January 20, 2015

Sustainability Spotlight

Students, faculty, staff to discuss campus recycling practices
The Office of Sustainability is hosting a student-faculty-staff panel discussion forum about current UW–Madison recycling practices and how the program could further improve campus sustainability.

Not quite sure how to recycle that coffee cup? Come for a video on the big screen about where your recycling goes once it's in the bin, then stay to learn tips and best practices to recycle right.

What's New at UW?

Humanity is exceeding 'planetary boundaries'
UW–Madison Center for Limnology director Steve Carpenter is among a team of international researchers that concluded humans have exceeded 4 of 9 planetary boundaries that mark a 'safe operating space' for humanity. Listen to Carpenter discuss the work.
Office of Sustainability hiring student leader
The Office of Sustainability is accepting applications for its next student leader. The student leader represents the intern team and coordinates the office's student engagement efforts, including working with the student Sustainability Council.

Featured Events

Energy and Climate Change satellite conference
January 27-29, 2015 | Times vary | Engineering Centers Building
Join the Wisconsin Energy Institute for a broadcast of the 15th National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy and the Environment. View live streams of all keynote lectures and plenaries during the three-day conference as well as a lunch and UW panel discussion on January 27. Register here.
Climate Quest Finale
January 30, 2015 | 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. | Fluno Center
Watch the five Climate Quest finalists present their prototypes for climate change solutions in their bid for the grand prize. Each team will give a 30-minute presentation followed by questions from a panel of distinguished judges. Register here to attend.

Food For Thought

10 ideas for how we can save the planet
A group of scientists, policy experts, writers and activists, including Jane Goodall and Bill McKibben, weighed in on what actions we can take to combat climate change.
Scientists say fossil fuels must go untapped
Most of the world's coal must be left untouched in order to prevent global temperatures from rising more than two degrees Celsius, according to a recent study.

One way to reduce fossil fuel demand, according to separate research? Smart urban growth.
Environment, not cash, encourages residents to save electricity
People were more likely to reduce electricity use if they were told how much pollution their power usage generated and how that pollution has been linked to diseases like cancer and childhood asthma.

Jobs & Opportunities


Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council digital editing/webmaster intern – Madison, WI
The Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council is hiring a digital editing/webmaster intern to manage its website, blog and social media content. Application deadline is January 21.
Office of Sustainability student leader – Madison, WI
The UW–Madison Office of Sustainability is seeking its next student leader and student programs coordinator. This role guides the creation and implementation of programming that engages the creativity and energy of students on campus. Application deadline is February 13.
FairShare CSA Coalition farmer program intern – Madison, WI
FairShare CSA Coalition is hiring a farmer program intern to manage farmer resources, support events and outreach efforts, and contribute to its newsletter and website updates. Application deadline is not listed.
Wisconsin Wetlands Association local government outreach intern – Madison, WI
The Wisconsin Wetlands Association is hiring a local government outreach intern to help with the development of a wetlands ordinance and communication with local government officials and community members. Application deadline is not listed.


Wisconsin Wetlands Association communications manager – Madison, WI
The Wisconsin Wetlands Association is hiring a half-time communications manager to coordinate its website, newsletter and social media accounts as well as develop a strategic communications plan. Application deadline is February 1.
Wisconsin Food Cooperative value-added associate – Madison, WI or remote
The Wisconsin Food Cooperative is hiring a value-added associate to build and maintain relationships with buyers and producers and coordinate paperwork for transactions. Application deadline is not listed.


Greenacres Foundation agriculture research coordinator – Cincinnati, OH
Greenacres Foundation is hiring an agriculture research coordinator to lead research projects, coordinate an internship program and manage GIS mapping. Application deadline is not listed.


Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowships
Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowships support undergraduate research done in collaboration with UW–Madison faculty or research/instructional staff. Students receive $3,000 and faculty receive $500 to offset research costs. Application deadline is February 16.
UW System sophomore research fellowships
The UW System is funding sophomore research fellowships for undergraduate research done with UW–Madison faculty/instructional staff. Student researchers receive $2,500 and faculty receive $500 to offset research costs. Application deadline is March 9.


January 20, 2015
The Passenger Pigeon: Why it went extinct, and can we resurrect it?
12-1 p.m.
4274 Chamberlain Hall
January 20, 2015
A campus conversation about diversity and inclusion
3-4:30 p.m.
Varsity Hall, Union South
Watch video
January 23, 2015
Sustain Dane's MPower Champion Public Showcase
7:30-9:30 a.m.
Monona Terrace
January 23, 2015
Webinar: Preparing for the rising tide
12 p.m.
January 23, 2015
TOPICS: Behind the scenes of campus recycling
2-4 p.m.
Marquee Theatre, Union South
January 28, 2015
Wednesday Nite @ the Lab: Frac sand and related resources in Wisconsin
7-8:15 p.m.
1111 Genetics Biotechnology Center
February 3, 2015
Wisconsin Academy: Envisioning responses to climate change
7-8:30 p.m.
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
February 26, 2015
Sustainability Forum: Rethinking our consumption
8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Varsity Hall, Union South
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