Tag Sustainability

Eating crickets can be good for your gut, according to new clinical trial

The study shows consuming crickets can help support the growth of beneficial gut bacteria, and that eating crickets is not only safe in large amounts but may also reduce inflammation in the body.

In a warming world, could air conditioning make things worse?

A team of UW–Madison researchers forecasts as many as a thousand additional deaths annually in the Eastern United States alone due to elevated levels of air pollution driven by the increased use of fossil fuels to cool the buildings where humans live and work.

Heavier rains and manure mean more algae blooms

A recent UW–Madison study shows that the increased frequency of high-intensity rain events is worsening phosphorus runoff from manure-covered agricultural fields more than scientists expected. A new effort aims to address this problem in Dane County.

Through ‘radical’ project, students are turning unwanted jewelry into pieces to be cherished anew

“Radical Jewelry Makeover: Wisconsin" draws attention to talented student designers while raising awareness about ethical metal sourcing.

Healthy competition makes habit of sustainability

A new analysis shows lasting reductions in electricity use among hundreds of players of the Cool Choices game, which uses friendly competition to get energy-saving habits to sink in.

Farm to Flavor dinner showcases vegetables bred for flavor

Only deep, earthy beets, rich sweet corn and bright kale were fit for the Farm to Flavor dinner, a showcase for vegetables bred specifically for intense flavor by the UW–Madison plant breeding network the Seed to Kitchen Collaborative.

Green Fund supports energy-generating checkout, greenhouse cooling

Two projects are the first to be supported by a new UW–Madison Green Fund administered by the Office of Sustainability.

UW professor helps promote sustainability throughout the state

Tom Eggert and his colleagues at UW–Madison are helping businesses showcase their sustainable practices through the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council.

Spring comes sooner to urban heat islands, with potential consequences for wildlife

It may be music to gardeners’ ears, but that tune could be alarming to some native and migratory birds and bugs.

Volunteers needed during residence halls move-out

As more than 7,400 students prepare to move out of the university residence halls, the UW–Madison Division of University Housing is asking for volunteers to help residents and their families repurpose or recycle items they no longer need.