May 6, 2014

Sustainability Spotlight

Climate Quest Solutions Workshop will feature local design thinker
Dave Franchino, president of Madison-based Design Concepts, will help lead a Solutions Workshop June 12 at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery to train teams how to grow the seeds of ideas into practical, high-impact climate change solutions. The idea submission window has also been extended to May 30.

What's New at UW?

University Housing announces receipt reduction survey results
A University Housing survey found 62 percent of dining services customers are interested in optional receipt printing in UW–Madison dining halls. An additional 35 percent do not want any printed receipts.
Capstone students study campus sustainability in practice
One student team modeled the impact of climate variability on campus energy use, while the other worked with University Housing to evaluate phantom energy loads in residence halls to better understand how behavior influences energy consumption.
A beautiful lawn can be healthy and sustainable
Doug Soldat, an associate professor of soil science at UW–Madison who specializes in turfgrass, tells Wisconsin Public Radio the key to reducing reliance on chemicals is maintaining a thick, dense stand of grass.

Featured Events

Volunteers needed: Move-out recycling
May 10-17, 2014 | Shifts vary | UW-Madison residence halls
Last year, move-out recycling volunteers diverted more than 90,000 pounds of waste from landfills. University Housing will partner again with WE Conserve and the Office of Sustainability to facilitate recycling during residence hall move-out May 10-17 and is looking for volunteers to help sort and recycle items.

Sign up for one or more shifts at one of the move-out recycling locations!
Yahara 2070 launch
May 14, 2014 | 3-5 p.m. | Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery
Yahara 2070 is an endeavor to explore possible futures for the people, lakes and ecosystems of the Yahara Watershed. It is an inquiry into what life in the year 2070 could be like if certain social and environmental changes were to occur. Register to attend the official introduction to this research project.

Food For Thought

Chicago City Council votes to ban plastic bags
The vote to ban plastic bags in most stores starting next year is a change that backers say will improve the city's environment but opponents contend will harm the local economy.
Trying not to try: How to cultivate spontaneity
We spend our lives "preoccupied with effort, the importance of working, striving, and trying," but sometimes success comes from trying less, not more.
Make the most of your organic food purchases
Organic produce is almost always more expensive than conventionally-grown produce. Consider which fruits and vegetables contain more pesticides when making a purchasing decision.

Jobs & Opportunities


WE Conserve Internships - Madison, WI
WE Conserve is hiring interns to assist with various program activities. Positions include volunteer coordinator, communications, outreach, sustainable business administration, and waste and recycling. Application deadline is May 15.
Sustain Dane internship and volunteer opportunities - Madison, WI
Sustain Dane is currently seeking summer interns in special events planning, social media and graphic design, and special projects research. Additionally, the organization is looking for a volunteer to assist the administration and membership coordinator. Application deadlines vary by position.
SPI Lighting Marketing Intern - Mequon, WI
SPI Lighting, Inc. produces and sells commercial lighting fixtures. The marketing intern would conduct marketing research regarding LEED and DLC (DesignLights Consortium), assist in marketing campaigns and prepare trade show materials, among other duties.
University of Illinois at Chicago Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy - Chicago, IL
SISE is a two-week intensive workshop and lecture series for senior undergraduates, graduates and professionals interested in sustainability and energy. The 2014 session, which is August 6 to 20, will focus on urban energy. Application deadline is July 1.


MIT short course in sustainability analytics - Cambridge, MA
MIT is offering a short program on "Energy, Sustainability, and Life Cycle Assessment" June 16 to 18. The course will consider four aspects of sustainability from an engineering perspective.
The Forest Guild Executive Director - Santa Fe, NM
The Forest Guild is a non-profit membership organization whose mission is to promote ecologically, economically, and socially responsible forestry. The position requires extensive leadership, communication and coordination. Application deadline is June 30.


May 8, 2014
Yoga: Get ready for finals!
5-6:30 p.m.
Red Gym
May 9, 2014
Reusable Pad Project fundraiser
11 a.m.-11:45 p.m.
Buffalo Wild Wings
789 University Ave.
May 9, 2014
Electronic medical records: A conversation
1 p.m.
H.F. DeLuca Forum, Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery
May 9, 2014
Aldo Leopold Lecture
Jane Lubchenco: Science serving society: Reflections on four years at the helm of NOAA
3 p.m.
Ebling Symposium Center, Microbial Sciences
May 10, 2014
Friends of the Arboretum Native Plant Sale 
9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Arboretum Visitor Center
May 10, 2014
UW Family Gardening Day
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Allen Centennial Gardens and D.C. Smith Greenhouse
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