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SFI weekly newsletter (January 7, 2008)
A weekly service of SFI – www.sfi.mtu.edu

Welcome Back Students!
SFI NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
1. Green Building Design Class and Workshop May 5-16
2. Climate Change and Sustainable Development, April 24-25, 2008, Milwaukee, Wisc.
3. Seven Tech-Talks Research Sessions Scheduled for This Semester.
4. MTU Participates in Focus the Nation
5. Four New Publications from Western UP Science and Math Center at Michigan Tech

NEWS
1. A Call for a Presidential Debate on Science and Technology
2. Detroit News Editorial Promotes Renewable Energy Over Coal Plant Expansion Jan 9, 2008
3. Ethanol Research Turns to Switchgrass Jan 10, 2008 Arkansas Democrat Gazette

SEMINARS

FUNDING & AWARD OPPORTUNITIES
1. New NSF Proposal opportunity  added to MTU's Limited Submission Program Site.
2. U.S. and Canadian Visiting Scholar Program
3. The State of Michigan Energy Grant to Form Rebuild Michigan Community Partnerships

 JOBS & INTERNSHIPS & Ph.D. OPPORTUNITIES
1. Recycling Coordinator at Illinois State University
2. oikos PhD Fellowship Programme

NEW RESOURCES
1. The Journal of Corporate Citizenship offer extended

EVENTS & CONFERENCES  
1. Greenbuild 2008 DEADLINE for Proposals and Reviewers TODAY AT 8:00PM EST.
2. The Twenty-Third International Conference on Solid Waste Technology and Management  March 30 - April 2, 2008

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. Green Building DesignClass and Workshop May 5-16

The popular class Green Building Design  (CE4990) and US Green Building Council (LEED) Workshop, to be offered May 5-16, is open for registration.
Open to all majors  with junior standing or higher, this course is eligible for technical elective credits in the Civil and Environmental and Construction Management Programs and as approved in other departments.

CE 4990 - 3 credits, $300 lab fee
Day 1 (May 5) –The course begins with  A Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Technical Review Workshop run by the US Green Building Council.  A LEED Accredited Professional from USGBC will conduct a private workshop at Michigan Tech designed to provide exposure to the LEED building rating systems and their application.  Topics covered: This workshop is a detailed exploration of LEED for new construction. You'll acquire the basic tools and insights needed to incorporate green building into your work, including examples of successful strategies for each credit.

Days 2 -10 (May 6-16) – The course will be taught by instructors Dave Bach (School of Technology) and Chris Wojick (Civil and Environmental Engineering).  Topics covered: practice using LEED to design and evaluate building performance; construction techniques utilized with sustainable buildings; discussions of topics covered on LEED Accredited Professional Exam; a practice LEED Exam; and evaluation and tours of local sustainable buildings. Fees:  CE4990 Green Building Design = Standard tuition for 3 credits + USGBC Workshop registration = $300 lab fee
Note:  Individuals may elect to take the one-day workshop without enrolling in CE4990.  To register for the LEED Workshop ONLY, a $100 non-refundable deposit is required by April 15.  If enrollment cap is reached, students enrolling in CE4990 will be given precedence.  

Questions or workshop-only registration Contact Dave Bach dpbach@mtu.edu or Chris Wojick clwojick@mtu.edu

2. Climate Change and Sustainable Development, April 24-25, 2008, Milwaukee, Wisc.

The Global Climate Change and Sustainable Development Initiative at U of Wisconsin-- Milwaukee will be hosting this conference to discuss the global issue of climate change in the regional context of Wisconsin and the Great Lakes.  It will feature presentations and discussions across many disciplines, focusing on implications of climate changes for the region and potential practical solutions.  The conference aims to reach a broader audience beyond the academic community, including business, government, and other community members in the region that are involved in activities relevant to climate change. Planned Sessions (with three or four presentations in each session) are as follows: (1) Effects of Climate Change (CC) on Ecological Systems (Gretchen Meyer) (2) Great Lakes Responses to CC (Harvey Bootsma) (3) Global CC and Health (Ann Banda) (4) Contribution of Concrete to Help Reduce CO2 Footprint (Tarun Naik) (5) The Promises of Renewable Energy (David Yu) (6) International and Energy Dimensions of CC (Hamid Mohtadi) (7) Carbon Neutral Architecture in Light of 2030 Challenge (Jim Wasley) (8) Urban Planning for CO2 Reduction (Nancy Frank)
The registration fee for this two-day conference is set at $95.00. Further information will soon be available at http://www.gccsdi.uwm.edu If you are presenting at this conference, Jennifer Donovan in MTU Public Relations would be interested in developing a news story.

3. Seven Tech-Talks Research sessions scheduled for this semester.

Tech-Talks Research is a series of semi-structured research discussions during which individuals from across the University gather to formally and briefly present their expertise and interest in working on collaborative research teams. These presentations are followed by small-group breakouts and sometimes a large-group discussion. Each Tech-Talks research session will focus on a broad theme to bring together a diverse gathering from across the University to discuss possible collaboration on projects. The complete listing can be found on WebCT ( http://courses.mtu.edu ) under Tech-Talks Research.

4. MTU Participates in Focus the Nation

Focus the Nation is organizing a national teach-in on global warming solutions for America—creating a dialogue at over a thousand colleges, universities, high schools, middle schools, places of worship, civic organizations and businesses, and directly engaging millions of students and citizens with the nation’s decision-makers. Focus the Nation will culminate January 31st, 2008 in simultaneous educational symposia held across the country. Our intent is to move America beyond fatalism to a determination to face up to this civilizational challenge, the challenge of our generation. To learn more, join us Wednesday, 1/16—12 noon, eastern. Call in to 1-218-339-7800, passcode 1312008. See website for a list of participating Michigan colleges and Universities including MTU participation and contact information http://www.focusthenation.org/actionmap/ Grist Environmental Website has more information at Focus the Nation, save the planet -- now! http://gristmill.grist.org/story/2008/1/9/10459/31807

5. Four New Publications from Western UP Center's programs at Michigan Tech

The Western UP Center's programs at Michigan Tech are reaching national and international audiences of educators, scientists, and resource managers via four recent publications: 1.) "Thinking Like An Ecologist" by Jenn Carlson, a teacher participant in the 2005 Global Change Teacher Institute at Michigan Tech;  2) Hancock Middle School teacher Linda Rulison's article on her experience using Looks Count in the classroom was in the Fall 07 issue of Green Teacher; 3) a new fact sheet, The Great Lakes - At the Crossroads published by the International Association for Great Lakes Research; and 4)  “Teaching Teachers: Great Lakes Maritime Education Program Extends Beyond the Classroom” in the Summer 07 issue of the Great Lakes Seaway Review. See the Center's website (http://wupcenter.mtu.edu/) for more information and free access to the articles. Be sure to scroll down past the workshop & summer institute listings.

NEWS

1. A Call for a Presidential Debate on Science and Technology

The League of Conservation Voters analyzed interviews with presidential candidates on five top Sunday TV political talk shows during 2007 and found that only 3 questions of 2,484 asked mentioned global warming. Only 24 questions related to the issue. http://whataretheywaitingfor.com/  

In a related news story, Science Debate 2008 is asking people to sign its petition encouraging public debate in which the U.S. presidential candidates share their views on the issues of The Environment, Health and Medicine, and Science and Technology Policy. http://www.sciencedebate2008.com/www/index.php?id=8

2. Detroit News Editorial Promotes Renewable Energy Over Coal Plant Expansion Jan 9, 2008
Seven energy companies have recently sought to build or expand existing coal plants in Michigan, including at Marquette. A new statewide coalition called Clean Energy Now is campaign is calling on state lawmakers to enact a "No More Coal Plants" policy until Michigan has a 21st-century energy plan in place that promotes renewable energy, energy efficiency and protects consumers from the skyrocketing costs of coal.

3. Ethanol Research Turns to Switchgrass Jan 10, 2008 Arkansas Democrat Gazette
A new study, published Jan 7th  in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, finds that switchgrass yields more than five times the energy used to grow it and convert it to ethanol, making it more efficient than corn, the chief crop used to make ethanol in the U.S. today. The study is the first large-scale attempt to measure the energy efficiency of switchgrass.  http://www.nwanews.com/adg/Business/213288/
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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. New NSF Proposal opportunity  added to MTU's Limited Submission Program site.

Ethics Education in Science and Engineering (EESE) 08-530
The internal deadline will be February 21, 2008. Full proposal deadline: April 3, 2008
The Ethics Education in Science and Engineering (EESE) program accepts proposals for research and educational projects to improve ethics education in all of the fields of science and engineering that NSF supports, especially in interdisciplinary or inter-institutional contexts.  Proposals must focus on improving ethics education for graduate students in those fields, although the proposed programs may benefit advanced undergraduates in addition to graduate students. http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2008/nsf08530/nsf08530.htm

2. U.S. and Canadian Visiting Scholar Program
This program provides the opportunity to do independent research at the Hastings Center on ethical issues in medicine, the life sciences, and the professions.
http://fundingopps.cos.com/alerts/9608

3. The State of Michigan Energy Grant to Form Rebuild Michigan Community Partnerships
Deadline: February 13th              A pre-proposal conference for this RFP on Wednesday, January 16, 2008.   
Communities with a residential population of 10,000 or more can qualify for a maximum grant award not to exceed $24,900.  

Energy Office has issued a Request for Proposal to obtain proposals to form Rebuild Michigan community partnerships.  The Rebuild Michigan Program fosters partnerships that promote increased energy efficiency within a community. Partners may include local governments, schools, universities, businesses, non-profit organizations and public housing authorities. The purpose of this Request for Proposal (RFP) is to obtain proposals from organizations interested in forming a Rebuild Michigan community partnership. 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. A pre-proposal conference will be held for this RFP on Wednesday, January 16, 2008.   Persons interested in attending this conference either by phone or in person should contact Tom Krupiarz, Program Coordinator, Energy Office, 611 West Ottawa St., P.O. Box 30221, Lansing, Michigan 48909; telephone number: (517) 241-6184; fax number: (517) 241-6229; email address: krupiarzt@michigan.gov to confirm their plans and for additional information.

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.
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JOBS & INTERNSHIPS & Ph.D. OPPORTUNITIES
1. Recycling Coordinator at Illinois State University

Enid Cardinal, Sustainability Coordinator at Illinois State University is currently accepting applications for a for a Recycling Coordinator.  A full description can be found at: https://www.jobs.ilstu.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1200001473006 or contact
ecardin@ilstu.edu

2. oikos PhD Fellowship Programme
Application deadline is March 15, 2008.
The oikos foundation for economy and ecology at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, is now inviting qualified applications for two PhD Fellowship positions (Start: Sept. 2008). Call for Applications oikos PhD Fellowship Programme (Fall 2008-2011)
http://www.oikos-international.org/projects/fellowship/
http://www.oikos-international.org/projects/phd/academy2008.html
New Publication: Case Studies in Sustainability Management  and Strategy - The oikos collection http://www.greenleaf-publishing.com/productdetail.kmod?productid=2588
 
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NEW RESOURCES

1. The Journal of Corporate Citizenship offer extended

The Journal of Corporate Citizenship (JCC), the leading academic journal on corporate citizenship and CSR, is offering all of 2007's publications (four issues) completely free of charge if you subscribe for 2008 before March 31st.
http://www.greenleaf-publishing.com/page18/Journals/Subscriptions

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EVENTS & CONFERENCES  

1. Greenbuild 2008 DEADLINE for proposals and reviewers TODAY AT 8:00PM EST.
You are invited to submit proposals for educational sessions, or apply to become a peer reviewer for Greenbuild 2008. This November, come to Boston, MA to share your expertise with the leaders of the green revolution. The deadline to become a presenter or reviewer is this Friday, January 11, 5:00 p.m. PST.
Sessions should reflect the program theme of Revolutionary Green: Innovations for Global Sustainability. Download the Call for Proposals to review requirements and selection criteria, then submit your proposal online.
Greenbuild is known for its innovative, informative, and inspiring programs, and peer reviewers help us deliver timely, top-quality presentations each year. Help us select the best presentations from the hundreds of outstanding submissions we receive. Download the Call for Reviewers to learn more, then apply online. For technical support with online submission, call 866-341-9589 between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, CST, or send an email to USGBC2008@mirasmart.com.
Remember, the deadline is this Friday, January 11. We hope to hear from you and see you in Boston.
http://www.greenbuildexpo.org/documents/call_for_proposals2008.pdf

2. The Twenty-Third International Conference on Solid Waste Technology and Management  March 30 - April 2, 2008
Philadelphia, PA U.S.A.
The agenda for The 23rd International Conference on Solid Waste Technology and Management is now available. It includes 160 presentations from 35 countries, field trips, pre-conference tour of Philadelphia, a unique opportunity to learn about solid waste advances around the world. Please take a minute to view the program at: www.widener.edu/solid.waste.

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.

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