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The Commons

For Nelson Institute Alumni and Friends

July/August 2014
Neil deGrasse Tyson will keynote Earth Day
Renowned astrophysicist and author Neil deGrasse Tyson will keynote the April 20, 2015, Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference, which will explore the intersection of science, society and the environment. Set your email preferences to receive events updates and be one of the first to learn when registration opens!
Creating more livable cities
Before the end of the century, more than 75 percent of us worldwide will live in cities, compared to just over half of us now. The latest issue of In Common explores our urban future and ideas for more livable, sustainable  communities. Dig in!
Alumni-authored books
Nelson alumni have penned two new tomes: Living a Land Ethic, which chronicles the formation of the 1,600-acre Leopold Memorial Reserve, and Field Guide to Wisconsin Streams, a unique compendium of plants and animals. For your reading list »
What will the Yahara watershed look like 60 years from now?
The Water Sustainability and Climate project, headed by Nelson affiliates Chris Kucharik and Steve Carpenter, recently unveiled Yahara 2070. The project lays out possible futures for the people, lakes and ecosystems of Wisconsin's Yahara watershed. Explore the scenarios.
Nelson offers new sustainability certificate
A new certificate in sustainability will be available to undergrads this fall, a 12-credit mix of interdisciplinary coursework in sustainability principles and application to real-world challenges. Learn more.
Summer snapshots
Has life taken you away from Madison? Nostalgic for summers on the shores of Lake Mendota? Now you can experience some of that online. Watch time lapse footage of the Union Terrace set-up.  And keep an eye on our Instagram feed for the view from Science Hall.