May 19, 2015

Sustainability Spotlight

9 ways to get outside this summer in Madison
Commencement is behind us, signaling the unofficial start to the summer season for the UW–Madison community. With warmer weather ahead, here are some of our favorite places to visit to get outside and enjoy all that Madison has to offer in the summer.

What's New at UW?

Group registration open for energy MOOC
The UW–Madison Office of Sustainability is organizing weekly one-hour facilitated discussion sessions for participants in the "Energy and the Earth" massive open online course to enhance engagement with the material. Participation is free and open to any campus community member. Groups begin the week of June 22.

Register for a discussion group here.
Brazilian beef industry works to reduce rain forest destruction
Expansion of cattle pastures has led to the destruction of huge swaths of rain forest in Brazil. A new UW-led study shows that market-driven "zero deforestation agreements" have influenced the behavior of ranchers and the slaughterhouses to which they sell.
Greenbush housing renovation program available
A new program to help people buy and renovate homes in the Greenbush Neighborhood, co-sponsored by UW–Madison, offers funding to potential homeowners who will restore a rental property and live in the home. An open house will be held Thursday, May 28, at 7 p.m. at HotelRED.

Featured Events

Sharefest: Celebrating a Sharing Economy
May 20, 2015 | 5-8 p.m. | Tenney Park Shelter
Join Dane County TimeBank in a fun, free community event to celebrate a sharing-based economy. Activities will include a potluck, plant and seed exchange, hula-hooping, and hourly skill-sharing workshops.
Open Space for Reflection and Emotion
May 19, 2015 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. 
May 21, 2015 | 1-2:30 p.m.
Wheelhouse Studios, Memorial Union

Following the Tony Robinson verdict announcement, University Health Services is hosting space to support students and the campus community as they acknowledge and express their feelings related to the non-indictment verdict and broader racial justice experiences. Counseling staff will be available.

Food For Thought

Apple commits to sustainable paper
Apple announced last week an initiative with the World Wildlife Fund to help align its paper packaging supply chain with a commitment to renewable energy and sustainably-managed forests.
A two-minute walk may offset harms of sitting
Stuck at a desk all day? A new study suggests that even a few minutes of activity per hour may substantially reduce the negative health impacts of too much sitting.

Jobs & Opportunities


Education projects assistant – Madison, WI
The Wisconsin Energy Institute is looking for an undergraduate to help with education and outreach projects, specifically video, photo, and multimedia content. Application deadline is May 29.
Pollinator Conservation volunteer – Madison, WI
The Lakeshore Nature Preserve Pollinator Conservation project is seeking students to perform photo surveys, collect insects, and build and monitor bee boxes for 3-5 hours per week. No application deadline is listed.
Environmental & GIS Analysis intern/LTE – Madison, WI
The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin is looking for an intern to prepare reports, maps and GIS data as well as other duties under the supervision of the Environmental Policy Chief. Application deadline is May 21.


HealthCorps VISTA coordinators – San Jose, CA
HealthCorps VISTA has four positions for resource and volunteer coordinators to work to improve access to healthy foods among low-income populations. Application deadline is May 22.
Morgridge Center Achievement Connection coordinator – Madison, WI
The Morgridge Center for Public Service is hosting a full-time AmeriCorps member to support the Achievement Connection program, which provides extended learning opportunities for students low-performing in math. The coordinator will work to recruit math tutors and support other Morgridge Center initiatives. Application deadline is May 30.


Freshwater strategy manager – East Troy, WI
The Nature Conservancy Freshwater Strategy Manager works with colleagues to define conservation priorities and long-term strategies to abate threats to freshwater and terrestrial resources. Application deadline is May 22.
Software project manager – Boston, MA
The Ecological Forecasting lab at Boston University seeks a full-time software project manager to coordinate development, outreach, and education for the PEcAn project, an ecoinformatics system designed to make ecosystem models more accessible to the research community and managers. Application deadline is May 29.


May 19, 2015
"Food for Change" documentary viewing
5:00-6:30 p.m.
Manitowoc Library
May 23-25, 2015
Arctic Passage opening
9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily
Henry Vilas Zoo
May 23, 2015
Ecological restoration work party
9 a.m.-12 p.m
UW Arboretum
May 23, 2015
Madison Area Weed Warriors work day
12-3 p.m.
Hiestand Park
May 27, 2015
Bucky's Workout for UW–Madison employees
5-6 p.m.
Camp Randall Field
May 29, 2015
Transportation for a Sustainable Future
8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Pyle Center
June 6, 2015
Ride to Farm
8:30 a.m.
Botham Vineyards, Barneveld, WI
June 6, 2015
Science of America's Dairyland
10 a.m.- 1p.m.
Discovery Building
June 14, 2015
Bee Fest
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
UW Arboretum
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