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April 2013 Newsletter



Spring has sprung, and so have more exciting announcements from ESW!


In this newsletter, you will find our digital resource survey (which we sincerely hope you will spare a few minutes of your time to fill out), the selected projects of the LCA+U challenge, and our pilot professional chapters. In addition, you will find information about three upcoming conferences! As always, there are also opportunities geared toward ESW members at the very end. 


To skip around to different sections within this newsletter, simply click on the links on the sidebar under "In This Issue". If there are things you'd like to see or share, please let us know at



Warm Regards,


Verena Kwan


Communications Director


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Important Announcements
Digital Resource Survey 
The National Team puts much effort and time into providing numerous digital resources for our members and affiliates, and we are constantly trying to improve our services. We invite you to take a few minutes of your time to answer some questions regarding the digital resources we provide. Click here to go to our digital resource survey. Thank you for your interest in helping us out! 
LCA+U Challenge: Selected Projects

Late last month, ESW proudly announced the seven projects selected for our first life-cycle assessment plus universities (LCA+U) challenge, a joint project in collaboration with Sustainable Minds. The six participating universities are Georgia Institute of Technology, Ohio State University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rochester Institute of Technology, the University of British Columbia and the University of Pittsburgh. For more information on the LCA+ U Challenge and more details on each individual project, click here.  
Pilot Professional ESW Chapters 
This spring, ESW will be piloting professional chapters in the Boston, MA; Albany, NY; and Houston, TX regions. Professional chapters will provide a way for ESW alumni and other interested working professionals to get involved in ESW's efforts. Professional chapter members will work with student chapters as mentors, as well as conduct their own independent projects based on their personal interests and proximity to our student chapters. Like our student members, professional members will receive access to ESW webinars and training, reduced conference fees, travel opportunities, and access to project funding.


Interested in getting involved or starting a chapter in your region?
For the Boston region, contact Mike Alcazaren at For the Houston region, contact Johnny Sompholphardy at For the Albany region, contact Erin Lennox at To start a professional chapter in your region, contact

Upcoming Conferences
Northwestern University Summit on Sustainability 
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The ESW chapter at Northwestern University will host the annual Northwestern University Summit on Sustainability (NUSOS) on April 5, 2013. This year's theme is "Economy and the Environment." For more information on the conference, click here.  

Engineering Sustainability 2013
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This biennial conference in Pittsburgh brings together academics, industry, and local non-profits to present research and talk about all aspects of physical sustainability, from greener buildings to local energy policy. Our ESW-Pitt and ESW-Penn State chapters will both be present - you should be too! Send an email to if you'll be there - we'll be coordinating an informal ESW meetup Sunday or Monday evening.For more information, click here.   


National Sustainable Design Expo (P3 Exhibition)  


The EPA's annual National Sustainable Design Expo (NSDE) is held in April on the National Mall in Washington D.C. Along with interactive displays from the EPA and receipients of the People, Planet, and Prosperity (P3) grant competition - including several ESW schools - ESW-National will be under the mall showing off our projects and initiatives to the public. Come visit and learn about the pile of sustainability-related research that different schools are doing, and say hi to us while you're there or even ask about professional chapters!  


Opportunities and Contests
Focus the Nation's 2013 ReCharge! Retreat
The annual ReCharge! Retreat brings together 20 rising clean energy leaders from across the country to spend one week together on Oregon's iconic Mt. Hood: 5 students each of FTN's Collaboration Quadrants of Technicians, Innovators, Politicos and Storytellers. These 20 ReCharge! Delegates viscerally experience an area of the country where energy is accelerating toward renewables. In a highly collaborative environment, each class of ReCharge! Delegates explores the deeper set of skills that they will need to stay committed to clean energy throughout the entirety of their careers. Upon returning home to their campus communities, FTN continues to support each class of Delegates as they strive to put what they learned on the mountain to use on the ground. This year's retreat will be on Aug 11-17, 2013. Applications are due April 15th, 2013 -- apply today! 


Internship Opportunity 
Autodesk Sustainability Solutions is seeking a Software Engineer/App Developer intern for the summer! The internship will be primarily located in San Francisco, CA. More information about the internship and how to apply can be found here. 

AppMyCity Contest
The New Cities Foundation is hosting an international AppMyCity! contest celebrating mobile applications that improve the urban experience, connect people, and make cities more fun, fair, vibrant, and sustainable places. Entries are now open and the submission deadline is April 26, 2013. For more information, click here.

Opportunities Hub
For more great opportunities, be sure to visit the Opportunities Hub on our webpage! (As a reminder, the Hub is only available to ESW members, so register here to see all more great opportunities!) 

If there is an opportunity you would like to see on the Hub, you can add it yourself or contact our Projects Director Rob Best at
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