2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the Nelson Institute and the 50th anniversary of Earth Day — both testaments to Wisconsin’s environmental leadership and legacy. In celebration of these monumental occasions, we have dubbed 2020 the Year of the Environment (pdf) and invite you to celebrate with us.
In the spotlight
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Nelson Institute, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers has issued a proclamation recognizing February 6, 2020 as the birthday, and official 50th anniversary of the Nelson Institute.
Earth's Bright Future
On Wisconsin magazine caught up with six current and former Nelson faculty who share a hopeful outlook for the environment.
Join the celebration
Earth Day 50th Anniversary Conference
More than just a celebration of a global civic-focused day of action, Earth Day holds special significance for us here at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. We are deeply invested in the Earth Day legacy, the responsibility that it bears, and the call to action that it continues to present.
50th Anniversary Arts Initiative
The Nelson Institute is proud to partner with arts organizations at UW-Madison and in the greater community. These partnerships honor the past 50 years of environmental stewardship and the power of artistic expression in connecting people, transforming perspectives, and igniting action.
Honoring the legacy, empowering the future
We would like to thank all of the alumni and friends who have supported the Nelson Institute in myriad ways over the past half century. Your contributions have been deeply appreciated. On the eve of our historic anniversary, we also invite you to invest in our future. Imagine how much more we will be able to accomplish together over the next 50 years!
Nelson stories, in words and photos
Nelson Institute students and faculty are continuing the tradition of exploring, enhancing, and expanding innovative partnerships and collaborations, both locally and abroad.
The Nelson Institute’s rich history of excellence in education, research, and community engagement has been created and shaped by a number of visionaries over the past 50 years.
Get Your Nelson Gear
Visit our online store to purchase Nelson-branded merchandise, including:
- Special Earth Day@50 T-shirts
- Button-down shirts
- Soft-shell vests and jackets
- Hats, bags, and more
Note: Nelson Institute students, staff, and faculty interested in an Earth Day@50 T-shirt should check their email for a special offer.
Save the date
Rendezvous 2020 – Nelson’s 50th Anniversary Celebration
Join us for our 2020 Rendezvous on the Terrace weekend:
September 10-12, 2020 | UW-Madison
Registration opens in May
“Protecting our natural heritage, defending the public's right to clean air and water, and halting catastrophic climate change are all critically important. But so is getting ready for what's next.”Paul Robbins, Dean of the Nelson Institute