January 21, 2014

Sustainability Spotlight

Save the Date: Sustainability Forum 2014 
February 27, 2014
8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
H.F. DeLuca Forum, Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery

"Climate Change in Wisconsin: Where do we go from here?" will focus on the ways climate change will affect Wisconsin residents and how human actions, adaptation and innovation can chart a new course forward.

What's New at UW?

Renewable energy ready for biofuels scale-up
Using a plant-derived chemical, UW-Madison researchers have developed a process for creating a concentrated stream of sugars that is ripe with possibility for biofuels.
Blank at White House Summit, offers commitment to accessibility
"We should all be concerned that students who have met the academic credentials to get into college are not denied access to quality higher education and that we have the programs in place to help them use their abilities to succeed once they get here," Chancellor Rebecca Blank said. 

Featured Events

Recycle to Win: Recyclemania 2014
February 2-March 29, 2014 
UW-Madison residence halls
Recyclemania is an 8-week competition during which colleges and universities across the country report the amount of trash and recycling collected each week and are rated on several categories, including how much trash and recycling is collected per capita.
Morgridge Center Public Service Fair
January 30, 2014 | Varsity Hall, Union South
The Public Service Fair is an opportunity for students to learn about volunteer, internship and career opportunities at non-profit and governmental organizations. More than 60 local, national and international organizations will be in attendance.


Food For Thought

The Guardian offers contrasting views on business sustainability
Real sustainability may not make business sense
writes Charles Eisenstein in The Guardian's Sustainable Business blog. Hunter Lovins, president and founder of National Captialism Solutions, responds that sustainability is better business - and we can prove it.
Climate change in the American mind
The most recent national Climate Change in the American Mind survey found 1 in 4 Americans think global warming is not happening, and half say they are "worried" about it. 
North Carolina researchers bank solar energy for later use
A team of scientists has developed a new way to store some of the power from solar energy by using it to produce hydrogen fuel from water.

Jobs & Opportunities


Badger Volunteers 2014
Join a team of UW students who serve the local community in sustainability, education and public health as a Badger Volunteer. Registration for Spring 2014 opens January 21 and is open until January 30. 
Sustainability Lunch HOUR (Highlight of Undergraduate Research)
Apply to present your sustainability research in a friendly, informal setting at the first Sustainability Lunch HOUR, a new student brownbag event starting in Spring 2014. 
Food & Water Watch internships - Madison, WI
This organization, which works to ensure the food, water and fish we consume are safe, accessible and sustainably produced, is seeking a coalition coordinator, grassroots coordinator and media coordinator. Email a cover letter and resume to


Aldo Leopold Nature Center Public Program Coordinator - Monona, WI
The public program coordinator facilitates summer camps, vacation day programs, preschool programs and walk-in visitors. He or she also performs desk-staffing duties and some supervisory roles. 
Good Oak Sustainable Landscaping Manager - Madison, WI
Good Oak is looking for a new sustainable landscaping manager to lead its team installing native and edible plants. 


Edgewood College Sustainability Leadership Graduate Program Director - Madison, WI
The program director provides leadership for all aspects of curriculum, instruction, administration, advancement, community relations, marketing and recruiting for the program.


Dane County Environmental Council grant opportunities
Applications are now being accepted for two county grant programs aimed at partnering Dane County with local conservation organizations to help enhance and protect the county's lakes and land. Application materials due February 28. 


January 23, 2014
Ian Coxhead: Will Indonesia's boom leave its poor behind?
12:15-1:30 p.m.
8417 Sewell Social Sciences
January 23, 2014
Strong Towns: A Curbside Chat about the financial health of our cities
6:30-8:30 p.m.
5530 Lacy Road, Fitchburg, WI

January 25, 2014
Arboretum Ecological Restoration Work Party
9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Visitor Center, UW Arboretum

January 30, 2014
Paul Robbins: Coffee, frogs, and workers: The frontiers of conservation in southern India
12-1 p.m.
206 Ingraham

January 30, 2014
Weston Roundtable
Barron Henderson: Testing Air Quality Models for Application, Source Attribution, and to Advance Fundamental Science
4:15-5:15 p.m.
1163 Mechanical Engineering

February 5-6, 2014
NASECA-WI 11th Annual Stormwater Management Conference
8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Lussier Family Heritage Center
Madison, WI

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