Women in Sustainability grew out of a desire from the Women on the 2015 WSBC Advisory Board for a place to connect and to share our challenges and successes with other women in the field. WIS is currently housed under the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council.

 

Today, Women in Sustainability (WIS) is a network of professional women working to advance social and environmental sustainability while fostering collaboration and inclusivity in Wisconsin.

 

WIS Values:

  • Inclusivity

  • Professional development

  • Mentorship

  • Networking

  • Fostering collaboration and partnerships

  • Work-life balance/integration

  • Reflection and Celebration

  • Health (food and lifestyle)

  • Relevancy and compelling content

 

We accomplish this by sharing best practices, ideas, opportunities, successes, challenges, lessons learned, etc. We are a volunteer-run organization and we host educational and networking events throughout the year on our own and in partnership with other like-minded organizations. Our events are inclusive and open to all.

 

We are always looking for volunteers to help plan and organize events. Please email jessy@wisconsinsustainability.com if you are interested.

 

To join the conversation, become part of our google group: 
https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/women-in-sustainability

Or follow our Facebook pagehttps://www.facebook.com/WISinWI/ 

Ongoing Events

  • Socials that include tours

  • Women in Sustainability Session at the Annual WSBC conference

  • Annual International Women's Day Event

 

Past Events

  • The Business Case for Renewable Energy

  • Annual International Women’s Day / WI Women in Green Event

  • Creating Messages with Impact, with Barbara Haig Communications Expert

  • Solstice Celebration

  • Women in Sustainability: Water Series 

  • UN Sustainable Development Goals and how Wi Businesses are adapting

WIS STEERING COMMITTEE:

 

Michelle Miller

Michelle Miller is the Senior Sustainability & Product Stewardship Specialist at Appvion Operations, Inc. Michelle is responsible for the overall development and implementation of company sustainability programs and objectives. Michelle is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies and Sustainable Management. Her experience in occupational health and safety, environmental compliance, product stewardship, and marketing and supply chain support, provides a diverse and well-rounded proficiency in sustainability impacts. She is dedicated to business and community engagement through her active membership of the North East Wisconsin Sustainability Leaders Group (NEWS LG), involvement in event planning for the Sustainability Institute for Regional Transformations (SIRT) at UW-Oshkosh, as well as being the chair of the Events Committee for the Appvion Young Professionals Network. 

 

Jessy Servi Ortiz

Jessy is the new Managing Director of the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council (WSBC) since Tom Eggert retired. Jessy has been in working in sustainability since 2005., with a diverse background in design, planning, project management, permaculture, and sustainable agriculture, Jessy earned her MBA in 2013 with a focus on sustainable business management.

 

Set out to help businesses with sustainability, she started as Outpost Natural Food’s sustainability manager in 2012. Now, she gets to support businesses' evolution of sustainability as the key orchestrator of the WSBC’s annual conference and signature programs. Jessy has been the chair of (Wisconsin) Women in Sustainability since 2014 and feels it’s important to foster personal, professional and leadership development and believes WIS is a platform to support that growth. She’s passionate about working to advance social and environmental sustainability while fostering collaboration and inclusivity in WI state and beyond. 

 

 

Kayla Buszka

Kayla graduated with a BS in Conservation and Environmental Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2015. She volunteers with Women in Sustainability, a part of the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council in addition to her role on the Board of the US Green Building Council (USGBC) – Wisconsin Chapter and as the Co-Chair of the USGBC’s Emerging Professionals Committee. Kayla has given a Tedx talk at UW-Milwaukee about our universal responsibility to water and has spoken at international tradeshows on the topics of green infrastructure for stormwater management, development of women and young professionals in the workforce, and sustainability in action. 

Liz Watson

As the founder of Liz Watson LLC, Liz helps leaders of mission-based small businesses and nonprofits gain strategic clarity and enhance operational excellence so that their organization can make more social and environmental change. She is on the leadership team of the eWomenNetwork Milwaukee chapter and on the Waukesha West High School Band Boosters board serving as co-chair of their annual fundraiser. Her passion for sustainability started with a need to find healthier alternatives to care for her family. It has extended to include an interest in protecting the planet. Liz finds value in connecting with and supporting others that keep sustainability top of mind in their work and personal lives.