March 4, 2014

Sustainability Spotlight

UW-Madison residence halls contribute to national energy-use reduction
Students in UW-Madison residence halls have already saved more than 13,000 kilowatt hours in the 2014 Campus Conservation Nationals competition.

For more information on how to use less energy, visit

What's New at UW?

ASM Green Fund applications open
UW–Madison student organizations may now apply for funding for campus sustainability-related projects from the Associated Students of Madison Sustainability Committee Green Fund starting in Fall 2014. Applications are due March 30.
New report profiles UW-Madison organic agriculture research
The report describes agricultural production practices, farm management, marketing, and how organic research projects are benefiting the state's farmers, based on studies conducted by researchers in the university's College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) in partnership with farmers across the state.
UW-Madison a partner in national effort to retool U.S. manufacturing
Contributing expertise in such areas as advanced manufacturing, controls and high-performance computing, UW–Madison will play a key role in a $320 million initiative to create and apply cutting-edge technologies to advance U.S. global competitiveness in manufacturing.

Featured Events

Can we "nudge" people to be more sustainable? Insights from UW–Madison students
March 6, 2014 | 4:15-5:15 p.m. | 1106 Mechanical Engineering
UW–Madison professor of consumer science Nancy Wong will discuss how large energy-conservation programs can be more cost-effective than traditional policy changes in achieving meaningful sustainability results and what this means for addressing sustainability issues.
SIRE Award workshop
March 7, 2014 | 1-3 p.m. | Overture Meeting Room, Gordon Dining and Event Center
The Office of Sustainability is hosting a networking session for people to share ideas and find potential collaborators for the 2014 Sustainability Innovation in Research and Education (SIRE) program, focused on climate change. Refreshments provided!

Food For Thought

Even while adapting, most Wisconsin farmers are climate change skeptics
"Farmers are at ground zero for climate change," said Paul Mitchell, an associate professor of agriculture and applied economics at UW-Madison, speaking Thursday to more than 100 academics and others at the university's annual Sustainability Forum.
Think you know how much water you use each day?
Americans use twice the amount of water they think they do, and appear to be particularly oblivious about how much H2O they flush down the toilet on a daily basis, according to new research.
Overeating: the new food waste?
It's not just about how we produce the food we eat; it's about how much of that food we're consuming – or not.

Jobs & Opportunities


Apply to present your research: Sustainability Lunch HOUR - Madison, WI
Sustainability Lunch HOUR (Highlight of Undergraduate Research) is a new sustainability research brownbag event sponsored by the Office of Sustainability. Apply to give a short presentation in an informal, social setting!
Growing Food and Sustainability summer internships - Middleton, WI
Growing Food and Sustainability, a youth gardening education program, is looking for education and youth farm interns who are interested in environmental education, organic agriculture and food justice.


Community GroundWorks Community Lands and Gardens Director - Madison, WI
The Community Land and Gardens Director is responsible for the oversight and programing for the land and community gardens operated by Community GroundWorks, including land at Troy Gardens, as well as other locations.


Office of Sustainability SIRE Awards program seeks proposals
Proposals are now being accepted for three tracks in the 2014 Sustainability Innovation in Research and Education (SIRE) Awards program.
  • Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) due March 15
  • Research Initiation (RI) due March 24
  • Educational Innovation (ED) due March 24
U.S. Department of Energy: Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute funding opportunity
The Advanced Manufacturing Office of the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy seeks to establish a Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute that will support U.S. prosperity and security and contribute to the creation of a national network of manufacturing innovation institutes.


February 2-March 29, 2014
March is E-waste month
March 3-5, 2014
Associated Students of Madison spring elections
Vote here
March 6, 2014
Lunch & Learn: SEA Semester
12-1 p.m.
15 Science Hall
March 6, 2014
Waste to Wealth Using Green Chemistry
1-2 p.m.
Free webinar
March 6, 2014
Bay Area Badger Career Panel
6-7 p.m.
1310 Grainger Hall
March 27-28, 2014
2014 Slow Money Wisconsin and Madison LION Business and Investor Showcase
Early-bird registration ends March 10
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