Jonathan Patz co-authored an op-ed published on "Doctors are already seeing links between climate change and their patients’ health" (5/5/15)

Read the Huffington Post Blog by Jonathan Patz and Jason Vargo "Sustainable Cities Work for Climate Change" (4/29/15)

Maggie Grabow has won a fellowship in the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health to work on mindfulness and climate change (a project linking human behavior and actions toward low-carbon lifestyle). (4/25/15)

Valerie Stull won a Fulbright Student Award for her dissertation on meal-worms and sustainable agriculture and nutrition. (4/25/15)

Congratulations to Professor Annemarie Schneider on her promotion to Associate Professor with tenure! (4/9/15)

Holly Gibbs was nominated as an Honored Instructor by the University Housing Academic Initiatives for here work in teaching Geog / Env St 309 (4/9/15)

Tyler Lark on NPR's Marketplace April 6, 2015, discussing findings about contemporary cropland expansion in the U.S.!  Congrats to Tyler , Meghan Salmon and Holly Gibbs, who co-authored the study!  (April 2015) 
(interview with Minnesota Public Radio; UW-News Press release)


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

30 Apr: Martine van der Ploeg
Wageningen University and Research Centre. Topic: Sustainable Land Management
Soil Physics and Land Management
Wageningen University,
The Netherlands

"Sustainable Land Management: the importance of coupling physics and socio-economic research" Ecosystem services, such as healthy watersheds provide, are often outside the domain of commercial markets yet are essential to society. Our speaker’s research focuses on interactions between land use and management, soil physical processes, and ecosystem functioning, using an interdisciplinary approach to link different disciplines, engage stakeholders, consider multiple spatial and temporal scales, weigh socio-economic and political factors, and combine empirical approaches with model analysis. The aim is to advance understanding of impacts of land management on soil processes and related ecosystem functions essential to address the global challenges of water and food security, land degradation and restoration, and climate adaptation.

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Contact Carol Barford for more information

Jason Schatz, PhD candidate in Environment & Resources, will present a public seminar on his dissertation “The Urban Climate of Madison, WI”
Friday May 8, 2015
Room 1115, Wisconsin Energy Institute

The talk summarizes three years of data (March 2012-present) collected from 151 temperature/humidity sensors located throughout the Dane Co. region that quantifies the spatial and temporal urban heat island (UHI) signature of the Madison metro area. Topics covered will include: the temporal drivers and spatial patterns of the UHI; an analysis of the UHI effect on extreme temperatures (drawing from data collected during the historically hot summer of 2012 and cold winter of 2013-14); impacts of the UHI on growing season length, and growing, heating and cooling degree days; impacts of the UHI on human health using summer 2012 as a case study; and potential UHI impacts on local energy usage.

This work was funded by the National Science Foundation as part of the Water Sustainability and Climate Project, and involved extensive support and involvement from community partners including MGE, the City of Madison, Alliant Energy, as well as other local communities and utilities.  You can visit this website for background:

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