UniverCity Alliance’s relationship with the city of Madison grew out of a MetroLab Network collaboration — an international collaborative focused on civic research and innovation — in 2015. That relationship further strengthened in 2020 when Kara Kratowicz, Performance Excellence Specialist for the City of Madison, joined UCA’s advisory board in 2020.
UCA aims to be the primary entrypoint to the university when the City of Madison (and local government in general) has a research question to be answered. UCA can direct Madison officials to the right person or group who can respond to questions.
“UCA has a special responsibility to partner with Madison because it’s our own hometown,” UCA Managing Director Gavin Luter said.
With support from UniverCity Alliance, Professor Yongheng Deng partnered with the City of Madison to localize sustainability issues.
UW-Madison faculty and students are working together to achieve sustainability priorities by linking local plans to global goals through a partnership that connects two schools on campus with the City of Madison.