June 10, 2014

Sustainability Spotlight

Climate Quest Solutions Workshop
Between 20-25 teams, selected from nearly 80 ideas submitted to the Climate Quest competition, will attend a Solutions Workshop June 12 to learn how to use the principles of design thinking to develop their ideas into prototyped climate solutions with broad societal impact.

What's New at UW?

Big 10 Conference, UW–Madison lead in collegiate green energy use
Schools in the Big 10 Conference, including UW–Madison, were among schools in more than 30 collegiate athletic conferences that participated in the EPA Green Power Partnership, which tracked the conferences with the highest combined green power usage.
UW–Madison links with New York museum to collect games and learning data
Called "Oztoc" or "cave"
in the Aztec Nahuatl language, the project betwee UW–Madison and the New York Hall of Science is an interactive multitouch table to investigate how collaboration and learning occur during play in informal settings such as museums.

Featured Events

DIY Science:
Aquaponics: From Fish Tank to Table

June 13, 2014 | 7-9 p.m. | Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery
Aquaponics is a creative way to grow vegetables and edible fish in one system. This method of farming symbiotically combines fish and plants in a continuous, water-based growing system. Learn the basics of setting up at aquaponics system from UW–Madison experts at this session of DIY Science.
Monthly Bird and Nature Walk: Surf, Sun and Shade at Turville Point
June 14, 2014 | 10-11:30 a.m. | 1156 Olin Turville Court, Madison, WI
Enjoy views of Lake Monona and the state Capitol on a nature stroll co-sponsored by Friends of Olin Turville and the Madison Audubon Society and learn about the human and natural history of Turville Point.

Turville Point Conservation Park is on the western shore of Lake Monona near the Alliant Energy Center. Get directions.

Food For Thought

Who gets to graduate?
More than 40 percent of American students who start at four-year colleges haven't earned a degree after six years. If you include community-college students in the tabulation, the dropout rate is more than half, worse than any other country except Hungary.
Concerns grow over farm drugs used like "sweets"
The widespread use of antibiotics on farms without medical supervision has been condemned at a meeting of the World Organization for Animal Health.

Jobs & Opportunities


Sustain Dane summer internship opportunities – Madison, WI
Sustain Dane is hiring a smART (sustainability + Madison + art) intern, a social media and graphic design intern and an evaluation intern for summer 2014. Application deadlines are June 13 and 20.


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Fish Biologist – Ashland, WI
Duties include developing comprehensive fish management plans, coordinating with other fishery programs, conducting investigations and organizing activities that affect fish culture, fishery resources and fish health. Application deadline is June 13.
Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters Climate Change Field Organizer - Milwaukee or Green Bay, WI
The Wisconsin League of Conservation voters is hiring a field organizer to implement a grassroots mobilization and communications campaign around climate change. Application deadline is June 13.
University of Colorado–Boulder Science Writer – Boulder, CO
The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at UC–Boulder is hiring a full-time research assistant in science writing to write news articles and features, press releases and social media content as well as contribute to other communication efforts.


Energy and Sustainability Customer Relationship Management Coordinator for Focus on Energy – Madison, WI
The customer relationship management coordinator is responsible for managing the Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system on a day-to-day basis. Ideal applicants are process-oriented, pay close attention to details and have analytical thinking skills.
American University Sustainability Manager – Washington, DC
The sustainability manager coordinates the university's sustainability efforts using rating systems including LEED, STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System) and ACUPCC (American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment), and tracks, benchmarks and analyzes a wide range of sustainability metrics in facilities and operations.
FEEST Deputy Director – Seattle, WA
FEEST is the Food Education Empowerment and Sustainability Team, a youth-driven dinner program that engages young people in civic and social justice, food security, cultural expression, systems change and community development issues. Desired start date is August 4.


Professional Grant Development Workshop
Marquette University will host a professional grant development workshop July 16 and 17 where participants will learn techniques for writing winning proposals, including how to identify potential funding sources, focus your efforts and write a stand-out proposal.


June 10 and 12, 2014
UW–Madison Human Resources Design info sessions
Multiple times and locations
June 10, 2014
T'ai Chi at Monona Terrace
12-12:45 p.m.
Rooftop Garden, Monona Terrace
June 12, 2014
Give Your Computer a Security Health Check
9-10 a.m.
B109 Computer Sciences
June 12, 2014
Troy Gardens Prairie Restoration Night
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Troy Gardens
June 13, 2014
Green Building Webinar Series:
Off the Grid: A Case Study Part 1

12-1 p.m.
Sign up here to access
June 14, 2014
Friends of Monona Bay volunteer cleanup
10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Brittingham Beach House
June 14, 2014
By the Light of the Moon: Arboretum Night Walk
8-9:30 p.m.
UW Arboretum Visitor Center
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