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The Commons

For Nelson Institute Alumni and Friends

May/June 2016
2016 Alumni Award winners announced
An advocate for sustainability and social equity, a corporate leader connecting the health of people and the environment, and a distinguished professor and restoration ecologist have been named recipients of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies’ third annual alumni awards, established in 2014 to spotlight the accomplishments of the institute’s nearly 4,000 alumni.

Join us in congratulating our Early Career Alumni Award Winner Amy Kesling and our Distinguished Alumni Award Winners Ron Meissen and Roberto Lindig-Cisneros. Read more about their contributions to the environment as Nelson Institute alumni.
Catherine Woodward receives 2016 Wisconsin Without Borders award
Catherine Woodward, a faculty associate in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at UW-Madison, has been honored with a 2016 Wisconsin Without Borders award for her work with conservation and sustainability initiatives in rural Ecuador.

Woodward and the Ceiba Foundation for Tropical Conservation involve students in community-based, service-learning research projects in Ecuador. Read More.
Save the date: 2016 Alumni Rendezvous
Join us on Friday, September 9, 2016 for the Nelson Institute's annual alumni gathering.

The 2016 Alumni Rendezvous will be at the Pyle Center (while construction at the Memorial Union continues). Please save the date to join us for appetizers, drinks and taking a trip down memory lane! RSVP's appreciated by September 2, 2016.
Nelson launches Earth Day 2020 Legacy Campaign
The year 2020 will bring two major milestones: the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and the 50th anniversary of the Nelson Institute. In recognition of these enormous events, we’re pleased to announce the launch of the Earth Day 2020 Legacy Campaign.

With your support, we will continue to revolutionize environmental studies to 2020 and beyond. We’re providing our students with the skills to thrive in a changing world, integrating diverse areas of research and discovery, translating complex scholarship into action, and engaging communities on local priorities such as jobs, food, and justice. At Nelson, we live the Wisconsin Idea. 
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Photos: Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference: ‘Everyone’s Earth’
Nearly 1,000 guests from across Wisconsin and the upper Midwest gathered April 25 at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center for the 10th Annual Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference, Everyone's Earth: Sharing Experiences on a Restless Planet.

Featured speakers included Kimberly Blaeser, Carolyn Finney, Andrew Revkin, Michael Shellenberger, and David Quammen. See more.
Get your Nelson alumni t-shirt today!
Wear your Nelson pride and order a new Nelson Institute t-shirt (designed by Nelson grads!). With two designs and two color options, you're sure to find something you like.

There is a limited supply so order soon to get the size, color and design you like! Order by filling out the online form by May 16. Details on payment and shopping options are on the form.