Our Scientific Expertise

Our science department plays a critical role in protecting and preserving Wisconsin’s air and water. It supports the work and mission of Clean Wisconsin through a broad range of research and technical services and keeps Clean Wisconsin on the forefront of environmental issues confronting our state.


The key role of science

Sound scientific research provides the facts and evidence needed for Clean Wisconsin to be a leading voice for environmental protection. Our science department informs citizens, elected officials and policy discussions of environmental issues affecting public and environmental health in Wisconsin.

Highlights of our work

Through a combination of research excellence, staff expertise, and a commitment to advancement of knowledge, the science department is:

Leading with Science

The state’s only environmental nonprofit organization with a science team, we seek to understand the science behind the issues that affect our water, air, and natural resources. Our legal and policy decisions are directed by informed, empirical knowledge.


Informing Wisconsinites

We educate and translate environmental science for citizens, elected officials and other stakeholders concerned with the health of Wisconsin’s environment. We make this information available through tools and materials like the factsheets, reports, and more.


Actively participating in the scientific community

Our science experts perform independent research and collaborate on projects with academic communities, bringing forth groundbreaking findings that contribute to the public’s understanding of state-wide environmental issues and lead to effective legal and policy solutions at the state and Federal levels.


Investigating Emerging Issues

Our longstanding commitment to science-based positions allows us to play an increasingly important role in studying the challenges we face on the horizon as cuts to funding in government and academic institutions become widespread.


Engaging in the Community

We inform community and policy discussions by serving on advisory councils, panels and working groups, and by forging partnerships with University of Wisconsin research efforts. We also use our work to inspire and coach the future generation of environmental advocates through internship opportunities and connections with schools and universities.