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SFI weekly newsletter (May 6, 2008)
A weekly service of SFI – www.sfi.mtu.edu

 
SFI NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
1. Wind turbine at Principia College Tuesday, May 27-- 2-4 pm Academic Office Blg 201.
2. Green Power Plant: Renewable Cogeneration & Economic Trigger May 13 & 16
3. Tenure and Promotion of SFI members and groups
4.  2008 Infrastructure Enhancement Awards to SFI members
5. Engineers without Borders wins Student Organization of the Year!
4. SFI member Randy Freisinger (HU) wins Distinguished Teaching Award

LOCAL AND MICHIGAN SUSTAINABILITY NEWS
1. Kennecott’s Eagle Project sulfide mine: Is this just the beginning? In Keweenaw Now
2. New community email lists local food options
4. Yooper Yard Sale
4.Houghton Portage Township Schools Academic Boosters Club Green Recycling and Sale

GENERAL SUSTAINABILITY NEWS
1. GM in deal with second cellulosic ethanol company

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FUNDING & AWARD OPPORTUNITIES
1.  RFP Community Energy Project Grants Michigan Energy Office  See ATTACHED

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS & Ph.D. OPPORTUNITIES
1. Sustainability Coordinator Saint  Michaels College Colchester, Vermont
2. Sustainability Specialist-- UC, Berkeley
3. Three paid internships at AASHE this Summer.
4. Program Coordinator, Longwood Green Campus Program Harvard Medical School

NEW RESOURCES

EVENTS & CONFERENCES 
1. IAGLR's 51st Annual Conference on Great Lakes Research May 19-23, 2008
2. State of Illinois  Green Governments Coordinating Council
3. CFP --International Conference on Business and Sustainability: Designing Sustainability October 15-17, 2008

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. Wind turbine at Principia College Tuesday, May 27-- 2-4 pm Academic Office Blg 201.

“A cost-benefit analysis for the installation of a large-scale wind turbine at Principia College” Nick Johnson's masters defense Tuesday, May 27 from 2-4 pm in Academic  Office Building 201.

2. Green Power Plant: Renewable Cogeneration & Economic Trigger May 13 at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 13, at the Ahmeek Village Hall.

LAURIUM -- Melissa Davis, general manager of New Power Tour, Inc., will give a presentation titled "Green Power Plant: Renewable Cogeneration and Economic Trigger" to introduce the opportunity to locally own a power plant that generates both green electricity and food. 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 13, at the Ahmeek Village Hall. The presentation is open to the public. "Our partners (MTU Sustainable Futures Institute, White Pine Power, MSU Ext and Public Service Commission Renewable Energy Coordinator) are having our first formal meeting on May 16," Davis announced. These groups are working with guidance from Michigan Public Service Commission's Renewable Energy Coordinator to offer local investors the opportunity to build a small-scale renewable cogenerating power facility that combines wind, solar, biomass +/-biomethane. Visit the New Power Tour Web site for more information. http://www.newpowertour.com/

2.  Awards and recognition of SFI members and groups—Congratulations!
 
Timothy Scarlett (Social Sciences) has been promoted from assistant professor without tenure to associate professor with tenure.
Noel Urban (CEE) has been promoted from associate professor with tenure to professor with tenure.
Christopher Webster (SFRES) has been promoted from assistant professor without tenure to associate professor with tenure.
Jeffrey Naber (MEEM) has been appointed from associate professor without tenure to associate professor with tenure.
Chandrashekhar Joshi (SFRES) been promoted from associate professor with tenure to professor with tenure
Gerard Caneba (Chemical Engineering) has been promoted from associate professor with tenure to professor with tenure.
 
 3.  2008 Infrastructure Enhancement Awards to SFI members

Sarah Green (Chemistry), "Adding Chemical Microwave Reactor Capability to the Department of Chemistry," $12,000
David Karnosky (SFRES/Ecosystem Science Center), "Enhancing MTU's Ability to Assess Dissolved Organic Matter Transfers Among Upland, Wetland and Aquatic Ecosystems," $12,000
W. Charles Kerfoot (Biological Sciences/Lake Superior Ecosystem Research Center), "Instrumentation of Isle Royale Ferry, Ranger III," $17,000
Jeffrey Naber (MEEM/Advanced Power Systems Research Center), "REF-IE Proposal for Facility Funding for a Laboratory Building Focused on Alternative Energy Research at Michigan Tech," $30,000
Michael Neuman (Biomedical Engineering), "Environmental Control for Cell-Tissue Culture and Storage Facilities," $42,476
Phillip Merkey (Computational Science and Engineering Research Institute), "Improving Research Computing Capacity," $25,000

3. Engineers without Borders wins Student Organization of the Year!

Although the Michigan Tech chapter of Engineers Without Borders was founded only three years ago, it has made a lasting impact on both the students participating in the group and the communities with which it has worked. This organization has allowed students to broaden their horizons through real-world international experiences and project work in Bolivia, Guatemala and Honduras. Each project has given residents of underdeveloped countries better access to basic necessities of life, such as clean water and sanitation, while empowering them with the tools to become more self sufficient.

4. SFI member Randy Freisinger (HU) wins  Distinguished Teaching Award

SFI member Randy Freisinger (HU) is this year's Distinguished Teaching Award winner for the ranks of Associate and Full Professor!

LOCAL AND MICHIGAN SUSTAINABILITY NEWS

1. Kennecott’s Eagle Project sulfide mine: Is this just the beginning? In Keweenaw Now
http://keweenawnow.blogspot.com/2008/05/kennecotts-eagle-project

2. New community email lists local food options
KEWEENAW PENINSULA -- A new email list-serv offers area residents the opportunity to buy, barter and sell locally grown and raised produce, livestock, meats and crafts. See pics of Nutmeg the Goat and Bill the Pig taken by SFI’s own Kurt Patterson!

4. Yooper Yard Sale

If you live in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, this is a great place to buy or sell items that you would have at yard sales, garage sales, listed in the newspaper or ebay. Advertise your yard sales on this group for Free! Most of our UP members are from Houghton, Hancock, Marquette, Gwinn, Escanaba, Munising, Sault Ste. Marie (Ontario and Michigan), Calumet, Laurium, Copper Harbor, Eagle Harbor, South Range, Dollar Bay, Newberry, Gladstone, Ishpeming, Negaunee, Baraga, L'Anse, etc. This works similar to Cheapcycle or Freecycle, but is geographically oriented for the U.P. of Michigan. Welcome: NMU, MTU, FU, LSSU, Michigan Tech University, Northern Michigan University, Finlandia University, Lake Superior State University.
www.yooperyardsale.net

4. Houghton Portage Schools Academic Boosters Club Green Recycling Sale TOMORROW

HOUGHTON -- The Houghton Portage Township Schools Academic Boosters Club is conducting a GREEN/Recycling fundraiser, with a rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 10, at the Houghton High School Multipurpose Room.

There's nothing to buy. The group is asking you to protect the environment by donating your used cellular phones, ink jet and laser cartridges, DVD movies, video games, portable DVD players, laptop/notebook computers, MP3 players, video game consoles, digital cameras, digital picture frames and portable navigation and GPS devices. Your used items may be tax-deductible and will be recycled in accordance with EPA regulations or refurbished and sold.

What we ask today is that you consider gathering what you can donate and either calling or emailing  to set up a pick up date./ We'd also appreciate your donation of any returnable cans or bottles to support this valuable program as well. Cash contributions to the fund are always welcome and truly appreciated and are tax deductible. You may also email yooperyardsale@yahoogroups.com for information about possible pick-up.

GENERAL SUSTAINABILITY NEWS

1. GM in deal with second cellulosic ethanol company

General Motors Corp. is taking an undisclosed equity share in Mascoma Corp., a Boston-based developer of cellulosic ethanol. It¹s the second such deal this year for GM, which invested in Warrenville, Ill.-based Coskata Inc. in January. Coskata is working on a thermochemical process to make ethanol from non-grain sources. Mascoma is developing a single-step cellulose-to-ethanol method called consolidated bioprocessing. The process combines non-grain biomass with low-cost conversion techniques to make ethanol faster and cheaper than is possible with other biochemical methods that require
more additives and enzymes, according to the company. More.
 http://www.wwj.com/GM-in-Deal-With-Second-Ethanol-Firm/2123098
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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. RFP Community Energy Project Grants Michigan Energy Office  See ATTACHED
Deadline July 15th
Amount --15 projects with $6000 maximum for each

The purpose of this Request for Proposal (RFP) is to obtain proposals from one or more non-profit or public organizations to conduct community education projects in Michigan to assist consumers to identify and select proven, commercially available energy efficiency and renewable energy options. Community Energy Project Grants will be available to public and non-profit agencies (including universities) to implement the following options in Michigan: 1) Renewable energy education, 2) Building energy efficiency, and 3) Transportation energy efficiency. An organization can only submit one proposal for each project option, but can submit for any number of project options. Each project proposal can request up to $6,000. The activities in the proposed grant(s) will cover one year from October 1, 2008 through September 31, 2009. This Request for Proposal (RFP) provides interested parties with sufficient information to enable them to prepare and submit proposals for consideration by the State of Michigan to receive a grant.
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JOBS & INTERNSHIPS & Ph.D. OPPORTUNITIES

1. Sustainability Coordinator Saint  Michaels College Colchester, Vermont
Saint Michael’s College has an exciting opportunity for a professional interested in helping chart the College’s course in developing and implementing a vibrant sustainability program.  Working with faculty, staff and students this individual will identify, evaluate and implement a wide variety of projects and initiatives to promote sustainable practices on campus.   The successful candidate will have superior analytical skills and be able to compile and analyze large amounts of data/information and make policy/program recommendations. Additionally, the individual must be able to work with a diverse group of clients with a high level of interpersonal skills and possess the ability to communicate effectively.
http://www.smcvt.edu/about/hr/staff/sustaincoord.asp

2. Sustainability Specialist-- UC, Berkeley
The Sustainability Specialist will develop, implement, and monitor campus environmental programs and policies to achieve campus and UC-wide sustainability goals and reduce the campus’ impact on the environment. This will include climate action, energy and water efficiency and conservation, transportation, green purchasing, air and water quality, and other related programs and policies; or provide technical support for these programs.  Position closes:  5/16/2008
http://jobs.berkeley.edu/ (search for listing #8382)

3. Three paid internships at AASHE this Summer
Two of the positions can work from anywhere (our IT and STARS intern positions) however, our third position working on our Resource Center and Conference must be able to work out of the Lexington, KY office. More information about each position is available on our blog:
 http://www.aashe.net/blog/posts-by/niles/summer-internship-opportunities-at-aashe

 4. Program Coordinator, Longwood Green Campus Program Harvard Medical School
The Longwood Program Coordinator works with the Harvard Medical School, School of Public Health, & Dental School to administer and implement campus conservation programs on the Longwood campus. The major activities of this program are education, outreach and publicity for environmental sustainability initiatives; running conservation campaigns and working with students, staff, and faculty to reduce campus environmental impacts; accounting for and reporting conservation projects on campus; and ongoing research to support best practices for waste, energy, and water conservation efforts on campus, particularly focusing on the laboratory environment as labs make up a major portion of the building type at Longwood.
 
The position will be based out of the Green Campus offices in Cambridge, MA, also spending a good portion of his/her time on the Longwood Campus in Boston, MA.
 For the full job description and to apply for the position visit the Harvard Human Resources website
http://jobs.harvard.edu/jobs/search_req and search for position # 33665.

NEW RESOURCES
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EVENTS & CONFERENCES 
1. IAGLR's 51st Annual Conference on Great Lakes Research May 19-23, 2008
Peterborough, Ontario
http://www.iaglr.org/conference/

2. State of Illinois  Green Governments Coordinating Council presents The 2008 Sustainable University Symposium
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Registration at 9:30 a.m.
Speakers and Workshops from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Hosted by the University of Illinois at Chicago UIC Forum. Join Lt. Governor Pat Quinn in learning how to make your university or college campus more sustainable by implementing a variety of green practices and programs.  Speakers and workshops will cover topics such as green facilities management, sustainable construction and maintenance, energy efficiency and conservation, sustainable procurement, waste reduction, and sustainable campus transportation.

This symposium is an opportunity to exchange ideas with your peers and identify new programs to apply at your university.  Past years' symposium participants included university and college administrators, sustainability directors, facilities managers, campus planners and architects, engineers, faculty, and student leaders.

For registration and more information, please visit: www.GreenSolutions.il.gov

3. CFP --International Conference on Business and Sustainability: Designing Sustainability October 15-17, 2008
Topics include: Product and Service Innovations, Supply Chain Management, Community Engagement, and Marketing.  Multidisciplinary approaches and research methods are welcome.  The submission deadline for research papers is July 1, 2008.
http://www.bizandsustainability.org/

Luggage on the roof can cut fuel economy by about 20 percent for highway travel. Aerodynamically shaped containers have less impact. A roof rack has only minimal impact.

Production of disposable diapers uses 3.5 billion gallons of oil a year in the U.S. alone. Disposables also generate 60 times more waste than cloth diapers.





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