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.

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.

Attend the August kick off event

Join us on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at the Monroe High School Performing Arts Center to learn more about UniverCity Year Green County and how to get involved.

The event starts at 4 p.m. with an overview of the program and the projects and a visit from the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association’s vintage truck packed with famous Babcock Hall ice cream.

At 4:30 p.m., join us for hors d’oeuvres and fun with Bucky Badger.

At 5:30 p.m., keynote speaker Rebecca Ryan—a human spark plug—will talk about what the future holds for Green County and how residents can help make change.

RSVPs appreciated

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. Professor Bryan Gadow.
  5. Develop quality of life metrics that explain what makes Green County great. Urban and Regional Planning 912: Planning Workshop. Professor Bryan Gadow.
  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. Professor Bryan Gadow.
  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.