March 24, 2015

Sustainability Spotlight

Conserve 24/7: Greenhouse Gases and Ginger Root
Recently, UW–Madison professor Cathy Middlecamp and a team of students investigated the carbon footprint associated with meals offered at Ginger Root in Union South. What do you think had the largest footprint? Watch this video to learn more.

What's New at UW?

Residence halls reduce energy use during Wisconservation
University Housing reported eight of 11 residence halls reduced their overall energy consumption during the third week of the Office of Sustainability's Wisconservation initiative, which includes an energy reduction and recycling competition among campus residence halls.
Wisconsin forests serve as laboratory and classroom
When Ankur Desai studies the uptake and emission of carbon in Wisconsin forests, he's not just illuminating ecosystem impacts on climate – he's igniting the spark of scientific inquiry in local students.
Expanding Wisconsin's energy industry
The Wisconsin Energy Institute is working with a Milwaukee-based consortium of academic and industry representatives to move clean energy technologies out of the lab and into the marketplace for greater impact on local economies.

Featured Events

The Problem of Hurricanes and Climate
March 24, 2015 | 7 p.m. | Discovery Building
Hurricane expert Kerry Emanuel will discuss the relationship between hurricane activity and climate change, including recent rumors heard in popular discourse. In this free public lecture, he will also introduce his current ideas on how hurricanes may influence the climate itself.
University Roundtable: Health by Motorbike
April 8, 2015 | 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. | Varsity Hall, Union South
Araceli Alonso delivers a personal and professional reflection on how academic and scientific knowledge is improving social equality, equity and women's quality of life in seven communities of rural Kenya through the Health by Motorbike program. Sign up by noon on March 31.

Food For Thought

What's the greenest way to travel?
The very best thing, climate-wise, would be never to travel anywhere. But that's a no-go for most people – so book tickets carefully and carpool whenever you can to minimize carbon emissions.
Pre-break tips for home and office
Before you leave your home or office for spring break, don't forget to unplug appliances, turn off power strips and adjust your thermostat. Small steps can make your space more sustainable!

Jobs & Opportunities


RP's Pasta Company farmers' market manager – Madison, WI
RP's Pasta Company is hiring a market manager for the outdoor season of the Dane County Farmers' Market. Duties include loading the truck, setting up at the market, selling pasta and tearing down at the end of the market. Application deadline is April 19.
Meadow Lark Farm Dinners internships – Boulder County, CO
Meadow Lark Farm Dinners are a celebration of Colorado's farmers and food artisans. Meadow Lark Farm Dinners is hiring four interns for the 2015 season to help with dinner preparation and clean-up as well as administrative responsibilities. Application deadline is March 31.


Academy for Global Citizenship sustainability education coordinator – Chicago, IL
The Academy for Global Citizenship is hiring a sustainability education coordinator to manage curriculum development, engagement and instruction. Application deadline is May 1.


Ford College Community Challenge
The Ford College Community Challenge will support up to 10 student-led projects that focus on "Building Sustainable Communities" by solving pressing needs through community-building projects. Winning participants receive $25,000 from Ford Motor Company. Application deadline is May 7.


Need research help?

Add an undergrad to your sustainability research program! Apply for a SIRE-REU grant through the Office of Sustainability.

Deadline is March 27
March 2015
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March 24, 2015
Global Health Seminar Series: E-learning and sustainable health
5 p.m.
1309 Health Sciences Learning Center 
March 25, 2015
River Alliance of Wisconsin Wild and Scenic Film Festival
7-10 p.m.
Barrymore Theatre
Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door
March 26, 2015
Weston Roundtable: Tradeoffs, vulnerabilities and dependencies in environmental systems
4:15-5:15 p.m.
1106 Mechanical Engineering
March 27, 2015
CPEP: Is climate change mitigation getting cheaper?
1:30 p.m.
811 AOSS
April 8, 2015
Global Health Symposium
4:30-9 p.m.
1st floor Health Sciences Learning Center
April 9, 2015
Ask for It: Women and the power of negotiation
1:30-3 p.m.
1800 Engineering Hall
April 9, 2015
Skill Share Fair
4-6:30 p.m.
Memorial Union
April 11, 2015
Workshop: Reducing food waste through creative cooking
9:30 and 10:30 a.m.
Dane County Farmers' Market (indoor)
330 W. Mifflin Street
April 14, 2015
Meat Eater: Adventures from the life of an American Hunter
5:30-7 p.m.
Discovery Building
April 16-18, 2015
Engineering Expo
Engineering campus
April 18, 2015
Outdoor Dane County Farmers' Market
6 a.m.-2 p.m.
Capitol Square
April 24, 2015
ASM Sustainability Fair
Time and location TBA
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