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SFI weekly newsletter (July 14, 2008)
A weekly service of SFI – www.sfi.mtu.edu


 SFI NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
1. Peace Corps Highlights Tech Student's Fruitful Research  
2. Huron Creek group presents recommendations
3. SFI member Jason Keith Receives Raymond W. Fahien Award  
4. AASHE announces Mich Tech, MSU, and State collaboration to Develop Cellulosic Ethanol Plantfor celluloisic plant  

SFI NEW FUNDING

SUSTAINABILITY NEWS
1. The Island in the Wind: A Danish community’s victory over carbon emissions.
2. The Scientist's special supplement on the Ireland’s sustainability leadership
3. South Korea’s Solar Powered Village
4. EU pledges action on energy efficient products  Jul 18, 2008 Energy Efficiency News
5. A New Fashion Catches On in Paris: Cheap Bicycle Rentals
5. Indiana Tech to Establish Degree in Renewable Energy
6. US: Rapid progress in 'greening' campuses

SEMINARS

FUNDING & AWARD OPPORTUNITIES
1.  Water Efficiency Leader Awards

 JOBS & INTERNSHIPS & Ph.D. OPPORTUNITIES
1. National Wildlife Federation's Campus Ecology Program is hiring!  
2. Director of Campus Sustainability, U Wisconsin Oshkosh
3. Sustainability Director, Wake Forest University
4. Sustainability Research Assist, U Corp. for Atmospheric Research
5. Env'l, Safety, & Recycling Mgr, Western New England College
6. Asst Prof, Human Dimensions of Env'l Change, U British Columbia
7. Staff Assist, Berkshire Env'l Resource Ctr, MA College of Liberal Arts
8. Program Assistant, Campus Ecology, National Wildlife Federation
9. Executive Director for Urban and Northern Options: Lansing, MI.

NEW RESOURCES
1. Textbooks - Summer Offer 20% off Greenleaf's bestselling textbooks:
2. Environmental Engineering Science Volume: 25, Number: 6 Jul 2008
3. Energy Globe 2008
4. Inaugural meeting of Sustainability Officers Network Meeting Aug 5
5.  AASHE Student Research on Campus Sustainability Award
6.  CFP: Climate Action Planning at US & Canadian Campuses
7. Socially Innovative Idea Competition

EVENTS & CONFERENCES  
1. AASHE  2nd biennial conf, AASHE 2008: Working Together for Sustainability - On Campus and Beyond, November 9-11 in Raleigh, NC.  
2. Intro to the Climate Registry Webinar July 24, 2008; 10 – 11am PDT; Online
3. Making Campus Climate Change Initiatives Work Webinar
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. Peace Corps Highlights Tech Student's Fruitful Research  
See Tech Today at http://www.admin.mtu.edu/urel/ttoday/previous.php?issue=20080714

For story by Jennifer Donovan, Mich Tech public relations director, about a slide show at US Peace Corps web site site about the volunteer work in Bolivia of a Michigan Tech Peace Corps International Master's Program graduate,  Kristina Owens, who spent two years in Las Carerras, high in the Andes Mountains of southern Bolivia, teaching children English and environmental science and studying a local fruit crop called cherimoya. She earned her master's degree in forestry from Michigan Tech in 2003. Now she works for the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the US Department of Agriculture near Washington, DC.

To see and hear the narrated slide show of Owens' Peace Corps work in Bolivia, go to www.peacecorps.gov/wws/multimedia/slideshows/bol_owens.cfm .  

2. Huron Creek group presents recommendations
The Daily Mining Gazette, July 8, 2008 reported on a presentation by Alex Mayer and graduate student Linda Kersten about watershed plans for Huron Creek, Houghton.  When the plan is in place, Mayer said, the Center for Water & Society will continue as lead agency, while subcommittees of advisory committee members and other interested people will carry out the plans for various sites along the creek. Kristine Bradof, a member of the Houghton Planning Commission and the creek advisory committee, suggested the subcommittees meet up periodically to update the rest of the group on their progress. To view the draft of the plan, go to http://www.geo.mtu.edu/~asmayer/HuronCreek/HuronCreek.htm

3. SFI member Jason Keith Receives Raymond W. Fahien Award 
from Tech Today

SFI member and Associate Professor Jason Keith (Chemical Engineering) received the 2008 Raymond W. Fahien Award from the American Society for Engineering Education at their annual meeting held in Pittsburgh, Pa.

The award honors Raymond W. Fahien, who was editor of the archival journal, Chemical Engineering Education, from 1967 to 1995. The award is based upon two equally weighted criteria: outstanding teaching effectiveness in the training of undergraduate and/or graduate students and educational scholarship through significant contributions to education in the field of chemical engineering.

In his award speech, Keith said, "I consider engineering education to be my hobby, and it is an honor to be recognized by my peers for my hobby. I would like to thank the Lord for giving me the opportunity to do what I love. I would like to recognize the support of Michigan Technological University, and especially the Department of Chemical Engineering, for their support during the past eight years. I would also thank my colleagues around the country who have written letters for my application. Finally, I would like to thank my wife and three children for their support, and I am blessed to have them."

Keith has given three invited lectures and has written two book chapters, two journal publications, and 16 conference publications in the field of engineering education. He is also active in research in emissions control, fuel cells and alternative energy.  

4. AASHE announces Mich Tech, MSU, and State collaboration to Develop Cellulosic Ethanol Plantfor celluloisic plant  
http://www.aashe.org/archives/2008/0717.php

SFI NEW FUNDING

SUSTAINABILITY NEWS
1. The Island in the Wind: A Danish community’s victory over carbon emissions by Elizabeth Kolbert

See New Yorker article about the carbon neutral island of Denmark that uses alternative energy. "By 2003, instead of importing electricity, the island was exporting it, and by 2005 it was producing from renewable sources more energy than it was using. ...Samsø transformed its energy systems in a single decade. Its experience suggests how the carbon problem, as huge as it is, could be dealt with if we were willing to try."

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2008/07/07/080707fa_fact_kolbert/

2. The Scientist's special supplement on the Ireland’s sustainability leadership

The Scientist's special supplement on Ireland describes how Ireland's policy, industry, and research helped transform Irish "life science irrelevance to a global research hub in 50 years."

http://www.the-scientist.com/newsletter/etoc/20080701_ireland.html

3. South Korea’s Solar Powered Village

Large beds of photovoltaic panels can be found on each of the 40 houses in Donggwang generating all the power necessary for the village to run. Even the local elementary school runs on free electric energy from the sun. In 2004, the government paid for 70% of the installation fees to help create the state-of-the-art renewable energy village. Read more..http://www.ecospace.cc/culture/rok-solar-powered-village.htm

4. EU pledges action on energy efficient products   Jul 18, 2008 Energy Efficiency News (UK) 
“The package puts forward a comprehensive set of measures which will contribute to the EU objectives on saving energy benefiting both the environment and the EU consumer,” says energy commissioner Andris Piebalgs.

5. A New Fashion Catches On in Paris: Cheap Bicycle Rentals
 
A system for renting Vélib’ bicycles has become hugely popular in Paris, where about 20,600 of the bikes are in service. Self-service rental stations are ubiquitous in Paris, with more than 1,450 self-service rental stations. The stations are only some 300 yards apart, and there are four times as many as there are subway stations, even in a city so well served by its metro system. In the first year, the city says, there have been 27.5 million trips in this city of roughly 2.1 million people, many of them for daily commutes. On average, there are 120,000 trips a day.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/13/world/europe/13paris.html?th&emc=th

6. Indiana Tech to Establish Degree in Renewable Energy
Indiana Tech has announced that, this fall, it will begin offering a degree program that focuses on the science and application of generating renewable energy. Students in the Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree program will investigate the most recent developments in renewable energy systems, analyze designs, and conduct experiments via computer models and real-world settings. Additionally, the program will prepare students to manage the business aspects of implementing renewable-energy solutions.
http://www.kpcnews.com/articles/2008/07/01/greater_fort_wayne/news/today/7-1story3.txt
See also: Indiana Tech BSE in Energy Engineering Homepage http://www.indianatech.edu/Engineering/BS-EnergyEngineering.aspx

7. US: Rapid progress in 'greening' campuses
29 June 2008, Karen MacGregor
North American universities and colleges have made rapid progress in 'greening' campuses, according to the College Sustainability Report Card 2008. Half of the 200 institutions with the largest endowments in the US and Canada are cutting carbon emissions, a quarter have pledged to achieve carbon neutrality, more than two-thirds have green building policies and nearly a third have endowment investments in renewable energy or similar funds.  http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20080627104602173

SEMINARS

FUNDING & AWARD OPPORTUNITIES
1.  Water Efficiency Leader Awards
United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Water (OW)
Deadline Aug 29, 2008

The awards recognize those organizations and individuals who are providing leadership and innovation in water efficient products and practices. These awards are intended to help foster a nationwide ethic of water efficiency, as well as to inspire, motivate, and recognize efforts to improve water efficiency.
http://epa.gov/water/wel/2008_application_process.html
http://fundingopps.cos.com/alerts/114967

2. AASHE Invites Applications for the Campus and Student Sustainability Leadership Awards and the Student Research on Campus Sustainability Award
Deadline: August 1

AASHE is inviting applications and nominations for our 2008 Awards program.  All award winners will be announced at the AASHE 2008 Conference and Expo in November and will be featured in the new journal, Sustainability: The Journal of Record.

There are three categories of awards this year:

Campus Sustainability Leadership Awards (4 awards)
Student Sustainability Leadership Award
Student Research on Campus Sustainability Award - New for this year!

More information: http://www.aashe.org/programs/campus_awards.php
To nominate an institution, please email: awards@aashe.org

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS & Ph.D. OPPORTUNITIES
1. National Wildlife Federation's Campus Ecology Program is hiring!  

 
We seek a Program Assistant for our Campus Ecology program in Reston, Virginia.   The purpose of the Campus Ecology Program Assistant position is to help dramatically broaden engagement in NWF’s climate action initiatives. This position will be responsible for supporting fellowships, supporting special media projects, coordinating the internship program, and tracking and engaging alumni.  The Program Assistant will also provide administrative, logistical and outreach support for Campus Ecology program and staff on a regular basis.
 
Must have BA in environmental studies or related field and a minimum of one year professional experience in which an internship in one or more organizations is a reasonable alternative.  Strong project coordination and administrative support experience required.  Experience working with college-age youth and in environmental and/or sustainability field helpful. Ability to organize and coordinate trainings and people, schedule projects, conference calling, data and other logistics and good knowledge of Microsoft Office software a must.
 
Apply at www.nwf.org/careergateway

2. Director of Campus Sustainability, U Wisconsin Oshkosh
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh seeks a Director of Campus Sustainability to begin in November 2008. Job responsibilities include providing leadership to the campus in all facets of campus sustainability; collaborating with various campus operational units in developing sustainability policies, priorities, and practices; coordinating with the faculty to integrate sustainability into teaching and research; collaborating with students, student groups, and student units such as residence life in promoting sustainability; and supervising sustainability interns. Requirements include a Bachelor's degree in a relevant field; experience with energy, water and waste conservation; and leadership experience in environmental initiatives. A Master's degree is preferred. http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000564993-01&pg=s&cc=

3. Sustainability Director, Wake Forest University
Wake Forest University (NC) invites applications for Sustainability Director. Under minimal supervision, the Sustainability Director will serve as the primary campus resource on Sustainability issues, assisting in curriculum development, instruction, academic advising, and staff training on the subject. Responsibilities include developing baseline assessments of campus sustainability policies, practices, curriculum and research, and providing recommendations for policy and program improvements; providing support for strategic initiatives endorsed by senior faculty and administrators, staff, and students; and advising the Provost, Deans and Department Chairs in opportunities to integrate sustainability into course curriculums and advance sustainability research. Requirements include a Bachelor's Degree in resource economics, public policy, environmental studies, appropriate technology, architecture, planning, or a related discipline plus six years of experience in a related field. An equivalent combination of education and experience is acceptable. Applications are due August 28, 2008. https://wakejobs.wfu.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1216400238395

4. Sustainability Research Assist, U Corp. for Atmospheric Research
The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (CO), the nonprofit organization that manages the National Center for Atmospheric Research, is hiring a part-time Sustainability Research Assistant to support its first greenhouse gas emissions inventory. This position is a paid, part-time opportunity open to graduate students and upper level undergraduates with academic or professional experience in sustainability and/or greenhouse gas inventory projects. The Student Assistant will primarily be responsible for conducting research and data analysis to complete a report on GHG emissions that result from UCAR-sponsored conferences, workshops, and events. Review of applications begins in late July and will continue until the position is filled. http://www.fin.ucar.edu/hr/careers/uco.cfm?do=jobDetailExt&job_ID=1092

5. Env'l, Safety, & Recycling Mgr, Western New England College
Western New England College (MA) seeks an Environmental, Safety, and Recycling Manager to advise, develop, and coordinate comprehensive environmental, safety and recycling programs for the college's operations. Other responsibilities will include establishing 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. Qualifications include a BS in Occupational Safety, Environmental Management, Chemistry, Biology, or a related field. The position is open until filled. http://www.higheredjobs.com/institution/details.cfm?Jobcode=175319999&print=yes

6. Asst Prof, Human Dimensions of Env'l Change, U British Columbia
The University of British Columbia Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability invites applications for a tenure track position, at the rank of Assistant Professor, in the human dimensions of environmental change, to commence July 1, 2009. The successful candidate will be an interdisciplinary scholar with a strong grounding in the social sciences, behavioral sciences or humanities who aspires to develop an internationally recognized research program in an area related to fields such as the built environment, water, energy and/or natural resources. Topical domains might include but are not limited to knowledge, politics and regulation; environment, economy and decision making; or the intersection of history and ecology. The successful candidate should have a completed PhD and have demonstrated potential in research and in teaching at graduate and undergraduate levels. The successful candidate will be expected to teach graduate courses in his/her area of specialization. http://www.cfis.ubc.ca/page482.htm

7. Staff Assist, Berkshire Env'l Resource Ctr, MA College of Liberal Arts
The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts seeks a Staff Assistant and Coordinator of the Berkshire Environmental Resource Center to manage and promote center activities; coordinate college sustainability initiatives; and work closely with faculty, college administrators, and community partners to promote sustainability initiatives. A Bachelor's degree is required and a Master's degree is preferred. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled. http://www.higheredjobs.com/search/details.cfm?JobCode=175323062

8. Program Assistant, Campus Ecology, National Wildlife Federation
The National Wildlife Federation seeks a Program Assistant for the Campus Ecology program in Reston, Virginia. The purpose of the Campus Ecology Program Assistant position is to help dramatically broaden engagement in NWF’s climate action initiatives. This position will be responsible for supporting fellowships, supporting special media projects, coordinating the internship program, and tracking and engaging alumni. The Program Assistant will also provide administrative, logistical and outreach support for Campus Ecology program and staff on a regular basis. A BA in environmental studies or a related field and a minimum of one year professional experience is required. http://jobs.treehugger.com/job/c0816dc8f801412a67f2555e18ce564e/?d=1&source=rss_page

9. Executive Director for Urban and Northern Options: Lansing, MI.

The Executive Director is responsible and accountable for the overall management of Urban and Northern Options, and reports directly to the Board of Directors to further the mission, programs, and activities of UO and NO.  Urban & Northern Options help people improve the environment and save money by using energy and other resources more efficiently.  The qualified candidate should have an advanced professional or academic degree as well as 4+ years in grant writing and program management.  A nonprofit environment background is preferred.  
http://www.urbanoptions.org/careers.php

NEW RESOURCES

1.  Greenleaf Textbooks Sale
20% off Greenleaf's bestselling textbooks:
offer ends August 31st
www.greenleaf-publishing.com

2. Environmental Engineering Science
Volume: 25, Number: 6 Jul 2008
For TOC and free full text access http://www.liebertonline.com/toc/ees/25/6

3. Energy Globe 2008
The Award distinguishes projects that sustainably use our resources such as water, earth, energy and air or use renewable energy forms. All submitted projects are documented in the Energy Globe Database at: www.energyglobe.info
Additional information and the application form for download are available at:
http://www.energyglobe.com/en/energy-globe-award/

4. Inaugural meeting of Sustainability Officers Network Meeting Aug 5
Tuesday, August 5th 12:00—lunch  1:00-2:00--meeting

A Midwest meeting for sustainability directors, managers, coordinators, and defacto coordinators to find out what other schools are doing to implement the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. Join Suzanne Savanick Hansen from Macalester and Bob Douglas from St. Thomas.  Please RSVP to Suzanne (shansen2@macalester.edu <mailto:shansen2@macalester.edu>)

5.   AASHE Student Research on Campus Sustainability Award
AASHE invites undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at U.S. or Canadian institutions of higher education to submit research papers of any length on campus sustainability that have not been previously published, are written in English, and were completed after August 1, 2007. A version of the winning paper will be published in Sustainability: The Journal of Record (subject to editorial review). Longer papers will be edited to meet the Journal's length standards. Papers are due August 1, 2008. http://www.aashe.org/programs/student_research_award.php

6.  CFP: 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) have announced 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. Submitted articles must be between 2,000 and 4,000 words in length. The closing date for submissions is August 29, 2008.
http://www.aashe.org/highlights/ijshe.php

7. Socially Innovative Idea Competition
Conscious Lifestyle and Youth Venture invite submissions for the 2008 Venture Competition. The competition will award up to $1,000 in start-up funding, web space, a monthly skill-building workshop, and mentoring from a professional to a group of full-time high school or college students with the best idea to help students and schools be more socially responsible. The idea should work on both the individual and institutional levels; be created, led, and managed by students; and have a credible plan and budget. Applications are due August 1, 2008.
http://consciouslifestyle.org/2008ventureapp

EVENTS & CONFERENCES  
1. AASHE  2nd biennial conference, AASHE 2008: Working Together for Sustainability - On Campus and Beyond, November 9-11 in Raleigh, NC.  


Registration is now open and those who register by August 29 will receive an early bird discount.

AASHE's Conference is the largest campus sustainability gathering of its kind in the United States and Canada.  We expect over 1,000 attendees in Raleigh, and more than 300 presentations, with an impressive array of campus and business leaders sharing their experience, knowledge and passion for promoting sustainability on campus and in the community.  Please visit www.aashe.org/conference

2.  Intro to the Climate Registry Webinar
July 24, 2008; 10 – 11am PDT; Online
The Climate Registry will host the webinar, an "Introduction to the Climate Registry for Universities and Colleges." The webinar aims to help Universities and Colleges understand what the Climate Registry is and how it can help institutions get prepared for pending state and federal reporting requirements as well as reporting requirements for the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment. http://www.theclimateregistry.org/calendar.html

3. Making Campus Climate Change Initiatives Work Webinar
August 21, 2008; 1pm PDT; Online
Michael Kinsley of the Rocky Mountain Institute will facilitate a discussion about the barriers to climate change initiatives related to institutional operations, and ways to overcome the barriers. He will share preliminary research by RMI regarding climate initiatives in campus operations across the nation and will allow time for participants to share their experiences with barriers and solutions in their organizations' operations. http://training.sustainabilityprofessionals.org/course/category.php?id=3





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