October 14, 2014

Sustainability Spotlight

Homecoming activities to incorporate sustainability
The Office of Sustainability is partnering with the UW Homecoming Committee to make sustainability a part of the Homecoming tradition.
  • Sunday, Oct. 19: Join an expanded Community Service Day to give back to the Madison community.
  • Monday, Oct. 20: Recycle and compost your trash to make the Kick-off Bash a zero-waste event.

What's New at UW?

Birds and biofuels: Grasslands support more species than cornfields
A recent study found that both corn and perennial grassland fields in southern Wisconsin can provide biomass and bird habitat, but that the more diverse fields supported three times more bird species than cornfields.
Wisconsin Science Festival to celebrate scientific discovery, community
Explore sustainability and dozens of other science topics at the 2014 Wisconsin Science Festival October 16-19! Join the Office of Sustainability Sunday to learn the art of repurposing unwanted items with an interactive activity for all ages.
Nelson Institute research center launches new blog
The Center for Culture, History, and Environment recently launched Edge Effects, a blog highlighting essays, images and other content related to cultural and environmental change throughout human history.
UW–Madison Campus Kitchens Project aims to reduce food insecurity
UW–Madison students are competing against four other schools for funding for a Campus Kitchen to redistribute uneaten food from dining halls to those in need. Watch the videos and vote daily for your favorite through October 21!

Featured Events

Sustainability Lunch HOUR: UW System Sustainability
October 17, 2014 | 1-2 p.m. | Hearing Room, Student Activity Center
Sustainability Lunch HOUR showcases undergraduate sustainability-related research, projects and fieldwork to a broad audience in quick but informative sessions. This HOUR will highlight student sustainability research at schools across the UW System. Snacks are provided!
American Wilderness, Past, Present and Future: A Historical Meditation
October 21, 2014 | 7 p.m. | Shannon Hall, Memorial Union
In a lecture marking the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, which has protected more than 100 million acres of U.S. public land, environmental historian William Cronon will trace the changing meanings of wilderness in American history and argue for its ongoing importance today and in the future.

Food For Thought

The problem with energy efficiency
Last week, the 2014 Nobel Prize in physics recognized work that led to the development of the blue LED, which uses much less energy than other lighting technologies. But are LEDs really more sustainable?
Keep calm and... conserve on?
Seemingly endless bad news about the environment getting you down? Audubon magazine asked seven prominent environmentalists how they keep pessimism at bay.

Jobs & Opportunities


Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District adaptive management intern – Madison, WI
Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District is hiring an adaptive management intern to provide administrative support for the district in the Yahara Watershed Improvement Network's watershed adaptive management pilot project. Application deadline is not listed.
Nelson Institute undergraduate research assistant – Madison, WI
Ph.D. candidate Alice Reznickova is seeking an undergraduate or graduate student for a research project about mobile markets and pantries and whether they can be a venue for local farmers, working under consumer science professor Lydia Zepeda. Application deadline is not listed.
Badger Bioneers student facilitators – Madison, WI
Sustain Dane is seeking student volunteers to facilitate small groups at its annual Badger Bioneers Conference on November 18. Students will receive professional facilitator training and reduced registration fees. Application deadline is October 20.


Green Seal, Inc. marketing & outreach associate – Washington, D.C.
Green Seal, Inc. is hiring a marketing and outreach associate to develop and maintain relationships with partners and research industry trends. Application deadline is November 1.
International Crane Foundation initiative coordinator – Baraboo, WI
The International Crane Foundation is hiring a coordinator for its Keep Whooping Cranes Safe initiative to work with communities to improve local awareness and protection of whooping cranes. Application deadline is not listed.
Farm Commons communications associate – remote
The selected candidate will work in the emerging world of sustainable agriculture law managing communications, written materials and educational resources on farm law. Application deadline is October 27.


McGill University sustainability science assistant professor – Montreal, Canada
The McGill University Geography Department has an opening for an assistant professor in the Sustainability Science and Society program. Application review will begin December 1.
Union of Concerned Scientists energy advocate – Chicago, IL
The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is seeking an energy advocate to represent legislative and regulatory policy positions in key Midwest states, particularly related to advancing clean energy and reducing carbon emissions. The position is a temporary, one-year assignment. Application deadline is November 2.


Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity
The National Science Foundation Partnerships for Innovation program supports academic-industry collaborations to build technological, human and service system innovation capacity. UW–Madison is allowed to submit two letters of intent. Notice of intent deadline is October 17.


October 14, 2014
Lunch & Learn: Wild Rockies Field Institute
12 p.m.
15 Science Hall
October 16-17, 2014
UW System Sustainability Meeting
Gordon Dining and Events Center
October 16, 2014
Weston Roundtable: Novel ecosystems
4:15-5:15 p.m.
1106 Mechanical Engineering
October 16, 2014
Film screening: DamNation
7 p.m.
15 Science Hall
October 17, 2014
Leveraging supply chain governance to reduce deforestation
1:30-2:30 p.m.
811 AOSS
October 17, 2014
Walk the Walk
2:30-4:30 p.m.
Start at Ogg Hall
October 18, 2014
Hike: Lakeshore Nature Preserve history
1-3 p.m.
Frautchi Point parking lot
October 18-19, 2014
Wisconsin Geological & Natural History Survey, Rock labs and library tours
1-2 p.m., 2-3 p.m.
Research Collections and Education Center
211 S. Blue Mounds St.,
Mount Horeb
October 20, 2014
Panel: Bioscience careers in conservation
5-6:30 p.m.
145 Birge Hall
October 21, 2014
MPower Sustainability Session: Sustainable food choices
8:30-10:30 a.m.
Goodman Community Center
October 22, 2014
Fundraising event for Alternative Rite of Passage
5:30-7 p.m.
Serrv, 224 State Street
October 24, 2014
Dane County Food Summit
8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Lussier Family Heritage Center
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