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Sustainability Summit free for MATC students

By George Stone, Times Contributor
On February 11, 2013

The anticipation and excitement are rising. The 10th Annual Sustainability Summit and Exposition is fast approaching. MATC is proud to host this outstanding conference on Wednesday and Thursday, March 6 and 7 at the Delta Center (formerly the Frontier Airlines Center) in downtown Milwaukee.  The theme for 2013 is Sustainability: An Economic and Ecologic Imperative.

The Sustainability Summit is great in a lot of ways.  First, it's the biggest and best sustainability conference in Wisconsin.  Because of its first-rate reputation, it attracts world-class speakers, and people come from all over the Midwest to learn about the latest trends and opportunities in industry and education.  But more than any other reason, the Summit is great because it's for students.  Thanks to the generosity of Summit sponsors (including MATC's Office of Student Life), all students may register for the Summit free of charge. It's the best deal of the year.

More than 2,000 students attended in each of the last three years, 1,000 from MATC alone.  For most, it is their first, major professional conference and it's a real eye-opener.  "It was great.  I had no idea how much was going on!" is a typical comment.  In addition to MATC, students come from UWM, Marquette, MSOE, MPS, Concordia, Carroll, and Alverno; and many more from other technical colleges and UW campuses.

Internationally acclaimed speakers will inspire and enlighten.  Among them will be Will Allen, Ed Begley Jr., Lynn Broaddus, James Hansen, Zelma Maine-Jackson, C.S. Kiang, Michael Mann and Mordechai Shechter

Our program is the envy of the state; UW- Madison will be sending busloads of students and faculty to hear our speakers.  Breakout sessions on vital topics plus an astounding array of industry and education exhibits will compel, entertain and inform.

This outstanding conference has become an MATC tradition.  I urge all instructors to attend and to provide class time or extra-credit assignments so that their students will be able to share in this outstanding educational experience.  All MATC employees may also attend the Summit free of charge by completing a Prior Approval for Travel form and submitting it to their supervisor for approval.

If you plan to live and work on planet Earth in the 21st century, there's much of great value for you at the 2013 Sustainability Summit and Exposition.  

For more information, please consult the Summit website at 

Thanks for your attention, and for your help in making MATC's Summit the premier annual sustainability conference in Wisconsin. If you have questions, please phone George Stone at 414-297-7430 or email

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