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June 28, 2016

Sustainability Spotlight

Meet the Interns!
A new summer means a new team of interns. This summer, the students are working on focused sustainability projects with partners across campus, including University Housing, the Wisconsin Union, the Morgridge Center for Public Service and Campus Renovation Services.

What's New at UW?

Teaching module drives sustainable thinking
A new UW-developed course module introduces students to the challenges and opportunities of social and ecological change, using future scenarios about the Yahara watershed to stimulate long-term thinking.
What does "local food" mean to Wisconsin consumers?
What it takes for a food to be considered "local" – and why it matters – depends on who you ask, according to a UW survey.
New discovery slashes energy cost of chemical reactions
Fuel cells could one day be powered by biomass, thanks to a discovery made by UW researchers.

Featured Event

Saturday Science: Subways to Skyscrapers
July 2, 2016 | 10 a.m. | Discovery Building
See why cities look the way they do, find out how cities get clean water and energy, learn how roads are designed and discover urban plants and animals with interactive exploration stations for kids and families.  

Food For Thought

App to table
A new app that brings a virtual farmers' market right to your fingertips aims to make local food more convenient, but worries some proponents of community-based agriculture. 
Madison adopts energy plan focusing on more renewables
By 2025, Madison could be using renewables for 25 percent of electricity, according to a new plan endorsed by the Madison City Council.

Related: Madison offers programs to help homeowners go solar

Jobs & Opportunities


Honey wrangler – Madison, WI
Mad Urban Bees is looking for a part time employee to assist with office tasks and hive maintenance. Application deadline is not listed.
EcoLeaders fellowAny U.S. location
The National Wildlife Federation is currently seeking four graduate students to support their EcoLeaders program for conservation leadership. Application deadline is July 10.


Communications manager – Madison, WI
FairShare CSA Coalition seeks an individual to lead communications, marketing, and outreach efforts related to community-supported agriculture. Application deadline is July 8. 
Climate policy and land use intern – Washington, D.C. 
Climate Focus North America is looking for an intern to join their climate change and land use team. Application deadline is July 8. 
Sustainable food group team member – Madison, WI
The Integrated Pest Management Institute of North America is hiring a team member to contribute to the development and operation of sustainability programs for national food companies and their supply chains. Application deadline not listed. 


Sustainable neighborhoods program director – Madison, WI
Sustain Dane is hiring a director for its Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative to engage and support diverse individuals and communities in Madison-area sustainability efforts. Application deadline is July 18. 
Executive director – Madison, WI
The River Alliance of Wisconsin is hiring a director to lead and manage all aspects of the river conservation advocacy organization. Application deadline is not listed.


Zero-waste volunteers
The Isthmus is seeking volunteers to help make their annual Paddle and Portage race a waste-free event. 
Barrett Foundation Business Concept Challenge
Each team participating in the Challenge will develop and articulate a market-based strategy and measurable objectives for addressing a natural resource issue affecting the U.S. National Forests and Grasslands. Proposal deadline is August 15. 
June 29, 2016
Native plant garden tour
7 p.m. 
UW Arboretum Visitor Center
June 29, 2016
Wednesday Nite @ the Lab: The Jet Stream 
7-8:15 p.m. 
UW Biotechnology Center
June 30, 2016
Willy Street ethnic eats tour
6-9:30 p.m. 
Willy Street 
July 2, 2016
Ecological restoration work party
9 a.m.-12 p.m.  
Parking lot at Arbor Drive and Monroe Street
July 5, 2016
Plant diseases workshop
5:30-6:30 p.m. 
Eagle Heights Community Garden
July 14, 2016
Yahara Lakes 101: Future of invasive species in Madison
8-9 a.m. 
The Edgewater
July 24, 2016
Feast From the Fields
5:30-8:30 p.m. 
Farley Center
August 24-26, 2016
Edible Startup Summit
Goodman Community Center
Early registration until July 15
September 18, 2016
Native Gardening Conference 
UW Arboretum
Discounted registration until June 30
September 18, 2016
Bike the Barns 
Badger Prairie Park, Verona
Register early to ensure spot
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