Conference Program

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6:00 AM
Exhibit area open for set-up
7:30 AM
Registration opens. Continental breakfast and networking in exhibit area.
8:30 AM
Welcoming remarks by Lewis Gilbert, Interim Director, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, UW-Madison
8:40 AM
Governor Jim Doyle (Introduction by Tia Nelson, Co-Chair, Governor's Task Force on Global Warming)
9:10 AM
Keynote: Scientific Uncertainty and Climate Change Risks: Jay Gulledge, Senior Scientist and Program Manager for Science and Impacts, Pew Center on Global Climate Change (Introduction by Judy Ziewacz, Director, Office of Energy Independence)
9:45 AM
Climate Change in Wisconsin: Daniel Vimont, Assistant Professor, Center for Climatic Research and Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences, UW-Madison
10:10 AM
Refreshment break in exhibit area
10:40 AM
Concurrent Sessions on Greenhouse Gas Mitigation and Energy Independence

The Eye of the Storm: Agriculture and the Energy Security and Climate Stewardship Dilemma
  • Moderator: Ben Miller, Associate Dean, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, UW-Madison
  • Gary Radloff, Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
  • Donald Wichert, Director, Renewable Energy Program, Focus on Energy
  • John Vrieze, Owner and Operator, Baldwin and Emerald Dairies
  • Peter Taglia, Staff Scientist, Clean Wisconsin

Working Toward Energy Independent Communities, Homes and Businesses
The link above will show you all of the talks for this concurrent session.

  • Moderator: Greg Nemet, Assistant Professor, Public Affairs and Environmental Studies, UW-Madison
  • Incentives for Local Energy Independence: Judy Ziewacz, Director, Office of Energy Independence
  • The Benefits Add Up When We "Focus on Energy": Kathy Kuntz, Director of Energy Programs and Acting Director for Business Programs, Focus on Energy
  • Reducing the Energy Appetite of Businesses and Communities: Sarah Else, Director of Renewable Energy Resources, Alliant Energy

Designing Efficient Land Use and Transportation Systems
  • Moderator: Kurt Paulsen, Assistant Professor, Urban and Regional Planning and Environmental Studies
  • Land Use and Climate Change: Steve Hiniker, Executive Director, 1000 Friends of Wisconsin
  • Smart Growth and Public Transportation - Convenient Solutions to Global Warming: Brett Hulsey, Dane County Supervisor and President, Better Environmental Solutions
  • Sustainability and Freight Transportation: Teresa Adams, Director, Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education, UW-Madison

Finding Economic Opportunities in Greenhouse Gas Mitigation
  • Moderator: Tom Eggert, UW-Madison School of Business and Department of Natural Resources
  • Milwaukee Energy Efficiency Project: Joel Rogers, Director, Center on Wisconsin Strategy
  • Wisconsin's Energy Future in a Carbon-Constrained Economy: Michael Potts, Executive Vice President, Orion Energy Systems, Inc.
  • Economic Opportunities from Wisconsin's Renewable Energy Resource: Charlie Higley, Executive Director, Citizens Utility Board of Wisconsin
Lunch and presentation: Identifying and Adapting to Climate Change Impacts in Wisconsin: John Magnuson, Professor Emeritus, UW-Madison; Co-Chair, Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts
1:10 PM
Concurrent Sessions on Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation
Climate Change Impacts on Wisconsin's Natural Resources
  • Moderator: Richard Lathrop, Department of Natural Resources; Co-Chair, Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts
  • Forests: David Mladenoff, Professor, Forest and Wildlife Ecology, UW-Madison
  • Fish: John Lyons, Research Scientist, Department of Natural Resources
  • Wildlife: Karl Martin, Research Scientist, Department of Natural Resources
  • Question and answer session

Economic Decision Making in a Climate of Uncertainty
  • Moderator: Pete Nowak, Professor, Nelson Insitute for Environmental Studies, UW-Madison
  • Climate Change Implications for Agriculture: Christopher Kucharik, Researcher, Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment, UW-Madison
  • Sustainability Risk Management: Dan Anderson, Professor, School of Business, UW-Madison
  • Urban Water Management: Kenneth Potter, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering/Environmental Studies, UW-Madison

Losing Our Sense of Place: Stories from the Front Lines
  • Moderator: Curt Meine, Senior Fellow, Aldo Leopold Foundation; Director for Conservation Biology and History, Center for Humans and Nature
  • Ed Monroe, Mayor of Ashland
  • Michael Meyer, Wildlife Researcher, Department of Natural Resources
  • Dan Kohler, Executive Director, Wisconsin Environment
  • Jean Buffalo, President, Wisconsin Tribal Conservation Advisory Council

Human Health Challenges of Climate Change
  • Moderator: Marty Kanarek, Professor, School of Medicine and Public Health/Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, UW-Madison
  • Implications for Human Health: Sarah Olson, Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment, Nelson Institute, UW-Madison
  • Climate Change and Air Quality: Tracey Holloway, Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies/Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, UW-Madison
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Prioritization and Planning - Public Health Surveillance and Climate Change in Wisconsin: Kristen Malecki, Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services
2:30 PM
Break in exhibit area
3:00 PM
Leadership Panel on Policy Options:
Moderator: Steve Born, Professor Emeritus, Urban and Regional Planning and Environmental Studies

Linda Bochert, Partner, Michael Best & Friedrich
Matt Frank, Secretary, Department of Natural Resources
Tia Nelson, Executive Secretary, Board of Commissioners of Public Lands and Co-Chair, Governor's Task Force on Global Warming
Mark Miller, Chair, Senate Commmittee on Environment and Resources
Clay Nesler, Vice President for Global Energy and Sustainability, Johnson Controls, Inc.
Keith Reopelle, Program Director, Clean Wisconsin
Todd Stuart, Executive Director, Wisconsin Industrial Energy Group
Roy Thilly, Chief Executive Officer, Wisconsin Public Power Inc. and Co-Chair, Governor's Task Force on Global Warming
4:30 PM