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SFI weekly newsletter (October 20, 2008)
A weekly service of SFI


 A web version of this newsletter will also be available at www.sfi.mtu.edu

SFI NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
1. SFI 2008 Poster Session & Banquet, Friday, Nov 7th, Rosza Lobby
2. Renewable Energy World publishes article about SFI biomass project
3. Sustainable construction in Kerala, India, by Michigan Tech grad Merle Kindred
4. SFI member Barry D. Solomon (Social Sciences) on the road

SFI NEW FUNDING

SUSTAINABILITY NEWS
1. Growing pains  corn ethanol facilities no longer under construction

SEMINARS
1. SFI Colloquium on Sustainability - October 28, 2008
2. Kedmon Hungwe to speak at Global City about Zimbabwe on Tuesday, 214
3. Lake Superior and Lake Minong Lake levels of the last several thousand years

FUNDING & AWARD OPPORTUNITIES
1. Photovoltaic Supply Chain and Cross-Cutting Technologies

 JOBS & INTERNSHIPS & Ph.D. OPPORTUNITIES
1. CFP Special issue of Production and Operations Management on Measuring the impact of sustainable operations
2. Hydrogen Student Design Contest
3. Sustainability Coordinator Green Mountain College

NEW RESOURCES
1. "Naturally Successful" DVD from Arnold Creek's video shorts collection on Greenopolis

EVENTS & CONFERENCES  
1. Rocky Mountain Sustainability Summit: Forging Solutions at Colleges and Universities
2.  Clean Technology Conference and Expo 2009 May 3 to 7 Houston

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. SFI 2008 Poster Session & Banquet, Friday, Nov 7th, Rosza Lobby

 
Sustainable Futures Institute cordially invites you— faculty and students associated with SFI (official members, on the SFI email list, involved in projects under SFI, Scholars of SFI) and poster presenters—to attend its fourth annual SFI Poster Session and Banquet on Friday, November 7th, in the Rosza Lobby.  This annual event will celebrate the previous year’s accomplishments and strengthen the network of scholars interested in continued sustainability research, education, and outreach work at SFI.

The posters will represent a broad range of sustainability projects and research, not only  by SFI participants, but by graduate and undergraduate students and people from throughout the campus and community. SFI wishes to thank the generous support of the Graduate Student Council for organizing this poster event.

The poster session will be open to the public from 4:30 - 5:30 followed by a reception for SFI participants from 5:30 to 6:30.  As in previous years the Best in Show award will be decided by popular vote and announced at the banquet, following the reception.

Special guests at the banquet include members of SFI’s Advisory Board, who represent SFI’s partners from Caterpillar, Inc., Dow Corning, General Motors, Kimberly Clark, the Great Lakes Commission, Los Alamos National Laboratory of the Department of Energy, Nelson Mandela School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Southern University and A&M College, and the USDA-Forest Service.

The banquet will feature sustainable local food prepared by Executive Chef Eric Karvonen.

Please reserve your place at the banquet by next week, October 31st, with Melanie Yang  at xunayang@mtu.edu. SFI regrets it cannot accommodate significant others.

Friday, November 7th
Public Poster Session 4:30 to 5:30
SFI Poster reception 5:30 to 6:30
SFI Banquet at 6:30  

2. Renewable Energy World publishes article about SFI biomass project
See the article on the biomass to energy project lead by Robert Froese, with contributions by David Shonnard and Dana Johnson, and our gradauate students Chris Miller and Ken Koers, as well as undergraduate students  Madeleine Norman, Cassie Miller and Matt Carothers.
http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/story?id=53915

3. Sustainable construction in Kerala, India, by Michigan Tech grad Merle Kindred

Merle Kindred, recent PhD in Rhetoric and Technical Communication from Mich Tech, is constructing a sustainable house in Kerala, in south India. She sends the following photographic chronicle of work on the energy efficient house.  These pics detail work from April till early July before significant monsoon rains. Work resumed in September with concreting and brickwork.
http://picasaweb.google.com/mekindred/HouseConstructionInVattapparaKeralaOct08

She says there are 26 photos. If you adjust the time at the bottom of the slideshow screen to 6 seconds, it will take 3-4 minutes to view the pictures. Merle welcomes your responses!

4. SFI member Barry D. Solomon (Social Sciences) on the road
Professor Barry D. Solomon (Social Sciences) presented an invited seminar, "Grain and Cellulosic Ethanol and Biodiesel Development in the US: History, Economics and Policy," at the Department of Energy and Environment, Chalmers University, Gothenburg, Sweden, on Oct. 20.

5. WWJ Covers Michigan Tech Wolverine Power Partnership
Michigan Tech, Wolverine Power team up on biomass power study
A new study from the Wolverine Power Cooperative and Michigan Technological University found that unused wood waste from a 75-mile radius around its Wolverine Clean Energy Venture near Rogers City could be converted into at least 35 megawatts of electricity -- the energy needed to serve 25,000 Michigan households. That could grow to 75,000 if the area's forest land was used to its maximum potential. The idea's carbon footprint is also modest.
http://www.wwj.com/Michigan-Tech--Wolverine-Power-Team-Up-In-Biomass-/3163145

SFI NEW FUNDING

SUSTAINABILITY NEWS
1. Growing pains one ethanol facility under construction, others shelved Oct 21, 2008

 On Oct. 21, 2008, The Pantagraph (pantagraph.com) reported that plans for new corn-ethanol are being shelved or delayed due to a combination of “economics like corn verses ethanol prices and tighter lending standards ….” Instead, some companies are  exploring the use of ingredients besides corn. Although 175 ethanol bio-refineries were operating with a total capacity of about 11 billion gallons of ethanol in mid-October, according to the Renewable Fuels Association and another 33 plants are under construction, some in the ethanol industry have put money toward efficiency and technology.
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SEMINARS
1. SFI Colloquium on Sustainability - October 28, 2008


Next Tuesday's SFI Colloquium will include a presentation and discussion of the paper, "Dynamic Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of Renewable Energy Technologies," by Martin Pehnt published in Renewable Energy (2006).

For more details about the Colloquium, and for a copy of the paper, visit:

http://www.me.mtu.edu/~jwsuther/colloquium/index.html

For access to readings, the username is "reader" and the password is "want2read."

The SFI Colloquium on Sustainability is held each Tuesday this semester in MEEM 208 from 4:30-5:20. Southern University-Baton Rouge participates via videoconferencing.

All are invited. Input and ideas are always welcome!

2. Kedmon Hungwe to speak at Global City about Zimbabwe on Tuesday, 214 Dillman, 6:00pm.

Kedmon Hungwe, Associate Professor in Cognitive and Learning Sciences, will speak to Global City about the March 29th  elections in Zimbabwe, the following political unrest, and the
recent attempts at a power-sharing agreement. Kedmon Hungwe joined Michigan Tech in 2002. He was previously at the University of Zimbabwe where he was a Senior Lecturer in Education. Dr. Hungwe is the Director Center for Educational Technology, Research and Assessment. His interests include African cinema as well as curriculum policy, science education; information and communication technologies; and international education. All are welcome.
3. Lake Superior and Lake Minong Lake levels of the last several thousand years
Walter Loope, USGS Munising, MI
U113 M&M                                4:00 p.m.
Monday, Oct 27
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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. Photovoltaic Supply Chain and Cross-Cutting Technologies
Estimated Funding: $15,000,000 Ceiling: $3,000,000
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: Yes
The purpose of this FOA is to identify and accelerate the development of unique products or processes that are expected to have a large impact on the solar photovoltaics (PV) industry, or a segment of the industry, in support of DOE Solar program goals. Successful applicants will focus on component and/or manufacturing technologies with the potential to have a near-term impact on a substantial segment of the PV industry. Near term is defined as technologies with expected market impacts evident within 2-6 years of award. Responsive applications will either 1) have a high impact on innovative evolutionary improvements that can be supplied across the industry at high volumes and lower costs than conventional technology today, or 2) propose disruptive technologies applicable to a narrow segment of the industry and which can dramatically reduce costs. If successful, either approach will drive future growth of the relevant technology or technologies. There will be two topic areas and three focus areas under each topic area. Topic 1 is a Proof of Concept Technical/Feasibility Assessment (POC/FA). Topic 2 is for Research, Development and Demonstration (RD D). The three focus areas are 1.) PV Module issues 2.) Non-Module PV system issues, and 3.) PV Manufacturing processes and metrologies. Applications for this Funding Opportunity Announcement must be accessed, completed, and submitted through Grants.gov at http://www.grants.gov, under this announcement, to be considered for award.
http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&flag2006=true&oppId=18483
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JOBS & INTERNSHIPS & STUDENT & Ph.D. OPPORTUNITIES

1. CFP Special issue of Production and Operations Management on Measuring the impact of sustainable operations
Deadline:  June 1, 2009

Guest Editors: Charles J. Corbett, Paul R. Kleindorfer and Luk N. Van Wassenhove

The objective of this special issue is to bridge the gap between existing research on sustainable operations, including links to traditional measures of profit and risk, and approaches that exist for measuring environmental and social impacts from other disciplines. Examples of topics that would fit the objectives of this special issue include:

•    rigorous LCA performed in a context that is of direct relevance to researchers in the OM community
•    research on the social impact of OM-related decisions in which this impact is measured in a rigorous and quantitative manner
•    case studies or sectoral benchmarking studies on the measurement of supply chain carbon or energy footprints and their relationship to associated mitigation strategies
•    survey research and analysis of sectoral or regional studies concerned with management strategies and priorities in support of sustainable operations

See (http://www.poms.org/Journal.html). Deadline for submission: All submissions should be submitted electronically, by June 1, 2009 to Charles Corbett at (charles.corbett@anderson.ucla.edu).

2. Hydrogen Student Design Contest
The Hydrogen Education Foundation invites submissions for its Hydrogen Student Design Contest. The contest challenges teams of university-level students from the U.S. and abroad to develop and design hydrogen applications for real-world use. This year's competition challenges teams to design a new green Student Center powered by hydrogen for the State University of New York, Farmingdale with an imaginary budget of $28 million. Entries are due on December 19, 2008. http://www.hydrogencontest.org/

3. Sustainability Coordinator Green Mountain College
Master's degree in an environmental or related field and job experience in an environmental or sustainability field. To apply please mail or e-mail resume and cover letter along with the names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three references to:
Email:  evansmj@greenmtn.edu Fax:  802-287-8096 Mail:  GMC, 1 Brennan Circle, Poultney, VT  05764
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NEW RESOURCES

1. "Naturally Successful" DVD from Arnold Creek's video shorts collection on Greenopolis


Our newest DVD release, "Naturally Successful: Entrepreneurship that redefines the bottom line" is still getting attention in blogs, newsletters, magazines and on business Web sites.

"Naturally Successful" is a 78-minute program about how a new type of entrepreneur is changing industries and the world at the speed of business. It features interviews with some of the country's top business consultants, educators, authors and speakers who are inspiring entrepreneurs worldwide. They offer insights on entrepreneurship, with a focus on building a values-driven business, providing meaningful leadership, achieving results beyond profits, serving customers, thinking long-term, seizing opportunities in new and existing markets, creating a thriving business and embracing a new type of capitalism.

Watch the preview and get the details on our Web site. Buy it now at our sales page on Amazon.com. The retail price is $24.95. Inquiries about quantity orders are welcome. Contact Doug Freeman for information. http://www.arnoldcreekproductions.com/SustainabilityHigherEducation.htm
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CALLS & EVENTS & CONFERENCES  

1. Rocky Mountain Sustainability Summit: Forging Solutions at Colleges and Universities
February 11-13, 2009 - University of Colorado at Boulder
 
Call for Presentations deadline: November 3, 2008
http://ecenter.colorado.edu/rmss2009/cfp

Registration is now open: http://ecenter.colorado.edu/rmss2009/register
Registration deadline is January 26, 2009.

2.  Clean Technology Conference and Expo 2009 May 3 to 7 Houston
Call for Technical Abstracts and Business Proposals
Deadline Nov. 12th
 
http://www.csievents.org/Cleantech2009/






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