September 9, 2014

Sustainability Spotlight

Six undergrads receive sustainability grants
What do farmers' markets, geothermal exchange systems and sustainable chemistry have in common? All are research topics of the latest undergraduate SIRE (Sustainability Innovation in Research and Education) awards.

What's New at UW?

Camp Randall's first strides toward zero-waste
Last weekend’s rout of Western Illinois also marked a win for Camp Randall’s waste diversion efforts, including good fan involvement in properly sorting waste between recycling and composting bins.
Weekly campus farmers' market to start Thursday
The campus farmers' market will kick off its second year this week at Union South. Look for local vendors selling fresh produce on the Johnson Street side of the building from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursdays through October 16.

Featured Events

Weston Roundtable Series:
Economists and sustainability studies

September 11, 2014 4:15-5:15 p.m. 1106 Mechanical Engineering
Join UW–Madison agriculture and applied economics professor Bradford Barham to discuss what recent economics innovations can offer sustainability scientists, such as models that more accurately account for human behavior while analyzing social, economic and environmental issues.
DIY Science - Sunshine & Green Plants: Using light to learn about life
September 12, 2014 | 7 p.m. | Discovery Building 
Have you ever wondered how plants turn sunlight into chemical energy? At the upcoming session of DIY Science, learn more about the relationship between light and life, and how we could potentially utilize plants to get energy from the sun. Registration is $12; ages 18+ only.

Food For Thought

When adding bike lanes actually reduces traffic delays
One reason people oppose bike lanes is the perception that they increase car congestion, but in New York City smart street design allowed safer and faster travel for all.
UW–Milwaukee experiments with "greener" grass
This year UWM eliminated use of chemicals on its 23 acres of Kentucky Bluegrass after a side-by-side comparison of traditional and natural lawn care.
JAMA: The real cost of food
Can taxes and subsidies improve public health? A scholarly viewpoint in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that active policy interventions could improve diets by incentivizing healthier food choices.

Jobs & Opportunities


Clean Wisconsin communications assistant intern – Madison, WI
Clean Wisconsin is hiring a communications assistant intern to update media lists, maintain social media accounts and assist with writing and editing printed materials. Application deadline is September 19.
Spark Clean Energy Fellowship
Spark Clean Energy is accepting applications for fellowships to support travel and housing for undergraduate and graduate students to attend the BERC Energy Summit October 16-17 and the MIT Energy Conference in early March. Application deadline is September 28.
Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters internships – Madison, WI
The Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters is hiring a development intern to help fundraising and event planning efforts and a legislative intern to do research and track legislation. Send a cover letter and resume to Matt Dannenberg. Application deadline is not listed.


Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources wastewater engineers – Madison, WI
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is hiring wastewater engineers to fill positions across the state, including one in its Madison office, to prepare wastewater treatment discharge permits, enforce state water pollution laws and respond to complaints and emergencies at permitted facilities. Application deadline is September 21.


University of Virginia professor of civil and environmental engineering – Charlottesville, VA
The University of Virginia is hiring for a tenure-track position in the area of sustainable infrastructure systems. Applications accepted until position is filled.
World Wildlife Fund senior program officer – Washington, DC
The World Wildlife Fund is seeking a senior program officer to lead and enhance its efforts to design and manage integrated conservation and development efforts. Application deadline is not listed.


[Em]Powering Grid Resilience Student Innovation Prize
This nationwide innovation competition challenges students to design solutions that improve communication between consumers and utilities to build a more responsive and secure energy grid. Application deadline is November 10.


September 10, 2014
Learn to use B-cycle
2-4 p.m.
University Bicycle Resource Center
September 10, 2014
Food Cart Fair
4-7 p.m.
Fluno Center
September 11, 2014
Intro to finding funding for your graduate education
3-4 p.m.
Memorial Library 126
September 11, 2014
GMO: What do we know?
3:30 p.m.
B302 Birge Hall
September 12, 2014
Harvest Handouts
1 p.m.
East Campus Mall
September 12, 2014
F.H. King Semester Kickoff
4-6 p.m.
Student Activity Center, Rm 3203
September 12, 2014
Wheels and Reels
Gates open 7 p.m.
Gunflint Trail Park, Fitchburg
September 13, 2014
Good Food Garden Party
4:30 p.m. to twilight
Troy Gardens
September 16, 2014
MPower Sustainability Session: Water Stewardship
8:30-10:30 a.m.
Goodman Community Center
Registration is $10
September 18, 2014
Symposium: Incarceration, infections and inequalities
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Wingra Family Medical Center, 1102 S. Park St.
September 21, 2014
Native by Design: Gardening for a sustainable future
8:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
UW Arboretum Native Plant Garden
Registration is $60
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