MATC to host sustainability summit March 6-8

March 26, 2013

MATC logoMilwaukee Area Technical College will host the 10th annual “Sustainability Summit and Exposition” March 6-8 at the Delta Center, 400 W. Wisconsin Ave. The theme of this year’s summit is “Sustainability – an Economic & Ecological Imperative.” Previously called the Green Energy Summit, the name of the summit has been changed to reflect the broadened scope of the conference, which encompasses systems and practices that sustain our economy and planet for future generations.

The public is invited. Registration is $250 for the full conference or $150 for one day; students will be admitted free of charge. Discounts are available for senior citizens, educators, staff of non-profit institutions and others. For complete conference details, visit the summit webpage at

The summit is a collaboration of people from business, education and government. Activities on Wednesday and Thursday, March 6-7, will feature plenary and breakout sessions with local, regional, national and international experts at the Delta Center. Workshops will be offered during the late afternoon on Thursday, March 7, and all day Friday, March 8, at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education Conference Center, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., 7th Floor (Plankinton Building, Grand Avenue Mall).

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 will formally open the summit at 8:15 a.m. Wednesday, March 6.

Mayor Barrett has proclaimed March 3-9 Milwaukee Sustainability Week.

Stone and Jim Carpenter, MATC instructor of social science, will chair 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, will speak on global sustainability at noon Thursday, March 7. Other prominent speakers include Ed Begley, Jr., author, actor and environmental advocate; and Will Allen, CEO of Growing Power. See the full schedule at http://www.sustainabilitysummit. us/Program/OnlineProgram.aspx.

Last year’s summit attracted more than 3,400 registrations and approximately 150 speakers. Major sponsors of the summit include 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.