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SFI weekly newsletter (July 28, 2008)
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 SFI NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
1 Mich Tech gets a middle-range rating in the new “green ratings” category in Best-of College Guides.  
2. Campus greening in the news.
3. Dave Shonnard Featured on Renewable Energy Site
4. IX Congress on Latin American Hydrogeology, held July 8–11 in Quito, Ecuador.

SFI NEW FUNDING
1. Engaging Social Scientists in the WATERS Initiative
2. SustR: Sustainable Development for Rural Cummunities
3. Supporting Emergency Treatment of Ballast Water to Prevent the Spread of VHS
4. Determine Invasion Status and Ecological Effects of an Exotic Zooplankter in Several Great Lakes Area Parks.

SUSTAINABILITY NEWS
1. Mysteries of the Great Lakes revealed in IMAX
2. Dow Corning measures global outlook on alternative energy
3. Noble Environmental Power builds Michigan's Newest Windpark in thumb area
4. Granholm announces 18% reduction in energy use of 18%
5. Michigan must rethink natural gas reliance

SEMINARS
1. Chemicals from Renewable Resources—Selling Functionality Versus Energy Content Aug. 5

FUNDING & AWARD OPPORTUNITIES
1.  Centers of Energy Excellence program to spur alternative-energy technology development
2. NSF Earth Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowships (EAR-PF)
3. Community-Based Marine Debris Prevention and Removal Project Grants

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS & Ph.D. OPPORTUNITIES
1. National Wildlife Federation's Campus Ecology sustainability fellowships
2. Post Doc Agricultural/Mechanical/Optical/Computer Engineer
3. Finishing Fellowships for Fall of 2008 are available from Mich Tech grad office
4. Director of Campus Sustainability at University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
5. Green Cleaning Award
6. Sustainability Programs Coordinator, U Notre Dame
7. Sustainability Manager, Northeastern U
8. Coordinator, Green Campus Initiative, Harvard U
9. Instructor, Environmental Science, Turtle Mountain CC

NEW RESOURCES
1. Free webnar available: Reducing Greenhouse Gases and Achieving Climate Neutrality.

EVENTS & CONFERENCES  
1. New Power Tour presentation dates
2. 7th Annual Colloquium of the European Academy of Business in Society
3. Call for Presentations - CIWEM Annual Conference 2009

The weekly newsletters are now posted at our Website (http://www.sfi.mtu.edu/). Please send announcements of your publications, presentations, awards, and names of awarded proposals to Denise Heikinen, Communications Coordinator, at dmheikin@mtu.edu, or call (906)487-0044.

SFI NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

1. Michigan Tech gets a middle-range rating in the new “green ratings” category in Best-of College Guides.  

Michigan Tech received a 76 (within a range of 60 to 99) in The Princeton Review’s new “green ratings” category in the latest Best-of College Guides.  The new ratings are based on information provided by the colleges. Points were also awarded to campuses that offer an environmental studies major and that hire a full-time “sustainability” officer. In a survey of 10,300 college applicants and their parents, 63% said they would like to know about campus policies on the environment. The Princeton Review's surveys of 120,000 students attending the 368 schools in the book who rated their own institutions on dozens of topics, and reported on their campus experiences at them

Eleven schools earned the top ratings of 99. They are (alphabetically):
Arizona State University at the Tempe campus
Bates College (Lewiston, ME)
College of the Atlantic (Bar Harbor, ME)
Emory University (Atlanta, GA)
Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA)
Harvard College—world’s largest green campus w/24 full-time professional staff
State University of New York at Binghamton
University of Washington (Seattle, WA)
University of Oregon (Eugene, OR)
University of New Hampshire (Durham, NH)
Yale University (New Haven, CT)

Among the sustainability criteria available at these colleges are included:

•    sustainability included in most teaching, learning, research, and business missions/strategic plans
•    School of Sustainability
•    ocal food programs
•    bicycle/car share to reduce pollution, environmental sustainability
•    new buildings LEED-Silver equivalence
•    reduced net-zero carbon emissions
•    renewable hydropower, renewable wood pellets, composting toilets, triple-paned windows, metered showers, grey water pre-heats, construction, recycling waste stream
•    sustainability endowed chairs
•    sustainability research
•    courses with a sustainability emphasis
•    green cleaning
•    solid waste recycling
•    drought-tolerant vegetation
•    storm water capture and reuse
•    uses landfill gas as energy source
•    organic dairy farm & education/research center
•    curriculum in public interest environmental law
•    Sustainable Supply Chain Management Center
•    signatory of the Presidents Climate Commitment
•    purchases power that is 100 renewable
•    zero-waste goal
•    composting postconsumer waste
•    compostable dishware and to-go packaging.
 
For a list of questions asked of the students at participating colleges go to: http://www.princetonreview.com/green-rating-methodology.aspx

2. Campus greening in the news
Several newspapers are currently reporting about the greening of campuses:
See last Sunday’s New York Times and also “College Greening,” Jul 31, 2008 in The    Washington Post.

3. Shonnard Featured on Renewable Energy Site
Chemical engineering Professor David Shonnard has agreed to serve as an expert columnist for the Renewable Energy World website. His first column, a response to a question on biofuels, is at
http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/author?id=44

4. IX Congress on Latin American Hydrogeology, held July 8–11 in Quito, Ecuador.

Geological engineering PhD student Miriam Rios-Sanchez recently organized and co-presented a full-day pre-conference workshop titled, "Applications of Remote Sensing for Hydrogeology," in conjunction with the IX Congress on Latin American Hydrogeology, held July 8–11 in Quito, Ecuador.
The workshop was hosted by Ecuador's National Center for Integrated Surveying of Natural Resources by Remote Sensing. Associate Professor John Gierke, Research Scientist Essa Gross (Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences), and undergraduate geology major Carla Alonso, Kelly Durst, an M.S candidate in Geology. Fredline Ilorme a PhD candidate in Environmental Engineering assisted with the workshop.

Gross also presented a paper at the conference, "Characterization of the Seasonal Effects on Specific Capacity of Rope-Pump Wells in Fractured Basalt Aquifers in Nicaragua," co-authored by Gierke, Elizabeth Myre (MS Environmental Engineering) and Antoinette Kome (SNV-Nicaragua).

SFI NEW FUNDING
1. Engaging Social Scientists in the WATERS Initiative

Alex Mayer (GMES) and co-PI Kathleen Halvorsen (SS) have received $10,600 from the National Science Foundation for the project, “Engaging Social Scientists in the WATERS Initiative: Special Sessions at the 2008 International Symposium on Society and Resource Management.”
 
2. SustR: Sustainable Development for Rural Cummunities
Alex Mayer (GMES) and co-PIs, Carol MacLennan (SS) and Blair Orr (SFRES), have received $180,000 from the U.S. Dept. of Education Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education for the project, “SustR: Sustainable Development for Rural Cummunities: Social, Health, Economic, and Environmental Advances”.
 
3. Supporting Emergency Treatment of Ballast Water to Prevent the Spread of VHS
Ann Mayo-Kiely (SFRES) has received funding from the US Department of Interior and the National Park Service for two proposals: $25,000 for "Supporting Emergency Treatment of Ballast Water to Prevent the Spread of VHS"; and $10,951 for "Isle Royale Institute Parks as Classroom Project: Join the Pack!"

4. Determine Invasion Status and Ecological Effects of an Exotic Zooplankter in Several Great Lakes Area Parks.
Charles Kerfoot (Biological Sciences) received $79,606 for one year from the National Park Service for "Determine Invasion Status and Ecological Effects of an Exotic Zooplankter in Several Great Lakes Area Parks." Kerfoot could also receive a three-year award of $189,880 with this project.

NEWS
1. Mysteries of the Great Lakes revealed in IMAX

Beginning today, Michiganders can witness the Mysteries of the Great Lakes on the only screen large enough to reveal them -- at the Detroit Science Center's Chrysler Imax Dome Theatre. Through several interlocking stories, including the story of maritime commerce and the ships that move cargo through the inland waterway, the new film will take viewers on a journey through the greatest lake system in the world, and showcase the amazing geography, ecology, science and history of the region. The only IMAX dome in the state, the theatre boasts a three and one-half stories-tall screen, sixty-seven and one-half feet in diameter. http://www.wwj.com/pages/2703876.php

2 .  Dow Corning measures global outlook on alternative energy
As energy prices rise around the world, businesses are searching for sustainable alternative energy solutions. According to a global study on alternative energy trends conducted by Harris Interactive for Dow Corning Corporation, nearly 40 percent of companies around the world have either implemented or are actively investigating alternative energy technology. "This study shows that companies are looking to renewable energy such as solar to reduce their rising energy costs and address environmental issues," said Rhone Resch, president of the Solar Energy Industries Association. "We need common-sense policies to expand renewable energy markets and create green-collar jobs, while moving us to a clean energy future." More. http://www.wwj.com/pages/2695268.php

3.  Noble Environmental Power builds Michigan's Newest Windpark in thumb area
Michigan's Newest Windpark is being built by Noble Environmental Power around the Thumb community of Ubly. The Noble Thumb I Windpark will generate 69 MW using 46 GE 1.5 MW turbines, which is enough to power about 23,000 average homes. Noble estimates the project will create approximately 85 new construction jobs, and will result in more than $3.5 million in property tax payments over the next 20 years. ENERGY TIDBITS – August 2008

4. Granholm announces 18% reduction in energy use in state facilities
Governor Granholm announced that the state of Michigan achieved an 18% reduction in energy use and an annual cost savings of $21 million at state facilities during the last fiscal year compared to FY 2002. Granholm used the Hart state office building to highlight many of the steps the state has taken such as installing motion detectors, retrofitting light fixtures, and reducing power to buildings at nights and on weekends.  The Hart office building will soon feature a pilot thermal storage project that will freeze and store water at night to use in cooling the building during the day.  Other projects that have cut energy usage include installation of software that integrates building heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, lighting control, elevator monitoring, and energy management into one system that can be monitored and managed using a Web page, a pilot program that replaced fluorescent tube lighting with LED lamps in the Escanaba state office building, and installation of daylight harvesting ballasts in several state buildings.

5. Michigan must rethink natural gas reliance
   Jul 29, 2008     Detroit News, Opinion    COMMENTARY
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SEMINARS
1. "Chemicals from Renewable Resources—Selling Functionality Versus Energy Content"
Seminar Tuesday on Chemicals from Renewable Resources
Kris Berglund will give a seminar, "Chemicals from Renewable Resources—Selling Functionality Versus Energy Content," Tuesday, Aug. 5, at 1 p.m. in Rekhi 214.
Berglund is a University Distinguished Professor of Forestry and Chemical Engineering at Michigan State University and a professor in the Division of Chemical Engineering at Lulea University of Technology, in Sweden.
He is hosted by the Department of Chemical Engineering, the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science and the Office of the Vice President for Research.
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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. Centers of Energy Excellence program to spur alternative-energy technology development
Amount $45 M
Governor Granholm signed legislation creating Centers of Energy Excellence, a program that will bring companies, academic institutions, & the State together to create alternative energy jobs. The Centers will support the development and growth of alternative energy industry clusters in Michigan by locating a base company in a region with the necessary business and supply-chain infrastructure. The Centers will match the base company with universities, national labs, and training centers to accelerate next-generation research, workforce development, and commercialization.  Under the new law, the Michigan Strategic Fund can allocate up to $45 million for the program. http://www.michigan.gov/gov/0,1607,7-168-23442_21974-195773--RSS,00.html
Already, one center is slated for Michigan's Upper Peninsula, where Cambridge, Mass.-based Mascoma Corp. plans to build a plant that will produce ethanol from wood fiber. The cellulosic ethanol plant, potentially the first such commercial-scale plant in the country, is targeted for a $15 million state grant. Mascoma is working with the Michigan Economic Development Corp., Michigan State University, Michigan Technological University, and J.M. Longyear, a Marquette-based company that owns Upper Peninsula forest land.  Another center could be located in Flint, where the city and Swedish alternative-energy firm Swedish Biogas International are undertaking a project to produce biogas from waste removed from the city's wastewater treatment plant. Biogas, a biofuel, can be used to fuel vehicles and generate heat and electricity. The collaboration includes Kettering University.

2. NSF Earth Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowships (EAR-PF)
National Science Foundation
<http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503144&govDel=USNSF_39>
 
3. 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)

Community-Based Marine Debris Prevention and Removal Project Grants      Amount     $150,000     Deadline     Oct 31, 2008
    
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is inviting the public to submit proposals for funding available through the NOAA Marine Debris Program (MDP) to implement grass-roots projects to prevent or remove marine debris that will benefit living marine resource habitats and navigational waterways. Projects funded through this competition will be expected to have strong on-the-ground marine debris prevention or removal components that provide educational and social benefits for people and their communities in addition to long-term ecological habitat improvements for NOAA trust resources. Proposals selected for funding through this solicitation will be implemented through cooperative agreements.
Bookmark Url     http://fundingopps.cos.com/cgi-bin/fo2/getRec?id=93824
http://fundingopps.cos.com/alerts/93824
URL for more info      http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-15720.htm
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JOBS & INTERNSHIPS & STUDENT & Ph.D. OPPORTUNITIES

1. National Wildlife Federation's Campus Ecology sustainability fellowships
Fall deadline: October 1, 2008. Additional submission deadlines throughout the year.

NWF Campus Ecology program awards fellowship grants to undergraduate and graduate students who are committed to reduce their campus carbon footprint; projects including: greenhouse gas inventories, climate action plans, energy conservation and efficiency, habitat restoration, convening climate action gatherings and more will be considered. Grant awards: Up to $2000 for Undergraduate Students and up to $5000 for Graduate Students.
Visit www.nwf.org/fellows for details about the Campus Ecology Fellowship program.
http://www.nwf.org/campusecology/fellowships/

2. Post Doc Agricultural/Mechanical/Optical/Computer Engineer - RA-08-063H
(USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS)
Deadline     Continuous.
Activity Location    Michigan
    
This postdoctoral associateship will take place at Sugarbeet and Bean Research Unit in East Lansing, Michigan. The incumbent will work as a team member in contributing to the overall goal of the research program on development of sensors and sensing systems for nondestructive quality evaluation of horticultural products. The incumbent will develop methods and techniques for characterizing quality and condition of apples and other fruits before and after harvest, and apply imaging, computer and other emerging techniques for assessing and grading fruit in orchard. Image processing methods and optical sensors will be used and developed for fruit quality classification.

Eligibility --A recent Ph.D. in agricultural, biosystems, mechanical, optical or computer Engineering or a closely related field is required.
Bookmark Url http://fundingopps.cos.com/cgi-bin/fo2/getRec?id=115169
URL for more info      http://www.afm.ars.usda.gov/divisions/hrd/hrdhomepage/vacancy/08063.htm

3. Finishing Fellowships for Fall of 2008 are available.
The deadline is August 13 at 4:00 p.m. See Deb Charlesworth in the grad office for details <ddc@mtu.edu>.

4. Director of Campus Sustainability. University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
The Director of Campus Sustainability will lead the effort to carry out a comprehensive set of goals developed in a recently completed Campus Sustainability Plan covering Operations, Teaching, Research, Outreach, and Assessment.  The individual will work closely with other campus stakeholders to ensure that environmental stewardship is integrated, aligned with and supportive of the overall UW Oshkosh goals and objectives.  This includes working directly with UW Oshkosh senior leadership in both academic and administrative areas, as well as the Campus Sustainability Council, other governance groups, and external constituencies.
Required: bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (e.g., environmental engineering, environmental science, public administration). Preferred: master’s degree or higher. http://www.uwosh.edu/sustainability/leadership/director/job-description

4. Green Cleaning Award
American School & University, The Green Cleaning Network, and Healthy Schools Campaign invite applicants for their Green Cleaning Awards. Entries may include policy examples, training materials, communication pieces, evaluation sheets, surveys, statistical reports and any other documentation that may be beneficial to the jury. Winners will be featured in the December issue of AS&U. Applications are due September 12, 2008. http://asumag.com/green_cleaning_award/

5. Sustainability Programs Coordinator, U Notre Dame
https://jobs.nd.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1217615262308

6. Sustainability Manager, Northeastern U
http://www.higheredjobs.com/search/details.cfm?JobCode=175326025

7. Coordinator, Green Campus Initiative, Harvard U
http://jobs.harvard.edu/jobs/summ_req?in_post_id=38437
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NEW RESOURCES
1. Free webnar available: Reducing Greenhouse Gases and Achieving Climate Neutrality
Walter Simpson wants everyone to know about the availability of a webinar program he did for APPA on “Reducing Greenhouse Gases and Achieving Climate Neutrality.”  With some modifications, this webinar presentation is his lecture given at the NACUBO Smart and Sustainable Campuses conference this past spring.  It covers the basics on how to create an effective campus sustainable energy program leading to climate neutrality or significant GHG reductions.  The webinar can be accessed for free and lasts about 75 minutes.  Essentially it is a web-based PowerPoint with sound:link
 It will be available at this web address until September 19, 2008.  Sustainability coordinators might want to preview and then, if you like it, use with your facilities energy people and/or your environmental/sustainability task force. A written article version of this presentation is contained in the anthology: “The Green Campus: Meeting the Challenge of Environmental Sustainability,” available from www.appa.org
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EVENTS & CONFERENCES  
1. New Power Tour presentation dates
Melissa Davis of New Power Tour at Keweenaw Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
‘BioEnergy: Green Electricity and Economic Trigger’
Also presenting  Merle Kindred, PhD. ‘Passive Solar Housing’
Wednesday August 13th    7:00pm
BHK Bldg. Conference room
Off M-26 North of Econo Foods in Houghton
map at    www.kuuf.net
The August schedule for the New Power Tour presentations:
LUNCH 'n' LEARN, Keweenaw Home Nursing and Hospice: Monday, Aug. 4;  12:00 p.m. 6th Street, Calumet
GRANT TOWNSHIP, Copper Harbor Community Building: Tuesday, Aug. 12; 7:00 p.m.
BHK CENTER, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship co-presentation with Merle Kindred: Wednesday, Aug. 13; 7:00 p.m.  Located off M-26 North of Econo Foods in Houghton.  
5th & ELM COFFEEHOUSE, Downtown Calumet: Tuesday, August 26; 8:00 p.m.  We're going to show the powerpoint outside if the weather agrees, so...bring your lawn chair.
For more info contact Melissa Davis General Manager at New Power Tour, Inc.  906/281-5986
www.newpowertour.com
 
2. 7th Annual Colloquium of the European Academy of Business in Society
"Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability: Leadership and Organisational Change"
11-12 September 2008 - Cranfield University School of Management
http://www.eabis2008.info

3.  Call for Presentations - CIWEM Annual Conference 2009
Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) here will be a conference dinner and many opportunities to share experiences with colleagues and forge new relationships at the annual conference, held in the Olympia Conference Centre, London, April 29-30, 2009.
http://fundingopps.cos.com/alerts/115157
Deadline: Aug 15, 2008

The organising committee of CIWEM's Annual Conference 2009 are inviting papers that cover any aspect of the water and environment sector and would welcome submissions of papers that cover policy and legislation, practice, projects and initiatives, research, and case studies. The committee is keen to see how UK, European, and international case work is shaping future agendas.
http://fundingopps.cos.com/cgi-bin/fo2/getRec?id=115157

Household CO2 Emissions in the United States
In the United States, approximately 4 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent (almost 9,000 pounds) per person per year (about 17% of total U.S. emissions) are emitted from people's homes. The three main sources of greenhouse gas emissions from homes are electricity use, heating and waste. Emissions from electricity generation occur at the power plants that supply your electricity. In the U.S., greenhouse gas emissions associated with home electricity use are about twice those associated with heating. The greenhouse gases associated with waste from your home occur at the landfill that receives your garbage. www.epa.gov/climatechange/emissions/ind_home.html








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