Chad Cook announced as interim co-director of ERC

The Environmental Resources Center (ERC) is pleased to announce Chad Cook as its new interim co-director. Chad will join current co-director Ken Genskow to lead the Center going forward. He replaces interim co-director Jenna Klink as she departs to lead Cooperative Extension’s newly created Office of Program Support Services.

Chad is a Senior Lecturer with Cooperative Extension and for the last year has been co-director of the Regional Natural Resources Program within ERC. With over 13 years of experience as a Natural Resources Educator, he provided local and statewide education, training and technical support for natural resources issues, with an emphasis on water quality issues. Ken will remain in his co-director role at ERC. He is also a Professor and Extension Specialist in UW-Madison’s Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture, where he currently serves as chair of the department.

The ERC is an integrated UW Cooperative Extension/UW-Madison center that offers applied research, communication, education, evaluation and instructional design focused on the many dimensions of environmental issues. The mission of the ERC is to empower individuals and communities to make conscious, well-informed decisions about their environments and the social processes involved in caring for those environments. The staff and affiliates at ERC lead environmental research and outreach on topics such as water management, forestry, energy and citizen science. More information about the center is available at