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June 3, 2014

Sustainability Spotlight



Mobile game explores campus sustainability
This spring semester, students in Environmental Studies 126 playtested "Sustainable U," a new mobile game under development that explores sustainability features on the UW–Madison campus. Players scan signs in campus buildings with their mobile devices to pull up information, videos, or games related to waste, energy, water, and transportation.

What's New at UW?

Buried fossil soils found to be awash in carbon
Soild that formed on the Earth's surface thousands of years ago and that are now deeply buried features of vanished landscapes have been found to be rich in carbon, adding a new dimension to our planet's carbon cycle.
Experts to discuss mining in the Penokee Range at June 5 forum in Minocqua
A panel of scientists, engineers and regulators, including Office of Sustainability Co-Director Craig Benson, will speak to the public about open-pit iron mining in Iron and Ashland counties in northern Wisconsin.
New technology extracts fertilizer from waste
A new $3 million wastewater treatment process is designed to create revenue while reducing runoff of harmful nutrients into lakes and streams. The Office of Sustainability is supporting related research between UW–Madison and the sewerage district.

Featured Events

30th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning
August 12-14, 2014 | Monona Terrace, Madison, WI
The Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning focuses on improving distance education. The program includes more than 140 concurrent sessions, presentations from leading experts and networking opportunities. Early registration ends July 22.
LEED 101: Green Building Basics & LEED
June 6, 2014 | 12-1 p.m.
LEED 101 is the second installment in a free green buildings webinar series sponsored by the Office of Sustainability. The course will provide an overview of the LEED green buildings rating system and the fundamentals of green buildings. Sign up online to receive access to the video.

Food For Thought

Unveiling new carbon plan, EPA focuses on flexibility
The Obama administration announced Monday one of the strongest actions ever taken by the U.S. government to fight climate change, a proposed Environmental Protection Agency regulation to cut carbon pollution from the nation's power plants 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.
Report says brain drain linked to millennials' desire to ditch the car for alternative transportation
Would you rather jump in your car, fight through traffic and park in an expensive downtown parking stall before going to work, or sit back on a bus and check social media? Or better yet, get some exercise by riding your bike to work? The answer may depend on how old you are.
A price tag on carbon as a climate rescue plan
A California initiative funding a Wisconsin manure digester is an example of one of the latest plans requiring industries to buy permits allowing them to emit set levels of greenhouse gases. The system encourages companies to find the least expensive ways to make the cuts, either by adopting cleaner energy technology or by investing in outside emission-control projects.

Jobs & Opportunities

STUDENT

Badger Volunteers Summer Program - Madison, WI
The Badger Volunteers Summer Program is an eight-week volunteer program where groups of students volunteer with a nonprofit organization. Projects include piloting a city compost collection program, planting vegetable gardens at Madison area food pantries and more. Enrollment open through June 5.
Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies 5:00 Career Fare
The Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies will post job opportunities on its student opportunity forum every day at 5 p.m. over the summer. Check regularly for internship, volunteering and job opportunities.

ENTRY LEVEL

REI Engineering Environmental Scientist - Wausau, WI
REI Engineering, Inc. is seeking an entry level environmental scientist to join its team of 40 people who provide services in civil engineering, land planning, surveying, and environmental and regulatory compliance. 

PROFESSIONAL

Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary Nature Center Executive Director - Sarona, WI
The Executive Director serves as the chief operating officer for a non-profit environmental learning center and is responsible for the overall operation and administration of the organization, its staff, facilities, programs and mission. Applications accepted until position filled.

UPCOMING EVENTS

June 2-6, 2014
Outdoor UW Summer Kickoff
Times vary
Outdoor UW, Memorial Union Terrace
June 7, 2014
TEDx Madison
Bartell Theatre, Madison, WI
Apply to attend
June 7, 2014
Science Saturday at Discovery: Farms and Fields of Wisconsin
10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery
June 7, 2014
Mad City Vegan Fest
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Goodman Community Center, Madison, WI
June 7, 2014
Town Center Tour
11 a.m.
Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery
June 8, 2014
Lakeshore Nature Preserve volunteer opportunity
9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Picnic Point parking lot
June 10 and 12, 2014
UW–Madison Human Resources Design info sessions
Multiple times and locations
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