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ASSESSING MSU's  ENVIRONMENTAL FOOTPRINT
Spring Semester Seminar Series Begins a Cross-Campus Environmental
Initiative

Contact:
Pete Pasterz, MSU Office of Recycling and Waste Reduction, 517/
432-5917,
pasterz@pilot.msu.edu
Terry Link, Environmental Studies Specialist, Main Libraries,
517/355-1751,
link@mail.lib.msu.edu 

How does a university of 40,000-plus individuals affect the environment?
With a 12-week seminar series this semester, Michigan State University
will
launch an innovative approach to assessing its "environmental
footprint."
The weekly series will begin on January 27 with a presentation on energy
issues and conservation by former U.S. Energy Secretary Hazel O'Leary.
The seminars will meet Wednesdays at 4:10 in B-106  Wells Hall .  All
interested MSU students, staff  and faculty are encouraged to attend.  

The series is actually three successive mini-series devoted to energy,
solid waste management, and water.  Each mini series will include
overviews
of resource issues by nationally-known experts, presentations by MSU
staff
and faculty on the university's power, waste and water systems, and
stories
of successful programs at other universities.  With this background,
the
seminar participants--the speakers and the audience--will develop a plan
for measuring environmental impacts and improving conservation on
campus. 

Best known for her service as Secretary of the Department of Energy from
1993-97, Hazel O'Leary will speak on contemporary energy issues on
January
27.  Her talk will draw from over 20 years experience in all facets of
energy policy. In subsequent weeks, the Energy series will include a
presentation by Robert  Ellerhorst, MSU's Director of Power and Water;
Fred
Gerow, an energy consultant who dramatically reduced electricity
consumption at Grand Valley State; and a discussion of how we can assess
and reduce energy use on campus.

 The solid waste series begins February 24 with a presentation by Jerry
Powell, editor of  Resource Recycling Magazine.  In May 1998, Powell
gave
the keynote address at the  White House Conference on Recycling.  The
water
series begins on March 31, with an overview of contemporary water issues
presented by Dr. Frank D'Itri, Associate Director of MSU's Water
Research
Institute. 

The seminar series is the first phase of a multiyear environmental
initiative adopted by the Academic Council in 1998.  Professors and
students will use the plan produced by the seminar series to guide
research
and data collection in the future.  A newly formed University Committee
for
a Sustainable Campus will coordinate these efforts, and will recommend
policies and actions to make MSU a more sustainable campus as we enter
the
21st century.  

"This project pools all the resources of the university--our management
expertise, our faculty's research, and the creativity and energy of our
students," says Elizabeth Davey, Assistant Professor in Lyman Briggs
School
and one of the project's coordinators.  "Environmental issues are
complex
and we need to tap as many minds as possible. This process could become
a
model for other communities and institutions. "   Independent study
credit
is available for students attending the series.  

Assessing  MSU's Environmental  Footprint 

4:10 Wednesdays in B 106 Wells Hall

Energy
1/27		Energy Issues Today
		Hazel O'Leary, former U.S. Secretary of Energy
		Reception immediately following in Spartan Rooms B and
C, International
Center
		
2/3		Energy Production and Use at MSU		
Robert Ellerhorst,  P.E., Director of  Utilities

2/10		An Energy Success Story
		Fred Gerow,  Energy Consultant

2/17	Designing an MSU Energy Assessment.
		A panel discussion facilitated by Frank Fear, Professor
of Resource
Development 

Solid Waste
2/24		Solid Waste Issues Today		
Jerry Powell, Editor, Resource Recycling Magazine 
Reception immediately following in Spartan Rooms B and C, International
Center

3/3		The Creation and Disposal of MSU Waste
		Pete Pasterz, Director of Office of Recycling and Waste
Reduction
Diane Barker, Manager,  Brody Complex

3/10		BREAK WEEK

3/17		Solid Waste Success Stories
		Jack DeBell, Director of Recycling Services, University
of Colorado at
Boulder
		
3/24		Designing an MSU Solid Waste Assessment
		A panel discussion facilitated by Frank Fear, Professor
of Resource
Development
		
Water
3/31		Water Issues Today
Dr. Frank D'Itri, Associate Director of MSU's Water Research Institute 
Reception immediately following in Spartan Rooms B and C, International
Center

4/7		Water at MSU
Doug MacDonald, MSU Waterworks Supervisor 
Scott Witter, MSU Department of Resource Development 
Dave Long, MSU Department of Geology
Jeff Johnston, Plant Superintendent, East Lansing Wastewater Treatment
Plant 
Pat Lindemann, Ingham County Drain Commissioner

4/14		Success stories

4/21		Designing an Assessment of MSU's Water 
A panel discussion facilitated by Frank Fear, Professor of Resource
Development
	
Sponsored by:
The Office of the Provost  The Office of the Vice President for
Research
and Graduate Studies  The Office of the Vice President for Finance and
Operations  The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources  The
College
of Natural Science  The College of Engineering  Agricultural
Experiment
Station  MSU Extension  Department of Power and Water  Housing & Food
Services  RISE Environmental Studies Program  Bailey Scholars Program

Lyman Briggs School




About the Speakers


Hazel O'Leary served as Secretary of the Department of Energy from
1993-1997.  As an administrator in the Department of Energy and a
utility
executive, she has directed energy conservation and environmental
programs,
regulated the energy industry, managed a major utility and promoted
sustainable energy development abroad.  She is currently the president
of
her own international energy consulting firm, O'Leary & Associates, Inc.


Robert Ellerhorst, P.E. with over twenty  years experience in utility
system design and operation.  As Director of Utilities at Michigan State
University he is currently responsible for the operation of the T. B.
Simon
Plant, a modern cogeneration power plant and the MSU campus potable
water
production system.

Fred Gerow has been an independent consultant in facilities
maintenance/energy management, mechanical system and renewable energy
systems design since 1980.  He has been involved in numerous corporate &
institutional energy management projects for clients in industry,
commercial, agriculture and the medical field.  He is author of a
training
manual on energy conservation used by Physical Plant Supervisors and
Business Managers. 

Frank Fear is the first chairperson of the Liberty Hyde Bailey Scholars
Program.   He holds the rank of professor in the Department of Resource
Development, with appointments in the Department of Sociology, the
interdepartmental program in Urban Studies, and the university-wide
program
in Applied Developmental Science. His academic areas of expertise are
organization development, community development, and leadership.  He
served
chairperson of the Department of Resource Development for six years and
chaired the MSU Provost's Committee on University Outreach from 1992-94.

Jerry Powell is Editor-in-chief of Resource Recycling Magazine.   Jerry
began one of the nation's pioneer recycling companies in Portland,
Oregon
thirty years ago.  He then was president of a recycling consulting firm
in
the 1970's, prior to his work with Resource Recycling.    Mr. Powell has
been involved in a number of state and national recycling organizations,
and is a past three-term chair of the National Recycling Coalition.   In
May of 1998, he gave the keynote address at the White House Conference
on
Recycling.

Pete Pasterz has been Manager of the MSU Office of Recycling and Waste
Reduction since 1990.  He began his professional career in solid waste
issues in 1981 by co-founding a regional, non-profit recycling program
in
the Lansing Area.   Pete has been involved in many local, state, and
national organizations,  and is currently the Co-Chair of the College
and
University Recycling Council, and is a member of the Board of Directors
of
the National Recycling Coalition.
 
Diane Barker is presently a Residence Hall Manager at Brody Complex. She
has worked at MSU for the past 19 years in the Department of University
Housing and has worked with a variety of volunteer recycling initiatives
in
the local community over the past 10 years. Diane has been active in
coordinating, expanding and marketing campus recycling initiatives that
involve many areas of the University.  She enjoys working with student
groups and assisting them in sending less to our landfills.  She
currently
assists RHA at Michigan State with the Residence Hall Association
recycling
initiative with University Housing at Michigan State. 

Jack DeBell is Director of Recycling Services at the University of
Colorado
at Boulder, a pioneering and award-winning university recycling program.
Jack has been active in the promotion of College and University
recycling
programs, is a Steering Committee Member of the College and University
Recycling Council, and currently serves on the faculty of the APPA
Institute of the  Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers,
providing the training program in Campus Recycling

Dr. Frank D'Itri is the Associate Director of the Institute of Water
Research,  an Assistant Director of the Michigan Agricultural Experiment
Station, and a Professor of Water Chemistry in the Department of
Fisheries
and Wildlife at MSU.  Since 1968 his primary research activities have
directly related to environmental chemistry, focusing on the cycling of
mercury and other heavy metals and waste and wastewater renovation and
reuse technologies.  

Doug McDonald  is MSU's Waterworks Supervisor and Power Plant
Maintenance
Engineer.  He has B.S. degrees in Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering
and an MBA in Operations Management, all from M.S.U.  

Scott Witter is an Associate Professor in the Department of Resource
Development. He has conducted  water testing the Red Cedar and Grand
River,
and he is coordinating a group that will establish the Red Cedar as a
living watershed and monitor programs implemented by the Drain
Commissioners and Environmental Health Offices.

Dr. David Long's research and upper level teaching specializes in
aqueous
and environmental geochemistry.  He has been studying the chemistry of
and
chemical changes within various environments that include groundwater,
rivers, and large lakes.  Students in his Environmental Geochemistry
class
monitor selected chemicals in the Red Cedar as part of their laboratory
experience.

Jeff Johnston is Plant Superintendent of the East Lansing Wastewater
Treatment Plant.  He is responsible for overseeing all of the operations
of
the plant, including the treatment of wastewater and the testing of
water
released into the Red Cedar River.  

Pat Lindemann is Ingham County Drain Commissioner.  He is a national
expert
on non-point source pollution and how land use issues affect watersheds



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