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Opening remarks

Tuesday, June 6 | 8:40 – 8:45 a.m.
Tim Hermes, Publisher, Environmental Leader and Energy Manager Today


Opening keynote:

Three Roads Converge – Environmental, Sustainability and Energy Management: Collaboration and Connectivity in a Challenging Corporate Atmosphere
Tuesday, June 6 | 8:45 – 10:00 a.m.

Doug Pontsler, vice president, operations sustainability and EHS, Owens Corning
William Gill, vice president, environmental affairs, Smithfield Foods
Denise Naguib, vice president, sustainability and supplier diversity, Marriott International

Jerry Tinianow, chief sustainability officer, City of Denver

Companies today can’t deal with environmental, sustainability and energy management issues in a vacuum. The interdependent and intersecting nature of these three constituencies create unique opportunities and challenges all their own.

In this opening keynote session, senior-level executives charged with their companies’ environmental, sustainability and energy management initiatives approach the interconnectedness of these areas as they deal with real-world circumstances to achieve their objectives.

In this keynote session, you will learn:

  • What you and your company can do to balance your needs for environmental safety and compliance, realistic sustainability models and reasonable energy management.
  • How you can find ways to support each constituency through collaboration and cooperation.
  • Why some industry leaders find that exploring the interconnectivity of these disparate demands can have a positive impact on their companies’ business models.


Global Greenhouse Gas Management in an Uncertain Future

Track 1: Monitoring and Reporting
Tuesday, June 6 | 10:10 – 10:50 a.m.

Erin Augustine, senior sustainability manager, Kellogg

As the implications of the Paris climate agreement and other climate targets filter down to corporations, many must begin to think beyond compliance to what it will mean to their businesses in the future. How will companies approach greenhouse gas management as a new era opens in which the future of international pacts like the Paris agreement may be in question?

In this session, you will learn:

  • What some of the assumptions are that a company with global interests can make as it plans its own climate control program.
  • How possible changes to agreements like the Paris accord will impact the business models of global corporations in the future.
  • What the future of greenhouse gas management is.


Managing Waste Streams Across a Variety of Facilities

Track 2: Managing Resources
Tuesday, June 6 | 10:10 – 10:50 a.m.

Laurene Hamilton, recycling analyst, Cox Enterprises

Waste management is an opportunity for companies to make a significant impact on their sustainability goals. Many waste management programs are targeted at traditional office spaces. How can these programs be customized for a variety of facilities? As more companies seek to send zero waste to landfill, they need programs that offer flexibility to match their industries and facilities.

Cox Enterprises, an $18-million diversified company in communications, media and automotive sectors has found a solution for this conundrum.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to select a waste management partner that can manage the needs of a diverse company.
  • What solutions exist for different waste products.
  • How you can customize common practices.
  • Where to find a positive ROI in waste management.


Artificial Intelligence and Peak Shaving

Track 3: Energy Manager Summit
Tuesday, June 6 | 10:10 – 10:50 a.m.

Lang Lawrence, energy manager, Raytheon

Spurred by new technologies that are finding their way into fields as diverse as commercial electronics and health care, advancements in artificial intelligence and peak shaving are allowing companies to use increasingly complex tools to manage their energy spend.

Raytheon began experimenting with peak shaving technologies as long ago as the 1980s and has made strides with sophisticated demand response technologies to manage its costs.

In this session, you will learn:

  • Which tools are available to you that will allow you to take advantage of technologies like peak shaving to send savings directly to your company’s bottom line.
  • When and how companies can move even past peak shaving and begin to take advantages in other sophisticated technologies involving issues as diverse as battery storage and on-site solar storage.


The Effectiveness of Continuous Improvement

Track 1: Monitoring and Reporting
Tuesday, June 6| 11:05 – 11:45 a.m.

Ryan McMullan, environmental and safety manager, Toyota Motor Sales
Justin Murrill, global sustainability manager, Advanced Micro Devices

Some experts call continuous improvement a weapon against a volatile manufacturing climate and a tool that can lead to its revitalization. Nevertheless, even its adherents would agree that the process is never easy and often riddled with inherent difficulties: among them the challenge of choice, the burden of selling and the value of expectations.

How can your company apply some real-world experiences demonstrated at a major global economy to reduce its environmental impacts and increase its operating efficiencies?

In this session, you will learn:

  • Which real-world real-time demonstrations of continuous improvement can you take to meet environmental and energy management goals at the same time they protect your company’s bottom-line.


Quenching Water Risk Using the New Alliance for Water Stewardship Standard

Track 2: Managing Resources
Tuesday, June 6| 11:05 – 11:45 a.m.

Nelson Switzer, chief sustainability officer, Nestle Waters North America

The newly established Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) standard is a globally-applicable framework for major water users to understand their water use and impacts, and to work collaboratively and transparently for sustainable water management within a catchment context. One of the first companies to adopt the standard is Nestle Waters, and in this session you will learn first-hand how one of the largest water bottling companies in the world has handled its implementation.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to use the new AWS to address challenges to water management in a sustainable way.
  • Why an international approach to the increasing scarcity of a vital natural resource is necessary at the corporate level.
  • What an appropriate water stewardship decision-making process would look like.


Implementing Zero-Loss Thinking in Energy Management

Track 3: Energy Manager Summit
Tuesday, June 6| 11:05 – 11:45 a.m.

Aiman Abdrabou, global manager – energy and sustainability, Goodyear Tire and Rubber
Richard Gorze, global energy manager, Eaton Corp.

Companies like Goodyear Tire and Rubber and Eaton Corporation have adopted zero-loss thinking in their global energy management programs. The model was developed to identify the energy consumed and reduce it to the minimum required. Goodyear’s zero-loss model, which can be applied to many industries, requires a clean sheet process to manage and reduce the addressable energy costs. Eaton’s global energy/sustainability strategy is focused on a zero-based culture applied to safety, waste and carbon emissions. These strategies are governed with balanced scorecards for our respective global footprints.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to get your company closer to a zero-loss goal in energy use.
  • What it takes to develop a standardized global energy assessment.
  • When optimizing carbon management is vital.
  • Why a “balanced scorecard” is so valuable.


Networking Lunch

Tuesday, June 6 | 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


Networking Roundtables

Tuesday, June 6 | 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.


Inserting Sustainability Into the Supply Chain Design Process

Track 1: Monitoring and Reporting
Tuesday, June 6 | 2:10 – 2:50 p.m.

David Meyer, senior consultant, BSI

Today, companies are finding that inserting the sustainability principles into supply chain planning and implementation is no longer merely a mandate that must be dealt with at the “back end.” Those with foresight understand that sustainability must be a fundamental part of the design process from the very beginning, as manufacturers, large and small, continue to set a higher bar for responsible sourcing and supplier codes of conduct. Identifying and developing value-added transparency and proactive collaboration throughout the supply chain is now proving itself a way to leverage organizational risk.

In this session, the presenter will review the key elements of supply chain management, sustainability and the linkages between the two that drive business success. In this session, you will learn:

  • Where to begin with the supply chain when it comes to assuring that sustainability is built into every step along the way along the “value chain.”
  • How those who have mastered this process deal with elements of the value chain they typically believe they have little control or influence over.
  • What you need to do make sure that, not only your supply chain is on firm footing from a sustainability perspective, but that the overall design process corresponds with your company’s business and strategic objectives.

Several case studies across several business sectors will be presented that demonstrate how companies can engage and collaborate with their “major spends” and how to drive supply chain transparency.


The Changing Regulatory Landscape in the Wake of a New Presidential Administration

Track 2: Managing Resources

Tuesday, June 6 | 2:10 – 2:50 p.m.

Martha Rudolph, director of environmental programs, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
John Jacus, partner, Davis, Graham & Stubbs
Deb Thomas, Acting Regional Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency Region 8

Almost any change in presidential administrations spells transformation in the regulatory atmosphere at every single level of government. However, the new administration has been more aggressive than most in suggesting policy shifts, particularly regarding the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. At the same time, the language coming from the White House has also acted as an incentive for many states to consider changes to their own regulations regarding environmental, sustainability and energy management issues. What will the next four years look like to the business community when it comes to regulatory mandates?
In this session, you will learn:

  • How and under what circumstances companies must change their business plans in what may or may not be a more relaxed regulatory environment.
  • Which opportunities may be available to companies with a new administration in the White House.
  • What will companies do when potential new regulatory mandates come into conflict with investor demands.


The Energy Manager’s Role in Meeting Environmental Goals

Track 3: Energy Manager Summit
Tuesday, June 6 | 2:10 – 2:50 p.m.

Frank Rukavina, director of sustainability, National Renewable Energy Institute

Rob Threlkeld, global manager, renewable energy, General Motors
William Grayson, principal, Bent Branch Strategies

Often it falls to the energy manager to drive progress towards a company’s sustainability goals. In these cases, energy managers need to learn the language of sustainability and methods to align their core responsibilities with a company’s broader sustainability strategy. Thankfully, many of the tools and strategies that energy managers use to create value can be leveraged to help companies achieve their sustainability goals.

The most successful companies have energy managers who play an important role in designing and implementing a corporate sustainability strategy.

In this session, you will learn:

  • Which strategies for energy managers align their work with corporate sustainability goals.
  • How strategies for sustainability managers can leverage energy procurement, demand-side management, clean energy finance, commissioning, and other tools of the energy management trade.
  • What best practices companies are using to align energy management and sustainability to create value.


Incorporating Big Data Analysis Into Performance Monitoring

Track 1: Monitoring and Reporting
Tuesday, June 6 | 3:00 – 3:40 p.m.
Peter Bussey, research analyst, LNS Research
Greg Peterson, manager, global energy and environment, IBM
Maria Fukudome, senior manager, environmental affairs, Hyatt Corp.
Environmental, sustainability and energy management performance will change as companies take advantage of innovations created using Big Data to incorporate them into their business plans. Simultaneously, a company’s product development pipeline compels those charged with managing performance with future compliance issues in mind to use the most innovative data analysis tools available to them.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to marshal data analytics tools you may not even know about yet to predict the environmental impacts of future products.
  • Where leading companies are incorporating new data technologies to accommodate both global standards and a company’s unique business model.


New Strategies for Stormwater Management

Track 2: Managing Resources
Tuesday, June 6 | 3:00 – 3:40 p.m.

Todd Williams, senior project engineer for water and wastewater treatment, General Motors

Is it possible for a global corporation to conserve water and save money at the same time? Doing so requires not just a major financial investment, but collaboration of not only multiple teams within a company but the cooperation of entities, including government at all levels.

Nevertheless, General Motors found a way to make it work – that also allowed the company to see a return on its investment in just over a year.

In this session, you will learn:

  • Why you can reduce your environmental impact at the same time you deliver real value to your company.
  • How to move quickly toward your company’s water reduction goals.


Exploring the Energy-as-a-Service Option

Track 3: Energy Management
Tuesday, June 6 | 3:00 – 3:40 p.m.

Steven E. Avadek, director and global head, sustainability, Citi Realty Services, Citigroup

Managing a company’s energy needs can be a daunting task, especially as investors and consumers make more environmental and sustainability demands on corporate citizens. Citigroup’s real estate portfolio is spread out over 60 million square feet in 12,000 locations in 160 countries. The company is exploring the options available to it with a Energy-as-a-Service model, changing the energy purchasing dynamic to meet the needs of both operations and stakeholders in an environmentally responsible manner.

In this session, you will learn:

  • What is required of a company as it moves from dealing with energy as a commodity to considering it as something that can be outsourced.
  • How to search for a partner who can approach your company’s energy management needs as a compensation model.


Keynote Presentation

Energy Management Outgrows Its Traditional Role
Tuesday, June 6 | 3:50 – 4:35 p.m.

Dan Weeden, President, ENERActive Solutions, an Edison Energy company

We are in an era in which technology, markets, policy and social influences are transforming the way energy management is viewed by the commercial and industrial marketplace. New strategies, considerations and practices are evolving that make the role of the energy manager more strategic and offer opportunities for organizations ready to move in this new era.

In this session, you will learn:

  • Why energy can be a strategic asset that drives financial performance for companies.
  • How to take a portfolio approach to developing a strategic energy plan.
  • What kind of organizational alignment will support strategic energy goals.


Lightning Talks

Tuesday, June 6 | 4:35 – 5:35 p.m.

Each pre-selected speaker has five minutes to presents solutions, methods, products, research, or implementation experiences on any related topic. This session is a great way to introduce new ideas!


Environmental Leader 50 & Energy Manager Today 50 Networking Celebration

Tuesday, June 6 | 5:35 – 6:30 p.m.

Kick back and enjoy an adult beverage with the EL50 and EMT50 honorees, colleagues, speakers and sponsors in the Exhibit Hall!


Keynote and the Environmental Leader & Energy Manager Today Product and Project Awards Presentation

Tuesday, June 6 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Keynote: Research Report: Sustainability in the Era of Trump

How will the Trump Administration affect sustainability initiatives in 2017? Earlier this year, Lucid and Urjanet launched a “2017 Sustainability Outlook Survey” and received more than 100 responses from sustainability, energy, operations and facility professionals in the United States. Learn what your peers had to say about their expectations for sustainability in 2017 and beyond.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How goals, budgets and responsibilities are changing.
  • What to do to make a business case for sustainability in light of changing budgets.
  • How to become more focused on quantitative data to show success.
  • What are the key sustainability metrics to track.


Phil Pinson, director, sales engineering, Lucid

Tim Porter, global oem & partner sales director, Urjanet