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SFI weekly newsletter (June 23, 2008)
A weekly service of SFI – www.sfi.mtu.edu
 
SFI NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
1. Cellulosic ethanol plant in Upper Peninsula comes closer to reality
2. Nominations now open for the 2008-09 DeVlieg Foundation Graduate Fellowships
3. Michigan Tech Ranks #1 in Peace Corps Master's Degree Programs
4. Call for topics for Michigan Tech - Ford Research Symposium
Deadline July 3rd.
5. The Ruggie Report to the UN on human rights and business is out.

NEWS
1. Northern Michigan U Res Halls Receive LEED Certification
2. Art in the Garden:  Saturday July 19th, 11 am-5 pm

SEMINARS

FUNDING & AWARD OPPORTUNITIES
1.  Water Environment Research Federation (WERF) Unsolicited Research Program - Call for Pre-Proposals
2. Khwarizmi International Award (KIA) Iranian Research Organization for Science & Technology (IROST)
3. $1 Million for SustainabilityRio Tinto Alcan Prize for Sustainability
4. Changing Seasons in the Arctic
5. U.S. and China Clean Energy Partnership
6. Partnerships for a Clean and Sustainable China
7. Clean Fuels --U.S. DoT Discretionary Clean Fuels Grant Program
8. Fuel Cell Technologies--U.S. DoE Fuel Cell Technologies for Automotive, Stationary, and Portable Power Applications
9.  Lab Call for Fuel Cell Technologies
10. Geothermal RD&D--U.S. DoE Enhanced Geothermal Systems Research, Development, and Demonstration Grants.
11. Forest-Based Bioenergy—USDA Renewable Resources Extension Act 
12. Control Systems
13. Sensors and Sensing Systems
14. Materials Processing and Manufacturing
15. Engineering Design and Innovation
16. Green Schools and Carbon Footprints
18. Organic Farming
19. International Sustainability Prize
20. Exemplary Non-Profits

 JOBS & INTERNSHIPS & Ph.D. OPPORTUNITIES

1. National Organizer, Focus the Nation 2009
2. Program Coordinator (Half-time w/benefits) Eco Education, St. Paul, MN
3.  Climate Program Manager, AASHE
4. Executive Director, Corporate Sustainability Initiative, Duke U
4. Sustainability Coordinator, Longwood U
5. Sustainability Outreach Manager, North Carolina State U
6. Sustainability Manager, U California, Davis
7. Energy & Env'l Educator, Renewable Energy Prgm, Penn State
8. Youth Organizer, Rainforest Action Network
9. Executive Assistant, Second Nature

NEW RESOURCES
1.  Call for Papers: Climate Action Planning at US Campuses
2. AASHE Student Research on Campus Sustainability Award
3. University Reform in an Era of Global Warming FREE online book
4. New Issue of The Journal of Ecopedagogy

EVENTS & CONFERENCES 
1. 7th Annual Colloquium of the European Academy of Business in Society
2. Sustainability Conference for Business Schools   July 30-31, 2008; Salt Lake City, UT
3. Climate Program Manager, AASHE
4. Executive Director, Corporate Sustainability Initiative, Duke U
5. Sustainability Coordinator, Longwood U
6. Sustainability Outreach Manager, North Carolina State U
7. Sustainability Manager, U California, Davis
8. Energy & Env'l Educator, Renewable Energy Prgm, Penn State
9. Youth Organizer, Rainforest Action Network
10. Executive Assistant, Second Nature

The weekly newsletters are now posted at our Website (http://www.sfi.mtu.edu/). 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. Cellulosic ethanol plant in Upper Peninsula comes closer to reality

Today, Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm officially announced an agreement among several key public and private renewable energy players, including SFI’s Wood-to-Wheels Initiative, to bring a biomass-to-energy plant to Upper Michigan. In addition to the State of Michigan and Michigan Tech, the agreeing parties include Michigan State University, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), J.D. Longyear, a leading natural resource company from Marquette, and Massachusette-based Mascoma Corporation, a leader in advanced, low-carbon biofuels technology. This agreement will help bring a commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant to Chippewa County, south of Sault Ste. Marie in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The plant will produce clean-burning, fuel-grade ethanol produced from wood fiber. Other key players include General Motors and Marathon Petroleum Company.

The agreement explains further that Mascoma’s single-step cellulose-to-ethanol method, called consolidated bioprocessing, or CBP, uses advanced technologies to make ethanol from non-food based renewable sources such as wood chips and other biomass. Mascoma is collaborating with research partners globally to identify and patent additional biomass-to-ethanol technologies. MSU will provide expertise in areas primarily relating to pretreatment technology for cellulosic ethanol production and assistance with renewable energy crops that can be utilized by the biorefinery. MTU will contribute its knowledge of sustainable forestry management practices and access to its automotive engineering laboratories for analysis of the biofuels produced at the project site – part of SFI’s Wood to Wheels initiative.

See related story by Jennifer Donovan http://www.admin.mtu.edu/urel/news/media_relations/697/

2. Nominations now open for the 2008-09 DeVlieg Foundation Graduate Fellowships

Students must be enrolled in engineering or a closely related field, and must be US Citizens. Each graduate program may nominate one PhD and one MS student, so a signature from the Director of the graduate program is required on the nomination form.  Full details about the application process and a link to the nomination form can be found here:      http://www.admin.mtu.edu/urel/ttoday/previous.php?issue=20080625#5

The due date is July 25th at 4pm to Debra D. Charlesworth, Assistant to the Dean
Graduate School

3. Michigan Tech Ranks #1 in Peace Corps Master's Degree Programs

Michigan Tech is the nation's top Peace Corps Master's International program school, with 33 graduate students currently serving two-year stints in the Peace Corps. The University offers Peace Corps master's degrees in forestry, civil and environmental engineering (only one in the nation), applied science education, mitigation of natural geological hazards, and rhetoric and technical communication. A new Peace Corps master's program is being developed in the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics.
See http://www.admin.mtu.edu/urel/ttoday/previous.php?issue=20080624&id=5793&nav=1#1

4. Call for topics for Michigan Tech - Ford Research Symposium
Deadline July 3rd
A second Michigan Tech Research Symposium at Ford in Dearborn is being organized for August 5th to provide information on research ongoing at Michigan Tech and identify collaboration and potential funding opportunities at Ford. Funding options include Ford's University Research Program (see below) and direct funding from Ford organizations.
A  list of research topics that will be distributed within Ford for review by managers and organizations. For selected topics, investigators will be invited to Ford to give a 20-30 minute presentation and then meet with the interested Ford parties. The tentative date is August 5th for this meeting at Ford. To ensure sufficient time for review within Ford we need the topics list by July 3rd to forward to Ford.

If  interested please email the following to Marlene Lappeus (mmlappeu@mtu.edu).
Title of propose topic area
MTU research personnel
Michigan Tech contact information for lead investigator
200 word abstract
Contacts or organizations within Ford if you know of any that maybe interested

Contact Jeff Naber, Director Advanced Power Systems Research Center, jnaber@mtu.edu
Ford University Research Program (URP)
Ford works with 96 universities around the world on a variety of advanced technology projects. The Ford University Research Program (URP) supports joint R&D programs involving Company Sponsors and university faculty. The URP was established in 1986. Since then, the URP has supported 369 Awards at 96 universities in North America, Europe, and Asia. These include 323 Awards for specific Technology projects supported by Company Contributions, and 46 Education and Facilities Awards supported by the Ford Fund. Both awards are made on the basis of proposals submitted to an annual URP Competition. Final Awards are made by the URP Advisory Committee drawn from senior Company management.

5. The Ruggie Report to the UN on human rights and business is out.

 

Protect, Respect and Remedy: A Framework for Business and Human Rights,

A/HRC/8/5 (April 7, 2008) (hereinafter Report), available at

http://www.reports-and-materials.org/Ruggie-report-7-Apr-2008.pdf.

 

NEWS
1. Northern Michigan U Res Halls Receive LEED Certification
Northern Michigan University's Meyland and Van Antwerp Halls have received LEED Certified and Silver ratings respectively. While renovating the two buildings, NMU recycled more than 250 tons of metal piping and wiring, used recycled and locally produced materials when possible, and reduced regulated water use by up to 60 percent by installing dual-flush toilets and low-flow showers and faucets. Additionally, the buildings' new furnishings were made with environmentally farmed, quickly renewable Malaysian hardwood and were manufactured in Indiana. The replaced beds were donated to RE-MEMBER, a nonprofit organization that supports residents in need in South Dakota. Other furnishings were donated to the town's Habitat for Humanity chapter.

http://newsbureau.nmu.edu/story.cfm?storyid=4086

2. Art in the Garden:  Saturday July 19th, 11 am-5 pm

Art in the Garden is an annual fundraising event featuring six beautiful gardens in Houghton and Hancock. This self-guided tour of local gardens includes entertainment: volunteer demonstrating artists and musicians at each site.  Tour books cost $12, and will be available at the Arts Center, 126 Quincy in Hancock, on July 10th— but you may pre-purchase a ticket redeemable for a booklet now! Booklets contain garden details, directions, maps, and all the info you need to find the featured gardens.

AIG happens rain or shine!  Get a group of friends together and carpool your way to glorious gardens, fascinating flowers, and precious plants! All while supporting the Copper Country Community Arts Center.

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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.  Water Environment Research Federation (WERF)  Unsolicited Research Program - Call for Pre-Proposals
Deadline: July 29, 2008
Amount: up to $500,000 (in total).

Proposals in all relevant wastewater and water quality areas are welcome. WERF currently has research under way on the following topics: Nutrient Removal and Recovery; Strategic Asset Management; Wastewater Microbes and Public Health; Optimization of Wastewater and Solids Operation; Trace Organics, Stormwater BMPs; Biosolids Risk and Climate Change. Broader areas of interest include wastewater treatment, collection, and reuse; solids treatment and reuse; infrastructure management; operations optimization including energy efficiency; stormwater; decentralized collection and treatment systems; risk assessment and communication; watershed management and water quality; and other emerging issues.
http://fundingopps.cos.com/alerts/38703

2. Khwarizmi International Award (KIA)
Iranian Research Organization for Science & Technology (IROST)
Deadline: Oct 31, 2008
Amount: $7,000
The Khwarizmi International Award seeks to recognize the efforts made by researchers, innovators and inventors from all over the world and to appreciate their invaluable achievements and contributions to various fields of science and technology.

The award criteria are
- the innovation in research subject or research method,
- application of the research results in technology development,
- the reliability of the journals in which the results have been published,
- significance of the project in regard to scientific, educational, and human resources development, and
- economical and social aspects of the project.
http://fundingopps.cos.com/alerts/74890

3. $1 Million for Sustainability

Deadline: 9/12/08

Amount $1 Million

 

Rio Tinto Alcan and the International Business Leaders Forum seek nominations for the Rio Tinto Alcan Prize for Sustainability. The prize recognizes organizations demonstrating a comprehensive approach to addressing, achieving and further advancing economic, environmental and/or social sustainability.  First prize is $1 million. 

The Alcan Prize for Sustainability is a US$1 million Prize that recognizes organizations demonstrating a comprehensive approach to addressing, achieving and further advancing economic, environmental and/or social sustainability.  The Alcan Prize for Sustainability is one of the world’s most significant, privately funded Prizes. One Prize is awarded annually.  Additionally, Grants valued at US$15,000 are awarded to the remaining nine shortlisted organizations, with the specific intention of investing in certifiable training and capacity building for the organization.

For more info, go to:

 

http://www.alcanprizeforsustainability.com/intro.php.

 

4. Changing Seasons in the Arctic

Deadline: 10/10/08 

Amount: $10 million expected to be available, up to 20 awards anticipated. 

The National Science Foundation requests proposals for Changing Seasonality in the Arctic System.  There now exists abundant evidence that pervasive changes are underway in the patterns of seasonality in the Arctic.  The timing and dynamics of key events such as spring melt and fall freeze-up are shifting in response to a changing arctic climate, impacting the interconnected physical, biological, and human components and processes of the arctic system.  Interdisciplinary proposals are sought to explore how changes in succession affect the linkages between, and feedbacks among, components and processes of the arctic system, thus altering the characteristics and functioning of the system as a whole

For more info,contact Neil Swanberg at nswanber@nsf.gov <mailto:nswanber@nsf.gov> or go to: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf08567.

 

5. U.S. and China Clean Energy Partnership

Deadline: Responses due 7/17/08

Amount: $2 million expected to be available for 1 award anticipated. 

 

The U.S. Agency for International Development requests proposals for the U.S. and China Clean Energy Partnership.  This program will support public-private partnership activities that assist China in achieving its national energy efficiency goals and reduce its growing contributions to greenhouse gas emissions, while at the same time addressing China’s local and regional air pollution and unsustainable energy consumption patterns. $2 million expected to be available for 1 award anticipated. For more info, contact Praveena ViraSingh at pvirasingh@usaid.gov <mailto:pvirasingh@usaid.gov>

or go to:

http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?oppId=41898&flag2006=false&mode=VIEW.

 

6. Partnerships for a Clean and Sustainable China

Deadline: Responses due 7/11/08

Amount: $6.79 million expected to be available, up to 15 awards anticipated.

 

The U.S. Department of State requests proposals for China Request for Assistance.  Through this initiative, DOS seeks proposals from U.S. and Chinese organizations to assist in areas including reducing greenhouse gas emissions; advancing sustainable economic growth; reducing poverty; creating new investment opportunities; building local capacity; and improving economic and energy security. For more info, go to:

 

http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&flag2006=false&oppId=41879

<http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&flag2006=false&oppId=41879>.

 

7. Clean Fuels

Deadline: .  Responses due 7/21/08

Amount: $28.75 million expected to be available

 

The U.S. Department of Transportation requests proposals for the Discretionary Clean Fuels Grant Program.  This program funds capital projects in areas that are maintenance or non-attainment for ozone or carbon monoxide.  Additionally, the program supports emerging clean fuel and advanced propulsion technologies for transit buses and markets for those technologies. For more info, contact Kimberly Sledge at kimberly.sledge@dot.gov or go to:

 

http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&flag2006=false&oppId=41817

<http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&flag2006=false&oppId=41817>.

 

8. Fuel Cell Technologies

Deadline: Responses due 8/27/08

Amount: $130.5 million expected for up to 54 awards anticipated (to be distributed between this RFP and the Lab Fuel Cell RFP below). 

 

The U.S. Department of Energy requests proposals for Research, Development, and Demonstration of Fuel Cell Technologies for Automotive, Stationary, and Portable Power Applications.  Through this initiative, DOE seeks research that will lead to the development of cost-competitive and durable automotive, stationary, and portable fuel cell power systems.  Areas of interest include:  Catalyst Studies; Innovative Concepts; Fuel Cell Degradation Studies; Transport within the PEM Stack; Portable Power; Fuel Cell System Demonstrations; and Market Transformation Activities. 

For more info, contact Melissa Wise at melissa.wise@go.doe.gov

<mailto:melissa.wise@go.doe.gov> or go to:

 

https://e-center.doe.gov/iips/faopor.nsf/UNID/5D460E4864EDB2D68525745600818A00?OpenDocument.

 

9.  Lab Call for Fuel Cell Technologies

Deadline:

Amount: $130.5 million expected for up to 54 awards anticipated (to be distributed between this RFP and the Fuel Cell RFP listed above). 

 

The U.S. Department of Energy requests proposals for the Laboratory Call for Research, Development, and Demonstration of Fuel Cell Technologies for Automotive, Stationary, and Portable Power Applications.  Through this initiative, DOE seeks research that will lead to the development of cost-competitive and durable automotive, stationary, and portable fuel cell power systems.  Areas of interest include:  Catalyst Studies; Innovative Concepts; Fuel Cell Degradation Studies; Transport within the PEM Stack; and, Portable Power. For more info, contact Melissa Wise at melissa.wise@go.doe.gov <mailto:melissa.wise@go.doe.gov> or go to:

link.

 

10. Geothermal RD&D

Deadline: Responses due 8/12/08. 

Amount: $10.5 million expected to be available, up to 20 awards anticipated. 

 

The U.S. Department of Energy requests proposals for Enhanced Geothermal Systems Research, Development, and Demonstration Grants. Through this initiative, DOE seeks to solve critical R&D needs for Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) technical feasibility and to increase the knowledge and understanding necessary for EGS to advance to a state of commercial readiness.  Areas of interest include Component Technologies R&D and System Demonstrations. 

For more info, contact Pete Simon at go.geothermal@go.doe.gov <mailto:go.geothermal@go.doe.gov> or go to:

https://e-center.doe.gov/iips/faopor.nsf/UNID/0E7450500F5C02D78525746D0060AA21?OpenDocument.

 

11. Forest-Based Bioenergy

Deadline: Responses due 7/28/08
Amount: $297K expected to be available, up to 4 awards anticipated. 

 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture requests proposals for the Renewable Resources Extension Act - National Focus Fund Projects Grant.  Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, challenges and opportunities related to Forest-Based Bioenergy. 

For more info, contact Eric Norland at enorland@csrees.usda.gov or go to:

http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&flag2006=true&oppId=17790

<http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&flag2006=true&oppId=17790>.

 

12. Control Systems

Deadline Responses due 10/1/08. 

Amount

 

The National Science Foundation requests proposals for Control Systems (CS).  CS supports innovative research on control theory and control technology driven by real life applications.  Program emphasis is on paradigm-shifting ideas for control strategies that may be inspired by nature, unconventional applications, and the combined role of feedback and uncertainty in systems that incorporate large numbers of sensors and actuators.  For more info, contact Suhada Jayasuriya at sjayasur@nsf.gov <mailto:sjayasur@nsf.gov> or go to:

http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13575

 

 

13. Sensors and Sensing Systems

Deadline: Responses due 10/31/08

Amount:

The National Science Foundation requests proposals for Sensors and Sensing Systems (SSS).  SSS supports research on methods to acquire and use sensor data on civil, mechanical, and manufacturing systems. The program supports fundamental research on advanced actuators, sensors, wireless sensor networks, new materials and concepts for sensing applications, power generation and energy supply for sensors and sensing systems.  For more info, contact Shih Liu at sliu@nsf.gov <mailto:sliu@nsf.gov> or go to: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13349.

 

 

14. Materials Processing and Manufacturing

Deadline: Responses due 10/1/08

Amount:

 

The National Science Foundation requests proposals for Materials Processing and Manufacturing (MPM).  MPM supports fundamental research on the interrelationship of materials processing, structure, performance and process control.  Emphasis is placed on environmentally benign manufacturing and virtual manufacturing. For more info, contact Joycelyn Harrison at  j-harris@nsf.gov or go to:

http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13344.

 

15.. Engineering Design and Innovation

Deadline: Responses due 10/1/08.
Amount:

The National Science Foundation requests proposals for Engineering Design and Innovation (EDI) Grants.  EDI funds advances in basic design theory, tools and software to implement design theory, and new design methods that span multiple domains, such as design for the environment and for manufacturability.  For more info, contact Judy Vance at jmvance@nsf.gov or go to: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13340.  Refer to Sol# PD-08-1464.  (Grants.gov 6/16/08)

 

16. Green Schools and Carbon Footprints

Deadline: Responses due 6/15/08
Amount: First place receives $1.5K, a banner, plaque, and eco-friendly gift bags

 

Do Something.org requests proposals from middle and high schools to reduce their carbon footprint this fall through the "Increase Your Green" competition.  Participants must make concrete efforts toward reducing the environmental impact of their school during the 8 week competition.  All initiatives must be youth designed and led.  For more info, go to: http://www.dosomething.org/increaseyourgreen.  (RFP Bulletin 6/13/08)

 

18. Organic Farming

Deadline: Responses due 7/15/08 and 11/17/08. 

Amount: Average grant $13K for Research and Education & Average grant generally $8.8K for Outreach

 

The Organic Farming Research Foundation requests proposals for Research and Education and Outreach Grants.  Research Grants support research on organic farming and food systems and the dissemination of these research results to the greater agricultural community.  Education and Outreach Grants support the development of educational opportunities and materials that are pertinent to organic agricultural production or marketing and are aimed at organic producers and/or those considering making the transition to organic certification.  

For more info, go to: http://ofrf.org/grants/apply_education&outreach.html

<http://ofrf.org/grants/apply_education&outreach.html>. (RFP Bulletin 6/13/08)

 

19. International Sustainability Prize

Deadline: Responses due 11/1/08. 

Amount: $100K first prize

 

The Sophie Foundation seeks nominations for the Sophie Prize. This international prize is awarded to individuals or entities that successfully create awareness of alternatives to modern day development and/or initiated such alternatives in a pioneering or particularly inventive manner.  For more info, go to: http://www.sofieprisen.no/Nomination_Guidelines/index.html.  (RFP Bulletin 5/23/08)

 

20. The Drucker Institute  Exemplary Non-Profits

Deadline: Responses due 7/15/08

Amount: $35K first prize.

 

The Drucker Institute seek nominations for the 2008 Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation.  The non-profit program submitted for consideration must have specific and measurable outcomes, exemplify innovation by demonstrating a new dimension or standard of performance, and have made a difference in the lives of the people..  For more info, go to: http://www.druckerinstitute.com/nonprofit.html.

(RFP Bulletin 5/23/08)

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JOBS & INTERNSHIPS & Ph.D. OPPORTUNITIES

1. National Organizer, Focus the Nation 2009
 
 Education: Bachelor (BA, BS, etc.) Location: Portland, Oregon, 97219, United States

Job Category: Activism & Organizing, Event planning, Public Policy
Salary: $2,000/month
Last day to apply: August 1, 2008
Type: Full time
Language(s): English
Job posted on: June 2, 2008
Area of Focus: Energy Conservation and Green Living, Environment and Ecology, Politics
In January 2008, Focus the Nation events reached close to one million people in a day of education and civic engagement on global warming solutions taking place at 1,900 locations in all 50 states. 64 members of Congress and 15 Governors’ offices participated in the events along with hundreds of local and state politicians.

The Focus the Nation team is gearing up for another national day of dialog during the first 100 days of the new administration, with a goal of educating millions and engaging a majority in each house of Congress in conversations on global warming solutions.

For more on Focus the Nation, visit www.focusthenation.org.
Additional Qualifications:
• Position begins July or August 15th, 2008 and goes through February 28th, 2009 with the potential for longer-term employment.

How to Apply: Send resume and letter of interest to info@focusthenation.org, subject line "ORGANIZER POSITION" Review of applications begins immediately. 
Permalink: http://www.idealist.org/en/job/283143-18 

2. Program Coordinator (Half-time w/benefits) Eco Education, St. Paul, MN

We are an environmental non-profit working in metro area schools in need of a dynamic educator who can effectively collaborate with culturally diverse students and communities.  Responsibilities are: working with upper elementary, middle, and high school teachers, students and administrators to facilitate locally-based and multiple perspective environmental service-learning curricula and projects in Minneapolis and St. Paul schools, with emphasis on the urban environment, professional development of teachers, program assessment, and coordinating other administrative duties of the program(s) as necessary.

Co-administer one or two environmental education programs in Minneapolis and St. Paul schools, 5th-12 grade.
Minimum two years experience working in an educational setting with youth 5th-12th grade or teachers   Starting Date: July/Aug 2008 Benefits:  pro-rated health, education funds. In the future, this position may move to full time

Contact:          Send resume and cover letter to Eco Education, 1295 Bandana Blvd., #118, St. Paul, MN 55108      Attention: Kathy Kinzig OR Fax to 651-222-3425 OR. 

3.  Climate Program Manager, AASHE
AASHE, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, seeks a Climate Program Manager to lead AASHE's efforts to support signatories of the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). A bachelor's degree in a related field is required (graduate degree preferred). Applicants should also have 5+ years experience in energy management and/or emissions mitigation. Review of applications will begin on July 2nd, and will continue until the position is filled. http://www.aashe.org/highlights/climate_program_manager_opening.php

4. Executive Director, Corporate Sustainability Initiative, Duke U
The Duke University Corporate Sustainability Initiative seeks an Executive Director to recruit, convene and work directly with a corporate advisory body which will help shape the work of CSI and ensure its relevancy. Responsibilities include indentifying funding and naming opportunities with corporate donors, seeking input from the corporate community regarding sustainability and business skills that the students will need, and marketing internship and placement programs for students with CSU credentials. In creating the Initiative, the ED will work closely with the Deans of the Fuqua School of Business, the Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences, and the Director of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solution. A Master's degree and minimum of 10 years of experience plus a strong knowledge in the field of corporate environmental sustainability is required. https://www.bridgestar.org/Jobs/Search.aspx

33. Sustainability Coordinator, Longwood U
Longwood University (VA) seeks a Sustainability Coordinator to develop, implement, and direct Longwood's sustainability program. The candidate will be responsible for establishing a formal University sustainability policy; working with faculty, staff, and students to integrate leadership, instruction, and operations in order to meet the University's sustainability goals; integrating the Campus Master Plan sustainability goals into University planning and operations; and implementing and manage sustainability outreach, communications, and continuing education. A Bachelor's degree is required. The position is open until filled. http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000563374-01&pg=s&cc=

5. Sustainability Outreach Manager, North Carolina State U
North Carolina State University seeks a Sustainability Outreach Manager to be a part of the University Sustainability Office and report directly to the Sustainability Director. The Outreach Manager will develop and implement educational and communication opportunities for on and off campus audiences including students, faculty, staff and community organizations. The position will raise awareness of sustainability initiatives and accomplishments and foster a culture of collaboration and sustainability at N.C. State University and the greater Raleigh community. This individual will serve as a conduit for communications among the Sustainability Office, students, faculty, alumni, parents and the Raleigh community. Applications are due July 10, 2008. https://jobs.ncsu.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1214231815253

6. Sustainability Manager, U California, Davis
The University of California, 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. One of the first and most important duties of the sustainability program is the development of a Climate Action Plan for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Qualifications include knowledge and significant experience in environmental planning, environmental science, physical planning or a related field with an emphasis on sustainability. The review of applications will begin July 7, 2008 and continue until filled. http://www.calapa.org/en/j/?1667

7. Energy & Env'l Educator, Renewable Energy Prgm, Penn State
Pennsylvania State University is seeking an individual to coordinate and deliver educational programs and development projects in the broad area of sustainable energy, sustainable agriculture and rural development for the Northeast PSU Cooperative Extension Region and the Mid Atlantic/New England regions. The position will be based at Penn State Wilkes Barre campus and requires periodic travel throughout the northeast. A Bachelor’s degree is required, and a Master’s degree is preferred in Environmental Resources Management, Agricultural or Environmental Engineering or Environmental Sciences. Deadline for applying is August 1, 2008. http://www.higheredjobs.com/search/details.cfm?JobCode=175319966

8. Youth Organizer, Rainforest Action Network
The Rainforest Action Network is seeking a Youth Organizer to work closely with RAN’s grassroots, campaigns, communications, and fundraising teams. S/he will be primarily responsible for coordinating RAN’s youth program, which involves developing and supporting a multi-cultural network of young activists and training them to play a meaningful role in RAN’s campaigns and the broader movement for the environment and social justice. Specific duties include working with and helping to build a diverse group of high school and college activists to develop a shared vision and plan for RYSE (RAN Youth Sustaining the Earth); working with RAN’s campaigns to develop strategies and tools for young activists to meaningfully engage in the campaigns; and supporting the RYSE council by providing leadership development opportunities, guidance and coordination assistance. Qualifications include a minimum of two years experience as a grassroots organizer; experience working with multi-cultural youth, especially high school students; and experience with youth-led organizations. The position is open until filled. http://ran.org/about_ran/jobs_internships/jobs/youth_organizer/

9. Executive Assistant, Second Nature
Second Nature, one of the three organizations that help to support the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment, seeks an Executive Assistant to provide support to the senior leadership team. He or she will promote a strong professional image of Second Nature and the senior leadership; will act as a liaison and communications link amongst and between the members of the senior leadership and the organization staff and others; and 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 include a college diploma in business administration or a related field, with at least 5 years of experience in a similar position. http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/ofc/721746474.html
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NEW RESOURCES

1. Call for Papers: Climate Action Planning at US 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. 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

2. 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.

3. University Reform in an Era of Global Warming FREE online book
Chet A. Bowers has published a book entitled, "University Reform in an Era of Global Warming." The book examines why many professors continue to rely upon the conceptual frameworks learned in their own graduate studies even though these frameworks were established before there was an awareness of environmental limits. Bowers also discusses the need to educate students in how to live less consumer dependent lives and how to introduce students to understand and to participate in the local cultural commons. Bowers' work is available on his website as a free download.
http://cabowers.net/pdf/Final-7chureform%20(1).pdf

4. New Issue of The Journal of Ecopedagogy
The Ecopedagogy Association International has published its latest issue of Green Theory & Praxis: The Journal of Ecopedagogy. The scholarly journal presents research papers and essays on ecological politics and culture, ecocriticism, the critique of social structures, and sustainability education. The current issues includes such papers as, "Education for Sustainability: A Critical Contribution to the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development" and "Developing a Bioregional Pedagogy for Transregional Students: Practices and Experiences from the Composition Classroom." http://greentheoryandpraxis.ecopedagogy.org/index.php/journal/

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EVENTS & CONFERENCES 

1. 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

2. Sustainability Conference for Business Schools         July 30-31, 2008; Salt Lake City, UT
AACSB International will host its first Sustainability Conference, an event that addresses the importance of ethical, responsible business practices and their role in management education. Sessions include case studies and how-to information for schools interested in building sustainability programs, as well as exploration of timely issues such as the United Nations’ Principles for Responsible Investing, CEO perspectives on social initiatives, and best practices in integrating sustainability issues into curriculum. The early bird registration deadline is June 30, 2008.

3. Climate Program Manager, AASHE
AASHE, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, seeks a Climate Program Manager to lead AASHE's efforts to support signatories of the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). A bachelor's degree in a related field is required (graduate degree preferred). Applicants should also have 5+ years experience in energy management and/or emissions mitigation. Review of applications will begin on July 2nd, and will continue until the position is filled. http://www.aashe.org/highlights/climate_program_manager_opening.php

4. Executive Director, Corporate Sustainability Initiative, Duke U
The Duke University Corporate Sustainability Initiative seeks an Executive Director to recruit, convene and work directly with a corporate advisory body which will help shape the work of CSI and ensure its relevancy. Responsibilities include indentifying funding and naming opportunities with corporate donors, seeking input from the corporate community regarding sustainability and business skills that the students will need, and marketing internship and placement programs for students with CSU credentials. In creating the Initiative, the ED will work closely with the Deans of the Fuqua School of Business, the Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences, and the Director of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solution. A Master's degree and minimum of 10 years of experience plus a strong knowledge in the field of corporate environmental sustainability is required. https://www.bridgestar.org/Jobs/Search.aspx

5. Sustainability Coordinator, Longwood U
Longwood University (VA) seeks a Sustainability Coordinator to develop, implement, and direct Longwood's sustainability program. The candidate will be responsible for establishing a formal University sustainability policy; working with faculty, staff, and students to integrate leadership, instruction, and operations in order to meet the University's sustainability goals; integrating the Campus Master Plan sustainability goals into University planning and operations; and implementing and manage sustainability outreach, communications, and continuing education. A Bachelor's degree is required. The position is open until filled. http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000563374-01&pg=s&cc=

6. Sustainability Outreach Manager, North Carolina State U
North Carolina State University seeks a Sustainability Outreach Manager to be a part of the University Sustainability Office and report directly to the Sustainability Director. The Outreach Manager will develop and implement educational and communication opportunities for on and off campus audiences including students, faculty, staff and community organizations. The position will raise awareness of sustainability initiatives and accomplishments and foster a culture of collaboration and sustainability at N.C. State University and the greater Raleigh community. This individual will serve as a conduit for communications among the Sustainability Office, students, faculty, alumni, parents and the Raleigh community. Applications are due July 10, 2008. https://jobs.ncsu.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1214231815253

7. Sustainability Manager, U California, Davis
The University of California, 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. One of the first and most important duties of the sustainability program is the development of a Climate Action Plan for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Qualifications include knowledge and significant experience in environmental planning, environmental science, physical planning or a related field with an emphasis on sustainability. The review of applications will begin July 7, 2008 and continue until filled. http://www.calapa.org/en/j/?1667

8. Energy & Env'l Educator, Renewable Energy Prgm, Penn State
Pennsylvania State University is seeking an individual to coordinate and deliver educational programs and development projects in the broad area of sustainable energy, sustainable agriculture and rural development for the Northeast PSU Cooperative Extension Region and the Mid Atlantic/New England regions. The position will be based at Penn State Wilkes Barre campus and requires periodic travel throughout the northeast. A Bachelor’s degree is required, and a Master’s degree is preferred in Environmental Resources Management, Agricultural or Environmental Engineering or Environmental Sciences. Deadline for applying is August 1, 2008. http://www.higheredjobs.com/search/details.cfm?JobCode=175319966

9. Youth Organizer, Rainforest Action Network
The Rainforest Action Network is seeking a Youth Organizer to work closely with RAN’s grassroots, campaigns, communications, and fundraising teams. S/he will be primarily responsible for coordinating RAN’s youth program, which involves developing and supporting a multi-cultural network of young activists and training them to play a meaningful role in RAN’s campaigns and the broader movement for the environment and social justice. Specific duties include working with and helping to build a diverse group of high school and college activists to develop a shared vision and plan for RYSE (RAN Youth Sustaining the Earth); working with RAN’s campaigns to develop strategies and tools for young activists to meaningfully engage in the campaigns; and supporting the RYSE council by providing leadership development opportunities, guidance and coordination assistance. Qualifications include a minimum of two years experience as a grassroots organizer; experience working with multi-cultural youth, especially high school students; and experience with youth-led organizations. The position is open until filled. http://ran.org/about_ran/jobs_internships/jobs/youth_organizer/

10. Executive Assistant, Second Nature
Second Nature, one of the three organizations that help to support the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment, seeks an Executive Assistant to provide support to the senior leadership team. He or she will promote a strong professional image of Second Nature and the senior leadership; will act as a liaison and communications link amongst and between the members of the senior leadership and the organization staff and others; and 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 include a college diploma in business administration or a related field, with at least 5 years of experience in a similar position. http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/ofc/721746474.html





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