We connect communities to UW-Madison

Most of the earth’s people already live in cities, and cities will continue to grow. Yet most cities struggle to be as safe, rich, healthy, inclusive, equitable, environmentally sustainable, and well-governed as they would like to be. Many factors influence the shortfall between city potential and performance, yet the failure results in part from a lack of knowledge about new solutions and a lack of bandwidth and/or capacity to implement them.

UniverCity Alliance connects education, service and research activities across UW-Madison with cities, furthering the practice of sustainability.

Resources for Communities

Our partners at UW-Madison and across Wisconsin offer tools and resources to help foster resilient, sustainable, and high-road communities.

Program news


UniverCity Year 2021 Report UniverCity Year graph of total program participation

In 2020-2021, we expanded our community partnerships sevenfold and collaborated with five additional higher education institutions. Together, faculty, staff, students and community leaders in Adams County, Brown County, Egg Harbor, La Crosse County, Marshall, Milwaukee County and Wisconsin Rapids championed the Wisconsin Idea. Read the 2021 UniverCity Year report for project highlights.

UniverCity Year Green County

Download the summary report from our Green County partnership for an overview of projects and student recommendations.

UniverCity Year Pepin County

Our partnership with Pepin County (2018-2021) is focused on economic development, education, and environmental sustainability. Download the Pepin summary report for an overview of projects and student recommendations.

UniverCity Alliance News

Our faculty, staff and students are making news across the state and the country. Read stories about our work published in the campus and local media.