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Climate Forward Panel Discussion

Resilient Wisconsin Day
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 10:15am to 11:00am

Panel: A Road Map for Wisconsin’s Climate and Energy Future

What does the path look like for Wisconsin? Conservation, efficiency, renewables, smart transportation systems, and other strategies can help reduce our carbon footprint and green our energy sources. Where are the big opportunities in Wisconsin?

Presenter: Jane Elder, Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters

Panelists: John Imes, Wisconsin Environmental Initiative; Kathy Kuntz, Cool Choices; Don Wichert, RENEW Wisconsin; Keith Reopelle, Clean Wisconsin


Jane Elder recently retired from her position as Executive Director of the Wisconsin Academy. She brought to the Wisconsin Academy a strong background in public policy leadership, nonprofit management, and involvement in Wisconsin arts.

John Imes is the Co-founder and Director of the Wisconsin Environmental Initiative (WEI) since 1998. Previously, John was the Environmental Manager for Quad/Graphics, a company long known for its environmental stewardship and social responsibility, garnering a long list of local, state, and national honors.

As the Director of the Dane County Office of Energy & Climate Change, Kathy aims to make it easy for local residents to make choices that help achieve our ambitious climate goals. Kathy has almost 30 years of experience helping businesses and residents adopt sustainable practices.

Don Wichert has been involved in professional renewable energy assessment, planning and program administration for over 30 years.  Currently, Wichert is owner of Eudai Energy LLC, a renewable energy consulting company, advisor at RENEW Wisconsin (RENEW), and serves on the Board of RENEW and the Citizens Utility Board.  

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