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APRIL 30, 2019
The Year of the Environment Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Nelson Institute and Earth Day
The Year of the Environment Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Nelson Institute and Earth Day On Monday, April 22, 2019, the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies launched the Year of the Environment, a year-long celebration recognizing the 50th anniversary of the Nelson Institute and the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. The launch took place at the annual Earth Day Conference, where former Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold and former Wisconsin Congressman Thomas Petri opened the event with a special conversation regarding the bi-partisan efforts that led to the development of Earth Day, including those of Earth Day founder and Nelson Institute namesake, Gaylord Nelson. Former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson also addressed the audience via a pre-recorded video message. Over the next year, the Nelson Institute invites you to join us in commemorating these milestones by participating in celebrations, special events, and public lectures, which can be viewed here. We also invite you to become a part of the Earth Day legacy by making a gift in honor of the upcoming 50th anniversary. Your support will ensure that the Nelson Institute remains a vibrant, active, intellectual, and community-centric hub. It will also allow us to continue to pursue new opportunities, address strategic priorities, and enhance and expand our teaching, research, and public service roles, including the Earth Day Conference. Gifts in any amount are needed and appreciated!


APRIL 29, 2019
Mastering Water Resources Management
From a young age, Water Resources Management (WRM) graduate, Bridget Faust had an interest in policy. From marching with her family in campaign parades as a little girl to spending time at her family’s cabin on a lake in Northern Wisconsin, Faust was encouraged to think about how people and policies were impacting natural resources. So, when it was time to select a major in college Faust decided to combine her passion for policy with her passion for the environment into a degree that would allow her to make an impact, earning a bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences, policy and management and a minor in political science at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.


APRIL 26, 2019
Rethinking the economy to protect the environment
The 2019 Sustainable Success lecture series brought together industry and government experts to discuss the benefits and challenges of a circular economy. Hosted by the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the Grainger Center for Supply Chain Management, the panel titled, "Business not as usual: Stewards of a sustainable circular economy the financial and environmental benefits of a circular economy,” included Mathy Stanislaus, a Circular Economy Fellow at the World Resources Institute, Jeff Zeman, the Principal Environmental Engineer at Kohler Company, and Brian Wycklendt, the Director of Lead and Recycling Strategy at Johnson Controls, Inc.


APRIL 25, 2019
Elders-in-Residence Program brings Leland Wigg Ninham to campus
During the week of April 8, 2019, the University of Wisconsin–Madison hosted certified Peacemaker Leland Wigg Ninham as the second Elder-in-Residence. A Tribal Judge for the Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin for 14 years and a faculty member for the National Judicial College in Nevada, Ninham utilizes his experience as a Peacemaker to help others learn to interact and manage conflict in respectful ways.


APRIL 23, 2019
Nelson Institute student receives Udall Scholarship
Nelson Institute undergraduate, Carly Winner has been named a recipient of a 2019 Udall Scholarship, a national honor that recognizes leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to the environment or American Indian communities. The scholarship provides up to $7,000 for a recipient’s junior or senior year, which Winner plans to use to further her efforts to promote egalitarian learning opportunities and learning spaces so that all children have access to environmental education and the outdoors. An environmental studies student at the Nelson Institute, Winner is also a member of the Community Environmental Scholars Program (CESP) which is "designed for students who want to link their passion for the environment with a commitment to the community." CESP co-director, Cathy Middlecamp supported Winner in her efforts by writing a letter of recommendation. Middlecamp says, Winner is a "talented undergraduate here at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she has much to offer as a person, as a student majoring in science, and as a future teacher.” CESP co-director, Rob Beattie, was also complimentary of Winner, stating, "When Carly applied to CESP we asked her why she wanted to be in a program linking environment and community. She said, 'I have a passion for doing work that has a meaning and has results that you can see. Being a mentor, educator, conservationist, and activist for my community is the most important thing to me.’ With focus like that we jumped at the chance to get Carly involved in CESP. We’re thrilled that this scholarship from the Udall Foundation recognizes Carly’s growing capabilities as an environmental leader - it is an honor she definitely deserves.” Read more.


APRIL 11, 2019
Nelson Institute graduate students connect Wisconsin farmers to new ideas for land management
Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies graduate students, Diane Mayerfeld and Keefe Keeley, are working with farmers across Wisconsin to improve profits and land conditions through the use of silvopasture. The integration of woodland management and grazing, silvopasture can help with control of brush such as buckthorn, provide animals with shade and it has financial benefits, particularly under Wisconsin tax laws. As a part their research, Mayerfeld is investigating the impacts of silvopasture on the soil and animal welfare, while Keeley is working with farmers to implement silvopastures and track outcomes. Read more.


APRIL 11, 2019
New graduate certificate and PhD minor in Community-Engaged Scholarship for fall 2019
New graduate certificate and PhD minor in Community-Engaged Scholarship


APRIL 11, 2019
Nelson Institute to offer Indigenous Peoples and the Environment course in summer 2019
Faculty Associate for Native Nations Partnerships, Jessie Conaway will be teaching the online course, Indigenous Peoples and the Environment, from May 28 to June 23, 2019. The course will focus on Native American perspectives, conservation practices, and policy environments through consideration of U.S. and international case studies. The course will discuss diverse outlooks on identities, worldviews, and environmental governance as well as the complex meanings of indigeneity in the US. Read more.


APRIL 9, 2019
Paul Robbins promoted to dean of Nelson Institute
The Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies is proud to announce that Paul Robbins has received the title of Dean. Formerly, the Director of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, this title change showcases the important role the Institute plays as a division of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Chancellor Rebecca Blank and Provost Sarah Mangelsdorf also stated that this title change is a reflection of Robbin’s "outstanding leadership and strategic vision.” Read More.


APRIL 1, 2019
Nelson Institute students among the recipients of the Arboretum Research Fellowship
Two Nelson Institute graduate students are among the recipients of the Arboretum Research Fellowship. Liz Anna Kozik, a PhD student at the Nelson Institute, has been awarded a fellowship in Science Communication with one year of support for her work studying the role of visual communication in engaging the public on conservation and restoration. Additionally, Theresa Vander Woude, a Master’s candidate with Nelson Institute, who also has a joint thesis with the Department of Life Sciences Communication, has been awarded a research fellowship with one year of support for her research into community engagement in watershed management. Read more.