July 15, 2014

Sustainability Spotlight

Save the date: Moving week starts August 11
Moving this August or know someone who is? Start planning now to sort out unwanted but useable possessions so you can donate instead of trashing them. Starting August 11, UW–Madison is partnering with several organizations to help movers donate unwanted items – and divert thousands of pounds of moving-day waste from landfills.

What's New at UW?

New project to measure impact of farmers markets
Alfonso Morales, associate professor in urban and regional planning, secured funding through the USDA to advance the Farmers Market Metrics Project, which will allow him and his team to develop practical tools for evaluating farmers' markets and communicate the impacts to local, regional and national stakeholders.
Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District to use UW–Madison food waste
The Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District is working on becoming more energy independent by transforming table scraps from UW–Madison into an energy resource.
Study finds half of young adults with full-time jobs rely on parents for financial support
About half of all young adults are struggling to achieve financial security in their transition from college to adulthood and continue to rely on family for financial support, according to the latest report from a longitudinal study.

Featured Events

Net Neutrality and Academic Freedom
July 16, 2014 | 2-3:30 p.m. | Union South
As debates continue over net neutrality rules for broadband service, hear UW–Madison faculty weigh in about larger implications – including the politics of intellectual and scholarly freedom, creativity and innovation – for educators and learners.
Maxwell Street Days
July 18-20, 2014 | State Street, Madison, WI
This annual summer sidewalk sale is a chance to buy local, featuring discounted clothing, jewelry, artwork, sporting goods, books and food from nearly 100 participating State Street and Capitol Square businesses.

Food For Thought

This paper cup can be recycled – unlike the 50 billion that end up in landfills
Approximately 50 billion coffee cups in the U.S. end up in landfills every year, but a British inventor came up with a new process to make recycling disposable coffee cups a real possibility.
Creeping up on unsuspecting shores
After reaching historic lows in 2013, water levels in the Great Lakes are now abruptly on the rise, a development that has startled scientists and thrilled just about everybody with a stake in the waterfront, including owners of beach houses, retailers in tourist areas and dockmasters who run marinas on the lakeshore.

Jobs & Opportunities


City of Fitchburg Parks & Forestry Assistant – Fitchburg, WI
The City of Fitchburg is seeking a college student to assist in the planning and implementation of park systems, and the planning and management of the urban forest and natural trees. The position is a limited term employment opportunity, and applications are needed as soon as possible.
Wisconsin Wetlands Association Conference & Event Intern – Madison, WI
The Wisconsin Wetlands Association is hiring a conference & event intern to help with planning and logistics for its 20th Annual Wetlands Conference to be held February 24-26. Application deadline is July 18.
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition Policy Intern – Washington, D.C. 
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition is currently seeking a policy intern for the fall semester to advance policy on sustainable agriculture and food systems as part of a vision to create a safe, nutritious and affordable food supply produced by diverse family farmers who make a decent living while sustaining the environment and communities.


Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Air Management Engineers – Madison, Fitchburg and Green Bay, WI
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is hiring six entry level air management engineers to perform engineering evaluations of air contaminant sources within an assigned geographic area to ensure compliance with air pollution control laws and rules. Application deadline is July 27.  


City of Fitchburg Sustainability Specialist – Fitchburg, WI
The City of Fitchburg is hiring a sustainability specialist. The sustainability specialist would implement a community outreach plan for sustainability and climate protection initiatives established by the city. Other duties include acting as a liaison between the community and city staff, and completing field and clerical assignments as needed. Application deadline is July 27.
Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin Communications Director – Madison, WI
The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin is seeking a communications director to set and guide the strategy for all communications, social media and public relations messages to consistently articulate the foundation's mission. Application review begins August 1.
UW–Extension Cooperative Extension Waste Reduction and Management Specialist – Green Bay, WI
UW–Extension is seeking a waste reduction and management specialist for its division of Cooperative Extension. The waste reduction and management specialist would provide environmental information, education and technical assistance for Cooperative Extension clients and audiences, which include business, industry, communities, organizations and individuals. Application deadline is August 5. 


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 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 grants from the National Science Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Emergency Management Agency and more.
National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center funding opportunity
The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center is seeking proposals for independent synthesis research by graduate student teams focused on two broad themes: Cities in sustainable resource management and surprise in human adaptation to environmental change. Proposal deadline is July 30.
Environmental Protection Agency National Priorities funding opportunity
The EPA is seeking applications that take a systems view to investigate how drought (seasonal and prolonged) exacerbated by climate change may impact surface and groundwater quality and availability. Application deadline is August 5. 
National Science Foundation Environmental Sustainability funding opportunity
The National Science Foundation is accepting proposals for engineering research projects that seek to develop sustainable engineered systems that support human well-being and that are also compatible with sustaining natural (environmental) systems. Proposals will be accepted October 1 through November 5.


July 15, 2014
Clean Wisconsin Bike Ride
5:30-7 p.m.
West Main Street, Madison, WI
July 16, 2014
Introduction to Beekeeping Workshop
5:30 p.m.
1871 Lake Mendota Drive 
July 16, 2014
Arboretum Tours: Native Gardens for Pollinators
7-8:30 p.m.
UW Arboretum Visitor Center
July 16, 2014
Sunset Yoga on the Rooftop
8:30 p.m.
Pyle Center
July 18, 2014
Green Building Webinar Series
12:00 p.m.
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July 18, 2014
Harvest Handouts
1 p.m.
East Campus Mall
July 19, 2014
Ride & Read with Brian Benson
1-3 p.m.
Pinney Library
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