2016 Program

​​​​​​​​​​​Program Session Types​:
 
  
General Sessions
  • ​​Keynotes - 60 minute opening & closing keynote addresses to kick things off and wrap them up.
  • Flash Talks ​​​- ​20-30 minute, high-impact sessions on diverse topics, featuring inspirational speakers from inside & outside the industry.
  Breakout Sessions (Tracks: sustainability, environmental compliance, energy, responsible sourcing)
  • Impact Sessions - ​Retailer-led & focused on the most pressing issues you face today, broken down by track.
  • Case Studies - ​Retailer-led, in-depth presentations of best practices & challenges learned while charting new paths​​ in the field.
  Workshops
  • 101 Workshops - Designed for those with less experience in the field, presented by industry leaders.
  • Topical Workshops - Hands-on sessions focused on leadership, development and innovation, while hitting critical industry topics.

11:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Registration & Information
Pick up your registration materials here, along with answers to all your questions.
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Retail Sustainability Initiative Meeting
This meeting is open to committee members only. If you have any questions please contact adam.siegel@rila.org
Retail Environmental Compliance Meeting
This meeting is open to committee members only. If​ you have any questions please contact sue.pifer@rila.org
Retail Energy Management Meeting
This meeting is open to committee members only. If you have any questions please contact erin.hiatt​@rila.org ​​​​
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Shopping Center Recycling Meeting
This meeting is invitation only, if you have any questions please contact erin.hiatt​@rila.org​​
3:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Environmental Compliance 101 Workshop: Back to Basics
In this interactive workshop, explore issues in federal regulatory requirements related to retail responsibilities when managing environmental compliance at their facilities. Participants will explore the significant federal environmental statutes and regulations from the following categories:   
  • Air – The Clean Air Act
  • Hazardous Materials – The Hazardous Material Transportation Act, EPCRA and Hazard Communication Standard
  • Hazardous Waste – The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
  • Water – The Clean Water Act and the Oil Pollution Act
Sustainability 101 Workshop: The Context, Tools and Tricks You Need to Be Effective
Examine how to connect sustainability to the retail business in this workshop. Through interactive case studies and small/large group activities, this “learn-by-doing” environment will offer participants the opportunity to both network and learn from leaders in retail sustainability. The workshop will cover topics in sustainability such as making the business case, connecting to the core purpose of your company, the maturity arch of sustainability in retail, metrics for measuring progress (e.g., GRI, SASB, CDP), engaging buying and sourcing teams, collaborating with external stakeholders, and working with suppliers.
Finance 101 Workshop: Translating Metrics
During this workshop, attendees will learn how to speak finance and translate energy and sustainability metrics into financial metrics. Participants will be able to take away useful knowledge that will help bridge the communication gap between their sustainability teams and their internal finance teams. Topics include:
  • Thinking like a finance professional
  • Teaming with the finance organization: planning, forecasting, & measurement
  • Applying finance concepts to sustainability projects
  • Live case examples​
5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Conference Orientation
Come learn from the pros on how to best take advantage of the event - whether you’re here to network with peers, identify new service providers, learn in the sessions, or all of the above! RILA staff and conference regulars will share their tips, followed by time for questions and networking with veterans and fellow newbies.
5:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
Colleagues and Cocktails
Please join us for a welcome reception in The Spark to kick off the 2016 Retail Sustainability Conference.​​​
7:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Registration & Information
Pick up your registration materials here, along with answers to all your questions.
7:15 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
Breakfast
Join us for breakfast and networking before the day begins.
7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Retail Sustainability Steering Committee Meeting
8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Offsite Tour
Offsite Tour
Workshop
11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Lunch
1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Welcome & Conference Kickoff
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Opening Keynote
3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Case Study 1
Case Study 2
Case Study 4
Case Study 3
4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Case Study 5
Case Study 6
Case Study 7
Case Study 8
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Networking Reception in The Spark
Join conference attendees for an evening reception in this year's new and exciting exhibit hall, The Spark. Share the day's learnings, while you connect and network with peers.
8:00 a.m. - 8:20 a.m.
Flash Talk 1
8:20 a.m. - 8:40 a.m.
Flash Talk 2
6:00 a.m. - 7:00 a.m.
Morning Run
7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Registration & Information
Pick up your registration materials here, along with answers to all your questions.​
8:40 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Flash Talk 3
8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Compliance Session
9:00 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.
Flash Talk 4
9:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Topical Workshop 1
Topical Workshop 2
Topical Workshop 3
Topical Workshop 4
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch in The Spark
​Spark up new ideas and network with peers during this year's roundtable lunch. Each table will be assigned a different conversation topic, ranging anywhere from store engagement to product design.
Topics will include:
  • Community Relations
  • Compliance Management Systems
  • Conflict Minerals
  • Energy Management Systems
  • Envisioning the Future for Sustainability
  • Extended Producer Responsibility,
  • Government Engagement/Environmental Advocacy
  • Green Chemistry
  • Hazardous Waste Management
  • Integrated Reporting
  • Landlord Engagement
  • Renewable Energy Strategies
  • Financing Sustainability & Energy Projects
  • Supplier Engagement
  • Managing State and Regional Compliance​
1:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
An Afternoon in The Spark
1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Topical Workshop 1
Topical Workshop 4
Compliance Session
Topical Workshop 3
Topical Workshop 2
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Breakout Session 4
Breakout Session 2
Breakout Session 1
Breakout Session 3
4:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Flash Talk 1
5:15 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.
Flash Talk 2
5:45 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
Networking Reception in The Spark
Take this opportunity to network with conference attendees for the final evening reception in The Spark.
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Breakout 1
Breakout 4
Breakout 3
Breakout 2
9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Roundtable 3
Roundtable 1
Roundtable 4
Roundtable 2
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Closing Keynote
Tuesday 9/27/2016 - 11:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Registration & Information
Pick up your registration materials here, along with answers to all your questions.
Tuesday 9/27/2016 - 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Retail Sustainability Initiative Meeting
This meeting is open to committee members only. If you have any questions please contact adam.siegel@rila.org
Retail Environmental Compliance Meeting
This meeting is open to committee members only. If​ you have any questions please contact sue.pifer@rila.org
Retail Energy Management Meeting
This meeting is open to committee members only. If you have any questions please contact erin.hiatt​@rila.org ​​​​
Tuesday 9/27/2016 - 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Shopping Center Recycling Meeting
This meeting is invitation only, if you have any questions please contact erin.hiatt​@rila.org​​
Tuesday 9/27/2016 - 3:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Environmental Compliance 101 Workshop: Back to Basics
In this interactive workshop, explore issues in federal regulatory requirements related to retail responsibilities when managing environmental compliance at their facilities. Participants will explore the significant federal environmental statutes and regulations from the following categories:   
  • Air – The Clean Air Act
  • Hazardous Materials – The Hazardous Material Transportation Act, EPCRA and Hazard Communication Standard
  • Hazardous Waste – The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
  • Water – The Clean Water Act and the Oil Pollution Act
Sustainability 101 Workshop: The Context, Tools and Tricks You Need to Be Effective
Examine how to connect sustainability to the retail business in this workshop. Through interactive case studies and small/large group activities, this “learn-by-doing” environment will offer participants the opportunity to both network and learn from leaders in retail sustainability. The workshop will cover topics in sustainability such as making the business case, connecting to the core purpose of your company, the maturity arch of sustainability in retail, metrics for measuring progress (e.g., GRI, SASB, CDP), engaging buying and sourcing teams, collaborating with external stakeholders, and working with suppliers.
Finance 101 Workshop: Translating Metrics
During this workshop, attendees will learn how to speak finance and translate energy and sustainability metrics into financial metrics. Participants will be able to take away useful knowledge that will help bridge the communication gap between their sustainability teams and their internal finance teams. Topics include:
  • Thinking like a finance professional
  • Teaming with the finance organization: planning, forecasting, & measurement
  • Applying finance concepts to sustainability projects
  • Live case examples​
Tuesday 9/27/2016 - 5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Conference Orientation
Come learn from the pros on how to best take advantage of the event - whether you’re here to network with peers, identify new service providers, learn in the sessions, or all of the above! RILA staff and conference regulars will share their tips, followed by time for questions and networking with veterans and fellow newbies.
Tuesday 9/27/2016 - 5:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
Colleagues and Cocktails
Please join us for a welcome reception in The Spark to kick off the 2016 Retail Sustainability Conference.​​​
Wednesday 9/28/2016 - 7:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Registration & Information
Pick up your registration materials here, along with answers to all your questions.
Wednesday 9/28/2016 - 7:15 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
Breakfast
Join us for breakfast and networking before the day begins.
Wednesday 9/28/2016 - 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Retail Sustainability Steering Committee Meeting
Wednesday 9/28/2016 - 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Offsite Tour
Offsite Tour
Workshop
Wednesday 9/28/2016 - 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Lunch
Wednesday 9/28/2016 - 1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Welcome & Conference Kickoff
Wednesday 9/28/2016 - 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Opening Keynote
Wednesday 9/28/2016 - 3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Case Study 1
Case Study 2
Case Study 4
Case Study 3
Wednesday 9/28/2016 - 4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Case Study 5
Case Study 6
Case Study 7
Case Study 8
Wednesday 9/28/2016 - 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Networking Reception in The Spark
Join conference attendees for an evening reception in this year's new and exciting exhibit hall, The Spark. Share the day's learnings, while you connect and network with peers.
Thursday 9/28/2016 - 8:00 a.m. - 8:20 a.m.
Flash Talk 1
Thursday 9/28/2016 - 8:20 a.m. - 8:40 a.m.
Flash Talk 2
Thursday 9/29/2016 - 6:00 a.m. - 7:00 a.m.
Morning Run
Thursday 9/29/2016 - 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Registration & Information
Pick up your registration materials here, along with answers to all your questions.​
Thursday 9/29/2016 - 8:40 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Flash Talk 3
Thursday 9/29/2016 - 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Compliance Session
Thursday 9/29/2016 - 9:00 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.
Flash Talk 4
Thursday 9/29/2016 - 9:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Topical Workshop 1
Topical Workshop 2
Topical Workshop 3
Topical Workshop 4
Thursday 9/29/2016 - 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch in The Spark
​Spark up new ideas and network with peers during this year's roundtable lunch. Each table will be assigned a different conversation topic, ranging anywhere from store engagement to product design.
Topics will include:
  • Community Relations
  • Compliance Management Systems
  • Conflict Minerals
  • Energy Management Systems
  • Envisioning the Future for Sustainability
  • Extended Producer Responsibility,
  • Government Engagement/Environmental Advocacy
  • Green Chemistry
  • Hazardous Waste Management
  • Integrated Reporting
  • Landlord Engagement
  • Renewable Energy Strategies
  • Financing Sustainability & Energy Projects
  • Supplier Engagement
  • Managing State and Regional Compliance​
Thursday 9/29/2016 - 1:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
An Afternoon in The Spark
Thursday 9/29/2016 - 1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Topical Workshop 1
Topical Workshop 4
Compliance Session
Topical Workshop 3
Topical Workshop 2
Thursday 9/29/2016 - 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Breakout Session 4
Breakout Session 2
Breakout Session 1
Breakout Session 3
Thursday 9/29/2016 - 4:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Flash Talk 1
Thursday 9/29/2016 - 5:15 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.
Flash Talk 2
Thursday 9/29/2016 - 5:45 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
Networking Reception in The Spark
Take this opportunity to network with conference attendees for the final evening reception in The Spark.
Friday 9/30/2016 - 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Breakout 1
Breakout 4
Breakout 3
Breakout 2
Friday 9/30/2016 - 9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Roundtable 3
Roundtable 1
Roundtable 4
Roundtable 2
Friday 9/30/2016 - 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Closing Keynote