Milwaukee Area Technical College hosted the 10th annual “Sustainability Summit and Exposition” March 6-8 at the Delta Center. The theme was “Sustainability – an Economic & Ecological Imperative.” Previously called the Green Energy Summit, the name of the summit was changed to reflect the broadened scope of the conference, which encompasses systems and practices that sustain our economy and planet for future generations.Thousands of business people, educators and students attended.For complete conference details, visit the summit webpage at http://www.sustainabilitysummit.us.
Activities March 6-7 featured plenary and breakout sessions with local, regional, national and international experts at the Delta Center. Workshops were offered during the late afternoon on March 7 and all day March 8 at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education Conference Center.
Dr. Michael L. Burke, MATC president; George Stone, chair of the summit and MATC instructor of natural science; Tom Barrett, mayor of the City of Milwaukee; and Paul W. Jones, chief executive officer of A.O. Smith Corporation; formally opened the summit on March 6.
Mayor Barrett has proclaimed March 3-9 Milwaukee Sustainability Week; details of the proclamation are at the right.
Stone and Jim Carpenter, MATC instructor of social science, chaired plenary sessions during the summit. James Hansen, head of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and adjunct professor in Columbia University’s Department of Earth and Environmental Studies, spoke on global sustainability on March 7. Other prominent speakers included Ed Begley, Jr., author, actor and environmental advocate; and Will Allen, CEO of Green Power. The full schedule is available at http://www.sustainabilitysummit.us/Program/OnlineProgram.aspx.
Major sponsors of the summit included MATC, the Wisconsin Technical College System, the University of Wisconsin System, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, A.O. Smith Corporation, Johnson Controls and S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.