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April 5, 2016

Sustainability Spotlight

Featured courses in sustainability
With fall course enrollment upon us, consider exploring how sustainability applies to a wide range of fields and levels of study. Our course list offers an entry point to the many sustainability-related fall offerings.

What's New at UW?

Campus climate at UW–Madison
In an effort to make campus more inclusive for members of a diverse community, UW–Madison has launched a campus climate site to track progress on related initiatives.

Proposals are being accepted through April 21 for on-campus activities that will help the campus climate.
Wood chips as microchips?
Every year, thousands of cellphones are thrown away. A research team at UW–Madison is working to create biodegradable wood computer chips to reduce the toxic waste from discarded electronics.
An emblematic species moves north
Changing climate and diminishing snow cover are pushing the range of the snowshoe hare north by about five and a half miles per decade, say Wisconsin researchers.

Featured Events

Loving of the Land benefit concert
April 9, 2016 | 7:30 p.m. | Music Hall
This benefit concert featuring Graminy and the Trinity Irish Dancers will help fund student research in sustainable agriculture and food systems. Tickets are available through brown paper tickets, from the CIAS office, or at the door.
Science, policy and water summit
May 10, 2016 | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | Union South
The summit will bring together policymakers, scientists, students and citizens to explore ways to collaborate more effectively. Early bird registration ends April 10.

Food For Thought

Madison weather shows warming climate
Climate trends show that Madison is getting warmer. Average March temps have trended upward since the mid-1800s, accompanied by shorter duration of frozen lakes and lower average wind speed.
Craft beer brewed from waste water
A brewery in California is creating a new beer brewed from recycled greywater, which is water that has been treated after use in sinks, showers and washing machines.

Jobs & Opportunities


Social science internTaylorsville, CA
The Sierra Institute for Community and Environment is hiring a natural resource social science intern. Application deadline is April 11.
Wisconsin Environment campaign positionsWisconsin
The Fund for the Public Interest is hiring students to work on a campaign this summer with Wisconsin Environment to promote bee-friendly practices. Application deadline is not listed.


Program associateChicago, IL
The Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance is hiring a program associate to support its Building Operator Certification program. Application deadline is not listed.
Research/communication project managerOakland, CA
More Than Smart is looking for a project manager for research and communications related to promoting clean energy. Application deadline is not listed.


Associate directorMadison, WI
The Nelson Institute's Center for Culture, History and Environment is hiring a full-time associate director. Application deadline is April 25.
Sustainability coordinatorSouth Bend, IN
The City of South Bend seeks a sustainability coordinator to support the implementation of the city's sustainability initiative. Application deadline is not listed.


Biodigester tour
A sustainability certificate student is arranging a one-hour tour of a local dairy biogas renewable energy facility, Envision Digester in Middleton, WI, at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 8. For more information or to participate, contact
Community Energy Workshop
The Community Energy Workshop needs table facilitators and scribes to help guide and document conversations held during the workshop. Both positions require a training session and provide a stipend.

Primary Election today!
Polls open until
8 p.m.
April 5-8, 2016
Nelson Institute career week
12-1 p.m.
15 Science Hall
April 5, 2016
Ending rape: A social change approach
7-8 p.m.
Gordon Dining and Event Center
April 6, 2016
Water from the tap
7-8:30 p.m.
Capitol Lakes Grand Hall
April 7, 2016
Weston Roundtable:
Conservation, private land management, and ecosystem services

4:15-5:15 p.m.
1153 Mechanical Engineering
April 9, 2016
Slow flow and slow food
10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Inner Fire Yoga
April 9, 2016
Movie: The True Cost
7-8:30 p.m.
The Red Gym
April 10, 2016
Spring Crafty Fair
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Goodman Community Center
April 12-14, 2016
Office for Civil Rights visits
Attend a focus group or office hours
April 13, 2016
Master Plan open house
7-9 p.m.
Signe Skott Cooper Hall
April 14, 2016
Yahara Lakes 101: Climate change, lake levels and flooding
8-9 a.m.
The Edgewater
April 14, 2016
Real food in American schools
12:30-1:30 p.m.
8411 Social Sciences
April 14, 2016
Water and justice: Flint, California, Palestine
7 p.m.
Pyle Center
April 15-16, 2016
Engineering EXPO
9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Engineering Mall
April 25, 2016
Nelson Earth Day Conference
Monona Terrace
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