June 2, 2015

Sustainability Spotlight

UW System budget proposal approved
Last Friday, the Joint Finance Committee approved reducing Gov. Walker's proposed cuts to the UW System from $300 million to $250 million over two years. The proposal also provides added flexibilities in procurement and building projects but removes academic tenure and shared governance from state law. Follow developments at

What's New at UW?

Collaboration could lead to biodegradable computer chips
Researchers at UW–Madison and the Madison-based USDA Forest Products Laboratory are working to alleviate the environmental burden of electronic devices through a surprising solution: a semiconductor chip made almost entirely of wood.
F.H. King wants to give you free vegetables
Through the Harvest Handouts program, the F.H. King Students for Sustainable Agriculture deliver high-quality, sustainably-grown produce to the UW–Madison community free of charge on Fridays at 1 p.m. on East Campus Mall.
Research in academic medical centers: Two threats to sustainable support
Leading biomedical researchers, including UW–Madison's Robert Golden, weigh in on the challenges to clinical medicine raised by reductions in federal support and clinical revenue.

Featured Events

Madison Bike Week
June 5-June 13, 2015 | Many locations
It's time to celebrate all things cycling! Dozens of events statewide, from family fun rides to commuter stations, and baseball games to overnight camping trips, to celebrate all Wisconsin cyclists.
Summer Trails Festival
June 6, 2015 | 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. | Lussier Family Heritage Center
Kick off your summer at Summer Trails Festival! All Dane County trails will be fee-free for a day to celebrate National Trails Day. Hit the trails or get up-close to live birds and wildlife while enjoying food from local food carts. 

Food For Thought

How much water are you eating?
California's farmers produce more than a third of the nation's vegetables and two-thirds of its fruits and nuts – using nearly 80 percent of the water consumed in the state. This infographic shows much an average American's diet contributes to the California drought.
Taxpayers subsidizing world's biggest fossil fuel companies
A Guardian investigation revealed that the world's biggest and most profitable fossil fuel companies are receiving huge and rising subsidies from US taxpayers, granted by politicians who received campaign contributions from the fossil fuel industry.

Jobs & Opportunities


Small business energy advisor summer intern – Green Bay, WI
GDS Associates, Inc. has an internship opportunity for students who would like to assist in the representation of the Wisconsin Focus on Energy energy-efficiency program as a Small Business Energy Advisory Intern. Application deadline is not listed.
Ride the Drive volunteer – Madison, WI
Ride the Drive organizers are seeking volunteers to help with multiple tasks for the June 7 event.


Biologist/natural resource scientist – Plymouth, MN
Anderson Engineering of Minnesota is seeking an entry to mid-level biologist/natural resource scientist to assist in delivering service on projects including wetland determinations, wetland permitting, and natural resource management tasks. Application deadline is not listed.
Conservation warden – Madison, WI
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is hiring a conservation warden to protect the state's natural resources through enforcement of state environmental laws, hunting and fishing regulations, and outdoor recreational rules. Application deadline is June 15.
Outreach and communications project manager – Green Lake, WI
The Green Lake Association is hiring a part-time project manager who will be responsible for a range of outreach and communication tasks including educational initiatives, website maintenance, and event coordination. Application deadline is June 8.


EPA physical scientist – Washington D.C.
The EPA's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention is seeking a physical scientist for their Design for the Environment program. Application deadline is June 4.
Sustainable agronomy specialist – Sac City, Iowa
West Central Cooperative is hiring a sustainable agronomy specialist to develop, implement and maintain an environmentally sustainable and profitable agronomy sales and customer service program. Application deadline is not listed.


June 1-June 30
30x30 Nature Challenge
Take the challenge to spend time in nature every day in June!
June 6, 2015
Ride to Farm
8:30 a.m.
Botham Vineyards, Barneveld, WI
June 6, 2015
Science of America's Dairyland
10 a.m.-1p.m.
Discovery Building
June 6, 2015
Night walk: By the dark of the moon
8:30-10 p.m.
UW–Madison Arboretum
June 7, 2015
Ride the Drive
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Downtown Madison Area
June 9, 2015
Farm and digester tour
8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Ziegler Dairy, Middleton, WI
June 9, 2015
Learn to BCycle
3-4 p.m.
University Bicycle Resource Center
June 11, 2015
Yahara Lakes 101:
Jake VanderZanden

7:30-9 a.m.
The Edgewater
June 13, 2015
Vision at the Arboretum
9:30-11:30 a.m.
UW–Madison Arboretum
June 14, 2015
Bee Fest
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
UW–Madison Arboretum
Register online
June 14, 2015
Wednesday Nite @ the Lab
7-8:15 p.m.
UW Biotechnology Center
June 19, 2015
Book Signing with Ed Lyon
4-6 p.m.
Allen Centennial Gardens
June 21, 2015
Let's Eat Out!
11:45 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
1800 Block E. Washington Avenue
June 24, 2015
Wednesday Nite @ the Lab
7-8:15 p.m.
UW Biotechnology Center
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