PROGRAM DAY 3 – WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7 

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Keynote Presentation: The ROI of IoT: Achieving Operational Excellence

Wednesday, June 7 | 8:50 – 9:35 a.m.

The Internet of Things (IoT) technological revolution is here, impacting every aspect of the way we live and the way products and services are manufactured, distributed and consumed. Understanding how to aggregate, assess and apply predictive learnings from IoT technologies to EH&S initiatives is proven to keep people safer, make businesses more productive and operations more sustainable. Achieving a state of operational excellence today can be more than just a goal—it is a reality.

Speaker:
Paul Marushka, President and CEO, Sphera Solutions

 

Managing Conflicting Interests in Prioritizing Materiality Assessments
Track 1: Monitoring and Reporting

Wednesday, June 7 | 9:45 a.m. – 10:25 a.m.

Moderator:
Frank Rukavina, Director of Sustainability, National Renewable Energy Lab

Speakers:
Amath Gomis, senior sustainability manager, AT&T
Jennifer Leitsch, director of corporate responsibility, CBRE

Investors, customers and other stakeholders continue to take a great interest in assessing the environmental and sustainability impact of the materials a company uses. Companies must look closely at how they are making materiality assessments and how they tie into financial performance. AT&T and CBRE are among companies that have undergone extensive reviews of their processes and made some important insights into how the materials that such large corporations use tie into the impact they can have on their bottom line. In this session, you will learn:

  • The first steps that must be taken before you even begin such a massive undertaking as a materiality assessment.
  • How this kind of assessment can have a direct impact on a company’s business plan.

 

High-Frequency Data Collection and Environmental Accounting
Track 2: Managing Resources

Wednesday, June 7 | 9:45 – 10:25 a.m.

Moderator:
Carrie Young, vice-president, consulting services, Sphera

Speakers:
Enrique Herrera, Market principal for connected services and new markets, OSIsoft
Jeff Ladner, vice-president, environmental performance solutions, Sphera
Jeff West, senior director, environmental services, Xcel Energy

Environmental emission calculations and compliance with permit limits require access to many sources of data. Automating the collection of data provides a huge time savings for your environmental staff and reduces possible errors. Once data is retrieved, especially high-frequency data, it takes time to ensure it can be used effectively.

In this session, you will learn:

  • Why there is value in connecting to hundreds of resources like historians, laboratory information management systems and accounting systems.
  • What data is needed for compliance purposes.
  • How you can achieve operational excellence in highly regulated industries.
  • When and where you can accelerate data collection, ensure data integrity and provide a full audit trail for complex regulatory requirements.

 

Coordination Between Sustainability and Energy Managers

Track 3: Energy Manager Summit

Wednesday, June 7 | 9:45 – 10:25 a.m.

Moderator:
Graham Russell, Principal, Trupoint Advisors

Speakers:
Matthew Pekar, energy conservation specialist, United Technologies

Some conflict is inherent in the responsibilities and duties of sustainability and energy managers. However, the demands for collaboration and connectivity can be reinforced via guiding principles that lead to workable best practices.

United Technologies is actively reducing site-level energy by requiring facilities to meet greenhouse gas reduction targets.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How the model UTC employs leads to collaborative relationships among business units, EH&S leaders and site energy managers.
  • How to evaluate the effectiveness of energy management programs in terms of guiding corporate principles.
  • What it takes to assure a company simultaneously meets both its sustainability and energy management goals.

 

Exhibit Hall Break and Networking

Wednesday, June 7 | 10:35 – 11:20 a.m.

Kick back and enjoy a coffee and snack with colleagues, speakers and sponsors in the Exhibit Hall!

 

 

Responding to the Demand for ESG Investing

Track 1: Monitoring and Reporting
Wednesday, June 7 | 11:20 a.m. – Noon

Speaker:
Maureen Kline, vice president, sustainability and public affairs, Pirelli Tire North America

There is a misguided belief that corporations only improve their environmental practices when regulators tell them to. The reality is that engaging with stakeholders who insist on sound environment, social and governance (ESG) standards makes good business sense, and investors have noticed. U.S. assets under management using ESG strategies grew to $8.72 trillion in 2016, up 33 percent from two years earlier.

In this session, you will learn:

  • Why investors are increasingly focusing on environmental, social and governance factors.
  • How sustainability reporting is evolving to meet investors’ needs.
  • How to communicate about value creation for all stakeholders.
  • Why sound control of ESG risks leads to sound control of other risk as well.

 

Innovations in Water Reclamation and Net-Zero Water Strategies

Track 2: Managing Resources
Wednesday, June 7 | 11:20 a.m. – Noon

Speaker:
Andy Hobbs, director environmental quality office, Ford

Paul Peterson, environmental engineer, 3M

Companies are becoming more creative in their strategies as they move from an era of simple water reclamation into one that calls for net-zero water use.

Ford uses million gallons of recycled water every year. Nevertheless, every ambitious corporate water reclamation project comes with challenges involving both funding and infrastructure. 

In this session, you will learn:

  • How companies with complex infrastructure and diverse facilities can still work toward substantial net-zero water goals.
  • What it takes to assure that sound environmental and energy management initiatives are in synch with a company’s business model.

 

Making Economic Sense of Retrofitting Aging Facilities

Track 3: Energy Manager Summit
Wednesday, June 7 | 11:20 a.m. – Noon

Speaker:
Eric Dominguez, vice president, facilities, engineering and sustainability, Caesars Entertainment

Many companies may consider making investments in aging facility infrastructure a bitter pill to swallow. Who wants to tie up money in heating, ventilation, air conditioning or lighting equipment (some of which nobody ever sees outside of facility maintenance staff) when there are so many other interesting places to invest? Leading organizations are discovering that investment in infrastructure can get the juices flowing and put a smile on the CFO’s face. Finding opportunities in existing buildings to strategically upgrade aging equipment while lowering operating costs and reducing environmental impact is a real-world example of delivering “triple-bottom-line” value.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to identify high-value opportunities to retrofit and recommission aging facilities and infrastructure
  • How to undertake a cost-benefit analysis and make an investment case to the CFO
  • How projects can have a positive environmental impact and reduce greenhouse gas emissions while delivering exceptional returns on investment

 

Networking Lunch

Wednesday, June 7 | Noon – 1:00 p.m.

 

Networking Roundtables

Wednesday, June 7 | 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

 

Maintaining Equilibrium in the Face of Corporate Growth

Track 1: Monitoring and Reporting
Wednesday, June 7 | 2:10 – 2:50 p.m.

Speakers:
Kisa Adkins Baskin, global environmental compliance manager, Newell
Mona Benisi, senior director of sustainability, Simon Properties

In late 2015, Newell Rubbermaid acquired Jarden Corp. in a deal valued at $15.4 billion. Newell sustainability and environmental compliance managers now had a portfolio that had suddenly grown from 30 manufacturing facilities to 170 with distribution centers and R&D facilities that churned out consumer products as diverse as car seats and Mr. Coffee coffee makers to Sharpie pens and Josten yearbooks. Suddenly they had to wrap their arms around everything from competing compliance requirements to changing hazardous waste disposal and sustainability initiatives for a company that was six times as large as before.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to prioritize tasks in a massive undertaking to accommodate the balance of environmental, sustainability and energy management initiatives.
  • What it takes to deal with moving targets regarding compliance as business models are transformed.

 

The Next Era of Waste Management

Track 2: Managing Resources
Wednesday, June 7 | 2:10 – 2:50 p.m.

Moderator:

Graham Russell, Principal, Trupoint Advisors

Speakers:
Craig P. Moeller, Lockheed Martin, program manager, bio energy, Lockheed Martin
Andrew Magnan, CEO, U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development

 

Moving beyond recycling, future-focused companies are looking for ways to reduce and reuse waste, including cloud-based platforms. As the cost of harvesting resources increases, some are thinking about innovative ways to turn waste into commodities. Some companies are exploring methods to give a new twist to the idea of a circular economy by creating value in what was once considered a deficit.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How your company can take a different approach to the way it defines and deals with waste.
  • Why there is a potential benefit to turning certain waste products into commodities that take on a life of their own.

 

The Impact of Product Design on Energy Management

Track 3: Energy Manager Summit
Wednesday, June 7 | 2:10 – 2:50 p.m.

Speaker:
Charles Chapman, group manager, energy and reliability engineering, Shaw Industries
Barrett Morton, director, corporate innovation, Shaw Industries

 

Operational efficiency and alternative and/or renewable power sources are a key part of achieving energy management goals for any company. However, for product manufacturers, it is not the entire solution. Recognizing that a product’s design can account for most of its environmental impact, including energy consumption, some companies are taking a cross-functional approach to energy management centered around product design. In this session, you will learn how each player at each stage of one company’s product design process plays a distinct, but interconnected, role in achieving energy management goals.

In this session, you will learn:

  • Why product design has such a significant impact on a company’s energy and water management efforts.
  • Which processes offer opportunities for improvement – including leveraging readily available data and engaging a cross-functional team
  • How to take a holistic approach to energy management.

 

Closing Keynote: The Path Forward for Environmental and Energy Management: New Solutions in a Swiftly Changing Corporate Landscape

Wednesday, June 7 | 3:00 – 3:45 p.m.

 

Moderator:
Mike Wallace, Managing Director, BrownFlynn

Speakers:
Joby Carlson, director, energy and operations sustainability, Walmart
James DeMouy, vice president, environment, health, safety and sustainability, Bridgestone America
Wendi Latko, vice president, environment, health, safety & sustainability, Xerox

In this closing keynote session, senior-level executives reflect on the challenges that face them and their peers in the near future as they seek out the best practices to manage their companies’ environmental, sustainability and energy management programs, even while new disruptive forces in both business and society arise on almost a daily basis.

In this keynote session, you will learn:

  • Which trends and themes are most important as you return to your office or workplace.
  • How industry leaders will find and make the best use of the interconnected nature of environmental, sustainability and energy management initiatives.
  • What are the 10 most significant solutions covered during the conference that will lead to greater collaboration and cooperation in today’s corporate environment

 

Closing remarks

Wednesday, June 7 | 3:45 – 3:50 p.m.

Speaker:
Tim Hermes, Publisher, Environmental Leader and Energy Manager Today