May 5, 2015

Sustainability Spotlight

Senior's campus legacy is built on Styrofoam
As she prepares to graduate next week, senior Emily Baumann is leaving behind a growing program for reusing and recycling the thousands of Styrofoam shipping boxes that campus labs receive every year.

What's New at UW?

Coming soon: summer Badger Volunteers
Registration for the Badger Volunteers summer program will open May 26. Preview the summer volunteer sites, including sustainability sites such as the Aldo Leopold Nature Center and Sustainable Atwood!
Residence hall move-out tips
As the semester comes to an end, University Housing offers some tips on how to be sustainable while moving out of the residence halls. In 2014, students and their families diverted 86,650 pounds of waste from the landfill during move-out.

Not moving? Volunteer to help at a recycling site!
Land use, climate and agriculture impact lake clean-up efforts
Efforts to clean up the Madison lakes are being hampered by more asphalt, row crops and intense rainstorms and higher concentrations of manure on the landscape, according to a new study from the Water Sustainability and Climate project.

Featured Events

18th Annual Leopold Lecture
May 8, 2015 | 3 p.m. | Ebling Auditorium, Microbial Sciences
The lecture will feature Dr. M. Sanjayan, executive VP and senior scientist at Conservation International, who will present a talk called "Welcome to the New Wild: Saving Nature in a Human Dominated World." 
May 11, 2015 | 8:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. | Gordon Commons
A free event open to the public will highlight 50 UW-Madison faculty members' scholarly work relating to water. Talks will cover topics including aquatic insects, the global carbon cycle, human rights, groundwater protection, and more.

Food For Thought

California governor orders new target for emissions cuts
California governor Jerry Brown last week issued an executive order to speed up the state's already ambitious program to curb greenhouse gas emissions, citing the growing threat posed by global warming.
Stay calm and study strong
Finals are stressful, but don't forget to take care of your mind and body. These tips from University Health Services will help you calm your mind and focus your energy. 

Feeling nervous? Take a two-minute break.

Jobs & Opportunities


Volunteer opportunity: Campus Kitchen at UW–Madison
The new Campus Kitchen at UW–Madison is seeking volunteers to work food recovery, food pickup, cooking and serving shifts. Shifts are 1-2.5 hours. Contact for more information. 
River Alliance of Wisconsin summer events intern – Madison, WI
The River Alliance of Wisconsin is hiring a summer events intern to assist with outreach and fundraising events. The intern would also help with other projects as needed. Position starts June 1.
The Nature Conservancy summer internships
The Nature Conservancy is hiring summer interns in a variety of areas including conservation, philanthropy and mapping/data. Positions start June 8.


Dunn County recycling and support specialist – Menominee, WI
Dunn County is hiring a recycling and support specialist to create educational and promotional materials related to recycling. The specialist will also provide administrative support for the Environmental Services department. Application deadline is May 11.
Aldo Leopold Nature Center job opportunities – Monona, WI
The Aldo Leopold Nature center is hiring an event assistant and a weekend naturalist exhibit staff member. Both positions are part-time with shifts primarily during weekends and evenings. Application deadline is May 8 for the event assistant and not listed for the weekend naturalist exhibit position. 


Wild Ones executive director – Appleton, WI
Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscaping is hiring an executive director to lead and represent the organization in all its operations, including financial management. Application deadline is June 10.
City of West Bend conservation supervisor/naturalist – West Bend, WI
The city of West Bend is hiring a conservation supervisor/naturalist to coordinate environmental education programming and develop marketing materials. This position is a seasonal appointment. Application deadline is not listed.


WARF Grants Program
The WARF grants program offers up to five $1,000 grants for campus groups to create events that relate to the cycle of innovation (research, discovery, commercialization, investment).


May 7, 2015
Community solutions: The agroecology of development in Africa
4 p.m.
Discovery Building
May 7, 2015
Introduction to truing a wheel
6-7:30 p.m.
University Bicycle Resource Center
May 8, 2015
DIY Science:
Making Liquid Fuels from Sustainable Biomass

7-9 p.m.
Discovery Building
Register online
May 8, 2015
The urban climate of Madison
9:30-10:30 a.m.
Wisconsin Energy Institute
May 8, 2015
JACK Quartet:
"Creature Quartet"

8 p.m.
Shannon Hall,
Memorial Union
May 9, 2015
Native Plant Sale
9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Visitor Center, UW Arboretum
May 9, 2015
Compost bin and rain barrel sale
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Alliant Energy Center
May 10, 2015
Mother's Day Spring Sampler
1-2 p.m.
Visitor Center, UW Arboretum
May 15-25, 2015
National Geographic: Global Snapshot of Biodiversity
Upload photos here
May 16, 2015
Bird banding and conservation
8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Biocore Prairie
June 6, 2015
Ride to Farm
8:30 a.m.
Botham Vineyards, Barneveld, WI
More Events
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