REthink Update!


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Here are some of the upcoming REthink events!

Athletics Litter Clean-up (May 1st)

UW-athletics is partnering with REthink to help us clean up campus.  From 12pm-3pm over 30 athletes and the REthink Crew + Friends will compete as teams to see who can clean up the most trash.  Interesting in learning more about what it takes to be an athlete on campus?  Interested in cleaning up our lovely Earth?  This event is for you!  All bags and gloves will be provided.  It is not necessary to stay for the whole event, but it will be fun, so we know you will want to!  Meet us by the student gate of Camp Randall.

Take A Stake Drain Labeling (May 7th)

The Student Sierra Coalition is planning to get a group together to do storm drain marking near the UW hospitals from 11am-1pm on Saturday, May 7th.  Teams of 3 will go around gluing the placards onto drains that haven’t been marked. This is with the Dane County Office of Lakes and Watersheds and their “Take a Stake in Our Waters” campaign. Email if you are interested in helping.

Moving Days (May 7th-13th)

Housing move helps us divert tons waste every year.  Become a recycling volunteer and be a part of the team here!

Tar Sands Protest (May 14th-15th) 

It is time to strap those activism shoes on with this exciting event!  350, the Student Sierra Coalition and REthink are partnering to send students to a protest at Chicago refinery.  The day will be full of activities and is expected to draw out thousands of protesters.  Details on buses, food and housing for the trip will be available soon and will likely be free or of little cost to interested students.  Learn more about the project here.

Tell Governor Walker to Sign Recycling Bill

Recycling programs were cut $4 billion in the state’s budge, but if we can encourage Walker to sign the recycling bill that was passed by bi-partisan vote last month, Wisconsin recycling programs will receive $3 million. Help Wisco to keep items out of the landfill by visiting this page

Earth Week (Past)

This year’s Earth Week was a huge success!  We are so thankful for the support we had from many local organization and other leaders on campus.  We hope you all had as much fun as we did!

Precious Plastic (Just Check This out)

Check out this cool website affordable machines that modify plastic. Learn how you could turn waste into value!

Edible Landscapes: 

Edible Landscapes is in seek of a website and social media student to keep the movement going with Edible Landscapes. This individual would work with several different orgs including FH King, Greenhouse Learning Community, and the Horticulture Society. Additionally, several buildings are involved and campus communication may be key to progress.  Please reach out to REthink and we will get you in touch with Aida the lead for the Edible Landscapes Project.

REthink Elections

To apply:

Positions with REthink are a great way to get more involved, no matter how long you have been with our group!  So if you are dedicated to sustainable waste management, want to spiff up your resume, and want leadership experience, please consider applying for the open positions below!

If you are interested in one of the positions listed, please email what position you are interested in and a few sentences on why you would be a good fit, to the REthink account (

Leadership Positions:

Co-Chairs: Filled by Clare Schober and Sanober Mirza

Secretary: Record minutes/send weekly emails and field emails from the community and other organizations on campus. OPEN

Communications Chair: Filled by Josie Pivec

Accountant: Filled by Katey Burkhart

Campaign Positions:

Athletics Recycling: Help organize and gather volunteers for athletic events. OPEN

Farm Mobs: Contact local farmers and help set up days/transportation for REthinkers to get their hands dirty. Update website when needed. OPEN

Teaching Waste Management: Contact local schools and nursing homes to set up activities that teach reusing, reducing and recycling- or teach students on campus how to compost, etc. OPEN

Bottle Free Badgers:  Filled by Hannah Hart

Energy: There is a lot of waste related to our energy consumption.  This campaign will work to encourage better practices and campus/work closely with 350 and the Sierra Club on tar sands issues. OPEN

Job or Internship Opportunities for the Summer:

Grape Research and Extension Internship ($10/hr)

The intern will be responsible for general vineyard maintenance, scouting for insects and diseases, and performing fruit quality analysis at the Peninsular Agricultural Research Station’s vineyard. The intern will scout the vineyard weekly and will identify and document the presence of pests. The intern will prepare biweekly reports with photographs of timely observations of pests and grape phenological stages in the vineyard to be used in Extension newsletters for educational programing. The intern will also be expected to help with the research projects taking place at the vineyards, in particular with weekly sampling of fruit for quality parameters and performing the associated laboratory analysis. The intern will work with the UW-Extension Door County Agriculture Agent to provide educational programming to the commercial grape growers in Door and Kewaunee Counties and the Door and Kewaunee County Master Gardeners. If interested contact Abby ASAP at

Slow Food is Hiring

There are 26 spots open (16 in our South Madison project)! Internship descriptions and applications right here!!

Work with Live Free Student Wellness and Recovery

Live Free is a UW-Madison student organization that confronts addiction through education, outreach, and access to recovery resources.  We Are Hiring Now! Advocates of recovery, believers in collective resilience and holistic wellness…We look forward to collaborating with you!   APPLY BY MAY 1
-Community Outreach Chair (10hrs/week, $10.50/hour)
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-Public Relations Chair (10hrs/week, $10.50/hour)
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-Event Coordinator (10hrs/week, $10.50/hour)
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Check out the listings by searching ‘Live Free’ in the ‘Communications’ section of the student job center at this link –

Field and Lab Assistant for UW-Madison Horticulture

The Goldman lab, in the Horticulture Department, is looking to hire two students for the summer and potentially to continue on in the fall semester. Application through the student job center here.

Slow Food Market Basket Biker

We are piloting a project around food access and sustainability. Over the summer, we will be riding bikes with trailers full of market baskets (bags of local produce) around Madison to different community centers. Our goal is to increase access to healthy food across the city, especially for individuals who don’t have the means to get to a grocery store on a consistent basis.  We are looking for bikers who can help us test our routes, our bikes, and give us feedback. Please please please consider being part of the project.

The test dates are:
Friday, 4/15/16, 12 – 3 pm with rain date Saturday, 4/16/16 12PM – 3PM
Friday, 4/22/16, 12 – 3 pm with rain date Saturday, 4/23/16 12PM – 3PM
Friday, 4/29/16 12 – 3 pm with rain date Saturday, 4/30/16 12PM – 3PM

Let me know if you are interested in testing out our bikes during one or all of these dates.  Your help is much appreciated!!  Contact: