ASHLAND – “Eco-Industrial Development” is one of four panel discussions scheduled for the second Lake Superior Technology Conference, to be held Aug. 6-7 in Ashland. The conference is being produced by the Wisconsin Technology Council, the Wisconsin Innovation Network Lake Superior Chapter and other Lake Superior region partners.

The panel will discuss opportunities and drivers for eco-industrial development and will illustrate examples of eco-industrial applied technology. By focusing on the more efficient flow of energy and materials, economies emerge within communities that resemble natural ecosystems where relationships evolve, material waste is minimized and energy cascades economically through the system. The result is companies co-located in an eco-industrial park or within a geographically optimized industrial cluster.

Panelists will give an overview of product and process design, eco-industrial development and industrial ecology as it emerges globally and locally.

The panel will be moderated by Jerry Hembd, associate professor of economics, UW-Superior.  Panelists are Patrick Eagen, professor and program director of the Department of Engineering Professional Development, UW-Madison; John Klungness, retired research chemical engineer, USDA Forest Services, Forest Products Laboratory; and Bruce Lindgren, principal, B. Lindgren Consulting.

“Worldwide trends related to energy costs and environmental management have accelerated the growth of eco-industrial clusters. Businesses and communities that adopt best practices are more likely to prosper in the years ahead,” said Tom Still, president of the Wisconsin Technology Council.

The conference will be held on the WITC campus, 2100 Beaser Ave. in Ashland. Other panel discussions throughout the day will cover:

-    Alternative energy and biofuels
-    Regional economic development models
-    Education as an economic driver

Other panelists and moderators will be announced in coming weeks.

The conference begins 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6 with a reception and networking event at the Hotel Chequamegon, 101 Lakeshore Drive West. It will be immediately followed by a 7 p.m., cruise of Ashland harbor departing from the hotel’s dock.

General registration for the conference is $50 ($35 for WIN members, $15 for students) and includes the reception, cruise and all Aug. 7 events and meals. Register online through 12:00 noon on Aug. 5 at or at the event.

WIN is the membership subsidiary of the Wisconsin Technology Council, the science and tech policy advisers to the governor and the Legislature. To join WIN, go to or call Liz Katz at 608-442-7557, ext. 27.