Join us for this popular community event, now in its seventh year!
Isthmus Green Day attracts thousands of visitors, an audience of active, interested and influential people. This is an excellent occasion to introduce your business, share your viewpoint, and market your merchandise to like-minded folk.
Guests are encouraged to bring items to help fill donation bins provided by Goodwill Industries of South Central Wisconsin. Donors will be entered into a contest to win tickets to Isthmus a la Carts, our highly-anticipated food cart festival at Olin Park on Friday, May 9.
We Come From the Land
Annette Miller and Mario Garcia Sierra, MGE and Edgewood College
MGE's The New Green Challenge / El Desafio de Vivir Verde engages communities of color with environmentally friendly living. Participating households adopt a six-month sustainability program to save energy, save water, compost, recycle, and enjoy healthy, local foods. This presentation will share insights and results.
Worms Can Eat Your Garbage!
Jessi Claringbole, Madison Environmental Group/EnAct
Composting keeps waste out of landfills and is a great way to teach kids about natural habitats and life cycles. In this hands-on demonstration, MEG/EnAct provides all the materials you need and guides you through building your own fully functional worm composting bin.
Low-Cost Comfort: Homeowner's Holy Grail
Steve Pipson,TDS Custom Construction
Understanding how a house operates is the first step to a more comfortable, safe and energy-efficient home. Building Performance Institute analyst Steve Pipson helps you discover opportunities for home improvement, and shares insights on home projects that can pay big dividends.
Harness the Power of the Sun
Burke O'Neal, Full Spectrum Solar
Solar power is hot in Wisconsin. Burke O'Neal presents a talk on the latest technology to harness the sun's energy, what sites work for a reliable solar installation, and cost-benefit aspects of embracing solar energy for your home or business.
Vegetable Triage with FairShares CSA Coalition
Chris Brockel, FairShare Executive Director
Once you sign up for a Community Supported Agricultre share, you may be pleasantly overwhelmed with the variety of vegetables, some you may not even know exist! Or maybe the bounty at your local farmer's market was just too good to resist. FairShare CSA Coalition Chris Brockel will help you avoid veggie guilt by sharing simple ways to organize your produce to get the most value out of your CSA membership, including what to do with each vegetable, which ones to eat first, and which ones really have a longer storage life. Don't waste a single leafy green!
Access to Life: Sustainability as a Living Principle
Eco-activist and filmmaker Shalini Kantayya discusses how she can live sustainably even as she continues to travel the globe, filming life experiences and learning about the world's limited resources through the lens of her camera.
The Power and Beauty in Natural Burial
Kevin W. Corrado, Natural Path Sanctuary
Learn more about natural burials with Kevin Corrado, LCSW, LCS, the coordinator at Natural Path Sanctuary, Dane County's first naural green cemetery. Corrado takes what can be a gloomy topic and turns it into a lively conversation about the healing power, simplicity and beauty of natural burials.
Investing from the Heart
David McClellan, Calvert Investment
David McClellan discusses values-oriented investing, and how working with financial advisors who share your ideals for using money to achieve personal and global goals can be a rewarding experience.
Saving the Monarchs and Gardening for Pollinators
Frank Hassler, Good Oak Ecological Services
Once abundant, the iconic monarch butterflies are now on a precipitous decline. Frank Hassler of Good Oak Ecological Services will talk about the complex environmental issues behind the loss of butterflies, bees and many other pollinators, and what we can do in our own backyards to help prevent further extinction.
Karen Parker, Body-Works Therapeutics
Join in and learn — or just watch! — as as Karen Parker LMT, NCTMB, RYT of Body-Works Therapeutics demonstrates a beneficial yoga routine, and describes what parts of the body are being strengthened, opened and toned with each pose.
Victor Castro: Are You Sure It's Trash?
Victor Castro, Artist
Build Sustainable Sculptures from the Stuff You Might Otherwise Throw Away. Victor Castro, aka TetraPAKMAN, is the artist-in-residence at Madison Public Library's Bubbler makerspace. Join him at this special event to create sculptures right on the spot. Children of all ages are invited to bring clean and dry materials, such as mushrooms trays, plastic dairy tubs and other plastic containers, plastic caps, snack bags, Tetra Paks and more, and find the inspiration to turn these mundane devils into sustainable art.
Latinos and the Environment: Securing Healthy and Sustainable Cities
Armando Ibarra, Paula Tran Inzeo and Mario Garcia Sierra
Join a discussion about how the Latino community plays a vital role in building healthy and sustainable communities, and what the implications of this activism are in local and national politics and economics.
The Clean Clear Waters Challenge!
John Imes, Wisconsin Environmental Initiative
You can play an important role improving water quality in the Great Lake region by implementing best practices in landscaping and lawn care. Unnecessary run-off causes soil erosion and often contains contaminants such as motor oil and grease, pesticides, fertilizers and deicing salt, all of which can be harmful to waterways. Learn about the construction of the first certified Clean Clear Waters home, which captures 100% of rooftop run-off with rainwater recovery and native landscaping features, and showcases advanced erosion control and stormwater management.
Sustainable Landscaping: Beauty Today, Green Tomorrow
John J. Gishnock III, Formecology
Join John J. Gishnock, landscape architect and ecological designer with Formecology, LLC, to learn how you can create a personal outdoor environment tailored to your individual aesthetic style that is also environmentally beneficial. Gishnock explores a variety of design, installation and care techniques that highlight the countless advantages of green oriented landscaping.
Community Conversation: Sustainability as a Tool for Equity
Kathryne Auerback, Jim Lorman, Annette Miller, Naomi Davis and Torry Winn
Join in a moderated discussion to explore how sustainability initiatives can help advance inclusion and equity in our communities. After a short introduction by Kathryne Auerback and Jim Lorman (Edgewood College Sustainability Leadership Program) and brief comments by panelists (Annette Miller, Naomi Davis, and Torry Winn), the audience will be invited to join the conversation.
Bury Me, Naturally!
Jonas A. Zahn, Northwoods Casket Company
Jonas Zahn, president of Northwoods Casket Co., discusses the myriad environmental impacts of contemporary funerals — cemeteries, caskets, embalming, cremation, burial vaults, and more — and invites you to consider different options when planning for end-of-life memorials. Learn about compromises and trade-offs, as Zahn shares different perspectives on biodegradability, local sourcing, toxicity and carbon lifecycle assessment.
Chad Hopper, Isthmus Sales Manager
Courtney Lovas, Isthmus Events Coordinator
Phone: 608-251-5627 x 122
Isthmus Green Day celebrates sustainability and healthy living by bringing speakers, businesses and organizations to this all-day expo, where they connect with an active and interested audience of all ages.
Now in its seventh year, Isthmus Green Day attracts thousands of visitors who engage with more than 100 exhibitors to learn about ways to be greener at home, at the office, on the road, and in life.
Presentations and breakout sessions feature alternative energy, food and nutrition, green investing, green building and home improvements, healthcare, and more.
Isthmus Green Day is sponsored by MGE, Clean Lakes Alliance, The Century House, Calvert Investments, Edgewood College, Mad City Windows...
Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center is on John Nolen Drive on the shore of Lake Monona in downtown Madison, two blocks from the Capitol Square.
Monona Terrace ramp is accessible via East Wilson Street and the eastbound lanes of John Nolen Drive.
Madison Metro has regular stops nearby. Visit Madison Metro Transit website for apps and information.
The Capital City bike path runs along Lake Monona along John Nolen Drive directly to Monona Terrace
For event information, press materials or media inquiries, or any other questions, please contact:
Janell Palmer, Isthmus Marketing & Events Manager
Phone: 608-251-5627 x 152
Isthmus Publishing Co., Inc.
101 King Street
Madison WI 53703