City of
Madison

Southern Wisconsin is home to so many exciting and innovative thinkers and doers. Some quietly go about their business in their daily lives, while others are building massive infrastructure to support our agriculture and municipalities. The conference will find a collection of ten men and women who represent the spirit of the conference. Learn about their ingenuity and enthusiasm and be inspired by the Badget bioneers.

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2012 Conference: Plenary featuring Badger Bioneer Randy Cortright

Episode first aired on 12/23/2012

This Plenary of the 2012 Badger Bioneers Conference features remarks from Badger Bioneer Randy Cortright.
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2012 Conference: Plenary featuring Badger Bioneer Kiera Mulvey

Episode first aired on 12/21/2012

This Plenary of the 2012 Badger Bioneers Conference features remarks from Badger Bioneer Kiera Mulvey.
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2012 Conference: Plenary featuring Jonathan Patz, Global Health Institute

Episode first aired on 12/19/2012

This opening Plenary of the 2012 Badger Bioneers Conference features introductory remarks from Kristen Joiner of Sustain Dane and Craig Benson of the UW-Madison Office of Sustainability and a Plenary address by Jonathan Patz, Global Health Institute, UW-Madison.
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2011 Conference: Plenary featuring Greg David - Farmer; Founding Member, Sustain Jefferson; Jefferson County Supervisor

Episode first aired on 11/19/2011

Sustain Dane presents the Badger Bioneer Conference, which highlights the work of Madisonians who are busy creating a sustainable future, whether by greening their businesses, imparting Earth knowledge in the classroom, or nurturing the people and places of their communities. This Plenary session features Greg David, a farmer; a founding member of Sustain Jefferson; and a Jefferson County Supervisor, who has adopted the guiding principles of permaculture, an ethic for approaching the nature as a set of large, interlocking systems, each part of which has intrinsic value beyond mere human utility.
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2011 Conference: At Work: Community Businesses As Community Partners: Reducing External Costs

Episode first aired on 11/19/2011

Sustain Dane presents the Badger Bioneer Conference, which highlights the work of Madisonians who are busy creating a sustainable future, whether by greening their businesses, imparting Earth knowledge in the classroom, or nurturing the people and places of their communities. This session, moderated by Brian Joiner, Co-Founder, Sustain Dane, and featuring as panelists Jeff Steenis, Facilities Supervisor, Group Health Cooperative; Bob Brandherm, Facilities Director, Epic; Sarah Carroll, Learning Department, Epic; and Carolann Puster, Sustainability Consultant, Great Big Pictures, asks local businesses to consider what they purchase, the waste produced, where it is located, and the supply chain it of which partakes, because all these have economic, environmental, and employee impacts. Learn how area businesses are making strategic decisions to reduce costs that are paid by the community and the positive impacts they are gaining.
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2011 Conference: At Work: Executive Perspectives on Green Business

Episode first aired on 11/16/2011

Sustain Dane presents the Badger Bioneer Conference, which highlights the work of Madisonians who are busy creating a sustainable future, whether by greening their businesses, imparting Earth knowledge in the classroom, or nurturing the people and places of their communities. This session focuses on three businesses that are going sustainable and provides creative and practical approaches to the triple bottom line of people, planet, and profit. The session is moderated by Rebecca Ryan, Founder, Next Generation Consulting, and features Dave Boyer, CEO, MCD, Inc.; Mike Whaley, Director of Alternative Services, Findorff; and Steve Zanoni, General Manager, The Madison Concourse Hotel.
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2011 Conference: Plenary featuring Stephanie Ricketts, Willy Street Co-Op

Episode first aired on 11/15/2011

Sustain Dane presents the Badger Bioneer Conference, which highlights the work of Madisonians who are busy creating a sustainable future, whether by greening their businesses, imparting Earth knowledge in the classroom, or nurturing the people and places of their communities. This Plenary session features Stephanie Ricketts from the Willy Street Co-Op, who believes that being the Willy Street neighborhood's locus for groceries means that the Co-Op can have a profound influence on peoples' purchasing habits and understanding of "organic" and "natural" foods. But it can also serve as an inspiration to those who are looking for deeper ways to engage in sustainable, community-oriented lifestyles. Whether promoting charitable giving via the hugely impactful Community CHIP program, educating its owners on local food production, or initiatives like the recently-launched "Eat Local Challenge", the Co-Op helps thousands of individuals come together to support common cause.



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2011 Conference: Plenary featuring Will Green, Mentoring Positives, Inc.

Episode first aired on 11/15/2011

Sustain Dane presents the Badger Bioneer Conference, which highlights the work of Madisonians who are busy creating a sustainable future, whether by greening their businesses, imparting Earth knowledge in the classroom, or nurturing the people and places of their communities. This Plenary session features Will Green, the founder of Mentoring Positives, which is designed to give teens on low-income blocks a chance to work on marketable skills and social behaviors, and counsel and support their parents and families. Mentoring Positives' ten mentors currently work with 45 kids aging from 10-years-old to late teens. It has been hailed as "an unbelievable asset" by the Madison Police Department and praised by local parents and officials alike for providing a safe, supportive haven for young men.
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2011 Conference: At Work: Healthy Employees as Business Assets

Episode first aired on 11/15/2011

Sustain Dane presents the Badger Bioneer Conference, which highlights the work of Madisonians who are busy creating a sustainable future, whether by greening their businesses, imparting Earth knowledge in the classroom, or nurturing the people and places of their communities. This session focuses in investing in employees as an important component of sustainability. Day lighting, green cleaning, flexible schedules, alternative transportation and successful wellness programs are just a few examples of ways area businesses are investing in their employees' wellbeing. This session is moderated by Jac Garner, CEO, Webcrafters, and features panelists Eric Bangerter, Director of Internet Services, UW Credit Union; Bill White, Partner, Michael Best and Frederick, LLP; and Mark Benno, Administrative Services Manager, Madison Public Library.
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2011 Conference: Plenary featuring Kim Neuschel and Jessica LeClair

Episode first aired on 11/15/2011

Sustain Dane presents the Badger Bioneer Conference, which highlights the work of Madisonians who are busy creating a sustainable future, whether by greening their businesses, imparting Earth knowledge in the classroom, or nurturing the people and places of their communities. This Plenary session features Kim Neuschel & Jessica Leclair, Nurses for Public Health, Madison & Dane County. Neuschel and Leclair have pieced together a new approach to public health, a holistic view of community well-being that addresses "health equity" based on the social conditions of the places where people live and work. Neuschel and Leclair's work focuses on social justice, civic engagement, and sustainability. The overall goal is building social capital - place-based characteristics like beautiful neighborhoods, neighborly relations, cross-generational interaction, employment opportunities - to alleviate the stressors that are leading causes of death in urban communities today: heart disease and violence.
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2011 Conference: Nurturing Children, Nurturing Change

Episode first aired on 2/5/2011

What learning environment best prepares our children with the necessary understandings and habits of mind that will foster sustainable life practices? How do we engage and inspire students with the world in a meaningful way? Hear from three speakers whose work with children directly serves these goals by helping children better understand their place in the world. Paneleists: Brenda Baker, Director of Exhibits, Madison Children's Museum; Victoria Rydberg, Environmental Consultant, Department of Public Instruction; and Elizabeth Arth, Co-Founder, Madison Waldorf School discuss how their work helps children better understand their place in the world. Rachel Martin moderates.
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2011 Conference: Kaleem Caire, President, Urban League of Greater Madison

Episode first aired on 2/5/2011

After a decade living on the east coast and working in Washington DC, Kaleem Caire returned to Madison, his hometown, to take the helm at the Urban League of Greater Madison. He worked for national-level non-profits like Fight For Children and major foundations, like Target, and has returned with big city bluster and big ideas. In his first month in the job as the president for Urban League, he demanded percentages from the Madison Metropolitan Public School District about graduation rates for black students, a woeful percentage that before then was not widely publicized-and the Madison school district complied. Although the Urban League primarily focuses on job training, most publicly Caire has stormed back into his hometown with the idea that he will open a charter school, Madison Preparatory Academy. Students will dress sharply in red blazers and pressed whites. It will be a challenging International Baccalaureate curriculum, and catering to underserved and often under-achieving minorities students.

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2011 Conference: Innovation in Education: Inspiring Change Through Leadership

Episode first aired on 2/5/2011

What type of leadership does it take to make the difference between a new idea being resisted and its sparking the emergence of creativity? Encouraging questioning, rewarding innovation, and maintaining a climate of warmth, mutual support and trust-these are the hallmarks for a new generation of environmental educational leaders. Darin Harris moderates; panelists include James Lewicki, Lewicki Educational Consulting; Dan Nerad, Superintendent, Madison Metropolitan School District; and David Mueller, Principal, Appleton Career Academy.
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2011 Conference: Building Community Resilience From the Ground Up

Episode first aired on 1/29/2011

How do we make our neighborhoods vibrant, cooperative, connected and mutually supportive places? Hear about innovative approaches to creating community resilience from those leading the change. Three community leaders share their personal tales and then in break-out sessions work with a group to consider and solve a "challenge." Panelists include Susan Corrado, Community Parish Nurse, Allied Wellness Cooperative; Robert Pierce, President, Southside Farmers Market and Growing Power; and Kate Heiber-Cobb, Madison Permaculture Guild, Transition Town. Phil Busse moderates

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2011 Conference: Francis Thicke on Sustainable Agriculture

Episode first aired on 1/29/2011

Winner of the 2009 Spencer Award for Sustainable Agriculture from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Francis Thicke is a farmer, scientist, educator and leading voice for agriculture policy and practices. With his wife, they own and operate an 80-cow, grass-based, organic dairy and processing plant near Fairfield, Iowa. All their milk products are sold within four miles of their farm. After completing his Ph.D., Francis worked at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C., serving as the National Program Leader for Soil Science for the USDA-Extension Service. Francis and Susan returned to full-time farming in 1992 in the farming operation.

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2011 Conference: Building Towards the Smart City

Episode first aired on 1/29/2011

Cities are dynamic, living creatures. With technological advancements and new urban planning paradigms, cities and regions are quickly developing innovative plans, from pervasive rapid transit systems to eco-districts. Three panelists consider how municipal investments, allowances and ideas are sketching out the blueprints for "smart" 21st Century cities. Rebecca Ryan moderates. Jay Allen, Mayor, City of Fitchburg, Dick Wagner, Chairman, Regional Transit Authority , Joe Sensenbrenner, President, Center for Resilient Cities