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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 (July - August 2018)

    Dates:

    July 9 - August 20, 2018

    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 2018)

    Dates:

    April 18, 2018. 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.  

    Location:

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

    Description:

    The 2018 Workshop will introduce the newest member of the KBS faculty, senior terrestrial ecologist Nick Haddad, as our plenary speaker. Nick comes to MSU from NC state where his research focuses on corridors and other approaches to conserve rare species and biodiversity in fragmented landscapes.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Maintenance Management In The Water/Wastewater Field (Online, Self-paced)

    Dates:

    This self-paced course is open online through December 31, 2019

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    This self-paced, online program consists of five lessons that focus on the management of a maintenance department, program or function within the water/wastewater industry.  Upon registration, you will receive two textbooks specific to maintenance management and a guide to tell you which chapters and sections to read and much additional material to refer to, with detailed instructions on how to complete the program requirements.

  • 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'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.

  • 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.

  • Supervisory Management in the Water/Wastewater Field (Online, Self-paced)

    Dates:

    This self-paced online course is open until December 31, 2019

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    This self-paced, online program consists of seven lessons about key management and supervisory principles specifically designed for supervisory management in the water/wastewater field. Upon registration, you will receive a textbook and guide, as well as references to additional reading materials, with detailed instructions on how to complete the program requirements. The program is divided into seven sections, and after completion of each section, you will complete an online multiple-choice examination to test your learning.  Offers 6 CEUs.

  • Underwater Robots 101 Professional Development Workshop (January 2018)

    Dates:

    January 20, 2018.  9:00 am - 5;00 pm

    Location:

    Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary Visitor Center, 500 W Fletcher St., Alpena MI 49707

    Description:

    The workshop will provide a forum to:

    1. Acquire knowledge and skills needed to build an ROV with students in the classroom or as an after school activity.

    2. Develop an understanding of what ROV technicians do and career pathways.

    3. Learn about the Annual Great Lakes Regional MATE ROV Competition for students held in Alpena.

    Attendees commit to supporting a student team to enter the 2018 or 2019 Great Lakes Regional MATE ROV Competition in Alpena, MI. Attendees will leave with a robot to use with their teams.  The 2018 competition will be held May 12.  Payment may be made at the workshop via check or credit card, invoices or purchase orders are available upon request.

  • Watershed Management Online Certificate Program

    Dates:

    Each course is offered each semester.

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    Watershed management necessitates an interdisciplinary approach to problem solving, with law, policy, community development and resource economics issues contributing as much to solutions as engineering, biology, hydrology and chemistry. An effective watershed manager must understand the science behind water resources management and have skills in public relations, policy-making, and program evaluation. These courses have been developed in cooperation with the Department of Community Sustainability.  Three Key Concepts:

    • Partnerships with stakeholders affected by resource management decision
    • A geographic focus for management activities
    • Management techniques based on strong science and data.

    Michigan State University has a unique opportunity to meet this education/information and ongoing service role required in the watershed planning area.

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