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“ENGAGING COMMUNITY, BUSINESS & ACADEMIA IN SUSTAINABLE ACTION”

Come and discover new opportunities and participate in thought provoking conversations that focuses 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 an exciting venue for networking, engagement and collaboration.

This year the “2016 Sustainability Summit” features an exciting new format, one designed to drive sustainable change in Southeastern Wisconsin that can serve as a model for global change. In this two-day conference, Day 1 will feature speakers outlining state of the art ideas in environmental sustainability. Day 2 will feature a collaborative model, in which conference participants self-select tracks and work together as a team to develop practical sustainability action plans for the region.

This will create a unique opportunity for businesses, academics, and other thought leaders to make this year's sustainability summit fun, productive, and transformative. Your expertise will help shape this collaborative process, guide meaningful actions, and foster new networks and connections.

Conference Agenda

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Day One: April 13, 2016

Time/Location Event

7:15 am to 11:30 am

Event Center Foyer

Registration Open

7:30 am to 8:00am

Event Center Foyer

Continental Breakfast

8:00 am to 8:20 am

Event Center

Opening Ceremonies (Co-Chair Welcome & Dignitaries)

Dr. Vicki Martin, President (MATC)

8:20 to 8:40 am

Event Center

Opening Ceremonies (Co-Chair Welcome & Dignitaries)

Chancellor Mark Mone, Chancellor (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)

8:40 to 9:00 am

Event Center

Opening Ceremonies (Co-Chair Welcome & Dignitaries)

Mayor Tom Barrett, Mayor (City of Milwaukee)

9:00 am to 9:30 am

Event Center

Keynote Address: “Global Health: The Ultimate Sustainable Challenge”

Dr. Steve Hargarten, MD, MPH, Associate Dean for Global Health Center (Medical College of Wisconsin)

9:30 am to 9:35 am

Event Center

Explanation To Attendees About New Structure Of The Conference

Erick Shambarger, Environmental Sustainability Director (ECO, City of Milwaukee)

9:35 am to 10:30 am

Event Center, Foyer, Breakout Session Areas

Exhibits & Networking Break

10:30 am to 11:30 am

Tribal Room

Breakout Session 1: The Energy/Water/Food/Climate Nexus

Municipal water treatment, distribution and wastewater systems use tremendous amounts of energy. Power plants use tremendous amounts of water for cooling. Large scale agriculture uses vast amounts of water for irrigation. These systems contribute to climate change, which in turn fuels demand for more treated water. This session will explore these interconnections and discuss how systems can be adapted to be more environmentally sustainable. This session supports the Day 2 Eco-industrial Districts and Sustainable Business Opportunities workshops.

Moderator: Angela A. James, Senior Counsel Member (Michael Best & Friedrich LLP)
Speaker 1: Jeff Anthony, Director of Business Development (M-WERC)
Speaker 2: Kim Marotta, Director of Sustainability (MillerCoors)
Speaker 3: Matthew Bednarski, Project Manager (Graef)

10:30 am to 11:30 am

Prosperity Room

Breakout Session 2: Sustainable Neighborhoods

Making neighborhoods more environmentally sustainable requires applying better urban planning principals, community residents coming together in support of sustainability, and more effective delivery of sustainability services by both government, non-profit groups, and sustainability-minded businesses. This session will explore national and local frameworks for making neighborhoods more sustainable. It will also provide a practical overview of the new EnviroAtlas mapping tool developed by the US Environmental Protection Agency. EnviroAtlas provides interactive tools and resources for exploring the benefits people receive from nature, with a maps tailored for the Milwaukee region. This session supports the Day 2 Sustainable Neighborhood and Sustainable Health Nexus workshops.

Moderator: Keith Stanley, Executive Director (Near West Side Partners)
Speaker 1: Korinne Haeffel, Executive Director (US Green Building Council- Wisconsin, USGBC)
Speaker 2: Brianna Sas-Perez, Neighborhood Plan Coordinator (Layton Blvd. West Neighbors)
Speaker 3: Laura Jackson, PhD, Research Biologist (U.S. EPA/ORD/NHEERL)

10:30 am to 11:30 am

Inspire Room

Breakout Session 3: Building Energy Efficiency

The City of Milwaukee is rolling the Better Buildings Challenge, a comprehensive building energy efficiency program for the Milwaukee region. This session will explore how the program can help building owners and managers identify savings opportunities, finance improvements through PACE financing, and operate buildings more efficiently. It will also discuss the economic benefits of energy efficiency programs to building owners and the community at large. The session will also provide a national perspective on the importance of energy efficiency for economic development. A working meeting of the Better Buildings Challenge planning team will immediately follow this session and lunch will be served in this working meeting. This session supports the Day 2 Sustainable Business Opportunities workshop.

Moderator: Rose Buss, Energy Efficiency Program Coordinator (ECO, City of Milwaukee)
Speaker 1: Erin Soman, Program Manager (Franklin Energy)
Speaker 2: Beau Engman, Founder (PACE Equity)
Speaker 3: Seth Nowak, Senior Analyst (ACEEE Utilities, State, and Local Policy Program)
Speaker 4: Ted Wilinski, Sustainable Facilities Management Instructor, ECAM (MATC)

Note: There will be a working meeting held in this room directly after completion of session.

10:30 am to 11:30 am

Clarity Room

Breakout Session 4: Sustainable Activities In Local/Global Health

The panel will explore the intersections of environmental health and human health, and show how improving environmental sustainability improves human well-being. Discussion time will provide an opportunity for leaders from the human health community to converse with leaders from the environmental community to explore areas of mutual interest and develop effective coalitions to help make sustainable and healthy changes to Southeastern Wisconsin. This session supports the Day 2 “Sustainable Activities in Local/Global Health” panel and workshops.

Moderator: Dr. Stephen Hargarten, MD, MPH, Associate Dean for Global Health  (Medical College of Wisconsin)
Speaker 1: Veronica L. Gunn, MD, MPH, FAAP, Vice President, Population Health, Medical Director, Community Services, (Children's Hospital of Wisconsin)
Speaker 2: Bonnie Halvorsen, MA, Outreach Director & Research Project Director, (Institute for Urban Agriculture & Nutrition, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)

10:30 am to 11:30 am

Harmony Room

Breakout Session 5: Resiliency: Adapting To Climate Change In Southeastern WI

This panel will discuss how climate change is anticipated to affect Southeastern Wisconsin and will discuss strategies to adapt to a changing climate and making communities more resilient in the face of extreme storms. The session will include a discussion of the “Rain Ready” program developed by Chicago’s Center for Neighborhood Technology and what local governments can do to prepare for a changing climate. This session supports the Day 2 Sustainable Neighborhood and Eco-Industrial Districts workshops.

Moderator: Ginny Routhe, Sustainability Manager (MATC)
Speaker 1: Burrell Poe, RainReady Outreach Coordinator, (CNT) Center for Neighborhood Technology
Speaker 2: Mike Hahn, Chief Environmental Engineer (SEWRPC)
Speaker 3: Mark Mittag, Water Resources Project Manager (CH2M)

11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Event Center

Lunch Keynote Address: The Global Business Opportunity in Sustainability

Speaker: Clay Nesler, VP, Global Energy and Sustainability (Johnson Controls)

Mr. Nesler will discuss global trends around sustainability and how businesses that understand these trends can position themselves for growth.

12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

Exhibits & Networking Break

1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Prosperity Room

Breakout Session 6: Microgrids and Distributed Energy

This session will explore how microgrids can improve community resilience and save energy costs, and how companies are position themselves in this emerging market. The speakers will also cover how energy storage technologies are changing the way Distributed Energy resources can and will be deployed on the grid. Three experts from leading companies will help describe the future of distributed energy and microgrids, changing the way we generate and receive electricity. This session supports the Day 2 Eco-industrial Districts and Smart Cities Workshops.

Moderator: Jeff Anthony, Director of Membership and Business Development (M-WERC)
Speaker 1: Brent O’Daniel, Project Manager (Black and Veatch)
Speaker 2: Brad Hansen, CEO, President and Director (EnSync)
Speaker 3: Derek Price, Director, Strategy and Corporate Development (JCI)

1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Inspire Room

Breakout Session 7: Integrated Water Management

This session will explore emerging trends and intersections between drinking water treatment and distribution, waste water treatment, and storm water management. The session will discuss regional efforts to protect the great lakes and position Milwaukee as a leader in water research, development, and deployment. This session supports all Day 2 workshops.

Moderator: Linda Reid, Executive Director (Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds Trust, Inc.)
Speaker 1: David Strifling, Director, Water Law and Policy Initiative (Marquette Law School)
Speaker 2: David Ullrich, Executive Director (Great Lakes St Lawrence Cities Initiative)
Speaker 3: Jenny Kehl, Director of the Center for Water Policy, Associate Professor (UWM School of Freshwater Sciences)

1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Tribal Room

Breakout Session 8: Biodiversity & The Ecosystem

Broad biodiversity provides ecosystem services to humans and is important in its own right. This session will explore how urban environments can be adapted protect and support biodiversity. This session supports the Day 2 Sustainable Health Nexus workshop.

Moderator: Ellen Censky, Senior Vice President/Academic Dean (Milwaukee Public Museum)
Speaker 1: Tim Vargo, Manager of Research and Citizen Science (Urban Ecology Center)
Speaker 2: Karen Sands, AICP, Manager of Sustainability (MMSD) (Urban Ecology Center)
Speaker 3: Chris Tyrrell, Collection Manager, Curatorial Botany Staff (Milwaukee Public Museum)

1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Clarity Room

Breakout Session 9: Developing Local Talent To Support Next Generation Sustainable Businesses and Cities

Environmental Sustainability is increasingly an issue that is important to young people. This session will explore the importance of environmental sustainability for cities to attract and retain young talent, and educational efforts in Southeastern WI that are helping train the professionals of tomorrow. This session supports all Day 2 workshops.

Moderator: Bryan Albrecht, President (Gateway Tech)
Speaker 1: Jon Hirsch, Director of Marketing (Auer Steel)
Speaker 2: Roger Tadajewski, Executive Director (National Coalition of Certification Centers)
Speaker 3: Angela Damiani, President (Newaukee)

1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Harmony Room

Breakout Session 10: Refresh Milwaukee: Eco-Industrial Districts

Eco-industrial districts are former brownfield sites that are being redeveloped for industrial purposes while integrating district-scale sustainability features. Joan Fitzgerald, author of Emerald Cities, will provide a national perspective on eco-districts, followed by a review of Milwaukee’s efforts in the Menomonee Valley, 30th Street Corridor, Water Innovation District, and Harbor District, with emphasis on lessons learned at the Menomonee Valley and 30th Street Corridor districts. This session supports the Day 2 Eco-Industrial Districts workshops.

Moderator: Erick Shambarger, Environmental Sustainability Director (ECO, City of Milwaukee)
Speaker 1: Benji Timm, Executive Director (City of Milwaukee, Redevelopment Authority)
Speaker 2: Corey Zetts, Executive Director (Menomonee Valley Partners)
Speaker 3: Joan Fitzgerald, Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Author (Northeastern University) Remote Speaker

2:30 pm to 4:00 pm

Event Center, Foyer, Breakout Session Areas

Exhibits & Networking Break

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Event Center

Facilitated Networking: Ginny Routhe, Sustainability Manager (MATC)

Join conversations around common interests among attendees, exhibitors, sponsors.

2:45 pm to 4:00 pm

Harmony Room

Special Session: COP21: Paris Climate Conference and Global Warming Update

Dr. George Stone, Chair Emeritus, Sustainability Summit

2:45 pm to 4:00 pm

Inspire Room

Special Session: Wisconsin Water for the World

Rotary of Mitchell Field Brief informational update on Rotary International and the ways in which they are working to annually fund 300 million dollars of sustainable projects around the globe. Will focus in on sustainable water distribution projects that has done in Guatemala and Nicaragua. Most recently partnered with Rotarians in Wisconsin.

Speaker 1: Julie Craig, Member (Rotary International District 6270, Wisconsin Water for the World)
Speaker 2: Katie Karow, Member (Rotary International District 6270, Wisconsin Water for the World)
Speaker 3: John Andersen, Member (Rotary International District 6270, Wisconsin Water for the World)

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Event Center

Reception

Open To Attendees, Exhibitors, Speakers, Sponsors, and Guests

Day Two: April 14, 2016

Time/Location Event

7:30 am to 8:30 am

Event Center

Continental Breakfast

8:00 am to 8:10 am

Event Center

Opening Ceremonies (Co-Chair Welcome)

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

8:10 am to 8:40 am

Event Center

Keynote Address: Smart Is Sustainable: Building Compatible Infrastructure

Jeff Crawford, Attorney General (Forest County Potawatomi Community)

8:40 am to 9:00 am

Event Center

Keynote Address: A.O. Smith: A Focus On Water

Ajita Rajendra, Chairman and CEO (AO Smith)

9:00 am to 9:30 am

Event Center

Keynote Address: Sustainable Living

Ed Begley, Jr., Actor and Environmental Activist, (National Spokesman for AO Smith Corporation)

9:30 am to 10:30 am

Event Center, Foyer, Breakout Session Areas

Exhibits & Networking Break

10:30 am to 11:45 am

Prosperity Room

Workshop Session A1: Sustainable Neighborhoods

Making neighborhoods more environmentally sustainable requires applying better urban planning principals, community residents coming together in support of sustainability, and more effective delivery of sustainability services by both government, non-profit groups, and sustainability-minded businesses. This workshop will bring community, government, and business leaders together to collaborate and bring sustainability solutions together to collectively develop a “Sustainable Neighborhoods Toolkit for Milwaukee, Racine, and Southeastern Wisconsin.” With such a toolkit, neighborhood leaders will have a roadmap and easy access to all the sustainability resources they can bring to their neighborhoods. Moderator: Keith Stanley, Executive Director (Near West Side Partners)

Speaker 1: Laura Jackson, PhD, Research Biologist (U.S. EPA/ORD/NHEERL)
Speaker 2: Ed Begley, Jr., Actor and Environmental Activist, National Spokesman for AO Smith Corporation
Speaker 3: Elizabeth Hittman, Environmental Sustainability Program Coordinator (ECO, City of Milwaukee)

10:30 am to 11:45 am

Inspire Room

Workshop Session B1: Eco-Industrial Districts

Eco-industrial districts are former brownfield sites that are being redeveloped for industrial purposes while integrating district-scale sustainability features. Three of Milwaukee’s eco-industrial districts are at advanced stages of development. The fourth is the Harbor District, which is in the early phases of development. The Harbor District is a catalytic project in the City’s Refresh Milwaukee Sustainability Plan and provides opportunities for the community to help re-imagine the inner harbor behind the Port of Milwaukee. This area is intended to still be a working port, but provides opportunities for new investment, re-engagement with the surrounding neighborhood, and district-scale sustainability solutions. This workshop provides an opportunity for sustainability leaders to bring their ideas and expertise to the next phases of Harbor District planning.

Moderator: Ginny Routhe, Sustainability Director (MATC)
Speaker 1: Joan Fitzgerald, Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Author (Northeastern University) Remote Speaker
Speaker 2: Dave Misky, Assistant Executive Director (City of Milwaukee Redevelopment Authority)
Speaker 3: Lilith Fowler, Executive Director (Harbor District)

10:30 am to 11:45 am

Harmony Room

Workshop Session C1: Smart Cities – A Growth Path For Urban Sustainability

Smart Cities: Cities are looking to technology solutions such as smart street lighting to reduce energy use, reduce traffic congestion, and otherwise cut waste of natural resources. These “Smart Cities” technologies provide potential limited only by our imagination to change the ecological footprint of cities. This session will explain the current state of smart cities technologies and provide sustainability leaders with the opportunity to be provide input on which smart cities technologies should be pursued by the City of Milwaukee and other regional governments.

Speaker 1: Melanie Nutter, Principal (Nutter Consulting) Remote Speaker
Speaker 2: Roger Drummond, Director – Intelligent Cities Midwest, (Current, powered by GE)
Speaker 3: Tim Fairchild, Director, SAS Global Energy Practice (SAS Institute)

Panelist 1: Brent O’Daniel, Project Manager (Black and Veatch)
Panelist 2: Franz Berkemeier, Account Manager (OSIsoft, LLC)
Panelist 3: Ghassan Korban, Commissioner of Public Works (City of Milwaukee)
Sponsored by the Midwest Energy Research Consortium

10:30 am to 11:45 am

Clarity Room

Workshop Session D1: Sustainable Activities In Local/Global Health

The panel will explore the intersections of environmental health and human health, and show how improving environmental sustainability improves human well-being. Discussion time will provide an opportunity for leaders from the human health community to converse with leaders from the environmental community to explore areas of mutual interest and develop effective coalitions to help make sustainable and healthy changes to Southeastern Wisconsin.

Moderator: Paul A. Biedrzycki, MPH, MBA, CIH, Director of Disease Control and Environmental Health, (City of Milwaukee Health Department)
Speaker 1: Lars Olson, PhD, Interim Chair and Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Director of the Human Powered Nebulizer Project, (Marquette University)
Speaker 2: Sally Lundeen, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean and Professor, College of Nursing, (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)

10:30 am to 11:30 am

Tribal Room

Special Session: The Nexus of Population Growth, Consumerism and Technology: Why Sustainability Requires a Steady State Economy.

This session will explain why ecological sustainability requires not only a transformation of our technology but also a limit to the size of our population and an end to excessive consumption. Achieving these goals can both improve our quality of life and protect natural resources.

Speaker 1: Brian Czech, PhD, Founding President, CASSE (the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy).  He is a prolific author including his latest book Supply Shock: Economic Growth at the Crosswords.
Speaker 2: Jim Carpenter, Instructor, Ecological Economics (MATC)

11:45 am to 12:30 pm

Event Center, Foyer, Breakout Session Areas

Exhibits & Networking Break

12:00 pm to 1:15 pm

Inspire Room

Special Session: Algae Blooms

This workshop will explore the causes and effects of algae blooms. Workshop attendees will participate in hands-on water analyses and use a microscope to gain a better understanding of algae blooms. Algae blooms are the result of excess nutrients (particularly phosphorus and nitrogen) in bodies of water which cause increased growth of algae and green plants.

Speaker 1: Mike Schuck, Instructor Water Technology (Gateway Technical College)
Speaker 2: Kathy Bates, Faculty (MATC)

12:00 pm to 1:15 pm

Clarity Room

Special Session: Sustainable Business Workshop, Creating The Change You Imagine

Are you ready to make sustainability core to your business? Join us to hear about how participating in the MPower Business Champions program or the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resource's Green Tier program can help you move your goals forward. Presenters will share lessons learned from working with organizations through effective employee engagement strategies of strategic green team development, peer to peer learning and project implantation. Participants will workshop on setting future sustainability goals, getting a strategy and first actionable steps.

Speaker 1: Shannon Havlik, Sustainability Coordinator - Energy Conservation Efforts (Western Technical College & Sustainability Institute)
Speaker 2: Laurel Sukup, Sustainability and Business Support (Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources)
Speaker 2: Stacie Reece, Sustainable Business Initiative (SustainDane)

12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

Event Center

Lunch Panel: Centers For Excellence

Moderator: Lee Swindall, VP, Business and Industry Development (WEDC)
Speaker 1: Dean Amhaus, President and CEO, Water Council
Speaker 2: Shelley Jurewicz, Executive Director (FaB)
Speaker 3: Alan Perlstein, Executive Director and CEO (M-WERC)

1:40 pm to 3:00 pm

Prosperity Room

Workshop Session A2: Sustainable Neighborhoods: Facilitated Collaboration

Facilitator: Elizabeth Hittman, Environmental Sustainability Program Coordinator (ECO, City of Milwaukee)

1:40 pm to 3:00 pm

Inspire Room

Workshop Session B2: Eco-Industrial Districts: Facilitated Collaboration

Facilitator: Rose Buss, Energy Efficiency Program Coordinator (ECO, City of Milwaukee)

1:40 pm to 3:00 pm

Harmony Room

Workshop Session C2: Smart Cities – A Growth Path For Urban Sustainability: Facilitated Collaboration

Facilitator: Erick Shambarger, Environmental Sustainability Director (ECO, City of Milwaukee)

Sponsored by the Midwest Energy Research Consortium

1:40 pm to 3:00 pm

Clarity Room

Workshop Session D2: Sustainable Activities In Local/Global Health: Facilitated Collaboration

Facilitator: Tim McCollow, HOME GROWN Project Manager (ECO, City of Milwaukee)

1:40 pm to 3:00 pm

Tribal Room

Special Session: Closing the Loop on Sustainability: Achieving Landfill Diversion Goals.

In this presentation you will learn about various strategies to implement a compost program within your institution that greatly reduces your carbon footprint without breaking your budget. Diversion goal of 50%-75% have been achieved throughout various industries while maintaining a cost neutrality to your existing waste disposal infrastructure.

Speaker 1: Ginny Routhe, Sustainability Director (MATC)
Speaker 2: Melissa Tashjian, Organics Diversion Enthusiast (Compost Crusader)

3:00 pm

Conference Ends

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