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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 is executive director of the Wisconsin Academy. She brings to the Wisconsin Academy a strong background in public policy leadership, nonprofit management, and involvement in Wisconsin arts. Her career has focused on environmental policy and communications, while personal interests include theater, modern dance and painting.

John Imes, executive director and co-founder of Wisconsin Environmental Initiative (WEI), has over 25 years of experience creating and managing award-winning programs for improving our environment and economy.

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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