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  • Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability

    Location:

    115 Manly Miles Building, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.

    Description:

    The mission of the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability is to develop and maintain a center of excellence that integrates ecology with socioeconomics, demography, and other disciplines for ecological sustainability from local, national, to global scales. The objectives include: conducting cutting-edge research on emerging issues related to ecological sustainability; training new generations of leading scholars for interdisciplinary research; and disseminating research findings across the globe.

  • Decentralized Wastewater Treatment: Online Continuing Education for Designers and Installers (August - September 2017)

    Dates:

    August 1, 2017 - September 12, 2017

    Location:

    Online Course: Michigan State University’s Desire2Learn (D2L) interface

    Description:

    Onsite wastewater treatment systems are an accepted permanent solution to manage wastewater from a single house to a small cluster of buildings. Proper siting, design, operation, and management is essential to meet treatment goals and keep expenses low. This training provides a comprehensive, fundamental background about onsite wastewater treatment, designed for the professional audience.  The training consists of nine modules. The training is online and self-paced, although all modules must be completed within a three-week period. A diverse educational delivery approach is used consisting of readings, narrated presentations, videos, and web sites. Successful completion of the entire class (all modules) results in the award of 1.6 MDEQ continuing education credits (CEC) and/or 16 continuing septage credits (CSC).

  • High Impact Targeting (HIT) Tool for Sedimentation Reduction

    Description:

    HIT is an on-line tool that allows users to prioritize erosion and sedimentation reduction conservation efforts in the Great Lakes Basin. Users can compare watersheds by total erosion or sediment load, rates of erosion or sediment loading, and the cost benefit of best management practices (BMPs). Users can also view field-level maps, in 2D and 3D, showing areas at high risk for erosion and sediment loading.

  • Institute of Water Research

    Location:

    101A Manly Miles Building, 1405 S. Harrison Rd, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48823.

    Description:

    MSU's Institute of Water Research (IWR) provides timely information on contemporary land and water resource issues through coordinated multidisciplinary efforts and advanced information and networking systems. The IWR seeks to strengthen MSU's efforts in nontraditional education, outreach, and interdisciplinary studies using available advanced technology, and partnerships with local, state, regional, and federal organizations and individuals. Activities include coordinating education and training programs on surface and ground water protection, land use and watershed management. Research areas include: modeling, water quality, and agriculture.

  • Introduction to Lakes Online Series (January - March 2018)

    Dates:

    Course dates: January 23rd- March 9, 2018. Ask-an-Expert webinars are scheduled every other Wednesday from Noon-1:00pm (eastern) on February 7th, 21st and March 7th.

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    Explore the many dimensions of inland lakes including riparian rights, shorelines, ecology, aquatic plants, and citizen involvement and much more through the online program Introduction to Lakes.  Topics covered include:

    • Lake ecology
    • Lakes and their watersheds
    • Lakes and their shorelines
    • Michigan water law
    • Aquatic plant management
    • Citizen involvement in lake management.

    Students have week-by-week, 24/7 access to six online units complete with captioned video lectures, web-based activities, discussion forums, three biweekly live webinars, and quizzes.

  • Kellogg Biological Station K-12 Partnership Workshop for Science Teachers (April 2017)

    Dates:

    April 18, 2017. 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.  Register by April 11, 2017.

    Location:

    Kellogg Biological Station Auditorium, 3700 East Gull Lake Drive, Hickory Corners, MI  49060

    Description:

    The 2017 Spring K-12 Partnership Workshop that looks at the theme "The Kellogg Edge: Breaking boundaries in ecology and evolution education."  This year KBS celebrates 90 years and we plan to continue our tradition of excellence with a full day of sessions featuring cutting edge technologies and forward thinking research. This includes an exciting plenary talk by MSU Distinguished Professor of Integrative Biology, Dr. Kay Holekamp. For almost 30 years now Dr. Holekamp has been dedicated to studying the behavioral ecology and evolution of Hyenas in Kenya.

  • Know Your Coastal Areas Website

    Description:

    This website provides web-mapping tools to help individuals and organizations make informed decisions with regards to Michigan's coastal areas. It provides access to spatial layers of township-specific information about ecologically sensitive coastal sites, using data organized around ecological impact, land use change, and urbanization. The site also provides a link to the Institute's Web site, Digital Watershed, a nationwide Web application tool for effective watershed management.

  • Lake and Stream Leader's Institute (June - October 2017)

    Location:

    • First Session: June 2 - 3, 2017: Kettunen Center near Cadillac, MI
    • Second Session: August 18 - 19, 2017:  Kellogg Biological Station near Kalamazoo, MI
    • Third Session: October 6, 2017: MSU, East Lansing, MI

    Description:

    The goal of the Lake and Stream Leader’s Institute is to develop a core of local water/land resource leaders who will promote lake, stream and watershed management partnerships with state natural resource agencies and encourage and instruct other citizens in resource management.  The Institute is conducted in three in-depth sessions that include classroom learning and field experience and practice.  

     

  • MAEAP (Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program) Phase 1 Events

    Dates:

    Please see current offerings at the link below

    Location:

    Various

    Description:

    The first step to getting MAEAP-verified is attending a Phase 1 Educational Session or viewing online videos, webinars and articles or attending an educational meeting. Please see current and upcoming offerings at the link below.

  • Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP)

    Dates:

    See current schedule of phase 1, 2, or 3 offerings at the website below

    Location:

    Various locations across the state.  See schedule at the website below.

    Description:

    The Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) is an innovative, proactive, and voluntary program that helps farms of all sizes and all commodities voluntarily prevent or minimize agricultural pollution risks.  This program is designed to reduce farmers’ legal and environmental risks through a three-phase process: 1) education; 2) farm-specific risk assessment; and 3) on-farm verification that ensures the farmer has implemented environmentally sound practices. The program’s three systems — Farmstead ,Cropping and Livestock — each examine different aspects of the farm. After becoming MAEAP verified, a farm can display a MAEAP sign signifying that MAEAP partners recognize the farm is environmentally assured.

  • Michigan Groundwater Inventory and Mapping Project Web Resources

    Description:

    The Michigan Groundwater Inventory and Mapping Project Website aids in the understanding and evaluation of the groundwater resources in Michigan and fulfills the mandates of Michigan Public Act 148 of 2003. The Website includes an Interactive Map Viewer, a Groundwater Information Database, Project Reports, Web Resources, Documents, and Online Tutorials.

  • Michigan Natural Shoreline Educator Training (April 2017)

    Dates:

    April 11, 2017.  8:30 am - 4:00 pm

    Location:

    Cranbrook Institute of Science, 39221 Woodward Avenue, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304

    Description:

    The objectives of the Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership are to: Train contractors and landscape professionals about shoreline technologies and bio-engineered erosion control; Educate property owners about natural shorelines and technologies that benefit lake ecosystems; Research, demonstrate, and develop natural shoreline technologies that benefit lake ecosystems; Encourage local and state policies that promote natural shoreline management.

    In this training, participants will learn about the benefits of natural shoreline landscaping, bioengineering and erosion control on inland lakes.

  • Michigan's Water Withdrawal Assessment Tool

    Location:

    Online at: http://www.miwwat.org/

    Description:

    The Water Withdrawal Assessment Tool (WWAT) is designed to estimate the likely impact of a water withdrawal on nearby streams and rivers. Use of the WWAT is required of anyone proposing to make a new or increased large quantity withdrawal (over 70 gallons per minute) from the waters of the state, including all groundwater and surface water sources, prior to beginning the withdrawal.

  • Mid-Michigan Health Impact Assessment

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    The Mid-Michigan Health Impact Assessment (HIA) is a sustainability toolkit designed for planners, developers, community leaders, and the general public concerning the planning of future development in the Tri-County Area and how it impacts our health.  Specifically, it uses Geographic Information Systems (GIS) programs to help inform users why or why not a particular development should be built in a specific location.

  • Networked Neighborhoods for Eco-Conservation Online (NECO)

    Description:

    Networked Neighborhoods for Eco-Conservation Online (NECO) helps you to map and to share photos, experiences, and information about your rain barrels, rain gardens, or other water conservation practices. You can also connect with others in your geographic neighborhood who are doing similar things.

    NECO utilizes existing social networking websites such as: Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and others to help share information and connect individuals and businesses working toward a common goal of improving their local environment through the installations of green practices.

  • Planning and Zoning Center

    Location:

    Human Ecology Building, 552 W. Circle Drive, Rm 112, East Lansing, MI, 48824

    Description:

    The Planning and Zoning Center is a multi-disciplinary team of professionals devoted to research, education, and consultation on best practices for community planning and development control. It works both independently and in cooperation with many other groups both on and off campus to build a sustainable Michigan. The goal of PZC is to improve the quality of life in the state of Michigan through sustainable development based on proper planning and the application of appropriate land use policies and development regulations. It seeks to play a major role in improving the institutional and legal structure for state, regional, county, and local planning and development regulation in the state of Michigan through applied research, outreach and training, serving citizens, public and nonprofit organizations, government, and the academic community.

     

  • Project FISH Workshops

    Location:

    131 Natural Resources Building, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    Project FISH (Friends Involved in Sportfishing Heritage) is a sportfishing and aquatic resource education program for youth. The program's goal is to teach youth fishing skills and provide education on natural resources, environmental awareness, and fisheries stewardship to help preserve a natural heritage, while encouraging kids to appreciate the outdoors. Adult and teen volunteers are encouraged to spend time with the youth as mentors and teachers. Project FISH conducts workshops and classes in Michigan communities to educate interested teachers and volunteers on the fine art of fishing and the importance of caring for Michigan's vital aquatic resources. Workshop themes include: Michigan Aquatic Ecology; People and Fish; Tackle Crafting; and Angling Skills.

  • Septic System & Well Use and Maintenance Workshops (August, September, October 2017)

    Dates:

    • Wednesday, August 30, 2017.  6:00 pm - 8:30 pm.: Washington Township Offices, 57900 Van Dyke Road, Washington Township, MI  48094
    • Thursday, September 28, 2017. 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm.: Washington Township Offices, 57900 Van Dyke Road, Washington Township, MI  48094
    • Thursday, October 12, 2017. 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm.: Richmond Township Offices, 34900 School Section Road, Richmond, MI 48062

    Description:

    A faulty well or septic system can harm a family’s health as well as threaten pets and wildlife, contaminate surface and groundwater and lower property values. This workshop will cover well construction and maintenance, water conservation, how a septic system functions, septic system maintenance, and how to detect septic failure. Participants will receive handouts on these topics. Workshop is FREE but pre-registration is recommended due to limited seating.

  • South Campus Field Research Facilities

    Location:

    The station’s 2,739 acres of farmland and forest are located south of Mt. Hope Road on MSU’s south campus.

    Description:

    There are 18 research facilities located on the south campus of MSU that allow AgBioResearch scientists to perform research in the areas of animal science and production, plant production and protection, environment and natural resources management, and renewable energy. State-of-the-art facilities and 2,739 acres of farmland and forest allow scientists to perform research close to campus and allow growers to view a number of demonstration plots in one visit to the university.

  • Wastewater Management Online Courses

    Dates:

    Continuous enrollment is available for these online courses

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    MSU's Office of Executive Development Programs in the Eli Broad College of Business offers several online courses related to wastewater management. They are online, self-study courses in which participants complete lessons at their own pace.

    • Effective Communication in the Water/Wastewater Field
    • Maintenance Management in the Water/Wastewater Field
    • Supervisory Management in the Water/Wastewater Field
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