What is 21st Century Pathways??

21st Century Pathways is a five-day hands-on workshop to develop a customized Sustainability Plan with ROIs.


The program is designed to strategically elevate sustainability in your organization by better aligning organization and sustainability objectives.

What does the program do for my business?

The program leads you through a customizable process to develop a roadmap for sustainability, and identify and prioritize key steps your company can take to advance your sustainability and organizational objectives. 

Why 21st Century Pathways?

21st Century Pathways participants leave the program understanding the priorities they need to focus on to reduce risk, enhance growth and engagement and how to build business resiliency. 

"The coronavirus crisis holds profound lessons that can help us address climate change - if we make greater economic and environmental resilience core to our planning for the recovery ahead." -McKinsey. 

Specifically, by completing this plan your organization will:

  • Integrate credible sustainable practice in your business to create new, additional business value.

  • Engage your workforce in sustainability-driven innovation and value creation.

  • Have a library of resources and references for continued growth and development

  • new opportunities for cost reduction and increased resource efficiency.

  • Have a sustainability program that is the right size for your business.

  • Have credible sustainability credentials.

  • Have a program that reflects the best opportunities for your business.

  • Be ready for Green Masters Program recognition.

Where & When:


Pathways is a 5-day strategic retreat spread over 5 months in SE Wisconsin. 


2021 Programs Dates to be announced soon!

*The cost of the 5-month program is $4,500 per business and includes two participants. 

Who Should Participate? 

21st Century Pathways leadership strategy requires business integration of sustainability, which requires participation of senior leaders. The program requires participation of two individuals from each business including one member from the executive team and an individual designated to lead your initiative. Program fees include participation of two individuals per organization.  ​

“Overall, it’s really helped us build our business resiliency and increase our effectiveness in engaging and communicating internally.”   Laurie Klomstad, HR Director, Spectrum Industries

Here is a look at topics and flow of sessions for the course

Want to learn more? 

Our information sessions give you more insight into how the program works, the content, and the benefits of the program. You can watch a recent information session now to

learn more.

Want are participants saying? 

"We got incredible value out of this program for furthering the development of sustainability in our organization."   Anne White, LEED AP O+M, Development Executive Assistant at Wangard

"The program really exceeded my expectations. It helped us take all the things we had spinning on their own and bring them together under one umbrella."  Rob Palmberg, VP – Strategic Planning at Dairyland Power Cooperative

Spectrum Industries


A Conversation with Dennis Barka, VP of Process Control, about how 21st Century Pathways supported Sustainability Development at Spectrum.

Wangard Partners

A conversation with Anne White about how 21st Century Pathways supported their sustainability program development and integration into projects.

Dairyland Power Cooperative


A conversation with Rob Palmberg, VP of Public Relations and Strategy, about how 21st Century Pathways supported integrating sustainability into their annual strategic planning process, and more. 

Why the WSBC & WMEP?


The Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council has helped 100s of companies learn, apply and be recognized for their organization’s sustainability efforts through their highly successful Green Masters program.


The Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership, has helped 100s of companies markedly improve their resource utilization and waste reduction through its Award Winning Profitable Sustainability program.


Working together these two organizations bring an unparalleled amount of talent, expertise and practical experience in the field of sustainability to guide your organization to a productive pathway to the future.