The Nelson Institute strives to be an inclusive community working to identify equitable and socially just environmental solutions.
Over the summer of 2021, undergraduate student Alyse Bartol completed a three-week field course with the Wild Rockies Field Institute, a program where students learn about complex social and environmental issues while roughing it outdoors.
Nelson Institute alumna Kayla Wandsnider is taking an environmental approach to urban planning.
Studies indicate that land use change is a driver of zoonotic pathogen spillover, or the transmission of pathogens from wild animals to humans, which can result in pandemics and other human health crises.
In 1939, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Louis Bromfield moved to a rundown farm in Richland County, Ohio where his new, sustainable farming methods transformed the land into “the most famous farm in the world,” and changed the future of agriculture.
Explore how a new collaboration is helping to address deforestation and its links to meat and leather supply chains during the Sustainable Success Lecture on February 24, 2022, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. CT.
A Kemper J. Knapp grant has been awarded to Nelson Institute Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE) and Department of Geography professor Holly Gibbs and PhD student Jules Reynolds to support their work with Wisconsin communities through UniverCity Alliance.
Nelson Institute PhD candidate and Carnivore Coexistence Lab member, Naomi Louchouarn was recently featured on CBC Radio, where she discussed her research into the use of non-lethal wolf management methods on cattle ranches.
Nelson Institute student Eryne Jenkins was recently featured in On Wisconsin Magazine.
Collaborators from the Nelson Institute have contributed to a new commentary in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health that identifies several solutions that will limit global warming and improve human health.
Explore the life and legacy of Madison-based builder-developer Marshall Erdman with Anna Andrzejewski, director of the Nelson Institute Center for Culture, History, and Environment (CHE) and Bradshaw Knight Professor of Environmental Humanities on February 16, 2022, from 11:45 a.m.–1 p.m., at Union South. Andrzejewski, will be speaking as a part of the event, Madison Made: Marshall Erdman’s Contributions to Postwar Architecture.
Explore Emily Ford’s experience as the first woman and person of color to embark on a thru-hike of the Ice Age Trail in winter during the Nelson Institute Tales from Planet Earth Film series screening and discussion of Breaking Trail.
Nearly 6,000 miles separates the United States and the West African country of Liberia, but their histories are forever intertwined.
Nelson Institute Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE) and Department of Forest & Wildlife Ecology assistant professor, Zuzana Buřivalová is the 2021 recipient of the Nature Award for Driving Global Impact (DGI).
Finding the best way to provide electricity while minimizing harm to the environment is an important goal for Nelson Institute Board of Visitors (BOV) member, Katherine Gensler.
Tropical forests of the Amazon and temperate forests of northwestern North America are just a few of the Earth’s ecosystems that contain climate-critical stores of carbon.
After more than 40 years of collaboration, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) are officially partnering on a variety of policy-relevant projects related to energy, climate, air quality, and more.
Using satellite data to expand sustainable farming is just one of the ways that Nelson Institute alumna Aparna Phalke is helping to improve global food security.
Yuill, a former Nelson professor and director emeritus, played a key role in establishing a strong partnership between the Nelson Institute and University of Guadalajara.
From providing habitat for a variety of animals to helping to store carbon, grassland provides benefits for humans, animals, and the planet.
Can clean energy solutions like solar power and electric cars help us breathe easier?
Patz, a Nelson Institute affiliate, will leave his position in July 2022 to focus more on climate change and planetary health.
As a rower for the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s women’s rowing team, undergraduate student Alexandra Bogner spends a lot of time on Madison’s lakes.
The 2021 Laudise Medal from the International Society for Industrial Ecology has been awarded to Andrea Hicks, who serves as a Nelson Institute affiliate, director of Sustainability Education and Research, Hanson Family Fellow in Sustainability, and associate professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
The Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies is pleased to announce the launch of the Global Ark Project Fund, thanks to the generous support of Kathy and Bjorn Borgen.