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Key Practice Area - Sustainability - 2013 EHS Management Forum Track 1
Key Practice Area: Sustainability

2013 EHS Forum - Business Drivers & Innovation

Oct. 23-25, 2013

Companies today are being challenged to look for opportunities that positively impact their business while also improving their sustainability performance or the performance of others. Also, they are tasked with implementing innovative ways to measure, manage and monetize key EHS and Sustainability risk to better align efforts with core business objectives.

If you're looking for new ideas to improve efficiency, manage risk or advance sustainability, you'll find inspiration through the interactive discussions and peer case studies the Forum delivers.


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Aligning Business Goals with Sustainability Strategies - Mackenzie

Companies today are being challenged to look for opportunities that positively impact their business while also improving their sustainability performance or the performance of others. In this session you will learn techniques being applied by leading companies on how they are successfully aligning business and sustainability strategies that resonate with management. The changes being made are establishing them as transformational thought leaders in sustainability and driving improved return on investment.

  • Geoff Boraston, Vice President Environmental Affairs; Granite Construction Inc.
  • Rob Currie, Director Environment, Health & Safety; Baxter Healthcare Corp.
  • John Lovenburg, Vice President of Environmental; BNSF Railway Co.

Moderator: Laura Scott, Manager Environmental Business; NRG Energy Inc.

Meaningful Energy Management: Beyond Low Hanging Fruit - Hochelaga 4-5

How have companies successfully implemented meaningful energy management programs that get beyond the low hanging fruit? And what new innovations and tools are they using to get the next generation of energy savings. Attendees in this session will learn how speakers are taking their energy savings to the next level with specific tools and tactics as well as look at the overall strategy leading companies have put in place to drive down the road to ever greater energy saving.

  • Bill Holmes, Owner; Holmes Energy Partners LLC
  • Joanne Howard, Energy Climate Strategy Manager; Deere & Co.
  • Brad Runda, Global Director, Energy; Koch Industries Inc.

Moderator: Jack Dallal, Environmental Manager; John Deere Ottumwa Works

Innovative Methods to Manage, Measure and Monetize Risk - Mackenzie

While EHS and Sustainability Managers are adept at managing qualitative risk, it is often challenging to measure and quantify risk and then translate the quantification into financial terms. This session will look at innovative ways to measure, manage and monetize key EHS and Sustainability risk to better align your efforts with core business objectives.

  • Deborah Briggs, Director Environmental Compliance and Systems, Corporate EHS; Cargill Inc.
  • Kevin S. Johnson, CIH, CSP, Director Global EHS Systems; Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics
  • Megan Lum, Director, Environment, Distribution & Shared Services; Pacific Gas & Electric Co.

Moderator: Bill Tokash, Sustainability Director; Invensys plc

Using Life Cycle Assessments to Drive Business Decision Making- Hochelaga 4-5

Companies are challenged to manage not only their operations, but also their supply chains and the full impacts of their products. Life cycle assessment is a tool that allows companies to understand a more complete picture of their environmental impacts, from raw material sourcing to disposal of their products. This session will provide examples of how companies have used LCA to inform business decisions and how they communicated what they learned in a way that allowed them to act on the information.

  • Richard Ammendola, Senior Principal - Value & Sustainable Innovation; The Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co.
  • Stefanie Giese-Bogdan, Technical Manager; 3M Co.
  • Debbie Kalish, Program Manager, Center for Energy Efficiency & Sustainability, Ingersoll-Rand Inc.

Moderator: Margaret Enos, Manager, Product Stewardship, Environment, Health & Safety; Baxter Healthcare Corp.

Greening the Supply Chain through Buyer-Supplier Partnerships - Hochelaga 4-5

We are challenged to green our supply chains by influencing suppliers while not disrupting supply capacity. During this session, we will look at ways EHS and Sustainability managers can achieve this objective by discussing what data companies are gathering, how they are gathering the data, and how are they using it to make decisions. The session will offer examples of when and how measurable improvements in the supply chain have been achieved and the tactics and efforts employed by the speakers that allowed them to realize measurable success.

  • Kristi Budzinski, Green Chemistry & BioPharma Project Manager; Genentech Inc.
  • Johanna Jobin, Director of Corporate Responsibility; EMD Millipore Corp.
  • Dr. Anastasia O'Rourke, Principal; DEKRA - Co-Chair; Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council

Speaker Bios

Geoff Boraston, Director of Environmental Affairs; Granite Construction Inc.
Geoff Boraston is the Director of Environmental Affairs for Granite Construction Inc. He has been with the company since 1995 and is responsible for leading the company wide environmental program and championing the company sustainability efforts. Geoff started with the company in the Environmental Remediation Branch working on site cleanup and environmental construction projects. His position evolved into an environmental management role for the Branch Division and eventually Corporate.

In his current role, Geoff leads the company wide environmental management team and maintains the systems, practices and resources necessary to meet the company's environmental objectives including compliance with regulatory requirements. As part of this role, Geoff guides the company environmental strategy to support long-term business success.

Geoff has over 30 years of experience and is a registered chemical engineer in the state of California. He earned his chemical engineering degree in 1985 and a MBA in 1999.

Geoff is the former Environmental Committee Chairman for the Construction Materials Association of California and the former Chairman for the NSSGA Environmental Health & Safety Division. He currently represents the company on the Sustainable Infrastructure Advisory Board through the Zofnass program for Sustainable Infrastructure at Harvard University.

Rob Currie, Corporate Director Environment, Health & Safety; Baxter Healthcare Corp.
Rob Currie is the Director of Environment, Health & Safety with Baxter Healthcare Corp. and has been with Baxter for 25 years. He is primarily responsible for Baxter's global environmental and product stewardship programs. He provides EHS technical and engineering support to manufacturing facilities worldwide. Also, he supports compliance to product environmental regulations like REACH and ROHS. He is a member of Baxter's Sustainability Steering Committee.

Prior to working for Baxter, he worked for Shell Oil Company as a Process and Project Engineer for five years, and spent one year with an environmental consulting firm.

He has a B. S. Chemical Engineering and an M. S. in Environmental Engineering, both from the University of Illinois at Urbana.

John Lovenburg, Vice President, Environmental; BNSF Railway Co.
John Lovenburg is Vice President, Environmental for BNSF Railway. In this role, he leads a team of environmental employees responsible for environmental strategy and communication, sustainability, permitting and compliance, remediation, hazardous materials and emergency response, environmental litigation, and public policy leadership.

Mr. Lovenburg has more than 20 years of experience in environmental consulting with CH2M HILL, a global engineering, construction, operations and project management company serving public and private sector clients. He served most recently as vice president and director, Global Site Remediation and Revitalization.

Bill Holmes, Owner; Holmes Energy Partners LLC
Bill has a B.S. and M.S. in mechanical engineering and has done additional coursework for his PhD with his research focused on how Industrial Plants can use Permanent Energy Monitoring to manage their energy costs like all of their other costs. He is a former Purdue professor and taught his methods for several years in the Continuing Education in Energy Management Program at the University of Wisconsin.

Bill founded Holmes Energy and designed, built and installed the first AutoPilot Monitoring System in 1979. He has been called “The Father of Energy Monitoring”. Holmes Energy has produced savings from 20% to, in a few projects, more than 50% from low-cost, no-cost changes in management, operation, maintenance and control of energy systems in all types of facilities including industrial plants owned by Fortune 500 companies.

Bill is the recipient of a DOE Award for Energy Innovation and was the AEE Indiana Energy Manager of the year in 1990. He has published numerous papers and been making presentations on his projects and methods for more than 25 years. Bill has published more than 40 articles in Sustainable Plant.

Joanne Howard, Energy Climate Strategy Manager; Deere & Co.
Joanne Howard currently serves as Manager, Energy & Climate Strategy for John Deere. In this role, she leads strategic climate, carbon, and energy management activities while helping to shape company policy in these areas.

Joanne joined John Deere in 2001 as a Six Sigma Master Black Belt and has moved through positions of increasing responsibility including Corporate Environmental Staff Engineer, Corporate Environmental Audit Program Manager, and Climate Manager.

Her previous employment experiences include General Electric and the consulting industry. She has a Bachelors of Civil Engineering and Masters of Environmental Engineering from Clarkson University, Masters of Business Administration from Xavier University, and is a Registered Professional Engineer.

Brad Runda, Global Director, Energy; Koch Industries Inc.
Brad Runda serves as the Global Energy Director for Koch Industries. He has over 25 years of experience in energy related activity in both utilities and manufacturing. He earned a BSEE from Purdue University and an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University, is a registered Professional Engineer in Indiana and a Certified Energy Manager.

Kevin Johnson, Director of Global EHS Systems; Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics
Kevin Johnson is the Director of Global Environment Health and Safety Systems with Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, where he has worked for more than 18 years, and is primarily responsible for leading the division's global product stewardship, business continuity/disaster recovery, management systems and dangerous goods transportation oversight.

Mr. Johnson works with the Diagnostics' sites in providing the project leadership and technical resources in implementing and maintaining EHS management systems that conform to ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001, creating site business continuity plans, incorporating EHS into new product development, driving dangerous goods regulatory compliance and managing internal audit programs.

Prior to joining Siemens, he worked in research and development, and EHS positions with chemical manufacturing, semiconductor manufacturing and EHS consulting companies.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from East Stroudsburg University, has done Master's work in Public Health at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell and holds certifi cations in Industrial Hygiene (CIH) and Safety (CSP).

Megan Lum, Manager for Shared Facilities and Environmental Operations; Pacific Gas & Electric Co.
Megan Lum, P.E. is the Manager for Shared Facilities and Environmental Operations, at Pacific Gas & Electric Co. In this capacity she is privileged to lead a team of about 50 professionals, who provide environmental compliance support for the company's gas and electric distribution, fleet, materials management and real estate operations. In this position she is continually learning about the various aspects of management of change.

Ms. Lum is a registered professional engineer and was one of the original ISO 14001-certified auditors. She is a member of NAEM's Board of Regents and is also a Senior Life Member of the Society of Women Engineers, for which she has served on the Board of Directors and is currently active in their public policy committee.

She has a Bachelor of Applied Science in chemical engineering from the University of Windsor and an Executive MBA from the University of Washington.

Richard Ammendola, Senior Principal Value & Sustainable Innovation; The Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co.
In his global segment role at Wrigley, Rich is responsible for developing Strategy for the sustainability program, the Execution of Life Cycle Assessments for key manufacturing processes and designing management tools used to track the carbon impacts of their package and product launches. Rich graduated from Manhattan College in 1982 with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He started his career with Colgate Palmolive serving in engineering and production roles in support of their key brands. Throughout his 30 year career he has worked in the Consumer Products Industry holding positions in Process Engineering, Operations, Quality and Research and Development.

Debbie Kalish, Program Manager, Center for Energy Efficiency & Sustainability; Ingersoll-Rand Inc.
Debbie Kalish creates and manages product Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) processes for the Ingersoll Rand enterprise. She has created Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), sustainability training for product teams, behavior based sustainability projects, and has built strategic partnerships. She's involved in various initiatives and projects to help advance Ingersoll Rand's Center for Energy Efficiency & Sustainability (CEES) programs.

Debbie started with Ingersoll Rand in 2006, working in project and program management. She has been program manager of the Top Line Margin Expansion (TLME) initiative, the Trane IT Integration team, managed transition service agreements for construction divestitures, and served as key support for IT core systems and processes.

Prior to joining Ingersoll Rand, Debbie worked for Bechtel Construction and Engineering for nine years.

Debbie is Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certified, has memberships in the Project Management Institute (PMI) and the American Center for Life Cycle Assessment (ACLCA). She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications and Public Relations from Appalachian State University.

Stefanie Giese-Bogdan, Technical Manager; 3M Co.
Stefanie Giese-Bogdan is Technical Manager, 3M EHS Operations –Environmental Laboratory, where she leads the company's effort in evaluating chemicals and products for environmental fate and effects, as well as Product Life Cycle Assessments. She assists product developers with evaluation and selection of chemicals to enable development of more sustainable products and the ability to respond to customer questions regarding the environmental footprint of products.

Dr. Giese-Bogdan is involved in various external organizations – notably, she is currently on the Board of Directors for SETAC (Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry) North America. She has a doctorate in Analytical Chemistry and over 15 years of experience in environmental science.

Kristi Budzinski, Green Chemistry & BioPharma Project Manager; Genentech Inc.
Kristi Budzinski joined the Environment, Health, and Safety department as Genentech's first Green BioPharma Project Manager in November 2011. In this role, she is responsible for developing and managing projects that support the Green BioPharma mission of minimizing the environmental impact of Genentech's core scientific, engineering, and manufacturing activities.

Kristi serves as a Roche/Genentech representative on the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute Pharmaceutical Roundtable and concurrently leads the biopharma focus group. In this group, she is collaborating on the development of a biologics eco-footprint metric that will quantify the environmental impact of manufacturing a biologic drug.

She received her PhD in Chemistry from the University of Washington and her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Mathematics from the University of Southern Mississippi. She is currently the President of the San Francisco chapter of AWIS (Association for Women in Science).

Johanna Jobin, Director of Corporate Responsibility; EMD Millipore Corp.
As the Director of Corporate Responsibility, Ms. Jobin leads the EMD Millipore's corporate responsibility efforts, including the vision and strategic direction. Her responsibilities center around strengthening the division's business performance by embedding sustainability into key business practices and driving and upholding a culture of change. Key programs she manages include the division's greenhouse gas management and energy strategy, Design for Sustainability, stakeholder engagement, and reporting activities. Ms. Jobin also supports the Merck Group's Corporate Responsibility activities.

Currently she is leading the division's product sustainability strategy, messaging and branding, supporting the development of innovative opportunities for reducing life cycle environmental impacts, and developing solutions for customers including take-back and recycling programs and sustainable packaging improvements.

Prior to joining the former Millipore Corp. in 2008, she served as a Management Consultant, working with public and private sector clients in developing and implementing EHS and sustainability management systems. She received her Master of Environmental Management degree, with a certificate in Energy and Environment, from Duke University and is also an ISO 14001 trained auditor.

She is involved in a number of sustainability related organizations, and is currently President of the New England Chapter of the National Association for EHS Management (NAEM). She also serves on the City of Cambridge Climate Protection Action Committee and is a regular volunteer in the community for organizations such as Everybody Wins and Habitat for Humanity. She recently returned from Nepal where she helped build homes for a small village outside Kathmandu. She also co-founded and serves on the board for a local foundation that raises awareness against texting while driving.

Anastasia O'Rourke, Principal; DEKRA
Anastasia O'Rourke is a Principal at DEKRA Sustainability and Performance Excellence, advising clients on sustainable operations, metrics, standards, products, supply chain and purchasing. Dr. O'Rourke is an experienced researcher, consultant and creator of databases, having worked in Sweden, France the U.S. and Australia, authoring several pioneering reports on venture capital and cleantech, on creating environmental indicators for better management decision making, on socially responsible investment, on ecolabels and on sustainable purchasing. Prior to DEKRA, Dr O'Rourke co-founded Big Room Inc a venture-backed company working on the .eco top level domain and and advised clients including US GSA, US EPA, ANSI, UNEP, The Crabon Trust, The Cleantech Group and FedEx Corporation.

Dr. O'Rourke is the co-chair of the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council, a non-profit multi-stakeholder organization whose mission is to support and recognize sustainable purchasing leadership. She also serves on the Advisory Committee of the UNEP Sustainable Public Purchasing Initiative and authored the recent State of Sustainable Public Procurement global review for UNEP. With DEKRA she is leading the creation of the Product Attribute Tracker, a database of sustainable procurement guidelines for product categories found worldwide.

Anastasia has a Ph.D. from Yale University Environmental Management) with a dissertation about cleantech venture capital. She also holds a M.Sc. (Industrial Environmental Management) from Lund University in Sweden and a B.A. (Hons 1st Class and University Medal) from Sydney University, Australia. She currently lives in New Haven CT with her husband and two sons.

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