Morning Breakout Session


(M4) Zero Waste/Low Waste – K

A number of companies in Wisconsin, and around the country, are making commitments to generate zero waste from their facilities. This is often an ambitious target, frustrated at times by changing markets for recyclables. In addition, many companies are under pressure to reduce packaging waste from consumer groups. The speakers will talk about their experiences in waste minimization and working toward zero waste. You'll be hearing from Cassie Yustus from Oshkosh Defense, Dolores Corcoran from Lauterbach Group, and Jenna Kunde from Johnson Controls.


Cassie Yustus – Oshkosh Defense


Cassie Yustus received her Environmental Engineering degree from the University of Wisconsin Platteville and is currently a Senior Environmental Engineer at Oshkosh Defense. She is responsible for environmental compliance and waste to landfill initiatives across all Oshkosh Defense manufacturing facilities.  While at Oshkosh, she has been a part of two winning projects for the Oshkosh Excellence Awards - Environmental Responsibility Category, and most recently won the Oshkosh Defense Inspiration Award for her ability to inspire and motivate those around her.

Dolores Corcoran​ – Lauterbach Group


Dolores Corcoran has worked for Lauterbach Group located in Sussex WI for the past 8 years as their Productivity System Manager responsible for managing, implementing, and improving business structures and creating sustainable business transparency.

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Jenna Kunde  Johnson Controls



Jenna Kunde is director, Sustainability Programs at Johnson Controls. She directs enterprise-level sustainability programs, helping drive sustainability programs, initiatives, thought leadership and stakeholder engagement. Previously at Johnson Controls, Jenna was director, Corporate Programs where she directed enterprise-level programs including the Chairman's Awards, the company's highest employee honor, and ProjectZERO, a corporate headquarters waste reduction competition. Before joining Johnson Controls, Jenna was the executive director of WasteCap. Her work included overseeing over $4 billion in construction and deconstruction reuse and recycling efforts – helping achieve WasteCap's vision to transform waste into resources. Kunde was named “Recycler of the Year” by Associated Recyclers of WI and was listed as one of the Top Women in Solid Waste Management by WasteNews. She served on the national Building Materials Reuse Association board of directors, was a member of the planning committee of Decon and of the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on Waste Materials Recovery and Disposal and the chairperson of its Waste Reduction Workgroup.

The session will be moderated by...


Moderated by Alexis Steuart – Conference Planner, UW Madison


Alexis Steuart, grew up in Waunakee, Wisconsin and was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and is a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is pursuing degrees in Community and Environmental Sociology and Environmental Studies. From an early age, the outdoors was a way of life for her, from attending youth camps in the Tetons to backpacking with her family. When she first arrived at the University of Wisconsin-Madison she enrolled in a business sustainability course and discovered her love for sustainability because it combined her interests in communities, the environment, and business. After graduation, Alexis aspires to pursue employment that allows her to learn more about business and its’ intersections with the environment and social networks.