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SFI weekly newsletter (July 9, 2008)
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Lake Superior Day: Sunday July 20, 2008 http://www.superiorforum.info/event.php?eid=1
 
SFI NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
1. Looking at the lake Teachers get hands-on view of Lake Superior’s ecosystem

SFI NEW FUNDING
1. Grad Student Scholarships to Advance a Global Outlook of Economic and Social Prosperity that Protects the Environment
2. Family Engineering for Parents and Elementary-Aged Children

NEWS
1. Washington Post Features Article on Campus Sustainability
2. New Metric for Transportation Footprint
3.  Household electronics waste collection in Baraga postponed
4. Despite Frustrations, Americans Are Pretty Darned Happy
5. Sustainability showcased at Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics
6. Redesigning Urban Transport by Lester R. Brown
7. Do Americans Know How to Go Green?
8. It's Time to Vote: Choose Your Science Idol!

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FUNDING & AWARD OPPORTUNITIES

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS & Ph.D. OPPORTUNITIES
1. Call for Papers: Climate Action Planning at US & Canadian Campuses
2. Opportunity to Become a Higher Education Sustainability Fellow
3. Call for Theses and Dissertations on Campus Sustainability
4.  5 Fulbright Awards in Environment, Health, and Sustainability
5. Dir, Center for Sustainable Processes & Practices, Portland State U
6. Program Manager, Erb Inst for Global Sustainable Enterprise, U Michigan
7. Director of Campus Sustainability, U Wisconsin, Oshkosh
8. Director, Office of Sustainability, U Iowa
9. Sustainability Coordinator, Cornell U
10. Sustainability Comm & Outreach Coord, Middlebury College
11. Sustainability Coord/Staff Assistant, Worcester State College
12. Asst/Assoc Professor, Env'l Policy/Justice, Florida A&M U
13. Asst/Assoc Prof, Ecology/Climate & Env'l Change, Florida A&M U
14. Energy Manager, U Utah
15. 5 positions, Energy Action Coalition
16. Administrative Intern, AASHE
17. Environmental, Safety and Recycling Manager    Springfield MA
18. Philosophy and History Instructor Positions at Oakland Community College in Michigan

NEW RESOURCES
1. New Issue of Sustainability: The Journal of Record
2. List of Dissertations and Theses on Campus Sustainability
3. Sustainable Farmer, new multimedia online magazine

EVENTS & CONFERENCES  
1. "Practical Steps to Zero Waste"

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. Looking at the lake Teachers get hands-on view of Lake Superior’s ecosystem


HANCOCK TOWNSHIP - A group of teachers netted pelagic zooplankton and phytoplankton from Lake Superior's water and scooped benthic organisms from the bottom of the lake aboard Michigan Technological University's Research Vessel Agassiz Wednesday.

These teachers came from all over the Michigan and some from other Midwestern states for a close look at Lake Superior's ecosystem as part of the Great Lakes Watershed Investigations Teacher Institute last week at Tech.

http://www.mininggazette.com/page/content.detail/id/501013.html?nav=5003

SFI NEW FUNDING

1. Graduate Student Scholarships to Advance a Global Outlook of Economic and Social Prosperity that Protects the Environment
Investigators: Judith Perlinger, Veronica Griffis, James Mihelcic, Kurt Paterson, and Qiong Zhang (CEE)
Funding Source: NSF S-STEM Grant $599,978 from June 15, 2008 to August 31, 2012

The grant will provide scholarships for PCMI and EPD2 students.  

2. Family Engineering for Parents and Elementary-Aged Children
Investigator: Neil Hutzler (CEE) Joan Shumaker Chadde (Center for Science and Environmental Outreach)
NSF $494,011 May 15, 2008 to April 30, 2009

The purpose of this project is to increase elementary students’ and parents/caregivers’ knowledge of engineering and potential careers in order to stimulate students’ interest in pursuing STEM* careers.

NEWS
1.  Washington Post Features Article on Campus Sustainability

The Washington Post recently featured a front-page article on campus sustainability entitled, "Higher Learning Adapts to a Greening Attitude." The article discusses the increase in sustainability in the curricula at college campuses across the US, and mentions, in particular, the University of Maryland, the University of Virginia, Catholic University (DC), Goucher College (MD), the University of Oregon, and Johns Hopkins University (MD). The article also mentions co-curricular sustainability activities at George Washington University (DC) and green facilities projects at Frostburg State University (MD) and JHU. The article attributes the change to the increasing concern about climate change, and cites the hundreds of college and university presidents that have signed the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment and the significant increase in membership for AASHE over the past two years as evidence. Additionally, the article mentions a survey completed by the Princeton Review which found that two-thirds of prospective college students would value having information about a college or university's commitment to the environment. Nearly a quarter of those surveyed said it would strongly influence their decisions about where to attend. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/06/21/AR2008062101673.html

2. New Metric for Transportation Footprint
Last year, a CSU Long Beach grad student’s thesis project addressed deficiencies of Southern California’s transportation infrastructure.  Over 7 weeks, she commuted to campus (16 miles land route, 12.5 ocean route) using different methods of transportation: swimming, cycling, rollerblading, paddling, scootering, running and sailing.  
Her project was later displayed in an art exhibit on campus displaying photographs, maps, and graphs.  http://karl.papubs.csulb.edu/news-events/story.cfm?hackid=880

3.  Household electronics waste collection in Baraga postponed

The July 12 household electronics waste collection in Baraga County, announced previously, has been postponed. Check www.wupdhd.org/rsvp/e-waste.html for updates. The June 21 e-waste collection in Hancock was the RSVP Program's largest to date, with 235 participants and more than 21,500 pounds collected.

4. Despite Frustrations, Americans Are Pretty Darned Happy
The United States ranks ahead of more than 80 countries, but below 15 others in happiness levels, according to new World Values Survey data released in the July issue of the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science.
NSF http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=111725&govDel=USNSF_51

5. Sustainability showcased at Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics
http://www.vancouver2010.com/en/Sustainability

6. Redesigning Urban Transport by Lester R. Brown
Earth Policy Institute Plan B 3.0 Book Byte July 9, 2008
http://www.earth-policy.org/Books/Seg/PB3ch10_ss3.htm

7. Do Americans Know How to Go Green?
More than 90% of Americans are recycling — but fewer than 5 percent have taken recommended green actions such as driving less or reducing their utility use, according to a new Harris Poll on green living. The poll — for which The Nature Conservancy provided input and advice —found that 53 percent of those surveyed have taken steps to green their lives. But it also found a substantial lack of knowledge about how to go green —and skepticism about whether greening one's life makes a difference to the environment:

 34% of those surveyed said they hadn’t changed their lifestyle because they “did not know what to do.”  29% of respondents believe that greening their lifestyle won’t make any significant difference on the environment. More details at www.nature.org/activities/art25123.html

8. It's Time to Vote: Choose Your Science Idol!
The Union of Concerned Scientists is once again drawing humorous attention to a serious issue--political interference in federal government science--with Science Idol: The Scientific Integrity Editorial Cartoon Contest. Several leading U.S. cartoonists narrowed hundreds of entries down to twelve finalists. Click here to see these 12 great cartoons and cast your vote today:
http://ucsaction.org/campaign/science_idol_2008_vote/w3i3ixx417ewt3m8?
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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.
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JOBS & INTERNSHIPS & STUDENT & Ph.D. OPPORTUNITIES

1. Call for Papers: Climate Action Planning at US & Canadian Campuses
The International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education (IJSHE) and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) are pleased to announce a call for papers for a special issue of the Journal on climate action planning at campuses in the United States and Canada. Judy Walton, AASHE's Acting Executive Director, will guest edit this special issue.

http://info.emeraldinsight.com/products/journals/author_guidelines.htm?PHPSESSID=1jv7aitlq1t5bqkcgf9jo754h4&id=ijshe  The closing date for submissions is: August 29, 2008    Publication date: January 2009

2. Opportunity to Become a Higher Education Sustainability Fellow
The Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium invites applications for the Higher Education Sustainability Fellows Program. Fellows will spend 4-5 hours each week working with their professional association and other related higher education associations, helping them to collect and share quality sustainability information with their members. Fellows will serve as mentors to others doing sustainability work on college campuses. Their role is to nurture, connect, assist and inspire the very important but often challenging work being done by disconnected individuals across the country. The review of applications will begin August 1, 2008 for the 2008-2008 academic year.
http://www.aacc.nche.edu/Template.cfm?Section=Headlines&Template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=20178

3. Call for Theses and Dissertations on Campus Sustainability
AASHE invites submissions of completed and in-progress theses and dissertations related to sustainability in higher education to add to its "List of Dissertations and Theses on Campus Sustainability" resource. Please email relevant papers to resources@aashe.org.
See also: List of Dissertations and Theses on Campus Sustainability at AASHE.org
http://www.aashe.net/blog/academics/call-for-theses-and-dissertations-on-campus-sustainability

4.  5 Fulbright Awards in Environment, Health, and Sustainability
The Fulbright Scholar Program with Canada is offering five Research Chair awards in Environment, Health, and Sustainability for 2009-10. The awards provide the opportunity for scholars to pursue full-time collaborative or independent research in affiliation with the faculty and resources at McMaster University, the University of Alberta, the University of Lethbridge, the University of Prince Edward Island, and the University of Winnipeg. Topics of interest include but are not limited to the global food system and food safety, nutriscience studies, water resources management, environmental studies, bioscience and other fields; interdisciplinary projects are welcome. Junior scholars with promising research records as well as established senior scholars are encouraged to apply. Awards range from four to nine months. U.S. citizenship and a Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree are required. The application deadline is August 1, 2008.
http://www.fulbright.ca/en/chairtext.asp

5. Dir, Center for Sustainable Processes & Practices, Portland State U
The Portland State University (OR) Center for Sustainable Processes and Practices is seeking a Director. The Director will provide leadership for the planned evolution and expansion of PSU’s current interdisciplinary Center for Sustainable Processes and Practices. Candidates should demonstrate interest, capacity and experience in academic leadership with a particular focus on multidisciplinary research and engagement. They should also have a scholarly record appropriate for the award of tenure that includes significant scholarly publications, funded research and engagement activities related to sustainability. The director will direct the recruitment of additional sustainability faculty positions as part of the campus investment plan; direct PSU’s Graduate Sustainability Certificate Program; and promote the integration of sustainability across the curriculum. The position will remain open until filled.
http://www.pdx.edu/sustainability/director_position.html

6. Program Manager, Erb Inst for Global Sustainable Enterprise, U Michigan
The University of Michigan Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise is seeking a Program Manager. Responsibilities include overseeing all administrative, operational, marketing and financial matters for the Institute; developing and overseeing the fiscal year budget; providing strategic planning leadership in consultation with and as requested by the Academic Director; and serving as a key public face of the Institute with regard to students, other University of Michigan stakeholders, external constituents, and media relations. A Bachelor's degree, plus a minimum of 5 years professional experience related to the delivery of superior services and programs is required. An MBA or PhD degree related to Sustainability and at least 2 years of post-graduate degree experience is preferred. https://employcws.umich.edu/cws/seeker.html

7. Director of Campus Sustainability, U Wisconsin, Oshkosh
The University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh is seeking a Director of Campus Sustainability to provide leadership to the entire campus in all facets of campus sustainability. Job responsibilities include collaborating with various campus operational units in developing sustainability policies, priorities, and practices; coordinating with the faculty to integrate sustainability into teaching and research; and collaborating with students, student groups, and student units such as residence life in promoting sustainability and supervise sustainability interns. Qualifications include a Bachelor's degree in a relevant field and experience with energy, water and waste conservation. A Master's degree in a relevant field and at least three years experience in implementing sustainability programs is preferred. Review of applications will begin August 8, 2008 and continue until the position is filled. http://www.uwosh.edu/hr/unclassifiedjobs/sustainabilitydirector.php

8. Director, Office of Sustainability, U Iowa
The University of Iowa is seeking a highly motivated individual to serve as Director of the Office of Sustainability. This position will be an institutional advocate, coordinator and communicator for campus sustainability initiatives and efforts. The position will be housed in the department of Facilities Management, under the direction of the Associate Vice President and Director, Facilities Management, with reporting responsibility to the University of Iowa Sustainability Steering Committee. The Director will be responsible for launching and leading the University's Office of Sustainability and coordinating the Sustainable Campus Initiative. Qualifications include a Master's degree or extensive academic work in which the candidate has gained an understanding of the learning and discovery culture of higher education.
http://www.facilities.uiowa.edu/adminservices/hr/sustain.htm

9. Sustainability Coordinator, Cornell U
Cornell University (NY) is seeking a Sustainability Coordinator to provide planning and coordination for communications, educational, and outreach components of projects that are managed in the Office of Environmental Compliance and Sustainability. The Sustainability Coordinator will also be responsible for working directly with Cornell senior administration, operational units, academic departments, student organizations, and community organizations to coordinate involvement in Cornell's sustainability initiatives. Qualifications include a Bachelor's degree and at least five years of related experience. An advanced degree is preferred. https://cornellu.taleo.net/careersection/10164/jobsearch.ftl?lang=en&keyword=&organization=100

10. Sustainability Comm & Outreach Coord, Middlebury College
Middlebury College (VT) seeks a Sustainability Communications and Outreach Coordinator to fill a 1-year term position. The successful candidate will design and implement cultural and behavioral change programs that will help members of the Middlebury College community to engage more effectively in practices of sustainability. He or she will also communicate Middlebury's sustainability initiatives and the success stories of individuals and groups to internal and external audiences through writing, speaking, video, and managing the Environmental Affairs website. The ideal candidate will be a strategic thinker with sound technical skills, analytical ability, good judgment and strong operational focus. A Bachelor's degree and for years' related experience and/or training are required. The position is open until filled.
http://www.higheredjobs.com/search/details.cfm?JobCode=175322194

11. Sustainability Coord/Staff Assistant, Worcester State College
Worcester State College (MA) invites applications for the position of Sustainability Coordinator and Staff Assistant. The successful candidate will be responsible for the development and implementation of campus wide programs relating to sustainable efforts; encouraging, developing, and facilitating sustainability programs initiated by student, faculty and staff community members; and organizing training seminars, workshops, and conferences as required in response to other evolving needs and opportunities. Qualifications include a Bachelor's degree or significant progress towards a degree in environmental science or a related field. The position is open until filled.
http://www.higheredjobs.com/search/details.cfm?JobCode=175321810

12. Asst/Assoc Professor, Env'l Policy/Justice, Florida A&M U
The Florida A&M University Environmental Sciences Institute seeks applicants for a 12-month Assistant or Associate Professor in Environmental Policy and Environmental Justice. The ideal candidate should possess an environmental science related terminal degree; a demonstrated competence in teaching; and experience and interest in environmental justice issues. Applications are due July 30, 2008. http://www.higheredjobs.com/search/details.cfm?JobCode=175322430

13. Asst/Assoc Prof, Ecology/Climate & Env'l Change, Florida A&M U
The Florida A&M University Environmental Sciences Institute seeks applicants for a 12-month Associate or Assistant Professor in Ecology and Climate and Environmental Change. The ideal candidate should possess an environmental science related terminal degree; a demonstrated competence in teaching; and experience and interest in the impacts of climate and environmental changes on human health. Applications are due July 30, 2008. http://www.higheredjobs.com/search/details.cfm?JobCode=175322430

14. Energy Manager, U Utah
The University of Utah seeks an Energy Manager to Identify, develop and implement energy cost saving initiatives on campus. Other responsibilities include developing and implementing financial goals, performing strategic and tactical planning for the Energy Management Program, and establishing short and long range goals. Qualifications include a Bachelor's degree in a related field plus two years of related experience. Review of applications will begin July 25, 2008 and will remain open until filled. (error in link)

15. 5 positions, Energy Action Coalition
The Energy Action Coalition is seeking an Internet Director, Online Organizer, Director of Development, National Field Director for Power Vote, and Operations Assistant. The Internet Director will direct the overall growth and strategic direction of the organization's online presence. The Online Organizer will be responsible for developing and implementing online strategy for Energy Action Coalition campaigns. The Development Director will be responsible for leading and directing the fundraising and development efforts of Energy Action Coalition. The National Field Director will be the point person for implementing field operations, evaluating strategy and programs, and developing a comprehensive field plan for the Power Vote Campaign. The Operations Assistant will be responsible for assisting the Director of Operations with coalition coordination, meeting planning and preparation, coalition fundraising, and day-to-day support of Energy Action central staff. All positions are open until filled. http://energyactioncoalition.org/whoweare/coreteam/jobs

16. Administrative Intern, AASHE
AASHE seeks an Administrative Intern to assist with providing support to the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment and to assist in various other duties in the Lexington, Kentucky office. Additional responsibilities include assisting in processing memberships and providing outreach and membership support. Desired qualifications include strong written and oral communication skills, strong internet research skills, attention to detail, and interest and experience in campus sustainability. Interns must be able to work out of the office in Lexington, Kentucky. The application deadline is July 23, 2008. http://www.aashe.org/highlights/administrative_intern.php

17. Environmental, Safety and Recycling Manager    Springfield MA

Western New England College, located in Springfield, MA, is currently seeking an Environmental, Safety and Recycling Manager.

OVERVIEW: Working with the College administration, this position is responsible for advising, developing and coordinating comprehensive environmental, safety and recycling programs for all Western New England College operations. Establish an Environmental Health and Safety presence on campus to support the college's compliance with all state and federal EPA and OSHA regulations and standards. Design, implement and oversee EPA/OSHA safety and compliance policies and procedures. Coordinate the Colleges recycling program and ADA compliance programs. Work toward achieving improved sustainability on campus.

REQUIREMENTS: BS degree in Occupational Safety, Environmental Management, Chemistry, Biology, or related field required, or an equivalent combination of education and experience (waste management, safety or regulatory affairs, etc.). The ideal candidate will also have several years of experience in the environmental or safety field, and a solid working knowledge and understanding of federal and state EPA and OSHA regulations and requirements. Must possess excellent interpersonal skills, have the ability to produce high quality work in an environment where there are multiple projects and often pressing and changing priorities and deadlines. Must be self-motivated, organized and able to determine work priorities effectively and work independently. Ability and desire to learn new environmental procedures and practices. Requires excellent written and verbal communications skills and the ability to work effectively and courteously with a campus community.

TO APPLY: Send application and resume to

Gregory C. Michael, Executive Director of Human Resources and The CareerCenter
1215 Wilbraham Road
Springfield, Massachusetts
01119

Electronic resumes are encouraged and may be sent to Rosa Arce at rarce@wnec.edu.

18. Philosophy and History Instructor Positions at Oakland Community College in Michigan

The department are looking for sustainability oriented faculty for these faculty postings in philosophy and history.  The history position is in my department.  OCC is a great place to work (Oakland County, MI with lots of lakes.)  A masters degree is needed.

The internal and external Philosophy Instructor Position is posted on the OCC website for your convenience.  To view the postings, please click the links;
OCC website     http://www.oaklandcc.edu/Employment/jobs/edit_posting.asp?ID=381&editnew=1

The external History Instructor Position is also being posted / advertised, this information can be found on the website.
Click the link to review:        http://www.oaklandcc.edu/Employment/jobs/posting.asp?ID=380
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NEW RESOURCES

1. New Issue of Sustainability: The Journal of Record
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Publishers has released the June 2008 issue of Sustainability: The Journal of Record. This issue features articles on schools with green MBA programs, the student push for fair-trade t-shirts in campus stores, and strategies for transforming the higher education curriculum.
http://www.liebertpub.com/publication.aspx?pub_id=252

2. List of Dissertations and Theses on Campus Sustainability
AASHE has posted a collection of dissertations and theses specifically devoted to campus sustainability. The papers are divided into categories corresponding with AASHE's Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS): Education and Research, Operations, and Administration and Finance. This resource is for AASHE members only. All Mich Tech faculty, students, and staff are members of AASHE and can access this resource.

3. Sustainable Farmer, new multimedia online magazine

Sustainable Farmer, new multimedia online magazine for people raising food and fiber with respect for the future of all living things

As food and fuel prices rise, a new generation of farmers is looking to sustainable agriculture as a way to provide fresh local food to local consumers in ways that protect the planet. Sustainable Farmer is a new independent journalistic voice that offers them the information and advice that they need to succeed. (www.sustainablefarmer.com  <http://www.sustainablefarmer.com/>  )
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EVENTS & CONFERENCES  
1. "Practical Steps to Zero Waste"

Tuesday - July 15, 2008
12:00 pm Eastern/9:00 am Pacific
Approximate duration: 90 minutes

A Presentation of the CURC Webinar Series

While many colleges and universities across the nation work to build and expand recycling programs, a growing number of schools are looking to the next level at ways to reduce and perhaps one day eliminate all their trash.  Zero waste has become a common buzz word in recycling circles, but what does it mean? More importantly, how does it translate to the realities of a large institution managing its waste stream in the real world. This webinar from the College and University Recycling Council (CURC) will answer some of these basic questions about the zero waste concept as well as provide examples of schools that are working to implement policies and practices that move them closer to that ultimate goal.

For more information and to register, visit: http://nrc-recycle.org/zerowaste.aspx


Recycling two aluminum cans saves the equivalent energy needed to power a PC for one workday.
5 plastic soda bottles are enough to make the fiberfill to insulate one ski jacket.
Recycling one glass jar saves the equivalent energy needed to light a 100-watt bulb for 4 hours.
Every ton of paper recycled saves enough energy to heat and air condition the average American home for at least 6 months.







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