August 25, 2015

Sustainability Spotlight

Fewer bicycling deaths, but not necessarily safer roads
Overall rates for U.S. biking deaths decreased 44 percent from 1975 to 2012, according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. But lead author Jason Vargo, an assistant scientist with the Nelson Institute and the Global Health Institute, says the numbers may not indicate safer road conditions.

What's New at UW?

Students forge lake restoration plan
When Mazomanie faced an aging dam in a beloved lake, students in the Nelson Institute's Water Resources Management program designed maintenance and restoration plans to help the community weigh its options.
Graphene nanoribbons could enable more efficient electronics
UW–Madison engineers have discovered a way to grow graphene nanoribbons with promise for use in more energy-efficient high-performance semiconductors.
A new way to protect cranberry crops
CALS researchers are using pheromone-infused wax as an alternative to insecticides for a effective and pollinator-friendly way to thwart common cranberry pests.

Featured Events

Community through Cooking
August 27, 2015 | 4-8 p.m. | The Crossing
F.H. King is hosting a cooking workshop led by Gilbert Altschul, executive chef and co-owner of Grampa's Pizzeria. Participants will make pizzas using fresh ingredients from the F.H. King Garden.
Food Waste and Sustainability Concerns Seminar
September 3, 2015 | 1:45-5:15 p.m. | Nancy Nicholas Hall and Mechanical Engineering
An international group of researchers will discuss food waste, waste management and recycled products. The conference is free and open to the public and keynote presentations will be webcast.

Food For Thought

Social Good Summit focuses on inequality in Madison
As a kick-off to the 2015 Forward Festival, the inaugural Social Good Summit confronted the challenge of socially-conscious entrepreneurship and the strengths and weaknesses of social justice initiatives in Madison.
UW–Madison graduate grows produce for area restaurants
Starting at the West Madison Agricultural Research Station, Amy Wallner knew she wanted to be a vegetable grower. Now in her eighth season of farming, she owns Amy's Acre, a one-acre plot in Caledonia.

Jobs & Opportunities


Outreach coordinator internMadison, WI
RePower Madison is seeking an intern to conduct outreach for a clean energy campaign and to assist with event planning. Application deadline is September 2.
Environmental education internsMadison, WI
The Madison Children's Museum is hiring interns in areas including entomology, herpetology, ornithology and urban agriculture to work in the Rooftop Ramble exhibit. Application deadline is not listed.


Urban forest ecology graduate studyAthens, OH
The Ohio University Department of Environmental and Plant Biology is seeking a graduate student to study the contributions of trees and woodlands to urban ecosystems. Application deadline is September 30.
Online organizerWashington, D.C.
The Sierra Club is hiring a national online organizer to mobilize campaign supporters for regional and national projects within the green transportation and political programs. Application deadline is not listed.
Outreach specialistMilwaukee, WI
The University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute is hiring a social science outreach specialist to help adapt social science theory and methods for programs that build community partnerships and protect Great Lakes resources. Application deadline is August 28.


Air quality plannerRichmond, VA
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality is hiring an air quality planner to help implement the EPA Clean Power Plan rule to reduce carbon emissions. Application deadline is August 28.
Environmental resources planning directorMadison, WI
The Capital Area Regional Planning Commission is seeking a director for the Environmental Resources Planning group to oversee technical pollution abatement, resource protection and water quality planning programs. Application deadline is not listed.


UW 2020: WARF Discovery Initiative
This initiative seeks to fund innovative research projects that have the potential to transform a field of study or open new avenues of research. Abstract must be submitted by October 1.


August 25, 2015
DCFM tomato canning demonstration class
6-7 p.m.
1219 Sherman Avenue
August 26, 2015
Farm Technology Days reception
1-2 p.m.
Statz Brothers Farms
Sun Prairie, WI
August 29, 2015
Lakeshore Nature Preserve volunteer work party
9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Picnic Point Lot 129
August 29, 2015
Garden photography class
9-10 a.m.
Allen Centennial Gardens
August 30, 2015
Walk: Prairies and savannas
1-3 p.m.
Grady Tract parking lot
September 1, 2015
History Sandwiched In: Interstate bicycle network
12:15-1:00 p.m.
Wisconsin Historical Museum
September 2, 2015
Organic Agriculture
Field Day

9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Arlington Agricultural Research Station
September 5-6, 2015
Taste of Madison
Saturday: 2-8:30 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Capitol Square
September 11-13, 2015
Sustainability Weekend at Folklore Village
Full schedule online
Dodgeville, WI
September 20, 2015
2015 Native Gardening Conference
8:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
UW Arboretum
Register by September 10
October 9-10, 2015
Family Well-Being Conference
Full schedule online
Nancy Nicholas Hall
Register early for discounted tickets
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