March 17, 2015

Sustainability Spotlight

Great Lakes MOOC builds on SIRE support
From an improved online undergraduate course on climate change, atmospheric sciences professor Steve Ackerman and outreach specialist Margaret Mooney have leveraged their efforts into a massive open online course (MOOC) that is reaching thousands of learners throughout Wisconsin and beyond.

What's New at UW?

Submit photos to win Earth Day Conference registration
The Nelson Institute is offering students a chance to win free registration for its annual Earth Day Conference. Post your best photos of campus on Instagram using #BeautifulUW and @NelsonInstitute in the caption by March 20.

Photo by UW–Madison on Instagram.
Madison B-Cycles back on the road
Madison's bike sharing program launches its 2015 season today with special activities and offers, included discounted memberships for UW students and employees.

Featured Events

Science Expeditions
March 20-22, 2015 Times and locations vary
UW–Madison welcomes learners and explorers of all ages to campus to experience science as exploring the unknown. Enjoy a variety of activities and exploration stations on topics including chemistry, glassblowing, astronomy, geology and greenhouses. All activities are free and open to the public.
Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference
April 20, 2015 | 9 a.m. | Monona Terrace
The 9th annual Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference, Hard Science, Tough Choices: Shaping the Future on a Rapidly Changing Planet, will address the important decisions we face regarding environmental issues including climate, energy, transportation, water quality and food security. The event will feature keynote speaker Neil deGrasse Tyson. Register here.

Food For Thought

Efficiency in the kitchen reduces waste
Mandated composting in American cities reflects a growing trend wherein running an efficient kitchen – where bruised fruit is blended into smoothies and carrot tops are pulsed into pesto – is becoming as satisfying as the food itself.
Climate change helped spark Syrian war, study suggests
A severe drought, worsened by a warming climate, drove Syrian farmers to abandon their crops and flock to cities, helping trigger a civil war that has killed hundreds of thousands of people, according to a recent study.

Jobs & Opportunities


SIRE-REU funding for undergraduate research
The Office of Sustainability is accepting applications for its SIRE-REU program, which provides up to $5,000 to support the engagement of an undergraduate student in an existing sustainability-related research project. Application deadline is March 27 at 5 p.m.
Madison Environmental Group internships – Madison, WI
Madison Environmental Group is hiring an EnAct intern to help promote and facilitate sustainable living through the EnAct: Steps to Greener Living program and a sustainability intern to provide support to its sustainability consultants. Application deadline is not listed.
UW-Boxable team member – Madison, WI
UW-Boxable is a campus research project focused on developing recycling and reuse networks for Styrofoam shipping boxes. The team is looking for one or two new student members to help research and implement the program. Application deadline is not listed.
Community and Regional Food Systems Project communications intern – Madison, WI
The Community and Regional Food Systems Project is hiring a communications intern to manage website and social media content, support outreach efforts, and provide administrative assistance. Application deadline is April 1.
USDA Forest Service Sustainable Science Fellowship – Philadelphia Field Station, PA
The USDA Forest Service is accepting applications from undergraduate and graduate students for a Sustainable Science Fellowship focused on urban forestry. Responsibilities include monitoring, outreach and independent research. Application deadline is April 3.


Milwaukee Public Museum natural history educator – Milwaukee, WI
The Milwaukee Public Museum is hiring a natural history educator to lead museum initiatives that aim to help people understand natural history concepts and effectively communicate science topics including sustainability, biodiversity and climate change to museum audiences. Application deadline is not listed.


City of Oberlin planning & development director – Oberlin, OH
The City of Oberlin is hiring a planning and development director to manage the city's planning, zoning and development. The ideal candidate is a LEED AP and committed to the city's goal to be climate positive by 2050. Application deadline is March 30.
Michigan Sea Grant communications program leader – Ann Arbor, MI
The Michigan Sea Grant is hiring a communications program leader to develop a communications strategy, manage projects, allocate resources and supervise staff, among other communications-related duties. Application deadline is March 23.
MIT short course on sustainability methods
MIT is offering a short program, Energy, Sustainability, and Life Cycle Assessment, June 15-17 in Cambridge, MA. The course will focus on considering sustainability issues through an engineering perspective. Early enrollment recommended to guarantee a spot.


Wisconsin Energy & Sustainability Challenge
Teams of one to four students are invited to submit an original concept, which may include innovations related to energy production, storage, efficiency or sustainability. The competition includes two prizes: the Global Stewards Sustainability Prize and the Dvorak Energy Prize. All submissions are due March 23.
Wisconsin Open Education Community Fellowship
The Wisconsin Open Education Community Fellowship supports undergraduate student projects aimed at public engagement in the student's own Wisconsin community. The fellowship is intended to be complementary to UW–Madison's Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Final application deadline is March 26.
Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems graduate student mini-grant
The UW–Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems invites graduate students to apply for its summer mini-grant program. Awards provide up to $2,000 for research projects. Special consideration will be given to projects focused on perennial agriculture, climate change, food systems and local/regional food systems. Application deadline is March 30.
Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies graduate student awards
The Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies is accpeting applications for graduate student travel awards, fellowships and Holtz Center Summer Scholars. Application deadline is April 1.


March 18, 2015
Slow Food Cafe
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
The Crossing, 1127 University Avenue
March 18, 2015
University Bicycle Resource Center: Bike chain maintenance
6-7:30 p.m.
Helen C. White Garage
March 19, 2015
Weston Roundtable: Insurance and climate change
4:15-5:15 p.m.
1106 Mechanical Engineering
March 20, 2015
Arboretum Walk: Spring equinox
6:30-8 p.m.
UW Arboretum Visitor Center
March 25, 2015
River Alliance of Wisconsin Wild and Scenic Film Festival
7-10 p.m.
Barrymore Theatre
Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door
April 8, 2015
Global Health Symposium
5-9 p.m.
Health Sciences Learning Center
April 9, 2015
Skill Share Fair
4-6:30 p.m.
Memorial Union
April 14, 2015
Meat Eater: Adventures from the life of an American Hunter
5:30-7 p.m.
Discovery Building
April 16-18, 2015
Engineering Expo
Engineering campus
April 24, 2015
ASM Sustainability Fair
Time and location TBA
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