July 29, 2014

Sustainability Spotlight

Badger Volunteers connect community and sustainability through service
Nearly 150 UW–Madison students are serving the community this summer through the Morgridge Center for Public Service Badger Volunteers program. Students at 24 of the 31 volunteer sites pursue sustainability-oriented missions including clean lakes, land stewardship and responsible use of natural resources.

What's New at UW?

New blog: Yahara in situ
A blog about the Yahara watershed features a collection of research updates, reflections, and images from the Water Sustainability and Climate Project's diverse team of scientists, exploring how our water and the benefits people derive from nature could change over time.
Study shows role of media in sharing life events
Communication arts professor Catalina Toma, who studies online self-presentation and how emotional well-being is affected by social media, reports in a new study that social sharing via phones, texting, or social media enhanced how good or bad the sharer felt about the shared event.

Featured Events

Saturday Science: Wade Into Water
August 2, 2014 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery 
Saturday Science at Discovery is a monthly series that consists of free science exploration and education programs. At this month's session, Wade Into Water, discover the many roles water plays in our world by exploring limnology, water economics and the life cycle of water.
UW–Madison Day at the State Fair
August 6, 2014 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Wisconsin State Fair Park, West Allis, WI
Join members of the UW–Madison community at the State Fair for hands-on exploration stations, displays and a pep rally featuring the UW Marching Band. Look for recycling activities sponsored by the Office of Sustainability and WE CONSERVE! Also, donate unopened school supplies for a reduced admission rate.

Food For Thought

Raising beef uses ten times more resources than poultry, dairy, eggs or pork
Beef’s environmental impact dwarfs that of other meat including chicken and pork, new research reveals, with one expert saying that eating less red meat would be a better way for people to cut carbon emissions than giving up their cars.
A promising solution to ocean plastics
The city of Baltimore has installed a solar-powered water wheel that can process 23 metrics tons of floating garbage every day.

Jobs & Opportunities

Find more sustainability-related opportunities on the Office of Sustainability's new Jobs and Internships page!


The Green Program accepting applications
The Green Program, an experiential learning program focused on clean energy and sustainability leadership, is accepting applications for its Iceland programs in winter 2014-15. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.
Cellular Dynamics Undergraduate Research Assistant – Madison, WI
Cellular Dynamics is seeking an undergraduate research assistant to maintain research equipment and assist in automation and induced pluripotent stem cell research opportunities.
IPM Institute Project Team Member – Madison, WI
The IPM Institute of North America is hiring a project team member to coordinate communications with partners, prepare technical reports, do research and provide clerical support for integrated pest management programs.


Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Program Specialist – Madison, WI
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is hiring a limited term employment program specialist to assist in its recycling program and other special projects. Application deadline is August 4.


Sustain Dane accepting nominations for Badger Bioneers
Every year at its Badger Bioneers Conference, Sustain Dane awards three local thinkers and doers the title of Badger Bioneer. Badger Bioneers are people who are actively moving Madison toward a more sustainable future. Nominations accepted until August 1.
North America Aronia Cooperative General Manager – Midwest
The North America Aronia Cooperative is seeking a general manager to lead the day-to-day operation of the co-op and oversee aggregation and distribution of aronia berries. Application deadline is August 29. 


Office of Sustainability SIRE-REU call for proposals
The Office of Sustainability is accepting proposals for its fall SIRE Research Experience for Undergraduates (SIRE-REU) program. SIRE-REU awards provide up to $5,000 to support engagement of an undergraduate in an existing, extramurally-funded, sustainability-oriented research grant at UW–Madison. Application deadline is August 15.
NOAA climate funding opportunities list
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration compiled a list of climate-related funding opportunities currently available, which is current as of July 8. The list includes grant programs from the National Science Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Emergency Management Agency and more.


July 30, 2014
Wednesday Nite @ the Lab: Cancer stem cells as a model for brain tumor treatments
7-8:30 p.m.
425 Henry Mall
July 31, 2014
Yoga at Olin Park Pavilion
5:30-7 p.m.
1156 Olin-Turville Court
July 31, 2014
Troy Gardens Prairie Restoration Night
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Troy Drive
August 1, 2014
Green Building Webinar Series
12:00 p.m.
Sign up here to access
August 1, 2014
Visit the F.H. King rooftop garden
10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Pyle Center
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