Exploring what is possible and desirable for the future can improve decision-making and help build resilience. One tool to assist long-term thinking is scenarios, fictional but plausible stories about the future.
Yahara 2070 is a set of scenarios that look to the future of the Madison area. Through science and story, they can guide discussion about what kind of future we want, and how can we get there. We will engage in such a discussion at this workshop-style session.
Through stories of solutions based conservation this panel brings together leading conservation practitioners (local and global) to talk about how they use science to inform their work on the ground. By putting science to work conservation practitioners are solving some of the worlds most pressing environmental challenges.
Nelson Institute graduate students conduct research on a wide range of topics - future energy resources, health, wildlife habitat, food systems, toxicology, environmental history and much more. A select group of students working on masters and doctoral degrees will provide quick overviews of their work.
Climate change involves serious and broad implications for human health. The University of Wisconsin-Madison's Global Health Institute (GHI) is a leader in discovering, quantifying, and promoting the co-benefits of climate change mitigation actions as medical professionals around the world find themselves at the front lines of dealing with climate change impacts. The approaches for adapting to the expected adverse health outcomes have progressed from simply addressing direct impacts such as heat exhaustion to holistic thinking that improves systems and capitalizes on synergies to ensure lasting success. This session will demonstrate how expanded considerations and deeper integration of environmental science in existing systems simultaneously offer solutions to immediate public health concerns while reducing impacts on the climate.
This session will explore how diverse commitments to values intersect when we try to solve environmental problems. Panelists will provide examples of global communities that are developing practical environmental ethics in response to realities such as pesticide use and transportation. Starting with these examples in the US and abroad, we will discuss how shared religious truths and scientific narratives shape the ethics around difficult environmental choices.
This session will feature speakers from WI businesses that are strategically preparing for a changed natural world in the near future. Whether its increased raw material costs, more difficulty finding clean water or dealing with a customer base that wants to know how a supply chain is engaged in addressing the natural world, these speakers will provide real examples about how serious business is about changes to the natural world.
This session, organized by the Office of Sustainability, will explore water consumption at individual and institutional levels. The panel will explore drinking water infrastructure, describe how water consumption patterns vary across the United States, and explain post-consumption water treatment techniques used by the city of Madison. Panelists will also explore threats to water quality and the sustainability of our drinking water supply in the face of climate change. The discussion will include an overview of sources of institutional water waste and current water conservation efforts at UW–Madison, highlighting how these practices contribute to campus sustainability goals, including the role individuals play and how they can decrease their water consumption.
This panel will examine the most recent National Climate Assessment and explore its projections and implications for Wisconsin and the Midwest, including likely impacts on regional water resources, agriculture and forests. The panel will also discuss potential adaptation measures.
The primary mission of the Nelson Institute Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE) is to produce policy-relevant environmental science. Please join SAGE Profs. Holly Gibbs, Tracey Holloway, Greg Nemet and Mutlu Ozdogan to learn about tools, approaches, findings and multi-dimensional wisdom gained from the pursuit of this goal.
What is the role of science in ensuring healthy aquatic ecosystems and clean, abundant water supplies for Wisconsin? Join the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters as it brings together four leading experts in economics, science, and policy to explore answers to this question. The panel will discuss the underlying drivers that shape our relationship with water and water management in the state, and the various roles that research and data play in how we think about water and make decisions. We hope to provide a source of common ground and shared ideas for maintaining our state’s rich water resources and essential ecosystems through sound science.
Social equity and sustainability are sometimes seen as providing separate or even competing goals and actions, whereas in fact they are both critical to achieving healthy and thriving communities for everyone over the long term. A key challenge is finding innovative ways for organizations and individuals to work together in a culturally competent way for broader and deeper impact in advancing community goals for both social equity and sustainability. In this interactive session, we will provide examples of initiatives in Milwaukee and Madison that aim to meet this challenge; identify resources available to build capacity within under-resourced neighborhoods and populations; and explore how these resources might be more effectively aligned to create well-being for all, now and into the future.
The overall prevalence of extreme weather across the country has been increasing in recent years, along with billion-dollar weather disasters. Identifying how shifts in the likelihood of extreme events are affected by climate change is an urgent scientific question, while determining how to mitigate the risks and costs associated with extreme weather events is a critical concern for the private sector. The insurance industry is highly involved in responding to weather extremes and has developed sophisticated risk management strategies to deal with them. How can risk management approaches used by insurance and reinsurance companies be adapted to address impacts produced by on-going change in the climate system, including extreme weather events? How can these risk-management approaches be better informed by the latest knowledge on climate science? This panel brings together experts in climate change and risk management to explore these questions.
Major cities are becoming proving grounds for efforts to develop sustainable energy systems, efficient transportation, affordable housing, improved public health and other services and amenities. Real-world examples from Chicago and Detroit show how climate change adaptation and the urban agriculture movement can make our cities safer, healthier and more livable.
Dr. Tyson argues that science provides our most successful means of decoding and protecting nature. He will explore the social, cultural and political forces that stimulate or thwart this moving frontier and what this bodes for the future of nations and our species, including commentary on the state of science in America today.
Monday, April 20, 2015
Monona Terrace Community
and Convention Center
The check-in/registration counter will remain open throughout the day.
Exhibit Area Opens
Continental breakfast will be available in exhibit area from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m.
, Director, Nelson Institute, UW-Madison
Creating More Livable Cities:
Lessons from Chicago and Detroit
, Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies and Community and Environmental Sociology, UW-Madison
, President and Co-Founder, Center for Neighborhood Technology (view presentation
Refreshment Break and Exhibits
Yahara 2070: Exploring Possible Futures through Science and Story
- Jenny Seifert (facilitator), Science Writer/Outreach Coordinator, Water Sustainability and Climate Project
- Chris Kucharik (facilitator), Associate Professor, Nelson Institute Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment and Agronomy, Lead Principal Investigator of the Water Sustainability and Climate Project
- Eric Booth (facilitator), Assistant Scientist, Water Sustainability and Climate Project
Climate Change and Health: From Local to Global
- Jason Vargo (moderator), Assistant Scientist, Nelson Institute and the Global Health Institute, UW-Madison
- Maggie Grabow, Postdoctoral Fellow, Global Health Institute, UW-Madison
- Valerie Stull, PhD Student, Nelson Institute, UW-Madison
- Jonathan Patz, Director, Global Health Institute and Professor at the Nelson Institute and School of Medicine and Public Health, UW-Madison
Business Preparation for a Changing Natural World
- Tom Eggert (moderator), Senior Lecturer, Business Sustainability, Nelson Institute, UW-Madison
- Eric Apfelbach, CEO, ZBB Energy Corporation
- David Dybdahl, President, American Risk Management Resources Network, LLC
- Larry Waukau, Board of Directors, Menominee Tribal Enterprises
Linking Sustainability Science, Technology and Policy at SAGE
- Carol Barford (moderator), Director, Nelson Institute Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE), UW-Madison
- Holly Gibbs, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and Geography, UW-Madison
- Tracey Holloway, Professor of Environmental Studies, UW-Madison
- Greg Nemet, Associate Professor of Public Affairs and Environmental Studies, UW-Madison
- Mutlu Ozdogan, Associate Professor of Forest Ecology and Environmental Studies, UW-Madison
Sustainability, Social Equity and Well-Being
- Jim Lorman (moderator), Edgewood College Sustainability Leadership Graduate Program
- Peng Her, Center for Resilient Cities
- Geraldine Paredes Vásquez, Racial Justice Associate, YWCA Madison
- Monica White, Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies and Community and Environmental Sociology, UW-Madison
Insuring Future Resilience: Risk Management Strategies in a Changing Climate
- Jack Williams (moderator), Director, Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research and Professor of Geography, UW-Madison
- Joseph Gates, Catastrophe Management Director, American Family Insurance
- Joan Schmit, Professor, Actuarial Science, Risk Management and Insurance, UW-Madison
- Jim Swanke, Lecturer, Actuarial Science, Risk Management and Insurance, UW-Madison
- Steve Vavrus, Senior Scientist, Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research, UW-Madison
Meeting Emerging Conservation Challenges: Putting Science to Work
- Janet Silbernagel (moderator), Director, Environmental Conservation Program, Nelson Institute, UW-Madison
- David Drake, UW-Madison Forest and Wildlife Ecology; UW Extension
- Miguel Morales, Director of Conservation Strategies; Conservation International
- Mary Jean Huston, State Director, The Nature Conservancy
Wisconsin Ideas: A Creative Look at Graduate Research in the Nelson Institute
- Sagan Friant, Ph.D. Candidate, Environment and Resources; Vulnerability to Zoonotic Pathogens in Nigerian Primates and People
- Caitlin Iverson, Ph.D. Candidate, Environment and Resources; Well-being in the Workplace: Why Do Businesses Embrace Mindfulness
- Francis Eanes, Ph.D. Candidate, Environment and Resources; Mobile tools for incorporating community knowledge and values in natural resource decision making
- Aleia McCord, Ph.D. Candidate, Environment and Resources, and Anna Meding, Nelson Institute undergraduate; It’s Only Waste if You Waste It
- Jack Buchanan, Ph.D. Candidate, Environment and Resources; Transdisciplinarity in Sustainability Studies
- Tom Bryan, M.S. Candidate, Environment and Resources, and Kata Dósa, Ph.D. Candidate, Environment and Resources; Developing Carbon Literacy and Life Cycle Perspectives in an Introductory Environmental Science Class
- Christine Scott Thomson, Ph.D. Candidate, Environment and Resources; Carbon Positive Approaches
Science, Religion and Environmental Ethics
- Anna Gade (moderator), Professor, Nelson Institute, UW-Madison
- Laura Hartman, Associate Professor of Religion, Augustana College
- Patty Loew, Professor, Life Sciences Communication, UW-Madison
- Lisa Sideris, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Indiana University
Climate Adaptation in Wisconsin and the Midwest: Implications from the National Climate Assessment
- Michael Notaro (moderator), Associate Director and Senior Scientist, Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research, UW-Madison
- Daniel Vimont (moderator), Associate Professor, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences and the Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research, UW-Madison
- Bill Bland, Professor and Chair, Soil Science, UW-Madison
- Sheila O'Brien, National Climate Assessment
- Adena Rissman, Assistant Professor, Forest and Wildlife Ecology, UW-Madison
Science and Decision-Making: Are We Safeguarding Wisconsin’s Waters?
- Jane Elder (moderator), Executive Director, Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters
- Meredith Keller (moderator), Initiatives Director, Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters
- Rich Bishop, Emeritus Professor, Agriculture and Applied Economics, UW-Madison
- Stephen Born, Emeritus Professor, Urban and Regional Planning and Environmental Studies, UW-Madison
- Charles Dunning, Supervisory Hydrologist, Wisconsin Water Science Center, US Geological Survey
- Sarah Williams, Staff Attorney, Midwest Environmental Advocates
Forward to Zero Waste
- Olivia Sanderfoot (moderator), Student Leader and Student Programs Coordinator, Office of Sustainability, UW-Madison
- Greg Harrington, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UW-Madison
- Michael Mucha, Chief Engineer and Director, Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District
- Ned Paschke, Program Director, Professor of Engineering Practice, College of Engineering, UW–Madison
Refreshment Break and Exhibits
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