​​​​​​​​​​Program Session Types​:
 
  
General Sessions
  • ​​Keynotes - 60 minute opening & closing keynote addresses to kick things off and wrap them up.
  • Flash Talks ​​​- ​20-30 minute, high-impact sessions on diverse topics, featuring inspirational speakers from inside & outside the industry.
  Breakout Sessions (Tracks: sustainability, environmental compliance, energy management)
  • Impact Sessions - ​Retailer-led & focused on the most pressing issues you face today, broken down by track.
  • Case Studies - ​Retailer-led, in-depth presentations of best practices & challenges learned while charting new paths​​ in the field.
  Workshops
  • 101 Workshops - Designed for those with less experience in the field, presented by industry leaders.
  • Topical Workshops - Hands-on sessions focused on leadership, development and innovation, while hitting critical industry topics.

Session Track Legend:
Environmental Compliance
Sustainability
Retail Energy Management
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Retail Sustainability Initiative Meeting
This meeting is invite only, if you have any questions please contact adam.siegel@rila.org
Retail Environmental Compliance Meeting
This meeting is invite only, if you have any questions please contact sue.pifer@rila.org
Retail Energy Management Meeting
This meeting is invite only, if you have any questions please contact erin.hiatt​@rila.org ​​​
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
New Attendee Pre-Session
Come learn from the pros on how to best take advantage of the event - whether you’re here to network with peers, identify new service providers, learn in the sessions, or all of the above! RILA staff and conference regulars will share their tips, followed by time for questions and networking with veterans and fellow newbies.
Shopping Center Recycling Meeting
This meeting is invite only, if you have any questions please contact erin.hiatt​@rila.org
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Environmental Compliance 101 Workshop: Back to Basics
In this interactive workshop, explore issues in federal regulatory requirements related to retail responsibilities when managing environmental compliance at their facilities. 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
  • Water – The Clean Water Act and the Oil Pollution Act
Speaker(s):

Dale Kettler, Manager, Safety & Environment Operations, Cabela's Inc.
Micah Thompson, Manager, Environmental Affairs, Advance Auto Parts, Inc.
Shivani Kesar, ​Project Manager, CB&I​​​
Sustainability 101 Workshop: The Context, Tools and Tricks You Need to Be Effective
Examine how to connect sustainability to the retail business in this workshop. Through interactive case studies and small/large group activities, this “learn-by-doing” environment will offer participants the opportunity to both network and learn from leaders in retail sustainability. The workshop will cover topics in sustainability such as making the business case, connecting to the core purpose of your company, the maturity arch of sustainability in retail, metrics for measuring progress (e.g., GRI, SASB, CDP), engaging buying and sourcing teams, collaborating with external stakeholders, and working with suppliers.
Speaker(s):

Facilitator:
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, attendees will learn how to speak finance and translate energy and sustainability metrics into financial metrics. Participants will be able to take away 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​
Speaker(s):

Deloitte

Retail Finance Experts​
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.​
8:15 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
Retail Sustainability Steering Committee Meeting
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Welcome & Opening Keynote
An international leader in sustainability, Unilever's vision is to double the size of its business, reduce its environmental footprint and increase its positive social impact. Unilever's President of North America Kees Kruythoff will open the 2015 Retail Sustainability Conference with his insights on Unilever's efforts, sustainability overall and the role retail can play in this important work.​
Speaker(s):

Kees-Kruythoff_tcm244-409082_w940_371_110.jpgKees Kruythoff, President, North America, Unilever ​​​​​
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Offsite Tour: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Lady Bird Johnson helped found an organization in 1982 to protect and preserve North America's native plants and natural landscapes. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center​ has become one of the country's most credible research institutions and effective advocates for native plants, with its Land Restoration Program and education programs for children and adults. Limited to 55 participants.​
Offsite Tour: Dell Children's Medical Center
​​​​I​n May 2015, Dell Children's Medical Center​ was awarded the Top 25 Award and three Circle of Excellence Awards from Practice Greenhealth. Dell Children's commitment to energy conservation is demonstrated in its 75 ENERGY STAR rating, due to its use of green power, on-site solar photovoltaic and solar thermal systems and a CCHP district energy plant. Limited to 40 participants.​​​​​​​
Workshop: What it Takes to BE(come) a World Class Leader
​Drawing from the emerging fields of positive psychology and authentic leader development, Snook demonstrates the potential of this novel approach by introducing participants to a wide range of interesting characters from "The Happy Greeter" to General Schwarzkopf, and from Simon Cowell to Coach K. Using a series of short video vignettes and personal stories, Snook argues that success is as much about "who you are," as it is about "what you know" and "what you can do". Executive audiences around the world have found this experience to be both moving and useful as they struggle with the challenges of developing more authentic and effective leaders.
Speaker(s):

Snook, Scott110x130.jpgScott 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. - 3:15 p.m.
Flash Talk: Changing Compliance Trends
Speaker(s):

Harris, Phyllis_110.jpgPhyllis Harris, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Legal Administration, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
3:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Flash Talk: Chemicals Management
Speaker(s):

Rittenhouse, Dawn110x131.jpgDawn Rittenhouse, Director, Sustainability, DuPont
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Concurrent Impact Session: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Proposed Pharmaceuticals Rule
Environmental Compliance Impact Session

Listen to highlights of the EPA’s proposed Pharmaceuticals Rule, which addresses concerns of RILA and other stakeholders, expressed in response to EPA’s request for comments on hazardous waste management practices in the retail sector.
Speaker(s):

​Kristin Fitzgerald, Office of Resource Conservation & Recovery, Material Recovery & Waste Management Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Sponsor(s):

AECOM, Beveridge & Diamond, CB&I, Stericycle Environmental Solutions
4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Flash Talk: Leadership's View of Sustainability
Speaker(s):

garrettboone_110x130.pngGarrett Boone, Chairman Emeritus & Co-founder, ​The Container Store, Inc.​​
4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Flash Talk: Leadership's View of Sustainability
Speaker(s):

Greg Brown_110x130.jpg​Greg Brown, President, Retail Sector, UPS
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. - 8:30 a.m.
Flash Talk: Creating Value through Responsible & Sustainable Investment Strategies
Speaker(s):

Streur, John110x130.jpgJohn StreurPresident & Chief Executive Officer, Calvert Investments, Inc.
8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Flash Talk: Create Raving Fans: How to Build a Workplace People Can’t Wait to Join and Employees Don’t Want to Leave
Speaker(s):

Christy Consler_new_110.jpgChristy Consler, former Senior Vice President, HR & Corporate Sustainability, Jamba Juice Company​​​​
9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Concurrent Impact Session: Beyond Construction Stormwater Management Compliance - The Use of Low Impact Development (LID) and Green Infrastructure for Retail Development
Environmental Compliance Impact Session

​Ensuring compliance with construction stormwater permits and avoiding erosion and sediment control problems is now the baseline for retail construction. Developers, contractors, environmental consultants and regulators are now looking at LID and Green Infrastructure as the current hot topic in stormwater management. This session will focus on “lessons learned” from the implementation of stormwater self-audits at retail construction sites and how these audits helped a retailer gain buy-in from developers and contractors. Additionally, the session will feature a presentation on one of Lowe’s most successful LID projects and share some of the best practices to successful green infrastructure BMPs, beyond just design and construction.
Speaker(s):

Devin Staley, Design Engineer, Lowe's Companies, Inc.
Matt Dentch, Program Manager, CB&I
Sponsor(s):

AECOM, Beveridge & Diamond, CB&I, Stericycle Environmental Solutions
9:15 a.m. - 9:35 a.m.
Flash Talk: Transportation Infrastructure
Speaker(s):

Lankton-Cal_110.jpgCal Lankton, Director, Global EV Infrastructure, Tesla Motors, Inc.
9:35 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Flash Talk: The Future of Energy
Speaker(s):

Wynn, Will_110.jpgWill Wynn, Sustainability Advisor & Former Mayor, Austin Texas
10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Topical Workshop: Communicating the Business Value of Sustainability
Sustainability practitioners know that a sustainability program provides value to many aspects of a company. However, staff typically do not understood the benefits of a sustainability program or how it relates to their job. Because a successful sustainability program requires support from stakeholders across all segments of a company, this lack of understanding can diminish needed support. In this workshop, learn how to effectively communicate why sustainability is important for the business, how it adds value internally and why all parts of a business should support the sustainability program. Find out how effective communication can help create the organizational change to propel sustainability from a program to an integral part of the company. ​​
Speaker(s):

Hoffman, Andrew110x130.jpgAndrew Hoffman, ​Director, Erb Institute & ​Holcim (US) Professor, Sustainable Enterprise, University of Michigan​​​​
Topical Workshop: Renewing Your Personal Sustainability
In our busy everyday lives “urgent” usually kills “important.” In this workshop, we invite you to treat yourself to focusing on what's important to you. This hands-on, individualized exercise, developed at MIT will allow you to assess your current professional and personal situations, where you want to go, and how you will get there. You will leave not only with a deeper sense of purpose and renewed energy, but with concrete action steps, more clarity around your sources of energy, and a support network.​
Speaker(s):

Webster, Melissa_110x130.jpgMelissa Webster, Founding Principal, Ferry Management Consulting
11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Lunch in The Spark
Join your peers for a networking lunch in The Spark.
1:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
An Afternoon in The Spark
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Sustainable Products: Myth or Reality?
Sustainability Case Study
For nearly all retailers, products represent the biggest environmental impact of all business areas. Have you considered pursuing sustainability in your private brands, but don’t know where to start? Join Belk and its partner, the Cradle to Cradle Products Institute, as they share a detailed update on their journey to make sustainable products a reality.​​
Speaker(s):

Candace Taylor Anderson, Director, Sustainability, Belk, Inc.
Annie Gullingsrud, Fashion & Textile Associate, Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute
Sponsor(s):

CB&I, Source Intelligence
Creating a Compliance Program That Works for You
Environmental Compliance Case Study
 
Hear lessons learned from industry, legal and vendor perspectives 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, industry wide; training, accumulation areas, waste determinations, reverse distribution and hazardous classifications. Discover suggestions on how to create a program that will assist in institutionalizing environmental management within your company.​
Speaker(s):

Stephanie A. CaiatiDirector, Environmental Health & Safety, Dollar Tree, Inc.
Kieran Callahan, Director, Sales, The Wercs Ltd.
Ted Wolff, Partner, Manatt
Sponsor(s):

AECOM, Beveridge & Diamond, CB&I, Stericycle Environmental Solutions
Energy Management Systems & Big Data: Taking the Next Step
Retail Energy Management Case Study

Big data means something different for every energy manager, whether it is starting the EMS system selection process, starting data gathering and analysis, or exploring advanced analytics with multiple datasets. Hear from two retailers at different stages in their big data journey.
Speaker(s):

Samantha Lewis, Project Manager, Energy & Sustainability, J. Crew
Bill Balsamo, Director​, Energy & Environmental Services, Luxottica North America
Gary Levitan, Senior Manager, Energy & Utilities, The Hudson's Bay Company
Sponsor(s):

altenex, CB&I, Schneider Electric, Wipro EcoEnergy
2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Playing with Purpose
Sustainability Case Study​
Speaker(s):

Chris Reh, Global Director, Safety & Environmental Sustainability, The Coca-Cola Company
Sponsor(s):

CB&I, Source Intelligence
Managing Product Sustainability at Scale: Lessons Learned from Walmart on the Journey to Sell More Sustainable Products
Sustainability Case Study
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 Consortium
Sponsor(s):

CB&I, Source Intelligence
Best Buy Environmental Management System - Why Best Buy Certified to ISO 14001 & How the Approach Works in Retail
Environmental Compliance Case Study

ISO 14001-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.​​​​​​​​
Speaker(s):

Joshua Pansch​, Senior Analyst, Environmental Compliance, Best Buy Co., Inc.
John Heckman, Principal Consultant, Thinkstep​​
Sponsor(s):

AECOM, Beveridge & Diamond, CB&I, Stericycle Environmental Solutions
Creating an Integrated Energy Management Program
Retail Energy Management Case Study​

Many energy managers are forced to plan their energy reduction strategies from project to project. Hear from Verizon Wireless on how to set priorities, engage key internal stakeholders, and set up a program that drives continuous improvement.​
Speaker(s):

Raella Frazier, Utility Manager, Verizon Wireless
Sponsor(s):

altenex, CB&I, Schneider Electric, Wipro EcoEnergy
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Maximizing CDP Disclosure: How CDP Can Improve Your Environmental Resource Management Efforts
Sustainabil​ity Impact Session

For retailers, more so than other industries, the vast majority of the environmental impacts including carbon, water and forests occur in the extended supply chain. This session will provide a snapshot of the current state of sustainability reporting and initiatives in the retail sector (including water and forests) and demonstrate how companies are using trends to inform the development of their own practices. Best Buy and Wal-Mart will present case studies on programs leveraging the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) to drive collaboration and sustainable action in their supply chains.​​
Speaker(s):

Facilitator:
Kaitlin Broderick, Sector Lead, Disclosure Services, CDP​

Panelists:
Hugh Cherne, Senior Manager, Environmental Sustainability, Best Buy Co., Inc.
Zachary Freeze, Director, Strategic Initiatives, Sustainability, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Adam Gordon, Account Manager, Supply Chain, CDP​
Sponsor(s):

CB&I, Source Intelligence
Repositioning of Retail Real Estate
Sustainability Impact Session

​This interactive session will explore ways retailers and property owners are collaborating to repurpose brick and mortar space into more sustainable environments. Learn about the creative solutions companies are employing to not only enhance the attractiveness of the physical space, but also optimize the operational procedures that ultimately  promote a greater environmentally responsible business. 
Speaker(s):

​Alan Shaw, Vice President, Real Estate Leasing & Development, Sears Holdings Corporation
Jeffrey Bedell, Vice President, Sustainability, The Macerich Company
Lee Sobel, Director, Public Strategies, RCLCO
Sponsor(s):

CB&I, Source Intelligence
Best Practices in Regulatory Reporting
Environmental Compliance Impact Session

Having a regulatory reporting strategy in place can help streamline and simplify the regulatory reporting compliance process. Such an approach can provide many benefits to customers with limited and/or decentralized EH&S staff or knowledge, multiple facilities to manage and those who want to centralize their regulatory reporting and permitting.
Speaker(s):

Eric Ensminger, Supervisor, Regulatory Services, 3E Company​
Sponsor(s):

AECOM, Beveridge & Diamond, CB&I, Stericycle Environmental Solutions
Funding Energy Projects - Finding the Cash to Improve Energy Asset Strength, Increase Profits, Enable Growth, and Engage People
Retail Energy Management Impact Session

Corporate investments in energy projects tend to fall well short of the value those investments can bring the organization.  Come learn from leading retail energy and finance experts about the various internal and external funding mechanisms available to successfully fund and implement your energy projects. Share internal roadblocks that you have faced and discuss key metrics to consider when performing pilot tests and developing capital budget requests.  Walk away with newfound optimism for growing your company’s energy project portfolio, creating comprehensive valuations of your energy projects, and strengthening your relationship with your finance leaders. 
Speaker(s):

Elizabeth Turnbull HenrySenior Manager, Energy & Environment, greenENERGY Fund, adidas Group
Mark Lester, Director, Planning & Reporting, Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI)
Adam SleddProgram Director, Commercial Real Estate Engagement, Institution for Market Transformation
Sponsor(s):

altenex, CB&I, Schneider Electric, Wipro EcoEnergy
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
Sustainability Impact Session

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, learn how to assess 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, Manager, Sustainability, Target Corporation
Michelle Mauthe Harvey, Director, Supply Chain, Environmental Defense Fund​
Sponsor(s):

CB&I, Source Intelligence
The Hidden Power of Data in A Globally Connected Supply Chain
Sustainability Impact Session

Globalization has increased the complexity of supply chains. Customers expect more transparency and C-Suite executives expect strategic intelligence. This session will examine retail supply chain data from both market facing and supply side to provide: 1) an overview of trends and a snapshot of how consumer data can improve quality of service and the buying experience, enabling retailers to foster customer loyalty and trust; and 2) a look at supply chain analytics that will shape the way retailers utilize data to achieve supply chain sustainability, avoid disruption, and ensure product quality.
Speaker(s):

Bill Hutchinson, Senior Vice President & President, Supply Chain, Sears Holdings Corporation
Matt Thorn, Chief Operating Officer & Co-Founder, Source Intelligence​
Sponsor(s):

CB&I, Source Intelligence
Mexico and Canada Environmental Compliance Programs
What you need to know when developing compliance programs in our neighboring countries.
Speaker(s):

Kimi Walker, Associate Vice President, Product Stewardship, Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited
Madeleine Kadas, Principal, Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.
Sponsor(s):

AECOM, Beveridge & Diamond, CB&I, Stericycle Environmental Solutions
Driving Energy Savings at Leased Stores
Retail Energy Management Impact Session

Leased stores face a unique set of energy management challenges. This session will explore how Abercrombie & Fitch and Weingarten have each enabled energy savings at shopping centers through tactics like engaging the internal real estate team engagement, modifying lease language, and educating their landlord/tenant counterparts.
Speaker(s):

Moderator:
Adam Sledd, Program Director, Commercial Real Estate Engagement, Institute for Market Transformation

Panelists:
Ryan Billing, Director, Design, Engineering, Construction, Maintenance & Facilities, Abercrombie & Fitch, Co.
Liz Baez, Regional Property Manager, Weingarten Realty
Sponsor(s):

altenex, CB&I, Schneider Electric, Wipro EcoEnergy
9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
The Sustainable Apparel Coalition and Higg Index: An Update
Sustainability Impact Session

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition’s sustainability measurement tool, Higg Index 2.0, brought the tool to an online platform – adding the ability to share users’ sustainability data, increase accuracy and add measurability for new materials and processes. Since launch, adoption has been exponential and involves some of the most significant brands, retailers, and apparel manufacturers in the world. Join us in this session as we look at the impact the tool has had on the global apparel and footwear market, and explore participation levels, lessons learned, and progress around goals to drive transparency.
Speaker(s):

Amina Razvi, Senior Manager, Sustainable Innovation, Gap, Inc.
Scott Miller, Director, Business Development, Apparel Coalition
David Hughes, Client Development, Schneider Electric​
Sponsor(s):

CB&I, Source Intelligence
How to Find Money in Food Waste
Sustainability Impact Session

Food waste is a growing issue that is getting the attention of consumers, municipalities and retailers. While retailers have a central role to play in reducing the problem, there are also opportunities for retailers to reduce costs and generate revenue. 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, Manager, Sustainability, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Ron Gonen, Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer, Closed Loop Fund
Kyle Tanger, Director, Environmental Sustainability, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Sponsor(s):

CB&I, Source Intelligence
Inspecting the Inspection: A Drama in Three Acts
Environmental Compliance Impact Session

Regulatory inspections can be a source of unwelcome drama in the daily operations of any retail business that generates hazardous waste.  This session breaks down the inspection experience into three acts, with a Shakespearean flair.  In Act I, understand how poor preparation and performance can turn an inspection into a Comedy of Errors (resulting in Much Ado About Nothing and perhaps a tragedy of regulatory action).  In Act II, learn how, through rehearsal and preparation, to have an inspection go As You Like It.  Since All’s Well that Ends Well, Act III will present tools that will guide you, Measure for Measure, through post-inspection tracking and follow-up.  To be prepared, or not to be prepared, that is the question.   
Speaker(s):

Amy Ebersole-Martinez, Senior Safety & Environmental Analyst, PETCO Animal Supplies, Inc.
Andrew J. Marks, Senior Counsel, Regulatory Law, Walgreen Co.
Chris Haley, Director, Legal Technology, Troutman Sanders eMerge
Wade Scheel, Director, Environmental Safety & Health, Stericycle Inc.​
Sponsor(s):

AECOM, Beveridge & Diamond, CB&I, Stericycle Environmental Solutions
Renewable Energy Options for Any Retailer
Retail Energy Management Impact Session

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 including offsite generation and financing strategies.
Speaker(s):

Moderator:
Monica Ferrer, Senior Manager, Energy & Utilities, Walgreen Co.

Panelists:

Kirk Myers, Manager, Sustainability, Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI)
Greg Pool, Managing Director, Power Purchase Programs, Altenex LLC​​​​
Sponsor(s):

altenex, CB&I, Schneider Electric, Wipro EcoEnergy
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Closing Keynote: Our Blue Planet
Meet a true pioneer of underwater exploration—and dive with her to some of the deepest places on Earth. Known as “Her Deepness” for her record-breaking accomplishments beneath the ocean’s surface, Dr. Sylvia Earle has been named a “living legend” by the Library of Congress, and the first “Hero for the Planet” by Time. In fact, this National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence has become such an iconic figure that a Lego figure has been designed in her likeness. With her new film and National Geographic book, Mission Blue, Earle highlights the ocean’s incredible beauty and natural bounty, and shows how we can continue to enjoy responsibly the resources it has to offer. Drawing on the more than 100 expeditions and 7,000 hours underwater, this world-renowned oceanographer will take you on an amazing voyage of discovery beneath the waves, and reveal the new technologies that will power the next great age of underwater exploration.​​
Speaker(s):

​​ Earle_Kip Evans_110.jpgSylvia E​​arle, PhD, Marine Biologist & Explorer-in-Residence, ​​​National Geographic​​​​​
Tuesday 9/15/2015 - 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Retail Sustainability Initiative Meeting
This meeting is invite only, if you have any questions please contact adam.siegel@rila.org
Retail Environmental Compliance Meeting
This meeting is invite only, if you have any questions please contact sue.pifer@rila.org
Retail Energy Management Meeting
This meeting is invite only, if you have any questions please contact erin.hiatt​@rila.org ​​​
Tuesday 9/15/2015 - 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
New Attendee Pre-Session
Come learn from the pros on how to best take advantage of the event - whether you’re here to network with peers, identify new service providers, learn in the sessions, or all of the above! RILA staff and conference regulars will share their tips, followed by time for questions and networking with veterans and fellow newbies.
Shopping Center Recycling Meeting
This meeting is invite only, if you have any questions please contact erin.hiatt​@rila.org
Tuesday 9/15/2015 - 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Environmental Compliance 101 Workshop: Back to Basics
In this interactive workshop, explore issues in federal regulatory requirements related to retail responsibilities when managing environmental compliance at their facilities. 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
  • Water – The Clean Water Act and the Oil Pollution Act
Speaker(s):

Dale Kettler, Manager, Safety & Environment Operations, Cabela's Inc.
Micah Thompson, Manager, Environmental Affairs, Advance Auto Parts, Inc.
Shivani Kesar, ​Project Manager, CB&I​​​
Sustainability 101 Workshop: The Context, Tools and Tricks You Need to Be Effective
Examine how to connect sustainability to the retail business in this workshop. Through interactive case studies and small/large group activities, this “learn-by-doing” environment will offer participants the opportunity to both network and learn from leaders in retail sustainability. The workshop will cover topics in sustainability such as making the business case, connecting to the core purpose of your company, the maturity arch of sustainability in retail, metrics for measuring progress (e.g., GRI, SASB, CDP), engaging buying and sourcing teams, collaborating with external stakeholders, and working with suppliers.
Speaker(s):

Facilitator:
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, attendees will learn how to speak finance and translate energy and sustainability metrics into financial metrics. Participants will be able to take away 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​
Speaker(s):

Deloitte

Retail Finance Experts​
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.​
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
An international leader in sustainability, Unilever's vision is to double the size of its business, reduce its environmental footprint and increase its positive social impact. Unilever's President of North America Kees Kruythoff will open the 2015 Retail Sustainability Conference with his insights on Unilever's efforts, sustainability overall and the role retail can play in this important work.​
Speaker(s):

Kees-Kruythoff_tcm244-409082_w940_371_110.jpgKees Kruythoff, President, North America, Unilever ​​​​​
Wednesday 9/16/2015 - 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Offsite Tour: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Lady Bird Johnson helped found an organization in 1982 to protect and preserve North America's native plants and natural landscapes. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center​ has become one of the country's most credible research institutions and effective advocates for native plants, with its Land Restoration Program and education programs for children and adults. Limited to 55 participants.​
Offsite Tour: Dell Children's Medical Center
​​​​I​n May 2015, Dell Children's Medical Center​ was awarded the Top 25 Award and three Circle of Excellence Awards from Practice Greenhealth. Dell Children's commitment to energy conservation is demonstrated in its 75 ENERGY STAR rating, due to its use of green power, on-site solar photovoltaic and solar thermal systems and a CCHP district energy plant. Limited to 40 participants.​​​​​​​
Workshop: What it Takes to BE(come) a World Class Leader
​Drawing from the emerging fields of positive psychology and authentic leader development, Snook demonstrates the potential of this novel approach by introducing participants to a wide range of interesting characters from "The Happy Greeter" to General Schwarzkopf, and from Simon Cowell to Coach K. Using a series of short video vignettes and personal stories, Snook argues that success is as much about "who you are," as it is about "what you know" and "what you can do". Executive audiences around the world have found this experience to be both moving and useful as they struggle with the challenges of developing more authentic and effective leaders.
Speaker(s):

Snook, Scott110x130.jpgScott 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. - 3:15 p.m.
Flash Talk: Changing Compliance Trends
Speaker(s):

Harris, Phyllis_110.jpgPhyllis Harris, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Legal Administration, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Wednesday 9/16/2015 - 3:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Flash Talk: Chemicals Management
Speaker(s):

Rittenhouse, Dawn110x131.jpgDawn Rittenhouse, Director, Sustainability, DuPont
Wednesday 9/16/2015 - 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Concurrent Impact Session: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Proposed Pharmaceuticals Rule
Environmental Compliance Impact Session

Listen to highlights of the EPA’s proposed Pharmaceuticals Rule, which addresses concerns of RILA and other stakeholders, expressed in response to EPA’s request for comments on hazardous waste management practices in the retail sector.
Speaker(s):

​Kristin Fitzgerald, Office of Resource Conservation & Recovery, Material Recovery & Waste Management Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Sponsor(s):

AECOM, Beveridge & Diamond, CB&I, Stericycle Environmental Solutions
Wednesday 9/16/2015 - 4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Flash Talk: Leadership's View of Sustainability
Speaker(s):

garrettboone_110x130.pngGarrett Boone, Chairman Emeritus & Co-founder, ​The Container Store, Inc.​​
Wednesday 9/16/2015 - 4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Flash Talk: Leadership's View of Sustainability
Speaker(s):

Greg Brown_110x130.jpg​Greg Brown, President, Retail Sector, UPS
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. - 8:30 a.m.
Flash Talk: Creating Value through Responsible & Sustainable Investment Strategies
Speaker(s):

Streur, John110x130.jpgJohn StreurPresident & Chief Executive Officer, Calvert Investments, Inc.
Thursday 9/17/2015 - 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Flash Talk: Create Raving Fans: How to Build a Workplace People Can’t Wait to Join and Employees Don’t Want to Leave
Speaker(s):

Christy Consler_new_110.jpgChristy Consler, former Senior Vice President, HR & Corporate Sustainability, Jamba Juice Company​​​​
Thursday 9/17/2015 - 9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Concurrent Impact Session: Beyond Construction Stormwater Management Compliance - The Use of Low Impact Development (LID) and Green Infrastructure for Retail Development
Environmental Compliance Impact Session

​Ensuring compliance with construction stormwater permits and avoiding erosion and sediment control problems is now the baseline for retail construction. Developers, contractors, environmental consultants and regulators are now looking at LID and Green Infrastructure as the current hot topic in stormwater management. This session will focus on “lessons learned” from the implementation of stormwater self-audits at retail construction sites and how these audits helped a retailer gain buy-in from developers and contractors. Additionally, the session will feature a presentation on one of Lowe’s most successful LID projects and share some of the best practices to successful green infrastructure BMPs, beyond just design and construction.
Speaker(s):

Devin Staley, Design Engineer, Lowe's Companies, Inc.
Matt Dentch, Program Manager, CB&I
Sponsor(s):

AECOM, Beveridge & Diamond, CB&I, Stericycle Environmental Solutions
Thursday 9/17/2015 - 9:15 a.m. - 9:35 a.m.
Flash Talk: Transportation Infrastructure
Speaker(s):

Lankton-Cal_110.jpgCal Lankton, Director, Global EV Infrastructure, Tesla Motors, Inc.
Thursday 9/17/2015 - 9:35 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Flash Talk: The Future of Energy
Speaker(s):

Wynn, Will_110.jpgWill Wynn, Sustainability Advisor & Former Mayor, Austin Texas
Thursday 9/17/2015 - 10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Topical Workshop: Communicating the Business Value of Sustainability
Sustainability practitioners know that a sustainability program provides value to many aspects of a company. However, staff typically do not understood the benefits of a sustainability program or how it relates to their job. Because a successful sustainability program requires support from stakeholders across all segments of a company, this lack of understanding can diminish needed support. In this workshop, learn how to effectively communicate why sustainability is important for the business, how it adds value internally and why all parts of a business should support the sustainability program. Find out how effective communication can help create the organizational change to propel sustainability from a program to an integral part of the company. ​​
Speaker(s):

Hoffman, Andrew110x130.jpgAndrew Hoffman, ​Director, Erb Institute & ​Holcim (US) Professor, Sustainable Enterprise, University of Michigan​​​​
Topical Workshop: Renewing Your Personal Sustainability
In our busy everyday lives “urgent” usually kills “important.” In this workshop, we invite you to treat yourself to focusing on what's important to you. This hands-on, individualized exercise, developed at MIT will allow you to assess your current professional and personal situations, where you want to go, and how you will get there. You will leave not only with a deeper sense of purpose and renewed energy, but with concrete action steps, more clarity around your sources of energy, and a support network.​
Speaker(s):

Webster, Melissa_110x130.jpgMelissa Webster, Founding Principal, Ferry Management Consulting
Thursday 9/17/2015 - 11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Lunch in The Spark
Join your peers for a networking lunch in The Spark.
Thursday 9/17/2015 - 1:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
An Afternoon in The Spark
Thursday 9/17/2015 - 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Sustainable Products: Myth or Reality?
Sustainability Case Study
For nearly all retailers, products represent the biggest environmental impact of all business areas. Have you considered pursuing sustainability in your private brands, but don’t know where to start? Join Belk and its partner, the Cradle to Cradle Products Institute, as they share a detailed update on their journey to make sustainable products a reality.​​
Speaker(s):

Candace Taylor Anderson, Director, Sustainability, Belk, Inc.
Annie Gullingsrud, Fashion & Textile Associate, Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute
Sponsor(s):

CB&I, Source Intelligence
Creating a Compliance Program That Works for You
Environmental Compliance Case Study
 
Hear lessons learned from industry, legal and vendor perspectives 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, industry wide; training, accumulation areas, waste determinations, reverse distribution and hazardous classifications. Discover suggestions on how to create a program that will assist in institutionalizing environmental management within your company.​
Speaker(s):

Stephanie A. CaiatiDirector, Environmental Health & Safety, Dollar Tree, Inc.
Kieran Callahan, Director, Sales, The Wercs Ltd.
Ted Wolff, Partner, Manatt
Sponsor(s):

AECOM, Beveridge & Diamond, CB&I, Stericycle Environmental Solutions
Energy Management Systems & Big Data: Taking the Next Step
Retail Energy Management Case Study

Big data means something different for every energy manager, whether it is starting the EMS system selection process, starting data gathering and analysis, or exploring advanced analytics with multiple datasets. Hear from two retailers at different stages in their big data journey.
Speaker(s):

Samantha Lewis, Project Manager, Energy & Sustainability, J. Crew
Bill Balsamo, Director​, Energy & Environmental Services, Luxottica North America
Gary Levitan, Senior Manager, Energy & Utilities, The Hudson's Bay Company
Sponsor(s):

altenex, CB&I, Schneider Electric, Wipro EcoEnergy
Thursday 9/17/2015 - 2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Playing with Purpose
Sustainability Case Study​
Speaker(s):

Chris Reh, Global Director, Safety & Environmental Sustainability, The Coca-Cola Company
Sponsor(s):

CB&I, Source Intelligence
Managing Product Sustainability at Scale: Lessons Learned from Walmart on the Journey to Sell More Sustainable Products
Sustainability Case Study
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 Consortium
Sponsor(s):

CB&I, Source Intelligence
Best Buy Environmental Management System - Why Best Buy Certified to ISO 14001 & How the Approach Works in Retail
Environmental Compliance Case Study

ISO 14001-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.​​​​​​​​
Speaker(s):

Joshua Pansch​, Senior Analyst, Environmental Compliance, Best Buy Co., Inc.
John Heckman, Principal Consultant, Thinkstep​​
Sponsor(s):

AECOM, Beveridge & Diamond, CB&I, Stericycle Environmental Solutions
Creating an Integrated Energy Management Program
Retail Energy Management Case Study​

Many energy managers are forced to plan their energy reduction strategies from project to project. Hear from Verizon Wireless on how to set priorities, engage key internal stakeholders, and set up a program that drives continuous improvement.​
Speaker(s):

Raella Frazier, Utility Manager, Verizon Wireless
Sponsor(s):

altenex, CB&I, Schneider Electric, Wipro EcoEnergy
Thursday 9/17/2015 - 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Maximizing CDP Disclosure: How CDP Can Improve Your Environmental Resource Management Efforts
Sustainabil​ity Impact Session

For retailers, more so than other industries, the vast majority of the environmental impacts including carbon, water and forests occur in the extended supply chain. This session will provide a snapshot of the current state of sustainability reporting and initiatives in the retail sector (including water and forests) and demonstrate how companies are using trends to inform the development of their own practices. Best Buy and Wal-Mart will present case studies on programs leveraging the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) to drive collaboration and sustainable action in their supply chains.​​
Speaker(s):

Facilitator:
Kaitlin Broderick, Sector Lead, Disclosure Services, CDP​

Panelists:
Hugh Cherne, Senior Manager, Environmental Sustainability, Best Buy Co., Inc.
Zachary Freeze, Director, Strategic Initiatives, Sustainability, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Adam Gordon, Account Manager, Supply Chain, CDP​
Sponsor(s):

CB&I, Source Intelligence
Repositioning of Retail Real Estate
Sustainability Impact Session

​This interactive session will explore ways retailers and property owners are collaborating to repurpose brick and mortar space into more sustainable environments. Learn about the creative solutions companies are employing to not only enhance the attractiveness of the physical space, but also optimize the operational procedures that ultimately  promote a greater environmentally responsible business. 
Speaker(s):

​Alan Shaw, Vice President, Real Estate Leasing & Development, Sears Holdings Corporation
Jeffrey Bedell, Vice President, Sustainability, The Macerich Company
Lee Sobel, Director, Public Strategies, RCLCO
Sponsor(s):

CB&I, Source Intelligence
Best Practices in Regulatory Reporting
Environmental Compliance Impact Session

Having a regulatory reporting strategy in place can help streamline and simplify the regulatory reporting compliance process. Such an approach can provide many benefits to customers with limited and/or decentralized EH&S staff or knowledge, multiple facilities to manage and those who want to centralize their regulatory reporting and permitting.
Speaker(s):

Eric Ensminger, Supervisor, Regulatory Services, 3E Company​
Sponsor(s):

AECOM, Beveridge & Diamond, CB&I, Stericycle Environmental Solutions
Funding Energy Projects - Finding the Cash to Improve Energy Asset Strength, Increase Profits, Enable Growth, and Engage People
Retail Energy Management Impact Session

Corporate investments in energy projects tend to fall well short of the value those investments can bring the organization.  Come learn from leading retail energy and finance experts about the various internal and external funding mechanisms available to successfully fund and implement your energy projects. Share internal roadblocks that you have faced and discuss key metrics to consider when performing pilot tests and developing capital budget requests.  Walk away with newfound optimism for growing your company’s energy project portfolio, creating comprehensive valuations of your energy projects, and strengthening your relationship with your finance leaders. 
Speaker(s):

Elizabeth Turnbull HenrySenior Manager, Energy & Environment, greenENERGY Fund, adidas Group
Mark Lester, Director, Planning & Reporting, Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI)
Adam SleddProgram Director, Commercial Real Estate Engagement, Institution for Market Transformation
Sponsor(s):

altenex, CB&I, Schneider Electric, Wipro EcoEnergy
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
Sustainability Impact Session

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, learn how to assess 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, Manager, Sustainability, Target Corporation
Michelle Mauthe Harvey, Director, Supply Chain, Environmental Defense Fund​
Sponsor(s):

CB&I, Source Intelligence
The Hidden Power of Data in A Globally Connected Supply Chain
Sustainability Impact Session

Globalization has increased the complexity of supply chains. Customers expect more transparency and C-Suite executives expect strategic intelligence. This session will examine retail supply chain data from both market facing and supply side to provide: 1) an overview of trends and a snapshot of how consumer data can improve quality of service and the buying experience, enabling retailers to foster customer loyalty and trust; and 2) a look at supply chain analytics that will shape the way retailers utilize data to achieve supply chain sustainability, avoid disruption, and ensure product quality.
Speaker(s):

Bill Hutchinson, Senior Vice President & President, Supply Chain, Sears Holdings Corporation
Matt Thorn, Chief Operating Officer & Co-Founder, Source Intelligence​
Sponsor(s):

CB&I, Source Intelligence
Mexico and Canada Environmental Compliance Programs
What you need to know when developing compliance programs in our neighboring countries.
Speaker(s):

Kimi Walker, Associate Vice President, Product Stewardship, Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited
Madeleine Kadas, Principal, Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.
Sponsor(s):

AECOM, Beveridge & Diamond, CB&I, Stericycle Environmental Solutions
Driving Energy Savings at Leased Stores
Retail Energy Management Impact Session

Leased stores face a unique set of energy management challenges. This session will explore how Abercrombie & Fitch and Weingarten have each enabled energy savings at shopping centers through tactics like engaging the internal real estate team engagement, modifying lease language, and educating their landlord/tenant counterparts.
Speaker(s):

Moderator:
Adam Sledd, Program Director, Commercial Real Estate Engagement, Institute for Market Transformation

Panelists:
Ryan Billing, Director, Design, Engineering, Construction, Maintenance & Facilities, Abercrombie & Fitch, Co.
Liz Baez, Regional Property Manager, Weingarten Realty
Sponsor(s):

altenex, CB&I, Schneider Electric, Wipro EcoEnergy
Friday 9/18/2015 - 9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
The Sustainable Apparel Coalition and Higg Index: An Update
Sustainability Impact Session

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition’s sustainability measurement tool, Higg Index 2.0, brought the tool to an online platform – adding the ability to share users’ sustainability data, increase accuracy and add measurability for new materials and processes. Since launch, adoption has been exponential and involves some of the most significant brands, retailers, and apparel manufacturers in the world. Join us in this session as we look at the impact the tool has had on the global apparel and footwear market, and explore participation levels, lessons learned, and progress around goals to drive transparency.
Speaker(s):

Amina Razvi, Senior Manager, Sustainable Innovation, Gap, Inc.
Scott Miller, Director, Business Development, Apparel Coalition
David Hughes, Client Development, Schneider Electric​
Sponsor(s):

CB&I, Source Intelligence
How to Find Money in Food Waste
Sustainability Impact Session

Food waste is a growing issue that is getting the attention of consumers, municipalities and retailers. While retailers have a central role to play in reducing the problem, there are also opportunities for retailers to reduce costs and generate revenue. 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, Manager, Sustainability, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Ron Gonen, Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer, Closed Loop Fund
Kyle Tanger, Director, Environmental Sustainability, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Sponsor(s):

CB&I, Source Intelligence
Inspecting the Inspection: A Drama in Three Acts
Environmental Compliance Impact Session

Regulatory inspections can be a source of unwelcome drama in the daily operations of any retail business that generates hazardous waste.  This session breaks down the inspection experience into three acts, with a Shakespearean flair.  In Act I, understand how poor preparation and performance can turn an inspection into a Comedy of Errors (resulting in Much Ado About Nothing and perhaps a tragedy of regulatory action).  In Act II, learn how, through rehearsal and preparation, to have an inspection go As You Like It.  Since All’s Well that Ends Well, Act III will present tools that will guide you, Measure for Measure, through post-inspection tracking and follow-up.  To be prepared, or not to be prepared, that is the question.   
Speaker(s):

Amy Ebersole-Martinez, Senior Safety & Environmental Analyst, PETCO Animal Supplies, Inc.
Andrew J. Marks, Senior Counsel, Regulatory Law, Walgreen Co.
Chris Haley, Director, Legal Technology, Troutman Sanders eMerge
Wade Scheel, Director, Environmental Safety & Health, Stericycle Inc.​
Sponsor(s):

AECOM, Beveridge & Diamond, CB&I, Stericycle Environmental Solutions
Renewable Energy Options for Any Retailer
Retail Energy Management Impact Session

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 including offsite generation and financing strategies.
Speaker(s):

Moderator:
Monica Ferrer, Senior Manager, Energy & Utilities, Walgreen Co.

Panelists:

Kirk Myers, Manager, Sustainability, Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI)
Greg Pool, Managing Director, Power Purchase Programs, Altenex LLC​​​​
Sponsor(s):

altenex, CB&I, Schneider Electric, Wipro EcoEnergy
Friday 9/18/2015 - 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Closing Keynote: Our Blue Planet
Meet a true pioneer of underwater exploration—and dive with her to some of the deepest places on Earth. Known as “Her Deepness” for her record-breaking accomplishments beneath the ocean’s surface, Dr. Sylvia Earle has been named a “living legend” by the Library of Congress, and the first “Hero for the Planet” by Time. In fact, this National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence has become such an iconic figure that a Lego figure has been designed in her likeness. With her new film and National Geographic book, Mission Blue, Earle highlights the ocean’s incredible beauty and natural bounty, and shows how we can continue to enjoy responsibly the resources it has to offer. Drawing on the more than 100 expeditions and 7,000 hours underwater, this world-renowned oceanographer will take you on an amazing voyage of discovery beneath the waves, and reveal the new technologies that will power the next great age of underwater exploration.​​
Speaker(s):

​​ Earle_Kip Evans_110.jpgSylvia E​​arle, PhD, Marine Biologist & Explorer-in-Residence, ​​​National Geographic​​​​​