There will be no Summit in 2019. Looking forward to a 2020 Summit!

4.11.18 - 4.12.18
2 Days 40+ Talks

Milwaukee Area Technical College

Downtown Campus
  • Day 1
  • Day 2
- 8:30am
Registration Open, Coffee Served, Networking

Room M605

- 8:40am
Opening Ceremonies (Co-Chair Welcome & Dignitaries)

Dr. Mark Felsheim, VP (MATC – Oak Creek) CHAIR

- 9:30am
Welcome Remarks

Dr. Vicki Martin, President (MATC)

8:40am - 9:00am

Mayor Tom Barrett, Mayor (City of Milwaukee

9:00am - 9:30am
- 10:15am
Keynote Address: GreenPath: Stewardship at Miller Park

Seth Vanderlaan, Executive Chef at Miller Park

- 10:45am
Exhibits & Networking Break

Room M605 & M616

- 11:50am
Breakout Sessions

BREAKOUT SESSION 1: Living, Learning, Leading: Why Sustainability Matters to Colleges & Universities in Milwaukee

- Room M605
Moderator: Gordie Bennett, Sustainability Director, Milwaukee County

Speaker 1: Brent Ribble, Campus Sustainability Coordinator, Marquette University

Speaker 2: Ginny Routhe, Sustainability Manager, Milwaukee Area Technical College

Speaker 3: Kate Nelson, Chief Sustainability Officer, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

BREAKOUT SESSION 2: Why Service Clubs Understand Environmental Sustainability as Fundamental to Service

- Room M612
International Service organizations including Rotary, Lions, and Kiwanis, are seeking solutions to environmental problems that threaten to undercut volunteer time, donations, and service legacy. We will offer examples of scalable projects with integrative approaches, both here and internationally, that can help sustain the environment, while building community and enhancing civil society. Explore how both service clubs and the world in which they work can benefit from increased commitment to environmental sustainability.

Moderator: Jeffrey Reed, Governor, Rotary International District 6270 and Professor of Management at Marian University

Speaker 1: Christina Hall, Governor, Rotary District 6220

Speaker 2: Karen Kendrick-Hands, Founder and Immediate Past Chair of Environmental Sustainability Rotarian Action Group (ESRAG)

BREAKOUT SESSION 3: Colleges Integrating Sustainability Into Courses

- Room M614
This is a panel discussion on programs at a few Wisconsin Technical Colleges which incorporate sustainability into the classes and degree. Colleges featured are Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Wisconsin Mid-State Technical College, Madison Area Technical College, and Milwaukee Area Technical College.

Moderator: David Polk, Associate Dean /Apprenticeship, MATC

Speaker 1: Jenny Brinker, CEM, Energy Management Technology Instructor, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College

Speaker 2: Ken Walz, PhD. Madison Area Technical College

Speaker 3: Benjamin Nusz, Mid-State Technical College

Speaker 4: Ted Wilinski, Instructor, MATC

BREAKOUT SESSION 4: Addressing Water Equity Through Milwaukee’s Workforce

- Room M210
Partners at all scales are working together to build the organizational, policy and partnership capacity of utilities, community organizations, and other stakeholders to bend the course of Milwaukee’s water future to be more equitable. This work will use a collaborative approach to increase the number of minority, unemployed and underemployed Milwaukee area residents entering water sector jobs. This session will frame the opportunity in Milwaukee, address the problems and challenges, and lay out the process of how the team anticipates approaching this work.

Moderator: Linda Reid, Sweetwater Foundation

Speaker 1: Nadia Vogt, Senior Project Manager, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District

Speaker 2: Ann Brummitt, Co-Executive Director, Milwaukee Water Commons

BREAKOUT SESSION 5: Sustainability Starts with the Home: Renovating for Resource Efficiency

- Room M610
Moderator: Susan Campbell, Realtor, Green, Shorewest Realtors

Speaker 1: Juanita Ellias, Trade Partner with Wisconsin Focus on Energy, Board Member for Midwest Association of Home Performance

Speaker 2: Bruce Zahn, Owner, Architect, Certified Passive House Consultant, Bruce W. Zahn-Architect, ALA, PHIUS+consultant

Speaker 3: Anthony Lyons, Co-Wwner of Edge Grain. PHIUS + builder, DOE PARTNER, and Energy Star v3 Afflliate

Speaker 4: Tom Content, Executive Director, Citizens Utility Board of Wisconsin Inc.
- 1:00pm
Lunch Panel

Towards a World Class Eco-City: How Milwaukee’s Local Governments Support Sustainability

- Room M605
Moderator: Erick Shambarger, City of Milwaukee, Environmental Sustainability Director

Speaker 1: Erick Shambarger, City of Milwaukee Environmental Sustainability Director

Speaker 2: Gordie Bennett, Milwaukee County Sustainability Director

Speaker 3: Karen Sands, MMSD Director of Planning, Research and Sustainability

Speaker 4: Mia Arter, Operations Director, Urban Sustainability Directors Network
- 1:30pm
Exhibits & Networking Break

Room M605 & M616

- 2:20pm
Breakout Sessions

BREAKOUT SESSION 6: Bridging Water and Art: A Path to Healthy Communities

- Room M612
The session will highlight local collaborative art projects that demonstrate how art can facilitate a community’s understanding and respect for their water resources. Panelists will focus on how art is an engaging medium that strengthens community development and thereby promotes health. The audience will gain awareness of current art and water initiatives around the Milwaukee area and form ideas for how to develop such projects at their workplaces, schools, and communities. The organizations represented include Arts@Large, Reflo, Milwaukee Water Commons, and Marquette University Haggerty Museum of Art. The second half of the session will be used for discussion with the audience.

Moderator: Ann Brummitt, Co-Executive Director, Milwaukee Water Commons

Speaker 1: Sean Kiebzak, Director of Programs, Arts@Large, Inc.

Speaker 2: Justin Hegarty, Executive Director, Reflo – Sustainable Water Solutions

Speaker 3: Susan Longhenry, Director and Chief Curator, Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University

Speaker 4: Melanie Ariens, Artist in Residence, Milwaukee Water Commons

BREAKOUT SESSION 7: Global Scholarships: Opportunities to Build Local Leaders

- Room M614
The session will provide an overview of several scholarship, fellowship, and volunteer opportunities for students and young professionals interested in global health, peace, and social and economic justice. Panelists will speak on opportunities from Rotary International, the Peace Corps, Fulbright, and the Trinity Fellowship program. The session will emphasize how globally-minded programs have sustainable effect by developing leaders who are better equipped for local engagement following their programs. Teachers, mentors, students, and young professionals should consider attending the session.

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

Speaker 1: Regina Fuller, PhD candidate, UW-Madison

Speaker 2: Erin Richards, Education Reporter, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Speaker 3: James Levine, Recruiter, Peace Corps

Speaker 4: Maren and Stephen Hawkins, Former Peace Corps Volunteers

Speaker 5: Carolyn Swabek, Assistant Director, Trinity Fellows Program

BREAKOUT SESSION 8: Wisconsin Renewable Energy: What's New & Emerging Trends

- Room M210
Learn about the advances and opportunities in Wisconsin renewable energy including solar on homes, businesses, and nonprofits, up to large wind and solar projects in rural areas. Plus, get the latest status of energy storage as an opportunity to improve the electric grid and further expand renewable energy. Experts Michael Allen of Energy Law Wisconsin and Cleantech Law Partners, and Katherine Klausing and Tyler Huebner of RENEW Wisconsin, a statewide nonprofit which promotes renewable energy, will present and take your questions!

Moderator: Tyler Huebner, Executive Director, RENEW Wisconsin

Speaker 1: Katherine Klausing, RENEW Wisconsin

Speaker 2: Tyler Huebner, Executive Director, RENEW Wisconsin

Speaker 3: Michael Allen, Energy Law Wisconsin and Cleantech Law Partners

BREAKOUT SESSION 9: Rotary, Sustainability and Global Grants – Experience from Central America

- Room M605
The program will open with a discussion of Rotary's commitment to sustainability on its water and transportation projects and its emphasis of needs assessment. It will include presentations by two students who were involved in a water project, and two from a bridge project, covering their work on design, and installing the project. Projects were conducted in Guatemala in partnership between Clubs in Rotary International and Engineers without Borders.

Moderator: Jeffrey Reid, Governor, Rotary International District 6270 and Professor of Management at Marian University

Speaker 1: Steen Sanderhoff, District Global Grants Chair and District Governor Nominee, Rotary International District 6270

Speaker 2: Esther Baas, Student, Marquette University

Speaker 3: Kassidy O’Malley, Student, Marquette University

Speaker 4: Maia Heineck, Student, Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE)

Speaker 5: Trey Horbinski, Student, Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE)

Speaker 6: Justin Jacobson, Student, UW-Milwaukee

Speaker 7: James Kennedy, Student UW-Milwaukee

BREAKOUT SESSION 10: Using Solar Infrastructure for both Energy Production and Teaching Students

- Room M518
Madison College operates a solar training lab and is currently in the process of installing one of the largest rooftop solar photovoltaic systems in the State of Wisconsin. This session will discuss the design of the college’s solar facilities, and examine some of the special considerations made to facilitate both generation of solar electricity and instruction of renewable energy students.

Moderator: Ken Walz, Ph.D., AEE REP, Chemistry and Engineering Instructor, Madison Area Technical College

Speaker 1: Joel Schumacher, Electrical Apprenticeship and Renewable Energy Instructor, Madison Area Technical College

Speaker 2: Ken Walz, Ph.D., AEE REP, Chemistry and Engineering Instructor, Madison Area Technical College

BREAKOUT SESSION 11: Finding Your Sustainability Style – A Storytelling Session

- Room M514
In “Finding Your Sustainability Style – A Storytelling Session” we’ll discuss the topic of where to begin in sustainability and how to find the initiatives that fit best in a multitude of existing space types given a multitude of common roadblocks. The goal of the session is to provide a diverse group of attendees with ideas they can run with in their building, office, school, or even home. The target audience is owners, operators, and occupiers of built-environments- anyone who has an interest in pursuing sustainability and wellness initiatives in their own space. Anyone can be a leader in this charge and this session will arm them with ideas and next steps to lay the groundwork.

Moderator: Samantha Longshore, Rivion, LLC

Speaker 1: Megan Wolf, Rivion, LLC

Speaker 2: Samantha Longshore, Rivion, LLC
- 3:00pm
Exhibits & Networking Break

Room M605 & M616

- 3:50pm
Breakout Sessions

BREAKOUT SESSION 12: The Industrial Assessment Center at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

- Room M612
The Industrial Assessment Center at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (WM-IAC) has conducted more than 120 industrial energy assessments since it was renewed in 2011. This session is to present analytical and case studies of this center activity. Such session will be interesting for plant managers, energy engineers and other personnel involved in the energy assessment process.

Moderator: Ryo S. Amano, Professor & Director of UWM-DOE IAC, UWM

Speaker 1: Ahmad Abbas – Research Assistant and Ph.D. Candidate at UWM

Speaker 2: Muhannad Al-Haddad, CEM – Research Assistant and Masters’ Student at UWM

BREAKOUT SESSION 13: Disclosure Effect: Evidence from Public Building Energy Consumption Presenter: Brendon Dorn, HGA

- Room M614
Energy performance disclosure mandates, referred to as 'benchmark ordinances', are a type of information disclosure policy aimed at providing opportunities for energy efficiency investments in both public and private buildings. Currently, 7 cities have adopted these ordinances and publish to a public database. This research finds intrinsic motivation in public buildings accounting for 6% less energy used.

BREAKOUT SESSION 14: Sustainability Manager, Justifying the Position: Case Study

- Room M210
Having a person who is dedicated to sustainability for a large organization seems straight forward, an easy decision. But it is not. For years MATC has been involved with energy and sustainability efforts but those efforts were driven by many people and typically not connected. It became obvious that a person dedicated to sustainability who could connect all these efforts for the district was needed. But how to do that in face of declining enrollments and budget cuts? This session explains how MATC was able to justify a dedicated position, a business case, for a sustainability manager.

Moderator: Ted Wilinski, Instructor, MATC

Speaker 1: Jeff Hollow, Vice President, Finance at MATC

Speaker 2: Ginny Routhe, Facilities Planning, Sustainability, and Operations Manager, MATC

BREAKOUT SESSION 15: Energy Conservation Implementation – Let’s Get Practical

- Room M518
At the heart of their work across the U.S. and for facilities they’ve traveled to across the world, is a mission to reduce energy and water consumption. They found that many people knew their goal was to reduce utility costs, but simply didn’t know how or where to start. Their intent is to help you find that starting point and get things moving. They’ll share experiences and what they found to be very simple ways to save energy. Spoiler alert…they turn a lot of stuff off.

Moderator: Jack Schirpke, Vice President, Environmental Services Division, Total Mechanical

Speaker 1: Rock Ridolfi, Senior Solutions Consultant, Rivion

Speaker 2: Ted Malesevich, Vice President/Project Manager, Sure-Fire

Speaker 3: Jack Shirpke, Vice President, Environmental Services Division, Total Mechanical

POSTER SESSION 1: The Largest Rooftop Solar Arrays in Wisconsin

- Hallway
Presenter: Steven Ansorge, Undergraduate Student, Madison College

Madison College is installing the largest rooftop solar arrays in Wisconsin this summer. It will measure 1.4 MW. The presentation will include system details, specifications, and projected energy savings. Our system will be an example greater sustainability. This solar project will be a case study for other colleges and solar project developers to learn from our actions.

POSTER SESSION 2: GLEE Solar Energy Technology

- Hallway
Presenter: Ashley Scholes, Student, Madison College

This display will be about our research and testing of a nano-material coating applied to photo-voltaic panels. This coating is made through converting monomers into a colloidal solution that acts as the precursor for an integrated network of polymers. The purpose of this coating is to increase the surface area which will hopefully help the photo-voltaic panels capture and wash away micro-particles and therefore would increase the efficiency of electrical current absorption.
- 9:00am
Registration Open, Coffee Served, Networking

Room M605

- 8:40am
Opening Ceremonies (Co-Chair Welcome)

Dr. Mark Felsheim, Vice President (MATC) and Chair (Sustainability Summit & Exposition)

- Room M605
- 9:20am
Welcome Remarks

Randy Bertram, Director Sustainability and Operational Excellence Services, Wisconsin Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership (WMEP)

8:40am - 9:00am

County Executive Chris Abele

9:00am - 9:20am
- 10:15am
Keynote Address

Joe Jacobson, PhD, Author, Concordia University Milwaukee

- Room M605
Intelligent Economic Growth: Making the Case for a Sustainable Economy

The first part of this talk reviews the latest (2017) global population, CO2 and Earth temperature data. The second part is about the acceleration of the diffusion of clean technologies to offset the negative consequences of the CO2/climate change relationship by reducing CO2emissions. We will close out by identifying measurable governmental policies aimed at emission regulation, economic growth and employment.
- 10:45am
Exhibits & Networking Break

Room M605 & M616

- 11:50am
Breakout Sessions

BREAKOUT SESSION 16: Sustainable Business Operations in Practice

- Room M612
This panel discussion will feature company representatives from companies that are applying sustainable practices across their operations. This includes reducing waste, reusing materials, reducing energy costs, creating a healthy work environment, etc.

Moderator: Mike Mallwitz, Director, Workforce Solutions, MATC

Speaker 1: Jerry Richie, Production Manager, NuCor Cold Finish

Speaker 2: Mark Doolittle, Facilities & Sustainability, Krones, Inc.

Speaker 3: Kirk Kussman, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Aztalan Engineering, Inc. and President of Tool, Die and Machining Association of Wisconsin

Speaker 4: Dan Depies, Vice President, Workforce and Program Development, Goodwill Industries

BREAKOUT SESSION 17: Grid Modernization and the Utility of the Future

- Room M515
The electric grid as we know it is changing. Smart meters. Smart thermostats. Home Energy Storage and Renewables. All that is on the horizon. Wisconsin’s energy regulators are examining Grid Modernization and what’s to come over the next 5-10 years. In short, it spells big changes.

Moderator: Corey Singletary, Utility Analyst, Citizens Utility Board of Wisconsin

Speaker 1: Bill Malcolm, Senior Legislative Representative, State Advocacy and Strategy at AARP

Speaker 2: David Kolata, Executive Director, Citizens Utility Board of Illinois

Speaker 3: Chris Villareal, President, Plugged In Strategies, Eden

BREAKOUT SESSION 18: Wisconsin Clean Cities: Providing Energy & Environmental Security Now and Into the Future

- Room M614
Transportation plays a key role in our national energy and environmental security. Learn how current alternative fuel projects in Wisconsin are making a sustainable impact.

Moderator: Lorrie Lisek, Executive Director, Wisconsin Clean Cities

Speaker 1: Jeff Tews, Fleet Manager, City of Milwaukee

Speaker 2: Kimberly Pons, Market Strategist, We Energies

Speaker 3: Josh Budworth, Industry Specialist, Alliance Autogas

BREAKOUT SESSION 19: Arriving Together: Creating a 21st Century Transportation System

- Room M210
Transportation trends are changing – young people prefer alternatives to driving and seniors in Wisconsin are outliving their ability to drive. At the same time, the transportation sector has become the largest source of carbon dioxide pollution and southeast Wisconsin continues to grow. Join us for a discussion on how we can use this time of transformation to create a sustainable 21st Century transportation system that meets the needs of the region and provides access for all. Moderator: Elizabeth Ward: John Muir Chapter Sierra Club Conservation Programs Coordinator

Speaker 1: Ryan Holifield, Professor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Speaker 2: David Thomas, Member, Sierra Club

BREAKOUT SESSION 20: District Energy – Serving Milwaukee for more than 120 Years

- Room M683
This presentation will focus on the history of our Steam System, the advantages to its use and the “Green” aspects of the D.E. system now in into the future.

Presenter: Ted Sniegowski,Manager, District Energy, We Energies
- 1:00pm
Lunch Panel

Energy Technologies Update

- Room M605
Moderator: Jeff Anthony, Midwest Energy Research Consortium

Milwaukee is home to a broad-range of worldwide leaders in the Energy, Power, and Controls industries. The Midwest Energy Research Consortium (M-WERC) represents this sector of our economy, one of the fastest-growing sectors in Wisconsin. Come hear how these technologies are powering the Wisconsin economy and some of the opportunities in this sector, speaking on these topics:

Speaker 1: Chet Kolodziej, Industrial Energy Efficiency, Freedom Field

Speaker 2: Nate Conroy, Energy-Water Nexus, STEMhero

Speaker 3: Jeff Anthony, Distributed Energy and Energy Storage, M-WERC

Speaker 4: Erick Shambarger, Smart Cities Technologies, City of Milwaukee

Speaker 5: Ted Wilinski, Jobs Growth in the Energy Sector, MATC
- 2:20pm
Breakout Sessions

BREAKOUT SESSION 21: Sustain Dane: Sustainable Business Initiative

- Room M612
Sustain Dane’s MPower Champion Business Program is a one-year, fully customizable program for organizations in the Greater Madison Region that want to reduce their environmental impact while saving costs and creating a healthier and more engaging workplace and community. Since 2009 MPower has worked with 98 organizations to embed sustainability into all aspects of their operations. MPower is a proven and nationally recognized model for achieving sustainability success from within an organization. At this presentation, hear about Sustain Dane’s mission of building sustainability champions and how they have been able to achieve long-lasting impacts within the business community. Whether big or small, the MPower Business Champion program provides the structure, resources, and accountability to put ideas into action. And the long-term nature of the program allows for the normalization of sustainability efforts so that it is no longer considered an add-on in business operations.

Moderator: Stacie Reece, Director Sustainable Business Initiative, Sustain Dane

Speaker 1: Ben Reynolds - Director of Operations, Reynolds Transfer & Storage

Speaker 2: Dan Streit - Program Manager, WECC

BREAKOUT SESSION 22: Storytelling for a Sustainable World

- Room M614
Presenter: Ben Merens, Chief Storyteller at BloodCenter of Wisconsin’s Blood Research Institute

Sustainable Communities are built – one story at a time. Master Storyteller Ben Merens shares his insights about how we craft “Stories for a Sustainable World.” Come learn how to make your story memorable.

BREAKOUT SESSION 23: Environmental Sustainability: A Public Health and Equity Issue

- Room M605
This session will discuss how we need a safe and secure natural environment to sustain us. The first talk is about the Sierra Club “Nearby Nature” program's commitment to build an inclusive environmental movement by connecting people to neglected green spaces in the 30th St Corridor and Lincoln Creek Greenway. The second is about the Clean Power Coalition’s work to create healthy communities in Oak Creek where two coal fired power plants have been causing significant health impacts for nearby residents.

Moderator: Miranda Ehrlich, Sierra Club Beyond Coal Campaign Organizer

Speaker 1: Ryan Holifield, UW Milwaukee Associate Professor of Geography

Speaker 2: David Thomas, Sierra Club outings leader

Speaker 3: Miranda Ehrlich, Sierra Club Beyond Coal Campaign Organizer

Speaker 4: Tom Rutkowski, volunteer, Sierra Club Southeast Gateway Group and Clean Power Coalition

BREAKOUT SESSION 24: Sustainability Classes: ABS (Automated Building Systems - Heating/Cooling Controls

- Room M210
Presenter: Ted Wilinski, Instructor – MATC

MATC courses/programs have strong sustainability content in traditional fields such as heating ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) controls. Diploma students in Automated Building Systems (ABS) have starting wages of $40k to $50k plus overtime. Master technicians can earn over $100k! This is about sustainability as some course titles show, but the pay and fun in the work is undeniable.

BREAKOUT SESSION 25: The Limits to Economic Growth; What Ecological Economics Teaches Us

- Room M516
Moderator: Jim Carpenter: Economics Instructor MATC

MATC students who exemplify an ecologically sustainable lifestyle, e.g., living simply, not owning a car, living with a roommate, or limiting their family size to 2 children. An 18 minute video on the book "Enough is Enough: Building A Sustainable Economy in a World of Finite Resources" will be shown.

BREAKOUT SESSION 26: An Empirical Study of the Present Challenges in Environmental Education

- Room M610
Presenter: Si Gou, Graduate Student, Concordia University Wisconsin

Environmental education (EE) aims to increase environmental literacy and to encourage pro-environmental behavior. Most studies provided evidences that EE was somewhat successful. Prior studies also indicated a negative coefficient between religiousness and environmental attitude. A new model was built and tested to understand how religiousness affects the outcome of EE. A total of 65 students from a midwestern religious university responded to the questionnaire.

BREAKOUT SESSION 27: State of The World: Climate Impacts

- Room M206
Presenter: Dr. George T. Stone, PhD, Former Professor, MATC

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 – technologies that use energy more efficiently and generate it from renewable sources – already exist.

Learn about 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.

POSTER SESSION 3: GLEE Solar Energy Technology

- Hallway
Presenter: Konner Campos, Student, NWTC

NWTC Energy and Conservation Club’s goal is to educate community members on topics that include renewable energy production, energy conservation, and opportunities to become more environmentally conscious. ECC benefits members by attending professional networking events and allows for hands-on experiences directly related to programs. ECC members include students from sustainable programs such as Energy Management Technology, Landscape Horticulture, and Solar Energy Technology.

- 2:30pm
Conference Ends

Mission & Vision


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.


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


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.


Lorrie Lisek

Executive Director, Wisconsin Clean Cities

Lorrie Lisek serves as execut​ive director of Wisconsin Clean Cities, executive leadership for South Shore Clean Cities, and is the president and owner of Legacy Environmental Services. Lorrie has been with Wisconsin Clean Cities since 2006.


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.


Seth Vanderlaan, Executive Chef at Miller Park

Executive Chef

Seth VanderLaan joined Delaware North as the Executive Chef at Milwaukee Sportservice in November 2015. In this position, Seth oversees all culinary operations at Miller Park, home of the Milwaukee Brewers, including concessions, luxury suites, the Club Level restaurant, all-inclusive clubs, catering, and team clubhouse dining. In his Executive Chef role, Seth is the driving force behind new menu concepts that are innovative and crowd-pleasing all while maintaining a focus on sustainability, local sourcing, and green business initiatives.

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.



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 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.


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.