January 13, 2015

Sustainability Spotlight

New SIRE awards tackle waste and education
The 2015 Sustainability Innovation in Research and Education awards feature research on plastic packaging materials, a new course on reducing food waste, and assessing sustainability learning at UW–Madison.

What's New at UW?

New campus map shows sustainable dining locations
The Office of Sustainability now hosts a food map and sustainable dining guide created by UW–Madison students as part of their environmental studies capstone course.
Carnegie Foundation recognizes UW for community engagement
The Carnegie Foundation recognized UW–Madison as one of a select group of higher education institutions that engages meaningfully with local, regional, national and global communities.
MOOC discussion groups
The Office of Sustainability is organizing facilitated discussion groups for participants in the new UW–Madison massive open online course) called "The Land Ethic Reclaimed: Perceptive Hunting, Aldo Leopold, and Conservation," which runs from January 26-February 22. Register here.

Featured Events

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
January 19, 2015 | 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. | Discovery Building
Join members of the Madison community and the state of Wisconsin for a day devoted to action to benefit others. Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Day will include opportunities to learn about advances in science, technology, math and arts that have benefited others and explore community service projects on display.
TOPICS: Behind the scenes of campus recycling
January 23, 2015 | 2-4 p.m. | The Marquee, Union South
Where does our recycled material go? Why are there so many different bins? What could make campus recycling more effective? Join UW–Madison students, faculty and operational staff in a discussion about current recycling practices and what could improve them in the future.

Food For Thought

Madison Water Utility offers water tracking tool
Madison Water Utility is the first in the state to allow its customers to track their monthly, daily and hourly water use online.
Social science guide to picking a career you love
According to a recent report, more than half of Americans are unhappy at work - but a few tips based on social science could help you find the perfect job.
Start-ups rise to close a gap for farmers
A growing number of small businesses are providing marketing, transportation, logistics and other services to bridge the chasm between smaller farms and their local markets.

Jobs & Opportunities

We're hiring!
Apply for an internship at the Office of Sustainability by Jan. 14.


Office of Sustainability student leader – Madison, WI
The UW–Madison Office of Sustainability is seeking its next student leader and student programs coordinator. This role guides the creation and implementation of programming that engages the creativity and energy of students on campus. Application deadline is February 13.
Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters internships – Madison, WI
The Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters is hiring a digital editing intern to manage content on the organization's website and an environmental initiatives intern to assist with a water initiative and a climate and energy initiative. Application deadline is not listed.
The GREEN Program spring and summer break programs
The GREEN Program is accepting applications on a rolling basis for its spring and summer break programs, which include trips to Iceland, Peru and Philadelphia to explore different aspects of renewable energy and sustainability. For more information, contact UW–Madison's GREEN Program ambassador Brianna Webb.
Impact campaign organizing internship – Various locations
The Impact internship program is a full-time, two-year commitment to organize campaigns on environmental issues including climate change, clean water, solar power and food safety. Application deadline is not listed.


City of Milwaukee environmental policy analyst – Milwaukee, WI
The city of Milwaukee is hiring an environmental policy analyst to help implement and report progress on a variety of projects related to the city's sustainability plan. Application deadline is January 31.
General Motors global environmental & sustainability engineer – Various locations
General Motors is hiring a global environmental and sustainability engineer to analyze energy use, optimize opportunities for recycling, assist in waste reduction and evaluate hazardous waste management. Application deadline is not listed.
Oceana Conservation District forester – Shelby, MI
Oceana Conservation District is hiring a forester for its Forestry Assistance Program to help provide private owners of forested land manage forests, wildlife and other natural resources. Application deadline is January 30.


UW Arboretum garden curator – Madison, WI
The UW Arboretum is hiring a garden curator for its Longenecker Horticultural Gardens to manage plants, collaborate on use of the gardens for research and participate in education efforts. Application deadline is January 21.
Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability call for proposals
The Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability is seeking proposals for its regional conference to be held June 17-19 at Bemidji State University, MN. The conference will focus on sustainability as it relates to wellness, environmental and social justice, and campus-community partnerships. Proposal submission deadline is February 13.
Clinton River Watershed Council watershed planner – Rochester Hills, MI
The Clinton River Watershed Council is hiring a full-time watershed planner to manage administration and oversight for several of the organization's initiatives including green infrastructure and place-making initiatives. Application deadline is not listed.


Energy Experts of Tomorrow scholarship
Franklin Energy Services, LLC is offering the $5,000 Energy Experts of Tomorrow scholarship to undergraduate students entering their junior or senior year who are studying engineering or environmental science. Application deadline is January 31.
Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment
The Provost’s Office is soliciting proposals from UW–Madison faculty, staff and students for new outreach, translational and community-based research and public engagement projects or new dimensions to existing activities that reinforce our public mission and help advance the Wisconsin Idea. Applications due to deans' offices by noon on January 26, 2015.
The Clean Energy Challenge
The Clean Energy Challenge is a launch pad for Midwest clean energy startups. As the flagship accelerator program of Clean Energy Trust, the challenge offers finalists industry-leading mentorship, national exposure and the chance to compete for $1 million in total investments.
The Next Play: Sustainability & Sports Venture Tournament
The Next Play is a national competition for student-led business plans that aim to make the sports industry more sustainable. Students groups will compete for more than $30,000 in prize money and in-kind support. The final competition will take place April 17-18 in Charlotte, NC. Register here to compete.


January 14, 2015
Bioneers screening event with Sustain Dane and YWCA
6-8 p.m.
Central Library
January 22, 2015
Arts in Madison: An economic engine
4:30-6 p.m.
Discovery Building
January 23, 2015
Sustain Dane's MPower Champion Public Showcase
7:30-9:30 a.m.
Monona Terrace
January 30, 2015
Climate Quest Finale
9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Fluno Center
Register here
February 26, 2015
Sustainability Forum: Rethinking our consumerism
9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Union South
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