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SFI weekly newsletter (May 17, 2008)
A weekly service of SFI –
1. Report on Economicology 2008!
2. New Michigan Tech Green Campus Enterprise
3. New Funding for SFI and/or Affiliated Centers
4. Barry Solomon (Social Sciences) at U. of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy

1. International Day for Biodiversity
2. Flint-Sweden partnership to explore creation of fuel from city waste


1. EPA Source Reduction Assistance Grant Program
2. Restructured FutureGen


1. Sustainability Coordinator, Allegheny College
2. Sustainability Coordinator, Saint Michael's College
3. Director of Sustainable Design, Boston Architectural College
4. Director for Rural Sustainable Development, U Maine Fort Kent
5. Sustainability Manager Job at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Campus


1.  Academic Publisher Launches Green Chemistry Journal Green Chemistry Letters and Reviews
2. Special Issue of Academic Matters on Campus Sustainability
3. Call for Papers: Climate Action Planning at US Campuses
4. Spring issue of EPA Network News announces new Action Initiation List

1. Sustainability Is Everyone’s Issue   Institute on Sustainability at Harvard University
2. “The Future of Carbon Trading” May 22nd, 2008
3. The Green Supply Chain Summit 2008 24-25 June in London

The weekly newsletters are now posted at our Website ( 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, or call (906)487-0044.


1. Report on Economicology 2008!   submitted by Charles E. Workman

Note--Charles Workman represented Michigan Tech at the Economicology 2008, hosted by The Wege Foundation.

Seventy-one students, faculty, administrators, entrepreneurs, and consultants representing colleges, universities, non-profit organizations, and consulting firms nationwide gathered at Economicology 2008! on April 24, 2008 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to address climate change and discuss solutions to help institutions of higher education achieve carbon neutrality. The purpose of the conference, co-sponsored by the visionary and environmentalist, Peter M. Wege, owner of Steelcase, Inc., was to create opportunities for academia to collaborate on and promote environmental sustainability. The Peter Wege Foundation has a longstanding history of promoting projects at Michigan Tech. Wege’s mission is to invoke a sense of urgency within higher education, to encourage university leaders to lead by example, and to end academic debates about the meaning of ‘sustainability’ and the validity of global warming. Kaiulani Lee performed her one-woman play about Rachel Carson’s life, “A Sense of Wonder.” 

2. New Michigan Tech Green Campus Enterprise, submitted by Charles Workman
A new Green Campus Enterprise is on schedule to launch in the fall of 2008. The Green Campus Enterprise will work to inspire individual change in the campus culture, to embark on new research opportunities for energy conservation and carbon footprint analysis, to promote carbon neutrality at Michigan Tech, and to implement greener, energy efficient technology throughout campus. The Enterprise will work to lower greenhouse gases on campus. Among the plans for the new enterprise are a competition among dorm students to reduce their carbon footprint, the creation of a Facebook profile to increase public awareness, and a “Green Bike” program. The new enterprise will also investigate methods to turn waste vegetable oil from the university’s dining facilities into biodiesel to power campus service vehicles and to generate heat in public facilities. For more information, contact Charles E. Workman

3. New Funding for SFI and/or Affiliated Centers


SFI member David Flaspohler (SFRES) has received $15,087 from the US Fish and Wildlife Service for a 22-month project, "Validating the Golden-winged Warbler Habitat Model in the Core of Their Breeding Range in the Upper Great Lakes Region."

Proposals in Progress for SFI and/or Affiliated Centers

Abhijit Mukherjee and Jeffrey Naber (MEEM/APSRC), "Ignition Limits and Flame Kernel Development for Spark and Laser Induced Ignition of Premixed H2, CO and CH4 Fuel Mixtures under Lean and Dilute Conditions," NSF

Joseph Holles (Chemical Engineering/SFI), "Overlayer Catalysts for Sustainable H2 Production from Lactose," NSF

Yu Cai (School of Technology/SFI), Qiong Zhang (Sustainable Futures Institute), Kedmon Hungwe (Cognitive and Learning Sciences), Scott Amos (School of Technology) and Jindong Tan (ECE), "CPATH TI: Integrating Sustainability into Undergraduate Computing Education," NSF

Nancy Auer and Tim Wilson (Biological Sciences), "Ontonagon River Lake Sturgeon Brochure," North American Native Fishes Association

John Sutherland, Jaime Camelio and John Gershenson (MEEM/SFI/P2A2), "Collaborative Research: I/UCRC on Assembly Research," NSF

Michael Mullins, Tony Rogers, Julie King, Joe Holles (Chemical Engineering/SFI) and RyanGilbert (Biomedical Engineering/SFI), "Center for Fundamental and Applied Research in Nanostructured and Lightweight Materials," DOE

Casey Huckins (Biological Sciences/CWS), "Water Quality Evaluation Initiative for Best Management Practices on Stream Restoration Projects," Conservation Resource Alliance

Brian Barkdoll (CEE/CWS) and Mohan Rao (MEEM/CWS), "Erosion Reduction by Air Entrainment, Phase I," South Florida Water Management District

James Mihelcic (CEE/SFI), "International Workshop on Delivering Sustainable Infrastructure," NSF

Jaime Camelio and John Sutherland (MEEM/P2A2/SFI), "Decision Making Under Uncertainty for End-of-life Product Remanufacturing—A Bayesian Approach," NSF

Reza Shahbazian-Yassar (MEEM/SFI) and Patricia Heiden (Chemistry/SFI), "In-situ Nanomechanical Characterization of Sustainable Nanocomposites with Engineered Cellulose
Nanocrystals," NSF

Joan Schumaker Chadde (CEE), "Developing Environmentally Informed Stewards for the Future," USDA-FS, Ottawa National Forest

Alex Mayer (GMES/CWS) and Kathleen Halvorsen (Social Sciences/CWS), "Engaging Social Scientists in the WATERS Initiative: Special Sessions at the 2008 International Symposium on Society and Resource Management," NSF

S. K. Kawatra (Chemical Engineering/SFI), "GOALI: Environmentally Benign Iron Manufacture with Hydrogen-rich Renewable Reductants," NSF

4. Barry Solomon (Social Sciences) at U. of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy

SFI member Professor Barry Solomon (Social Sciences) gave an invited lecture, "Grain and Cellulosic Ethanol: History, Ecological Economics and Policy," at the University of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy on May 13. 

1. International Day for Biodiversity
The United Nations proclaimed May 22nd as the International Day for Biodiversity to increase awareness and understanding of biodiversity issues. This years’ theme focuses on agriculture. Due to agricultural expansion, population growth, and misuse of agricultural technologies, our Earth’s biodiversity and natural resources are increasingly suffering dramatic consequences. See
2. Flint-Sweden partnership to explore creation of fuel from city waste
State officials announced that the city of Flint and a Swedish alternative energy firm, Swedish Biogas International, will produce alternative energy from waste removed from the city’s wastewater treatment plant. The plant will produce biogas -- an alternative energy that can fuel vehicles and generate heat and electricity. There were no immediate details on the plant's size, employment or financing. The Flint Journal reported it would cost up to $10 million initially and state and federal grants could help support it as a pilot project. The Flint-Sweden demonstration project lays the groundwork for eventual creation of a Michigan Center of Energy Excellence, an initiative outlined in the governor’s State of the State address earlier this year. Centers of Excellence will link a job-creating alternative energy company with a university where they will co-locate to conduct research and create new jobs. Center partners may include Kettering University, Swedish Biogas, and the Michigan Economic Development Corp.

3. The Chinese Student Association is collecting for earthquake victims
The Chinese Student Association is  holding a candle light vigil with International Programs Services at noon May 20th (Tuesday) in front of MUB. -If you can't be there and still want to send cash or check,  please email for more info. Another donation possibility is Oxfam's China Earthquake Relief and Recovery Fund


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. EPA Source Reduction Assistance Grant Program
Amount: $100,000   for ~40 awards. Minimum 5% match--cash and/or in-kind.)
Deadline Jun 09, 2008
Abstract: This solicitation announces that nine of the EPA's Regional Pollution Prevention Program Offices anticipates having funding for each region to issue SRA awards in 2008-2009 to support pollution prevention and source reduction and/or resource conservation projects that reduce or eliminate pollution at the source.

EPA is interested in funding projects that assist in reducing hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants entering waste streams or otherwise released into the environment (including fugitive emissions) prior to recycling, treatment, disposal, or energy recovery activities.

The following are priorities for Region 5 (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin).
1. Incorporating improved measurement methods including carbon equivalent reductions into pollution prevention projects
2. Applying or disseminating sustainability tools and practices including green building, environmentally preferable purchasing, energy conservation, or water conservation
3. Implementing P2 opportunities in the healthcare and hospitality sectors
4. Greening the industrial supply chain
Project activities must either be research, investigations, experiments, training, demonstrations of new or innovative techniques, surveys and/or studies.
See the URL for lists of priorities for other regions.

Sponsor Contact Info more..
Address Pollution Prevention Program U.S. EPA
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Mail Code 7409-M  City Washington 
Province/State DC   20460 
Phone +1 (202) 564-8800  Fax +1 (202) 564-8899 
URL for more info

2. Restructured FutureGen
United States Department of Energy (DOE)
National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL)
Amount: $600,000,000
Deadline: To be announced (TBA). This is a draft funding opportunity. The final funding opportunity announcement is expected to be issued mid-summer 2008.

The Restructured FutureGen program is a cost-shared collaboration between the government and industry to accelerate commercial deployment of very low, or near-zero, emissions Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) or other advanced clean coal-based power generation technology with Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS).
Under Restructured FutureGen, DOE requests applications for a commercial scale IGCC power plant or other coal-based power generation technology that meets the requirements set forth.

The goals of Restructured FutureGen are to
- accelerate the deployment of CCS technology;
- establish the technical feasibility and economic viability of producing electricity from coal with very low, or near-zero, emissions (including CO2) through a single, commercial-scale power train;
- verify the sustained, integrated operation and the effectiveness, safety, and permanence of a coal conversion system with carbon sequestration;
- achieve a goal of approximately 90 percent capture of carbon content in the syngas or flue gas; and
- establish technologies and protocols for CO2 monitoring, mitigation, and verification.

Additional Contact:
Brittley Robbins, Grant Specialist
Phone (412) 386-5430

CFDA 81.089 more..


1. Sustainability Coordinator, Allegheny College
Allegheny College is seeking applications for an energetic, service-oriented individual to perform the duties of Sustainability Coordinator. Primary responsibilities will include creating a strategy to integrate sustainability principles into the operational functions of the college with regard to transportation, recycling, waste management, and construction; coordinating units that have existing sustainability initiatives; assisting in the publication and promotion of Allegheny’s sustainability efforts; and providing guidance and direction on reaching Allegheny’s climate commitment. Requirements include a Bachelor's degree of Environmental Studies or a related field and a minimum of two years experience implementing environmental or sustainability programs. Experience with LEED is desirable. Review of resumes will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

2. Sustainability Coordinator, Saint Michael's College
Saint Michael's College (VT) seeks a Sustainability Coordinator to help develop and implement a vibrant sustainability program. Working with faculty, staff and students this individual will identify, evaluate and implement a wide variety of projects and initiatives to promote sustainable practices on campus. This newly-created position reports to the Associate Director of Facilities for Environmental Health. Qualifications include a bachelor's degree in Environmental Science/Engineering and applicable experience. A combination of relevant education and experience may also be considered. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled.

3. Director of Sustainable Design, Boston Architectural College
The Boston Architectural College (MA) is seeking candidates for the position of Director of Sustainable Design. The Director of Sustainable Design serves as academic and operations head of online sustainable design courses, certificates and degrees. Key responsibilities include online faculty hiring and support, online student support, program marketing, curriculum development, strategic planning, and program management. The Director of Sustainable Design is a full-time exempt position reporting to the Director of continuing Education. Qualifications include the ability to recruit and motivate an adjunct faculty of educators and practicing professionals, dedication to proactive student support, and the ability to provide strong administrative direction for the department. Preferred qualifications include a Master's degree, national reputation within the field of sustainable design, and experience with online education.

4. Director for Rural Sustainable Development, U Maine Fort Kent
The University of Maine at Fort Kent seeks applicants for the Director Center for Rural Sustainable Development. The Director will be responsible for establishing and administering the Center; providing quality research, scholarship, and grant writing initiatives; identifying and sharing best practices; serving as a sustainable development resource; and enhancing rural oriented academic programs. A Graduate degree in a related field or equivalent education and experience plus a minimum of two years proven and successful grants experience is required. Review of applications begins in May and will continue until the position is filled.

5. Sustainability Manager Job at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Campus
Available: Immediately
Salary: Pay Grade 42 depending on qualifications and experience
Position Location: Facilities Services Department
HR Website:
Sustainability Website:

Minimum Qualification: B.S. degree in a related field is required, Master’s in related field preferred.  Three to five years of relevant professional experience. Demonstrated ability to work with diverse workforce.  Demonstrated effectiveness in written and oral communication skills including experience in public speaking. Strong interpersonal skills.                                                          

 Responsibilities:  To coordinate and advance sustainability activities for The University of Tennessee, Knoxville campus though activities such as the implementation of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, energy conservation and efficiency programs, and education and other activities related to the Make Orange Green program. Develop educational programs and strategies to enhance campus sustainability.  Effectively communicate the university’s environmental commitment.  Develop and implement campus sustainability projects and energy conservation strategies.

To apply: Submit resume to: James M. Sherrell, Executive Director, Facilities Services Department, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2233 Volunteer Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37996-3010.


1. Academic Publisher Launches Green Chemistry Journal Green Chemistry Letters and Reviews
Leaders in the field of green chemistry have created a new journal to accommodate the rapid growth in the number of papers published on the design and development of sustainable chemical processes and products. Green Chemistry Letters & Reviews features papers pertaining to research, education, and industrial implementation of green synthesis, separation, and purification processes, including the development and use of renewable feedstocks and degradable products. Editor John C. Warner, president and chief technology officer at the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry, Woburn, Mass., says the journal's papers are posted online as soon as peer review and editing are complete and subsequently are compiled into a quarterly print edition. Individual and institutional annual subscriptions for the journal are $80 and $318, respectively.

Warner notes that "one of the most exciting components of the journal is the ‘living text' concept," in which scientists, students, reporters, and members of the general public can discuss the content of research papers with the authors electronically via the journal's website. "We believe this feature will provide a conduit between the teaching and research communities, which can use the journal effectively as an interactive textbook," he says.

Warner is joined in managing the journal by Yale University's Paul T. Anastas, who is chair of the editorial board. Chemical education specialist Julie A. Haack of the University of Oregon and industrial process chemist Carles Estévez of the Institute of Science & Technology, in Barcelona, are associate editors. Warner and Anastas teamed up in the early 1990s to develop the "12 Principles of Green Chemistry" as a framework to help chemists create pollution prevention strategies. Anastas was also formerly head of the ACS Green Chemistry Institute.

2. Special Issue of Academic Matters on Campus Sustainability
The April issue of the Journal of Higher Education Academic Matters features campus sustainability. Articles include "Environmentalism and the responsibility of academia," "Universities in a climate of change," "Environmental sustainability on one university campus," and more.

3. Call for Papers: Climate Action Planning at US Campuses
The International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education (IJSHE) and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) have announced a call for papers for a special issue of the Journal on climate action planning at campuses in the United States. Judy Walton, AASHE's Acting Executive Director, will guest edit this special issue. Submitted articles must be between 2,000 and 4,000 words in length. The closing date for submissions is August 29, 2008.

4. Spring issue of EPA Network News announces new Action Initiation List
Among the news in this issue is the announcement  about EPA Public Involvement Network News--Action Initiation List (AIL). EPA is making federal environmental regulation more transparent. EPA's new Action Initiation List (AIL) is a monthly, publicly-available, web-based listing of EPA regulatory actions that are just entering the development stage.  The AIL provides summaries, agency contacts, and other information about the rules EPA has approved for development.




1. Sustainability Is Everyone’s Issue   Institute on Sustainability at Harvard University (   June 11-14, 2008

The ACPA Institute on Sustainability at Harvard University is designed for everyone working in higher education including all higher education administrators, staff from all areas of the institution, faculty, students, community members and business partners.

2. “The Future of Carbon Trading” May 22nd, 2008

Honeywell is sponsoring a webinar for the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment on “The Future of Carbon Trading.”  It’s free, not just for PCC signatories but any campus, registration is here:

Higher education is under intense pressure to improve environmental stewardship and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Carbon trading can be an important part of your institution’s overall energy and environmental plans. You are invited to attend a special Honeywell webinar that will help demystify the complex issue of carbon trading.

If you’d like to weigh in on thoughts regarding carbon trading and higher ed generally, a thread has been started over at the AASHE blog:
3. The Green Supply Chain Summit 2008 24-25 June in London
Vice Presidents from Unilever, Kodak, Philips, and Coca-Cola, Epson, WWF and BT will speak at The Green Supply Chain Summit 2008, taking place on 24-25 June in London. The agenda focuses on Water; Energy Efficiency; How Far Down the Supply Chain You Should Go; the Balance between Green and Ethical Issues; Collaboration; etc.

Companies as diverse as Carlsberg, BP, Canon, Nestlé, Ford and BAYER Technology have already committed to send their senior representatives to attend this industry leading event. Reserve your place now and prepare to learn and network with some of the world’s most senior supply chain decision makers.

PS. Register by 6pm GMT on 23rd May and save up to £150 on your ticket price. For more information go to

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.

Fume hoods—small but essential safety devices used in laboratory environments—are highly energy-intensive, each one consuming more energy than three homes in an average U.S. climate. Increasing airflow rates in an effort to enhance safety not only elevates energy use but can in fact compromise safety by causing dangerous turbulence that can foil containment. Source: Mills, E. and D. Sartor. "Energy Use and Savings Potential for Laboratory Fume Hoods." Energy, Vol. 30, 2005, pp. 1859-1864.


A screensaver that shows any image on the screen doesn't save any energy at all -- you save energy only if the monitor goes dark by going into standby mode. If you turn the monitor off at the switch it will use 0 to 10 watts. (Some electronics equipment draws a small amount of energy even when it's switched off.)
The average desktop uses about 120 Watts, and laptops use about 30 watts.
Typical 17" CRT monitors use 80 watts
Typical 17" LCD monitors use 35 watts

Americans throw away enough aluminum to rebuild our entire commercial fleet of airplanes every three months. (NPR March 28, 2008

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