University of Wisconsin–Madison

UniverCity Year Green County

Green County, located in south central Wisconsin, is known for its rich agricultural history, pastoral scenery, and small-town atmosphere. Comprised of sixteen towns, six villages, and two cities, it is a small-size Wisconsin county with a population of 36,842. Visit the county from your computer in this aerial video of the county’s most notable landmarks.

Green County is the UniverCity Year partner for the 2017-2020 academic years. Local government and community leaders have identified several projects for faculty and students.

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Events

Cheese Days

Join us on the bus to Cheese Days in Monroe on Friday, Sept. 14. All students, faculty and staff are welcome (including those not associated with a UniverCity Year course or project. Let us introduce you to Green County). RSVP required to reserve your free seat on the bus.

4 p.m. Bus leaves from Memorial Union
5 p.m. Bus arrives in downtown Monroe
8 p.m. Bus leaves from downtown Monroe
9 p.m. Bus arrives back at Memorial Union

Upcoming events

We are planning more events for faculty, students and the general public to get involved with UniverCity Year Green County. Watch this space for more information about:

  1. Green County employer tour in Spring 2019
  2. Wrap up event in Spring 2019 (late April, early May)

Kick off event

On August 21, 2018, community members, project leaders, and UW-Madison faculty and staff gathered in Monroe to celebrate our partnership. The event featured keynote speaker Rebecca Ryan and a visit from the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association’s vintage truck packed with famous Babcock Hall ice cream on its 2018 summer tour. Bucky Badger stole the show.

Projects and Courses

  1. Research how to start a cooperative for farmers to share farm equipment. Agricultural & Applied Economics 323: Cooperatives. Professor Courtney Berner.
  2. Design a community center for Brodhead. Civil Engineering 578: Senior Capstone Design. Professor and Jan Kucher.
  3. Assess the long-term sustainability of the Monroe Farmers Market. Professor Alfonso Morales.
  4. Research and assemble a request for information response packet. Urban and Regional Planning 912: Planning Workshop. Professors Bryan Gadow and Victoria Solomon.
  5. Develop quality of life metrics that explain what makes Green County great. Urban and Regional Planning 912: Planning Workshop. Professors Bryan Gadow and Victoria Solomon.
  6. Develop a plan to revitalize downtown Brodhead. In partnership with the UW-Extension Center for Community & Economic Development.
  1. Document and address scarce access to quality foodPopulation Health Sciences 780: Public Health: Principles and Practice. Professor Barbara Duerst.
  2. Develop and implement a breastfeeding education plan to continue growth of breastfeeding in Green County. Population Health Sciences 780: Public Health: Principles and Practice. Professor Barbara Duerst.
  3. Explore implementing a mental health navigator position or program. Population Health Sciences 780: Public Health: Principles and Practice. Professor Barbara Duerst.
  4. Increase participation in Teen Intervene program. Population Health Sciences 780: Public Health: Principles and Practice. Professor Barbara Duerst.
  5. Research data sharing models for opioid addiction service providers. Population Health Sciences 780: Public Health: Principles and Practice. Professor Barbara Duerst.
  6. Develop outreach plans for in-home Narcan usePopulation Health Sciences 780: Public Health: Principles and Practice. Professor Barbara Duerst.
  7. Research medication-assisted opioid addiction programs for pregnant women. Population Health Sciences 780: Public Health: Principles and Practice. Professor Barbara Duerst.
  8. Research outpatient opioid detox best practices. Population Health Sciences 780: Public Health: Principles and Practice. Professor Barbara Duerst.
  1. Design concepts for senior housing in Brodhead. Civil Engineering 578: Senior Capstone Design. Professor Jan Kucher.
  2. Design concepts for young professionals’ housing in Monroe. Civil Engineering 578: Senior Capstone Design. Professor Jan Kucher.
  3. Develop concepts for affordable housing in Green County.
    • Real Estate 611: Residential Property Development. Professor Tom Landgraf.
    • Real Estate 651: Green Sustainable Development. Professor Tom Landgraf.
  1. Assess whether to consolidate the 911 call centers in Monroe and Green County. Public Affairs 881: Benefit-Cost Analysis. Professor David Weimer.
  2. Establish a Community of Practice for Juda Schools’ teachers. Independent student project.
  1. Design a new Lake Bridge in Monticello. Civil Engineering 578: Senior Capstone Design. Professor Jan Kucher.
  2. Plan an extension of the Tri-County/Cheese Country ATV trailCivil Engineering 578: Senior Capstone Design. Professor Jan Kucher.
  3. Develop a plan to control runoff into the Montesian Lake in Monticello. Environmental Studies 972: Conservation Planning. Professor Arlyne Johnson.
  4. Recommend plans to develop Pearl IslandEnvironmental Studies 972: Conservation Planning. Professor Arlyne Johnson.
  5. Update New Glarus’s Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation PlanUrban and Regional Planning 912: Planning Workshop. Professors Bryan Gadow and Victoria Solomon.
  1. Study Juda Schools’ overall energy use and solar energy generation.
    • Civil Engineering 421: Environmental Sustainability Engineering. Professor Andrea Hicks.
    • Engineering 601: Interdisciplinary Design for Energy & Sustainability. Professor Scott Williams.
  2. Develop a plan for Juda Schools to generate solar and wind energy.
    • Civil Engineering 421: Environmental Sustainability Engineering. Professor Andrea Hicks.
    • Civil Engineering 578: Senior Capstone Design. Professor Jan Kucher.
    • Engineering 601: Interdisciplinary Design for Energy & Sustainability. Professor Scott Williams.
  3. Identify processes and systems for wastewater treatment plants to remove phosphorus.
  1. Address high-traffic areas around New Glarus schools.
  2. Document and address the difficulty of traveling through the county. Population Health Sciences 780: Public Health: Principles and Practice. Professor Barbara Duerst.