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July 27, 2021

Sustainability Spotlight

How heat waves form, and how climate change makes them worse

“It compounds on itself,” said Jonathan Martin, a professor of atmospheric science at the University of Wisconsin–Madison ... "When you’re excessively warm, you tend to build and strengthen the [heat system], which encourages continuation of clear skies, which in turn encourages a lack of precipitation, which makes it drier, which makes the incoming solar radiation more able to heat the ground.”
The SustainUW Podcast

Bonus Episode: Earth Day Activism
We all know that Earth Day commemorates our planet and offers people an opportunity to dedicate themselves to living more sustainable lives. But what's the history of Earth Day, and how has that history intersected with a broader history of social and environmental activism, especially on college campuses? In this bonus episode, hosts Catie McDonald and Marina Minic explore these questions and interview students at an Earth Day rally on the UW–Madison campus. 
Featured Event

Sacred Wisdom, Sacred Earth: Centering Indigenous Knowledge for Future Generations
August 9 - 11

The Loka Initiative and the International Mayan League, in coordination with diverse organizations and leaders, are celebrating International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples by hosting an online convening from August 9th to 11th. The convening brings together and centers Indigenous speakers and moderators from a variety of traditions, regions and backgrounds to share Indigenous ecological and spiritual knowledge as means of sustenance for all Indigenous peoples and all humanity. This event is open to the general public.
More Events

Jul. 27 - 28, – Verge Net Zero: Accelerating the Transition to a Climate-Positive Future
Aug. 5, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm CDT – Commercial Growers of Wisconsin Flower Field Day/Garden Tour, West Madison Agricultural Research Station
Aug. 10, 12:00 pm CDT – Badger Talks Live: La Follette Focus: Healthy Policy
Aug. 12, 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm CDT – Meditation at Allen Centennial Gardens
Aug. 16, 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm – The Aging Brain: Developing Well-Being for your Future, Healthy Minds Live
Aug. 17, 12:00 pm CDT – Badger Talks Live: La Follette Focus: Climate Change
Aug. 18, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT – LifeMatters WorkLife Balance Webinar: Emotional Wellbeing for Parents

City of Madison Calendar of Events                                                                           
Dane County Calendar of Events
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The UW–Madison Resilience Commitment provides a critical framework to assess our campus and community vulnerability to climate change and to create a plan for bold climate action. Tune in each week for campus-community resilience spotlights. 

For our full jobs list, click here.


Office of Sustainability Student Help  – Campus/ Remote
The candidate will work closely with the the analyst for the Office of Sustainability to collect, organize, and analyze data required to complete the STARS report. While specific analyses required will be determined collaboratively, analyses could include supporting greenhouse gas emission inventory development, analyzing courses for sustainability-related offerings, analyzing on and off-campus renewable energy generation, or collecting information on sustainability-related events.

Organic Vegetable Trial Student Help, CALS – West Madison Ag Station
Maintain, harvest, and end-of-season clean-up of vegetable variety trials.

Bicycle Assistant, Transportation Commuter Solutions – Bicycle Resource Center, Campus
Staff University Bicycle Resource Center during open hours. Staff monthly events at University Bicycle Resource Center as available. Optional occasional opportunities to pick up hours staffing events or assisting with field or office work associated with Transportation Services.

International Student Services Peer Advisor, International Student Services – Campus/ Remote
International Student Services (ISS) serves UW-Madison students on F and J visas by providing holistic support through advising on immigration, personal, and cultural matters, and by organizing events and activities to support student's engagement and development with the campus community.


Teaching Naturalist, Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center, UW–Extension – Wisconsin Dells, WI
The Upham Woods Teaching Naturalists are the primary programmatic personnel for Upham Woods. This position is responsible for teaching environmental education classes, leading the programmatic activities, interacting with center clientele, corresponding with schools before and after a group visit, assisting with program development, and care for programmatic equipment which includes our nature center animals.

Sustainability Outreach and Communications Associate, University of Maryland – College Park, Maryland
The Sustainability Associate will support the Office of Sustainability in managing outreach and communications programs that engage students living in residence halls and fraternity/sorority chapters in designed sustainability behavior programs as well as outreach to engage faculty, staff, and off campus students. The Associate will directly support the Office of Sustainability Outreach Coordinator in carrying out two green housing programs: the Green Chapter Program in DFSL, and the Green Terp Program in DRL.

Education Program Coordinator, Center for Healthy Minds – Campus
The Center for Healthy Minds is seeking an Education Program Coordinator to assist with and help coordinate program communications, outreach, event planning, the writing of funding proposals, course administration and the further development and facilitation of campus and community relationships for The Loka Initiative and the Student Flourishing in Higher Education program area.


Executive Director, Friends of Lake Wingra – Madison, WI/ Remote
Responsible for the overall management and day-to-day operations of FoLW, the Executive Director is the “Face of the Organization” and works closely with the Board of Directors to make decisions and create plans that forward the organization and help protect Lake Wingra. The Executive Director is an independent contractor, works under minimal supervision, sets their own schedule, and must provide their own equipment (ie. laptop, office supplies, printer, computer programs, storage space for a small amount of outreach materials). 

Communications and Events Manager, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID), Campus
The WID Communications and Events Manager leads the development, planning, and successful execution of a broad array of communications, events, and programs. This position plays a key role in fostering our collaborative culture, facilitating opportunities for our researchers to engage with one another and the broader community.

University Sustainability Coordinator, UW-Green Bay – Green Bay, WI
This position is primarily responsible for coordinating, and in some cases managing campus-wide sustainability initiatives with emphasis on the continuing integration of sustainability in the campus culture and all aspects of campus activities at all four campus locations. This person will be very active in engaging with the campus community as an advocate for improved sustainability performance and lowered environmental impact through strategic planning, project implementation, research, reporting, communication and public presentations. This position will work closely with the Sustainability Committee.

Sustainability Manager, Cardinal Glass Industries – Spring Green, WI
Cardinal Glass Industries leads the industry in the development of energy-saving coatings on glass used in residential windows and doors. Cardinal’s 42 manufacturing sites include the production of float, coated, insulated, tempered, and laminated glass. The Coated Glass (CG) division of Cardinal Glass Industries is looking for a Sustainability Manager that has industrial experience to develop and implement a sustainability program building off the existing green manufacturing practices.

Handshake, Career Services for Undergraduate Students - Campus
Handshake makes it easy for every UW-Madison student to explore career events, connect to jobs and internships, and even schedule on-campus interviews.

Curtis Prairie Vegetation Research Volunteer, UW–Madison Arboretum – Madison, WI
Work with UW master’s students to support the Curtis Prairie vegetation resampling project. This is part of a long-term study monitoring the development of this restored prairie since its establishment in 1935. To determine how it is changing, we will be identifying every plant in the established plots.

Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium Fellowship – Remote
HEASC Fellows are volunteers who spend three to five hours each week working on high impact projects that meet the strategic goals of HEASC and advance sustainability across the higher education sector.

UW–Madison Student Jobs Board
Student Jobs provides students access to thousands of part-time employment opportunities both through UW–Madison as well as businesses and families within the local community. 

Wisconsin Scholarship Hub - Madison, WI
A list of scholarship opportunities available to students with information about the applications, deadlines, eligibility criteria, award amounts, donors, and more.

City of Madison Jobs
We are looking for great people who want to make a real difference in their communities. Join the City of Madison and be part of a smart, innovative team looking to build a great city today and tomorrow.

Dane County Jobs
From Accountants to Zoo Keepers, Dane County Government has many different jobs available. We strive to recruit individuals who are passionate about making an impact on our communities. 

The University of Wisconsin–Madison will be a living model for sustainability, exemplifying values and actions that demonstrate our commitment to stewardship of resources, respect for place and the health and well-being of the broader community, now and for the future. 
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