July 8, 2014

Sustainability Spotlight

A look inside the sustainability of the Memorial Union restoration
When decades of wear and tear and accessibility concerns necessitated upgrades to the building, the Memorial Union Reinvestment Phase I team worked to preserve its historic character while modernizing the space, weaving sustainability into the design and construction.

What's New at UW?

Office of Sustainability, WE CONSERVE to conduct trash audits at academic buildings
The Office of Sustainability and WE CONSERVE will begin a comprehensive assessment of academic building waste with a series of trash audits at 15 academic buildings this summer. 
Mind the gap: Socioeconomic status may influence understanding of science
When it comes to science, socioeconomic status may widen confidence gaps among the least and most educated groups in society, according to a news study by researchers at UW–Madison's Science, Media and the Public research group.
UW, area schools team up to train mindfulness muscles
Mindfulness practice in the classroom may be one way to help students improve their academic performance, nurture their emotional well-being and bolster their behavior.

Featured Events

Yahara Lakes 101
July 10, 2014 | 7:30-9 a.m. | Bluephies Cafe, East Gilman Street, Madison, WI
Join UW–Madison researcher Eric Booth to learn about envisioning the future of the Yahara Watershed. Booth will explain the motivation behind the Yahara 2070 project and the exciting challenge of combining environmental monitoring and computer modeling with community-driven scenarios of the future. Required registration is $10, and coffee, pastries and fruit are provided. 
Art Fair on the Square
July 12-13, 2014 | Capitol Square, Madison, WI
More than 450 artists will exhibit their paintings, prints, photography, sculpture, jewelry, handmade clothing and fine craft at Art Fair on the Square, which will take place Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Food For Thought

Special focus on Wisconsin news

Going off the grid
For Gundersen Health System, a manure digester at Maunesha River Dairy – along with a three-farm community digester in Springfield, Wis. – will create 20 percent of the company's total energy needs for its hospitals and clinics more than 120 miles away.
Outcry prompts expedited plan to move fuel at Kewaunee nuclear plant
The Kewaunee nuclear power plant stopped producing electricity more than a year ago, but it left behind highly hazardous waste that has no place to go.
Trail blazing: Wisconsin hiker takes the Ice Age National Scenic Trail
The Ice Age National Scenic Trail snakes its way across Wisconsin, touching nearly thirty counties and offering more than a thousand miles of hiking across terrain that ranges from groomed walkways nestled in suburbia to paths so wild they are nearly undetectable.

Jobs & Opportunities


Ceiba Foundation for Tropical Conservation U.S. Administrator & Volunteer Coordinator – Madison, WI
The Ceiba Foundation for Tropical Conservation is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to protecting threatened ecosystems in Ecuador. The organization is hiring a U.S. administrator and volunteer coordinator to oversee the day-to-day operations of its Madison office, and coordinate volunteer and study abroad programs. Application deadline is July 21.
Virtual Student Foreign Service eInternships 
The Virtual Student Foreign Service eInternship is a year-long, unpaid digital internship program fostered by the U.S. State Department. The program involves a wide range of agencies including the U.S. State Department, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Education and more. Application deadline is July 22.


ISED Ventures job opportunities – Des Moines, IA
ISED Ventures is a growing non-profit organization seeking a lending associate to work directly with micro-loan applicants across Iowa and a program manager for its Women's Business Center. Application deadline is July 15. 
U.S. Geological Survey Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center Ecologist – Boise, ID
The U.S. Geological Survey Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center is seeking an ecologist to design and carry out a species distribution modeling project to predict current and future distributions of big sagebrush communities in the western United States. Application deadline is July 11. 


Prairie View A&M University Center for Energy and Environmental Sustainability Postdoctoral Researcher – Prairie View, TX
The Prairie View A&M University Center for Energy and Environmental Sustainability is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to study the environmental impact (using mainly air quality) of various new technologies, including biofuels, wind and nuclear, and unconventional energy technologies. Application deadline is July 21. 
Sustain Dane seeks nominations for 2014 Badger Bioneers Conference
Each year, Sustain Dane honors three Bader Bioneers, local champions working to move the Madison area toward a more sustainable future, at its annual Badger Bioneers Conference to be held November 18. Click here to nominate someone for this distinguished title!
NC/NE Conference – Madison, WI 
The UW–Madison College of Agriculture & Life Sciences will host the NC/NE Conference on campus July 13 through 15. The annual mini land-grant meeting brings together deans, directors and extension deans from land-grant universities in the northcentral and northeastern regions to discuss common issues and collaborate. 


Environmental Protection Agency National Priorities funding opportunity
The EPA is seeking applications that take a systems view to investigate how drought (seasonal and prolonged) exacerbated by climate change may impact surface and groundwater quality and availability. Application deadline is August 5. 
National Science Foundation Environmental Sustainability funding opportunity
The National Science Foundation is accepting proposals for engineering research projects that seek to develop sustainable engineered systems that support human well-being and that are also compatible with sustaining natural (environmental) systems. Proposals will be accepted October 1 through November 5.
Epicenter Pathways to Innovation call for proposals
The Pathways to Innovation program is designed to help institutions transform the experience of their undergraduate engineering students. The program helps teams of faculty and university leaders fully incorporate innovation and entrepreneurship into a range of courses as well as strengthen co- and extra-curricular offerings. Propsal deadline is October 10.


July 9, 2014
Arboretum Tours: Longenecker Horticultural Gardens
7-8:30 p.m.
UW Arboretum Visitor Center
July 9, 2014
Wednesday Nite @ the Lab: Unlocking the secrets of Arctic weather and climate
7 p.m.
425 Henry Mall
July 10, 2014
CURC webinar: A Different Look at Game Day and Special Event Recycling
12-1:30 p.m.
Register here
July 11, 2014 1:30 p.m.
206 Ingraham Hall 
July 11, 2014
Green Building Webinar Series
12 p.m.
Sign up here to access 
July 12, 2014
Lakeshore Nature Preserve: Volunteer opportunity
9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Meet at Picnic Point parking lot
July 12, 2014
Aldo Leopold Nature Center: Puzzling Pond Critters
10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Monona, WI
July 13, 2014
Arboretum Walks: Butterflies Flutter By
1:30-2:30 p.m.
UW Arboretum Visitor Center
July 14, 2014
Stargazing in Madison Parks
8:30-9:30 p.m.
333 South Rosa Road, Madison, WI
July 15, 2014
MPower Sustainability Session 3: Energy Efficiency for Facilities
8:30-10:30 a.m.
Goodman Community Center
Registration is $10
July 15, 2014
Clean Wisconsin Bike Ride
5:30-7 p.m.
West Main Street, Madison, WI
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