Informational Webinar: How to Apply for an EPA P3 Grant

Tuesday 12/06/2016 1:00PM to 2:00PM CST
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Join this informational webinar to learn more about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2017 – 2018 P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) request for applications (RFA). Learn about EPA’s P3 program, topics in this year’s upcoming funding opportunity, and how to apply. EPA P3 program experts will be available to answer questions during a question & answer (Q&A) session following the presentation.

Job posting: PhD assistantship in sustainability – ecosystem services & visioning

Received via e-mail.

The Jarchow Lab at the University of South Dakota is seeking an innovative and hard-working student to be part of the first cohort of students in a graduate program in sustainability that is being developed at USD.  The PhD position is fully funded for four years at ~$22,000 per year.  The position has a flexible start date of either summer or fall 2017.

The PhD position is part of a project, funded by NSF, titled “Sustainable socio-economic, ecological, and technological scenarios for achieving global climate stabilization through negative CO2 emission policies.”  The project brings together an interdisciplinary team of researchers from USD, Montana State University, and the University of Wyoming to evaluate the role that a BEECS (bioenergy and carbon capture and sequestration) economy would have on the Upper Missouri River Basin (UMRB).  The Jarchow Lab-led project has two main components.  First, we will assess, map, and quantify how residents of the UMRB perceive the social values of the ecosystem services provided by their environment.  Second, we will do sustainability visioning to develop a scenario of a desirable future for the UMRB.

Applicants with training in a number of academic disciplines will be considered for this position including sustainability, biology/ecology, environmental science or studies, political science, sociology, or other related fields.  Additional qualifications include knowledge of geographical information systems (GIS) software, excellent oral communication skills, and interest in conducting interdisciplinary research.

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter describing your career goals and how your experience and qualifications make you a strong fit for this position Meghann Jarchow (  Also attach your CV or resume, unofficial transcript(s), GRE scores (unofficial OK), TOEFL scores (for non-native English speakers only), and the names and e-mail addresses of three references.  Applicants are encouraged to submit their materials by 16 December 2016.

For more information, please contact:

Meghann Jarchow
Assistant Professor
Sustainability Program Coordinator
Department of Biology
University of South Dakota
Churchill-Haines Labs 171E
(605)677-3115 (office)

Lesson Plan: Progressive City Planners

Grade levels: 3-5, 6-9
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Environmental and civil rights activists discovered more than two decades ago that, in comparison with affluent white communities, people of color and working-class communities are disproportionately subjected to toxic waste, resource depletion, waste disposal sites, pollution of air and water, and natural disasters. (See Toxic Wastes and Race at Twenty 1987—2007 for an in-depth analysis.)

Day One of this lesson will introduce students to the ways in which people of color often suffer disproportionately from environmental burdens. Day Two empowers students by asking them to propose solutions to issues of environmental racism.

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency offers grant to support green chemistry intern

The MPCA is offering a grant to support an intern at a Minnesota facility undertaking a green chemistry and engineering-related project next summer (2017).

See for a summary of this past summer’s intern project.

  • The host companies benefited with initial product designs and comparisons of greener and more sustainable materials for prototypes.
  • The intern added experience in product design within a company’s decision making context, and is using that experience in her new job!

While eligible companies may be headquartered outside the state, the work much take place in Minnesota.  One grant of up to $9,500 will be awarded to the applicant best meeting MPCA’s criteria.

MPCA will recruit recent college grads with science, technology, engineering or math backgrounds for the successful company to interview in early 2017.

More information and application materials are available on this MPCA web page:

Questions may only be addressed to; answers will be posted on the web page above.

The deadline for applications is January 13, 2017, at 2:00 Central time.

Survey on Energy and Water Efficiency of Stadiums and Arenas

The Green Sports Alliance (Alliance), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR® program, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Institute of Building Sciences (Institute) are working together to better understand the characteristics of stadiums and arenas and their energy and water impacts. As part of that effort, the Institute has prepared a survey with extensive industry feedback and specific guidance from EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Program. The findings from this survey will help identify opportunities to reduce energy and water use, save money, and potentially develop an ENERGY STAR® score and certification for stadiums and arenas.

In order to answer this survey completely, you may need to have information that is not readily available. Please review the survey questions at to assure you have the necessary information before beginning. Additionally, you will need to submit energy and water data, which will be necessary to help develop an ENERGY STAR® score for stadiums and arenas. Please click on the link ( to review instructions and options for uploading your energy and water data. Upon submitting your responses, you will have the opportunity to return to the survey questions to update or clarify your answers by a link provided.

For more information and to complete the survey, click here. If you have questions regarding the survey, please contact Ryan Colker at the National Institute of Building Sciences (, 202-289-7800 x133).


Chicago teens explore climate resilience

Read the full story at Great Lakes Echo.

Chicago high school students will soon be projecting environmental data onto a large globe thanks to a half million dollar federal grant received by the city’s Museum of Science and Industry.

It’s part of a program to help them visualize, understand and respond to climate change. The museum recently received an Environmental Literacy Grant for the climate change awareness project, called Teen Advocates for Community and Environmental Sustainability, or Teen ACEs.

25 Companies, Organizations Honored for Sustainability Achievements in Illinois

Read the full story from the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center.

Abbott Laboratories won an Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Award for the 15th time on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at a ceremony at the Union League Club of Chicago. They were among 25 companies and organizations to be honored for their commitment to sustainable business and operations during the Awards’ 30th anniversary year.