May 27, 2014

Sustainability Spotlight

Green Building webinar series
On Fridays from May 30-Aug. 15, the Office of Sustainability will host online educational courses on a variety of green building topics from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), which developed the sustainability metric system known as LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).

The first webinar, to be shown Friday, May 30, at noon, will be "Cultivating Young Minds: A Net Zero School for Tomorrow’s Leaders." Please register in advance to receive free access.

What's New at UW?

Sustainability Certificate application open
After a soft rollout earlier this month, applications for the new undergraduate Sustainability Certificate are now available through the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. Students should apply by July 1 for the first round of consideration.
The next wave of ecology research
Home to pioneering ecologists who study lakes, forests, wetlands and prairies, UW–Madison is playing a key role in the next wave of ecological research: large teams of scientists confronting the dilemma of a changing climate on a shrinking planet.
Babbling brooks adding to climate change?
New research suggests that methane bubbles from freshwater sources may be a key and currently unaccounted for source of the second-largest greenhouse gas contributor to human-driven global climate change. 

Featured Events

Trash to Treasure with tetraPAKMAN
May 31, 2014 | 2-4 p.m. | Monroe Street Library, Madison, WI
Artist Victor Castro of the USgathering project will host a hands-on workshop where participants will learn how to make art out of unconventional materials. Participants are encouraged to bring clean materials that would ordinarily be discarded such as soda bottles, yogurt containers, tetra packs, and mushroom trays.
Ride to Farm
May 31, 2014 | 7:45 a.m. start | Barneveld, WI
Ride to Farm is a bicycle ride to raise awareness and funds for the Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Famers at UW–Madison. Riders can chose a 55-mile or 52-mile route and will stop for lunch mid-day. Registration is free, but all riders must meet a minimum fundraising goal of $75  by May 28.

Food For Thought

Madison inspirational speaker series focuses on food
Ignite Madison, a TED Talk-style speaker series, focused on food in its third event Wednesday. Speakers included a vegetable gardener, an Italian food chef and an experimental craft beer brewery founder.
Your brain unplugged: Proof that spacing out makes you more effective
Andrew Smart, author of "Autopilot: The Art & Science of Doing Nothing," says that our "culture of effectiveness" is not only ineffective, but it can be harmful to your well-being. Smart says to be more creative and engaged, we need to unplug, be idle, and let our minds wander.
What is your water footprint?
The average American lifestyle is kept afloat by about 2,000 gallons of H2O a day - twice  the global average. This water calculator will help you determine the water impact of your home, diet, energy, and consumer choices.

Jobs & Opportunities


Aldo Leopold Nature Center Green Building and LEED Certification Intern - Madison, WI
The Aldo Leopold Nature Center is applying for LEED certification and seeking people to assist in compiling documentation, crafting policies and procedures, capturing metrics and collecting data. Opportunities are also available to develop communications and outreach materials related to this project.
League of Conservation Voters field director positions - CO, IA, NC, AZ, NM and NH
The League of Conservation voters and state partners are seeking more than 100 field staff in Colorado, Iowa, North Carolina, Arizona, New Mexico and New Hampshire. The organization is sponsoring organizing programs around EPA carbon regulations through August. See individual position descriptions for application instructions and deadlines.
U.S. General Services Administration Student Trainee in Business & Industry - WI, IL, MN, OH
Summer internship positions are available with the Public Building Service, which serves as the landlord for the federal civilian government and is a leader in sustainable design. Application deadline is May 29.


Energy Institute for Educators - Madison, WI
The Wisconsin Energy Institute will host the Energy Institute for Educators August 4-6. The program is an opportunity for educators of grades 6-12 and introductory undergraduate students to engage with cutting-edge energy research and gain practical tools for teaching students. Application deadline is May 30.
Sustainability Project Manager for the MIT Office of Sustainability - Cambridge, MA
The sustainability project manager is responsible for leading and managing the development of a portfolio of sustainability project in line with the office's mission. Duties include coordinating working group meetings, conducting research, information synthesis and development of best practices. Application deadline is June 1. 


Wisconsin Energy Institute Seed Grant
The Wisconsin Energy Institute will award approximately $150,000 to faculty and scientific staff for one- and two-year projects related to carbon-neutral energy technologies and policies including wind, solar, geothermal, bioenergy and energy storage. Application deadline is June 2.


May 31, 2014
Friends of Yahara River Parkway Volunteer Opportunity
9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Jenifer St. Yahara River Pedestrian Bridge
June 1, 2014
Ride the Drive
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Downtown Madison
June 1, 2014
Arboretum Walk: Greene Prairie
1-3 p.m.
Grady Tract parking lot
June 2, 2014
University Bicycle Resource Center ABC Quick Check
2:30-3 p.m.
Outdoor UW, Memorial Union Terrace
June 3, 2014
Brittingham Park Farmers' Market
3-6 p.m.
Every Tuesday through September 23
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