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Creator Metropolitan Madison E-Way Committee (Madison, Wis.)
Title Metropolitan Madison E-Way Committee records
Dates of Creation 1971-1973.
Physical Description 2 folders.
Language of Material English
Scope & Content The Madison Metropolitan E-Way Committee Records contain correspondence, clippings, meeting agendas and minutes, memoranda, resolutions, a membership list, news releases, and maps. Also included are several publications authored by committee members including "Final Operational Organization of the Metropolitan Madison E-Way Committee;" "Site Analysis and Syntheses of the Metropolitan Madison E-Way, Steps II and III;" and "The Metropolitan Madison E-Way".

The Metropolitan Madison E-Way Committee was a partnership created among the State of Wisconsin, the University of Wisconsin, Dane County, Wis., the City of Madison, Wis., the City of Monona, Wis., and the Towns of Madison, Fitchburg, and Blooming Grove, Wis. concerned with the construction of an "environmental awareness discovery network" in the community that would encourage citizens to interact with and understand their environment in new ways. The records reflect the committee's formation, its ongoing functions, and its relationships with governmental officials and the public.
Admin/Biographical History Information below is taken from an article in the "Wisconsin State Journal", April 16, 1972 and the "Metropolitan Madison E-Way Tours Booklet," 1973:

The Metropolitan Madison E-Way project sought to promote environmental awareness in the community by identifying potential facilities and sites for the development of environmental education nodes and to implement an education program for each; to relate these "laboratories" to each other in a distinguishable manner; and to preserve and enhance the potential open space greenbelt system around the city edges. The project created 5 environmental discovery walking tours of significant sites in the Madison area. As of 1973, the committee had identified a "preliminary open space green belt corridor along Nine Springs Creek from Dunn's Marsh to Lake Waubesa." The Committee began inventorying and evaluating specific potential educational nodes within the original concept plan. Attention later shifted to the expansion of the original concept plans to include more of the metropolitan area in the E-Way.

The Metropolitan Madison E-Way system was proposed as, "a 21 mile chain of environmentally significant sites ranging from the state capitol building to the University of Wisconsin Arboretum." The system was proposed by the University of Wisconsin's Environmental Awareness Center in 1972, and takes the form of a loop running through central Madison and around its southern fringe.

According to Professor Philip Lewis, director of the center, the E-Way was conceived with three main goals. The first was to acquire marshland south of Madison threatened by urban development and add it to the 21-mile loop. The second goal was to link the environmentally significant points in the metropolitan area into a single system. The third goal was to enhance the storytelling capacity of each point or location in the loop. The loop was planned to tie together many of Madison's natural and man-made features amd create a huge environmental awareness center for the city, county, and state.

Archival History Transferred from the Municipal Reference Service, March 21, 1980. 1980.004
Subjects City planning
Environmental policy
Environmental management
Places1 Madison (Wis.)
Institutions1 Metropolitan Madison E-Way Committee (Madison, Wis.)
Object Name Records
Call Number ARM 80-02
Catalog ID Number 1980.004.0001