MARCH 21, 2019
Nelson Institute researchers publish study that shows saving energy could save lives
A recent study from the Nelson Institute, Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment suggests that saving energy could save lives. Published in Environmental Science & Technology and titled, Air Quality-Related Health Benefits of Energy Efficiency in the United States, the article outlines the improved health outcomes that can result from reduced energy consumption. Led by Nelson Institute postdoctoral researcher, David Abel and Gaylord Nelson Distinguished Professor, Tracey Holloway the study shows that even a 12 percent increase in summertime energy efficiency would reduce exposure to air pollution, potentially saving 475 human lives each year in the United States. Read more.

FEBRUARY 27, 2019
Nelson Institute ranks among top programs for study abroad participants
That’s why the Nelson Institute is proud to share that the most recent data from the International Academic Programs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison indicates that nearly half of all Environmental Studies majors participate in a study abroad program.

FEBRUARY 22, 2019
Nelson alumni launch food waste policy and practice event
Travis Blomberg, B.S. (2012)- Environmental Studies / Political Science / Integrated Liberal Studies, M.S. (2015) - Environment & Resources / Business, Environment & Social Responsibility George Reistad, B.S. (2011)- Economics and Environmental Studies

FEBRUARY 21, 2019
Nelson Institute teaching assistant to receive a 2018 Campus-Wide Teaching Assistant Award
Nelson Institute teaching assistant Alexandra Lakind is one of fifteen students set to receive a 2018 University of Wisconsin–Madison Campus-Wide Teaching Assistant Award. Honored for her contributions to the classroom, LaKind will receive the Early Excellence in Teaching Award during a reception on Thursday, March 7 from 3-4 pm in 911 Van Vleck Hall.

FEBRUARY 20, 2019
Conservation Coach
During her 15-year career in communications and media production, Nelson Institute alumna Marika Suval developed an acute awareness of the planet’s growing environmental problems. Whether reporting for public radio on environmental policies or highlighting the challenges faced by conservationists around the world, Suval took an active interest in the issue. Just a few years ago, Suval decided to apply to the Nelson Institute Environmental Conservation Professional Master’s program, a step toward her goal of putting her media career in service of pressing environmental issues.

FEBRUARY 18, 2019
Growing the Community
When UW-Madison alumna Elisse Pavletich began college, she knew she wanted a career that would make a positive impact on the world, but she didn’t have any definitive plans. That all changed when she met Nelson Institute advisor Becky Ryan who helped Pavletich to discover the Nelson Institute curriculum and the world of environmental studies. With Ryan’s support, Pavletich began to explore environmental education, community outreach, and the various career opportunities associated with this field of study. Through exploration and Nelson Institute’s individualized curriculum, Pavletich discovered her passion for environmental sociology and a career path that has brought her a lot of joy. Photos courtesy of Elisse Pavletich

FEBRUARY 14, 2019
Nelson Institute professor recognized by American Chemical Society
The American Chemical Society (ACS) recently awarded Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies professor, Catherine Middlecamp, with the George C. Pimentel Award in Chemical Education. This award recognizes those who have made outstanding contributions to chemical education. A faculty co-director of the Community and Environmental Scholars Program (CESP) which helps students link their passion for the environment with a commitment to the community, and interim director for academics and research in the Office of Sustainability, Middlecamp has shown a strong ability to engage faculty and students in chemistry by linking the material to the community and the planet.

JANUARY 29, 2019
Nelson Institute Professional Programs Student Receives Ta Liang Scholarship
Nelson Institute Environmental Observation and Informatics (EOI) professional master's candidate, Alana Herro has been named the winner of the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) Ta Liang Award, which helps to "facilitate research-related travel by outstanding graduate students in remote sensing.”

JANUARY 22, 2019
Nelson Institute Director investigates the implications of plantation-focused forestry efforts
New research from the University of Wisconsin–Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies investigates the implications of plantation-focused forestry efforts that seek to put large percentages of countries under forest cover. While forests can offer carbon sequestration and other benefits, the study looks at the impact these policies have on pastoral and tribal communities as well as the greater environment. Co-authored by Nelson Institute Director, Paul Robbins, the findings of this study titled, "Ecologies of the colonial present: Pathological forestry from the taux de boisement to civilized plantations” were recently published in Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space.

JANUARY 18, 2019
UniverCity Year program seeks faculty to partner with Pepin County in 2019
Finding practical solutions to community-based challenges is at the heart of the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s UniverCity Year. The program is currently seeking faculty to teach courses and guide student research in partnership with members of Pepin County, Wisconsin during the 2019-2020 academic year.

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