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Global Sustainability Trends – Opportunities for Wisconsin Businesses

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Tue, Apr. 11
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Lunch will be served
Fluno Center
601 University Ave.
Madison, WI 53715
Energy efficiency technology, CO2 reduction, and sustainable supply chains are topics on the strategic plans, balance sheets and minds of company leaders around the globe.
As expectations toward sustainability change – regulations and policy will follow. Now that the ground-breaking Paris Agreement on climate change has entered into force, how do countries make good on their national commitments to tackle this global threat?  Regardless of shifts in domestic policies – international regulations will continue to set the bar. What opportunities exist for WI companies?
Join MITA for this innovative session – a vitally important topic that will impact your ability to compete not just domestically, but globally. Learn about the changes in sustainable business practices and the opportunities these hold for your company.
Our speakers include experts on the topics of energy efficiency and carbon emission mitigation as well as exporters who have had to change business practices as a result of global environmental policies.
Lunch Presentations
Keynote speaker: Clay Nesler, Vice President, Global Energy and Sustainability for the Building Efficiency business of Johnson Controls. He is responsible for energy and sustainability policy, programs and strategy and leads the company’s global environmental sustainability council.
Goedhart Westers, Vice President of Business Development with Grassland Dairy Products, Inc - will share how international market-driven factors are pushing the envelope toward non-GMO products and impacting the US dairy industry.
Panel Discussion
Global Sustainability Trends & Implications for WI Manufactures and Exporters
Consumers today are very concerned about the impact products; services and the companies who produce them have on the greater world.  Commercial buyers and end user consumers are looking for independent third party assurances regarding the health and safety of a specificproduct as well as detailed information on the supply chain that created that product.  This panel discussion will focus on addressing trends within the global marketplace tied to supply chain management, third party reporting/certification and environmental, health product declarations.  Following the presentations our panel will field a 30 minutes Q & A discussion with the audience regarding the role sustainability, corporate social responsibility can play in providing your business with opportunities to differentiate itself in the global marketplace OR from your competitors.
Moderator: Buckley Brinkman, CEO, Wisconsin Center for Manufacturing and Productivity
Fekri Zainoba, President of Osrki, will discuss how EU recycling mandates have impacted how he packages and delivers products.
Jack Wilson, Co-founder of Eco-Latch Systems, LLC and inventor of Box Latch
Lisa Geason-Bauer, President of Evolution Marketing
Amanda Goetsch, Sustainability Manager at InPro Corp
For speaker bios, click here.
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM –-Registration and Networking 
12:00 PM – 12:30 AM - Lunch and Opening Remarks 
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM - Presentations
 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM - Panel Discussion and Closing Remarks
Cost: Early Bird rate applies until April 3 - $35 Members / $50 for Non-Members; Regular rate - $45 for Members, $60 for Non-Members thereafter.
This event is Co-sponsored by Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), ME Dey and ABS Global.
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