Tom builds relationships with businesses interested in or committed to sustainability, serves as an adviser to the University of Wisconsin's Office of Sustainability, and developed and oversees the UW Microfinance Partnership.He also serves as a senior lecturer, teaching classes in People, Environment & Sustainability and Systems Thinking and Sustainability. In addition to his work with the University of Wisconsin, he is the manufacturing sector lead for the WI Department of Natural Resources. He has a BS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an MPA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before obtaining his law degree at George Washington University, he was a Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines. Following completion of his law degree, he worked in environmental law with the Attorney General’s Office in Montana.Tom also founded the WI Sustainable Business Council (www.wisconsinsustainability.com), and coordinates the annual WI Sustainable Business Council Conference http://www.wisconsinsustainability.com/about-the-conference/).
Nov 19, 2009, Guest expert on Climate Change for taping of“Office Hours”, for the Big Ten Network
Jan – March, 2009Board of Advisors to WKOW TV on developing a Green Theme for Programming
April 16, 2008Interview as a Madison“Eco-Hero”, Channel 3.
October – November, 2007, 2008Judge for Thunderbird School of Business Sustainable Innovation Summit, Phases 1 & 2
September 21, 2007 Interview on Greening Madison, Channel 3.
July 2007, Expert advisory panel for Madison Magazine’s Green Issue
May 15, 2007Interview on WI Public Radio on Sustainable Business, WI Public Radio
Feb – May, 2007Judged three rounds of applicants for Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest
Oct – Dec, 2006Judge for WI’s Corporate Citizenship Awards
Eggert, T. (2008), One Institution’s Journey To Sustainability, published in In Business, by the Consortium Group, Summer, 2008.
Eggert, T. (2006), Pepsi Does One Right, published in the Capitol Region Business Journal, September, 2006 (available on-line at http://www.madison.com/crbj/200609/index.php?ntid=96924)
Eggert, T. (2006), Go Beyond Legal and Ask, “Is It Right?” published in the Capitol Region Business Journal, July, 2006 (available on-line at http://www.madison.com/crbj/200607/index.php?ntid=88480).
Eggert, T. (2006), Building Trust at the Community Level, published in the Capitol Region Busines Journal, June, 2006(available on-line at http://www.madison.com/crbj/200606/index.php?ntid=84765)
Eggert, T. (2006), Five Values that Should be at the Heart of Your Business, published in the Capitol Region Business Journal, May, 2006 (available on-line at http://www.madison.com/crbj/200605/index.php?ntid=81318) .
Eggert, T. (2006), Businesses Must Try to Earn Back Customers’ Trust, published in the Capitol Region Business Journal, April, 2006. (available on-line at http://www.madison.com/crbj/200604/index.php?ntid=77387
Eggert, T. , D. Anderson, R. Meissen & V. Sandborg (2005), Partners In Learning:How A Business School And A Company Worked Together To Advance Sustainability, published in Teaching Business Sustainability, Greenleaf Publishing, Sheffield, UK.
Eggert, T. , (2004), Environmental Charters: Wisconsin Recaptures Its Progressive Environmental Traditions, Environmental Quality Management, 14(1), 1-15.
Eggert, T. (1999), Thinking Ahead: Protecting the Environment in the 21st Century, 6 Richmond Journal of Law & Public Interest 1, http://www.urich.edu/~perspec/.
Eggert, T. (1999), Moving Forward By Looking Back: The Role Of Enforcement In Promoting Pollution Prevention, Pollution Prevention Review, 9(2); 1-5.
Eggert, T. (1998), Teaching Strategic Environmental Management at Business Schools, In Business, November-December: 12.
Eggert, T. (1996), ISO 14000 and the Role of State Environmental Protection Agencies, Newsletter of the National Conference of State Legislators, 6(2): 1-3.
Eggert, T. & D. Liebl, (1995), Looking Ahead: Developing Strategies for Pollution Prevention in Wisconsin, University of Wisconsin-Extension Publications: 1-22.
Eggert, T. (1995), Clean Clothes, Clean Air, Waste*Less*News, 7(1): 7.
Eggert, T. & K. Chorostecki, (1993), Rusty Trustees and the Lost Pots of Gold: Natural Resource Damage Trustee Cooperation Under the Oil Pollution Act, Baylor Law Review, 45(2): 291-313.
Eggert, T. (1994), Factors Impacting the Development of State Natural Resource Damage Assessment Programs, in L. Burlington and W. Rousch, (eds.) The New Rules for Natural Resource Damage Assessments and Claims(Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall Law & Business): 677-712.
Eggert, T. & K. Chorostecki, (1994), Rusty Trustees and the Lost Pots of Gold: Natural Resource Damage Trustee Cooperation Under the Oil Pollution Act, in L. Burlington and W. Rousch, (eds.) The New Rules for Natural Resource Damage Assessments and Claims(Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall Law & Business): 654-677.
Eggert, T. (1985), Out With the Old, In With the New: The Corps’ Controversial Interpretation of the Section 404(b)(1) Guidelines, National Wetlands Newsletter, 7(2): 2-4.
Eggert, T. (2009), Making the Sustainable Business Case for Local Governments, plenary presentation at the WI Office of Energy Independence’s Energy Independent Communities Conference, Dec 17, 2009, Green Bay, WI.
Eggert, T. (2009), 20 Trends in Sustainability, plenary presentation at the WI Sustainable Business Council Conference, Dec 3, 2009, Milwaukee, WI.
Eggert, T. (2009), Developing International Partnerships in Sustainability, presentation at Earth University, Oct 28, 2009, Guácimo, Limón, Costa Rica.
Eggert, T. (2009), Climate Change and the Costs of the Status Quo, lecture to Tracey Holloway’s class, Oct 6, 2009, UW Madison.
Eggert, T. (2009), Green Marketing and Consumer Behavior, presentation at Innovative Approaches in Behavioral Marketing for the Green Economy Conference, Sept 11, 2009, Fluno Center, Madison, WI.
Eggert, T. (2009), Business Ethics, presented at the CUNA Management Institute, Aug 14, 2009, Madison, WI.
Eggert, T. (2009), Greening Higher Education Through Environmental Excellence Programs, presentation at Sharing Environmental Excellence Conference, June 5, 2009, Stevens Point.
Eggert, T. (2009), How To Build and Sustain a Green Business, panel moderator at Small Business in Changing Times Conference, May 12, 2009, Madison, WI.
Eggert, T. (2009), Business with Four Billion; Sustainable Development at the Base of the Pyramid, presentation at the International Bioethics Forum, April 23, 2009, Madison, WI.
Eggert, T. (2009), Walking the "Green" Walk: Risk and Reward in a Post Crisis Era, presentation at the Green for Business Conference, April 1, 2009, Neenah, WI.
Eggert, T. (2008), Driving Sustainability within the Business Community, presented at the WI Sustainable Business Council Conference, Dec 8, 2008, Verona, WI.
Eggert, T. (2008), The Natural Step and Business, presented at Green Tuesdays, sponsored by Natural Step Monona, Nov 18, 2008, Monona, WI.
Eggert, T. (2008), Global Warming and the Economy, presented to Prof Jim Pawley’s class, Oct 28, 2008, Madison, WI.
Eggert, T. (2008), The Evolution of Green Business, presented at the Business Appreciation Luncheon sponsored by the DeForest Chamber of Commerce, Oct 23, 2008, DeForest, WI.
Eggert, T. (2008), Teaching Sustainability in the School of Business, presented to the Student Faculty Board, Oct 2, 2008, Madison, WI.
Eggert, T. (2008), Green Business Strategies, presented at the Going Green conference, Sept 12, 2008, Oconomowoc, WI.
Eggert, T. (2008), Ethics, Integrity and Society, presented at the CUNA CDCU Institute, Aug 16, 2008, Madison, WI.
Eggert, T. (2008), Going Green This Spring, presented at the Middleton Chamber of Commerce spring meeting, May 7, 2008, Middleton, WI.
Eggert, T. (2008), Sustainability and Senior Executives, Introduction of Paul Linzmeier at Executive Education’s Values and Sustainability Speaker Series, sponsored by the WI School of Business, April 18, 2008, Madison, WI.
Eggert, T. (2008), Climate Change and the Stern Report, presented at the Net Impact Earth Day teach-in, April 17, 2008, Madison, WI.
Eggert, T. (2008), Finding Economic Opportunities in Greenhouse Gas Mitigation, presented at the Sustaining Wisconsin's Environment and Economy: Responding to Climate Change Conference, sponsored by the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, April 16, 2008, Madison, WI.
Eggert, T. (2008), Going Green for Value and Profit: Why Business Isn’t the End of the Story but the Beginning, presented to Jim Pawley’s class “Responding to Global Warming”, Zoology 400, April 10, 2008, Madison, WI
Eggert, T. (2008), Going Green in the Law Office, presented at the Wisconsin Association for Law Office Administrators monthly meeting, April 9, 2008, Madison, WI.
Eggert, T. (2008), What the School of Business has to offer Retailers in the Sustainability area, presented at the Center for Retailing Excellence Board of Visitors Meeting, April 8, 2008, Madison, WI.
Eggert, T. (2008), Business Risk and Reward in the Global Warming Era, presented at the UW Fond du lac Global Warming and Community Symposium, April 5, 2008, Fond du Lac, WI.
Eggert, T. (2008), The Greening of the Corporation, presented to Jack Kloppenberg’s class “Introduction to Environmental Studies”, March 10, 2008, Madison, WI.
Eggert, T. (2008), Green Tier and Sustainability, presented at the Advantage 2008: Green Tier and Environmental Leadership conference, sponsored by the WI Dept of Natural Resources, Feb 4, 2008, Madison, WI.
Eggert, T. (2008), The Stern Report and the Economic Drivers of a Societal Response, presented at the Focus the Nation teach-in, Jan 31, 2008, Madison, WI.
Eggert, T. (2007), Conference Introduction and Panel moderator, Nelson Institute Progressive Ideas Forum, Monona Terrace, November 2, 2007, Madison, WI.
Eggert, T. (2007), Going Green for Value and Profit: Why Business Isn’t the End of the Story but the Beginning, presented to Jim Pawley’s class Responding to Global Warming, Zoology 400, November 15, 2007, Madison, WI.
Eggert, T. (2007), The State of Sustainable Community Development: Notes from the Field, presented at the Nelson Institute Community Forum, September 14, 2007, Madison, WI.
Eggert, T. (2007), Environmental Innovation Programs: If You Build Them, Will They Come?, presented at the Multi-State Working Group national conference, June 18, 2007, Madison, WI.
Eggert, T. (2007), Mainstreaming Main Street Sustainability; The Development of Eco-municipalities, presented at the Multi-State Working Group national conference, June 18, 2007, Madison, WI.
Eggert, T. (2007), Global Warming Risk and Reward: A Business Perspective, presented at the Global Warming Speaker Series, April 24, 2007, Madison, WI.
Eggert, T. (2007), Growing Communities, Greening Communities, presented at the Local Land Use Planning and Zoning Program, April 18, 2007, Madison, WI.
Eggert, T. (2007), Teaching Sustainability: Creating Business Leaders with Heart, presented at the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment, February 21, 2007, Madison, WI.
Eggert, T. (2007), The Role of Public Sector Institutions in Society, presented at the LaFollette Institute Alumni Reception, February 8, 2007, Madison, WI.
Eggert, T. (2006), Teaching Sustainability, presented at Inspiration from Unusual Sources: Integrating Innovation into Your Work", November 9, 2006, Madison, WI.
Eggert, T. (2006), Green Tier and Green Building, presented at the WI Green Builders Alliance meeting, September 27, 2006, Milwaukee, WI
Eggert, T. (2003), Investing with Our Values: Socially Responsible Investing, presented at the Dairyland Chapter of CPCUs conference, March 19, 2003, Madison, WI.
Eggert, T. (2001), Driving Environmental Change: Is the Government in the Front Seat Anymore?, presented at theWI State Bar Association Annual Meeting, May 2, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.
Eggert, T. (1996), Searching for Superior Environmental Performance, presented at the 1996 National Pollution Prevention Roundtable, April 23, Washington, DC.
Eggert, T. (1995), The Future of Environmental Management Systems, presented at the 1995 National Council of State Legislators annual meeting, July 19, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Dec 2008 - Present
Founder and Executive Director
The WI Sustainable Business Council serves businesses from around WI who are interested in sustainability. By providing information - both through links to resources from our web page and as webinars captured from our conferences, we seek to answer business' questions about "how to". For instance, we provide assistance on "how to get started", "how to develop a sustainability report", "how to brand yourself as a green company" and "how to find a carbon calculator".
Aug 1994 - Present
School of Business
Senior Lecturer, School of BusinessDeveloped and nurtured classes on corporate social and environmental responsibility and systems change. The single initial class now is taught in two parts, the first part being called “Topics in Sustainable Business Practice” and the second called “Systems Thinking and Sustainable Businesses”; anddesigned and offers the Cleantech Community Forum, bringing Cleantech entrepreneurs and funders together.
Apr 1991 - Present
Eastern Wisconsin Environmental Assistance Coordinator
WI Department of Natural Resources
Jun 1987 - Apr 1991
Special Assistant Attorney General
Montana Department of Health and Environmental Sciences
1991 - 1995
Masters in Public Administration
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Graduated with high honors
Sep 1984 - May 1987
George Washington University - National Law Center
graduated with honors, passed Montana Bar Exam in Aug 1987
Aug 1976 - May 1981
Bachelor of Science (2)
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Double major in Environmental Problems & Policies and Psychology. Graduated with honors.