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.

Session Track Legend:
Environmental Compliance
Responsible Sourcing
Energy
Sustainability
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 Energy Management Meeting
This meeting is open to committee members only. If you have any questions please contact erin.hiatt​@rila.org ​​​​
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Retail Environmental Compliance Meeting
This meeting is open to committee members only. If​ you have any questions please contact sue.pifer@rila.org
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sustainability 101 Workshop
Finance 101 Workshop
4:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Colleagues and Cocktails
Please join us for a welcome reception in The Spark to kick off the 2016 Retail Sustainability Conference.​​​​
5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Conference Orientation
Come learn in The Spark 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.​
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Informal Dine-Arounds
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 & Networking
Join us for breakfast and networking before the day begins.
8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Offsite Tour: Air and Space Museum
Offsite Tour
​Location to be determined.
11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Lunch & Networking
Join your peers for lunch and networking prior to the welcome and conference kickoff.
1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Welcome & Conference Kickoff
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Opening Keynote
2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Chasing Generator Status: Clarifying Definitions, Examining Recent Trends
Now that retailers understand their duty to manage waste that is hazardous as hazardous waste, which generator requirements apply and why they apply can be a vexing question.  This presentation and panel discussion will focus on the operational challenges and enforcement risks associated with determining the correct generator status.  This discussion will also focus on best strategies for adopting a strategic plan for determining and monitoring generator status under the ever shifting sands of federal and state rules and guidance regarding retail and pharmaceutical waste generation, including as the rules and guidance relate to reverse distribution.  This discussion will be in the weeds with compliance experts who, through experience, anecdotes, and analysis, will help attendees identify issues with their approach to determining generator status. The audience will be encouraged to participate and share their experience with building the foundation to good waste management programs in these shifting sands.  New rules from EPA will be incorporated into the discussion as appropriate and timely.
Turning Supply Chain Data into Insights, Action, and Results
This session will highlight how data from 2,000 of the most important food and consumer goods companies can be used to: identify risk areas with individual suppliers, categories, sourcing regions and policies, benchmark retailer sourcing performance against peers and benchmark suppliers in each category, set and track goals for category and supplier improvement, track performance and compliance with business commitments and other cross-sector initiatives such as the Consumer Goods Forum Deforestation Commitments and the new UN Sustainable Development Goals, and correlate sustainability performance with improved business performance for each supplier. ​
Energy Modeling
Please check back soon for more information.
Good to Great Sustainability Program
Stakeholder engagement and support is critical for a successful retail sustainability program. In this interactive workshop, we’ll be joined by leading Fortune 500 retailers and will discuss practical ways to build effective relations with internal stakeholders and best practices to successfully implement sustainability strategies throughout your organization. In addition, you’ll learn: 
• How to engage stakeholders earlier in the process rather than later to develop an inclusive & effective sustainability strategy. Understanding their perspectives and issues can help shape a better approach for your organization from early on in the process. 
• Companies need an internal champion who aligns interests of high priority stakeholders with internal decision makers.
4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Review RILA's New Tool: The Center For Retail Compliance
Come and learn about this free resource on environmental compliance for the retail community. We will demo the CRC and explore new features but also dig deeper to identify the favorite pages and top content that users are viewing. We will also introduce new retail environmental sustainability content on the CRC in areas that dovetail with environmental compliance like energy, toxics and waste.
But wait – there’s more…!
We will also be showcasing new tools to help retailers build more effective compliance programs and evaluate performance together with similar tools for sustainability and energy professionals.
Participants will also have an opportunity to provide feedback on the CRC site, tools and ideas for future content and initiatives.​
Speaker(s):

Tiffin Shewmake, Executive Director, CRC, RILA
Map Your Forced Labor Risks to Enable Responsible Sourcing
Any company will tell you, it does not explicitly choose to source from areas with forced labor, yet it is associated with an alarming number of Fortune 1000 supply chains. In order to eradicate forced labor and enable ethical sourcing in the supply chain, companies must first understand where supply chain risks lie. Attend this session to learn how mapping your supply chain provides you with an actionable plan to ensure forced labor and unethical practices are not a part of your business.
Thinking inside the (store) box: EDF Climate Corps and RILA co-develop Leading Practices for Project Development
Learn how EDF, RILA, DOE and leading retail companies partnered over the summer to develop retailer-centric leading practices.  Best Buy, EDF and RILA will share a specific example of leading practices to design pilot and scale energy management projects, drawing on past learnings and the development of new case studies and other tools.
Materiality & Sustainability
This session will explore the SASB accounting standards for the retail industry, and highlight how they represent a pragmatic approach to (1) identifying the energy/sustainability topics most material to the retailers, (2) measuring performance relative to those topics, (3) transforming how energy/sustainability matters are valued, and (4) improving corporate disclosures.
4:45 p.m. - 6:45 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.
6:00 a.m. - 7:00 a.m.
Morning Run
7:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Registration & Information
Pick up your registration materials here, along with answers to all your questions.​
7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Breakfast & Networking
Join us for breakfast and networking before the day begins.
8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
Creating a Recycling Culture: Due Diligence and Recent Trends
With the passage into law in 2014 of Massachusetts’ Commercial Organics Waste Ban and California’s Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling Rule – and with other states and localities sure to follow suit – the importance of staying ahead of rules for organics recycling has become increasingly clear.  Construction materials recycling regulations and landfill disposal bans on readily recyclable construction and demolition materials also shine a spotlight on increasing requirements related to these materials. This session will focus on the latest updates on the recycling rules from two progressive jurisdictions and a retailer will discuss how they were successful in developing and maintaining a recycling culture that is proactive rather than reactive.  
8:00 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.
Flash Talk
8:45 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Environmental Compliance Information Systems (EMIS)
Please check back soon for more information.
9:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Workshop: Design Thinking
Please check back soon for more information.
Workshop: Communicating Sustainability
Please check back soon for more information.
Workshop: Personal Development
Please check back soon for more information.
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​
1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Untangling the Complexity of Stormwater
Large national big-box retailers face similar challenges with stormwater management. This session will include discussions of MS4 permitting impacts on post-construction compliance, the latest updates on pending regulations, and Walmart will discuss current data management systems and how they assist them with managing a large portfolio with minimal staff.  Finally, a panel discussion on unique challenges facing retailers with both construction and operational compliance.  
Workshop: Design Thinking
Please check back soon for more information.
Workshop: Personal Development
Please check back soon for more information.
Workshop: Communicating Sustainability
Please check back soon for more information.
3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Haz Waste Management 2017 and Beyond
In 2015 the EPA released several rulemakings proposing revisions to regulations for hazardous waste generators. The regulation could have a significant impact on how retailers manage and dispose waste. While these rule offer some relief requested by industry groups, including RILA, retail operations will still have significant responsibilities, and relief will be available only by adopting formal training, record keeping, monitoring, and reporting obligations. This session will present options that will be available to an organization interested in taking advantage of potential cost savings under the proposed regulations.
Standardization of Supply Chain Standards
Please check back soon for more information.
How All Retailers – Regardless of Size – Can Profit From The Right Renewable Energy Procurement Strategy
How do non-Big Box retailers with limited roof space or surrounding real estate, operating either smaller concepts or leased locations in malls or shopping centers, take advantage of the sustainability and potential financial benefits of renewable energy and other clean technology solutions?  Please join us in a highly interactive panel discussion with leaders from the Retail, Commercial Real Estate, and renewable energy development industries who’ll share their stories, innovative concepts, and solutions that are bringing forth the renewables and clean tech transformation in the retail sector.  Focus will be on offsite renewables, aggregation of smaller power loads, network platforms, other collaborative approaches to help achieve energy supply diversification and attainment of aggressive sustainability goals.  
Chemical Leadership 2.0
As concerns over chemicals in consumer products continue to grow, learn how leaders are taking a proactive approach through internal efforts and external collaboration. This session would be a follow-up to the 2015 chemicals in retail discussion.
Speaker(s):

Emily McGarvey, Senior Manager, Sustainability, Target
Ashley C. Hall, Senior Manager, Product Sustainability, Walmart
Jonathon Atwood, Vice President, Sustainable Living & Corporate Communications, Unilever
Georgia Rubenstein, Principal, Sustainability Advisor, Forum For The Future
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Flash Talk
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Networking Reception in The Spark
Take this opportunity to network with conference attendees for the final evening reception in The Spark.
7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Breakfast & Networking
Join us for breakfast and networking before the day begins.
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Don’t Jeopardize Your Compliance: Pharmaceutical Take-Back Programs
Pharmaceutical Take Back programs are an increasingly important topic due to the new DEA regulations from 2014 and the Supreme Court’s decision not to hear the Alameda County case, which opened the door for local municipalities to require Rx take back programs for the public. We will use the Jeopardy-style format to have a friendly game show competition between groups of attendees at this session, using questions/answers related to all aspects of pharmaceutical take back programs.  This alternative format will keep the audience involved and engaged in the conversation, give some levity to a serious topic, and present the subject matter in a unique and yet informative manner.
Responsible Sourcing Frameworks and Tools
 In this session, we will highlight a variety of frameworks, resources and tools companies can use to develop or advance their responsible sourcing program.  We will discuss examples from the OECD, UNGC, the ELEVATE Responsible Sourcing Management Model, and others, and highlight how companies have put these tools into practice.
Landlord-Tenant Collaboration & EPA Tenant Star Certification Update
Please check back soon for more information.
Circular Economy Workshop
A Circular Economy is an alternative to a traditional linear (make, use, dispose) economy.  It is restorative by design and aims to keep products, components, and materials at their highest utility and value.  Elements of a circular economy include:
- End-of-life product take-back 
- Product-as-a-Service (PaaS) offerings
- Facilitation of DIY, in-store, or third-party repair
- Used goods resale or donation programs 
 
Stuffstr co-founders John Atcheson & Steve Gutmann, who have ample facilitation experience and a deep understanding of the Circular Economy and related business models, will lead a workshop that will educate participants on the broad range of elements related to the circular economy and then guide groups to develop potential circular economy projects for an identified company. Results of the workshop will be made available as a download at http://www.stuffstr.com/rseccworkshop ​
Speaker(s):

John Atcheson, Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder, Stuffstr 
Steve Gutmann, Vice President, Business Development, Co-Founder, Stuffstr 
9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Retailer Only Roundtables
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 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 - 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Retail Environmental Compliance Meeting
This meeting is open to committee members only. If​ you have any questions please contact sue.pifer@rila.org
Tuesday 9/27/2016 - 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sustainability 101 Workshop
Finance 101 Workshop
Tuesday 9/27/2016 - 4:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Colleagues and Cocktails
Please join us for a welcome reception in The Spark to kick off the 2016 Retail Sustainability Conference.​​​​
Tuesday 9/27/2016 - 5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Conference Orientation
Come learn in The Spark 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 - 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Informal Dine-Arounds
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 & Networking
Join us for breakfast and networking before the day begins.
Wednesday 9/28/2016 - 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Offsite Tour: Air and Space Museum
Offsite Tour
​Location to be determined.
Wednesday 9/28/2016 - 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Lunch & Networking
Join your peers for lunch and networking prior to the welcome and conference kickoff.
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 - 2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Chasing Generator Status: Clarifying Definitions, Examining Recent Trends
Now that retailers understand their duty to manage waste that is hazardous as hazardous waste, which generator requirements apply and why they apply can be a vexing question.  This presentation and panel discussion will focus on the operational challenges and enforcement risks associated with determining the correct generator status.  This discussion will also focus on best strategies for adopting a strategic plan for determining and monitoring generator status under the ever shifting sands of federal and state rules and guidance regarding retail and pharmaceutical waste generation, including as the rules and guidance relate to reverse distribution.  This discussion will be in the weeds with compliance experts who, through experience, anecdotes, and analysis, will help attendees identify issues with their approach to determining generator status. The audience will be encouraged to participate and share their experience with building the foundation to good waste management programs in these shifting sands.  New rules from EPA will be incorporated into the discussion as appropriate and timely.
Turning Supply Chain Data into Insights, Action, and Results
This session will highlight how data from 2,000 of the most important food and consumer goods companies can be used to: identify risk areas with individual suppliers, categories, sourcing regions and policies, benchmark retailer sourcing performance against peers and benchmark suppliers in each category, set and track goals for category and supplier improvement, track performance and compliance with business commitments and other cross-sector initiatives such as the Consumer Goods Forum Deforestation Commitments and the new UN Sustainable Development Goals, and correlate sustainability performance with improved business performance for each supplier. ​
Energy Modeling
Please check back soon for more information.
Good to Great Sustainability Program
Stakeholder engagement and support is critical for a successful retail sustainability program. In this interactive workshop, we’ll be joined by leading Fortune 500 retailers and will discuss practical ways to build effective relations with internal stakeholders and best practices to successfully implement sustainability strategies throughout your organization. In addition, you’ll learn: 
• How to engage stakeholders earlier in the process rather than later to develop an inclusive & effective sustainability strategy. Understanding their perspectives and issues can help shape a better approach for your organization from early on in the process. 
• Companies need an internal champion who aligns interests of high priority stakeholders with internal decision makers.
Wednesday 9/28/2016 - 4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Review RILA's New Tool: The Center For Retail Compliance
Come and learn about this free resource on environmental compliance for the retail community. We will demo the CRC and explore new features but also dig deeper to identify the favorite pages and top content that users are viewing. We will also introduce new retail environmental sustainability content on the CRC in areas that dovetail with environmental compliance like energy, toxics and waste.
But wait – there’s more…!
We will also be showcasing new tools to help retailers build more effective compliance programs and evaluate performance together with similar tools for sustainability and energy professionals.
Participants will also have an opportunity to provide feedback on the CRC site, tools and ideas for future content and initiatives.​
Speaker(s):

Tiffin Shewmake, Executive Director, CRC, RILA
Map Your Forced Labor Risks to Enable Responsible Sourcing
Any company will tell you, it does not explicitly choose to source from areas with forced labor, yet it is associated with an alarming number of Fortune 1000 supply chains. In order to eradicate forced labor and enable ethical sourcing in the supply chain, companies must first understand where supply chain risks lie. Attend this session to learn how mapping your supply chain provides you with an actionable plan to ensure forced labor and unethical practices are not a part of your business.
Thinking inside the (store) box: EDF Climate Corps and RILA co-develop Leading Practices for Project Development
Learn how EDF, RILA, DOE and leading retail companies partnered over the summer to develop retailer-centric leading practices.  Best Buy, EDF and RILA will share a specific example of leading practices to design pilot and scale energy management projects, drawing on past learnings and the development of new case studies and other tools.
Materiality & Sustainability
This session will explore the SASB accounting standards for the retail industry, and highlight how they represent a pragmatic approach to (1) identifying the energy/sustainability topics most material to the retailers, (2) measuring performance relative to those topics, (3) transforming how energy/sustainability matters are valued, and (4) improving corporate disclosures.
Wednesday 9/28/2016 - 4:45 p.m. - 6:45 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 9/29/2016 - 6:00 a.m. - 7:00 a.m.
Morning Run
Thursday 9/29/2016 - 7:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Registration & Information
Pick up your registration materials here, along with answers to all your questions.​
Thursday 9/29/2016 - 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Breakfast & Networking
Join us for breakfast and networking before the day begins.
Thursday 9/29/2016 - 8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
Creating a Recycling Culture: Due Diligence and Recent Trends
With the passage into law in 2014 of Massachusetts’ Commercial Organics Waste Ban and California’s Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling Rule – and with other states and localities sure to follow suit – the importance of staying ahead of rules for organics recycling has become increasingly clear.  Construction materials recycling regulations and landfill disposal bans on readily recyclable construction and demolition materials also shine a spotlight on increasing requirements related to these materials. This session will focus on the latest updates on the recycling rules from two progressive jurisdictions and a retailer will discuss how they were successful in developing and maintaining a recycling culture that is proactive rather than reactive.  
Thursday 9/29/2016 - 8:00 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.
Flash Talk
Thursday 9/29/2016 - 8:45 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Environmental Compliance Information Systems (EMIS)
Please check back soon for more information.
Thursday 9/29/2016 - 9:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Workshop: Design Thinking
Please check back soon for more information.
Workshop: Communicating Sustainability
Please check back soon for more information.
Workshop: Personal Development
Please check back soon for more information.
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 - 1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Untangling the Complexity of Stormwater
Large national big-box retailers face similar challenges with stormwater management. This session will include discussions of MS4 permitting impacts on post-construction compliance, the latest updates on pending regulations, and Walmart will discuss current data management systems and how they assist them with managing a large portfolio with minimal staff.  Finally, a panel discussion on unique challenges facing retailers with both construction and operational compliance.  
Workshop: Design Thinking
Please check back soon for more information.
Workshop: Personal Development
Please check back soon for more information.
Workshop: Communicating Sustainability
Please check back soon for more information.
Thursday 9/29/2016 - 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Haz Waste Management 2017 and Beyond
In 2015 the EPA released several rulemakings proposing revisions to regulations for hazardous waste generators. The regulation could have a significant impact on how retailers manage and dispose waste. While these rule offer some relief requested by industry groups, including RILA, retail operations will still have significant responsibilities, and relief will be available only by adopting formal training, record keeping, monitoring, and reporting obligations. This session will present options that will be available to an organization interested in taking advantage of potential cost savings under the proposed regulations.
Standardization of Supply Chain Standards
Please check back soon for more information.
How All Retailers – Regardless of Size – Can Profit From The Right Renewable Energy Procurement Strategy
How do non-Big Box retailers with limited roof space or surrounding real estate, operating either smaller concepts or leased locations in malls or shopping centers, take advantage of the sustainability and potential financial benefits of renewable energy and other clean technology solutions?  Please join us in a highly interactive panel discussion with leaders from the Retail, Commercial Real Estate, and renewable energy development industries who’ll share their stories, innovative concepts, and solutions that are bringing forth the renewables and clean tech transformation in the retail sector.  Focus will be on offsite renewables, aggregation of smaller power loads, network platforms, other collaborative approaches to help achieve energy supply diversification and attainment of aggressive sustainability goals.  
Chemical Leadership 2.0
As concerns over chemicals in consumer products continue to grow, learn how leaders are taking a proactive approach through internal efforts and external collaboration. This session would be a follow-up to the 2015 chemicals in retail discussion.
Speaker(s):

Emily McGarvey, Senior Manager, Sustainability, Target
Ashley C. Hall, Senior Manager, Product Sustainability, Walmart
Jonathon Atwood, Vice President, Sustainable Living & Corporate Communications, Unilever
Georgia Rubenstein, Principal, Sustainability Advisor, Forum For The Future
Thursday 9/29/2016 - 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Flash Talk
Thursday 9/29/2016 - 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 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 - 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Breakfast & Networking
Join us for breakfast and networking before the day begins.
Friday 9/30/2016 - 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Don’t Jeopardize Your Compliance: Pharmaceutical Take-Back Programs
Pharmaceutical Take Back programs are an increasingly important topic due to the new DEA regulations from 2014 and the Supreme Court’s decision not to hear the Alameda County case, which opened the door for local municipalities to require Rx take back programs for the public. We will use the Jeopardy-style format to have a friendly game show competition between groups of attendees at this session, using questions/answers related to all aspects of pharmaceutical take back programs.  This alternative format will keep the audience involved and engaged in the conversation, give some levity to a serious topic, and present the subject matter in a unique and yet informative manner.
Responsible Sourcing Frameworks and Tools
 In this session, we will highlight a variety of frameworks, resources and tools companies can use to develop or advance their responsible sourcing program.  We will discuss examples from the OECD, UNGC, the ELEVATE Responsible Sourcing Management Model, and others, and highlight how companies have put these tools into practice.
Landlord-Tenant Collaboration & EPA Tenant Star Certification Update
Please check back soon for more information.
Circular Economy Workshop
A Circular Economy is an alternative to a traditional linear (make, use, dispose) economy.  It is restorative by design and aims to keep products, components, and materials at their highest utility and value.  Elements of a circular economy include:
- End-of-life product take-back 
- Product-as-a-Service (PaaS) offerings
- Facilitation of DIY, in-store, or third-party repair
- Used goods resale or donation programs 
 
Stuffstr co-founders John Atcheson & Steve Gutmann, who have ample facilitation experience and a deep understanding of the Circular Economy and related business models, will lead a workshop that will educate participants on the broad range of elements related to the circular economy and then guide groups to develop potential circular economy projects for an identified company. Results of the workshop will be made available as a download at http://www.stuffstr.com/rseccworkshop ​
Speaker(s):

John Atcheson, Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder, Stuffstr 
Steve Gutmann, Vice President, Business Development, Co-Founder, Stuffstr 
Friday 9/30/2016 - 9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Retailer Only Roundtables
Friday 9/30/2016 - 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Closing Keynote