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Key Practice Area - Sustainability - 2015 Forum Track 1 - Sustainability in a Changing Environment
Key Practice Area: Sustainability

2015 EHS Forum - Sustainability in a Changing Environment

Oct. 14-15, 2015

Whether you're talking about the physical environment or the business environment, both are changing. Sessions in this track will examine how EHS&S leaders are preparing their businesses for issues like climate change and water scarcity, as well as and how they are continuing to drive sustainability performance in an ever-changing global business climate by leveraging partnerships and internal resources.

NAEM's 2015 EHS Management Forum showcased strategies for addressing the full range of sustainability challenges in a changing environment.


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Calculating and Communicating the Value of EHS&S Programs

This session will provide EHS and sustainability leaders with strategies, tactics and psychology necessary for increasing the value and recognition of EH&S solutions across global business operations. This includes practical examples of how EHS&S leaders have successfully framed the value of EHS&S solutions to appeal to corporate decision makers as well as the presentation of a broader framework for calculating and communicating EHS&S value. If you're seeking to transform perception and status of EH&S in a traditional corporate environment this session will provide you with the dos and don'ts for ensuring your EHS&S programs are clearly recognized for the value they add.

  • Bruce Klafter, Vice-President, Corporate Social & Environmental Responsibility; Flextronics International Ltd.
  • Mike Miller, Vice President of EHS; Dean Foods Co.
  • Scott Tew, Executive Director, Center for Energy Efficiency & Sustainability; Ingersoll-Rand plc

Moderator: Rob Luchacher, EH&S Director and Practice Leader; Cushman & Wakefield

Managing in a Water Stressed World

What steps should you be taking to ensure your business has identified the major water-related risks to your operations? Do you know if your sites or supply chains are prepared for water shortages and water quality issues, for instance? Get practical and actionable ideas for mitigating water-related risks that reduce your water intensity, maintain your access to reliable, safe sources of water, and ensure business continuity even as water resources continue to dwindle in many regions.

  • Matt Howard, Director; Alliance for Water Stewardship
  • Anne Jackson, Principal, Environmental Policy; Pacific Gas and Electric Co.
  • Jonathan Radtke, Water Sustainability Program Director; The Coca Cola Co.

Moderator: Chris England, Director EHS; Xylem

Shrinking Your Corporate GHG Footprint

This session will focus on interesting and innovative ways in which companies have reduced their greenhouse gas footprint while providing tangible business value. Going beyond traditional energy audits and other “low hanging fruit”, case studies in this session will feature low cost – high return benefits that are useful for companies of any size. Attendees will also learn how speakers got support for the projects, communicated the results and hear how the project results, and articulated the positive effects for different interest groups within a company – employees, shareholders, executives, and operations.

  • Alan Resnik, Director, Corp. Environmental Affairs; Cummins Inc.
  • Hector Rodriguez, Director, Global EHS & Sustainability; Biogen Inc.
  • Mike Williams, Director of Employer Services; The Clean Air Campaign

Moderator: Mike Morgan, Group Environmental Director, BBA Aviation

Leveraging NGO Partnerships to Advance Sustainability

It has become increasingly important for sustainability managers to leverage the expertise of a wide range of professionals in order to develop and execute their initiatives. This has led an increasing number of companies to partner with NGO's in order to enhance the quality of their companies' sustainability policies and credibility, while providing confidence to company management and customers. Although the private sector and NGOs are often motivated by different drivers, there are an increasing number of opportunities for collaboration between the two sectors. Attend this session and get examples of corporate/NGO partnerships that are yielding deep business value and real improvements for society and the environment. Come away with strategies and best practices for finding and establishing NGO partnerships that are the best fit for your business and tips for how to ensure success when partnering with NGOs.

  • Larry Deeney, Senior Technical Leader, Global Environment; General Mills Inc.
  • Rachel Goldstein, Global Sustainability Director Scientific and Regulatory Affairs; Mars Inc.
  • Sandy Nessing, Managing Director, Sustainability & EHS Strategy & Design; American Electric Power Co. Inc.

Moderator: Kevin Conroy,Principal and Water Treatment Practice Leader; Golder Associates

All About Sustainability Metrics - Beyond EHS

As internal and external stakeholders continue to challenge organizations to increase transparency around Corporate Sustainability, EHS leaders are asked to organize and report on metrics beyond our traditional practice areas. Attend this session to learn about emerging trends in sustainability reporting, how to facilitate the collection and management of non-traditional metrics, and innovative strategies on sustainability reporting.

  • Amath Gomis, Senior Sustainability Manager; AT&T Inc.
  • Markus Lehni, Global Head Environment and Energy; Novartis
  • Paul Narog, Manager, Environmental Operations; 3M Co.

Moderator: Sulaiman Hamidi, Director, Sustainability & Product Stewardship; Allergan

Speaker Bios

Bruce Klafter, Vice-President, Corporate Social & Environmental Responsibility; Flextronics International Ltd.
Bruce Klafter is a respected leader in environmental, health and safety (EH&S) and sustainability circles. In 2013 he joined Flextronics, a socially-responsible, global leader in design, manufacturing, distribution and aftermarket services, to provide strategic direction to the Company's social and environmental responsibility initiatives. His role includes regular consultation with senior management on sustainability and EH&S matters, including participation in the Compliance Council and facilitation of the Corporate Sustainability Leadership Committee (CLSC). Flextronics was a founding member of the Electronics Industry Citizen Coalition (EICC) and Bruce currently serves as an EICC Board member and as Vice-Chair for the organization.

Previously, Bruce leveraged his unusual blend of business, environmental and legal expertise to help integrate sustainability strategy into Applied Materials' worldwide operations. Among other efforts, Bruce created a safety culture initiative that helped reduce injury rates continuously over a seven-year timeframe. He developed Applied's high-level sustainability policy and guiding principles, published the company's first non-financial external reports, initiated an award-winning product energy efficiency strategy and led the formation of a social and environmental supply chain program. A highly effective communicator and team leader, Bruce served as the principal spokesperson for Applied's sustainability programs and played a key role in numerous industry and professional development efforts.

Prior to joining Applied Materials, Bruce had a distinguished legal career in public and private practice, specializing in environmental and natural resources law. Bruce began his legal career as a California Deputy Attorney General, representing various state agencies, including the Water Resources Control Board, the Air Resources Board, Parks and Recreation, Fish and Wildlife and others. Bruce also practiced law for a number of years with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, a top 100 U.S. law firm. Among his specialties, Bruce was a recognized expert in transactional due diligence.

Bruce has been active with numerous organizations in leadership roles, e.g. Sustainable Silicon Valley (Advisor); Silicon Valley Leadership Group (Executive Advisor); Acterra (Board Member); Association of Climate Change Officers (Advisor); State Bar Environmental Law Section (former Chair and Advisor); Presidio Graduate School (Expert in Residence).

Mike Miller, Vice President of EHS, Dean Foods Co.
Michael Miller is Vice President of EHS for Dean Foods. In this role Michael provides leadership to over 70 EHS professionals in both enterprise, operations and logistics environments. Michael is also on the Board of Regents for the National Association of EHS Management (NAEM). Michael has been in the EHS field for over 18 years in multi-industry and food & beverage. Current key initiatives include deployment of a camera telematics coaching solution and a body mechanics program.

Michael has revamped the EHS function at Dean Foods overseeing several capital projects around waste water treatment, ammonia compliance, and leading a behavioral safety program that has resulted in over 50% reduction in injuries in 5 years, $100 million in P&C reserve releases, and significantly reduced claim costs for the field.

Prior to Dean Foods Mike was the Sr. Director of Risk Management, EHS, & Product Compliance for Apex Tool Group. While at ATG, Mike was responsible for setting up international insurance and EHS programs in over 40 countries. Prior to the ATG, Mike was the EHS Director for a segment of Danaher Corporation. Prior to Danaher, Mike spent several years in progressively increased responsible roles within EHS functions at Textron Corporate and then was the EHS business unit leader for Textron’s E-Z-GO golf car business.

Mike started his EHS career at Texas Instruments (now Sensata Technologies).

Mike has a degree in Environmental Science & Policy from Clark University, graduate work from Clark University and Bryant University. He studied earth systems science and conducted climate change research at Columbia University’s Biosphere 2 Center. Mike is a certified Six Sigma Greenbelt and has extensive training in lean manufacturing and behavior based safety.

Scott Tew, Executive Director, Center for Energy Efficiency & Sustainability; Ingersoll-Rand plc
Scott Tew is the founder of the Center for Energy Efficiency & Sustainability at Ingersoll Rand (CEES) which supports all of the company’s strategic brands—Club Car, Ingersoll Rand, Trane and Thermo King—and is responsible for forward-looking sustainability initiatives aimed at reducing resource demand of products and minimizing resource use within company facilities.

In addition, Scott serves as a featured speaker and thought leader in linking public policy, economic impacts and sustainability. His recent efforts have led to the development of world-class initiatives including the creation of a green product portfolio, personalized employee engagement, unique research on unmet needs in the green space, and sustainability-related solution concepts like building a $300 house. Prior to this role, Scott led high profile programs to advocate for energy efficiency, green buildings and global greenhouse gas emissions standards and policies.

Scott holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in environmental science and ecology from Livingston University. He plays key roles in several important groups including: the Alliance to Save Energy; the EDGE Center for Energy and the Global Environment at Duke University; the North Carolina New Schools Energy & Sustainability Council; and the US and India Green Building Councils. Scott contributed to the recently released book, Practicing Sustainability, by Springer Publishing.

Matt Howard, Director, Alliance for Water Stewardship
Matt Howard was recently named as the first director of the Alliance for Water Stewardship-North America (AWS-NA). Mr. Howard will lead implementation of AWS's voluntary global water standard at North American facilities and roll-out the AWS verification, training and membership programs. As part of The Water Council, Mr. Howard and AWS-NA will also develop other water-related sustainability and stewardship programs for U.S. companies and other water users. Prior to joining AWS-NA, Mr. Howard served as Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett's Sustainability Director from 2010 to 2015. In that capacity, he published North America's first municipal urban water system benchmarking report and led the development of Milwaukee's water-centric sustainability plan – ReFresh Milwaukee.

Mr. Howard managed nationally recognized green infrastructure initiatives as well as programs that improved the sustainability of over 1,300 Milwaukee homes and over 200 businesses and manufacturers. His programs stimulated nearly $30 million in economic activity and saved tax-payers over $1 million annually while reducing emissions and pollution. Mr. Howard also spent 11 years with the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, DC working on a variety of national economic issues including his creation of a national Sustainable Manufacturing Initiative. During this time, he advised Commerce's Chief Economist on the Department's first green jobs report, worked with the White House Council on Environmental Quality on implementing the Administration's Green Government directive and advised the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Ways and Means on trade and economic development issues.

Mr. Howard was recently appointed by the EPA Administrator to the National Advisory Council on Environmental Policy and Technology. He has a B.A. and M.A. in international economics and is a LEED and Lean Six Sigma accredited professional.

Anne Jackson, Principal, Environmental Policy, Pacific Gas and Electric Co.
Anne Jackson is a Principal in the Department of Environmental Policy for Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). Anne currently leads the company&s Drought Task Force. Convened in 2014, this cross-functional Task Force identifies drought impacts on Pacific Gas & Electric's operations, customers and communities, while coordinating and communicating Pacific Gas & Electric's response efforts.

Anne&'s overall responsibilities include collaborating with both internal and external stakeholders regarding state and federal water policy, legislation, as well as emerging regulation, and partnering with critical environmental non-profit organizations. She also led the development of the company&'s employee environmental leadership awards program, as well as the company-wide employee environmental leadership training program.

Prior to joining the Department of Environmental Policy, Anne managed Diablo Canyon Power Plant's marine biological studies and water permitting programs. She attended both the California State University at Sacramento and the University of San Francisco.

Jonathan Radtke, Water Sustainability Program Director, The Coca Cola Co.
Jon Radtke is the Water Sustainability Program Director for Coca-Cola North America in Atlanta, GA. In this role, he manages the company's water stewardship program, which assesses and mitigates water risks facing Coca-Cola operations on a local, regional and national basis. Primary areas of focus include water efficiency initiatives in plants, source water protection strategies, community water partnerships and sustainable agriculture initiatives within the supply chain. One goal of the Company is to return to nature and to communities an amount of water equivalent to the water used in Coca-Cola's beverages and their production. Mr. Radtke's leadership in these areas has helped to position The Coca-Cola Company as an industry leader in water stewardship.

Prior to joining Coca-Cola, Mr. Radtke was a Senior Consultant and Environmental Director at a major global engineering consulting firm. Jon has a Bachelor degree in Geology and a Masters in Hydrogeology with over 25 years of professional experience managing a wide range of water supply and environmental projects.

Alan Resnick, Director, Corporate Environmental Affairs; Cummins Inc.
Alan Resnik is Director, Facilities and Operations Environmental Management for Cummins Inc., responsible for pollution prevention, emissions reductions, natural resource conservation and environmental functional excellence efforts that go beyond compliance at Cummins’ facilities worldwide. Alan holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Geology and has 27 years in environmental management, working as a consultant before joining Cummins in 1998. Alan has two children in college and enjoys, fishing, golf and plays guitar in a rock and roll band.

Hector Rodriguez, Director, Global EHS & Sustainability; Biogen Inc.
Hector Rodriguez is the Senior Director of Global EHS & Sustainability at Biogen, a company that discovers, develops and delivers innovative therapies for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, hemophilia and autoimmune disorders to patients worldwide. In his role Hector has company-wide responsibility for the development, implementation, and management of Sustainability and EHS strategies and programs.

Hector is a professor at the University of Massachusetts where he teaches a course on business and sustainability and is a member of the Board of Directors at the American Board of Industrial Hygiene. Hector has advanced degrees in industrial engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology and an MBA from the Stern School of Business in New York.

Mike Williams, Director of Employer Services, The Clean Air Campaign
Since 2003 Mike Williams has been the Director of Employer Services for The Clean Air Campaign, a nonprofit organization focused on helping employers and schools reduce harmful emissions from mobile sources. The Clean Air Campaign has provided services to more than 2000 employers and 750 schools to date.

Mike and his team have helped many companies develop and launch innovative employee commute options programs reducing carbon emissions. These programs allow a high percentage of the workforce to be engaged in and expand the companies' sustainability efforts, and produce insightful data. The programs quantify each employee's individual contribution to the overall initiative, as well as how the program positively impacts the communities in which the company operates.

Mike lives in Atlanta and has a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech.

Larry Deeney, Senior Technical Leader, Global Environment; General Mills Inc.
Larry Deeney provides strategic direction and oversight on environmental initiatives throughout General Mills' North America and International operations.

In addition to his efforts to build a solid and vibrant environmental program within General Mills' manufacturing operations, Larry has guided the company on other EHS matters, including development of policies and standards, environmental performance metrics, acquisitions and divestitures, sustainability initiatives, CSR reporting, managing external stakeholders, directing remediation actions, and leading efforts to reduce overall environmental risk for the corporation.

Mr. Deeney has over 25 years of environmental experience, the past 21 with General Mills, and earned a Master of Science degree in Environmental Toxicology from the University of Minnesota.

Rachel Goldstein, Global Sustainability Director Scientific and Regulatory Affairs; Mars Inc.
Rachel is the Global Sustainability Manager for Scientific and Regulatory Affairs at Mars, Incorporated. She started with Mars in November of 2011. Her roles include leading an internal sustainability advisory group on packaging, advising and implementing programs on sustainability related claims, and representing Mars as the co-chair of the Food Beverage and Agriculture working group of the Sustainability Consortium.

Prior to Mars, Rachel was the Team Leader of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP), a voluntary program that encourages methane emissions reductions through the capture and beneficial use of landfill gas. She was also the lead for this work in India, China and Southeast Asia under the Global Methane Initiative. Rachel spent eleven years in the environmental safety and health field before joining EPA. Rachel is an active member of the Women's Council on Energy and Environment.

Rachel has an MBA with an Environmental Management Concentration from The George Washington University, and a B.S. Human Factors Engineering from Tufts University.

Sandy Nessing, Managing Director, Sustainability & EHS Strategy & Design, American Electric Power Co. Inc.
With nearly 20 years in the utility industry, Sandy Nessing has responsibility for managing sustainability strategy, corporate stakeholder engagement and annual performance reporting for American Electric Power (AEP). She oversees annual production of AEP's Corporate Accountability Report, including a dedicated sustainability web site and companion iPad app (“AEP CAR” in the iTunes store). This is the sixth year AEP will produce an integrated report that combines financial with nonfinancial performance.

She facilitates cross-functional collaboration on sustainability issues across AEP to raise awareness of the interdependencies of functions, resources and issues while providing guidance on externalities that could affect business results or operations. She also develops and manages advocacy opportunities and relationships that support AEP's business strategy. She is a Master Culture Champion for AEP, working with senior management and others to advance a culture shift within AEP that aligns business strategies with employee engagement and performance management.

She leads AEP's participation in the Electric Power Research Institute's (EPRI) Energy Sustainability Interest Group, serving as chair of the group in 2013. Among the group's work includes completion of an industry-wide materiality assessment and the development of industry-wide performance metrics. She also is a member of the EPRI Benchmarking Forum Steering Committee. In Columbus, Ohio, Nessing currently serves on the Franklin Park Conservatory Board of Trustees, one of the nation's premier botanical gardens. She also serves on the Grange Insurance Audubon Center Stewardship Board, where she was president of the board for two years. She serves on the Board of Directors and the Board of Regents for NAEM. Nessing led AEP's participation in the Global Reporting Initiative's (GRI) Electric Utility Sector Supplement Pilot Program, and most recently served on the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) Industry Working Group for the electric utilities sector.

Prior to joining AEP in February 2006, she was manager of Corporate Communications for Yankee Gas Services Company, part of the Northeast Utilities System (now EverSource) for nine years. Before her work in the utility industry, she was senior public information specialist for the Saint Raphael Healthcare System in New Haven, Conn. (now part of Yale-New Haven) and spent 12 years as a broadcast journalist in Connecticut, holding positions that included news director, anchor and reporter. She is a graduate of Briarwood College in Southington, Connecticut.

Amath Gomis, Senior Sustainability Manager; AT&T Inc.
Amath Gomis is the Senior Sustainability Manager for Strategy and Reporting on the Citizenship and Sustainability Team at AT&T. He’s responsible for working on external reporting initiatives such as the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, Bloomberg Terminal, FTSE4Good, CDP, AT&T’s Issue Brief library, and AT&T’s Annual Sustainability Update among others.

Previously Amath was a Leadership Fellow at the Port Authority of New York New Jersey, where he wrote the Strategic Sustainability Plan for the World Trade Center site, sustainability requirements for the Site Wide Property Manager, developed a Sustainability Communications plan, and managed EPA backed $7 million dollar Drayage Truck Replacement grant/loan program for independent owner operators that serviced the ports of New York and New Jersey.

Amath has a Master’s in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University, while there he interned at the White House Council for Environmental Quality, and an undergraduate degree in Government and International Politics from George Mason University.

Markus Lehni, Global Head Environment and Energy; Novartis
Since April 2005 Markus Lehni has been global head Environment and Energy for Novartis Group. In this role he is responsible for the development of Corporate Environment and Energy policies, standards and performance criteria, reviewing and supporting their implementation, and acting as advisor on all environment and energy related topics for Novartis globally.

Markus implemented at Novartis a comprehensive energy and climate strategy, proactively managing energy use and related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of its operations and along the product value chain. The strategy is based on dedicated energy standards for buildings and equipment, structures and tools of an energy management system, as part of HSE and Corporate Responsibility, reduction targets and promotional and training activities group-wide. The Novartis energy and climate strategy is two-fold in the sense of working towards a higher energy efficiency and the use of renewable resources internally in our operations, as well as external measures in terms of compensating part of the company's GHG emissions with carbon offsetting from own forest operations in Latin America, Africa and China. Since 2008 Novartis has implemented hundreds of energy efficiency, energy recovery and renewable energy projects, accumulating in 2013 energy cost savings of about USD70 million or 18% of the total global energy bill. The 14% energy savings target set for 2015 was achieved two years ahead of time. In the same period the total absolute GHG emissions were reduced by 8.3% since 2008, despite a company growth of 25% in the same period. Offsets from the reforestation projects contribute additional 5.4% reduction in 2013.

Before coming to Novartis, Markus held several relevant positions, including Director for the Environment & Sustainability Services Group of Deloitte, Program Manager for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), and Corporate Environmental Affairs Manager for the electronic equipment manufacturer,Landis & Gyr Group.

Markus has specialized in Corporate Sustainability and has more than fifteen years of experience in this field. He has served as a member of the Steering Committee and as working group Chair for the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), and as a member of Judge Panels for Environmental/Sustainability Reporting Awards in Germany, Switzerland and Hungary. He worked on the development of a Sustainability Reporting Scorecard for Deloitte, and conducted respective sector studies. A leader in the development of pioneering Corporate Eco-efficiency Reports as early as 1994, he has authored WBCSD Reports on Eco-efficiency and Eco-efficiency Indicators, and advised several multinational companies on the development of their Sustainability Reports.

Paul Narog, Manager, Environmental Operations; 3M
Paul Narog is manager of Environmental Operations in 3M's corporate Environmental, Health and Safety Operations organization.

He has worked in a variety of roles in the environmental field, with specific focus on air emission control, environmental permitting and compliance management, regulatory advocacy, and stakeholder communications. In his current position, Narog manages a department of environmental professionals responsible for regulatory compliance management, corporate governance programs and pollution prevention. He also manages sustainability professionals with responsibility for corporate-level sustainability strategy, publicly stated sustainability goals, cross-functional sustainability initiatives, customer and stakeholder engagement, and external reporting and communications.

He recieved his Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. He is a member of the National Association for Environmental Management (NAEM) and the Air and Waste Management Association (A&WMA)

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