Nelson Institute’s Holly Gibbs receives award to expand community-engaged scholarship involving geography and the environment

UniverCity Year Better places togetherA 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.

The UniverCity Alliance, through its program, UniverCity Year, brings faculty, students, and members of Wisconsin communities together to address local challenges through engagement, university research, and state-of-the-art problem-solving approaches. Gibbs and Reynolds have been a part of these efforts through the Geography/Environmental Studies 309 course “People, Land and Food”. 

In this course, students learn about global challenges while helping to address local issues. During past semesters, student in the course have worked on the Campus Food Map and Sustainability Dining Guide and created a map of Ho-Chunk History, Language & Culture in the Village of Waunakee and Westport. This grant will help Gibbs and Reynolds to continue this important work. 

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