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SFI weekly newsletter (September 22, 2008)
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 SFI NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
1. Michigan Tech launches new Green Campus Enterprise (GCE)
2. SFI Call for Posters for Fall SFI annual Banquet and Poster Session
3. Registration Open: Second Annual D80 Conference Nov. 8
4. Michigan Tech Launches Green Campus Enterprise 
5. SFI members Robert Froese, Dana Johnson, and David Shonnard publish article
6. SFI Member Robert Froese in the News
7. State Officially Names Michigan’s First Centers of Excellence.
8. SFI Member Zhanping You in the news
9. First carbon inventories in from signatories of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment
10. Biochar Project at Michigan Tech Humanities Dept

SFI NEW FUNDING

SUSTAINABILITY NEWS
1. The Alliance to Save Energy reports winners of Best Practice Awards
2. Humanitarian Engineering for the Disadvantaged
3. Clean, Renewable, and Efficient Energy Act passes in Michigan
4. Grading Colleges on Their Sustainable Choices
5. North Carolina State U to Host NSF Renewable Energy Research Center
6. DOE Awards 6 Higher Ed Biofuels Projects
7. U Michigan to Cut Utility Costs 10% Though Conservation
8. South Dakota School of Mines to Host NSF Bioenergy Research Center
9. Ban Near on Diverting Water from Great Lakes
10. Miscanthus can meet U.S. biofuels goal using less land than corn or switchgrass

SEMINARS
1. SFI Colloquium on Sustainability - September 30, 2008

FUNDING & AWARD OPPORTUNITIES
1. Minnesota DOT FY 2010 Transportation Research Proposal Solicitation
2. NCHRP Project 08-74: Sustainability Performance Measures for State Departments of Transportation and Other Transportation Agencies

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS & Ph.D. OPPORTUNITIES
1. South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD)
2. Sustainability Director, Harvard U
3. Sustainability Programs Manager, U Virginia
4. Sustainability & Energy/Water Conservation Coordinator, Stanford U
5. Sustainable Prisons Project Manager, Evergreen State College
6. Assist. Prof., Env'l Studies, St. Mary's College of Maryland
7. Assist. Professor, Environmental Science and Policy, Drake U
8. Assist. Research Prof., Environmental Education, U Idaho
9.  Assist. Professor, Political Science & Env'l Studies, Western Michigan U
10. Faculty, Geosciences, Williams College

NEW RESOURCES
1. "Creating a World That Can Feed Itself"
2. Public Administration Review devotes entire issue to analyses of Hurricane Katrina's impact
3. Recycling Bin Grant Program
4. The California Academy of Sciences through Children’s' Eyes

EVENTS & CONFERENCES 
1. Free Webnar GHG Inventories: Methods & Best Practices Oct. 1, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
2. Free GHG campus Inventory Webinar October 1, 2008; 3pm EDT; EERC B11
3. MTU's Global City to show Panamanian documentary Tues, 9/30/08 Dillman 214, 6–8 p.m. 
4. Info Session on Peace Corps Service, Grad Programs Oct. 6
5. The 24th Intern’l Conf. on Solid Waste Technology & Management--Philadelphia, March 15-18
6. CALL FOR PAPERS at the International Journal of Education Engineering
7. Call for Papers Mudd Design Workshop VII: “Sustaining Sustainable Design” May 28-30, 2009  
8.  Call for Posters--NCSE 9th Nat’l Conf. on Science, Policy, & the Environment: Biodiversity in a Rapidly Changing World
9. Governance and Valuation of Great Lakes Water for the 21st Century

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 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 Call for Posters for Fall SFI annual Banquet and Poster Session--See Attached

Once more, it is time for SFI’s annual Banquet and poster session time. SFI invites all students who are currently engaged in sustainability-related  projects to participate in this poster session to share current research  ideas, progress, and successes related to Sustainability. A prize will be provided to the people’s choice of the best poster and all presenters are also invited to the banquet.

To register, please email Melanie Xuna Yang (xunayang@mtu.edu) with a 100 word abstract by October 15. The poster session will be held on Friday, November 7, 2008 in Rozsa Center lobby from 4:30-6:30pm. Details and deadlines are in the attached “Call for Posters.”

2. Registration Open: Second Annual D80 Conference Nov. 8
Michigan Tech's 2nd Annual D80 Conference is approaching. The conference highlights the research, service, and education work by students, faculty, and staff that focuses on prosperity for the poorest 80% of the world's population. The conference is open to anyone interested in this type of work. This year's conference is on Saturday November 8, 9 am to 5 pm, in Fisher Hall. Two items of note:

1.) Conference registration is now open.  If you want to attend, you need to register (it's free again this year) by October 10.  To register follow the link at www.d80.mtu.edu

2.) If you intend to present your work (research, service, or education presentations are acceptable), you need to choose "yes" on the registration page where it asks whether you want to present, then fill out the subsequent presentation registration page.  Only the project leader (lead author) needs to do this. Also note that preference will be given to student speakers.
For more information, please contact Prof. Kurt Paterson, Director, D80 Center (paterson@mtu.edu).

3. Michigan Tech Launches Green Campus Enterprise 

Michigan Tech is launching a new Enterprise dedicated to making the campus more sustainable. The Green Campus Enterprise (GCE) will hold its first informational meeting Thursday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m. in Fisher 131. Students and other interested people throughout the campus are welcome.

The Enterprise is charged with developing the analytical tools and knowledge necessary to make decisions based on sustainability and, with other groups, to design and implement projects to improve the sustainability of the Michigan Tech campus. The GCE will also keep the campus community updated on its activities.

This new Enterprise has grown out of sustainability concerns that date back to 2001, when the Environmental Sustainability Committee established recycling and other green campus programs. In 2007, Students of Forest Resources and Environmental Science began efforts to reduce carbon emissions on campus. Around the same time, Michigan Tech adopted AQIP (Academic Quality Improvement Program) as a new method to sustain accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. As part of the Carbon AQIP project, the Michigan Tech team has been calculating the campus carbon footprint using Clean Air-Cool Planet Campus Carbon Calculator freeware. This project is now nearing completion, providing a starting point for the Green Campus Enterprise to work toward lightening Michigan Tech's footprint.

Initially, the GCE Enterprise will focus on identifying the most significant sources of carbon emissions from all campus activities as determined by the AQIP project. The GCE and other campus groups will then develop improvement projects. GCE students will work on possible carbon-reducing strategies in activities relating to electricity and heating, transportation, agriculture, solid waste and refrigerants and other chemicals.

One of the most frequent challenges faced by sustainability efforts is getting individuals to accept changes and solutions. This Enterprise will provide not only technical and decision-making solutions, but it will also suggest possible actions to achieve the societal/behavioral changes necessary to implement the technical solutions.

The Enterprise will also hold internal education and professional development sessions to promote the retention of knowledge within the Enterprise and to further its members' professional development.

For more information, contact Chris Wojick, or Charles Workman . 

4. SFI members Robert E. Froese, Dana M. Johnson, and David R. Shonnard publish article

Assistant Professor Robert E. Froese (SFRES), MSBA graduate Jillian R. Waterstraut, Associate Professor Dana M. Johnson (SBE), Professor David R. Shonnard (Chemical Engineering), MBA graduate James H. Whitmarsh and doctoral student Chris A. Miller (SFRES) published "Lignocellulosic Ethanol: Is it Economically and Financially Viable as a Fuel Source?" in Environmental Quality Management, Autumn 2008, Vol. 18, No. 1.

5. SFI Member Robert Froese in the News
SFI Member Robert Froese was interviewed as part of coverage of biomass for bioenergy harvesting workshop coverage at an event near Munising on Thursday, September 18.  Coverage aired on ABC5&10 Thursday at 5:30 and 11:00 p.m.  A capture of the clip is available here:

Windows Media format, large:
http://www.biometrics.mtu.edu/downloads/burn-up/BURN-UP-large.wmv
Windows Media format, small:
http://www.biometrics.mtu.edu/downloads/burn-up/BURN-UP-small.wmv
Quicktime MP4 format, large:
http://www.biometrics.mtu.edu/downloads/burn-up/BURN-UP-large.mp4
Quicktime MP4 format, small:
http://www.biometrics.mtu.edu/downloads/burn-up/BURN-UP-small.mov

6. State Officially Names Michigan’s First Centers of Excellence.

Michigan officially approved the state’s first Centers of Energy Excellence. $27 Million are going to 3 major energy plants, one in Ann Arbor, another in  Flint, and at the Upper Peninsula's cellulosic ethanol center in Kinross as. These Centers are designed to bring companies, academic institutions and the state together to support cutting-edge research and development and pioneer new alternative-energy technology. The companies are
(1) Sakti3 in Ann Arbor, which receives $3 million to work with the UofM on battery lifecycles research
(2) Swedish Biogas International receives $4 million and will partner with Kettering University and the C.S. Mott Foundation to launch a waste-to-energy biomethane center in Flint; and
(3) Mascoma Corp. will use $20 million to establish a cellulosic ethanol center in Kinross in the Eastern U.P. The center will use the abundant timber resources in the area, producing fuel from nonfood, cellulosic sources. MSU and SFI’s Wood-to-Wheels initiative will focus on improving the supply chain for woody biomass feedstock. From The Great Lakes IT Report for Thursday, September 25, 2008

7. SFI Member Zhanping You in the news

Assistant Professor Zhanping You, graduate student Sanjeev Adhikari (CEE) and researcher M. E. Kutay (Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center, Federal Highway Administration) have published a paper, "Dynamic Modulus Simulation of Asphalt Concrete Using X-Ray Computed Tomography Images," in Materials and Structures, Springer Netherlands, July 2008, available online at www.springerlink.com/content/ugv30256438265m5/ <http://www.springerlink.com/content/ugv30256438265m5/> .

7. First carbon inventories in from signatories of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment

Inside Higher Ed reports that fewer than half the 389 charter institutions who signed on to the American College And University Presidents Climate Commitment met the deadline for submitting the public reports, but the results are still considered a good first step for most universities.

Since its origins, critics of the Commitment have raised questions about a press release-friendly, presidential promise to move toward “carbon neutrality,” relying on the invention of technologies that don’t yet exist (and from a starting line, in terms of initial emissions, that many of the signatories have yet to set). In opting not to sign the pledge in 2007, the U of Virginia’s president, John T. Casteen III, said of the university’s sustainability goals, “They require responsible, informed decisions made within the context of our mission and properly vetted not by one person, a president signing what is effectively a petition, but by faculties, the University’s Board, state officials, and others.” (NOTE: Michigan Tech has not signed this commitment but is heavily invested in the Carbon AQIP project to measure the campus footprint nevertheless.)

Individual colleges’ inventories can be viewed through the Presidents Climate Commitment online database, but no composite or summary data is yet available. “Our intention is to build some reports” with, for example, averages for different types of institutions, said Dautremont-Smith. He added that the timeline for that will depend on how quickly colleges behind the deadline submit their reports, and how long it takes to work with colleges that have questionable data, in order to identify any mistakes.
See “In Quest for Carbon Neutrality, Late out of the Gate”
http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2008/09/22/climate

8. Biochar Project at Michigan Tech Humanities Dept
The Biochar Project at Michigan Tech is gaining media coverage from as far away as Germany (see below). Currently, the project is in search of a campus area on which to demonstrate biochar's potential. If anyone is aware of about 1100 square feet for the Biochar set up a scale model plant, please let Michael Moore in Humanities know.

Innovations Report, a German publication, featured a story on biochar, a slow-burning charcoal-creation process that can vastly improve soils for growing food and other
plants, as investigated by students in Instructor Michael Moore's HU2056 Science, Technology and Humanities class. To read about it, click http://tinyurl.com/3h3qdj

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SUSTAINABILITY IN THE NEWS
1. The Alliance to Save Energy reports winners of Best Practice Awards
Three Green Campuses were awarded Best Practices in Student Energy Efficiency
Awards at the 7th annual Sustainability Conference in San Luis Obispo from July 31 – August 2 this year:
(1) CSU Chico won for their residence hall energy competitions.
(2) UC Berkeley won for its energy-focused academic courses.
(3) UC Santa Cruz won awarded an Honorable Mention for their sustained CFL exchange campaign that resulted in 3,225 CFLs exchanges in just one month. http://www.ase.org/

2. Humanitarian Engineering for the Disadvantaged New Minor
Valparaiso University, in Indiana, is starting a minor in humanitarian engineering — for students who want to apply their engineering skills to helping the disadvantaged.
http://www.valpo.edu/engineering/programs/humanitarian/

3. Clean, Renewable, and Efficient Energy Act passes in Michigan
New Energy Legislation has been enacted in Michigan.  SB 213 includes a renewable portfolio standard, utility energy optimization plans, state government energy efficiency, wind energy resource zones, and net metering.  The renewable portfolio standard will be 10% by 2015.  Energy optimization credits and advanced cleaner energy credits can be used to partially meet the RPS requirement.  Detroit Edison is required to have at least 300 MW by 2013 and 600 MW by 2015 and Consumers Energy is required to have 200 MW by 2013 and 500 MW by 2015. The enrolled version of Senate Bill 213 is now available on the Legislature’s website at this link:
http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2007-2008/billenrolled/Senate/pdf/2007-SNB-0213.pdf

4. Grading Colleges on Their Sustainable Choices
Colleges have made significant strides in campus-based sustainability initiatives, with a growing number purchasing local food, adopting green building policies, and committing to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Comparatively, however, colleges have lagged in using their shareholder status to push pro-environment corporate policies and in being transparent about their endowment holdings — although there are notable gains in those areas as well, according to the latest College Sustainability Report Card, released Sept 24. http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2008/09/24/sustainable

5. North Carolina State U to Host NSF Renewable Energy Research Center
North Carolina State University has announced that it will host the NSF Engineering Research Center for Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management (FREEDM) Systems. The center will be supported by an initial five-year, $18.5 million grant from NSF with an additional $10 million in institutional support and industry membership fees. The new center will develop technology that transforms the nation's centralized power grid into an alternative-energy-friendly "smart grid" that can easily store and distribute energy produced from solar panels, wind farms, fuel cells and other energy sources. The smart grid will also allow consumers to sell energy back to the power companies when demand is low. Additionally, the center will feature an intensive education program, including a master's degree program and an undergraduate concentration in renewable energy systems.

6. DOE Awards 6 Higher Ed Biofuels Projects
The U.S. Department of Energy has selected six advanced biofuels projects in which it plans to invest up to $4.4 million, subject to annual appropriations. These awards to U.S. institutions of higher education will support research and development for cost-effective, environmentally friendly biomass conversion technologies for turning non-food feedstocks into advanced biofuels. Combined with the minimum university cost share of 20 percent, more than $5.7 million is slated for investment in these six projects. The institutions selected include the University of Toledo (OH); Steven's Institute of Technology (NJ); Montana State University; University of Georgia; University of Maine; and Georgia Tech Research Corp. By engaging these partners, the DOE is working to meet the Renewable Fuel Standard mandated by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which has a requirement of producing at least 36 billion gallons of U.S. renewable fuels by 2022.

7. U Michigan to Cut Utility Costs 10% Though Conservation
The University of Michigan has announced plans to cut utility costs by 10 percent over the next three years at its Ann Arbor campuses by reaching out to faculty, staff and students in an energy-conservation program called Planet Blue. Planet Blue's goal is to reduce costs by combining energy-saving technologies and building upgrades with behavioral changes from building occupants. The three-year education and outreach campaign will target 90 large buildings.

8. South Dakota School of Mines to Host NSF Bioenergy Research Center
The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and the National Science Foundation have partnered to create The Center for Bioenergy Research and Development, making it the only bioenergy center funded by the NSF in the country. The School of Mines will be the host institution for the center, which will be a consortium of universities, industrial partners, and governmental agencies. Members of the consortium include South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, South Dakota State University, Kansas State University, North Carolina State University, State University of New York Stony Brook, and the University of Hawaii. Each university pledges, as part of the membership agreement, to bring five industry or governmental partners on-board, which yields an industry commitment of more than 30 members. Dr. David Dixon, professor and chair, chemical and biological engineering, and Dr. Duane Abata, dean, College of Engineering, and formerly of Michigan Tech, are co-PIs of the project.
http://news.sdsmt.edu/press/9986/

9. Ban Near on Diverting Water from Great Lakes
The House began debate on a bill that would ban almost any diversion of water from the Great Lakes’ natural basin to places outside the region. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/23/us/23lakes.html?ei=5070&emc=eta1

10. Miscanthus can meet U.S. biofuels goal using less land than corn or switchgrass http://www.news.uiuc.edu/news/08/0730miscanthus.html
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SEMINARS
1. SFI Colloquium on Sustainability - September 30, 2008

Next Tuesday's SFI Colloquium will include a presentation and discussion of the paper, "Estimating home energy decision parameters for a hybrid energy-economy model," by Mark Jaccard and Margo Dennis published in Environmental Modeling and Assessment (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 will be 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!
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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. Minnesota DOT FY 2010 Transportation Research Proposal Solicitation
Each year the Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) and the Local Road Research Board (LRRB) seek academic research proposals to answer the questions and concerns of transportation practitioners. Michigan Technological University is already pre-approved to apply. The following research ideas are topic areas of interest to staff of the Minnesota Department of Transportation:

Multimodal Programming - MM-H014P
W-Beam Post Sleeves - Product Approval IP-E029
Pavement Marking Compatibility with Chip Seals, Seal Coat and Microsurfacing
Improved Strip Seal Expansion Joints
Warrants for Implementation of ITS Signs and Equipment
http://www.dot.state.mn.us/research/57Chevy/index.html
 
2. NCHRP Project 08-74: Sustainability Performance Measures for State Departments of Transportation and Other Transportation Agencies
National Cooperative Highway Research Program Proposal
Amount $500,000 for  24 months

The objective of this project is to develop a guide for state departments of transportation (DOTs) and other transportation agencies to use to measure the sustainability of their networks, systems, facilities, projects, and activities, at the appropriate scales, stages (long-range planning, programming, project development, design, construction, maintenance, operations), and time frames.   The project will clearly describe the underlying principles of sustainability as they apply to transportation agencies.  The guide will (1) support agency decision-making processes at various management levels; (2) enable agencies to develop appropriate sustainability goals, objectives and associated performance measures, and methods for conducting performance measurement and monitoring; and (3) describe computation methods for these measures and possible data sources.

 http://www.trb.org/TRBNet/ProjectDisplay.asp?ProjectID=2500
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JOBS & INTERNSHIPS & STUDENT & Ph.D. OPPORTUNITIES

1. South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD)
Water Resources Management in West Palm Beach
Salary Range: Min. $46,654.40 - Mid. $58,780.80 - Max. $82,284.80

The Coastal Ecosystems Division (CED) at the SFWMD seeks a science professional to provide scientific support to projects related to implementation of hypothesis-driven, science-based, management and restoration of the Caloosahatchee River Estuary and other south Florida coastal systems, and continued support for the Caloosahatchee River Estuary Research and Water Quality Monitoring Plan developed in support of the Northern Everglades Caloosahatchee River Estuary Watershed Protection Plan. This position also assumes the responsibilities to apply theoretical and applied aspects of estuarine ecology for designing and implementing ecological projects in south
Florida estuarine systems and the use of statistical methods and database management tools for analysis of environmental data. Responsibilities will require considerable field work in hot, humid conditions, and will include trailering and piloting boats, the use and maintenance of electronic data acquisition equipment, discrete benthic and water column sample collection and processing, support in developing and conducting laboratory and in situ ecological and water quality experiments, laboratory analyses of biological and chemical samples, and analyses of all data produced in the above processes.

Bachelor's Degree in a natural science discipline and at least two (2) years qualifying experience. The successful candidate should have knowledge of the theories, principles, and methods of coastal watersheds/ecosystems and skills to effectively communicate with people both orally and in writing. Preference will be given to candidates with advanced degree(s) and experience in marine and estuarine water quality. Valid Florida Driver's License required. NB50105086 – EXT
Applications should be submitted online at: www.sfwmd.gov. Click “Career Opportunities,” then go “Apply Now,” and follow the instruction.

2. Sustainability Director, Harvard U
Harvard University (MA) seeks a Director of Sustainability. Reporting to the Executive Vice President, the Director of Sustainability oversees the development of Harvard University's GHG reduction/sustainability efforts. The Director coordinates the creation of sustainability standards and policies that will be implemented at an institutional level to successfully meet Harvard's climate policy goals. The Director is also responsible for developing an internal/external marketing and communications plan for Harvard to communicate how to achieve the University's GHG policy and to increase sustainability efforts at Harvard. A Bachelor's degree and 10 or more years of demonstrated experience in marketing and communications, project management, strategic planning, team management, and relationship management are required. A Master's degree is strongly preferred. http://jobs.harvard.edu/jobs/summ_req?in_post_id=39481

3. Sustainability Programs Manager, U Virginia
The University of Virginia is pleased to invite candidates for the position of Sustainability Programs Manager. This position will support the Energy and Utilities Department’s organizational objective to provide sustainable, economic and reliable energy, utilities and recycling services to all University facilities. The individual will be responsible for leading the recycling, energy management, and sustainability outreach teams. Qualifications include a degree from an accredited college or university in engineering or architecture. Licensure as a professional engineer or Engineer-In-Training, or Registered Architect is preferred. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. http://jobs.treehugger.com/job/04acd617b8445a76fce6aa96c5bb4208/?d=1&source=rss_page

4. Sustainability & Energy/Water Conservation Coordinator, Stanford U
Stanford University (CA) seeks candidates for the position of Sustainability and Energy/Water Conservation Coordinator. The Coordinator has a highly visible role in Student Housing providing leadership and support for all sustainability and green building initiatives throughout Student Housing. S/he will plan and market outreach programs to students and staff; develop and maintain sustainability indicators for Student Housing; provide design and project management oversight for energy and water conservation projects; develop standards and specifications for sustainable design and construction; implement advanced metering and control systems for SH facilities; and provide technical assistance to other SH groups. A Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Architecture, Environmental Science or another related field plus a minimum of five years work experience in the fields of sustainability and/or education are required. http://jobs.stanford.edu/find_a_job.html

5. Sustainable Prisons Project Manager, Evergreen State College
The Evergreen State College (WA) seeks applications for a Sustainable Prisons Project Manager. The successful candidate will develop, expand and evaluate initiatives that promote sustainability of corrections facilities that will in turn, improve offender behavior, reduce recidivism, and enhance career possibilities for inmates in Washington State, and increase educational opportunities for students and faculty at the College. A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and one year of work experience in sustainability are required. The review of applications begins October 1, 2008. http://www.higheredjobs.com/search/details.cfm?JobCode=175335997

6. Assist. Prof., Env'l Studies, St. Mary's College of Maryland
St. Mary's College of Maryland Environmental Studies Program invites applications for its first full-time, tenure-track faculty position in Environmental Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning in August 2009, contingent upon adequate state funding support. A Ph.D. in Environmental Studies or in a related interdisciplinary field such as sustainability is required, and candidates must have a Ph.D. degree in hand or expected when the appointment begins. Review of applications will begin December 1, 2008 and continue until the position is filled. http://www.higheredjobs.com/search/details.cfm?JobCode=175336753

7. Assist. Professor, Environmental Science and Policy, Drake U
Drake University (IA) seeks candidates for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Policy to begin fall 2009. A Ph.D. in environmental geology, hydrology or other closely related field is preferred. Expertise in one or more of the following areas is essential: geomorphology, hydrogeology, or watershed processes. Teaching assignments will include Principles of Geology, Environmental Geology, Senior Capstone and specialty courses. Review of applicants will begin November 1, 2008 and continue until the position is filled. http://www.higheredjobs.com/search/details.cfm?JobCode=175336639

8. Assist. Research Prof., Environmental Education, U Idaho
The University of Idaho seeks a full-time Assistant Research Professor of Environmental Education. The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate potential for: effective and innovative teaching at the graduate level, including the ability to advise and work with graduate student participating in teaching residency experiences; and develop an externally supported research and outreach program. A Ph.D. in natural resources, environmental education, or closely related field by the time of appointment, and significant interest, knowledge, and experience with environmental education are required. The search will be closed when a sufficient number of qualified applicants have been identified, but not prior to October 9, 2008. http://www.higheredjobs.com/search/details.cfm?JobCode=175335692

9.  Assist. Professor, Political Science & Env'l Studies, Western Michigan U
Western Michigan University invites applications for a tenure-track joint appointment in Political Science and Environmental Studies beginning August 2009 at the rank of Assistant Professor, pending budgetary approval. Successful candidates will have a well-defined research agenda in public law with a focus on environmental law or policy. All applicants should have a Ph.D. that will be completed by August 2009. Review of applications will begin October 20, 2008 and continue until the position is filled. http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000573615-01&pg=s&cc=

10. Faculty, Geosciences, Williams College
The Geosciences Department at Williams College (MA) invites applications for a tenure-track appointment beginning July 1, 2009. Candidates in the broad areas of paleoclimatology and climate science who are able to teach introductory and upper level courses in climate change and environmental geology are encouraged to apply. Applicants should have a Ph.D. or dissertation completed by the time of appointment, some teaching experience, and a vigorous research program suitable for undergraduate student involvement. Appointment normally is at the beginning assistant professor level, although a more senior appointment is possible under special circumstances. Deadline for applications is October 31, 2008. http://www.higheredjobs.com/search/details.cfm?JobCode=175336768
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NEW RESOURCES
1. "Creating a World That Can Feed Itself"


Participating in this 36 minute panel discussion are Hugh Grant, the president/CEO of Monsanto, Sonal Shah, a development expert at Google.org, and Michael Pollan, author of Omnivore’s Dilemma. It is moderated by Larry Brilliant, of Google-org  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9I1IkbcHNE

2. Public Administration Review devotes entire issue to analyses of Hurricane Katrina's impact

The entire December 2007 issue of "Public Administration Review" is devoted to analyses of Hurricane Katrina's impact, as well as the response of various public institutions. The issue is not available in hardcopy from Van Pelt library but it can be obtained online by searching the JR Van Pelt / Opie Library catalog, for the journal title. Once you've found the catalog record for Public Administration Review, you can connect to the online version by clicking on the HuskyFetch link. 
Alternatively, clicking on this link (http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/118485131/issue) will take you directly to the Katrina issue of PAR.

3. Recycling Bin Grant Program
Coca-Cola and the National Recycling Coalition invite submissions to their Recycling Bin Grant Program. The program supports local community recycling programs by providing bins to selected grant recipients for the collection of beverage container recyclables in public settings. Grants will be provided to a limited number of applicants who can demonstrate how their proposals will lead to sustainable recycling opportunities. The grant program is open to government, civic, school, non-profit groups and for-profit companies. http://www.bingrant.org/home.htm

4. The California Academy of Sciences through Children’s' Eyes
Video: Nine San Francisco elementary school student review the new Academy of Sciences. Duration: 2:50. Camera and editing: Mike Kepka, Chronicle Staff
http://link.brightcove.com/services/link/bcpid1407952648/bctid1818365007
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EVENTS & CONFERENCES 

1. GHG Inventories: Methods & Best Practices Free Online Webinar  Oct. 1, 2008 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Eastern; EERC B11

 
Environmental Health & Engineering will host a webinar entitled, "Greenhouse Gas Inventories: Methods and Best Practices." The webinar will discuss the emerging standards, regulatory frameworks, and the pros and cons of various existing calculator tools and methodologies for GHG Inventories. Speakers include Michael Crowley, former Assistant Director of the Harvard Green Campus Initiative and Denise Sheehan, the Eastern Director for The Climate Registry.  Provost Lovett-Doust and the AQIP Carbon Committee is sponsoring Michigan Tech's participation in this webnar.

www.eheinc.com/news_workshops/sustain_gghinven1001.htm

2. Campus Greenhouse Gas Inventory Free Webinar October 1, 2008; 3pm EDT; EERC B11
Honeywell will host a webinar on creating campus greenhouse gas inventories. Participants will learn the basics of how to complete their inventories efficiently and accurately and how to use the newly-released Version 6 of Clean Air-Cool Planet's Campus Carbon Calculator. Speakers will include Jennifer Andrews, Campus Program Manager, Clean Air-Cool Planet; Michelle McKay, Vice President, Second nature; and Ron Blagus, Director of Energy Marketing for Honeywell Building Solutions. [Note: you may register to watch the second webinar on any computer for free if it's more convenient than watching in EERC B11]
http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/163871/db99ef5d29/156000711/f1b41c3c5e/

3. MTU's Global City to show Panamanian documentary Tues, 9/30/08 Dillman 214, 6–8 p.m. 
Global City is back with new faces and new programs that will entertain as well as educate.  Our goal remains the same: promote cooperation and understanding among nations of different countries and interests in international affairs.

Our first meeting is this coming Tuesday, Sept. 30th, in Dillman 214 from 6–8 p.m.  We will be featuring a Panamanian documentary, courtesy of Andres Tarte, Fulbright Scholar and Scholar of SFI graduate student in CEE.  He will also be leading the discussion following the film.
Global City presents a Special Screening of the Panamanian documentary CURUNDú (Ana Endara, 2008).

Shot in 06 and 07 with the sponsorship of the Central American and Caribbean Audiovisual Promotion Fund, CURUNDú is the debut feature of young Panamanian filmmaker Ana Endara. The film follows Kenneth, a charismatic 'retired delinquent' who earns his living by taking pictures of his neighbors in Curundú.  Curundú is an overpopulated and precarious community located close to Panama City: the thriving commercial and business center on the edge of the former Canal Zone. The documentary speaks about Curundú, stigmatized as one of Panama City's most dangerous slums, through Kenneth and his photos. Language: Spanish with English subtitles. Duration: 66 minutes.

4. Info Session on Peace Corps Service, Grad Programs Oct. 6
Julia Capizzi, Peace Corps recruiter for Michigan Tech, will host an information session Monday, Oct. 6, at 6 p.m. in Fisher 101 for anyone interested in learning more about Peace Corps service or the Michigan Tech Peace Corps graduate programs.

5. The 24th International Conference on Solid Waste Technology and Management--Philadelphia, March 15 - 18, 2009
Call For Papers - Abstracts Due October 31

Abstract submissions are invited 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.

6. CALL FOR PAPERS at the International Journal of Education Engineering
 
Methodology for the study of Problem Based and Project Based Learning PBL in Engineering Education  Feb 2009
Engineering Education Research Jan 2009 NEW
Product Life Cycle June 2008
Instructional Technologies May 2008
Outreach to Engineering Students January 2008
Comsol multiphysics January 2008 See http://www.ijee.dit.ie/

7. Call for Papers Mudd Design Workshop VII: “Sustaining Sustainable Design”
May 28-30, 2009   Harvey Mudd College
 
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:

Two-page abstracts to be submitted by Jan. 31, 2009. Abstracts should be submitted electronically to clive_dym@hmc.edu. See  our current call for the MDW sustainability workshop.
http://www.hmc.edu/academicsclinicresearch/interdisciplinarycenters/cde1/workshops1/upcomingworkshops.html

7.  Call for Posters--NCSE 9th National Conference on Science, Policy, and the Environment: Biodiversity in a Rapidly Changing World
The National Council For Science And The Environment (NCSE) invites you to participate in the 9th National Conference on Science, Policy, and the Environment: Biodiversity in a Rapidly Changing World, to 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.

Share your research and initiatives during our Poster Session!  We are currently accepting abstracts for posters that are relevant to the Biodiversity in a Rapidly Changing World theme. Posters will be displayed December 8-9 in the main plenary room offering many great opportunities to share your work with the other participants.  Abstracts can be submitted online and are due October 13, 2008. Please direct questions to conference@ncseonline.org.

Register online before October 6 to receive the early registration rate! December 8-10, 2008
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Washington, DC
http://ncseonline.org/Conference/Biodiversity/

8. Governance and Valuation of Great Lakes Water for the 21st Century
A symposium sponsored by the Michigan Tech Center for Water and Society and the Environmental Engineering Seminar Series. View abstracts and biographies of the lectures and speakers at http://www.mtcws.mtu.edu/.  Contact Alex Mayer (asmayer@mtu.edu) or Carol Asiala (cjasiala@mtu.edu) for more information.
 
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
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Dave Dempsey, Great Lakes Policy Advisor for Clean Water Action
"Great Lakes Water: Commodity or Commons?
The Great Lakes Compact in the Context of Global Water Scarcity"
M&M U113                                                                12:00-1:00 pm
 
* Sponsored by the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative, which is a part of the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative, funded by the Great Lakes Fisheries Trust and Wege Foundation.
 
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
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Pat Norris, Guyer-Seevers Chair in Natural Resource Conservation, MSU
Saichon Seedang, post-doc, MSU Institute of Water Research
“Institutional Context for Water Use Decisions and Policy Innovations in Michigan“
DOW 610                                                                   3:00-4:00 pm
 
Thursday, October 2, 2008
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John F. Raffensperger, Univ. of Canterbury, New Zealand
“Generalized Smart Markets for Water Resources”
DOW 642                                                                   3:00-4:00 pm




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