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Sustain Dane Summit

December 3 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Join us for the 12th annual Sustain Dane Summit on Thursday, December 3, 2020.

The Sustain Dane Summit is a day filled with education, inspiration, reflection, and connection!

This year our theme is Decade to Deliver. 2020 marks the beginning of a decade where we must accelerate our actions to deliver results on holistic sustainability: a healthy environment, a just economy, and social wellbeing for all. Our program of meaningful speakers and conversations with participants will focus on global solutions and local actions we can take to create a more thriving, equitable, and resilient community.

Program Overview

Delivering on Drawdown Keynote

Crystal Chissell | Vice President of Operations and Engagement, Project Drawdown

Project Drawdown is the world’s leading resource for climate solutions. Crystal’s presentation will include

  • Drawdown’s 2020 update on their body of research that seeks to help the world reach “Drawdown”— the future point in time when levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere stop climbing and start to steadily decline.
  • Stories about implementation of solutions from communities around the world.
  • Her personal experience with social justice and equity in the climate movement.
  • Discussion among participants about actions in our sphere of influence in a post-keynote workshop.

Intersections of Sustainability, COVID-19, & Anti-Racism Panel

This moderated panel of local leaders will reflect on how COVID-19 and anti-racism is shaping the way they are approaching sustainability, opportunities and challenges for creating sustainability for the environment and people, resiliency that they have seen during 2020, and more.

Moderator: Robin Lisowski, Director of Research & Innovation, Slipstream

Panelists: To Be Announced

Break Out Sessions

Breakout sessions will feature changemakers, diverse perspectives, youth voices, and more. Each session will premiere live with the opportunity for discussion and Q&A. Sessions will include but not limited to showcase of projects from local business and organization leaders that participated in our Accelerate Sustainability Workshop this past year and a session celebrating the Live Forward Awardees work and commitment for the decade to deliver.

Additional Features


In addition to dedicated virtual networking time, our program is designed to connect you to the community through post presentation conversation and reflection.


Throughout the day we’ll be sharing pieces of art and music that energize and inspire us.


Post-event recordings provided to attendees. Re-watch your favorite sessions, share with your professional and personal networks to spread impact.

Thank you to our sponsors! Interested in supporting the Summit? Download the sponsorship packet here. Email Lucia Hunt at lucia@sustaindane.org to discuss your desired sponsorship level and/or create a personalized sponsorship for your organization. For maximum recognition, secure sponsorship by September 1, 2020, and for program recognition, secure sponsorship by November 1, 2020.


December 3
8:00 am - 1:00 pm