures
2. Kaitlin Green cited for work in Michigan Tech's Master's International Peace Corps Program

SFI NEW FUNDING

SUSTAINABILITY NEWS
1. It’s Not Easy Being Green
 2. Kansas firm to commercialize MSU biofuels technology
3. New Booklet on U.S. Drinking Water Issues Available
4. MSU plant protein discovery may mean better biofuels
5. Bill McKibben's visit to Traverse City on Sept 7th (Sunday)
6. UWO first in U.S. to become a Fair Trade University
7. Dow Corning measures global outlook on alternative energy
8. Crains Detroit Business announces “This Week's List: Largest Environmental Companies”

SEMINARS
1. Dr. Paul Doskey, CEE/SFRES to speak on "Process-Scale Research to Sustain Earth's Natural

FUNDING & AWARD OPPORTUNITIES


1. Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards added to the Michigan Tech Research Limited  Submission Program site
2. World of Difference Award
3. Brownfields Assessment Grants
4. Brownfields Cleanup Grants
5. Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund Grants
6. Faculty Environmental Management Participation at the U.S. Army Environmental Center
7. Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation  (EFRI)

 JOBS & INTERNSHIPS & Ph.D. OPPORTUNITIES

1. Assistant Professor of Environmental Science
2.  Associate Director, Sustainability, U New Mexico
3. Faculty Positions, Earth System Science & Policy, U North Dakota
4. 2 – 3 Faculty, Environmental Science, U Maryland
5. 2 Faculty, Environmental Science Department, U San Francisco
6. Assistant Professor, Environmental Science & Policy, Clark U
7. Northwest SEED Green Campus Internships for students to work from  their own campuses

NEW RESOURCES

1. Liebert Online Table of Contents Alert Industrial Biotechnology
2. Liebert Online Table of Contents Alert Environmental Engineering Science
3. Abstracts for Journal of Environmental Law
4. Boren Fellowships for language study for US students due early in 2009.
5. Free Student Opportunity to Use Green Building Tool
7. YES Magazine

EVENTS & CONFERENCES 

1. CFP--2nd International Workshop on Advances in Cleaner Production May, 20-22, 2009 São Paulo – Brazil
2. Greenbuild Expo: Science in Sustainability  November 19-21, 2008 Boston
3. Campus Sustainability Webinars – 25% AASHE Member Discount
4. Creating a Sustainability Office Webcast October 28, 2008; 1-2:30pm Eastern; Online
5. AASHE Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership Workshop
6. “LastChild inthe Woods: Saving Our Childrenfrom Nature DeficitDisorder.”

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.

SFI NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

1. Update on SFI Newsletter policy and procedures

Recent newsletter discussions about biofuels and related topics have generated good interaction among SFI members. These discussions make excellent use of our newsletter. In an effort to encourage more such discussions, and also to organize and archive them, we are researching various options such as discussion boards or blogs, etc. We have received a few recommendations and welcome other ideas.

Until that time feel free to use the sfi-l forum for discussion. However, for non-discussion topics, unless they are time-sensitive, please send news about events, jobs, resources, journal/magazine articles, etc.,directly to Denise Heikinen (dmheikin@mtu.edu) so they can be compiled into the weekly newsletter. As always we also encourage you to send announcements of your publications, presentations, awards, and names of awarded proposals, for inclusion in the newsletters and/or for inclusion in the annual reports.

2. Kaitlin Green cited for work in Michigan Tech's Master's International Peace Corps Program.

The Acton, Mass local paper, GateHouse Media New England Wicked Local Boxborough, features an interview with Acton, Mass, graduate student Kaitlin Green (Civil and Environmental Engineering) about her stint in Panama with Michigan Tech's Master's International Peace Corps Program. To read Green's answers to questions including "So what made you want to join the Peace Corps?" and "Have you always been into roughing it?" click here.
http://www.wickedlocal.com/boxborough/news/x1822516200/Local-joins-Peace-Corps-in-Panama
  
SFI NEW FUNDING

SUSTAINABILITY NEWS
1. It’s Not Easy Being Green
How environmentally friendly is your college or university? Well, it all depends on whom you ask. See “It’s Not Easy Being Green” in today’s (September 4th) edition of Inside Education for a review of several indicators of sustainability on college campuses. The article discusses various methods including The Campus Ecology program of the National Wildlife Federation (http://www.nwf.org/campusEcology/campusreportcard.cfm) that specifically identifies more than 240 institutions as having “exemplary programs” (http://www.nwf.org/campusEcology/docs/ExemplaryProgramsFinal.pdf) and another report card by the Sustainable Endowments Institute (http://www.endowmentinstitute.org/index.html). The article also names number of other less substantial or duplicative rankings of campus environmental sustainability such as  The Princeton Review and Kaplan college guide books that now recognize “green” institutions. Also, magazines from Forbes to Sierra, the official publication of the Sierra Club, published environmental rankings of colleges and universities, some of which use their own methodology.
The article notes that in 2006, the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium, a network of associations including groups like the Society for College and University Planning, commissioned the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) to create a comprehensive ranking system of sustainability. Now, the organization has 90 colleges and universities testing a pilot version of its new Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS). Julian Dautremont-Smith, associate director of AASHE, said the goal is to have STARS reach the same accepted standard that LEED certification has achieved in evaluating buildings. See http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2008/09/04/green for the complete article.  Many of these indicators are also reviewed in the  AASHE bulletin for 8/28/08 http://www.aashe.org/archives/bulletin.php
 2. Kansas firm to commercialize MSU biofuels technology
A Kansas company has licensed Michigan State University technology that uses enzymes from a microbe in a cow’s stomach to create plants that can be more efficiently turned into biofuel. Breaking down cellulose and hemicellulose (the fiber that makes plant leaves and stems rigid) into simple sugars that can be fermented into ethanol has been a key challenge for biofuel producers. Enzymes must be added to chopped plant material. This makes the process and the final biofuel product more costly. The fact that the breakdown process also is difficult to do efficiently also increases costs. Sticklen’s corn variety for biofuel production, Spartan Corn III, contains all three enzymes necessary to convert the cellulose in plant fiber into sugars that can be made into biofuel. More at http://www.wwj.com/Kansas-Firm-To-Commercialize-MSU-Biotuel-Technolog/2900551
 3. New Booklet on U.S. Drinking Water Issues Available
Aug. 28 -- The National Academies have released "Drinking Water: Understanding the Science and Policy Behind a Critical Resource," a free booklet designed to give the public a comprehensive introduction to drinking water issues and the extensive undertaking carried out to protect the safety and reliability of America's tap water.

Drinking Water Booklet PDF http://dels.nas.edu/dels/rpt_briefs/drinking_water.pdf
Water Information Center http://water.nationalacademies.org/
Safe Drinking Water is Essential   http://www.drinking-water.org/flash/splash.html
                       
4. MSU plant protein discovery may mean better biofuels
Scientists at Michigan State University have identified a new protein necessary for chloroplast development. The discovery could ultimately lead to plant varieties tailored specifically for biofuel production. Chloroplasts, which are specialized compartments in plant cells, convert sunlight, carbon dioxide and water into sugars and oxygen -- "fuel" for the plant -- during photosynthesis. The newly discovered protein, trigalactosyldiacylglycerol 4, or TGD4, offers insight into how the process works. "Nobody knew how this mechanism worked before we described this protein," said Christoph Benning, MSU professor of biochemistry and molecular biology. "This protein directly affects photosynthesis and how plants create biomass (stems, leaves and stalks) and oils."

5. Bill McKibben's visit to Traverse City on Sept 7th (Sunday)

Award-winning author of Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future, explains how doing simple and actually quite attractive things like eating more local food, living in more vibrant urban communities, investing locally instead of in Wall Street, and enjoying our own area’s entertainment and culture can be a big part of stopping global warming. These simple yet effective solutions are not only good for the planet, they will make us happier by improving our quality of life each and every day. With a sustainable revolution converging in our region, it’s time to discover Mr. McKibben’s penetrating insights, remarkable track record, and profound vision, and then make his visit a powerful turning point in Michigan’s journey toward genuine prosperity. The lecture is free. For further information go to http://mlui.org/ and click on poster in the upper right.

6. UWO first in U.S. to become a Fair Trade University
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is the first university in the U.S. to become a Fair Trade University by making a commitment to do its part toward ending trade injustices that result in millions of people living in poverty. http://www.uwosh.edu/news/?p=1188
7. Dow Corning measures global outlook on alternative energy
As energy prices rise around the world, businesses are searching for sustainable alternative energy solutions. According to a global study on alternative energy trends conducted by Harris Interactive for Dow Corning Corp., nearly 40 percent of companies around the world have either implemented or are actively investigating alternative energy technology. "This study shows that companies are looking to renewable energy such as solar to reduce their rising energy costs and address environmental issues," said Rhone Resch, president of the Solar Energy Industries Association. "We need common-sense policies to expand renewable energy markets and create green-collar jobs, while moving us to a clean energy future." Additional results and charts illustrating the key findings of the study are available at www.dowcorning.com.
8. Crains Detroit Business announces “This Week's List: Largest Environmental Companies”
The magazine Crains Detroit Business lists the largest environmental companies by name and 2007 revenue. They are:  
1. Waste Management Inc.    $294.0
2. EQ-The Environmental Quality Co.           220.0
3. Inland Industrial Services Group L.L.C.      132.0
4. Inland Pipe Rehabilitation   78.0
5. Wade Trim 63.4
See Also: Special Section -- The Business of Going Green
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/apps/pbcs.dll/frontpage
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SEMINARS
1. Dr. Paul Doskey, CEE/SFRES to speak on "Process-Scale Research to Sustain Earth's Natural

Resources" Monday, September 8, 2008 DOW 642 3:00 pm. Dr. Doskey just recently joined our faculty this fall with a joint appointment in the CEE Department and the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Sciences.  He has over 25 years of research experience as a faculty member in Environmental Engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL and as a professional scientist at Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL.  His research interest is observational and theoretical studies of the behavior of organic substances in the atmosphere and the environmental dynamics of climate-forcing gases and aerosols. His research activities include sampling and analytic technique development and also measurements of ambient levels and atmosphere-surface exchange rates.
 
Sustaining Earth’s natural resources (i.e., air, water, land, and biological diversity)
requires mechanistic understanding of Earth system processes. Process-scale
investigation is needed to improve (1) mechanistic understanding of environmental and
biogeochemical processing of organic chemicals and climate-forcing gases and aerosols and (2) the ability of models to predict the fate of chemicals in various compartments of the environment and responses of the Earth system to nutrient supply, land use changes, and climatic perturbations. Algorithms for evaluating the exchange of hazardous air pollutants with vegetation will be discussed. Recent work that identified a currently unmeasured, complex mixture of semi-volatile secondary organic aerosol precursors will be presented. The use of nascent laser-based technologies to explore above- and below ground ecosystem processes that control atmosphere-surface exchange of greenhouse gases will also be discussed. The talk will conclude with a presentation of research challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in understanding environmental and biogeochemical processes. There will be a small reception in the Dow Atrium after the presentation with a few snacks.

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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. Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards added to the Michigan Tech Research Limited  Submission Program site
Internal deadline: January 8, 2009
Application deadline: February 6, 2009
PI limit:* Full-time assistant professors within two years of their initial tenure track appointment (2/6/2007 through 2/6/2009) at the time of application at an ORAU member institution are eligible. If there is a question on eligibility, the ORAU Councilor makes the final decision.
<http://www.orau.org/consortium/programs/powe/powe-awards.htm>
     
Current information about Limited Submission opportunities  at this guideline link
<http://www.mtu.edu/research/administration/sponsored-programs/proposal-preparation/identification-funding/limited-submission/program-guidelines.html>

<http://www.admin.mtu.edu/research/sprot/funding/Limited_submission_program.htm>

2. World of Difference Award
Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM)
http://fundingopps.cos.com/alerts/89200

3. Brownfields Assessment Grants
United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER)
http://fundingopps.cos.com/alerts/40141

4. Brownfields Cleanup Grants
United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER)
http://fundingopps.cos.com/alerts/115661

5. Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund Grants
United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER)
http://fundingopps.cos.com/alerts/115662

6. Faculty Environmental Management Participation at the U.S. Army Environmental Center
Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU)
Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE)
Faculty Opportunities
http://fundingopps.cos.com/alerts/36711

7. Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation  (EFRI)

  1. BioSensing & BioActuation: Interface of Living and Engineered Systems (BSBA)
  2. Hydrocarbons from Biomass (HyBi)

Letter of Intent Due Date                    October 14, 2008
Preliminary Proposal Due Date      December 02, 2008
Full Proposal Deadline                                    April 30, 2009

Note—SFI and the Provost will offer logistical help to anyone interested in this proposal.
The Directorate for Engineering at the National Science Foundation has established the Office of Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) to serve a critical role in focusing on important emerging areas in a timely manner. The EFRI Office is launching a new funding opportunity for interdisciplinary teams of researchers to embark on rapidly advancing frontiers of fundamental engineering research. For this solicitation, we will consider proposals that aim to investigate emerging frontiers in the following two specific research areas: (1) BioSensing & BioActuation: Interface of Living and Engineered Systems (BSBA), and (2) Hydrocarbons from Biomass (HyBi).  EFRI seeks proposals with transformative ideas that represent an opportunity for a significant shift in fundamental engineering knowledge with a strong potential for long term impact on national needs or a grand challenge. The proposals must also meet the detailed requirements delineated in this solicitation.
INFORMATION WEBCAST: The EFRI Office plans to hold an information workshop on September 10, 2008, to answer any questions about the EFRI Office and this solicitation. Details will be posted on the EFRI website (www.nsf.gov/eng/efri) as they become available.
<http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2008/nsf08599/nsf08599.txt?govDel=USNSF_25>

 

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JOBS & INTERNSHIPS & STUDENT & Ph.D. OPPORTUNITIES

1. Assistant Professor of Environmental Science
Application deadline: December 30, 2008
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh seeks Assistant Professor of Environmental Science beginning September 1, 2009.  Area of specialization in environmental science is open. Appointment in both Environmental Studies and either Biology/Microbiology, Chemistry, Geography, or Geology. Applicants should have Ph.D. College teaching experience preferred; commitment to research and publication required. Advising majors and participation in program development expected. Teaching responsibilities: interdisciplinary introduction to environmental studies, lower and upper-level environmental science, and field studies courses.
http://www.uwosh.edu/es/env-scientist

2.  Associate Director, Sustainability, U New Mexico

The University of New Mexico seeks an Associate Director of Sustainability to be responsible for institution-wide sustainability. The newly created position will organize and oversee the management and implementation of a comprehensive program with the mission to maintain and enhance environmental stewardship within the campus community, support new initiatives for sustainable development, and identify operational cost savings. A Bachelor's degree and at least seven years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified are required. The position is open until filled. http://www.higheredjobs.com/search/details.cfm?JobCode=175331791

3. Faculty Positions, Earth System Science & Policy, U North Dakota
Applications are due December 31, 2008.
The University of North Dakota Northern Great Plains Center for People and the Environment invites applications for multiple faculty openings in its Department of Earth System Science and Policy. The general area of expertise sought for the earth system policy faculty is in the nature-human interface. Successful candidates will help unify social aspects of sustainability, such as economic security, ecological integrity, and societal justice and equity. Specializations can be in an appropriate social science, economics, environmental policy and management, law, cultural influences on environmental issues, communications, public health, or a related field. Successful earth system science candidates will have exceptional records as interdisciplinary scientists and educators, and will be creative in linking academia with practice. Preference will be given to those whose strengths are hydrology or biogeochemistry. However, the Center will welcome applicants from any area that builds on existing strengths in biodiversity, climate change, renewable energy, or other fields related to sustainability. Candidates must have a Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree, thrive in an interdisciplinary environment, and be capable of planning and executing collaborative projects.
 http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000568946-01&pg=s&cc=

4. 2 – 3 Faculty, Environmental Science, U Maryland

The University of Maryland Appalachian Laboratory seeks to fill 2-3 full-time faculty positions to support new landscape and watershed initiatives. UM is seeking to hire at the Assistant or Associate Professor levels with the candidate having expertise in climate change science, terrestrial biogeochemistry, and/or the social and economic dimensions of land-use and land-cover change. Faculty at UM are expected to participate in graduate education in addition to research, outreach, and application. Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2008 and will continue until the positions are filled.
http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000568670-01&pg=s&cc=

5. 2 Faculty, Environmental Science Department, U San Francisco

The University of San Francisco (CA) Department of Environmental Science invites applications for two tenure-track faculty positions, contingent on funding approval, at the assistant professor level to begin in August 2009. Of special interest are candidates with expertise in a) landscape ecology, GIS and remote sensing; b) environmental health and toxicology; or c) energy, resources and sustainability science. However, candidates with expertise in other areas of environmental science/studies are also encouraged to apply. Primary responsibilities include teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in programs offered or supported by the Department, with curriculum oversight and development, as appropriate. A PhD is required, teaching and/or post-doctoral experience is desirable, and a commitment to undergraduate science education for majors and non-majors is essential. Completed applications will be reviewed starting November 1, 2008 and accepted until the position is filled.

6. Assistant Professor, Environmental Science & Policy, Clark U
The Clark University (MA) Department of International Development, Community, and Environment seeks to fill a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in its Environmental Science and Policy Program to begin in Academic Year 2009-10. A successful candidate will have a disciplinary or interdisciplinary degree with a focus on health and environment, a strong background in science, and a demonstrated interest in policy and social change. Applications are due October 1, 2008.
http://www.higheredjobs.com/search/details.cfm?JobCode=175332016

7. Northwest SEED Green Campus Internships for students to work on their own campuses

Northwest Sustainable Energy for Economic Development seeks a Green Campus Intern to work a minimum of 5 hours per week on their own campuses. Responsibilities will include building coalitions and partnerships with other students and student groups to increase general knowledge of on campus energy issues and clean energy opportunities; actively developing campus leaders for organizing and outreach efforts; and developing support with faculty, the administration, and facilities management. The internship is ideal for a student who is active in making his/her own college or university a better steward of the environment, and is interested in renewable energy policy. Interns should be well versed or interested in speaking to groups and individuals they are not familiar with and excited to build new relationships with other student groups and university administration and staff. The position begins during the fall semester and continues through the end of the 2008-2009 academic year.
http://www.nwgreencampus.org/news-1/internship-opportunities
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NEW RESOURCES
1. Liebert Online Table of Contents Alert Industrial Biotechnology
Volume: 4, Number: 3 Sep 2008 Online at: http://www.liebertonline.com/toc/ind/4/3

2. Liebert Online Table of Contents Alert Environmental Engineering Science
Volume: 25, Number: 7 Sep 2008  http://www.liebertonline.com/toc/ees/25/7

3. Abstracts for Journal of Environmental Law are available at http://www.ssrn.com/link/OUP-ENVLAW.html

4. Boren Fellowships for language study for US students due early in 2009.

The Boren Fellowships for language study offers Masters and Ph.D. students up to $30,000 for up to two years of language study. They prefer that holders go to the country to immerse themselves, but will also allow some domestic study.  The aim is to develop new strengths in areas that would enhance US capacity in national security BROADLY considered. It may include sustainability or public health, for example.  There is a requirement of federal service equal to the duration of the award.  This would be paid federal work. See Dr. Mary Durfee, the Nationally Competitive Scholarships Advisor, mhdurfee@mtu.edu 487-2112 about the Boren Flagship program. http://www.borenawards.org/

5. Free Student Opportunity to Use Green Building Tool
The Green Building Initiative is pleased to offer students a one-year, up to 3 projects, complimentary use of the Green Globes tool. Green Globes is a green building guidance and assessment program that integrates a comprehensive environmental assessment protocol, software tools, qualified assessors with green building expertise, and a rating/certification system. Student affiliation must be renewed each year that the student is still in school.
https://www.thegbi.org/commercial/use-green-globes/account/register.asp?a=-2

6. Crains Detroit Business announces “This Week's List: Largest Environmental Companies”

The magazine Crains Detroit Business lists the largest environmental companies by name and 2007 revenue
1. Waste Management Inc.    $294.0
2. EQ-The Environmental Quality Co.           220.0
3. Inland Industrial Services Group L.L.C.      132.0
4. Inland Pipe Rehabilitation   78.0
5. Wade Trim 63.4
See Also: Special Section -- The Business of Going Green
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/apps/pbcs.dll/frontpage

7. YES Magazine
YES! is a national ad-free quarterly magazine published by the Positive Futures Network, an independent, nonprofit organization. Check it out at www.yesmagazine.com.  We honor classroom teachers for informing and inspiring the next generation. Thanks to the generosity of YES! donors, we are able to provide K-12 classroom teachers, homeschool resource center instructors, and college faculty with a one-year introductory subscription at no cost. Click on the "For teachers and students" at the top of the home page for YES Magazine (www.yesmagazine.com)
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EVENTS & CONFERENCES 

1. CFP--2nd International Workshop on Advances in Cleaner Production May, 20-22, 2009 São Paulo – Brazil
"Key Elements for a Sustainable World: Energy, Water and Climate Change"
Important Dates
- September, 15th 2008: Early bird registration and submission of abstracts;
- February, 16th 2009: Final date for abstracts submission;
- April, 17th 2009: Notification of full papers acceptance;
: The 2nd International Workshop: Advances in Cleaner Production.
www.advancesincleanerproduction.net
Advances in Cleaner Production <newsletter@advancesincleanerproduction.net>  Universidade Paulista – Campus Indianópolis - Rua Dr. Bacelar, 1212 - Vila Clementino, São Paulo – Brazil. CEP 04026-002.

2. Greenbuild Expo November 19-21, 2008 Boston Science in Sustainability
Early Bird Registration due by Sept 8
Speakers include E.O. Wilson, Janine Benyus, Van Jones, and Paul Anastas
LEED 2009 Workshops and USGBC-Approved Education Provider Courses
2008 Greenbuild Film Festival featuring films that promote green building practices and address social, environmental, and health topics related to the built environment. "The Green Revolution" Welcome Gala will be a reflection of the green revolution and how Boston, as a city, has embraced going green.
http://www.greenbuildexpo.org/newsletters/2008-08.html
3. Campus Sustainability Webinars – 25% AASHE Member Discount
September 17, October 1, 15, & 29, 2008; 1 – 2:30 Eastern; Online
Environmental Health & Engineering will host a series of four campus sustainability webinars. Topics will include managing a successful campus sustainability program, greenhouse gas inventory best practices, writing a greenhouse gas action plan, and how to finance campus sustainability goals. The webinars are available at a 25 percent discount to AASHE members. http://www.eheinc.com/news_workshops.htm
4. Creating a Sustainability Office Webcast
October 28, 2008; 1-2:30pm Eastern; Online
Academic Impressions will host a webcast entitled, "Creating a Sustainability Office and Hiring a Sustainability Officer." The webcast will analyze the evolution of sustainability officer positions on University of California campuses and teach the benefits and challenges of different possible institutional structures. The web conference will guide you and your institution through the first steps for organizing an office and hiring a sustainability officer that meets your needs. Facilities directors, environmental center directors, business officers, and human resource departments that are challenged with structuring and staffing a sustainability office are encouraged to attend. https://www.academicimpressions.com/web_conferences/1008-sustainability.php?q=2000x274891yT
5. AASHE Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership Workshop
January 9-10, 2009; Emory University; Atlanta, GA
AASHE's Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership workshops are for faculty leaders of all disciplines who wish to develop curriculum change programs around sustainability on their campuses. Through an intensive two days of presentations, exercises, discussions, reflection, and planning, participants will become familiar with the philosophy of change in higher education developed through the Ponderosa Project at Northern Arizona University and adapted at Emory in the Piedmont Project. Participants will also experience of range of workshop strategies, hear local experts, enjoy outdoor place-based activities, and dialogue with faculty from around the country as they gain help in adapting this model to their own campus. The workshop leaders, Peggy Barlett and Geoffrey Chase, are editors of Sustainability on Campus: Stories and Strategies for Change and have helped more than 250 faculty revise courses in a wide array of disciplines. Workshop tuition is $420 for AASHE members and $485 for non-members. Applications to participate are due October 16, 2008. http://www.aashe.org/profdev/curriculum.php
6. “LastChild inthe Woods: Saving Our Childrenfrom Nature DeficitDisorder.”

The Kalamazoo Nature Center is pleased to welcome Richard Louv, author of “LastChild inthe Woods: Saving Our Childrenfrom Nature DeficitDisorder.” Louv has launched a growing movement to reconnect children with nature. Discover how unstructured play outdoors has a positive impact on healthy child development, creativity, and cognitive functioning while improving health risks such as ADHD, child obesity, and stress. Mr. Louv presents an exciting new body of scientific evidence and offers practical suggestions for parents, teachers, urban planners, and anyone concerned about the future of our children and our environment. Join us on October 22 for this exciting kick-off event as we continue to move forward with Michigan’s No Child Left Inside movement.
Wednesday, October 22  7:30 pm MSU Concert Auditorium
Admission FREE with ticket.
Tickets available at the Wharton Center box office or contact:  lpanich@naturecenter.org
Support for this event is being provided by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation




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