Program 

If you have any questions regarding the conference planning, contact Carrie Groman, coordinator of conferences, at carrie.groman@rila.org.

 

Session Track Legend:
Futures
Environmental Compliance
Retail Energy Management
Sustainability
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Retail Sustainability Initiative Meeting - Invitation Only Event

This is a private, invite only meeting for those companies who are most active with RILA’s Retail Sustainability Initiative (RSI). We will use this time to update RSI’s members on past projects and discuss future opportunities. If you are not an RSI member but are interested in joining, please contact Adam Siegel at adam.siegel@rila.org.

Retail Environmental Compliance Meeting - Invitation Only Event
This is a private, invite only meeting for those companies who are involved in RILA's retail environmental compliance efforts. If you have not been involved but are interested in joining the meeting, please contact Ajani Stewart at ajani.stewart@rila.org.
Retail Energy Management Meeting - Invitation Only Event
This is a private, invite only meeting for those companies who are involved in RILA's retail energy management efforts. If you have not been involved but are interested in joining the meeting, please contact Erin Hiatt at erin.hiatt@rila.org
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
Please join us in the Exhibit Hall to kick off this year's Retail Sustainability Conference.
7:15 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.
Steering Committee Meeting
This is a private meeting for RILA members on the Sustainability Steering Committee. The committee is comprise of sustainability executives and is charged with the tasking of overseeing the structure and programming of the annual Retail Sustainability Conference.
7:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Registration & Information
Pick up your registration materials here, along with answers to all your questions.
7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
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: An Introduction to the Worlds & Trends
Speaker(s):

Forum for the Future
9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Work Session One: Understanding the Worlds
Speaker(s):

Forum for the Future
11:00 a.m. - 11:25 a.m.
The Promise of Ethical Consumption
Speaker(s):

Dara O'Rourke
Co-founder & Chief Sustainability Officer
GoodGuide, Inc.
11:25 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Innovation & Sustainability: Working Towards Tomorrow
Speaker(s):

Mike Vale
Executive Vice President, Consumer & Office Business
3M Company
11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Luncheon
Join your peers for lunch and discuss learnings from the day prior to networking in the Exhibit Hall.
12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Networking in the Exhibit Hall
Join conference attendees for a look at the innovative solutions in the Exhibit Hall.
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Work Session Two: What This Could Mean for Retail
Speaker(s):

Forum of the Future

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Update on Pharmaceutical Waste Reform
U.S. EPA is due to release its new pharmaceutical waste rule in August 2014, and states like California are also considering reforms to mitigate the unintended consequences of applying industrial and medical waste management standards to prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Listen to this panel discussion by key stakeholders regarding the status and substance of changes to state and federal pharmaceutical waste management requirements.
Speaker(s):

Gregory Blount
Partner
Troutman Sanders
General Session
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Networking Reception in Exhibit Hall
7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
Join us for breakfast and networking before the day begins.
7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Registration & Information
Pick up your registration materials here, along with answers to all your questions.
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
General Session
9:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
3M Innovation Center
The 3M Innovation Center is designed to showcase the breadth and depth of the rich and diverse technologies‚ processes and products 3M has created‚ and it brings to life the spirit of 3M Innovation. From the moment a customer enters the Center‚ they enter a world where anything is possible – they will see previously unknown technologies and fascinating‚ practical real life applications. A team of highly trained informative hosts from a variety of technical and professional backgrounds guide visitors on their journey of discovery. Color‚ sound and design all play a significant part in creating the experience.
Target Field
Target Field, home to the Minnesota Twins, is one of two LEED® Silver Certified ballparks in the country. Target Field's design promotes growth for years to come with innovation surrounding indoor air quality, recycling practices, reduced heat island effect and brownfield remediation. Join conference attendees for this unique opportunity to tour the park.
Professional Development Workshop
11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Luncheon
Join your peers for lunch and networking prior to the Exhibit Hall.
12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Networking in the Exhibit Hall
Come for a last look at the innovative solutions in the Exhibit Hall.
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
The Role of the Retailer in Extended Producer Responsibility
Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), a type of policy in which manufacturers are required to finance the recycling and/or safe disposal of their products post-consumer use, is quickly becoming a trend in the U.S. In 2013, 9 EPR bills were either signed into law or passed by state legislatures. Many more bills are expected in 2014. Now more than ever, retailers need to understand how EPR policies may impact their business and influence consumer behavior. This in-depth conversation will use the paint industry’s EPR program as a case study.
Speaker(s):

Alison Keane
Vice President, Government Affairs
American Coatings Association
 
Scott Cassel
Chief Executive Officer & Founder
Product Stewardship Institute
Using Energy Storage to Create Hybrid Buildings
Come to explore how to use cloud-based data and energy storage to turn retail establishments into hybrid buildings enabling retailers to lower electricity bills and become good grid citizens, with zero change to operations. Hear challenges retailers face when it comes to energy industry trends, and new technologies being developed to address them.
Speaker(s):

Christopher Pedecine
Manager, Solutions Plaza
Daikin McQuay

Tad Glauthier
Vice President, Customer Development
Stem
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Work Session Three: Implications for Your Business
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Are You Permitted for Emergencies? Air Emissions Permitting of Diesel Engines for Generators & Fire Pumps at Stores
Several types of operations present at retail and support facilities emit air pollutants and may be subject to federal and state air quality rules. Following a brief summary of the assets that generate air emissions, key rules applicable to generators and fire pumps and the criteria generally used to determine whether a permit is required, participants will confidentially add their own enforcement experience to a collaboratively complied matrix of jurisdictional hot spots.
Speaker(s):

Nicole Wilkinson
Senior Manager, Corporate Environmental
CVS Caremark Corporation

Michael Lewis
Environmental Engineer
CB&I

John Storlie
Director, Retail Sector Services
CB&I
Corporate Carbon Reporting: Key Data Considerations in Tracking Energy Cost Savings from Sustainable Initiatives
Driven by shareholder activism but accountable on P&L, companies understand that their sustainability position depends on documenting associated cost savings, largely achieved through enhanced enterprise-wide energy efficiency. High quality data availability eases both sustainability reporting and documentation of cost savings, and is achievable through incremental but strategic steps. Learn the critical data factors for cost savings tracking using carbon emissions as a surrogate and how a high quality database can serve as a diagnostic to evaluate future sustainability initiatives.
Speaker(s):

David Bubenick
Director, Carbon Management Services
CB&I
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Conflict Minerals: The Beginning of the Transformations of Retail Value Chains
A timeline and critical milestones for the implementation of one of the most successful conflict minerals compliance programs in the retail industry will be shared. Based on actual events and presented by stakeholders, topics including changing regulations, the impact of social media on brands and an industry leader's trailblazing to SEC's Dodd-Frank Section 1502 Conflict Minerals Disclosure Rule. Hear a beginning to end case study including policy, due diligence, reporting, auditing and filling; and a discussion of the trends with respect to first year filings.
Speaker(s):

Kristen Sullivan
Partner
Deliotte & Touche, LLP

Jess Kraus
President & Chief Executive Officer
Source Intelligence
Employee Engagement: Getting Into a Green Routine
Come learn how to create and grow an employee engagement program. What rewards will motivate your employees? Complete a SWOT analysis to learn how to set and measure achievable goals with your team.
Speaker(s):

Kim Brunson
Manager, Recycled & Solid Waste
Publix Super Markets, Inc.
Driving Step Change in the Recycling Value Chain Through Collaboration
Americans generate roughly 250 million tons of waste annually, two-thirds of which is landfilled. This is an enormous business and environmental opportunity for the recycling value chain. Cities could save billions of taxpayer dollars and create millions of jobs by increasing recycling, while retailers and manufacturers could increase the volume of recycled materials in products and meet environmental goals. Sustainability experts will share how they are collaborating to increase U.S. recycling in this panel discussion.
Speaker(s):

Rob Kaplan
Director, Sustainability
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Developing Compliant & Sustainable Products: Retailers & Manufacturers Working Together Toward Solutions
A panel of suppliers, retailers, academics and trade association representatives in the home and personal care industries will discuss strategies for providing compliant, sustainable products to customers. The advantages and disadvantages of current systems in place, including retailer-initiated product databases and third party regulatory assessment providers, will be discussed along with ideas for future activities based on manufacturer-supplier cooperation.
Construct, Refresh & Renovate Sustainably
Sustainability and prototype design seem to have a continuous conflict of interest. In this panel, questions including what the role of the landlord is in this equation, are retailers making sweeping or nominal changes and could reducing energy usage make up for more construction waste will be answered. Join this lively panel as they discuss leading practices and ask questions that are top of mind for you.
Speaker(s):

Kristen Dotson
Green Building Consultant, LEED AP
Paladino and Company

Lauren Staniec
Coordinator, Tenants & Project Manager
Pyramid Management Group
5:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
General Session
7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Partnering with Non-profit Environmental & Social Sustainability Organizations
Creating a Race to the Top: Driving Progress on Product Sustainability & Transparency Through Innovation & Collaboration
Retailers today are assessing their suppliers and products in a variety of ways and changing behavior in supply chains through the use of sustainability indexes and scorecard tools. Listen as representatives from top retailers discuss these tools and share their experiences and lessons learned.
Speaker(s):

Panelists:
Michael Kobori
Vice President, Supply Chain Social & Environmental Sustainability
Levi Strauss & Co.

Rick Ridgeway
Vice President, Environmental Initiatives
Patagonia

Scott Lercel
Director, Social Responsibility & Sustainability
Target Corporation

Jeff Rice
Director, Sustainability
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Moderator:
John Whalen
Principal
Blu Skye Consulting
Sustainability Valuation is Not an Oxymoron: Quantifying in Dollar Terms the Impact on the Business
How much value did sustainability add to your company's business last year? Understanding the return on investments from cost reductions is relatively simple. But this leaves the indirect value created by sustainability - which can be significant - unquantified. However, there are valuation techniques in practices today that put sustainability benefits on equal footing so it's possible to compare and contrast results in dollar terms. 
Speaker(s):

Amy Longsworth
Managing Director, Sustainable Business Solutions
PwC
If You Wait Until the Even Number Years It's Too Late: Hazardous Waste Reporting & Data Management from a Continuous Improvement Perspective
Hazardous waste reporting requires a strong program framed by multi-state regulatory knowledge, defensible waste determinations, detailed facility and disposal programs, and robust data management. A program approach reaps continuous improvement benefits, justifying the costs of going beyond “just submitting biennial reports”. Yet, even this is riddled with challenges. Discussed will be the challenges of minimal compliance  and the benefits of a CI program approach.
Speaker(s):

Dawn McLaughlin
Program Manager, Retail Hazardous Waste Management
CB&I
Energy Optimization: How Leading Retailers are Managing Their Energy as an Asset
Approaching energy management and sustainability with one holistic strategy increases the chances of retailers meeting their sustainability goals. Sustainability and energy management are synergistic programs, and the strong return on investment of energy management initiatives can be used to fund sustainability efforts that have less measurable payback metrics. Case studies of retailers who have achieved their goals by deploying energy supply, demand and sustainability initiatives will be covered. Also learn how to set up an integrated program in a phased approach to provide a foundation for a successful energy and sustainability management program.
Speaker(s):

Yalmaz Siddiqui
Senior Director, Environmental Strategy
Office Depot, Inc.
 
Kirk Myers
Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility
Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI)
 
Bill Brewer
Vice President, Sourcing & Sustainability
Schneider Electric
9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Engaging & Driving Sustainable Action in Your Brands
A company’s strategic brands have the greatest opportunity to create value from sustainability as they are on the front lines of developing and marketing products to consumers. So how can sustainability leaders gain traction with these stakeholders? How do you inspire action and encourage long term focus when leaders are often focused on short-term results? How do you identify opportunities to innovate on sustainability and engage consumers who do not necessarily want to pay more for sustainable products?
Retailer Initiatives for Sourcing & Selling Safer Products
The role that retailer leaders should take in understanding chemical risks in their supply chain can be unclear. Learn how to take action to source and sell safer products. A key trend to be discussed is the increased demand for transparency that retailers and B2B suppliers are facing from their customers. In this panel discussion, hear how some retailers and product manufacturers are approaching this challenge to ensure that products contain safer chemicals and tools being used to make the business case to upper level management. Precompetitive approaches to support standardized chemical information sharing within supply chains will be discussed.
Speaker(s):

Roger McFadden
Chief Scientist
Staples, Inc.

Rob Kaplan
Director, Sustainability
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
The Business Benefits of Environmental Reporting: From Disclosure to Performance
For retailers that report to CDP, GRI, and others, they understand the importance of reporting and obtaining the highest scores possible. But truly dynamic and forward-thinking companies don’t stop there. Hear how environmental reporting can help reduce risk and have tangible, financial impacts on businesses and brands. We will also explore how reporting has helped companies to identify challenges they were not aware, better prioritize projects throughout the year and improve public and stakeholder perception and communications.
Speaker(s):

John Hoekstra
Director, Sustainability
Schneider Electric
Retailers Beware: More Environmental Regulation is in Store
Hefty fines, tarnished brands, time-consuming external monitoring- these are just some of the increasing risks retailers face as regulators ramp up store-level environmental compliance enforcement. It is also a clarion call for workable, cost-conscious solutions in today’s challenging retail setting. We will provide timely insight on this trend with knowledgeable answers that address the unique environment of store-level retail.
Speaker(s):

Mark Heaney
Vice President
AlterEcho
Tapping EPA to Help Green Your Supply Chain
Reducing energy waste is fundamental to improving the environmental performance of your supply chain. Hear from organizations who are voluntarily using EPA programs to improve energy efficiency in warehouses, reduce fuel consumption in fleets and make the switch to green power. Speakers will discuss how they set energy saving goals, make cost effective investments and institutionalize energy management using EPA programs.
Speaker(s):

Bob Valair
Director, Energy & Environmental Services
Staples, Inc.

Stephanie Plummer
National Program Manager, Retail
U.S. EPA/ENERGY STAR
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Closing Keynote
Monday 9/29/2014 - 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Retail Sustainability Initiative Meeting - Invitation Only Event

This is a private, invite only meeting for those companies who are most active with RILA’s Retail Sustainability Initiative (RSI). We will use this time to update RSI’s members on past projects and discuss future opportunities. If you are not an RSI member but are interested in joining, please contact Adam Siegel at adam.siegel@rila.org.

Retail Environmental Compliance Meeting - Invitation Only Event
This is a private, invite only meeting for those companies who are involved in RILA's retail environmental compliance efforts. If you have not been involved but are interested in joining the meeting, please contact Ajani Stewart at ajani.stewart@rila.org.
Retail Energy Management Meeting - Invitation Only Event
This is a private, invite only meeting for those companies who are involved in RILA's retail energy management efforts. If you have not been involved but are interested in joining the meeting, please contact Erin Hiatt at erin.hiatt@rila.org
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
Please join us in the Exhibit Hall to kick off this year's Retail Sustainability Conference.
Tuesday 9/30/2014 - 7:15 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.
Steering Committee Meeting
This is a private meeting for RILA members on the Sustainability Steering Committee. The committee is comprise of sustainability executives and is charged with the tasking of overseeing the structure and programming of the annual Retail Sustainability Conference.
Tuesday 9/30/2014 - 7:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Registration & Information
Pick up your registration materials here, along with answers to all your questions.
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: An Introduction to the Worlds & Trends
Speaker(s):

Forum for the Future
Tuesday 9/30/2014 - 9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Work Session One: Understanding the Worlds
Speaker(s):

Forum for the Future
Tuesday 9/30/2014 - 11:00 a.m. - 11:25 a.m.
The Promise of Ethical Consumption
Speaker(s):

Dara O'Rourke
Co-founder & Chief Sustainability Officer
GoodGuide, Inc.
Tuesday 9/30/2014 - 11:25 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Innovation & Sustainability: Working Towards Tomorrow
Speaker(s):

Mike Vale
Executive Vice President, Consumer & Office Business
3M Company
Tuesday 9/30/2014 - 11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Luncheon
Join your peers for lunch and discuss learnings from the day prior to networking in the Exhibit Hall.
Tuesday 9/30/2014 - 12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Networking in the Exhibit Hall
Join conference attendees for a look at the innovative solutions in the Exhibit Hall.
Tuesday 9/30/2014 - 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Work Session Two: What This Could Mean for Retail
Speaker(s):

Forum of the Future

Tuesday 9/30/2014 - 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Update on Pharmaceutical Waste Reform
U.S. EPA is due to release its new pharmaceutical waste rule in August 2014, and states like California are also considering reforms to mitigate the unintended consequences of applying industrial and medical waste management standards to prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Listen to this panel discussion by key stakeholders regarding the status and substance of changes to state and federal pharmaceutical waste management requirements.
Speaker(s):

Gregory Blount
Partner
Troutman Sanders
General Session
Tuesday 9/30/2014 - 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Networking Reception in Exhibit Hall
Wednesday 10/1/2014 - 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
Join us for breakfast and networking before the day begins.
Wednesday 10/1/2014 - 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Registration & Information
Pick up your registration materials here, along with answers to all your questions.
Wednesday 10/1/2014 - 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
General Session
Wednesday 10/1/2014 - 9:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
3M Innovation Center
The 3M Innovation Center is designed to showcase the breadth and depth of the rich and diverse technologies‚ processes and products 3M has created‚ and it brings to life the spirit of 3M Innovation. From the moment a customer enters the Center‚ they enter a world where anything is possible – they will see previously unknown technologies and fascinating‚ practical real life applications. A team of highly trained informative hosts from a variety of technical and professional backgrounds guide visitors on their journey of discovery. Color‚ sound and design all play a significant part in creating the experience.
Target Field
Target Field, home to the Minnesota Twins, is one of two LEED® Silver Certified ballparks in the country. Target Field's design promotes growth for years to come with innovation surrounding indoor air quality, recycling practices, reduced heat island effect and brownfield remediation. Join conference attendees for this unique opportunity to tour the park.
Professional Development Workshop
Wednesday 10/1/2014 - 11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Luncheon
Join your peers for lunch and networking prior to the Exhibit Hall.
Wednesday 10/1/2014 - 12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Networking in the Exhibit Hall
Come for a last look at the innovative solutions in the Exhibit Hall.
Wednesday 10/1/2014 - 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
The Role of the Retailer in Extended Producer Responsibility
Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), a type of policy in which manufacturers are required to finance the recycling and/or safe disposal of their products post-consumer use, is quickly becoming a trend in the U.S. In 2013, 9 EPR bills were either signed into law or passed by state legislatures. Many more bills are expected in 2014. Now more than ever, retailers need to understand how EPR policies may impact their business and influence consumer behavior. This in-depth conversation will use the paint industry’s EPR program as a case study.
Speaker(s):

Alison Keane
Vice President, Government Affairs
American Coatings Association
 
Scott Cassel
Chief Executive Officer & Founder
Product Stewardship Institute
Using Energy Storage to Create Hybrid Buildings
Come to explore how to use cloud-based data and energy storage to turn retail establishments into hybrid buildings enabling retailers to lower electricity bills and become good grid citizens, with zero change to operations. Hear challenges retailers face when it comes to energy industry trends, and new technologies being developed to address them.
Speaker(s):

Christopher Pedecine
Manager, Solutions Plaza
Daikin McQuay

Tad Glauthier
Vice President, Customer Development
Stem
Wednesday 10/1/2014 - 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Work Session Three: Implications for Your Business
Wednesday 10/1/2014 - 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Are You Permitted for Emergencies? Air Emissions Permitting of Diesel Engines for Generators & Fire Pumps at Stores
Several types of operations present at retail and support facilities emit air pollutants and may be subject to federal and state air quality rules. Following a brief summary of the assets that generate air emissions, key rules applicable to generators and fire pumps and the criteria generally used to determine whether a permit is required, participants will confidentially add their own enforcement experience to a collaboratively complied matrix of jurisdictional hot spots.
Speaker(s):

Nicole Wilkinson
Senior Manager, Corporate Environmental
CVS Caremark Corporation

Michael Lewis
Environmental Engineer
CB&I

John Storlie
Director, Retail Sector Services
CB&I
Corporate Carbon Reporting: Key Data Considerations in Tracking Energy Cost Savings from Sustainable Initiatives
Driven by shareholder activism but accountable on P&L, companies understand that their sustainability position depends on documenting associated cost savings, largely achieved through enhanced enterprise-wide energy efficiency. High quality data availability eases both sustainability reporting and documentation of cost savings, and is achievable through incremental but strategic steps. Learn the critical data factors for cost savings tracking using carbon emissions as a surrogate and how a high quality database can serve as a diagnostic to evaluate future sustainability initiatives.
Speaker(s):

David Bubenick
Director, Carbon Management Services
CB&I
Wednesday 10/1/2014 - 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Conflict Minerals: The Beginning of the Transformations of Retail Value Chains
A timeline and critical milestones for the implementation of one of the most successful conflict minerals compliance programs in the retail industry will be shared. Based on actual events and presented by stakeholders, topics including changing regulations, the impact of social media on brands and an industry leader's trailblazing to SEC's Dodd-Frank Section 1502 Conflict Minerals Disclosure Rule. Hear a beginning to end case study including policy, due diligence, reporting, auditing and filling; and a discussion of the trends with respect to first year filings.
Speaker(s):

Kristen Sullivan
Partner
Deliotte & Touche, LLP

Jess Kraus
President & Chief Executive Officer
Source Intelligence
Employee Engagement: Getting Into a Green Routine
Come learn how to create and grow an employee engagement program. What rewards will motivate your employees? Complete a SWOT analysis to learn how to set and measure achievable goals with your team.
Speaker(s):

Kim Brunson
Manager, Recycled & Solid Waste
Publix Super Markets, Inc.
Driving Step Change in the Recycling Value Chain Through Collaboration
Americans generate roughly 250 million tons of waste annually, two-thirds of which is landfilled. This is an enormous business and environmental opportunity for the recycling value chain. Cities could save billions of taxpayer dollars and create millions of jobs by increasing recycling, while retailers and manufacturers could increase the volume of recycled materials in products and meet environmental goals. Sustainability experts will share how they are collaborating to increase U.S. recycling in this panel discussion.
Speaker(s):

Rob Kaplan
Director, Sustainability
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Developing Compliant & Sustainable Products: Retailers & Manufacturers Working Together Toward Solutions
A panel of suppliers, retailers, academics and trade association representatives in the home and personal care industries will discuss strategies for providing compliant, sustainable products to customers. The advantages and disadvantages of current systems in place, including retailer-initiated product databases and third party regulatory assessment providers, will be discussed along with ideas for future activities based on manufacturer-supplier cooperation.
Construct, Refresh & Renovate Sustainably
Sustainability and prototype design seem to have a continuous conflict of interest. In this panel, questions including what the role of the landlord is in this equation, are retailers making sweeping or nominal changes and could reducing energy usage make up for more construction waste will be answered. Join this lively panel as they discuss leading practices and ask questions that are top of mind for you.
Speaker(s):

Kristen Dotson
Green Building Consultant, LEED AP
Paladino and Company

Lauren Staniec
Coordinator, Tenants & Project Manager
Pyramid Management Group
Wednesday 10/1/2014 - 5:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
General Session
Thursday 10/2/2014 - 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
Thursday 10/2/2014 - 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Partnering with Non-profit Environmental & Social Sustainability Organizations
Creating a Race to the Top: Driving Progress on Product Sustainability & Transparency Through Innovation & Collaboration
Retailers today are assessing their suppliers and products in a variety of ways and changing behavior in supply chains through the use of sustainability indexes and scorecard tools. Listen as representatives from top retailers discuss these tools and share their experiences and lessons learned.
Speaker(s):

Panelists:
Michael Kobori
Vice President, Supply Chain Social & Environmental Sustainability
Levi Strauss & Co.

Rick Ridgeway
Vice President, Environmental Initiatives
Patagonia

Scott Lercel
Director, Social Responsibility & Sustainability
Target Corporation

Jeff Rice
Director, Sustainability
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Moderator:
John Whalen
Principal
Blu Skye Consulting
Sustainability Valuation is Not an Oxymoron: Quantifying in Dollar Terms the Impact on the Business
How much value did sustainability add to your company's business last year? Understanding the return on investments from cost reductions is relatively simple. But this leaves the indirect value created by sustainability - which can be significant - unquantified. However, there are valuation techniques in practices today that put sustainability benefits on equal footing so it's possible to compare and contrast results in dollar terms. 
Speaker(s):

Amy Longsworth
Managing Director, Sustainable Business Solutions
PwC
If You Wait Until the Even Number Years It's Too Late: Hazardous Waste Reporting & Data Management from a Continuous Improvement Perspective
Hazardous waste reporting requires a strong program framed by multi-state regulatory knowledge, defensible waste determinations, detailed facility and disposal programs, and robust data management. A program approach reaps continuous improvement benefits, justifying the costs of going beyond “just submitting biennial reports”. Yet, even this is riddled with challenges. Discussed will be the challenges of minimal compliance  and the benefits of a CI program approach.
Speaker(s):

Dawn McLaughlin
Program Manager, Retail Hazardous Waste Management
CB&I
Energy Optimization: How Leading Retailers are Managing Their Energy as an Asset
Approaching energy management and sustainability with one holistic strategy increases the chances of retailers meeting their sustainability goals. Sustainability and energy management are synergistic programs, and the strong return on investment of energy management initiatives can be used to fund sustainability efforts that have less measurable payback metrics. Case studies of retailers who have achieved their goals by deploying energy supply, demand and sustainability initiatives will be covered. Also learn how to set up an integrated program in a phased approach to provide a foundation for a successful energy and sustainability management program.
Speaker(s):

Yalmaz Siddiqui
Senior Director, Environmental Strategy
Office Depot, Inc.
 
Kirk Myers
Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility
Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI)
 
Bill Brewer
Vice President, Sourcing & Sustainability
Schneider Electric
Thursday 10/2/2014 - 9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Engaging & Driving Sustainable Action in Your Brands
A company’s strategic brands have the greatest opportunity to create value from sustainability as they are on the front lines of developing and marketing products to consumers. So how can sustainability leaders gain traction with these stakeholders? How do you inspire action and encourage long term focus when leaders are often focused on short-term results? How do you identify opportunities to innovate on sustainability and engage consumers who do not necessarily want to pay more for sustainable products?
Retailer Initiatives for Sourcing & Selling Safer Products
The role that retailer leaders should take in understanding chemical risks in their supply chain can be unclear. Learn how to take action to source and sell safer products. A key trend to be discussed is the increased demand for transparency that retailers and B2B suppliers are facing from their customers. In this panel discussion, hear how some retailers and product manufacturers are approaching this challenge to ensure that products contain safer chemicals and tools being used to make the business case to upper level management. Precompetitive approaches to support standardized chemical information sharing within supply chains will be discussed.
Speaker(s):

Roger McFadden
Chief Scientist
Staples, Inc.

Rob Kaplan
Director, Sustainability
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
The Business Benefits of Environmental Reporting: From Disclosure to Performance
For retailers that report to CDP, GRI, and others, they understand the importance of reporting and obtaining the highest scores possible. But truly dynamic and forward-thinking companies don’t stop there. Hear how environmental reporting can help reduce risk and have tangible, financial impacts on businesses and brands. We will also explore how reporting has helped companies to identify challenges they were not aware, better prioritize projects throughout the year and improve public and stakeholder perception and communications.
Speaker(s):

John Hoekstra
Director, Sustainability
Schneider Electric
Retailers Beware: More Environmental Regulation is in Store
Hefty fines, tarnished brands, time-consuming external monitoring- these are just some of the increasing risks retailers face as regulators ramp up store-level environmental compliance enforcement. It is also a clarion call for workable, cost-conscious solutions in today’s challenging retail setting. We will provide timely insight on this trend with knowledgeable answers that address the unique environment of store-level retail.
Speaker(s):

Mark Heaney
Vice President
AlterEcho
Tapping EPA to Help Green Your Supply Chain
Reducing energy waste is fundamental to improving the environmental performance of your supply chain. Hear from organizations who are voluntarily using EPA programs to improve energy efficiency in warehouses, reduce fuel consumption in fleets and make the switch to green power. Speakers will discuss how they set energy saving goals, make cost effective investments and institutionalize energy management using EPA programs.
Speaker(s):

Bob Valair
Director, Energy & Environmental Services
Staples, Inc.

Stephanie Plummer
National Program Manager, Retail
U.S. EPA/ENERGY STAR
Thursday 10/2/2014 - 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Closing Keynote