APRIL 24, 2014
$13,000 awarded for creative student solutions in energy and sustainability
The Wisconsin Energy Institute and Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison hosted eight teams of students in the 2014 Wisconsin Energy and Sustainability Challenge.
APRIL 23, 2014
UW-Madison team to present Styrofoam reuse program in Washington, D.C.
A team of University of Wisconsin-Madison students is educating people, promoting prosperity and protecting the planet in its development of recycling and reuse networks for Styrofoam boxes and shipping materials on campus.
APRIL 17, 2014
Llama fur and entrepreneurship build a business
Two University of Wisconsin-Madison students are bringing together collaborators on three continents to pursue their dream of building a sustainable sleeping bag.
APRIL 15, 2014
Novel Open Source Seed Pledge aims to keep new vegetable and grain varieties free for all
This week, scientists, farmers and sustainable food systems advocates will gather on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus to celebrate an unusual group of honored guests: 29 new varieties of broccoli, celery, kale, quinoa and other vegetables and grains that are being publicly released using a novel form of ownership agreement known as the Open Source Seed Pledge.
APRIL 11, 2014
Postcards from Brazil: A study abroad in Rio de Janeiro
Nelson Institute student Paul Davidson is studying abroad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the spring 2014 semester at Pontifical Catholic University. He has been documenting his experience on a blog for UW-Madison’s International Academic Programs Office and on the photo-sharing social network Instagram.
APRIL 10, 2014
Lass in class: The home turf of Ireland
When you travel from city to city abroad, it is actually surprisingly easy to forget that you are in a foreign country. The people wear the same clothes and drive the same cars. You become used to the accent and after awhile you begin to anticipate the different direction of traffic, looking towards your right when crossing the road rather than your left. You start to see tourists, instead of being one.
APRIL 9, 2014
Workshop yields collaborative solutions for conservation and sustainable development in Sichuan
New, collaborative strategies for maintaining China’s rich biodiversity emerged from a workshop hosted by the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Chengdu Institute of Biology and the University of Wisconsin’s Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies March 17-18 in Chengdu.
APRIL 8, 2014
Tales from Planet Earth brings stories of environmental futures to Stockholm
In its first trip overseas, the Tales from Planet Earth film festival will premiere in Stockholm April 9-12 through an international partnership with the KTH Environmental Humanities Laboratory at the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden.
APRIL 8, 2014
Colin Higgins, student sustainability leader, wins Udall scholarship
University of Wisconsin–Madison junior Colin Higgins has been selected as a 2014 Udall Scholar.
APRIL 8, 2014
Early agriculture drove global climate change, research shows
The industrial revolution is often hailed as the trigger of human-caused climate change. However, preindustrial people may have influenced the global temperature about as much as their fossil-fuel burning successors.