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SFI weekly newsletter (January 2, 2008)
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SFI NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
1. “Sustainable Future,” by Jim Mihelcic in Encyclopedia of the Earth (EoE)
2. Michigan Wood Energy website at  http://michiganwoodenergy.org/
3. MTU Paper Recycling Monday, January 7
4. CFP--International Journal of Environment and Sustainable Development  (IJESD)

NEWS

1. Great Lakes Renewable Energy Assoc annual awards
2. EMCORE to install turnkey solar power systems in the Sault Ste Marie
3. Michigan Energy Office accepting applications to certify 2007 MWH production
4. 6th Annual Renewable Energy Conference, Saturday, March 15, Pierce Cedar Creek Institute’s near Grand Rapids
5. American Solar Energy Society releases report on “green collar industry”
6. Focus the Nation  now the biggest teach-in in history
7. Saltwater ships pose hazard in Great Lakes

SEMINARS

FUNDING & AWARD OPPORTUNITIES
1. State of Michigan Large Scale (10kW or larger) Photovoltaic Demonstration Grants
2. Four New NSF Proposals added to MTU's Limited Submission Program site.
    A.) Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) 08-526
    B.) Math and Science Partnership (MSP) 08-522
    C.) Federal Cyber Service: Scholarship for Service (SFS) 08-52
    D.) Research in Disabilities Education (RDE) 08-527
3. EPA Strategic Agricultural Initiative/Food Quality Protection Act Grant Program: FY 2008
4. Rebuild Michigan Community Partnership financed 100% by the U.S. Department of Energy.See attached flyer
5. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration--Hydrologic Research
6. Dept of Commerce NOAA Environmental Literacy Grants for Formal K-12 Education
7. Dept of Commerce NOAA 2008 Regional Research, Information Planning and Coordination
8. Dept of Commerce NOAA Ballast Water Management Demostration Program (RDTE Facility)
9. Dept of Commerce NOAA Ballast Water Management Demonstration Program (Technologies and Practices)

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS & Ph.D. OPPORTUNITIES
1.  Dir., Ctr. for Environmental & Sustainability Education, Dickinson College
2. Sustainability Coordinator, North Carolina State University
3. Instructor in Sustainable Construction, SUNY ESF
4. Environmental Studies Faculty, Oberlin College
5. Asst. Prof., Environmental Policy and Management, Northern Arizona U
6. U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Faculty/Student  Summer Internship Opportunity for HBCU students

NEW RESOURCES
1. Energy Bill Authorizes $750M in Assistance for Campus Energy Projects
2. Call for Chapters: Sustainability in Management Education

EVENTS & CONFERENCES 
1.  CFP: Smart and Sustainable Campus Conference
2.  Clinton Global Initiative University Meeting
3. . Sustainable Energy Education and Training Project Workshop
4. Webinar on Geothermal Energy for Campuses
5. Face It: There is a Solution to Global Warming webcast Jan 30, 2008
6. Midwest Energy Solutions: Leading the Way conference Chicago on January 9-11
7. "Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region," conference at MSU on April 9-10,    2008: Call for papers, posters, and sessions

Please send items for inclusion in SFI weekly newsletter to Qiong (Jane) Zhang, Operation Manager, at qiong@mtu.edu, or call (906)487-3612, or Denise Heikinen, Administrative Associate, at dmheikin@mtu.edu, or call (906)487-0044.

SFI NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

1. “Sustainable Future” by Jim Mihelcic in Encyclopedia of the Earth (EoE)


This EoE entry provides background for the sustainability movement, discusses the role of technology, and describes current attempts at measuring sustainability. It includes a vocabulary and names sources for further reading. The EoE is billed as a “Wikipedia with quality control,” which means contributors are recognized experts in their field and willing to work in a very dynamic, highly collaborative authoring and editorial environment. Authors must embrace the Encyclopedia's commitment to fairness, objectivity, and quality.  The Encyclopedia is currently accepting articles from experts for topics not yet entered. Contact Jim Mihelcic for more information and who to contact.

<http://www.eoearth.org/article/Sustainable_future>
http://www.earthportal.org/forum/

2. Michigan Wood Energy website  http://michiganwoodenergy.org/
Southeast Michigan RC&D Council has just launched the Michigan Wood Energy website, an interactive educational tool to assist facility managers in the use of wood biomass for energy. The site features the Wood Energy Calculator, which allows users to generate cost savings estimates for switching to wood as a boiler fuel, and a copy of "Exploring Woody Biomass Retrofit Opportunities in Michigan Boiler Operations. http://michiganwoodenergy.org/

3. MTU Paper Recycling Monday, January 7

Recycle your paper from home at the first-Monday-of-the-month collection Jan. 7, 3:30-5:30 p.m., at the Dow sixth floor loading dock off the main lobby (just west of where the Dow extends over Cliff Drive). Next month's collection is tentatively scheduled for Feb. 4.

Post-holiday reminder: Tissue paper, paper bags, corrugated cardboard, most wrapping paper and boxboard that is anything but white inside can't be recycled through our program. Corrugated is recyclable at Waste Management's recycling facility; see http://emml.mtu.edu/gem/community/recycle/recycle.htm for more information.

Please take this opportunity to recycle your paper when there are volunteers to help. If you miss the collection, contact Bill Mitchell, wmitchel@mtu.edu or 487-1636, or email recyclinginfo-l@mtu.edu to make alternate arrangements. Please do not empty paper from home into the blue recycling bins or carts on campus because it increases the likelihood of contamination and creates more work for the custodial and grounds crews.

4. International Journal of Environment and Sustainable Development  (IJESD) Call For papers

Special Issue on: "Sustainable Development and Environmental Education"
http://www.inderscience.com/browse/callpaper.php?callID=793

NEWS
1. Great Lakes Renewable Energy Assoc annual awards

Great Lakes Renewable Energy Assoc. announced their annual award recipients on Dec. 8. at the Annual Membership Meeting in front of over 125 attendees at Leopold Brothers Brewery in Ann Arbor. The Exemplary Project Award went to the Hybrid Home team that designed and built the Onekama Hybrid Home that was a featured tour during the 2007 Michigan Energy Fair. Project partners included Adam Bearup (Hybrid Homes), homeowners Steve Szilvagyi & Faye Backie, Eric Hughes (Image Design), and Mark Bauer (Bauer Power). The Individual Commitment awardee was Dave Konkle, City of Ann Arbor Energy Coordinator. In the past 19 years, Dave has saved the City over $8 million in energy costs. The Business Leadership Award went to Wolverine Power Cooperative and John Deere Renewables for the Harvest Wind Farm.  The award was accepted by Chad Geiger of Wolverine Power.  The 2007 recipient of the GLREA Appreciation Award is Robert B. Nelson of Fraser, Trebilcock, Davis & Dunlap. This award is given to an individual who has helped GLREA grow and fulfill its mission. 

2. EMCORE to install turnkey solar power systems in the Sault Ste Marie

EMCORE has announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding for the supply of 60 MW of solar power for deployment in Ontario over the next 3 years. EMCORE will supply and install turnkey solar power systems in the Sault Ste Marie area utilizing concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) systems developed at its Albuquerque facility. The project developer, Pod Generating Group (PGG), has secured the licenses and permits for the project through the Ontario Power Authority Standard Offer Program and system deployment is expected to begin in mid-2008. The CPV systems use high-efficiency compound semiconductor-based multi-junction solar cells that operate with 500x concentration. In August 2007, EMCORE announced that it obtained 39% peak conversion efficiency under 1000x concentration. The company is in discussions to set up a manufacturing plant in the area to supply the local demand as volume ramps up.

3. Michigan Energy Office accepting applications to certify 2007 MWH production

Michigan Renewable Energy Exchange (MI-REX) is operated by the Energy Office to provide a means for owners of small solar and wind electric systems to sell Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs).  The Energy Office provides this service at no charge, but only for solar or wind energy systems 1-100 kW in size located in Michigan.  Between now and March 31 the Energy Office will be accepting applications to certify 2007 MWH production.  www.michigan.gov/eorenew

4. 6th Annual Renewable Energy Conference, March 15, Pierce Cedar Creek Institute’s near Grand Rapids

Pierce Cedar Creek Institute’s 6th Annual Renewable Energy Conference will be held on Saturday, March 15.  The keynote speaker will be Todd Parker, Delta Institute, who will speak on the Chicago Climate Exchange. Breakout sessions include Economic Analysis of Renewable Energy Systems; Solar Hot Water; Building an Energy Efficient Home; and a State of the State Address.  Check www.cedarcreekinstitute.org after January 21, 2008

5. American Solar Energy Society releases report on “green collar industry”

American Solar Energy Society report indicates as many as 1 out of 4 workers in the U.S. could be working in the renewable and energy-efficiency industries in the year 2030. The report, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency: Economic Drivers for the 21st Century, shows the green collar industry accounted for 8.5 million jobs in 2006 and more than a trillion dollars in sales. The industry could grow to 40 million jobs and generate $4.5 trillion in 2030. http://www.ases.org/ASES-JobsReport-Final.pdf

6. Focus the Nation  now the biggest teach-in in history

Focus the Nation is *now the biggest teach-in in history*, with more  than ten thousand volunteers building events at over 1200 schools, faith and civic organizations and businesses. In the next 30 days, *help us bring hundreds of more schools* and other institutions to Focus the
Nation. Together, we can make 2008 the year that America woke up, the year that we faced up to this civilizational challenge. <http://www.focusthenation.org>

7. Saltwater ships pose hazard  to Great Lakes

An investigation of the ballast tanks of 41 ships entering the Great Lakes found 93 different kinds of animals, 13 of which haven't been seen in the Great Lakes before. The fouling on the outside of a ship when it went into dry dock in Lake Ontario has found dozens more potential exotic invaders, many of them freshwater species from all around the world. The studies by David Lodge of the University of Notre Dame and John Drake of the University of Georgia are among the first to both quantify the numbers of potential invasives and figure out the species or at least the genus of the exotics to get a better handle on which ones might make it in the lakes. The fact that Drake and Lodge found hundreds of creatures is more fuel for the argument to keep saltwater ships out of the Great Lakes.
Detroit Free Press (Freep.com ) December 16, 2007
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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  Michigan Large Scale (10kW or larger) Photovoltaic Demonstration Grants

Large Scale (10kW or larger) Photovoltaic Demonstration Grants will be available to public agencies and non-profit organizations on a competitive basis.  Three grants will be available.  Each award will pay for up to 90% of PV equipment costs up to a maximum of $50,000.  Grantees will pay the balance of equipment costs, installation costs, and costs related to project management and education activities.  The deadline is April 4, 2008.  The Request for Proposal will be available January 7.  Contact Roger Doherty at dohertyr1@michigan.gov or (517) 241-6224.

2. Four New NSF Proposals added to MTU's Limited Submission Program site.

    A.) Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) 08-526
Internal deadline: January 18, 2008
Letter of Intent Deadline: February 15, 2008http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2008/nsf08526/nsf08526.htm

    B.) Math and Science Partnership (MSP) 08-525
Internal deadline: January 21, 2008
Letter of Intent Deadline: January 21, 2008http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2008/nsf08525/nsf08525.htm

    C.) Federal Cyber Service: Scholarship for Service (SFS) 08-522
Internal deadline: February 7, 2008
Full proposal deadline: March 20, 2008
http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2008/nsf08522/nsf08522.htm

    D.) Research in Disabilities Education (RDE) 08-527
Internal deadline: February 28, 2008
Preliminary proposal deadline: April 10, 2008 I-3; April 11, 2008 RDE-RAD, and RDE-DEI; April 21, 2008 RDE-FRI http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2008/nsf08527/nsf08527.htm

You can view current information about Limited Submission opportunities at the following link: http://www.admin.mtu.edu/research/sprot/funding/Limited_submission_program.htm

3. EPA Strategic Agricultural Initiative/Food Quality Protection Act Grant Program: FY 2008
Deadline: Mar 14, 2008   Estimated Funding:$400,000 Ceiling:    $100,000  Floor:    $50,000

EPA Region 9 is soliciting proposals to carry out the Food Quality Protection Act and to support efforts by the agricultural community to “transition” away from high-risk pesticides to lower risk pesticides and sustainable practices in food production. The statutory authority for this program is Section 20 of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (“FIFRA”), 7 U.S.C. §136r. The program supports grants for education, extension and demonstration projects for FQPA transition and reduced risk practices for pest management in agriculture. Proposals for demonstration projects must demonstrate applications, technologies, methods or approaches that are new, innovative or experimental. A demonstration project that is carried out through a routine or established practice is not eligible for funding.
http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&flag2006=true&oppId=16400

4. Rebuild Michigan Community Partnership financed 100% by the U.S. Department of Energy.See attached flyer
Deadline: February 13, 2008.  The maximum grant award is $24,900. A 50% match is required. 

The Rebuild Michigan Program fosters partnerships that promote increased energy efficiency within a community. “Communities” are defined as at least 5,000 and a minimum of 15 commercial/institutional buildings.) Partners may include local governments, schools, universities, businesses, non-profit organizations and public housing authorities. Rebuild Michigan is designed to foster partnerships that will promote increased energy efficiency within a community. This program focuses on community-based energy planning to insure that local needs are met and a sustained local effort is established. The community-based effort also helps insure that local products and resources are used to the fullest extent possible.  The community partnership is typically led by a municipality or municipal utility, school, college or university, community/economic development agency or an energy-related, non-profit organization.  The partnership may include any combination of public and private organizations that are willing to promote building energy efficiency within the identified community.
Community partners have access to Rebuild Michigan technical and informational services that include preliminary building energy analyses, energy benchmarking, and financial incentives for K-12 energy education, workshops/events, and Energy Star building labels.  For more details on the Rebuild Michigan program, visit this website: www.michigan.gov/eorebuild or www.michigan.gov/eormes. Questions by mail, e-mail, or fax by Wednesday, January 23, 2008.
A pre-proposal conference will be held for this RFP on Wednesday, January 16, 2008.  See attached flyer

5. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration--Hydrologic Research
Deadline: Jan 28, 2008   No funds listed for the 2 awards

This program represents a NOAA/NWS effort to create a cost-effective continuum of basic and applied research through collaborative research between the Hydrology Laboratory of the NWS Office of Hydrologic Development and academic communities or other private or public agencies which have expertise in the hydrometeorologic, hydrologic, and hydraulic routing sciences, as well as those aspects of social sciences that apply to hydrologic and water resources forecasting and how information on those forecasts is distributed and assimilated by managers and the public. These activities will engage researchers and students in basic and applied research to improve the scientific understanding of river forecasting. Ultimately these efforts will improve the accuracy of forecasts and warnings of rivers and flash floods by applying scientific knowledge and information to NWS research methods and techniques, resulting in a benefit to the public. NOAA's program is designed to complement other agency contributions to that national effort.
http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&flag2006=true&oppId=16378

6. Department of Commerce National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Environmental Literacy Grants for Formal K-12 Education
Deadline for pre-prop is February 20, 2008—full prop by  Jun 25, 2008  

Number of Awards: 7  Estimated Funding: $4,000,000  Ceiling: $750,000  Floor: $200,000 
NOAA anticipates the availability of approximately $4,000,000 of Federal financial assistance in FY 2009 and FY2010 for K-12 education projects. NOAA will only consider projects that have duration of 1 to 5 years.For problems downloading application   contact Steve Drescher  Policy Advisor
Phone 301-713-0926 http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&flag2006=true&oppId=16380

7. Department of Commerce NOAA 2008 Regional Research, Information Planning and Coordination
Deadline: Feb 05, 2008  

Number of Awards: 3  Estimated  Funding: $750,000  Ceiling: $400,000  Floor: $250,000 
Proposals may be submitted only by the designated managing Sea Grant College or Institutional Program.
To continue the development of regional research and information plans for U.S. coastal, ocean, and Great Lakes areas, NOAA Sea Grant anticipates (depending on appropriations) making available about $750,000 in FY 2008 for grants to regional planning teams in the following three regions: the Greater New York Bight region, the Mid-Atlantic region, and the Caribbean region. It is expected that Sea Grant programs within each of these regions will work together and submit one proposal per region that covers a 2-5 year period. The objective is to use Sea Grant's university capabilities to facilitate discussions among the broad range of regional ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes stakeholders to help identify and prioritize critical resource management problems and associated research and information needs necessary for practical solutions.
http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&flag2006=true&oppId=16383

8. Department of Commerce NOAA Ballast Water Management Demostration Program (RDTE Facility)
Deadline: Preliminary by February 21, 2008 &  Full proposals by April 24, 2008.
Expected Number of Awards: 2      Estimated Total Program Funding: $1,000,000 

The Ballast Water Management Demonstration Program supports projects to develop, test, and demonstrate ballast water treatment methods in order to reduce the threat of introduction of aquatic invasive species to U.S. waters through the discharge of ballast water. THIS SOLICITATION IS ONLY FOR COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS TO ESTABLISH AND MAINTAIN A RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, TESTING AND EVALUATION (RDTE) FACILITY. There is a separate FFO for technologies and practices development (Funding Opportunity Number: OAR-SG20082001206). Depending on future year appropriations and satisfactory execution of the terms of the cooperative agreement, NOAA anticipates funding up to $1,250,000 over the next four years for each successful award.
http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&flag2006=true&oppId=16384

9. Department of Commerce NOAA Ballast Water Management Demonstration Program (Technologies and Practices)
Deadline: Apr 03, 2008 Letters of Intent by February 21, & proposals by April 3, 2008.
Expected Number of Awards: 6  Estimated Total Program Funding: $100,000 

The Ballast Water Management Demonstration Program supports projects to develop, test, and demonstrate ballast water technologies and practices in order to reduce the threat of introduction of aquatic invasive species to U.S. waters through the discharge of ballast water. This FFO is for projects dealing with technologies and practices necessary for successful ballast water management. For example, this could include technologies or practices that treat ballast water, or that make it possible to test, evaluate, regulate or use ballast water treatment technologies or practices. There is a separate FFO for establishing a Research, Development, Testing and Evaluation (RDTE) Facility (Funding Opportunity Number: OAR-SG-2008-2001279).
http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&flag2006=true&oppId=16385
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JOBS & INTERNSHIPS & Ph.D. OPPORTUNITIES

1.  Dir., Ctr. for Environmental & Sustainability Education, Dickinson College
Dickinson College seeks a Director for its new Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education. The Center Director will provide leadership for a major, interdisciplinary, initiative to make environmental and sustainability studies a defining characteristic of the College’s academic program. The Director’s responsibilities will include assisting in the creation of new courses and enhancing existing offerings, conducting faculty development workshops/projects, creating and supporting student research and academic internships, integrating the College’s extensive co-curricular programs with the curriculum, and administering an Environmental Education Fund in support of these activities. The Director will also teach one or two courses per year in an area of his/her environmental expertise. The Center Director reports directly to the Provost. Review of applicants will begin March 15, 2008. http://www.dickinson.edu/facjobs/detail.cfm?130

2. Sustainability Coordinator, North Carolina State University

North Carolina State University is seeking candidates for the position of Educational Planning & Development Consultant (Sustainability Coordinator). This position will serve as the Director of the University Sustainability Office and reports to the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Facilities Operations. The coordinator will work directly with the Campus Environmental Sustainability Team (CEST) in developing a long-term comprehensive strategic plan for sustainability for the University (a plan which incorporates policies and practices that preserves natural resources, conserves energy, eliminates waste and emissions, and lessens overall environmental impact), reviewing ongoing projects and programs, establishing new projects and programs and providing support to the CEST’s Task Groups. The Coordinator will develop, through CEST, an annual tactical plan for implementation of the strategies. Responsibilities include annual reporting, community relations, curriculum development, campus awareness, guidance of student organizations, sponsorship of campus events, periodic assessments, administration of the University Sustainability Office, supervision of employees and interns, and coordination of related environmental and operational programs. Applicants must have a masters degree. https://jobs.ncsu.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1199465210304

3. Instructor in Sustainable Construction, SUNY ESF

The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry seeks applicants for an Instructor position in Sustainable Construction. The successful applicant will teach courses on sustainable construction and collaborate with faculty in research programs in one or more of the following areas: sustainable construction, implementation of sustainable design through construction methods and materials, sustainable wood-frame construction, building information modeling, environmental rating systems, lean production and life cycle analysis. A Master’s degree or B.S. degree with experience in sustainable construction is required. For first consideration, applications must be received by March 15, 2008. The position will remain open until filled. https://wwwinfo.esf.edu/scripts/HRJobList/ShowHRPosting.asp?i=4

4. Environmental Studies Faculty, Oberlin College

The Environmental Studies Program at Oberlin College, invites applications for full-time, non-tenure-track position for one year, with possibility of renewal, beginning July 2008 at Visiting Assistant Professor or higher. The program seeks a candidate who addresses environmental policy issues from a social-science perspective. Applications are due by February 1, 2008. http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000539345-01&pg=s&cc=

5. Asst. Prof., Environmental Policy and Management, Northern Arizona U

The Center for Environmental Sciences and Education at Northern Arizona University invites applications for a full time, tenure-track assistant professor position in environmental studies and policy. The position begins in August 2008. This position will be responsible for advising, curriculum development, and instruction in the undergraduate environmental studies and sciences programs and the graduate environmental sciences and policy program. Review of applications will begin on February 1, 2008, and will continue until the position is filled. http://www.conservationbiology.org/jobs/detail.cfm?id=10155

6. U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Faculty/Student  Summer Internship Opportunity for HBCU students

This opportunity is for Historically Black Colleges and Universities, which may interest some of our SUBR students in IGERT. U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission offers a Research Participation Program for 10 to 12 for summer appointments and some part-time appointments of one year that pays $600 stipend $600 for undergraduates and $700 for graduate students for research at laboratories where Nuclear Regulatory Commission research is being conducted.

The HBCU Research Participation Program introduces faculty, graduates, and undergraduates from HBCUs to the research and development activities of the federal government through research, education, and training activities.  In addition, the program provides incentives for HBCU students to enter into and continue with science and engineering careers. Disciplines include computer science, engineering, earth or geosciences, health physics, materials science, mathematics, molecular/radiation biology, performance and risk assessments, physical sciences, statistics-related. Apply today at www.orau.org/nrc  <http://www.orau.org/nrc>
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NEW RESOURCES

1. Energy Bill Authorizes $750M in Assistance for Campus Energy Projects

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which was signed into law in late December, authorizes $250 million annually in grants and another $500 million in direct loans for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects at higher education institutions as well as public schools, or local governments. The legislation allows for grants of up to $1 million for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, and grants of up to $500,000 for innovative energy sustainability projects. Smaller grants for feasibility studies and other technical assistance are also authorized. The law directs that at least 50 percent for the grant money be awarded to higher education institutions, and at least half of that go to institutions with endowments of less than $100 million. The law also authorizes another $100 million in annual funding for higher education research on renewable energy, including $50 million for marine renewable energy, and $25 million for biofuels.
See also: Chronicle of Higher Education article
http://chronicle.com/subscribe/login?url=http%3A%2F%2Fchronicle.com%2Fdaily%2F2007%2F12%2F1029n.htm

2. Call for Chapters: Sustainability in Management Education

The publishers of the Research in Management Education and Development book series have issued a call for chapters for a book on Sustainability in Management Education. Proposals may address any aspect of aligning management teaching with the need for global sustainability, such as creating a college or graduate school concentration in global sustainability, helping executives in company-based programs change their management practices, using real-world projects to develop in learners visions of new roles for business in solving environmental and social problems. The deadline for submissions for this volume is January 31, 2008. http://management-education.net/rmed8/
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EVENTS & CONFERENCES 

1.  CFP: Smart and Sustainable Campus Conference

March 31– April 2, 2008; University of Maryland, College Park, MD The 3rd Annual Smart & Sustainable Campuses Conference will bring together current and future leaders in the areas of campus planning and development, environmental health and safety, sustainability, finance and business, facilities management, and procurement. The conference will feature sessions and workshops on smart growth and sustainable practices, with emphasis on institutionalizing sustainability, operational sustainability, smart growth and campus planning, and assessment and measurement. The conference program committee is currently accepting proposals for concurrent sessions. Proposals will be considered until January 18, 2008. http://www.nacubo.org/prebuilt/SSCCRFImail.asp

2.  Clinton Global Initiative University Meeting
March 14 – 16, 2008; Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

Former President Bill Clinton is hosting the inaugural meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) in which hundreds of students, university officials, and global leaders will come together to make commitments related to CGI U’s four main focus areas: energy and climate change, global health, human rights and peace, and poverty alleviation. All attendees are expected to make a commitment. There is no cost to participate. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis on until February 25, 2008. http://www.clintonglobalinitiative.org/NETCOMMUNITY/Page.aspx?pid=1870&srcid=1853

3. . Sustainable Energy Education and Training Project Workshop
July 7 – 18, 2008; National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, Colorado

The 2008 Sustainable Energy Education and Training Project (SEET) workshop will focus on energy efficiency technologies and renewable energy content presented by educators, practitioners, and researchers from across the country. The workshop will provide hands-on, inquiry-based lab experiences; take-home equipment and training; and site visits and field work assisted by professional partners of the hosting institution. The workshop participants will team up to identify teaching and learning resources and to develop materials to share with high school and two-year college educators in an online energy resources clearinghouse. High school and two-year college science, math, and technology instructors from across the U.S. are invited to apply. Twenty-five instructors will be selected to attend, with the following expenses covered: travel, lodging, meals, study materials, and optional tuition. Applications are due by January 18, 2008. http://www.ateec.org/profdev/seet/2008.htm

4. Webinar on Geothermal Energy for Campuses
January 10, 2008; 11:00 AM - Noon EDT

Haley & Aldrich is hosting a knowledge-sharing webinar about geothermal energy for the higher education community. The webinar will provide an over view of geothermal system types and their potential for achieving carbon emissions reductions. It will also describe potential pitfalls and lessons learned from previous geothermal installations. There appears to be no charge for the webinar. http://www.haleyaldrich.com/nodes/55.aspx?path=/knowledge_sharing/events/&EventId=33

5. Face It: There is a Solution to Global Warming webcast Jan 30, 2008

The webcast will be broadcast from Architecture 2030’s website, www.architecture2030.org, beginning at 9 am on January 30, 2008. Focus the Nation, a national effort to engage students, faculty, administrators, citizens and government officials in discussions to address global warming, takes place January 31, 2008. The Face It webcast will build on the information provided during Architecture 2030’s highly successful webcast, The 2010 Imperative Global Emergency Teach-in. The Teach-in, which broadcast live in February 2007 and focused on the role of design education in global warming, reached a quarter of a million students, design professionals and government officials worldwide.
Architecture 2030 is a New Mexico-based 501c3 research organization that focuses on the role of buildings inglobal warming. The Building Sector accounts for almost half of all greenhouse gas emissions in the US annually. By galvanizing and collaborating with the key players in this sector, Architecture 2030 is working to achieve a dramatic reduction in the global-warming-causing greenhouse gas emissions of buildings by changing the way they are designed and constructed.
http://www.architecture2030.org/faceit/index.php

6. Midwest Energy Solutions: Leading the Way conference Chicago on January 9-11

Midwest Energy Solutions: Leading the Way conference is dedicated to energy issues in the Midwest. This year’s conference will include sessions on energy policy initiatives, solutions to marketplace barriers, sector-specific initiatives, and the economic case for energy efficiency. Come to Chicago on January 9-11.   www.mwalliance.org/conference.

7. "Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region," conference at MSU on April 9-10,    2008: Call for papers, posters, and sessions

"Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region," a conference at Michigan State U, on April 9-10, 2008 welcomes submissions of fully organized paper sessions, participatory workshops, or individual papers or posters. Abstracts of individual papers or posters or proposals (500 words or less) for sessions are due February 15.  Please send them to: espp@msu.edu.  Please put "Climate Symposium" in the subject line.  For questions about submission content, contact Maya Fischhoff at mayaef@msu.edu.


To save on energy--Please shut off lights, idling equipment, computers, research setups, fume hoods and exhaust fans whenever possible, and also keep windows and doors closed. Fume hoods, especially, are huge energy consumers. If you spot lights on in rooms please send a message to dmheikin and I'll send you stickers supplied by the ESC.

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