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October 18, 2016

Sustainability Spotlight

Reconnecting to the Earth with Milwaukee youth
Two UW–Madison students embarked on a summer adventure to teach the concepts of climate change and local, sustainable and healthy eating to children visiting Milwaukee's Urban Ecology Center. They found their efforts, supported by a Wisconsin Open Education Community Fellowship, challenging but critically important to children in an area that is primarily a food desert.

What's New at UW?

UW alum donates new Dane County forest land
The land donated by Steve Morton, which has been in his family for more than 60 years, offers some of the highest points and most breathtaking views in southern Wisconsin. The hilly, 110-acre Morton County Forest near Mazomanie officially opened Monday for hiking and other low-impact activities.
Improved yeast may improve economics of biofuels
Scientists at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center engineered a "super yeast" that converts plant sugars to biofuel with nearly double the efficiency of standard yeast strains.

Featured Event

UW–Madison Wellness Symposium
November 15, 2016 | 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Union South
The theme is "Wellness Now: Being Our Best Selves in the Current Moment." The Wellness Symposium is open to faculty/staff and students who are looking to care for themselves in the midst of their everyday lives.

Food For Thought

U.S. makes its biggest clean energy purchase ever
Energy from the newly acquired 150-megawatt Mesquite 3 solar array will power roughly one-third of the electricity needs of 14 naval installations in California. It marks the Navy's latest energy-conscious move, based on the idea that using less energy can provides a tactical advantage.
heat waves hit urban areas hardest
Using the free market to fight poverty
Feeding America, a large nonprofit organization that distributes hundreds of millions of tons of food to food banks throughout the U.S., offers a case study in how a free market approach can improve outcomes.

Jobs & Opportunities


Sustainability facilitator – Madison, WI
Sustain Dane is looking for several student facilitators to assist in facilitating table conversations and activities throughout the Badger Bioneers sustainability conference on Nov. 10. Training will be provided. Application deadline is October 31.
Community programs intern – Madison, WI
FairShare CSA Coalition is seeking spring semester interns to work on outreach, administration, events or their partner shares program. Application deadline is November 4.


Poll worker – Madison, WI
The City of Madison is hiring poll workers to work at the polls on Election Day, Nov. 8. On-campus training sessions are available beginning October 24; attendees can be hired on the spot.
Grist fellow – Seattle, WA
Environmental media organization Grist is accepting applications for journalism fellows to work in editorial, justice and video. Application deadline is November 8.


Climate communications and outreach manager – Portland, OR
The Oregon Environmental Council is seeking someone to create and implement communications strategies and effective messaging to elevate the public discussion on climate change and generate support for climate action among key audiences. Application deadline is November 1.
Program associate – Atlanta, GA
The Turner Foundation, an independent family foundation committed to protecting and restoring our natural systems, seeks an associate to implement philanthropy strategies related to clean air, urban sustainability and diversity. Application deadline is November 11.


October 18, 2016
Doing Well by Doing Good
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Shannon Hall, Memorial Union
October 19, 2016
Slow Food UW Cafe
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
The Crossing
October 19, 2016
Where does my coffee come from?
11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
15 Science Hall
October 19, 2016
Careers in clean energy
4-5 p.m.
6 Ingraham Hall
October 19, 2016
Protecting health on a warming planet
8 p.m.
Pyle Center
October 20, 2016
Campus Farmers' Market
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Union South
Just 2 markets left!
October 20, 2016
Weston Roundtable: Phenology and Inuits
4:15 p.m.
1163 Mechanical Engineering
October 20-23, 2016
Wisconsin Science Festival
Multiple events
Various locations
October 21, 2016
Growing Global Science
2:30-3:30 p.m.
Discovery Building
October 21-23, 2016
Dane County Food Days
Multiple events
Various locations
October 23, 2016
Replated: A community meal
1-4 p.m.
October 24, 2016
Developing sustainable biomass crops
3:30-4:30 p.m.
1115 Wisconsin Energy Institute
October 24, 2016
Potluck and food systems discussion
6-8:30 p.m.
The Bubbler, Madison Public Library
October 28, 2016
Building community: A global health celebration
5 p.m.
Mendota Room, Dejope Hall
November 1, 2016
Diversity Forum
8 a.m.-past midnight
Union South
November 10, 2016
Badger Bioneers
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Union South
November 15, 2016
UW–Madison Wellness Symposium
8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Union South
November 18, 2016
Force for Positive Change
1-8 p.m.
Discovery Building
November 18, 2016
Three perspectives on food
7:30-9:30 p.m.
More Events
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