Day 1 Sessions

All Day 1 Sessions are 3:15-3:55 pm

Energy Implications of Emerging Transportation Needs
Rob Threlkeld, Global Manager, Renewable Energy, General Motors

Driverless cars…battery-powered vehicles…solar-powered trucks…The world’s largest transportation companies are experimenting with new paradigms not even imagined even a decade ago. With these new modes of travel come new challenges and opportunities regarding how transportation will be fueled in the future – offering insights that can be applied to other industries as well.

In this session, you will learn:

  • What lessons being learned by transportation companies regarding renewable energies can be applied to other industries
  • How will renewable energies be used with technologies sell in the most primitive stages
  • Why it is imperative to consider energy demand when considering the world’s future transportation needs

Rob Threlkeld manages the nearly 70 megawatts of renewable energy that make up GM’s global renewable energy portfolio. He is responsible for accessing the feasibility of future projects as they pertain to GM’s overall sustainability strategy.



Track: Energy Procurement & Distributed Energy

Climate Change Resilience Planning
Moderator: Frank Rukavina, President, Sustainable Innovations Operative
Gabriel Adams, Sustainability Program Manager, Fluor Federal Petroleum Operations

Changes in the global climate system are evident from observed increases in ocean and air temperatures, polar icecap reductions, more frequent sever weather events and sea level rises. In addition to undertaking climate change mitigation measures, it is becoming increasingly important that governments and commercial business begin to consider how regional climate change could directly impact their operations.

In this session, you will learn:

  • What is required of a company to conduct a risk-based climate change impact analysis
  • When to develop and implement a resilience action plan for a business
  • How seriously regional climate change can impact a company’s operations

Frank Rukavina was previously responsible for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s advancement of corporate environmental, social and economically responsible decision-making and for the implementation of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.


Gabriel Adams has more than 20 years of experience in the environmental and sustainability fields. Gabriel and his team support the US Department of Energy Strategic Petroleum Reserve project. He has managed the collection of sustainability data for sustainability projects at the SPR, and recently participated with a DOE Sustainability Program Office-sponsored change resiliency planning process to assess the SPR’s most significant climate-related vulnerabilities.



Track: Air, Waste, Water & Energy

Design for Sustainability
Devan Tracy, Energy Engineer, Lockheed Martin

Sustainability can be a quantitative approach to drive better business outcomes and improve the ability for decision-makers to understand the total cost of ownership of a product over its lifecycle. Both Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Defense Department are examining this topic closely, along with the related requirements in RFPs.

In this session you will learn:

  • How lifecycle thinking has evolved as a concept in recent years
  • What the U.S. Defense Department’s Design for Sustainability Framework is
  • When and how to integrate lifecycle analysis into the design process

In her current role as an energy engineer, Devan Tracy is responsible for developing business cases to implement both on-site renewable energy and energy efficiency projects to drive affordability and support corporate sustainability initiatives. In her previous role with the Lockheed Martin Corporate Sustainability Office, Tracy facilitated streamlined life cycle assessment analyses and supported the annual sustainability report development and external reporting initiatives. She is a graduate of Lockheed Martin’s Engineering Leadership Development Program (ELDP).

Track: Circular Economy & Supply Chain

The Wise Use of Technology in EHS Strategies
Moderator: Sameer Vyas, Partner, Huco Consulting
Lisa Carty, Corporate Director of Environmental, Health and Safety, Kinder Morgan

Managing environmental, health and safety risk is a vital need for companies of all sizes; it can also be a time consuming, labor-intensive, expensive task. Emerging technologies are helping businesses, but finding and implementing the correct information systems in the field can be a challenge.

In this session, you will learn:

  • Why and how systems can help manage EHS
  • Which aspects are most important in choosing the correct EHS software
  • What metrics a company can use to evaluate EHS excellence

Sameer Vayas has managed and supported several large-scale EMIS technologies. He has used several leading off-the-shelf enterprise solutions as well as developed cloud-based point solutions. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from the University of Southern California.



Lisa Carty has more than 20 years of experience in EHS, operations, compliance and risk, primarily within the energy and oil and gas industries. Carty has an MS focused in environmental health & safety management from University of Denver.





Track: Materiality & Metrics