MAY 4, 2020
Earth Day@50 Arts Initiative includes virtual galleries
As the Year of the Environment nears its end, we extend our deepest gratitude to all who joined this celebration by participating in the Earth Day@50 – Arts Initiative. Throughout this year-long initiative, artists, environmentalists, and community members of all kinds came together to honor the past fifty years of environmental stewardship through the power of artistic expression.

MAY 1, 2020
Merging politics and the planet
Nelson Institute alumni are continuing to make a difference near and far, including recent graduate and Madison local, Harrison Rayment who is utilizing his degree in environmental studies and political science to expand environmental legislation here in Madison. His experiences at Nelson Institute and his work as a legislative aid in the Wisconsin State Capital have further encouraged Rayment to seek out opportunities to advocate for the environment, particularly as it relates to global climate change and the controversy that surrounds it.

APRIL 30, 2020
Nelson Institute affiliate professor elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Nelson Institute affiliate professor Lisa Naughton is one of six University of Wisconsin–Madison faculty elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

APRIL 24, 2020
Municipal Building exhibition celebrates Nelson's 50th anniversary, artists find diverse expressions of nature
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of both Earth Day and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, the Madison Municipal Building will be housing a collection of art inspired by the natural environment through the end of 2020. Presented by the Madison Arts Commission, the 2020 Municipal Building Exhibition Art & Nature: The Year of the Environment includes works from 20 local artists specifically chosen for the exhibition, as well as artists from the building’s permanent collection.

APRIL 22, 2020
Happy 50th anniversary of Earth Day!
In recognition of this momentous occasion, the Nelson Institute looks to carry on the rich Wisconsin tradition of environmental education by sharing the following resources and information with you in hopes that you will join us in celebrating this very special anniversary. Read More.

MARCH 13, 2020
2020 Earth Day Conference shifts to alternate program
2020 Earth Day Conference will be offered online.

MARCH 11, 2020
COVID19: Campus update
COVID-19 continues to spread and affect many parts of the U.S. and the rest of the world.

MARCH 6, 2020
Visualizing the environment
As a Geospatial Software Engineer with the Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory, Nelson Institute graduate Stuart Illson turns data into models and tools that help scientists to better understand forest fires, smoke, air quality , and so much more. While creating these models has become a dream job for Illson, he says he didn’t have a vision for how his career would unfold until a few years ago when he joined the Nelson Institute Environmental Observation and Informatics (EOI) program.

MARCH 3, 2020
The business of environmental advocacy
Joe Foye, an undergraduate student majoring in environmental studies at the Nelson Institute and marketing at the Wisconsin School of Business (WSB), found his passion for environmental advocacy while working to raise money for trips with his Boy Scout troop. During his childhood, Foye participated in several fundraising initiatives which allowed him to draw a connection between business and the environment, later inspiring him to pursue his current majors. Now, a junior at UW–Madison, Foye works to educate and inspire diversity in the community while exploring the outdoors.

MARCH 2, 2020
An environmental education
As a first-grade teacher and the Green Team leader at Purdy Elementary School in Fort Atkinson, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies alumna Kristin Halverson is working to increase her students’ connection with nature through environmental projects. A National Geographic certified educator, Halverson and her students have been involved in a number of environmental projects and programs including the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Green and Healthy Schools program through which her students recently won the DNR Excellence in Recycling – Overall Program award for 2019. While Halverson’s interest in conservation education began when she was young, she attributes much of her continued interest in the area to her student experience at the Nelson Institute.

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