June 17, 2014

Sustainability Spotlight

Sustainable urban design conference underway in China
From June 16 to 20, the UW–Madison Office of Sustainability is leading a workshop and business delegation in the Chinese cities of Shanghai and Ningbo. Representatives of the university and numerous U.S. and Chinese companies will showcase unique business assets and opportunities that integrate with China's five-year development plan, which focuses heavily on environmental protection and sustainability.

What's New at UW?

New institute to catalyze redefinition of UW engineering research enterprise
A new trans-disciplinary research institute in the UW–Madison College of Engineering will drive technological advances that will enhance the success of U.S. industries and spur economic growth. Researchers will initially focus on advanced manufacturing and materials discovery and sustainability to boost the country's global manufacturing competitiveness.
Designing solutions to address climate change
At the June 12 Climate Quest Solutions Workshop, 150 people from academia, industry, non-profits and the community joined to redefine climate solutions.
UW-Styrocycle seeks new team member
UW-Styrocycle is an EPA funded project focused on creating pathways for local reuse and recycling of Styrofoam shipping containers. The team received a grant to continue its project for two years and is seeking a new team member.

Featured Events

Wednesday Nite @ the Lab: The Visible Scientist
June 18, 2014  | 7:00 p.m.  | 425 Henry Mall, Room 1111
UW–Madison journalism professor Sharon Dunwoody will track the historical path of public communication among scientists, a path dominated by a surprising cycle of eagerness and reluctance over the centuries. Wednesday Nite @ the Lab is a weekly series sponsored by the Wisconsin Alumni Association.
Night Walk: Summer Solstice
June 21, 2014 | 8-9:30 p.m. | UW Arboretum
Enjoy sunset on the longest day of the year while a naturalist points out items of interest that may not be apparent to the casual observer. Meet at the UW Arboretum Visitor Center.

Food For Thought

Brazil posts double win with simultaneous soy boom and deforestation drop
Brazil is considered a front runner as it hosts the World Cup, but on the long-troubled boundary between its agricultural frontier and the Amazon rainforest, the country is already a big winner, according to a paper recently published in the journal Science.
Is bike parking the key to better cities?
Not only is bike parking cheaper than car parking, it encourages healthier people, cleaner air and safer roads.

Jobs & Opportunities


Wisconsin Clearinghouse Student Administrative Assistant – Madison, WI
The student administrative assistant will aid in administrative and communications duties for the Wisconsin Clearinghouse, which coordinates prevention resources to create healthy environments across the state. Application deadline is June 20.


PECI Field Technician – Chicago, IL
PECI is seeking a field technician to join its commercial HVAC program team in the Chicago metropolitan area. PECI is an organization that consults with businesses and organizations to encourage people to utilize energy efficiency tools.


UW–River Falls Land Use and Community Development Specialist – River Falls, WI
The land use and community development specialist will respond to current trends in local government leadership and local planning and provide information to UW Extension educators as well as develop a research and outreach program that will include making presentations and attending meetings, workshops and conferences. Application deadline is August 1.


Professional Grant Development Workshop
Marquette University will host a professional grant development workshop July 16 and 17 where participants will learn techniques for writing winning proposals, including how to identify potential funding sources, focus your efforts and write a stand-out proposal.


Check out our new upcoming event calendar!
June 17, 2014
Introduction to Permaculture
6-8:30 p.m.
UW Arboretum
Registration is $18
June 18, 2014
Learn to Use B-cycle
2-4 p.m.
Lot 6, Park Street
June 18, 2014
Madison Water Utility: Water Well 15 Open House
5-7 p.m.
3900 East Washington Ave.
June 18, 2014
Native Plant Garden: What's Blooming?
7-8:30 p.m.
UW Arboretum
June 20-22, 2014
Midwest Renewable Energy Association Energy Fair
Custer, WI
Register here
June 20, 2014
Green Building Webinar Series
12-1 p.m.
Sign up here to access
June 20, 2014
Center for Limnology open house
2-6 p.m.
680 North Park Street
June 21, 2014
Madison Parks Moonlight Movie Series: Monsters University
7 p.m.
Warner Park
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