September 16, 2014

Sustainability Spotlight

Getting ready for the Concept Pitch
After a summer of hard work, the 18 teams remaining in the Climate Quest competition are making their final preparations to wow a panel of entrepreneurs and investors with innovative climate change solutions this Friday. Videos of the team presentations will be viewable next week and the finalists will be announced September 30.

What's New at UW?

University-community partnership seeks healthy food for all
An interdisciplinary team of UW–Madison scientists is working toward solutions to food access in urban areas with a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, teaming with partners including UW–Extension, the nonprofit organization Growing Power, Wayne State University and Michael Fields Agricultural Institute.
Global Health Institute sponsors event tied to Climate Summit
On the eve of the United Nations Climate Summit next week in New York City, the GHI, Office of Sustainability, and other UW groups will co-sponsor an event focused on the tremendous health benefits of climate mitigation. Notable speakers include the acting U.S. Surgeon General, editor of The Lancet, and UW–Madison professor Jonathan Patz.

Featured Events

Slow Food Cafe
September 17, 2014 | 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. | The Crossing, 1127 University Avenue
Every Wednesday, Slow Food UW offers lunch prepared with fresh, local ingredients to members of the UW–Madison community. Enjoy delicious entrees, sides and desserts for a reasonable price. Vegetarian and gluten-free options available. 
September 22 and 23, 2014 | 5-7 p.m. | Mon: Dejope lawn, Tues: Sellery Hall basketball courts
Join members of the UW–Madison sustainability community for a fun and informative introduction to sustainability. Enjoy bike-powered milkshakes, fresh veggies and more while learning sustainability basics. All students are welcome! 

Food For Thought

On campus: Housing affordability concerns rise with rising skyline
With a boom in housing developing in downtown Madison, apartments like the Hub, City View and the Domain are raising concerns for some about affordability for students.
Living simply in a dumpster 
A professor in Austin, Texas, left a 2,500 square-foot home for a 36-square-foot dumpster and says he is happier for it.

Jobs & Opportunities


The Nature Conservancy land protection assistant – Madison, WI
The Nature Conservancy is hiring a land protection assistant to help prepare grant applications, do background research, develop land appraisal and survey requests, and locate photos in the State Map Library (Science Hall). Application deadline is September 19.
Climate Knowledge Project discussion group – Madison, WI
Climate Knowledge Project discussion groups are an opportunity to understand and talk about global climate change in a safe environment. Groups meet once a week for five weeks starting October 21. The discussion group is free and food is provided. Register online.
Volunteer: REAP Food for Thought Festival
REAP Food Group is seeking volunteers for its Food for Thought Festival September 20. Volunteer duties may include serving food and providing assistance to speakers at the event.


Urban Ecology Center Washington Park branch manager – Milwaukee, WI
The Urban Ecology Center is hiring a branch manager for its Washington Park location to coordinate community-based environmental education programming, oversee project operations and co-manage branch services. Application deadline is October 1.
NASA Postdoctoral Program fellowship – Locations vary
NASA is seeking applicants for its postdoctoral fellowship program, which supports one- to three-year fellowship experiences to advance NASA missions in fields including earth science, heliophysics, planetary science and more. Application deadline is November 1.


Organic Valley internal sustainability manager – La Farge, WI
Organic Valley is hiring an internal sustainability manager to develop and implement co-op wide sustainability programs related to sustainability performance, quantification, reporting and engagement. Application deadline is not listed.
Concordia College sustainability coordinator – Moorhead, MN
Concordia College is seeking a sustainability coordinator to facilitate the integration of sustainability principles into the curricular and operational functions of the college. Application consideration begins Spetember 29.
Corporation for National and Community Service program officer – Washington, D.C. 
The Corporation for National and Community Service is seeking a program officer to oversee office-wide program operations to assure achievement of planned goals within AmeriCorps State and National (ASN). Application deadline is not listed.


[Em]Powering Grid Resilience Student Innovation Prize
This nationwide innovation competition challenges students to design solutions that improve communication between consumers and utilities to build a more responsive and secure energy grid. Application deadline is November 10.
EPA People, Prosperity, and the Planet (P3) grant competition
The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking proposals for its People, Prosperity, and the Planet (P3) program, a student design competition that seeks to find solutions to real-world sustainability problems. Application deadline is December 16.


Save the date!
February 26, 2014
Sustainability Forum

Union South
September 17, 2014
Drones and wildlife conservation
4 p.m.
15 Science Hall
September 17, 2014
Annual Bicycle Maintenance Guide
6-7:30 p.m.
University Bicycle Resource Center
September 18, 2014
Campus farmers' market
11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Johnson Street side of Union South
September 18, 2014
Weston Roundtable: Knowledge systems for sustainability
4:15-5:15 p.m.
1106 Mechanical Engineering
September 18, 2014
Ideafest: Overview of entrepreneurship and innovation competitions
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Grainger Hall
September 19, 2014
The hard lessons of Ebola in South Africa
12-1 p.m.
260 Bascom Hall
September 19, 2014
Adapting to flood risk in a changing climate
1:30 p.m.
811 Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
September 19, 2014
Genetics, de-extinction and pristine nature in the Galapagos Islands
3:30 p.m.
180 Science Hall
September 22, 2014
Iron mining: Can we protect our water resources?
3:30-5:30 p.m.
Capitol Lakes Retirement Center
September 22, 2014
Agriculture Field Day: Organic Vegetables
3-5 p.m.
West Madison Agriculture Research Station
September 23, 2014
Fall Internship and Career Fair
4-8 p.m.
Kohl Center
September 26, 2014
Sustainability Lunch HOUR
1-2 p.m.
1360 Biotechnology Center
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