JULY 29, 2020
Arthur B. Sacks establishes new endowment
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Nelson Institute – and the 100th birthday of the Institute’s first director professor Reid A. Bryson – the Institute’s second director professor Arthur B. Sacks has established the Arthur B. Sacks Fund for Environmental Studies and Sustainability Research and Education. The $25,000 endowment, established in December 2019, supports annual undergraduate and graduate awards for excellence in environmental studies and sustainability.

JULY 15, 2020
Water Resources Management cohort assesses land use impacts and community engagement in the Waubesa Wetlands
The 2017-18 Water Resources Management cohort recently published a report that investigates the possible impacts of upstream development of the Waubesa Wetlands. This report serves as a documentation of the cohort's project, which proposed to assess land use impacts and promote community engagement of the Waubesa Wetlands Watershed.

JULY 9, 2020
Nelson Institute online Conservation Standards course to launch
Conservation Essentials, a one-of-a-kind online course in conservation management is now being offered by the University of Wisconsin–Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. The course is a collaboration with specialists from Foundations of Success (FOS), the Conservation Measures Partnership (CMP), and the Conservation Coaches Network (CCNet).

JULY 8, 2020
‘Multispecies Justice’ conference highlights Indigenous knowledge, student research
In early March, a couple hundred gathered at the Pyle Center on the UW–Madison campus to participate in a graduate student conference highlighting social and environmental justice. Organized by graduate students and hosted by the Nelson Institute’s Center for Culture, History, and Environment (CHE), the conference featured interdisciplinary researchers, graduate students, and local experts who discussed the fundamental connection between social and environmental justice.

JULY 7, 2020
Recent Nelson grad follows passion for people, sustainability, and the planet
Recent Nelson Institute graduate Jackie Millonzi spent her college career learning about environmental issues, engaging in sustainability programing, and teaching others about the importance of conservation. Through programs such as the Nelson Institute’s Community and Environmental Scholar’s Program (CESP) and the Office of Sustainability student internships, Millonzi was able to unite her passion for the environment with her desire to connect with local communities.

JULY 7, 2020
UniverCity Year program garners national attention for work in Monona
The UniverCity Year (UCY) program, which is administered with support from Nelson Institute affiliate faculty and staff, was recently featured in an article on the Educational Partnerships for Innovation in Communities – Network (EPIC-N) website. EPIC-N is a national nonprofit association that unites communities with universities to improve the human condition. The article highlights UCY’s three-year partnership with Monona, during which University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty and staff connected with Monona community members on 30 recreation, transportation, housing, and digital connectivity projects. Read more.

JULY 2, 2020
Alumna leads the way with Conservation Standards
As a senior researcher at the Research Center for Endangered Species National Institute of Ecology in the Republic of Korea, Nelson Institute alumna Anya Lim works on a wide variety of conservation planning projects. Whether the project involves Amur gorals or Chinese pond turtles, Lim utilizes the skills she gained at the Nelson Institute, specifically applying her knowledge in Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation (Conservation Standards), to plan and measure the success of these projects. In fact, Lim is among the first to apply the Conservation Standards in Korea and recently worked with colleagues to publish a Korean version of the Conservation Standards introduction book last year.