Sustaining Wisconsin's Environment & Economy: Responding to Climate Change will examine actions being taken in Wisconsin to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It will also explore the potential impacts of climate change and variability on our state and adaptation strategies that may be needed to protect our health, natural resources and economy.

The conference will feature initiatives and programs designed to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, from the Governor's Task Force on Global Warming and Office of Energy Independence to private-sector innovations in industrial and agricultural processes, transportation, electric generation and energy conservation.

Sustaining Wisconsin's Environment & Economy will also examine the potential impacts of climate change on human health, fish and wildlife, water resources, forests, tourism and other vital components of Wisconsin's quality of life, and begin to explore strategies to adapt to changes that are likely to occur even as we work to prevent catastrophic climate change and variability.

In the spirit of the first Earth Day founded by U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson, our goal is to promote greater understanding of greenhouse gas mitigation (how we affect the climate) and climate change impacts and adaptation (how the climate affects us).