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Lecture October 11, 2006; 3pm, 1101-West, Forestry and Wildlife Building: "Global Warming: Some Science and Solutions" - Robert B. Jackson, Director, Center on Global Change, Duke University


Large Grants for Student Sustainability Research


The US Environmental Protection Agency is taking applications for a program that can award $10,000 to teams of students and faculty working on sustainability projects, with an opportunity for an additional $75,000 the following year.

Now entering its third year, the P3 Competition supports teams of students to integrate sustainability into their education. By focusing on People, Prosperity, and Planet, the competition is open to many different fields of study including Agriculture, Built Environment, Ecosystems, Energy, Information Resources, Materials and Chemicals, Water.

Interdisciplinary students and professors can work together to create a proposal of study for the competition relating to sustainability. Selected teams will be able to use their grants to research and develop their design projects throughout the 2007-08 school year to prepare them for competition at the National Sustainable Design Expo in Washington, DC in May 2008. Winners at the expo will receive an additional $75,000 P3 Award grant to continue development of their projects.

Applications for grants are due December 21, 2006. For more information go to www.epa.gov/p3


President Bush Notes Auburn University Research on Biofuels


At a press conference in Hoover, Alabama at the end of last month, President George W. Bush noted the research at Auburn University to find a practical method to produce ethanol from plants other than corn.

The conventional method of generating ethanol for fuel from corn has been criticized for the potential impact it could have on food crops, and the high levels of fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides and other energy inputs required to grow corn. However, the research at Auburn University could find the solution that would allow realistic production of ethanol from crops that don't require high inputs (e.g. switchgrass), or existing crop waste (e.g. stems and leaves).

Research of this kind is now part of the Auburn Alternative Fuels Initiative announced earlier this year by Auburn President Ed Richardson.

The fairly recent national attention given to alternative fuels emphasizes that in the face of rapidly depleting oil reserves and global warming pollution, solutions to the U.S. dependence on petroleum-based fuels are needed in the next decade, and that Auburn University has a part to play.

For an in-depth discussion of alternative fuels in Alabama and Auburn's role in their development, consider attending the Alternative Fuels Conference that will be hosted here at Auburn in two weeks.



Auburn Delegation Part of Largest Sustainability in Higher Education Conference


The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) conference last week was the largest gathering of its kind to date in North America. Auburn was well represented by a team of a team of six students, as well as Lindy Biggs and Matt Williams from the Auburn Sustainability Initiative.

The gathering at Arizona State University included more than 700 students, staff, faculty, and administrators focused on advancing sustainability on campuses across the nation. This first conference drew more than double the attendance that organizers were initially expecting.

In addition to learning about new ideas and programs from other campuses around the world, the Auburn contingent drew praise and encouragement for the programs that are active on our campus.

All eight participants are full of fresh ideas and enthusiasm for our existing programs. We're working on a special newsletter highlighting our responses to the conference that will be sent soon.



11 October, 3pm -Weaver Lecture Series, 1101-West Forestry and Wildlife Science Building: "Global Warming: Some Science and Solutions", Dr. Robert B. Jackson, Director Center on Global Change, Duke University

The School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences Weaver Lecture Series will feature Robert B. Jackson as a guest lecturer on Wednesday, Oct. 11, at 3 p.m. in room 1101-West. Jackson will discuss "Global Warming: Some Science and Solutions," including the history of climate change, the research taking place to discover the consequences, and the programs and policies that address global warming. Jackson is the Nicholas Institute Professor of the Department of Biology and Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences at Duke University and serves as the Director of Duke's Center on Global Change. He also directs the new Department of Energy-funded National Institute for Climate Change Research for the southeastern U.S. and co-directs the Climate Change Policy Partnership. The Weaver Lecture Series is sponsored by the Earl H. and Sandra Weaver Endowment

23-24 October - Conference: Alternative Energy Solutions from Alabama's Natural Resources, Auburn University Hotel and Dixon Conference Center

More information

25 October, 7pm - Sustainability Film Series, Foy 202 : The Corporation

"THE CORPORATION explores the nature and spectacular rise of the dominant institution of our time. Footage from pop culture, advertising, TV news, and corporate propaganda, illuminates the corporation's grip on our lives. Taking its legal status as a "person" to its logical conclusion, the film puts the corporation on the psychiatrist's couch to ask "What kind of person is it?" Provoking, witty, sweepingly informative, The Corporation includes forty interviews with corporate insiders and critics - including Milton Friedman, Noam Chomsky, Naomi Klein, and Michael Moore - plus true confessions, case studies and strategies for change.


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