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Re: E-M:/ Assessing MSU's Environmental Imprint

Enviro-Mich message from Frank Ambrose <fambrose@bloomington.in.us>

While this is a good step for a campus to actually begin to discuss its
impact on the environment, one critical component was left out. that is
the effect the corporate and other research that comes out of the
ever so often leased out ivory towers has on the environment.

How much research is being done with pesticides, fertilzers, genetic
engineering, etc. for our corporate 'pals' and subsidzed heavily by tax

How much research is coming out of the psychology and business schools on
how to best convince you to buy more stuff?

How much research is coming out about how taxpayers paying for the cleanup
of toxic chemicals is actually the jsut thing to do, or that dioxin is
not really toxic?

You get the picture. The research that is done at the universities is
often just as damaging or actually much more damaging to the environment
than the specific practices of the university in terms of water
management, for instance, because they are applied all over the land,not
jsut on site. Also, universities like to talk about how they are
implementing progressive policies in terms of waste and such, but fight
fiercely(no holds barred-lies, intimidation) to hide the mistakes they
made in the past (like dumping toxic waste in sensitive areas).

While I can not answer the questions I asked above about Michigan State,
if it is anything like my alma mater, Purdue University, another land
grant engineering school, then it is thoroughly in bed with industry and
producing some pretty scary stuff with some pretty scary implications for
all of us.

Once again, thanks for doing this, but please do not let it muddy the
issues and hide the real dirt coming out of the university. Just because
they can deal with waste better now, does not fundamentally challenge
whether or not the waste should be made in the first place, and that is
what really should be coming out of universities


On Thu, 7 Jan 1999, Alex J. Sagady & Associates wrote:

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> From: Terry Link <link@MAIL.LIB.MSU.EDU>
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> Subject: Assessing MSU's Environmental Imprint
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> 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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