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Key Practice Area - GHG Reduction - The 2014 Best Practices in Corporate Energy, Waste and Water Man
Key Practice Area: Greenhouse Gas Reduction

The 2014 Best Practices in Corporate Energy, Waste and Water Management Conference

March 4-5, 2014

Resource conservation is a priority across most industries today, due to volatile energy costs, limited water availability, publicly stated goals and regulatory requirements. This conference put together top sustainability managers to find out the real world strategies leading companies are using to advance their water, energy and waste management programs.

This is the only metrics and materiality event designed for and presented by professionals with the same needs and responsibilities as you. Walk away with real world advice on maximizing the business value of reporting, new ideas from case studies of materiality assessments, insight into the key metrics targeted by companies in your industry, blueprints for streamlining the reporting process for efficiency and work balance.

This is the only energy, waste and water conference designed for, and presented by, professionals with the same needs and responsibilities as you. Walk away with real world advice on building a strong business case for energy, waste and water programs, new ideas for developing short-term and long-term environmental goals, an overview of tools you can use to compile and manage environmental data and an awareness of the key partners who are working with companies to improve their environmental performance


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Case Studies on Energy, Waste and Water

Hear how two organizations are using a multi-faceted approach to tackle their energy, waste and water reduction targets. The case studies will give a big-picture look at their overall efforts and then address specific efforts, goals and program outcomes. Learn from these speakers as they share their successes as well as the challenges that have arisen.

  • Thomas DayChief Sustainability Officer; United States Postal Service 
  • Hal EhrhardtSenior Manager, Energy & Environmental Programs; Lockheed Martin Corp. 

Approaching Zero: A Look at Zero Waste and Zero Landfill Goals

From manufacturing waste, to toxins and waste water, “zero waste” goals are popping up all over business. But how are companies actually meeting these goals? Attend this session and learn from leading companies who are working towards zero waste goals.

  • Norman EnixDirector of Global EHS; Tempur-Pedic International Inc.

The Art of Goal Setting: Choosing Targets that Drive Meaningful Performance

From setting initial goals to revising expectations, the speakers in this session will give examples of how targets were set and progress was tracked, along with a look to what the future holds. Key points will include who was involved in developing goals, measuring performance at business unit or facility vs. corporate levels, and the give-and-take between competing priorities.

  • Janice LinehanManager of Sustainability Strategy; Suncor Energy Services Inc. 
  • Jolecia MarignyGlobal SHE Business Partner; AstraZeneca plc 

Beyond Cost Savings: Making the Business Case for Resource Management

Reducing resource use saves money, but that is not always enough to gain project approval. This session will include conventional numbers used for calculating ROI as well as measures such as brand value, employee morale and being prepared for future resource constraints. Attendees will take away an understanding of ROI analysis as well as hear from EHS and Sustainability managers about specific projects they advanced by making a strong business case.

  • Pam MainesVice President; Pepco Energy Services
  • Brenda RianSenior Manager, Environmental Health & Safety; AOL Inc. 

Interactive Discussion of NAEM Research Findings: Leading-Edge EHS Sustainability Metrics

Do you know if your EHS sustainability goals and metrics are more or less ambitious than your peers? NAEM Corporate Members and conference attendees will be given a survey to complete ahead of the conference, and the findings will be discussed on-site in this facilitated session. Attendees will be encouraged to contribute their own experiences as well pose questions to the group. All conference attendees will receive a copy of the results.

  • Taylor GelsingerResearch Analyst; NAEM 
  • Rick LoveManager, Environmental Sustainability; United Technologies Corp. 

Partners in Your Environmental Goals

This session will feature three organizations that are working with corporations on improving their performance in specific areas. The discussion will give insights into how to partner with an external organization to maximize your efforts, including how agreements are structured, length of partnerships, and privacy concerns.

  • Andrew ManganExecutive Director; United States Business Council for Sustainable Development
  • Carolyn SarnoSenior Program Manager; Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships 
  • Jay ShermanLead Specialist, Freshwater Program; World Wildlife Fund (

Pool your Resources: Water Reduction Strategies

Even though water is still an inexpensive and plentiful resource in most of the U.S., its scarcity is poised to become one of the largest business risks in the next two decades. Learn from two leading companies who have developed tangible water strategies and shrunk their overall water usage. This session will give attendees insights into how to understand, quantify and mitigate their own risk inside their four walls and beyond.

  • Phil SumnerSenior Manager Global Engineering; Pfizer Inc. 
  • Todd SwingleDirector, Global Environmental Strategy; Cummins Inc.

Tools of the Trade

To reliably track progress and make sounds business decisions going forward, companies need to consistently collect and manage data in a way that creates clear information for the end users. This presentation will cover the tools companies use, and discuss details such as how data is collected, who has access, and how the information is shared.

  • Asif AnsariManager, Environmental Compliance/Risk Management; United States Postal Service
  • Jeff ThomasEnvironmental Engineer; Lockheed Martin  

Speaker Bios

Asif Ansari, Manager, Environmental Compliance/Risk Management; United States Postal Service
Asif Ansari is the manager for environmental compliance and risk management for the United States Postal Service. In this capacity he leads the development of corporate programs and policies related to environmental compliance, regulatory reporting, compliance audits, and corporate risk and compliance mitigation tools and strategies.

Mr. Ansari has over twenty five (25) years of management experience with emphasis in corporate level compliance, quality standards, regulatory affairs, and environmental risk mitigation. He has extensive leadership experience within the government and private sector in developing and implementing successful corporate wide compliance programs utilizing a management systems approach.

He has a graduate degree in Civil Engineering and a masters degree in Management and Industrial Engineering from University of Alabama. He is also a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E) with certification in Environmental Engineering and has served on the Executive Board of Georgia Institute of Technology's Energy and Environmental Management Center (EEMC).

Lisa Cascio, Public Relations Manager; Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
Lisa Cascio is NEEP's Public Relations Manager. In this role, she is responsible for designing and implementing a public relations plan that promotes NEEP's mission and activities across multiple channels, including traditional media, social media, website, public speaking opportunities, and events. As part of the Strategic Marketing and Communications Team, Lisa brings visibility to NEEP's work to accelerate energy efficiency in homes, buildings, and industry in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region.

Lisa has been in the PR industry since 1996, working in college athletics, higher education, and non-profit. Most recently, she was the Director of Marketing and Communications at Susan G. Komen Massachusetts. Lisa has a B.A. in English from The College of the Holy Cross and an M.A. in Administrative Studies from Boston College.

Thomas Day, Chief Sustainability Officer; United States Postal Service
Thomas Day was named Chief Sustainability Officer in June 2011. Day leads the USPS effort of being a sustainability leader by creating a culture of conservation throughout the Postal Service and leading the adoption of sustainable business practices. Day reports to Ronald A. Stroman, Deputy Postmaster General. In addition to his responsibilities at the U.S. Postal Service, Day also served as the former Chairman of the Standards Board for the Universal Postal Union.

Working closely with Network Operations, Delivery and Post Office Operations, Facilities, Supply Management, a variety of vendors and the mailing industry, Day's group sets policies and assists implementation in areas of Environmental Compliance, Sustainability, and Energy Initiatives.

Prior to serving in this role, Day was senior vice president, Intelligent Mail and Address Quality (2007-2011) and senior vice president, Government Relations (2005-2007). From 2001-2005, Day was vice president, Engineering. In this capacity, he oversaw development of all engineering efforts involving automation and operations, building and equipment maintenance, and the Postal Service's award-winning environmental program.

During his 28-year Postal Service career, Day developed a solid operations background from various assignments in delivery, distribution, and logistics, including service as district manager of the Southeast New England District from 1996 to 2000. He is a third-generation employee who entered the Postal Service as a management associate in the Northeast Region in 1984 following five years' service as an officer in the U.S. Army.

Day is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in engineering in 1978. He represented the Postal Service as a Sloan Fellow at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business, where he earned a master of science degree in management in 1996.

Hal Ehrhardt, Senior Manager, Energy & Environmental Programs; Lockheed Martin Co.
Hal has more than 35 years of ESH experience with Lockheed Martin and some of its predecessor companies (Loral and IBM) with experience at three sites and two corporate staffs. For the past 4 years he has been manager of the Corporate Energy and Environmental Programs team which is part of the larger corporate Energy, Environment, Safety & Health staff.

Taylor Gelsinger, Research Analyst; NAEM
Taylor oversees NAEM's research program, including benchmarking research and trends analysis about the EHS and sustainability profession. Taylor has a Masters degree from Duke University's School of Environmental Management, studying Environmental Economics and Policy. She has a Bachelor of Science from Oklahoma State University in Business Administration. Taylor is passionate about helping corporations operate more efficiently, using environmentally sustainable practices, while still contributing value.

Linda Kurtz, Corporate Environmental Manager; The William Wrigley Jr. Co.
Linda Kurtz is the Corporate Environmental Manager for the Wrigley Company, a subsidiary of Mars, Incorporated. Wrigley produces gum and confections including brands such as Extra™, Orbit™, and Skittles™. Linda focuses on the environmental performance of global manufacturing operations including sustainable water use and Zero Waste to Landfill goals.

Linda has over 20 years of ESH experience in both manufacturing and academia. In her current role, she has led efforts to implement uniform management systems across a broad network, ensure global environmental governance, and champion sustainability goals related to water, waste, and energy.

Linda holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin and a Master's degree in environmental engineering from Northwestern University. She is a member of the American Chemical Society, ASSE, NAEM, and is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager. 

In addition to her work with Wrigley, Linda also serves as a member on her local community's Environmental and Energy Commission.

Rick Love, Manager, Environmental Sustainability; United Technologies Corp.
Rick Love is the Manager of Environmental Programs at United Technologies Corporation, where his responsibilities include development of corporate programs in response to new and evolving climate change, air pollution and waste management regulations worldwide. In this role he is responsible for the development of GHG reporting programs and carbon asset management, in both regulated and voluntary regimes, and the development of UTC responses to proposed regulation. Prior to UTC, Rick had 20 years experience in environmental programs consulting, including significant experience at USEPA in the development of Clean Air Act emissions and other data management programs. He has a BA from Brown University, and an MBA in strategic planning from the University of Connecticut.

Janice Linehan, Manager of Sustainability Strategy; Suncor Energy Inc.
Janice Linehan is a Manager of Sustainability Strategy in the Corporate Sustainability group at Suncor Energy - an integrated energy company strategically focused on developing the Athabasca oil sands, one of the world's largest petroleum resource basins. In this role Janice is helping to steward the company toward meeting it';s publically stated environmental goals as well as coordinating teams of internal experts to develop post 2015 sustainability goals. Janice is also involved in working with regulators, other industry members as well as multi-stakeholder groups on various emerging environmental policy and a wide range of regional, provincial and national initiatives related to water, land and air.

Janice joined Suncor in 2008 and has worked in Alberta';s oil and gas industry in various environmental roles for the past 10 years. Prior to working in oil and gas Janice has worked as a fisheries biologist for both the Provincial and Federal government as well as with a national non-profit organization.

Janice has her B.S in Marine Biology and a Masters in Environmental Science from Memorial University of Newfoundland with a focus on fish and fish habitat.

Andrew Mangan, Executive Director; United States Business Council for Sustainable Development
Andrew Mangan is co-founder and executive director of the United States Business Council for Sustainable Development (US BCSD), a non-profit association of businesses launched in 2002 whose purpose is to create and deliver value driven sustainable development projects in the United States. Projects are member-led and designed to create value through economic returns and environmental and social benefits.

Mr. Mangan holds a masters degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where he attended the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs as an International Fellow. He currently serves on the board of the Foundation for Sustainable Development, is a member of the Education Committee for the International Society of Industrial Ecology, and a member of the Advisory Committee for the Environmental Science Institute at the University of Texas at Austin.

Jolecia Marigny, Global SHE Business Partner; AstraZaneca plc
Jolecia Marigny is a Global SHE Business Partner for AstraZeneca, a global biopharmaceutical company formed in 1999 and headquartered in London. With nearly 50,000 employees in 100 countries, AstraZeneca specializes in the discovery, development, manufacturing and marketing of prescription medicines that make a meaningful difference in healthcare. AstraZeneca has a Global Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) Strategy with targets and objectives to drive continuous improvement for ten years, 2011- 2020.

An experienced SHE professional, Ms. Marigny has over 20 years' experience in industry and consulting. Prior to joining AstraZeneca, she was Executive Director, Environmental Policy Oversight at Constellation Energy located in Baltimore, MD and Director, Safety and Environmental Services for Entergy Corporation headquartered in New Orleans, LA.

Ms. Marigny is a graduate of Howard University with a bachelor's degree in Environmental Science. She also holds a master's degree in Geology and completed her Executive MBA Program at Texas A&M University. Ms. Marigny also serves on the Advisory Board for Straughan Environmental, Inc., an environmental planning, permitting and design firm located in Columbia, MD.

Brenda Rian, Senior Manager, Environmental Health & Safety; AOL Inc.
Brenda Rian is the Global EHS manager for AOL, Inc. (formerly known as America Online); a global leader in providing and delivering high-quality on-line content, as well as (free) email services.  Brenda provides oversight for the range of EHS matters, including compliance, ‘green' technologies, EHS risk management, and sustainability programs. As such, Brenda is involved with the energy, water, and waste management of AOL's operations and facilities. For example, ONE of AOL's Data Centers (through which the internet runs) consumes as much electricity as AOL's entire property portfolio- combines.

Before she came to AOL, she was VP of EHS for a division of GE outside Philadelphia. Prior to GE, she rose through the manufacturing ranks of Westinghouse Electric to their corporate environmental group in Pittsburgh, PA.

She obtained a BS in Civil Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, and an Executive MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. Professionally, Brenda is LEED AP Certified, and personally, an avid Habitat for Humanity volunteer, having built houses in 5 countries.

Carolyn Sarno, Senior Program Manager; Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
Carolyn Sarno manages NEEP's Northeast High Performance School Exchange and oversees NEEP's Building Energy Codes Project. She assists states to adopt and implement advanced building design policies by providing training and information, responding to requests for information, conducting research, preparing materials and technical guidelines, and connecting groups with the experience and results of others working towards similar goals. Carolyn also cultivates and maintains relationships with states, project underwriters and other key stakeholders concerned with advanced buildings. Carolyn is the Vice Chairman for the national CHPS Board of Directors, and a Certified Building Operator. She also Chairs the Town of Bedford Energy Task Force and Mass. Governor Deval Patrick's Net Zero Energy Task Force for Public Buildings.

Carolyn has over 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, including 22 schools. Carolyn was 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. Carolyn has a bachelor's degree in psychology from Salem State College.

Jay Sherman, Lead Specialist, Freshwater Program; World Wildlife Fund
Jay Sherman serves as the Lead Specialist in the Freshwater Program at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). He has worked as the Water Stewardship Work Stream Manager for WWF during the first phase of the Coca-Cola/WWF Partnership. He has been engaged in the implementation of the partnership around the world. In collaboration with his counterparts at Coca-Cola, he has helped designed toolkits for water stewardship and water efficiency. He also works on the development of water stewardship approaches within the WWF partnership with P&G. He previously worked as the Director of Outreach and Training at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF).

Jay taught for a number of years at the Washington Public Affairs Center of the University of Southern California. He received his BS from Drexel University and his MLA from Iowa State University. Jay has traveled to more than 50 countries and to 49 states on trips for both pleasure and work.

Phil Sumner, Senior Manager Global Engineering; Pfizer Inc.
Philip Sumner is the Senior Manager, Regulated Utilities Subject Matter Expert (SME) and Leader of the Pfizer Sustainability Water Program. He has 15 years with Pfizer and has 30 years experience overall in manufacturing, project and construction management. With Pfizer he supports all phases of high purity water and water utility projects on a global basis. As Water Program Leader and Sustainability Council member he develops and supports corporate goals.

In addition to project and program work, Philip is a member of the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers (ISPE) where he has contributed and co-authored numerous guidance documents, and most recently was team leader of the guide “Ozone Sanitization of Pharmaceutical Water Systems”. He has also participated at the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding document development on good manufacturing practices for water for pharmaceutical use.

Philip holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Tufts University and a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering, also from Tufts University. He is a registered Professional Engineer (CT). He is married and has two college age daughters.

Todd Swingle, Director, Global Environmental Strategy; Cummins Inc.
Todd Swingle is the Director of Environmental Strategy for Cummins, Inc. Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana, Cummins is a global Fortune 500 corporation with over $17 billion in sales that designs, manufactures, distributes and services diesel and natural gas engines and related technologies. In 2011, Todd joined Cummins to lead the company's global water resources sustainability and facilities environmental management strategy efforts. Todd now serves as Director of Environmental Strategy, providing strategic alignment across Cummins' environmental focus areas including product environmental management, emissions compliance, environmental and energy policy, and sustainability.

Prior to joining Cummins, Todd spent approximately 20 years in the environmental consulting and public utilities sectors. He served as Public Services Administrator for St. Cloud Florida, leading the City's public works, utilities, engineering, project management and infrastructure planning functions. He also served on various state and national water management advisory committees tasked with topics including Central Florida water supplies, Everglades Restoration and Management Guidance for developing and maintaining sustainable public utilities.

Todd holds Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Environmental Engineering from the University of Central Florida and a M.B.A. from the University of Florida. He is also a registered Professional Engineer.

Jeff Thomas, Environmental Engineer; Lockheed Martin Corp.
Jeff Thomas is an environmental engineer with Lockheed Martin, and works in the Corporate Energy, Environmental, Safety, and Health group. In his role, Jeff has led the corporation's energy, water, and waste data collection and analysis efforts. Jeff is currently leading the work for the corporation's waste program.

Jeff has been with Lockheed Martin for three years, and in that time has helped to develop the processes for energy, water, and waste data management at the company. He has a Masters degree in Environmental Engineering and a Bachelor's degree in Chemical engineering from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

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