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The Energy/Water Nexus – The Challenge of Sourcing Energy and Water

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.; continued 3:15 – 5:00 p.m.

Moderator: Tom Plant, senior policy advisor, Center for the New Energy Economy, Colorado State University

Speakers: Marco Ugarte, sustainability manager, MillerCoors
Jonathan Radtke,water sustainability program director, Coca-Cola
Fawn Bergen, global program manager – water and carbon footprint, Intel
Josh Henretig, senior director of environmental sustainability, Microsoft

One of the most significant efforts of climate change is the potential for large-scale shifts in water availability, with many areas of the world expecting to see increasing water scarcity. Corporate water conservation and stewardship programs are increasingly focused on mitigating the impacts within their watersheds – both by using water more efficiently within their operations, and in investing in stewardship projects that are aimed at improving the resilience of natural ecosystems and environmental water supply.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to balance corporate water conservation and replenishment initiatives.
  • Which tools, processes and practices are being used to prioritize (and take action) in water-scarce regions.
  • How technology can be used to enable solutions in the world’s water challenges.
  • How your organization can develop, or improve, your water strategy.


Organizational Leadership in the 21st-Century Corporation

 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.; continued 3:15 – 5:00 p.m.

Dennis Hu, Director, environmental, health and safety, and system safety engineering Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.
Engelina Jaspers, Marketing executive and sustainability leader, previously with Flex and Hewlett Packard
Jason Wernex, senior director, corporate safety, Ameren

Environmental, sustainability and energy managers must be more than the “bad cops” in their companies as they interact with C-level executives and influence the future of corporate initiatives and business models.

In this workshop presentation, you will learn:

  • How those tasked with dealing with environmental, sustainability and energy management issues can take a seat at the table with those who shape a company’s overall strategy and initiatives
  • What “language” you need to speak when you communicate with your company’s senior executives and board members
  • Where the path lies that leads to sound environmental, sustainability and energy management becoming an integral part of corporate culture.


Circular Economies – Extracting Maximum Value Out of Resources

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.; continued 3:15 – 5:00 p.m.

Larry Black, senior advisor, McDonough Innovation Sustainability Collaboration
Tom Carpenter, director, sustainability, Waste Management
Michael Murphy, vice president, global product compliance engineering & environmental affairs, Dell Technologies
Paul Murray, vice president, sustainability, Shaw Industries

As a disruptive force, innovations proposed regarding circular economies continue to arise as businesses find new ways to use resources for if possible, extract the greatest value from them, and recover and regenerate products and materials at the end of the cycle.

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • How a company can incorporate new circular economy concepts to both enhance environmental and sustainability efforts – AND produce a positive impact on its bottom line.
  • What the potential impacts are on a company’s products and services as it incorporates more of these concepts.
  • How new innovations complement and work in conjunction with other innovations taking place in a company.


Triple Bottom Line Sustainability Management is a Competitive Advantage

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.; continued 3:15 – 5:00 p.m.

Angela Casler, Executive Director, Sustainability Management Association
Kristen Hebert, Manager-Consulting, Waste Management
Brandon Morton, Sustainability Coordinator, Dallas County Community College District and President of the Board, Sustainability Management Association 

Sustainability management is both a core competency and a competitive advantage. Being a leader in the circular economy takes a concerted effort from the C-suite to the front line. Building a culture of sustainability is a journey that takes time to educate employees why social responsibility and environmental conservation is a strategic priority.

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • Best practices in creating a strategy that includes optimizing human, environmental, and financial resources
  • How to build a culture by implementing a functional strategy that engages all employees in actively achieving the corporations strategic sustainability goals
  • Capital investment in sustainability projects and tracking outcomes and performance
  • Key Performance Indicators that are manageable, reportable, and motivational
  • Metrics that matter to external stakeholders
  • Reporting and celebrating outcomes of energy, water, solid waste, and pollution programs
  • Training tools and certifications to educate your workforce on sustainability management
  • Pre-screening new hires for sustainability knowledge, skills, and abilities