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SFI weekly newsletter (June 16, 2008)
A weekly service of SFI – www.sfi.mtu.edu

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SFI NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
1. Associated Press picks up EST article written by SFI members for national exposure
2. Cory McDonald wins Outstanding Student Presentation Award at ASLO
3.  Mark Rowe wins Restek Award
4. Recycling is back for Michigan Tech office paper only!
5. Recycle outdated or non-working household electronics TOMORROW
6. Only  TVs with rabbit ear antennas need converter boxes

NEWS
1. Montclair SU 1st Educational Institution in the Nation to Sign Comprehensive Green Construction and Operation Agreement with EPA
2. United States ranked 18th out of 19 in sustainability---See attached report

SEMINARS
1. Development of Short-Rotation Willow in the Northeastern US for Bioenergy and Bioproducts—1-2 pm on Tuesday, June 24th, Room G002, Noblet Forestry Building; snacks provided  See attached flyer

FUNDING & AWARD OPPORTUNITIES

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS & Ph.D. OPPORTUNITIES

1. Sustainability Officer needed at UCLA
2. Call for green job listings
3. Sustainability Manager/ Principal Sustainability Planner UC Davis
4. Job Posting - Second Nature Executive Assistant
5. Iowa State University needs Director of Sustainability Programs

NEW RESOURCES

1. The Sustainable Enterprise Fieldbook: When It All Comes Together
2. News from Focus the Nation
3. List events at GenGreen
4. Environment In
5. Yale Launches Environmental Online Magazine
6. 2nd Issue of Sustainability: The Journal of Record

EVENTS & CONFERENCES 

1. Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Boston November 19-21, 2008.

2. 7th Annual Colloquium of the European Academy of Business in Society
3. Wind manufacturing event to kick off Michigan Energy Fair
 

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. Associated Press picks up EST article written by SFI members for national exposure

SFI members Lauren Fry, James Mihelcic, and Dave Watkins recent EST article discussed by Associated Press on June 17th.   The AP article, entitled “Latrines Trounce Toilets in the Global Fight Against Poor Sanitation,”  follows:

 

While Americans may consider flush-and-forget-it indoor plumbing to be the pinnacle of sanitary science, the lowly latrine could be a far better solution for many parts of the developing world, say researchers at Michigan Technological University.

    Associate Professor David Watkins, Professor James Mihelcic and PhD student Lauren Fry of the Sustainable Futures Institute analyzed worldwide barriers to sanitation. Diseases such as dysentery attack millions of people every year, often fatally, largely as a result of poor sanitation. In particular, the researchers found that a scarcity of clean drinking water is not as big an issue as one might expect.

    In fact, installing water-guzzling appliances such as toilets can actually promote unsanitary conditions when the effluent is discharged untreated into once-clean rivers and streams. A properly built latrine, on the other hand, keeps sewage safely separate from drinking water.

    "Our challenge has been to look at what interventions make the most difference," Watkins said. Their findings show that small changes can be more important in preserving health than big engineering projects, a fact that Watkins, an engineer, relates with some consternation. "As engineers, we like to build stuff. But handwashing is really important, too," he said. "Even a simple thing like not dipping your hand into the water pot can make a big difference."

    Getting people to change their habits can be harder than building infrastructure, however.

    "They may not understand the science, and because it is about parasites and bacteria that they can't see, they may not recognize the risks," Watkins said. The resulting lack of political pressure means that money that could go toward improving sanitation and hygiene is spent on other projects.

    The Michigan Tech team, all of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, undertook the study to determine why some regions, especially sub-Saharan Africa, are not making progress toward one target of the United Nations' seventh Millennium Development Goal, to halve the proportion of the world's population without basic sanitation access by 2015. Graduate student Fry, the lead author of the article, recently completed a Peace Corps Master's in Environmental Engineering, after serving as a volunteer in Cameroon, and is now pursuing a doctorate in environmental engineering.

    Their paper, "Water- and Nonwater-related Challenges of Achieving Global Sanitation Coverage," was published in volume 42, number 12 of Environmental Science and Technology and is available at http://pubs.acs.org/cgi-bin/abstract.cgi/esthag/2008/42/i12/abs/ s70 25856.html . A feature on their work "Why is Global Sanitation So Elusive?" appears in the journal's Policy News section at http://pubs.acs.org/subscribe/journals/esthag-w/2008/jun/policy/ c_m dg.html .

   2. Cory McDonald wins Outstanding Student Presentation Award at ASLO

Cory McDonald, a doctoral student in the environmental engineering program and SFI Scholar, received an Outstanding Student Presentation Award at the American Society for Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) summer conference in St. John's, Newfoundland.  This is an international conference with about 550 oral presentations and typically about 3,000 attendees.  Presentations are judged on the basis of innovation/scientific insight, quality of experimental design/methods, and clarity/effectiveness of presentation.

3.  Mark Rowe wins Restek Award

Mark Rowe, EPD2 Doctoral Candidate and SFI Scholar, has won the Restek Award for the paper: Rowe, M.D., and Perlinger, J.A., Thermal extraction and analysis of atmospheric semivolatile organic compounds collected in multicapillary collection devices, Organohalogen Compounds, 70, in press.  The award provides support for Mark to travel and present the paper at the 28th International Symposium on Halogenated Persistent Organic Pollutants, Birmingham, UK, August 17-22, 2008. 

4. Recycling is back for Michigan Tech office paper only!

Michigan Tech has contracted with Waste Management to pick up office paper again. Please resume depositing office paper again into the blue recycling boxes. This recycling pertains to Michigan Tech students, faculty, and staff only. Newspapers and paper from home should be taken directly to the recycling center at Waste Management in Houghton (turn South on Enterprise St. from Sharon Ave.).

5. Recycle outdated or non-working household electronics TOMORROW
Saturday, June 21, from 9:00 am to noon at the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department (540 Depot St., a block south of eastbound US 41) in Hancock

The Environmental Sustainability Committee and the GEM Center for Science and Environmental Outreach are helping to publicize an opportunity for the public to recycle outdated or non-working household electronics. (This opportunity does not apply to Michigan Tech-owned electronics, which are recycled through the University's e-waste program.) The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) will collect your unwanted household items this Saturday, June 21, from 9:00 am to noon at the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department. Among the items accepted are computers and accessories, microwave ovens, stereos, TVs and monitors, DVD players, VCRs, cordless phones, and electronic ballasts (all $0.10/lb.), fluorescent tubes and compact fluorescent bulbs ($0.50 each), alkaline batteries ($0.85/lb.), rechargeable batteries and cell phones with batteries (free). For more details, see www.wupdhd.org/rsvp/e-waste.html or call Barb Maronen at the health department (482-7382). If you miss this opportunity, don't panic! There will be a collection July 12 in Baraga County (location TBA) and another collection in Houghton County this fall.
 
6. Only  TVs with rabbit ear antennas need converter boxes

There's concern that the transition to digital TV in February 2009 may result in people prematurely discarding analog televisions in the mistaken belief that they will no longer work. Only analog TVs that receive signals via rooftop or "rabbit ears" antennas will require converter boxes—and there's a government-sponsored $40 coupon program to help pay for up to two boxes per household: www.dtv2009.gov or 1-888-388-2009. Cable and satellite TV subscribers can continue to use their existing TVs, even if they aren't digital-ready models. More information at www.dtv.gov/consumercorner.html.
  

NEWS
1. Montclair State University  1st Educational Institution in the Nation to Sign Comprehensive Green Construction and Operation Agreement with EPA

Montclair State University scored high environmental grades with the U.S. EPA by formally agreeing to utilize some of the latest green technologies and practices at its 246-acre campus - making the University the first educational institution in the nation to enter into a comprehensive green construction and operation Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the EPA. The MOU spells out management and operational principles ensuring that Montclair State meets high environmental standards and reduces its carbon footprint. “This important agreement underscores innovation and a comprehensive commitment towards sustainable development. From its use of solar power and sophisticated compost program to its commitment to joining the WaterSense and WasteWise partnership programs, Montclair is looking greener everyday," said an EPA spokesman.

Highlights of the MOU incorporate initiatives that delineate the development and management of systems to ensure that green activities and sustainability will be integrated into all facility operations. This includes the usage of solar and steam energy; large-scale recycling of paper, plastic, and food residue; water and land conservation, as well as incorporation of green building technology and materials for new construction.
http://www.montclair.edu/news/article.php?ArticleID=2342
http://www.montclair.edu/news/article.php?ArticleID=2338 for details.

2. United States ranked 18th out of 19 in sustainability---See attached report

According to the 2008 Highlights Report of The GlobeScan Survey of Sustainability Experts, Sweden stands out for excellent performance on sustainable development and  democracy concurrently. In a recent survey of sustainability experts 33% named Sweden as the country they think is performing the best in terms of democracy and sustainable development combined. Sweden was selected the most by far (33%) as the country performing the best in democracy and sustainable development combined. The United States ranked 18th.
 
“GlobeScan Incorporated has been providing reliable public opinion and stakeholder research and strategic counsel to clients since 1987.” http://www.globescan.com/index.htm

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SEMINARS
1. The Development of Short-Rotation Willow in the Northeastern United States for Bioenergy and Bioproducts by Dr. Larry Abrahamson, senior research associate with SUNY   See attached flyer.

1-2 pm on Tuesday, June 24th, Room G002, Noblet Forestry Building; snacks provided

Abstract --  Willow biomass crops, combined with other wood resources, to replace fossil fuels for bioproducts and bioenergy is the way forward in not only New York state but  the Northeastern US and Canada. … Despite technological viability and associated environmental and local economic benefits, the high price of willow biomass relative to coal has been a barrier to wide-scale deployment of this system. Yield improvements from traditional breeding efforts and increases in harvesting efficiency that are currently being realized promise to reduce the price differential along with recent policy changes at the Federal and state levels.

There are over 2 million acres of underutilized and low value farmland in New York that could be used to produce fast-growing willow biomass crops. Willow biomass production on a per acre basis is 10-20 times greater per year than trees in a natural forest. Multiple environmental benefits are associated with the production of willow biomass crops. Willow is a CO2 neutral feedstock, therefore, the production and conversion of willow biomass can produce heat, biofuels and electrical energy with no net addition of CO2 to the atmosphere. The net energy ratio from the production, harvest and conversion of willow to bioenergy ranges from 1:11 to 1:16. Willow provides habitat for a wide range of birds can enhance landscape diversity and can be used for phytoremediation, living snowfences, carbon maintenance and riparian buffers across the Northeastern US. Willow biomass crops provide local economic benefits by diversifying farm crops and creating alternative sources of income.

The immediate markets for willow biomass, along with significant amounts of wood harvested sustainably from natural forests, are for renewable heat and power production. In the near future, the conversion of woody biomass into multiple products including biofuels, bioproducts and bioenergy will occur at wood biorefineries.  A biorefinery replaces petroleum as the feedstock with locally produced wood.

This paper will summarize the development of willow biomass crops in the Northeastern United States and highlight results from over 20 years of research. The current economic and commercial status of willow biomass crops will be highlighted.
For more information or to set up a time to meet with Dr. Abrahamson, email janowiak@mtu.edu .
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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 & Ph.D. OPPORTUNITIES

1. Sustainability Officer needed at UCLA
This is an exciting position that will also tap into the University of California’s comprehensive sustainability initiatives.  Bachelor's or Masters degree or equivalent in an appropriate field required. Go to https://hr.mycareer.ucla.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=534055   for the full job description (enter requisition number 12258). The job is currently set to close on July 7, 2008.

2. Call for green job listings

If you  know about a local opportunity for a green job please pass it along to the GenGreen Network. GenGreen lists new employment opportunities in the growing green collar sector, like green building and construction, natural health and wellness, natural resource conservation, or environmental education: full or part time, volunteer opportunities, and internships paid or not. For questions email colin@gengreen.org
www.gengreen.org

3. Sustainability Manager/ Principal Sustainability Planner University of California, Davis

UC Davis invites applications for Sustainability Manager within the newly created Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability group in the Office of Resource Management and Planning.  The Sustainability Manager is a new position that will provide leadership, analysis and program recommendations to the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability, to campus executive leadership, and to the campus community for development of a program that will achieve sustainability goals and establish UC Davis as a leader in sustainability.   One of the first and most important duties of the sustainability program is development of a Climate Action Plan for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

 Open until filled; review of applications will begin 7/7/08.  Salary: $4,948.00 - $8,906.00/month.  http://hr.ucdavis.edu/emp/.  See Vacancy Listing #10584.

4. Job Posting - Second Nature Executive Assistant

 Under the direction of the President and Vice President, the Executive Assistant provides support to the senior leadership team.  He or she will promote a strong professional image of Second Nature and the senior leadership.  He or she acts as liaison and communications link amongst and between the members of the senior leadership and the organization staff and others.  He or she will manage the administration of the Second Nature offices, maintaining a productive work environment for all.  Periodically, an administrative intern will report to this position.

Qualifications: College diploma in business administration or related field, with at least five (5) years of experience in a similar position. 

 www.secondnature.org

5. Iowa State University needs Director of Sustainability Programs
Here is a link to the vacancy on our web page.

www.iastatejobs.com/applicants/Central?quickFind=75970

 
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NEW RESOURCES
1. The Sustainable Enterprise Fieldbook: When IT ALL COMES TOGETHER
Edited by Jeana Wirtenberg with William G. Russell and David Lipsky
Pre-order your copy before July 1 and receive 20% discount. 320 pp | 234 x 156 mm | hardback | ISBN 978-1-906093-09-9 | Published 1 July 2008
List price: GBP21.95 EUR32.95
Free to view/download: "Introduction and Overview" by editors. You can also request a review copy or an inspection copy.
web: http://www.greenleaf-publishing.com

2. News from Focus the Nation

See  Focus the Nation.org  for Eban Goodstein’s update on l Warner-Lieberman act requiring cuts in global warming pollution. The site also has video reviews by Jon Isham and Eban Goodstein about their recent books on building the global warming solutions movement--  Fighting for Love in the Century of Extinction (Goodstein) and Ignition (Isham and Waage) as well as other recent books and films.
See ClimateChangeEducation.org and www.focusthenation.org
 
 3. List events at GenGreen
GenGreen, a national organization to promote sustainability maintains local sites to advertise green job opportunities and green events. The site has connection in Marquette, Michigan for people to submit news of sustainable events and jobs, etc.  “From recycling centers and alternative transportation options to jobs and events in your area, GenGreen makes it easy to find the resources you need to live your life.”
www.gengreen.org

4. Environment In Focus – This week Dr. Pyne discusses the history and current status of fire regimes in America.  Do not forget to explore top related websites, among other features in this week’s Environment in Focus.

Among our most recently published and updated articles are:
Physical geography by Dr. Christine E. McMichael
Water profile of Gambia  from the Food and Agriculture Organization Community ecology by Dr. Mark McGinley

Some big stories this week include:

As games approach, China struggles to clean its air and green its image

Lake fishery’s decline leads to call for localized studies
Read about recent events relating to fire in America.

5. Yale Launches Environmental Online Magazine
Yale University (CT) has launched "Yale Environment 360," a new online magazine that aims to become one of the leading websites for commentary and reporting on the crucial environmental issues of the day. The magazine’s inaugural edition features articles by noted environmental advocate and author, Bill McKibben; New Yorker staff writer Elizabeth Kolbert; climate scientist Richard C.J. Somerville; marine biologist and author Carl Safina; British journalist Fred Pearce; and many other writers and thinkers. The first issue contains reports, analysis, and Op-Ed-style pieces on such issues as climate change, the concept of “clean coal,” the impact of water shortages on global food supplies, and the challenge of crafting an innovative energy policy in the United States. Yale Environment 360 is a publication of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and Yale University and is supported by grants from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
http://lafayette.edu/news.php/view/12262-campusnews
See also: Yale Environment 360 Homepage  http://opa.yale.edu/news/article.aspx?id=5867

6. 2nd Issue of Sustainability: The Journal of Record
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. has published the second issue of the Sustainability: The Journal of Record. The April 2008 issue features papers on "Overcoming barriers to implementing sustainability programs in higher education" and "Using Interactive Value Analysis and Risk Analysis Process for Assessing the Economic Value of Sustainability Initiatives;" offers interviews from the Alcoa Director of Sustainability and Hunter Lovins; and gives a book review of "Of Planet and Profits – Selling Good Products without Greenwashing." http://www.liebertpub.com/publication.aspx?pub_id=252

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EVENTS & CONFERENCES 
1. Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Boston November 19-21, 2008.

Boston - the historic cradle of the American Revolution, home to innovations that have far-reaching impact and the perfect place to celebrate Greenbuild 2008’s theme of “Revolutionary Green: Innovations for Global Sustainability.” Join us at the U.S. Green Building Council’s Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Boston November 19-21, 2008.

Buildings play a critical role in protecting and improving our environment and the health of the people who occupy them. USGBC’s Greenbuild conference and expo is an unparalleled opportunity to connect with other green building peers, industry experts, and influential leaders as they share insights on the green building movement and its diverse specialties.
http://tinyurl.com/6c7rbd 2.

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

One of the world’s largest collaborative business–academic conferences in the field with representatives from business, academia, policy bodies and think-tanks. Keynote speeches will be given by Sir Michael Rake, Chairman of BT Group plc and former Chairman of KPMG International, John Elkington, Founder of SustainAbility, and Prof. Dexter Dunphy from the University of Technology Sydney.
Deadline for all for papers seems to be over.
http://www.eabis2008.info

3. Wind manufacturing event to kick off Michigan Energy Fair

Michigan manufacturers are invited to an event, "Opportunities in Wind Manufacturing," to be held Friday, June 27 from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Manistee Golf and Country Club, 500 Cherry St. in Manistee. The event is an opener for the Michigan Energy Fair, being held June 27-29 at the Manistee County Fairgrounds in nearby Onekama. The event is sponsored by the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association, NextEnergy, the Mason County Growth Alliance and the Manistee Economic Council and Chamber Alliance. The event also serves as a Michigan Wind Energy Manufacturing Working Group Meeting. More. http://www.wwj.com/Wind-Manufacturing-Event-Kicks-Off-Energy-Fair/2391980


Please shut off lights, idling equipment, computers, research setups, fume hoods and exhaust fans whenever possible, and also close windows and doors after leaving.





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