UW-Platteville to host triple bottom line conference

August 9, 2017
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PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – While many know that the “bottom line” refers to a company’s net profits, others are unaware of the importance of the “triple bottom line.” To address this issue, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville is hosting “Getting to the Bottom of the Triple Bottom Line,” a free conference addressing workplace and classroom sustainability on Monday, Aug. 21 and Tuesday, Aug. 22.

The triple bottom line refers to a benchmark for the sustainability of a company, operation or classroom that considers the “three P’s”: people, planet and profit. UW-Platteville’s two-day conference is designed to bring awareness to the triple bottom line and educate how to utilize the concept within companies and classrooms to create a more sustainable world.

“The triple bottom line isn’t just a civil and environmental engineering topic,” Dr. Philip Parker, an assistant dean in UW-Platteville’s College of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science, said. “It’s a topic that is important for everyone to be educated on. Regardless of career a student chooses, employers want their employees to be mindful of triple bottom line concepts.”

The first day of the conference will be held in 136 Doudna Hall and include presentations from leaders in industry and academia, and is open to everyone including UW-Platteville faculty, staff, students, friends of the university, practicing engineers and the general public.

Presenters include Art Gibson, vice president of Environmental Health and Safety at Baxter Healthcare; Callan Schoonenberg, engineering manager at Eaton Corporation; Rob Zimmerman, director of WaSH and Sustainability at Kohler Corporation; Jeff Thompson, CEO emeritus and executive advisor at Gundersen Health System; and Dr. Mike Penn and Dr. Kristina Fields, professors of civil and environmental engineering at UW-Platteville. Those who attend the first day of the conference are eligible for six professional development hours.

Registration is required as seats are limited, and can be done online.

The second day of the conference will be held in the Platteville Rooms, Markee Pioneer Student Center and is reserved for up to 10 teams of faculty and staff. These teams will apply TBL concepts to create a lesson for a specific course that at least one of the participants teaches regularly.

For more details on the first day of the conference, visit www.uwplatt.edu/camps-conferences-and-workshops/getting-bottom-triple-bottom-line-conference-day-1. For more information on day two, visit www.uwplatt.edu/camps-conferences-and-workshops/getting-bottom-triple-bottom-line-conference-day-2.

For any questions or accommodations, please contact the Office of Sustainability at 608.342.7244 or sustainability@uwplatt.edu.

 

Written by: Kelsey Bigelow, Writer, College of EMS, and Amanda Bertolozzi, Writer/Editor, Communications

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