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The Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council would like to thank WMEP and the Monona Terrace for their fantastic hosting of the 11th Annual Wisconsin Sustainable Business Conference. We would also like to thank Tom Eggert for coordinating his final conference. Your passion for excellence and sustainability has been a blessing on all who have worked with you.


This year’s conference saw inspirational keynotes, thought provoking breakout sessions, and fond memories from past conferences. The conference worked toward low waste initiatives, while proving to be carbon neutral. We are proud to be the model of how to host a sustainable conference. Thank you to all of our attendees, and we look forward to seeing you next year!

Click the button below to view the carbon offsets that were purchased for the 2018 conference!

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I'm very inspired by sustainability and organizations that are taking steps to be responsible with their choices at a business level...  

-Jeanine Knapp, Sustainability Leader


I can be sitting at a table in the morning session talking to someone regarding waste and I can easily be talking about sinks in the afternoon...

-Travis Blomberg, Executive Director

WasteCap Resource Solutions 


7:30AM Registration and Breakfast

8:30AM Welcome and Opening Remarks…………... Tom Eggert – Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council

8:45AM Introduction and Sustainability Trends…... Jessy Servi Ortiz – WI Manufacturing Extension Partnership (WMEP)

9:05AM Welcome from Dignitaries………………….. Joe Parisi – County Executive, Dane County

9:45AM Morning Keynote……………………………. Tim Wiora – CEO, WMEP

10:30AM Break/Passing Time

11:00AM Morning Breakout Sessions


(M1)Women in Sustainability: The Evolution of Corporate Social Responsibility – F

Moderated by Lindsey Jacques – Conference Planner, UW Madison

Kayla Buszka—Hanging Gardens

Leah Steinberg—Evolution Marketing

Chris Schultz-Buechner - WECC


(M2) Sustainability Leadership Programs: B Corps, Conscious Capitalism, 1% for the Planet– G

Moderated by Natalia Kaminski – Conference Planner, UW Madison

Nancy Pautsch —Envision IT

Scott Andersen —Artisan Dental

Spencer Schumacher —Spencer Real Estate Group


(M3) Business Leadership on Carbon and Climate – I

Moderated by Harrison Rayment – Conference Planner, UW Madison

Kris Canto – American Family

Rob Zimmerman – Kohler

Clay Nesler – Johnson Controls


(M4) Zero Waste/Low Waste – H

Moderated by Alexis Steuart – Conference Planner, UW Madison

Cassie Yustus – Oshkosh Defense

Dolores Corcoran – Lauterbach Group

Jenna Kunde - Johnson Controls


(M5) Water as a Sustainability Issue – H

Moderated by Greg Gasper – WMEP

Matt Howard – Alliance for Water Stewardship North America

Pat Cardiff – Grande Cheese

Lynn McIntosh - CNH

Danielle Malloy- Badger Meter 


(M6) Food & Employee Wellness– E

Moderated by Taylor Weiss – Conference Planner, UW Madison

Lisa Bote - UW Health

Mary Larsen - Aurora Health

Scott Louks - Mercury Marine


12:15PM Lunch

1:15PM Green Masters Presentation


1:45PM Afternoon Breakout Sessions


(A1) Transparency & 3rd Party Certifications– E

Moderated by Harrison Rayment – Conference Planner, UW Madison

Lora Glaser/Ryan Piedot – Kohl’s

Ali Florsheim – Rebel Green

Lisa Geason-Bauer— Evolution Marketing


(A2) Leveraging Sustainability in a Tight Labor Market– G

Moderated by Kathy Kuntz – Executive Director, Cool Choices

Amanda Goetsch – UW System

Theresa Lehman —Miron Construction

Tod Sloan—Epic


(A3) Internal Organizing Around Sustainability – I

Moderated by Taylor Weiss – Conference Planner, UW Madison

Kevin Tubbs - Oshkosh Corporation

Sara Northouse —Sub Zero

Caleb Nicholes - Kickapoo Coffee


(A4) Materiality and Sustainability – F

Moderated by Jessi Servi Ortiz – WI Manufacturing Extension Partnership (WMEP)

Dan Huhn – Bemis Manufacturing

Jeff Jaeckels – MG&E

Dave Burreson- Land's End


(A5) Now That You've Embraced Sustainability, What Do You Do? – H

Moderated by Lindsey Jacques – Conference Planner, UW Madison

Dan Streit —WECC

Beth Churchill – American Family

Nathan Nissen - Kohler


(A6) Benchmarking Sustainability Performance– J

Moderated by Alexis Steuart – Conference Planner, UW Madison

Brenda Kubasik - MG&E

John Mourand - Briggs & Stratton

Mark Alan - Inpro


3:00PM Break/Passing Time

3:30PM Afternoon Keynote- Sustainability Leadership and the Growth of Wisconsin’s Sustainable Business Community – Clay Nesler, Johnson Controls; Beth Churchill, American Family; Kathy Kuntz, Cool Choices; Lisa Geason-Bauer, Evolution Marketing; Amanda Goetsch, UW Systems; interviewed by Randy Bertram, WMEP

4:30PM Reception

Are you looking for a way to make your company more sustainable? Big or small, the WSBC conference offers a great opportunity to those of all backgrounds to engage with sustainability professionals. This year's speakers come from many different companies including American Family Insurance, Kohler Company, and Molson-Coors. The differing representation allows many different areas of interest to be represented and offers you the change to network with sustainability professionals. For example, there will be sessions about sustainability benchmarking, food and employee wellness programs, and internal organization strategies for sustainability. We welcome you to join us and find out what sustainability is all about, whether you are a seasoned sustainability veteran or just want to learn more!

Come Join Us!
The Business Case for Renewable Energy
The Business Case for Renewable Energy
09/30/19, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
American Family Insurance ,
6000 American Parkway Madison, WI 53783


Best Western Premier Park Hotel



Booking Instructions

1. Call the front desk at 608-285-8000 or follow the "book here" link below.

2. Book the room under Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council


* Rooms must be booked by November 21, 2018*



Group Carpool

We encourage this option if you would like to minimize your carbon footprint. If interested, make sure to sign up in the group titled “Wisconsin Sustainable Business Conference”.


Charter Bus- Milwaukee

A charter bus will provide round-trip service from the UW-Milwaukee Student Union on December 13th. If you are interested in taking the bus, make sure to make note of this when you register for the conference.



This event is made possible because of the generosity of our sponsors, partners and volunteers, and because of the continuing interest and support from businesses in Wisconsin.

Conference Sponsors

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Conference Partners

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