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Key Practice Area - Compliance Excellence - 2014 Forum Track 2 - Innovations in EHS Management
Key Practice Area: Compliance Excellence

2014 EHS Forum - Innovations in EHS Management

Oct. 22-24, 2014

Compliance remains at the core of what EHS professionals do, and having effective systems and tactics are critical to ensure performance meets expectations. The topics in this track will showcase best practices, real takeaways and innovative ideas for the EHS professional striving for continuous improvement.


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Leveraging Management Information Systems and Tools for Innovative Results

This session will explore case studies from EHS and Sustainability managers who've utilized management information systems to achieved unexpected value and results. By considering the 2-way use of EHS and non-EHS application, the speakers will share ideas and inspiration for cost-sharing and collaboration that attendees can apply in their own organizations. Attendees will leave the session with specific ideas for ways to leverage their existing tools for new or different applications as well as share innovative uses they've employed at their own organizations.

  • Paul Dober, Senior Environmental Business Analyst; American Electric Power Co. Inc.
  • Dina Kuykendal, EHS Director; Baker Hughes
  • Laura Scott, Manager Environmental Business; NRG Energy Inc.
  • Tony Shea, Director, Environmental Compliance; NRG Energy Inc.

Moderator: Anne Heinrich, Associate; E2 ManageTech Inc.

Innovations to Reduce Compliance Costs and Time

Time is money and money talks. Sound familiar? So, how do you find more time and more money? Hear from your peers on innovative ways to achieve these goals while overcoming workplace challenges. This session will include methods to improve compliance, reduce property risk and EHS incidents, speed up permit time and improve processes that provide financial value or other benefits to the business. This session will also address the challenges of maintaining compliance when faced with fewer resources and ever expanding responsibilities. Finally, we will hear successful strategies to show the value of these efforts.

  • Deborah Briggs,Corporate Director EHS; Cargill Inc.
  • Chris Nelson, Environmental Permitting Manager ; 3M Co.
  • Greer Tidwell, Director Environmental Management; Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations

Moderator: Kristin Meek, Senior Project Manager; AMEC Environment & Infrastructure

Regulatory Hot Topics & Emerging Issues

This session will provide attendees with a review of emerging regulatory issues and regulatory changes and updates. Special focus will be given to regulations at the federal, state and global levels. Attendees will leave the session with a thorough review of current or pending regulatory changes as well as a list of issues to keep an eye on for 2015.

  • Douglas Bryden,Environment and Operational Regulatory Partner; Travers Smith LLP
  • Alex Dunn, Executive Director, ECOS
  • Scott Fulton, Principal; Beveridge & Diamond pc

Moderator: Karen Hansen, Principal; Beveridge & Diamond pc

Strategies for Integrating and Standardizing EHS Across the Business

How do complex organizations tackle the challenge of standardizing EHS across their business and harmonizing management systems to reach their EHS and sustainability objectives? In this session we will explore how companies are integrating management system standards with EHS regulations to achieve compliance at all levels and across a variety of geographic regions. You'll come away with an understanding of how to embark on a project to achieve this standardization.

  • James R. Van Langen, PE, Vice President Management Systems, Corporate Maritime Policy; Carnival Corp. & plc
  • Tyler Monzel, Director of Loss Control & Sustainability; Dixie Chemical Co.
  • David Newman, Senior Director of Environment, Health & Safety; Comcast Corp.

Moderator: Milan Dayalal, Vice President of Sales; Dakota Software

Engaging Employees and Managing EHS Globally

Entering new countries and regions presents many challenges and opportunities for companies, especially from an EHS perspective. From language barriers to lack of available resources, driving responsible EHS and Sustainability programs and engaging employees around your EHS culture is a significant challenge. Attendees will hear how other companies have successfully overcome these common challenges, and what they continue to struggle with.

  • Kisa Adkins Baskin, Global Environmental Compliance Program Manager; Newell Rubbermaid
  • Barry Dambach, Senior Director EHS; Alcatel-Lucent
  • Gretchen Digby,Director, Global Sustainability Programs, Ingersoll-Rand Inc.

Moderator: Chris England, Director Environment, Safety, Health & Security; Xylem

Speaker Bios

Paul Dober, Senior Environmental Business Analyst; American Electric Power Co. Inc.
Paul Dober is a Senior Environmental Business Analyst in ES&H Management System Group at American Electric Power Co. Inc. (AEP). His responsibilities include configuring, maintaining, training, architecting, project management and supporting the Management Environmental Safety & Health (MESH) System. He is also involved with the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS), Emission, Fuel and Plant Information data integrations, mobile platform
adoption and new ES&H application review.

Mr. Dober has a long standing career in the Electric Utility Industry with 35 years' experience in fossil, gas and nuclear generation including 13 years in environmental services, seven years in information technologies and ten years in Mechanical Engineering. In addition to working in environmental and engineering groups, he has a strong background in application development, numerous program languages and database design.

Dina Kuykendal, Director of Environmental Affairsr; Baker Hughes Inc.
Dina Kuykendall is the Director of Environmental Affairs at Baker Hughes, with global responsibility for environmental programs, the HSE audit program and sustainability reporting. Her leadership of environmental programs includes: setting environmental goals, promoting proactive environmental improvements, reporting key performance indicators and strategic remediation. She also is responsible for ISO 14001 certifications, the development of sustainability/HSE engineering standards for Real Estate and sustainability reporting.

Ms. Kuykendall has held a corporate HSE role at Baker Hughes for the last ten years. Her previous roles include Environmental and HSE MS Manager for Baker Hughes' chemical business and a QHSE role at a chemical blending facility.

She previously worked for Exxon Energy Chemicals and Petrolite Corporation in technical roles. She is a graduate of the University of New Orleans.

Laura Scott, Manager Environmental Business; NRG Energy Inc.
Laura Scott is an Environmental Manager in the corporate Environmental Compliance and Sustainability program for NRG Energy, the largest competitive electricity generator in the United States and a leading retail provider of electricity and energy services. NRG generates about 46,000 megawatts from a diverse portfolio of solar, wind, nuclear, coal and gas facilities at over100 locations, supporting the needs of over 40 million homes nationwide.

Her responsibilities include the development and implementation of strategies to share environmental best management practices and improve environmental performance and sustainability across NRG generating plants and support “econrg” the company's initiative for environmentally responsibility.

Ms. Scott obtained her Bachelor of Science in Education from Sam Houston State University and Master of Science in Environmental Management from University of Maryland University College.

Tony Shea, Director, Environmental Compliance; NRG Energy Inc.
Tony Shea is the Director of Environmental Compliance at NRG Energy Inc., where his group manages environmental compliance programs, focusing in particular on the company's fleet of fossil-fueled and renewable power generation facilities. This includes development and implementation of NRG's environmental policies and procedures, performance metrics and audits.

Mr. Shea has 20 years of experience in environmental compliance and the power generation industry. Prior to joining NRG in 2006, he managed environmental issues during the development of power generation facilities around the world at ABB Energy Ventures and worked as an environmental consultant with ENVIRON International Corp.

Deborah Briggs, Corporate Director EHS; Cargill Inc.
Deborah Briggs is the Corporate Director of Environmental Compliance and EHS Systems for Cargill Inc., an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services. She currently leads Cargill's global EHS auditing efforts, provides oversight for environmental due diligence activities and is responsible for establishing environmental compliance assurance programs for Cargill's 1300 locations.

Ms. Briggs joined Cargill in 1994 and has worked across many disciplines throughout her career including Quality Assurance, Production Supervision, Integration Management, Strategic Business Development and EHS Leadership.

She received her Bachelor's degree from Indiana University with a double major in Biology and Environmental Science and holds a Master's degree in Business Administration from St Thomas University. Deborah also maintains her Board Certification in Safety.

Chris Nelson, Environmental Permitting Manager; 3M Co.
Chris Nelson is the Environmental Permitting Manager for 3M Co., headquartered in St. Paul, Minn. In this role, he is responsible for permitting strategy and implementation for 3M facilities. He has worked on 3M permitting and compliance issues in many US states and some international manufacturing locations.

Mr. Nelson has worked at 3M for three years, supporting permitting and compliance efforts. Prior to joining the company, he worked for 13 years at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, initially as an engineer focused on air quality issues and later managed a cross-media permitting program and dabbled in legislative affairs.

He has a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota, and is a registered professional chemical engineer in Minnesota. Mr. Nelson sits on the Air & Waste Management Association Board of Directors and chairs the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce's Air Quality subcommittee.

Greer Tidwell, Director Environmental Management; Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations
Greer Tidwell is Director of Environmental Management for Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations. His role includes overseeing the company's tire manufacturing plants, which have achieved strong environmental sustainability performance, including: ISO-14001 certification, zero waste-to-landfill status, certification as the first LEED-certified tire plants in the world, and status as the world's first manufacturing plant certified for zero landfilling by Underwriter's Laboratory. Several of the plants he oversees have certified wildlife habitat areas which are educational resources for the community.

Mr. Tidwell actively contributes to environmental conservation and quality efforts in Tennessee, and currently serves on the Board of the River Network. He is a registered patent attorney and earned engineering degrees from Baylor University and Tennessee Technological University and his law degree from Vanderbilt University.

Christina Copeland, Sector Manager, Disclosure Services; CDP
Christina Copeland is a Sector Manager on the Disclosure Services team and the Water Thought Leader for the North American office of CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project). In this role, she leads the organization's corporate climate change and water disclosure work for Materials and Industrials companies in the USA and Canada. This includes: company engagement and disclosure support; account management of Reporter Services members; contributing to the publication of CDP North America annual investor reports on the state, trends and outlook of corporate climate change reporting; and, the production of training webinars, events and workshops. She is also the author of CDP's 2013 US Water Report.

Before coming to CDP, Ms. Copeland worked in Mumbai, India doing corporate sustainability consulting for Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). While working with TCS, she contributed to projects such as a pilot sustainability index for the Bombay Stock Exchange, renewable energy business analyses and environmental compliance research for multi-national companies, and on-site water accounting and reporting for an Indian cement company.

She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources from Cornell University and is based out of CDP's North America HQ in New York City. She also sits on the Advisory Board for the Dwight Hall Socially Responsible Investment Fund.

Michael Hightower, Distinguished Member of Technical Staff; Sandia National Laboratories
Mike Hightower is a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff in the Military and Energy Systems Analysis Department at Sandia National Laboratories. His current efforts include research and evaluation of innovative environmental and energy technologies and the protection of critical water and energy infrastructures. He conducts research on the use of distributed and renewable energy technologies and distributed water and waste water systems to enhance sustainable economic development, global public health, and infrastructure resiliency and security.

Since 2006, he has supported the U.S. Department of Energy in developing a science and technology program for addressing energy and water interdependencies. Most recently he has supported the U.S. Senate on energy water legislation considerations, supported the U.S. National Science Foundation in conducting a national workshop to develop an energy and water research program plan, and assisted the U.S. National Research Council in identifying key energy water challenges and needs.

Mr. Hightower holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in civil engineering from New Mexico State University. He has published more 120 technical papers and reports including articles in NATURE, three Reports to Congress on desalination, water and energy, and liquefied natural gas, and has authored chapters in two books, one on advanced desalination and one on energy and water challenges.

Scott Stallard, Senior Manager, Environmental Sustainability; Lockheed Martin Corp.
Scott Stallard is the Senior Manager of Environmental Sustainability within the Corporate Energy, Environment, Safety and Health (CEESH) organization at Lockheed Martin. In this role, he is responsible for environmental sustainability strategy development, external reporting, product stewardship activities and internal engagement with sustainable product development teams. He has been in his current position for almost five years.

Mr. Stallard has more than 20 years of experience at Lockheed Martin and its predecessor companies. While engaged in various financial positions for much of his career, Scott was imbedded in CEESH for six years as the Business Manager where he focused on remediation and overall strategy. Scott served a lead role on the team that launched the corporation's Go Green program in 2008.

He holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Maryland at College Park.

James R. Van Langen, PE, Vice President Management Systems, Corporate Maritime Policy; Carnival Corp. & plc
James Van Langen is a highly experienced engineer and management systems professional. In his current role as Vice President of Management Systems for Carnival Corporation & plc, he is leading the development of single, corporate-wide management system for health, environmental, safety and security (HESS). Mr. Van Langen also leads Carnival's corporate-wide sustainability programs, and oversaw the publication of Carnival's first corporate-level GRI-based sustainability report.

His other responsibilities include stakeholder engagement, external and internal reporting, management information systems, training, and HESS incidents and claims reporting systems. He also directed the development, implementation, certification and management of ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems in all subsidiary Operating Lines and ships.

His early career also involved marine and nuclear power plant engineering and operations, both shipboard and shoreside. He is author of the book, “LNG Liquefaction Plants and Associated Shoreside Operations” under the auspices of the National Maritime Research Center.

Mr. Van Langen is a Marine Engineering graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York, and a Registered Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Tyler Monzel, Director of Loss Control & Sustainability; Dixie Chemical Co.
Tyler Monzel is Director of Loss Control and Sustainability at Dixie Chemical Co. In the four years he has been in this role, he has assumed responsibility for EHS and management systems, including process safety management (PSM) and management of change (MOC). Dixie Chemical is a specialty chemical manufacturer with products sold in 40 countries worldwide and 150 employees. In 2012, Dixie was awarded the SOCMA Sustainability Award, and the ChemStewards Silver Award for Product Stewardship.

Mr. Monzel has previously worked with Dow Chemical and the Environmental Defense Fund. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati, and an MBA from Rice University.

David Newman, Senior Director of Environment, Health & Safety; Comcast Corp.
David Newman is Senior Director of EHS for Comcast Cable's Northeast Division, which includes 24,000 employees, and spans from Maine to North Carolina. His responsibilities include developing and leading EHS programs across the Division, implementing novel EHS Management systems, and reducing waste and environmental impacts.

Prior to Comcast, Mr. Newman was with Millipore Corporation, the life sciences division of Merck, KGaA, where he served in roles including Head of EHS, Facilities and Sustainability, Director of Supply Security, and Plant Manager. Before Millipore he worked in EHS management consulting in the semiconductor and electronics industry. He has lectured on environmental sustainability at Harvard Business School and UMass Boston, and has master degrees in Public Health and Industrial Environmental Management. He is also a long-distance runner, EMT and firefighter.

Barry Dambach, Senior Director EHS; Alcatel-Lucent
Barry Dambach leads the global EHS function at Alcatel-Lucent, a global leader in the design, manufacture, installation and maintenance of telecommunications equipment.

In this role, he leads the team establishing a sustainability strategy and function within the company, which includes developing the first company-wide carbon footprint and setting the objective to reduce their operational carbon footprint by 50 percent by 2020. His team also works with the Eco-Product development function to drive environmental issues into all new products.

Mr. Dambach has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering and a Masters in Environmental Science, both from Rutgers University.

Gretchen Digby, Director, Global Sustainability Programs, Ingersoll-Rand Inc.
Gretchen Digby is the Director of Global Sustainability Programs for the Center for Energy Efficiency & Sustainability (CEES) at Ingersoll-Rand. In this role, she is focused on establishing world-class sustainability training programs, as well as leading global engagement activities for the company's 39,000 employees to further integrate sustainability into the company culture. She has achieved great success and external recognition for her efforts establishing Global Volunteer Green Teams that hold events and activities to increase awareness of employees on actions that lead to more sustainable workplaces, homes, and communities. She is focused on raising employee competencies and measuring the value of sustainability through unique partnerships and outside-the-box approaches.

Ms. Digby joined Ingersoll-Rand in 2001 as a corporate environmental, health and safety leader until joining the CEES in 2010. She began her career in manufacturing with Milliken & Co. as Engineering Services Manager. She holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from North Carolina State University.

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