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SFI weekly newsletter (June 30, 2008)
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Happy July 4th!
 SFI NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
1. The Chemical Engineering Department celebrates its First African-American PhD
2. Letter from Michigan Tech Master's International Candidate in Uganda
3. The Greening of Michigan Tech Campus Dining
4. iCAST hires Abigail Clarke as Engineering Project Manager
5. More kudos for Abby!
6. Great Lakes Watershed Investigations Teacher Institute celebrates a successful week
7. Campus Presentation by Al Harjati, Senior Analyst, Logistics - Supply Chain Holcim, US

NEWS
1. Marquette to get biomass production plant
2. Solution, or Mess? A Milk Jug for a Green Earth
3. Merle Kindred, recent Rhetoric and Tech Communication grad, building sustainable home
4. Another Swedish Connection
5. Jun 30, 2008      Chicago Tribune     Ice-cold temps, red-haute stores
 
SEMINARS
FUNDING & AWARD OPPORTUNITIES
JOBS & INTERNSHIPS & Ph.D. OPPORTUNITIES
1. Director of Campus Sustainability University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
2. Research Chair awards in Environment, Health, and Sustainability for 2009-10.
3. Call for Proposals: Sustainability, the Environment, and Community Literacy
4. Sustainability Assistant (Search on Position # 02187z)
5. Sustainability Programs  at Iowa State U
6. Sustainability Manager Job Posting at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Campus
7. Delaware Technical and Community College—Energy Management Instructor

NEW RESOURCES

1. How to Choose Wind Power for Your Home, Farm, Business or Community
3. Sustainability: The Journal of Record Volume: 1, Number: 3 Jun 2008
4. Online fuel-cost- comparison calculator.
5. More calculation tools
6. AASHE Digest 2007 offers a comprehensive review of campus sustainability

EVENTS & CONFERENCES  

1. Energy Efficiency Global Forum: Palais des Congres, Paris, France April 27-29, 2009
2. The Greenbuild International Conference & Expo
3. Experimental Encaustics and Beeswax collage workshop at Hancock art center
4. BIOENERGY: Renewable Cogeneration and Economic Trigger local presentations
5. New "Lean Ecology" video

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. Chemical Engineering Department celebrates its First African-American PhD

 
Congratulations to Rodwick Barton, Chemical Engineering's First African-American PhD, and a Sustainable Futures IGERT student!  Join the Graduate School and the campus community in celebrating at a reception for him on Thursday, July 10, 2-4 p.m. in Wadsworth G041W. Cake, coffee and light refreshments will be served.

2. Letter from Michigan Tech Master's International Candidate in Uganda
Jonathan E. Mellor, a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uganda, and a Master's International Candidate in CEE sent the following email to the Michigan Tech group, Global City.
Dear friends,

I am sending to everyone I know about a new project I am working on. I know you have enjoyed hearing about my adventures around the world, and now is the time to help us do something about the poverty I see everyday.  I hope you will be able to donate generously to the project.

Every day I bike out to the villages surrounding the town where I live in southern Uganda.  I bike past banana plantations, mud huts, goats, eucalyptus forests, exotic tropical birds, papyrus swamps, monkeys and fields of long-horned cattle.  I also bike past ordinary Ugandans going about their day.  Women doing the washing, men herding
their cattle, and, the most pervasive of all, the children enthusiastically shouting “Bye bye muzungu (white man).  BYE-BYE!”

This temporary excitement belies their true plight.  In fact, if you look more closely, you’ll see their descended bellies, stunted growth, filthy, tattered clothes, pervasive diarrhea, and fungal growths on the heads.  Such sights make me sad, because I know I can help them.  That is why I came to Uganda.  I know that simple improvements in things that we, as Americans, take for granted can improve their health significantly.  Items like clean drinking water, a place to wash their hands, simple pit latrines and basic knowledge about how to keep yourself healthy are all things many do not have, but desperately need.

Since I am a Peace Corps Volunteer working with a local non- profit organization specializing in the water and sanitation sector, I am in a perfect position to help.  In fact, we have a devised a new project that will help nearly 2,000 people by installing 50 pit latrines, 25 household water filters, 100 household hand-washing stations and provide health education to 100 households.  We will ensure sustainability by training and utilizing village health committees to direct the project, conduct educational sessions and identify community leaders who will be in charge of future maintenance.

In addition to those who will benefit directly, I am collaborating with the Rakai Health Sciences Program (a nearby Johns Hopkins/Columbia University AIDS research center) to study which intervention works best to combat childhood diarrheal incidences. This knowledge will form the basis of my master's thesis and will contribute to our understanding of where best to invest scarce water and sanitation resources.

To complete this project we need $3,750.  That money will go towards materials, transport and technical assistance by local masons, engineers and public health workers.  To donate, simply surf to: http://www.betterplace.org/projects/338   From that page you can find a short project description and pictures of what we hope to construct.  You can donate towards different items for the project via PayPal by simply clicking on the "DONATE" buttons next to the items listed.

I ask that you please donate to this worthy cause generously. My fiancée Anna will be sacrificing 40% of our would-be wedding budget to the project and I am personally donating one month of my Peace Corps stipend towards it.  In addition, if we are able to raise more than the requisite $3,750 we can expand the program even further.  I therefore challenge you all to give as much as you can afford.

Please let me know if you have any additional questions about the project.  A full project abstract with all the details is located at: http://www.cee.mtu.edu/~jemellor/full_proposal.pdf

I thank you in advance from the bottom of my heart and I promise you that the money will be well spent.

cheers,
Jon

Jonathan E. Mellor
Peace Corps Volunteer (Uganda)
Master's International Candidate
Civil & Environmental Engineering
Michigan Technological University
Cell: +256 75 170 0560

2. The Greening of Michigan Tech Campus Dining
Slowly and quietly, Dining Services is becoming more earth-friendly—in small ways but with big prospects. See Tech Today
http://www.admin.mtu.edu/urel/ttoday/previous.php?issue=20080703

3. iCAST hires Abigail Clarke as Engineering Project Manager
 
Abigail Clarke, an SF IGERT doctoral student  has joined the iCAST staff  as an Engineering Project Manager. iCAST (http://www.icastusa.org/index.php) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization based in Lakewood, Colorado. iCAST projects foster economic viability, environmental stewardship, and social responsibility in under-served communities - and a new vision for their future. Abby can be reached at Abigail@icastusa.org.

4. More kudos for Abby!
Doctoral student Abigail R. Clarke of the Department of Mechanical Engineering – Engineering Mechanics was recently awarded a Fellowship by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Educational Foundation. The AAUW promotes education and equity for all women, lifelong education, and positive societal change. Fellowships are awarded to promising young women in traditionally male-dominated fields. This year, 29 women were awarded a Selected Professions Fellowship. Abbie's research is focused on the Siting of Manufacturing/ Remanufacturing Facilities to Minimize the Combined Effects of Costs and Environmental Impacts.

4. Great Lakes Watershed Investigations Teacher Institute
SFI’s Noel Urban
conducted a ½ day workshop aboard the Mich Tech research vessel, The Agassiz, as part of this year’s Great Lakes Watershed Investigations Teacher Institute, June 23-27. Twenty-three teacher participants from Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Illinois Institute attended the institute, which was coordinated by Joan Chadde and the Western U. P. Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education. The institute was supported by a grant to the Western U.P. Center from the Michigan Coastal Management Program of the Michigan Department. of Environmental Quality with pass-funding from the NOAA, U.S. Dept. of Commerce. (http://wupcenter.mtu.edu/education/Great_Lakes_Watershed_Institute/index.htm). The 5-day course enhanced the ability of educators to teach about Great Lakes topics including watersheds, stream and lake water quality assessments, monitoring amphibians as bioindicators of environmental health, coastal wetlands, environmental stewardship, building school-community partnerships, and environmental careers. The participants also visited:
•    Coles Creek with Dr. Casey Huckins and Tom Pypker to conduct stream monitoring,
•    Bete Grise Preserve with Dr. Rod Chimner to observe a unique dune-swale wetland,
•    The Nature Conservancy’s Mary Macdonald Preserve near Copper Harbor with Brian Carlson,
•    Keweenaw Land Trust’s Paavola Wetlands with Pat Toczdlowski,
•    Huron Creek with SFI CEE graduate student Linda Kersten, author of the Huron Creek watershed management plan,
•    USDA Forest Research Lab to investigate invasive earthworms with Dr. Erik Lilleskov, and a member of SFI’s advisory board.
•    Pond at Churning Rapids with Dr. Jackie Grant to conduct frogs and salamander biomonitoring to assess environmental health.
•    A workshop on the Michigan Environmental Education Water Quality unit was presented by Joan Chadde, the unit's author.
Gazette news article is posted here: http://mobile.mininggazette.com/page/wap.home/?id=501013

6. Campus Presentation by Al Harjati, Senior Analyst, Logistics - Supply Chain Holcim, US
Friday, July 11th, 2008        Dow 642, 10:00-11:30 AM
Presentation Topic:  Overview of Sustainability Initiatives at Holcim  and the Supply Chain Logistics Group's Initiatives that Relate to the  Company's Sustainability Vision
Sponsored by the University Transportation Center for Materials in  Sustainable Transportation Infrastructure (UTC-MiSTI) 08 Summer Scholars  Program.

NEWS
1. Marquette to get biomass production plant

Cleveland-based Renewafuel LLC, a subsidiary of Cleveland-Cliffs Inc., said it will build a biomass fuel production plant at the Telkite Technology Park in Marquette. Projected to begin operations in the first quarter of 2009, the plant will produce 150,000 tons a year of high-energy, low-emission biofuel cubes from a sustainable composite of collected wood and agricultural feedstocks, including wood byproducts, corn stalks, grasses and energy crops.

2. Solution, or Mess? A Milk Jug for a Green Earth
A simple change to the design of the gallon milk jug, adopted by Wal-Mart and Costco, keeps the milk fresher when it arrives in stores and keeps costs down.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/30/business/30milk.html?ex=1215489600&en=42e2b3ac232d00f7&ei=5070&emc=eta-1

3. Merle Kindred, recent Rhetoric and Tech Communication grad, building sustainable home
The ENERGY TIDBITS – a state of Michigan monthly newsletter about energy, mentioned the alternative energy efforts of a local Michigan Tech grad. Merle Kindred, a recent Rhetoric and Technical Communication graduate, who helped promote Energy Star homes in the UP has been promoting efficiency in Kerala, India.  http://www.ecospace.cc/design/energy-efficient-house-1207.htm#

4. Another Swedish Energy Connection
City of Flint and Swedish Biogas International will produce biogas from waste removed from the city’s wastewater treatment plant to fuel vehicles and generate heat and electricity. The Flint Journal reported it would cost up to $10 million initially and state and federal grants could help support it as a pilot project. The project is a result of Governor Granholm’s investment mission to Sweden in August 2007 and has the active support of U.S. Ambassador to Sweden Michael Wood, a Flint native. Sweden is a recognized global leader in renewable fuels with more than 65% of building heating coming from biomass waste. The Flint-Sweden demonstration project lays the groundwork for eventual creation of a Michigan Center of Energy Excellence, an initiative outlined in the governor’s State of the State address earlier this year. A Center of Excellence will link an alternative energy company with a university where they will co-locate to conduct research and create new jobs. Center partners may include Kettering University, Swedish Biogas, and the Michigan Economic Development Corp.

5.  Ice-cold temps, red-haute stores--Malls turn down the A/C
Jun 30, 2008      Chicago Tribune   
Malls are turning down the A/C.  Many big-box stores -- Wal-Mart is taking the lead on this -- are using the heat of the A/C system to do the water heating for the store. Wal-Mart's head engineer, Charles Zimmerman, is keenly aware of the savings potential in becoming more energy efficient.
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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. None this week. Please send funding opportunities for inclusion in this newsletter
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JOBS & INTERNSHIPS & Ph.D. OPPORTUNITIES
1. Director of Campus Sustainability University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh seeks a Director of Campus Sustainability to begin in November, 2008. Job responsibilities include the following: provide leadership to the campus in all facets of campus sustainability; collaborate with various campus operational units in developing sustainability policies, priorities, and practices; coordinate with the faculty to integrate sustainability into teaching and research; collaborate with students, student groups, and student units such as residence life in promoting sustainability; supervise sustainability interns (preferred: teach one course per year on sustainability); supervise the university’s sustainability website and produce an annual sustainability report; apply for and manage external grants; build effective partnerships with local organizations to support sustainability efforts. Requirements include bachelor’s degree in a relevant field; experience with energy, water and waste conservation; leadership experience in environmental initiatives, resource management,
and presenting information; strong interpersonal, communication, leadership, and organizational skills. Preferred: master’s degree in a relevant field; at least three years experience implementing sustainability programs in a university or similar setting, with an understanding of environmental best practices; experience in public/private partnerships. See the full job description and official position announcement at _www.uwosh.edu/sustainability/leadership/director_. <http://www.uwosh.edu/hr/jobs.php.>

2. Research Chair awards in Environment, Health, and Sustainability for 2009-10.
The Fulbright Scholar Program with Canada is offering five Research Chair awards in Environment, Health, and Sustainability for 2009-10. The awards provide the opportunity for scholars to pursue full-time collaborative or independent research in affiliation with the faculty
and resources at McMaster University, the University of Alberta, the University of Lethbridge, the University of Prince Edward Island, and the University of Winnipeg. Topics of interest include but are not limited to the global food system and food safety, nutriscience studies, water resources management, environmental studies, bioscience and other fields; interdisciplinary projects are welcome. Junior scholars with promising research records as well as established senior scholars are encouraged to apply. Awards range from four to nine months. U.S. citizenship and a Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree are required. The application deadline is August 1, 2008. For more information on these awards, contact Carol Robles, Assistant Director for the Western Hemisphere, Council of International Exchange of Scholars, crobles@cies.iie.org, 202-686-6238.

In addition, please note that similar awards are available in Northern Europe (Finland), Western Europe (Ireland and Italy), and Africa (Namibia). For more information on all grants and for the online application, visit our Web Site at www.cies.org <http://www.cies.org/> .

3. Call for Proposals: Sustainability, the Environment, and Community Literacy
The Community Literacy Journal   http://communityliteracy.org/   invites articles for its Fall 2009 special issue on Sustainability, the Environment, and Community Literacy, guest edited by Mich Tech RTC grad Anne Mereck.

4. Sustainability Assistant (Search on Position # 02187z)
George Mason University, Facilities Administration, Sustainability Office invites applicants for the position of Sustainability Assistant.

The position supports the Sustainability Coordinator in meeting the mission and associated goals of the Sustainability Office. This includes providing support and consultation to the university at large on issues such as greenhouse gas reduction, resource efficiency, waste minimization, transportation alternatives, curricular integration and many others. To accomplish this, the office performs functions of outreach and education, research on innovative practices and technologies, and strategic planning. This position will provide support to the Sustainability Coordinator on all these activities.

The successful candidate should have a bachelor's degree in environmental science and policy, public policy, sustainability, a related field, or the equivalent combination of work experience and education (either through coursework or practical work experience, or both) on sustainability topics. To apply for position 02187z, go to http://jobs.gmu.edu. AA/EOE

5. Sustainability Programs position at Iowa State U
www.iastatejobs.com/applicants/Central?quickFind=75970

6. Sustainability Manager Job Posting at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Campus
Bachelor's Degree required. Bachelor's or Master's degree in a related field preferred.  
 Available: Immediately Salary: Pay Grade 42 depending on qualifications and experience
HR Website: http://hr.utk.edu/employment.shtml
Sustainability Website: http://environment.utk.edu

7. Delaware Technical and Community College—Energy Management Instructor
The incumbent for this position will oversee the development and implementation of a new Energy Management Technology program including development of the curriculum, courses, student projects, lab activities, student learning outcomes assessment, and related manuals that meet the Partnership of Environmental Technology Education (PETE) and the Advanced Technology Environmental Education Center (ATEEC) standards and guidelines. The incumbent will set up the educational lab facility and acquire equipment through a variety of means. The incumbent will teach courses, preparing students with the training qualifications, knowledge and skills to meet the growing energy needs within our community. Certification as a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and knowledge of and experience with instructional program development, syllabus construction, and student learning outcomes assessment is preferred. The incumbent may serve as an Instructional Coordinator, upon appointment by the Campus Director.
Bachelor's degree in a relevant field.
Web Page:     http://www.dtcc.edu/hr/
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NEW RESOURCES
1. How to Choose Wind Power for Your Home, Farm, Business or Community
 iCAST and Mother Earth News  published the following booklet:  How to Choose Wind Power for Your Home, Farm, Business or Community. This booklet is designed for people with beginning to advanced understanding of wind energy. To order a copy go to ---(https://www.motherearthnews.com/shopping/detail.aspx?itemnumber=3816) or call 800 234-3368.

2. Sustainability: The Journal of Record Volume: 1, Number: 3 Jun 2008
Full access is now available online from Liebert Online at:
http://www.liebertonline.com/toc/sus/1/3

3. Online fuel-cost- comparison calculator.
To help consumers objectively compare fuel costs, BuildingGreen has just launched a sophisticated, yet very simple, online fuel-cost-comparison calculator.

The challenge in comparing fuel costs is the fact that most fuels are purchased by volume or weight, rather than energy content. It  s hard to compare gallons of fuel oil with hundreds of cubic-feet (ccf) of  natural gas and kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity. Adding to the complexity, there are big differences in how efficiently energy  sources are converted into heat and how efficiently that heat is distributed throughout a building. To accurately compare the costs of  different energy sources, we need to look at the price per delivered  unit of heat. If we compare fuel costs on the basis of dollars per  million British thermal units (Btus) of delivered heat, we are comparing apples to apples.  The new fuel-cost comparison tool is free on BuildingGreen.com along with a primer on comparing fuel costs (visit www.BuildingGreen.com/calc/fuel_cost.cfm).

4. More calculation tools
Michigan Interfaith Power & Light has introduced Self Assessment tools with the help of Energy Star and the Small Business Association of Michigan. The "Putting Energy Into Stewardship, Energy Star Guide for Congregations" is a compilation of informational manuals, videos and calculation tools that you can download from  www.miipl.org/assessment.html.

5. AASHE Digest 2007 offers a comprehensive review of campus sustainability
By most measures, 2007 was a year when colleges adopted new or tougher policies to promote green conduct on their campuses. More colleges made pledges to meet specific environmental goals, or hired sustainability coordinators, or added academic programs related to the environment. These trends are documented and summarized in the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Digest 2007, released Monday.

AASHE Digest 2007 offers a comprehensive review of campus sustainability efforts from 2007. The 230-page report includes over 800 stories about higher education institutions leading the way to a sustainable future. It is organized into 24 chapters spanning education, research, campus operations, administration, and finance.
http://www.aashe.org/highlights/digest07.php
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EVENTS & CONFERENCES  
1. Energy Efficiency Global Forum: Palais des Congres, Paris, France April 27-29, 2009

Implement Energy Efficiency – An Investment that Yields Global Dividends.
Global investments of US$170 billion annually in energy efficiency can yield $900 billion in avoided energy costs each year while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions dramatically.

    * learn about opportunities in every end-use sector and region;
    * share knowledge and best solutions with international government and business leaders;
    * define strategies for implementing energy efficiency worldwide; and
    * forge partnerships to ensure success.

visit www.eeglobalforum.org  sponsored by the Alliance To Save Energy

2. The Greenbuild International Conference & Expo
Boston, November 19-21.
http://www.greenbuildexpo.org/newsletters/2008-06.html

3. Experimental Encaustics and Beeswax collage workshop at Hancock art center

An Experimental Encaustics and Beeswax collage workshop will be held on Tuesday July 15th, from 6-8 PM at the Hancock Community Art Center.  Space is limited to sign up soon if you are interested....or pass the info on to anyone please!  Participants will learn about the history and contemporary uses of pigmented beeswax, and create several small-scale pieces.  The cost is 40$ and includes all supplies.  Call 482-2333 to sign up.
 
4. BIOENERGY: Renewable Cogeneration and Economic Trigger presentation in Houghton & Eagle River

Introducing local ownership of a power plant that generates both green electricity and organic food

New Power Tour, Inc
Sunday, July 13: 10:30 a.m. - Unitarian Universalist Forum Head Start Building, Houghton,  
Tuesday, July 5: 6:30 p.m. - Keweenaw Economic Development Commission
Keweenaw County Courthouse, Eagle River
 www.newpowertour.com
 
5. New "Lean Ecology" video
Straus Forest, LLC has released a new "Lean Ecology" video that tells the story of how one company used Lean to reduce their environmental impact and increase productivity -- at the same time! Follow this link and find the video on the right side of the page... www.leanecology.com

After watching the video visit www.leanandgreensummit.com to learn about a gathering of industry executives in Boulder, CO. Use promo code "strausforest" for a $100 discount.
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