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SFI weekly newsletter (October 27, 2008)
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 A web version of this newsletter is also available at www.sfi.mtu.edu

SFI NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
1. Barry Solomon in Sweden and in print
2. Heather Wright Wendel receives Quantitative Environmental Analysis Scholarship
3. Assistant Professor Robert Froese (SFRES) in RenewableEnergyWorld.com
4. Cory McDonald receives 2008-09 DeVlieg Fellowship
 5. GRITR picks up Michigan Tech, Wolverine Power biomass power study story

SUSTAINABILITY NEWS
1. Nanomaterial use may increase environmental impacts
2 . Wind Energy Siting & Policy Issues: Workshops for Michigan's Renewable Energy
3. New Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth (DELEG).
4. Michigan capacity for wind energy high
5. Grand Rapids leads in LEED-certified buildings per capita
6. Standard for biodiesel blend vehicle fuels
7. U of Minnesota Morris Dedicates Biomass Gasification Facility

SEMINARS
1. SFI Colloquium on Sustainability - November 4, 2008
2.  South Florida Water Management District Director to speak about current research

FUNDING & AWARD OPPORTUNITIES
1. Visiting Experts from Academic and Research Institutions Programme  UNFAO
2. Faculty Scholarship Grants Available

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS & Ph.D. OPPORTUNITIES
1. NWF Campus Field Coordinator -  Ann Arbor, MI
2. Sustainability Coordinator, Green Mountain College
3. Program Director, Environmental Studies, U Winnipeg
4. Faculty, Sustainable Agriculture; Evergreen State College
5. Faculty, Sustainable Design, Evergreen State College
6.  2 Faculty, Environmental Studies, Soka U of America
7. Assoc Specialist, Sustainable Agrifood Systems, UC Santa Cruz
8. Assistant Prof, Sustainable Materials Science, The New School
9. Assist/Assoc Professor, Environmental Science, U Hartford
10. Assist Prof, Atmospheric & Environmental Science, CU Boulder
11. Assistant Professor, Earth & Environmental Science, Mercer U
12. Assistant Professor, Environment & Development, Boston U
13. Assist Prof, Social Dimensions of Energy Dev, CU Boulder
14.  The College FilterForGood Eco-Challenge

NEW RESOURCES
1. Recycling Kits Available from Battery Solutions
2. Voting information available online from League of Women Voters
3. Materials from SAE Convergence 2008 available

EVENTS & CONFERENCES  
1. 24th International Conference on Solid Waste Technology and Management
2. CFP: 4th annual Smart & Sustainable Campuses Conference,  April 5-7, 2009
3. 2nd annual Lean and Green Summit Savannah, GA  June 8-9, 2009
4. Green Building Council's "Energy Efficiency Strategies for Schools" Webinar Series.
5. Conference on Michigan's Future: Energy, Economy, & Environment in November
6. 12th Annual Sust Business Conf of Michigan, Energizing Michigan’s Green Future
7. DTE Energy Efficiency Forums

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. Barry Solomon in Sweden and in print
Professor Barry D. Solomon (Social Sciences) presented two invited lectures to the Department of Economic History at the University of Umea, in Sweden, Oct. 29-30: "The Evolution and Experience with Emissions Trading Schemes in the United States" and "Grain and Cellulosic Ethanol and Biodiesel in the United States: History, Economics and Policy."

•    Professor Barry D. Solomon (Social Sciences) is the lead editor of a new book, "Renewable Energy from Forest Resources in the United States," Oxford: Routledge, 2008. He also authored three of the chapters:


Solomon and master's candidate Nicholas H. Johnson (Social Sciences), "Introduction," chapter 1

• Solomon, master's student Justin Barnes (Social Sciences) and Associate Professor Kathleen Halvorsen (Social Sciences/SFRES), "From Grain to Cellulosic Ethanol: History, Economics and Policy," chapter 3

• Solomon, "Regional Economic Impacts of Cellulosic Ethanol Development in the North Central States," chapter 13

2. Heather Wright Wendel receives Quantitative Environmental Analysis Scholarship

Heather Wright Wendel has received a graduate scholarship from Quantitative Environmental Analysis LLC to further her doctoral studies in environmental engineering at Michigan Tech. She works with developing communities to impact sustainable land use planning and management.

QEA, an environmental engineering consulting firm, initiated its scholarship program in 2006 to support graduate education in environmental analysis of natural systems.

3. Program at Hancock MS teaches students about ecosystems
Daily Mining Gazette, October 21, 2008
(article focuses on a project supported by the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative, a CWS project with PI, Joan Chadde)

3. Assistant Professor Robert Froese (SFRES) in RenewableEnergyWorld.com

RenewableEnergyWorld.com ran a full article on research led by Assistant Professor Robert Froese (SFRES), "Michigan Utility and MTU Join Forces To Study Biomass-Powered Electricity," by Public Relations Director Jennifer Donovan, along with a gallery of photos. To check it out, click here.

http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/story?id=53915

4. Cory McDonald receives 2008-09 DeVlieg Fellowships
SFI graduate student member Cory McDonald (Environmental Engineering) was one of three recipients of the 2008-09 DeVlieg Fellowships in the amount of $3,000.  See article in Tech Today at http://www.admin.mtu.edu/urel/ttoday/previous.php?issue=20081015

5. GLITR picks up Michigan Tech, Wolverine Power 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. More. http://www.wwj.com/pages/3163145.php?

SUSTAINABILITY NEWS

1. Nanomaterial use may increase environmental impacts

Environmental gains derived from the use of nanomaterials may be offset in part by the process used to manufacture them, according to research published in a special issue of the Journal of Industrial Ecology. The special issue is available for free download at < www.interscience.wiley.com/journal/jie-nano>.

2 . Wind Energy Siting and Policy Issues: Workshops for Michigan's Renewable Energy

In response to Governor Granholm signing into law an energy package ensuring that a portion of Michigan’s future energy needs are met through renewable resources, wind power companies are prospecting for new sites in communities to locate wind turbines. With Michigan’s growth in wind energy dependent on community adoption of the necessary wind siting laws, Michigan Citizen Planner is offering a “What You Need to Know about Wind Energy Siting and Policy Issues” workshop at Michigan Tech from 6pm-9:30pm, Wednesday, December 3, in SFRES G002. Sponsored by Michigan Farm Bureau and Michigan State University, the 3½-hour workshops will provide planning and zoning officials, local leaders, concerned citizens, farmers and landowners interested in wind the tools and resources necessary to create and implement a strategic plan for wind energy development in their communities. Discussion will range from residential-scale to commercial and nearshore wind development. Cost: $55 ($45 for Farm Bureau members and Michigan Citizen Planners). Registration and more information at: http://citizenplanner.msu.edu/regionalworkshops.html

3. Michigan forms new Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth (DELEG).

Governor Granholm announced on Oct. 27 a reorganization of state government that aligns all activities related to renewable energy and energy efficiency in one department.  By executive order, all activities related to the energy sector will be consolidated into the Department of Labor and Economic Growth which will be renamed the Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth (DELEG).  Granholm announced the appointment of her special advisor on renewable energy, Stanley “Skip” Pruss, to serve as the CEO and director of DELEG. Pruss will be responsible for promoting the use of renewable energy, the development of advanced energy technologies, and the implementation of energy efficiency measures in the state. He replaces Keith Cooley who has accepted a position as CEO of NextEnergy in Detroit.

4. Michigan capacity for wind energy high

Michigan’s Portion (40%) of the Great Lakes has the capacity to produce 321,936 MW from wind energy according to a study by the Land Policy Institute, MSU. “This result has the potential to elevate Michigan’s wind energy profile nationally and internationally because the resource available is significant,” said Dr Soji Adelaja, director of the Land Policy Institute http://www.landpolicy.msu.edu/modules.php?name=News&op=viewlive&sp_id=71

5. Grand Rapids leads in LEED-certified buildings per capita

Grand Rapids leads the nation in the number of LEED-certified buildings per capita. In 2005, Mayor George Heartwell pledged that more than 20% of the city's power would come from renewable sources by 2008.  The city hit that target a year early, and Heartwell upped the target to 100% by 2020. The municipal government's energy use has been cut by more than 10%. The public-transit fleet features hybrid buses. And manufacturers are leading the green charge. Office-furniture heavyweights Herman Miller and Steelcase both have LEED-certified buildings in the area, as do industrial firms such as Cascade Engineering.

6. Standard for biodiesel blend vehicle fuels

ASTM International, the standards organization, has approved a standard for biodiesel blend vehicle fuels from 6 to 20% biodiesel.  The work is recognition of two years of work at the National Biofuels Energy Laboratory, located in Detroit’s NextEnergy Center. The 20% bio content of B20 is a significant increase from the 5% biodiesel B5 fuel currently on the market.  www.nextenergy.org

7. U of Minnesota Morris Dedicates Biomass Gasification Facility

The University of Minnesota Morris has dedicated its new biomass gasification facility. The new facility will use approximately 9,000 tons of biomass per year, which will include local corn residue, wood chips, and possibly grasses to offset roughly 80 percent of UMM’s fossil fuel usage. The University plans to purchase energy sources from area farmers and producers. The new facility is part of the University's plan to be energy self-sufficient by 2010. The project also received one of 12 energy grants from the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Energy for $1.89 million to conduct research on carbon sequestration. Additionally, during the dedication ceremony, the American Council on Renewable Energy presented the University with a Campus Excellence Award. UMM received the award for “Outstanding Use of Renewable Energy.”
http://www.universityregister.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=706&Itemid=29
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SEMINARS
1. SFI Colloquium on Sustainability - November 4, 2008

Next Tuesday's SFI Colloquium will include a discussion about the "Science of Sustainability." The SFI Colloquium on Sustainability will be held each Tuesday this semester in MEEM 208 from 4:30-5:20.
All are invited. Input and ideas are always welcome!

2.  South Florida Water Management District Director to speak about current research
Monday, November 3, 2008, ME-EM 208    10:00 am

Larry Deaton, Director of Operations & Hydro Data Management, South Florida Water Management District, Florida will speak about “Current Research Activities and Opportunities in Water Resource Management”
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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. Visiting Experts From Academic and Research Institutions Programme United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
Deadline: Continuous
The program enables experts from around the world to work with FAO for a period of up to one year. The participating institution continues to pay the visiting expert's salary, while FAO covers travel costs and offers a monthly allowance calculated at 75 percent of the United Nations Daily Subsistence Allowance (over 60 days rate) to help them meet living expenses.

Some 68 countries and seven international institutions have signed or endorsed the programme, and academics, scientists, and researchers have carried out about 600 assignments, making valuable contributions to FAO's work.
http://fundingopps.cos.com/alerts/85643

2. Faculty Scholarship Grants Available
Applications for the 2008-09 Faculty Scholarship Grants (FSG) are being accepted from all eligible faculty.

Academic faculty, tenured or tenure-track, are eligible. The FSG grant supports scholarly and creative activities that enhance professional development. The grant is a stand-alone program and is not intended to supplement or replace departmental general funds or other existing funding programs (e.g., start-up, grant and contract cost-share, C2E2 or student support).

The FSG application and content information can be found at
www.admin.mtu.edu/research/vpr/internal/faculty.html .

Submit the original and eight copies of your application to Cheryl Gherna, Vice President for Research Office, Admin 317, no later than Thursday, Nov. 13, at 4 p.m.
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JOBS & INTERNSHIPS & STUDENT & Ph.D. OPPORTUNITIES

1. NWF Campus Field Coordinator -  Ann Arbor, MI

National Wildlife Federation is seeking a regional Campus Field Coordinator who desires to works at the leading edge of a movement for campus climate action.  This person will be responsible for building regional networks to support campus climate action, conducting individual site visits, promoting climate advocacy, organizing and mobilizing students, developing  resources and programs, and more. The position will pay in the mid 30s.   www.nwf.org/careergateway.

2. Sustainability Coordinator, Green Mountain College

Green Mountain College (VT) invites applications for the position of Sustainability Coordinator. Responsibilities will include monitoring, publicizing, and enhancing institutional progress toward sustainability in curriculum, operations, and facilities; leading GMC's efforts to fulfill the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, engaging multiple stakeholders to develop a climate action plan and meet institutional targets for carbon neutrality; and facilitating connections between community sustainability efforts and academic offerings. A Master's degree in an environmental related field and job experience in an environmental or sustainability field are required. The position is open until filled. http://www.greenmtn.edu/administration/hr/jobs.aspx

3. Program Director, Environmental Studies, U Winnipeg

The University of Winnipeg (MB) Environmental Studies Program invites applications for a Program Director, who will serve for an initial five-year term with the possibility of reappointment. The successful appointee will be expected to oversee the development of new undergraduate and graduate degree programs, foster and mentor faculty, teach, and manage day-to-day operations of the program. Applicants should hold a PhD in an appropriate discipline; postdoctoral experience is preferred. The ideal candidate will have a strong record of research and teaching excellence and be able to demonstrate a passion and commitment towards working in an interdisciplinary program. The position is tenure stream at either the Associate or Full Professor level depending on experience and qualifications. The closing date for applications is January 31, 2009, with a starting date of July 1 or September 1, 2009. http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000580441-01&pg=s&cc=

4. Faculty, Sustainable Agriculture; Evergreen State College

Evergreen State College (WA) seeks a broadly trained agroecologist with demonstrated expertise in organic agriculture in the Pacific Northwest for a faculty position in Sustainable Agriculture. This full-time position involves planning and teaching sixteen-credit, team-taught, interdisciplinary programs and carries the expectation of teaching applied agriculture on a regular basis. The successful candidate should have a Ph.D. in the agricultural sciences and hands-on small farm, marketing, and business experience. Review of applications begins January 8, 2009 and will continue until the finalists are selected.  http://www.evergreen.edu/facultyhiring/jobs/Sustainag.htm

5. Faculty, Sustainable Design, Evergreen State College

Evergreen State College (WA) seeks a broadly capable designer, artist or design-oriented engineer to teach sustainable design. This faculty member in Sustainable Design should have a Master's degree or higher in a 3D art form, architecture or landscape architecture, sustainable design, engineering, or an environmental studies related field. S/he should be prepared to lead an undergraduate design studio and to teach sustainable design. Review of applications begins January 5, 2009 and will continue until the finalists are selected. http://www.evergreen.edu/facultyhiring/jobs/Sustainag.htm

6. 2 Faculty, Environmental Studies, Soka U of America

Soka University of America (CA) seeks to fill 2 open rank positions in Environmental Studies. These openings may be filled by candidates from diverse backgrounds or specialties within environmental studies, including but not limited to ecology, geology, atmospheric sciences, geography, and/or policy and planning. The successful candidates will play a formative role in a new interdisciplinary concentration in Environmental Studies. Applicants should hold a Ph.D. in the appropriate area. http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000578757-01&pg=s&cc=

7. Assoc Specialist, Sustainable Agrifood Systems, UC Santa Cruz

The University of California, Santa Cruz Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Agrifood Systems (CASFS) is accepting applications for a Sustainable Agrifood Systems Associate Specialist. Under the general direction of the CASFS Director, the Associate Specialist will investigate models and methods for sustainable agrifood development, including innovative economic models, collaborative projects, and educational programs. Qualifications include a Ph.D. in a relevant social-science field; experience conducting research projects and organizing collaborative projects among academics and practitioners; and experience writing proposals and obtaining funding. Appointment is for one year with potential for reappointment, contingent upon the availability of funding and a positive performance review. Applications are due November 14, 2008. http://www2.ucsc.edu/ahr/academic_employment/jobs/T09-26.pdf

8. Assistant Prof, Sustainable Materials Science, The New School

The New School (NY) seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Sustainable Materials Science to play an integral role in supporting the teaching, research, and program development needs of a new innovative Environmental Studies degree program that integrates design, the social sciences, and the natural sciences with a focus on the urban environment. Applicants should have a strong research background in one or more of the following areas: industrial ecology, life cycle assessment, green engineering, and sustainable materials or product design. A PhD in physics, chemistry, materials science, environmental engineering or other relevant engineering field or other closely allied discipline is required. The position is open until filled.  http://www.higheredjobs.com/search/details.cfm?JobCode=175343626

9. Assist/Assoc Professor, Environmental Science, U Hartford

The University of Hartford (CT) Department of Biology invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor of Environmental Science beginning in the fall of 2009. Applicants should have Ph.D. and prior teaching experience in environmental science and/or biology. The successful candidate will be expected to establish an independent research program that includes training opportunities at the undergraduate level. Primary teaching responsibilities will include an interdisciplinary introduction to environmental science, an upper level course in environmental science with laboratory, and introductory biology. Applications are due December 16, 2008. http://www.higheredjobs.com/search/details.cfm?JobCode=175343259

10. Assist Prof, Atmospheric & Environmental Science, CU Boulder

The University of Colorado at Boulder invites candidates to apply for an assistant professor position with a research focus on areas including, but not limited to, air and water quality, landscape ecology, climate impacts, wind energy, biogeochemistry, biodiversity, and/or conservation. Position requirements include a Ph.D. in a relevant field, commitment to excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching, and promise of excellence in research and ability to work in interdisciplinary teams. The initial review of the applications will begin on December 1, 2008 and will continue until a candidate is identified. http://www.colorado.edu/ArtsSciences/Jobs/vars_01.html

11. Assistant Professor, Earth & Environmental Science, Mercer U

The Mercer University (GA) Department of Earth and Environmental Science in the College of Liberal Arts announces its search to fill a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor. The primary instructional responsibilities will be introductory environmental science, geology, environmental geology, Geographic Information Systems, and an upper-division course in the candidate's specialty. An earned doctorate from an accredited university/college in the fields of Geology or Environmental Science is required. The position is open until filled. http://www.higheredjobs.com/search/details.cfm?JobCode=175343338

12. Assistant Professor, Environment & Development, Boston U

The Department of Geography and Environment at Boston University (MA) invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in environment and development, with a fall 2009 start date. The department is particularly interested in a scholar with The ideal candidate will be a development scholar pursuing applied, policy-relevant and environmentally-related research, and who is looking to work in an interdisciplinary setting. Research interests may include, but are not limited to: the environmental impacts of economic growth in developing countries; the impacts of changes in environmental quality on the economic and social characteristics of developing areas; or the interactions between development and markets for energy and non-energy resources. Review of applications will begin on December 15, 2008 and will continue until the position is filled. http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000578531-01&pg=s&cc=

13. Assist Prof, Social Dimensions of Energy Dev, CU Boulder

The University of Colorado at Boulder invites candidates to apply for a tenure-track assistant professor position with a research focus in social dimensions of energy development including, but not limited to, environmental or energy economics, energy policy, geopolitics of energy, land/water resource management policy, the political economy of energy development, consumer behavior, and/or firm behavior. Position requirements include a Ph.D. in a relevant field, commitment to excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching, and promise of excellence in research and ability to work in interdisciplinary teams. The initial review of the applications will begin on December 1, 2008 and will continue until a candidate is identified. http://www.colorado.edu/ArtsSciences/Jobs/vars_02.html

14.  The College FilterForGood Eco-Challenge

The Brita Products Company invites proposals for its College FilterForGood Eco-Challenge Grant Program. Undergraduate and graduate students in good academic standing in an accredited secondary college or university in the U.S. are encouraged to prepare a proposal and budget for a program that is either action-based or will create tangible results in the interest of helping to protect the environment. The program should be initiated and make significant progress towards completion by April 2009. Up to five $10,000 grants will be awarded. The deadline to apply is November 14, 2008.
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NEW RESOURCES

1. Recycling Kits Available from Battery Solutions
Howell-based Battery Solutions Inc. has introduced a new way for environmentally conscious companies, municipalities, and households to conveniently and economically recycle used batteries and handheld electronics: the iRecycle Kit.
The user simply collects all dry cell battery types and handheld electronics together -- without separating -- then mails the filled containers to Battery Solutions. BSI then performs the sorting, logistics, shipping, receiving, and recycling.
Customers can order their iRecycle Kits by calling BSI at (800) 852-8127, or by visiting BSI's redesigned and highly informative new Web site.
More at www.batteryrecycling.com.

2. Voting information available online from League of Women Voters

Publius allow you to view your ballot, polling location, find out about candidates and proposals and how to use your voting equipment.
http://publius.org/

3. Materials from SAE Convergence 2008 available

Dr. Shonnard collected  materials from the SAE Convergence 2008 conference and expo held recently at the Cobo Convention Center.  If anyone wants to view the materials, including a CD, let him know.  It was a fascinating experience  for a chemical engineer to look into the world of electro-mechanical systems for automobiles.  Currently about 20% of the cost of an automobile is in electronic control modules and this percentage is expected to increase in the future as hybrid vehicles come on the market. Mitsubishi paid for his travel to this conference.  

4. 2009 Energy Star Home Grants for Builders applications are now available

2009 Energy Star Home Grants for Builders applications are now available at www.michigan.gov/energyoffice. Financial incentives are available to five builders constructing Energy Star rated homes. The houses must be built by August 30, 2009. It is expected that five grants will be awarded for $5,000. A total of $25,000 is available for the program.
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CALLS & EVENTS & CONFERENCES  

1. 24th International Conference on Solid Waste Technology and Management

The 24th International Conference on Solid Waste Technology and Management
Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A. March 15 - 18, 2009
Call For Papers - Abstracts Due November 7
Abstract submissions are invited from all areas of solid waste technology and management for oral or poster presentation at the Conference. For more information or to submit an abstract for oral or poster presentation, please go to www.widener.edu/solid.waste.
 
2. CFP: 4th annual Smart & Sustainable Campuses Conference,  April 5-7, 2009 in College Park, MD

The 4th annual Smart & Sustainable Campuses Conference is set for April 5-7, 2009 in College Park, MD
Call for Presentations: Deadline for Submissions is November 11

Share a story, success, or research on sustainable practices in higher education. You are invited to submit a proposal to present a 50-minute concurrent session or a 2-hour pre-conference workshop. Priority will be given to proposals addressing obstacles to reaching sustainability on campus, including financing, curriculum integration, and fulfilling the obligations of the Presidents Climate Commitment. For more information and to submit a proposal visit http://tinyurl.com/6evgdd

3. 2nd annual Lean and Green Summit Savannah, GA  June 8-9, 2009

Hilton Savannah Desoto
View 2008 Video at http://strausforest.com/leanecology.html
Register before December 31, 2008 with promo code "earlybird" for $300 off the standard rate.
www.leanandgreensummit.com

 4. U.S. Green Building Council's "Energy Efficiency Strategies for Schools" Webinar Series.

Register today for the U.S. Green Building Council's "Energy Efficiency Strategies for Schools" 3 part Webinar Series.
This webinar series introduces energy efficiency measures that can significantly improve the energy performance of school facilities. Interested in obtaining best practices and hands-on tools that will reduce the energy consumption of your schools by as much as 20%?
Register today. Session 1 is free of charge. Sessions 2 and 3 are available for the discounted rate of $10 per session per Internet connection for USGBC and CEFPI Members, $15 per session for Non-Members. Save time and money by learning right from your desktop. Archived webinars will also be available. https://www.registrationheadquarters.com/events/?2a6c985655c24c31b9550000bd0a1a8ea

5. Conference on Michigan's Future: Energy, Economy, & Environment in November

Conference on Michigan's Future: Energy, Economy, & Environment will be held on November 14-16 at Crystal Mountain Resort. Speakers include Richard Heinberg, author of “The Party’s Over” and “Peak Everything”; Ellen Hodgson Brown, author of “Web of Debt”; Albert Bates, author of “The Post-Petroleum Survival Guide and Cookbook”; Stephanie Mills, author of “Epicurean Simplicity”; and Bill Wilson of Midwest Permaculture. Michigan legislator Kathleen Law will explain feed-in-tariffs. Steve Smiley will unveil a 100% renewable electricity program for northwest Michigan. Tony Earley, Chairman of DTE; Paul Murray of Herman Miller; and Jerry Norica, President of Michcon will address nuclear energy, green industry, and natural gas.  http://futuremichigan.org

6. 12th Annual Sust Business Conf of Michigan, Energizing Michigan’s Green Future

12th Annual Sustainable Business Conference of Michigan, Energizing Michigan’s Green Future will be held on November 13, 7:30-4:15 at the Fetzer Center, WMU. The conference focuses on Michigan’s business & energy future, & will bring together businesses, college students, & advocacy groups.  http://www.southwestmichigansustainablebusinessforum.org/

7. DTE Energy Efficiency Forums

DTE Energy Efficiency Forums will go thru November.  Experts, suppliers, & installers will provide advice.
http://my.dteenergy.com/products/energySeminars/energyEfficiency.html



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