April 14, 2015

Sustainability Spotlight

Learning the ABC's of Waste
The Office of Sustainability is helping campus units learn trash and recycling basics. A new initiative, the ABC's of Waste, is evaluating waste streams in campus buildings and identifying strategies to divert waste from landfills.

Curious about campus waste? Watch the Office of Sustainability conduct a live trash audit at Engineering Expo this Saturday, April 18, 11am-2pm.

What's New at UW?

Earth Week roundup
UW–Madison students and community members will celebrate Earth Week beginning April 18 with events and activities across campus. Join the Earth Week Facebook event for a full list of events and details.
ASM to accept Green Fund applications
The Associated Students of Madison Student Council approved changes to the Green Fund to make rules clearer and to correspond with the university's legal policies. With the updates, the ASM Sustainability Committee is ready to accept new applications for Green Fund projects.
Housing residents use less energy, recycle more in March
In total, students in University Residence Halls recycled 2,076 pounds of commingled recycling and 1,556 pounds of mixed paper during the month-long Wisconservation initiative.

Featured Events

Showcase 2015: Sharing our best practices
April 14, 2015 | 8 a.m.-1 p.m. | Varsity Hall, Union South
The annual UW–Madison Showcase is for groups on campus to share best practices and learn from each other to improve their work processes, learning environments and workplace climate. The Office of Sustainability will showcase its work on the Climate Quest competition!

Photo: Diversity and Inclusion Forum 2015
Dane County Farmers' Market
April 18, 2015 | 6 a.m.-2 p.m. | Capitol Square
Return to the Capitol Square for the first outdoor farmers' market of the season. Enjoy fresh produce, cheese, bakery and more from local vendors, and don't forget to bring your reusable bag!

Food For Thought

State agency prohibits 'climate change'
The Wisconsin Board of Commissioners of Public Lands voted last week to enact a staff ban on discussing and corresponding about climate change, saying, "It's not a part of our sole mission."
Income inequality: It's bad for your health
We know living in a poor community makes you less likely to live a long life, but new evidence by University of Wisconsin researchers suggests living in a community with high income inequality may also be bad for your health.

Jobs & Opportunities


Waukesha County recycling and solid waste project assistant – Waukesha, WI
The Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use is hiring a recycling and solid waste project assistant to manage data, compile reports and conduct compliance assessments. Applications accepted until position is filled.
PEOPLE Program urban agriculture coordinator – Madison, WI
The Community and Regional Food System Project is hiring an urban agriculture coordinator to implement the third year of an urban agriculture and food systems curriculum for the PEOPLE Program at UW–Madison. Application deadline is April 17.
Kuli Kuli fellowships
Kuli Kuli is a food startup trying to create a world where everyone has access to nutritious food sources. The organization is offering several paid fellowships in areas including business development, communications, community building, and branding & design. Application deadlines vary.


350 Madison program leader – Madison, WI
350 Madison is hiring a part-time program leader to organize landowners and work with local governments along the tar sands pipeline through Wisconsin. Application deadline is April 15.


The Plant executive director – Chicago, IL
The Plant is hiring an executive director to provide leadership and support to the organization in management, finance, visibility and staff culture. Application deadline is April 17.


Collegiate Wind Competition team
The Wisconsin Energy Institute is organizing a student team to compete in the 2016 Collegiate Wind Competition,which challenges undergraduate teams to design, build, and test a model wind turbine and develop a business plan.


April 14, 2015
Meat Eater: Adventures from the life of an American Hunter
5:30-7 p.m.
Discovery Building
April 16, 2015
Weston Roundtable: Branding Climate
4:15-5:15 p.m.
Plenary Room, 1310 Grainger Hall
April 17, 2015
EcoTalk: State of the Nelson Institute
5 p.m.
Memorial Union
April 18, 2015
Morgridge Center for Public Service Community Service Day
Lakeshore Nature Preserve
8 a.m.-1 p.m.
April 18, 2015
Race Against Extinction
10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Vilas Park
April 19, 2015
For Love of the Earth
1-2:30 p.m.
UW Arboretum
April 20, 2015
Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Monona Terrace
April 20, 2015
Film screening:
What's on Your Plate

5-7 p.m.
Cooper Hall Auditorium
April 22, 2015
Film screening and Q&A: Losing the West
7 p.m.
Marquee Theater, Union South
April 25, 2015
Restoration Ecology in Eagle Heights Woods
1-3 p.m.
Shady Lane Trailhead
April 25, 2015
"Take a Stake" Storm Drain Challenge
1-3 p.m.
Bascom Hill
May 3, 2015
Breakfast on the Farm
8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Stock Pavilion
May 8, 2015
Welcome to the new wild: Saving nature in a human dominated world
2 p.m. reception, 3 p.m. lecture
Microbial Sciences Building
May 9, 2015
Compost Bin and Rain Barrel Sale
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Alliant Energy Center
Order online by April 27 to get $10 off
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