September 30, 2014

Sustainability Spotlight

Climate Quest finalists range from meat processing to mindfulness
Judging teams on factors including creativity, scalability, and potential impact, a review panel of investors and entrepreneurs selected five teams to advance to the final round of the Climate Quest innovation competition.

What's New at UW?

Environmental historian William Cronon awarded Wilderness Society's highest honor
The award, named for wilderness visionary Robert Marshall, is given to a private citizen who has made outstanding, long-term contributions to conservation and fostering an American land ethic.
Early registration for Energy Summit ends October 1
International stakeholders will join university and community leaders at the annual energy summit October 29 to discuss water energy, city planning, energy-efficient transportation and more. Register before October 1 for early bird rates!

Featured Events

Ignite Madison: Attainable Sustainable
October 8, 2014 | 8-10 p.m. | High Noon Saloon, Madison, WI
This Ignite Madison event will feature ten people who are passionate about reusing, repurposing and making the most of our natural, social and economic resources through business, food, art, living and much more. Tickets are $9 in advance and $14 at the door. Buy tickets online. All proceeds benefit Sustain Dane.
Inquiry and Action for Social Change
October 9, 2014 | 9:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. | Nancy Nicholas Hall
Hosted by the Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies, the day will feature sessions on topics including sustainable community systems, public scholarship, youth development and engagement, and community well-being. Participants can sign up for any or all sessions. Register here.

Food For Thought

Organic food waste program set to expand with city funding
A popular program collecting organic waste from hundreds of Madison homes is set for a major expansion after the City Council provided money for a compost filter.
Solar power is growing so fast energy companies are trying to stop it
As solar technology gets dramatically cheaper, tens of thousands of Americans are putting photovoltaic panels on their roofs, generating their own power. At the same time, 43 states and Washington, DC have laws allowing solar-powered households to sell their excess electricity back to the grid at retail prices.

Jobs & Opportunities

Undergrads: Are you doing research?
Present your work, receive feedback and network with other students in the sustainability community.


Energy Center of Wisconsin engineering intern – Madison, WI
The Energy Center of Wisconsin is hiring an engineering intern (or co-op) to assist engineers with evaluating energy efficiency and renewable energy strategies in buildings, campus and community settings, among other duties. Application deadline is October 31.


Prairie View A&M postdoctoral researcher – Prairie View, TX
The Center for Energy and Environmental Sustainability (CEES) in the Roy G. Perry College of Engineering at Prairie View A&M University is searching for a postdoctoral researcher to study the environmental impact of new and conventional energy technologies. Application deadline is October 13.
Nexant energy efficiency engineer – Madison, WI
Nexant is hiring an energy efficiency engineer to help industrial facilities implement energy efficient strategies by performing efficiency calculations on lighting, HVAC, compressed air, refrigeration and other processes. Application deadline is not listed.
Green Corps Environmental Fellowship program
Green Corps is looking for college graduates who are prepared to work toward solving complex environmental problems. The year-long program provides training and hands-on experience with influential organizations. Early application deadline is October 10.


Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation senior research analyst – Madison, WI
The Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation is hiring a senior research analyst to lead its efforts to collect and use data strategically to document outcomes, increase effectiveness and support new initiatives of energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. Application deadline is October 31.


National Geographic Great Energy Challenge
Grants are available to early-stage entrepreneurs working on clean energy or energy efficiency projects with additional environmental, economic and/or social benefits. For more information contact Applications accepted on a rolling basis.
EPA People, Prosperity, and the Planet (P3) grant competition
The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking proposals for its People, Prosperity, and the Planet (P3) program, a student design competition that seeks to find solutions to real-world sustainability problems. Application deadline is December 16.


October 1, 2014
Frontier Fellows student info session
7-9 p.m.
3280B Discovery Building
October 3, 2014
Plant Science Symposium: Integrating food and science in today's culture
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Union South
October 3, 2014
Carbon 101: Why your business should care
8:30 a.m.
CUNA Mutual,
5810 Mineral Point Rd.
October 4, 2014
Saturday Science: Build, design & create
10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Discovery Building
October 6, 2014
WARF Entrepreneurons: Should I start a business?
4-6 p.m.
Discovery Building
October 6, 2014
Sustainable Energy: Transforming the grid
4-5 p.m.
Wisconsin Energy Institute
October 9, 2014
Weston Roundtable: Sustainability certifications in the tropics
4:15-5:15 p.m.
1106 Mechanical Engineering
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