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September 6, 2016

Sustainability Spotlight

Badger Volunteers registration opens Sept 9
Fall semester project teams for the popular service program will open September 9 at 12:01 a.m. and typically fill quickly. Students can volunteer with more than 80 community partners in the areas of education, sustainability, and public health.

What's New at UW?

New Farm to Table bags at campus market
The program aims to simplify cooking with fresh local produce by featuring a new recipe and hand-selected assortment of market items each week.
Protecting WI lakes takes more than facts
A research team from UW–Extension and UW–Madison has found that knowledge about good lakeshore management is not strongly associated with how property owners actually manage their own shorelines.

Featured Events

FORWARD? The Wisconsin Idea, Past and Present
September 6, 2016 | 6 p.m. | Pyle Center
A new course in the Department of Sociology combines a small undergraduate seminar with a public lecture series, held on 15 consecutive Tuesday evenings, that examines the University of Wisconsin's relationship with the people of the state. 
Weston Roundtable
September 8, 2016 | 4:15-5:15 p.m. | 1163 Mechanical Engineering
This series of interactive lectures, held weekly during the academic year, promotes a robust understanding of sustainability science, engineering, and policy with sustainability experts from UW–Madison and beyond.

Food For Thought

Farm-to-home delivery service wins award
Square Harvest, a startup with UW–Madison roots that delivers customized orders from small, local food producers, recently won the Wisconsin Innovation Award for agriculture.
Students, put your laptops away
Not only are laptops and tablets distracting in class, a study has shown that taking notes by hand may improve conceptual understanding and recall.
Troubled manure digester looks to future
New owners of a manure digesting plant near Waunakee say they have improved the facility’s performance but a major challenge looms as the current electricity contract is due to expire in four years.

Jobs & Opportunities


Communications specialist – Madison, WI
The Wisconsin Land and Water Conservation Association is seeking a communications specialist to support statewide outreach efforts and create success stories through various media platforms. Application deadline is not listed.
Farm to School prep worker – Madison, WI
The REAP Food Group is seeking reliable, fast-paced, kitchen-savvy workers for 4-6 hours on Tuesdays to prep fresh, raw, locally-grown fruit and veggie snacks for local schools. To apply, contact Natasha Smith. Application deadline is not listed.


Ecologists – Chicago, IL
The Field Museum's Keller Action Science Center is seeking a conservation ecologist to support conservation sites in the Chicago area and a climate ecologist to conduct climate vulnerability assessments for natural areas. Application deadlines are not listed.
Project team member – Madison, WI
The Partnership Ag Resource Management program is seeking a team member to promote agricultural best practices in the Great Lakes Basin through research, outreach, grant writing and technical reports. Application deadline is not listed.


Operations director – Madison, WI
The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin is looking for a director to oversee internal functions of the foundation including operational systems, processes and policies. Application deadline is September 19.
Environmental education coordinator – Madison, WI
The UW Arboretum is seeking a manager to supervise a range of education programs, provide content for publications, engage volunteers, and incorporate research efforts into educational programs. Application deadline is September 21.


Campus RainWorks Challenge
The EPA's RainWorks Challenge asks undergraduate or graduate student teams to design an innovative green infrastructure project for their campus. Registration is open through September 30.
Green Masters Program
The Green Masters Program of the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council, a sustainability assessment and recognition program, is accepting applications from new and returning organizations through October 31.


Agriculture for Climate Variability
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has $8.4 million in available funding to study and develop new approaches for the agriculture sector to adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change.
September 6-18, 2016
Free Group Fitness classes
All day
September 7, 2016
Farm and Digester Tour
8:30 a.m.
Village of Dane Digester Facility
September 7, 2016
Webinar: Health and economic mobility
1-2 p.m.
September 8, 2016
Campus Farmers' Market
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Union South
September 8, 2016
Taking action at the intersection of action and public health
3:30-5:30 p.m.
Discovery Building
September 8, 2016
Weston Roundtable: Air pollution and climate policy
4:15-5:15 p.m.
1163 Mechanical Engineering
September 9, 2016
Welcome Party in the Garden
4-6:30 p.m.
Allen Centennial Garden
September 9-11, 2016
Sustainability Weekend 
Folklore Village
September 12, 2016
Student Job Fair
12-4:30 p.m.
Gordon Dining & Event Center
September 12, 2016
Efficient lighting and the rebound effect
3:30-4:30 p.m.
1115 Wisconsin Energy Institute
September 13, 2016
Conservation and the Wisconsin Idea
6 p.m.
Pyle Center
September 13, 2016
Campus Master Plan update
7-9 p.m.
Varsity Hall
September 14, 2016
Study abroad fair
1:30-6 p.m.
Varsity Hall
September 14-15, 2016
Student organization fair
5-8 p.m.
Kohl Center
September 15, 2016
Hurricanes and climate
4:15-5:15 p.m.
1163 Mechanical Engineering
September 15, 2016
Farm to Flavor
6:30-9 p.m.
Mendota Room, Dejope Hall
Through September 16, 2016
ASM bus pass distribution
10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Student Activity Center or Union South box office
September 18, 2016
Honey Harvest celebration
1-3 p.m.
Allen Centennial Garden
September 20, 2016
Cultivating creative economies
7 p.m.
Overture Center
September 21, 2016
Sustainability emerging professionals roundtable
5:30-8:30 p.m.
Waukesha, WI
September 22, 2016
Career and internship fair
4-8 p.m.
Kohl Center
September 26, 2016
LEED Green Associate training
6-10 p.m.
1199 Nicholas Hall
September 30, 2016
11 a.m.
Outdoor lawn, Gordon Dining and Event Center
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