13th Annual P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet

Solicitation Opening Date: October 06, 2015
Solicitation Closing Date: December 08, 2015, 11:59:59 pm Eastern Time

Read the full RFA at http://www2.epa.gov/research-grants/13th-annual-p3-awards-national-student-design-competition-sustainability-focusing

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces the posting of the Request for Applications, P3-People, Prosperity and the Planet Award Program, with the goal to research, develop and design solutions to real world challenges involving the overall sustainability of human society. This college student design competition highlights the use of scientific principles in creating innovative projects focused on sustainability. The P3 Award program was developed to foster progress toward the three pillars of sustainability by achieving the mutual goals of improved quality of life, economic prosperity and protection of the planet – people, prosperity, and the planet. The EPA offers the P3 competition in order to respond to the technical needs of the world while moving towards the goal of sustainability.

This year’s P3 RFA includes the following research topics:

  • Energy;
  • Water;
  • Built Environment; and
  • Materials and Chemicals.

Supporting the development of sustainable methods is in line with the Sustainable and Healthy Communities (SHC) Research Program. EPA’s SHC Research Program provides useful science and tools for decision makers at all levels to help communities advance sustainability as well as achieve regulatory compliance. SHC is collaborating with partners to conduct research that will result in science-based knowledge to guide decisions that will better sustain a healthy society and environment in America’s communities. The research is intended for decision-makers at the federal, regional, state and community levels.

Top 30 Sustainable College Run Farms

Read the full post at College Values Online.

The college farm movement has seen steady growth in the last ten years along with the farm to table phenomenon, as our ranking of the Top 30 Sustainable College Run Farms will attest. College farms are no longer just research sites, but have evolved to become centers of student solidarity and community nutrition. To be considered for our top 30 ranking, our initial pool of 100 college farms had to demonstrate sustainability. This sustainability was measured in terms of significant student involvement, environmentally friendly methods, diversity of production, connection with college instruction, and farm sales targeting both the college and surrounding community.

Second Nature Climate Leadership Network & Three Commitments

Second Nature’s network of signatory institutions is now named the Climate Leadership Network. Following a strategic planning process with feedback from presidents and implementation staff at signatory institutions, Second Nature has announced three commitments that integrate and rebrand current efforts. The American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) has been renamed the Carbon Commitment. To advance the mission of the Alliance for Resilient Campuses (ARC), the Resilience Commitment has formed. Together, the concepts of carbon neutrality and the climate resilience constitute the new Climate Commitment.

The College Wild: How College and University Green Landscapes Provide Havens for Wildlife and “Lands-on” Experiences for Students

This new guide highlights how colleges and universities are playing a dynamic role protecting wildlife and restoring habitats in campus green spaces, including on-campus landscapes and natural areas, as well as distant campus-owned lands. It explores how such green places benefit the campus community through hands-on learning, energy and water conservation, and leadership opportunities.

Internal Carbon Accounting at a Small Liberal Arts College

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As colleges and universities pursue greenhouse gas reductions, it has become clear that some approach is necessary for putting a price on carbon emissions and communicating that cost to energy users on campus. A carbon charge or carbon tax is one approach to establishing a price signal to which the community could respond in making energy use decisions. This approach has been widely used in the context of corporate and state governance. We investigated the theoretical factors that should influence implementation of a carbon charge at a small liberal arts college and discussed the multiple approaches to collecting and distributing funds. Questions of data collection and accounting remain but we conclude that setting an institutional price on carbon supports the call for increased action on climate change and utilizes the position of privilege colleges have to inspire positive social change on their campus and communities.

Illinois Reduces Food Waste With Homemade Tomato Sauce

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The perfect tomato is one of the joys of summer. It’s perfectly round, with smooth bright red skin, and inside it is juicy and full of robust flavor. The Student Sustainable Farm at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign grows hundreds of these beauties every season.

But the farm also grows thousands more tomatoes that — while still delicious — have imperfections like bug bites, uneven color, odd shape, or scarring. What is the fate of these “ugly” tomatoes? As of summer 2015, they’re being turned into Illinois “house-made” tomato sauce.

A partnership between the farm, the Department of Crop Science, the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition’s Pilot Plant, Dining Services, and the Student Sustainability Committee (SSC) is making sure that every tomato grown on campus lives up to its potential as the signature taste of summer.

Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunity at University of Michigan

The Dow Postdoctoral Sustainability Fellows Program is administered by the University of Michigan Graham Sustainability Institute to support full-time postdoctoral scholars committed to finding interdisciplinary, actionable, and meaningful sustainability solutions. These fellowships support a new generation of sustainability scholars who understand the necessity of collaborating across disciplines and sectors to address complex sustainability challenges. Fellowships are funded through a mix of support from the Dow program and U-M units. The program seeks candidates working on sustainability issues at the interface of the social sciences/humanities and natural/physical/engineering sciences. Fellows receive an annual stipend of at least $52,000, U-M medical and dental benefits, and access to up to $2,000/year for research and related travel.
Additional program information, including the Request for Proposals and a link to the application can be found here: http://sustainability.umich.edu/dow/postdoctoral.
Applicants must complete an “Intent to Apply” by November 2nd, and submit their application fully by November 16, 2015. Fellowships will began in September 2016.
Questions about the program and/or application should be submitted to dow-postdoc@umich.edu.