Aldo Leopold: Father of Modern Conservationism

By: Pat Austin, Sales Representative – Architectural Products

Much effort and attention is paid to living a “green” lifestyle these days. You might wonder where the roots of this movement lie and how it all got started.

Aldo Leopold Legacy Center

Photo courtesy of Kubala Washatko Architects

In the early 20th century, a young man named Aldo Leopold was getting his training in the natural sciences at Yale Forest School, and embarking on a career with the US Forest Service and the University of Wisconsin. He became the first chair of the game management program at UW. A prolific writer, he authored many essays and textbooks on the interrelationship of man and nature. While at the UW, he purchased 150 acres of land near Baraboo, WI where he and his family built a small cabin and began the process of returning an over-cultivated parcel to its natural, pristine state. He penned a collection of essays during this endeavor that were eventually published under the title “A Sand County Almanac”. Leopold is widely recognized as the most influential conservation thinker of the 20th century.

In 2006, as a tribute to this visionary, the Aldo Leopold Legacy Center was constructed on the Sand County, WI property that Aldo owned and wrote about in his essays. Built using ACH Foam Technologies’ R-Control SIPs and Foam-Control EPS insulation, this building was the highest-scoring LEED project in the world until just recently. It is a tribute to the man most consider the father of the conservation movement.  For more information about the Aldo Leopold Foundation, go to

About Pat Austin

BSIE from Marquette University in 1986, MSMSE from UW Madison in 1989. General contractor for 13 years before joining the ACH Foam team in 2007. Married to Kelly, with four sons.
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