University of Wisconsin–Madison


Earth Day@50: Aspiring for Sustainability, Striving for Justice, Crafting the Planet
Monday, April 20, 2020
Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, this year’s conference will set the stage for a convergence between the past and the present. We will highlight the confluence between the traditional conservation and restoration of the planet and new, ecological innovations taking place in areas such as genetics and engineering. We will discuss how we can leverage the best aspects of the past environmental movements while incorporating an increased sense of social justice. And, perhaps most importantly, we will honor those with wisdom of the natural world, while exploring new lessons that can help us all to be better environmental citizens. Join us as we work together to craft a future filled with hope, positivity, and intentionality.

Registration for the 2020 conference will open in early February.
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Imagine and Adapt: Possibilities in a Changing World

From the rising seas and the rushing flood waters to record-breaking heat waves and shifting landscapes, climate change is transforming the way we live. Our rapidly changing world requires us to adapt to a very different planet while imagining practical solutions to the challenges we face.

The Nelson Institute 2019 Earth Day Conference, Imagine and Adapt: Possibilities in a Changing World, will explore these challenges and resolutions through a number of straightforward, solution-focused sessions on topics such as adaptive infrastructure, environmental leadership, changes in agriculture and the cultural impact of climate change.

Featuring keynote speaker and climate-fiction author, Kim Stanley Robinson, climate change adaptation leader Yolanda Joab, and leading thinkers and creative problem solvers, this conference will offer attendees the opportunity to learn about the innovative solutions available to help us adapt to the impacts of our changing reality.

Please join us for an inspirational day of collaborative learning and exploration!

Presenting Sponsors

Sal & Judy Troia

Carrie Lee Nelson & Family
Gaylord Jr. “Happy”, Jeff, Tia

Pat & Dan Cornwell

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Madison Gas and Electric logo

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