MAY 13, 2014
Ride sharing app ‘Coride’ aimed at intercity travelers
A young business a Nelson Institute grad student started, which links drivers with empty seats to people needing a ride between cities, is ready to launch a mobile app.

MAY 6, 2014
Lass in class: Reusable bags, disposable bottles and recycling dichotomies
One of the strangest transitions I have made while living in Ireland grew from one of the most inconsequential situations that I’ve encountered here. Unlike in the United States, Irish grocery stores provide no bags, neither plastic nor paper, upon check out. If you want to take your groceries home easily, it will cost you roughly 15 euro cents for a single bag that can barely hold your Frosties. It was an uncomfortable change for me to get used to, but the idea behind this I can support. Ten years ago there were an estimated 1 billion plastic bags littering the Irish foliage along highways and back roads. So the government decided to place a plastic bag tax on its citizens in order to support recycling efforts. Now, the sight of a floating plastic bag entangled in the Irish clover is a rare one.

MAY 6, 2014
Research by Nelson affiliates shapes national climate report
University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers, including many affiliated with the Nelson Institute, contributed to the third U.S. National Climate Assessment released by the White House on May 6.

MAY 2, 2014
Tolerance for predatory wildlife dependent on social factors
While promoting human tolerance is critical to the success of predator conservation efforts, the factors that affect people’s tolerance of wildlife are not well understood. A new paper published today (May 2) in Science seeks to help fill that knowledge gap, drawing on the latest data from around the world for insights that could aid future recovery and restoration efforts.

MAY 2, 2014
Faculty and students awarded Sustainability Innovation in Research and Education grants
Several Nelson Institute faculty, staff and students are among the recipients of 2014 Sustainability Innovation in Research and Education (SIRE) awards from the UW-Madison Office of Sustainability.

MAY 2, 2014
Documentary with Nelson connections wins international award for archival footage
The trailer for "A Film Never Made,” a documentary codirected and produced by Nelson Institute faculty affiliate Gregg Mitman, captured the award for best use of archival footage in a short production at the 11th annual FOCAL International Awards April 30.

APRIL 30, 2014
Sue Montgomery: From family doctor to environmental health practitioner
In May, Sue Montgomery will graduate with a master’s degree in Water Resources Management (WRM). After a 20-year career practicing family medicine, she has removed her doctor’s coat to instead work to create a healthier environment.

APRIL 28, 2014
Nelson Institute student awarded $25,000 in national agricultural innovation competition
Mighty Mealworm, a team from UW-Madison that includes Nelson Institute graduate student Valerie Stull, was among the six top teams in the national Agricultural Innovation Prize and will receive $25,000.

APRIL 25, 2014
Photos: Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference, 'Earth: To Be Determined'
Nearly 800 participants from across the upper Midwest joined in a thought-provoking day of presentations and discussions at the eighth annual Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference April 22 in Madison, Wis.

APRIL 24, 2014
Nelson Institute students compete for Agricultural Innovation Prize
Nelson Institute graduate students Valerie Stull, Aleia McCord and Sarah Stefanos will be among two of the 30 teams of undergraduate and graduate students that UW-Madison will host from across the country this week for the national Agricultural Innovation Prize.

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