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2018 Highlights The Sustain Dane Summit 2018 is presented by...

Sustainability is about people. It’s about you.  It’s about all of us – together.


EmCees Victoria Barrett

Shamell LongHomesly

Juliana v. the United States

Young Leader

Kai Brito

Young Leader

keynote Artist

keynote speaker Devon Hamilton

Michael Fields Agricultural Institute

live forward awardees

TetraPAKMAN Visual artist

Reynaldo Morales UW-Madison

Keynote Panel Presenter

Donale Richards

Mentoring Positives, Inc.

Musical Performance

Alex Lindenmeyer

Short Stack Eatery

keynote Performance The 1491s Graminy 


"I have a greater appreciation for how unity amongst diverse communities is necessary for meaningful progress concerning sustainability."

Sustain Dane Summit 2018 96% of attendees said they gained new knowledge about sustainability issues, emergent leadership and youth activism

"Great ideas for future partnerships and super inspirational young leaders."

90% of attendees learned that art, music, humor and storytelling are impactful strategies to make change 97% of attendees understand the need to promote inclusive leaderships in the sustainability movement after attending 80% of attendeees met at least one person who they can collaborate with

"I really appreciated the focus on intersectionality and diversity."

"This conference reminded me how many leaders we have locally, doing this important work."

The Sustain Dane Summit reached over 9,000 people on Facebook

"Everything was exciting- I hadn't thought about sustainability like this."

More than 60 attendees at the Summit were local High School students

By the numbers "Made me think more creatively about how to work towards a more sustainable world, and reminded me to support the voices that are less heard."


Thank you to our sponsors Yahara Level Sponsors

Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison was a very proud Yahara Sponsor for the inaugural Sustain Dane Summit this past November. We enjoy a rewarding and reciprocal partnership with Sustain Dane with many shared ideals. Sustainable living is how we were able to survive for thousands of years.  Ho-Chunk’s ancestors inhabited this area for over 11,000 years.  We believe the Creator gave us this beautiful place to take care of and that we had all we needed.  As natural environmentalists, we are stewards of this beautiful land and guardians of the natural landscape.  We co-existed with the flora and fauna nurturing each in their distinct environments; everything is connected!

From an early age we are taught the importance of living in harmony with nature. Appreciate the gifts bestowed upon us and should not be used for excessive gain of wealth, exploitation or used carelessly.  Respect for the land, which is only ours for safe-keeping for future generations, includes taking from it only as needed so the land will be maintained and will keep on renewing itself and flourishing. “It is ironic that today the conservation movement finds itself turning back to ancient Indian land ideas, to the Indian understanding that we are not outside of nature, but of it.” – Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall circa 1963 The work is never done.  Environmental stewardship is an ongoing responsibility.  Thank you for caring and taking whatever role plays a part in being a caretaker of this planet and one another! -Missy Tracy and Erik Lincoln, Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison Madison Gas and Electric was proud to sponsor the 2018 Sustain Dane Summit. Now in its tenth year, the Summit was a great success; a day of learning, reflection, connection and inspiration! Outstanding speakers highlighting the many contributions of our young sustainability leaders, a wonderful array of exhibitors, attendees from all corners of Dane County including community, business and non-profit leaders. Yes, sustainability does come down to people, and there were plenty of people at the Summit plugged into learning about sustainability, sharing ideas, challenging assumptions, making connections. Mark your calendars for Sustain Dane’s 2019 Summit and plan to attend. -Dave Benforado, Madison Gas & Electric

Monona Level Sponsors

Mendota Level Sponsors

Kegonsa Level Sponsors

Wingra Level Sponsors All Energy Solar Artisan Dental City of Madison Ian's Pizza by the Slice Keva Sports Murphy Desmond S.C. Palmer Johnson Power Systems Rapid Improvement Associates Scott Savage Consulting, LLC TDS Custom Construction WEI Wegner CPAs

Waubesa Level Sponsors Affiliated Engineers Boardman & Clark Community Shares of Wisconsin Clean Fuel Partners Dane County Office of Energy and Climate Change designCraft Advertising Edgewood College Social Innovation & Sustainability Leadership Graduate Program

EQT By Design, LLC Home Savings Bank Madison Regional Economic Partnership Numbers 4 Nonprofits Promega Uniek, Inc. Urban League of Greater Madison UW-Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies

Megaphone arts Sponsors

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