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Key Practice Area - Sustainability - 2016 EHS Management Forum: Strategic Sustainability
Key Practice Area: Sustainability

2016 EHS Forum - Strategic Sustainability

Oct. 26-28, 2016

Sessions in this track will focus on the key steps and considerations leaders must take to ensure that their sustainability efforts are organized around a clear strategy, generating business value, and communicated effectively. As companies identify that many of their material EHS and sustainability impacts are happening outside of their immediate operations, this track will also offer a focus on sustainable supply chains and products.

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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Living in a Material World: Using Materiality Assessments to Drive Sustainability Strategy and Metrics Selection
A well designed materiality assessment can make the next steps in determining what needs to be done within a company sustainability program easier to achieve. The direction afforded by knowing what is important to internal and external stakeholders will guide you in making choices in programs and direction. This session will provide an understanding of the process used by companies that are well along in the use of materiality as their highway to success in sustainability. You will gain insight into how they leveraged the understanding gained through their materiality assessment to get where they are and the difficulties or transitions made to best use this new focus.

Moderators: Jim McCabe, Sustainability Manager; Waters Corp. and Rose Shaver, Sustainability Manager; Schneider Electric SE


  • Tanis Marquette, Sustainability Director, Hexion Inc.
  • Eli Riesman, Director of Partnerships; The Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB)
  • Jennifer Leitsch, Director of Corporate Responsibility; CBRE Group Inc.

Strategic Transparency and the Evolution of Sustainability Reporting
Many companies are conflicted when it comes to external sustainability reporting. External organizations assure us that their report or format is essential to our stakeholder's needs, but the value of pursuing any one course can often remain unclear. In this session, we'll hear from different organizations – ones that find value in participating in a variety of reporting programs and ones that strategically limit their participation. Our goal will be to separate the signal from the noise of sustainability reporting and give attendees a better sense of the strategic decisions they can make for their own programs. Attendees will also gain an understanding of the macro trends that are happening in the corporate sustainability reporting realm.

Moderator: Rick Love, Manager, Environmental Sustainability; United Technologies Corp.


  • Deanna Bratter, Director, Corporate Sustainability; WhiteWave Foods Co.
  • Sandy Nessing, Managing Director, Corporate Sustainability; American Electric Power Co. Inc
  • Marcy Twete, Division Manager, Corporate Responsibility; ArcelorMittal S.A.

How is Your EHS & Sustainability Data Being Used?
Awareness about sustainability practices continues to grow as investors and customers demand more data and better data. This session will help attendees understand how the data they are sharing and reporting, whether via ESG investor questionnaires, an organization-specific reporting platform, or customer requests, is being analyzed and used by investors, customers and other external stakeholders. Come and learn what sustainability data looks like on a Bloomberg terminal, hear from ESG experts, and representatives that are actually working with the data you collect and report. Plus, get insights into how companies will begin acting on the sustainability data they have been collecting for the last several years. Attendees will leave with insights that will help them make sure the data they are sharing and who they share it with will position their company for increased brand value, reduced risk and a competitive advantage.

Moderator: Margery Moore, Director, Business Development; Bloomberg BNA


  • Madison England, Senior ESG Analyst; Bloomberg LP
  • Marjella Alma, CEO and Co-Founder; eRevalue Ltd.
  • Robert Dornau, Senior Manager Sustainability Services; RobecoSAM

Product Sustainability Strategies
As the concept of a circular economy takes hold, EHS&S professionals are shifting beyond a focus on product regulatory compliance programs towards driving sustainability strategy across the value chain. This session will demonstrate how organizations are using such tools and concepts as Life Cycle Assessment, Materials Marketplace, Green Chemistry, and Material Alternative Assessments, to improve the sustainability of their product and services and move towards a circular economy, one that is restorative and regenerative by design, and which aims to keep products, components and materials at their highest utility and value at all times.

Moderator: Rick Vamos, Vice President; DAI Environmental Inc.


  • Angela Fisher, Sustainability Leader, Ecoassessment Center of Excellence; General Electric Co.
  • Gretchen Digby, Director Global Sustainability Programs; Ingersoll-Rand PLC
  • Debbie Kalish, Program Manager; Ingersoll-Rand PLC
  • Lauren Zulli, Design for the Environment Engineer, Corporate Safety and Sustainability; Herman Miller Inc.

Tips and Strategies for Establishing a Supply Chain Sustainability Program
This session will provide the audience with three unique perspectives on supply chain sustainability from a supplier, an equipment manufacturer and a retailer. Attendees will hear tips, strategies, and lessons learned through the process of creating supply chain sustainability programs that include elements of environmental sustainability, along with EHS and social compliance. Panelists will also discuss the business drivers and value derived from their programs, offering insights into how to build the business case for starting or enhancing your own program.

Moderator: Fawn Bergen, Carbon & Water Program Manager; Intel Corp.


  • Danny Neumann, Social Compliance Manager; Cabela's Inc.
  • Kris Spriano, Supply Chain Sustainability Manager; Cisco Systems Inc.
  • Kerri Strand, Sustainability Solutions Manager; United Parcel Service Inc.

Speaker Bios

Jennifer Leitsch, Director of Corporate Responsibility; CBRE Group Inc.
Jennifer Leitsch is Director of Corporate Responsibility at CBRE, the world's largest real estate services and investment firm. Jennifer leads the development of the company's annual Corporate Responsibility Report and responses to the RobecoSAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment, CDP climate change and supply chain disclosures, and other stakeholder inquiries regarding CBRE's environmental, social, and governance practices. She advances CBRE's corporate responsibility platform through stakeholder engagement and relationship management. Prior to joining CBRE in 2015, Jennifer managed corporate responsibility programs at Prologis for five years. Earlier in her career, she worked in sustainability consulting, marketing, and management consulting.

Jennifer has an MBA and MS in Marketing from the University of Colorado Denver and a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Iowa. She is a LEED Accredited Professional.

Jennifer chairs the Advisory Council for the Managing for Sustainability program at the University of Colorado Denver Business School. She actively volunteers for several nonprofits, including City Year Denver, and sits on the City of Denver's Office of Sustainability Advisory Council. Jennifer was named to the Denver Business Journal 40 Under 40 in 2014 and is a graduate of the Leadership Denver Class of 2015.

Deanna Bratter, Director, Corporate Sustainability; WhiteWave Foods Co.
Deanna Bratter is the Director of Corporate Sustainability for WhiteWave Foods, one of America's fastest growing and progressive food companies.

A longtime member of the vibrant Boulder, Colorado natural products community, Deanna has been instrumental not only in driving WhiteWave's sustainability initiatives, but also in helping the company create a values-driven culture. As a passionate advocate for balancing sustainability with successful business, Deanna sets the strategy and programs that drive WhiteWave's social and environmental sustainability goals. Key initiatives include reducing the business's environmental impact (specifically emissions, energy, waste and water) and improving responsible sourcing and sustainable packaging. Deanna oversees the company's annual Greenhouse Gas (GHG) inventory and manages external reporting, including WhiteWave's Corporate Social Responsibility ( and CDP reports.

Deanna holds dual bachelor degrees from the University of South Florida and has obtained certifications from the University of Denver on Sustainability Leadership and Implementation and Harvard Business School in Sustainability and Corporate Performance, in addition to completing Six Sigma Management and GRI training.

Sandy Nessing, Managing Director, Corporate Sustainability; 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.

Marcy Twete, Division Manager, Corporate Responsibility; ArcelorMittal S.A.
Marcy Twete is a leader in sustainability and responsibility in the corporate sector. She believes (to tweak a quote from Former President Bill Clinton) there is nothing wrong with corporate America that cannot be cured by what is right with corporate America. Marcy is the Division Manager, Corporate Responsibility and the Executive Director of the USA Foundation for ArcelorMittal, the world's largest steel and mining company. There, she leads sustainability and corporate responsibility initiatives across the value chain for ArcelorMittal's Americas region stretching from Canada to Argentina.

Prior to joining ArcelorMittal, Marcy spent nearly a decade in the nonprofit industry, working and consulting for organizations including WomenVenture, Pillsbury United Communities, Women Thrive, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, the University of Cambridge and others. She is also the founder and former CEO of a women's career development initiative that attracted more than 1 million women to its services from 2012-2014 and the author of the book “You Know Everybody! A Career Girl's Guide to Building a Network That Works.”

Marcy is the Chair of the Chicago Board of Directors for Step Up Women's Network, a Trustee at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, and a member of the Advisory Board for Girls on the Run Twin Cities. She lives in Chicago with her husband Charlie and her beloved tabby cat Betsey. She received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from the College of St. Benedict and is currently enrolled in Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Business' Executive MBA program.

Madison England, Senior ESG Analyst; Bloomberg LP
Madison England is a Senior ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) Analyst within the Bloomberg Global Data Department. In her role, she works directly with the ESG data set, develops analytics and integration of the product on the Bloomberg terminal, engages with corporations for data disclosure and accuracy, and works on various projects to expand the product and advocate for its use in investing and in corporate strategy. She earned a B.A. in English from Rutgers University, New Jersey, and joined Bloomberg in 2013.

Marjella Alma, CEO and Co-Founder; eRevalue Ltd.
Marjella Alma is founder and CEO of eRevalue Ltd., a technology company with offices in London and NYC. eRevalue offers Datamaran™, an emerging issues management system that delivers real-time analytics on new forms of regulatory, reputational, and competitive risk and opportunity. A former Director of Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) – providers of the world's leading standard for non-financial reporting – Marjella has had a front row seat in the corporate strategy space for over eight years, working directly with Fortune 500 companies across the globe. She knows that technology will be a game changer in business innovation.

Robert Dornau, Senior Manager Sustainability Services; RobecoSAM
Robert joined RobecoSAM in February 2014 as Senior Manager in the Sustainability Services Business. Before joining RobecoSAM, Robert worked in different roles in climate change and sustainability, including Vice President, Global Head Climate Change Service at technical verification and inspection firm SGS, Deputy to the CEO of the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), Consultant to the World Bank as Conference Director for Carbon Expo. He served on the IETA Board and on the Steering Committee of the Verified Carbon Standard in 2006/7. Robert is a regular speaker and chair at workshops, webinars and international conferences. He holds a Master in Economics from the University of Konstanz, Germany and has published articles in peer reviewed journals and contributed chapters to different books on among others carbon markets and climate change regulation.

Angela Fisher, Sustainability Leader, Ecoassessment Center of Excellence; General Electric Co.
Angela Fisher is the Sustainability Leader in the Ecoassessment Center of Excellence at General Electric. In her role, she focuses on life cycle assessment (LCA); EcoDesign; program and project leadership; employee engagement initiatives, life cycle management (LCM); carbon, energy, and water footprinting; education and outreach, strategic initiative integration, and sustainability strategy development.

She currently chairs the Industry Committee for the American Center for Life Cycle Assessment (ACLCA) and serves as the industry representative on the SETAC LCA Advisory Group Steering Committee.

Angela joined GE in 2004 working in the Environmental Technology organization at the Global Research Center in Niskayuna, NY. Prior to joining GE, she was an environmental manager for Vail Resorts. She holds a bachelor's degree in environmental resource management and a master's of science in environmental engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. Angela and her family live in Breckenridge, Colorado.

Gretchen Digby, Director Global Sustainability Programs; Ingersoll-Rand PLC
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.

Debbie Kalish, Program Manager; Ingersoll-Rand PLC
Debbie Kalish creates and manages product Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) processes for the enterprise. She manages programs for Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), sustainability training for product teams, behavior based sustainability projects and has built strategic partnerships. She is involved in managing projects to track Ingersoll Rand's progress on lowering product impacts and supports other projects related to advocacy and codes and standards. Kalish also supports the Ingersoll Rand new product development process, through ownership and management of the Design for Sustainability module.

Kalish began her career with Ingersoll Rand in 2006, working in project and program management. She has been program manager of the 2014 Climate Commitment Announcement, Top Line Margin Expansion (TLME) initiative, the Trane IT Integration team, Transition Service Agreements for construction divestitures, and served as key support for IT Core Systems.

She is Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certified, has memberships in the Project Management Institute 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.

Lauren Zulli, Design for the Environment Engineer, Corporate Safety and Sustainability; Herman Miller Inc.
Lauren is a senior environmental materials engineer for Herman Miller with a comprehensive understanding of contemporary product stewardship concepts including the management of environmental life cycle impacts, value chain engagement, and change management. She thrives on catalyzing change and driving strategic convergence to improve Herman Miller's sustainability performance. Lauren currently manages the implementation and change efforts for Herman Miller's global sustainability strategy as well as the integration of product compliance and Design for Environment (DFE) protocol for new product development.

Lauren joined Herman Miller in 2011 after working as a project manager for McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC) in Charlottesville, Virginia. She holds a B.S. degree in Applied Mathematics and Physics & Astronomy from the University of Pittsburgh and an M.B.A. in Sustainability from Duquesne University. Lauren lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan where she spends the majority of her free time as an independent wellness coach and yoga instructor.

Danny Neumann, Social Compliance Manager; Cabela's Inc.
Danny currently manages the Social Compliance program for Cabela's. In the past three years, he has developed and implemented a factory compliance program which has cut costs and increased efficiency. Danny has built effective partnerships with vendors to ensure ethical sourcing, and has successfully worked with third parties to implement sustainable changes.

Before working for Cabela's, Danny worked in Malawi as a professor and directed a small tile manufacturing company. His experience overseeing manufacturing in the developing world gives him a unique perspective of factory compliance. He believes business has the ability to transform communities.

Danny holds a BS in Education from the University of Kansas and an MBA, in Environmental and Social Sustainability, from Colorado Technical University. He resides in Denver and enjoys golf, tennis, and traveling the world.

Kris Spriano, Supply Chain Sustainability Manager; Cisco Systems Inc.
Kris Spriano is a Supply Chain Sustainability Manager at Cisco Systems, Inc. with over fifteen years of electronics supply chain experience. In her current role, Kris leads the Supply Chain Integrated Greenhouse Gas Reduction program, which seeks to avoid one million metric tonnes of carbon from the company's supply chain by 2020. This initiative focuses on reducing transport, material and factory-related emissions in a fully-outsourced supply chain. Prior to this, Kris held roles in environmental compliance, new product introduction, demand and supply planning, manufacturing engineering and learning and development. Kris enjoys spending time with her family and friends, gardening and volunteering on local environmental committees that promote awareness, responsibility and action.

Kerri Strand, Sustainability Solutions Manager; United Parcel Service Inc.
Kerri is a Sustainability Solutions Manager for UPS' Customer Solutions group. In this role, she is responsible for communicating UPS' sustainability strategy and managing client relationships in the High Tech, Industrial Manufacturing and Automotive industries, as well as with smaller UPS customers in the Western US.

Kerri began her career at UPS in 1993 with sales and marketing responsibilities for UPS's air services. Over her 23-year career, she has held various management positions in sales, sales training and business consulting. She has been in her current role for six years.

Kerri holds a BS in Finance from Metropolitan State College of Denver and an MBA, Managing for Sustainability, from the University of Colorado - Denver.

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