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SFI weekly newsletter (November 17, 2008)
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HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

SFI NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
1. TWO new  courses for Spring—Climate Change and Synthetic Aperture Radar
2. John Brown University, in Arkansas, is starting a major in renewable energy

SFI NEW FUNDING

SUSTAINABILITY NEWS
1. Wal-Mart buying wind power for Texas stores—part of a trend among retailers.
2 . MSU scientist helps lead climate change study for next Congress
3. New e-Stewards Program for Electronics Recycling
4. The University of Cincinnati has started a minor in sustainable urban engineering.
5. Drop reported in residential electric use

SEMINARS

FUNDING & AWARD OPPORTUNITIES

1. International Science and Education Grants Program USDA
2. Five Star Restoration Matching Grants Program

 JOBS & INTERNSHIPS & Ph.D. OPPORTUNITIES
1. Science writers wanted at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University

NEW RESOURCES
1. Copper Country Guatemala Accompaniment Project

EVENTS & CONFERENCES 
1. Mudd Design Workshop VII: "Sustaining Sustainable Design"    May 28-30, 2009 Harvey Mudd College
2. 9th National Conference on  Science, Policy, and the Environment
3. Greenbuild 2009

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. TWO new  courses for Spring—Climate Change and Synthetic Aperture Radar

•    Climate Change and the Sustainability of Water Resources    Spring 2009
Course Number: UN 5990 ‐ Special Topics – Interdisciplinary, CRN 14308, 1 credit
Course Leaders: Alex Mayer, Tom Pypker, and Kathy Halvorsen
Time: Fridays 4:00‐5:00 (formal part of course meeting); 5:00‐? (informal part of course meeting).
Objectives: (1) build towards a common literacy on the effects of climate change on water resources; (2)
identify areas of common interest among students and faculty with an eye towards potential areas of
collaboration on research projects or other initiatives, in the area of effects of climate change on water
resources. The course will focus on impacts of climate change, mitigation of climate change impacts, and
adaptation to climate change impacts as related to topical areas such as engineered water supply
systems, water quality, freshwater ecosystems, agriculture and food security, water resources in
developing countries, human health, and water‐related natural hazards.
SEE ATTACHED FOR MORE DETAILS

•    Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Fundamentals and Applications course by MTRI for Spring Semester

This class will be taught by Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI) (in Ann Arbor) Co-Directors Nik Subotic and Bob Shuchman.  If you have interested students, or know of other professors who might have interested students, please inform them to know about this opportunity.  The course is listed as GE4931 & GE5940, Tuesdays & Thursdays 11:05-12:20pm, 3 credits, and will be taught using video link-up to campus as well as in-person lectures.  Pre-requisites are two semesters of physics, two semesters of calculus, and one semester of elementary statistics. Bob & Nik are the contacts for more information (shuchman@mtu.edu & nikola.subotic@mtu.edu) - we appreciate any efforts to help people learn about this course being available.
SEE ATTACHED FOR MORE DETAILS
Thanks,
Colin Brooks Research Scientist
Manager of Environmental Science Laboratory   Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI)
3600 Green Court, Suite 100   Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Office Phone: 734-913-6858   www.mtri.org

2. John Brown University, in Arkansas, is starting a major in renewable energy.
http://www.jbu.edu/news/press_releases/release.asp?id=3050

SFI NEW FUNDING

SUSTAINABILITY NEWS
1. Wal-Mart buying wind power for Texas stores—part of a trend among retailers.
    Nov 21, 2008     The Dallas Morning News    
Wal-Mart has considered building its own wind farms. The Wal-Mart deal is unusual because it is buying directly from a wind farm generator, thanks to the fact that the retailer operates its own wholesale power company in Texas. H-E-B grocery stores get a portion of their electricity from wind power, and Half Price Books buys only wind power where it's available....
2 . MSU scientist helps lead climate change study for next Congress
A Michigan State University scientist will help lead a climate-change study charged with advising the next United States Congress on environmental policy. Supported by mounting evidence -- and a more sympathetic U.S. administration -- the national global warming debate is expected to quickly shift toward action, according to Thomas Dietz, director of MSU’s Environmental Science and Policy Program. The National Academy of Sciences appointed Dietz to the leadership committee for the $6 million America’s Climate Choices study, which gets under way Tuesday, November 18.
http://www.wwj.com/MSU-Scientist-Helps-Lead-Climate-Change-Study-For-/3335104
3. New e-Stewards Program for Electronics Recycling

The e-Stewards recyclers are a group of leading North American electronics recyclers and asset managers who have been qualified as upholding the highest standard of environmental and social responsibility. Environmental and social justice advocates urge you to make use of these recyclers for all of your e-waste disposal/recycling/asset management. Beware other recyclers claiming to be “green” and responsible.

On November 10th 2008, a day after being featured on the CBS program 60 Minutes, the Basel Action Network proudly announced a transformation of the existing program to a fully accredited, 3rd-party audited certification program: the e-Stewards Certification. By 2010, accredited certifying bodies will independently assure conformity to revised e-Stewards Standard, thus providing the highest level of assurance that they meet the world’s most responsible environmental and social justice criteria for electronics recyclers. These criteria include no toxic e-waste dumped in landfills or incinerators, exported to developing countries, or sent to prison labor operations and no release of private data. Learn more at http://e-stewards.org/

Of local interest, the company the RSVP Program uses for their electronics recycling collections, 5R Processors, Ltd., of Ladysmith, Wisconsin (www.5rprocessors.com), is an e-Stewards member. Michigan Tech's electronics recycler, Veolia Environmental Services (http://veoliaes-ts.com/VESTSElectronicsRecycling?id=1100&lid=1), is not yet listed, but e-Stewards notes that "there is now a substantial waiting list" to qualify. Veolia's facilities have been recognized for occupational health and safety standards. Waste Management is an e-Stewards Founder.

4. The University of Cincinnati has started a minor in sustainable urban engineering.
http://www.uc.edu/news/NR.asp?id=8843

5. Drop reported in residential electric use
Some good news for a change.  Residential electric usage has dropped for the first time, reversing what has historically been a 1 - 3% annual growth pattern.
 
"To be sure, electricity use fluctuates with the economy and population trends. But what has executives stumped is that recent shifts appear larger than others seen previously, and they can't easily be explained by weather fluctuations. They have also penetrated the most stable group of consumers -- households.
Dick Kelly, chief executive of Xcel Energy Inc., Minneapolis, says his company, which has utilities in Colorado and Minnesota, saw home-energy use drop 3% in the period from August through September, "the first time in 40 years I've seen a decline in sales" to homes. He doesn't think foreclosures are responsible for the trend."    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122722654497346099.html

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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. International Science and Education Grants Program USDA
Deadline  Jan 16, 2009    Category of Funding Activity:    Food and Nutrition  Agriculture Education
Estimated Total Program Funding:    $2,500,000
Award Ceiling:    $150,000
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:    No
Agency Name CSREES

The International Science and Education Competitive Grants Program (ISE) supports research, extension, and teaching activities that will enhance the capabilities of American colleges and universities to conduct international collaborative research, extension and teaching. ISE projects are expected to enhance the international content of curricula; ensure that faculty work beyond the U.S. and bring lessons learned back home; promote international research partnerships; enhance the use and application of foreign technologies in the U.S.; and strengthen the role that colleges and universities play in maintaining U.S. competitiveness.

http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&flag2006=true&oppId=18539

2. Five Star Restoration Matching Grants Program
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)
Deadline     Feb 16th, 2009   
Amount    $40,000
The Five Star Restoration Program seeks to develop community capacity to sustain local natural resources for future generations by providing modest financial assistance to diverse local partnerships for wetland, riparian, and coastal habitat restoration. The National Association of Counties, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), the Wildlife Habitat Council, in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Southern Company, and the newest partner Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), are pleased to solicit applications for the Five Star Restoration Program.

The following are elements of a Five Star Project:
1. On-the-Ground Restoration - projects must include on-the-ground wetland, riparian, in stream  and/or coastal habitat restoration
2. Environmental Education - projects must integrate meaningful education into the restoration project either through community outreach, participation, and/or integration with K-12 environmental curriculum
3. Partnerships - projects must involve a diverse set of community partners to accomplish the projects objectives
4. Measurable Results - projects must result in measurable ecological and educational/social benefits

http://fundingopps.cos.com/alerts/48825
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JOBS & INTERNSHIPS & STUDENT & Ph.D. OPPORTUNITIES

1. Science writers wanted at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University
The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University
is looking for freelance science writers. Assignments may include writing
summaries of business, economics, behavioral and social sciences research for a
non-academic audience, contributing to teaching materials such as case studies,
editing faculty research manuscripts, or other opportunities as they arise. For
examples of research summaries, please see the School’s research magazine,
Kellogg INSIGHT: http://insight.kellogg.northwestern.edu/
 
QUALIFICATIONS: Graduate degree in Economics, Sociology,
Political Science, Journalism, History, English or related field, although not
required, is preferred. Excellent writing and editorial skills are mandatory.
Applicant must also demonstrate the ability to simplify complex information and
to communicate effectively, both when writing assignments and when interacting
with faculty and staff. Applicant should be comfortable working within tight deadlines.
 
APPLICATIONS:  Please submit a letter of interest,
writing sample and your resume via email to rcrecruit@kellogg.northwestern.edu.
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NEW RESOURCES

1. Copper Country Guatemala Accompaniment Project
Sue Ellen Kingsley of the Copper Country Guatemala Accompaniment Project asks if anyone is interested in receiving its newsletter. If so, they can view the latest one  at http://www.ccgap.org/newsletter.html  Their home page also offers Guatemalan crafts of various kinds, including beaded jewelry, and calendar at http://www.ccgap.org/events.html

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CFPs & EVENTS & CONFERENCES 

1. Mudd Design Workshop VII: "Sustaining Sustainable Design"    May 28-30, 2009 Harvey Mudd College


Supported by Harvey Mudd College, our workshops bring together engineering educators, designers and researchers to articulate the relevant issues of globalization and engineering design education. The participants intend to identify and delineate the key intellectual and institutional issues that engineering design educators should address.
Call for Papers
The Vision
To bring together 50-75 engineering designers, educators and researchers to articulate the issues of sustainable design, and to celebrate the contributions of John H. McMasters to the Mudd Design Workshop series and design and engineering education.

The Mission
To identify and articulate educational and institutional issues in sustainable design that engineering design educators should address, including:
•    importance of design for sustainability
•    quantifying sustainability in design
•    engineering materials for sustainable design
•    sustainable cornerstone and capstone design projects
•    green design and sustainable design
•    designing sustainable products
•    ethical, social, ecological, and global issues
•    multi-disciplinary approaches for sustainable design
•    sustaining a sustainable design (engineering) workforce
•    designing sustainable campuses
•    the remarkable, multi-faceted (e.g., biomimetics, industry-academia collaboration, a sustainable US engineering workforce) legacy of John H. McMasters
The Experience
Each session will start with brief talks by panelists, to be followed by open discussion. A wrap-up session will collect the most important outputs for improving engineering design education for dissemination to the community. Participants will receive a preliminary proceedings CD containing near-final manuscripts of presented papers. Those drafts will subsequently be refined and reviewed for publication in a Special Issue of the International Journal of Engineering Education to comprise the archival proceedings of MDW VII.

Calendar
Two-page abstracts to be submitted by Jan. 31, 2009
Authors notified of acceptance by Feb. 28, 2009
Final workshop papers to be submitted by April 15, 2009

Abstracts should be submitted electronically to clive_dym@hmc.edu.
http://www.hmc.edu/academicsclinicresearch/interdisciplinarycenters/cde1/workshops1/upcomingworkshops.html


2. 9th National Conference on  Science, Policy, and the Environment
9th National Conference on  Science, Policy, and the Environment to help in developing and advancing science-based solutions to the biodiversity crisis.
Biodiversity in a Rapidly Changing World is an opportunity for dialogue with leading scientists, policy makers, government, civil society, industry leaders, educators, and other solutions-oriented innovators to develop a new biodiversity conservation strategy.
The three-day conference will be held December 8-10, 2008, centered at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC.
 
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 http://ncseonline.org/Conference/Biodiversity/

3.      Share your Expertise at Greenbuild 2009

USGBC is now accepting proposals for educational sessions for Greenbuild 2009. Sessions should reflect the program theme of Main Street Green: Connect to the Conversation. Visit our website, www.greenbuildexpo.org/Program, to download the Call for Proposals which outlines proposal requirements and selection criteria and to submit your proposal online.
Help Develop the Greenbuild 2009 Program
USGBC is also accepting applications for qualified professionals to assist in reviewing session proposals. Greenbuild is known for its innovative, informative, and exciting programs, and peer reviewers are essential to its success. Visit our website, www.greenbuildexpo.org/Program, to download the Call for Reviewers to learn more and to apply online.

The deadline to submit is 5:00pm PST, Friday, January 16, 2009.







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