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SFI weekly newsletter (September 8, 2008)
A weekly service of SFI – www.sfi.mtu.edu

 
SFI NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
1. SFI 2008/2009 Speaker Series
2. Barry Solomon on "High-Level Radioactive Waste Management in the United States,"
3. Peace Corps Master's International (PCMI) Programs at Michigan Tech.
4. Michigan Tech third year chemistry student Annie Putman receives EPA fellowship

SFI NEW FUNDING

SUSTAINABILITY NEWS
1. GM steps up in-plant recycling
2 . Haitian Flood Victims Fundraising
3. Lansing students demonstrate to support renewable energy policy in Michigan.

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FUNDING & AWARD OPPORTUNITIES
1.  DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory Clean Coal Power Initiative,
2. NSF  Cyber-Enabled Discovery and Innovation  (CDI) "Designing, Building, and Understanding Virtual Organizations"
3. NSF Opportunities for Enhancing Diversity in the Geosciences (OEDG)Grant
4. Translating Basic Behavioral and Social Science Discoveries into Interventions to Reduce Obesity: Centers for Behavioral Intervention Development (U01) Grant

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS & Ph.D. OPPORTUNITIES
1. Five tenure track positions available at RIT
2. Professor of Environmental Studies for Oberlin College, Environt’l Studies Program
3. Director, Office of Sustainability, Wayne State University
4. Dean, School of Env'l Science & Mgmt, UC Santa Barbara
5. Director, Environmental Studies, Lake Forest College
6. Faculty Director, Environmental Studies, U Maryland
7. two Faculty, Environmental Science, U San Francisco
8. Assistant Prof, Environmental Studies, College of Saint Benedict
9. Assistant Professor, Global Environmental Politics, American U
10. Assistant Professor, Geography and Environment, U Toronto

NEW RESOURCES

1. Video clips of Greenleaf authors available
2. What Green Schools Can Teach Sep 9, 2008     Washington Post A22
3. U Maryland College Park GHG Report
4. NWF Green Campus Newsletter
5. The Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels Version Zero Sustainability Standard

 

EVENTS & CONFERENCES 

1. Forum of Women in the Environmental Field --Sep 24 2008 5:30pm - 7:00pm
2.  Social and environmental justice:  into sustainability practices
3. ARCHS Annual Conf on Sustainable Enterprise and Human Security:
4. 2008 USGBC Educators Summit: Friday, Nov 21, 2008 Boston, Massachusetts
5. National Teach-In on Global Warming February 5^th , 2009
6. Internat’l Policy Leaders Dialogue Energy Efficiency: Sept 25th in Washington DC
7. New Power Tour Presentations on Bioenergy and Green Power
8. Greenbuild 2008 November 19 – 21, 2008; Boston, MA
9. 9th Nat’l Conf on Science, Policy, and the Environment December 8-10, 2008

The weekly newsletters are now posted at our Website (http://www.sfi.mtu.edu/). In an effort to increase recognition and enhance SFI’s image, we want to include more publicity about SFI  member achievements. Unless your announcements are time-sensitive, please send news about events, jobs, resources, journal/magazine articles, etc., directly to Denise Heikinen (dmheikin@mtu.edu) so they can be compiled into one weekly newsletter rather  clog inboxes. As always we also encourage you to send announcements of your publications, presentations, awards, and names of awarded proposals, for inclusion in the newsletters and/or for inclusion in the annual reports. 

SFI NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

1. SFI 2008/2009 Speaker Series
SFI Deputy Director David Shonnard requests ideas for invited speakers to present innovative sustainability research or noted industrial or NGO professionals who can provide other perspectives on sustainability.  Please email him (drshonna@mtu.edu) your nominations and note the speakers contact information and topic area.  Also, since we will alternate on-campus speakers with external visitors, please nominate yourself or someone else for those open slots. 

2. Barry Solomon on "High-Level Radioactive Waste Management in the United States,"
SFI member Professor Barry Solomon (Social Sciences) presented an invited seminar, "High-Level Radioactive Waste Management in the United States," at the Center for Public Sector Research of the University of Gothenburg, in Sweden, on Sept. 4. Solomon is on sabbatical leave at the University of Gothenburg and will remain there through Dec. 1.

3. Peace Corps Master's International (PCMI) Programs at Michigan Tech.
Blair Orr, a professor in the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, has been appointed on-campus director of the Peace Corps Master's International (PCMI) Programs at Michigan Tech. Peace Corps student research frequently focuses on community needs, from water supplies in Cameroon to waste management in Fiji and Armenia to enhanced agroforestry in Paraguay and Bolivia. SFI’s D80 program participates in Master’s International.
See Tech Today story at: http://www.admin.mtu.edu/urel/ttoday/previous.php?issue=20080909

4. Michigan Tech third year chemistry student Annie Putman receives EPA fellowship
Please congratulate third year chemistry student Annie Putman who has received a prestigious fellowship from the Environmental Protection Agency through the program "EPA Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowships for Undergraduate Environmental Study".  Only 15 of these fellowships are awarded each year.

Annie is majoring in chemistry with a concentration in environmental chemistry. She has participated in undergraduate research with Dr. Kerfoot (Biological Sciences) and with Sarah Green (CH). She has recently returned from a summer research project, which took her to national parks in Michigan and Minnesota to sample aquatic environments.  She works as a coach in the Chemistry Learning Center and has been a member of the NCAA Nordic Ski and Cross Country teams. This EPA fellowship will cover Annie's tuition and additional expenses for two years. Additionally, it includes a three month summer internship at an EPA facility.

SFI NEW FUNDING

SUSTAINABILITY NEWS

1. GM steps up in-plant recycling
General Motors Corp. plans to make more than 80 component and vehicle assembly plants -- about half of its factories worldwide -- landfill-free by the end of 2010, according to AutoBeat Daily. GM says 43 plants already have achieved the status, including 33 that were recently announced. At these plants, more than 96 percent of waste materials and garbage are recycled or reused. The remaining portion goes to waste-to-energy plants that extract energy through incineration, gasification, pyrolysis or other processes, typically in the form of heat or electricity. More.http://www.wwj.com/pages/2952382.php?

2 . Haitian Flood Victims Fundraising
Fredline ILORME, an Environmental Engineering graduate student from Haiti, and the Haitian students at Tech are organizing a fundraising week for the flood victims in Haiti. They will be accepting donations at the MUB from 12pm to 2pm until Wednesday Sept 17th.  The money will be sent to the Red Cross in Haiti. 
A bank account is also available for people to contribute help. The account name is  "NOSOTROS Haitian Flood Victims Fund" and the proper way to make the transfer is to put the name of one of the managers of the account—Jessie Vital or Ezequiel Medici—on the transfer along with the account number--726 728 7881. Donations are accepted until September 17th.
Please stop by at the MUB to gather more information, get a more complete picture of the devastation and see how you can get involved.  Right now, we need volunteers for the MUB table. For more information, please contact: efmedici@mtu.edu or javital@mtu.edu See also (http://www.cnn.com/video/) and (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26612079/  for further news of the terrible devastation in Haiti.
3. Lansing demonstration to support renewable energy policy in Michigan.
On September 11, 2008 the people of Michigan held a demonstration in Lansing on the state capitol’s east lawn to support  local lawmakers in their push for renewable energy policy in Michigan. According to the Renew Michigan web site (http://www.renewmich.com/index_files/Page399.htm) currently $700 Billion Dollars are sent out of our country each year to purchase foreign oil. Michigan can help keep our nation’s energy dollars here, and support our local economy by manufacturing wind turbines, solar panels, and expanding research of other renewable energy technologies.
4. Lansing's MBI in cellulosic ethanol project
Responding to the demand in the market for cellulosic biofuels, Hadley, Mass.-based SunEthanol is collaborating with Lansing's MBI International to scale up a fermentation method for producing ethanol from non-food agricultural feedstocks. This fermentation method uses utilizes SunEthanol’s Q-Microbe, which effectively digests and ferments cellulosic feedstocks to ethanol in a single-step process. More. http://www.wwj.com/Lansing-s-MBI-In-Cellulosic-Ethanol-Project/2854588
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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. DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory Clean Coal Power Initiative, Round 3
CFDA Title:  Fossil Energy Research and Development
Application Due Date:  01/15/2009
The cost-share by the recipient must be at least 50%

This CCPI Round 3 Announcement is seeking advanced coal-based projects that have progressed beyond the research and development stage to a point of readiness for operation at a scale that, once demonstrated, can be readily replicated and deployed into commercial practice within the electric power industry. This CCPI announcement is specifically targeting advanced coal-based systems and subsystems that capture and sequester, or put to beneficial reuse, carbon dioxide emissions. DOE’s goals in this Announcement are to demonstrate at commercial scale in a commercial setting technologies that (1) operate at 90% carbon capture efficiency (2) make progress toward capture and sequestration at less than 10% increase in the COE, and (3) make progress toward capture and sequestration of 50% of plant CO2 output at a scale sufficient to evaluate impact of the carbon capture technology on plant operations, economics, and performance.

http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&flag2006=true&oppId=18226

2. NSF  Cyber-Enabled Discovery and Innovation  (CDI)
"Designing, Building, and Understanding Virtual Organizations"

Anticipated Funding Amount:   $26,000,000 will be available in FY 2009
Estimated Number of Awards:    30   - In FY 2009,
Preliminary Proposal (required):November 08, 2008 - December 08, 2008
Full Proposal by invitation only due April 20, 2009 - May 20, 2009
  
This program is NSF's bold five-year initiative to create revolutionary science and engineering research outcomes made possible by innovations and advances in computational thinking, defined comprehensively to encompass computational concepts,methods, models, algorithms, and tools.  

CDI seeks ambitious, transformative, multidisciplinary research proposals within or across the following three thematic areas:

        * From Data to Knowledge: enhancing human cognition and
          generating new knowledge from a wealth of heterogeneous
          digital data;
        * Understanding Complexity in Natural, Built, and Social
          Systems: deriving fundamental insights on systems comprising
          multiple interacting elements;  and
        * Building Virtual Organizations: enhancing discovery and
          innovation by bringing people and resources together across
          institutional, geographical and cultural boundaries.

Two types of CDI awards will be supported:

  • Type I awards will be roughly comparable to: 3 years of summer support for two investigators with complementary expertise,  two graduate students, and their

          collective research needs (e.g. materials, supplies, travel).
2. Type II awards will require larger (than Type I) efforts up to a level roughly comparable to: summer support for three investigators with complementary expertise; three graduate students; one or two senior personnel (including post-doctoral researchers and staff); and their collective research needs (e.g. materials, supplies, travel) for four years.
  
 In subsequent years, subject to availability of funds, funding opportunities will be provided for a 3rd class of awards that will require the engagement of larger  multidisciplinary teams for up to five years. 

In FY 2010 and beyond, subject to availability of funds, awards of Type I, II and III will be made based on the results of separate review processes.

http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&flag2006=true&oppId=18347

 

3. NSF Opportunities for Enhancing Diversity in the Geosciences (OEDG) Grant

Opportunities for Enhancing Diversity in the Geosciences (OEDG)  

Letter of Intent (required) November 11, 2008

Full Proposals: December 11, 2008 OEDG Track 1/ Track 2 Proposals May 01,2009

Expected Number of Awards: 42 

Estimated Total Program Funding: $9,200,000 

 

The primary goal of the OEDG Program is to increase participation in the geosciences by African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans (American Indians and Alaskan Natives), Native Pacific Islanders (Polynesians or Micronesians), and persons with disabilities. A secondary goal of the program is to increase the perceived relevance of the geosciences among broad and diverse segments of the population.

The OEDG Program offers three funding Tracks:

 

http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf08605

http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&flag2006=true&oppId=18354

 

4. Translating Basic Behavioral and Social Science Discoveries into Interventions to Reduce Obesity: Centers for Behavioral Intervention Development (U01) Grant

Available and Anticipated Number of Awards-- up to $25 million over 5 years

 

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is being issued by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, with participation from the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, and the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research. This FOA solicits cooperative agreement (U01) applications from institutions/organizations that propose to translate findings from basic research on human behavior into more effective clinical, community, and population interventions to reduce obesity and improve obesity-related behaviors. This FOA will support Centers for Behavioral Intervention Development (CBIDs) in which interdisciplinary teams of basic and applied behavioral and social science researchers develop and refine novel interventions based on basic research findings to reduce obesity and alter obesity-related health behaviors (e.g., diet, physical activity).
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HL-08-013.html

http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&flag2006=true&oppId=18349

 

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JOBS & INTERNSHIPS & STUDENT & Ph.D. OPPORTUNITIES

1. Five tenure track positions available at RIT
The Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS) at Rochester Institute of Technology has five positions available for tenure track Assistant, Associate or Full Professors with outstanding teaching records and active research programs in sustainable industrial systems or allied fields. The GIS is a unique multidisciplinary academic unit with close ties to the internationally respected Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies. The GIS is currently developing its first degree offering - a Ph.D. program focusing on sustainable industrial systems.
Apply online at https://mycareer.rit.edu. Search for IRC# 14314, 14313, 14295, 14299, or 14301. Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

2. Professor Of Environt’l Studies for Oberlin College, Environmental Studies Program
Oberlin College, Environmental Studies Program, seeks full-time, tenure-track faculty at Assistant Professor or more senior level beginning August 2009. Ideal candidate will address environmental issues in compelling and original ways from a humanities perspective. Experiences that demonstrate teaching and scholarly excellence and multidisciplinary perspectives are prized. Requirements: Ph.D. or appropriate terminal degree. Submit letter of application, statement of research and teaching interests, curriculum vitae, academic transcripts, and three letters of recommendation to John Petersen, Director, Environmental Studies Program, 122 Elm Street, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH  44074, by October 23, 2008. Fax 440-775-8946. Late applications may be considered until position is filled.  AA/EOE
www.oberlin.edu/HR/FACopenings/FAC09-03.html.

3. Director, Office of Sustainability, Wayne State University
Wayne State University (MI) invites applications for the position of Director of the Office of Sustainability. Responsibilities will include serving as a leader and organizational strategist to help Wayne State University successfully implement environmental sustainability efforts; acting as in-house consultant for environmental concerns pertaining to the University utilities, energy management, recycling and facilities planning and construction; and serving as a campus spokesperson on sustainability issues with internal and external constituencies. A Bachelor's degree in environmental, chemical, civil, electrical or mechanical engineering is required and a Master's degree is preferred. http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000569419-01&pg=s&cc=

4. Dean, School of Env'l Science & Mgmt, UC Santa Barbara
The University of California at Santa Barbara invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the Donald Bren School of Environmental Science and Management. The individual should have an outstanding record of scholarly achievement, appropriate for appointment as a full Professor within the University of California. Applications are due November 1, 2008. http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000569339-01&pg=s&cc=

5. Director, Environmental Studies, Lake Forest College
Lake Forest College (IL) is seeking an experienced individual to serve as Director of an existing interdisciplinary undergraduate Environmental Studies program. The ideal candidate should have interest and expertise in both science and policy. Strengths in teaching, research, leadership and community outreach are essential. Duties include team teaching core Environmental Studies courses with other faculty, building programs, expanding internships, developing relationships with environmental institutions in the Chicago area, and helping students with graduate school and job placement. http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000568689-01&pg=s&cc=

6. Faculty Director, Environmental Studies, U Maryland
The University of Maryland Environmental Studies Program seeks a non-tenure track Faculty Director to direct and manage the Environmental Studies department. The candidate will also teach Environmental Studies curricula; plan, lead and/or supervise co-curricular field trips; and hire and supervise an Assistant Director and teaching assistants. Qualifications include a Master's degree in a field related to environmental studies and two years of teaching experience at the college level. A Ph.D. or J.D. is preferred. Applications are due October 10, 2008. http://www.ensp.umd.edu/

7. two Faculty, Environmental Science, U San Francisco
The University of San Francisco (CA) Department of Environmental Science invites applications for two tenure-track faculty positions, contingent on funding approval, at the assistant professor level to begin in August 2009. Of special interest are candidates with expertise in landscape ecology, GIS and remote sensing; environmental health and toxicology; or energy, resources and sustainability science. Primary responsibilities include teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in programs offered or supported by the Department, with curriculum oversight and development, as appropriate. The successful candidate will also be expected to develop a dynamic research program that ideally would allow for undergraduate student participation. A Ph.D. is required. Review of applications will begin November 9, 2008 and continue until the position is filled. http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000572131-01&pg=s&cc=

8. Assistant Prof, Environmental Studies, College of Saint Benedict
The College of Saint Benedict (MN) seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Studies. Teaching responsibilities will include a new interdisciplinary environmental science sequence for majors, a non-science introduction to environmental studies, and additional interdisciplinary courses in environmental studies and the candidate's area of expertise. Undergraduate teaching experience is required and a Ph.D. in an interdisciplinary environmental science or related field is preferred. http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000570855-01&pg=s&cc=

9. Assistant Professor, Global Environmental Politics, American U
American University (DC) seeks an Assistant Professor or untenured Associate Professor to begin in the 2009-2010 academic year. The candidate will have a specialization in environment and development, international environmental cooperation, climate change, corporate sustainability, transnational environmental justice, global sustainability, and/or geopolitics of environmental protection. A Ph.D. or highest equivalent degree in relevant disciplines and a record of teaching and research excellence are required. http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000570612-01&pg=s&cc=

10. Assistant Professor, Geography and Environment, U Toronto
The University of Toronto (ON) Department of Geography and the Centre for Environment invites applications for a joint tenure-stream appointment in geography and environment at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin on July 1, 2009. Possible areas of research expertise include energy, water, environmental policy, ethics, or governance. The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in geography, environment or a closely related field, an established record of high quality scholarly research and publications, and a demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching. Review of applications will begin October 15, 2008. http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000569689-01&pg=s&cc=
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NEW RESOURCES
1. Video clips of Greenleaf authors available
David Grayson and Adrian Hodges' Corporate Social Opportunity! is one of Greenleaf's most widely read titles. David can be seen talking about embedding corporate responsibility and sustainability into firms on the Doughty Centre website. And the two authors discuss the state of play of the Corporate Social Opportunity concept in the latest Ethical Corporation magazine.

Chris Laszlo is another energetic proponent of the business benefits to be reaped from sustainability thinking. He discusses the concept behind his latest book, Sustainable Value, in this video clip. If you order now by following the links in this email you can get both books at 20% discount.

http://www.greenleaf-publishing.com/productdetail.kmod?productid=63

2. What Green Schools Can Teach Sep 9, 2008     Washington Post A22
In his Sept. 1 column on the repair and renovation of District public schools, Jay Mathews presented a false choice: thatschools can afford either great teachers or impressive facilities, but not both. But there is a national movement that proves to taxpayers, administrators and educators that both can exist simultaneously.

Environmentally friendly "green" schools transform the most neglected teaching tools, the buildings themselves, into 21st-century learning centers for increased economic, educational and environmental performance.

Far from the hollow facelifts Mathews criticizes, "greening" improves the operation of school buildings, rendering them cleaner, healthier, sunnier and more productive for students and faculty members alike. According to several studies, green schools increase student performance 20 percent, decrease behavioral problems and student absences, and increase faculty retention.

Green schools also meet the bottom line by maximizing energy efficiency, costing school districts less money in upkeep and allowing them to invest more in our children. A green school requires 33 percent less energy, emits 35 percent less carbon and uses 32 percent less water, saving a district as much as $100,000 a year -- enough to add two new faculty members in many areas. With one fifth of America going to school every morning, it's more important than ever to help schools reap the benefits of great facilities and great faculty in one setting.

3. U Maryland College Park GHG Report
The University of Maryland, College Park has released its inaugural inventory of campus greenhouse gas emissions. In Fiscal Year 2007, the University emitted 352,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents. The major sources of campus emissions were from the electricity and steam produced by the campus co-generation plant (38%), purchased electricity (25%), and transportation including the daily commuting of the campus community (19%), air travel (13%), and the University fleet including the campus shuttle bus system (2%). Total emissions during the 2002-2007 study period decreased slightly, despite campus growth, due to the installation of a combined heat and power plant, which began operating in FY 2004, and greater on- and near-campus student housing. Work will soon begin on the FY 2008 GHG inventory. http://www.cier.umd.edu/UMD_GHG_FullRpt_FY02-07.pdf
4. NWF Green Campus Newsletter
The National Wildlife Federation has started a free bi-weekly e-newsletter called ClimateEdu: News for the Green Campus. The newsletter aims to provide news, in-depth case studies, research updates, reviews, reports, tools, and announcements for on-campus environmental efforts. The goal of the publication is to support colleges and universities in their work of protecting wildlife and our own human habitat from the effects of environmental degradation and climate change. http://www.nwf.org/campusecology/climateedu/

5. The Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels Version Zero Sustainability Standard

 

The Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels is pleased to present Version Zero of our principles and criteria for sustainable biofuels!  Thanks to the hundreds of stakeholders from around the world who participated in Working Groups and regional meetings to help draft this global standard. 

 

The Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels is an international initiative bringing together farmers, companies, non-governmental organizations, experts, governments, and inter-governmental agencies concerned with ensuring the sustainability of biofuels production and processing. The Roundtable is hosting a series of meetings, teleconferences, and online discussions with the aim of achieving global, multistakeholder consensus around the principles and criteria of sustainable biofuels production.

The Roundtable's multi-stakeholder Steering Board has been responsible for overseeing this standards drafting process, according to the ISEAL Alliance Code of Good Practice for Standard Setting. Any interested stakeholder is welcome to join our topic-specific Working Groups, who will be working on some of the details about indicators and definitions needed for Version Zero.  Please sign up via this online form. http://cgse.epfl.ch/page65660.html

 

 

7. The Great Lakes IT Report reports Michigan Tech’s new sustainability hiring initiative

 

The Great Lakes IT Report, published by WWJ Radio in Detroit announced
Michigan Tech adds seven new faculty in sustainability
In a first-ever Strategic Faculty Hiring Initiative that cuts across academic disciplines to focus on a research theme, Michigan Technological University has named three professors to endowed chairs and hired seven additional new faculty members. Their research focuses on sustainability. Michigan Tech’s Board of Control adopted the new hiring concept last year, as a multi-year drive to enhance the university’s competence in selected research niches and to increase the size of the faculty to a level appropriate to a leading technological research university. More. http://www.wwj.com/Michigan-Tech-Adds-Seven-New-Faculty-In-Sustainabi/2854614

 

8.  Michigan Energy Overview September 2008

See Michigan Energy Overview website for information on Michigan energy  resources and needs. http://www.dleg.state.mi.us/mpsc/reports/energy/energyoverview/

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EVENTS & CONFERENCES 

1. Forum of Women in the Environmental Field --Sep 24 2008 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Forum of Women in the Environmental Field, A professional organization for women with careers in the environment, has planned a September Career Panel Event
Date: Sep 24 2008 5:30pm - 7:00pm
September Event: Environmental Career Panel
Location: Macalester College, Kagin Commons Ballroom
Address: 1600 Grand Avenue, St. Paul, MN

Check out our great group of speakers at our fall networking event! Learn about careers in the environmental field from women who have been working in the field. The panelists are from different backgrounds and sectors in the environmental field. They will share how they came to their current position and offer advice for job seekers. This event is a must-see for students, those new to the field and for people in mid-career transition. Food will be served. $18.00 http://fwef.org/

2.  Social and environmental justice: Full integration of these dimensions into sustainability practices

  • Carbon mitigation planning
  • Regional sustainability strategies

A Call for Presentations has been issued.  If you have a topic of relevance to campus sustainability practitioners, submit your proposal online at http://ecenter.colorado.edu/rmss2009/cfp by October 27, 2008.  

3. ARCHS Annual Conference on Sustainable Enterprise and Human Security:
'Down To Earth': The journey to the sustainable enterprise economy
Friday 31 October and Saturday 1 November 2008 at Wessex Water, Bath, England

Keynote speakers include: Annie Chikwanha, Jan Aart Scholte, Ted Cantle, Daniel K. Irurah, David Vidal, Tarak Kate, Mahabir Pun, Dan Green, Cornis van der Lugt - with WaterAid, Shell, Wessex Water, CISCO, KPMG, Ashoka, UNEP, UN Global Compact, Eden Project, African Human Security Initiative, EABIS, Nepal Wireless, Dharamitra.

There is no charge for the conference but please see the full programme and complete the registration form at www.coventry.ac.uk/researchnet/archs/downtoearth or email mervi.alho@coventry.ac.uk.

4. 2008 USGBC Educators Summit: Friday, November 21, 2008
Westin Boston Waterfront; Boston, Massachusetts
 
Join leading educators from K-12 and higher education to explore revolutionary ideas and best practices for using the built environment as the context for exploring topics such as sustainability and climate change. Educators Summit attendees learn about tools and resources to help students gain understanding and take informed action on campus, and within their schools and communities. During interactive, breakout sessions, attendees will share success stories, address hurdles faced in this practice, and explore solutions for overcoming these challenges. In follow up to the summit, USGBC will work support these networks as collaborative learning environments. The summit includes lunch, followed by an optional afternoon tour spotlighting green building initiatives in educational institutions. 

Sustainable Campus Tours include Harvard’s Green Campus Initiative and  Boston Children’s Museum, which recently achieved LEED Gold Certification for its renovation and expansion.  The fee to attend the Educators Summit is $50/attendee and includes a light breakfast and lunch. For more information please contact Julia Feder, jfeder@usgbc.org.

5. National Teach-In on Global Warming February 5^th , 2009
Help Build The National Teach-In on Global Warming Solutions <http://www.nationalteachin.org>, February 5^th, 2009

6. International Policy Leaders Dialogue Energy Efficiency:
Cost-Effective Carbon Reduction Thursday, September 25th from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm Rm. 325 of the Russell Senate Office Building

Top five reasons you should attend the International Policy Leaders Dialogue - - Energy Efficiency: Cost-Effective Carbon Reduction on September 25…

Number 5: Where else can you find such an impressive line-up?

    * Nobuo Tanaka, Executive Director, International Energy Agency
    * Richard Bennett, VP of Environment, Health & Safety, United Technologies Corporation
    * Jackalyne Pfannenstiel, Chair, California Energy Commission
    * Ernesto Heinzelmann, President, Embraco
    * Hiroyasu Naito, President, Rinnai Corporation
    * Hank Courtright, Senior VP of Member Services, Electric Power Research Institute
    * Commissioner Jon Wellinghoff, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Number 4: Network with 250 other energy efficiency advocates, business leaders and policy makers from across the U.S.

Number 3: Get insights and perspectives that will make you more effective.

Number 2: Get a “sneak preview” of several 2008 Stars of Energy Efficiency Award Winners to be honored at the Evening with the Stars of Energy Efficiency Awards Dinner.

And the Number One Reason to attend?? You get all of this for free!

Make plans today to join us in the Nation’s Capitol for this timely and important event!   You must register online to secure your place.  For more information, including details on each of the keynote speakers, visit www.ase.org/dialogue.

Sponsored by United Technologies

7. New Power Tour Presentations on Bioenergy and Green Power
Hear Melissa Davis, Director of the New Power Tour, give presentations to the local community about BIOENERGY: Renewable Cogeneration and Economic Trigger and Green power - electrical generation and local food.
Monday, Sep. 8: Eagle Harbor Township
7:00 pm - Eagle Harbor Township Hall
                       
Sunday, Sep 14: Keweenaw Sustainability Project Forum
1:00 pm -       Marsin Nature Retreat Center, Oskar Bay http://www.keweenawlandtrust.org/special-marsin.php
                         
Wednesday, Sep 17: Calumet Lions
12:00 pm -     Miscowabic Club, Calumet
                       
Monday, Sep 22:      Clk Council Of Churches
1:00 pm -       Sacred Heart Church, Laurium
 
Melissa Davis, General Manager, New Power Tour, Inc. 906/281-5986
www.newpowertour.com http://www.newpowertour.com/

8. Greenbuild 2008 November 19 – 21, 2008; Boston, MA
The U.S. Green Building Council will host its 2008 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo - Revolutionary Green: Innovations for Global Sustainability. USGBC’s Greenbuild conference and expo is an opportunity to connect with other green building peers, industry experts, and influential leaders as they share insights on the green building movement and its diverse specialties. Speakers include Archbishop Desmond Tutu, E.O. Wilson, and Janine Benyus. The conference will feature over 100 educational sessions, LEED workshops, off-site educational sessions. Students, universities, and professionals are invited to attend. http://www.greenbuildexpo.org/

9. 9th National Conference on Science, Policy, and the Environment: Biodiversity in a Rapidly Changing World, December 8-10, 2008
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Washington, DC

Sponsored by The National Council For Science And The Environment the conference will address the challenge the changing world poses to biodiversity (and to humanity). The conference will provide an opportunity to look at what is happening to biodiversity in the context of radical climate disruption, human population rise, land use changes, globalization and other economic forces. We will collectively develop a 21st century biodiversity science and conservation strategy.
 
Cristián Samper, PhD, Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, keynote speaker

Come hear from conservation leaders including:
Edward O. Wilson, Pellegrino University Research Professor Emeritus, Harvard University
Peter H. Raven, Director, Missouri Botanical Garden
George Rabb, President Emeritus, Chicago Zoological Society
Thomas Lovejoy, President, H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment
Eric Chivian, Founder and Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment, and Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School
Rita Colwell, Former Director, National Science Foundation
Ron Pulliam, Former Director, National Biological Service
Stephen Hubbell, Founder and Chairman, National Council for Science and the Environment
Susan Haseltine, Associate Director for Biology, U.S. Geological Survey
William J. Sutherland, Miriam Rothschild Professor in Conservation Biology, Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge
Jane Elder, Principal, Jane Elder Strategies
Lara Hansen, Chief Scientist and Executive Director, EcoAdapt
Register online before October 6 to receive the early registration rate! http://ncseonline.org/Conference/Biodiversity/cms.cfm?id=2476

 



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