12th Annual Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference


Monday April 23rd, 2018, 4:03pm


Monona Terrace

Communities across the country and world are finding themselves faced with opportunities that require novel approaches and collaborative problem-solving, especially as they strive to develop inclusive and sustainable environments. Creativity and innovation, supported by technology and advanced via passionate grassroots engagement, are the tools that are making a difference. Leadership and vision are not tied to geography, income, race, education or sector.  People around the world, of all ages and abilities, are imagining new solutions and affecting real change.

Our 2018 conference, Up for the Challenge: Innovation for People, Places and the Planet, will explore challenges and solutions through local and global lenses.

Conference sessions will explore the interconnectedness of environmental quality, economic development, social justice and public health.

Speakers will provide a window into how decision-ready science is influencing conservation and corporate leadership and driving innovative responses, adaptations and solutions to myriad issues, including those affecting agriculture and energy storage, and especially those brought on by climate change.


The Honorable Minister Tshekedi (T.K.) Khama II, Minister of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism, Republic of Botswana, will deliver the morning keynote lecture: Botswana as a Role Model: Economic Innovation and Environmental Sustainability.

Sumudu Atapattu
Jim Brainard
Wil Burns
Annise Parker
Paul Robbins
Paul Soglin
Karen Weaver

Registration deadline: Thursday, April 19, 12:00 p.m. Program, details and sponsorship information here.