October 21, 2014

Sustainability Spotlight

Meeting needs for future cities and communities
As the world's population become more focused in cities, industry leaders, researchers, policymakers and international stakeholders will come together next week at the 2014 Energy Summit to discuss critical energy issues including policy, water, air quality, transportation, sustainability and urban planning.

What's New at UW?

Sustainability Certificate to include new community engagement component
The interdisciplinary Sustainability Certificate offered by the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies now engages students in sustainability-related service learning, volunteering, or other projects in the Madison community.
Professor honored for green chemistry research
UW–Madison chemistry professor Shannon Stahl is one of five scientists nationwide to receive a Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award from the EPA. Stahl's award recognizes his research on using oxygen from the air in pharmaceutical synthesis reactions to reduce waste and the use of toxic chemicals. 
Measuring mindfulness through breath counting
Results of a new UW–Madison study show that breath counting offers an objective way to measure mindfulness and is associated with more self-awareness, less mind wandering, better mood and less distraction caused by the "want" of financial gain.

Featured Events

Thank Your Farmer Week
October 20-24, 2014 
F.H. King Students for Sustainable Agriculture and Slow Food UW are sponsoring Thank Your Farmer Week to increase awareness of and access to community-based, sustainable and fair food on the UW–Madison campus. 
  • Thursday, Oct. 23: Campus Farmers' Market with special give-aways from F.H. King
  • Friday, Oct. 24: Film screening of The Greenhorns
Energy and Climate: A View to 2040
October 24, 2014 | 2:30-4 p.m. | 1106 Mechanical Engineering
Peter Trelenberg will discuss Exxon Mobil's 2014 Outlook for Energy, which confronts the dual challenges of supporting economic growth while addressing the risks of climate change in a carbon-intensive energy system.

Food For Thought

The risks of cheap water
As climate change and population growth further stress the water supply from the drought-plagued plagued West to the seemingly bottomless Great Lakes, states and municipalities are likely to turn to water restrictions. But limits on water use will not address the driving force of U.S. water consumption: its price.
How to be productive and still get home by 5:30 p.m.
Professor, author, husband and parent Cal Newport shares his tips for getting more done in less time, including a strict policy against to-do lists.

Jobs & Opportunities


Great Wisconsin Birdathon coordinator – Madison, WI
The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin is hiring a coordinator for its Great Wisconsin Birdathon. Duties include communication, management and promotion. Application deadline is November 5.
Saha Global international service program
Saha Global offers a three-week international service learning program focused on development, environmental sustainability and public health. The organization will offer a virtual information session at 4 p.m. on October 22. Register here.
Society of Wetland Scientists undergraduate mentoring program
Students from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply for the Society of Wetland Scientists' undergraduate mentoring program that provides travel awards and career mentoring for the Society's annual meeting. Application deadline is November 7.


Green Seal, Inc. environmental scientist/engineer – Washington, D.C.
Green Seal, Inc. is hiring an environmental scientist/engineer to develop environmental leadership standards across a range of products and services. Application deadline is not listed.


Wisconsin Energy Institute communications specialist – Madison, WI
The Wisconsin Energy Institute is hiring a communications specialist to coordinate communications projects, produce content for marketing and communications materials, and provide support to staff and researchers. Application deadline is November 14.
American Association of Geographers call for papers
Organizers of a session at the annual American Association of Geographers meeting focusing on challenges and prospects for engagement between geography and environmental education are seeking paper submissions. Submit a 250-word abstract to Andy Davey by October 29.


October 21, 2014
Market-based environmental policy and the Clean Water Act
12-1 p.m.
La Follette House Conference Room
October 21, 2014
Majors Fair
3:30 p.m.
Varsity Hall, Union South
October 23, 2014
Weston Roundtable Series: Cyberinfrastructure for environmental studies
4:15-5:15 p.m.
1106 Mechanical Engineering
October 23, 2014
RED Talks: UW alum shares UNICEF work
5 p.m.
Gordon Dining and Event Center
October 24, 2014
Stargazing in the Lakeshore Nature Preserve
7:30-9 p.m.
Meet at Lot #131
October 27, 2014
Film + talk: Rethinking assumptions in sustainable development
12-2 p.m.
206 Ingraham Hall
November 4, 2014
Workplace CSA Meet & Greet
12-1:30 p.m.
Goodman Community Center
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