Moving Toward A Sustainable Economy

4.11.18 - 4.12.18
2 Days 40+ Talks

Milwaukee Area Technical College

Downtown Campus
  • Day 1
  • Day 2
7:30am
- 11:00am
Registration

Outside Cooley Auditorium

8:00am
- 9:30am
Opening Ceremonies

Cooley Auditorium (Co-Chair Welcome & Dignitaries)

8:00am - 8:20am
Dr Vicki Martin, President (MATC)
8:20am - 8:45am
Chancellor Mark Mone, Chancellor (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
9:00 - 9:30
Mayor Tom Barrett, Mayor City of Milwaukee (City of Milwaukee Presentation - Sustainability)
9:30am
- 11:00am
Exhibits & Networking Break
10:00am
- 2:00am
MATC Job Fair

2nd Floor S Building

10:00am
- 11:00am
Breakout Session 1

"New Business Models - B Corp's, Social Entrepreneurs & Mission based Businesses"

10:00am - 11:00am
Room M605

What are the drivers/impediments to sustainable growth and progress? Challenges such as resource scarcity, demographics and climate change are redefining expectations, public policies, regulatory frameworks and business environments. Discuss how companies anticipate and manage current and future economic, environmental and social opportunities and risks.

Moderator: Lisa Geason-Bauer, Chief Communications & Sustainability Officer, Box Latch™ Products

Speaker 1: Alana McKeever, Marketing & Sustainability Director, Yum Butter
Speaker 2: Lisa Geason-Bauer, Chief Communications & Sustainability Officer, Box Latch™ Products
Speaker 3: Martha Spencer, Executive Director, Milwaukee Environmental Consortium
10:00am
- 11:00am
Breakout Session 2

Sustainable Business & Entrepreneurship: Incubators and Start-Ups

10:00am - 11:00am
Room M605

What are the trends and forces underlying the changing character of the business environment relationship? How are they creating significant entrepreneurial opportunities for individuals and companies? Discuss how Incubator programs are providing selected start-ups with mentors, networking opportunities, educational opportunities, access to resources, and space to help guide them through the early stages of product, service, and business development.

Moderator: Armen Hadjinian, MATC

Speaker 1: Greg Meier, Development Team Member, Digital Iris
Speaker 2: Jason Dietenberger, Web & Mobile IT Developer & Design Architecture, UWM
Speaker 3: Jeff Anthony, Managing Director of WERCBench Labs
Speaker 4: Ed Javier, Co-Founder, Startup Milwaukee
10:00am
- 11:00am
Breakout Session 3

Collaborating Across and Beyond Water

10:00am - 11:00am
Room M616

Integrated and sustainable water management requires effective partnerships across the water industry and beyond. Water reliant businesses, urban and agricultural leaders, utilities, environmental groups, and community leaders are partnering for healthy watersheds, and working together to rethink sustainable water stewardship. Attendees will hear from leaders who have created successful collaborations about ongoing water-related projects that maximize economic, environmental, and community benefits.

Moderator: Janet Meissner Pritchard, Environmental Law and Policy Consultant

Speaker 1: Elizabeth Hittman, Environmental Sustainability Program Coordinator, City of Milwaukee Environmental Collaboration Office
Speaker 2: Joan Meyer, Environmental Engineer, MillerCoors
Speaker 3: Evan Nisbet, Civil Engineer and Project Manager, Graef
Speaker 4: Linda Reid, Executive Director, Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds Trust, Inc.
10:00am
- 11:00am
Breakout Session 4

Practical Approach to Energy Auditing, Commissioning and Building Operations

10:00am - 11:00am
Room M612/614

All buildings have the opportunity to implement best practices to ensure their building is maintained and operating as efficiently as possible. Understanding how your building truly operates is the first step towards a future of sustainable building operation and utility management. Investigating and analyzing building operations allows you to discover energy and water conservation measures that will reduce consumption, and in turn, reduces operating costs.

Moderator: Rock Ridolfi, Jr., C.E.M., LEED AP, Commissioning Analyst, Transwestern Sustainability Services

Speaker 1: Samantha Longshore, LEED AP O+M, BD+C, Sustainability Advisor, Transwestern Sustainability Services
Speaker 2: Rose Buss, Energy Efficiency Program Manager, City of Milwaukee
Speaker 3: Rock Ridolfi, Jr., C.E.M., LEED AP, Commissioning Analyst, Transwestern Sustainability Services
11:00am
- 12:00pm
Lunch

On Your Own (see program insert for lunch options)

12:00pm
- 1:00pm
Keynote Address and Panel Discussion

Building for the Future

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Cooley Auditorium

Peter Feigin, President, Milwaukee Bucks

Speaker 1: Courtney France, Principal, Sustainability Project Manager, France Sustainable
Speaker 2: Marc Farha, EVP, ICON Venue Group
1:00pm
- 1:30pm
Exhibits & Networking Breakout
1:30pm
- 2:30pm
Breakout Session 5

Retrocommissioning: Energy Phase Reporting

1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room S120

Eneractive Solutions has completed the retrocommissioning (RCx) Audit Report for the Milwaukee Area Technical College – Oak Creek Campus. The Audit Report includes planning and investigation phases. The objective of the RCx is to identify no-cost and short payback opportunities to reduce energy consumption at the facility while maintaining or improving the facility’s operations.

Moderator: Farhan Khatri, PMP, PE, LEED AP, QCxP, Regional Manager, Midwest at Edison Energy, LLC

Speaker 1: Virginia Routhe, Sustainability Manager, Milwaukee Area Technical College
Speaker 2: Jon Evans, Building Design Project Manager, City of Madison
Speaker 3: Rose Buss, Energy Efficiency Program Manager, City of Milwaukee
1:30pm
- 2:30pm
Breakout Session 6

The Impact of Sustainable Manufacturing Practices

1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room M605

Manufacturers are becoming increasingly concerned about the issue of sustainability. Recognition of the relationship between manufacturing operations and the natural environment has become an important factor in the decision making among industrial societies. Discuss how making development sustainable is in general a challenging and complex undertaking, involving such factors as technology and engineering, economics, environmental stewardship, health and welfare of people and the communities in which they live and work.

Moderator: Lee Swindall, VP, Business and Industry Development, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

Speaker 1: Pete Kambouris, Wisconsin Engraving Co., Inc
Speaker 2: Geneva Scurek, Manager, GACC Midwest (German American Chamber of Commerce)
Speaker 3: Jeff Isroff, CEO, United Milwaukee Scrap
1:30pm
- 2:30pm
Breakout Session 7

An Inside Look at Sustainability, Technology and Partnerships

1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room M616

Join us for an inside look at how sustainability has impacted local companies. Hear how technology has changed the work environment along with new partners that have been formed with a new focused on sustainable practices.

Moderator: Stephanie Sklba, Vice President, Community and Government Relations, Gateway Technical College

Speaker 1: Pat Archambault, Strategic Account and Program Leader, Trane Corporation
Speaker 2: Jim Sherman, Director Wholesale and Customer Solutions , WE Energies
Speaker 3: Stephanie Sklba, Vice President, Community and Government Relations Gateway Technical College
1:30pm
- 2:30pm
Breakout Session 8

Solar Power in Wisconsin: Home, Faith, and Business Perspectives

1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room M612/614

Solar power is growing in Wisconsin and across the country. This panel session features leaders who are growing solar across residential customers, faith & nonprofit organizations, and businesses throughout Wisconsin. Peter Murphy runs solar "group buy" programs in Milwaukee and throughout Wisconsin to help homeowners easily adopt solar. Huda Alkaff runs Wisconsin Green Muslims which has instigated a "Faith & Solar" program to help communities of faith adopt solar and build interfaith community around solar in Wisconsin. Michael Rivérun is the Manager of Project Development at SunPeak, which has installed many of the largest rooftop solar installations in Wisconsin on businesses throughout the state.

Moderator: Tyler Huebner, Executive Director, RENEW Wisconsin

Speaker 1: Huda Alkaff, Founder & Director, Wisconsin Green Muslims
Speaker 2: Peter Murphy, Solar Program Manager, Midwest Renewable Energy Association
Speaker 3: Michael Riverun, Manager of Project Development, SunPeak
1:30pm
- 2:30pm
Breakout Session 9

A Climate Action Plan for Wisconsin? How Urban Area Municipalities Together Could Lead

1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room S116

Over the past several years, more than a dozen municipalities, with almost 70% of Dane County’s population, have endorsed the bold goals of a 2050 Climate Action Plan Framework. So have dozens of non-profits and for-profits in the Greater Madison area, ranging from the regional realtor and builder associations, to environmental advocacy groups and human service organizations. Will this municipality-based approach succeed in Dane County? Could it work in Wisconsin’s other urban areas, even in the absence of leadership or funding from the state or federal levels?

A “must participate” session, for municipal sustainability staff and leaders, as well as climate-action and energy-transition advocates.

Moderator: Jon Becker, Former Chair, Greenhouse Gas & Air Quality Work Group of the Capital Region Sustainable Communities

Speaker 1: Erika Kluetmeier, Sustainability Expert, City of Fitchburg
Speaker 2: Joe DiStefano (or Andy Fetterer), Principal & Co-Founder (or VP Products), Calthorpe Analytics (via internet from West coast)
Speaker 3: John Hendrick, Supervisor and former Chair, Dane County Board of Supervisors
Speaker 4: Ezra Meyer, Member, Steering Committee, A Greater Madison Vision; Water Resource Specialist, Clean Wisconsin
7:30am
- 11:00am
Registration

Outside Cooley Auditorium

8:00am
- 8:30am
Opening Ceremonies

Cooley Auditorium

8:00am - 8:10am
Dr. Mark Felsheim,, Vice President (MATC) and Chair (Sustainability Summit & Exposition)
8:20am - 8:30am
County Executive Chris Abele, Milwaukee County
8:30am
- 9:30am
Keynote Address

Mega-Trends, Future Forces and New Ways of Thinking About Sustainability

8:30am - 9:30am
Cooley Auditorium

Patrick Thibadeau, CCS, LEED Fellow, Director of Sustainability/Allied Disciplines, HGA
9:30am
- 10:00am
Exhibits and Networking Break
10:00am
- 11:00am
Breakout Session 10

Sustainable Cities: Building and Environment

10:00am - 11:00am
Room M605

Discuss challenges and opportunities for sustainable construction, buildings, transportation, cities, infrastructure, smart technologies, energy efficiency, waste management and water resource management.

Moderator: Erick Shambarger, Environmental Sustainability Director, Environmental Collaboration Office, City of Milwaukee

Speaker 1: Eric Lynde, Chief Special Projects Planner, SEWRPC
Speaker 2: Dave Misky, Assistant Executive Director, Redevelopment Authority of Milwaukee
Speaker 3: Analiese Smith, Recycling Coordinator, City of Milwaukee
10:00am
- 11:00am
Breakout Session 11

Climate Change: The Ultimate Challenge

10:00am - 11:00am
Room S120

Climate change represents one of the most serious and far-reaching challenges facing humankind in the twenty-first Century. Many of the technologies we need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that use energy more efficiently and generate it from renewable sources already exist. Discuss the impacts that climate change may have throughout the energy chain and identify current knowledge gaps and areas for future research development. Identify vulnerabilities on different renewable and/or non-renewable energy sources.

Moderator: Dr. George Stone, Chair Emeritus, Sustainability Summit

Speaker 1: Dennis Merritt, Ph.D., Jungian Psychoanalyst, The Cambridge Group
Speaker 2: Amy Heart, Director, Public Policy at Sunrun
10:00am
- 11:00am
Breakout Session 12

Sustainable Food Systems: Urban Farmers and Food Buyers

10:00am - 11:00am
Room M616

The Milwaukee Farmers Union is an emerging cooperative/collective consisting of farmers, processors, and retailers. The Milwaukee Farmers Union exists to address barriers between urban farmers and area food businesses. These barriers will be addressed by the needs the Milwaukee Farmer Union members. Over the past four years the group has identified the following key areas which it seeks to address: education, infrastructure, and collective purchasing power. The discussion will be moderated by Groundwork Milwaukee, a local environmental justice organization leading the development along with Outpost Natural Foods.

Moderator: Deneine Powell, Executive Director, Groundwork Milwaukee

Speaker 1: Nick DeMarsh, Food Systems Director, Groundwork Milwaukee
Speaker 2: David Johnson, Owner/Manager, Cream City Farms
Speaker 3: Kathy Papineau, Owner, MkeLocalicious/MkeKitchen
10:00am
- 11:00am
Breakout Session 13

Disease, Policy, and Development: Identifying Connections Between Water and Health

10:00am - 11:00am
Room M612/614

Access to clean water has obvious links to the state of physical human health. Often overlooked is the role of managing water resources in sustaining human health and well-being for the future. Policy that recognizes this connection manifests sustainability in the prevention of disease and facilitation of development. Panelists will discuss current events surrounding water quality and health in Milwaukee, the role of water management in the West African Ebola outbreak, and the challenges of increasing access to water to reduce health inequities in an emerging economy (Accra).

Moderator: Sarah Ehlinger Affotey, Program Manager, Milwaukee Global Health Consortium

Speaker 1: Dr. Jenny Kehl, Center for Water Policy, UW-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences
Speaker 2: Hon. Momodu Maligi, Minister of Water Resources, Sierra Leone
Speaker 3: Ing. Richard Appiah Otoo, Senior Engineer and Chief GIS Manager, Ghana Water Company Limited
10:00am
- 11:00am
Breakout Session 14

Partnering and Collaborating: Manufacturers in the Neighborhood Work Together to Solve BIG Workforce Issues

10:00am - 11:00am
Room M210

Getting employees prepared to take on new responsibility, learn to work in teams, prepare for the fast- moving technology evolution, and adjust to an ever-changing workforce is critical and these are topics that can best be addressed in a classroom setting with employees from a collaboration of companies. Learning amongst others representative of other manufacturers exposes workers to many different solutions, ideas, and possibilities that learning with workers from only their company will not allow. Learn how to collaborate with your neighbors and prepare your workforce for 2020 and beyond. Partnering and collaborating: a solution for your future.

Moderator: Michael Kuehnl, Workforce Solutions, Milwaukee Area Technical College

Speaker 1: Dave Dull, President/ CEO, Allis-Roller, LLC
Speaker 2: Kathleen Cady Schilling, Executive Director, Ozaukee Economic Development
Speaker 3: Mary Hoehne, Executive Director, Granville Business District
10:00am
- 11:00am
Breakout Session 15

Generation Waking Up Experience – Interactive Multimedia Workshop

10:00am - 11:00am
Room S116

The Generation Waking Up Experience is an interactive, peer-led workshop, that empowers young people to wake up to a clear sense of identity and purpose, as members of a generation-wide movement for a thriving, just and sustainable world. Through inspiring multimedia presentation, dynamic group interaction, and engaging dialogue, participants explore critical questions facing this generation and our society today.

Moderator: Kirsten Shead, Program Director, Interfaith Earth Network
10:00am
- 11:00am
Breakout Session 16

Achieve Sustainability and Actually Increase Profits

10:00am - 11:00am
Room M206

Logical Green Solutions will provide an overview of why and how sustainability should and can be incorporated into your business. This will include benefits to you, your clients, and the environment. Your benefits can include reduced operating expenses, better lighting quality, increased productivity, improved safety, and the ability to implement energy saving technology within your building envelope. It is possible to implement sustainability, increase profitability, and improve cash flow at the same time.
Moderators: Willam Fuchs, President, Logical Green Solutions, Rick Kennett, LED Sales Technician, Logical Green Solutions
11:00am
- 12:00pm
LUNCH

On Your Own (see program insert for lunch options)

12:00pm
- 1:00pm
Keynote Address

Will Allen, President/CEO, Growing Power

1:00pm
- 1:30pm
Exhibits & Networking Break
1:30pm
- 2:30pm
Breakout Session 17

Sustainable Education and Job Opportunities

1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room S120

Building a sustainable economy takes countless people working in education, business, government and non‐profits to jointly understand our global green and sustainability challenges and know how to collaborate to create solutions that lead to green jobs.

Moderator: Ted Wilinski, P.E., LEED AP, MATC Oak Creek and Jennifer Brinker, CEM
Instructor - Energy Management, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College

Work in the field of sustainability have been and continue to be built on, or evolving from, traditional jobs. In this breakout, background will be provided on sustainability and green jobs, then traditional industry jobs evolving into sustainable ones will be discussed. It will be capped off by discussions from two students on their experiences working in the field of controls and solar.

Speaker 1: Korinne Haeffel, Executive Director, USGBC
Speaker 2: Michael Leone, Building Automation System Integrator, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
Speaker 3: Tracey Tyler, Solar Technology Intern, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
1:30pm
- 2:30pm
Breakout Session 18

The Limits to Economic Growth: What Ecological Economics Teaches Us

1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room S116

MATC students who exemplify an ecologically sustainable lifestyle, such as not owning a car or limiting their family size to 2 children, will briefly share their experiences.

Moderator: Jim Carpenter, Instructor of Ecological Economics, MATC

An 18 minute video on the book "Enough is Enough: Building A Sustainable Economy in a World of Finite Resources" will be shown. Questions and Answers will follow.
1:30pm
- 2:30pm
Breakout Session 19

Using the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals to Identify Business Opportunities

1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room M612/614

In 2015, the 193 Member States of the United Nations established 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be achieved by 2030. The SDGs represent the international community’s vision of a sustainable future; the progress targets provide a roadmap for how to make it work! The SDGs set a bold vision for the future. However, achieving the goals will require robust engagement and leadership by the business community. Broad international consensus in support of the SDGs represents a set of market signals on an unprecedented scale.

Moderator: Dan Streit, Program Manager for Environmental Sustainability Services, WECC (Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corp.)

Speaker 1: Amanda Goetsch, Sustainability Manager, Inpro Corporation
Speaker 2: Jessy Servi Ortiz, Sustainability Manager, Outpost Natural Foods
Speaker 3: Kim Marotta, Global Senior Director, Corporate Responsibility, Molson Coorws
1:30pm
- 2:30pm
Breakout Session 20

Driving Towards a Sustainable Future: Making it Work!

1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room M616

Learn about the use of alternative fuels and technologies and how they contribute to a sustainable future. Speakers will share first hand experience and knowledge. Learn about current projects and programs in Wisconsin.

Moderator: Lorrie Lisek, Executive Director, Wisconsin Clean Cities
Speaker 1: Danielle Clark, Clean Air Coordinator, American Lung Association
Speaker 2: Scott Marshall, Owner, Marshall Auto Body

- 2:30pm
Conference Ends

Mission & Vision

Mission

The mission of the Sustainability Summit is to engage business, academia, communities and others in active discussion of the issues of Sustainability including, but not limited to, sustainable business practices, energy conservation, research on sustainable practices, creating sustainable cities/neighborhoods, water conservation and purity, transportation, and other activities designed to improve the quality of life and sustain the planet.

Vision

By engaging business, academia and community, the Sustainability Summit will act as a catalyst to encourage more sustainable practices, create healthier neighborhoods, and increase economic sustainability locally and regionally that can serve a models for the planet.

Summit 2018 Theme

 

Proposed Tracks

1. Perspectives of Sustainability: Economic, Environmental, Social and Governmental

2. Sustainable Global Business Growth and Change: Impetus for Growth and Change

3. Developing and Engaging Future Leaders: Building Sustainable Pipelines

4. Water and Food: The Vital Resources

5. Sustainable Energy: Innovation and Transition

6. Smart Cities and Infrastructure

7. Sustainable Buildings: Current and Future Trends

8. Education for a Sustainable Future

9. Sustainable Entrepreneurship: Advancing Sustainable Development Goals

10. Sustainable Transportation & Alternative Fuels

11. Sustainable Manufacturing

12. Creating Greater Connectivity Between Private Sector to Public Sector Initiatives

13. Public Health in the Global Environment

 

 

Speakers

Chris Abele

Milwaukee County Executive

Elected with an overwhelming 61% of the vote in a special election Chris Abele became Milwaukee County Executive on April 4, 2011. After serving one year, he ran unopposed and was re-elected to a full four year term April 3, 2012. As County Executive, Chris is focused on providing important, effective and efficient services to residents, disciplined decision-making, and making the county more sustainable. He is also focused on bringing civility back to politics. Chris wants to use his position to remind people political labels are not as important as getting things done. He’s proud to work with Democrats and Republicans on numerous issues.

 

Dr. Mark Felsheim, PhD

Vice President, MATC Oak Creek Campus

As Vice President of the MATC Oak Creek campus, Dr. Mark Felsheim brings over 30 years’ experience as an educator, trainer, consultant and administrator in both the public and private sector. He has his Ph. D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a distributed minor in counseling and ethics. He has worked in all phases of higher education as a teacher, administrator, and customized training director. He has been recognized for his commitment to quality, innovation, and community building. He has extensive experience in economic development having served on several local and state economic development boards. A Wisconsinite by birth, he is ecstatic to be back in “Packer Country” closer to his family. He and his wife Kathleen live in Oak Creek.

Dr. Vicki J. Martin

President of Milwaukee Area Technical College

Dr. Vicki J. Martin was named the 10th president of Milwaukee Area Technical College by the MATC District Board on Tuesday, June 24, 2014. She assumed the position Wednesday, July 2. Martin has served MATC since 1988 and most recently was the college’s Executive Vice President and Provost since March 2010.

“We are confident that Dr. Martin will provide strong leadership for the college,” said Bobbie Webber, Chairperson of the MATC District Board. “Throughout her career she has been an advocate for our students and understands the critical role MATC plays in the success and growth of local businesses.”

 

Linda Reid

Executive Director, Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds Trust

Linda Reid, JD is the Executive Director of Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds Trust, Inc., a collaborative non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and restoring the Greater Milwaukee watersheds to conditions that are healthy for swimming and fishing.

She earned her law degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 1995. In 2003, after working in the private and government sectors, she joined the faculty of University of Wisconsin-Whitewater’s College of Business and Economics. Taking advantage of an opportunity to bring together her academic work with her lifelong commitment to the natural environment, Reid launched and directed UW-Whitewater’s Institute for Water Business.

 

Mayor Tom Barrett

City of Milwaukee

Tom Barrett was elected Milwaukee’s 40th Mayor on April 6, 2004, and has been reelected with over 70% of the vote in 2008, 2012 and 2016. As Milwaukee’s Chief Executive, Tom Barrett is making neighborhoods safer by strengthening public safety services, targeting gangs and illegal guns, and forging partnerships with neighborhood organizations. He is a founding member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

Mayor Barrett continues to strengthen the City’s economy by creating family-supporting jobs and provide assistance to entrepreneurs. He is creating hope in the lives of young people throughout the city with a number of workforce initiatives, including his Earn & Learn initiative. Under the leadership of Mayor Barrett, Earn & Learn has placed more than 28,000 youth in summer jobs since its inception.

 

Patrick Thibaudeau, CCS, Leed Fellow HGA

Director of Allied Disciplines / Sustainability Team

Patrick is vice president of HGA’s sustainable design practice. He has worked on many national projects that follow such sustainable-design guidelines as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating SystemTM; the State of Minnesota Sustainable Building Guidelines-Buildings, Benchmarks & Beyond (MSBG-B3); and the Green Guide for HealthcareTM. He is part of a national group of large architecture firms that supports the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) 2030 Goals for carbon neutral buildings by the year 2030. He also serves on the 2010 Editorial Advisory Board for Eco-Structure.

Tyler Huebner

Executive Director, RENEW Wisconsin

Tyler Huebner is the Executive Director of RENEW Wisconsin, a nonprofit organization which leads and accelerates the transformation to Wisconsin’s renewable energy future through advocacy, education, and collaboration. Since joining the organization in 2013, RENEW Wisconsin has led the advocacy to continue funding renewable energy projects through Focus on Energy and defended policies time and again which support renewable energy projects of all sizes.

He has previously worked at the State of Wisconsin’s Division of Energy Services, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy division, and ICF International as a consultant to utilities and businesses. He holds a Master’s degree from Stanford University and Bachelor’s in electrical engineering from the University of Iowa.

 

Will Allen

Founder and CEO, Growing Power

Will Allen, farmer, founder and CEO of Growing Power Inc., is recognized as a preeminent practitioner of urban agriculture in America and throughout the world.

The ultimate direction of Will’s life truly changed when young people from the neighborhood, including kids who lived in the largest low-income public housing project in Milwaukee, began to ask him for advice and assistance with growing their own vegetables. Almost overnight, Will took up the mantle of teacher and trainer, and the impromptu gathering of neighborhood children became the Youth Corps, a program that continues today. In 1995, Growing Power Inc. was born: a not-for-profit center for urban agriculture training and building community food security systems.

 

Videos

The Summit is one of the leading events of its kind, focusing on engaging industry, community, and academia in sustainable action. We bring together all different members of our emerging sustainable community under one roof; provide opportunities for learning, listening and conversation; and offer a venue for networking, engagement and collaboration.

Check out some of the thought leaders that we have featured at past Summits and check back soon for a complete list of speakers for the 2018 Summit!

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The Sustainability Summit and Exposition relies on the participation of generous sponsors to attract renowned speakers and to retain the beautiful facilities at Milwaukee’s Delta Center. Importantly, sponsors also provide scholarships for student registration.

In return, the Sustainability Summit and Exposition works hard to increase sponsor visibility among its attendees and audiences at large. We recognize all sponsors on the Summit website, via social media such as Facebook and Twitter, plus on widely distributed printed material and posters displayed during events.

Exhibit

The Sustainability Summit and Exposition relies on the participation of generous sponsors to attract renowned speakers and to retain the beautiful facilities at Milwaukee’s Delta Center. Importantly, sponsors also provide scholarships for student registration.

In return, the Sustainability Summit and Exposition works hard to increase sponsor visibility among its attendees and audiences at large. We recognize all sponsors on the Summit website, via social media such as Facebook and Twitter, plus on widely distributed printed material and posters displayed during events.