November 24, 2015

Sustainability Spotlight

UW–Madison student named Rhodes Scholar
Colin Higgins, a recent graduate and former Office of Sustainability student leader, received the Rhodes Scholarship for his work in environmental and sustainability issues. He will use the award to study environmental governance issues at Oxford University.

What's New at UW?

How to make the most of Thanksgiving break
Hearty dinners and celebrations aside, Thanksgiving is a time to relax, reflect, and reconnect with loved ones.
Lecturer honored for bridging business and sustainability
Tom Eggert received a distinguished achievement award from the Wisconsin affiliate of the U.S. Green Building Council for his efforts to help businesses cut waste.
Small landscape changes can mean big freshwater gains
Small changes to patchwork landscapes could mean big freshwater benefits, especially in places where making drastic changes could be hard.

Featured Events

Crossroads of Ideas: Resurgent street markets
December 1, 2015 | 7-9 p.m. | Discovery Building
Alfonso Morales, an associate professor in urban planning at UW–Madison, will talk about the economic and non-economic benefits of urban street markets. The event is free, but registration is required.
Live from Paris: Connecting Wisconsin and the UN Climate Talks
December 3, 2015 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | Discovery Building
The United Nations 21st Conference of the Parties is meeting this December in Paris to work toward a new universal climate change agreement. Join a live conversation with a panel of Wisconsin leaders who are in Paris. Free with advance registration.

Food For Thought

How to avoid waste this holiday season
From Halloween through Christmas we enjoy an abundance of sweet treats and good eats, but what can we do to reduce waste?
Ways to make your Thanksgiving meal more sustainable
When shopping for your Thanksgiving meal, think local, watch your waste, and look for opportunities to buy ingredients in bulk.
All you need is less
Our addiction to acquiring is having a markedly negative impact on virtually every aspect of our lives, from living space to stress.

Jobs & Opportunities


Graduate assistantships/fellowshipsEast Lansing, MI
The Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability at Michigan State University is hiring graduate students to conduct research in a range of sustainability topics. Application deadline is not listed.
Leadership positionsMadison, WI
The Center for the First-Year Experience is hiring undergraduates to work with all aspects of SOAR, Wisconsin Welcome, the First-Year Experience Seminar and the Transfer Transition Program, and on related communications. Application deadline is December 16.
Research internLisle, IL
The Morton Arboretum is hiring a research intern. Research programs vary and include soil science, root biology, plant health and conservation biology. Application deadline is not listed.


Field managersMadison, WI
The Fund for Public Interest is seeking college graduates for summer positions as field managers for a wide range of campaigns including reducing global warming pollution and protecting public health. Application deadline is not listed.
Sustainable agriculture analystMadison, WI
The IPM Institute of North America, Inc. is hiring a sustainable agriculture analyst. Spanish language proficiency is preferred. Application deadline is not listed.


Executive directorMadison, WI
The Aldo Leopold Nature Center is looking for an executive director to manage its operations and programming. Application deadline is December 1.
Senior wastewater specialistsWisconsin
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is hiring wastewater specialists to fill positions in the Water Division, Bureau of Watershed Management. Application deadline is November 29.


Campus and Community Summit
The 20th Anniversary Campus and Community Summit is accepting poster presentation proposals that highlight innovative and effective community and campus partnerships. Proposal deadline is November 30.
November 24, 2015
Upcycling nature: seasonal decorations
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Monona Public Library
December 1, 2015
Honorable harvest: Indigenous knowledge for conservation
4-5 p.m.
6191 Helen C. White
December 3, 2013
Secretion: from protein recycling to sustainable bio-manufacturing
3:30-4:30 p.m.
B302 Birge Hall
December 3, 2015
Weston Roundtable:
Climate geoengineering

4:15-5:15 p.m.
1106 Mechanical Engineering
December 5, 2015
Fair Trade Holiday Festival
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center
December 10, 2015
Wisconsin Sustainable Business Conference 2015
More Events
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