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Key Practice Area - Compliance Excellence - Capturing Opportunities, Managing Risks
Key Practice Area: Compliance Excellence

Capturing Opportunities, Managing Risks

Oct. 20, 2012

Can your EHS compliance program create business opportunities? Learn how to successfully work with regulators, get out ahead of the curve on emerging regulations and integrate EHS thinking into all aspects of your business operations.


NAEM's 2012 EHS Management Forum showcased strategies for driving business value through compliance excellence. In this section you will find:

Agenda: Read session descriptions

Speakers: See a list of speakers

Presentations: Featured presentations from NAEM's 2012 EHS Management Forum include:

  • Preparing for Emerging Sustainability Regulations
  • Strategies for Successful Engagement with Regulators
  • Trends in Managing Property Liabilities and Sustainable Remediation
  • The Many Facets of Global Risk
  • Transforming the Discipline of EHS to meets the needs of a Demanding Business World
  • Taking your Compliance Program from Good to Great


Preparing for Emerging Sustainability Regulations
This session will help attendees understand and prepare for a range of new regulatory requirements cropping up in areas traditionally thought of as voluntary sustainability areas. From water resource regulations, to energy efficiency requirements, and green building codes, attendees will get a big picture look at how these issues collective offer EHS and Sustainability managers an opportunity to position their organizations to get ahead of the curve.

  • Jeff Cohen, Senior Vice President of Science and Policy; EOS Climate
  • Carolyn Sarno, Senior Program Manager, High Performance Buildings; Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
  • Scott Schang, Vice President of Climate and Sustainability, Editor-in-Chief; Environmental Law Institute

Moderator: Elliott Levine, Environmental Engineer; Genentech Inc.

Strategies for Successful Engagement with Regulators
For facilities and business unit managers, this session will examine how companies are leveraging compliance programs and working with facilities staff to ensure continuous compliance improvements and successful engagement with regulators. It will showcase examples of effective auditing and corrective action processes and offer insights for using these and other tools to ensure your facilities are prepared for regulatory inspections. It will also offer communication best practices for engaging with regulators proactively and onsite during regulatory inspections. Corporate managers will want to attend this session to get specific strategies and training materials they can take back to their facility managers.

  • Chris Allen, Environmental Compliance Manager; Energy Systems Group
  • Jeffery Blake, Director Associated Spring and Corporate Initiatives; Barnes Precision Components

Moderator: Bruce Martin, Mergers and Acquisitions Manager; EHS Support, Inc.

Trends in Managing Property Liabilities and Sustainable Remediation
This interactive session will help attendees keep abreast of corporate trends and approaches to identify, estimate and report financial cost and impact of, and manage environmental liabilities during property acquisition, operation, and divestitures. In addition, updates on, and approaches to comply with, changing SEC rules regarding remediation liability reporting; US EPA requirements regarding vapor intrusion; and, approaches to implement and pros, cons, and business value of sustainable remediation will be provided.

  • Jim Barratt, Director of HSE Mergers & Acquisitions; BP
  • Joseph M. Bianchi, Group Manager, EHS and Support Services; Amphenal Corp.
  • Allen Stegman, General Director of Environmental and Hazardous Materials, BNSF Railway Co.

Moderator: Curt Michols, Senior Principal Specialist, Global Environment, Health, Safety & Energy; Abbott

The Many Facets of Global Risk
Risk is interpreted and defined differently in different cultures and countries. This introduces a challenge for managing global Safety and Environmental Management systems. This session will explore key differences that must be considered in global EHS program management, including; cultural perceptions of risk, influence of socialized medicine and non-western medicine, operation and construction risks. Attendees will get methods to identify and address different perceptions of risk in the global workplace and discuss ways to anticipate and integrate different and changing perceptions of risk into global EHS program management.

  • Paul Durkin, Director EH&S and Risk Management; Cookson Performance Materials
  • Mark Hause, Environmental Competency Leader; DuPont
  • Stacey Winter, Vice President of EHS; Hewlett-Packard Co.

Moderator: Walt Rostykus, Vice President; Humantech, Inc.

Transforming the Discipline of EHS to meets the needs of a Demanding Business World
If EH&S is to continue fulfilling its mission of helping business, government and society meet the challenge of building a more sustainable and productive world, then we must devise a roadmap to illuminate how EHS can be universally understood as a value creator. In this lively discussion about the reinvention of the practice of EH&S management, we will scan industry, government, and the functions, disciplines, and organizational levels that EHS managers are contending with. This session will provide EH&S managers with specific organizational, managerial and financial framework for helping them transform the discipline from that of a perceived counterproductive imposition on modern business to one that is recognized as delivering meaningful value and functionality across every level of the business operation.

  • Rob Lucacher, EH&S Manager and Practice Leader; PGE Corporate Real Estate; Cushman & Wakefield
  • Bruce Klafter, Managing Director, Head of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability; Applied Materials Inc.

Taking your Compliance Program from Good to Great
This session will offer a high level, strategic look at leading compliance management programs and what makes them exceptional. It will showcase advanced environmental, health and safety compliance management systems and explore how the presenters are pushing forward to achieve even greater levels of success. It will include a discussion of how the speakers assess their level of compliance and take efficient steps to close any gaps, as well as how they communicate any gaps to senior management in a way that illuminates the risks and opportunities presented.

  • Scott Crabtree, Environmental Manager; Deere & Co.
  • Steve Clarke, Director, Environmental Protection; Waste Management
  • Hasana Sisco, Vice President of Global SHE; NALCO/Ecolab

Moderator: Tony Shea, Senior Manager, Environmental Business; NRG Energy

Speaker Bios

Chris Allen, Environmental Compliance Manager; Energy Systems Group
Chris Allen is Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) Manager for Energy Systems Group LLC, an award-winning energy services provider. In her current role, she is responsible for all aspects of EHS compliance, including permitting, reporting, monitoring, and the introduction of Human Performance into the workplace.

Prior to joining the company, Ms. Allen served several years as an EHS Senior Engineer at Alcoa Inc., helping to implement many environmental and safety initiatives.

She has degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Management and Business Administration all from the University of Evansville, in Evansville, Ind.

Jeffery Blake, Director Associated Spring and Corporate Initiatives; Barnes Precision Components
He holds an M.S. in Industrial Environmental Management from Yale University and a B.S. in Public Administration from Western Michigan University. He is a certified Lead Auditor for ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems, an OSHA Special Governmental Employee (SGE) for VPP Star Programs, and is also Six Sigma Green Belt Certified. He has held corporate, Segment, Business Unit and Plant HSE roles across 18 years and has worked with leading companies in the Environmental Health and Safety arena including General Electric (GE) and Gillette.

Jim Barratt, Director of HSE Mergers & Acquisitions; BP
Jim Barratt is the General Manager of Business Development for BP's Environmental Remediation organization. He started his career in 1982 as a refinery process engineer with BP and from there held a variety of technical and commercial roles in refining and marketing. Since 1990, Mr. Barratt has held various positions in health, safety and environment, and has led BP's environmental due diligence activity since 2001. In his current role, he has global responsibility for the environmental aspects of major acquisitions, divestments and brownfield property transactions.

He has worked on many major transactions with BP, including the acquisition of Arco, Burmah Castrol, Veba Oel; the TNK-BP, and the Husky Oil Sands joint ventures, the divestment of BP's Chemicals Business; and more recently, BP's entry into Iraq.

Joseph M. Bianchi, Group Manager, EHS and Support Services; Amphenal Corp.
Joseph Bianchi is the Group Manager for EHS and Support Services for the Amphenol-Aerospace Products division of Amphenol Corp., a world leader in high speed interconnect solutions for Commercial, Industrial and Aerospace markets. Mr. Bianchi has been with Amphenol in this role for the past 16 years. As Group Manager, Mr. Bianchi is responsible for all aspects of EHS compliance and training, including permitting, monitoring and reporting. In addition to these duties, Mr. Bianchi is project and site manager for 7 state and federal superfund sites in 2 states, including all remediation and closure activities.

Mr. Bianchi holds a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Biochemistry from Syracuse University.

Steve Clarke, Director, Environmental Protection; Waste Management
Steve Clarke is a Director of Environmental Protection Programs at Waste Management Inc., where he manages a staff of more than 20 environmental professionals in 12 Southeastern States and Puerto Rico. Recently, Mr. Clarke was assigned to lead the Environmental Protection Program's Risk Section, responsible for Waste Management's Waste Approvals Group and the company's National Laboratory Program. He is also responsible for significant environmental projects at more than 1000 facilities nationwide, including landfills, transfer stations, collection facilities, material recovery facilities, organic composting sites and recycling centers.

Mr. Clarke is part of the corporate team that develops and implements company environmental programs and policies, including a continuous improvement process to reduce and eliminate environmental, community and regulatory impacts. He has also participated on several Waste Management environmental sustainability projects that resulted in realizing more value out of the waste streams.

Mr. Clarke has more than 24 years of experience in the environmental industry, including 17 years with Waste Management and six years as a consultant with Secor and Resna Industries. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geology from Colgate University and a Master of Science degree in Geological Sciences from the University of Southern California. He is based out of Atlanta, Georgia.

Jeff Cohen, Senior Vice President of Science and Policy; EOS Climate
Jeff Cohen is Co-founder of EOS Climate, a San Francisco-based company, pioneering the creation of market-based incentives to accelerate transition to more advanced, efficient refrigeration and air conditioning technologies and prevent emissions of powerful greenhouse gases.

He was responsible for acceptance of destruction of ozone depleting substances (ODS) as a greenhouse gas reduction in newly emerging GHG compliance programs. He originated the ISO 14064-2 protocol for ODS destruction adopted by the Climate Action Reserve and the California Air Resources Board.

Prior to founding EOS Climate, Mr. Cohen had a long career with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, developing and implementing regulations, including national quality standards for particulates and sulfur dioxide in air, lead in air and drinking water, and the phasedown of lead in gasoline. From 1997 to 2007, he managed U.S. implementation of the Montreal Protocol, and launched several government/private partnerships across industry sectors to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

He holds an M.B.A. in Sustainable Management from Presidio School of Management in San Francisco, an M.S. in Public Health from the University of North Carolina and a B.S. in Biology from the State University of New York.

Scott Crabtree, Environmental Manager; Deere & Co.

Scott Crabtree is a Regional Environmental Manager for Deere & Co. In that role, he works on a variety of environmental challenges, including compliance, EMS implementation, corporate program development and talent management in a multitude of settings. His current geographic focus includes multiple manufacturing and retail locations across the United States, as well as all Deere manufacturing locations in France, Israel and Spain.

Mr. Crabtree has more than 25 years of environmental engineering experience. Prior to his current tenure with Deere, he spent time in the public sector as a regulator as well as working in the chemical manufacturing industry.

He is a graduate of Tennessee Technological University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Tennessee.

Paul Durkin, Director EH&S and Risk Management; Cookson Performance Materials
Paul F. Durkin is the global Director of EHS & Risk Management for Cookson Performance Materials - a materials company that provides high performance chemistry and technology solutions to the electronics and surface finishing industries.

He has 20 plus years EHS experience, mainly in the high tech and the chemical manufacturing fields. He has had similar positions with Raytheon, Parlex Corporation, Textron, and EG&G. Paul currently manages new business integration/ divestitures, environmental remediation and global EHS compliance/ auditing programs for the company. He is also responsible for the US Workers compensation program, the global property portfolio/ loss prevention program and global chemical regulatory compliance.

Mr. Durkin is a graduate of University of Massachusetts - Lowell, with a MS in Environmental Engineering where he developed an expertise in industrial wastewater treatment. His recent activities have been focused on chemical registrations in Asia, China EHS permitting work, Nano particle industrial hygiene protection and operation expansions in China, India and Brazil. Paul is interested in networking with multinationals companies that are dealing with similar issues.

Mark Hause, Environmental Competency Leader; DuPont
Mark C. Hause is the Global Environmental Competency Leader as part of DuPont's Corporate Safety, Health and Environmental Excellence center. During his 31 years with the company, he has held a variety of roles, which include Global Environmental Engineering Technology Manager as well as leadership roles in Manufacturing, Technology, Sales, Marketing, Business Development and Business Management.

Mr. Hause is a member of the the NAEM Board of Directors, the NAEM Board of Regents, Professional affiliations include Board membership for NAEM, Red Clay Valley Association, Upper Bay Counseling and Support Services Inc. and Adoptive Families with Information and Support. He previously served as a Board Member for GEMI, the Environmental Associates of the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Science and the Center for Waste Reduction Technologies.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Iowa State University.

Bruce Klafter, Managing Director, Head of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability; Applied Materials Inc.

Bruce Klafter is head of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability at Applied Materials Inc.. where he leads the effort to fulfill the Company's commitment to sustainability in the design and implementation of business strategies and worldwide operations. He serves as the champion for Applied Materials' green programs, and manages a variety of reporting, employee engagement and other strategic projects aimed at enhancing the company's global citizenship programs. Mr. Klafter additionally directed the Company's Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) programs for several years and began his career at Applied Materials as its first EHS legal counsel.

Prior to joining Applied Materials in August 2000, he was chair of the Environmental Group at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, a top 100 U.S. law firm in San Francisco, Calif. He began his legal career in 1980 as a Deputy Attorney General for the State of California.

Mr. Klafter is a past chair of the Association of Corporate Counsel America's (ACC-A) national Environmental Committee as well as a past chair of the State Bar of California's Environmental Law Section and the Bar Association of San Francisco's Environmental Committee. He presently serves as a Board member of the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition as well as an Advisory Council member for Sustainable Silicon Valley, the Association of Climate Change Officers and Next Ten's Green Innovation Index. Mr. Klafter is also serving this term (Fall 2011) as Presidio Graduate School's first Expert in Residence.

Mr. Klafter received his JD from the University of California-Davis School of Law, and served as an editor of the UC-Davis Law Journal and editor of Environs (a publication of the Environmental Law Society). He earned a Bachelor of Science degree magna cum laude in Urban and Environmental Planning (interdisciplinary) from Tufts University.

Rob Lucacher, EH&S Manager and Practice Leader; PGE Corporate Real Estate; Cushman & Wakefield
Robert Lucacher is am Environmental, Health and Safety (EH&S) Manager and Practice Leader with Cushman and Wakefield (C&W), specializing in solving complex business and regulatory issues for leading industrial, commercial and technology firms.

With 30 years of experience managing the global and local challenges of EH&S compliance, environmental sustainability and production operations, Mr. Lucacher brings a unique set of skills to C&W clients. His business experience spans a number of industries and firms including Conoco, United Technologies, FMC, Lam Research, Applied Materials, Corporate Ecology Inc. and Mervyns LLC. His consulting experience is equally impressive and includes leading firms in the energy, semi-conductor, software, environmental engineering and contract manufacturing sectors. He is currently dedicated to the PG&E, Corporate Real Estate account.

Mr. Lucacher holds an MBA from Cal Poly's Orfalea College of Business, a Master of Science degree from the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment, and a bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He also has participated in executive courses in Mergers and Acquisitions at the Wharton Business School, Global Supply Chain Management at the Stanford Business School, EH&S Negotiations at Harvard and MIT, and Global Operations Management at the French Business School, INSEAD. He is a member of the National Association of Environmental Management (NAEM) and the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).

Carolyn Sarno, Senior Program Manager, High Performance Buildings; Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
Carolyn Sarno manages Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships' (NEEP) High Performance Building team. In this role she assists states with the development and implementation of strategies to improve code compliance and promote operational energy savings in retrofit and new buildings.

Her High Performance Building team has been the recipient of a Green Apple Award from CHPS for advancing public policy for high performance schools. It was also part of a group that won the Jeffrey A. Johnson Award for excellence in the advancement of building energy codes and performance from the U.S. Department of Energy for developing the nation's first stretch energy code.

Ms. Sarno has more than 11 years of hands-on Facilities Management experience, most recently with the City of Newton, Mass., where she managed and coordinated all facilities operations and maintenance activities for 85 public buildings. She was also responsible for developing a capital improvement plan that incorporated sustainable best practices as well as coordinating the commissioning of a 330,000 sq. ft. addition to a high school.

In addition to her work for NEEP, Ms. Sarno is the Vice Chairman of the Collaborative for High Performance Schools Board of Directors, past Chair and a current member of the Town of Bedford's Energy Task Force. She also chaired Mass. Governor Deval Patrick's Net Zero Energy Task Force for Public Buildings.

She holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Salem State College and is a Certified Building Operator.

Scott Schang, Vice President of Climate and Sustainability, Editor-in-Chief; Environmental Law Institute
Scott Schang is Executive Vice President and Editor-in-Chief of the Environmental Law Reporter at the Environmental Law Institute. He is an expert in climate and sustainability policy and oversees both the Institute's professional education function and its publications.

He was previously Vice President, Climate & Sustainability, and Director of ELI's Africa Program. Prior to joining ELI in 2003, Mr. Schang practiced environmental law for ten years with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton and with Latham & Watkins. His private practice encompassed many areas of environmental law and policy, with an emphasis on chemical and pesticide regulation, federal rulemaking, international environmental law and environmental due diligence.

Mr. Schang has a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center (magna cum laude) and a B.A. in environmental studies and English from Yale University (cum laude).

Hasana Sisco, Vice President of Global SHE; NALCO/Ecolab
Hasana Sisco is Vice President of Global Safety, Health and Environment for Ecolab Inc., the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services that provide and protect clean water, safe food, abundant energy and healthy environments. Ecolab's 40,000 employees deliver comprehensive programs and services to the food, energy, healthcare, industrial and hospitality markets in more than 160 countries.

Prior to joining Ecolab in 2011 through a merger with Nalco Holding Company, Ms. Sisco was Nalco's senior director of Global Safety, Health and Environment and Responsible Care. She spent 16 years in various leadership roles within Nalco's safety, environment and global regulatory functions and previously held positions in international marketing, export sales and research.

Prior to joining Nalco in 1987 as a research chemist, Ms. Sisco was a chemist for Stepan Company.

Ms. Sisco has a bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Wheaton College and a master's degree in Business Administration from Benedictine College.

Allen Stegman, General Director of Environmental and Hazardous Materials; BNSF Railway Co.
Allen M. Stegman is General Director, Environmental and Hazardous Materials for BNSF Railway Co., one of the largest transportation providers in the nation as well as one of the largest landowners. In his current role, Mr. Stegman focuses on safe hazardous materials transport, emergency response, crisis prevention, remediation and environmental liability management.

An experienced EHS professional with more than 20 years of experience in the field, he also worked as Director of Safety and Environmental Affairs for a global specialty chemical company.

Mr. Stegman has a bachelor's degree in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering from the University of Missouri.

Stacey Winter, Vice President of EHS; Hewlett-Packard Co.
As Director of Hewlett-Packard Co.'s Global EHS Team, Stacey Winter focuses on ensuring his organization meets regulatory EHS standards while providing the most cost effective organizational model for the company. He has worldwide responsibility for the staff and programs that ensure the safety and health of HP employees, facilities, assets and the company's reputation.

Mr. Winter joined HP in 1982, and also worked for several years at the corporate headquarters of Compaq Computer Corp., starting in 1990 and returning to HP prior to the merger of HP and Compaq.

He has been certified as a Board Certified Safety Professional as well as a Lead Auditor of Environmental Management Systems (ISO14001). His responsibilities have ranged from acting as a site EHS Specialist, to managing Human Resource functions, leading cacilities activities, managing security for the Americas, conducting EHS audits across the globe to now serving as the Global Director of EHS.

Mr. Winter has represented HP at several international conferences, presenting on current trends in EHS management practices.


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The 2012 EHS Management Forum was presented with special support from:

Platinum Sponsors

BNA Antea Group Shaw Group Schneider Electric IHS Enablon

20th Annivversary Sponsors

Baxter Enerplus

Gold Sponsors

Intelex - BSI Group - Processmap - American Heart Association - AECOM - Enhesa - CpM Hill- Humantech - Dakota Software - Kmi Innovations - Gensuite LLC - CHWMEG - CDM Smith - AlterEcho TechLaw - Arcadis - Bureau Veritas - Credit360 - E2Managetech - Golder Associates - UL Puresafety - WSP Group - Northstar Recycling Group - SAP - Pure Strategies - Veolia Environmental Services

See the full list of the 2012 EHS Management Forum's sponsors here.

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