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SFI weekly newsletter (May 19, 2008)
A weekly service of SFI – www.sfi.mtu.edu
 
SFI NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

1. FOUR exciting summer teacher institutes at Michigan Tech for K-12 educators  
2. Alex Mayer at Great Lakes Convention in Cleveland
3. From Barracks to Cottages: The Landscape of Disease in Plantation Hawai'i
4. ESC and SfES share a fun link with good reminders…

OTHER SUSTAINABILITY NEWS
1. Dow Corning Opens Solar Assembly Center
2. Longer Days and Darker Nights as Colleges Adjust to Soaring Energy Costs
3. National Memorial Day Challenge     
4. Michigan Tech named to federal vehicle challenge competition
6. Wind Power in Michigan

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FUNDING & AWARD OPPORTUNITIES
1. Engineering and Commercialization of Residential R-5 Highly Insulating Windows
2. Heat Transfer Fluids/Novel Thermal Storage Concepts for Solar Power Generation
3. Solid-State Lighting Product Development Funding Opportunity
4. Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Alternate Energy Technologies
5. Critical Agricultural Materials
6. Fuel/Feedstock Flexibility and Combined Heat and Power
7. Canola and Biodiesel
8. Source Reduction, Pollution Prevention & Clean Energy
9. Climate Change Research FY08 Broad Agency Announcement.  
10. Global Warming Countermeasures for Toyota Environmental Activities Grant
11. Power, Buildings, Transportation, and Climate
12. Middle East Desalination Research Centre (MEDRC)
13. U.S.-Central Asia Research Travel (CART) Grant Competition
14. Project Grants and Technical Assistance Grants Programs
15. Source Reduction Assistance Grants for 9 EPA Regional Pollution Prevention Program Offices
16. FY 2008 Broad Agency Announcement NOAH
 
JOBS & INTERNSHIPS & Ph.D. OPPORTUNITIES
1. Sustainability Coordinator, Bemidji State U
2. Program Coordinator, Longwood Green Campus Program
3. Education & Chapter Coordinator, Engineers for a Sustainable World
4. Sustainability Coordinator, U Minnesota Duluth

NEW RESOURCES
1.  First-Ever Comprehensive Global Map of Freshwater Systems - May 8, 2008
2. Environment In Focus  - This Week Older Forests
3. Whitepaper on Retro-commissioning Existing Buildings

EVENTS & CONFERENCES  
1. Sustainable Innovations at the Base of the Pyramid September 26-27, 2008 Helsinki School of Economics in Helsinki, Finland.
2. Creating a Culture of Sustainability Conference May 28-30, 2008; Denver, CO
3. CFP Deadline Extended - AASHE 2008 Conference Nov 9-11, 2008; Raleigh, NC
4. Public Participation and Corporate Social Responsibility: from Why to How
5. IAP2 Public Participation Training

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. FOUR exciting summer teacher institutes at Michigan Tech for K-12 educators  
Deadline: May 30, 2008
--Great Lakes Watershed Investigations Teacher Institute ~ June 23-27, 2008
($600; includes 3 credits and meals/lodging costs).

This Institute is designed to teach educators about the physical, chemical, and biological components of the Great Lakes ecosystem, using the Lake Superior watershed as the classroom. This 5-day course will engage educators in a wide array of Great Lakes topics including watershed dynamics, stream monitoring, evaluating the health of the Great Lakes, amphibian & salamander monitoring, tracking Great Lakes fisheries (lake sturgeon and Coaster brook trout), invasive species, land use and shoreline development, establishing school-community partnerships, student -led stewardship activities, and careers.  

--Future Fuels From Forests Teacher Institute ~ July 7-11, 2008
($450; includes 3 graduate credits and meals/lodging).
5-day Institute will engage middle/high school teachers in working with an interdisciplinary research team to investigate forest-based ethanol production from the perspectives of ecological economics, spatial statistics, conservation biology, forest and landscape ecology, silviculture, and chemical engineering through lecture, field trips, and computer investigations.

--Global Change Teacher Institute ~ July 14-18, 2008

($600; includes 3 graduate credits, meals/lodging at Michigan Tech University)
This five-day Institute will prepare you to engage your middle and high school students in a real-world study of the effects of global change on ecosystems, including the impacts of climatic change, elevated carbon dioxide and ozone levels, nitrogen saturation, acid rain, and invasive species.

--Great Lakes Maritime Transportation Institute  ~ July 20-25 (Duluth, MN)
($450*; includes 2 credits, 5 nights lodging, and most meals).
Explore the historical, economical and environmental aspects of Great Lakes shipping at the “head of the lakes.” Based in Duluth, participants tour the Duluth-Superior harbor, Minnesota north shore, and meet with industry to better understand inter-modal transportation, cargo shipped, history, current operations, and future challenges of maritime transportation. The institute will provide unique learning experiences.
 
For more information: Joan Chadde at 906-487-3341 or jchadde@mtu.edu Application.  Visit www.wupcenter.mtu.edu for brochures and application forms.
* COSEE Great Lakes Marine Immersion Scholarships for teachers: Email: mam60@psu.edu or visit http://coseegreatlakes.net/  
**Reduce costs by $150 if staying off-campus.

2. Alex Mayer at Great Lakes Convention in Cleveland

Alex Mayer represented The Michigan Tech Center for Water and Society at meeting convened by the Brookings Institution, the Great Lakes Science Center and the Great Lakes Commission to discuss the region’s assets and challenges for emerging as a freshwater leader. This conference, the first of two, brought together representatives from the freshwater industry, research, education, and policy to share their expertise in exploring the potential for such an initiative.

The goal of this convening was to identify the core competencies available in the region – industry and business leadership, infrastructure capacity, natural abundance of freshwater, leading national and international research institutions and labs, human capital, and experiential know-how in cooperation and collaboration across multiple sectors and jurisdictions – that can serve as a foundation for enabling the Great Lakes region to emerge as a leader in freshwater research, technology and industry. The discussion will provide direction and substance for a position paper that can serve to inform and catalyze a needed discussion among the region’s business, civic and state/provincial political leadership to engage the region’s Congressional delegation federal decision makers, and aspirants for President in 2008 around a winning economic vision for the Great Lakes region.
 
3. From Barracks to Cottages: The Landscape of Disease in Plantation Hawai'i by Carol MacLennan

Associate Professor Carol MacLennan (Social Sciences) presented a paper, "From Barracks to Cottages: The Landscape of Disease in Plantation Hawai'i," on May 10 at the Vernacular Architecture Forum annual meeting, held in Fresno, Calif.

4. ESC and SfES share a fun link with good reminders…
http://www.50waystohelp.com/

OTHER SUSTAINABILITY NEWS
1. Dow Corning Opens Solar Assembly Center


Demonstrating its commitment to drive solar power innovations, Dow Corning Corp. opened a Solar Solutions Application Center in Freeland, Michigan, to collaborate with customers to develop, evaluate and pilot material solutions used to manufacture solar panels. "Dow Corning's goal is to help the solar industry move towards being economically competitive with conventional energy sources, and become a sustainable energy option globally," said Eric Peeters, global executive director, Dow Corning Solar Business.

In May 2007, the company announced a significant expansion at its joint venture in Hemlock, Michigan--Hemlock Semiconductor -- a $1 billion investment in manufacturing capabilities for this critical material to offer broad availability of solar energy.
http://www.wwj.com/Dow-Corning-Opens-Solar-Assembly-Center/2208889    More at www.dowcorning.com

2. Longer Days and Darker Nights as Colleges Adjust to Soaring Energy Costs

From coast to coast, colleges and universities are searching for other creative ways, beyond adjusting thermostats and clicking off lights, to cut their energy use and save their own and their employees' money.
http://chronicle.com/temp/email2.php?id=wfhQgdNJWjPWBdgsdX6FVk9t4vqJF5ms

3. Special Issue of Academic Matters on Campus Sustainability
The April issue of the Journal of Higher Education Academic Matters features articles about campus sustainability. Articles include "Environmentalism and the responsibility of academia," "Universities in a climate of change," "Environmental sustainability on one university campus," and more. http://www.ocufa.on.ca/AM_Apr08/APR08.htm

4. National Memorial Day Challenge     
The Alliance to Save Energy, along with the Wal-Mart Foundation and 16 additional diverse public- and private-sector partners, recently launched the Drive $marter Challenge, a fuel-efficiency campaign to help U.S. consumers lower their gasoline costs by using less. The campaign offers effective money- and gas-saving tips in English and Spanish and extensive additional resources – all aimed at keeping more money in drivers’ pockets and reducing the number of costly trips to the pump. So take the Challenge today and pass it on to your friends and family! www.drivesmarterchallenge.org

5. Michigan Tech named to federal vehicle challenge competition
The United States Department of Energy, General Motors Corp. and Natural Resources Canada Wednesday announced the 17 teams selected to participate in EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge, a collegiate vehicle engineering competition set to begin in the fall of 2008. EcoCAR will challenge university engineering students across North America to re-engineer a Saturn Vue to achieve improved fuel economy and reduced greenhouse gas emissions, while retaining the vehicle's performance and consumer appeal. Michigan Technological University in Houghton was the only Michigan school selected. From Great Lakes IT Report
http://www.wwj.com/Michigan-Tech-Named-To-Next-Vehicle-Challenge/2229790
Additional information about EcoCAR is available on the Web at www.ecoCARchallenge.org

6. Wind Power in Michigan

At least two regional newspapers report efforts to bring wind power to Michigan.  Gov. Jennifer Granholm, environmental groups and others are pushing for a renewable energy standard of 10% in Michigan by the end of 2015. That means 10% of the state's electricity would have to come from renewable sources such as wind, biomass and solar energy. At least 20 wind projects are proposed in a dozen counties. Three developers are floating plans to erect hundreds of wind turbines in Lake Michigan as interest in the construction of wind farms surges around the country. The projects are being discussed as several state  agencies have launched a study to determine the feasibility of erecting  wind turbines on the two Great Lakes that border the state – Superior and Michigan.

Thanks to Lakes Michigan, Huron and Superior, Michigan ranks high -- 14th -- among the states for winds. Michigan has enough wind to create 15,000 megawatts of power -- 267 times what it has now, said Tom Stanton, renewable energy program coordinator for the Michigan Public Service Commission.

See “44 Twirling blades add power to the push for renewable energy”  by Tina Lam Detroit Free Press, March 20, 2008 and “Wind farms proposed on water: 3 separate groups want to put turbines in Lake Michigan” by Thomas Content, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel  Apr 24, 2008     
http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080320/NEWS05/803200441/1007/NEWS0
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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. Engineering/Commercialization of Residential R-5 Highly Insulating Windows
Deadline:--7/8/08   
Amount--$2 million expected to be available, up to 3 awards anticipated
Sponsor U.S. DOE
This RFP will support the development or selection of innovative technologies, production design and engineering, and commercialization strategies to accelerate the market introduction and widespread consumer adoption of highly insulating windows.  The focus is on cost effective windows for residential buildings in cold climates, which may also have the potential for use in light commercial buildings.  For more info, contact Sue Miltenberger at susan.miltenberger@netl.doe.gov or go to:
https://e-center.doe.gov/iips/faopor.nsf/UNID/6F81C3AC43B0D9ED852574390040563A?OpenDocument.
Refer to Sol# DE-PS26-08NT00318.  (Grants.gov 4/22/08)

2. Heat Transfer Fluids/Novel Thermal Storage Concepts for Solar Power Generation
Deadline--7/10/08
Amount--$60 million expected to be available, up to 25 awards anticipated.
Sponsor U.S. DOE
The DOE seeks to support long-term research and near-term demonstration of:
1) Improved and advanced heat transfer fluids, and 2) Novel thermal energy storage concepts and systems that may increase the efficiency and reduce the cost of the technology.  For more info, contact Susana Hernandez at susana.hernandez@go.doe.gov or go to:
https://e-center.doe.gov/iips/faopor.nsf/UNID/8DEFBC0157F43F198525743B00535BE0?OpenDocument.
Refer to Sol# DE-PS36-08GO98032.  (Grants.gov 4/30/08)

3. Solid-State Lighting Product Development Funding Opportunity
Deadline--6/27/08
Amount--$7.5 million expected to be available, up to 5 awards anticipated.  
Sponsor U.S. DOE
The objective of this RFP is to advance product development of general illumination SSL sources, luminaires, and enabling products.  Areas of interest include:  1) LED based integrated luminaire, 2) High efficiency LEDs or arrays, 3) Phosphors or encapsulants, 4)  Electronics  development, 5) Organic light emitting diode (OLED) lighting panel, 6) Low cost substrates and encapsulation for OLEDs, and 7) Off grid SSL products.  For more info, contact Kellyn Cassell at kellyn.cassell@netl.doe.gov.  
Areas 1 – 6 can be accessed at: website.
Area 7 can be accessed at:
https://e-center.doe.gov/iips/faopor.nsf/UNID/A1A5AF65806CAA018525744700658EC0?OpenDocument.
Refer to Sol# DE-PS26-08NT00291.  (Grants.gov 5/12/08)

4. Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Alternate Energy Technologies
Deadline 6/9/08.  
Sponsor-- U.S. Department of the Army
 The objective of this effort is to support current forces, the HI-POWER program, and intelligent tactical grids; it is focused on mobile power sources and distribution systems in the 2-200kW range.  Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:  Flexible photovoltaic panels with efficiencies greater than 10%; mobile waste-to-energy systems including biomass generation; solar collectors; and co-generation and heat-driven cooling.  more info, contact Frank Calkins at frank.e.calkins@us.army.mil or go to:

https://www.fbo.gov/?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=a5bfd61df46123c3226863dc0ef53be0&tab=core&_cview=0.
Refer to Sol# W909MY-08-R-0017.  (FBO 2/27/08)

5. Critical Agricultural Materials
Deadline 5/30/08.  
Amount--$1 million expected to be available.
Sponsor--The U.S. Department of Agriculture  
This RFP will support the domestic production and manufacture of crop-based materials that are of strategic and industrial importance.  Such products replace petroleum-based products, and offer opportunities to create new businesses and new markets for agricultural materials.  The focus of this RFP is on the development and demonstration of novel, environmentally friendly technologies for use in paints and coatings, and adhesives for composites.  USDA will also support and give priority to proposals that include a life cycle analysis objective, comparing the biobased product with a fossil-based counterpart using the Building for Environmental and Economic Sustainability model developed by the National Institute for Standards and Technology.  For more info, contact Carmela Bailey at cbailey@csrees.usda.gov or go to:
http://www.csrees.usda.gov/funding/rfas/cam.html.
Refer to Sol# USDA-CSREES-OP-001590.

6. Fuel/Feedstock Flexibility and Combined Heat and Power
Sponsor US DOE
Amount--$10 million expected to be available, up to 15 awards anticipated.  
Deadline 7/14/08
The goal of this initiative is to support R&D projects to develop innovative technologies that when deployed commercially, will enable the U.S. industry to reduce natural gas requirements for chemical feedstocks, increase utilization of opportunity fuels, and expand the use of combined heat and power (CHP) applications.  Areas of interest include:  1) Fuel Flexibility, 2) Feedstock flexibility in the chemical industry, and 3) Clean Distributed Generation.  For more info, contact Jeffrey Kooser at Jeffrey.Kooser@netl.doe.gov or go to:
website link.
Refer to Sol# DE-PS26-08NT0004312.

7. Canola and Biodiesel
Deadline  6/9/08
Amount--$780K expected to be available, individual awards NTE $180K.
 
The U.S. Department of Agriculture requests proposals for the Supplemental and Alternative Crops Competitive Grants Program. This initiative will support Canola crop research in the development of superior germplasm, establishment and extension of various methods of planting, cultivation, harvesting, processing, and transfer of such applied research from experimental sites to on farm practice as soon as practicable.  Research areas include but are not limited to biodiesel/bio-products.  For more info, contact James Parochetti at jparochetti@csrees.usda.gov or go to: http://www.csrees.usda.gov/funding/rfas/alt_crops.html.  Refer to
Sol# USDA-CSREES-OP-001591.  (Grants.gov 5/7/08)

8. Source Reduction, Pollution Prevention & Clean Energy
Sponsor--U.S. EPA
Amount--$1.090 million expected to be available, up  to 40 awards anticipated

This RFP supports  pollution prevention/source reduction and/or resource conservation  projects that reduce or eliminate pollution at the source.  Examples  of regional priorities include, but are not limited to, the  promotion of energy conservation and renewable energy projects that  reduce greenhouse gases; green building in K-12 schools, or in the  residential business sector; pollution prevention as a means to  address environmental justice; and environmentally preferable  purchasing, including renewable energy certificate market  development projects.  For more  information, including regional priorities and contacts, go to:  http://www.epa.gov/p2/pubs/grants/srap08.htm.  Refer to  Sol# EPA-HQ-OPPT-08-009.  (Grants.gov 5/6/08)

9. Climate Change Research FY08 Broad Agency Announcement.  
Deadline  9/30/09
Amount-- Presently no funds have been appropriated for this BAA.
 
Sponsor--The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The purpose of this BAA is to encourage research, education, outreach, innovative projects, or sponsorships that are not addressed through competitive discretionary programs.  Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, climate variability and climate change.  For more info, go to:
http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&flag2006=false&oppId=41358.
Refer to Sol# NFA-NFAPO-2008-2001388.  (Grants.gov 4/22/08)

10. Global Warming Countermeasures for Toyota Environmental Activities Grant
Sponsor Toyota Motor Corporation
Amount--$1.8 million expected to be available
Deadline 6/20/08
 
This program supports environmental revitalization and conservation activities, for the purpose of sustainable development.  The themes this year are "Global Warming Countermeasures" and "Biodiversity Conservation."
For more info, go to:  http://www.toyota.co.jp/en/environment/ecogrant/

11. Power, Buildings, Transportation, and Climate
Sponsor--The Energy Foundation
Deadline—continuous
The Foundation's mission is to advance energy efficiency and renewable energy, essential components of a clean energy future.  For more info, go to: http://www.ef.org/

12. Middle East Desalination Research Centre (MEDRC)
http://fundingopps.cos.com/alerts/37230

13. U.S.-Central Asia Research Travel (CART) Grant Competition
United States Civilian Research and Development Foundation (CRDF)
http://fundingopps.cos.com/alerts/113193

14. Project Grants and Technical Assistance Grants Programs
Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council
Freshwater Future
http://fundingopps.cos.com/alerts/30191
 
15. Source Reduction Assistance Grant Program for 9 EPA Regional Pollution Prevention Program Offices
US Environmental Protection Agency
http://www.epa.gov/p2/pubs/grants/srap08.htm
 
16. FY 2008 Broad Agency Announcement
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&flag2006=false&oppId=41358
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JOBS & INTERNSHIPS & Ph.D. OPPORTUNITIES

1. Sustainability Coordinator, Bemidji State U
Bemidji State University (MN) is seeking a Sustainability Coordinator to serve as a facilitator in the University’s continued move towards sustainability, acting through a collaborative process involving staff, students, faculty and administrators. The coordinator is responsible for the education, communication, planning, and management of environmental issues on campus and is also expected to participate in community environmental initiatives. Qualifications include a Bachelor's degree in a related field, a strong working knowledge and passion for the concept of sustainability, and an awareness of the central issues and controversies in the discourse on sustainable development. Review of applications will begin June 10, 2008 and continue until the position is filled. http://www.higheredjobs.com/search/details.cfm?JobCode=175311871

2. Program Coordinator, Longwood Green Campus Program
The Harvard Green Campus Initiative seeks a Program Coordinator for the Longwood Green Campus Program. The Longwood Program Coordinator works with the Harvard Medical School, School of Public Health 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. Qualifications include a Bachelor's degree and 2 to 3 years of experience in environmental management, or a Masters in Environmental Sciences or professional degree. http://jobs.harvard.edu/jobs/summ_req?in_post_id=37748

3. Education & Chapter Coordinator, Engineers for a Sustainable World
Engineers for a Sustainable World is seeking an Education and Chapter Coordinator. The Education and Chapter Coordinator will coordinate ESW’s educational programs, provide support and guidance to chapter leaders across the nation, and play a key role in coordinating ESW’s National Conference. Working closely with the Executive Director, s/he may also have the opportunity to engage in corporate fundraising activities to support ESW’s programs and services. Qualifications include a Bachelor's degree, excellent written and oral communication skills, and a demonstrated interest in sustainability. Nonprofit experience and demonstrated fundraising experience is a plus. The position is open until filled. http://www.eswusa.org/news/index.asp?id=1094

4. Communications and Outreach Manager, The Center for American Progress
The Center for American Progress is seeking a Network Associate working for Campus Progress. The Network Associate will be responsible for recruiting and selecting participants for and providing support to Campus Progress’s network of students on more than 150 campuses across the country. Other responsibilities include planning and implementing programming and training for students within the network; acting as a liaison between Campus Progress network students and our issues and events staff; and developing and maintaining a database of campus and other contacts. The Network Associate will strengthen Campus Progress's outreach to students, student groups, campus faculty and staff, other young people, national and regional organizations, and others in order to foster connections and involvement in Campus Progress’s work. Qualifications include a Bachelor's degree, experience with social networking and online organizing, and campus organizing or activism experience. The position is open until filled. http://www.americanprogress.org/aboutus/jobs/networkassoc.html

5. Sustainability Coordinator, U Minnesota Duluth
The University of Minnesota, Duluth seeks a sustainability coordinator to be responsible for the coordination and advancement of existing and emerging sustainability programs and initiatives at UMD. A main function of this position is to reduce UMD's carbon footprint. Primary responsibilities are to assess, coordinate and communicate operational and academic sustainability efforts as prioritized by the steering committee and administration, and to serve as liaison to all campus units, working with faculty, students and staff. The position reports to the Director of Facilities Management and supports the UMD Sustainability Steering Committee in developing a cohesive and organized approach to sustainability initiatives on campus and within Duluth. A Bachelor's degree is required, and a Master's degree is preferred. Completed applications will be reviewed beginning May 28, 2008 and will continue until the position is filled. http://www.higheredjobs.com/search/details.cfm?JobCode=175312569
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NEW RESOURCES

1. First-Ever Comprehensive Global Map of Freshwater Systems - May 8, 2008

FEOW (Freshwater Ecoregions of the World) is the first-ever comprehensive map and database describing the world’s freshwater biodiversity. Covering all of the Earth’s 426 freshwater ecoregions, the FEOW map and associated species data are a powerful tool for freshwater conservation. A collaborative effort between WWF and The Nature Conservancy, the project brought together 200 leading freshwater scientists to create this extensive and easily searchable resource. http://www.feow.org/

2. Environment In Focus  - This Week Older Forests
NCSSF provides discussion of older forests in a changing world through a
synthesis of findings from five regional workshops throughout the United
States.  Do not forget to explore top related websites, among other features
in this week's Environment in Focus. <http://www.earthportal.org/?page_id=70>
<http://www.eoearth.org/>

3. Whitepaper on Retro-commissioning Existing Buildings
Environmental Health and Engineering recently published "The First (Big) Step to Reducing Your Campus Carbon Footprint," a whitepaper that discusses the importance of energy retrofits, explains the difference between performance improvements and energy reduction, lists the indicators for necessary energy improvements, and more.
http://www.eheinc.com/recxcampus.htm
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EVENTS & CONFERENCES  
1. Sustainable Innovations at the Base of the Pyramid September 26-27, 2008 Helsinki School of Economics in Helsinki, Finland.
The conference addresses the interrelated social, technological and business innovations at the Base of the Pyramid. It will particularly focus on the sustainability of Base-of-the-Pyramid approaches and innovations.
The speakers include business people, academics and NGO representatives as well as public sector participants from developed and developing countries. In addition to expert speakers, there will be interactive workshops on current themes on sustainability and innovations at the BOP. The industry speakers will include, among others, representatives of the Nokia Corporation, Philips Design, Grameen Phone and small and medium-sized enterprises. More information is available at www.hse.fi/bop.
Please register early. We have a limited number of places. We hope to see you there.
The conference will coincide with the publication by Greenleaf Publishing of Sustainability Challenges and Solutions at the Base of the Pyramid: Business, Technology and the Poor, edited by Prabhu Kandachar and Minna Halme — a comprehensive new collection of Base-of-the-Pyramid studies. With 28 topical papers it is a heavyweight, state-of-the-art contribution to the debate, and essential reading for anyone in this field. For more details, full TOC and an opportunity to reserve a copy at 20% discount, go to the Greenleaf Publishing website.

2. Creating a Culture of Sustainability Conference May 28-30, 2008; Denver, CO

Academic Impressions will host "Creating a Culture of Sustainability," a conference that will offer sustainability coordinators and those charged with organizing sustainability efforts across campus the skills to create a roadmap for promoting a culture of sustainability on campus. The conference will teach participants how to develop and increase sustainability efforts, think and plan strategically for carbon neutrality, develop creative financing strategies for sustainability initiatives, implement innovative strategies for engaging students, faculty, and staff, and track the progress of sustainability efforts on campus. https://www.academicimpressions.com/conferences/0508-sustainability.php?q=aashe&c

3. AASHE 2008 Conference Nov 9-11, 2008; Raleigh, NC
CFP Deadline Extended
AASHE is inviting submissions of abstracts for AASHE 2008: Working Together for Sustainability - On Campus and Beyond. Over 1,000 participants are expected from every sector of the higher education community, including sustainability officers, administrators from academics and operations, facilities officers, operations and finance staff, design consultants, and faculty and students from a variety of disciplines. Keynote speakers include Van Jones, Peter Senge, Lester Brown, and Vandana Shiva. Presentation proposals are due June 2. Early registration ends August 29, 2008. Discounts are available for students and AASHE members. http://www.aashe.org/conf2008/call.php

4. Public Participation and Corporate Social Responsibility: from Why to How
The International Association for Public Participation (IAP2)
27th to 29th August 2008, Glasgow, UK
Early-Bird Price Reduction Closes 29th May 2008
The International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) conference will be held in partnership with the Scottish Centre for Sustainable Development (SCSCD) at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.
Keynote speakers will address topics such as community empowerment and what it means to government; international law and CSR; oil-peak and community survival; new business models and CSR and ISO 26000. Delegates from twenty-five different countries will offer seventy presentations on a range of topics associated with CSR, community development, new business models, stakeholder engagement techniques, the very latest research into public engagement, CSR and the UN Compact, cyber polling, participation in planning – and many, many more.
Book now if you can – the early-bird registration closes quite soon. It is going to be a fantastic event. A Registration form is available at http://www.strath.ac.uk/Departments/CADISPA/conf/registration.html.

5. IAP2 Public Participation Training
30th August to 3rd September 2008
IAP2 Certificate Training at the University of Strathclyde
Public Participation training (non-IAP2) – six courses
Coming to Glasgow in August 2008, a comprehensive, internationally recognised skills development programme sponsored by the University of Strathclyde in the techniques for effective citizen engagement. The programme materials represent over fifteen years of research, curriculum development and field experience by the International Association for Public Participation.
Two separate public participation events are being offered:
•             The IAP2 Public Participation Certificate Programme
•             A set of six associated and supplementary public participation training courses
Details of this both training events are available at http://www.iap2.org/displayconvention.cfm.


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