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
10:00 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 & Responsible Sourcing Committee 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
3:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Workshop: Sustainability 101
This session will offer an opportunity to learn from leaders in the retail sustainability field. 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, working with operations, and engaging suppliers.  The workshop will encourage participants to share challenges, successes and tips as they share with one and other and with the session leaders.
Magnolia 2
Speaker(s):

Brittni Furrow, Director, Sustainability Index, Walmart
Jessica Balsam, DTC Global Sustainability Manager, NIKE 
Tim Greiner, Co-founder, Managing Director, Pure Strategies 

Workshop: Finance 101: Understanding the CFO & Translating Metrics
Join Deloitte Finance to learn how most effectively communicate the value proposition of energy efficiency and sustainability projects to your corporate finance team. 
This session features:
- Insights into the CFO role, 
- Hands-on exercises, 
- Case studies, and
- Key take aways from interviews with senior retail finance professionals to get you from project idea to implementation. 
Magnolia 1
Speaker(s):

​Martha Fung, Manager, Strategy & Operations, Finance, Deloitte
​Josh Mellinger, Manager, Strategy & Operations Practice, Deloitte  
Workshop: Government Relations 101
Government policy plays a critical role in both enabling and complicating solutions to today’s most pressing environmental and social challenges. Therefore, government relations, or the process for interacting with government officials to educate them on policy implications, must be a core component of any strong corporate sustainability, environmental, or responsible sourcing program. This session will uncover the key strategies and tactics for a successful government relations initiative.
Azalea 3
Speaker(s):

Hun Quach, Vice President, International Trade, RILA
Christine Pollack, Vice President, Government Affairs, RILA

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 RSECC.
The Spark
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.​
The Spark
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Informal Dine-Arounds
Join colleagues and dine around the National Harbor. Sign-up onsite at the registration and information desk. Please contact liz.solorzano@rila.org for more information. 

7:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Registration & Information
Pick up your registration materials here, along with answers to all your questions.
Annapolis Registration Desk
7:15 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
Breakfast & Networking
Join us for breakfast and networking before the day begins.
Woodrow Wilson Foyer
Sponsor(s):

Wipro EcoEnergy
7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Retail Sustainability Steering Committee Meeting (invitation only)
This is a private meeting for RILA members on the Retail Sustainability and Environmental Compliance Steering Committee. The committee is comprised of sustainability and environmental compliance leaders across retail segments and is primarily responsible for planning the annual conference.​
8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Offsite Tour: Air and Space Museum
Buses will depart at 8:00 a.m. | An in depth tour led by the museum's docents (volunteer guides), will highlight the Museum's collection and trace the history of air and space travel. 
Offsite Tour: Walking Tour of The Monuments
Buses will depart at 8:00 a.m. | Learn about the history of the National Monuments on this walking tour through D.C. While on the tour hear about how each monument has been operating with sustainability in mind.
Offsite Tour: Kayaking
Buses will depart at 8:00 a.m. | Chat with your fellow paddlers as you kayak along the quiet, forested shores of Piscataway Bay, past osprey nests high up in the island trees, with eagles and osprey soaring overhead looking for their next meal.  As you approach the Potomac River, you'll enjoy a wonderful historical perspective of the region, with distant views of Mount Vernon, the Washington Monument, the Capitol Building, and the Fort Washington Light House. 
Offsite Tour: Lobbying for Sustainability on Capitol Hill
Buses will depart at 8:00 a.m. | Invite only – please contact Adam Siegel at adam.siegel@rila.org to learn more
Offsite Tour: Capitol Hill Tour
Buses will depart at 8:00 a.m. | Once inside the historic Capitol, visitors will see the Crypt, the Rotunda, and National Statuary Hall during this guided tour. 
11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Lunch & Networking
Join your peers for lunch and networking prior to the conference kickoff and opening keynote in the Spark.
The Spark
1:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Welcome & Conference Kickoff
Woodrow Wilson Ballroom
Sponsor(s):

CB&I
1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Unbox Your Thinking to Create Innovation Breakthroughs
Businesses know that innovation keeps them on the cutting edge of everything from technology to lifestyle to marketing to productivity increases. Why has innovation become mission critical? In this eye-opening, roller-coaster tour through the landscape of now, you will learn how "Ubertrends" — massive waves with broad implications for today's business and consumer lifestyle — are reshaping the innovation landscape. Ubertrends help explain the driving forces behind market phenomena and how these tectonic shifts affect demographics, products and retail logistics technology.
Woodrow Wilson Ballroom
Speaker(s):

tchong_michael110x130.jpgMichael Tchong, Founder, ​Social Revolution LLC

Sponsor(s):

CB&I
2:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Chasing Generator Status: Clarifying Definitions, Examining Recent Trends
​Environmental Case Study: 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.​
Baltimore 1-2
Speaker(s):

Gavin Pendleton, Manager, Costco
Greg Blount, ​Partner, Troutman Sanders
Karlie Clemons, Attorney, Troutman Sanders
Sponsor(s):

CB&I, Stericycle, AECOM, The OS Group
Turning Supply Chain Data Into Insights, Action, and Results
​Responsible Sourcing Case Study: 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. ​​
Annapolis 3-4
Speaker(s):

Brittni Furrow, Director, Sustainability Index, Walmart
Sheila Bonini, Chief Executive Officer, The Sustainability Consortium
Jim Sullivan, Vice President, Sustainability & Business Innovation, ​SAP
Sponsor(s):

Li & Fung, Intertek, ELEVATE
Creating a Self-Reinforcing Energy Management Strategy
Energy Case Study: Energy management can feel like a stop and go ride that stalls when projects with the quickest paybacks are exhausted. However, retailers can tap into new economical projects if they stop to address the internal processes underlying their success. Using a recent submetering project as a case study, join Ryan Billing, Director of Construction with Abercrombie & Fitch to discuss how addressing internal processes like leasing, energy modeling, and relationship building have been just as critical to successful energy savings as knowing the best technology options.
Annapolis 1-2
Speaker(s):

Ryan Billing, Director, Construction, Abercrombie & Fitch

Sponsor(s):

CB&I, Schneider Electric, Current powered by GE, Altenex
Good to Great Sustainability Program
​Sustainability Case Study: 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.​
Baltimore 3-5
Speaker(s):

​Paul Campbell, Director, Sustainability, Green Leadership, Sears
Erik Mohn, Manager, Sustainability, Schneider Electric 
Sponsor(s):

CB&I, Schneider Electric, UL, Avangard Innovative
3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Review RILA's New Tool: The Center for Retail Compliance
​Environmental Compliance Case Study: 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.​
Baltimore 1-2
Speaker(s):

Tiffin Shewmake, Executive Director, CRC, RILA
Sponsor(s):

CB&I, Stericycle, AECOM, The OS Group
Map Your Forced Labor Risks to Enable Responsible Sourcing
​Responsible Sourcing Case Study: 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.​
Annapolis 3-4
Speaker(s):

Preston Witt, Manager, Supplier Code of Conduct Compliance, ​Costco
Tonette Lim, Manager, Operations, ​UL
Sponsor(s):

Li & Fung, Intertek, ELEVATE
Thinking Inside the (Store) Box: EDF Climate Corps and RILA Co-Develop Leading Practices for Project Development
​Energy Case Study: 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.​
Annapolis 1-2
Speaker(s):

Huge Cherne, Senior Manager, Sustainability, Best Buy
Erin Hiatt, Senior Manager, Sustainability & Compliance, RILA
Scott Wood, ​Manager, EDF Climate Corps
Sponsor(s):

CB&I, Schneider Electric, Current powered by GE, Altenex
Materiality & Sustainability
​Sustainability Case Study: This session will explore the SASB accounting standards for the retail industry, and highlight how they represent a pragmatic approach to:
• identifying the energy/sustainability topics most material to the retailers
• measuring performance relative to those topics
• transforming how energy/sustainability matters are valued
• ​improving corporate disclosures
Baltimore 3-5
Sponsor(s):

CB&I, Schneider Electric, UL, Avangard Innovative
4:30 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.
Seeking Inspiration from Wildlife
Woodward Wilson Ballroom
Speaker(s):

Dennis Kelly, Director, National Zoo
Sponsor(s):

Mannatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
4:50 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Seeking Inspiration from the Wild
Woodrow Wilson Ballroom
Speaker(s):

Gary Knell, President, Chief Executive Officer, National Geographic Society

Sponsor(s):

Mannatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Networking Reception in The Spark
Join conference attendees for an evening reception in The Spark. Share the day's learnings, while you connect and network with peers.
The Spark
7:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Registration & Information
Pick up your registration materials here, along with answers to all your questions.​
Annapolis Registration Desk
7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Breakfast & Networking
Join us for breakfast and networking before the day begins.
Woodrow Wilson Foyer
Sponsor(s):

Clean Harbors/Safety-Kleen
8:00 a.m. - 8:20 a.m.
Leadership Lessons: Leading Sustainability for the Largest U.S. Purchaser, the Federal Government
Woodrow Wilson Ballroom
Speaker(s):

christine-harada-110x130.jpgChristine Harada, Federal Chief Sustainability Officer, ​Office of Federal Sustainability, Council on Environmental Quality
Sponsor(s):

US Ecology
8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
Concurrent Session: 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.​​
Baltimore 3-5
Speaker(s):

John Fischer, Branch Chief, Commercial Waste Reduction & Waste Planning, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP)
Sponsor(s):

CB&I, Stericycle, AECOM, The OS Group
8:20 a.m. - 8:40 a.m.
How do Consumers Respond to Ethically Sourced Products?
Woodrow Wilson Ballroom
Speaker(s):

Mike Norton, Professor, Business Administration, Harvard Business School
Sponsor(s):

US Ecology
8:40 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Flash Talk
Woodrow Wilson Ballroom
Speaker(s):

Whitney Mayer, Manager, Social Innovation, Hershey
Sponsor(s):

US Ecology
8:45 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Concurrent Session: Environmental Compliance Information Systems (EMIS)
Valvoline has a consistent Environmental, Health and Safety record, aspiring to achieve its ultimate goal of zero incidents.  Through constant re-examination of its processes and procedures, Valvoline has been able to improve its record in the EHS space. Valvoline is leveraging technology to monitor performance through a robust management information system and industry leading data analytics tools.
 
Valvoline, in its effort to constantly strive to meet its ultimate goal, partnered with ProcessMAP one of the industry leaders in EHS MIS.  The partnership combines Valvoline’s EHS commitment and expertise with a comprehensive technology platform.  
 
Valvoline’s presentation will consist of three key sections:
1)      Valvoline’s Health and Safety History – a look back on how Valvoline first implemented key KPIs to monitor and improve employee’s workspace and customer areas within the company.
2)      Valvoline’s Current and Future EHS Initiatives – a review of Valvoline’s key metrics, processes, procedures and methods in encouraging safe behaviors throughout the Valvoline ecosystem.
3)      Valvoline’s Commitment to Technology – a discussion around how the ProcessMAP platform along with its associated data analytics tool will provide lagging and leading indicators in order to improve Valvoline’s EHS performance.
Baltimore 3-5
Speaker(s):

Nate Snyder, Senior Manager, Safety Services, Valvoline

Sponsor(s):

CB&I, Stericycle, AECOM, The OS Group
9:00 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.
Partnering with Corporations to Promote the Next Generation of Sustainability
Woodrow Wilson Ballroom
Speaker(s):

Tom Murray, Vice President, Corporate Partnerships Program, EDF
Sponsor(s):

US Ecology
9:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Workshop: Design Thinking
Whether you are addressing or influencing the needs or actions of customers, employees, factory workers, or others, all of our work is ultimately about influencing people. Design thinking is a process that has been employed and refined for many years and in many contexts to put people at the center of decision-making. It presents a methodical set of critical skills to empathetically listen to and understand the needs, desires, and challenges of your stakeholders; rapidly develop, prototype, and refine creative new solutions at low cost; then deploy solutions at scale. Come to this session for an introduction to the design thinking process and how you can use it in your own work.
Baltimore 1-2
Speaker(s):

Kimberly Douglas, President, Firefly Facilitation

Workshop: Innovating for the Future: A Different Look at Sustainability
The world is changing rapidly in ways that will have profound implications for the retail sector in the US and beyond over the next 15 years. Some of these changes we can foresee with a high degree of likelihood, others are far less certain. While we can’t predict the future, we know it will be dramatically different from today. Join Georgia Rubenstein of Forum for the Future for a fast-paced interactive session to help consider how retailers can prepare for the future – mitigating risk and finding opportunities for growth and innovation in an increasingly complex and uncertain operating environment.
Baltimore 3-5
Speaker(s):

Georgia Rubenstein, Principal, Sustainability Advisor, Forum for the Future
Workshop: Stealing Strategies from the Experts’ Playbook: Achieving More in Less Time, with Fewer Resources, and with Better Results
Leaders in retail industries daily face a gauntlet of continually changing challenges.  Successfully navigating the competitive environment of today requires skill and knowledge. But skills developed yesterday are not always useful today, and yesterday's knowledge may not solve tomorrow's problems. So how do the consistent achievers, the top performers, regularly gain success in an irregular world? They use proven strategies to maximize their experience, refine critical skills, and recognize and capitalize on the subtle factors that make them industry front runners. Blending contemporary research, industry appropriate examples, and personal experience as a performance coach, Dr. Schempp will identify the strategies and principles experts use to consistently achieve extraordinary results. This entertaining, stimulating, and practical presentation is perfect for organizations and individuals looking to not only succeed, become and remain leaders in retail industries. Topics include: 
How Experts Discover and Master Fresh Skills and Knowledge
The Talent Myth: How Ordinary People Accomplish Extraordinary Things
Seeing Potential & Possibilities in Everyday Events
Achieving More with Fewer Resources
Making Powerful, Purposeful and Permanent Decisions Under Intense Pressure​
Annapolis 3-4
Speaker(s):

Dr. Paul Schempp, Professor, ​University of Georgia
Innovative Internal and External Financing for Energy Projects
Even at cash rich companies, the fight for internal capital can leave compelling energy projects unfunded. Join this workshop to learn how retailers are overcoming this challenge through innovative internal financing and underutilized external financing mechanisms ranging from internal venture capital funds to green bonds.​
Annapolis 1-2
Speaker(s):

Adam Sledd, Director, Market Engagement, Institute for Market Transformation (IMT)
Andrew Feierman, Senior Program Associate, Commerical Real Estate Engagement, ​Institute for Market Transformation (IMT)
11:15 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​​
  • Sustainable Consumption
  • Forced Labor
The Spark
1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Untangling the Complexity of Stormwater
Environmental Compliance Impact Session: Retailers face challenges with stormwater management such as multi-retailer developments, construction contractors, green infrastructure, and customer parking lot run-off. This session will include a panel discussion with representatives from EPA, legal counsel, and a retail operator on specific challenges found during construction and operations in multi-tenant scenario with joint compliance responsibilities.  Additionally, the session will include a discussion of how Walmart uses data management systems to assist them with managing a large portfolio with minimal staff.  
Chesapeake D-F
Speaker(s):

​Mark Goldsmith, Director, Storm Compliance, Walmart
Toni McCrory, Senior Manager, Walmart
Greg Schaner, Attorney Advisor, Water Permits Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Richard Davis, Principal, Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.
Sponsor(s):

CB&I, Stericycle, AECOM, The OS Group
Workshop: Design Thinking
Whether you are addressing or influencing the needs or actions of customers, employees, factory workers, or others, all of our work is ultimately about influencing people. Design thinking is a process that has been employed and refined for many years and in many contexts to put people at the center of decision-making. It presents a methodical set of critical skills to empathetically listen to and understand the needs, desires, and challenges of your stakeholders; rapidly develop, prototype, and refine creative new solutions at low cost; then deploy solutions at scale. Come to this session for an introduction to the design thinking process and how you can use it in your own work.
Baltimore 1-2
Speaker(s):

Kimberly Douglas, President, Firefly Facilitation
Innovative Internal and External Financing for Energy Projects
Even at cash rich companies, the fight for internal capital can leave compelling energy projects unfunded. Join this workshop to learn how retailers are overcoming this challenge through innovative internal financing and underutilized external financing mechanisms ranging from internal venture capital funds to green bonds.​
Annapolis 1-2
Speaker(s):

Adam Sledd, Director, Market Engagement, Institute for Market Transformation (IMT)
Andrew Feierman, Senior Program Associate, Commerical Real Estate Engagement, ​Institute for Market Transformation (IMT)
Workshop: Stealing Strategies from the Experts’ Playbook: Achieving More in Less Time, with Fewer Resources, and with Better Results
Leaders in retail industries daily face a gauntlet of continually changing challenges.  Successfully navigating the competitive environment of today requires skill and knowledge. But skills developed yesterday are not always useful today, and yesterday's knowledge may not solve tomorrow's problems. So how do the consistent achievers, the top performers, regularly gain success in an irregular world? They use proven strategies to maximize their experience, refine critical skills, and recognize and capitalize on the subtle factors that make them industry front runners. Blending contemporary research, industry appropriate examples, and personal experience as a performance coach, Dr. Schempp will identify the strategies and principles experts use to consistently achieve extraordinary results. This entertaining, stimulating, and practical presentation is perfect for organizations and individuals looking to not only succeed, become and remain leaders in retail industries. Topics include: 
How Experts Discover and Master Fresh Skills and Knowledge
The Talent Myth: How Ordinary People Accomplish Extraordinary Things
Seeing Potential & Possibilities in Everyday Events
Achieving More with Fewer Resources
Making Powerful, Purposeful and Permanent Decisions Under Intense Pressure​​
Annapolis 3-4
Speaker(s):

Dr. Paul Schempp, Professor, ​University of Georgia
Workshop: Innovating for the Future: A Different Look at Sustainability
The world is changing rapidly in ways that will have profound implications for the retail sector in the US and beyond over the next 15 years. Some of these changes we can foresee with a high degree of likelihood, others are far less certain. While we can’t predict the future, we know it will be dramatically different from today. Join Georgia Rubenstein of Forum for the Future for a fast-paced interactive session to help consider how retailers can prepare for the future – mitigating risk and finding opportunities for growth and innovation in an increasingly complex and uncertain operating environment.
Baltimore 3-5
Speaker(s):

Georgia Rubenstein, Principal, Sustainability Advisor, Forum for the Future
3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Haz Waste Management 2017 and Beyond
​Environmental Compliance Impact Session: 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.​
Baltimore 1-2
Sponsor(s):

CB&I, Stericycle, AECOM, The OS Group
Defining the Role of Risk Assessment in CSR Programs within the Retail Industry
Responsible Sourcing Impact Session: In today’s global environment companies face new challenges around the management of risk. Globalization and connectivity have significantly shifted the traditional operating environment and allowed additional stakeholders, such as communities, employees, regulators, politicians, suppliers, NGO’s and the media, to drive forward the movement behind “social risks”. The ability to thoroughly assess risk in new and existing supply chains has become critical. Failure to factor responsible sourcing into business decisions can impact continuity of supply, cost and quality within the value chain and expose a company to regulatory issues that can compromise reputation and shareholder value. 

Inclusion of CSR will allow companies to identify risks, as well as define effective ways to address and mitigate against them. The first step in identifying the risks is to assess the actual and potential risks, not just to the company but to the rights holder as well. These new forms of risk cannot be managed through traditional means but require innovation in company culture and the use of new tools and data sources.

During this presentation we will help companies understand why they should include risk assessment as part of their responsible sourcing processes. In addition, we will present risk assessment best practices and demonstrate the internal and external benefits of conducting and acting on the findings from the assessment.
Annapolis 3-4
Speaker(s):

Carol Rice, Director, Global Compliance, Sears
Donna Westerman, ​Vice President for Consulting, Head of Retail and Consumer Goods, ​Maplecroft 
Ian Spaulding, Chief Executive Officer, President, ELEVATE
Sponsor(s):

Li& Fung, Intertek, ELEVATE
How All Retailers – Regardless of Size – Can Benefit From the Right Renewable Energy Procurement Strategy
Energy Impact Session: How do retailers with limited roof space or surrounding real estate, operating either stand alone or in shopping centers, take advantage of the sustainability and financial benefits of renewable energy and other clean technology solutions? Please join us in a highly interactive panel discussion and facilitated brainstorming session with audience participants and panelists from the Retail, Commercial Real Estate, and renewable energy development industries.  Participants will share their challenges, experiences, internal barriers and solutions that are beginning to create opportunities for renewables and clean tech in the retail sector. Focus will be on offsite renewables, aggregation of power loads, and other collaborative approaches to help achieve energy supply diversification and attainment of aggressive sustainability goals.
Annapolis 1-2
Speaker(s):

Moderator: David Hughes, Commercial Development Lead, Cleantech & Renewable Energy, Schneider Electric 
Mark Peternell, Vice President, Sustainability, ​Regency Centers
Jacob Susman, Vice President, Origination, EDF Renewable Energy
Sponsor(s):

CB&I, Scheider Electric, Current powered by GE, Altenex
Chemical Leadership 2.0
​Sustainability Impact Session: 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.​
Baltimore 3-5
Speaker(s):

Jennifer Silberman, Vice President, Wellness & Sustainability, Target
Ashley C. Hall, Senior Manager, Product Sustainability, Walmart
Georgia Rubenstein, Principal, Sustainability Advisor, Forum For The Future
Sponsor(s):

CB&I, Schneider Electric, UL, Avangard Innovative
5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Materials Management in the 21st Century
Woodrow Wilson Ballroom
Speaker(s):

MathyStanislaus_110x130.jpgMathy Stanislaus, Assistant Administrator, Office of Land & Emergency Management, ​U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Sponsor(s):

Pure Strategies
5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Engaging Youth
Woodrow Wilson Ballroom
Speaker(s):

Aria Finger, Chief Executive Officer, DoSomething.org 

Sponsor(s):

Pure Strategies
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Networking Reception
Take this opportunity to network with conference attendees for the final evening.
Woodrow Wilson Foyer
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: Product Take-Back Programs
​Environmental Compliance Impact Session: Retailers are increasingly getting involved in the collection and recycling/disposal of used products, due to voluntary initiatives, arrangements with suppliers, and/or legal mandates (e.g., under Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) laws). Products covered by these programs include electronics, batteries, and pharmaceuticals, among others. Pharmaceutical take-back programs are currently the focus of particular attention, due to (1) regulations issued in 2014 by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) regarding disposal of controlled substances, (2) the decision of the Supreme Court not to hear a challenge to the pharmaceutical take-back requirements imposed by Alameda County (California), and (3) EPA’s upcoming rule revising the requirements for managing pharmaceuticals that qualify as hazardous wastes under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). 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 waste take back programs. This alternative format promises to be fun and engaging, as well as informative.
Baltimore 1-2
Speaker(s):

Amy Ebersole-Martinez, Manager, Safety & Environmental, Petco
Wade Scheel, Director, Safety, Health, & Compliance, Stericycle
Aaron Goldberg, Principal, Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.
Sponsor(s):

CB&I, Stericycle, AECOM, The OS Group
Responsible Sourcing Frameworks and Tools
​Responsible Sourcing Impact Session: 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.​
Annapolis 3-4
Speaker(s):

Dawn Krueger, Manager, Sustainability Supply Chain, 3M Company
Margot Sfeir, Director, Marketing, ​ELEVATE
Sponsor(s):

Li & Fung, Interteck, ELEVATE
Landlord-Tenant Collaboration & EPA Tenant Star Certification Update
​Energy Impact Session: Collaboration is key to getting your task completed, join our open panel discussion between tenants, landlords and vendors. We will review a case study on solar installs on a multi-tenant shopping center with collaboration between Tenants, the Landlord and the vendors.​
Annapolis 1-2
Speaker(s):

Mike Zatz, Manager, Energy Star Buildings, ​U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Marlee Kohn, Project Manager, Sustainability, ​Oxford Properties
Rob Federighi, Senior Vice President, Sales, SoCore Energy 
Sponsor(s):

CB&I, Schneider Electric, Current powered by GE, Altenex
Circular Economy Workshop
​Sustainability Impact Session: 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 ​
Baltimore 3-5
Speaker(s):

John Atcheson, Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder, Stuffstr 
Steve Gutmann, Vice President, Business Development, Co-Founder, Stuffstr 
Sponsor(s):

CB&I, Schneider Electric, UL, Avangard Innovative
9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Environmental Compliance Roundtable (Retailers & Brands only)
Facilitated retailer/brand-only discussion on compliance. Come to hear from your colleagues and share your experiences and learnings from the week.
Baltimore 1-2
Speaker(s):

Rob Gass, Director, Hazardous Materials & Environmental Compliance, Lowe’s
Sustainability Roundtable (Retailers & Brands only)
Facilitated retailer/brand-only discussion on sustainability. Come to hear from your colleagues and share your experiences and learnings from the week.
Baltimore 3-5
Speaker(s):

Paul Campbell, Director, Sustainability & Green Leadership, Sears
Energy Roundtable (Retailers & Brands only)
Facilitated retailer/brand-only discussion on energy. Come to hear from your colleagues and share your experiences and learnings from the week.
Annapolis 1-2
Speaker(s):

Erin Hiatt, Senior Manager, Sustainability & Compliance, RILA
Responsible Sourcing Roundtable (Retailers & Brands only)
Facilitated retailer/brand-only discussion on responsible sourcing. Come to hear from your colleagues and share your experiences and learnings from the week.
Annapolis 3-4
Speaker(s):

Jim Thomas, Vice President, Sustainability, Safety, Environment, Risk, Ethics & Compliance, PETCO
Vendor-only Roundtable
Chesapeake D-F
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
The Blue Planet: Preserving and Sustaining a Healthy Earth
Woodrow Wilson Ballroom
Speaker(s):

Alexandra Cousteau, Explorer, Filmaker, Water Advocate 
Tuesday 9/27/2016 - 10:00 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 & Responsible Sourcing Committee 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 - 3:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Workshop: Sustainability 101
This session will offer an opportunity to learn from leaders in the retail sustainability field. 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, working with operations, and engaging suppliers.  The workshop will encourage participants to share challenges, successes and tips as they share with one and other and with the session leaders.
Magnolia 2
Speaker(s):

Brittni Furrow, Director, Sustainability Index, Walmart
Jessica Balsam, DTC Global Sustainability Manager, NIKE 
Tim Greiner, Co-founder, Managing Director, Pure Strategies 

Workshop: Finance 101: Understanding the CFO & Translating Metrics
Join Deloitte Finance to learn how most effectively communicate the value proposition of energy efficiency and sustainability projects to your corporate finance team. 
This session features:
- Insights into the CFO role, 
- Hands-on exercises, 
- Case studies, and
- Key take aways from interviews with senior retail finance professionals to get you from project idea to implementation. 
Magnolia 1
Speaker(s):

​Martha Fung, Manager, Strategy & Operations, Finance, Deloitte
​Josh Mellinger, Manager, Strategy & Operations Practice, Deloitte  
Workshop: Government Relations 101
Government policy plays a critical role in both enabling and complicating solutions to today’s most pressing environmental and social challenges. Therefore, government relations, or the process for interacting with government officials to educate them on policy implications, must be a core component of any strong corporate sustainability, environmental, or responsible sourcing program. This session will uncover the key strategies and tactics for a successful government relations initiative.
Azalea 3
Speaker(s):

Hun Quach, Vice President, International Trade, RILA
Christine Pollack, Vice President, Government Affairs, RILA

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 RSECC.
The Spark
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.​
The Spark
Tuesday 9/27/2016 - 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Informal Dine-Arounds
Join colleagues and dine around the National Harbor. Sign-up onsite at the registration and information desk. Please contact liz.solorzano@rila.org for more information. 

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.
Annapolis Registration Desk
Wednesday 9/28/2016 - 7:15 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
Breakfast & Networking
Join us for breakfast and networking before the day begins.
Woodrow Wilson Foyer
Sponsor(s):

Wipro EcoEnergy
Wednesday 9/28/2016 - 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Retail Sustainability Steering Committee Meeting (invitation only)
This is a private meeting for RILA members on the Retail Sustainability and Environmental Compliance Steering Committee. The committee is comprised of sustainability and environmental compliance leaders across retail segments and is primarily responsible for planning the annual conference.​
Wednesday 9/28/2016 - 8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Offsite Tour: Air and Space Museum
Buses will depart at 8:00 a.m. | An in depth tour led by the museum's docents (volunteer guides), will highlight the Museum's collection and trace the history of air and space travel. 
Offsite Tour: Walking Tour of The Monuments
Buses will depart at 8:00 a.m. | Learn about the history of the National Monuments on this walking tour through D.C. While on the tour hear about how each monument has been operating with sustainability in mind.
Offsite Tour: Kayaking
Buses will depart at 8:00 a.m. | Chat with your fellow paddlers as you kayak along the quiet, forested shores of Piscataway Bay, past osprey nests high up in the island trees, with eagles and osprey soaring overhead looking for their next meal.  As you approach the Potomac River, you'll enjoy a wonderful historical perspective of the region, with distant views of Mount Vernon, the Washington Monument, the Capitol Building, and the Fort Washington Light House. 
Offsite Tour: Lobbying for Sustainability on Capitol Hill
Buses will depart at 8:00 a.m. | Invite only – please contact Adam Siegel at adam.siegel@rila.org to learn more
Offsite Tour: Capitol Hill Tour
Buses will depart at 8:00 a.m. | Once inside the historic Capitol, visitors will see the Crypt, the Rotunda, and National Statuary Hall during this guided tour. 
Wednesday 9/28/2016 - 11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Lunch & Networking
Join your peers for lunch and networking prior to the conference kickoff and opening keynote in the Spark.
The Spark
Wednesday 9/28/2016 - 1:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Welcome & Conference Kickoff
Woodrow Wilson Ballroom
Sponsor(s):

CB&I
Wednesday 9/28/2016 - 1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Unbox Your Thinking to Create Innovation Breakthroughs
Businesses know that innovation keeps them on the cutting edge of everything from technology to lifestyle to marketing to productivity increases. Why has innovation become mission critical? In this eye-opening, roller-coaster tour through the landscape of now, you will learn how "Ubertrends" — massive waves with broad implications for today's business and consumer lifestyle — are reshaping the innovation landscape. Ubertrends help explain the driving forces behind market phenomena and how these tectonic shifts affect demographics, products and retail logistics technology.
Woodrow Wilson Ballroom
Speaker(s):

tchong_michael110x130.jpgMichael Tchong, Founder, ​Social Revolution LLC

Sponsor(s):

CB&I
Wednesday 9/28/2016 - 2:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Chasing Generator Status: Clarifying Definitions, Examining Recent Trends
​Environmental Case Study: 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.​
Baltimore 1-2
Speaker(s):

Gavin Pendleton, Manager, Costco
Greg Blount, ​Partner, Troutman Sanders
Karlie Clemons, Attorney, Troutman Sanders
Sponsor(s):

CB&I, Stericycle, AECOM, The OS Group
Turning Supply Chain Data Into Insights, Action, and Results
​Responsible Sourcing Case Study: 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. ​​
Annapolis 3-4
Speaker(s):

Brittni Furrow, Director, Sustainability Index, Walmart
Sheila Bonini, Chief Executive Officer, The Sustainability Consortium
Jim Sullivan, Vice President, Sustainability & Business Innovation, ​SAP
Sponsor(s):

Li & Fung, Intertek, ELEVATE
Creating a Self-Reinforcing Energy Management Strategy
Energy Case Study: Energy management can feel like a stop and go ride that stalls when projects with the quickest paybacks are exhausted. However, retailers can tap into new economical projects if they stop to address the internal processes underlying their success. Using a recent submetering project as a case study, join Ryan Billing, Director of Construction with Abercrombie & Fitch to discuss how addressing internal processes like leasing, energy modeling, and relationship building have been just as critical to successful energy savings as knowing the best technology options.
Annapolis 1-2
Speaker(s):

Ryan Billing, Director, Construction, Abercrombie & Fitch

Sponsor(s):

CB&I, Schneider Electric, Current powered by GE, Altenex
Good to Great Sustainability Program
​Sustainability Case Study: 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.​
Baltimore 3-5
Speaker(s):

​Paul Campbell, Director, Sustainability, Green Leadership, Sears
Erik Mohn, Manager, Sustainability, Schneider Electric 
Sponsor(s):

CB&I, Schneider Electric, UL, Avangard Innovative
Wednesday 9/28/2016 - 3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Review RILA's New Tool: The Center for Retail Compliance
​Environmental Compliance Case Study: 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.​
Baltimore 1-2
Speaker(s):

Tiffin Shewmake, Executive Director, CRC, RILA
Sponsor(s):

CB&I, Stericycle, AECOM, The OS Group
Map Your Forced Labor Risks to Enable Responsible Sourcing
​Responsible Sourcing Case Study: 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.​
Annapolis 3-4
Speaker(s):

Preston Witt, Manager, Supplier Code of Conduct Compliance, ​Costco
Tonette Lim, Manager, Operations, ​UL
Sponsor(s):

Li & Fung, Intertek, ELEVATE
Thinking Inside the (Store) Box: EDF Climate Corps and RILA Co-Develop Leading Practices for Project Development
​Energy Case Study: 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.​
Annapolis 1-2
Speaker(s):

Huge Cherne, Senior Manager, Sustainability, Best Buy
Erin Hiatt, Senior Manager, Sustainability & Compliance, RILA
Scott Wood, ​Manager, EDF Climate Corps
Sponsor(s):

CB&I, Schneider Electric, Current powered by GE, Altenex
Materiality & Sustainability
​Sustainability Case Study: This session will explore the SASB accounting standards for the retail industry, and highlight how they represent a pragmatic approach to:
• identifying the energy/sustainability topics most material to the retailers
• measuring performance relative to those topics
• transforming how energy/sustainability matters are valued
• ​improving corporate disclosures
Baltimore 3-5
Sponsor(s):

CB&I, Schneider Electric, UL, Avangard Innovative
Wednesday 9/28/2016 - 4:30 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.
Seeking Inspiration from Wildlife
Woodward Wilson Ballroom
Speaker(s):

Dennis Kelly, Director, National Zoo
Sponsor(s):

Mannatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
Wednesday 9/28/2016 - 4:50 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Seeking Inspiration from the Wild
Woodrow Wilson Ballroom
Speaker(s):

Gary Knell, President, Chief Executive Officer, National Geographic Society

Sponsor(s):

Mannatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
Wednesday 9/28/2016 - 5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Networking Reception in The Spark
Join conference attendees for an evening reception in The Spark. Share the day's learnings, while you connect and network with peers.
The Spark
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.​
Annapolis Registration Desk
Thursday 9/29/2016 - 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Breakfast & Networking
Join us for breakfast and networking before the day begins.
Woodrow Wilson Foyer
Sponsor(s):

Clean Harbors/Safety-Kleen
Thursday 9/29/2016 - 8:00 a.m. - 8:20 a.m.
Leadership Lessons: Leading Sustainability for the Largest U.S. Purchaser, the Federal Government
Woodrow Wilson Ballroom
Speaker(s):

christine-harada-110x130.jpgChristine Harada, Federal Chief Sustainability Officer, ​Office of Federal Sustainability, Council on Environmental Quality
Sponsor(s):

US Ecology
Thursday 9/29/2016 - 8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
Concurrent Session: 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.​​
Baltimore 3-5
Speaker(s):

John Fischer, Branch Chief, Commercial Waste Reduction & Waste Planning, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP)
Sponsor(s):

CB&I, Stericycle, AECOM, The OS Group
Thursday 9/29/2016 - 8:20 a.m. - 8:40 a.m.
How do Consumers Respond to Ethically Sourced Products?
Woodrow Wilson Ballroom
Speaker(s):

Mike Norton, Professor, Business Administration, Harvard Business School
Sponsor(s):

US Ecology
Thursday 9/29/2016 - 8:40 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Flash Talk
Woodrow Wilson Ballroom
Speaker(s):

Whitney Mayer, Manager, Social Innovation, Hershey
Sponsor(s):

US Ecology
Thursday 9/29/2016 - 8:45 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Concurrent Session: Environmental Compliance Information Systems (EMIS)
Valvoline has a consistent Environmental, Health and Safety record, aspiring to achieve its ultimate goal of zero incidents.  Through constant re-examination of its processes and procedures, Valvoline has been able to improve its record in the EHS space. Valvoline is leveraging technology to monitor performance through a robust management information system and industry leading data analytics tools.
 
Valvoline, in its effort to constantly strive to meet its ultimate goal, partnered with ProcessMAP one of the industry leaders in EHS MIS.  The partnership combines Valvoline’s EHS commitment and expertise with a comprehensive technology platform.  
 
Valvoline’s presentation will consist of three key sections:
1)      Valvoline’s Health and Safety History – a look back on how Valvoline first implemented key KPIs to monitor and improve employee’s workspace and customer areas within the company.
2)      Valvoline’s Current and Future EHS Initiatives – a review of Valvoline’s key metrics, processes, procedures and methods in encouraging safe behaviors throughout the Valvoline ecosystem.
3)      Valvoline’s Commitment to Technology – a discussion around how the ProcessMAP platform along with its associated data analytics tool will provide lagging and leading indicators in order to improve Valvoline’s EHS performance.
Baltimore 3-5
Speaker(s):

Nate Snyder, Senior Manager, Safety Services, Valvoline

Sponsor(s):

CB&I, Stericycle, AECOM, The OS Group
Thursday 9/29/2016 - 9:00 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.
Partnering with Corporations to Promote the Next Generation of Sustainability
Woodrow Wilson Ballroom
Speaker(s):

Tom Murray, Vice President, Corporate Partnerships Program, EDF
Sponsor(s):

US Ecology
Thursday 9/29/2016 - 9:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Workshop: Design Thinking
Whether you are addressing or influencing the needs or actions of customers, employees, factory workers, or others, all of our work is ultimately about influencing people. Design thinking is a process that has been employed and refined for many years and in many contexts to put people at the center of decision-making. It presents a methodical set of critical skills to empathetically listen to and understand the needs, desires, and challenges of your stakeholders; rapidly develop, prototype, and refine creative new solutions at low cost; then deploy solutions at scale. Come to this session for an introduction to the design thinking process and how you can use it in your own work.
Baltimore 1-2
Speaker(s):

Kimberly Douglas, President, Firefly Facilitation

Workshop: Innovating for the Future: A Different Look at Sustainability
The world is changing rapidly in ways that will have profound implications for the retail sector in the US and beyond over the next 15 years. Some of these changes we can foresee with a high degree of likelihood, others are far less certain. While we can’t predict the future, we know it will be dramatically different from today. Join Georgia Rubenstein of Forum for the Future for a fast-paced interactive session to help consider how retailers can prepare for the future – mitigating risk and finding opportunities for growth and innovation in an increasingly complex and uncertain operating environment.
Baltimore 3-5
Speaker(s):

Georgia Rubenstein, Principal, Sustainability Advisor, Forum for the Future
Workshop: Stealing Strategies from the Experts’ Playbook: Achieving More in Less Time, with Fewer Resources, and with Better Results
Leaders in retail industries daily face a gauntlet of continually changing challenges.  Successfully navigating the competitive environment of today requires skill and knowledge. But skills developed yesterday are not always useful today, and yesterday's knowledge may not solve tomorrow's problems. So how do the consistent achievers, the top performers, regularly gain success in an irregular world? They use proven strategies to maximize their experience, refine critical skills, and recognize and capitalize on the subtle factors that make them industry front runners. Blending contemporary research, industry appropriate examples, and personal experience as a performance coach, Dr. Schempp will identify the strategies and principles experts use to consistently achieve extraordinary results. This entertaining, stimulating, and practical presentation is perfect for organizations and individuals looking to not only succeed, become and remain leaders in retail industries. Topics include: 
How Experts Discover and Master Fresh Skills and Knowledge
The Talent Myth: How Ordinary People Accomplish Extraordinary Things
Seeing Potential & Possibilities in Everyday Events
Achieving More with Fewer Resources
Making Powerful, Purposeful and Permanent Decisions Under Intense Pressure​
Annapolis 3-4
Speaker(s):

Dr. Paul Schempp, Professor, ​University of Georgia
Innovative Internal and External Financing for Energy Projects
Even at cash rich companies, the fight for internal capital can leave compelling energy projects unfunded. Join this workshop to learn how retailers are overcoming this challenge through innovative internal financing and underutilized external financing mechanisms ranging from internal venture capital funds to green bonds.​
Annapolis 1-2
Speaker(s):

Adam Sledd, Director, Market Engagement, Institute for Market Transformation (IMT)
Andrew Feierman, Senior Program Associate, Commerical Real Estate Engagement, ​Institute for Market Transformation (IMT)
Thursday 9/29/2016 - 11:15 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​​
  • Sustainable Consumption
  • Forced Labor
The Spark
Thursday 9/29/2016 - 1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Untangling the Complexity of Stormwater
Environmental Compliance Impact Session: Retailers face challenges with stormwater management such as multi-retailer developments, construction contractors, green infrastructure, and customer parking lot run-off. This session will include a panel discussion with representatives from EPA, legal counsel, and a retail operator on specific challenges found during construction and operations in multi-tenant scenario with joint compliance responsibilities.  Additionally, the session will include a discussion of how Walmart uses data management systems to assist them with managing a large portfolio with minimal staff.  
Chesapeake D-F
Speaker(s):

​Mark Goldsmith, Director, Storm Compliance, Walmart
Toni McCrory, Senior Manager, Walmart
Greg Schaner, Attorney Advisor, Water Permits Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Richard Davis, Principal, Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.
Sponsor(s):

CB&I, Stericycle, AECOM, The OS Group
Workshop: Design Thinking
Whether you are addressing or influencing the needs or actions of customers, employees, factory workers, or others, all of our work is ultimately about influencing people. Design thinking is a process that has been employed and refined for many years and in many contexts to put people at the center of decision-making. It presents a methodical set of critical skills to empathetically listen to and understand the needs, desires, and challenges of your stakeholders; rapidly develop, prototype, and refine creative new solutions at low cost; then deploy solutions at scale. Come to this session for an introduction to the design thinking process and how you can use it in your own work.
Baltimore 1-2
Speaker(s):

Kimberly Douglas, President, Firefly Facilitation
Innovative Internal and External Financing for Energy Projects
Even at cash rich companies, the fight for internal capital can leave compelling energy projects unfunded. Join this workshop to learn how retailers are overcoming this challenge through innovative internal financing and underutilized external financing mechanisms ranging from internal venture capital funds to green bonds.​
Annapolis 1-2
Speaker(s):

Adam Sledd, Director, Market Engagement, Institute for Market Transformation (IMT)
Andrew Feierman, Senior Program Associate, Commerical Real Estate Engagement, ​Institute for Market Transformation (IMT)
Workshop: Stealing Strategies from the Experts’ Playbook: Achieving More in Less Time, with Fewer Resources, and with Better Results
Leaders in retail industries daily face a gauntlet of continually changing challenges.  Successfully navigating the competitive environment of today requires skill and knowledge. But skills developed yesterday are not always useful today, and yesterday's knowledge may not solve tomorrow's problems. So how do the consistent achievers, the top performers, regularly gain success in an irregular world? They use proven strategies to maximize their experience, refine critical skills, and recognize and capitalize on the subtle factors that make them industry front runners. Blending contemporary research, industry appropriate examples, and personal experience as a performance coach, Dr. Schempp will identify the strategies and principles experts use to consistently achieve extraordinary results. This entertaining, stimulating, and practical presentation is perfect for organizations and individuals looking to not only succeed, become and remain leaders in retail industries. Topics include: 
How Experts Discover and Master Fresh Skills and Knowledge
The Talent Myth: How Ordinary People Accomplish Extraordinary Things
Seeing Potential & Possibilities in Everyday Events
Achieving More with Fewer Resources
Making Powerful, Purposeful and Permanent Decisions Under Intense Pressure​​
Annapolis 3-4
Speaker(s):

Dr. Paul Schempp, Professor, ​University of Georgia
Workshop: Innovating for the Future: A Different Look at Sustainability
The world is changing rapidly in ways that will have profound implications for the retail sector in the US and beyond over the next 15 years. Some of these changes we can foresee with a high degree of likelihood, others are far less certain. While we can’t predict the future, we know it will be dramatically different from today. Join Georgia Rubenstein of Forum for the Future for a fast-paced interactive session to help consider how retailers can prepare for the future – mitigating risk and finding opportunities for growth and innovation in an increasingly complex and uncertain operating environment.
Baltimore 3-5
Speaker(s):

Georgia Rubenstein, Principal, Sustainability Advisor, Forum for the Future
Thursday 9/29/2016 - 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Haz Waste Management 2017 and Beyond
​Environmental Compliance Impact Session: 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.​
Baltimore 1-2
Sponsor(s):

CB&I, Stericycle, AECOM, The OS Group
Defining the Role of Risk Assessment in CSR Programs within the Retail Industry
Responsible Sourcing Impact Session: In today’s global environment companies face new challenges around the management of risk. Globalization and connectivity have significantly shifted the traditional operating environment and allowed additional stakeholders, such as communities, employees, regulators, politicians, suppliers, NGO’s and the media, to drive forward the movement behind “social risks”. The ability to thoroughly assess risk in new and existing supply chains has become critical. Failure to factor responsible sourcing into business decisions can impact continuity of supply, cost and quality within the value chain and expose a company to regulatory issues that can compromise reputation and shareholder value. 

Inclusion of CSR will allow companies to identify risks, as well as define effective ways to address and mitigate against them. The first step in identifying the risks is to assess the actual and potential risks, not just to the company but to the rights holder as well. These new forms of risk cannot be managed through traditional means but require innovation in company culture and the use of new tools and data sources.

During this presentation we will help companies understand why they should include risk assessment as part of their responsible sourcing processes. In addition, we will present risk assessment best practices and demonstrate the internal and external benefits of conducting and acting on the findings from the assessment.
Annapolis 3-4
Speaker(s):

Carol Rice, Director, Global Compliance, Sears
Donna Westerman, ​Vice President for Consulting, Head of Retail and Consumer Goods, ​Maplecroft 
Ian Spaulding, Chief Executive Officer, President, ELEVATE
Sponsor(s):

Li& Fung, Intertek, ELEVATE
How All Retailers – Regardless of Size – Can Benefit From the Right Renewable Energy Procurement Strategy
Energy Impact Session: How do retailers with limited roof space or surrounding real estate, operating either stand alone or in shopping centers, take advantage of the sustainability and financial benefits of renewable energy and other clean technology solutions? Please join us in a highly interactive panel discussion and facilitated brainstorming session with audience participants and panelists from the Retail, Commercial Real Estate, and renewable energy development industries.  Participants will share their challenges, experiences, internal barriers and solutions that are beginning to create opportunities for renewables and clean tech in the retail sector. Focus will be on offsite renewables, aggregation of power loads, and other collaborative approaches to help achieve energy supply diversification and attainment of aggressive sustainability goals.
Annapolis 1-2
Speaker(s):

Moderator: David Hughes, Commercial Development Lead, Cleantech & Renewable Energy, Schneider Electric 
Mark Peternell, Vice President, Sustainability, ​Regency Centers
Jacob Susman, Vice President, Origination, EDF Renewable Energy
Sponsor(s):

CB&I, Scheider Electric, Current powered by GE, Altenex
Chemical Leadership 2.0
​Sustainability Impact Session: 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.​
Baltimore 3-5
Speaker(s):

Jennifer Silberman, Vice President, Wellness & Sustainability, Target
Ashley C. Hall, Senior Manager, Product Sustainability, Walmart
Georgia Rubenstein, Principal, Sustainability Advisor, Forum For The Future
Sponsor(s):

CB&I, Schneider Electric, UL, Avangard Innovative
Thursday 9/29/2016 - 5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Materials Management in the 21st Century
Woodrow Wilson Ballroom
Speaker(s):

MathyStanislaus_110x130.jpgMathy Stanislaus, Assistant Administrator, Office of Land & Emergency Management, ​U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Sponsor(s):

Pure Strategies
Thursday 9/29/2016 - 5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Engaging Youth
Woodrow Wilson Ballroom
Speaker(s):

Aria Finger, Chief Executive Officer, DoSomething.org 

Sponsor(s):

Pure Strategies
Thursday 9/29/2016 - 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Networking Reception
Take this opportunity to network with conference attendees for the final evening.
Woodrow Wilson Foyer
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: Product Take-Back Programs
​Environmental Compliance Impact Session: Retailers are increasingly getting involved in the collection and recycling/disposal of used products, due to voluntary initiatives, arrangements with suppliers, and/or legal mandates (e.g., under Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) laws). Products covered by these programs include electronics, batteries, and pharmaceuticals, among others. Pharmaceutical take-back programs are currently the focus of particular attention, due to (1) regulations issued in 2014 by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) regarding disposal of controlled substances, (2) the decision of the Supreme Court not to hear a challenge to the pharmaceutical take-back requirements imposed by Alameda County (California), and (3) EPA’s upcoming rule revising the requirements for managing pharmaceuticals that qualify as hazardous wastes under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). 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 waste take back programs. This alternative format promises to be fun and engaging, as well as informative.
Baltimore 1-2
Speaker(s):

Amy Ebersole-Martinez, Manager, Safety & Environmental, Petco
Wade Scheel, Director, Safety, Health, & Compliance, Stericycle
Aaron Goldberg, Principal, Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.
Sponsor(s):

CB&I, Stericycle, AECOM, The OS Group
Responsible Sourcing Frameworks and Tools
​Responsible Sourcing Impact Session: 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.​
Annapolis 3-4
Speaker(s):

Dawn Krueger, Manager, Sustainability Supply Chain, 3M Company
Margot Sfeir, Director, Marketing, ​ELEVATE
Sponsor(s):

Li & Fung, Interteck, ELEVATE
Landlord-Tenant Collaboration & EPA Tenant Star Certification Update
​Energy Impact Session: Collaboration is key to getting your task completed, join our open panel discussion between tenants, landlords and vendors. We will review a case study on solar installs on a multi-tenant shopping center with collaboration between Tenants, the Landlord and the vendors.​
Annapolis 1-2
Speaker(s):

Mike Zatz, Manager, Energy Star Buildings, ​U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Marlee Kohn, Project Manager, Sustainability, ​Oxford Properties
Rob Federighi, Senior Vice President, Sales, SoCore Energy 
Sponsor(s):

CB&I, Schneider Electric, Current powered by GE, Altenex
Circular Economy Workshop
​Sustainability Impact Session: 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 ​
Baltimore 3-5
Speaker(s):

John Atcheson, Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder, Stuffstr 
Steve Gutmann, Vice President, Business Development, Co-Founder, Stuffstr 
Sponsor(s):

CB&I, Schneider Electric, UL, Avangard Innovative
Friday 9/30/2016 - 9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Environmental Compliance Roundtable (Retailers & Brands only)
Facilitated retailer/brand-only discussion on compliance. Come to hear from your colleagues and share your experiences and learnings from the week.
Baltimore 1-2
Speaker(s):

Rob Gass, Director, Hazardous Materials & Environmental Compliance, Lowe’s
Sustainability Roundtable (Retailers & Brands only)
Facilitated retailer/brand-only discussion on sustainability. Come to hear from your colleagues and share your experiences and learnings from the week.
Baltimore 3-5
Speaker(s):

Paul Campbell, Director, Sustainability & Green Leadership, Sears
Energy Roundtable (Retailers & Brands only)
Facilitated retailer/brand-only discussion on energy. Come to hear from your colleagues and share your experiences and learnings from the week.
Annapolis 1-2
Speaker(s):

Erin Hiatt, Senior Manager, Sustainability & Compliance, RILA
Responsible Sourcing Roundtable (Retailers & Brands only)
Facilitated retailer/brand-only discussion on responsible sourcing. Come to hear from your colleagues and share your experiences and learnings from the week.
Annapolis 3-4
Speaker(s):

Jim Thomas, Vice President, Sustainability, Safety, Environment, Risk, Ethics & Compliance, PETCO
Vendor-only Roundtable
Chesapeake D-F
Friday 9/30/2016 - 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
The Blue Planet: Preserving and Sustaining a Healthy Earth
Woodrow Wilson Ballroom
Speaker(s):

Alexandra Cousteau, Explorer, Filmaker, Water Advocate