April 21, 2015

Sustainability Spotlight

New energy-tracking app encourages sustainable behaviors
UW–Madison professor Nancy Wong designed "My Earth" with a diary format to help users choose daily activities to reduce their carbon emissions and energy consumption. The app, launched yesterday, uses a polar bear perched on a shrinking or growing iceberg to help people visualize the impacts of their actions.

What's New at UW?

Tips for safer biking
Ready to shake off winter and get outside? Staff members from Commuter Solutions, part of UW–Madison's Transportation Services, share nine top tips for making those early rides safe and fun.
Badger Volunteers drive Wheels for Winners into high gear
East Madison nonprofit organization Wheels for Winners rewards young people with strong community service records and saves hundreds of bicycles from the landfill.
Optimizing ecology to improve Great Lakes
Researchers at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery and the Center for Limnology are teaming up with natural resource agencies to improve how resources are allocated and assist in the recovery of native fish in the Great Lakes.

Featured Events

Earth Week
April 20-24, 2015 | Events throughout the week
Celebrate planet Earth with campus events throughout the week of April 20, including activities planned by UW's sustainability student organizations.

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Climate Forward: Climate & Energy Roundtable
April 23, 2015 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | 1115 Wisconsin Energy Institute
The Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters will convene experts in public health, ecology, renewable energy, climate change and related topics in a roundtable discussion to help identify future needs for energy and climate change research. Light snacks and beverages provided!

Food For Thought

Buying in bulk is good for the planet
The bulk aisle at Madison's Willy Street Co-op offers consumers the opportunity to reduce waste by purchasing beans, spices, grains seeds, and shampoos, among many other products, in bulk.
Angry Birds fling into climate conversation
Rovio Entertainment, the company responsible for the smartphone game Angry Birds, will announce on Earth Day its plan to use the game to raise awareness about climate change.

Jobs & Opportunities


City of Monona sustainability intern – Monona, WI
The city of Monona is hiring a sustainability intern to work on the implementation of its sustainability plan. Application deadline is not listed.
Volunteer opportunity: Save Our Lakes Community Breakfast
The Clean Lakes Alliance is seeking volunteers to help at its fourth annual Save Our Lakes Community Breakfast. Volunteers will work at stations greeting guests, thanking guests, collecting envelopes or assisting with cleanup. Sign up deadline is April 24.


Yumbutter business operations manager – Madison, WI
Yumbutter, a Madison company devoted to sustainable and world-changing nut butters, is hiring a business operations manager to oversee its supply chain and logistics, and manage other business operations. The organization is aiming to hire by May 15.
Madison Environmental Group community relations manager – Madison, WI
Madison Environmental Group is hiring a community relations manager to coordinate marketing, maintain public relations and compile reports, among other duties. Application deadline is May 1.


General Mills sourcing sustainability director – Minneapolis, MN
General Mills is hiring a sourcing sustainability manager to provide leadership and management, and advance General Mills in its sustainability goals. Application deadline is not listed.


Collegiate Wind Competition team
The Wisconsin Energy Institute is organizing a student team to compete in the 2016 Collegiate Wind Competition,which challenges undergraduate teams to design, build, and test a model wind turbine and develop a business plan.


April 21, 2015
Networking and Business Sustainability Panel
4:30-7 p.m.
1266 Grainger
April 22, 2015
Ag Day on Campus
9 a.m.
Library Mall
April 22, 2015
Grainger Earth Day Celebration
10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Grainger East Atrium
April 22, 2015
Nelson Institute Earth Day Open House
11 a.m.
122 Science Hall
April 22, 2015
Film screening and Q&A: Losing the West
7 p.m.
Marquee Theater, Union South
April 22, 2015
The future of conservation science in Wisconsin
7 p.m.
Tripp Commons, Memorial Union
April 23, 2015
Weston Roundtable: A closer look into army sustainability
4:15-5:15 p.m.
1106 Mechanical Engineering
April 24, 2015
ASM Sustainability Fair 
4-6 p.m.
Education Building, Idea Room
April 25, 2015
Restoration ecology in Eagle Heights woods
1-3 p.m.
Shady Lane Trailhead
April 25, 2015
"Take a Stake" Storm Drain Challenge
1-3 p.m.
Bascom Hill
April 28, 2015
Solar Energy: Nothing but the facts present and future
10 a.m.
1610 Engineering Hall
April 29, 2015
Collegiate Wind Competition info session
4 p.m.
Caucus Room, Student Activity Center
May 1, 2015
Spring Growing Kickoff Festival
5:00 p.m.
FH King Student Farm, Eagle Heights Community
May 3, 2015
Breakfast on the Farm
8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Stock Pavilion
May 8, 2015
Welcome to the new wild: Saving nature in a human dominated world
2 p.m. reception, 3 p.m. lecture
Microbial Sciences Building
May 9, 2015
Compost bin and rain barrel sale
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Alliant Energy Center
Order online by April 27 to get $10 off
June 6, 2015
Ride to Farm
8:30 a.m.
Botham Vineyards, Barneveld, WI
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