12th Annual Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference
8:00AM, Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center
Communities across the country and world are finding themselves faced with opportunities that require novel approaches and collaborative problem-solving, especially as they strive to develop inclusive and sustainable environments. Creativity and innovation, supported by technology and advanced via passionate grassroots engagement, are the tools that are making a difference. Leadership and vision are not tied to geography, income, race, education, or sector. People around the world, of all ages and abilities, are imagining new solutions and affecting real change. Our 2018 conference, Up for the Challenge: Innovation for People, Places and the Planet, will explore challenges and solutions through local and global lenses. Conference sessions will explore the interconnectedness of environmental quality, economic development, social justice, and public health. Speakers will provide a window into how decision-ready science is influencing conservation and corporate leadership and driving innovative responses, adaptations, and solutions to myriad issues, including those affecting agriculture and energy storage, and especially those brought on by climate change. We hope you will join us for a day of learning and inspiration!


Chat & Chew with Brian Holmes
3:30PM, University Club 313
Join us for a conversation with Brian Holmes to learn about his work, think about mapping, and share knowledge about the Kickapoo Valley. Brian will also present April 23rd 1:45-3:00 pm on a panel "Let’s Talk About the Environment: Storytelling, Aesthetics, and the Politics of Transformation" at the Nelson Institute's Earth Day Event. Brian Holmes is an essayist, researcher, and artist-cartographer. Over the last twenty years, his essays on art and political economy have been distributed, translated and read around the world. Brian is a member of the groups Deep Time Chicago and Compass and a collaborator of Hau der Kulturen dr Wel, Berlin, for their Anthropocene Curriculum program. His current work can also be viewed at Ecotopia Today (http://www.ecotopia.today/).


Place-Based Workshop 2018
8:00AM, * *
Our annual Place-Based Workshop, a multi-day program involving field trips and overnight stays, will be held on the theme "Animating the Landscape" in 2018. This workshop will run May 14-18, and is open to CHE Associates. For more information about getting involved in the planning of this workshop, please see our Place-Based Workshop page.