Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

The Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies is home to four interdisciplinary research centers that serve as laboratories and incubators for solutions to the world's most critical environmental challenges.

  • The Center for Climatic Research
  • The Center for Culture, History and Environment
  • The Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment
  • The Land Tenure Center 

In addition, the Nelson Institute offers La Follette Schoiol students the opportunity to earn a certificate in Energy Analysis and Policy, which prepares students for professional work with governments, utilities, consulting firms, and other organizations concerned with energy issues.

The Nelson Institute's interdisciplinary education and research is helping to solve today's most challenging environmental issues and train tomorrow's leaders and innovators, but it is built upon a powerful historical legacy.

The institute was established in 1970 and renamed in 2002 for former Wisconsin governor and U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson, the author of landmark environmental legislation and the founder of Earth Day. His commitment to environmental protection and social justice inspire our work -- more critical now than ever before on a rapidly changing planet.