​​​Program Session Types​:
 
  
General Sessions: 
  • ​​Keynotes - 60-90 minute opening and 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 and outside the industry.
  Breakout Sessions:
  • Impact Sessions ​Led by retailers and focused on the most pressing issues you face today, Impact Sessions go in depth into what's working and the current industry challenges broken down into three tracks: sustainability, environmental compliance and energy management.
  • Concurrent Impact Sessions - An Impact Session that is offered at the same time as a Flash Talk.
  • Case Studies - ​Retailer-led, in-depth, detailed presentations of best practices and challenges learned while charting new paths in sustainability, environmental compliance and energy management​​.
  Workshops:
  • 101 Workshops - Interactive 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 that you care about.

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
Contact: sue.pifer@rila.org
Retail Energy Management Meeting
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.
  • And Water – The Clean Water Act and The Oil Pollution Act.​
Speaker(s):

John Nash, Operations/Client Program Manager, CB&I
Dale Kettler, Safety & Environment Operations Manager, Cabela's Inc.
Micah Thompson, Environmental Affairs Manager, Advance Auto Parts

Sustainability 101 Workshop: Engaging Merchandising and Sourcing
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 in buying and sourcing sustainability,
  • Training & education
  • Data & Tools
  • Making the business case
  • Partnerships with suppliers and external stakeholders
  • Private label & brands
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):

Institute for Market Transformation

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 enviornmental footprint and increase its positive social impact. Kees K​ruythoff, president of Unilever's North American Business, will open the 2015 RSC Wednesday.​​
Speaker(s):

Kees Kruythoff, President, North America, Unilever

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Offsite Tour: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
​Decades ago, former first lady, Lady Bird Johnson recognized that our country was losing its natural landscapes and its natural beauty. As much as 30 percent of the world's native flora is at risk of extinction. The Wildflower Center was intended to help preserve and restore that beauty and the biological richness of North America. Since then, the Center has become one of the country's most credible research institutions and effective advocates for native plants. The Land Restoration Program applies knowledge of ecological processes to restoring  damaged landscapes. The Center's education programs for children and adults teach people about their natural surroundings and how to grow native plants in their own backyards​.
Offsite Tour: Dell Children's Medical Center

​​​​In 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.

Onsite Leadership Workshop with Colonel Scott Snook

A graduate with honors from the U.S. Military Academy, Scott Snook was commissioned in The Army Corps of Engineers. With 22 years of service in various command and staff positions, he earned the rank of Colonel. With an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he graduated as a Baker Scholar, and a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Harvard University, Col. Snook has shared his leadership insights in formal executive education programs at Harvard University and corporate audiences all over the globe.

Speaker(s):

Workshop Facilitator: 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
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
Aaron H. Goldberg, Principal, Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.
Flash Talks: Changing Compliance Trends & Chemicals Management

These 20-minute talks from leaders in the industry on key aspects of compliance and 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

​These 20-minute talks in 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

​These 20-minute talks on how to create value through investment stratigies.​

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

​These 20-minute talks on where energy and transportation infrastucture are leading.

Speaker(s):

Cal Lankton, Director, Global EV Infrastructure, Tesla Motors
Will Wynn, ​Sustainability Advisor/Former Mayor of 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):

Workshop Facilitator: Andrew Hoffman, Director, Erb Institute, Holcim (US) Professor of 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):

Workshop Facilitator: Melissa Webster, Management Consultant, People Mobilizer & Operations Fanatic
11:45 a.m. - 1:15 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?
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
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):

Kieran Callahan, Director, Sales, The Wercs Ltd.
Stephanie A. Caiati, Director, Environmental Health and Safety, Dollar Tree
Ted Wolff, Partner, Manatt
EMS & 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):



 
2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Playing with Purpose
Sustainability Case Study
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 Index
Best Buy EMS - Why Best Buy Certified to ISO 14001 & How the Approach Works in Retail
Environmental Compliance Case Study

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.​​​​​​
Speaker(s):

John Heckman, Principal Consultant, Thinkstep

Creating a Fully 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 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
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, Regulatory Services Supervisor, 3E Company

Financial Management Strategies for Energy
Retail Energy Management Impact Session

 
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, 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, Senior Business Partner, Sustainability, Target Corporation
Michelle Mauthe Harvey, Director, Supply Chain, Environmental Defense Fund
Extending Retail's "Reach" to Ensure Transparency With Technology
Consumers are demanding a more transparent supply chain. Yet historically, retailers were limited in gaining full visibility into what goes into their products. With the rise of technology, global brands are enabled to reach into their value chain to identify and mitigate risks. Hear case studies on how technology is enabling supply chain visibility to meet demanding consumer expectations.

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):

Moderators:
Adam Sledd, Director, Commercial Real Estate Engagement, Institute for Market Transformation
9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
The Sustainable Apparel Coalition and Higg Index: An Update
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.
How to Find Money in Food Waste
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, 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
Speaker(s):

Chris Haley, Director of Legal Technology, Troutman Sanders eMerge
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: 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):


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
Contact: sue.pifer@rila.org
Retail Energy Management Meeting
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.
  • And Water – The Clean Water Act and The Oil Pollution Act.​
Speaker(s):

John Nash, Operations/Client Program Manager, CB&I
Dale Kettler, Safety & Environment Operations Manager, Cabela's Inc.
Micah Thompson, Environmental Affairs Manager, Advance Auto Parts

Sustainability 101 Workshop: Engaging Merchandising and Sourcing
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 in buying and sourcing sustainability,
  • Training & education
  • Data & Tools
  • Making the business case
  • Partnerships with suppliers and external stakeholders
  • Private label & brands
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):

Institute for Market Transformation

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 enviornmental footprint and increase its positive social impact. Kees K​ruythoff, president of Unilever's North American Business, will open the 2015 RSC Wednesday.​​
Speaker(s):

Kees Kruythoff, President, North America, Unilever

Wednesday 9/16/2015 - 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Offsite Tour: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
​Decades ago, former first lady, Lady Bird Johnson recognized that our country was losing its natural landscapes and its natural beauty. As much as 30 percent of the world's native flora is at risk of extinction. The Wildflower Center was intended to help preserve and restore that beauty and the biological richness of North America. Since then, the Center has become one of the country's most credible research institutions and effective advocates for native plants. The Land Restoration Program applies knowledge of ecological processes to restoring  damaged landscapes. The Center's education programs for children and adults teach people about their natural surroundings and how to grow native plants in their own backyards​.
Offsite Tour: Dell Children's Medical Center

​​​​In 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.

Onsite Leadership Workshop with Colonel Scott Snook

A graduate with honors from the U.S. Military Academy, Scott Snook was commissioned in The Army Corps of Engineers. With 22 years of service in various command and staff positions, he earned the rank of Colonel. With an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he graduated as a Baker Scholar, and a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Harvard University, Col. Snook has shared his leadership insights in formal executive education programs at Harvard University and corporate audiences all over the globe.

Speaker(s):

Workshop Facilitator: 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
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
Aaron H. Goldberg, Principal, Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.
Flash Talks: Changing Compliance Trends & Chemicals Management

These 20-minute talks from leaders in the industry on key aspects of compliance and 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

​These 20-minute talks in 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

​These 20-minute talks on how to create value through investment stratigies.​

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

​These 20-minute talks on where energy and transportation infrastucture are leading.

Speaker(s):

Cal Lankton, Director, Global EV Infrastructure, Tesla Motors
Will Wynn, ​Sustainability Advisor/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
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):

Workshop Facilitator: Andrew Hoffman, Director, Erb Institute, Holcim (US) Professor of 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):

Workshop Facilitator: Melissa Webster, Management Consultant, People Mobilizer & Operations Fanatic
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 - 1:30 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
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):

Kieran Callahan, Director, Sales, The Wercs Ltd.
Stephanie A. Caiati, Director, Environmental Health and Safety, Dollar Tree
Ted Wolff, Partner, Manatt
EMS & 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):



 
Thursday 9/17/2015 - 2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Playing with Purpose
Sustainability Case Study
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 Index
Best Buy EMS - Why Best Buy Certified to ISO 14001 & How the Approach Works in Retail
Environmental Compliance Case Study

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.​​​​​​
Speaker(s):

John Heckman, Principal Consultant, Thinkstep

Creating a Fully 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 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
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, Regulatory Services Supervisor, 3E Company

Financial Management Strategies for Energy
Retail Energy Management Impact Session

 
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, 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, Senior Business Partner, Sustainability, Target Corporation
Michelle Mauthe Harvey, Director, Supply Chain, Environmental Defense Fund
Extending Retail's "Reach" to Ensure Transparency With Technology
Consumers are demanding a more transparent supply chain. Yet historically, retailers were limited in gaining full visibility into what goes into their products. With the rise of technology, global brands are enabled to reach into their value chain to identify and mitigate risks. Hear case studies on how technology is enabling supply chain visibility to meet demanding consumer expectations.

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):

Moderators:
Adam Sledd, Director, Commercial Real Estate Engagement, Institute for Market Transformation
Friday 9/18/2015 - 9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
The Sustainable Apparel Coalition and Higg Index: An Update
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.
How to Find Money in Food Waste
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, 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
Speaker(s):

Chris Haley, Director of Legal Technology, Troutman Sanders eMerge
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: 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):


Sylvia Earle, PhD, Marine Biologist