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February 28, 2017

Sustainability Spotlight

Mapping links between agribusiness and Amazon deforestation
Professor Holly Gibbs leads a team that is creating the world's first database documenting the soy and cattle industry's evolution in Brazil and how it relates to deforestation and land management decisions.

Related: After years of slowed clearing, the world’s growing appetite for soy and other crops is driving soaring deforestation in the Amazon basin.

What's New at UW?

UW researchers study dairy-energy-water link
A new grant from the USDA will support UW research on the relationships among dairy farm operations, water use and quality, and energy use.
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Using the humanities to change lives
The Odyssey Project, founded and run by UW–Madison English professor Emily Auerbach, puts literature, philosophy, and the arts in reach for Madison adults living below the poverty line.

Featured Event

Aldo Leopold weekend
March 4-5, 2017 | Multiple times and locations
Multiple local events will celebrate Aldo Leopold weekend, including Saturday Science, Madison Reads Leopold, and a walk at the UW Arboretum.

Food For Thought

MGE announces Iowa wind farm
The planned site will include 33 turbines and generate up to 66 megawatts of electricity, enough to power about 47,000 homes. If approved, it is expected to begin operating by the end of 2018.
Keeping microfibers out of the environment
Tiny fibers released from fleece and other synthetic fabrics have become a growing environmental pollutant. Two outdoor enthusiasts decided they had to take action.

Jobs & Opportunities


Morgridge Center interns – Madison, WI
The Morgridge Center for Public Service is hiring several interns for fall 2017, including Badger Volunteers, outreach, marketing, and community-based learning. Application deadline is March 12.
Land stewardship intern – Baraboo, WI
The Nature Conservancy is seeking a summer intern to gather and manage forest management and wildlife monitoring data in the Baraboo Hills. Application deadline is March 6.


Communications and marketing coordinator – Baraboo, WI
The Aldo Leopold Foundation is seeking an education and outreach team member to write web content and coordinate promotional strategies and marketing efforts. Position open until filled.
Project associate – Emeryville, CA
Root Solutions is seeking a limited-term associate to pilot a paper-reduction campaign and assist with other  projects that apply behavioral science to conservation initiatives. Application deadline is March 15.


Recycling coordinator – Portland, OR
The state of Oregon's Department of Environmental Quality is seeking a manager to implement and maintain the statewide electronic waste recycling program, Oregon E-Cycles. Application deadline is March 7.
Development specialist – Appleton, WI
Northeast Wisconsin Land Trust is seeking an energetic person to lead outreach and fundraising efforts of with particular emphasis on donor relations. Application deadline is March 27.


Challenge Detroit
Challenge Detroit is accepting applications for a year of meaningful employment and intellectual work with area nonprofits designed to positively impact the city. Application deadline is March 5.
Bucky's Award in Conservation and Sustainability
Nominations are open for student organizations that have helped the campus and/or community improve environmental sustainability. Application deadline is March 12.
March 1, 2017
Slow Food Cafe: Flatbread feast
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
The Crossing
March 1, 2017
Peace Corps open house
3-5 p.m.
Red Gym
March 1, 2017
Yahara 2070: Future of water and people
12-1 p.m.
March 1, 2017
Using local wood to save the tropics
7-8:15 p.m.
1111 UW Biotechnology Center
March 2, 2017
Weston Roundtable: Mapping evolution in the face of climate change
4:15-5:15 p.m.
1163 Mechanical Engineering
March 4, 2017
Madison Reads Leopold
9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
UW Arboretum
March 4, 2017
Saturday Science: Aldo Leopold Day
10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Discovery Building
March 4, 2017
March Against Pipeline Expansion
2-5 p.m.
Whitewater, WI
March 5, 2017
Walking in Leopold's footsteps
8 p.m.
UW Arboretum
March 6, 2017
Energy and international development
3:30 p.m.
1115 Wisconsin Energy Institute
March 8, 2017
Workshop: Shifting and derailleurs
6-7:30 p.m.
University Bicycle Resource Center
March 9, 2017
Yahara Lakes 101: Clean Water Act
8-9 a.m.
The Edgewater
March 9, 2017
Human-wildlife connection
9-11:30 a.m.
UW Arboretum
March 9, 2017
Weston Roundtable: Environmental systems analysis
4:15-5:15 p.m.
1163 Mechanical Engineering
March 11, 2017
Lakeshore Nature Preserve volunteer work day
9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Picnic Point parking lot
March 12, 2017
CSA open house
12-4 p.m.
Monona Terrace
March 16, 2017
Weston Roundtable: Tropical agriculture mapping
4:15-5:15 p.m.
1163 Mechanical Engineering
March 21, 2017
Film festival: Food + Farms
7-9:30 p.m.
High Noon Saloon
April 1, 2017
DNR Warden career day
12:30-5 p.m.
5702 Femrite Dr.
Sign up by March 10
April 4, 2017
Global Health Symposium
4:30-9 p.m.
Health Sciences Learning Center
April 7, 2017
Adult Swim: Sustainability sideshow
6-10 p.m.
Madison Children's Museum
April 10, 2017
Manure: environmental bane or boon?
3:30 p.m.
1115 Wisconsin Energy Institute
April 18, 2017
Earth Day Conference
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Monona Terrace and Convention Center
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