October 28, 2014

Sustainability Spotlight

Campus 'edible landscapes' feed minds and bodies
Seeking to educate students about the sources of their food, UW–Madison sophomore Aida Ebrahimi is one of a group of students who added edible gardens to the campus landscape this fall.

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Students win $5,000 grant to start Campus Kitchen
In a national social media competition, a group of students won $5,000 to start a campus food kitchen to serve local people in need with leftover food from campus dining halls.
Office of Sustainability seeks proposals for SIRE Award program
The Office of Sustainability is accepting proposals for its Sustainability Innovation in Research and Education (SIRE) Award program.

Potential applicants and campus operations experts are asked to RSVP by October 29 to attend a networking workshop from 1-3 p.m. on Nov. 3 in Memorial Union.

Featured Events

Info session: Spring Break 2015 Career Discovery Tour
October 29, 2014 1 p.m. 175 Science Hall
Are you considering a career in government, non-profit, or business? The Nelson Institute is offering a Career Discovery Tour for professional networking and to explore careers at environmental workplaces in Washington, D.C., such as: 
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Conservation International
  • World Wildlife Fund
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association
Attend an information session to learn more about the program and job sites. The program application deadline is December 1.
TEDx UW–Madison: Designing change
November 1, 2014 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Great Hall, Memorial Union
Join five UW–Madison thinkers in a TED-inspired speaking event. Topics include urban nature, AIDS and global care, criminal justice in the United States, and more. The event starts promptly at 11 a.m. Late arrivals will be asked to wait until the next intermission to enter. 

Food For Thought

The energy in things: A special report on the impact of our stuff
In a new series, the Atlantic will explore the energy used to create the things we use every day, such as cell phones and cars. This embodied energy represents significant but often invisible environmental impacts.
Humble potato poised to launch food revolution
A Dutch research team is pioneering a new kind of potato that is salt-tolerant. The non-genetically-modified spud could represent a new era in which crops are irrigated with diluted sea water.

Jobs & Opportunities


Wisconsin Wetlands Association intern – Madison, WI
The Wisconsin Wetlands Association is hiring an intern to help review federal and state policies, draft communications and distribute information to constituents. Application deadline is November 21.
Energy Hub student research poster contest – Madison, WI
The student organization Energy Hub is seeking student researchers to present energy- and sustainability-related work at its annual conference, "The Taste of Energy," on November 21. Student presenters are eligible to win $100. Application deadline is November 7.


Conservation Corps youth outreach specialist – St. Paul, MN
Conservation Corps Minnesota is an AmeriCorps program seeking a youth outreach specialist to develop and implement ways to incorporate youth into the decision-making process for use of funds for parks. Application deadline is November 30.


Assistant professor of environmental science – Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado College is hiring a tenure-track assistant professor with expertise in applied atmospheric physics, meteorology, climatology or atmospheric chemistry. Application deadline is December 18.


EPA Water Quality Benefits
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is accepting proposals for its Water Quality Benefits grant program with the goal of improving non-use valuation methods to estimate the benefits of water quality improvements. Application deadline is January 14, 2015.
DoE Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy
The Generators for Small Electric and Thermal Systems (GENSETS) program seeks to fund the development of breakthrough generator technologies that will enable widespread use of residential combined heat and power (CHP) systems. Response deadline is December 1.


October 28, 2014
Distinguished Lecture Series: Naomi Klein
7:30 p.m.
Shannon Hall, Memorial Union
October 29, 2014
Wisconsin Energy Summit
8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Discovery Building and Union South
October 29, 2014
Ebola in Context
7 p.m.
Great Hall, Memorial Union
October 30, 2014
Weston Roundtable: Sustainable infrastructure – is there such a thing?
4:15 p.m.
1106 Mechanical Engineering
October 31, 2014
Community and Environmental Sociology Collective
3 p.m.
354 Agricultural Hall
November 1, 2014
Saturday Science: Harnessing the elements
10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Discovery Building
November 3, 2014
Sustainable Energy: Fields of fuel activity
4 p.m.
1115 Wisconsin Energy Institute
November 6, 2014
Student Housing Fair
3-6 p.m.
Great Hall, Memorial Union
November 6, 2014
Panel: Agriculture, research and intellectual property
4 p.m.
1420 Microbial Sciences
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