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PRESS RELEASE | October 20, 2020

Contact: Claire Oleksiak, Executive Director | (608) 285 - 2454

Sustain Dane Summit: Decade to Deliver Full Program Announcement

October 20, 2020 | Dane County, WI

The 2020 Sustain Dane Summit will take place virtually on Thursday, December 3, featuring “Decade to Deliver” as the conference theme. 2020 marks the beginning of a decade where we must accelerate our actions to deliver results on holistic sustainability: a healthy environment, a just economy, and social wellbeing for all. Our program of meaningful speakers and conversations with participants will focus on global solutions and local actions we can take to create a more thriving and equitable community.

The conference will feature a keynote address from Crystal Chissell, the Vice President of Operations and Engagement at Project Drawdown, the world’s leading resource for climate solutions. Chissell will share Project Drawdown’s research, inspiring stories from climate solutions around the world, and her personal experience with social justice and equity in the climate movement.

The Summit will also feature a moderated panel of local leaders who will discuss the intersection of climate, health, and equity and share how their work is shaping a resilient community for all in the decade ahead.


  • Chef Tory Miller, Deja Food Restaurant Group
  • Lisa Peyton-Caire the Founder, CEO & President, The Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness
  • James Edward Mills, Writer and Producer at Joy Trip Project
  • Justice Castañeda, Executive Director at Commonwealth Development
Moderator: Robin Lisowski the Director of Research & Innovation at Slipstream Inc. 

After an opportunity to connect and network with other attendees, the conference reconvenes to showcase some of the 40 local business and organization leaders that participated in Sustain Dane’s Accelerate Sustainability Workshop this year. They will share their sustainability success stories from 2020 and advice for other organizations on a sustainability journey.

The annual Live Forward Awards will close the day, honoring change makers in our region who are dedicated to creating a community based on holistic sustainability: a healthy environment, a just economy, and social wellbeing for all. 


  • Laura LaMere, Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison
  • Pepe Barros Hoffens, Down with Bikes
  • Jenie Gao, Dane Arts Mural Arts & Jenie Gao Studio
  • Keith Reopelle, Dane County Office of Energy and Climate Change
  • Shawn Koval, Healthy Kids Collaborative
  • Brian Britt, Inspire Barber College
  • Kathy Kuntz, Dane County Office of Energy and Climate, Kanndo Consulting
  • Daniella Echeverria, HoneyBee Studio
  • David (Dave) Knetter, Virent
  • Joe Parisi, Dane County Government
  • Daphne Wu, Middleton High School & Dane County Youth Environmental Committee

Learn more and register at

Program sessions will be recorded (except for networking) and provided to all Summit registrants. We understand that professional and personal obligations may limit the ability to attend all of the sessions in one day.

Sustain Dane Summit 2020 Sponsors:
Aldo Leopold Nature Center, American Family Insurance, Allegra Printing, Artisan Dental, LLC, Associated Housewrights, Barnes Inc., BWBR, CG Schmidt Inc, City of Middleton, City of Sun Prairie, Coldwell Banker Success, Curbside Composter, Dane County Youth Environmental Committee, Dane Buy Local, Dean Health Plan, Delta Beer Lab, Design Engineers, designCraft Advertising, Destination Madison, Downtown Madison, Inc., Envest Microfinance, Eppstein Uhen Architects, EQT by Design, EZ Office Products, Festival Foods, First United Methodist Church, Flad Architects, Focus on Energy, gener8tor, Goodwill of South Central Wisconsin, The Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company, Henry Vilas Zoo, Home Savings Bank, Hoffman Manufacturing Corp, Integrated Environmental Solutions, Latino Chamber of Commerce, Madison Area Technical College, Madison Children’s Museum, Madison Network of Black Professionals, Madison No Fear Dentistry, McFarland United Christ of Church, Miron Construction Co., Inc., Monona East Side Business Alliance, Monona Terrace Convention Center, Morgridge Center for Public Service, Morgridge Institute for Research, Movin’ Out, Inc., National Guardian Life Insurance Company, Promega, RENEW Wisconsin, Research Products Corporation, Revolve Promotions, Reynolds Transfer & Storage, Rooted, Scott Savage Consulting LLC, Select Specialty Hospital, Short Stack Eatery, Slipstream, Inc., State Bank of Cross Plains, St. John's Lutheran Church, Strang, Inc., Summit Credit Union, TDS Custom Construction, Inc., Tribe 9 Foods, Uniek, Inc., UW-Madison Office of Sustainability, Village of McFarland, Walkner Condon Financial Advisors, WasteCap, Wegner LLP, Willy Street Co-op, Wisconsin Energy Institute, Wisconsin Environmental Initiative, Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce, Young Nonprofit Professionals Network – Madison, YWCA Madison, Zing Collaborative
Sustain Dane’s vision is a thriving and connected community with a sustainable environment and economy we are proud to pass on to future generations. Our mission is to inspire, connect, and support people to accelerate sustainable actions for community wellbeing.

(608) 285 - 2454
P.O. Box 144, Madison, WI 53701
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