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
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
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
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.
conventional method of generating ethanol for
fuel from corn has been criticized for the potential
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).
of this kind is now part of the Auburn Alternative
Fuels Initiative announced
earlier this year by Auburn President Ed Richardson.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
October - Conference: Alternative
Energy Solutions from Alabama's Natural Resources,
Auburn University Hotel and Dixon Conference
October, 7pm - Sustainability Film
Series, Foy 202 : The
"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.
of 24 INTERNATIONAL AWARDS, 10 of them AUDIENCE
CHOICE AWARDS including the AUDIENCE AWARD for
DOCUMENTARY in WORLD CINEMA at the 2004 SUNDANCE
FILM FESTIVAL. "