December 2, 2014

Sustainability Spotlight

Fighting food waste and hunger on campus
Faced with the startling statistic that more than 11 percent of Dane County residents are food insecure, a group of University of Wisconsin–Madison undergraduates are working to combat local hunger. A new Campus Kitchen will turn uneaten food from dining halls into fresh, nutritious meals for people in need.

What's New at UW?

Help shape the campus recycling program
The Office of Sustainability is surveying campus users about recycling practices to inform an open conversation at the Marquee Theater on January 23, 2015.

Take the survey and enter a drawing to win one of five sustainability prize packs!
Seeking the next big research idea
The National Science Foundation is seeking candidate topics for a forthcoming 2016 Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation solicitation. The Office of Sustainability will support researchers wanting to submit topic ideas related to emerging interdisciplinary fields with the potential to produce transformative results that address national needs or a grand challenge.
Study models the past to understand future of strengthening El Niño
UW–Madison researcher Zhengyu Liu is leading a team that is examining the weather phenomenon - a dominant source of yearly climate fluctuations - over the last 21,000 years to understand its future and prepare for the consequences.

Featured Events

Think Local First: A discussion of economic, environmental and social sustainability
December 4, 2014 | 4:15 p.m.-5:15 p.m. | 1106 Mechanical Engineering
At this Weston Roundtable event by Dane Buy Local, representatives from SERRV, Slow Food UW, Ian's Pizza, Summit Credit Union and Cascade Asset Management will discuss how Madison businesses contribute to the local economy through purchasing policies, sustainability goals and technology. 
RePLAY: Sustainable Kids' Fashion Show
December 6, 2014 | 3-6 p.m. | Nancy Nicholas Hall
RePLAY is a family friendly fashion show and play event that will feature outfits from children's consignment shops in Madison as well as clothing made from sustainably harvested materials. Following the fashion show, there will be kids' activities including craft-making with recycled materials.

Food For Thought

Solar and wind energy start to win on price
The cost of providing electricity from wind and solar power plants has plummeted over the last five years, so much so that in some markets renewable generation is now cheaper than coal or natural gas.
Join a Buy Nothing group to feel warm and fuzzy
More than 300 hyperlocal groups across the United States and Canada have embraced a growing social movement of "buy-nothing" culture in which groups use Facebook to facilitate exchanges of unwanted items between community members. 

Jobs & Opportunities


Community Groundworks environmental communication intern – Madison, WI
Community Groundworks is hiring an environmental communication intern to aid in its communication efforts. The ideal candidate will have excellent oral and written communication skills and an interest in environmental issues. Application deadline is December 17.
University Health Services End Violence on Campus (EVOC) project assistant – Madison, WI
University Health Services is seeking an End Violence on Campus (EVOC) project assistant to help with its educational programming and contribute to communication, outreach and administrative responsibilities. Application deadline is December 12.


Ocean Conservancy analyst – Washington, D.C.
Ocean Conservancy is hiring an analyst to work with its "Trash Free Seas" program to develop, implement and coordinate efforts in line with the organization's campaign to implement a global and systematic solution to ocean plastics. Application deadline is not listed.


Sustainability Innovation in Research and Education
The Office of Sustainability is accepting proposals for its Sustainability Innovation in Research and Education (SIRE) Awards. Application deadline is December 15.
  • SIRE-RI proposals should address reducing waste of material, economic and/or human resources on the UW–Madison campus.
  • SIRE-ED proposals should fit the framework of the Sustainability Certificate and/or address sustainability-related teaching or learning tools.
Wisconsin Energy and 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. All submissions are due March 23, 2015.
Global Health Institute request for proposals
The UW–Madison Global Health Institute has several open funding opportunities to support innovative research in global health. Faculty are invited to apply for Seed Grants and Visiting Scholar Awards. Also available are student research awards for graduate students and travel awards for faculty and staff. Application deadline is January 12, 2015.
Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment
The Provost’s Office is soliciting proposals from UW-Madison faculty, staff and students for new outreach, translational and community-based research and public engagement projects or new dimensions to existing activities that reinforce our public mission and help advance the Wisconsin Idea. Applications due to deans' offices by noon on January 26, 2015.


December 2, 2014
Steepin' it Real: From Ferguson to UW–Madison
6-7:30 p.m.
Red Gym
December 3, 2014
Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council 2014 Conference
7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Harley-Davidson Museum, Milwaukee
December 3, 2014
Workshop: Bike through winter
12-1 p.m.
University Bicycle Resource Center
December 4, 2014
Green infrastructure, groundwater and the sustainable city
3 p.m.
1025 Engineering Centers
December 4, 2014
Tropical Forest Funkraiser
8 p.m.
High Noon Saloon
December 5, 2014
UW Geology Museum holiday sale
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Weeks Hall
December 5, 2014
Webinar: Climate change, adaptation solutions for the coastal ocean
12 p.m.
December 5, 2014
5 p.m.
15 Science Hall
Register here
December 6, 2014
Saturday Science at Discovery: Frozen in Time
10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Discovery Building
December 6, 2014
Arboretum Night Walk: The long night moon
6:30 p.m.
Arboretum Visitor Center
December 7, 2014
Sierra Student Coalition: Langdon shoreline clean-up
10 a.m.-12 p.m.
650 N. Lake Street
December 9, 2014
Sustainability: Career paths and sector trends
3 p.m.
5120 Grainger
December 9, 2014
Internet of Things Lab open house
5-7 p.m.
Discovery Building
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