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June 14, 2016

Sustainability Spotlight

5 tips for a more sustainable backyard party
Summer is nearly here – the season of backyard barbecues, family get-togethers, and late-night campfires. Try these tips to turn your outdoor party into a sustainable soiree.

What's New at UW?

Spring comes sooner to urban heat islands
A study conducted in Madison shows that the warmer temperatures typically found in urban areas may disrupt the natural timing of processes such as the budding of flowers.
Bacterial chemistry lessons for biofuels
By identifying how the "best in class" bacterial strains break down cellulose, researchers are gaining new tools to turn plants into biofuel.
Video challenges boaters to #StoptheSpiny
As Wisconsin’s boating season shifts into full gear, a team of UW experts urges precautions to help stop the spread of a tiny, troublesome crustacean, the spiny water flea.

Featured Event

Campus Master Plan Presentation
June 17, 2016 | 12 p.m. | Union South 
Bring your lunch, learn about how the structure of campus will evolve over the next ten years, and offer input on the current draft plan.  

Food For Thought

Homelessness in Madison
A special series in the Wisconsin State Journal grapples with the root causes of homelessness in Madison, obstacles to solutions and its insidious human effects.
Paper, plastic or reusable?
Depending on which environmental impact you're most concerned about, the choice isn't as clear as you might think. 

Jobs & Opportunities


Pollinator campaign staff – Madison, WI
Wisconsin Environment is hiring students to build community support and raise money for a campaign to save bees and other pollinators. Application deadline is June 15.
Education and recreation internTaylorsville, CA
The Sierra Institute for Community and Environment is looking for an individual to assist with natural resources educational work and youth outreach programming. Application deadline is July 8.


Diversity outreach coordinator – Annapolis, MD
The Chesapeake Bay Program is seeking an individual to advance environmental restoration efforts through engagement of diverse community stakeholder groups. Application deadline June 19. 
Visitor services manager – Monona, WI
The Aldo Leopold Nature Center is searching for a visitor services manager to assist with admissions, exhibits, public programs, and customer service. Application deadline is not listed. 


Communications director – Madison, WI
The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin is seeking a director of communications to set and guide the strategy for all communications, social media, and public relations messages. Application deadline is July 15.


Nominate a Badger Bioneer
Each year, Sustain Dane recognizes three local thinkers and doers who are improving the sustainability of the Madison area. Nomination deadline is July 6.
June 15, 2016
Urban trees, local issues
7 p.m. 
UW Arboretum Visitor Center
June 16, 2016
The art of letting go
6:15-7:15 p.m. 
June 20, 2016
Summer Solstice night walk
8-9:30 p.m. 
UW Arboretum Visitor Center
June 22, 2016
Play your way to productivity
6:15-7:15 p.m. 
June 24, 2016
Mindfulness in June 
12-2 p.m.
Aldo Leopold Nature Center
June 24, 2016
Friday in the Garden
4-8 p.m.
Allen Centennial Garden
June 26, 2016
Birding walk
1:30-3 p.m. 
Picnic Point parking lot
June 28, 2016
Dane Buy Local business expo
3-7 p.m. 
6501 Watts Rd., Madison
Through July 10, 2016
Light Gap exhibit 
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Olbrich Botanical Gardens
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