March 3, 2015

Sustainability Spotlight

Conserve 24/7: The Story of Stuff
The Story of Stuff is an online movie that become a movement to understand how our obsession with stuff affects our communities, our health and our planet. 

Got too much stuff? Visit our Conserve 24/7 conservation blog for tips to minimize your consumption and reduce waste.

What's New at UW?

Announcing the Climate Quest winner!
MIGHTi (The Mission to Improve Global Health with Insects) is the winner of the Climate Quest competition to develop practical and meaningful solutions to climate change challenges.
Sustainability Forum photo gallery
Members of the UW–Madison sustainability community gathered to consider sustainable consumption at the annual Sustainability Forum. In this gallery, the Office of Sustainability highlights some favorite moments and important lessons learned.

Also: provide feedback on the 2015 Forum.
Seeking undergraduate research mentors
The Office of Sustainability is now accepting applications for the summer Research Experience for Undergraduates competition. Faculty are invited to apply for up to $5,000 to support undergraduate involvement in an extramurally-funded, sustainability-oriented research project.

Featured Events

UW Climate Change Symposium
March 5-6, 2015 | Genetics Biotechnology Center and Mechanical Engineering
The UW Climate Change Symposium will bring together experts in areas of climate science including ecology, geoscience and public policy to discuss impacts and solutions to climate change. Thursday's session starts at 3 p.m. in the Genetics Biotechnology Center and Friday's session starts at 1:30 p.m. in Mechanical Engineering.
Saturday Science: Aldo Leopold Day
March 7, 2015 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Discovery Building
Saturday Science is fun exploration for kids and families. Learn about Wisconsin's legendary naturalist Aldo Leopold and discover nature for yourself by identifying animals, reading animal tracks, examining insects and more.

Food For Thought

Can Walmart get us to buy sustainable products?
The world's largest retailer took a major step toward helping us all shop more smartly. Walmart's e-commerce site is now labeling 3,000 products, made by more than 100 companies, with a badge that reads "Made by a Sustainability Leader."
How to stop looking at your phone so often
In an international poll, one in four people said they check their phone every 30 minutes and some do it even more frequently. But the distraction has consequences including decreased creativity, low self-esteem and poor sleep.

Jobs & Opportunities


F.H. King garden assistant – Madison, WI
F.H. King Students for Sustainable Agriculture is hiring a garden assistant to help the garden directors with all aspects of the F.H. King garden including planning, planting, maintenance, irrigation, harvesting, etc. Send cover letter, resume and contact information for two references to fhking.students@gmail.comApplication deadline is March 16. 
Community GroundWorks job opportunities – Madison, WI
Community GroundWorks is hiring a Goodman Youth Farm crew leader to lead field crews by facilitating instruction, assignments and programming. The organization is also hiring a land steward to help oversee edible landscapes, woodlands, open spaces and natural areas. Application deadline is March 5.
Scholarship to attend sustainable investing conference
The Peter DeSimone Student Scholarship Program enables up to ten undergraduate or graduate students who are interested in a career in sustainable investment to receive scholarships to cover the registration costs for the 2015 US SIF Annual Conference, Sustainable Investing: Risk, Value, Impact, which takes place in Chicago, IL. Application deadline is March 6, 2015.
New Arts Venture Challenge
The New Arts Venture Challenge is a campus-wide competition that provides a $2,000 grant to fund an innovative idea related to the arts. Students are invited to submit a proposal for an arts exhibit, exhibition, series, commercial venture or other artistic project. Proposal deadline is April 15.


IPM Institute of North America office manager – Madison, WI
The IPM Institute of North America is hiring an office manager to manage office finances, board communications, vendor relations and grant administration, among other duties. Application deadline is March 31.
UW Arboretum volunteer restoration team leaders – Madison, WI
The UW Arboretum is recruiting new members for their corps of land care volunteers, who teach and supervise other volunteers in activities include clearing, seeding, and other critical restoration tasks. Application deadline is March 16 and training cost is $85.


Discovery to Product (D2P) Igniter Award program
Discovery to Product (D2P) is currently accepting submissions for the next round of the D2P Igniter Award program. D2P is a partnership between UW–Madison and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) that seeks to move technology and innovations to market. Submission deadline is March 15.
Wisconsin Energy and Sustainability Challenge
Teams of one to four students are invited to submit an original concept, which may include innovations related to energy production, storage, efficiency or sustainability. The competition includes two prizes: the Global Stewards Sustainability Prize and the Dvorak Energy Prize. All submissions are due March 23.
Wisconsin Open Education Community Fellowship – Madison, WI
The Wisconsin Education Community Fellowship will support undergraduate student projects aimed at public engagement in the student's own Wisconsin community. The fellowship is intended to be complementary to UW–Madison's Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Early application deadline is March 12 and final application deadline is March 26.
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Postdoctoral Research Awards
The U.S. Office of Energy & Renewable Energy is accepting applications for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Postdoctoral Research Awards, which support its mission by offering recent Ph.D. recipients the opportunity to conduct applied research at universities, national laboratories and other research facilities. Application deadline is May 7.


Helping UW–Madison use less, recycle more

Ready to take the challenge?
March 4, 2015
Film screening: Return of the River
7-8:10 p.m.
Marquee Theater, Union South
March 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2015
Bicycling: Past, present and future
7-8:15 p.m.
Pyle Center
Registration is $50 for the four-part series
March 5, 2015
The role of cooperatives in food security
4 p.m.
1120 Biochemistry
March 6, 2015
More than gentrification: Eviction and displacement in Los Angeles
12-1:30 p.m.
208 Old Music Hall
March 7, 2015
Film screening and discussion: The Price of Sand
7-9 p.m.
Great Hall, Memorial Union
RSVP on Facebook
March 8, 2015
CSA Open House
1-4 p.m.
Monona Terrace
March 8, 2015
Arboretum walk: Mud
1:30-2:30 p.m.
UW Arboretum Visitor Center
March 10, 2015
No going back: Ethics and institutions for the Anthropocene
6-7 p.m.
Aldo Leopold Nature Center
March 11, 2015
MODA Magazine: Swap & Shop
6-9 p.m.
TBA, Union South
March 20-22, 2015
Science Expeditions
Schedule coming soon
Discovery Building
April 16-18, 2015
Engineering Expo
College of Engineering
April 20, 2015
Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference
9 a.m.
Monona Terrace
Register here
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