University of Wisconsin-Madison

Earth Fest Kickoff Celebration

Join us from 1 to 6:30 p.m. on April 19 as Earth Fest begins with a fun and engaging lineup of lectures, visual and performing arts, and interactive exhibits. The keynote speaker is Tony Reames, a leading international energy and environmental justice scholar and government policy advisor. He has served the Department of Energy in a variety of roles, and he is an associate professor of environment and sustainability at the University of Michigan.

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1 p.m.

Exhibit and registration opens

  • Check in, visit exhibit tables, and view artwork presented as part of the Center for Culture, History, and Environment (CHE) Art and the Environment Awards Exhibit.

1:30 p.m.

Welcome from Paul Robbins, dean of the Nelson Institute

1:45–2:30 p.m.

Panel on Business and Sustainability

  • Louis Liu ,Sustainability Project Engineer, Kohler Power Systems
  • Brett Wetzel, Vice President of Sustainability and Innovation U.S. Venture, Inc.
  • Ashley Henderson, Energy Solutions Control Manager, Trane

2:30–2:40 p.m.


2:40–3 p.m.

Dance performance by Kanopy Dance

  • Excerpts from ConFluence: A Prelude, opening April 19 at the Overture Center.

3–3:45 p.m.

Keynote with Tony Reames: Energy Justice

3:45–3:55 p.m.


3:55–4:10 p.m.

Remarks from UW–Madison Chancellor Jennifer Mnookin

4:10–5 p.m.

Panel on UW–Madison Environmental Sustainability Goals

5 p.m.

Closing remarks

5–6:30 p.m.

CHE Art and the Environment Awards Exhibition Reception

  • Light appetizers and drinks will be served. Cash bar available. Art prize winners will be announced at 5:30 p.m.



April 19, 2024    
1:00 pm - 6:30 pm


Discovery Building
330 North Orchard St., Madison, WI

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