Conference Program

MORNING PLENARY: The Sustainability Imperative (Forum, Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery)

8:30AM
Welcome and Overview
Gregg Mitman, Interim Director, Nelson Institute
8:50AM
UW System's Commitment to Sustainability
Kevin Reilly, President, University of Wisconsin System
9:20AM
Natural Gas: Queen and Not Just for a Day
John Rowe, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Exelon Corporation
10:15AM
Refreshment Break (Town Center, Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery)
10:45AM
Concurrent Sessions (Union South)

Innovation in Buildings (Varsity Hall 1, 2nd floor, Union South)
This session will look at how buildings can be designed to reduce environmental impact, improve productivity and occupant experience, and create spaces that integrate function, education and community.


Innovation in Sustainable Community Development (Industry, 3rd floor, Union South)
Can neighborhoods be designed to be more efficient, more livable and more socially connected? This session will look at a number of approaches to promote sustainability and build social capital in communities.


Innovation in Energy Systems (Landmark, 3rd floor, Union South)
This session will emphasize biofuels research and development in Wisconsin, with a focus on their potential as sustainable transportation fuels.


Innovation in Sustainable Design through the Arts(Agriculture, 3rd floor, Union South)
Art and design can provoke thought and education about sustainability. Panelists will present approaches that illuminate our relationship to the natural world through functional pieces and expressive works, as well as through changes in materials and design in textiles and carpets.


Innovation in Clean Technology (Alumni, 2nd floor, Union South)
This session will look at innovation in clean technology, or cleantech -- products or services that improve operational performance, productivity or efficiency while reducing costs, inputs, energy consumption and pollution.


Innovation in Institutional Food Systems (Traditions, 2nd floor, Union South)
Public schools, university cafeterias and other institutions have the buying power to significantly impact local and regional food systems. This session will look at efforts to incorporate more local foods at institutional scales.


12:15PM
Lunch break (Meal not provided; responsibility of individuals.)
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1:00PM
Exhibits and demonstrations (ongoing in Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery and Union South until 3:00PM)
1:30PM
Climate Leadership Challenge Awards (Forum, Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery)
1:40PM
How to Design Cities to Behave Like Ecosystems
Dickson Despommier, Professor, Environmental Health Sciences, Columbia University (Forum, Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery)
2:30PM
Refreshment Break (Town Center, Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery)

AFTERNOON PLENARY: Pursuing a More Sustainable Future (Union South Varsity Hall)

3:00PM
Inventing the Future: Feeding the World Safely & Sustainably
Gary Hirshberg, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Stonyfield Farm
4:00PM
Building An Inclusive Green Economy: Innovating Today to Build a Sustainable Tomorrow
Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, Chief Executive Officer, Green for All
5:00PM
Adjourn