February 25, 2014

Sustainability Spotlight

Reminder: 2014 Sustainability Forum
Climate Change in Wisconsin: Where do we go from here?
Thursday, February 27, 2014, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
H.F. DeLuca Forum, Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery

Check-in for the 2014 Sustainability Forum begins at 8:30 a.m. Thursday. Coffee and tea provided.
Click here to view the program.

What's New at UW?

Vibration energy the secret solution to self-powered electronics
A multi-university team of engineers has developed what could be a promising solution for charging smartphone batteries on the go - without the need for an electrical cord.
Residence Halls compete in national conservation challenge
From February 24 to March 15, UW-Madison residence halls will compete in Campus Conservation Nationals, an electricity reduction competition among colleges nationwide.
Program prepares students for change in transportation
The Transportation Management and Policy program at UW-Madison, founded in 2002 by the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, trains graduate students to design and manage socially and environmentally responsible transportation systems.

Featured Events

Sustainability Lunch HOUR (Highlight of Undergraduate Research)
February 28, 2014 | 12-1 p.m. | 175 Science Hall
A new brownbag, open to all, will feature sustainability research and refreshments. Hear from:
  • Tyler Slade, a UW–Madison student who is developing environmentally friendly techniques for making silicon materials used in electronics, batteries and solar cells
  • a Nelson Institute capstone course group that researched how to attract more vendors to the South Madison Farmers Market
Saturday Science: Aldo Leopold Day
March 1, 2014 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery
Saturday Science is a monthly series that consists of free science exploration and education programs aimed at families and learners of all ages. This month, explore animal tracking, groundwater, insect habitats and more!

Food For Thought

Students to vote on Rec Sports referendum
The March 3-5 ASM spring elections will include a referendum question about the proposed funding request of $108 per student per semester to fund a proposed renovation of campus recreational sports facilities.
To make natural gas a good fuel, find the "super-emitters"
A new study suggests that more methane is leaking than the U.S. government estimates - but natural gas remains less polluting than coal.
Deforestation in real time
New online tool from Google lets you see deforestation as it occurs. 

Jobs & Opportunities


Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council internships - Madison, WI
The Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council is looking for interns to contribute to the 2014 State of Wisconsin Sustainability Report, the Green Jobs/New Technology Jobs report, a Wisconsin business survey and more. Contact Tom Eggert for more information.
Bucky Award for Service
The Bucky Award for Service recognizes a student organization that has participated in service activities throughout the academic year and has hosted at least one service activity beneficial to the campus community. Applications due March 7.
Recyclemania volunteer opportunities - Madison, WI
Help the Office of Sustainability and WE CONSERVE in their effort to promote recycling on campus during the national Recyclemania competition.


Conservation Minnesota Data Coordinator - Minneapolis, MN
The Conservation Minnesota Voter Center is looking for a tech-savvy person to manage data tables and queries. Send cover letter and resume to by March 14.


Office of Sustainability SIRE Awards program seeks proposals
Proposals are now being accepted for three tracks in the 2014 Sustainability Innovation in Research and Education (SIRE) Awards program.
  • Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) due March 15
  • Research Initiation (RI) due March 24
  • Educational Innovation (ED) due March 24


Sign up by March 3 to enter the off-campus energy conservation challenge.
February 27, 2014
Weston: Optimization and Climate Policy
4:15 p.m.
H.F. DeLuca Forum, Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery
February 28, 2014
Sustainability and Entrepreneurship Community Forum
12-1:15 p.m.
5120 Grainger
February 28, 2014
Lessons From Toms River: A cautionary tale of pollutants as a cause of cancer

7:30 p.m.
Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery
March 1, 2014
Madison Reads Leopold
9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
UW-Madison Arboretum Visitor Center
March 1, 2014
Terrace Town and "Box City" Construction
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Monona Terrace
March 1, 2014
Tree of Life: Community Conversation
3-6 p.m.
Overture Center for the Arts
March 7, 2014
SIRE grant proposal development workshop

RSVP by February 28
March 27-28, 2014
2014 Slow Money Wisconsin and Madison LION Business and Investor Showcase
Early-bird registration ends March 10
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