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  • Lab Bench to Pilot Plant Workshop (May 2018)

    Dates:

    May 14 - 18, 2018

    Location:

    MSU Bioeconomy Institute, 242 Howard Avenue, Holland, MI, 49424

    Description:

    The MSU Bioeconomy Institute in Holland, Michigan, hosts a week-long, hands-on, chemical process scale-up workshop. The workshop will familiarize participants with the transitional issues encountered in moving a chemical process from the laboratory bench to a chemical plant. The workshop is available for credit (4 hours) or as non-credit.

  • Landscape and Nursery Resources

    Description:

    Includes seasonal updates and advice; weather resources; scouting resources; and current green industry issues.

  • Library Environmental Series (April, May 2018)

    Dates:

    • Thursday, April 12, 2018: 12:10 pm - 12:50 pm.
    • Friday, April 20, 2018: 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
    • Thursday, May 10, 2018: 12:10 pm - 12:50 pm

    Location:

    April 12 and May 10 Tours begin near the shed in the garden.  In case of severe weather, join us for a virtual tour of the garden in the Main Library's Reference Instruction Room (first floor).  The April 20 presentation will take place in the Hollander MakeCentral, Main Library 2 West.

    Description:

    The 2018 Library Environmental Series includes:

    • April 12: Beal Botanical Garden Tour: The Earliest Spring Flowers: Ephemerals and the Coming of Spring Foliage
    • April 20: Earth Day Upcycling
    • May 10: Beal Botanical Garden Tour: Salad Days: The Edible Raw Greens of Spring
  • Long-Term Ecological Research

    Location:

    3700 East Gull Lake Drive, Hickory Corners, MI 49060.

    Description:

    The Kellogg Biological Station Long-term Ecological Research (LTER) Program studies the ecology of intensive field crop ecosystems and its environmental consequences as part of a National Network of LTER Sites established by the National Science Foundation in 1980. The KBS LTER joined the network in 1988. LTER research at KBS is designed to answer the broader question of how agronomic management can better utilize biological resources in cropping systems to control pests, provide nitrogen, and build soil fertility: In short, how to make agriculture more profitable and provide environmental benefits.

    Our main research areas include agronomy, microbial ecology, plant dynamics, insect dynamics, biogeochemistry, regionalization, ecosystem services, and biofuels. Our experimental systems range from field plots to landscapes. We study the ecology of major field crop ecosystems – annual crops such as corn, soybean, and wheat, perennial crops such as alfalfa, and biofuel crops such as switchgrass and poplars. We also study the natural, unmanaged ecosystems that occur in agricultural landscapes, such as forests and old fields.

  • 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.

  • Meeman Archive of Environmental Reporting

    Location:

    382 Communication Arts and Sciences Building, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    MSU's Knight Center for Environmental Journalism houses the Meeman Archive, a collection of award winning newspaper reporting on environmental issues. In association with the MSU Libraries, the Center is creating a searchable database to aid researchers and journalists in finding articles on specialized topics.

  • 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 Conservation Stewards Program (2018)

    Location:

    Please see locations and dates of upcoming programs at the website indicated below.

    Description:

    CSP participants learn about the history of conservation activities in Michigan, ecological principles, ecoregional classifications, and how to make choices to manage our natural resources. In addition to this foundation, participants learn about terrestrial ecosystems (forestlands and grasslands) and aquatic ecosystems (wetlands, lakes and streams) through classroom and in-field instruction.

    Becoming a conservation steward involves the completion of the following: 1. Classroom and field-based training led by experts in various fields of conservation and natural resources, including lectures, interactive learning and field experiences; 2. Self-paced online learning modules provided via Michigan State University’s Desire2Learn (D2L) course management interface which participants will complete on their own; and 3. Volunteer service including the completion of an in-class Capstone Project related to an area of interest as well as additional community volunteer service related to restoring and conserving Michigan’s ecosystems.

  • Michigan County and Statewide Historic Aerial Imagery Archive

    Location:

    Geography Building, 2nd Floor, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    The RS&GIS Aerial Imagery Archive is home to the largest repository of remotely-sensed imagery for the State of Michigan. The collection features:

    • County and statewide historic aerial photography datasets acquired by state and federal agencies dating from the 1920's to the 2000's.
    • The Archive generally maintains at least one photoset per decade for every location in Michigan
    • County, State, and Federal digital orthoimagery datasets.
    • GIS-ready datasets
    • Unique datasets such as Great Lakes shoreline imagery, high altitude color infrared photography, large-scale project-level photography, etc.

    The majority of the collection has been scanned. Imagery may be ordered via e-mail/phone/fax and delivered via digital transfer over the Internet. Imagery may also be accessed on site by appointment.

  • Michigan Forests Forever Teaching Resources

    Description:

    Michigan Forests Forever is an effort to provide information to teachers and classrooms about Michigan's forests and forestry. The project consists of three components: a CD-ROM, an award-winning video, and an online Teacher's Guide. The Teacher's Guide is correlated to the Michigan Curriculum Framework Standards and Benchmarks. Topics covered in the materials include: Tree Basics; The Environment; Wood Products; Forest; Recreation; The Balancing Act; Fun Fast Forest Facts.  Also included is a field-tested forestry curriculum designed to provide students with an overview of forest management, with an emphasis on the connection between natural resources and utilization.

  • 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 Features Inventory

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    The Michigan Natural Features Inventory (MNFI) is a comprehensive, continuously updated source of data on Michigan's endangered, threatened, or special concern plant and animal species, natural communities, and other natural features. MNFI offers several resources, including: survey forms for recording observations on special plant and animal species; lists of endangered and threatened animals, special animals and plants, natural communities, and resources; abstracts; maps; publications, including quarterly and annual reports; and information on many types of permit applications.

  • Michigan Sea Grant

    Location:

    East Lansing Office: Greening Michigan Institute, Manly Miles Building, Room 305, 1405 S. Harrison Road, East Lansing, MI  48823

    Description:

    The Michigan Sea Grant partnership promotes understanding and intelligent use of the Great Lakes. It addresses Great Lake issues to help Michigan citizens protect and enjoy the nation’s extensive freshwater resources. Current areas of research include fisheries, coastal erosion, river restoration, and exotic species. Extension agents located in coastal communities around the state actively assist residents, decision-makers, and resource managers in resolving problems, recognizing opportunities, and broadening understanding of the Great Lakes.

  • Michigan State University Press

    Location:

    MSU Press, Suite 25 Manly Miles Building, 1405 S. Harrison Rd, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    The Michigan State University Press, the scholarly publishing arm of MSU, helps carry out the Institution's land-grant mission through the publication of research and intellectual inquiry that make significant contributions to scholarship in the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences.

  • Michigan Turfgrass Environmental Stewardship Program

    Location:

    7113 Demerly Road, Benzonia, MI 49616

    Description:

    This program is intended to organize efforts of state agencies, Michigan State University (MSU), and environmental advocacy groups to advance the environmental stewardship of the Turfgrass industry and to recognize environmental achievements. This program is based around 12 modules that need to be completed for certification. Once completed a site visit is conducted to verify all items are completed by a trained MTESP Stewardship Specialist.

  • Michigan Waste Biomass Inventory to Support Renewable Energy Development

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    The Michigan Waste Biomass Inventory identifies sites of residual biomass and land that can produce high energy value biomass, estimates the net energy theoretically available from the biomass, and identifies constraints that limit the utility of biomass conversion technologies.

  • 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.

  • Mid-Michigan Health Impact Assessment Toolkit

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    Health Impact Assessment is defined as a combination of procedures, methods, and tools by which a policy, program, or project may be judged as to its potential effects on the health of a population, and the distribution of those effects within the population. HIA identifies appropriate actions to manage those effects.  The HIA Toolkit helps support the HIA process by providing free access to environmental and health data to planners, decision makers, and the public; mapping and visualization applications; and assessment of impacts that will showcase how to integrate an assessment of public health impacts within a greater, dynamic movement towards sustainability in our region.

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