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October 4, 2016

Sustainability Spotlight

UW System Sustainability 2016 Meeting
The annual meeting, aimed at staff and students, will be held at UW–Platteville Nov. 10-12. The schedule includes discussions about sustainability operations, education and student engagement as well as  opportunities for networking with peers from other UW System schools.

What's New at UW?

UW, Madison Police try mindfulness for officer well-being
The collaboration between the Center for Healthy Minds and MPD will focus on whether mindfulness-based practices can improve how officers manage their daily and occupational stressors.
Merging solar power with liquid batteries
UW–Madison chemist Song Jin is tackling the challenge of storing the sun's energy with a novel pairing of solar cell and large-capacity liquid battery.

Featured Events

Jordahl Lecture: History, heritage and the National Parks
October 10, 2016 | 7 p.m. | Shannon Hall, Memorial Union
Jonathan Jarvis, director of the National Park Service, will reflect on his 39-year career with the Park Service, its role in cultural and natural resource management and the relevance of the American narrative.
Walk the Walk
October 14, 2016 | 2-4 p.m. | meet in Ogg Hall
Students can choose one of three themed walking tours to learn about nonprofits near campus that are advancing social and environmental justice.

Food For Thought

A major carbon threshold passed, permanently
September is usually when carbon dioxide is at its lowest after a summer of plants growing and sucking it up in the northern hemisphere. This year for the first time the monthly value failed to drop below 400 parts per million.
heat waves hit urban areas hardest
The foldable, recyclable paper EcoHelmet
Bikesharing is booming in cities, thanks to the convenience and affordability of renting a bike on the go. Faced with no easy way to rent a helmet, a designer created a unique foldable design that could be dispensed from a vending machine.

Jobs & Opportunities


Garden director – Madison, WI
F.H. King Students for Sustainable Agriculture are seeking a student to direct all aspects of their garden as well as coordinate volunteers and interns and assist with educational programs. Application deadline is October 14.
Sustainability special projects intern – LaFarge, WI
Organic Valley is seeking a summer 2017 intern to support department initiatives relating to sustainability education and awareness, grant and resource development initiatives and reducing our carbon footprint. Application deadline is not listed.


Communications director – Madison, WI
The River Alliance of Wisconsin seeks a talented communications professional to set and guide strategy for communications, outreach and public relations activities related to water conservation and environmental protection. Application deadline is October 7.
Certification specialist – VIroqua, WI
Midwest Organic Services Association is looking for a certification specialist to determine compliance with National Organic Standards, communicate with organic operators about certification requirements and perform on-site inspections. Application deadline is not listed.


Community outreach and development director – Milwaukee, WI
Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters is seeking an energetic person to engage individuals, businesses, opinion leaders and others in program activities and fundraising. Application deadline is October 21.
Climate program officer – Washington, DC
The World Wildlife Fund seeks a climate adaptation and resilience program officer to assist with the planning, coordination, communication and implementation of projects on wildlife, climate change and educational outreach. Application deadline is October 9.


UW2020: WARF Discovery Initiative
The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education has announced the second year of a program that supports collaborative, high-risk, high-impact research and projects that require the acquisition of shared infrastructure or equipment. Initial abstracts are due October 17.
Wisconsin Energy and Sustainability Challenge
UW–Madison students can submit creative solutions to advance sustainable and affordable energy or adapt to the risks of global change to compete for the Dvorak Energy Innovation Prize and Global Stewards Sustainability Prize. Register to compete by October 7; projects are due October 28.
October 5, 2016
Slow Food UW Cafe
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
The Crossing
October 5, 2016
Symposium: Community police relations
5-7 p.m.
325/326 Pyle Center
October 5, 2016
Inequality of opportunity in an increasingly unequal country
7 p.m.
1111 Genetics Biotechnology Center
October 6, 2016
Campus Farmers' Market
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Union South
October 6, 2016
Energy and Sustainability Challenge info session
1 p.m.
1150 Wisconsin Energy Institute
October 6, 2016
Weston Roundtable: Urbanization and global environmental change
4:15 p.m.
1163 Mechanical Engineering
October 6, 2016
Film and discussion: Bring it to the table
6-8 p.m.
Wisconsin Idea Room, Education Building
October 10, 2016
High-efficiency solar cells
3:30-4:30 p.m.
1115 Wisconsin Energy Institute
October 10, 2016
History and the National Parks
7 p.m.
Shannon Hall, Memorial Union
October 12, 2016
Workshop: Basic brakes
12 p.m.
University Bicycle Resource Center
October 14, 2016
Walk the Walk
2-4 p.m.
Meet at Ogg Hall
October 18, 2016
Doing Well by Doing Good
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Shannon Hall, Memorial Union
October 28, 2016
Building community: A global health celebration
5 p.m.
Mendota Room, Dejope Hall
November 1, 2016
Diversity Forum
8 a.m.-past midnight
Union South
November 10, 2016
Badger Bioneers
Union South
Early registration extended to Oct. 7!
November 15, 2016
UW–Madison Wellness Symposium
8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Union South
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