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Celebrating 10 years of going green while sustaining planet Earth by Jim Nance Times Editor-in-Chief
Planet Earth is always evolving to sustain life for its inhabitants. It is our job to be its caretaker, knowing that it needs proper care and maintenance. Back in 2003, a group of individuals knew what they needed to do in Wisconsin to bring that awareness; they started a conference called “The Wisconsin Renewable Energy Summit.” With much growth and participation, attendees were able to see their social responsibilities to the environment and help green businesses flourish and look at making energy-efficient products and renewables. In 2010, “The Green Energy Summit” was the new name for the summit, bringing together more of the names in the industry to share their expertise on going green and how to conserve to save our planet. MATC instructor George Stone, chair of the Sustainability Committee shared that the committee went with a theme that embodies all the sectors of their investment (energy, water, lifestyle, business and workforce), in their 10th year of service to the community as the Sustainability Summit. On Feb. 22, Stone received the proclamation from Tom Barrett, mayor of Milwaukee and shared with us the news that the mayor proclaimed March 3 - 9, 2013 to be Milwaukee Sustainability Week. The summit started on a snowy day. Marquette University opened their doors to host the VIP reception on March 5, in their newly developed engineering hall off Wisconsin Avenue and 16th St. Representatives from MU gave welcoming remarks to guests and Stone took to the podium to thank everyone for their continued support of the summit. Speakers in attendance at the reception were C.S. Kiang, vice president of Global Union Marquette University welcomed guests to the 2013 Sustainability Summit reception on March 5. Attendees Development, University of Engineering building designed using the technologies for sustainability. Peking; Ed Begley Jr., actor, This venue exemplifies for that day,” said Bonkewiez. Bill Quirmbach, summit logistics activist and for A.O. Smith, and the ideas of being energy The innovations being made chair, made sure all the needs of many others came to mingle. efficient and houses four major today are strides that make the summit were met prior and Thomas Ganey, university laboratories (robotics, water events like the Sustainability even the day of the summit to architect, gave guests a floor-by- quality, human performance and Summit successful. provide the architecture of the floor tour of the building. energy themed) where students This year, the committee exposition. The functionality of Phase of Marquette can conduct their allowed the Times to sit in on Behind the scenes, Tam Hoang I enforced their ideas and own experiments while being a their meetings and witness the and Caryn Dohring, summit codiscoveries which help address part of an experiment. behind the scenes challenges. registrars watched closely the the global challenges of today Brad Bonkewiez, director of From scheduling conflicts online registrations and fixed and tomorrow: clean water, a technology, further explained the to registration counts, this any errors prior to the summit, strong infrastructure, efficient interactive display; eventually all committee worked effortlessly so that by check-in they knew energy and healthy communities, the sensors will translate all the together, from the winter break which stack to look for your which were set forth in their data to the display. continually until the day of the name badge and information vision for the hall. “Once we get the funding, you’ll reception. package. “We wanted to give students a be able to touch the screen at any Mary Pat Halaska, summit If you happened to go through home with a lot of space and an point and read measurements of marketing chair, spent countless the exposition, Bruce Bessert icon recognizable to the college,” water collected or see how the hours making calls to get the word worked to make sure the tours said Ganey while giving the tour. wind shifts affected the building out to all the social media; while were set up and the posters
Photos by Tamara Keith
got an opportunity to tour MU’s
gave students a new platform to get involved and express sustainability. Mel Bromberg, summit international chair the summit with her involvement in sustainability through water. Bromberg was able to contact consulates and bring representatives from Germany, China and Israel. Also for the first time, short films were displayed with themes pertaining to sustainability with entries from France and even one from Milwaukee. This is the work in which this committee has been working on for 10 years. Here’s to another 10 and cleaner tomorrow.
Setting standards for energy efficiency by Juan C. Vasquez West Allis Campus Editor
Many organizational leaders and aspiring students came together on March 6 - 7 to celebrate the 10th annual Sustainability Summit inside the enormous Delta Center in Downtown Milwaukee. The summit is a yearly opportunity for many who are concerned with the sustainability of the earth’s climate and to collaborate on developing the way to energy sustainability. Clay Nesler, vice president of global energy and sustainability at Johnson Controls, spoke once again at the Sustainability Summit. In his brief yet highly informative 15 minutes on the panel, Nesler enlightened the crowd with his “story.” Nesler’s global sustainability efforts consisted of attending the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP 15) in 2009. Nesler stated, “In Copenhagen, over 40,000 people gathered together to develop a framework for fighting global warming. The COP 15 is an extension of the Kyoto Protocol. One of the key objectives in Copenhagen was to have many nations negotiate a plan of action to reduce CO2
emissions.” “Is trust really the issue?” Nesler replied when asked are businesses looking out for the people. Nesler continued, “Companies are made up of a lot of people, not every employee agrees upon decision making investments.” While advancing through a well-organized PowerPoint presentation Nesler explained three key factors in creating energy sustainability, “First, we need to make policy everywhere, through good legislation, in an effort to help the climate from the city, state and national level. Second, commitments to action, for example, setting target goals, taking action and collaborating. Third, make money and save money through well managed energy efficiency.” At the end of Nesler’s presentation, the packed ballroom erupted into a generous applause. As ocean levels rise and the planet heats up, becoming energy efficient will hopefully become a concept shared and enhanced by all people of the world. Nesler’s accomplishments will continue to speak volumes as the climate steadily changes.
Hansen suggests weaning of fossil fuels through education by Salena Krueger Times Staff Reporter
Director from NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, Dr. James E. Hansen, spoke at the Sustainability Summit and focused on stabilizing climate for the younger generations.“The earth has become warmer in the last century by eight-tenths of a degree, and the next decade will be warmer,” said Hansen. By burning fossil fuels at this present rate, the younger generations and the beauty of nature are guaranteed to be vastly affected. Incorporating a larger look at global sustainability in the education system for younger individuals can assist with moving toward a future of cleaner energy. Whether this is taught during Earth Science or Conceptual Physics, the students deserve to know how the future is expected to be if fossil fuels are currently being used at the level they are today. Scientists have studied and researched a variety of climate changes and one term used a lot is the Holocene is the name given to the last 11,500 years of the Earth’s history - the time since the end of the last major glacial epoch, or “ice age.” Several transformations occurred and the global climate changed as the earth moved into postglacial. In order to understand green living the population needs to
take action and do more than change light bulbs, recycle, and drive hybrid cars. Pumping more CO2 into the air sets the younger generations up for a disastrous future and wipes out certain species. Hansen said, “We can’t burn all the fossil fuels without guaranteeing affecting future generations. Either we understand that we have to move to a clean energy future and do it as academically and as soon as possible, or we continue doing what we are doing and fail our children and grandchildren.” Hansen spoke on how the environment has put stress on the monarch butterfly. The monarch butterfly depends on the milkweed plant and that is considered the butterfly’s food for life. Unfortunately, the milkweed is being killed by pesticides, which in turn means the monarch butterflies are becoming extinct. Hansen believes in spending more time in the court system and explaining the global problems to the judges who can help impact this environmental adversity. The scientists who study areas like solar energy, wind power, and biomass fuel have changed several people’s views on power sources. The most sensible and effective way to live now and for the future is to focus more on energy from the sunlight, wind, water, and geothermal heat.
Sustainability: The key to a city’s future
by Robyn Wiggill Times Staff Reporter
The Sustainability Summit was home to the sustainable cities and infrastructure plenary noon session. Lorrie Lisek, executive director of the Wisconsin Clean CitiesSoutheast Area, opened the March 6 session by introducing fuels and vehicles sector specialist, Maria Redmond; the environmental sustainability director in the Milwaukee office, Matthew Howard; and C.S Kiang, CEO of Sustainable development and technologies and vice president of global urban development at the University of Peking. Redmond began by speaking about the opportunity and growth in the transportation division as well as the importance of finding alternative ways to reduce energy consumption and track fuel consumption. Currently, the Wisconsin state energy office is open to ideas for energy initiatives for the general public. Redmond noted the changes that Wisconsin has already implemented, including building more refueling stations for fuels other than petroleum. “Wisconsin consumers spend $10 billion annually on
petroleum,” said Redmond,“48.7% of end-use energy expenditure is petroleum.” With this in mind it is important to realize that Wisconsin needs alternative energy sources. There are no fossil fuel deposits in Wisconsin. There are other options such as E85, biodiesel, natural gas, hybrid electric, electric and hydrogen. Benefits of these substitutes include energy security without needing to import oil, reduced impact on the environment, and lower fuel costs. There is an estimated 15 to 20 planned stations for dispensing alternative fuels by 2013, and potentially 100 to 200 in the next five years. Howard spoke next about the balance between city government and resources available to a city, and how the key to a city’s future is how sustainable, thus desirable, it is. Howard noticed that much of the debt we are paying off now was spent many years ago; thus we need to find a way to save energy, money and create spaces that not only keep the environment clean but generate money. He calls this “turning green into gold.” “By 2050 energy demand will
increase by 80%,” said Howard. “China is building the equivalent of 30 downtown Manhattans every year.” The list of top five killers in India has indoor air pollution as fourth and outdoor air pollution as the fifth. Sustainability is not a problem limited to the United States. “We need your generation to fix what my generation messed up,” said Kiang as he closed the session. “Milwaukee is doing well.” In the Midwest, residents have access to a valuable resource: clean water and air. Kiang talked about the initiatives of green buildings in China. China is also investing in green products manufactured in the United States. By 2024, Saudi Arabia will be run on renewable energy, according to Kiang. There are eco-hotels planned where every part will be integrated; wind turbines, geothermal wells and solar rooftops. Solar heating and cooling will take over as an important economic venture. There is great potential for alternatives to our current methods; however these will take the cooperation of the general population to implement – so do your part!
Blackwolf wows guests during summit reception by Keio Horton Times Staff Reporter
Photos by Darin Dubinsky, Wendi Coon, Tamara Keith and Sue Ruggles.
At the end of the opening day of the Sustainability Summit, all the guests came to one of the ballrooms of the Delta Center for the summit reception. Refreshments were served and attendees were able to enjoy some appetizers at various stations. Guests were treated to the highlight of this reception, a musical performance by a local musician by the name of Blackwolf. He is most remembered as being the co-founder and front man of the group, Kings Go Forth. Blackwolf is a local artist that has been around for a long time and has performed songs throughout Milwaukee and other venues. The guests were able to get a glimpse of the music composed by Blackwolf, which had a soulful reggae groove. While his band performed in the background of his melodic vocals, the guests were entertained while touring the
exposition. Blackwolf and his band played a wide variety of original songs during the reception. Of all the songs Blackwolf performed, one that really caught many people’s attention was titled “Global Warming,” an original song written by Blackwolf. The lyrics spoke about global warming and maintaining sustainability. The guests were amazed with Blackwolf’s creativity and charisma to his performance. They also started singing along with Blackwolf during the song. Blackwolf’s captivating performance was an interesting way to conclude day one of the Sustainability Summit. His songs were all pretty catchy and “Global Warming” was an entertaining way to talk about sustainability. He showed that you don’t need to be a mainstream musician or a top billed entertainer to wow a crowd. Blackwolf showed how music can help spread the word on sustainability.
Makerspace makes something from nothing by Keio Horton Times Staff Reporter
Many exhibits from different schools and companies were on display during the summit, which ranged from vehicles running on certain types of energy to a wide variety of plants. One of the exhibits that caught many people’s attention were the items on display by the Milwaukee Makerspace, an organization that facilitates manufacturers and consumers of a variety of upcycled products from found sources such as wood, plastic, tins, etc. Members Ben Wilson and Joshua Zimmerman went to the Sustainability Summit on behalf of Makerspace to show off some of their creations and explain the machines they use to make their projects. One gadget that was shown was a cellphone charger made from Altoids tins that runs on solar power. They also displayed a Maker Bot 3D printer which Zimmerman stated is a 3D printer that acts as “a fancy hot glue gun.” He mentioned that you can make any kind of 3D model using certain types of plastic such as
PLA plastic, which is a flexible easy-to-use bio plastic, and ABS plastic, a stronger type of plastic. Zimmerman also showed off a wide variety of wood carvings. He mentioned that all the wood carvings were made from a special laser cutter. The laser cutter was said to be capable of making anything out of wood including name tags, picture frames, and even a replica of a famous artifact. The last thing the Makerspace had on display was an electric motorcycle which, Wilson explained, was made to run on pure electricity instead of regular gas. He mentioned that to recharge it he can simply plug it into a wall and not have to travel to a gas station just to refuel it. At first glance of the motorcycle, it looks like any regular, old motorcycle. For those interested, they also have DVDs on making electric motorcycles for guidance. The Milwaukee Makerspace’s wide variety of items was interesting to see but was only one of many amazing exhibits that were on display at the Sustainability Summit, and all the models that were on display can be made by virtually anyone.
Summit earns rave reviews
by George Stone Times Contributor
life-changing experience is how several students described the 10th Annual Sustainability Summit and Exposition hosted by MATC March 6 and 7 in Milwaukee’s Delta Center. The feedback from Summit attendees - students and nonstudents alike - has been overwhelmingly positive. For the third year in a row, total Summit attendance topped 3,000. This represented a big increase in average daily attendance–up more than 30 percent–because the conference portion was reduced to two days instead of three. There was standingroom only in Ballroom AB for many of the keynote speakers. Among the most popular presenters was Milwaukee’s own Will Allen, founder and CEO of Growing Power, Inc., who took a packed Thursday morning Summit audience on a fascinating illustrated tour of his Good Food Revolution. This was Allen’s third year at the Summit, and all were honored and inspired by his presence. Will’s humility, dedication and achievements provide us a wonderful example of a giving and purposeful life. Dr. James E. Hansen warned us in no uncertain
terms that time is running out for solutions to the challenges of human-caused (anthropogenic) climate change. One of the world’s most highly respected climate scientists, Dr. Hansen is Director of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies at Columbia University in New York City. Although Hansen is very selective in giving public talks, this is his second visit to the Summit. (Hansen first appeared in 2009.) As with Will Allen, we are highly honored that he accepted our invitation. After documenting the overwhelming and conclusive evidence of global warming and its many destructive impacts (such as severe droughts, extreme storms and rising sea level), Dr. Hansen turned his attention to solutions. We must reduce our output of greenhouse gases (principally carbon dioxide) or face a dramatically degraded, less habitable planet in the future. Hansen’s solution is to impose a fee on fossil fuels (coal, oil and natural gas) at their sources to help pay for many negative impacts and level the energy playing field
to stimulate transition to clean energy sources. Bill Quirmbach, Summit logistics, exhibits and workshops chair, observed, “The 2013 was a success in providing a varied experience to the novice as well as to the highly trained and committed professional. There were experiences related to business, the home and personal lifestyle as well as to the larger issues of our state, nation and world.” Mary Pat Halaska, Summit publicity and marketing chair and sponsorship and program co-chair, recorded the following comments: “The Sustainability Summit is a stimulating and fun conference that brings together great minds from across business and academia to talk about trends that will change the public landscape and improve the world.” “This was one of the best conferences that I have attended in the last few years. Well organized, lots of useful and informative presentations. I had an opportunity to meet and network with a number of subject matter experts and colleagues.” “What an outstanding event!” Inspirational, educational and fun. I really gained a lot of knowledge and met so many interesting and terrific people! Looking forward to
next year!” Next year, MATC will host the 11th annual Sustainability
Summit and Exposition, March 26 and 27 in the Delta Center. Save the date!
11th annual Sustainability Summit March 26 - 27, 2014 Photos by Darin Dubinsky, Wendi Coon, Tamara Keith, and Sue Ruggles.