Speakers


Photo: Teresa Adams

Teresa Adams is a Professor of Transportation Engineering and City Planning in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is Director of the National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE) and the Wisconsin Transportation Center.

Dr. Adams has 18 years experience working with state and federal transportation agencies on freight transportation and infrastructure issues. She is the principal investigator for the Mississippi Valley Freight Coalition, a ten-state partnership to address freight mobility.

Dr. Adams has a PhD and MS in Civil Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, Research and Education Division and a member of the Committee on Intermodal Freight Transport for the Transportation Research Board. She is also Chair of the Transportation Management and Policy graduate certificate program and a faculty affiliate of the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies.

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Photo: Dan Anderson

Dan Anderson is a Leslie P. Schultz Professor of Risk Management and Insurance in the Department of Actuarial Science, Risk Management and Insurance at the School of Business, as well as a Professor at the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison. He obtained his B.A. (1965) from Yale University and his M.B.A. (1967) and Ph.D. (1970) from the University of Wisconsin, CPCU (1971).

Professor Anderson's major research interests and areas of expertise include government insurance programs, catastrophe insurance, nuclear insurance, the Price-Anderson Act, liability risk management, analysis of insurance company insolvencies, financing asbestos liabilities and Superfund/hazardous waste liabilities, and environmental risk management.

He is a prolific author and has been published a great number of books, chapters in books, peer-reviewed journals, and reference texts, and he has presented his work to a wide variety of groups and academic conferences. His most recent work has focused on environmental risk management and sustainable business. His newest book is entitled Corporate Survival: The Critical Importance of Sustainability Risk Management.

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Photo: Linda Bochert

Linda Bochert is a partner in the Land and Resources Practice Group of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP and a member of the firm's Management Committee. She joined the firm in 1991, after 17 years with the State of Wisconsin Departments of Natural Resources and Justice. Her practice includes wastewater permitting, stormwater management, air permitting, wetlands regulation, navigable waters (Chapter 30) and Public Trust Doctrine issues, and large facility, landfill, pipeline and power plant siting. She is a Green Tier Advisor to the Department of Natural Resources and participated in developing the legislation that created the Green Tier Program. Since 2001, her peers have voted her among the best in environmental law in Madison Magazine's survey of Madison's best lawyers. Linda has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 1997.

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Photo: Steve Born

Steve Born is an emeritus professor of urban and regional planning and environmental studies.

Broad research interests: natural resources and environmental planning and policy with emphases on water, land, and related resources; the institutional dimensions of planning and policy-making, especially at state, regional, and international levels; integrated environmental management.

Professor Born's current research program involves: innovative approaches to watershed planning and management, conceptualization and operationalization of integrated natural resources management and planning, institutional analysis, evolution and innovation regarding national/subnational water policy, and land use planning and management, with a focus on state and local governmental roles and options.

Extension education activities have closely paralleled research interests, with the greatest emphasis on establishing new directions and building capacity for extension programming in water and related resources; growth management and land-water interrelationships.

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Photo: Jean Buffalo

Jean Buffalo is an Anishinabe Member of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewas of Wisconsin. She has served on the bench as Associated Tribal Judge and Chief Judge, and was Red Cliff Tribal Chair from 1999 to 2001. She was a member of the Bayfield Board of Education for 14 years; is the founder and president of the Wisconsin Tribal Conservation Advisory Council; earned the 2002 Leadership Award from the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service; received a Friend of Education Award form the Wisconsin State Superintendent of Education in 2005; and was recognized by the Three Sister Garden Projects in 2006. Jean is a member of the Natural Resource Damage Assessment Committee in Red Cliff and the community garden project.

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Photo: Governor Jim Doyle

Governor Jim Doyle was elected Wisconsin's 44th governor in 2002 and reelected in 2006. He is a graduate of UW-Madison and the Harvard Law School. Doyle served in the Peace Corps following his college graduation, and worked as an attorney on the Navajo Indian Reservation in Chinle, Arizona, after earning his law degree. In 1976, he was elected Dane County District Attorney and served three terms from 1977-82. He then spent eight years in private law practice until he was elected Wisconsin Attorney General in 1990, and was reelected as Attorney General in 1994 and 1998. Governor Doyle created the Task Force on Global Warming and the Office of Energy Independence in 2007, and was instrumental in the development of the Midwestern Greenhouse Gas Reduction Accord signed by the Midwestern Governors Association last November.

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Photo: Tom Eggert

Tom Eggert is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's School of Business and the Eastern Wisconsin Environmental Assistance Coordinator at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Eggert's classes cross traditional boundaries and are consistently among the highest rated classes in the Business School. For the last nine years he has taught classes on sustainable development and corporate social responsibility. When he is not teaching at the University, he works with the Department of Natural Resources. He is one of the principal proponents of Green Tier within the state. Green Tier was the first program of its kind in the nation and serves to recognize companies that have demonstrated a commitment to leadership in the environmental area. Eggert has a Law Degree from George Washington University in Washington D.C., a Masters in Public Administration from the LaFollette Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an undergraduate degree in Environmental Problems and Policies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to returning to Wisconsin (where he grew up) in 1991, he served as a Special Assistant Attorney General in Montana, and, before that, as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines. Eggert has published numerous articles in the areas of environmental law, innovative approaches to protecting the environment, corporate social and environmental responsibility, and recently was the lead author on a chapter in the book titled Teaching Business Sustainability.

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Photo: Sarah Else

Sarah Else is the Director of Renewable Energy Resources for Alliant Energy and is responsible for developing the renewable energy strategy and administering the renewable energy portfolio. Previously, Sarah served as the Director of Energy Efficiency and New Product Development, and was responsible for the operation of the energy efficiency programs in Iowa, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.

Prior to joining Alliant Energy, Sarah served in the United States Air Force for ten years as an aircraft maintenance officer. After her resignation from the military, she directed large non-profit organizations for several years.

Sarah holds a B.S. in Education from the University of Minnesota and a M.B.A. from the University of Iowa. She serves on several non-profit boards and foundations in her community. Additionally, she is on the executive board for the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance and a board member of the Wisconsin Statewide Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Administration.

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Photo: Matthew Frank

Matthew Frank brings environmental enforcement experience and a lifelong love of the outdoors to the DNR. Secretary Frank comes to the DNR with extensive executive experience in state government, having served as Secretary of the Department of Corrections for more than four years and 22 years as an Assistant Attorney General for the Wisconsin Department of Justice. His tenure at DOJ included six years as Administrator of the Division of Legal Services during which time he oversaw the state's environmental protection defense and enforcement actions in state and federal courts.

As DNR Secretary, Matt Frank is committed to building upon Governor Doyle's environmental and conservation priorities, including reauthorizing the Stewardship program, expanding the state's commitment to clean and renewable energy, developing a statewide water conservation strategy, curbing the spread of invasive species, continuing efforts to combat fish and wildlife diseases, and streamlining administration of DNR regulatory programs. Secretary Frank believes that all Wisconsin citizens deserve to have safe water to drink, clean air to breathe, a healthy and sustainable environment, access to quality wildlife and habitat for hunting and fishing and a full range of outdoor recreation opportunities.

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Photo: Lewis Gilbert

Lewis Gilbert is the Interim Director of the Nelson Institute. Before joining the Nelson Institute in 2005, Lewis Gilbert helped design, implement, and manage interdisciplinary programs at several universities.

He was a founding member and, from 1999 to 2003, executive director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University. For six years before that, he led a variety of other strategic initiatives at Columbia. He helped organize research teams of earth, life and social scientists, which, under his guidance, launched more than 10 major local and international projects.

He left the Earth Institute in 2003 and established his own consulting business but continued to teach a course, Environmental Policy, Politics and Management, for Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs.

Throughout his career, he has focused on improving the links between scientific understanding and decision- and policy-making. He has written and spoken on the theory of interdisciplinarity and on sustainability and been involved in discussions about the governance of science and technology.

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Photo: Jay Gulledge

Jay Gulledge is the Senior Scientist and Program Manager for Science and Impacts at the Pew Center on Global Climate Change. Dr. Gulledge oversees the Pew Center's efforts to assess the current state of scholarly knowledge about the science and environmental impacts of climate change and to communicate this knowledge to policy-makers and the public.

Dr. Gulledge is a Certified Senior Ecologist with more than 15 years experience teaching and conducting research in environmental science. Prior to joining the Pew Center he served on the faculties of Tulane University and the University of Louisville, where he developed courses in global environmental change and ecosystem ecology, among others. His academic research program is housed at the University of Wyoming, where he holds an adjunct faculty appointment. His research investigates how environmental change alters the natural exchange of greenhouse gases between soils and the atmosphere, and he actively publishes in the peer-reviewed literature on this and other global change topics. He also serves on the editorial board of Ecological Applications, a peer-reviewed journal published by the Ecological Society of America.

Dr. Gulledge earned a PhD (1996) in biological sciences from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and M.S. (1991) and B.S. (1988) degrees in biology from the University of Texas at Arlington. He was a Life Sciences Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University (1997-1999) and a postdoctoral research associate with the Bonanza Creek (Alaska) Long-term Ecological Research Program of the National Science Foundation (1996-1997).

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Photo: Charlie Higley

Charlie Higley is executive director of the Citizens Utility Board of Wisconsin, a member-supported nonprofit organization that represents the interests of residential customers of electric, natural gas, and telecommunication utilities before regulatory agencies, the legislature, and the courts.

Previously, Charlie worked as program director for the Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation, where he managed the renewable energy program of Focus on Energy, a program that provides energy efficiency and renewable energy services to residents and businesses in Wisconsin.

Between 1996 and 2001, Charlie worked as energy research director and lobbyist for Public Citizen, a Washington, D.C.-based consumer advocacy organization founded by Ralph Nader. Before working for Public Citizen, Charlie managed energy efficiency programs for the Energy Center of Wisconsin and its predecessors.

Charlie has a master's degree in urban and regional planning with certificate in energy analysis and policy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a bachelor's degree in engineering physics from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

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Photo: Steve Hiniker

Steve Hiniker became executive director of 1000 Friends of Wisconsin in October 2003, but he has been involved with the organization since its inception as one of the organization's founding board members. Prior to joining the 1000 Friends staff, he was executive director of the Wisconsin Citizens Utility Board, a non-profit organization dedicated to representing the interests of residential utility customers. He has also served as the environmental policy coordinator for the city of Milwaukee, where he developed and successfully lobbied for environmental liability reform legislation ("brownfields legislation"), developed pro-transit transportation funding plans and developed the innovative "blue cart" recycling program. His legislative experience includes working with State Senator Joe Strohl, during which time he developed policy for recycling, transportation, air emissions trading and education, and was responsible for all media relations in the office.

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Photo: Tracey Holloway

Tracey Holloway is an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin--Madison in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, and Civil and Environmental Engineering. She works with the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE). Holloway earned her Ph.D. in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences from Princeton University, working at the NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) and her post-doctoral work was done at Columbia University's Earth Institute.

Prof. Holloway's research examines air pollution chemistry and transport at regional and global scales, especially the mechanisms underlying transport across international borders. East Asia and the Great Lakes Region of North America are two active study regions, for which she employs the EPA Community Multi-scale Air Quality Model (CMAQ) to assess regional air pollution, and the Model of Ozone and Related Tracers (MOZART) to analyze pollution on global scales. She is also interested in the role of models in the policy process, particularly atmospheric chemistry models and their application to energy use strategies, public health assessments, and international environmental treaties. Her work has been supported by grants from the Department of Defense, NASA, and the EPA.

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Photo: Brett Hulsey

Brett Hulsey is president and founder of Better Environmental Solutions, a consulting firm promoting practical solutions to save lives, jobs and money. He has authored more than 20 reports on sustainable development, agriculture, clean air, water, and the environment, including "Sprawl Costs Us All," "Solving Sprawl," and "Highway Health Hazards." He has also been a Dane County Board Supervisor since 1998, and currently chairs the Dane County Lakes and Watersheds Commission and the Personnel and Finance Committee. Hulsey serves on the National Association of Counties Environment, Energy and Land Use Steering Committee, where he authored policies to fund more farm conservation practices, more biofuels, restore wetlands, and call for immediate action to reduce global warming air pollution.

Hulsey has earned a FEMA Distinguished Public Service Award and Men's Fitness "Clean Water Champion" award. He is a frequent lecturer around the country on biofuel, agriculture, energy and environmental issues, and has more than 25 years of public service experience, including Environmental Policy Advisor to President Clinton and Energy Conservation Advocate in the Carter Administration during the 1970s energy crisis. Hulsey also served as the Senior Midwest Representative for the Sierra Club in the nine-state Midwest Region focusing on air, water, agriculture, Smart Growth and wetlands issues. He worked on the 1985, 1990, and 2002 Farm Bills, and is a member of the Sustainable Agriculture Working Group and UCS Sound Science Initiative. He has a master's degree in Natural Science from the University of Oklahoma and a B.A. in Political Economy from Middlebury College.

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Photo: Marty Kanarek

Marty Kanarek is Professor of Population Health Sciences and Environmental Studies. He received his Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the University of California Berkeley and his M.P.H. in Environmental Health from the University of Minnesota. He worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 1972-78 before coming to Wisconsin. He currently serves as Chair of the Graduate Program in Population Health and Vice Chair of the Department and Chair of the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies Certificate Program for Undergraduates.

His research interests include environmental epidemiology -- indoor and outdoor air pollution, lead poisoning prevention, PCB and mercury contaminants in fish, drinking water and cancer and other studies of the human health effects of pollution.

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Photo: Dan Kohler

Dan Kohler is the director of Wisconsin Environment, a citizen-based environmental advocacy organization. Kohler oversees campaign and strategic planning for Wisconsin Environment campaigns to address global warming, promote renewable energy, protect Wisconsin's lakes and preserve open spaces. Kohler is a leading advocate in Wisconsin for global warming solutions, co-authoring two recent reports, An Unfamiliar State: How Global Warming Could Change Natural Wisconsin as well as A Blueprint for Action: Policy Options to Reduce Wisconsin's Contribution to Global Warming. He is a 1997 graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire.

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Photo: Chris Kucharik

Chris Kucharik is an associate scientist in the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment. During his graduate studies, Chris participated in the BOReal Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study (BOREAS), an international field experiment that took place in the Canadian boreal forest. He helped design a high-resolution, two-band, ground-based remote-sensing instrument, called a Multiband Vegetation Imager - which allowed for advanced studies of forest canopy architecture and enabled for more accurate predictions of carbon cycling in high latitude ecosystems.

Currently, his research focuses on integrating field observations and numerical models of natural and managed ecosystems to better understand the influence of changing climate and land management on ecosystem services. Chris' interests include carbon cycling and sequestration in wetlands, prairie ecosystems, and agricultural landscapes, water quality, biofuels, and how crop yields are affected by climate change and farmer management. This work has been supported by a NASA Interdisciplinary Science (IDS) grant, through the DOE National Institute for Climate Change Research (NICCR), Madison Gas and Electric, S. C. Johnson, and a Wisconsin Focus on Energy grant.

Chris works closely with both undergraduate and graduate students on a variety of field research projects, with the goal of exposing students to field-based ecological research while integrating policy, land management, and natural sciences.

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Photo: Kathy Kuntz

Kathy Kuntz has 15 years of experience implementing efficiency programs and research projects in a variety of public and private settings. With a background in low-income issues and energy education as well as residential and industrial energy efficiency, Ms. Kuntz's work has focused on program efficacy and increasing consumer awareness of energy efficiency opportunities since joining Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation (WECC) in 2001. With a passion for programs that facilitate real change, Ms. Kuntz has direct experience fielding programs for stakeholders that range from industrial process engineers to third-grade teachers.

As the Director of Energy Programs at WECC, she oversees the design and implementation of Wisconsin's statewide energy efficiency and renewable energy programs as part of the Focus on Energy program. Ms. Kuntz is also the Acting Interim Director of Focus on Energy's Business Programs.

Focus on Energy is Wisconsin's statewide public benefits funded energy efficiency and renewable energy program. At present Focus' annual operating budget is more than $63 million with annual net goals of more than 272,000,000 kwh and 10,000,000 therms.

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Photo: Richard Lathrop

Richard Lathrop is a lake researcher for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and is the Madison lakes field site manager for the North-Temperate Lakes Long-Term Ecological Research project conducted by the University of Wisconsin–Madison Center for Limnology. He also holds honorary UW appointments with the Center for Limnology and the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies.

Dr. Lathrop's research interests include lake eutrophication, phosphorus dynamics, and watershed and in-lake practices to manage, restore and protect lakes. He has had a lead role with a wide variety of collaborative research projects and organizations:

  • EPA Nutrient Science STAR grant project on source and transport of bioavailable phosphorus in agricultural watersheds (Principle Investigator)
  • EPA Water and Watersheds STAR grant project on urbanization effects on groundwater and surface water systems (Co-Principle Investigator)
  • North Temperate Lakes, Long-Term Ecological Research project C0-Investigator, Madison lakes field site manager)
  • Devil's Lake Restoration Project (Project manager and lead scientist)
  • North American Lake Management Society's International Symposia (Program Chair for 2 annual meetings)
  • Madison Commission on the Environment (Chair for 3 years)

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Photo: John Lyons

John Lyons is a fisheries research biologist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, a position he has held since 1985. He received his Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has worked throughout the state on a wide variety of aquatic habitats from northern lakes to warmwater rivers to coldwater streams and on many different fishes from gamefish species such as walleye, smallmouth bass, and trout to threatened and endangered species such as paddlefish, blue sucker, and slender madtom. John's research has focused on the effects of human activities, particularly agricultural practices, urban development, and dams, on fish and fisheries, and on how knowledge of these effects can be used to protect and restore Wisconsin's aquatic resources. Recently, he has begun to explore how climate change will influence the distribution and abundance of various Wisconsin fishes and what this will mean for fishing in the state. John is also adjunct Curator of Fishes at the University of Wisconsin Zoological Museum, through which he works on fish conservation issues in Mexico.

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Photo: John Magnuson

John Magnuson is a Professor Emeritus in the Center for Limnology at UW-Madison . His research activities focus on long-term ecological research on lake ecological systems, potential influence of climate change on inland waters, fish and fisheries ecology, biogeography and landscape ecology of lake and stream systems, and ecological dynamics of biodiversity and invasion.

Dr. Magnuson is a prolific researcher, having published over three-hundred research papers and six books since 1962.

In addition to teaching and research responsibilities, he has been involved with a number of commissions and scientific organizations propagating a wide range of disciplines, from global climate change to species conservation to the future of aquatic habitats.

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Kristen Malecki is an epidemiologist working within the Bureau of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services and the Wisconsin Survey of Health of Wisconsin (SHOW). She received her Masters of Public Health and doctoral degree from the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, MD. Her graduate research focused on environmental epidemiology and health policy. Current work at the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services includes the development of an integrated environmental health surveillance network, and primary research focuses on childhood cancer and the potential for exposure to multiple environmental contaminants in Wisconsin, particularly ground water and drinking water. She is the co-chair of the State Environmental Health Indicators Collaborative through the Council for State and Territorial Epidemiologists which has been focusing on the development and use of state level climate change indicators for planning and policy development within state health agencies. She also is a scientist for the Wisconsin's Survey of Health of Wisconsin, a population based survey exploring multiple community, social, demographic, physical environment and individual level determinants of adult health in Wisconsin.

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Photo: Karl Martin

Karl Martin received his Ph.D. from Oregon State University in forest ecology and has a M.S. in wildlife science from Oregon State University and B.S. in wildlife ecology from UW-Madison. He is a research scientist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Bureau of Science Services and is an adjunct professor in the Forest and Wildlife Ecology Department at UW-Madison. His research program focuses on the inter-relationship between forest ecosystems and external stressors such as forest management activities, natural disturbances and climate change. Current research projects include investigating the effectiveness of novel silvicultural prescriptions at developing old-growth characteristics in second-growth forests and the interaction of wildlife and forest habitat at multiple scales.

Karl has been an associate editor for the Journal of Wildlife Management and has published in several peer-reviewed journals and presented his work at national and regional conferences. He has served in leadership roles on numerous conference committees including the Ecological Forestry Conference, Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference, and the Wildlife Society Annual Meeting. He is currently serving on the Executive Board of The Wisconsin Chapter of The Wildlife Society and is the Past President of this organization. He also serves as team leader on the Wisconsin DNR's Transition Team that is developing strategies to deal with significant employee turnover as a result of an aging workforce and impending retirements.

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Photo: Curt Meine

Curt Meine is a conservation biologist, historian, and writer. He serves as Senior Fellow with the Aldo Leopold Foundation in Baraboo, Wisconsin; Research Associate with the International Crane Foundation, also located in Baraboo; and Director for of Conservation Biology and History with the Chicago-based Center for Humans and Nature. He is also Associate Adjunct Professor in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology.

Meine received his B.A. in English and History from DePaul University in Chicago and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Land Resources from the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Over the last fifteen years, his conservation work has involved projects in Europe, Asia, and North America, with organizations including the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the World Conservation Union, the World Wildlife Fund, and the American Museum of Natural History. Meine has served on the board of governors of the Society for Conservation Biology and on the editorial boards of the journals Conservation Biology and Environmental Ethics. He is also active in local conservation as a founder and member of the Sauk Prairie Conservation Alliance in Sauk County, Wisconsin. Meine has authored several books, including Aldo Leopold: His Life and Work (1988) and Correction Lines: Essays on Land, Leopold, and Conservation (2004).

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Photo: Michael Meyer

Michael Meyer is a Wildlife Research Scientist at the Bureau of Science Services at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, as well as an adjunct professor at UW – La Crosse.

Professor Meyer's research interests are wildlife toxicology, avian ecology, landscape ecology and nutritional ecology, and he has authored, co-authored and given presentations on a number of articles that have been published in peer-reviewed journals spreading over those disciplines.

His most recent work focuses on the effects that mercury exposure and habitat degradation have had on common loon populations in Northern Wisconsin.

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Ben Miller joined CALS in January 2004 and is the Associate Dean for External Affairs. The College spans 19 academic departments with nearly 300 - faculty focusing in the areas of food, health, energy, and the environment. Prior to joining CALS, Ben spent seven years working for the U.S. Congress-3 years for Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur and 4 years for Senator Herb Kohl advising on agriculture and transportation appropriation matters. Ben worked extensively on the 2002 Farm Bill.

At CALS, Ben oversees the marketing, communications and alumni programs. Recently, the College landed a $135M research grant from the Department of Energy to create the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center. Ben is working to strengthen and grow public/private sector partnerships-focusing on development and advocacy efforts for Bioenergy and beyond.

Ben is a board member of the Dairy Business Innovation Center and the Wisconsin Green Industry Federation, a committee member of the Chancellor's Wisconsin Idea project and a member of the recently created Regional Economic Development Entity. In 2003, was selected as a Stennis Emerging Congressional Leader.

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Photo: Mark Miller

Mark Miller is serving his first term in the Wisconsin Senate. He serves the 16th Senate District which includes parts of Dane County, Columbia County and the Village and Town of Merrimac in Sauk County. He was elected on November 2, 2004 and was sworn in on January 3, 2005.

Senator Miller is the Co-Chair of the Joint Committee on Finance and the Chair of the Senate Committee on the Environment and Natural Resources. He also serves on the Joint Audit Committee, the Joint Legislative Council Committee, the Joint Committee on Employment Relations, the Joint Committee on Policy Information and Technology and the Claims Board.

Senator Miller is committed to sound environmental policy and conservation. He strongly believes it is imperative to prevent contaminated drinking water, reduce runoff pollution into Wisconsin's lakes, rivers and streams and make Wisconsin more energy self-sufficient. He is the author of legislation that will reduce Wisconsin's dependence on imported energy, create jobs and encourage a cleaner environment.

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Photo: David Mladenoff

David Mladenoff is a native of the Wisconsin northwoods and is the Beers-Bascom Professor in Conservation in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Mladenoff earned his PhD from the UW-Madison in 1985, and held positions in The Nature Conservancy as western region Science and Stewardship Director, and the University of Minnesota Natural Resources Research Institute in Duluth. He has been in Madison again since 1994, and manages the Forest Landscape Ecology Lab at UW. He also teaches a graduate course in Landscape Ecology.

Work in the lab has been directed at questions of forest disturbance, recovery and change; forest structure, biodiversity and sustainability; and climate change and carbon dynamics. Most work has been done in the northern Great Lakes region. Approaches have included field studies, modeling and using historical data to understand forest landscape change. Mladenoff was Editor-in-Chief of the journal Landscape Ecology from 1999-2005.

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Photo: Ed Monroe

Ed Monroe is the current mayor of the City of Ashland Wisconsin and has held the position for the last two years. His public service started in 1986 as a city councilor and 1990 as a county board supervisor. His efforts helped to initiate one of the first comprehensive recycling programs in the state in 1987 and has been and advocate and supporter of the Ashland's Eco Municipality status since its adoption in 2005.

Ashland was the second Eco Municipality in the State of Wisconsin. Adopting the principals of the Natural Step and working to implement sustainable principals in the daily operation and long range planning of the cities future.

Mayor Monroe has been a life long resident of Ashland and the Chequamegon Bay Region and speaks from personal experience and history of the climate changes and changes to Lake Superior on a personal level.

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Photo: Tia Nelson

Tia Nelson is a graduate of UW-Madison with a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology, was named Executive Secretary of the Wisconsin Board of Commissioners of Public Lands in October 2004. She oversees the management of approximately 78,000 acres of Trust Lands located in northern Wisconsin, the State Trust Fund Loan Program, four Trust Funds valued at over $735 million, and the Original Land Records Program, which includes land survey records dating back to the 1830's.

Ms. Nelson was previously with The Nature Conservancy for seventeen years. Beginning in 1994 she led The Nature Conservancy's climate change program where she played a key leadership role in climate change policy and in developing forest protection and restoration as a climate change mitigation strategy.

She received The Environmental Protection Agency's Climate Change Leadership Award in 2000.

Ms. Nelson was appointed by Governor Doyle in April 2007 to co-chair the Governor's Task Force on Global Warming and has worked in the state legislature for the Assembly Natural Resources Committee on numerous environmental initiatives.

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Photo: Greg Nemet

Greg Nemet is an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and in the La Follette School of Public Affairs. He is also a member of the university's Energy Sources and Policy Cluster. His research and teaching focus on improving understanding of the environmental, social, economic, and technical dynamics of the global energy system. He teaches courses in international environmental policy and energy systems analysis. A central focus of his research involves empirical analysis of the process of innovation and technological change. He is particularly interested in how the outcomes of this line of research can inform public policy related to improvements in low-carbon energy technologies. His work is motivated by a more general interest in issues related to energy and the environment, including how government actions can expand access to energy services while reducing their environmental impacts.

He holds a master's degree and doctorate in energy and resources, both from the University of California, Berkeley. His undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College is in geography and economics.

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Photo: Clay Nesler

Clay Nesler is the Vice President, Global Energy and Sustainability for the Building Efficiency business of Johnson Controls. In this role, he is responsible for overall energy and sustainability strategy, policy, programs and communications on a global basis. He is also a member of the Johnson Controls sustainability leadership team responsible for setting overall sustainability strategy and policy across the corporation.

Since joining Johnson Controls in 1983, Clay has held a variety of leadership positions in technology, new product development, marketing, consulting and strategy in both the United States and Europe. He has been active in ASHRAE as an author, speaker and technical committee chair. Clay serves on Wisconsin Governor's Task Force on Global Warming, the Executive Committee for the Energy Efficiency Forum in Washington, D.C. and the advisory committee for the Climate Registry.

Clay received his BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is listed as the co-inventor on ten U.S. Patents. He is the inventor of the award-winning Solutions Navigator™ collaborative planning tool used by hundreds of organizations around the world to support sustainability, technology and infrastructure planning efforts.

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Photo: Pete Nowak

Pete Nowak received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota's College of Agriculture in 1977. He served as both an assistant and associate professor at Iowa State University before joining the faculty at the University of Wisconsin in 1985. At UW-Madison he holds multiple appointments as a Soil and Water Conservation Specialist in the Environmental Resources Center and Research Professor and Chair of Outreach in the Nelson Institute. He also served as Chair of the Wisconsin Buffer Initiative for the last three years. Pete's career has focused on measuring and explaining the adoption and diffusion of agricultural technologies, especially those with natural resource management implications. More recently he has focused on examining the application of spatial analytical techniques and statistics to critical issues in resource management.

His work has been published in a variety of journals and books. He has served as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, Editorial Board of the Journal of Precision Agriculture and on the Foundation for Environmental Agricultural Education. In the recent past he has worked with the National Academy of Science's Board on Agriculture, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Office of Management and Budget, USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service and a National Blue Ribbon Panel examining the USDA Conservation Effectiveness Assessment Project. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Soil and Water Conservation Society.

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Photo: Sarah Olson

Sarah Olson is a doctoral student pursuing a joint degree in Population Health Sciences and Land Resources at the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment. Her dissertation research aims to understand how infectious disease processes may be linked to the changing ecology of landscapes. She focuses on identifying the linkages between disease epidemiology and environmental factors, such as habitat fragmentation, urban-rural interfaces, climatic effects, ecosystem diversity, and social behaviors. Her thesis will incorporate these effects and look at the impacts of deforestation on the incidence of malaria in the Amazon. Her work is a part of the Large-Scale Biosphere-Atmosphere Experiment in Amazonia (LBA) grant at SAGE and her advisor is Jonathan Patz.

Through her work, Sarah hopes to identify interventions that can target upstream environmental disease mechanisms and improve health in developing countries. Currently, she is the student representative for EcoHealth (The International Association for Ecology and Health) and an active member of the Student Section of EcoHealth.

When not at SAGE or on the computer, she is outside, trail running, mountain biking, climbing, hiking, playing ultimate, and nordic skiing.

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Photo: Kurt Paulsen

Kurt Paulsen is an Assistant Professor in Urban and Regional Planning and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. His researching and teaching interests are in land use planning, land use change, public finance, and intergovernmental relations. His research has examined the connections between local government fiscal policy and land use decsision in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, integovernmental cooperation in Pennyslvania planning, and land use/landscape change analysis in regional environmental planning.

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Photo: Ken Potter

Ken Potter is a Professor Civil & Environmental Engineering and Environmental Studies at UW-Madison. His research interests include aquatic resources, such as streams, lakes, wetlands, and groundwater, and he feels that they are essential to our well being. Ken's research focuses on providing a technical basis for the sustainable use of aquatic resources and for the restoration of degraded aquatic resources. This research is strongly interdisciplinary, involving faculty and students from the earth, life, and social sciences, as well as from engineering. His research methods include the use of field measurements and hydrologic modeling.

Ken Potter has been very active in his work on behalf of the environment in Wisconsin. His dedication has gained him awards, appointment, and national recognition:

  • Vice Chairman of the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Sciences
  • Advisory Council Member of the Greater Everglades Restoration
  • Ragnar E. Onstad Service to Society award

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Photo: Michael Potts

Michael Potts is Executive Vice President of Orion Energy Systems. He began his career in energy management with the Kohler Co., ultimately serving as supervisor of Kohler's corporate energy management portfolio. While at Kohler, his responsibilities included energy strategy and management, public affairs, conservation projects and budget management. Potts often testifies before the Wisconsin Public Service Commission and the state legislature. In addition to promoting greater understanding of current electric power matters and related environmental issues, he informs Orion customers and local business leaders on ways to reduce energy costs and improve energy efficiency through technology and process improvements in lighting, HVAC, compressed air and demand response.

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Photo: Gary Radloff

Gary Radloff is the Director of Policy and Strategic Communications at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). He served as a lead staff policy and communication advisor for two major Wisconsin policy projects; Governor Jim Doyle's Consortium on the Biobased Industry and the Working Lands Initiative. The Governor's Consortium is a roadmap for positioning Wisconsin to play a key role in promoting the use of renewable energy and growing the state's bioeconomy. The Working Lands Initiative is a report of detailed policy steps and strategies to protect the source of biomass - the Wisconsin working lands in agriculture and forestry. Radloff has previously served as the legislative liaison for the Department of Health and Family Services as well as having professional experience as a lobbyist and a journalist. He currently serves on the Wisconsin Public Service Commission's Universal Service Fund Council, the Advisory Board of the Children's Health Alliance of Wisconsin, the Steering Committee of the Midwest Agriculture Energy Network, and the Biomass Working Group policy team for the Great Plains Institute. He is also staff to the North Central BioEconomy Consortium, a 12-state partnership of Agriculture departments, University Extension offices and Agriculture Research Stations located in the North Central Region of the United States. He has a Master's Degree in Public Administration and Public Policy.

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Photo: Keith Reopelle

Keith Reopelle is the Program Director for Clean Wisconsin. He has held positions with Clean Wisconsin ranging from Field Canvasser to Executive Director, but spent most of his time as Program Director. Keith currently serves on the Governor's Task Force on Global Warming where he is the co-chair of the Cap & Trade working group and the chair of the waste recovery working group. Keith also serves on the stakeholder committee to the Midwestern Governor's Association that is developing the model cap & trade program for he six-state region that has signed on to the MGA Greenhouse Gas Accord. Keith has twenty years experience lobbying on a wide range of issues including polluted runoff, wetlands, metallic mining, recycling, incineration, air toxins, pesticide reduction, forest management, land preservation and sustainable energy policies. For three years Keith was the Campaign Coordinator at the State Environment Leadership Program where he led multi-state campaign consulting efforts with member groups from across the counrty. Keith has a Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife ecology and a Masters of Science degree in environmental communications from the University of Wisconsin -Madison.

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Photo: Joel Rogers

Joel Rogers is a professor of law, political science, and sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He directs COWS, the national think-and-do tank on high road development, and the new Center for State Innovation (CSI). Rogers has written widely on democratic theory and American politics and public policy. His most recent book (with Richard Freeman) is What Workers Want (2006). A longtime activist as well as academic, Newsweek identified him as one of the 100 Americans most likely to shape US politics and culture in the 21st century.

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Photo: Todd Stuart

Todd Stuart is Executive Director of the Wisconsin Industrial Energy Group, Inc. (WIEG). WIEG is a non-profit association of large energy consumers that advocates for policies that drive affordable, efficient and reliable energy. WIEG currently represents over 30 Wisconsin businesses that serve as key drivers of economic growth and development throughout the state.

Prior to joining WIEG, Stuart held key positions both the Legislative and Executive branches of state government. His work was instrumental in the passage of 2005 Act 141, the Energy Efficiency and Renewables Act. Stuart also was influential in the development of 2003 Act 89, a utility infrastructure streamlining law as well as the 2001 State Energy Policy.

Stuart received both his B.S. and M.B.A. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He resides in Fitchburg with his wife Kristina and two sons, Erik and Christian.

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Photo: Peter Taglia

Peter Taglia is the Staff Scientist at Clean Wisconsin, an environmental advocacy organization located in Madison, Wisconsin. Peter is a professional geologist and has a BA in environmental geology from the University of Montana and a MS in hydrogeology from the UW-Madison. Prior to Clean Wisconsin, Peter spent five years working for an environmental consulting firm and is experienced in conducting environmental investigations, preparing environmental remediation plans and developing environmental impact statements at superfund sites, energy facilities and power plants.

Peter is currently working in numerous aspects of climate change mitigation, with an emphasis on electrical generation, terrestrial and geological carbon sequestration and biofuels analysis. In May of 2007 Peter was appointed to two working groups of Governor Doyle's Task Force on Global Warming, the electrical generation work group (which he is also co-chair) and the technical advisory group. In October of 2007 Peter was part of a Midwest delegation to tour advanced gasification power plants in Europe, including the Nuon IGCC power plant in the Netherlands that uses 30% biomass with coal for electrical generation.

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Photo: Roy Thilly

Roy Thilly is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Wisconain Public Power Inc. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1974. Thilly is active on national, as well as state electric issues. He is a past president of the American Public Power Association and past member of the Board of Trustees of the National Electric Reliability Council (NERC). He served as Chair of the industry Stakeholder Committee, NERC's new independent Board in 2004. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Midwest Reliability Organization. He also is chair of the Transmission Access Policy Study Group (TAPS), a national organization of transmission-dependent utilities that promote equal access and vigorous competition in electricity at wholesale.

On the state level, he is co-chair of the Governor's Task Force on Global Warming. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Customers First! Coalition, a group of diverse industry stakeholders that advocate a careful approach to deregulation designed to provide benefits to all classes of customers. In 2004, he served on the Governor's Task Force on Energy Efficiency and Renewables.

In 2006, Thilly joined the Board of the Energy Center of Wisconsin, a private, non-profit organization dedicated to developing solutions to energy challenges that promote economic and environmental sustainability through innovative research and education.

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Photo: Dan Vimont

Dan Vimont joined the faculty at the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences and the Center for Climatic Research at UW-Madison in July 2003 after a short appointment as a research associate through the Earth Institute at Columbia University, and through JISAO at the University of Washington. He received his Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences in 2002 from the University of Washington.

Dr. Vimont's scholarly work currently focuses on climate variability involving coupled processes in the atmosphere and ocean. His recent projects include:

  • The role of midlatitude atmospheric variability in forcing tropical climate through coupled interactions in the subtropics and tropics (e.g., the "seasonal footprinting mechanism").
  • Downscaling precipitation over Indonesia under present and future climate scenarios.
  • Meridional modes in the tropical Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans.
  • Climate variability and hurricane activity.
  • Modeling ENSO impacts in a warmer world.
  • Pacific interannual and decadal variability in models and observations.
  • Statistical analysis of climate variability, with emphasis on integrating statistics and physical processes.

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Photo: John Vrieze

John Vrieze is the third generation owner of Vrieze Farms, Inc., a Century Farm Award winner in 2007. Baldwin Dairy, Inc. started operations in 1997 and is currently milking 1,050 cows. John is also the co-owner at Emerald Dairy, LLC which was built in 1999 and is milking 1,200 cows. The Transition Management Facility houses 450 dry and fresh cows and springing heifers from the home dairies and is also co-owned by John.

John became involved with the agricultural development in Russia in 1990. His interest began with marketing embryos to improve their milking herds and has expanded to owning a minority interest in two dairy operations while consulting on three others. Dairy Business Association, Inc. was formed in 2000 to develop strategic plans to allow the growth of dairies in Wisconsin. John was the president since the organization began until December, 2007.

Since 2004, John has served on the Board of Directors for Agri-Waste Energy. This company is developing a system to convert bio-gas at Emerald Dairy, LLC into Natural Gas to be injected into a Natural Gas Pipeline in Baldwin, WI. John also currently serves on the Governor's Climate Change Task Force.

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Photo: Don Wichert

Don Wichert is employed by the Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation and is the Director of the Focus on Energy Renewable Energy Program. He is responsible for directing the administration of Wisconsin's $5 million per year renewable energy public benefits program. Don has worked professionally in the environmental and energy fields for 28 years, much of it with the Wisconsin Division of Energy as Chief of the Energy Resources Section.

Don Wichert has a B.A in Geography, a B.S. in Thermal and Environmental Engineering and an M.S. in Energy Policy & Analysis. Don is a Board member of the Biomass Energy Resource Center, the Solar Rating and Certification Corporation and Wisconsin's Citizen's Utility Board. He is a licensed professional engineer in Wisconsin.

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Photo: Judy Ziewacz

Judy Ziewacz currently serves as Director of the Wisconsin Office of Energy Independence (OEI) which was created by Governor Doyle on April 5, 2007. Prior to OEI, she served as Deputy Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) for four years.

Ziewacz served as Chief of Staff to a Wisconsin Congressman in Washington, DC; and, as Executive Director of national cooperative development entities. She has managed the legislative agenda at the state and national levels for cooperative trade associations representing all sizes and sectors of the U.S. economy including Fortune 500 agriculture cooperatives and minority-owned catering businesses; farm credit banks and consumer credit unions; New York City and rural, senior housing; urban food stores and rural energy services.