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Urban Ecology Podcast

May 17, 2021

In this episode, we meet Chairwoman Marcelia Nicholson of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors ( and to learn about her passion for urban ecology. This is the first in a two-part series on municipal government partnerships. Nicholson explores the importance of public policymaking for protecting green spaces. She shares her passion for nature as she talks about its benefits to individual and community health. Connected to this, she returns to major themes of her work so far as a public servant, advocating for racial equity as it is impacted by disparities in funding for programs across the county. She is inspired by community organizations like the Urban Ecology Center that partner with one another, with neighbors, and with government agencies to make change happen. She is, in turn, inspiring others at the local, state, and national levels to recognize the need for continuing transformation of green spaces in our cities.

This episode is hosted by Chris Young with contributions from Gillian Spence, and Ken Leinbach. Edited by Danny Pirtle. Special thanks to our guest, Marcelia Nicholson.

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