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Key Practice Area - Sustainability - 2014 EHS Forum - Track 4: Sustainability Challenges and Drivers
Key Practice Area: Sustainability

2014 EHS Forum - Sustainability Challenges and Drivers

Oct. 22-24, 2014

Sustainability practices continue to evolve and offer transformational pathways and opportunities for companies. Learn how common operational risks and challenges across the supply chain are being proactively addressed to better protect companies and position them as industry leaders.

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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Integrating Sustainability into the Business... The Journey

EHS and sustainability professionals are often confronted with how best to integrate sustainability into the mainstream disciplines of their organizations. This journey introduces question such as: ‘How do you define sustainability?' ‘How do you gain support from the C-Suite?' and ‘How do you measure the results of your program?' The speakers in this session will share their individual journeys to address these challenges and to integrate sustainability, as they define it, into their organizations.

  • Richard Crowther, Director of Sustainability Environmental Affairs; Coca Cola Refreshments
  • Thomas Day, Chief Sustainability Officer; United States Postal Service
  • Tim Lindsey, Global Director of Sustainable Development; Caterpillar Inc.

Moderator: Jamey Jones, Vice President Compliance and Environmental Affairs; TruGreen

Water - Material Risk or Business Opportunity?

You know water is a valuable natural resource but does it rise to the level of a material risk? Have you thought about how global water needs and the implications of future demands may affect your company? How do you move beyond price when assessing the value of water or justifying reduction projects? Learn how companies are taking action to improve their corporate water stewardship and discover how opportunities from water are being realized. Hear the latest from CDP’s Water Program and gain insight as to how your peers are identifying, managing and reducing their water risks. Come away with an understanding of how the water/energy nexus may expand your consideration of water as we explore this systemic resource management challenge.

  • Christina Copeland, Sector Manager, Disclosure Services; CDP
  • Michael Hightower, Distinguished Member of Technical Staff; Sandia National Laboratories
  • Scott Stallard, Senior Manager, Environmental Sustainability; Lockheed Martin Corp.

Moderator: Hal Ehrhardt, Senior Manager – Energy, Environment & Common Systems; Lockheed Martin Corp.

Charting a Green Products Strategy: Setting the Scope and Demonstrating Value to Stakeholders

Companies are under increasing pressure to provide more sustainable products that take the impacts of the full product life cycle into account, and to respond to customer demand for life cycle information. This session will explore how a company defines greener products, sets the scope of what attributes to include and what goals to strive for, responds to key customer requests for life cycle information, and communicates the value to stakeholders.

  • Johanna Jobin, Director of Corporate Responsibility; EMD Millipore
  • Ray Sharples, Manager, Product Stewardship, Medical Devices and Diagnostics; Johnson & Johnson
  • Lanita Stevens, Manager, Product Stewardship & Sustainability; USG Corp.

Moderator: Margaret Enos, Manager, Product Stewardship; Baxter International Inc.

The Next Evolution in Sustainability Management

For some companies, the tendency is to develop sustainability initiatives as specific issues arise. The result of this reactive approach may be a program that fails to deliver optimal results. In this session, we will discuss best practice examples from practitioners who have been successful at managing sustainability challenges in a coordinated manner – across the various areas of sustainability as well as in conjunction with traditional EH&S obligations. You will get new ideas for prioritizing issues, leveraging resources and improving efficiency to optimize sustainability and EH&S management performance.

  • Robert ter Kuile, Senior Director Sustainability, Global Public Policy; PepsiCo Inc.
  • Tim Mohin, Director, Corporate Responsibility; Advanced Micro Devices Inc.
  • Natasha Scotnicki, Director, Corporate Program; CERES

Moderator: Rich Pandullo, Director, Sustainability & Environmental Management; Trinity Consultants

Preparing Your Business for Climate Change

The first sentence in the recently released report Climate Change Impacts in the United States reads: “Climate change, once considered an issue for a distant future, has moved firmly into the present.” Climate change has the potential to introduce new business risks that must be understood and managed. In this session we will explore how companies are assessing and climate change risks, and what they are doing to develop adaptive management strategies.

  • Zach Baumer, Climate Program Manager; Office of Sustainability, City of Austin
  • Paul Fleming, Manager Climate Resiliency Group; Seattle Public Utilities
  • Kate Gordon, Executive Director; The Risky Business Project

Moderator: Kevin Conroy, Principal and U.S. Manufacturing Sector Lead; Golder Associates

Speaker Bios

Richard Crowther, Director of Sustainability Environmental Affairs; Coca Cola Refreshments
Richard Crowther manages Sustainability related activities for Coca-Cola Refreshments across North America. He has responsibility for improving the energy efficiency, water efficiency, in-plant recycling rates and net carbon/water impact of production and warehouse facilities, as well as the transportation fleet and vending/cooler equipment. He has nearly two decades of diverse experience in the energy efficiency and sustainability field, and is familiar with all aspects of the industry from supply planning and demand reduction to carbon accounting and clean-tech project developed such as use of bio-fuels, cogeneration, solar power and fuel cells.

Prior to joining The Coca-Cola Co. in 2006, he gained experience working for York International, The Southern Co. and Atlanta Gas Light Co.

Mr. Crowther holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from Georgia State University.

Thomas Day, Chief Sustainability Officer; United States Postal Service
Thomas Day is the Chief Sustainability Officer for the United States Postal Service, a position he assumed in June 2011. In this role, he leads the USPS's ambition of being a sustainability leader by creating a culture of conservation throughout the organization, and leading the adoption of sustainable business practices.

Prior to serving in this role, Mr. Day was Senior Vice President, Intelligent Mail and Address Quality (2007-2011) and Senior Vice President of Government Relations (2005-2007). From 2001-2005, he was Vice President of Engineering.

Mr. Day 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.

He 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.

Tim Lindsey, Global Director of Sustainable Development; Caterpillar Inc.
Tim Lindsey joined Caterpillar Inc. in February of 2012 to lead enterprise efforts to build a culture of sustainable development. His team focuses on integrating sustainability principles into all internal business units as well as Caterpillar's many suppliers, dealers, and customers. He is an accomplished program and project manager with experience in multiple industrial sectors, including: energy, mining, machining, metal finishing, die-casting, electronics, agriculture, food processing, biofuels, and chemical processing.

Prior to joining Caterpillar, Mr. Lindsey spent 20 years at the University of Illinois leading a wide range of research, education and outreach initiatives focused on improving business sustainability. He and his staff helped hundreds of organizations improve their processes, products, and systems through the development and implementation of innovations that reduce their utilization of energy, materials, water, and land. He also worked for ExxonMobil at a Powder River Basin coal mine where he held various positions, including: Environmental Engineer, Safety Director and Senior Project Manager.

Mr. Lindsey is a nationally recognized expert regarding change management and implementation of innovative sustainability practices. He holds both Bachelor of Science and Mater of Science degrees in Environmental Engineering from Southern Illinois University and a Doctorate in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Illinois.

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.

Johanna Jobin, Director of Corporate Responsibility; EMD Millipore
As the Head of Corporate Responsibility & Community Affairs, Johanna Jobin leads EMD Millipore's corporate responsibility efforts, including the vision and strategic direction for environmental and social responsibility. 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, community affairs and engagement, and reporting activities. Ms. Jobin also supports the Merck Group's Corporate Responsibility activities.

Prior to joining the former Millipore Corporation 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 & Sustainability Management (NAEM). She also serves on the City of Cambridge Climate Protection Action Committee and is a Board member of “e” inc., an organization focused on environmental and STEM education for children.

Ray Sharples, Manager, Product Stewardship, Medical Devices and Diagnostics; Johnson & Johnson
Ray Sharples is Manager, Product Stewardship of the Medical Devices and Diagnostics (MD&D) sector of Johnson and Johnson. In this role, Ray supports eight MD&D Johnson and Johnson businesses on Product Stewardship and Sustainability issues. He has worked for Johnson and Johnson since 2007 in the Consumer and Medical sectors in the Environmental, Health, Safety and Sustainability (EHS&S) organization.

Mr. Sharples has more than 13 years of experience in EHS&S in the Pharmaceutical and Consumer Healthcare Industry including a position at Pfizer Consumer Healthcare from 2001 to 2007. Prior to that, he worked as an Environmental Consultant for both Government Agencies and Private Industry.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Earth Science from Kean University.

Lanita Stevens, Manager, Product Stewardship & Sustainability; United States Gypsum Corp.
Lanita Stevens is manager, Product Stewardship & Sustainability for USG Corporation (USG). USG is North America's leading producer and distributor of gypsum wallboard, joint compound and a vast array of related products for the construction and remodeling industries. In her current role, Lanita is responsible for managing sustainable product certification initiatives, including low-emitting, Life Cycle Assessments and Environmental Product Declaration development.

Lanita holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from California State University, Sacramento and an M.S. in Environmental Management from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Prior to USG she worked as an environmental manager for Mobil Chemical Company and Waste Management, Inc.

In addition to NAEM, Lanita is a member of the Air & Waste Management Association, International Society of Sustainability Professionals and the ASTM E.60 Committee on Sustainability.

Robert ter Kuile, Senior Director Sustainability, Global Public Policy; PepsiCo Inc.
Robert ter Kuile is the Senior Director of Sustainability in the Global Public Policy group for PepsiCo Inc., where he actively develops, implements and operationalizes the global public policy on a broad range of sustainability initiatives. His responsibilities also include developing, maintaining, and partnering with global stakeholders, shareholders and policy makers.

Prior to joining the Public Policy and Government Affairs team, Mr. ter Kuile served as the Director of Energy and Climate Change for three years in PepsiCo's Global Operations, where he developed and implemented energy and carbon reduction strategies. He also served as a Corporate Environmental Manager at Frito-Lay North America (a Division of PepsiCo) for six years.

In addition to his work for PepsiCo, Mr. ter Kuile has also served in various governmental roles for what is now the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality, and has held several environmental and sustainability consulting roles.

He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Studies from Texas State University at San Marcos.

Tim Mohin, Director, Corporate Responsibility; Advanced Micro Devices Inc.
Tim Mohin joined AMD as the Director of Corporate Responsibility in December 2009. In this role, he is responsible for the development of AMD's corporate responsibility strategy, managing the company's responsibility programs, and leading AMD's cross-functional corporate responsibility advisory council.

Prior to joining AMD, Mr. Mohin started up and led Apple's Supplier Responsibility program. Before that he was at Intel for 12 years leading the company's environmental and sustainability functions.

Mr. Mohin started his career with the US government, working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and as senior legislative staff for the Chairman of U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.

He is the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition and the author of the 2012 book Changing Business from the Inside Out: A Treehugger's Guide to Working in Corporations. He also sits on the board of directors for Net Impact and The Green Grid.

He earned a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Biology from the State University of New York and a Masters degree in Environmental Management from Duke University.

Natasha Scotnicki, Director, Corporate Program; CERES
Natasha Scotnicki is a Director in the Corporate Program at Ceres. In this role, she is responsible for corporate outreach, special partnerships and managing relationships with a portfolio of Ceres network companies, primarily from the technology sector. She works directly with member companies to facilitate ongoing stakeholder engagement and help strengthen their sustainability disclosure and performance. She also leads specific initiatives and projects related to The 21st Century Corporation: The Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability. Ms. Scotnicki has been with the organization for more than ten years, and her work has focused on corporate sustainability performance for the past seven years.

Prior to joining Ceres, she worked in sales management at CNET Networks in San Francisco, where she sold international marketing solutions to U.S.-based technology clients.

Ms. Scotnicki graduated Cum Laude from Duke University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Spanish.

Zach Baumer, Climate Program Manager; Office of Sustainability, City of Austin
Zach has been with the City of Austin since 2011, where he manages the Austin Climate Protection Program in the City of Austin's Office of Sustainability. His primary duties include overseeing the implementation of climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies across the City.

Prior to the City of Austin, Zach spent 10 years working in the environmental consulting industry, primarily assisting large industrial clients with environmental data management, greenhouse gas inventories, and sustainability planning.

Zach holds an MBA from the Presidio Graduate School and undergraduate degrees in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering from Purdue University.

Paul Fleming, Manager Climate Resiliency Group; Seattle Public Utilities
Paul Fleming manages the climate resiliency program for the Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), where he is responsible for leading climate research initiatives, assessing climate risks, developing adaptation and mitigation strategies and establishing collaborative partnerships. SPU provides a reliable drinking water supply to 1.3 million people in the Seattle metropolitan area and provides essential sewer, drainage and solid waste services to City of Seattle customers.

He is also an active participant in several national and international efforts focused on water and climate change. He was appointed by then U.S. Commerce Secretary Locke to the National Climate Assessment Development Advisory Committee, which is overseeing the development of the 2013 U.S. National Climate Assessment (NCA) for the federal government. He is a Convening Lead Author of the Water Resources chapter and a Lead Author of the Adaptation chapter of the NCA. He is Chair of the Water Utility Climate Alliance (WUCA), an alliance of ten U.S. water suppliers focused on providing leadership in assessing and adapting to the potential effects of climate change through collaborative action, and is involved in the International Water Association's Water, Climate and Energy Program.

Mr. Fleming is a frequent speaker on water and climate change issues at national and international conferences and is at the forefront of water utility leadership on issues such as adaptation, climate risk and infrastructure management.

Kate Gordon, Executive Director; The Risky Business Project
Kate Gordon leads the Energy & Climate team at Next Generation, developing policies and communications strategies to combat climate change and move the U.S. to a clean energy economy. She also serves as the Executive Director of Risky Business, a joint initiative of Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Office of Hank Paulson and Next Generation, to quantify and publicize the economic risks of climate change.

Ms. Gordon is a nationally recognized expert on the intersection of clean energy and economic development. Prior to joining Next Generation, she was Vice President for Energy and Environment at the Center for American Progress (CAP) in Washington D.C., where she still serves as a senior fellow.

She has worked on a variety of economic development and social justice issues for more than 15 years, and is regarded as a leader in the national “green jobs” movement. She has focused on issues related to clean energy manufacturing, regional economic development in clean energy sectors, and American competitiveness. She contributes regularly to the Wall Street Journal as one of the paper's "Energy Experts," blogs for the Huffington Post, and writes a weekly update on California energy and climate news for Next Generation.

Prior to joining CAP, Kate was the co-director of the national Apollo Alliance (now part of the Blue Green Alliance), where she still serves on the Board of Directors. Earlier in her career, she was a senior associate at the Center on Wisconsin Strategy and an employment and consumer rights litigator at Trial Lawyers for Public Justice in Oakland.

She earned a J.D. and master's degree in city planning from the University of California-Berkeley and an undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University.

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