June 24, 2014

Sustainability Spotlight

UW–Madison to receive electric "micro cars" for sustainability research
Four unique electric "micro cars" are coming to UW–Madison soon, part of a new research project that aims to reduce the university's carbon footprint, gather data and initiate more sustainability research among faculty members and students.

What's New at UW?

Harvesting the power of big data in agriculture
Using information technology, UW–Madison researchers are helping make Midwestern farms more productive and more sustainable.
PEOPLE program summer workshops prepare students to attend UW–Madison
Hundreds of Wisconsin middle and high school students hoping to be admitted to UW–Madison with the help of the PEOPLE program are arriving on campus this summer for workshops and immersion in the college experience.

Featured Events

Locavore Week 
June 23 to 27, 2014 | 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. | The University Club, State Street, Madison, WI
The University Club is celebrating local farms with a three-course menu of locally-sourced produce prepared in house by the University Club Chef. The menu features fresh produce from Black Earth Meats, Vitruvian Farms and other local vendors. Indulge in your choice of an appetizer, entree and dessert for $15.
Green City Freiburg: Sustainability Approaches and Practices
June 25, 2014  | 7-9 p.m.  | Marquee Room, Union South
Klaus Hoppe, former head of renewable energy and recycling for the Freiburg, Germany, Environmental Protection Agency, will discuss innovative strategies that helped Freiburg become internationally recognized for sustainability best practices.

Food For Thought

With millions of tons of plastic in oceans, more scientists studying impacts
The amount of global trash is expected to rise every year for the rest of the century. With no intervention, the growing garbage heap won't even peak by 2021.
The White House wants to save the bees
The White House created a new task force Friday to study and combat the recent precipitous decline in the number of bees in the United States.
Standing up at meetings can boost creativity, enthusiasm
New research has found that standing during meetings boosts the excitement around creative group processes and reduces people's tendencies to defend their turf.

Jobs & Opportunities


YMCA Camp Colman Outdoor Environmental Education Instructor – Longbranch, WA
Instructors at Camp Colman teach students from all over the Western Washington region about the biology, ecology, geology and communities that create the beauty of the Puget Sound area. There are also opportunities to create new classes and curriculum. Application deadline is July 31.


UW–Madison Psychology Department Lab Manager – Madison, WI
The Brauer lab is seeking a lab manager to assist with research projects on topics including social interventions to reduce prejudice and antecedents to group behavior. The lab manager would also work to develop new projects including a project that would test social interventions aimed at changing people's sustainability behaviors. Application deadline is June 27.
Godfrey & Kahn, S.C. Environmental/Energy Associate – Milwaukee, WI
Godfrey & Kahn, S.C. is a general business practice firm. The firm is looking for an environmental/energy associate to help clients develop and implement innovative environmental and energy solutions to achieve their goals on a variety of projects. 


Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory Max Tech & Beyond Design Competition
The University of California Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory is requesting proposals the Max Tech & Beyond Design Competition for Ultra-Low-Energy-Use Appliances and Equipment. Proposal deadline is July 7.
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. 


June 25, 2014
Wednesday Nite @ the Lab: The Weather Guys
7-8 p.m.
1111 Biotech Center
June 26, 2014
Webinar: The Psychological Impacts of Climate Change
1-2 p.m.
Register for access
June 27, 2014
Green Building Webinar Series
12-1 p.m.
Sign up here to access
June 28, 2014
Ecological Restoration Work Party
9 a.m.-12 p.m.
UW Arboretum Visitor Center
July 3, 2014
Yoga at Olin Park Pavillion
5:30-7 p.m.
Olin Park Pavillion
July 23-26, 2014
Sustainable Chequamegon Tour
Early bird registration ends June 27
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