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Afternoon Breakout Session


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

Wisconsin's unemployment rate is less than 3%--which means employers are increasingly competing for workers. Additionally, new entrants to the workforce--millennials and Gen Zers--have different priorities than previous generations. They want purposeful work, they want assurances that their employer is contributing to a greater good, and they want real opportunities to grow. Attend this session to find out how companies are leveraging their sustainability efforts to recruit and retain talent while also learning more about what potential employees want from employers.

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Amanda Goetsch – UW System

Amanda brings the breadth and depth of experience necessary to help organizations minimize environmental impact, maximize contribution to community and increase prosperity for stakeholders. With an entrepreneurial, optimistic and pragmatic attitude, she brings more than a decade of sustainability experience to the conversation. She has helped Inpro achieve multiple Green Master's statuses, Green Tier status through the Wisconsin DNR and two-time WMC Business Friend of the Environment award.  She currently serves on the Board of Advisors for the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council, the Governance Board for Cool Choices, the Market Leadership Advisory Board for the U.S. Green Building Council Wisconsin Chapter and formerly served on the Jefferson County Sustainability Taskforce. Amanda was one of the WSBC 2017 Sustainable Leadership Award recipients. Her experience spans a wide range of topics including sustainable employee engagement and training, product transparency documentation, sustainability reporting, environmental management systems and ISO14001 certification, environmental policy implementation, metric and KPI implementation (water, energy, carbon footprint, waste, etc.), biodiversity project implementation, community engagement and communication, sustainable building standard documentation (LEED, WELL, BREEAM, Red Lists, Prop 65), sustainable supply chain and procurement, public speaking, sustainable business education and more.  In 2012, she earned her Master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development with a focus on the intersections of business, environment and social responsibility.

Theresa Lehman —Miron Construction

As the director of sustainable services for Miron Construction, Theresa’s role is to inspire sustainability throughout Miron’s culture, integrate “green” into their business practices and construction operations, lead their sustainable education program, and serve as the Project Administrator for projects seeking green building certifications. Named as ENR magazine's top 20 under 40, and honored as a LEED Fellow in 2012, Theresa is the world’s youngest LEED Fellow. She is credentialed as a LEED AP BD+C, ID+C, WELL AP, Fitwel Ambassador, LEED Faculty, and WELL Faculty. She is an active WELL and USGBC volunteer serving on many national committees and working groups, including currently serving on the LEED Advisory Committee for LEED v4 and v4.1. Identified as a Subject Matter Expert, she continues to serve on several LEED and WELL exam development and review committees including piloting LEED v4, and is one of 12 worldwide participating in the WELL v2 Portfolio Pilot Program.


Tod Sloan—Epic


Tod Sloan has been involved in administration, operations, and campus planning at Epic for the last 12+ years. He’s seen them grow from under 2,000 employees to nearly 10,000 and has helped build the campus footprint to over 7 million square feet.


The session will be moderated by...


Moderated by Kathy Kuntz – Executive Director, Cool Choices

Kathy Kuntz is the Executive Director of Cool Choices, a Wisconsin-based nonprofit that uses behavioral science and games to inspire individuals, communities and businesses to adopt sustainable practices. Since 2010 Cool Choices has inspired more than 12,000 people across more than 100 organizations to adopt sustainable practices at work and home. Kathy has more than two decades of experience promoting energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable practices; she previously led Wisconsin’s statewide Focus on Energy program.



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