October 27, 2015

Sustainability Spotlight

Campus food research wins sustainability award
UW–Madison graduate student Tom Bryan won the 2015 Student Research in Campus Sustainability award for his work on the environmental impact of menu items served at Ginger Root. He was honored Oct. 25 at the annual meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.

What's New at UW?

Spring could arrive earlier due to climate change
Campus research suggests rising global temperatures may shift spring plant growth ahead three weeks in many parts of the United States.
Cutting carbon from U.S. highways
What will it take to make a cross-country drive in an ordinary car a low-carbon pursuit? A new Wisconsin Energy Institute study considers ways to reduce gasoline dependence. 
Participate in a MOOC discussion group
The Office of Sustainability is organizing discussion groups for the Climate Change Policy and Public Health Massive Open Online Course. The discussion groups are open to all members of the UW community.

Featured Events

Farm to Flavor
October 29, 2015 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | The Crossing
This Slow Food UW event offers students and community members an opportunity to meet local plant breeders, farmers, and chefs and to taste the results of collaborative plant breeding. Tickets are $25.
Tales from Planet Earth
November 6-8 | Various times and locations
Tales from Planet Earth is a film festival that showcases films with environmental themes. This year's films will focus on belief as a force that shapes our resposes to environmental problems.

Food For Thought

Active commutes improve mental and physical health
Walking, biking, or off-brand hoverboarding can make life better by reducing stress, improving relationships, and strengthening relationships.
Companies commit to cutting carbon emissions
More than 80 major companies, including McDonald's and Levi Strauss & Company, have committed to large reductions in carbon dioxide emissions as a part of a White House effort to focus on climate change.

Jobs & Opportunities


Student editorial assistantMadison, WI
The Environmental Resources Center is hiring a student editorial assistant to help create publications, promotions, and educational materials. Application deadline is October 30.
Student facilitatorMadison, WI
Sustain Dane is looking for student facilitators for the Badger Bioneers conference. Student facilitators will receive registration at a discounted rate. Applications are due October 30.
Youth perspectives on climate justice work group
The Environmental Protection Agency is looking for young adults to participate in a work group developing recommendations to establish best practices to address climate change concerns.


GRAIN positionsVarious locations
GRAIN is hiring publications and communications staff, and fundraising support staff. Application deadline is November 23.
Meteorological hazards and climate positionWest Lafayette, IN
Purdue University has an opening for an MS or PhD position in meteorological hazards, climate, and climate change beginning in fall 2016. Application deadline is January 2.


Executive directorAmes, IA
Practical Farmers of Iowa is looking for an executive director with a passion for sustainable agriculture. Application deadline is November 16.
Soil ecologistCleveland, OH
Cleveland State University is hiring a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor with a focus in soil ecology. Application deadline is due November 3.


Wisconsin Idea Fellowship
Wisconsin Idea Fellowships are awarded annually to undergraduate student projects working to solve issues identified by local or global communities. The priority deadline for submissions is January 29, 2016.

October 27, 2015
Campus Master Plan open house
7-8 p.m.
1325 Health Sciences Learning Center
October 28, 2015
Wellness Symposium
8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Union South
October 28, 2015
Composting training
6-9 p.m.
Lussier Family Heritage Center
October 29, 2015
Health policy and Latino populations
12:15-1:30 p.m.
8417 Sewell Social Sciences
October 29, 2015
Goofy spooky costume
bike ride

6-7 p.m.
Library Mall
October 31, 2015
Designing a rain garden
1-3:30 p.m.
UW Arboretum
November 1, 2015
LEED Green Associate training
1-5 p.m.
Student Activity Center
Registration is now open.
November 3, 2015
Design, sustainability, and the environment
3:30-4:30 p.m.
6 Ingraham Hall
November 10, 2015
Badger Bioneers
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Union South
Registration is open until November 5
November 10, 2015
Wisconsin Idea Fellowship information session
7-8:30 p.m.
Red Gym
November 18, 2015
Wisconsin Local Government Summit on Energy & Resilience
UW–Stevens Point
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