Program

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

 

Session Track Legend:
Environmental Compliance
Sustainability
Retail Energy Management
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Retail Sustainability Initiative Meeting
Retail Environmental Compliance Meeting
Retail Energy Management Meeting
CSR (Responsible Sourcing and Social Compliance) Meeting
5:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
Welcome Reception
Please join us for a welcome reception to kick off the 2015 Retail Sustainability Conference.
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Environmental Compliance 101 Workshop: Back to Basics
This workshop will explore issues in federal regulatory requirements related to retailer’s responsibilities when managing environmental compliance at their facilities. This includes agencies’ promulgating regulations such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation, including all of the various environmental compliance aspects that may be encountered during typical retail operations. Participants will explore the significant federal environmental statutes and regulations from the following categories:
  • Air – The Clean Air Act
  • Hazardous Materials – The Hazardous Material Transportation Act, EPCRA and Hazard Communication Standard
  • Hazardous Waste – The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
  • And Water – The Clean Water Act and The Oil Pollution Act
Sustainability 101 Workshop: Engaging, Merchandising, and Sourcing
​This workshop will examine how to connect sustainability to the retail business. 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 in buying and sourcing sustainability. Topics include:
  • Training & education
  • Data & Tools
  • Making the business case
  • Partnerships with suppliers and external stakeholders
  • Private label & brands
Speaker(s):

Moderator:
Tim Greiner, Co-founder & Managing Director, Pure Strategies

Panelists:
Zachary Freeze, Director, Strategic Initiatives, Sustainability, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Yalmaz Siddiqui, Senior Director, Environmental & Supplier Diversity Strategy, Office Depot, Inc.
Finance 101 Workshop: Translating Metrics
During this workshop led by retail finance professionals and finance experts from Deloitte and the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT), attendees will learn how to “speak finance” and translate energy and sustainability metrics into financial metrics. Participants will be able to takeaway useful knowledge that will help bridge the communication gap between their sustainability teams and their internal finance teams. Topics include:
  • Thinking like a finance professional
  • Teaming with the finance organization: planning, forecasting, & measurement
  • Applying finance concepts to sustainability projects
  • Live case examples
8:15 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
Retail Sustainability Steering Committee Meeting
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Welcome & Opening Keynote
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Offsite Tour: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Onsite Leadership Workshop with Colonel Scott Snook
Speaker(s):

Scott A. Snook, MBA Class of 1958 Senior Lecturer of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Lunch Roundtables
​Spark up new ideas and network with peers during this year's roundtable lunch in Lone Star Hall E. Each table will be assigned a different conversation topic, ranging anywhere from store engagement to product design.
Past topics have included:
  • 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 State and Regional Compliance
  • And more!
2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Concurrent Impact Session: Mexico and Canada Environmental Compliance Programs
Environmental compliance session on what retailers need to know when developing compliance programs in our neighboring countries.
Speaker(s):

Kimi Walker, Associate Vice President, Product Stewardship, Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited
Aaron H. Goldberg, Principal, Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.
Flash Talks: Changing Compliance Trends & Chemicals Management
Speaker(s):

Phyllis Harris, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Legal Administration, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Dawn Rittenhouse, Director, Sustainability, DuPont
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Flash Talks: Corporate Social Responsibility
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Networking Reception in The Spark
Join conference attendees for an evening reception in this year's new and exciting exhibit hall, The Spark. Share the day's learnings, while you connect and network with peers.
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Flash Talks: Creating Value through Responsible & Sustainable Investment Strategies
Speaker(s):

John StreurPresident & Chief Executive Officer, Calvert Investments, Inc.
9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Concurrent Impact Session: Stormwater Management Compliance
Flash Talks: The Future of Energy & Transportation Infrastructure
Speaker(s):

Cal Lankton, Director, Global EV Infrastructure, Tesla Motors
Will Wynn, Former Mayor of Austin, Texas
10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Topical Workshop: Communicating the Business Value of Sustainability
Speaker(s):

Moderator:
Andrew Hoffman, Director, Erb Institute, Holcim (US) Professor of Sustainable Enterprise, University of Michigan
Topical Workshop in Futures
Topical Workshop in Innovation
11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Lunch in The Spark
Join your peers for a networking lunch in The Spark.
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Sustainable Products: Myth or Reality?
Speaker(s):

Candace Taylor Anderson, Director, Sustainability, Belk, Inc.
Creating a Compliance Program That Works for You
Attendees will hear about lessons learned from the industry, legal and vendor perspective regarding creating a compliance program that works for your business. This session will focus on best practices and suggestions to create a hazardous compliance program that addresses some of the toughest compliance issues for all in the industry; training, accumulation areas, waste determinations, reverse distribution and hazardous classifications. Attendees will also hear about suggestions on how to create a program that will assist in institutionalizing environmental management within your company.
EMS & Big Data: Taking the Next Step
Big data means something different for every energy manager, whether it is starting the data gathering and analysis process or exploring advanced analytics with multiple datasets. Hear from three retailers at different stages in their big data journey. Attendees will benchmark their own experiences in breakout discussions organized by store format type.
2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Playing with Purpose
A retailer case study exploring sustainability in manufacturing.
Managing Product Sustainability at Scale: Lessons Learned from Walmart on the Journey to Sell More Sustainable Products
Walmart and other early adopters have begun using tools to establish baselines and track their suppliers' performance on the 15 most material sustainability issues in 100+ product categories. Hear what they have learned and how you can benefit from this effort to reduce survey fatigue and to incent action where it matters.​​​​
Speaker(s):

​T.C. Redd, Senior Manager, Sustainability Index, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Sheila BoniniChief Executive Officer, ​The Sustainability Index
Best Buy EMS - Why Best Buy Certified to ISO 14001 & How the Approach Works in Retail
ISO 4001-certified Environmental Management Systems (EMS) was Best Buy's solution to ensure compliance with environmental regulations across 1000+ stores, distribution centers, service centers and more. Why? How did they implement it? Is it working to deliver better compliance, reduce cost and improve risk assurance? Attend this session to find out.​​​​​​
Creating a Fully Integrated Energy Management Program
Many energy managers are forced to plan their energy reduction strategies from project to project. Hear from a retailer with a holistic energy strategy on how to set priorities, engage key internal stakeholders, and set up a program that drives continuous improvement.
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Big Box, Bigger Footprint: Leveraging CDP to Drive Action in your Supply Chain
Repositioning of Retail Real Estate
Best Practices in Regulatory Reporting
Financial Management Strategies for Energy
Too often energy projects go unfunded when energy managers can’t communicate their full value to finance. Learn how to “speak finance”, improve your project proposal and piloting processes, and explore external financing. A retail finance executive will provide tips and tools for securing funds and finance experts will share takeaway materials to help you identify your next steps.
Speaker(s):

Elizabeth Turnbull Henry, Senior Manager, Energy & Environment, greenENERGY Fund, adidas Group
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Networking Reception in The Spark
Take this opportunity to network with conference attendees for the final evening reception in The Spark.
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Chemicals and Retail: What Leadership Looks Like
Join business and civil society leaders as they provide their perspectives, viewpoints and frameworks on addressing new opportunities in science and collaboration toward green chemistry innovation. During this interactive session, you will learn how to assess your risks and next step options as well as discover tools for addressing the changes to put you ahead in this dynamic area. Topics will include: consumer insights & regulatory trends, supply chain transparency & disclosure, designing effective programs via supplier collaboration, RSLs and similar tools, and the use of external standards (e.g., DfE).
Speaker(s):

Moderator:
Jim Thomas, Vice President, Sustainability, Safety, Environment, Risk, Ethics & Compliance, Petco Animal Supplies, Inc.

Panelists:

Ashley C. Hall, Senior Manager, Product Sustainability, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Melissa McLean, Senior Business Partner, Sustainability, Target Corporation
Michelle Mauthe Harvey, Director, Supply Chain, Environmental Defense Fund
Centralized Supply Chain Information
EHS Training
Driving Energy Savings through Landlord Collaboration
Leased stores face a unique set of energy management challenges. This session will explore how landlord and internal real estate team engagement as well as energy management enabling lease clauses can drive energy savings in leased stores. Hear from a shopping center landlord and retailers who have navigated some of these challenges.
Speaker(s):

Moderator:
Adam Sledd, Director, Commercial Real Estate Engagement, Institute for Market Transformation
9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
An Update on the Sustainable Apparel Coalition & The Higg Index
Retailers & Food Waste - How to Find Money in Waste
Food waste is a growing issue that is getting the attention of consumers, municipalities and retailers. Retailers have a central role to play in reducing the problem. Within the solution are opportunities for retailers to make money as well. Hear what some of the causes of food waste are and what are some of the innovative solutions that retailers have developed to capture additional value.
Speaker(s):

​Anna Vinogradova, Sustainability Manager, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Ron Gonen, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Closed Loop Fund
Sarah Matheson, Senior Manger, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Handling Inspections
Renewable Energy Options for Any Retailer

While many retailers have had great success with rooftop solar, renewable energy opportunities for retailers extend beyond onsite solar generation. Learn about the suite of renewable energy options as well as offsite generation and financing strategies from experienced companies.

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Closing Keynote: Underwater Explorer & National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence
Sylvia Earle, PhD, Marine Biologist
Tuesday 9/15/2015 - 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Retail Sustainability Initiative Meeting
Retail Environmental Compliance Meeting
Retail Energy Management Meeting
CSR (Responsible Sourcing and Social Compliance) Meeting
Tuesday 9/15/2015 - 5:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
Welcome Reception
Please join us for a welcome reception to kick off the 2015 Retail Sustainability Conference.
Tuesday 9/15/2015 - 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Environmental Compliance 101 Workshop: Back to Basics
This workshop will explore issues in federal regulatory requirements related to retailer’s responsibilities when managing environmental compliance at their facilities. This includes agencies’ promulgating regulations such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation, including all of the various environmental compliance aspects that may be encountered during typical retail operations. Participants will explore the significant federal environmental statutes and regulations from the following categories:
  • Air – The Clean Air Act
  • Hazardous Materials – The Hazardous Material Transportation Act, EPCRA and Hazard Communication Standard
  • Hazardous Waste – The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
  • And Water – The Clean Water Act and The Oil Pollution Act
Sustainability 101 Workshop: Engaging, Merchandising, and Sourcing
​This workshop will examine how to connect sustainability to the retail business. 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 in buying and sourcing sustainability. Topics include:
  • Training & education
  • Data & Tools
  • Making the business case
  • Partnerships with suppliers and external stakeholders
  • Private label & brands
Speaker(s):

Moderator:
Tim Greiner, Co-founder & Managing Director, Pure Strategies

Panelists:
Zachary Freeze, Director, Strategic Initiatives, Sustainability, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Yalmaz Siddiqui, Senior Director, Environmental & Supplier Diversity Strategy, Office Depot, Inc.
Finance 101 Workshop: Translating Metrics
During this workshop led by retail finance professionals and finance experts from Deloitte and the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT), attendees will learn how to “speak finance” and translate energy and sustainability metrics into financial metrics. Participants will be able to takeaway useful knowledge that will help bridge the communication gap between their sustainability teams and their internal finance teams. Topics include:
  • Thinking like a finance professional
  • Teaming with the finance organization: planning, forecasting, & measurement
  • Applying finance concepts to sustainability projects
  • Live case examples
Wednesday 9/16/2015 - 8:15 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
Retail Sustainability Steering Committee Meeting
Wednesday 9/16/2015 - 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Welcome & Opening Keynote
Wednesday 9/16/2015 - 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Offsite Tour: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Onsite Leadership Workshop with Colonel Scott Snook
Speaker(s):

Scott A. Snook, MBA Class of 1958 Senior Lecturer of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
Wednesday 9/16/2015 - 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Lunch Roundtables
​Spark up new ideas and network with peers during this year's roundtable lunch in Lone Star Hall E. Each table will be assigned a different conversation topic, ranging anywhere from store engagement to product design.
Past topics have included:
  • 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 State and Regional Compliance
  • And more!
Wednesday 9/16/2015 - 2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Concurrent Impact Session: Mexico and Canada Environmental Compliance Programs
Environmental compliance session on what retailers need to know when developing compliance programs in our neighboring countries.
Speaker(s):

Kimi Walker, Associate Vice President, Product Stewardship, Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited
Aaron H. Goldberg, Principal, Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.
Flash Talks: Changing Compliance Trends & Chemicals Management
Speaker(s):

Phyllis Harris, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Legal Administration, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Dawn Rittenhouse, Director, Sustainability, DuPont
Wednesday 9/16/2015 - 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Flash Talks: Corporate Social Responsibility
Wednesday 9/16/2015 - 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Networking Reception in The Spark
Join conference attendees for an evening reception in this year's new and exciting exhibit hall, The Spark. Share the day's learnings, while you connect and network with peers.
Thursday 9/17/2015 - 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Flash Talks: Creating Value through Responsible & Sustainable Investment Strategies
Speaker(s):

John StreurPresident & Chief Executive Officer, Calvert Investments, Inc.
Thursday 9/17/2015 - 9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Concurrent Impact Session: Stormwater Management Compliance
Flash Talks: The Future of Energy & Transportation Infrastructure
Speaker(s):

Cal Lankton, Director, Global EV Infrastructure, Tesla Motors
Will Wynn, Former Mayor of Austin, Texas
Thursday 9/17/2015 - 10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Topical Workshop: Communicating the Business Value of Sustainability
Speaker(s):

Moderator:
Andrew Hoffman, Director, Erb Institute, Holcim (US) Professor of Sustainable Enterprise, University of Michigan
Topical Workshop in Futures
Topical Workshop in Innovation
Thursday 9/17/2015 - 11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Lunch in The Spark
Join your peers for a networking lunch in The Spark.
Thursday 9/17/2015 - 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Sustainable Products: Myth or Reality?
Speaker(s):

Candace Taylor Anderson, Director, Sustainability, Belk, Inc.
Creating a Compliance Program That Works for You
Attendees will hear about lessons learned from the industry, legal and vendor perspective regarding creating a compliance program that works for your business. This session will focus on best practices and suggestions to create a hazardous compliance program that addresses some of the toughest compliance issues for all in the industry; training, accumulation areas, waste determinations, reverse distribution and hazardous classifications. Attendees will also hear about suggestions on how to create a program that will assist in institutionalizing environmental management within your company.
EMS & Big Data: Taking the Next Step
Big data means something different for every energy manager, whether it is starting the data gathering and analysis process or exploring advanced analytics with multiple datasets. Hear from three retailers at different stages in their big data journey. Attendees will benchmark their own experiences in breakout discussions organized by store format type.
Thursday 9/17/2015 - 2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Playing with Purpose
A retailer case study exploring sustainability in manufacturing.
Managing Product Sustainability at Scale: Lessons Learned from Walmart on the Journey to Sell More Sustainable Products
Walmart and other early adopters have begun using tools to establish baselines and track their suppliers' performance on the 15 most material sustainability issues in 100+ product categories. Hear what they have learned and how you can benefit from this effort to reduce survey fatigue and to incent action where it matters.​​​​
Speaker(s):

​T.C. Redd, Senior Manager, Sustainability Index, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Sheila BoniniChief Executive Officer, ​The Sustainability Index
Best Buy EMS - Why Best Buy Certified to ISO 14001 & How the Approach Works in Retail
ISO 4001-certified Environmental Management Systems (EMS) was Best Buy's solution to ensure compliance with environmental regulations across 1000+ stores, distribution centers, service centers and more. Why? How did they implement it? Is it working to deliver better compliance, reduce cost and improve risk assurance? Attend this session to find out.​​​​​​
Creating a Fully Integrated Energy Management Program
Many energy managers are forced to plan their energy reduction strategies from project to project. Hear from a retailer with a holistic energy strategy on how to set priorities, engage key internal stakeholders, and set up a program that drives continuous improvement.
Thursday 9/17/2015 - 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Big Box, Bigger Footprint: Leveraging CDP to Drive Action in your Supply Chain
Repositioning of Retail Real Estate
Best Practices in Regulatory Reporting
Financial Management Strategies for Energy
Too often energy projects go unfunded when energy managers can’t communicate their full value to finance. Learn how to “speak finance”, improve your project proposal and piloting processes, and explore external financing. A retail finance executive will provide tips and tools for securing funds and finance experts will share takeaway materials to help you identify your next steps.
Speaker(s):

Elizabeth Turnbull Henry, Senior Manager, Energy & Environment, greenENERGY Fund, adidas Group
Thursday 9/17/2015 - 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Networking Reception in The Spark
Take this opportunity to network with conference attendees for the final evening reception in The Spark.
Friday 9/18/2015 - 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Chemicals and Retail: What Leadership Looks Like
Join business and civil society leaders as they provide their perspectives, viewpoints and frameworks on addressing new opportunities in science and collaboration toward green chemistry innovation. During this interactive session, you will learn how to assess your risks and next step options as well as discover tools for addressing the changes to put you ahead in this dynamic area. Topics will include: consumer insights & regulatory trends, supply chain transparency & disclosure, designing effective programs via supplier collaboration, RSLs and similar tools, and the use of external standards (e.g., DfE).
Speaker(s):

Moderator:
Jim Thomas, Vice President, Sustainability, Safety, Environment, Risk, Ethics & Compliance, Petco Animal Supplies, Inc.

Panelists:

Ashley C. Hall, Senior Manager, Product Sustainability, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Melissa McLean, Senior Business Partner, Sustainability, Target Corporation
Michelle Mauthe Harvey, Director, Supply Chain, Environmental Defense Fund
Centralized Supply Chain Information
EHS Training
Driving Energy Savings through Landlord Collaboration
Leased stores face a unique set of energy management challenges. This session will explore how landlord and internal real estate team engagement as well as energy management enabling lease clauses can drive energy savings in leased stores. Hear from a shopping center landlord and retailers who have navigated some of these challenges.
Speaker(s):

Moderator:
Adam Sledd, Director, Commercial Real Estate Engagement, Institute for Market Transformation
Friday 9/18/2015 - 9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
An Update on the Sustainable Apparel Coalition & The Higg Index
Retailers & Food Waste - How to Find Money in Waste
Food waste is a growing issue that is getting the attention of consumers, municipalities and retailers. Retailers have a central role to play in reducing the problem. Within the solution are opportunities for retailers to make money as well. Hear what some of the causes of food waste are and what are some of the innovative solutions that retailers have developed to capture additional value.
Speaker(s):

​Anna Vinogradova, Sustainability Manager, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Ron Gonen, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Closed Loop Fund
Sarah Matheson, Senior Manger, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Handling Inspections
Renewable Energy Options for Any Retailer

While many retailers have had great success with rooftop solar, renewable energy opportunities for retailers extend beyond onsite solar generation. Learn about the suite of renewable energy options as well as offsite generation and financing strategies from experienced companies.

Friday 9/18/2015 - 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Closing Keynote: Underwater Explorer & National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence
Sylvia Earle, PhD, Marine Biologist