Chris Kucharik's lab group research of "Madison's Urban Heat Island" is highlighted in local media. Their paper published in the Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology was aimed at helping the Madison region plan for the future, to think about the impacts of the structures and local environments it creates. (UW-News, Wi State Journal, Channel 3, Fox 47, WPR-The Larry Meiller Show (Oct 2014)

Jason Vargo, Assistant Scientist at SAGE, will present "Our Urban Nature" at the Independently organized TEDx UW-Madison event "Designing Change", Nov 1, Memorial Union Great Hall.

The Earth Science Women's Network, co-founded by Prof. Tracey Holloway, is now a non-profit organization made up of more than 2,000 women across the globe. Read the story in UW News (10/14/14)

Mutlu Ozdogan's work to update Wisconsin's Land Cover Map profiled on local news: New State map takes shape in Madison (9/5/14)

Jonathan Patz presented an article showing that actions on climate change bring better health at the "Civil Society Event on Action in Climate Change and Health" in New York Sept 23, 2014. Acting U.S. Surgeon General Boris Lushniak; Maria Neira, World Health Organization (WHO) director for public health and the environment; Gina McCarthy, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; and many others will also participate in the event.The study includes SAGE professor Tracey Holloway along with other UW professors. (read UW news release)
(Article; Other reviews:The Guardian)


Weston Roundtable Lecture Series

The Weston Roundtable is a weekly lecture series with on- and off-campus leaders in sustainability science, engineering, and policy. The unique, discussion-heavy format aims to build a community around policy-relevant sustainability science and engineering topics. The weekly 4:15-5:15 PM meeting includes a 40-45 minute presentation, followed by 15-20 minutes of discussion. Each meeting is preceded by coffee, tea, cookies, and conversation. All lectures are free and open to the public

Location: 1106 Mechanical Engineering, 1513 University Avenue, unless otherwise noted

Nov 6: Elisa Graffy
Professor of Practice • Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes
Co-Director, Energy Policy, Law and Governance • ASU LightWorks
Senior Sustainability Scientist • Global Institute of Sustainability
Arizona State University

"Death spirals, solar rooftops, legal innovations and the emerging politics of energy system sustainability" Installation of rooftop solar systems has surged more than 1000% in just a few years, and interest in solar adoption remains high. In a sector that is critical to social, economic, environmental and security priorities, what is the significance of this dramatic trend for the future of the power sector, for society, and for plausible pathways to more "sustainable" energy systems? Dr. Graffy will position the current debate about electric utilities and how they and other actors are responding to challenges and opportunities posed by solar adoption within this larger context, emphasizing the emergence of responsive and innovative strategies in energy system governance.

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Student News and Awards

Mallika Nocco was awarded a 2-year EPA Star Fellowship grant for her research project "Potatoes for Trout: Managing Agricultural and Aquatic Ecosystem Services in the Wisconsin Central Sands" (Oct 2014)

Congratulations to Valerie Stull on being a finalist in the UW-Madison Climate Quest Competition. Valerie and Rachel's project MIGHTi exlpores microlivestock farming – production of edible insects – as a means to cultivate an inexpensive and low environmental impact nutrient source that will be sustainable in a changing climate, while simultaneously mitigating food insecurity and empowering women in developing areas such as rural Zambia.
(Sept 2014)

Updated: 10/31/14

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