14th Annual Summit, May 3-4, 2017

2016 Summit Sponsors

Sustainability Champions

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Program Approach

The 13th Annual Sustainability Summit and Exposition will highlight economic trends and business opportunities in energy, water, infrastructure, transportation and workforce development. We encompass a broad range of systems and practices that will sustain the Earth's resources for future generations. Our goal is to raise awareness of the historic opportunities propelled by the new economic wave of sustainability systems and practices – for investment, development, education and employment.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

This year our focus will feature sustainability initiatives that are reshaping southeastern Wisconsin and our region. Our goal is to inspire a collaborative culture of new and unconventional ideas between business, NGOs, academic institutions and government that facilitates transformation with knowledge that can advance change in unexpected ways. Hear from outstanding local, national and international speakers from government, business, and NGOs, to investment and insurance. Find out the key opportunities to become involved in the sustainability effort as well as critical risks of inaction.

This conference is for:
  • Business owners and leaders
  • Government officials and planners
  • Financial Community: investors, bankers, lenders and foundations
  • Educators: Schools, Colleges and Universities
  • Architects, builders and urban planners
  • Leaders in sustainability and social change
  • Leaders of mission-driven organizations, nonprofits, social businesses
  • Policy makers, decision-makers

CONFERENCE FORMAT:

Through an innovative program of collaboration and information, the Sustainability Summit & Exposition seeks to provide motivation and education of professionals, investors and entrepreneurs for opportunities in clean energy and sustainable practices.

KEYNOTE ADDRESSES:

This year the Summit will feature a Keynote Address each morning that addresses the concept of a "Living Earth" and provides a unifying principal of a "Sustainable City" as a means to building viable markets for sustainability services. These speakers will set the stage to engage in-depth conversations and interactions amongst participants, that align with the conference theme of: Smart is Sustainable: Collaborate, Innovate, Transform.

BREAKOUT SESSIONS:

In-depth breakout sessions will be provided in both the morning and afternoon on the first day of the conference and will feature dynamic topics and speakers that define, discuss and provide deliverable outcomes. The intent of these sessions is to frame issues, present examples, facilitate brainstorming and discuss next steps to provide viable solutions to these opportunities and challenges.

PANEL DISCUSSIONS:

Panel discussions will occur mid-day during lunch on Wednesday and Thursday of the conference. Each panel will open with a moderator that will frame the content of the conversation and will feature 3 to 4 experts on the highlighted topic. Panelists are each given 5 minutes to present their framework that leads into a moderator driven audience question and answer interaction amongst the participants.

WORKSHOP SESSIONS:

Day 2 of the conference will focus on outcome driven ideas and solutions that were discussed on the first day of the Summit via the Keynote, Panel and Breakout session topics. This unique concept will feature 3 sets of sequential workshop formats that will build on previous day breakout and panel sessions topics:

Workshop Session A: Expert speaker(s) frame issues and present a few examples from best-in-class cities.
Workshop Session B & C: Facilitator helps group brainstorm ideas for Southeastern Wisconsin using SWOT analysis and leads discussion to winnow ideas to strongest candidates.
Workshop Session D: Facilitated group discussion on next steps to make strongest ideas a reality.

FACILITATED NETWORKING: "ORGANIZATIONAL SPEED DATING":

Facilitated network speed dating will occur in the afternoon on the first day of the conference following the last Breakout Sessions. Participants pre-register based on topics: Examples include:
  • Business to business
  • Education to business
  • Business to Government

CONFERENCE OUTCOMES:

In keeping with our theme: Smart is Sustainable: Collaborate, Innovate, Transform, it is our intention to present and report outcomes at various events on Earth Day, a week following the Sustainability Summit. Our goal is to keep the discussions going throughout the year and to keep our organizers and participants engaged in providing sustainability outcomes that were addressed at the conference.

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