August 18, 2015

Sustainability Spotlight

Students develop carbon reduction strategies in Columbia
Energy Analysis and Policy certificate graduate students studied the energy and water consumption of 53 Baxter Healthcare clinics in Colombia to identify strategies to reduce the company's carbon footprint. One target? Dialysis machines.

What's New at UW?

UW leading effort to improve solar power plants
A research collaboration led by professor Mark Anderson has received a $2.6 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy to advance the technology of utility-scale concentrating solar power plants.
Biggest year yet for move-out donations
The Moving Days partners, including the Office of Sustainability, worked to reduce waste during the mid-August move-out. This year the organizers believe the effort collected more than 100,000 pounds worth of donated items. 
Global health ethic echoes calls to care for people and the planet
UW–Madison's Tony Goldberg and Jonathan Patz write that a global health ethic, not just short-term solutions or economic incentives, is needed to fix the global health crisis.

Featured Events

Global Health Institute Visiting Scholar Seminar
August 18, 2015 | 5-6 p.m. | 1010 Medical Sciences Center
Henok Kurabachew Mulat, from the Hawassa University College of Agriculture, will speak about the impacts of agricultural development on human health and nutrition in Ethiopia.
FOOD PATRIOTS and Q&A with Robert Pierce
August 22, 2015 | 2-4 p.m. | Meadowridge Library
FOOD PATRIOTS is a documentary tracing one family's journey through the world of organic local foods after dealing with a bout of food-borne illness. The film features UW Athletics and Madison community leader and food advocate Robert Pierce.

Food For Thought

Special Focus on Coal:
Wisconsin would be hit hard by new rule on emissions
A past focus on coal rather than renewable energy sources will force Wisconsin to make large cuts in greenhouse gases to meet the Obama administration's new emission requirements.
King Coal is deposed by the market
The U.S. coal industry is reeling as never before in its history, the victim of new environmental regulations, intensifying attacks by activists, collapsing coal prices and, above all, the rise of cheap alternative fuels.
Mapping how the United States generates its electricity
Every state uses a different mix of energy resources. Coal and natural gas are most common, but the Clean Power Plan seeks to reduce coal use in favor of cleaner energy sources.

Jobs & Opportunities


Community food system assistantMadison, WI
The Dane County AmeriCorps is looking for a AmeriCorps*VISTA member to work with local partners to strengthen community food systems and improve resident access to healthy food. Application deadline is September 1.
Water resources data assistantMadison, WI
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is hiring a data assistant to work on entry level GIS tasks and entering data into databases. Work study is required and application deadline is September 11.


Corps memberMultiple locations, MT
Big Sky Watershed Corps is seeking corps members to assist Montana watershed communities with local conservation efforts. Application deadline is September 4.


Program coordinatorMilwaukee, WI
The City of Milwaukee is hiring an environmental sustainability program coordinator to help implement energy efficiency programs in the city. Application deadline is August 24.
Water resources management specialistWaukesha, WI
The Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission is hiring a senior specialist/biologist to lead an interdisciplinary team in conducting lake-watershed management planning projects. Application deadline is September 18.
Various scientist positionsSan Francisco, CA
The California Academy of Sciences is hiring Ph.D.-level scientists with experience and interest in biodiversity and ecological sciences to help pursue their mission to "Explore, Explain and Sustain Life" on Earth. Application deadline is November 1.
Sustainable development brand managerChicago, IL
MillerCoors is hiring a sustainable development brand manager to lead the integration of sustainability into marketing and support commercialized sustainability efforts. Application deadline is not listed.


August 20, 2015
Patty Loew: Seventh generation Earth ethics
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Wisconsin Historical Museum
August 22, 2015
Little Free Library Build Day 
10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Central Library
August 23, 2015
Yum Yum Fest
3-8 p.m.
Central Park
August 23, 2015
Exploring Nature through Art
12:30-3:30 p.m.
UW Arboretum
August 23, 2015
Birding and nature walk
1:30-3 p.m.
Eagle Heights Gardens shed
August 24-26, 2015
Edible Startup Summit
Various times
Goodman Community Center
Buy tickets by August 22
August 25, 2015
History Sandwiched In: Schwinn's distribution system
12:15-1 p.m.
Wisconsin Historical Museum
August 25, 2015
DCFM tomato canning demonstration class
6-7 p.m.
1219 Sherman Avenue
August 29, 2015
Garden photography class
9-10 a.m.
Allen Centennial Gardens
September 3, 2015
Food Waste and Sustainability Concerns
1:45-5:15 p.m.
Nancy Nicholas Hall and Mechanical Engineering
September 5-6, 2015
Taste of Madison
Saturday: 2-8:30 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Capitol Square
September 11-13, 2015
Sustainability Weekend at Folklore Village
Full schedule online
Dodgeville, WI
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