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Sustainable Success – Batteries and Electrification: Is It Sustainable?

Reports suggest that switching from fossil fuels to batteries and electrification in the U.S. transportation, industrial, and commercial and residential sectors can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 70 percent in just a few decades.

But everything has its costs. 

Dig into this topic and more at Batteries and Electrification: Is It Sustainable?, the 2023 Sustainable Success Lecture Series cohosted by UW–Madison’s Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the Wisconsin School of Business’ Grainger Center for Supply Chain Management.

Join three leading experts for a moderated discussion and audience Q & A to explore how electrification affects everything from climate change to national security. Hear from

  • Eric Dresselhuys, a UW–Madison alumnus and CEO of ESS Tech, Inc., a company working to accelerate global decarbonization
  • Mathy Vathanaraj Stanislaus, executive director and vice provost of Drexel University’s Environmental Collaboratory institute and board member/advisor of the Global Battery Alliance and Responsible Battery Coalition
  • Emily Pickrell, independent energy journalist and scholar and NGO journalist at the MacArthur Foundation

Attendance is free; advance registration is highly encouraged as seats are limited.


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment’s Weston Roundtable Lecture Series
Grainger Center for Supply Chain Management
Hanson Family Fund for Sustainability
Office of Business Engagement
Office of Sustainability
Wisconsin School of Business International Business Program


The Sustainable Success Lecture Series is a partnership initiative between the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the Wisconsin School of Business’ Grainger Center for Supply Chain Management. Each spring, featured speakers from the private and nonprofit sectors come to share their focused efforts on environmental sustainability and its financial and environmental benefits.

The Nelson Institute is pleased to offer a variety of free public programs, lectures, and events, demonstrating our commitment and dedication to the Wisconsin Idea: the principle that education should influence people’s lives beyond the boundaries of the classroom.

If you would like to support the Sustainable Success Lecture Series and the Nelson Institute’s related programming, please make your gift.


Mar 23 2023


4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

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Grainger Hall Plenary Room 1310
975 University Ave.


Alessandra Rella
(608) 265-0521