January 24-25, 2019, at the Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve in Appleton
In our fourth annual local leadership summit, the Wisconsin Academy and partners convened a two-day, regional summit to share practical resources and explore emerging issues in local energy planning and resilience in Wisconsin communities. Local government and tribal leaders and representatives from organizations actively serving as resources to these communities were invited attend one or both days of the summit.
- Day 1 (January 24) consisted of a plenary and breakout sessions, followed by an evening reception with a light dinner and live music. Expert speakers focused on the best opportunities for local governments and other community leaders to effectively engage in energy decisions, how to move beyond emergency response to practical planning for community resilience, how to prepare Wisconsin for electrified transportation, equity and workforce development, and how to get to 100% renewable energy.
- Day 2 (January 25) featured plenary sessions and an on-site tour. The day began with a local leadership panel featuring elected officials and community leaders, and continued with discussions on public-private partnerships and non-wires alternatives including microgrids, which attendees learned more about during a guided tour of the Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve’s new microgrid.