April 29, 2014

Sustainability Spotlight

Styrofoam reuse and recycling project wins undergraduate research competition
Styrocycle, a team of UW–Madison undergraduates, has won $90,000 in the EPA People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) competition to expand Styrofoam reuse and recycling in the Madison area and pilot networks at other universities.

What's New at UW?

2014 SIRE Award winners announced
The 2014 Sustainability Innovation in Research and Education award winners include new courses in behavior change and dairy sustainability, research on energy policy and human responses to climate-induced lake changes, and undergraduate research on biofuels and nutrient recovery from wastewater.
Cliffhangers inspire sustainability actions in School of Business
Trivia questions directing people to the stairs increased foot traffic on the stairs in Grainger Hall by 8.3 percent over 23 days.
Student groups across campus recognized for achievements in sustainability 
UW–Madison students received several sustainability and innovation awards last week, including the Agricultural Innovation Prize, Wisconsin Energy and Sustainability Challenge, and the Bucky Award for Conservation and Sustainability.

Featured Events

Weston Roundtable: Developing and applying social cost estimates for air quality
May 1, 2014 | 4:15-5:15 p.m. | 1106 Mechanical Engineering
In the last Weston Roundtable of the semester, University of Maryland public policy professor Elisabeth Gilmore will discuss ways to calculate social costs of air pollution and how these calculations may impact policy decisions.
Resilient Wisconsin Day
May 6, 2014 | 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Varsity Hall, Union South
The Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters Resilient Wisconsin Day forum will address the future of climate, energy and water as critical for a thriving state. The forum includes panel discussions and workshops. Registration includes morning coffee and lunch. 

Food For Thought

Special Focus on Food:

Where will we find food to feed 9 billion?
By 2050 we will need to feed two billion more people. How will we do that without overwhelming the planet?
A diet fueled by food stamps is making South Texans obese but leaving them hungry
The country's hungriest region is also its most overweight, with 38.5 percent of the people obese. For one of the first times anywhere in the United States, children in South Texas have a projected lifespan that is a few years shorter than that of their parents.
NYT: In Florida tomato fields, a penny buys progress
By enlisting the might of major restaurant chains and retailers - including Walmart, which signed on this year - the Coalition of Immokalee Workers has pressured growers that produce 90 percent of Florida's tomatoes to increase wages for their 30,000 workers and follow strict standards that mandate rest breaks and forbid sexual harassment and verbal abuse.

Jobs & Opportunities


Michael Fields Agricultural Institute intern - East Troy, WI
The Michael Fields Agricultural Institute promotes the benefits of food and farming systems through education, research, policy and market development. The organization is looking for two summer interns to aid in a variety of projects. Contact Christine Welcher for more information.
MillerCoors Sustainability Intern - Milwaukee, WI
MillerCoors is seeking a sustainability intern for its sustainability team. The sustainability intern would work on departmental research and strategic planning assignments. The position would also involve research and writing on sustainability issues, education and outreach and interactions with the communications team.
Energy Center of Wisconsin intern - Madison, WI
The Energy Center of Wisconsin is seeking an undergraduate or graduate energy engineer intern with a desire to apply both reason and creativity towards the creation of a sustainable energy society. 
Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps graduate student internships - Locations vary
EDF Climate Corps is looking for graduate students with backgrounds in mechanical/industrial engineering or related experience for its 2014 summer fellowship program. Fellows would work on projects with General Motors and General Dynamics to address energy efficiency opportunities in their facilities. Email Jonel Seon for more information.


National Center for Sustainable Transportation Policy Director - Davis, CA
The National Center for Sustainable Transportation at the University of California, Davis is accepting applications for its policy director position. The policy director manages the external engagement activities of the national center, which include Research-in-Action Groups, the National Summit and others. Application deadline is April 30.


EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award
The Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards promote the environmental and economic benefits of developing and using novel green chemistry. Many of the innovations resulting from the awards thus far are not only safer, but more sustainable. The deadline for nominations for the award is April 30.


April 29, 2014
Learn how to B-cycle
6-7 p.m.
University Bicycle Resource Center
April 30, 2014
The multiplication of threats: Climate change & the risks to national security
6 p.m.
Chicago, IL
May 1, 2014
The Internet of Things Lab open house
5-7 p.m.
Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery
May 2, 2014
Fossil fuel subsidies and income distribution
1:30 p.m.
811 Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences
May 3, 2014
Compost bin and rain barrel sale
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Alliant Energy Center
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