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Live from Paris

Connecting Wisconsin and the U.N. Climate Talks
Friday, December 4, 2015 - 10:30am to 11:30am

The United Nations 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) meet in December 2015 in Paris, where nations ratified a new universal climate change agreement that will lower carbon emissions. For the first time since the Kyoto Protocol in 1997, the world came together to adopt a healthy, sustainable future.

Here is our recorded conversation with a panel of Wisconsin leaders participating in this historic conference. Representing interests in public health, human rights, business, and government, these panelists  offer their valuable behind-the-scenes impressions and share their own definitions of success for the outcomes of the conference.

Live from Paris is presented by the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters and the University of Wisconsin Global Health Institute.


  • Jane Elder—Executive Director, Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters


  • Paul Robbins—Director, UW-Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies

Panelists (live from Paris):

  • Sumudu Atapattu—Director, UW-Madison Law School Research Centers
  • Clay Nesler—Vice President, Global Energy and Sustainability, Johnson Controls
  • Jonathan Patz—Director, UW-Madison Global Health Institute
  • Nathan Schulfer—Professional Programs Assistant Director, UW-Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
  • Jeff Thompson—Executive Advisor & CEO Emeritus, Gundersen Health System

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Sumudu Anopama Atapattu is a Teaching Professor and Director of the Global Legal Studies Center at UW Law School. She is also the Executive Director of the Human Rights Program at UW-Madison.

Jane Elder recently retired from her position as Executive Director of the Wisconsin Academy. She brought to the Wisconsin Academy a strong background in public policy leadership, nonprofit management, and involvement in Wisconsin arts.

Clay Nesler is the Vice President of Global Energy and Sustainability for the Building Efficiency business of Johnson Controls.  In this role, he is responsible for energy and sustainability policy, programs, and strategy.

Jonathan Patz, M.D., MPH, was inaugural director of the Global Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor and the John P.

As director of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, Paul Robbins oversees the institute's mission of serving as a world leader in addressing environmental change.

Nathan Schulfer co-manages the Professional MS Program in Environmental Conservation at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies.

Dr. Jeff Thompson is the former CEO of Gundersen Health System, a pediatrician, and the author of Lead True: Live Your Values, Build Your People, Inspire Your Community

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