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SFI weekly newsletter (April 21, 2008)
A weekly service of SFI – www.sfi.mtu.edu

 
SFI NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

1. SFI member Heather Wright Awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships 
2. Social Sciences Professor and SFI member Barry Solomon featured in ethanol article
3. SFI member and Associate Professor Brian Barkdoll (CEE) invited to review panel on the Hydraulic and Sediment Modeling Strategy of the St. Claire River Task Team
4. Humanities new minor in Diversities poster attached
5. Copper Country Guatemala Accompaniment Project fund raiser this Saturday

LOCAL SUSTAINABILITY NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
1. Keweenaw Now article on the sulfide mining near Marquette by Michigan Tech graduate
2.  Detroit Grand Prix to feature green racing

NEWS
1. Three University Leaders Testify in Senate to Limit GHG Emissions
2. NY Times Covers Increasing Academic Programs in Renewable Energy
3. AASHE Staff Blog about the Smart & Sustainable Campuses Conf.
4. News from the Focus the Nation
5. Edmunds.com performs test for MPG savings

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FUNDING & AWARD OPPORTUNITIES

1. Water Power Projects  from the U.S. DOE
2. National Clean Diesel Finance Program from U.S. EPA
3. Global Change, Ultraviolet Radiation Monitoring from USDA
4. Energy Frontier Research Centers from U.S. DOE
5. R&D for Solid Hydrogen Storage
6. University Biomass Research from U.S. DOE optional letters of intent due 4/28/08
7. Biomass Engineering from NSF
8. Bio-Oil Stabilization from U.S. DOE
9. Energy Analysis and Technical Assistance from U.S. DOE
10. Supplemental DOE SBIR/STTR Phase II from U.S. DOE
11. Young Environmental Leaders
12. Teams of Young Environmental Leaders
13. Greening Middle School Education from GM
14. Technical and Regulatory Support for the Development of Criteria for Water Media

 JOBS & INTERNSHIPS & Ph.D. OPPORTUNITIES

1. People, Ecology & Development Study Abroad Program, Thailand
2. The Summer of Solutions Program for Students Applications  due April 29, 2008
3. NRF Free-Standing Postdoctoral Fellowship for Ph.D./M.D./Other Professional

NEW RESOURCES

1. CFP--special issue of Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture
2. New Book-- Biofuels for Transport by Worldwatch Institute on August 15, 2007 $95
3. Environment In Focus features Dr. Walser discusses carbon footprints

EVENTS & CONFERENCES 

1. Networking opportunity for job seekers in Bloomington MN, May 23rd, 11:30 to 1:00
2. CFP, Registration Open - AASHE 2008: Working Together for Sustainability Nov 9-11, 2008;
3. Sustainability Conference for Business School Professionals July 30 – 31, 2008; Salt Lake
4.  IAGLR's 51st Annual Conference on Great Lakes Research May 19-23, 2008

The weekly newsletters are now posted at our Website (http://www.sfi.mtu.edu/) under “Press Room.” In an effort to increase recognition and enhance SFI’s image, we want to include more publicity about SFI  member achievements. Please send announcements of your publications, presentations, awards, and names of awarded proposals. Please send items for inclusion in SFI weekly newsletter to Denise Heikinen, Communications Coordinator, at dmheikin@mtu.edu, or call (906)487-0044.

SFI NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

1. SFI member Heather Wright Awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships 


Heather Wright has been awarded $40,500 in research funding through the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program. Heather, a doctoral candidate in environmental engineering and SF Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship trainee, will use the fellowship to continue her Ph.D. graduate education at Michigan Tech. The awards consist of a fellowship stipend of $30,000 for a one-year period, while the university is allowed $10,500 for the cost of education. With satisfactory progress, awards are renewable for up to three years of graduate study and a total award amount of $121,500.

2. Social Sciences Professor and SFI member Barry Solomon featured in ethanol article

See Marquette's Mining Journal on ethanol and the rising price of food:  www.miningjournal.net/page/content.detail/id/508430.html .

3. SFI member and Associate Prof Brian Barkdoll (CEE) invited to review panel on the Hydraulic and Sediment Modeling Strategy of the St. Claire River Task Team


SFI member and Associate Professor Brian Barkdoll Brian Barkdoll (CEE) was invited by the International Great Lakes Joint Commission to serve as the US sediment transport modeling expert on a review panel on the Hydraulic and Sediment Modeling Strategy of the St. Claire River Task Team.

4. Humanities new minor in Diversities poster attached

Attached with this newsletter is a poster of the new HU poster for a minor in diversity. Please post. 11x17 hard copies are available from Craig Waddell in Humanities cwaddell@mtu.edu.

5. Copper Country Guatemala Accompaniment Project fund raiser, Saturday. 7:30 to 10:30 pm at MTU Forestry building

The Copper Country Guatemala Accompaniment Project is holding its annual fund raiser,
dance, silent auction of Guatemalan handicrafts, and raffle of a Guatemalan handwoven blanket on Saturday, the 26th, (this Saturday) 7:30 to 10:30 pm at MTU Forestry building (access from 7th avenue). The event features  live music by the Uptown Swingsters.
The activity is for free, but please buy a $5 ticket for the raffle. People have time to attend this and also attend the GSC Social.

LOCAL SUSTAINABILITY NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

1. Keweenaw Now article on the sulfide mining near Marquette by Michigan Tech graduate

Michigan Tech graduate Emily Svenson recently posted an article (first of a series of two) on the sulfide mining near Marquette by MTU graduate Emily Svenson (see Keweenaw Now <http://keweenawnow.blogspot.com> ). It includes info about sending comments to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for making Coaster Brook Trout an endangered species. The deadline is in early May.  http://keweenawnow.blogspot.com/  <http://keweenawnow.blogspot.com/%20>

2.  Detroit Grand Prix to feature green racing

The American Le Mans Series has established itself as the “Global Leader” in green racing. In a unique partnership with the U.S. EPA, the U.S. DOE, and the Society of Automotive Engineers, the ALMS has set the standard for the use of alternative fuels in racing. All of the exotic sport cars in the series compete on either diesel fuel or E10 or E85 ethanol blends. In addition, the series will host a Green Racing Challenge among its competitors later this year rewarding teams on overall performance as well as fuel efficiency and ecological impact.
http://www.wwj.com/Detroit-Grand-Prix-to-Feature-Green-Racing-Initiat/2067660

NEWS

1. Three University Leaders Testify in Senate to Limit GHG Emissions

University of California at Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau, University of Minnesota at Morris Chancellor Jacqueline Johnson, and Yale University (CT) President Richard C. Levin recently testified at the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Hearing, "Examining Strategies to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions at U.S. Colleges and Universities." Each university leader discussed the important role of colleges and universities in battling climate change and the necessity for the federal government to enact legislation limiting greenhouse gas emissions nationwide.
http://tinyurl.com/5rcgwk
See also: Chronicle of Higher Education Blog http://tinyurl.com/64apcn

2. NY Times Covers Increasing Academic Programs in Renewable Energy

The New York Times recently published an article on the increasing number of college and universities that are offering degrees in the field of renewable energy. The article focuses on the Oregon Institute of Technology's four-year undergraduate degree program in renewable-energy systems. The degree includes coursework in engineering, electrical circuits, motors and generators, thermodynamics, heat transfer and the language of computers. Specialized courses are also offered in photovoltaics, wind, biomass, hydropower and geothermal energy development. The article also notes programs from the State University of New York, Illinois State University, Appalachian State University (NC), Lane Community College (OR), San Juan College (NM), Bronx Community College (NY), and Stanford University (CA).

3. AASHE Staff Blog about the Smart & Sustainable Campuses Conf.

The 2008 Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference was held last week at the University of Maryland. AASHE staff members were on hand to blog about the majority of the sessions. Topics include campus sustainability rating systems, why your campus needs an office of sustainability, channeling student power, vision planning for campus sustainability and more. The Chronicle of Higher Ed and the National Wildlife Federation also blogged about the conference. http://www.aashe.net/blog/
See also: Chronicle of Higher Ed Blog Post http://tinyurl.com/6cc3zt
See also: National Wildlife Federation Campus Ecology Blog Posts http://blogs.nwf.org/campus/2008/04/smart-and-susta.html

4. News from the Focus the Nation
See the Focus the Nation website for news about the following:

•    Climate-Ride 2008! Focus participating in  4 day, NYC-DC cycle event in Sept.
•    Scientists and Economists: Sign the UCS call for action on global warming.
•    Mother’s Day? Fight Global Warming: Join 1-Sky’s mobilization May 9-11.
•    Focus the Nation Wind Turbine! Thanks to Native Energy, Focus the Nation teams can offset their projects and help build a wind turbine on a family farm.
•    Focus the Nation, the song! Download Gavin Castleton’s global warming anthem.
•    What Did You Teach at Focus the Nation? Help us collect educational material on global warming solutions; See also ClimateChangeEducation.org.
•    Donate to Focus—Stop Your Junk Mail! Sign up with 41 Pounds , and a portion of the income is donated directly to us here at Focus the Nation.
•    Forty Percent of Car Trips are within two miles of your home: Take Clif Bar’s Two-Mile Challenge and ride or walk instead! Check it out. 
•    New Books & Videos on Fighting Global Warming

www.focusthenation.org

5. Edmunds.com performs test for MPG savings

Edmunds, an automotive consumer company, tested many cars over a 60-mile highway route in central California including a 2007 Lexus, a 2008 Buick Enclave and a 2007 Toyota Tundra to gauge calm driving (65 mph using cruise control) and aggressive driving (75 mph to 80 mph, constantly accelerating, changing lanes and braking sharply for obstacles). Calm driving resulted in fuel-mileage improvements of 32.5 miles per gallon from 24.5 for the Lexus (33 percent), 20.8 from 15.5 mpg for the Toyota (35 percent) and 27.2 from 19.7 mpg for the Buick (38 percent). Driving in a calm manner but at high speeds (77 mph) showed a 10 percent to 15 percent improvement in gas mileage over aggressive driving.

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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. Water Power Projects  from the U.S. DOE

The U.S. Department of Energy requests proposals for Advanced Water Power Projects.  Through this initiative, DOE seeks technologies that demonstrate a capability of utilizing one or more of the following for electricity generation: Ocean waves; tides or ocean currents; free flowing water in rivers, lakes, streams or man-made channels; or other water-based resources, including an improvement in the efficiency and/or environmental performance of conventional hydropower and electricity generation from differentials in ocean temperature.  $18.5 million expected to be available, up to 17 awards anticipated.  Responses due 6/16/08.  For more info, contact Pat Liles at pat.liles@go.doe.gov or go to: http://tinyurl.com/5rsyul. Refer to Sol# DE-PS36-08GO98030.  (Grants.gov 4/15/08)

2. National Clean Diesel Finance Program from U.S. EPA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requests proposals for the SmartWay Clean Diesel Finance Program.  Through this program, EPA will support the establishment of innovative nationally-focused financial programs to fund diesel emissions reductions.  Proposed innovative financing may include, but are not limited to: Issuance of loan guarantees, equity investments that leverage additional funds, revolving loan funds, or issuance of tax exempt or taxable bonds for low cost loan programs.  $3 million expected to be available, up to 4 awards anticipated.  Responses due 6/9/08.  For more info, contact Ken Adler at Adler.Ken@epa.gov or go to http://www.epa.gov/air/grants_funding.html. Refer to Sol# EPA-OAR-OTAQ-08-04.  (Grants.gov 4/16/08)

3. Global Change, Ultraviolet Radiation Monitoring from USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture requests proposals for the Global Change, Ultraviolet Radiation Monitoring Program.  This program supports research in areas including:  The generation of an uninterrupted stream of climatology data; determination of the mechanisms and symptoms of plant and animal response; and development of tightly integrated models to assess regional and national impacts of multiple plant stressors.  This climate-crop assessment framework is used to predict crop responses to environmental stressors, and ultimately provide valuable information for producers and policy makers as they deal with a changing climate.  $1.5 million expected to be available, up to 5 awards anticipated.  Responses due 5/5/08.  For more info, go to:
http://www.csrees.usda.gov/fo/globalchangeultravioletradiationmonitoring.cfm.
Refer to Sol# USDA-CSREES-SRGP-001464.  (Grants.gov 4/2/08)

4. Energy Frontier Research Centers from U.S. DOE

The U.S. Department of Energy requests proposals for Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs) to accelerate the rate of scientific breakthroughs needed to create advanced energy technologies for the 21st century.  The EFRCs will pursue the fundamental understanding necessary to meet the global need for abundant, clean, and
economical energy.  Through this initiative, DOE seeks to bring together the skills and talents of multiple investigators to enable fundamental research of a scope and complexity that would not be possible with the standard individual investigator or small group research project.  $500 million expected to be available, up to 50 awards anticipated.  Responses due 10/1/08.  For more info, contact Emiela Bradford at  emiela.bradford@ch.doe.gov or go to:   http://tinyurl.com/69f6xc
Refer to Sol# DE-PS02-08ER15944.  (Grants.gov 4/4/08)

5. R&D for Solid Hydrogen Storage

The Naval Surface Warfare Center and the Defense Logistics Agency seek proposals for Research and Development for Novel Materials for Solid Hydrogen Storage.  Through this initiative, the government seeks to support potential breakthroughs in hydrogen storage and accelerate the adoption of these technologies by the military.
Responses due 5/23/08.  For more info, contact Ken Burt at LogR&D@navy.mil or go to: http://tinyurl.com/55hwps   Refer to Sol# N0016408RGS29.  (FBO 4/11/08)

6. University Biomass Research from U.S. DOE optional letters of intent due 4/28/08

The U.S. Department of Energy requests proposals for University Research in Biomass Technologies: Applied Research in Conversion of Biomass to Advance Fuels.  This initiative will support innovative and unique approaches to addressing the needs of biochemical and thermochemical processing of biomass as implemented in integrated
biorefinery operations.  $4 million expected to be available, up to 12 awards anticipated.  Letters of Intent to apply are optional and are due 4/28/08, final proposals due 6/2/08.  For more info, contact Bob Kingsley at GO98017@go.doe.gov or go to: http://tinyurl.com/4alytf Refer to Sol# DE-PS36-08GO98017.  (Grants.gov 3/31/08)

7. Biomass Engineering from NSF

The National Science Foundation requests proposals for Biotechnology, Biochemical, and Biomass Engineering.  This initiative supports research that addresses problems involved in economic processing and manufacturing of products of economic importance by effectively utilizing renewable resources of biological origin and bio-informatics originating from genomic and proteomic information.  Responses due 9/15/08.  For more info, contact Frederick Heineken at fheineke@nsf.gov or go to:
http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=501024. Refer to Sol# PD-08-1491.  (Grants.gov 4/17/08)

8. Bio-Oil Stabilization from U.S. DOE

The U.S. Department of Energy requests proposals for Biomass Fast Pyrolysis Oil (Bio-oil) Stabilization.  Through this initiative, DOE seeks practical, cost effective methods for stabilizing biomass fast pyrolysis oil. $7 million expected to be available, up to 7 awards
anticipated.  Response due 5/29/08.  For more info, contact Melissa Wise at GO98018@go.doe.gov or go to: http://tinyurl.com/4835k8 Refer to Sol# DE-PS36-08GO98018.  (Grants.gov 4/16/08)

9. Energy Analysis and Technical Assistance from U.S. DOE

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory seeks proposal for energy related analysis and technical assistance in support of NREL’s ongoing energy efficiency and renewable energy programs.  The overall objective of this solicitation is to establish task ordering agreements with multiple organizations to provide analysis and technical assistance as needed by NREL.  Area of interest include:  Technology, systems and applications analysis; market analysis; policy and benefits analysis; and program analysis and evaluation.  Responses due 5/5/08.  For more info, contact Laura Hughes at laura_hughes@nrel.gov or go to:
http://www.nrel.gov/business_opportunities/solicitations_rfps.html.
Refer to Sol# RCX-8-88280.  (FBO 4/16/08)

10. Supplemental DOE SBIR/STTR Phase II from U.S. DOE

The U.S. Department of Energy requests proposals from currently active DOE SBIR and STTR Phase II grantees from the 2006 Phase II Funding Notice to request supplemental funding for their Phase II research projects.  Individual awards NTE $250K.  Responses due 5/9/08.  For more info, contact Marilyn Oyler at sbir-sttr@science.doe.gov or go to: http://tinyurl.com/4ak4qg
Refer to Sol# DE-PS02-08ER08-22.  (Grants.gov 4/8/08)

11. Young Environmental Leaders

Earth Island Institute requests proposals for the Brower Youth Awards to Honor Young Environmental Leaders.  This program recognizes young leaders between the ages of 13 and 22 for outstanding activism and achievements in the fields of environmental and environmental justice advocacy.  Winners receive $3K, a trip to CA for the awards ceremony, a wilderness camping trip and access to Earth Island Institute resources.  Responses due 5/15/08.  For more info, go to: http://broweryouthawards.org/article.php?id=113. (RFP Bulletin 4/11/08)

12. Teams of Young Environmental Leaders

Dr. Seuss Enterprises and Ashoka's Youth Venture and the Earth sland Institute request proposals for the Lorax Challenge.  This program supports teams of young people between the ages of 12 and 20 to turn their ideas for helping to save the planet into reality. $1K team awards, and trip to the University of Florida.  Responses due 5/31/08.  For more info, go to:  http://genv.net/en-us/lorax. (RFP Bulletin 4/11/08)

13. Greening Middle School Education from GM

General Motors requests proposals for the Live Green Teacher Grant Program.  This program provides support to middle school teachers to develop innovative environmental and energy sustainability curriculum.  $40K expected to be available, individual awards NTE $1K.  Responses due 5/15/08.  For more information, go to:
http://livegreen.discoveryeducation.com/.  (RFP Bulletin 4/18/08)

14. Technical and Regulatory Support for the Development of Criteria for Water Media (Ecological Emphasis)
United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Office of Water (OW)
http://fundingopps.cos.com/alerts/113300
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JOBS & INTERNSHIPS & STUDENT  OPPORTUNITIES

1. People, Ecology & Development Study Abroad Program, Thailand


The International Sustainable Development Studies Institute is now accepting applications for its Spring 2009 People, Ecology and Development study abroad program in Thailand. The program focuses on the links between culture, ecology and sustainability through the experiential study of specific communities and ecosystems. ISDSI Expedition Field Courses are upper division courses which require living cross-culturally and traveling in remote areas--villages, islands, rivers and mountains; while traveling by foot, sea kayak or canoe. Undergrad tudents earn a semester of academic credit while on the program. The Spring semester includes the intensive study of Thai, as well as studies of rivers, human rights and the environment; islands, reefs and mangrove ecosystems; and ethnic peoples and forests. The deadline for applications is October 10, 2008. Semester Cost: $15,225  Semester plus Summer Internship: $19,000
Please note: The fee may be subject to change depending on currency exchange rates..
Scholarships are available, usually from $500 to $3,500 per semester. Another source of information on scholarships is at http://www.iie.org/programs/gilman/resources.html.
 http://www.isdsi.org/spring.html

2. The Summer of Solutions Program for Students Applications  due April 29, 2008
Grand Aspirations is inviting youth across the nation to attend The Summer of Solutions, an experiential training and community organizing program run by college students who are pioneering systemic and transformative solutions to global warming. This summer, the program will apply the vision of a renewable energy society and a just and sustainable economy in ways that will give students the tools to generate concrete and sweeping changes in their communities nationwide. The Summer of Solutions will take place June 1 – August 1, 2008 in St. Paul, MN. Applications are due April 29, 2008.
http://www.grandaspirations.org/summerofsol/SummerofSolutions.html

3. NRF Free-Standing Postdoctoral Fellowship for Ph.D./M.D./Other Professional
National Research Foundation (NRF) - South Africa 
Scholarships and Fellowships Programme
Amount-- Research abroad students will receive US$16,500 per annum plus expenses for 2 years.
The NRF provides free-standing scholarships and fellowships that will be awarded directly to students. A limited number of scholarships will be awarded for honours, master's, doctoral, and postdoctoral studies to top achievers in their research fields, for academic performance as well as their research potential.
Keywords: Economic Development Ecosystems, Globalization, Information or Communication Systems, International Economics, Knowledge Management, Natural Resources Management, South Africa, Sustainable Development
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NEW RESOURCES

1. CFP for special issue of Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture


Discursive constructions of climate change: practices of encoding and decoding

Call for manuscripts for special issue of Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture Volume #3, Issue #2 (2009) Editors: Anabela Carvalho, University of
Minho; Tarla Rai Peterson, Texas A&M University

How is climate change represented in discourses across the world in its scientific, political, economic and social dimensions? To what extent do discursive categories and language practices shape perceptions of the problem, public engagement and political action? What can rhetorical analysis contribute to further our understanding of  political and civic communication on climate change? These are examples of the questions that may be addressed in this special issue of  Environmental Communication. We seek manuscripts that analyze historical contexts, material and economic conditions, institutional settings, political initiatives, practices of resistance, and/or the theoretical significance of discursive formations surrounding climate change. Essays will be selected to be academically sound, self-reflexive, intellectually innovative, and conceptually relevant to communication on climate  change.
http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/17524032.asp and click on Call for papers in the right hand column.

2. New Book--Biofuels for Transport: Global Potential and Implications for Sustainable Agriculture and Energy in the 21st Century
Food and Fuel: Biofuels Could Benefit World’s Undernourished by Worldwatch Institute on August 15, 2007 $95

The increase in world agriculture prices caused by the global boom in biofuels could benefit many of the world’s rural poor, according to the Worldwatch Institute. This is one conclusion of a landmark new 450-page book, Biofuels for Transport: Global Potential and Implications for Energy and Agriculture, authored by Worldwatch and published by Earthscan. The book notes that the central cause of food scarcity is poverty, and seeking food security by driving agricultural prices ever lower will hurt more people than it helps. The book concludes that the long-term potential of biofuels is in the use of non-food feedstock, including agricultural and forestry wastes, as well as fast-growing, cellulose-rich energy crops such as perennial grasses and trees. Following the model of Brazil’s sugar cane-based biofuels industry, cellulosic ethanol could dramatically reduce the carbon dioxide and nitrogen pollution that results from today’s biofuel crops. The book recommends policies that protect natural resources and support a speedy transition to improved biofuels technologies. Freer trade in biofuels should be coupled with social and environmental certification and a credible system to certify compliance.

http://www.worldwatch.org/node/5303

3. Environment In Focus features Dr. Walser on carbon footprints

This week Dr. Walser discusses carbon footprints, and the major components of an
individual's greenhouse gas emissions, as well as market mechanisms for
footprint reduction.  Do not forget to explore top related websites, among
other features in this week's Environment in Focus. <http://www.eoearth.org/> 
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EVENTS & CONFERENCES 

1. Networking opportunity for job seekers in Bloomington MN, May 23rd, 11:30 to 1:00

The Forum of Women in the Environmental Field meeting at Richardson Nature Center
in Bloomington. Jolie Ensign of emagineGreen™ will kick off this networking event. A local lunch will be served and MANY DOOR PRIZES will be given away! It's a great opportunity for people looking for jobs. It's a group for women, but men are invited too.   Cost is $12 for members,  $18 for non-members, $10 for students Register on-line at www.fwef.org

2. CFP, Regist. Open - AASHE 2008: Working Together for Sustainability Nov 9-11, 2008; Raleigh, NC
AASHE is inviting submissions of abstracts for AASHE 2008: Working Together for Sustainability - On Campus and Beyond. Over 1,000 participants are expected from every sector of the higher education community, including sustainability officers, administrators from academics and operations, facilities officers, operations and finance staff, design consultants, and faculty and students from a variety of disciplines. Keynote speakers include Van Jones, Peter Senge, Lester Brown, and Vandana Shiva. Presentation proposals are due by May 1. Early registration ends June 17, 2008. Discounts are available for students and AASHE members. http://www.aashe.org/conf2008/call.php

3. Sustainability Conference for Business School Professionals July 30 – 31, 2008; Salt Lake City, UT

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business is hosting their new Sustainability Conference which will discuss ethics, governance, peace through commerce, and responsible global leadership. The conference will cover how business schools can provide real-world learning opportunities to create globally responsible business leaders. Early registration ends June 30, 2008. http://www.aacsb.edu/conferences/events/conferences/sc-jul-08-desc.asp

4.  IAGLR's 51st Annual Conference on Great Lakes Research May 19-23, 2008 Peterborough, Ontario

There are 350 platform presentations and 55 posters in 28 scientific sessions.
Speakers are
•    Dr. Dean Jacobs, Executive Director of the Walpole Island First Nation Natural Heritage Centre
•    Dr. Al Kristofferson, Managing Director of the Lake Winnipeg Research Consortium
•    Rick Findlay, Director of the Water Programme, Pollution Probe
•    Dr. Roberta Bondar, Canadian astronaut and Chancellor of Trent University
•    Robert F. Kennedy Jr., founder of Waterkeepers Alliance

http://www.iaglr.org/conference/

To save on energy--Please shut off lights, idling equipment, computers, research setups, fume hoods and exhaust fans whenever possible, and also keep windows and doors closed.

The Federal Trade Commission says the EPA has tested more than 100 devices claiming to save gasoline, including mixture enhancers and fuel line magnets, and found that few provide any benefit. Those that work provide only marginal improvements.

Americans throw away enough aluminum to rebuild our entire commercial fleet of airplanes every three months. (NPR March 28, 2008 http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=89169980&sc=emaf)







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