MAY 29, 2020
University of Wisconsin-Madison program partners with local communities to foster growth, resilience, and sustainability
The beginning of 2020 is off to a strong start for UniverCity Alliance (UCA), a University of Wisconsin-Madison program that partners with local communities to foster growth, resilience, and sustainability. Within the first few months of the year, the program has made significant strides forward in supporting its existing community partners while also actively building new ones. From hosting a follow-up evaluation session with the City of Monona to understand its program impacts three years out to scoping events with seven new local government partners, the UCA team has been interacting with communities across the state.

MAY 26, 2020
SAGE associate professor and Geography graduate research fellow publish three papers on carbon stocks
Nelson Institute Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE) associate professor of Geography, Holly Gibbs and Department of Geography graduate research fellow and ecologist, Seth Spawn have published three papers in conjunction with a set of new maps showing carbon stocks of all of the world’s living above and below ground biomass for the year 2010.

MAY 18, 2020
Nelson alumni highlighted in The Capital City Hues
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, The Capital City Hues recently highlighted several Nelson Institute alumni and students from diverse personal and educational backgrounds. This is a continuing series with more to come in the next few months, so please check back for additional stories.

MAY 7, 2020
Investors see green as renewable energy expands
As global temperatures continue to rise, renewable energies such as solar and wind present some of the most promising ways to reduce carbon emissions and curb the effects of climate change. But while environmentalists have long touted renewables as sustainable alternatives to coal and oil, there is now also a strong economic argument to be made for the development of green energy. At a recent Sustainable Success webinar titled The Business of Renewable Energy, the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and its partners at the Wisconsin School of Business hosted a conversation with two field experts who shared how renewable energies are emerging as profitable economic investments, paving the way for a more sustainable future.

MAY 7, 2020
Nelson student awarded the 2020 National Geographic Early Career Grant
Nelson Institute Environment and Resources Master’s student Allison Rogers has been awarded the National Geographic Society Early Career Grant and named a 2020 National Geographic Explorer in support of her community-based conservation research in Uganda.

MAY 6, 2020
Maintaining a positive learning community during COVID-19
As the COVID-19 pandemic has required a shift to virtual education, Nelson Institute faculty and staff have been working hard to move courses online while maintaining a sense of community. The quick shift brought about challenges for students and instructors, but both have been finding ways to create learning opportunities and meaningful engagement in an ever-changing time.

MAY 5, 2020
Nelson Institute and Native Nations partnerships expands
Although it has been nearly a year since the dedication of the "Our Shared Future” heritage marker on Bascom Hill, the university is continuing to honor its commitment to the Ho-Chunk Nation through a variety of events and educational programing. The marker, which recognizes the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus as ancestral Ho-Chunk land and acknowledges the actions that led to the tribe’s forced removal, has been traveling across campus, presenting many schools, colleges, and units the opportunity to increase indigenous engagement and learning. For the Nelson Institute, hosting the marker at Science Hall set the stage for a four-part Our Shared Future lecture series, in which tribal leaders from across the state were invited to present on tribal histories and indigenous geographies throughout Wisconsin. Funded by a grant from the Educational Innovation Initiative, the lecture series aimed to engage students and community members in deep indigenous learning while also building respectful partnerships with Native Nations.

MAY 4, 2020
Earth Day@50 Arts Initiative includes virtual galleries
As the Year of the Environment nears its end, we extend our deepest gratitude to all who joined this celebration by participating in the Earth Day@50 – Arts Initiative. Throughout this year-long initiative, artists, environmentalists, and community members of all kinds came together to honor the past fifty years of environmental stewardship through the power of artistic expression.

MAY 1, 2020
Merging politics and the planet
Nelson Institute alumni are continuing to make a difference near and far, including recent graduate and Madison local, Harrison Rayment who is utilizing his degree in environmental studies and political science to expand environmental legislation here in Madison. His experiences at Nelson Institute and his work as a legislative aid in the Wisconsin State Capital have further encouraged Rayment to seek out opportunities to advocate for the environment, particularly as it relates to global climate change and the controversy that surrounds it.