January 6, 2015

Sustainability Spotlight

Office of Sustainability hiring interns
The Office of Sustainability employs 10 to 15 student interns to help with a variety of sustainability initiatives in areas including research, campus operations, events, communications and community outreach. Application deadline is January 16.

What's New at UW?

Last call: Improve campus recycling
The Office of Sustainability is surveying campus users about the campus recycling program. Weigh in by Friday, January 9, for the chance to win a prize drawing, then learn the answers to your recycling questions at TOPICS on January 23.
Camp Randall achieves all-time high recycling
Working with WE CONSERVE and the Office of Sustainability, the Wisconsin Athletic Department reached all-time highs in its sustainability and recycling efforts during the 2014 football season with 45.2 tons of waste recycled.
'Career Kickstart' to launch in 2015
Starting this fall, Career Kickstart will offer a head start for students thinking beyond graduation with career preparation tools and advising in a residential non-freshman program in Ogg Residence Hall.

Featured Event

Wisconsin Farm to School Summit
January 29, 2015 | 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Wisconsin Rapids, WI
At the third annual Wisconsin Farm to School Summit participants will be "digging in" to farm to school with topics for the beginning and experienced practitioner. Registration is $45 for community members and $30 for students. Register through January 27 here

Food For Thought

How cheaper oil is changing the world 
Oil prices are at a 5-year low. Will lower prices further destabilize the world? What will it mean for our efforts to fight climate change? Five experts weigh in on risks and opportunities.
The science of keeping your New Year's resolutions
Research by the University of Scranton found only 40 percent of people kept their New Year's resolution for six months. So what does it take to sustain new habits?
Restored forests breathe life into efforts to reduce climate change
In the battle to limit the risks of climate change, focusing on the world’s immense tropical forests - saving the ones that are left, and perhaps letting new ones grow - is the single most promising near-term strategy.

Jobs & Opportunities

Looking for a job? Find a complete list of openings on our jobs page.


Office of Sustainability internships – Madison, WI
The Office of Sustainability is seeking undergraduates from any background with a passion for sustainability. Positions are open for summer 2015 with limited options to start in spring. Application deadline is January 14.
Sustain Dane internships – Madison, WI
Sustain Dane is hiring interns in communications, business network outreach, and evaluation to expand and share the organization's efforts to promote sustainability in Madison. Application deadline is January 23.
CommunityGroundworks internships – Madison, WI
CommunityGroundworks is hiring interns for the spring semester in several areas including organic agriculture, environmental education, natural areas and non-profit administration. Application deadline is February 15.
Madison Children's Museum internships – Madison, WI
The Madison Children's Museum is hiring interns in a variety of sustainability-related areas including entomology, farm to table and urban agriculture. Application deadline is not listed.


Appleton Medical Center sustainability coordinator – Appleton, WI
The Appleton Medical Center is hiring a sustainability coordinator to manage the research and implementation of sustainability ideas generated by Green Teams. Application deadline is not listed.
IPM Institute positions – Madison, WI
The IPM Institute of North America, Inc., is hiring project team members in sustainable food and agricultural resource management. Application deadlines are not listed.
Omni Ecosystems, Rooftop Green Works project manager & office administrator – Chicago, IL
Omni Ecosystems and Rooftop Green Works are seeking a project manager & office administrator to manage project administration and day-to-day aspects of the companies' operations. Application deadline is not listed.


Arizona State University professor in innovation and global development – Phoenix, AZ
Arizona State University is hiring an assistant/associate/full professor focused on innovation and global development policies and practices. Application deadline is February 6.
Portland State University sustainability project manager – Portland, OR
Portland State University is hiring a project manager to oversee construction projects that create, repair, remodel and maintain physical aspects of the campus. Applications accepted until position is filled.
Clemson University endowed chair in sustainable development – Clemson, SC
Clemson University is seeking candidates for an endowed chair position in sustainable development. Nominations received by December 31, 2014 will receive guaranteed consideration, but the university will accept applications until the position is filled.


Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment
The Provost’s Office is soliciting proposals from UW–Madison faculty, staff and students for new outreach, translational and community-based research and public engagement projects or new dimensions to existing activities that reinforce our public mission and help advance the Wisconsin Idea. Applications due to deans' offices by noon on January 26, 2015.
UW System Solid Waste Research Program
The University of Wisconsin System is seeking proposals for research into alternative methods of solid waste disposal, including reusing, recycling and reducing the amount of waste generated. Proposal deadline is February 11, 2015.
Lakeshore Nature Preserve Student Engagement Grant
The Lakeshore Nature Preserve is offering small grants (up to $1000) for undergraduates and faculty or staff working with undergraduates to facilitate the use of the 300-acre natural area as a resource for education. Application deadline is February 16, 2015.
The Clean Energy Challenge
The Clean Energy Challenge is a launch pad for Midwest clean energy startups. As the flagship accelerator program of Clean Energy Trust, the challenge offers finalists industry-leading mentorship, national exposure and the chance to compete for $1 million in total investments.
The Next Play: Sustainability & Sports Venture Tournament
The Next Play is a national competition for student-led business plans that aim to make the sports industry more sustainable. Students groups will compete for more than $30,000 in prize money and in-kind support. The final competition will take place April 17-18 in Charlotte, NC. Register here to compete.


January 7, 2015
De-cluttering workshop
8:30-10 a.m.
1199 Nancy Nicholas Hall
January 9, 2015
RENEW Wisconsin Summit: Unlocking the clean energy transition
9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Union South
January 14, 2015
Bioneers screening event with Sustain Dane and YWCA
6-8 p.m.
Central Library
January 16, 2015
Job Search Boot Camp
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
120 Middleton Building
RSVP here
January 19, 2015
Martin Luther King Day of Service
8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Discovery Building
January 22, 2015
Arts in Madison: An economic engine
4:30-6 p.m.
Discovery Building
January 23, 2015
TOPICS: Behind the scenes of campus recycling
2-4 p.m.
The Marquee, Union South
January 30, 2015
Climate Quest Finale
9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Fluno Center
Register here
February 26, 2015
Sustainability Forum: Rethinking consumption
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Varsity Hall, Union South
April 20, 2015
Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Monona Terrace
Register here
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