Distinguished Alumnus to speak on sustainability issues

April 14, 2014
Ullsvik Hall

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — Dr. Jeffrey Thompson, chief executive officer of Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, Wis., and University of Wisconsin-Platteville Distinguished Alumnus will discuss sustainability practices on Friday, April 25 from 9-11 a.m. in Velzy Commons, Ullsvik Hall. The presentation – open to the public – is part of the “Road to Excellence” strategic plan speaker series.

Thompson is an internationally-renowned speaker on the subjects of sustainability and the environment. He has been instrumental in increasing sustainability efforts at Gundersen, by implementing sustainable approaches to energy use and leading the organization towards a goal of being 100 percent energy independent. Thompson is a recent recipient of the White House’s Champion of Change honor – one of only 11 recipients nationwide to receive this designation in the area of climate and health.

“We are very fortunate Dr. Thompson is willing to share his insight with the university community,” said Dennis Cooley, assistant chancellor for University Advancement, executive director of the UW-Platteville Foundation and champion of the Enriching the Tri-States Strategic Priority group. "Dr. Thompson has led Gundersen to great heights, not only in how his staff cares for the people in the greater La Crosse area, but in how he and his leadership have used sustainability measures to create new revenue streams in order to drive down health care costs. Dr. Thompson has a fondness for the Platteville area too, and we will benefit immensely from sharing these ideas for our future."

Thompson received his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a past recipient of the Boebel Scholarship and helped establish the Boebel Alumni Scholarship.

For more information on the UW-Platteville strategic plan, visit the website at www3.uwplatt.edu/university-planning/strategic-planning.


Written by: Alison Parkins, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1526, parkinsal@uwplatt.edu


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