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New Web site a guide to sustainability efforts

January 16, 2008

It’s impossible to count all the ways in which UW–Madison advances the pursuit of environmental, social and economic sustainability. There are simply too many.

But it’s easier than ever to track them down, thanks to a new Web portal created by the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies.

Called Sustainability@Wisconsin, the site provides a single entry point to programs, units, projects and groups at the university that significantly address sustainability — the concept of meeting humanity’s current needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

Sustainability@Wisconsin offers brief descriptions and links to more than 100 hubs of activity where the pursuit of sustainability is central to the mission, and that number is expected to grow.

“Promoting sustainability is an emerging priority in teaching, research and outreach endeavors across our campus. It is also an increasingly important goal of the university’s self-management, as exemplified by the We Conserve campaign,” says Lewis Gilbert, interim director of the Nelson Institute.

“UW-Madison has been at the forefront of interdisciplinary inquiry and innovation for well over a century. We have the potential to be an international leader in the move toward a sustainable future.”

For more information, visit the Sustainability@Wisconsin portal or contact Nelson Institute public information manager Tom Sinclair at 263-5599 or