JUNE 17, 2020
Nelson alumnus devotes nearly three decades to protecting vital water resources
Steve Jann, an alumnus of the Nelson Institute’s Water Resources Management (WRM) program, has spent his entire career protecting vital water sources, both locally and nationally. Jann has been working in the water division at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 5 in Chicago, for nearly 29 years, currently serving as the Chief of the Water Permits Branch. In reflecting on his career, Jann expressed immense gratitude for the WRM program, which he said equipped him with the knowledge and skills that he uses in his water-centered career every day.

JUNE 12, 2020
Nelson Institute associate professor Holly Gibbs featured in The Economist
Holly Gibbs, an associate professor in the Nelson Institute Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE) and Department of Geography was recently featured in The Economist. The article, titled "How big beef and soya firms can stop deforestation” discusses Brazil’s rise in emissions and how that relates to deforestation.

JUNE 9, 2020
Nelson grad student among Planetary Health Scholars
The spring 2020 University of Wisconsin-Madison Planetary Health Scholars includes Nelson Institute graduate student Pearly Wong.

JUNE 4, 2020
Nelson affiliate faculty and co-director of UniverCity Alliance awarded WARF Named Professorship
Nelson affiliate faculty and co-director of the UniverCity Alliance Joel Rogers has been awarded one of just eleven WARF Named Professorships. This award honors faculty who have made major contributions to the advancement of knowledge, primarily through their research endeavors and is supported by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education with funding from the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation. The award includes $100,000 of flexible research funds that will be available from 2020 through 2025 and naming rights. Rogers decided to name his after Noam Chomsky, the famous linguist and social activist. So, beginning next academic year, his official title will be the Noam Chomsky Professor of Law, Political Science, Public Affairs, and Sociology.

JUNE 1, 2020
Nelson associate professor awarded Association for the Study of Food and Society book award
Nelson Institute professor of Environmental Justice, Monica White’s book, Freedom Farmers: Agricultural Resistance and the Black Freedom Movement, has been awarded the 2020 Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS) Book Award in the First Book Category.

MAY 29, 2020
University of Wisconsin-Madison program partners with local communities to foster growth, resilience, and sustainability
The beginning of 2020 is off to a strong start for UniverCity Alliance (UCA), a University of Wisconsin-Madison program that partners with local communities to foster growth, resilience, and sustainability. Within the first few months of the year, the program has made significant strides forward in supporting its existing community partners while also actively building new ones. From hosting a follow-up evaluation session with the City of Monona to understand its program impacts three years out to scoping events with seven new local government partners, the UCA team has been interacting with communities across the state.

MAY 26, 2020
SAGE associate professor and Geography graduate research fellow publish three papers on carbon stocks
Nelson Institute Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE) associate professor of Geography, Holly Gibbs and Department of Geography graduate research fellow and ecologist, Seth Spawn have published three papers in conjunction with a set of new maps showing carbon stocks of all of the world’s living above and below ground biomass for the year 2010.

MAY 18, 2020
Nelson alumni highlighted in The Capital City Hues
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, The Capital City Hues recently highlighted several Nelson Institute alumni and students from diverse personal and educational backgrounds. This is a continuing series with more to come in the next few months, so please check back for additional stories.

MAY 7, 2020
Investors see green as renewable energy expands
As global temperatures continue to rise, renewable energies such as solar and wind present some of the most promising ways to reduce carbon emissions and curb the effects of climate change. But while environmentalists have long touted renewables as sustainable alternatives to coal and oil, there is now also a strong economic argument to be made for the development of green energy. At a recent Sustainable Success webinar titled The Business of Renewable Energy, the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and its partners at the Wisconsin School of Business hosted a conversation with two field experts who shared how renewable energies are emerging as profitable economic investments, paving the way for a more sustainable future.

MAY 7, 2020
Nelson student awarded the 2020 National Geographic Early Career Grant
Nelson Institute Environment and Resources Master’s student Allison Rogers has been awarded the National Geographic Society Early Career Grant and named a 2020 National Geographic Explorer in support of her community-based conservation research in Uganda.

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