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Photo: Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood was born in 1939 in Ottawa and grew up in northern Ontario, Quebec, and Toronto. She received her undergraduate degree from Victoria College at the University of Toronto and her master's degree from Radcliffe College.

Throughout her writing career, Margaret Atwood has received numerous awards and honourary degrees. She is the author of more than thirty-five volumes of poetry, children's literature, fiction, and non-fiction and is perhaps best known for her novels, which include The Edible Woman (1970), The Handmaid's Tale (1983), The Robber Bride (1994), Alias Grace (1996), and The Blind Assassin, which won the prestigious Booker Prize in 2000. Atwood's dystopic novel, Oryx and Crake, was published in 2003. The Tent (mini-fictions) and Moral Disorder (short stories) both appeared in 2006. Her most recent volume of poetry, The Door, was published in 2007. Her non-fiction book, Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth ? in the Massey series, appeared in 2008, and her most recent novel, The Year of the Flood, in the autumn of 2009. Ms. Atwood's work has been published in more than forty languages, including Farsi, Japanese, Turkish, Finnish, Korean, Icelandic and Estonian. In 2004 she co-invented the Long Pen TM.

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Photo: Tammy Baldwin

Tammy Baldwin has represented Wisconsin's Second Congressional District since January 1999.

In the 111th Congress, Tammy serves on the Committee on Energy and Commerce, its Subcommittee on Health and its Subcommittee on Energy and Environment. She also sits on the Judiciary Committee and its Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties. She is a leading advocate for universal health care and a proponent of energy independence and renewable fuels. Tammy also is a forceful supporter of civil rights and an advocate for those in our society whose voices, too often, are not heard.

She is committed to ensuring our nation's energy independence, promoting the development of renewable fuel sources, and reducing our nation's greenhouse gas emissions. Tammy's legislation to create a National Greenhouse Gas Registry was largely incorporated into the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (H.R. 2454) currently pending before Congress. Having accurate measurements, consistent reporting and a publicly available database of our emission levels is critical to successfully reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and confronting climate change.

Tammy Baldwin served four terms as a Dane County (WI) Supervisor (1986-1994), representing the downtown Madison area, including the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. In 1986, Tammy also served briefly on the Madison Common Council, filling an aldermanic vacancy. She served three terms as a WI State Representative for the 78th Assembly District (comprising central and south Madison) from January 1993 to January 1999.

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Photo: Megan Bang

Megan Bang (Ojibwe and Italian descent) is a senior researcher at TERC and the Director of Education at the American Indian Center (AIC). Dr. Bang manages research projects, professional development programs, after-school programs, and early childhood programming at the AIC. She is a former pre-school, high-school, and GED teacher and youth worker. Since Dr. Bang received her PhD in the Learning Science and completed her post-doc with the Cheche Konnen Center, she has been focused on understanding culture and cognition broadly with a specific focus on the complexities of navigating multiple meaning systems in creating and implementing more effective learning environments with Indigenous students, teachers, and communities. Through community-based methodologies Dr. Bang is working to increase the number of Indigenous students in higher education and to build community capacity more broadly to conduct research. Current National Science Foundation funded research projects include: student and teacher learning in science education in both formal and informal contexts, understanding the role of culture and experience on children's biological knowledge and reasoning across age ranges. She is also beginning a project focused on positive adolescent identity development in urban Indian youth. Megan is a mother of three and auntie to many.

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Photo: Rich Beilfuss

Rich Beilfuss is Interim CEO & President of the International Crane Foundation (ICF) in Baraboo, Wisconsin. He first joined ICF in 1988, conducting his graduate field research in Vietnam and Mozambique, and then directed the ICF Africa Program from 1993-2005. Over that time period, he was involved in ICF conservation and research projects in more than 12 countries in Africa, as well as Vietnam, China, and Nepal, focusing especially on water management for people and wildlife. In his current position, Dr. Beilfuss is responsible for strategic planning and operational management of ICF conservation programs around the globe, while also leading efforts to ameliorate the impact of large dams and water diversions on cranes, wetlands, and people in Africa and Asia.

From 2005-2008, Dr. Beilfuss moved with his family to Mozambique, where he served as Director of Scientific Services for the Gorongosa Restoration Project, a $30 million project aimed at ecological restoration and poverty alleviation in and around Gorongosa National Park. In 2008, Rich was appointed as a Senior Advisor to the World Wildlife Fund to assist with efforts to improve water management in the Zambezi River basin of southern Africa. In this capacity, which he is now continuing through ICF, he has played a key role in the restoration of the Marromeu Complex, a Wetland of International Importance in the Zambezi Delta. He drafted the management plan and conducted numerous wetland and wildlife surveys for this site. He also developed a prescribed flooding model for Cahora Bassa Dam to restore hydrological conditions in the lower Zambezi basin.

Dr. Beilfuss has a PhD in Land Resources (Plant Ecology and Hydrology), a Masters Degree in Engineering, a Masters Degree in Water Resources Management , and a Bachelors degree in Natural Resource Economics. He is a Licensed Professional Hydrologist.

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Andrew Case is a PhD candidate in the Department of History and a graduate affiliate of the Nelson Institute's Center for Culture, History, and Environment (CHE).

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Photo: William Cronon

William Cronon studies American environmental history and the history of the American West. Cronon's research seeks to understand the history of human interactions with the natural world: how we depend on the ecosystems around us to sustain our material lives, how we modify the landscapes in which we live and work, and how our ideas of nature shape our relationships with the world around us. In July 1992, Cronon became the Frederick Jackson Turner Professor of History, Geography, and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison after having served for more than a decade as a member of the Yale History Department. In 2003, he was also named Vilas [pronounced "Vy-lus"] Research Professor at UW-Madison, the university?s most distinguished chaired professorship.

Cronon has been President of the American Society for Environmental History, and serves as general editor of the Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books Series for the University of Washington Press. During the spring of 1994, he organized and chaired a faculty research seminar on "Reinventing Nature" at the University of California's Humanities Research Institute in Irvine, California. In January, 1996, he became Director of the Honors Program for the College of Letters and Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a post he held until 1998, and from 1997-2000 he served as the founding Faculty Director of the new Chadbourne Residential College at UW-Madison. Cronon chaired UW-Madison?s Lakeshore Nature Preserve Committee from 2004-2007, leading its first-ever strategic planning process and leading the team that created its prize-winning website. He is a founding faculty fellow and current Director of UW-Madison?s Center for Culture, History, and Environment (CHE), created in 2006. He has served on the Governing Council of The Wilderness Society since 1995, and on the National Board of the Trust for Public Land since 2003.

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Photo: Katherine Curtis

Katherine Curtis's work addresses the causes and consequences of migration and population redistribution, population and environment, and inequality. Her analytical approach aims to address spatial and temporal aspects underlying these demographic processes. Her work consistently engages multiple literatures across disciplines to gain greater substantive and technical insight. Curtis' work has been published in the field's top journal and featured in special publications and conferences focusing on spatial demography.

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Photo: Liese Dart

Liese Dart is a master's student in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin. She is pursuing an Energy Analysis & Policy certificate and is a graduate affiliate of the Center for Culture, History and the Environment. In 2002, Liese graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana with degrees in Studio Art and Art History.

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Photo: Mike Dombeck

Mike Dombeck dedicated a quarter of a century to managing federal lands and natural resources in the long-term public interest. His leadership in the Bureau of Land Management and as former chief of the Forest Service impacted nearly 500 million acres. His legacy is one of steadfast stewardship for the land, and he is most noted for significant efforts toward watershed health and restoration, sustainable forest ecosystem management, sound forest roads and roadless area protection. As the capstone to his life-long career in public service, he was granted the highest award in federal service, the Presidential Rank: Distinguished Executive Award.

Dr. Dombeck is also the recipient of the prestigious Audubon Medal and the Lady Bird Johnson Conservation Award. He has authored, co-authored, and edited over 200 popular and scholarly publications, including the book Watershed Restoration: Principles and Practices, and most recently the book From Conquest to Conservation: Our Public Lands Legacy.

Dr. Dombeck now serves as a UW System Fellow and Professor of Global Conservation at the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. He also writes popular and technical articles, lectures and makes frequent national and international presentations on current environmental, natural resource management, and social issues.

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Photo: Jim Doyle

Governor Jim Doyle, as Wisconsin's 44th chief executive, is focused on creating opportunity for all of Wisconsin's people. To do that, he is working to strengthen our schools, make college more affordable, expand access to health care, grow our economy and cut taxes on hardworking Wisconsin families.

When he took office in 2003, Governor Doyle inherited the largest budget deficit in Wisconsin history, a $3.2 billion hole. By making deep and often difficult cuts in state government, he was able to balance the budget without hurting priorities like education and without raising taxes.

Now Governor Doyle is working to move Wisconsin forward, creating jobs, expanding access to health care, and most importantly, investing in Wisconsin's future: our kids.

Governor Doyle attended Stanford University for three years, then finished his senior year at UW-Madison. He is a 1972 graduate of Harvard Law School.

Inspired by John F. Kennedy's call to public service, after college the Governor and First Lady worked for two years as teachers in Tunisia, Africa in the Peace Corps. After he graduated from law school, the Governor and First Lady moved to the Navajo Indian Reservation in Chinle, Arizona to work as an attorney and teacher, respectively.

In 1976, Governor Doyle was elected Dane County District Attorney and served three terms from 1977-82. When he left that office, he spent eight years building his own private law practice until he was elected Wisconsin Attorney General in 1990. Governor Doyle was reelected as Attorney General in 1994 and 1998.

He was elected as Wisconsin's Governor in 2002 and reelected in 2006 with more votes than any candidate for Governor in Wisconsin history.

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Photo: Wesley Foell

Wesley Foell, joined the UW-Madison faculty in 1967. He taught and conducted interdisciplinary research in energy technology, systems, and policy analysis in the College of Engineering and the Nelson Institute. Wes founded and directed the UW campus-wide Energy Systems and Policy Research Program from 1972-87. In the early 1970s this program developed the "Wisconsin Energy Model", one of the first statewide energy policy analysis models in the U.S. This system created the first Wisconsin energy/environment scenarios for electricity and other fuels, and the current statewide database, "Wisconsin Energy Statistics", first published at the UW in 1972.

In 1980 he founded Resource Management Associates (RMA), a Madison-based international energy/environmental consulting firm. RMA carried out a large number of research, consulting and training projects for a wide range of institutions, including USAID, the Asian Development Bank, OECD, the World Bank, the U.S. Department of Energy, several foreign governments. Many UW-Madison faculty and students participated in these projects.

His present activities include analysis, policy development and outreach on problems in providing clean and affordable traditional and modern cooking fuels and technologies in developing countries, working with an international group of research institutes. Closer to home he is developing a history of energy management and policy in the state of Wisconsin.

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Photo: George Dreckmann

George Dreckmann is the Recycling Coordinator for the City Of Madison, Wisconsin, a position he has held since 1989. He oversees a program that serves over 65,000 households and diverts over 59% of its waste from the landfill.

In addition to overseeing the recycling program he is responsible for all of the public education efforts of the Streets Division including winter parking, street repair and maintenance, and solid waste services. His current projects include leading the team that is planning an organics diversion program, helping set standards for contracted snow plowing equipment, and teaching waste reduction to high school and college classes.

In 2004 the Associated Recyclers of Wisconsin (AROW) named George Wisconsin Recycler of the Year. He has served as a Board member of AROW and was also that organization?s President. On the national level he has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Recycling Coalition.

He has degrees in American History and Secondary Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to joining the Street Division he worked as a budget analyst for the Wisconsin State Senate specializing in natural resource and education.

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Photo: John Francis

John Francis, Ph.D., is known the world over as the Planetwalker. In 1971, Dr. Francis witnessed an oil spill in San Francisco Bay. The effects of the spill compelled him to stop using motorized vehicles. Several months later, to stop the arguments about the power of one person?s actions, he took a vow of silence. His non-motorized lifestyle lasted twenty-two years, and his silence seventeen. During that time Dr. Francis walked across the United States earning a B.A at Southern Oregon State College, an M.S. in Environmental Studies at the University of Montana and a Ph.D. in land resources at the University of Wisconsin. He later sailed and walked through the Caribbean and then walked the length of South America. Dr. Francis will speak on his journey, his unique perspective on environment, and how we can each make a difference in our world. He is the author of: Planetwalker. 22 Years of Walking. 17 Years of Silence.

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Photo: Matt Frank

Matt Frank has served as Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) since September, 2007 when he was appointed by Governor Jim Doyle.

During Secretary Frank's first year at the DNR, Secretary Frank has helped Governor Doyle achieve significant conservation milestones, including long term reauthorization and increased funding for the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship fund, passage of the Great Lakes Compact, and enacting a strong mercury rule that will significantly reduce mercury and other hazardous air pollutants in the environment. Secretary Frank is also leading efforts to address invasive species, non-point pollution of lakes and streams, water conservation and wildlife habitat protection.

Secretary Frank is a strong proponent of Governor Doyle's Energy Independence initiative and action to address climate change. He was a member of the Governor's Global Warming Task Force, which provides a blueprint for Wisconsin to be a national leader in clean and renewable energy, energy conservation and greenhouse gas reduction. He is a member of the Governor's Energy Independence Cabinet, promoting state-wide energy conservation and the development of clean and renewable energy through state agency collaboration and through local partnerships.

Prior to becoming Secretary at the DNR, Secretary Frank spent 22 years as an Assistant Attorney General at the Wisconsin Department of Justice. His tenure at DOJ included serving as Administrator of the Division of Legal Services, during which time he oversaw the state's environmental protection defense and enforcement actions in state and federal courts. He has extensive executive experience in state government, having previously served as Secretary of the Department of Corrections from 2003-2007.

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Photo: Graeme Gibson

Graeme Gibson has been a founding member and chair of the Writers Union of Canada, the Writers Trust, and PEN Canada. A long time conservationist he has been a council member of WWF Canada and is currently Joint Honorary President, with Margaret Atwood, of BirdLife International?s Rare Bird Club. He is also Chairman of the Pelee Island Bird Observatory. Graeme has written four novels, a book of Interviews and two miscellanies, THE BEDSIDE BOOK OF BIRDS (2005) and its companion volume, THE BEDSIDE BOOK OF BEASTS (2009).

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Photo: Lewis Gilbert

Lewis Gilbert began a transition from field-based physical sciences research to institution-based program building focused on sustainability after receiving his PhD in tectonophysics from Columbia University in 1993. That transition included an intensive apprenticeship in public policy and administration under the tutelage of leaders of public policy community at Columbia. Functioning as a liaison between the social and physical sciences, Gilbert joined the Office of the Provost at Columbia as a designer and builder of the Earth Institute and manager of a wide range of other strategic initiatives. Those programs were venture funded with discretionary resources gleaned from Columbia's patents and license stream. He eventually became Executive Director in the Office of the Executive Vice Provost with responsibilities that included oversight and analysis of the venture investment portfolio and management of the Earth Institute.

In May of 2005, Gilbert joined the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies as Associate Director. In the Nelson Institute he is a member of the senior leadership team with responsibility for oversight of the research program, strategic planning, and daily operations. He continues to develop and speak on ideas related to Earth Management.

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Photo: Maggie Grabow

Maggie Grabow is a Ph.D. candidate in Environment & Resources in the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies with a certificate in the Certificate on Humans and the Global Environment (CHANGE). She is also a Candidate for the Master of Public Health in the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. Advised by Dr. Jonathan Patz in the Center for Sustainability and Global Health, her general research interests include how the built environment, air quality, and climate change affects health.

Maggie completed her Master of Science degree in the fall of 2007. In her thesis, she researched the impacts of increased bicycling and reduced car travel in Madison, and the impact on personal fitness and human health, local air pollution and human health, and greenhouse gas mitigation/climate change. After completing her thesis, she spent the year contributing to an EPA STAR investigation while broadening the scope of this project by looking at the impacts of bicycling in the ten largest cities in the Midwest.

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Photo: Sherrie Gruder

Sherrie Gruder is a Sustainable Design Specialist for the University of Wisconsin- Extension. Sherrie provides statewide technical assistance and education on green building, sustainable community development and energy.

Sherrie is a LEED Accredited Professional by the US Green Building Council and served on its Government Core Committee. Sherrie served on the board of directors of both the National Recycling Coalition and AROW- the WI chapter in the ?90?s. She was a member of the Legislative Council's Special Committee that wrote Wisconsin's recycling law.

In 2007, Sherrie received the Chancellor?s Award for Excellence in Civic Engagement for providing expertise and guidance to communities in developing policies that protect the environment and support economic vitality.

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Jodi Habush Sinykin was born and raised in Milwaukee and attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where she was a Phi Beta Kappa, a member of the Honors College and an Angell Scholar and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1989.

Ms. Habush Sinykin received her law degree from Harvard Law School in 1992 and, thereafter, served as a clerk for the Honorable Charles P. Kocoras, District Court Judge for the Northern District of Illinois. After this clerkship, Ms. Habush Sinykin worked at the Chicago law firm of Pavalon & Gifford, as a trial lawyer.

In 1995, Ms. Habush Sinykin moved back home to Milwaukee, where she joined the law firm of Habush Habush & Rottier. As a partner, Ms. Habush Sinykin worked on a variety of personal injury matters at every stage of the litigation process.

Throughout her career, Ms. Habush Sinykin has maintained a strong interest in the environment and in public policy initiatives geared toward environmental justice.

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Photo: Brian Hamilton

Brian Hamilton is a doctoral student in the History Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received his B.A. in American Studies from Columbia University in 2004 and is currently at work on an environmental history of the end of slavery in the United States. He is the lead author of the new website Gaylord Nelson and Earth Day: The Making of the Modern Environmental Movement as well as the curator of the exhibits "Gaylord Nelson and Earth Day" and "Gaylord Nelson: Forward Thinking," currently on display at the Wisconsin Historical Museum and the Wisconsin Historical Society, respectively.

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Photo: Father Francis Hilton

Father F. G. "Hank" Hilton, SJ is spending the 2009-2010 on a research sabbatical following a four-year term as chair of the economics department at Loyola University Maryland. He earned his doctorate in Land Resources from the Nelson Institute in December, 1996. His dissertation analyzed the forces that caused the world to get rid of leaded gasoline. In the years leading up to and away from Madison, Hank was a senior associate at Cambridge Energy Research Associates, a leading global consulting firm that advises energy companies, governments, and financial institutions on energy matters. Hank spent much of his time there working with the environmental research group. His research has continued to explore the forces that cause communities to eliminate pollution.

Hank holds undergraduate degrees from Fordham University and graduate degrees from Fordham, Loyola-Chicago, The Weston School, and Harvard. He has served as a trustee of Canisius College and Loyola-Blakefield Highs School and is currently on the boards of LeMoyne College and Christo Rey Jesuit High School. He also serves as Associate Pastor of Saint Pius Parish in Baltimore and as assisting clergy at St Francis Church in Hunt Valley Maryland.

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Photo: Steve Hiniker

Steve Hiniker became executive director of 1000 Friends of Wisconsin in October 2003, but he has been involved with the organization since its inception as one of the organization's founding board members. Prior to joining the 1000 Friends staff, he was executive director of the Wisconsin Citizens Utility Board, a non-profit organization dedicated to representing the interests of residential utility customers. He has also served as the environmental policy coordinator for the city of Milwaukee, where he developed and successfully lobbied for environmental liability reform legislation ("brownfields legislation"), developed pro-transit transportation funding plans and developed the innovative "blue cart" recycling program. His legislative experience includes working with State Senator Joe Strohl, during which time he developed policy for recycling, transportation, air emissions trading and education, and was responsible for all media relations in the office.

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H. Fisk Johnson is the current Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson, the fifth generation Johnson to lead this family company. He's also a working dad who loves spending time with his daughter, as well as being a pilot, scuba diver and skier.

Being the fifth generation to lead a family company comes with a lot of responsibility. It also comes with a great legacy to guide you.

Throughout his life, Fisk grew up steeped in the stories of this family company ? stories about his father, grandfather and previous generations? vision and values, adventures and aspirations. To this, he brought the love of science that he shares with his mom, and in school he earned degrees in chemistry, engineering and physics, as well as business.

SC Johnson also has begun working closely with partners in developing countries to create sustainable and environmentally responsible business opportunities that drive economic growth.

The idea is simple: Partner with local entrepreneurs to create new or more successful enterprises, and the impact ripples throughout the local economy. Help ensure the enterprises are responsible for people and the planet, and we're helping do what's right for future generations. Plus, if the effort helps SC Johnson, then there's a sustainable reason to keep investing.

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Photo: Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.'s reputation as a resolute defender of the environment stems from a litany of successful legal actions. Mr. Kennedy was named one of Time magazine's "Heroes for the Planet" for his success helping Riverkeeper lead the fight to restore the Hudson River. The group's achievement helped spawn more than 130 Waterkeeper organizations across the globe.

Mr. Kennedy serves as Chief Prosecuting Attorney for the Hudson Riverkeeper and President of Waterkeeper Alliance. He is also a Clinical Professor and Supervising Attorney at Pace University School of Law's Environmental Litigation Clinic and is co-host of Ring of Fire on Air America Radio. Earlier in his career he served as Assistant District Attorney in New York City. He has worked on several political campaigns including the presidential campaigns of Edward M. Kennedy in 1980, Al Gore in 2000 and John Kerry in 2004.

He has worked on environmental issues across the Americas and has assisted several indigenous tribes in Latin America and Canada in successfully negotiating treaties protecting traditional homelands. He is credited with leading the fight to protect New York City's water supply. The New York City watershed agreement, which he negotiated on behalf of environmentalists and New York City watershed consumers, is regarded as an international model in stakeholder consensus negotiations and sustainable development. He helped lead the fight to turn back the anti-environmental legislation during the 104th Congress.

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Photo: Jack Kloppenburg

Jack Kloppenburg is a Professor in the Department of Community and Environmental Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is Co-Director of the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, Co-Director of the Program on Agricultural Technology Studies, and Director of the GreenHouse Residential Learning Community. He is also affiliated with the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the Agroecology Program. His research has involved study of the social impacts of biotechnology, the emergence of managed grazing networks in Wisconsin?s dairy industry, and the global controversy over access to and control over genetic resources. In his work on the ?foodshed,? he has envisioned the emergence of a sustainable food system founded on local/regional food production, regional reinvestment of capital, local job creation, the strength of community institutions, and direct democratic participation in the local food economy. He is currently excited by the potential of the growing movement for "food sovereignty" and by the possibilities of applying ?open source? principles in the biosciences. He is a founder and board member of the REAP Food Group, a non-profit organization that publishes an annual Farm Fresh Atlas, organizes an annual Food For Thought Festival, has developed the Wisconsin Homegrown Lunch farm-to school project, and inaugurated a"Buy Fresh, Buy Local" initiative for Southern Wisconsin.

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Photo: Nancy Langston

Nancy Langston is a Professor in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology with a joint appointment in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Center for Culture, History, and Environment, and has an affiliate appointment in the History Department. In March 2009, she finished her term as President of the American Society for Environmental History.

Dr. Langston's initial training was as an ecologist rather than a historian. While on a National Science Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship at the University of Washington, she researched the evolutionary ecology of Carmine bee-eaters nesting along the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe. Langston's experiences in African conservation persuaded her that to understand (and reverse) environmental degradation, we needed to pay much closer attention to human communities. Understanding the historic roots of environmental change became her primary research focus.

Dr. Langston's first book, Forest Dreams, Forest Nightmares (University of Washington Press, 1995) examines the causes of the forest health crisis on western national forests. Her second book, Where Land and Water Meet: A Western Landscape Transformed (University of Washington Press, 2003) focuses on dilemmas over riparian management in the West. Dr. Langston's third book, Toxic Bodies: Hormone Disruptors and the Legacy of DES, was Yale University Press in February 2010. Her current project is Changing Lake Superior: Forest, Fisheries, Global Warming, and Environmental Health.

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Photo: Dick Leinenkugel

Dick Leinenkugel was named by Governor Jim Doyle as the Secretary of the Department of Commerce on September 5, 2008.

Commerce has approximately 400 employees. It provides development assistance in areas such as marketing, business and community finance, exporting, small business advocacy, and manufacturing assessments. The agency issues professional credentials for the construction trades and administers safety and building codes. It also regulates petroleum products and tank systems and administers the Petroleum Environmental Clean-up Fund.

Prior to his appointment, Dick Leinenkugel most recently served as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company. He joined the family business in 1987 and began as a District Sales Manager/Chain Sales Manager.

Before joining the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company, Leinenkugel served as an Officer in the United States Marine Corps. After his enlistment, he worked for a sports marketing firm in Chicago. Leinenkugel also represented Menomonee Falls on the Waukesha Board of Supervisors from 1997 to 2000.

Leinenkugel earned a B.S. in Business Administration and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Marquette University.

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Photo: Biddy Martin

Carolyn "Biddy" Martin began serving as chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison in September 2008.

As provost at Cornell University from 2000-2008, Martin served as the president?s first deputy officer and reported to the president as Cornell's chief educational officer and chief operating officer. She was responsible for overseeing all academic programs, with the exception of those programs reporting to the provost for medical affairs in New York City.

Martin received her Ph.D. in German literature from UW-Madison in 1985. That same year, she joined Cornell?s faculty full time as an assistant professor of German studies and women?s studies. In 1991, she was promoted to associate professor in the Department of German Studies, with a joint appointment in the Women?s Studies Program. She served as chair of the Department of German Studies from 1994-1997, and in 1997 was promoted to full professor in the department. In 1996, she was named senior associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences. Martin was appointed as provost at Cornell University effective July 1, 2000.

Martin is a distinguished scholar of German studies and author of numerous articles and two books ? one on a literary and cultural figure in the Freud circle, Lou Andreas-Salom, and a second on gender theory.

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Photo: Nancy Mathews

Nancy Mathews earned a B.S. in Biology from The Pennsylvania State University in 1980, a M.S. in Forest Biology (Wildlife Management) from State University of New York-College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-CESF) in 1982, and a Ph.D. in Forest Biology (Ecology) from SUNY-CESF in 1989. Dr. Mathews' is currently a Professor in the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at UW-Madison. Her professional interests lie in several major areas: community-based conservation, endangered species management, ungulate ecology, assessments of biodiversity, and ecosystem management. Her current graduate students are conducting research in each of the above areas.

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Photo: William Meadows

Bill Meadows has been President of The Wilderness Society since 1996 and active in conservation for over 30 years. He credits Earth Day, founded by late Senator Gaylord Nelson, as the catalyst for his involvement.

As president he leads a staff of 175 headquartered in Washington, DC and nine regional offices, and acts as the key spokesperson and advocate for The Wilderness Society?s work on Capitol Hill and across the country.

Recognized as a national leader in public land conservation and wilderness preservation, Bill has played an important role in the protection of national forest roadless areas, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and America?s national monuments. Since he took the reins of the organization, more than three million acres of wilderness have been added to the National Wilderness Preservation System. Bill is committed to building partnerships and bringing new constituencies into the wilderness movement -- and believes that helping empower other groups is the key to our own success.

He is a past Chairman of the Green Group, Chairman of the Board of the Campaign for America?s Wilderness and the Partnership Project, and also serves on the boards of the League of Conservation Voters and Island Press.

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Photo: Curt Meine

Curt Meine is a conservation biologist, historian, and writer. He received his bachelor?s degree in English and History from DePaul University in Chicago and his graduate degrees in Land Resources from the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During his conservation career over the last twenty years, Meine has worked on projects involving topics ranging from biodiversity conservation planning, sustainable agriculture, and international development, to crane and wetland conservation, prairie restoration, and development of community-based conservation programs. He has worked in Europe, Asia, and across North America, in partnership with organizations including the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the World Conservation Union, the World Wildlife Fund, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters. He has served on the Board of Governors of the Society of Conservation Biology and on the editorial boards of the journals Conservation Biology and Environmental Ethics.

Meine has edited and authored several books. His biography Aldo Leopold: His Life and Work, published by the University of Wisconsin Press in 1988, was the first full-length biography of Leopold, and was named Book of the Year by the Forest History Society. He has edited the volumes The Essential Aldo Leopold: Quotations and Commentaries and Wallace Stegner and the Continental Vision. His most recent book is Correction Lines: Essays on Land, Leopold, and Conservation (Island Press). Meine is a recipient of the Bay Foundation?s Biodiversity Leadership Award and the Quivira Coalition?s Outstanding Conservation Leadership Award.

In addition to his work with the Center for Humans and Nature, Meine currently serves as Senior Fellow with the Aldo Leopold Foundation in Baraboo, Wisconsin, and as Research Associate with the International Crane Foundation, also located in Baraboo. He is Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is active locally as a founding member of the Sauk Prairie Conservation Alliance in Sauk County, Wisconsin.

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Photo: Jeff Metoxen

Jeff Metoxen is the manager for Tsyunhehkwa (joon-hey-qwa), a culturally and community based agricultural program of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin. The title of the program Tsyunhehkwa, is from the Oneida language, and the loose translation stands for Life Sustenance. The program consists of three components, agricultural, cannery and retail. The Agricultural component is located on a Certified Organic 80-acre site, which provides grass-fed beef, free range poultry, farm fresh eggs and organic produce. The Cannery processes not only our products, but items produced by other areas of the Nation and the Community. They provide our White corn products to the community in soup, bread, meal, flour and mush. Our Retail Store sells our products, including items that we obtain from our various vendors. They assist customers with product selection and provide information on traditional uses of herbs and essential oils, research healthcare topics, and initiate our product development. All components participate in tours and presentations offered, and provide workshops throughout the year on their various specialties and knowledge.

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Photo: Patricia Monahan

Patricia Monahan is the director of the California office and deputy director for Clean Vehicles at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). Ms. Monahan has published numerous studies on the benefits of reducing pollution from cars, trucks, buses, and heavy equipment. She has worked on federal and California-specific legislation and regulations to reduce pollution from vehicles and fuels.

Before joining UCS in 2001, Ms. Monahan spent eight years as a scientist working on air pollution and toxics at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington DC, and San Francisco. She spent several years as an energy analyst at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, where her research encompassed industrial energy use and efficiency, projections of energy use and pollution, and international strategies for reducing heat-trapping gas emissions.

Ms. Monahan has a bachelor's degree in environmental science from the University of California at Berkeley and a master's degree in energy analysis and policy from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

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Gregg Mitman is Interim Director of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. He is also the William Coleman Professor of History of Science and Professor of Medical History and Science & Technology Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research and teaching interests span the history of ecology, nature, and health in twentieth-century America across scientific and popular culture. His most recent book is Breathing Space: How Allergies Shape Our Lives and Landscapes, published by Yale University Press.

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Lisa Naughton is Professor in the Geography Department at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a Senior Research Fellow for the Center of Applied Biodiversity Science of Conservation International. Dr. Naughton has been investigating the social dimensions of biodiversity conservation in the tropics for twenty years and is expert on wildlife management in agroforest ecosystems. She has written over 40 peer-reviewed articles and co-edited a book on African Rainforest Ecology and Conservation published by Yale University Press. In 2003, Dr. Naughton was a Visiting Scientist at Princeton University's Environmental Institute where she studied the impact of forest carbon sequestration projects on biodiversity conservation and local communities. During her 2005-2006 sabbatical, she served as a Fulbright Faculty at Makerere University, Uganda and then as Fulbright-Hays Faculty in Ecuador. She now directs UW-Madison's Land Tenure Center, and Chairs the Graduate Program in Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development.

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John Nelson is a consultant to the design and construction industry, and an adjunct professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

His consultancy focuses on organizational strategy and critical analysis, marketplace strategy, senior personnel mentoring and intervention, and specific project participation. Examples of recent assignments include:

  • Advising a Major Healthcare System on Capital Strategies
  • Supporting WARF on the Wisconsin Institutes of Discovery
  • Advising a National A/E on Engineering Strategies
  • Advising an Environmental Consultancy on Business Strategies

During his tenure in industry, he served as Project Engineer, Department Head, Project Manager, Vice President and Chief Executive Officer at Affiliated Engineers. His background includes design, applications and research experience with dynamic building systems, along with business and project management.

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Photo: Tia Nelson

Tia Nelson was named Executive Secretary of the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands in October 2004. She oversees the management of approximately 78,000 acres of Trust Lands located in northern Wisconsin, the State Trust Fund Loan Program, four Trust Funds valued at over $656 million, and the Original Land Records Program, which includes land survey records dating back to the 1830?s. Since her appointment, she has overseen record Trust Fund earnings totaling $81.7 million to Wisconsin?s public school libraries and a $262.7 million increase in the State Trust Fund Loan Program.

Ms. Nelson was previously with The Nature Conservancy for seventeen years, first in Government Relations and then as Senior Policy Advisor for the Latin America Region. Beginning in 1994 she led The Nature Conservancy?s climate change program. She played a key leadership role in climate change and in developing forest protection and restoration as a climate change mitigation strategy. Ms. Nelson has developed and negotiated climate mitigation projects with industry, environmentalists and numerous governments around the world, including the United States, Belize, Bolivia and Brazil. She has conducted forest carbon workshops around the world and has been a frequent expert speaker on the topic of forest carbon offset trading.

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Photo: Greg Nemet

Greg Nemet is an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and in the La Follette School of Public Affairs. He is also a member of the university's Energy Sources and Policy Cluster. His research and teaching focus on improving understanding of the environmental, social, economic, and technical dynamics of the global energy system. He teaches courses in international environmental policy and energy systems analysis. A central focus of his research involves empirical analysis of the process of innovation and technological change. He is particularly interested in how the outcomes of this line of research can inform public policy related to improvements in low-carbon energy technologies. His work is motivated by a more general interest in issues related to energy and the environment, including how government actions can expand access to energy services while reducing their environmental impacts.

He holds a master's degree and doctorate in energy and resources, both from the University of California, Berkeley. His undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College is in geography and economics.

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Photo: Sonya Newenhouse

Sonya Newenhouse is founder and president of Madison Environmental Group, Inc., a sustainability consulting firm, and Community Car -- Wisconsin?s first Carshare Organization with more than 1200 members and 18 cars. In 2009 Sonya authored a sustainable living book, EnAct: Steps to Greener Living. Dr. Newenhouse enjoys volunteering her time on the boards of the Madison Community Foundation and Sustain Dane. Sonya, a serial eco-entrepreneur, is also developing a line of NewenHouses -- super insulated, sustainable, small kit homes. The prototype will be built in Viroqua WI where she lives part time.

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Erin O'Brien is Policy Director for the Wisconsin Wetlands Association where she has worked since 2004 to improve how federal, state and local governments, and private landowners protect, restore and manage Wisconsin wetlands. Erin has a Masters degree in Land Resources from UW-Madison's Nelson Institute and a Bachelor?s degree from Miami University?s Farmer School of Business. Other relevant conservation experience includes water policy project work for both the River Alliance of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Association of Lakes, and several years? service as the Membership Development Director for the League of American Bicyclists, a national organization that promotes the use of bicycles for transportation.

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Photo: Steven Olikara

Steven Olikara is an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, focusing his research and coursework on global environmental policy, sustainable urban development, and clean vehicle technology. A national Morris K. Udall Scholar, he is the Founder and Executive Director of the Sustainability Leadership Alliance, a think tank for community social innovation and a central conduit for student sustainability initiatives. He also serves on the Task Force spearheading the new UW Campus Sustainability Initiative. As a leader in student government, Steven is the Chair of the Diversity Committee, a frequent speaker and consultant on issues of diversity and campus climate, and a student representative on the Director of Undergraduate Admissions Search and Screen Committee. Off-campus, Steven serves on the Program Committee of Usher's New Look, an Atlanta-based youth empowerment nonprofit, and is an avid jazz musician. This summer, Steven will be interning in Washington D.C.

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Photo: Neil Peters-Michaud

Neil Peters-Michaud is a founder and co-owner of Cascade Asset Management, a Wisconsin based information technology equipment retirement solutions provider. Neil started the company with his partner in April, 1999. Cascade now has sixty-five employees and has processed more than 55 million pounds of unwanted electronics for reuse and recycling over the past ten years. The company also operates facilities in Florida, Indiana and California and services enterprises and institutions across the United States.

Neil has served as a Governor appointed member of the Wisconsin Legislative Council on Recycling, Treasurer of the International Association of Electronics Recyclers, Board Member of the Weinert Applied Ventures and Entrepreneurship program at the University of Wisconsin, and Treasurer of a community based technology development non-profit called DaneNet. He is also traveled twice to Ethiopia as a special consultant for responsible electronics recycling infrastructure development for a World Bank funded project.

Neil holds an MBA and a Bachelors of Science Degree in Philosophy and Environmental Studies from the University of Wisconsin. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin, is married to Jessica, his wife of over 15 years, and has two children.

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Photo: Jeffrey Ripp

Jeffrey Ripp joined the Public Service Commission as Wisconsin?s water conservation coordinator in May 2007. In this role, he assists the Commission in setting water rates, analyzing water policies, identifying strategies to encourage water conservation and efficiency, and coordinating the State?s water conservation programs. Mr. Ripp graduated from the University of Wisconsin ? Madison with an M.S. in water resource management and a B.S. in chemistry and environmental studies. He has experience with a wide range of water, wastewater, and natural resources issues. His previous work includes conducting program evaluations for the Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau, developing fisheries, wildlife, and oceans legislation for the U.S. House of Representatives? Committee on Resources, and working on laboratory certification, safe drinking water, and source water protection issues with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. He is currently assigned to the Wisconsin Office of Recovery and Reinvestment as is responsible for overseeing statewide reporting and accountability related to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

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Photo: Adam Rome

Adam Rome is an environmental historian, and his research focuses on the environmental history of the United States. His first book, which won the OAH?s Frederick Jackson Turner award, explored the relationship between the growth of suburbia after 1945 and the rise of the environmental movement. He also has written about the relationship between the environmental movement and the political, social, and cultural developments of the 1960s. He now is working on two book projects. One is a history of Earth Day 1970, the largest demonstration in American history. The other is a study of environmental reform in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era ? the period when Americans first tried to stop pollution, conserve natural resources, and preserve wild places and wild creatures. In all his work, he has joined environmental history with political, social, and cultural history. From 2002 through 2005, he edited Environmental History, the leading journal in the field.

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Photo: Ella Schwierske

Ella Schwierske B.A. Candidate, Biological Aspects of Conservation and Political Science and Environmental Studies Certificate; Executive Board Member, Environmental Studies Club, UW-Madison.

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Photo: John Seager

John Seager was formerly with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and also served as Chief of Staff, Communications Director and District Director for U.S. Representative Peter H. Kostmayer. He holds a BA in Political Science from Trinity College in Hartford, CT. Mr. Seager was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer effective January 2005.

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Photo: Joe Sensenbrenner

Joe Sensenbrenner has been involved in government and civic affairs for four decades including three terms as Mayor of Madison. His current environmental focus is the Resilience Research Center, a set of partnered activities that explore the interactive potential of a neighborhood support center, intensive urban agriculture (Will Allen and Growing Power), renewable energy applications (MG&E), 120-student project-based eco-focused middle school (Badger Rock Charter School), multi-metric corporate product testing and (related to all activities) the associated sociological impacts (UW-Madison). He is board president of the Center for Resilient Cities, the owner and catalyst of the described site.

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Photo: Mike Splinter

Mike Splinter has been president and chief executive officer of Applied Materials since 2003 and chairman of the board of directors since 2009.

Splinter is a 30-year veteran of the semiconductor industry and has led Applied Materials to record revenue and profits during his tenure. Under his leadership, the company is helping drive global adoption of solar power by enabling a true inflection point in the cost-per-watt of solar energy. An engineer and technologist, Mr. Splinter has been at the forefront of many of the industry?s most significant technology innovations and transitions.

Prior to joining Applied Materials, Splinter was an executive at Intel Corporation. He earned both bachelor of science and master of science degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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Photo: Claire Strader

Claire Strader is the Farm Manager for Troy Community Farm and the founder of Madison FarmWorks. She has worked in organic agriculture for 16 years as a farmer and educator. During her nine years with Community GroundWorks at Troy Gardens she has turned a five-acre parcel of weedy, urban landscape into a highly productive, organic vegetable farm providing food for 140 Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) members, farmers? markets, and several local grocery stores. Through Madison FarmWorks she brings beautiful and productive vegetable gardens right to people?s yards where they supply fresh food for the kitchen. Claire also trains 8 to 12 beginning farmers through the farm?s internship program each year and has graduated 47 interns to date.

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Photo: Susan E. Stratton

Susan E. Stratton joined the Energy Center of Wisconsin as its Executive Director in 2001 bringing with her over 20 years of leadership experience in energy policy. Susan oversees the Center?s overall management and operations. The Energy Center is a non-profit organization that develops solutions to energy challenges that promote economic and environmental sustainability through innovative research and education. The Energy Center serves state and federal government, utilities, foundations, and private clients on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and environmental strategies. Susan served on the Governor?s Task Force on Climate Change and on the Midwestern Governor?s Advisory Committee on Energy Efficiency. She also serves on EPRI?s public advisory committee for its efficiency initiatives and on a National Governors Association Policy Academy on Energy Efficiency. The Energy Center work focuses primarily on accelerating energy efficiency as the first choice for a low-carbon fuel.

For three years prior to her current position, Susan served as the Director of the Wisconsin Public Utility Institute at the University Of Wisconsin School Of Business providing educational forums and events on critical energy and telecommunications issues. From 1987-1998 Susan served as Administrator of the Telecommunications and Electric Divisions of the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin. Susan has also held energy consulting positions in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania and served as a regulator in Virginia.

Susan holds a BA in Economics from LeMoyne College, a MA in Economics from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a MS in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has also completed coursework for the PhD in Business at the UW-Madison. She serves on the Board of Trustees for Le Moyne College.

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Photo: Michael Strigel

Michael Strigel, Executive Director, joined Gathering Waters in 2007 after eight years at the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters where he was Executive Director since 2003. A Wisconsin native, Mike is a graduate of Cornell University with a Bachelor?s degree in Communication and the University of Wisconsin?Madison with a Master?s degree in Land Resources. His previous field experience with The Prairie Enthusiasts, the International Crane Foundation and other organizations has taken him through the prairies, savannas, forests, and wetlands of Wisconsin as well as stints in the forests of southern Oregon and northern California.

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Photo: Dorceta E. Taylor

Dorceta Taylor is the Program Director for the Minority Environmental Leadership Development Initiative (MELDI) at the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment. The three-year-old program is currently hosting the National Summit on Diversity in the Environmental Field. Taylor is also an Associate Professor of Environmental Sociology at the University, where she teaches courses in environmental history, environmental inequality, social theory, gender, and development. She holds a joint appointment in SNRE and in the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan.

Taylor obtained her bachelor's degree in environmental studies and biology from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. She completed all her master's degrees and doctoral studies at Yale University in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and the Department of Sociology. She is member of the board of the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies' Leadership Council. She is a reviewer for the National Science Foundation, the Morris K. Udall Foundation, and the National Research Council.

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Photo: Stanley A. Temple

Stanley A. Temple is the Beers-Bascom Professor Emeritus in Conservation in the University of Wisconsin?s Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, and former Chair of the Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development Program in the UW?s Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. For 32 years he occupied the faculty position once held by Aldo Leopold, and while in that position he received every University of Wisconsin teaching award for which he was eligible. Since his retirement from academia in 2007 he has been a Senior Fellow of the Aldo Leopold Foundation.

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Photo: Triet Tran

Triet Tran is the Southeast Asia program coordinator of the International Crane Foundation, where he oversees crane research and conservation activities in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. He received his Ph.D. in land resources from the Nelson Institute in 1999. Dr. Tran served as dean of Biology Faculty and head of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Science in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. He is a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature?s Commission on Ecosystem Management and Invasive Species Specialist Group.

The United Nations designated 2010 as the International Year of Biodiversity, and Dr. Tran attended the launching ceremony in February in New York, where his work in Vietnam through the Crane Foundation?s Phu My Lepironia Wetland Conservation Project was showcased as a successful example of community-based biodiversity conservation. He added his perspective and expertise to a high-level panel that will help shape the biodiversity conversation for this year and beyond.

Dr. Tran is the new Nelson Institute Land Tenure Center Honorary Fellow for 2010, collaborating with Nelson Institute faculty, staff and students to develop an interdisciplinary Mekong regional study that would involve the Crane Foundation and universities located in the Mekong basin.

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Photo: Adrian Treves

Adrian Treves earned his PhD at Harvard University in 1997 and now teaches courses on conservation biology and conservation of carnivores as an assistant professor in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. He conducts research on wolves and bears in Wisconsin, bears in Ecuador, and big cats in Uganda. In the Carnivore Coexistence Lab, he and his students investigate how to balance the needs of people with carnivore conservation.

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Photo: Kathryn Trudell

Kathryn Trudell leads the marketing activities and strategy for the Environment Sector at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). Before joining EPRI, Trudell conducted environmental impact and feasibility studies for several utility clients in the upper Midwest. Trudell has demonstrated expertise in the environmental aspects of utility facility siting and in environmental regulatory permitting.

Trudell managed several issues for Wisconsin Power & Light Company including electric and magnetic fields, indoor air quality, and radon exposure. Trudell received Bachelor of Science degrees in soil science and in horticulture from the University of Wisconsin. She was awarded a Master of Science degree in soil science with emphasis in soil genesis and natural resources from the University of Wisconsin. She has completed post-graduate coursework in conservation biology and natural system restoration, also at the University of Wisconsin.

Kathryn Trudell will present an update to the comprehensive analysis produced in 2007 by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). This analysis provides a technically and economically feasible roadmap for the electricity sector as it seeks to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions over the next few decades. The Prism analysis provided a comprehensive assessment of potential CO2 reductions in eight key technology areas of the electricity sector. The MERGE analysis identified the economically optimum technology portfolio in response to a given CO2 emissions constraint.

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Photo: Amy Vedder

Amy Vedder is one of the world's foremost experts on wildlife and wilderness conservation and is a passionate advocate for conservation and the importance it plays in our lives. For nearly 25 years, Dr. Amy Vedder has established and managed conservation programs across Africa and the world, seeking to link the value of wildlife conservation to values recognized by people.

Dr. Amy Vedder's ground-breaking work on the ecology of gorillas and the creation of the Mountain Gorilla Project is the basis of her newly released book, In the Kingdom of Gorillas: Fragile Species in a Dangerous Land, which she co-authored with her husband Bill Weber. This work set the stage for her career which has spanned 25 nations on three continents. In the Kingdom of Gorillas includes compelling personal accounts of Dr. Amy Vedder's intimate experiences studying a family of wild mountain gorillas: coming to know their individual personalities, documenting their survival needs, and being accepted as a rather unusual member of the family. The book also portrays the challenge of conservation in Rwanda, a nation confronting poverty, illiteracy, and overpopulation. Drs. Vedder and Weber's pioneering ecotourism program, established to benefit both people and gorillas, stood the test of war and genocide during the 1990s, and provides the basis for a guardedly optimistic outlook on the future of this highly endangered animal.

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Photo: Dan Vimont

Dan Vimont joined the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2003. Vimont has a broad set of research interests that generally focus on understanding mechanisms of climate variability and climate change, interactions between weather and climate, and global and regional impacts of climate change. In support of these research interests he uses observational analyses, designed experiments using models of varying complexity, simple and advanced statistical techniques, and theoretical analyses. Vimont received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 2002 under the direction of David Baitishi and Ed Sarachik. After a brief post-doctoral appointment at the Joint Institute for Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean and the Columbia University Earth Institute he came to UW-Madison where he joined the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences and the Nelson Institute?s Center for Climatic Research. At UW-Madison Vimont has developed both an independent research program and a number of collaborative efforts with scientists in and outside of Madison.

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Rebecca Wodder is the President of American Rivers and leads in protecting and restoring America?s rivers and engaging communities nationwide in improving the health of their rivers. Rebecca joined American Rivers in 1995. Prior to that, she spent fourteen years at The Wilderness Society working to restore and protect wild lands. Rebecca began her environmental work in Washington, D.C. as environmental legislative aide to Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, founder of Earth Day.

Wodder has a B.S. in Biology and a B.G.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Kansas, M.S. in Landscape Architecture and M.S. in Water Resources Management from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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Photo: Dan York

Dan York is the Utilities Program Deputy Director for the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). He researches, analyzes, and writes about energy efficiency policy and program issues for electric and natural gas utilities. Example projects include studies of energy efficiency program best practices and tracking of state-level energy efficiency program trends. York joined ACEEE in 2001 with more than 15 years of experience in the energy efficiency field, including five years as a senior project manager at the Energy Center of Wisconsin. He was a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Oslo--Center for Development and Environment in conjunction with his University of Wisconsin-Madison dissertation research in 1989-90.

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David Zaks is a graduate student in the Nelson Institute's Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment. His research examines the intersection of agriculture, climate change and international trade. David earned his undergraduate degree from the Lyman Briggs School of Science at Michigan State University in environmental science and management and his master's in Land Resources from the Nelson Institute. With the blessings of his committee (and a lot of hard work) David will complete the requirements of his PhD in one year.

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Photo: Anna Zeide

Anna Zeide has spent the last four years in Madison thinking about, admiring, growing, and loving food. She's now beginning work on a dissertation looking at the history of canned food in America and how people came to see this opaque metal container, packed in an unknown place by an unknown canner, as something that was safe, healthy, and desirable to eat. She has also worked as a Garden Educator and community liaison with Community GroundWorks at Troy Gardens, a local nonprofit that focuses on community-based food production, natural areas restoration management, and education.