October Newsletter Content
  • Introduction
  • Conference Corner
  • Green Masters Program
  • Forward Careers Training Grants
  • Sustainability Events
  • In the News
  • Inspiration Corner
Happy Fall!

It's hard to believe we're already in the second week of October! Time is flying, and the events calendar is getting busier and busier. This month is stacked with awesome opportunities to engage with sustainable leaders across Wisconsin. You'll want to check out the events section near the end of the newsletter to get the full scoop on what's happening this month.

In addition to partner events, WSBC is also nearing the deadline for Green Masters Program applications! The application will be open for the remainder of October, so please visit our webpage to learn more or apply today!

Looking forward, we are excited to announce that our 2020 Conference registration is OPEN. This year's conference will take place virtually on December 8 & 9 from 11 AM to 5 PM. The conference will feature two main content paths that are focused on people, planet, profit and persuasion. To review session topics, visit the agenda tab on the conference webpage!

We're also excited to announce our new Membership program, which will go live January 2021! Our membership program will build off of our educate, measure, improve, and connect pillars and will be announced in detail at the Conference. Membership benefits will add value to your sustainability program and offer tools & resources to advance sustainability.

Even in the midst of tumultuous circumstances, we hope you have a restful October. WSBC wants to wish our sustainable friends health, safety and peace. And don't forget to vote!
2020 Conference Corner
for WSBC Virtual Conference 2020!
December 8 and 9 from 11 AM to 5 PM Daily

The theme this year is Sustainable Futures – Leveraging this Moment in Time and focuses both on the current state of sustainability and how businesses are leveraging this moment to rethink, reimagine, redesign for sustainable futures. The Virtual Conference will bring us back to the basics of the triple bottom line to explore how the business community can evolve to get the people, planet, profit, and prosperity model right, leveraging this moment in time to help build sustainable futures. 

There are four tracks within two themed days, which are:
  • Leadership Path: Profit. People. (Day 1 – Tuesday, December 8, 11-5)
  • Professional Path: Persuasion. Planet. (Day 2 – Wednesday, December 9, 11-5) 

There will be a series of back to back live sessions, as well as pre-recorded content available around each day’s theme and tracksFor 13 years WSBC has brought thought leaders and influencers together to help shape the sustainable business conversation in Wisconsin. This year, you too can be part of the learning, idea sharing and networking, all from the comfort of your desk! 

2020 Virtual Conference Pricing:
  • 1 day pass: $75
  • 2 day pass: $125
  • Student 1 day Pass: $15
  • Student 2 day pass: $25
  • Corporate Pass:
  • 10 tickets for $650
  • Unlimited tickets for $750
*Green Masters Program Business will register with a discount code. Prices are $60 for the day pass, $100 for the 2 day pass and $600 for an unlimited number of registrants (Corporate Pass Unlimited).

Visit our conference webpage to learn more about the conference agenda and email Jessy if you are interested in sponsoring this year's virtual event.
Last Call for 2020 Green Masters Program!
Deadline to apply for the program is October 31st!

Any returning business that can’t pay the application fee is encouraged to still apply. Free for any new businesses through October.

Interested in using the GMP to benchmark against other businesses in your sector? You can purchase a dashboard for $100 or you can refer business to the program and get one free. Purchase a dashboard on 03 HERE.

If you would like to learn more about 2019 Green Masters Companies, view the 2019 Blurb Sheet. To learn how to best leverage the program or your participation, please watch this recorded webinar.

Forward Careers Training Grant

Applications are now open for Spring
When employees lack needed training, businesses experience skills gaps. A company’s ability to retain employees, grow and prosper can be compromised. Under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the IWT program provides both employees and employers with the opportunity to build and maintain a quality workforce and increase competitiveness. Open to any industry sector.

Amount: Based on available funds, the maximum award amount may not exceed $10,000 per business per program year.

Deadline: 12 pm on Friday, November 20, 2020
Sustainability Events
Quad Sustainable Packaging Symposium
Virtual | October 14 | 8 AM - 11 AM
In the third and fourth sessions of the 4-part symposium, various members of the Quad leadership team will detail educational initiatives, eliminating plastic in publishing, consumer perception of sustainable messaging, and much more!
Slipstream October Energy Webinar Series

October 14 & 21 | 11:00 am

The Customers First! Coalition and Slipstream are partnering to bring you a series of free energy webinars to help educate and facilitate conversation among Wisconsin energy stakeholders. On October 14 the session is Building Toward Zero Carbon with Grid Flexibility focusing on the role buildings play in meeting carbon reduction goals

On October 21 the session will focus on energy policies and politics called Energy Winners and Losers. 

Transformation 2020

October 14 | 4 - 6 PM

Join USGBC on October 14th for the capstone Transformation event. Keynote speaker, Katie McGinty, Vice President & Chief Sustainability, Government and Regulatory Affairs Officer at Johnson Controls will reflect on the key themes of sustainability, resilience, equity, and health and how the built environment needs to adapt and transform to the new normal. We will celebrate the Focus on Energy New Construction Trade Ally award recipients, and we will wrap up the program by breaking into discussion groups to dig deeper into how we can continue to move Wisconsin towards a more sustainable future. After all, healthy people in healthy places equals a healthy economy.

Visit the registration page for details and to secure your virtual seat!
Wisconsin Clean Cities' Sustainable Transportation Series

Virtual | October 15 | 1 PM

Join Alliant Energy, the City of MadisonMadison Gas and Electric and Wisconsin Clean Cities for Sustainable Transportation, A Virtual Educational Series for Fleets! Join us at 1 p.m. Central each Thursday during the six-week series for a virtual educational session on a variety of sustainable transportation topics with the top experts in the industry.

The virtual series is free, but registration is required.
Federation of Environmental Technologists Environment 2020 Conference

Virtual | Tuesday & Thursday Afternoons
October 20th, 22nd, 27th and 29th

The FET Annual Conference is our premier event that has been held every year since 1984. Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, FET is pleased to present a Virtual Conference this year to continue our tradition of fostering understanding of regulations and trends in the EHS field.

Increased Profit
Through Sustainability

November 3 | 10:00-11:30 AM

This session will focus on the profitable part of sustainability and will introduce participants to an open source calculator by Bob Willard. In the session WMEP sustainability staff will demonstrate how to estimate the magnitude of cost savings and profit improvement you can achieve in your business through the implementation of basic sustainable principles.

The webinar will help you identify profit loss through inefficient use of energy, material and human resources.
Renewal Thermal Collaborative Virtual Summit
November 9 & 10
The Renewable Thermal Collaborative is convening the first annual RTC Summit, the premier event dedicated to renewable thermal solutions. The Summit is a unique opportunity to engage with RTC members and sponsors, and stakeholders from across the corporate, technology, finance, innovation, and policy sectors.

The conference will include a variety of panels featuring top experts and virtual networking opportunities to engage with other industry leaders. Highlights from the agenda will include in-depth discussions on:
  • The state of the renewable thermal market, including barriers and opportunities
  • The federal policy landscape and what still needs to be done
  • Current and emerging technologies, featuring various case studies from industry leaders
Wisconsin Business Leadership Roundtable: Leading on Climate Change in Transformative Times

Virtual | November 18 | 9:00 - Noon

C-suite level leaders from Wisconsin businesses will gather for a visionary virtual conference to kickstart a dialogue about leading on climate change in today’s transformative times. Join other C-suite leaders to hear how they are lowering their carbon footprints and positioning their businesses to lead on addressing societal challenges.

If your company's leadership would like to be a part of this event please email Jessy at jessy@wisconsinsustainability.com.
In the News
7 roles to create
sustainable success

In the midst of multiple concurrent crises, it can feel confusing to navigate a distinct path toward climate leadership. As author Carola Wijdoogen points out, there’s no "one-size-fits-all" approach to sustainability, but every sustainability team deploys seven common roles at some point. This article explores the application and resulting effects of these roles in the workplace, and how they contribute to sustainable productivity.
Artisan Dental becomes first carbon neutral practice in the U.S.

Artisan Dental has partnered with Carbon Credit Capital and GreenTrees to certify Artisan Dental as the first carbon neutral general dental practice in the United States. Artisan Dental now offsets 100% of its greenhouse gas emissions associated with the company’s operations.

Facebook and Google announce plans to become carbon neutral

Facebook and Google are joining competitors Apple and Microsoft in committing to put no excess carbon into the atmosphere.
This comes at an important moment in a worldwide reckoning with climate change — if we are to mitigate the adverse effects, corporations must curb their emissions and alter their means of production to achieve more sustainable outcomes.
Inspiration Corner
Local WI Resource for Sustainable Tips & Tricks

The Waukesha County Green Team has kickstarted GreenCast as a sustainable resource for Wisconsin residents and businesses.

GreenCast is a monthly podcast in which the hosts have in-depth conversations with sustainability experts and passionate individuals to introduce more people to all of the wonderful work being done in and around Waukesha County. GreenCast will talk to a variety of sustainability professionals and learn about why they are passionate about this field and what is going on in their industry. So far, the podcast has covered youth sustainability studies, sustainable certifications, and sustainability & coffee.