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Date: December 13th, 2013

Hosted By: Lands’ End, Dodgeville, Wisconsin

Open to: All Wisconsin Businesses

Keynote Address: Tom Boldt, CEO, The Boldt Company 

& Christopher A. Ruud, VP, Global LED Adoption, Cree

What Should Sustainability Mean to You & Your Business?

Sustainability is collaboration. It is innovation. It is breaking outside the box and into the cutting edge of business opportunity and experience. It is leadership. It means saving time and money, gaining reputation and customers, enhancing employee well-being and slashing turnover rates, and planning beyond the quarterly report. It is vital to the future of business. It is cutting edge. It is the future. It is the solution.


Why Should I Attend?

If you’ve never attended or even if you’ve been present at the previous 5 conferences, this conference is for you. Come expecting to deepen your understanding of and learn about cutting edge business sustainability practices. Expect to leave with knowledge of what others have gained, what lessons they’ve learned, and what they would change about their sustainability initiatives. If you’re deeply involved in sustainability initiatives for your business, this is for you. If your interested in understanding what the hype about sustainability is, this conference is for you too. Wherever you may be in your sustainability journey, whatever shade of green you are, we have shaped this conference to you.


What Makes This Conference Unique?

We are a group of Wisconsin businesses dedicated to sustainability. We strive to be transparent and learn form each other by spreading our knowledge to one another. We are believers in leading by doing and we embrace the philosophy of inclusivity, integrity, stewardship and continuous improvement as outlined by the ISO 20121 framework. We have a strong and optimistic vision of a successful sustainable, transparent, Wisconsin business community that will stand out nationally. Come be a part of the movement.



2013 WI Sustainable Business Conference

7:45 - 8:45 am – Registration

8:45 - 9:10 am – Welcome & Opening Remarks- Tom Eggert & Kathy Kuntz

9:10 - 9:20 am – Lands’ End Welcome – Edgar Huber, CEO, Lands’ End

9:20 - 10:00 am – Opening Keynote – Tom Boldt, CEO, The Boldt Company

10:00 - 10:30 am – Morning Break

10:30 - 11:30 am – Morning Breakout Sessions


  • Environmental Management Systems


Hear from Todd Schmitt, Quality Manager from Corenso North America, Randy Nedrelo, Environmental Manager from LaCrosse County, and Amanda Goetsch, Environmental Sustainability Manager from InPro. An EMS system is often the backbone of sustainability initiatives within an organization. Learn the differences among systems, what it takes to implement one, and discover what benefits to expect.


  • Employee Engagement


Hear from Amy Kumaraperu, Human Resources Representative from Menasha Co., Randy Peterson, Senior Director of Sustainability at Lands’ End, and Chad Pingel, Sustainable Services Manager at Miron Construction Co. Your employees are the biggest expense of your company, and they are also your biggest asset.  Learn how to tap into undiscovered potential by learning how to engage your employees in your sustainability initiatives and reap the bounty of benefits through more engaged and happy employees, and a better bottom line.


  • The Profit in Sustainability


Hear from Marshall Atkinson, COO of Visual Impressions, AJ Gordon, President of Gordon Aluminum Industries, and Mike Skelton, Manager of Manufacturing Services at RB Wagner about projects that return big dollars to your company. Making the business case for sustainability is a skill that all sustainability managers need to get good at.


  • Water Efficiency


Hear from Mark Winkler, Chief Financial Officer from J.W. Winco, Incorporated, Dan Andersen, Corporate Safety Environment and Energy from Philips Medisize, and Brad Whalen, Facility Operations Specialist from American Family Insurance.


  • Small Business


Hear from Brenda Jessen, Marketing and Business Development from H&H Group Holdings, Inc., Jeff Neubauer, CEO from Kranz Inc., and Anello Mollica & Paul Graham, founders and owneers from Central Waters Brewing Co. There exists this preconcieved notion that sustianbility is for large businesses and corporations. Learn where small businesses fit into the world of corporate social responsiblity. Find out what these leaders have accomplished within their small business and discover what you can do for yours.


11:30 - 11:45 am – Second Morning Break

11:45 am - 12:45 pm – Lunch

12:45 - 1:00 pm – Recognition of 2013 Green Masters


For a list of the 2013 Green Masters and the full press release, please click here.


1:00 - 1:15 pm – Afternoon Break

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm – Afternoon Breakout Sessions- Click for More Information on our Speakers


  • Transportation Logistics


Hear from Jim Fenzel, VP of Distribution at Roundys, Eric Kruse, Alternative Fuels Specialist at Kwik Trip and Chris Schneider, Natural Gas Vehicle Manager from Honda Motorwerks.  Operating corporate fleets is expensive and fuel intensive.  Hear about options for semis, for delivery sized vehicles and for cars.


  • Supply Chain Management


Hear from Jeff Keyes, Health, Safety and Environmental Manager at Bosch Packaging Technologies, Inc., Clay Nesler, VP Global Energy & Sustainability at Johnson Controls, and Pam Barker,  Assistant General Counsel and Executive Director of Environmental Health and Product Safety from Appvion.  Every company no matter the size has a supply chain.  Supply chain are often the biggest area of our businesses that consume resources and energy, and they are one of the most obvious areas to implement sustainability initiatives. Learn how companies made their supply chains more ethical and more efficient.


  • Customer Engagement


Hear from Lisa Geason-Bauer, President from Evolution Marketing, Adam Sodersten, Public Relations from Lands’ End, and Russ Klisch, President from Lakefront Brewing.


  • Innovations in Waste Management


Hear from Bob Schoenhard, EHS manager at Foremost Farms, Jessey Servi, sustainability manager at Outpost Natural Foods, and Ali Shana’a, sustainability manager at Frito-Lay Inc. They discuss what their companies have done to reduce waste. Bob highlighted that waste management progress is tracked by recycling/refuse hauler and by putting on annual company sustainability reports. Jessy’s main point was that waste is a resource, and composting food products produced by the kitchens has been the most effective way of reducing food waste. Ali’s main goal was working on the zero landfill project, which reduced waste by educating about recycling and waste tracking.


  • Building Partnerships


Hear from Denise Devereaux the VP of Human Resources at Mercury Marine, John Fojut, VP of Corporate Sustainability at Kohl’s and Wade Nolte, VP of Operations at Century Foods.  They discuss their experience with building partnerships with community groups. Hear about ways to get your employees engaged with your community and the benefits to both your company and the community.

2:15 - 2:45 pm – Second Afternoon Break

2:45 - 3:45 pm – Closing Plenary- Christopher A. Ruud, VP, Global LED Adoption, Cree

3:45 - 4:15 pm – Jeff Havens–  Us v Them: Putting the Other Generations in Their Place.

4:15 - 4:45 pm – Reception

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