May 20, 2014

Sustainability Spotlight

The Yahara watershed's future, in stories
Faced with uncertain future climate conditions, how can cities make effective decisions for desired long-term outcomes? A new UW–Madison initiative, Yahara 2070, explores possible futures for the Yahara Watershed through a series of fictional yet plausible stories that use science to shape possible answers to the question, “what if?”

What's New at UW?

Wisconsin Energy Institute earns LEED Gold designation
The WEI building also received Project of the Year and Best Green-Built honors for its dedication to sustainability in design, construction and functionality at this year's Commercial Design Awards.
Students conduct residence hall trash audit
A group of UW–Madison students found in a trash audit this spring that 38.7 percent of material in three residence halls' trash bins could have been recycled.
UW–Madison graduate student converts gasoline vehicle to electric
UW–Madison graduate student Phil Kollmeyer converted a conventional gasoline car into an electric vehicle in a two-year project sponsored by the Wisconsin-based manufacturing company Orchid Monroe.

Featured Events

One Madison Community Night: 'Food Patriots' film screening
May 23, 2014 | 6-8 p.m. | 1862 Beld Street, Madison, WI
The Urban League of Greater Madison will host a screening of Food Patriots, a film about two parents' struggle to raise backyard chickens and grow food after their son's battle with a foodborne superbug. Discussion to follow as well as other family-friendly activities including a rain garden tour and bike-powered smoothies.
ShareFest: Celebrating a sharing economy
May 28, 2014 | 5-8 p.m. | Tenney Park, Madison, WI
Dane County TimeBank and Madison Free Skool will host a community sharing event where people can swap clothes, books and other items. There will also be a potluck dinner, refreshments, activities and skill-share workshops. Help reduce waste by bringing your own cup, silverware and plate!

Food For Thought

Map your yard, attract more birds
The Cornell YardMap project is a free, interactive citizen science mapping project about wildlife habitat creation and low-impact land use. Map your yard here.
Studies show U.S. wildfires worsening due to climate change
Three studies have shown the United States will face larger, more frequent wildfires as climate change causes hotter, drier conditions in the American west.
Rising carbon dioxide levels affect nutrients in crops, study says
The increased concentration of carbon dioxide that comes with climate change could mean some basic food plants will carry lower concentrations of iron and zinc - and deficiencies of those nutrients are already a "substantial global health problem," scientists report.

Jobs & Opportunities


World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development - Aichi-Nagoya, Japan
A youth delegation will be selected to attend a conference on education for sustainable development in Japan in November 2014, with 50 attendees age 18-35 from all over the world. This conference marks the last in a decade of conferences devoted to this topic. Application deadline is June 1.
Badger Volunteers Summer Program - Madison, WI
The Badger Volunteers Summer Program is an eight-week volunteer program where groups of students volunteer with a nonprofit organization. Projects include piloting a city compost collection program, planting vegetable gardens at Madison area food pantries and more. Enrollment is May 27 to June 5, and volunteers begin working June 16.


Wisconsin Environment fellowship program - Madison, WI
Wisconsin Environment is an organization that works to advance environmental values in Wisconsin. The fellowship is a two-year crash course in activism, organizing, advocacy and institution-building to sustain long-term activism on environmental issues.


UW-Extension Communications Specialist for Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention - Madison, WI 
The communication specialist coordinates and implements statewide communication and outreach efforts designed to alter behavior of those engaged in water-related activities to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species in Wisconsin. Application deadline is May 27. 
Integrated Pest Management Institute of North America Co-Director - Madison, WI
The IPM Institute is a non-profit organization working to improve sustainability in agriculture and communities through integrated pest management. The co-director is responsible for leading and coordinating the organization and engaging with stakeholders.


Wisconsin Energy Institute Seed Grant
The Wisconsin Energy Institute will award approximately $150,000 to faculty and scientific staff for one- and two-year projects related to carbon-neutral energy technologies and policies including wind, solar, geothermal, bioenergy and energy storage. Application deadline is June 2.


May 20, 2014
Teaching and Learning Symposium
8 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Union South
May 21, 2014
Educational Garden Tours: Small ornamental trees
7 p.m.
UW-Madison Arboretum
May 25, 2014
Reasons for the Seasons
12:30-3:30 p.m.
UW-Madison Arboretum
May 28, 2014
Women in Solar webinar series
1-2 p.m.
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