June 16, 2015

Sustainability Spotlight

Calculating the energy cost of Wisconsin's drinking water
A group of graduate students at UW–Madison worked this spring with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin to estimate the embodied energy required to deliver clean drinking water to Wisconsin residents.

What's New at UW?

Farmers' Market Metric Project documents market benefits
Alfonso Morales, a UW–Madison associate professor in urban and regional planning, is helping communities measure the impact local farmers' markets have on economic growth and community building.  

Related: For your own trip to the farmers' market, here are some tips to make the most of your visit.
Lake Mendota needs your help
The UW–Madison Center for Limnology is seeking citizen help in tracking the impact of spiny water fleas. This invasive species is devastating populations of a tiny aqueous crustacean and turning Lake Mendota brown.

Featured Events

Beestock: A Festival for the Environment
June 20, 2015 | 12-6 p.m. | Capital Brewery
The event is designed to raise awareness of colony collapse disorder and bee disappearance, as well as other environmental issues. There will be speakers, art, food and activities for kids.
The 26th Annual Energy Fair
June 19-21, 2015 | Renew the Earth Institute, Custer, WI
The Energy Fair, the nation's longest running energy education event of its kind, will feature various speakers and workshops to educate attendees on the latest techniques in clean energy and sustainability.

Food For Thought

Hunger for sustainability
The Conscious Carnivore is setting the stage for the evolving farm-to table movement. The Madison butcher shop has cultivated a "self-contained" supply chain as a part of its locally-sourced business model.
G7 leaders agree to phase out fossil fuels by the end of century
The G7 leading industrial nations have committed to eliminating the use of fossil fuels by 2100 to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Jobs & Opportunities


Soil conservation student trainee – Lexington, SC
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is hiring a soil conservation student trainee to assist with planning and implementation of soil and water conservation programs for farmers and ranchers. Application deadline is June 17.
Alliance for Community Trees intern – Washington, DC
Undergraduate and graduate students can gain exposure to urban forestry-related programming, community-based projects and nonprofit management. Application deadline is rolling.
Information booth volunteers Madison, WI
The Dane County Farmers' Market is looking for volunteers to staff the DCFM information booth on Saturdays. Email if interested.


Sustainability program manager – Madison, WI
The Green Masters Program is seeking a program manager to direct the sustainability assessment and recognition program for Wisconsin businesses interested in improving sustainability initiatives. Application deadline is June 30.
Farm to school educators – Madison, WI
Four half-time AmeriCorps positions are available to implement the REAP Food Group Farm to School program in Madison schools. Application deadline is July 10.


Communications/marketing director – Madison, WI
The Aldo Leopold Nature Center seeks a communications/marketing director to guide communications strategy, create and distribute content, and coordinate partnerships, among other duties. Application deadline is June 19.
REAP positions – Madison, WI
REAP Food Group is looking for a communications director and a farm to school program coordinator. Application deadline is June 30.
Energy manager – Chicago, IL
Chicago Public Schools is hiring an energy manager to manage the utility accounting system and oversee electricity and natural gas procurement. Application deadline is not listed.
Energy and the Earth MOOC starts June 21

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June 17, 2015
Policy briefing:
Energy technology innovation systems

5-6:30 p.m.
1115 Wisconsin Energy Institute
June 17, 2015
What's Blooming?
7 p.m.
UW Arboretum
June 18, 2015
CBSD exit seminar: Coastal watershed planning
10-11 a.m.
110 Science Hall
June 19, 2015
Book signing with Ed Lyon
4-6 p.m.
Allen Centennial Gardens
June 20-21, 2015
MadCity Bazaar
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
1800 East Washington Avenue
June 21, 2015
Let's Eat Out!
11:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
1800 block E. Washington Avenue
June 21, 2015
The Undiluted Cost of Energy and Water
8:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m.
Mechanical Engineering
Register online
June 27, 2015
Run Wild in the Woods
9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Aldo Leopold Nature Center
June 27, 2015
The World Underground
12:30-3:30 p.m.
UW Arboretum
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