Spark Building

821 E Washington Ave Starting Block 3rd Floor Cafe, Madison, WI 53703

Madison, WI, US, 53703

Our July Sustainable Breakfast Series will feature UW Madison Professor Claudio Gratton speaking on the role and importance of pollinators.

Tuesday, July 18, 8:30AM—9:30AM

We will meet in person at the Spark Building, Starting Block Café (3rd Floor). Doors will open at 8 AM for networking.

Spark Building, Starting Block Café (3rd Floor)

821 E Washington Ave, Madison, WI 53703


  • Breakfast & Networking 8:00—8:30AM
  • Program 8:30—9:30AM
  • Networking 9:30—10:00AM

What’s up with the bees? Pollinator conservation in a human-dominated world

Bee and pollinator declines are headline news, prompting questions among scientists, farmers, policy-makers and the public at large about what is causing these declines, what it means for us, and what we can do about it. Dr. Gratton will take about the state of the science and ways to move forward in conserving pollinators in our landscapes.

Featured Speaker

Dr. Gratton has been on the faculty in the Entomology department at the University of Wisconsin, Madison since 2003. His research group works on the relationships between insects that are considered beneficial to people such as bees and lady beetles, and crops and how they can be conserved and enhanced in our landscapes. He has been part of bee and butterfly conservation efforts in the state including helping coordinate the State of Wisconsin’s Pollinator Protection Plan. Claudio is currently co-lead of the USDA-funded Grassland 2.0, a project that works to support community networks to envision and help move towards future agricultural systems that support people and the environment.

Dr. Gratton is a native of Italy but grew up in Illinois where he received his BS in Biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1991) followed by a PhD in Entomology from the University of California – Berkeley (1997).

Join us on July 18th for an educational and enjoyable Sustainable Breakfast Series.


Complimentary tickets to all staff of member organizations. Sliding scale/scholarships also available for nonmembers. Please contact to learn more.


Doors to the building open at 8 AM, enter the building through the breezeway / main entrance (it’s on the SE side). Registering here gets you on our guest list, please bring a photo ID for possible front door confirmation with security.


Paid parking is available in the South Livingston Parking Garage attached to the Arts + Literature Lab building. 111 S Livingston St, Madison, WI 53703. Free street parking is generally available nearby.

Bus Routes

The Spark Building is accessible via bus routes 6,15, and 23 at stops 1392 and 1927.

Thank you to our sponsors and supporting members