Sustain Dane Summit: Weaving Stories for Change

The Sustain Dane Summit is an interactive program and unparalleled forum for you to learn, connect, share ideas, reflect, and gain new skills to lead and inspire change.

2021 Program Overview

The Sustain Dane Summit is a day filled with education, inspiration, reflection, and connection! This year our theme is Weaving Stories of Change. We’ll hear from keynote speaker Kimberly Nicholas, sustainability scientist and author of UNDER THE SKY WE MAKE: How to be Human in a Warming World. Every registration has the opportunity to receive a copy of Under the Sky we Make.

The Summit will also feature a panel of local leaders sharing their work towards a sustainable community, networking and conversation among attendees, and a Live Forward Award celebration. We will recognize the projects completed by businesses, organizations, and individuals from our 2021 Accelerate Sustainability Workshop and Master Recycler program. We can all play a powerful role in creating systems that focus on holistic sustainability: a healthy environment, a just economy, and equity and social wellbeing for all. Change happens when inspired people take action.

This year the Summit will be a hybrid program, held both online and in person at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center. 

Networking & Breakfast

7:45AM – 8:30AM

Under the Sky We Make Keynote


Prof. Kimberly Nicholas, PhD | Sustainability scientist, writer, speaker

Kimberly is a sustainability scientist at Lund University. She is the author of UNDER THE SKY WE MAKE: How to be Human in a Warming World, and the monthly climate newsletter We Can Fix It. She has published over 50 articles on climate and sustainability in leading peer-reviewed journals, and her research has been featured in outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, USA Today, Buzzfeed and more. Read Kimberly’s full bio.

Raj Shukla, The Nature Conservancy’s Midwest Director of Freshwater Policy, will be interviewing Kimberly about her new book. Read Raj’s full bio.

Kimberly and Raj’s conversation will cover:

    • How we can harness facts, feelings, and action to face climate change.
    • Principles of respect and care for people and nature, reducing harm at its source; and building resilience, the ability to recover from setbacks 
    • Climate pollution is distributed extremely unfairly 
    • Maximize meaning and minimize carbon – stories of meaningful achievements and cultivating community that are created from actions and relationships that align with our core values 
    • Find bright spots where climate action is working and spread them

We will also take some questions from the audience and have the chance for conversation among attendees about our roles in climate action in post-keynote networking.

Additional Features

The program will also feature a panel of local leaders that are walking the talk for sustainability in our community, a Live Forward Award celebration, and a recognition of our 2021 Accelerate Sustainability Workshop program participants and Master Recycler participants. Stay tuned for more details.

Local Leaders Panel

 10:00 AM—11:15 AM

This year, our local leaders panel will feature Angela Russell as moderator. Angela is the Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and is the Vice President of the CUNA Mutual Foundation at CUNA Mutual Group. Read Angela’s full bio.

Networking and Lunch


In person registrations will join us for a delicious Vegetable Strudel lunch.


Accelerate Sustainability Workshop, Master Recycler


Live Forward Awards


Congratulations to the 2021 Live Forward Award Nominees!


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


Scholarships are available—email for info.

Hybrid Program

Participants will have the option to join us online or in person at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center.

Registration Deadlines

Monday, November 1 is the deadline for in person registration. Online registration ends on the day of the program. Discounted Early Bird registration ends Monday, October 18.

Thank you to our sponsoring partners and supporting members

Thank you to sponsors! We’re still open to additional sponsorship requests, so if you’re interested in supporting the Summit contact Lucia

Why Sponsor

  • Elevate your organization’s commitment to sustainability in Dane County
  • Participate in meaningful learning, networking, and professional development
  • Gain business development as a leader in corporate social responsibility
  • Be visible through extensive marketing, press releases, and online promotions

Next Steps for Sponsorship

Email Lucia Hunt at to discuss your desired sponsorship level and/or create a personalized sponsorship for your organization. For maximum recognition, secure sponsorship by September 10, 2021, and for recognition in the program, secure sponsorship by October 15, 2021.

Reynolds Transfer & Storage, Inc.

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