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Sponsorship Opportunities

The Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference gathers people from all sectors – college students and faculty, government officials, business leaders, non-profit advocates, K-12 educators and the public – to learn from leading experts, and from each other. This accessible and welcoming community event – organized as a “teach-in” in the spirit of the first Earth Day -- creates an unusual blend of perspectives, highlighting fresh ideas and solutions to our most daunting environmental challenges.

This event has previously featured distinguished leaders, innovators and visionaries such as Neil deGrasse Tyson, Jane Goodall, Celine Cousteau Margaret Atwood, Julia Alvarez, and the former prime minister of Bhutan, Lyonpo Yeshi Zimba.

Meet Our 2018 Sponsors


Sal and Judy Troia
Laurie Carlson Progressive Ideas Forums
Carrie Lee Nelson and Family
Madison Gas & Electric
Alliant Energy
Pat and Dan Cornwell


Carleton Holstrom & Mary Beth Kineke – Holstrom-Kineke Environmental Studies Fund


International Division University of Wisconsin–Madison


American Family Insurance
Wisconsin Public Radio


Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
Office of Sustainability
COWS–Center on Wisconsin Strategy
Global Health Institute
Outrider Foundation
Lands' End Outfitters


Gathering Waters
Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin
Sustain Dane Live Forward
Aldo Leopold Nature Center
Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research
Nelson Institute Energy Analysis and Policy Program
Nelson Institute Center for Culture, History, and Environment
Nelson Institute Land Tenure Center
Nature Net
Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council
City of Madison
Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment Nelson Institute
Science is Fun
Edgewood College
Inpro Corporation
American Transmission Company
Inpro Corporation
Wisconsin Energy Institute
Grainger Center for Supply Chain Management Wisconsin School of Business
Isthmus Madison
Social Innovation and Sustainability Leadership Graduate Program Edgewood College
Madison College


1000 Friends of Wisconsin
Fairshare Coalition
Morgridge Center for Public Service
Reap Food Group
Sierra Club
Center for the Humanities
Wisconsin Alumni Foundation and Alumni Association
Wisconsin Wetlands Association
International Crane Foundation
Arts Institute University of Wisconsin–Madison
Milwaukee Public Radio
Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
UW Office of Community Relations
Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
Wisconsin Humanities Council
Urban Ecology Center - So much life
Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters
Public Allies Milwaukee Everyone Leads
Wisconsin State Historical Society


Don Ferber

Janet Gee

Janice & Fritz Grutzner

Shantelle & David Moore

Kay & Joe Tisserand

Sponsorship Opportunities

Earth Day Conference At A Glance. 800-1000 Average Attendance. 50 Average Number of Exhibitors. 75 Minutes Average Networking Time in Exhibit Hall. Conference Participants: 18% Education, 12% Government, 18% Corporate & Nonprofit Sector, 26% Individual Community Participant, 15% Student, 11% Other. Earth Day Sponsorship Tiers – Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze and Copper.

Sponsorship Contact

Please direct questions regarding conference sponsorship to:


Assistant Director, Community Engagement and Alumni Relations
Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
Phone: (608) 265-2564 Email: