2013 Program 

If you have any questions regarding the conference planning, contact Erin Hiatt, coordinator of sustainability, at erin.hiatt@rila.org.

 

Session Track Legend:
Environmental Compliance
Real Estate & Facilities Management
Merchandising & Sourcing
Marketing & Communications
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Environmental Law 202: The Policy Front

Environmental law has unique social and political dynamics that factor into compliance strategies. Regulatory or legislative reform can play a role in these compliance strategies. This presentation will present practical steps and strategies for participating in regulatory or legislative reform as a means of compliance cost savings, improved compliance, improved environmental performance, and better agency relations. We will discuss how the reform process typically works, then dive into the U.S. EPA regulatory review process that is now underway to streamline retail requirements under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.

Sun C
Speaker(s):

Greg Blount
Partner
Troutman Sanders
Protection Agency
Previewing Next Generation Technologies: How They Can Be Integrated Into Your Business
Utilize the latest technologies to drive energy and water conservation. Innovations in energy storage systems, HVAC equipment and LED lighting technologies will play a part in the future sustainability of retail operations. Improvements in these technologies can provide significant energy savings into your business. In addition, technologies allowing for better water conservation are continuing to evolve and providing opportunities for water intensive businesses to reduce their consumption. Hear about the latest trends in water reclamation, zeroscaping and other exciting innovations.
Sun 4-6
Speaker(s):

Stefan Kratz
Senior Director, Customer Development
Stem
 
Bob Micunek
Director, Marketing & Sales
Springwise
 
Andy Miller
Developer, Field Sales
GE Lighting
 
Chris Pedecine
Manager, Solutions Plaza
Daikin McQuay
Conflict Minerals: What's Next for Retailers and Their Suppliers?
With a May 2014 deadline looming, what are the Conflict Minerals compliance requirements for retailers and their key suppliers? Beyond compliance, what other impacts should be considered when addressing the issue and how are things evolving? Are their ways to further leverage supplier engagement by establishing a more transparent supply chain and identifying inefficiencies and duplication? In this session you will hear real examples of how leading retailers are proactively working with their suppliers to ensure all Conflict Minerals compliance obligations are met, and how many are leveraging outside services and technologies to accelerate success.
Sun 1-3
Speaker(s):

Don Wiseman
Senior Associate, General Counsel
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
 
Michael R. Littenberg
Partner
Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP
 
Matt Thorn
Chief Operating Officer
Source 44
 
From Trash to Cash: Using Product Stewardship to Attract Customers and Build Consumer Loyalty

Is it possible to build loyalty and drive traffic through sustainability? Yes. Understanding the product lifecycle, from design and procurement to collection and processing, can help establish programs that make a difference to the marketing team, customers and the bottom line. An experts from Best Buy, Call2Recycle (the leading rechargeable battery program) and the Green Electronics Council (managers of the EPEAT green-electronic rating system) will discuss how retailers can develop responsible solutions that reach and retain customers. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from existing programs and start developing options within their own operations.

Sun D
Speaker(s):

Alexis Ludwig-Vogen
Director, Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability
Best Buy Co., Inc.

Jonas Allen
Director, Marketing
Green Electronics Council
 
Donny Rolader
Vice President, Account Management
Call2Recycle
11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Lunch in Exhibit Hall
Take this time to share what you learned during today's sessions with your colleagues and new friends while getting a first look at the innovative solutions provided in the hall. 
Florida Exhibit Hall A
1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Recycling: Innovations in Compliance, Solutions for Difficult and Technical Issues
Retailers must be aware of the proper methods of managing waste consumer products as a result of returns, damages, product overruns and discontinued/expired products. Products such as cleaning chemicals, cosmetics and aerosols pose the greatest challenge to retailers as these products may be considered hazardous waste in many states. In addition, retailers that provide food services must be aware of states that are implementing food waste bans for landfills. One solution for minimizing consumer products and food waste streams for retailers is through innovative recycling. In this session, the speakers will present practical and cost effective solutions for recycling and re-use of products typically handled as hazardous waste and re-use of food waste that is typically sent to landfills. The speakers will also discuss how pending food waste regulations will impact retailers.
Sun C
Speaker(s):

Morley Kornegor
Director, Resource Recovery
Target Corporation
 
Robin Sweere
Vice President, Sustainable Solutions
EcoScraps
 
Billy Watterson
President & Recycling Innovations Officer
g2 revolution
The Business Case for Zero Waste

Waste diversion can provide a substantial revenue source along with considerable savings for your company. The environmental benefits are huge. Closing the loop toward zero waste is possible, but can prove challenging based on location, type of commodities, vendor support, and/or support from within your company. You will hear examples of successes and challenges, and learn about new opportunities. A diverse panel of experts will lead an interactive discussion that will include an in-depth discussion of a definition of zero waste. You will have opportunities to learn from your colleagues, share your stories, and possibly even forge alliances that will help you along your waste diversion journey.

Sun 4-6
Speaker(s):

Lisa Davis
Manager, Social & Environmental Affairs
IKEA

Danny Flores
Manager, Public Affairs
H-E-B

Scot Case
Director, Markets Department
UL Environment
Updates from Existing Collaborations

Numerous multi-stakeholder collaborations have developed to combine the expertise and resources of retailers, suppliers, and other industry stakeholders. Come to this session to hear from some of those collaborative groups most relevant to retailers and consumer product manufacturers.

Sun 1-3
Speaker(s):

Jon Johnson
Academic Director
The Sustainability Consortium
 
Jason Pearson
Executive Director
Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council
 
Kirsty Stevenson
Vice President, Programs
Sustainable Apparel Coalition  
Using Collaborations to Improve Communications
Learn how 3M has created positive social and environmental impact via strategic partnerships and communications.
 
The challenge of building brands in an ever changing society with rapidly changing demographics creates immense challenges for any company. 3M company has developed strategic partnerships and communications programs targeted at enhancing corporate reputation, building consumer brand awareness and familiarity, while contributing to societal change at the same time. Learn in this session how this diverse, global, multinational company continues to reinvent themselves after 110 years.
Sun D
Speaker(s):

Angela Olson
Manager, Homecare Business Development
3M Consumer Business Group
 
Michele L. Whyle
Global Head, Sustainability & Quality
3M Consumer Business Group
3:15 - 4:15 p.m.
What Leading Climatologists and Frat Houses Taught Me About Saving the Planet

A passionate environmental activist, comedian Annabelle Gurwitch's many appearances championing sustainability include "The Oprah Winfrey Show", "CBS Early Show", and "Real Time with Bill Maher." For three years she trolled through other people's garbage as host of Wa$ted for the Planet Green Network, bringing humor and personality to the very serious discussion of the state of the environment. Annabelle’s work has also been written about in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and featured in the TIME cover story "Ten 10 Ideas That Are Changing the World."

Sun AB
Speaker(s):

Annabelle Gurwitch
Actress, Author, Columnist, and Host of Wa$ted! on Planet Green
Sponsor(s):

Clean Harbors
4:15 - 7:00 p.m.
Networking Reception in Exhibit Hall
Join other conference attendees for this great networking opportunity.
Florida Exhibit Hall A
7:30 - 8:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
Join us for breakfast and networking before the day begins.
Sun Lobby
Sponsor(s):

GP Harmon
8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Compliance Challenges and Solutions for Reverse Logistics
The regulatory and compliance landscape for the reverse logistics of retail products is rapidly changing. Some retailers have or are undergoing enforcement actions, and some are trying to understand how the regulations affect their business.  Join this session to hear from a diverse set of perspectives—a law firm, a retailer, and a third-party hazardous waste service provider—on the regulatory and compliance challenges of using reverse logistics, and potential practical solutions to those challenges.
Sun C
Speaker(s):

Pat Perry
Director, Environmental Management
CVS Caremark Corporation
 
Greg Blount
Partner
Troutman Sanders
 
Kirk Jacquay
Vice President, Operations
Stericycle, Inc.
Getting Out of the Sustainability Box: The Corporate Strategist's View
It has become a truism that sustainability must be integrated into a company’s core strategy in order to have impact. At the same time, most sustainability practitioners cite integration as a key ongoing challenge. What does this look like from the other side— the perspective of a strategy leader? Join us for a candid conversation between Chris Gaffney, Senior Vice President of Product Supply-System Strategy at the Coca-Cola Company, and Eric Olson, SVP of Advisory Services at BSR, who will draw on their experiences working through the challenges of integration with their colleagues in sustainability roles. We will discuss what works, what doesn’t, and what it means for you.
Sun AB
Speaker(s):

Eric Olson
Senior Vice President
Business for Social Responsibility (BSR)
 
Bruce Karas
Vice President, Environment & Sustainability
The Coca-Cola Company
Sponsor(s):

GDB International
9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Sustainability 101: The Context, Tools and Tricks You Need to be Effective

This in-depth session will offer an opportunity for retail executives at the start of their sustainability journeys to learn from those leading in the field. Personally learning about your new role in retail sustainability can feel daunting, so this session will help you prioritize your resources, set objectives, and align resources to accomplish your goals. The topics covered will include: sustainability in the global context, sustainability as it applies to retail, leading technologies and best practices, internal department engagement, sustainability reporting, and external stakeholder engagement. Also learn about the trials and tribulations of others' sustainability journeys.

Sun D
Speaker(s):

Fred Bedore

Senior Director, Business Strategy & Sustainability

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

 

Yalmaz Siddiqui

Senior Director, Environmental Strategy

Office Depot, Inc.

 

Adam Whinston

Director, Corporate Sustainability

JC Penney Company, Inc.


Timothy Greiner

Co-founder & Managing Director

Pure Strategies, Inc.

Hands-On Activity: Give Kids the World Village

Give Kids the World Village is a 70-acre, nonprofit “storybook” resort, located near Central Florida’s most beloved attractions, where children with life-threatening illnesses and their families are treated to weeklong, cost-free fantasy vacations. Conference attendees will tour the facilities, and then help by installing rainwater catching apparatuses on many of the facility’s large buildings. Give Kids the World will be able to use the harvested rainwater to water their landscaping vegetation.

Depart from the hotel lobby
Sponsor(s):

Waste Management
Envisioning the Future for Sustainability
To be successful in today's market, retailers must embrace emerging technologies and new opportunities to make their businesses sustainable both environmentally and economically. Come brainstorm with industry leaders about how to effectively adapt to the inevitable evolution of retail and seize opportunities. Together, we will help one another envision the path the industry must take to be sustainable far into the future.
Sun 1-3
Speaker(s):

Helen Clarkson
Director
Forum for the Future
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch Roundtables
Join your peers for lunch and networking. Each table will be designated for a different conversation topic, ranging from store engagement to product design.
 
Topics will include: Community Relations, Compliance Management Systems, Conflict Minerals, Energy Saving Practices, Envisioning the Future for Sustainability, Extended Producer Responsibility, Government Engagement/Environmental Advocacy, Green Chemistry, Hazardous Waste Management, Integrated Reporting, Landlord Engagement, Managing Activists, Managing Organic Wastes, Managing State and Regional Compliance, Recycling, Social Compliance, Sustainability 101, Toxic Chemicals and Transitioning from ORM-D to Limited Quantity.
Osceola B
Sponsor(s):

Community Recycling
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Corporate-NGO Engagement in Times of Rising Activism

Future 500 will explore trending issues in the activist network, highlighting the potential risks and opportunities they present for the retail industry and provide tangible examples of how companies can engage productively. The first half of the session will focus on current issues facing retailers such as human rights, toxics, climate change, and GMOs.

Sun AB
Speaker(s):

Danna Pfahl
Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement
Future 500
 
Bill Shireman
President
Future 500
2:45 - 3:45 p.m.
Compliance Management Systems

Learn how companies are integrating, centralizing and leveraging product and chemical data/information into their business processes and systems in order to more consistently and comprehensively comply with complex regulatory initiatives. Panelists will cover the specific and unique information requirements that are necessary to support corporate and supply chain initiatives in regulatory compliance and supply chain management. The presenters will also give an overview of the components and parameters of a successful chemical and regulatory data management program.

Sun C
Speaker(s):

Robert Gass
Manager, Hazardous Materials & Environmental Compliance
Lowe's Companies, Inc.

David Orvis
Manager, Client Program
CB&I

Isaac Powell
Project Manager
3E
Re-inventing the Landlord-Tenant Relationship Through Sustainability

There is significant opportunity for energy and waste reduction in stores and in shopping centers. However, achieving that opportunity often requires that retailers and landlords find new ways to work together. Redefining that relationship has the potential to unlock significant efficiency improvement opportunities. Hear from a group of retailers and landlords that are beginning to approach the relationship in new, innovative ways.

Sun 4-6
Speaker(s):

Russell Traw
Divisional Counsel
Family Dollar Stores, Inc.

Dee Ingersoll
Manager, Facilities Services
Destiny USA
 
John Lambert
Florida Retail Expert, Asset Management & Leasing Specialist
Jones Lang LaSalle
CVS Regulatory and Sustainability Program Implementation Success: It Takes a Plan
Successful implementation of a company-wide regulatory and sustainability data management program requires more than a few colleagues with good intentions; it takes champions, cross department collaboration, funding, and project management to implement such a fundamental shift within a large organization. Join us for a candid and interactive discussion, as CVS shares its project management plan, supplier enrollment strategy, program branding, and internal training techniques. Learn how CVS garnered support from executive champions, enlisted interdepartmental participants, and secured compliance from suppliers.
Sun 1-3
Speaker(s):

Rebecca Capwell
Senior Project Manager, Quality Assurance Store Brands
CVS Caremark Corporation
Best Practices in Reporting for Robust Sustainability Programs

Stakeholders are demanding more and more transparency from retailers on social, ethical, and environmental issues. One of the ways to address consumers’ concerns is to disclose how the organization is addressing such issues in an annual sustainability report. Keeping in mind a great report is the output of a robust sustainability program, this session will focus on how to leverage maturing trends and best practices in sustainability reporting to facilitate the development of your overall program.

Sun D
Speaker(s):

David Bouffard
Vice President, Corporate Affairs
Signet Jewelers Ltd.

Paul Campbell
Director, Sustainability & Green Leadership 
Sears Holdings Corporation

Jessica Bramhall
Senior Manager, Climate Change & Sustainability Services
Ernst & Young
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Inspiring Work from Around the World
Whether its green building or clean energy, the ultimate basis for our sustainability efforts focuses on people – our families, our co-workers, our community, our world. The organizations represented on this panel are founded on the social pillar – and how we can do well by one another by doing good in our community. Each has a unique and amazing story to share. Together we can strengthen our communities and improve the quality of life for all.
Sun AB
Speaker(s):

Moderator:
 
Tim Center
Executive Director
Sustainable Florida
 
Panelists:
 
Julie Colombino
CEO & Founder
Rebuild Globally
 
Mike Schulte
Manager, Corporate Programs
Matthew 25: Ministries

Shawn Seipler
Executive Director & Co-Founder
Clean the World
 
Jane Thompson
President
A Gift for Teaching
Sponsor(s):

Scenario
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Networking Reception in Exhibit Hall
Join other conference attendees for this great networking opportunity.
Florida Exhibit Hall A
7:30 - 8:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
Join us for breakfast and networking before the day begins.
Sun Lobby
Sponsor(s):

DAMCO
8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Finance is from Mars, Sustainability is from Venus: Bridging the Gap

At times it might seem that sustainability and finance executives come from different planets, but financial and sustainability performance actually go hand in hand over the longer term. Our panel of finance and sustainability executives will discuss how their companies are bridging the communication gap to bring financial discipline to environmental and social initiatives. We’ll explore how sustainability officers can engage finance leaders by translating their issues into financial and business terms.

Sun AB
Speaker(s):

Moderator:
 
Amy Longsworth
Managing Director, Sustainable Business Solutions
PwC
 
Panelists:

Wade Miquelon
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & President, International
Walgreen Co. 
 
Gebhard Rainer
Chief Financial Officer & Executive Vice President
Hyatt Hotels Corporation
 

Yalmaz Siddiqui

Senior Director, Environmental Strategy

Office Depot, Inc.

9:15 - 10:15 a.m.
Are We There Yet? Retail Environmental Product Compliance: Implementation & Management Considerations

Learn how Rite Aid approached the challenges and opportunities retailers face when designing, developing, and using a system to manage product-related data for environmental regulatory compliance. The session will consider legal and operational issues related to new item set up, as well as tools for collecting, validating and analyzing compliance data from thousands of product suppliers. Join in a discussion with a fellow retail compliance director, third-party compliance data provider, and environmental counsel to understand necessary synergies to expand product stewardship and environmental compliance into store and retail application systems, and identify what's next in the environmental pipeline for retailers.

Sun C
Speaker(s):

Stephanie Caiati
Director, Environmental Health & Safety
Rite Aid Corporation
 
Kieran Callahan
Director, Business Development
The WERCS
 
Matt Dombroski
Associate
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
 
Ted Wolff
Partner
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
How Big Data is Being Used to Solve Energy Problems in Retail

Retail energy management is rapidly evolving to become more data-centric than ever. With the advent of cloud computing, sophisticated monitoring technology and analytics software, and the ability to process large data sets, energy management systems are now able to not just measure and report on energy usage but can even predict it based on history and other factors such as expected weather, projected sales volume, and other related metrics. This session will focus on tools and processes that harness Big Data in order to create, monitor, manage, optimize, and prioritize energy reduction opportunities. The panel will discuss various examples of Big Data energy technology and real world implementations and results in the retail sector.

Sun 4-6
Speaker(s):

Marcy Schaefer
Project Manager, Sustainability
Kohl's Corporation

John Wescott
Manager, Global Sustainability
VF Corporation

John Hoekstra
Director, Sustainability
Schneider Electric
 
Stephanie Plummer
Program Manager, Retail
EPA ENERGY STAR
Building Responsible Supply Chains: Moving Beyond the Audit
Hear perspectives from and engage in dialogue with a retailer, service provider and NGO on the costs and benefits of moving from conventional audits to sustainable compliance.  Speakers will discuss the prospects of moving towards an audits-plus model that involves longer-term relationships as a platform for capacity-building in supply chain partners.  Rather than just dealing with the symptoms, these models offer the possibility of dealing with root causes of problems related to working conditions.
Sun 1-3
Speaker(s):

Deanna Robinson
Head, Vendor Engagement & Monitoring, Social & Environmental Responsibility
Gap, Inc.


Holly McHugh
Program Manager, Capacity Building & Continuous Improvement
UL

Raymond Robertson
Professor, Economics
Macalester College

Consumer-Facing Sustainability Messaging

Sustainability is an ever-growing topic for companies world-wide. But what is the most effective way to communicate your company’s sustainability message to important stakeholders? In this session we will dive into the most effective ways to reach customers in the right place. We will share case studies of effective campaigns, hear from experts on consumer trends, needs, and wants, and get insight on the best way to utilize social media platform tools.

Sun D
Speaker(s):

Shannon Patten
Director, Customer Care & Social Media
Publix Super Markets, Inc.
 
Suzanne Shelton
Chief Executive Officer
Shelton Group
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back
Sharing firsthand stories from the coral reefs of Palau to the streets of Palestine, Andrew Zolli relates breakthrough scientific discoveries, pioneering social and ecological innovations, and important new approaches to constructing a more resilient world.
Sun AB
Speaker(s):

Andrew Zolli
Futurist, Author, and Executive Director & Chief Creative Officer of PopTech

Sponsor(s):

AlterEcho
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Retail Sustainability Initiative Meeting - Invitation Only Event
Retail Environmental Compliance Meeting - Invitation Only Event
2:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Registration & Information
Pick up your registration materials here, along with answers to all your questions.
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Welcome Reception
7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
Join us for breakfast and networking before the day begins.
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Welcome & Opening Keynote
Speaker(s):

Hubert Joly
President & Chief Executive Officer
Best Buy Co., Inc.
9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Futures Framework: A Introduction to the "Worlds"
Tuesday 10/1/2013 - 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Environmental Law 202: The Policy Front

Environmental law has unique social and political dynamics that factor into compliance strategies. Regulatory or legislative reform can play a role in these compliance strategies. This presentation will present practical steps and strategies for participating in regulatory or legislative reform as a means of compliance cost savings, improved compliance, improved environmental performance, and better agency relations. We will discuss how the reform process typically works, then dive into the U.S. EPA regulatory review process that is now underway to streamline retail requirements under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.

Sun C
Speaker(s):

Greg Blount
Partner
Troutman Sanders
Protection Agency
Previewing Next Generation Technologies: How They Can Be Integrated Into Your Business
Utilize the latest technologies to drive energy and water conservation. Innovations in energy storage systems, HVAC equipment and LED lighting technologies will play a part in the future sustainability of retail operations. Improvements in these technologies can provide significant energy savings into your business. In addition, technologies allowing for better water conservation are continuing to evolve and providing opportunities for water intensive businesses to reduce their consumption. Hear about the latest trends in water reclamation, zeroscaping and other exciting innovations.
Sun 4-6
Speaker(s):

Stefan Kratz
Senior Director, Customer Development
Stem
 
Bob Micunek
Director, Marketing & Sales
Springwise
 
Andy Miller
Developer, Field Sales
GE Lighting
 
Chris Pedecine
Manager, Solutions Plaza
Daikin McQuay
Conflict Minerals: What's Next for Retailers and Their Suppliers?
With a May 2014 deadline looming, what are the Conflict Minerals compliance requirements for retailers and their key suppliers? Beyond compliance, what other impacts should be considered when addressing the issue and how are things evolving? Are their ways to further leverage supplier engagement by establishing a more transparent supply chain and identifying inefficiencies and duplication? In this session you will hear real examples of how leading retailers are proactively working with their suppliers to ensure all Conflict Minerals compliance obligations are met, and how many are leveraging outside services and technologies to accelerate success.
Sun 1-3
Speaker(s):

Don Wiseman
Senior Associate, General Counsel
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
 
Michael R. Littenberg
Partner
Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP
 
Matt Thorn
Chief Operating Officer
Source 44
 
From Trash to Cash: Using Product Stewardship to Attract Customers and Build Consumer Loyalty

Is it possible to build loyalty and drive traffic through sustainability? Yes. Understanding the product lifecycle, from design and procurement to collection and processing, can help establish programs that make a difference to the marketing team, customers and the bottom line. An experts from Best Buy, Call2Recycle (the leading rechargeable battery program) and the Green Electronics Council (managers of the EPEAT green-electronic rating system) will discuss how retailers can develop responsible solutions that reach and retain customers. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from existing programs and start developing options within their own operations.

Sun D
Speaker(s):

Alexis Ludwig-Vogen
Director, Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability
Best Buy Co., Inc.

Jonas Allen
Director, Marketing
Green Electronics Council
 
Donny Rolader
Vice President, Account Management
Call2Recycle
Tuesday 10/1/2013 - 11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Lunch in Exhibit Hall
Take this time to share what you learned during today's sessions with your colleagues and new friends while getting a first look at the innovative solutions provided in the hall. 
Florida Exhibit Hall A
Tuesday 10/1/2013 - 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Recycling: Innovations in Compliance, Solutions for Difficult and Technical Issues
Retailers must be aware of the proper methods of managing waste consumer products as a result of returns, damages, product overruns and discontinued/expired products. Products such as cleaning chemicals, cosmetics and aerosols pose the greatest challenge to retailers as these products may be considered hazardous waste in many states. In addition, retailers that provide food services must be aware of states that are implementing food waste bans for landfills. One solution for minimizing consumer products and food waste streams for retailers is through innovative recycling. In this session, the speakers will present practical and cost effective solutions for recycling and re-use of products typically handled as hazardous waste and re-use of food waste that is typically sent to landfills. The speakers will also discuss how pending food waste regulations will impact retailers.
Sun C
Speaker(s):

Morley Kornegor
Director, Resource Recovery
Target Corporation
 
Robin Sweere
Vice President, Sustainable Solutions
EcoScraps
 
Billy Watterson
President & Recycling Innovations Officer
g2 revolution
The Business Case for Zero Waste

Waste diversion can provide a substantial revenue source along with considerable savings for your company. The environmental benefits are huge. Closing the loop toward zero waste is possible, but can prove challenging based on location, type of commodities, vendor support, and/or support from within your company. You will hear examples of successes and challenges, and learn about new opportunities. A diverse panel of experts will lead an interactive discussion that will include an in-depth discussion of a definition of zero waste. You will have opportunities to learn from your colleagues, share your stories, and possibly even forge alliances that will help you along your waste diversion journey.

Sun 4-6
Speaker(s):

Lisa Davis
Manager, Social & Environmental Affairs
IKEA

Danny Flores
Manager, Public Affairs
H-E-B

Scot Case
Director, Markets Department
UL Environment
Updates from Existing Collaborations

Numerous multi-stakeholder collaborations have developed to combine the expertise and resources of retailers, suppliers, and other industry stakeholders. Come to this session to hear from some of those collaborative groups most relevant to retailers and consumer product manufacturers.

Sun 1-3
Speaker(s):

Jon Johnson
Academic Director
The Sustainability Consortium
 
Jason Pearson
Executive Director
Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council
 
Kirsty Stevenson
Vice President, Programs
Sustainable Apparel Coalition  
Using Collaborations to Improve Communications
Learn how 3M has created positive social and environmental impact via strategic partnerships and communications.
 
The challenge of building brands in an ever changing society with rapidly changing demographics creates immense challenges for any company. 3M company has developed strategic partnerships and communications programs targeted at enhancing corporate reputation, building consumer brand awareness and familiarity, while contributing to societal change at the same time. Learn in this session how this diverse, global, multinational company continues to reinvent themselves after 110 years.
Sun D
Speaker(s):

Angela Olson
Manager, Homecare Business Development
3M Consumer Business Group
 
Michele L. Whyle
Global Head, Sustainability & Quality
3M Consumer Business Group
Tuesday 10/1/2013 - 3:15 - 4:15 p.m.
What Leading Climatologists and Frat Houses Taught Me About Saving the Planet

A passionate environmental activist, comedian Annabelle Gurwitch's many appearances championing sustainability include "The Oprah Winfrey Show", "CBS Early Show", and "Real Time with Bill Maher." For three years she trolled through other people's garbage as host of Wa$ted for the Planet Green Network, bringing humor and personality to the very serious discussion of the state of the environment. Annabelle’s work has also been written about in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and featured in the TIME cover story "Ten 10 Ideas That Are Changing the World."

Sun AB
Speaker(s):

Annabelle Gurwitch
Actress, Author, Columnist, and Host of Wa$ted! on Planet Green
Sponsor(s):

Clean Harbors
Tuesday 10/1/2013 - 4:15 - 7:00 p.m.
Networking Reception in Exhibit Hall
Join other conference attendees for this great networking opportunity.
Florida Exhibit Hall A
Wednesday 10/2/2013 - 7:30 - 8:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
Join us for breakfast and networking before the day begins.
Sun Lobby
Sponsor(s):

GP Harmon
Wednesday 10/2/2013 - 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Compliance Challenges and Solutions for Reverse Logistics
The regulatory and compliance landscape for the reverse logistics of retail products is rapidly changing. Some retailers have or are undergoing enforcement actions, and some are trying to understand how the regulations affect their business.  Join this session to hear from a diverse set of perspectives—a law firm, a retailer, and a third-party hazardous waste service provider—on the regulatory and compliance challenges of using reverse logistics, and potential practical solutions to those challenges.
Sun C
Speaker(s):

Pat Perry
Director, Environmental Management
CVS Caremark Corporation
 
Greg Blount
Partner
Troutman Sanders
 
Kirk Jacquay
Vice President, Operations
Stericycle, Inc.
Getting Out of the Sustainability Box: The Corporate Strategist's View
It has become a truism that sustainability must be integrated into a company’s core strategy in order to have impact. At the same time, most sustainability practitioners cite integration as a key ongoing challenge. What does this look like from the other side— the perspective of a strategy leader? Join us for a candid conversation between Chris Gaffney, Senior Vice President of Product Supply-System Strategy at the Coca-Cola Company, and Eric Olson, SVP of Advisory Services at BSR, who will draw on their experiences working through the challenges of integration with their colleagues in sustainability roles. We will discuss what works, what doesn’t, and what it means for you.
Sun AB
Speaker(s):

Eric Olson
Senior Vice President
Business for Social Responsibility (BSR)
 
Bruce Karas
Vice President, Environment & Sustainability
The Coca-Cola Company
Sponsor(s):

GDB International
Wednesday 10/2/2013 - 9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Sustainability 101: The Context, Tools and Tricks You Need to be Effective

This in-depth session will offer an opportunity for retail executives at the start of their sustainability journeys to learn from those leading in the field. Personally learning about your new role in retail sustainability can feel daunting, so this session will help you prioritize your resources, set objectives, and align resources to accomplish your goals. The topics covered will include: sustainability in the global context, sustainability as it applies to retail, leading technologies and best practices, internal department engagement, sustainability reporting, and external stakeholder engagement. Also learn about the trials and tribulations of others' sustainability journeys.

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Speaker(s):

Fred Bedore

Senior Director, Business Strategy & Sustainability

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

 

Yalmaz Siddiqui

Senior Director, Environmental Strategy

Office Depot, Inc.

 

Adam Whinston

Director, Corporate Sustainability

JC Penney Company, Inc.


Timothy Greiner

Co-founder & Managing Director

Pure Strategies, Inc.

Hands-On Activity: Give Kids the World Village

Give Kids the World Village is a 70-acre, nonprofit “storybook” resort, located near Central Florida’s most beloved attractions, where children with life-threatening illnesses and their families are treated to weeklong, cost-free fantasy vacations. Conference attendees will tour the facilities, and then help by installing rainwater catching apparatuses on many of the facility’s large buildings. Give Kids the World will be able to use the harvested rainwater to water their landscaping vegetation.

Depart from the hotel lobby
Sponsor(s):

Waste Management
Envisioning the Future for Sustainability
To be successful in today's market, retailers must embrace emerging technologies and new opportunities to make their businesses sustainable both environmentally and economically. Come brainstorm with industry leaders about how to effectively adapt to the inevitable evolution of retail and seize opportunities. Together, we will help one another envision the path the industry must take to be sustainable far into the future.
Sun 1-3
Speaker(s):

Helen Clarkson
Director
Forum for the Future
Wednesday 10/2/2013 - 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch Roundtables
Join your peers for lunch and networking. Each table will be designated for a different conversation topic, ranging from store engagement to product design.
 
Topics will include: Community Relations, Compliance Management Systems, Conflict Minerals, Energy Saving Practices, Envisioning the Future for Sustainability, Extended Producer Responsibility, Government Engagement/Environmental Advocacy, Green Chemistry, Hazardous Waste Management, Integrated Reporting, Landlord Engagement, Managing Activists, Managing Organic Wastes, Managing State and Regional Compliance, Recycling, Social Compliance, Sustainability 101, Toxic Chemicals and Transitioning from ORM-D to Limited Quantity.
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Sponsor(s):

Community Recycling
Wednesday 10/2/2013 - 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Corporate-NGO Engagement in Times of Rising Activism

Future 500 will explore trending issues in the activist network, highlighting the potential risks and opportunities they present for the retail industry and provide tangible examples of how companies can engage productively. The first half of the session will focus on current issues facing retailers such as human rights, toxics, climate change, and GMOs.

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Speaker(s):

Danna Pfahl
Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement
Future 500
 
Bill Shireman
President
Future 500
Wednesday 10/2/2013 - 2:45 - 3:45 p.m.
Compliance Management Systems

Learn how companies are integrating, centralizing and leveraging product and chemical data/information into their business processes and systems in order to more consistently and comprehensively comply with complex regulatory initiatives. Panelists will cover the specific and unique information requirements that are necessary to support corporate and supply chain initiatives in regulatory compliance and supply chain management. The presenters will also give an overview of the components and parameters of a successful chemical and regulatory data management program.

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Speaker(s):

Robert Gass
Manager, Hazardous Materials & Environmental Compliance
Lowe's Companies, Inc.

David Orvis
Manager, Client Program
CB&I

Isaac Powell
Project Manager
3E
Re-inventing the Landlord-Tenant Relationship Through Sustainability

There is significant opportunity for energy and waste reduction in stores and in shopping centers. However, achieving that opportunity often requires that retailers and landlords find new ways to work together. Redefining that relationship has the potential to unlock significant efficiency improvement opportunities. Hear from a group of retailers and landlords that are beginning to approach the relationship in new, innovative ways.

Sun 4-6
Speaker(s):

Russell Traw
Divisional Counsel
Family Dollar Stores, Inc.

Dee Ingersoll
Manager, Facilities Services
Destiny USA
 
John Lambert
Florida Retail Expert, Asset Management & Leasing Specialist
Jones Lang LaSalle
CVS Regulatory and Sustainability Program Implementation Success: It Takes a Plan
Successful implementation of a company-wide regulatory and sustainability data management program requires more than a few colleagues with good intentions; it takes champions, cross department collaboration, funding, and project management to implement such a fundamental shift within a large organization. Join us for a candid and interactive discussion, as CVS shares its project management plan, supplier enrollment strategy, program branding, and internal training techniques. Learn how CVS garnered support from executive champions, enlisted interdepartmental participants, and secured compliance from suppliers.
Sun 1-3
Speaker(s):

Rebecca Capwell
Senior Project Manager, Quality Assurance Store Brands
CVS Caremark Corporation
Best Practices in Reporting for Robust Sustainability Programs

Stakeholders are demanding more and more transparency from retailers on social, ethical, and environmental issues. One of the ways to address consumers’ concerns is to disclose how the organization is addressing such issues in an annual sustainability report. Keeping in mind a great report is the output of a robust sustainability program, this session will focus on how to leverage maturing trends and best practices in sustainability reporting to facilitate the development of your overall program.

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Speaker(s):

David Bouffard
Vice President, Corporate Affairs
Signet Jewelers Ltd.

Paul Campbell
Director, Sustainability & Green Leadership 
Sears Holdings Corporation

Jessica Bramhall
Senior Manager, Climate Change & Sustainability Services
Ernst & Young
Wednesday 10/2/2013 - 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Inspiring Work from Around the World
Whether its green building or clean energy, the ultimate basis for our sustainability efforts focuses on people – our families, our co-workers, our community, our world. The organizations represented on this panel are founded on the social pillar – and how we can do well by one another by doing good in our community. Each has a unique and amazing story to share. Together we can strengthen our communities and improve the quality of life for all.
Sun AB
Speaker(s):

Moderator:
 
Tim Center
Executive Director
Sustainable Florida
 
Panelists:
 
Julie Colombino
CEO & Founder
Rebuild Globally
 
Mike Schulte
Manager, Corporate Programs
Matthew 25: Ministries

Shawn Seipler
Executive Director & Co-Founder
Clean the World
 
Jane Thompson
President
A Gift for Teaching
Sponsor(s):

Scenario
Wednesday 10/2/2013 - 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Networking Reception in Exhibit Hall
Join other conference attendees for this great networking opportunity.
Florida Exhibit Hall A
Thursday 10/3/2013 - 7:30 - 8:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
Join us for breakfast and networking before the day begins.
Sun Lobby
Sponsor(s):

DAMCO
Thursday 10/3/2013 - 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Finance is from Mars, Sustainability is from Venus: Bridging the Gap

At times it might seem that sustainability and finance executives come from different planets, but financial and sustainability performance actually go hand in hand over the longer term. Our panel of finance and sustainability executives will discuss how their companies are bridging the communication gap to bring financial discipline to environmental and social initiatives. We’ll explore how sustainability officers can engage finance leaders by translating their issues into financial and business terms.

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Speaker(s):

Moderator:
 
Amy Longsworth
Managing Director, Sustainable Business Solutions
PwC
 
Panelists:

Wade Miquelon
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & President, International
Walgreen Co. 
 
Gebhard Rainer
Chief Financial Officer & Executive Vice President
Hyatt Hotels Corporation
 

Yalmaz Siddiqui

Senior Director, Environmental Strategy

Office Depot, Inc.

Thursday 10/3/2013 - 9:15 - 10:15 a.m.
Are We There Yet? Retail Environmental Product Compliance: Implementation & Management Considerations

Learn how Rite Aid approached the challenges and opportunities retailers face when designing, developing, and using a system to manage product-related data for environmental regulatory compliance. The session will consider legal and operational issues related to new item set up, as well as tools for collecting, validating and analyzing compliance data from thousands of product suppliers. Join in a discussion with a fellow retail compliance director, third-party compliance data provider, and environmental counsel to understand necessary synergies to expand product stewardship and environmental compliance into store and retail application systems, and identify what's next in the environmental pipeline for retailers.

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Speaker(s):

Stephanie Caiati
Director, Environmental Health & Safety
Rite Aid Corporation
 
Kieran Callahan
Director, Business Development
The WERCS
 
Matt Dombroski
Associate
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
 
Ted Wolff
Partner
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
How Big Data is Being Used to Solve Energy Problems in Retail

Retail energy management is rapidly evolving to become more data-centric than ever. With the advent of cloud computing, sophisticated monitoring technology and analytics software, and the ability to process large data sets, energy management systems are now able to not just measure and report on energy usage but can even predict it based on history and other factors such as expected weather, projected sales volume, and other related metrics. This session will focus on tools and processes that harness Big Data in order to create, monitor, manage, optimize, and prioritize energy reduction opportunities. The panel will discuss various examples of Big Data energy technology and real world implementations and results in the retail sector.

Sun 4-6
Speaker(s):

Marcy Schaefer
Project Manager, Sustainability
Kohl's Corporation

John Wescott
Manager, Global Sustainability
VF Corporation

John Hoekstra
Director, Sustainability
Schneider Electric
 
Stephanie Plummer
Program Manager, Retail
EPA ENERGY STAR
Building Responsible Supply Chains: Moving Beyond the Audit
Hear perspectives from and engage in dialogue with a retailer, service provider and NGO on the costs and benefits of moving from conventional audits to sustainable compliance.  Speakers will discuss the prospects of moving towards an audits-plus model that involves longer-term relationships as a platform for capacity-building in supply chain partners.  Rather than just dealing with the symptoms, these models offer the possibility of dealing with root causes of problems related to working conditions.
Sun 1-3
Speaker(s):

Deanna Robinson
Head, Vendor Engagement & Monitoring, Social & Environmental Responsibility
Gap, Inc.


Holly McHugh
Program Manager, Capacity Building & Continuous Improvement
UL

Raymond Robertson
Professor, Economics
Macalester College

Consumer-Facing Sustainability Messaging

Sustainability is an ever-growing topic for companies world-wide. But what is the most effective way to communicate your company’s sustainability message to important stakeholders? In this session we will dive into the most effective ways to reach customers in the right place. We will share case studies of effective campaigns, hear from experts on consumer trends, needs, and wants, and get insight on the best way to utilize social media platform tools.

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Speaker(s):

Shannon Patten
Director, Customer Care & Social Media
Publix Super Markets, Inc.
 
Suzanne Shelton
Chief Executive Officer
Shelton Group
Thursday 10/3/2013 - 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back
Sharing firsthand stories from the coral reefs of Palau to the streets of Palestine, Andrew Zolli relates breakthrough scientific discoveries, pioneering social and ecological innovations, and important new approaches to constructing a more resilient world.
Sun AB
Speaker(s):

Andrew Zolli
Futurist, Author, and Executive Director & Chief Creative Officer of PopTech

Sponsor(s):

AlterEcho
Monday 9/29/2014 - 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Retail Sustainability Initiative Meeting - Invitation Only Event
Retail Environmental Compliance Meeting - Invitation Only Event
Monday 9/29/2014 - 2:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Registration & Information
Pick up your registration materials here, along with answers to all your questions.
Monday 9/29/2014 - 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Welcome Reception
Tuesday 9/30/2014 - 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
Join us for breakfast and networking before the day begins.
Tuesday 9/30/2014 - 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Welcome & Opening Keynote
Speaker(s):

Hubert Joly
President & Chief Executive Officer
Best Buy Co., Inc.
Tuesday 9/30/2014 - 9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Futures Framework: A Introduction to the "Worlds"