Organizing and Educating for a Sustainable World with Outrider Managing Director Tia Nelson – S2E1

April 16, 2020

By Forward, Sustainably

Join us in kicking off season two of Forward, Sustainably as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day! Founded by Wisconsin governor and senator Gaylord Nelson, Earth Day is celebrated across the planet. The lessons and message behind Earth Day have evolved, but the value of the holiday stays the same—we all have the power to create a better future through our actions.


In this episode, University of Wisconsin Sustainable Management program manager, Amanda Goetsch, sits down with Tia Nelson, daughter of Gaylord Nelson, to hear about how she is working to create a better future through education, bridge building, storytelling, and more.


Tia Nelson is internationally recognized as a tireless champion for environmental stewardship and climate change education. She spent 17 years with The Nature Conservancy in government relations, as a policy advisor for Latin America, and later as the first director of the Global Climate Change Initiative. For this work, she received the EPA’s Climate Protection Award in 2000. Tia returned home to Wisconsin to serve as Executive Secretary to the Wisconsin Board of Commissioners of Public Lands, which included a gubernatorial appointment as co‐chair of Wisconsin’s Task Force on Global Warming. She directs Outrider Foundation’s climate program, a nonpartisan educational nonprofit committed to making the world safer and more secure.

Forward, Sustainably is produced by the University of Wisconsin Sustainable Manage Programs.

Amanda Goetsch – Host

Bryan Bortz – Editing/Production

Ian Stone – Music/Production