August 5, 2014

Sustainability Spotlight

Movers encouraged to donate and recycle to reduce waste and mess
As the mid-August downtown leases turn over, overflowing dumpsters and buried curbs contain many items that can be reused or recycled. UW–Madison is partnering with local non-profits to host donation and recycling sites on and near campus August 11-14.

What's New at UW?

UW–Madison's newest residence hall achieves LEED Gold
When the Division of University Housing began planning Aldo Leopold Residence Hall, it had a concept of building the most sustainable student housing on campus. Now, that vision has come to life with the announcement that Leopold, which opened in August 2013, has achieved LEED Gold certification for its design and operation.
Drilling in the dark: Biological impacts of fracking still largely unknown
As production of shale gas soars, the industry's effects on nature and wildlife remain largely unexplored, according to a study by a group of conservation biologists, including UW–Madison botany fellow Sara Souther. 
Related: See coverage in The Capital Times.
Employee bus passes now on sale
UW–Madison and UW Health employee bus passes, bike cages and locker rentals, and other 2014-2015 permits are now on sale through the Transportation Services website. Current employee bus passes are valid through August 31.

Featured Events

The Keystone XL Pipeline: Analysis in Context of Climate Change & Public Policy
August 6, 2014 | 7 p.m. | Room 1111, 425 Henry Mall
Professor Emeritus Cal DeWitt of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies will discuss the proposed expansion of the Keystone Pipeline System that would pipe crude oil from Alberta to a refinery in Alaska, providing a "source to sink" analysis in the context of climate change, the carbon economy of the biosphere and public policy.
B-cycle Brunch Tour
August 9, 2014 | 305 North 4th Street, Madison, WI
Madison B-cycle is partnering with Madison Eats to offer a bike-to-brunch tour to four restaurants. Explore Madison's extensive bike path network and enjoy the community's unique bike-share program. The route is approximately 10 miles and will vary. The tour costs $42 for B-cycle members and $47 for non-members. Space is limited.

Food For Thought

University of Minnesota research program combats food supply, sustainability issues
In a state home to many food companies and more than 26 million acres of farmland, the Legislature allocated $3 million to support Minnesota's Discovery, Research and InnoVation Economy, or MnDRIVE, funding 17 university projects that address food security, safety and sustainability.
7 things you should know about the Ebola outbreak
As the United States brings home two citizens infected with Ebola, weigh the facts and get informed on the largest outbreak in documented history.

Jobs & Opportunities

Find more sustainability-related opportunities on the Office of Sustainability's new Jobs and Internships page!


Madison Environmental Group internships – Madison, WI
Madison Environmental Group is hiring an EnAct intern to help promote sustainable living through its EnAct: Steps to Greener Living Program. The organization is also hiring two sustainability interns to support its sustainability consultants in their research and client work.
Vitruvian Farms internships – Madison, WI
Vitruvian Farms is hiring interns to aid in the operation of its organic farm, with opportunities to learn about greenhouse management and free-range chicken egg production. Applications accepted until positions are filled.
Clean Lakes Alliance internships – Madison, WI
Clean Lakes Alliance is hiring interns for the fall semester in several areas including watershed engagement, urban initiatives, marketing and electronic media, outreach and systems support. Application deadline is August 22.


Wisconsin Department of Transportation Environmental Analysis & Review Specialist – Madison, WI
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is seeking an environmental analysis and review specialist to provide research, analysis, consultation and coordination services to department staff and management on proposed environmental laws and regulations. Application deadline is August 6.  
League of Conservation Voters Compliance Assistant – Washington, D.C.
The League of Conservation Voters is hiring a compliance assistant to aid staff in the operation of its GiveGreen bundling program, which raises direct campaign contributions from donors in support of candidates who demonstrate strong environmental leadership and a commitment to environmental values. Application deadline is August 15. 


Nominate a sustainability leader
Sustain Dane is seeking nominations for its 2014 Badger Bioneers to recognize people who are actively moving Madison toward a more sustainable future. Badger Bioneers will be honored at the Badger Bioneers Conference to be held at Union South on November 18. Nomination deadline extended to August 8. 
League of Conservation Voters Online Campaigner – Washington, D.C.
The League of Conservation Voters is hiring an online campaigner to assist with the organization's online program, with a focus on building, engaging and fundraising from its online activist network. Application deadline is August 8.


Office of Sustainability SIRE-REU call for proposals
The Office of Sustainability is accepting proposals for its fall SIRE Research Experience for Undergraduates (SIRE-REU) program. SIRE-REU awards provide up to $5,000 to support engagement of an undergraduate in an existing, extramurally-funded, sustainability-oriented research grant at UW–Madison. Application deadline is August 15.
NOAA climate funding opportunities list
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration compiled a list of climate-related funding opportunities currently available, which is current as of July 8. The list includes grant programs from the National Science Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Emergency Management Agency and more.


Volunteer to help people reduce waste during move-out!
Now until August 10
Blooming Butterflies
10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily
Olbrich Botanical Gardens
August 6, 2014
UW–Madison Day at the State Fair
8 a.m.-4p.m.
West Allis, WI
August 8, 2014
DreamBikes Mobile Repair Station
12-3 p.m.
2845 N. Sherman Ave.
August 8, 2014
Green Building Webinar Series
12:00 p.m.
Sign up here to access
August 8, 2014
Harvest Handouts
1 p.m.
East Campus Mall
August 10, 2014
Arboretum Walks: Wingra Oak Savanna Restoration and Monroe Street Environs
1-2:30 p.m.
Meet at corner of Monroe Street and Arbor Drive

Need research help?

Add an undergrad to your sustainability research program! Apply for a fall SIRE-REU grant through the Office of Sustainability.

Deadline August 15
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