April 8, 2014

Sustainability Spotlight

Student sustainability leader wins Udall scholarship
UW–Madison junior Colin Higgins is one of just 50 students nationwide to win the 2014 Udall Scholarship, which recognizes rising college juniors and seniors who have demonstrated a commitment to careers related to the environment, Native American health care, or tribal public policy.

Image credit: Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies

What's New at UW?

Introducing Climate Quest!
Nearly 100 campus and community thinkers and doers gathered April 4 to launch UW–Madison's interdisciplinary climate change solutions competition, Climate Quest.

Missed the mixer? It's not too late to get involved - submit an idea or a question to move on to the next level!
Journalism project on water wins national grant
The project, titled "The Confluence: A Life News Experiment Covering Wisconsin Waters," connects students, print and broadcast media, the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, Madison Commons, and citizen volunteers to report on the quality and supply of Wisconsin water.
Professor receives Fulbright to study predator conservation
Nelson Institute professor Adrian Treves will spend part of the 2014-2015 academic year at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, studying how to balance human needs with conservation of predators such as wolves and bears in Sweden and Wisconsin.

Featured Events

A Day Without Waste
April 9, 2014
A Day Without Waste is a sustainability awareness campaign that aims to help people understand how their individual actions can add up to create lasting change to benefit the environment and future generations. Choose to eliminate one waste product (plastic bags, to-go coffee cups, etc.) and post on social media with #ADayWithoutWaste to get involved.
Undergraduate Symposium
April 10, 2014 | 12-5 p.m. | Varsity Hall, Union South
The annual Undergraduate Symposium showcases undergraduate creativity, achievement, research, service-learning and community-based research from all areas of study at UW–Madison, including the humanities, fine arts, biological sciences, physical sciences, social sciences - and sustainability!

Food For Thought

UW–Madison student government urges UW Foundation to divest from fossil fuels
The Associated Students of Madison passed a resolution April 2 encouraging the development of a divestment plan, campus newspapers report.
NYT: College classes use arts to brace for climate change
Instead of scientific texts, a class at the University of Oregon, "The Cultures of Climate Change," focuses on films, poetry, photography, essays and the subgenre of speculative fiction known as climate fiction, or cli-fi. 
Accessible Icon Project transforms accessibility symbol into active, engaged image
The Accessible Icon Project designed a new symbol to indicate accessibility that reflects the idea that all people with disabilities can be active and engaged in their lived environment. 

Jobs & Opportunities


Center for Leadership & Involvement Student Leadership Program positions - Madison, WI
The Center for Leadership & Involvement is hiring Organizational Development Consultants and a Marketing Coordinator for the 2014-15 academic year. Application deadline is April 11 at 5 p.m.
The GREEN Program summer programs - multiple locations
Several short-term immersion programs offer experiential learning opportunities for future clean energy and sustainability leaders. Applications accepted on a rolling basis but but program space is limited.


Forward Community Investments job opportunities - Madison, WI
Forward Community Investments, an organization that invests and advises to reduce racial, social and economic disparities throughout Wisconsin, is hiring a community lender, a portfolio manager, and a communications manager. Applications accepted until positions are filled.


National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition Policy Specialist - Washington, D.C.
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition is looking for a policy specialist for family farm and sustainability issues, with specific reference to farm programs, crop insurance, livestock market competition issues, and federal agricultural research and extension policy.

Send cover letter, resume and explanation of interest to Jeremy Emmi.
L'Oréal For Women in Science program
The fellowship program will award five post-doctoral women scientists in the United States with grants of up to $60,000 each. Applicants are welcome from a variety of fields, including life and physical/material sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics. Applications due May 19.


Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies Outreach Fellowship
This $5,000 fellowship is awarded to a faculty or academic staff member who proposes an innovative way to engage the broader community in matters of science and technology that have general social and political importance. Application deadline is April 25.
Educational Innovation Mini-Grants
Educational Innovation Mini-Grants, up to $1,000 each, are available to support faculty and staff as they initially explore ideas and efforts to advance teaching and learning innovations. Applications due by June 1.

Are you interested in

Sustainability Lunch HOUR
Highlight of Undergraduate Research

April 18, 2014
12-1 p.m.
140 Science Hall


April 7-10, 2014
Diversity Plan engagement sessions
Times and locations vary
April 9, 2014
Women in Leadership Symposium
8-11:30 a.m.
East Atrium and Plenary Room, Grainger Hall
April 10, 2014
Weston Roundtable: Predicting patterns of energy technology adoption
4:15-5:15 p.m.
1106 Mechanical Engineering
April 11, 2014
Climate change and national security: Implications and preparedness
1:30 p.m.
811 Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences
April 12, 2014
Lakeshore Nature Preserve work party
9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Picnic Point Lot 129
April 17, 2014
Michael Mann: The hockey stick and the climate wars
7 p.m.
Ebling Science Symposium Center, Microbial Sciences
April 21-25, 2014
UW–Milwaukee Sustainability Symposium
UW–Milwaukee Union and Golda Meir Library
April 26, 2014
Isthmus Green Day
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Monona Terrace
April 30-May 1, 2014
Green Innovations Symposium
Green Bay, WI
Early registration ends April 12.
May 6, 2014
Resilient Wisconsin Day
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Varsity Hall, Union South
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