2014 Conference Program

Current Conference Information

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center
Madison, Wisconsin

7:30 AM
Check-In Opens (will remain open throughout the day)
Exhibit Area Opens
Continental breakfast will be available in exhibit area.
9:00 AM

Imagining the Future in a World of Rapid Change

No Going Back
Paul Robbins, Director, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
The Limits of Utopia
China Miéville, Award-winning science fiction author; associate professor of creative writing, Warwick University in England
10:15 AM
Refreshment Break and Exhibits
10:45 AM

Welcome to the Anthropocene:
Visions of the Human-Made World

Planetary Boundaries: Implications for Global Sustainability
Kevin Noone, Director, Swedish Secretariat for Environmental Earth System Sciences, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
Anthropogenic Landscapes and Planetary Opportunities
Erle Ellis, Associate professor, University of Maryland, Baltimore County; senior fellow, The Breakthrough Institute
12:15 PM
1:30 PM

Concurrent Sessions

  1. Creating More Livable Cities Description
    • Marcia Caton Campbell (Moderator), Executive Director, Center for Resilient Cities
    • Ted Petith, Owner, GreenLink Projects LLC
    • Monica White, Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies and Community and Environmental Sociology, UW-Madison
    • Satya Rhodes-Conway, Senior Associate, Center on Wisconsin Strategy
    • Jeffrey Sledge, Faculty Associate, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, UW-Madison

  2. Doing Well by Going Green: Innovation in Business Sustainability Description
    • Gary Vaughan (Moderator), Founder and Owner, Guident Business Solutions; Lecturer in Economics, Lawrence University
    • Kim Marotta, Director of Sustainability, MillerCoors
    • Randy Peterson, Senior Director of Engineering, Corporate Services and Sustainability, Lands' End
    • David Baum, Co-Developer, Green Exchange
    • Jeff Niesen, Executive Vice President, Boldt

  3. Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region Description
    • Dan Vimont (Moderator), Assistant Professor, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences and Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research; Co-Chair, Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts
    • Val Bennington, Assistant Scientist, Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research, UW-Madison
    • Michael Notaro, Associate Director and Associate Scientist, Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research, UW-Madison
    • Benjamin Zuckerberg, Assistant Professor, Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, UW-Madison
    • Chris Swanston, Director, Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science, U.S. Forest Service

  4. Creative Environments: Community-Building and Education through the Arts Description
    • Karen Crossley (Moderator), WE Badger Volunteers Coordinator, Morgridge Center for Public Service
    • Maria Moreno, Multicultural Outreach Specialist, Earth Partnerships for Schools, UW Arboretum
    • Brenda Baker, Artist and Director of Exhibits, Madison Children's Museum
    • Victor Castro, Artist-in-Residence, Madison Public Library, and Karin Wolf, Arts Program Administrator, Madison Arts Commission
    • Jay Salinas, Co-Founder, The Wormfarm Institute

  5. Buying Big, Buying Local: Lessons Learned from Institutional Food Purchasing Description
    • Colin Higgins (Moderator), Student Leader & Student Program Coordinator, UW–Madison Office of Sustainability
    • Erin Silva, Associate Scientist, Agronomy, UW-Madison
    • Claire Nagel, Food Service Administrator, Mendota Mental Health Institute
    • Claire Strader, Coordinator, Dane County Institutional Food Market Coalition
    • Nate Herndon, Executive Chef, Promega Corporation

  6. Microgrids and the New Electric Distribution Paradigm Description
    • Tom Jahns, Electrical and Computer Engineering, UW-Madison
    • Steve Pullins, Chief Strategic Officer, Green Energy Corporation
    • Don Peterson, Executive Director, Energy Products and Services, MG&E

  7. Global Health across Natural and Built Environments Description
    • Valerie Stull (Moderator), Ph.D. Student, Nelson Institute Environment and Resources Program, UW-Madison
    • Kurt Sladky, Director, Zoological Medicine and Special Species Health Service, UW School of Veterinary Medicine
    • Susan Paskewitz, Professor, Medical Entomology Laboratory, UW-Madison
    • Vijay Limaye, Ph.D. Student, Epidemiology and Nelson Institute Environment and Resources Program, UW-Madison
    • Jason Vargo, Research Associate, Nelson Institute SAGE and the Global Health Institute, UW-Madison

  8. Tackling Phosphorus: Innovation in Watershed Management Description
    • Carl Korfmacher (Moderator), Principal and Owner, Korfmacher Resources, LLC
    • Elizabeth Katt-Reinders, Policy and Communications Director, Clean Lakes Alliance
    • Amanda Minks, Water Resource Management Specialist, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
    • Dave Taylor, Director of Special Projects, Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District
    • Emily Jones, Water Quality Specialist, Clean Wisconsin

  9. Wisconsin Ideas: A Creative Look at Graduate Research in the Nelson Institute Description
    • Sagan Friant (Moderator), PhD Candidate, Environment and Resources; The Bushmeat Trade: Pathways for zoonotic disease transmission in Nigeria
    • Omar Ohrens, PhD Candidate, Environment and Resources; Puma-human conflict and the relationship to rural depopulation in the Altiplano region of Chile
    • Francis Eanes, PhD Candidate, Environment and Resources; Where in the World Are You? Bioregionalism and the Study of Place in Wisconsin
    • Rachel Murray, MS Candidate, Environment and Resources; Adaptations to climate change and globalization in farmer managed irrigation systems in Nepal
    • Teresa Arrate, MS Candidate, Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development; Community Engagement through Environmental Education for Women: Outreach Proposals for the Regional Museum of Science and Technology in Autlán de Navarro, Jalisco, Mexico
    • Jeong Eun (Anya) Lim, PhD Candidate, Environment and Resources; Attitudes toward tigers around the demilitarized zone (DMZ) in Korea

  10. Action, Not Angst: A Climate-Smart, Green Energy Future for Wisconsin Description
    • Jane Elder (Moderator), Executive Director, Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters
    • Mary Schlaefer, Executive Director, Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation
    • Tyson Cook, Staff Scientist, Clean Wisconsin
    • John Imes, Executive Director, Wisconsin Environmental Initiative
3:00 PM
Refreshment break, poster sessions, exhibits
3:45 PM

A Livable Future with Everyone in It

Ecology, Economy and Justice in a Rapidly Changing World
A panel discussion featuring Paul Robbins, China Mieville, Sarah Moore, Ariane de Bremond, Monica White, Erle Ellis and Kevin Noone
5:00 PM