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July 2019
Greetings! Happy Summer! 

Are you thinking about snow yet? If not, here’s your opportunity to cool down. Take a deep breath and imagine Wisconsin winter. The air is cold, the sky is dark and the deciduous trees are bare. Can you picture it or better yet feel it? 

So, why am I having you imagine winter in the heat of summer?

Because I want you to mark your calendars for our annual conference being held in the new (opening in August!) event center at Potawatomi Hotel in Milwaukee on December 12, 2019 .

I am already working diligently to build an agenda that delivers innovative ideas, educates on current trends and builds momentum to solve complex sustainability challenges. Here are a few perks of Potawatomi:
  • Strong sustainability commitment
  • LEED Gold facility with new conference rooms 
  • FREE and ample parking
  • Biodigestor tours
  • $99 room rate for those who need to travel 

Interested in speaking or have a session topic idea? Please email me to see how it fits into our growing agenda! 

Also, the 21st Century Pathways Program deadline is coming up. You can learn more at our info session THURSDAY!
The Green Masters Program is a FREE resource available to ALL Wisconsin businesses that apply before September!

The program:
  • Helps build a strong foundation for your sustainability programming
  • Is a comprehensive list of what you could be weaving into your sustainability strategies
  • Gives you credentials that certify your business as taking sustainability actions
  • Provides your company with recognition for your sustainability efforts
Sustainability Events:

PLASTIC FREE JULY
The month of July | Everywhere!
Join millions of people reducing their plastic waste.

Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities. Will you be part of Plastic Free July by choosing to refuse single-use plastics?
21st Century Pathways - Integrating Sustainability into Decision Making

Virtual Information Session
July 18 | 3 pm - 4 pm | Online
Elevate Your Business By Integrating Sustainability. 21st Century Pathways is a five-day hands-on workshop to develop a complete custom 3 Year Sustainability Plan with ROIs.
 
By completing this plan your organization will:
  • Develop a detailed road map for sustainability.
  • Understand how sustainability can be a tool to recruit, inspire and retain today’s work force.
  • Identify areas to optimize resource efficiencies.
  • Right size sustainability for your business.
  • Manage business risks and create new growth opportunities.
  • Become a Green Masters Program Participant.

Join us for an information session to learn more about the program details and if it's the right fit for your company. *This event is virtual. You will be sent the information upon registration.

Women In Sustainability (WIS)
Investment Conversation
July 19 | 8:00 am - 9:00 am | Milwaukee
Women tend to be underinvested and not as aggressive when it comes to their security.

This conversation is the first in a series about ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) investing and understanding how you can put your money towards your values. The conversation will teach you about the ESG world and how it relates to us on an individual level.

This conversation will be focused on understanding how you can take charge of your future and independence and debunking the myth that investments are complicated or should be left to experts.

 BUSINESS AS A FORCE FOR GOOD: WHAT’S A B CORP?

Hosted by MMAC

July 30 | 11:30 am - 1 pm | Milwaukee
Join Mary Stelletello, Founder of Vista Global Coaching & Consulting, and Adam Peck, Founder & Chief Investment Officer of Riverwater Partners, Milwaukee’s first certified B Corp, and Qasim Khan of Zyn, Wisconsin’s newest B Corp, for a brief overview and Q&A session to explore the journey of becoming a Certified B Corp and B Local Wisconsin.

*includes box lunch

Interactive Workshop on LEED v4.1

Hosted by USGBC Wisconsin

Aug 9 | 10 am - 2 pm | Milwaukee
In a world that is constantly evolving, one of the hallmarks of LEED is “continuous improvement.” With each new version, LEED raises the bar on the green building industry. The latest version, LEED v4.1 is the next generation standard for green building design, construction, operations and performance.

During this half-day workshop, USGBC’s technical staff will walk participants through LEED v4.1 BD+C and ID+C credits including a restructured Materials and Resources section, the addition of a greenhouse gas emissions metric and updated thresholds.

Advancing Cybersecurity in the
Industry, Energy, Water Nexus
8/22/19 | 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. | UW- Oshkosh


The need for cybersecurity has become increasingly important as more systems and communications rely on internet connectivity and electronic control. The risks, methods of prevention, actions for mitigation, and the path to recovery are shared among all aspects of business and community in Wisconsin.

To provide a complete introduction and relevant case studies, this conference is providing focused panels on Industry, Energy, Water, and Talent. Each panel has been developed with sector experts including the Midwest Energy Research Consortium, the NEW IT Alliance, The Water Council, and the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership. Regardless of your current status in the path towards becoming prepared for cybersecurity risks, you are welcome to attend, learn, and network.

Sustainability Fair

Hosted by Waukesha County Green Team

Aug 22 | 9:30 am - 2:30 pm | Waukesha
The 2019 Sustainability Fair is a gathering of organizations and businesses to inform and engage the citizens of Waukesha County about environmental sustainability.

Attendees of all ages will learn how to implement sustainable practices into their everyday lives, whether it is renewable energy options, gardening and composting, sustainable transportation, zero waste practices and more. 
Alliance for Water Stewardship
Foundations of Water Stewardship 9/10/19

Advanced Training 9/11/19

Specialist Training 9/12/19
Are you looking to mitigate water-related risks at your facilities or within your supply chain? Do you need a strategic framework to help identify water risks and opportunities and then put an action plan into place to address those risks and opportunities? If so, then WMEP can help your organization through AWS training.

 After the training, you will be equipped to advocate for water stewardship and implement the International Water Stewardship Standard (AWS Standard) at sites within your organization (industrial, agricultural or municipal). 

Building the Business Case for Renewable Energy

Sept 30 | 1 pm - 4 pm | Madison
Now is the time for renewable energy and the business case has never been better. This event is designed to demonstrate the options, benefits, and details of how businesses are adding renewable energy to their operations. Showcasing businesses that have installed renewable energy projects, each speaker will share the story of why and how they determined their project, the design process, how it was built, how they got internal alignment and how they made the financing work.

Following the speakers session, we invite you to an exhibit area to talk with experts to get your questions answered!
Inspiration Corner
The most important thing you can do to fight climate change:
TALK ABOUT IT
How do you talk to someone who doesn't believe in climate change? Not by rehashing the same data and facts we've been discussing for years, says climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe.

In this inspiring, pragmatic talk, Hayhoe shows how the key to having a real discussion is to connect over shared values like family, community and religion -- and to prompt people to realize that they already care about a changing climate. "We can't give in to despair," she says. " We have to go out and look for the hope we need to inspire us to act -- and that hope begins with a conversation, today.
In the News
Michael R. Bloomberg is donating $500 million to close every coal-fired power plant in the U.S. and halt the growth of natural gas.
The campaign is called Beyond Carbon

Source: NYT
Journal Times editorial:
Racine County cannot put off taking out the trash, landfill is nearing end of life.


Source: The Journal Times
Historic rains flooding millions of acres of Midwestern cropland is a blow to an already struggling farm economy, triggering a potentially unprecedented season of algae blooms.

Source: Inside Climate News