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Afternoon Breakout Session


(A3) Internal Organizing Around Sustainability – F

Sustainability meets organizational design. Some companies have senior managers responsible for implementing sustainable actions. Some have teams. Organizational designs frequently change over time. This session focuses on how sustainability is addressed within company hierarchy and the pros and cons of the various approaches. The speakers will also talk about how internal structure evolves and changes over time.

Kevin Tubbs - Oshkosh

Kevin Tubbs is the Vice President, Chief Ethics, Compliance & Sustainability Officer for Oshkosh Corporation. He is responsible for the development and implementation of ethics & compliance and environmental & sustainability processes and programs for Oshkosh Corporation’s worldwide operations. Prior to joining Oshkosh Corporation in 2012, Kevin held senior environmental management and sustainability positions at Ingersoll Rand Company, Trane Company, and American Standard. Kevin began his career at Exxon Corporation.

Kevin holds a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University and MS degrees in Engineering Management and Occupational Safety and Health from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Kevin also holds a certificate from the Wharton School’s Executive Development Program. For three years Kevin was the Mayor of Chatham Township, NJ during which time Chatham Township was named the “Best Place to Live in New Jersey” and was one of the first communities to receive Sustainable Jersey certification. Kevin is on the Advisory Board of the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council, the Advisory Board of the University of Wisconsin’s Master of Science in Sustainable Management program and the Board of Trustees of the Fox Cities Leadership Academy.




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Sara Northouse —Sub Zero


Sara Northouse is a Manufacturing Engineering Coordinator and Sustainability Project Leader at Sub Zero Group, Inc.  Sara collaborates with departments across the organization to implement sustainability projects and lean manufacturing practices.


Sara believes by working together, we’re designing a better tomorrow.


Sara has worked at Sub-Zero Group, Inc. for 10 years with a dedicated focus on sustainability since 2012. She has supported such projects as: design regulatory and compliance initiatives, waste stream improvements, creating a corporate sustainability policy and employee wellness initiatives. 


Her major sustainability impacts is through the facility team with a high level of participation on Focus on Energy programs. Energy projects include: LED lighting upgrades, the Strategic Energy Management program with emphasis on fabrication equipment and HVAC systems, a 3.9 MW solar array system at their Goodyear, Arizona facility, and EV charging stations.


Sara holds a Bachelor’s degree from UW-Stout in Sustainable Management, is a member of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Gold Community, and a member of Women in Manufacturing.

Caleb Nicholes - Kickapoo Coffee



For most of his adult life, Caleb Nicholes has been a professional gourmand, including three years as an importer of boutique European wines and 13 years owning Kickapoo Coffee. His work in the wine industry took him all over France, Italy, and Spain where he learned that "if you run fast enough, you don't actually run with the bulls."

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The session will be moderated by...

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Moderated by Taylor Weiss – Conference Planner, UW Madison​

Taylor Weiss is a Senior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison studying Economics and Environmental Studies. She attributes her passion for the environment to the many years spent at summer camp where she was living on a lake, camping, hiking and enjoying the outdoors. Taylor knew she wanted to pursue a career in sustainable business practices after taking a course called “Challenges & Solutions in Business Sustainability.” Throughout Taylor’s education she has recognized the part business has to play in order to ensure stability for future generations. After graduation this upcoming Spring she plans to return home to New York where she hopes integrate her two majors by working on sustainability teams within big business.

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