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The Commons

For Nelson Institute Alumni and Friends

March/April 2016
Register for the 2016 Earth Day Conference
Everyone owns a stake in the future of our rapidly changing planet, yet each of us sees and interacts with the world in different ways. Understanding this range of experiences and perspectives is critical to working together toward a healthier global environment.

The tenth annual Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference, Monday, April 25, will explore compelling stories and vivid reports -- drawn from some of the world's wildest places to our fastest-growing cities -- shared by scientists and explorers, writers and artists.

Join us for a day of learning, discussion and inspiration. Register now and view the full conference program to plan your day!
Energy focus of new issue of In Common
The latest issue of the Nelson Institute's alumni magazine In Common is all about energy. Stories delve into topics like innovations in low-carbon technology, the effects clean energy will have on utility companies and regulators, as well as how Nelson Institute students are influencing the energy sector close to home and across the world.

Keep your mailing address current so you never miss a beat with the magazine. And read more from this season's issue.
Monona, UW-Madison partner on 'UniverCity Year' project
A new UW-Madison initiative to help boost urban sustainability in Wisconsin has landed its first partner: the city of Monona.

The project will mobilize students enrolled in more than a dozen university courses. With the guidance of faculty, students will work on issues identified by the city, including housing, transportation, parks and broadband infrastructure. Read more.
Happy B-Day Gaylord!
2016 is a special year for us. Not only will we host our 10th Annual Earth Day Conference, but we will also celebrate the 100th anniversary of Gaylord Nelson's birth. In honor of this occasion, we are pleased to establish the Centennial Circle.

All donors who make a gift in any amount to the Earth Day Event Fund in 2016 will be recognized as members of the Centennial Circle. Additionally, all who contribute prior to April 1 will be recognized at the Earth Day Conference.

You can make a gift online or by mail (please indicate Earth Day Event Fund on checks) to the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, 122 Science Hall, 550 N. Park St., Madison, WI 53706.

Holly Gibbs earns Distinguished Teaching Award
Holly Gibbs, an assistant professor of geography and environmental studies, is one of 12 UW-Madison faculty members chosen to receive this year’s Distinguished Teaching Awards, an honor given out since 1953 to recognize the university’s finest educators.

A rising star in the department, Gibbs' research focuses on tropical deforestation and the effectiveness of policies implemented to hinder it. Read more.
Earth Day Open House
To celebrate this year's Earth Day and Gaylord Nelson's 100th birthday, the Nelson Institute will host a joint open house and birthday party on Friday, April 22, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The event will be in room 122 Science Hall.

Come get your fill of cupcakes and don't miss the opportunity to have your picture taken sitting behind Gaylord's historic desk. Please RVSP if you plan to attend.