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SFI weekly newsletter (July 21, 2008)
A weekly service of SFI – www.sfi.mtu.edu


 SFI NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
1.  Center for Water and Society’s Alex Mayer writes guest column
2. International Senior Design Presentation
3. SFI Member Shalini Suryanarayana sells property to Houghton for use as green space

SFI NEW FUNDING

1. CPATH CDP: Integrating sustainability into Undergraduate Computing Education
2. International Workshop on Delivering Sustainable Infrastructure

SUSTAINABILITY NEWS
1. Universities going trayless
2. Green videos for presentations or sustainability websites available
3. Math and Gender Gaps
4. 'NextCruise' to add green to Woodward Dream Cruise
5. Mich. voters back offshore drilling and nuclear energy:  Jul 23, 2008   Detroit News   
6. Sustainability Failures
7. From Focus the Nation
8. Earth Policy Institute Solar Thermal Power Coming to a Boil
9. Escanaba, Michigan, gets flourescent bulbs at a state office building
10. Iberdrola Renewables is pursuing developing a wind farm in Southwestern Michigan
11. Student Approved Label Initiative

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FUNDING & AWARD OPPORTUNITIES
1.  CleanTech business competition opportunity for Michigan Universities and Colleges
2. Community-Based Marine Debris Prevention and Removal Project Grants
3. DOT Research Hybrid Fuel Technology Transit System
4. Public-Private Alliances Related to Methane to Markets Partnership
5. Environmental Education

 JOBS & INTERNSHIPS & Ph.D. OPPORTUNITIES
1. The University of Iowa is seeking director of the Office of Sustainability
2. The Harvard Green Campus Initiative is hiring two new coordinator positions

NEW RESOURCES
1. New Book--The Necessary Revolution by Peter Sange

EVENTS & CONFERENCES 
1. CFP  8th Biennial ASLE Conference U of Victoria, British Columbia June 3-6, 2009
2. Project for Public Spaces workshops in Washington DC
3. Short Rotation Crops International Conference: biofuels, bioenergy, and bioproducts from sustainable agricultural and forest crops

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.  Center for Water and Society’s Alex Mayer writes guest column
“From California to Sonora to the Great Lakes and back”
http://tinyurl.com/58nx6x

2. International Senior Design Presentation
The May section of International Senior Design will be presenting their design project on Thursday, July 31st from 4-6 PM in Dow 641. (See poster outside 840 Dow).

3. SFI Member Shalini Suryanarayana sells property to Houghton for use as green space
http://www.mininggazette.com/page/content.detail/id/501253.html


SFI NEW FUNDING
1. CPATH CDP: Integrating sustainability into Undergraduate Computing Education
Investigators:  Yu Cai (Sch of Tech), Qiong Zhang (SFI), Kedmon Hungwe (Cognitive & Lrng Scnces), Linda Ott (CS), Jingdong Tan (Elec & Comp Engg)
Funding Source: NSF $144,554 July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2020
The goal of this project is to test, develop, implement, and evaluate an educational model to successfully and effectively integrate sustainability into the undergraduate computing curricula. This model will prepare our students with computing competencies, multi-disciplinary knowledge, and computational thinking to create a sustainable future. Development of computational thinking through discovery based learning & collaborative learning are strongly featured in this model.

2. International Workshop on Delivering Sustainable Infrastructure
Investigator: James Mihelcic (CEE)
Funding Source: NSF $60,421 in Auckland, New Zealand; Dec. 15-17, 2008.

SUSTAINABILITY NEWS

1. Universities going trayless
Less than a year after a few colleges started experimenting with removing trays from cafeterias, the trend appears to be poised to take off — with students and colleges seeking trayless dining as a way to help the environment and save money by minimizing waste. Aramark is now projecting that more than half of the 500 colleges where it handles food services will go trayless in the upcoming academic year. An analysis of the issue released by the company and based on surveys and other data from colleges that have already made the move found that students endorse the shift if they are offered explanations and the option of a tray for those who need one. Institutions that eliminated trays experienced a 25-30 percent reduction in food waste.
http://tinyurl.com/5tpykq
Another national article on schools going trayless   http://tinyurl.com/6q5nvf

2. Green videos for presentations or sustainability websites available
Need green videos for your presentations or sustainability website, such as a video comparing the fuel economy of a Prius and a Smart Car? Arnold Schwarzenegger answering questions about his climate policies? How about a children’s video illustrating the importance of recycling? Launched last month, GoGreenTube.com allows citizens to view and share videos about the environment, green technologies, news and products. The goal of the site is to spread environmental knowledge. Similiar to YouTube, registration for GoGreenTube is free and anyone may upload videos to share.
GoGreenTube.com  --from the Environmental News Network

3. Math and Gender Gaps
Gaps between boys and girls in the rigor of mathematics courses they take in elementary and secondary schools, and in their resulting mathematics knowledge, have been eliminated, according to a study by researchers at the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Wisconsin at Madison. The research appears in the new issue of Science. http://sciencenow.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/2008/724/1
For another viewpoint see http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2008/07/25/hatcher

4. 'NextCruise' to add green to Woodward Dream Cruise
Nine automakers and the city of Pleasant Ridge MI will sponsor an inaugural NextCruise during the Woodward Dream Cruise Aug. 15 and 16. The event will feature next-generation, environmentally friendly transportation that is still a great deal of fun to drive. Included will be hybrids, clean diesels and other high-mileage and low-emission designs. It's the brain child of longtime automotive journalist Paul Eisenstein and George Lenko, a Pleasant Ridge city commissioners. The event will offer the public a chance to drive the vehicles, not just look at them. http://www.wwj.com/pages/2653207.php?

5. Mich. voters back offshore drilling and nuclear energy:  Jul 23, 2008   Detroit News   
By Mark Hornbeck at (313) 222-2470 or mhornbeck@detnews.com

6. Sustainability Failures
There’s lots of talk about all that colleges are doing for the environment. What aren’t they doing? View full article http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2008/07/23/sustainability

7. From Focus the Nation
Al Gore five minute video of his speech <http://www.wecansolveit.org/?source=GoogleSearch>
National Teach-in on Global Warming Solutions <http://www.focusthenation.org/focus2009.php>
Focus the Nation Wind Turbine! <http://greenbizwire.csrwire.com/news/10780.html 
Books & Videos on Fighting Global Warming and more news at www.focusthenation.org

8. Earth Policy Institute Solar Thermal Power Coming to a Boil
After emerging in 2006 from 15 years of hibernation, the solar thermal power industry experienced a surge in 2007, with 100 megawatts of new capacity coming online worldwide.    http://www.earth-policy.org/Updates/2008/Update73.htm

9. Escanaba, Michigan, gets flourescent bulbs at a state office building
 ilumisys, the Troy, MI-based LED lighting company that is developing LED-based replacements for flourescent bulbs has a pilot project underway at a state office building in Escanaba, Michigan. Over the next four years, Ilumisys Inc. will replace 200 flourescent tubes in the building with three successive generations of LED lamps. The first generation of the lamps are 5 to 10 percent more energy efficient than flourescent bulbs, and last more than 25 years, vs. flourescent tubes' estimated five-year lifespan. They also don't require ballasts or use mercury, and can be dimmed or brightened to accommodate available natural light. ilumisys lights are also currently installed now on the fourth floor of Ann Arbor (Michigan) City Hall. ilumisys is a subsidiary of Altair Engineering Inc.

10. Iberdrola Renewables is pursuing developing a wind farm in Southwestern Michigan.
The company currently has more than 2,000 megawatts of wind power in operation in the United States with the goal of bringing online another 1,000 megawatts in the US each year between 2008-2010. For further information regarding Dickinson Wright's energy and sustainability practice group, please contact Meg Coughlin via e-mail: mcoughlin@dickinsonwright.com.

11. Student Approved Label Initiative
When consumers purchase products with the Student Approved Label, they know that they are positively impacting the world either socially or environmentally. The Student Approved Label is designed to be a common label for students’ approval of products in a variety of industries. It is time for students to suggest the criteria for the Student Approved Label. We encourage criteria development through class discussion or assignments focusing on what students believe the make up of the criteria should be. Contact chad.agrawal@gmail.com.
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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.  CleanTech business competition opportunity
To help move clean energy technologies from the laboratory to commercial production, DTE Energy has joined with the University of Michigan to conduct an annual entrepreneurship competition that will challenge teams from Michigan colleges and universities to develop the best plan for bringing new clean-energy technologies to market. DTE is making a five-year, $450,000 commitment to fund the DTE Clean Energy Prize, a new competition open to the best and brightest students and faculty at Michigan's colleges and universities.

The prize pool for the 2009 competition will be $100,000, which will be divided among the winning teams. For subsequent years, it is expected that the prize pool will be $200,000. The prize competition will be hosted by the University of Michigan, but will be open to students and faculty from all Michigan colleges and universities. For the first year, each team must have at least one University of Michigan student or faculty member. The competition will require that teams focus on business ideas that support renewable energy, energy efficiency and demand response, greenhouse gas and environmental control technologies and energy storage.

Application forms, deadlines and other information will be posted on the DTE Clean Energy Prize Web site. To reach that site, visit www.dteenergy.com and search for Clean Energy Prize.

2. Community-Based Marine Debris Prevention and Removal Project Grants
United States Department of Commerce (DOC)
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
http://fundingopps.cos.com/alerts/93824

Research Proposals
United States - Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development (BARD) Fund
http://fundingopps.cos.com/alerts/15031

3. DOT Research Hybrid Fuel Technology Transit System
Deadline: Aug 15, 2008    
Estimated Total Program Funding: $241,065 
Award Ceiling: $241,065 

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: Yes 
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), through the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), hereby requests proposals from public entities that will ultimately result in the award of one or more cooperative agreements to demonstrate, in revenue service, small transit vehicles employing a hybrid propulsion system. For this project, small transit vehicles are defined as less than 30’ in length. The demonstration project will support the development and analysis of advanced propulsion technologies for small transit vehicles. Due to legislative restraints, in addition to the national goals, the project must benefit the state of California specifically.
http://tinyurl.com/558r8l

4. Public-Private Alliances Related to Methane to Markets Partnership
Deadline-- Sep 30, 2008  
USAID’s bureau for Economic Growth, Agriculture and Trade (EGAT) would like tomake a special call for the submission of concept papers related to the President’sannouncement on the International Methane to Markets Partnership. The Methane to Markets Partnership is an international initiative that focuses on advancing cost-effective, near-term methane recovery and use as a clean energy source. The Partnership will reduce global methane emissions to enhance economic growth,promote energy security, improve the environment, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Other benefits include improving mine safety, reducing waste, and improving local air quality. The goals of the Partnership will be accomplished through collaboration between developed countries, developing countries, and countries with economies in transition - together with strong participation from the private sector, development banks, and other governmental and non-governmental organizations. The Methane to Markets Partnership initially targets four major methane sources: landfills, livestock and agricultural wastes, underground coal mines, and natural gas and oil systems. See full announcement for details.
http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&flag2006=false&oppId=41164

5. Environmental Education
Deadline 9/27/08
Grants NTE $1.5K
The Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Foundation seeks proposals to support educators to develop environmental curricula that integrates field activities and classroom teaching and that incorporates basic ecological principles and problem solving. 
http://www.mgaef.org/index.html.  (RFP Bulletin 7/3/08)

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS & Ph.D. OPPORTUNITIES
1. The University of Iowa is seeking director of the Office of Sustainability
The University of Iowa is seeking a dynamic leader to serve as the director of the newly created Office of Sustainability. We seek a highly motivated person with a passion for sustainability and the drive to make substantial changes in operations, learning, discovery and outreach. The job description for Director, Office Sustainability is listed at  http://www.facilities.uiowa.edu/adminservices/hr/recruitment.htm.  To apply for this position, visit http://jobs.uiowa.edu and reference requisition #55659
For information on the UofI solid foundation in sustainability, please visit http://energy.uiowa.edu

2. The Harvard Green Campus Initiative is hiring two new coordinator positions
The Harvard Green Campus Initiative is hiring two new coordinator positions within our Green Campus Building Services - New Construction group.  If you are interested, please submit your application through the link below, and please forward the posting on to anyone you know who may be interested.
 http://jobs.harvard.edu/jobs/summ_req?in_post_id=38437

NEW RESOURCES

1. New Book--The Necessary Revolution by Peter Sange
Peter Senge's Necessary Revolution
In a new book, the management guru discusses the environmental woes facing business and some steps that may lead to a more sustainable world.
http://www.businessweek.com/innovate/content/jun2008/id20080611_566195.htm

EVENTS & CONFERENCES 
1. CFP  8th Biennial ASLE Conference U of Victoria, British Columbia June 3-6, 2009
 "Island Time: The Fate of Place in a Wired, Warming World"
 
Proposals must be submitted by november 15, 2008.

The Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) invites proposals
for papers, panels, roundtables, workshops, and other public presentations connecting language, nature, and culture. As always, we welcome interdisciplinary approaches; readings of environmentally  inflected fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction; and proposals from outside the academic humanities, including submissions from artists,  writers, practitioners, activists, and colleagues in the social and natural sciences. For additional information about the conference, including  presentation formats, submission guidelines, biographies of plenary speakers, graduate student travel awards, and book and graduate student paper awards, see http://asle.uvic.ca/
  
2. Project for Public Spaces workshops in Washington DC
 
Project for Public Spaces is excited to announce that registration is open for its three training seminars this fall- Streets as Places, How to Turn a Place Around, and How to Create Successful Markets. Below you will find descriptions of these courses and links to further information. Please register online as soon as possible to obtain the early registration rate! 
Streets as Places, How to Turn a Place Around, and How to Create Successful Markets September 15-16 2008
http://ent.groundspring.org/EmailNow/pub.php?module=URLTracker&cmd=track&j=223063805&u=2327414
How to Turn a Place Around is a two-day placemaking training course September 25th & 26th.  http://ent.groundspring.org/EmailNow/pub.php?module=URLTracker&cmd=track&j=223063805&u=2327415

How to Create Successful Markets is a two-day training course on public and farmers markets on October 17th & 18th. http://ent.groundspring.org/EmailNow/pub.php?module=URLTracker&cmd=track&j=223063805&u=2327416
 
3. Short Rotation Crops International Conference: biofuels, bioenergy, and bioproducts from sustainable agricultural and forest crops
August 18-22, 2008Bloomington, Minnesota, USA

This conference will focus on forest and agricultural crops as a source of energy, fuel and products in a sustainable manner. It will provide an international forum for discussion with a wide variety of views and ample opportunity for discussion and networking.

Conference Contact: RaeLynn Jones Loss Center for Integrated Natural Resources and Agricultural Management University of Minnesota
612-624-7418  raelynn@umn.edu
http://www.cinram.umn.edu/srwc/index.html






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