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The Commons

For Nelson Institute Alumni and Friends

November/December 2016
Everyone's Earth: Lauret Savoy to discuss race and the American landscape
Join us this Thursday, November 3, to welcome Lauret Savoy, author of Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape, as she explores how history and our ideas of race have left their marks on the land.

Her talk expands on a series of lectures the Nelson Institute has had highlighting conversations on race and environment. 
Explaining the ‘terrifying’ trends of climate change
The Earth is warming at a pace “unprecedented in 1,000 years,” NASA scientists report, threatening to breach the global temperature limits set in the Paris climate treaty that will take effect in November.

To learn more about why the Earth is warming so fast, what research can and is being done to adapt, and opportunities for hope, for perspective, we talked with Galen McKinley, the Bryson Professor in the Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research. 
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LAST CHANCE to join the Centennial Circle!
2016 has been a special year for the Nelson Institute and included three major milestones: the 100th anniversary of Gaylord Nelson’s birth, our 10th annual Earth Day Conference, and our 5th annual Jordahl Public Lands Lecture.

In honor of these milestones, we created the Centennial Circle – an honorary giving circle for all donors who make a gift to either the Earth Day Event Fund or the Jordahl Lecture Fund during the 2016 calendar year.

Please consider supporting one or both of our signature, public events. Gifts in any amount are needed and appreciated!
Seeking nominations for 2017 Nelson Alumni Awards
Nearly 4,000 Nelson Institute alumni are applying their knowledge and skills to make the world a better and more sustainable place. Our alumni awards spotlight these accomplishments and impacts. The winners will be honored at the 11th Annual Earth Day Conference on April 18.

Know someone making a difference? Please submit your nominations by Feb. 1, 2017
Nelson in DC – November 9 & 10
Nelson Institute Director, Paul Robbins, and Events & Alumni Relations Manager, Emily Reynolds, will be in Washington, DC next week to meet with alumni and friends.

For those local to the area, please consider joining them at 5:30 p.m. on Wed., Nov. 9 at The Wilderness Society for an informational brainstorming session. Please RSVP HERE if you can attend. Contact Emily Reynolds for additional details.

On Wisconsin!

Reconnecting to the earth with Milwaukee youth
Having grown up and attended school together in the Milwaukee metropolitan area, UW-Madison sophomores Katie Piel and Natalie Hogan were well aware of food security issues throughout the city, but it wasn’t until college that they learned how they could address those problems.

Last spring, Piel, an environmental studies major, was taking notes in a lecture on food system sustainability taught by Nelson Institute Professor Cathy Middlecamp when she realized she could take her lessons beyond the classroom.
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