Call For Proposals

The 2018 Sustainability Summit & Exposition is Southeast Wisconsin’s largest and most influential gathering for industry, academia and non-profits to unite around sustainability. The event brings together more than 1000 industry stakeholders to learn and share better practices and the latest innovations in sustainable practices and emerging trends. This is truly a unique conference, in that we are addressing how academia, business, government and non-profits are collaborating to develop competitive global communities.


Because the Summit will be held at MATC’s downtown campus and is free to college students, there will be a significant number of college students in attendance. UWM and Marquette as well as several other colleges and universities are major participants as well. There will also be significant business participation and tracks that address those initiatives as well as community activism.

Proposed Themes

  • Sustainable Business Practices
  • Sustainable Manufacturing
  • Water and Food – The Vital Resources
  • Sustainable Entrepreneurship: Advancing Sustainable Development Goals
  • Smart Cities, Infrastructure and Transportation
  • Energy Storage and Distributed Energy
  • Sustainable Health and Living Practices
  • Sustainable Education and Green Jobs

Session Types

Panel Discussions (50 Minutes)

Panel discussions provide stories and discussion with diverse perspectives around a particular topic followed by audience Q&A. Panels discussions may be selected for mainstage opportunities or concurrent breakout sessions.

Breakout Presentations (50 Minutes)

Presentations can be delivered as solo or dual talks and provide a highly engaging, in-depth exploration of a topic followed by audience Q&A. Presentations will be scheduled as concurrent breakout sessions.

Workshops (75 Minutes)

Workshops are expanded sessions centered on clearly de ned goals and impart attendees with specific skills and strategies through hands-on training. Attendees should leave with action-oriented tools and resources. Workshops will be scheduled as concurrent breakout sessions. Proposals for How-To Workshops require a session outline, content description, proposed agenda and timing, additional speakers and interactive learning examples.


Title (10 Words Maximum)

The session title is the hook. Be sure to submit a creative title that accurately describes your session content.

Facebook Description (60 Words Maximum)

How we’d share your session on social media.

Twitter Title (144 Characters Maximum)

How we’d share your session on social media.

Topic Area

Please choose from the list of session topics explained above.

Session Type

How we’d share your session on social media.

Abstract (200 Words Maximum)

Session abstracts or descriptions should address the 2018 Summit Theme, Building a Sustainable Future: Making it Work! Discuss the primary topic, goal of the session, the target audience, and any essential background information.

Session Outline (500 Words Maximum)

Please include a description of the proposed session agenda and timing, and additional speakers (as necessary). Preference will be given to session formats that emphasize creativity.

Relevant Audience(s)

Please indicate the target audience: facility operators, marketing & sponsorship representatives, community relations representatives, team and venue executives, brands, vendors, etc.

Learning Objectives

Please list 3‐4 lessons/insights the audience will take away from your proposed session and be able to use in their work.

Speaker Details

Including name, title, company, email address & phone number, session roles (e.g. panelist, presenter, moderator, facilitator), bio (100-250 words), and 1-3 examples of speaking experience (event, presentation title, length, date, and audience size).

Submitter’s Contact Information

The “submitter” is the individual completing the online form, and who will be available to answer any logistical questions about the submission, regardless of whether they are the proposed speaker/presenter.

Review Criteria

The Sustainability Summit team will use the following criteria as a means for evaluating proposals:

  • Represents an innovative contribution to a timely and important topic of interest that reflects our program themes and topics
  • Expertise and experience of presenters, as demonstrated by presenter bios and speaking experience
  • Originality and demonstrated commitment to enhancing sustainability in the areas of industry, academia and non-profit initiatives


Submit your proposal no later than January 31, 2018.