WisBusiness.com: International environmental performance group meets mid-June in Madison

By WisBusiness.com staff

Dozens of environmental regulators and corporate compliance officers will mingle with top experts from the United States, Europe and China at a Madison conference and Wisconsin tour in mid-June to discuss climate change and other pressing issues affecting international business.

The international Multi-State Working Group on Environmental Performance is staging the June 18-20 conference focusing on climate change as well as water, agriculture and health issues at the Monona Terrace Convention Center in Madison.

Among the top speakers scheduled to attend:

–U.S. EPA Office of Policy, Economics and Innovation, Deputy Associate Administrator Rick Otis

–Department of Defense, Assistant Deputy Undersecretary of Defense (Environment, Safety and Occupational Health) Alex Beehler

–Bavarian Environmental State Minister Werner Schnappauf

–California EPA, Assistant Secretary for Climate Issues Eileen Wenger Tutt

–Schaeffler Group, World Environment Director Nobert Horauf

–Dow Chemical, EU Policy Director Martina Bianchini

–Center for Science in the Earth System, Assistant Director and Professor Amy Snover

A key part of the conference is the June 19 “Preparing for Climate Change” workshop, which will help local officials plan for possible climate change impacts in their communities.

MSWG also is organizing a subsequent Wisconsin tour and discussion involving top Chinese experts June 20-25 that includes stops in Madison, Baraboo, Appleton, Chilton, Milwaukee and Chicago.

MSWG describes itself as a “voice for ecological innovation and integration.” Founded in 1996, it includes about 1,000 business, government, academic and other members in 30 states and 20 countries. See more at www.mswg.org