Tag Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
Inaugural Bassam Z. Shakhashiri Public Science Engagement Award recognizes excellence in outreach
A conservation scientist with a goal of finding ways to equitably protect tropical forest biodiversity and a teaching faculty member whose outreach work has led to a method for teaching visually impaired students about nanotechnology received the award.
UW students get taste of real-world learning
Through capstone courses, internships and partnerships with employers, students have worked on projects all over the state and nation.
Grad students work with climatologist on tool to alert communities to dangerous heat levels
In practice, the new warning system could help policymakers make decisions for how their population can stay healthy during extreme heat.
UW-Madison professor appointed to commission addressing violent crime against Indigenous Americans
Grace Bulltail’s research centers on natural resource management, tribal resource sovereignty and environmental justice in Indigenous communities.
Cutting air pollution emissions would save 50,000 U.S. lives, $600 billion each year
Eliminating air pollution emissions from energy-related activities in the United States would prevent more than 50,000 premature deaths each year and provide more than $600…
UW–Madison scholar wins 2022 Carnegie Fellowship
Monica White will use the $200,000 award to complete the research and writing of her second book, We Stayed: Agriculture, Activism, and the Southern Black Rural Families Who Fought to Keep the Land.
Shifting food choices reducing climate impact of American diet
Lower consumption of beef, dairy, chicken, pork, and eggs accounted for more than 75% of the observed diet-related carbon dioxide savings during the study period.
At bioenergy crossroads, should corn ethanol be left in the rearview mirror?
New research shows that the carbon emissions from using land to grow corn can negate or even reverse any climate advantages of corn ethanol relative to gasoline.
Students lead way in sustainability effort
These UW–Madison students pair environmental studies majors with everything from law to fashion to finance as they learn how to apply environmental solutions to their chosen fields.
Student’s innovative climate research could change building design
“By the end of the 21st century, building cooling in Madison will be very similar to Montgomery, Alabama,” says Nelson Institute graduate student Gesangyangji. That startling realization motivated her to research how projected climate data can inform building energy design.
Why cities around Wisconsin are feeling the heat
While Wisconsin may be known for its “frozen tundra,” an increase in hot, humid summer days is bringing attention to Wisconsin’s urban heat islands and their impact on human health.
Project to create anti-racism education wins Mellon grant
The project will collect oral histories and information, particularly regarding the lived experiences of Black and Native students, to create the new curricula.
Old-school cool: A look back on Earth Day
Wondering what Earth Day looked like for UW in 1970? Here are some old-school cool photos that flashback to the historic event.
On Earth Day, the world pauses
Sunlight shines through a stand of pine trees at the University of Wisconsin–Madison Arboretum this week.Today is Earth Day, which campus is marking with events and a virtual conference.
Blank’s Slate: You don’t have to miss observing Earth Day
Chancellor Rebecca Blank urges you to participate in a virtual Earth Day conference sponsored by the Nelson Institute on April 20. And learn more about the history of the Nelson Institute as it celebrates 50 years.
Governor issues proclamation in honor of the Nelson Institute’s 50th anniversary
The institute, named for former governor, senator and Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, has worked to provide scientifically sound research on environmental challenges since 1970.