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The WI Sustainable Business Council and Cool Choices want to both thank and congratulate Empire Screen Printing for hosting the 9th Annual WI Sustainable Business Conference.  Empire Screen Printing was an ideal host, and everyone came away so impressed with both the culture at Empire and the accomplishments with respect to the use of LED lights for drying ink. 

Below find the Agenda for the 2016 conferences with a link to Barbara Nick’s presentation. Also, each presenter is linked to a page with their bio.


We are indebted (again) to the Compass Group for preparing a summary report of the Conference’s Carbon Footprint. We have done this every year of the conference. The Conference Sustainability Report is available here:

Note that we offset all of the conference’s carbon emissions through the purchase of Carbon Offsets. This year, we purchased offsets through Native Energy, TerraPass and Green Mountain Energy.



2016 WI Sustainable Business Conference

7:30 - Registration begins


8:30 - Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Tom EggertWisconsin Sustainable Business Council

  • Mayor Tim Kabat

9:00 - Co-Host Welcome

  • Kathy KuntzCool Choices


9:15 - Welcome from Empire Screen Printing

  • John FreismuthPresident, Empire Screen Printing

10:00 - Morning Keynote (Watch the video here)

  • Barbara NickPresident, Dairyland Power Cooperative


10:45 - Break/Passing Time

11:15 - Morning Breakout Sessions


Sustainability Tools (water, energy, sustainability assessment)

  • Mick Schwedler – Trane

  • Randy Bertram – WMEP

  • Jim Vaudreuil – Huebsch Services



Everyone’s Part of the Solution: Employee Engagement

  • Jessy Ortiz – Outpost Natural Foods

  • Max Christman – UW-Health

  • Chris Drees – Mercury Marine


Public/Private Partnerships

  • Jim Bradley – Home Savings Bank

  • Jack Wilson – Box Latch Products

  • John Didion – Didion Milling


Alternative Fuel Vehicles – hands-on interaction with electric and CNG cars

  • Chris Schneider – Honda Motorwerks


(Concurrent tours of Empire Screen offered during breakouts)

12:15 - Lunch

1:15 - Green Masters Presentation

1:45 - Afternoon Breakout Sessions


Sharing Your Sustainability Story

  • Randy Nedrelo – LaCrosse County Landfill

  • David Donovan – Xcel Energy

  • Nicole Krenner – 3M

Using Renewable Energy in Your Business

  • Ben Reynolds – Reynolds Transfer

  • Alan Eber – Gundersen Health

  • Dan Andersen – Phillips Medisize

Women in Sustainability

  • Majo Thurman – Rockwell

  • Kim Flood – UL Environment

  • Leah Samson – WasteCap WI

  • Mandy Goetsch– InPro


(Concurrent tours of Empire Screen offered during breakouts)

2:45 - Break/Passing Time

3:15 - Afternoon Keynote 

  • Jeff Rich, Executive Director, Gundersen Health System, GL Envision

  • Joel Hirschboeck, General Manager of Fuel Procurement and Marketing, Kwik Trip, Inc

  • Thomas Content – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

4:00 - Closing Remarks

4:15 - Reception

For more information about why this conference is a sustainable event, click here.

This event is possible because of the generosity of our sponsors, partners, volunteers, and attendees.

Conference Sponsors

Conference Partners

Empire Conference Partners

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