March 18, 2014

Sustainability Spotlight

Climate Change Solutions Mixer
4-6 p.m., April 4, 2014
Town Center Atrium
Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery

Imagine. Innovate. Create!
Succeeding in an uncertain future will demand novel ways of thinking and working. The Office of Sustainability is kicking off a new campus and community-wide team challenge to design practical solutions for climate change. Have ideas, skills, talents, or dreams? Join us at an opening mixer, where you can rub minds and forge partnerships to launch a team.

Are you up to the challenge? Register now to enjoy appetizers, drinks and a short program.

What's New at UW?

Health by Motorbike to host Spring Gala fundraiser
Health by Motorbike is an organization that delivers basic health education, services and equipment to women and adolescent girls living in remote areas of Kenya. Watch here.
UW-Madison initiates new effort on Bangladesh worker safety
UW-Madison will require all of its licenses that source, produce or purchase goods in Bangladesh to sign and comply with the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh for the production of UW goods.
Sea Grant launches 'Eat Wisconsin Fish' campaign
The Sea Grant Institute is using the month of March to launch its 'Eat Wisconsin Fish' campaign, an effort designed to educate customers about the benefits of eating local fish.

Featured Events

Growing Up and Waking Up: Psychological and Spiritual Maturity in Everyday Life
March 19, 2014 | 7-8 p.m. | Pyle Center
The practice of mindfulness, taken originally from the Buddhist practice tradition, has been shown to be a powerful tool in supporting robust psychological and spiritual development, the two foundations of full human maturity.
Cultural Politics of Food: Can a Clean Plate Save the Planet?
March 27, 2014 | 7:30 p.m. | Union South
Alice Waters is an American chef, restaurateur, activist and author. Pioneer of the Slow Food movement, Waters has been cited as one of the most influential figures in food in the past 50 years and is one of the most visible supporters of the organic food movement.

Food For Thought

NYT: Farm-to-table living takes root
'Agrotopia,' a neighborhood outside Phoenix, Ariz., is one of a growing number of so-called agrihoods, residential developments where a working farm is a central feature, in the same way that other communities may cluster around a golf course, pool or fitness center. 

Photo by Laura Segall, The New York Times
Madison's Filament Games creates sustainability-themed game for the workplace
In an effort to educate employees on sustainability, the Green Team applied rich context to the conversation by asking their developer teams to create a sustainability-themed learning game during their annual game jam. 
Lake Michigan's ice cover sets record; flooding feared
As Lake Michigan set a record for greatest ice cover, scientists are warning that the ice and snow could cause severe flooding in some areas when it finally melts.

Jobs & Opportunities


UW Agronomy Department summer field research assistant - Madison, WI
Duties include data collection, preparing seed packets, planting soybean and wheat research plots, general plot maintenance, collecting samples and laboratory grain analysis. Candidate must be able to work primarily outdoors, and some long days may be necessary to complete sensitive research goals. Application deadline is March 24.
University Housing greenhouse manager - Madison, WI
The greenhouse manager will take on primary responsibility for equipping, managing and developing protocol for the new greenhouse space on the fourth floor of the Aldo Leopold Residence Hall. Application deadline is April 1.
Madison Environmental Group internships - Madison, WI
Madison Environmental Group is looking for an EnAct Intern and a Sustainability Intern for the summer. Application deadline is April 7.


Friends of Starkweather Creek live monitoring volunteers - Madison, WI
Friends of Starkweather Creek is seeking volunteers (students or faculty) to participate in and lead projects to assemble, install and monitor a creek measuring system. Volunteers will gain experience in programming, micro-computers, electronic sensors, teambuilding, writing and more.


Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources water resources management specialist - Madison, WI
The water resource management specialist will work with Water Action Volunteers from the DNR and UW-Extension to support volunteer stream monitoring programming, with a particular focus on total phosphorous monitoring. Application deadline is March 21.
University of Wyoming assistant professor, wildland hydrology - Laramie, WY
The Department of Ecosystem Science & Management at the University of Wyoming is recruiting a tenure-track assistant professor of wildland watershed hydrology with a 50 percent teaching and 50 percent research appointment. Application deadline is March 29.


Office of Sustainability SIRE Awards program seeks proposals
Proposals are now being accepted for two tracks in the 2014 Sustainability Innovation in Research and Education (SIRE) Awards program.
  • Research Initiation (RI) due March 24
  • Educational Innovation (ED) due March 24
Educational Innovation Mini-Grants
Educational Innovation Mini-Grants, up to $1,000 each, are available to support faculty and staff as they initially explore ideas and efforts to advance teaching and learning innovations. Applications due by June 1.


Undergrads: Apply to present your research!
Sustainability Lunch HOUR (Highlight of Undergraduate Research)
March 28, 2014
12-1 p.m.
140 Science Hall
March 19, 2014
Curricular and Co-Curricular Tools for Engaging the Social Dimensions of Change
1-2:30 p.m.
Webinar, free for UW-System schools
Register here
March 24-28, 2014
Tips for Riding in Traffic

12 p.m.
University Bicycle Resource Center
600 N. Park Street
March 24, 2014
Bioenergy and Bioproducts working meeting
1-3 p.m.
Carson Gulley 
RSVP here
March 24-28, 2014
Public presentations for UW-Madison provost finalists

10:30 a.m.
1310 Grainger Hall 
March 26, 2014
Pursuit of Net Zero Energy: The Walgreens Experience
1 p.m.
Free webinar
April 22, 2014
earth: to be determined Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Register by April 15
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