UniverCity Alliance joins Nelson Institute’s Earth Day 2022: Water on the Rise event

When a community’s water source is at risk, addressing the challenge may require forming new partnerships.

Join UniverCity Alliance on April 21 during the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies Earth Day 2022: Water on the Rise. The day-long community learning event, featuring both in-person and virtual experiences, will examine how communities across the globe are facing, responding to and mitigating critical water issues. 

At 2:30 p.m., UniverCity Alliance Managing Director Gavin Luter will moderate a one-hour panel addressing how partnerships between UW-Madison through the UniverCity Year program and local Wisconsin governments can address community challenges like water quality. 

The panel, called Working Together to Improve Wisconsin’s Water: How Community-University Partnerships Catalyze Water Quality Projects in Wisconsin, includes the following speakers: 

  • Andrea Hicks, Faculty, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Bret Shaw, Faculty, Life Sciences Communication & Extension
  • David Kolodziejski and Ford Freyberg, Students, Environmental Observation and Informatics Program

They will share how UniverCity Year partnerships have resulted in projects that address the blue green algae in the Fox River and help farmers deal with nitrates in groundwater. The speakers will also highlight how students get involved in these community-university collaborations.  

The panel will be in-person and streamed virtually. After registering for the Earth Day event online, attendees will receive a confirmation message that includes a link to the full program. 

All virtual live sessions will be held on Zoom, and links to join will be available at 8:30 a.m. on April 21 on the full program page. Locations for session with an in-person component will also be listed on the full program page. 

For questions on registration, please email Emily Reynolds at ereynolds2@wisc.edu.

—By Abigail Becker