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MARCH 31, 2016
Green Germany: A packaging-free perspective on grocery shopping
Imagine that you no longer have a trash can. There is no place to throw away waste inside of your home, and no trash bin outside that you can set on your curb for your municipality to collect for you. Every piece of garbage that you would normally throw in the trash and forget about is now strewn about your home, dispersed among your food, clothes and furniture. You’d probably eventually get sick of the trash, dig some holes in your backyard and fill those with the waste, but what happens when you run out of space there? You’d quickly realize that your backyard is finite, and instead of thinking of different places you could put your waste, you might start brainstorming ways you could cut it off at the source.


MARCH 30, 2016
Win a selection of books from noted authors speaking at Earth Day conference
To celebrate the stories and perspectives being shared at the tenth annual Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference on April 25, the institute will randomly select five conference attendees who will each receive a collection of five books by featured speakers David Quammen, Carolyn Finney, Andrew Revkin, Kimberly Blaeser, and Michael Shellenberger.


MARCH 30, 2016
No snow, no hares: Climate change pushes emblematic species north
If there is an animal emblematic of the northern winter, it is the snowshoe hare. A forest dweller, the snowshoe hare is named for its big feet, which allow it to skitter over deep snow to escape lynx, coyotes and other predators. It changes color with the seasons, assuming a snow-white fur coat for winter camouflage.


MARCH 29, 2016
McKinley, expert in ocean-carbon interplay and climate change, named Bryson Professor
For Galen McKinley, big questions about the Earth’s climate can be found in the oceans. Chipping away at what we don't yet know about the water that covers nearly three-quarters of the planet has become her work’s focus.


MARCH 29, 2016
Sustainability advocate, corporate leader and restoration ecologist honored with Nelson Institute alumni awards
An advocate for sustainability and social equity, a corporate leader connecting the health of people and the environment, and a distinguished professor and restoration ecologist have been named recipients of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies’ third annual alumni awards, established in 2014 to spotlight the accomplishments of the institute’s nearly 4,000 alumni.


MARCH 28, 2016
Nelson Institute researchers receive GHI awards to prevent spread of disease, cut carbon emissions
A Nelson Institute graduate student and a faculty affiliate are among the UW-Madison investigators to receive awards from the Global Health Institute (GHI), it was announced March 28.


MARCH 17, 2016
Fact, fiction or just plain fun? Ten things to know about historic Science Hall
Hoax or horror? Reality or imagination? The tales of UW-Madison’s Science Hall are as tall as its towering, castle-like walls at the base of Bascom Hill.


MARCH 4, 2016
Sustainable Sweden
No society is sustainable because they want to be. Switching from a petroleum-based economy to one based on renewables is expensive and a big adjustment, and as a person who is still adjusting to living in a different country, I completely understand why big changes are scary. So then why are societies making the switch?