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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 (2019)

    Dates:

    • March: March 19 - April 30, 2019
    • July: July 9 - August 20, 2019
    • November: November 5 - December 17, 2019

    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).

  • 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.

  • Lake and Stream Leader's Institute (May - October 2019)

    Location:

    • First Session: May 31 - June 1, 2019: Kettunen Center near Cadillac, MI
    • Second Session: July 26 - 27, 2019:  Kellogg Biological Station near Kalamazoo, MI
    • Third Session: October 18, 2019: 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.

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

    Dates:

    November 13, 2017 - 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 Water School: Essential Resources for Local Officials (May, September 2019)

    Dates:

    May 13 - 14, 2019 and September 26 - 27, 2019. 

    Location:

    • May 13 - 14, 2019: Huron River Watershed Water School, NEW Center, 1100 N. Main Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
    • September 26 - 27, 2019: Rouge River Watershed Water School, Northville Township Hall, 44405 6 Mile Road, Northville, MI 48168

    Description:

    MSU Extension Water School is a policy-neutral, fact-based program. The objective of this two-day program is to provide local decision-makers, appointed and elected officials, and municipal staff with critical, relevant information needed to understand Michigan’s water resources, including the fundamentals of water science, in order to support sound water management decisions and increase awareness of current and future local and state water issues. This workshop will investigate:

    • Factors that impact Michigan water
    • The Blue Economy
    • Fiscal benefits of water management
    • Incorporating water into local planning and placemaking
    • Risk assessment approaches
    • Resources to help address water problems
    • Water policy at the federal, tribal, state, and local levels
  • 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.

  • Place-Based Education Summer Teacher Institute (Flint, MI) (November 2019)

    Dates:

    November 7 - 9, 2019

    Location:

    Flint, MI

    Description:

    The Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative invites you to join us for the 7th Place-Based Education Conference. Come experience a three-day conference designed to inspire and support a community of educators around the power of place-based learning.  Place-based education transforms how teachers teach and how students learn by expanding classrooms to include a community’s organizations, history, and natural features. Investing in place helps youth engage in meaningful learning and civic life, provides vital support for teachers, and strengthens communities.

  • 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:

    January 1, 2019 - 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. You may take each examination more than once, and your final score for each section will be automatically recorded.  An accumulated pass score for all multiple-choice examinations is 70% or above and you will be able to view the results immediately upon completion of each examination. Upon satisfactory completion of all seven sections, you will receive a letter of verification showing you have earned continuing education units, each unit equivalent to 10 hours of study, and a certificate awarded by Michigan State University. Most states recognize this program as a necessary part of personal development for certification, job upgrading and certificate renewal.

  • 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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