Day 2 Sessions

Wednesday, May 16, 10:30-11.10 am

How Evolving Federal Policy Is Impacting Energy Markets
Moderator: Brian Janous, Director of Energy Strategy, Microsoft
Frances Koncilja, Commissioner, Colorado Public Utilities Commission

With major shifts in environmental policy in light of a new presidential administration and changes in the regulatory atmosphere, the impacts on energy markets can be subtle or dramatic. Add the additional changes that could be ahead as a result of federal tax overhauls and the market for energy could look quite different in the months and years ahead.

In this session you will learn:

  • What impact recent changes at the federal level will have on traditional energy markets
  • Why it is important to make decisions that take into account new federal policy
  • Where to look for energy in the market in light of ongoing changes

Brian Janous is responsible for the development and execution of Microsoft’s global data center energy strategy. His responsibilities include oversight of all energy supply agreements, renewable energy purchasing, distributed generation and strategic partnerships to ensure a power supply that is reliable and sustainable. As general manager of the energy strategy and research team, Janous creates end-to-end strategies that will drive innovations in the next generation of cloud data centers, and supports efforts to establish energy market policies that will foster end-user innovation.

 

Frances Koncilja has served 27 months on the Colorado Public Utilities Commission. Koncilja was a trial lawyer for more than 45 years—a public defender, an assistant U.S. attorney and a partner in an international 640-lawyer law firm. She was one of the original organizers of the Colorado Women’s Bar, president of the Colorado Bar, member and later chair of the Colorado Supreme Court Grievance Committee. She served on both the Colorado Supreme Court Nominating Commission and was the 10th Circuit representative to the American Bar Association Standing Committee on the Judiciary.

 

Track: Energy Procurement & Distributed Energy

 

The ROI of Retrofitting Aging Facilities
Moderator: Carol Dollard, Energy Engineer, Colorado State University
Eric Duchon, Global Head of Sustainability, LaSalle Investment Management

As the nation’s facilities age, companies and institutions are constantly forced to consider complex and sometimes contradictory questions: When is it time to cut one’s losses with an older facility and replace it with a new one? When does it make sense to retrofit? And, just as important, what are the implications of these choices when sustainability goals, energy management needs, and regulatory requirement are more pressing every day?

In this session, you will learn:

  • What it takes to analyze the opportunities and challenges involved with retrofitting aging infrastructure
  • How you determine the costs & benefits involved with upgrading existing facilities
  • Why making the case to an organization’s CFO concerning retrofitting is so important
  • When is “tear down & start over” the right answer

Carol Dollard is co-chair of the President’s Sustainability Commission at Colorado State University. In her 19 years at CSU, Dollard has worked to make university operations more sustainable. These efforts include 14 PV installations totaling over 6,700 kW, two LEED Platinum and 19 LEED Gold buildings, and more than $14 million of energy and water efficiency projects. In addition, she leads a team that conducts the university’s annual greenhouse gas inventory and produces biannual updates to the CSU Climate Action Plan.

 

 

 

As chair of LaSalle Investment Management’s global sustainability committee, Eric Duchon is responsible for partnering with regional sustainability officers and advising senior leadership on sustainability initiatives across the firm’s operations. Duchon oversees global and regional ESG reporting through various firm-wide, fund and client reporting initiatives including GRESB, Greenprint and UNPRI. In North America, he collaborates with the asset management team to create and execute sustainability plans and initiatives for each asset with the goal of maximizing return on investment and long-term value.

 

 

 

Track: Air, Waste, Water & Energy

 

Connecting Life Cycle Assessments to a Company’s Business Plan
Moderator: Debbie Kalish, Program Manager, Center for Energy Efficiency & Sustainability, Ingersoll Rand
Hanna Bakken, Regulatory Affairs and Sustainability, 3M

There are any number of imperatives compelling companies to assess every element of a product’s life cycle. It is equally important to be sure that achieving sustainability and energy management goals are consistent with a company’s overall business plan.

In this session, you will learn:

  • What elements are required to make life cycle assessment processes correspond to the business plan
  • Why executives must be involved in setting sustainability and energy goals from the very beginning
  • How executives’ participation in sustainability goal setting translates into business imperatives for product teams
  • How Life Cycle Assessment supports sustainability and energy management goals with a company’s business plan

Program Manager, Center for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability, Ingersoll Rand Debbie Kalish manages and oversees sustainability programs, many focused on reducing Ingersoll Rand’s product impacts, while leading the company’s Design for Sustainability NPD module. Kalish creates and manages product Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) processes, programs for Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), sustainability training for product teams, behavior-based sustainability projects and builds strategic partnerships. She is involved in managing projects to track Ingersoll Rand’s progress on lowering product impacts and supports other projects related to advocacy and codes and standards.

 

Hanna Bakken is responsible for regulatory affairs and sustainability at 3M. Bakken has more than 15 years of experience in the environmental, health sciences and sustainability fields. Over the past six years, Bakken has lead the sustainability and regulatory efforts for the food safety business at 3M, including building business strategy, lifecycle assessments, and bringing customer focused sustainability solutions to the food diagnostics industry.

 

 

 

 

Track: Circular Economy & Supply Chain

 

Setting a Higher Bar: Exploring the Business Case for Third-Party Industry Certifications
David Meyer, Senior Consultant, BSI
Jeff Yorzyk, Director of Sustainability, Green Chef

For at least 20 years, organizations across the industry spectrum have sought and attained third-party certifications to improve environmental performance, enhance sustainability initiatives, leverage risk, and attain higher competitive advantage. The most recent updates include the ISO 14001:2015 environmental management system standard, advances to the Global Reporting Initiative, a myriad of industry specific standards and guidelines, and the most recent health and safety management standard, ISO 45001. In this session, a panel of industry leaders and practitioners will explore the nexus between third-party certifications and the impact on corporate continual improvement initiatives.

In this session, you will:

  • Reflect on how standards have evolved over the past two decades
  • Learn how the standards impact EHS professionals
  • See where these standards are headed in an increasingly dynamic and changing global marketplace

Dave Meyer is a Senior Consultant with a full-service environmental, health, safety and sustainability consulting firm. His principal focus is to help organizations achieve environmental sustainability program excellence. He has over 35 years’ experience.

 

 

 

Jeff Yorzyk has been active in leading sustainability nonprofits and trade associations since receiving his MBA in 2002, marking his transition from an environmental consultant to a sustainability professional. Currently the past president of the board of directors for the International Society of Sustainability Professionals, Yorzyk led their recent partnership with GBCI to create a globally recognized credential for sustainability professionals. He currently functions as the director of sustainability at Green Chef, the first organic certified meal kit company, recently acquired by Hello Fresh.

 

 

 

Track: Materiality & Metrics

 

Wednesday, May 16, 11:20 am-12:00 pm

Procurement Practices and Emerging Renewable Energies
Stephen Abbott, Senior Associate, Rocky Mountain Institute
Andy Smith, Global Manager, Energy and Sustainability, Cisco Systems
Jonathan Reinbold, Sustainability, Research & Grant Manager, Organic Valley
Alvaro E. Pereira, Director, Global Supply Advisory Services, EnerNOC

While a growing and diverse number of companies pursue renewable energy, companies differ in their specific approach and procurement choices. Determining whether to pursue on-site or off-site projects, selecting a geographic location, and choosing how to manage any associated renewable energy attributes are all influenced by a company’s broader goals and stakeholder interests. This panel, featuring staff from Rocky Mountain Institute’s Business Renewables Center and panelists from a range of companies, will explore the variety of corporate approaches to developing renewable energy strategies and prioritizing specific projects.

In this session, you will:

  • Learn the best criteria to use in choosing types of renewable energies
  • Discover how renewable energies integrate with a company’s overall business strategy
  • Receive tips on how to prioritize specific projects

Stephen Abbott joined the Rocky Mountain Institute in 2013, and has focused on helping large organizations better understand their renewable energy options. Since the Business Renewables Center’s formation in 2014, Abbott has developed several case studies, primers on specific key barriers to transactions and a number of web-based resources. As a manager on the team, he currently oversees the BRC’s online platform and ongoing efforts to expand the suite of educational and analytical tools available to BRC members.

 

 

Andy Smith joined Cisco in 2009 and has helped turn Cisco’s sustainability program into what it is today by leading a number of initiatives including developing and achieving multiple sustainability goals, managing global energy efficiency programs, deploying a global energy and sustainability information system and creating Cisco’s annual greenhouse gas inventories and Corporate Social Responsibility reports. Prior to joining Cisco, Smith worked as a consultant at Rocky Mountain Institute and DOMANI Sustainability Consulting in Colorado.

 

 

Jonathan Reinbold has worked in sustainable agriculture and food systems for eight years, currently for Organic Valley, America’s largest cooperative of organic farmers and one of the nation’s leading organic brands. Reinbold leads Organic Valley’s efforts in natural resource conservation, renewable energy production, environmental research and employee engagement. He currently serves on the board of the Sustainable Food Trade Association.

Alvaro Pereira is an energy economist with 20 years of experience in economic, technical and policy analysis, with expertise in procurement, renewable energy and power markets. Pereira joined EnerNOC in March 2016 from Daymark Energy Advisors (formerly La Capra Associates) where he was principal consultant and vice president of marketing operations. At Daymark Energy Advisors, he worked in a variety of areas, including electric and gas procurement, renewable energy project analysis and pro forma development, and analyses of energy and capacity market rules, prices and performance.
Track: Energy Procurement & Distributed Energy

 

Net Positive: The Next Wave of Corporate Responsibility Has Arrived
Josh Prigge, Founder and CEO, Sustridge
Julien Gervreau, Director of Sustainability, Jackson Family Wines

A new movement towards Net Positive is emerging in corporate sustainability that is both critical and paradigm-shifting. At the heart of the movement is this truth: that those committing to become Net Positive–achieving a positive corporate footprint (a radical but not unachievable goal)–must go beyond risk avoidance and incremental improvements to their businesses towards truly innovating to eliminate negative impacts and actively creating positive impacts.

In this session, you will:

  • Learn how to use a Net Positive approach to strategy to grow your brand
  • Find out how to incorporate that approach into a strategy that leads to strong financial performance
  • Discover how to attract the brightest talent to your company because of your Net Positive efforts.

Josh Prigge, CEO, Sustridge, was previously at Fetzer Vineyards, where he guided the vision and execution of regenerative measures at the world’s first zero waste-certified wine company and largest organic wine-grape grower in the US. He led the efforts at Fetzer Vineyards to receive B Corp certification, Carbon Neutral certification and Zero Waste certification. Before that, Prigge was sustainability coordinator at Hawaii Pacific University.

 

 

 

A wine country native, Julien Gervreau has been involved with all aspects of the industry for more than 13 years, from production and operations to marketing and sales. In his role as director of sustainability at Jackson Family Wines, Gervreau focuses on setting strategies and tactical implementation of water and energy efficiency, onsite renewable energy generation, GHG emissions reductions, and waste diversion. His MBA from Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco made him a staunch believer in sustainability as a key driver of business value.

 

 

Track: Air, Waste, Water & Energy

 

Collaboration Throughout the Supply Chain
Moderator: Lonny Knabe, Manufacturing Energy and Carbon Director, Nike

It is one thing to make a policy statement that a supply chain will reflect all the sustainability goals dictated by a company’s overall business model. It is another thing to incorporate all of a company’s suppliers in the same process, particularly when an organization has the complex web of international partnerships that many global businesses now have.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to make sure you are aware of the source of your suppliers’ materials
  • What the best practices are for creating a collaborative atmosphere among partners
  • Where to look for the pain points in your supply chain
  • Why collaboration through the supply chain is so important to a company’s stakeholders

Lonny Knabe, part of Nike’s sustainable manufacturing environmental excellence and innovation department, has created and implemented continuous improvement energy and CO2 programs for Nike’s manufacturing partners. He also created Nike’s internal renewable energy executive committee that is responsible for driving adoption of renewable energy across Nike’s owned and operated buildings, logistics and manufacturing partners. Since the program started in late 2008, Knabe’s work enabled Nike’s contract footwear factories to reduce their total energy intensity by over 50 percent, with more than $150M financial benefits generated from the program.

Track: Circular Economy & Supply Chain

 

 

 

Wednesday, May 16, 3:30-4:10 pm

The Intersection of Energy and Building Management
Moderator: Caitlin Rood, National Environmental Sustainability Director, Mercy Housing
Lauren Zullo, Director of Sustainability, Jonathan Rose Companies

Energy management is a vital component of any building management model that includes cost containment measures. Yet we all know that sometimes antiquated building systems that rely on fossil fuel use can drive costs up substantially. At the same time, innovative programs to reduce costs – and the use of carbon – can be expensive to initiative. What’s a building manager to do?

In this session, you will learn:

  • What are some examples in which building managers fund affordable energy management innovations
  • How a company can balance the demands to reduce its carbon footprint at the same time it satisfies its stakeholder
  • Where a building manager can look for best practices for successful energy management

Caitlin Rood is responsible for developing, implementing and tracking environmental programs in all areas of Mercy Housing operations, including development, operations and maintenance, resident services and office practices. Rood is an environmental engineer with a BS and MS in civil and environmental engineering. A 20-year veteran, Rood is an accomplished environmental, sustainability and efficiency professional and project manager with broad experience in environmental sustainability program development and reporting, energy and water efficiency, environmental management systems, audits, waste management and recycling.

Lauren Zullo joined Jonathan Rose Companies in 2017 as director of sustainability, where she is responsible for overseeing environmental and healthy building design, retrofit, certification and reporting initiatives across all of the firm’s business practices. Prior to joining Jonathan Rose Companies, Zullo worked for the Natural Resources Defense Council, where she led initiatives to scale up market-based strategies to improve the environmental performance of large buildings and tenant spaces. She previously held roles in development, property management and sustainability for the commercial real estate firm Greenebaum & Rose Associates in Washington, DC.

 

Track: Energy Procurement & Renewable Energies

 

Making the Business Case for a Carbon Tax
Moderator: Dominick Brook, U.S. Leader, Global Sustainability Tax, Ernst & Young

While the current presidential administration may not be receptive to a carbon tax, many state and local governments seek ways to help meet the U.S. commitments under the Paris Accord and look for new ways to raise revenue. Companies can mitigate some of the business risk associated with carbon pricing and build support for this type of policy bu following some clear principles.

In this session, you will learn:

  • What different types of carbon pricing regimes (cap and trade v. carbon taxes) mean for businesses
  • How businesses can adjust to a carbon tax and potentially reduce its overall tax rate
  • Why other outcomes from a carbon tax may have a positive impact on companies

Dominick Brook focuses on analyzing and improving the ROI for sustainability strategies, including renewable energy investments, energy efficiency improvements, recycling initiatives, advanced manufacturing, and LEED-certified buildings. Brook also has experience with other related federal tax credits and grants, including New Markets Tax Credits, Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credits, and Department of Energy grants. Prior to joining Ernst & Young, he led the expansion of economic development services at Ohio University’s Voinovich School for Leadership and Public Affairs and served as an adjunct instructor of economics at Ohio University.

 

Track: Compliance & Risk

Aligning energy management goals with the business plan
Al Hildreth, Global Energy Manager, General Motors
Thomas A. Pagliuco, Executive Director, Global Energy Engineering, Allergan
Vladi Shunturov, Vice President, Product Solutions, Lucid

Following a model like the EPA’s EnergyStar seven-step approach, many companies are making energy management a vital component of its business model and culture. Based on leadership commitment and public goals to reduce energy and GHG by 20 percent from 2010 to 2020, General Motors is using its standardized global manufacturing system to drive results.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to make energy management a sustainable part of your operations
  • Why measurement and monitoring are key to effective energy conservation
  • What the power of communicating performance and engaging employees can mean to continuous improvement

Al Hildreth oversees all General Motors’ energy management practices, including carbon, energy, and water conservation. Hildreth also manages the teams responsible for energy use at GM’s facilities around the world. He is a co-chair of the Automotive Industry Action Group’s Greenhouse Gas and Water Works Groups, collaborating with OEMs and suppliers on GHG and water reporting and reduction. Hildreth holds a patent for an energy forecasting model and is author of “Analytics for Smart Energy Management,” a college textbook offering tools for energy management in business.

 

 

Thomas A. Pagliuco leads the Allergan Energy Management Program across a global portfolio of facilities. Prior to this assignment, Pagliuco developed, implemented and managed the Merck and Schering-Plough global energy programs. The Allergan, Merck and S-P energy management programs have been recognized by ENERGY STAR as Partners of the Year. He was the recipient of a 2008 S-P Environmental Achievement Award for his advocacy for energy excellence, received the 2014 EnergySMART Energy Innovator Award and was named a 2017 Energy Manager Today 50 honoree.

 

 

 

Vladi Shunturov is a thought leader and innovator in the field of building IoT and data-driven building operations. As the cofounder and vice president of product solutions at Lucid, Shunturov has spent more than 15 years helping organizations to leverage building data to improve their operations. He cofounded Lucid in 2004 and has led the product and engineering teams in the development of BuildingOS, the market’s leading enterprise data and analytics platform specifically designed for commercial building operations.

 

 

Track: Leadership & Engagement

 

Wednesday, May 16, 5:10-5:50 pm

Greenhouse Gas Management Reporting
Moderator: David Parham, Deputy Director of Research, Sustainability Accounting Standards Board
Jamie Bonham, Manager, Corporate Engagement, NEI Investments

With climate change receiving ever-greater global governmental attention and commitment to action, investors are calling for high-quality, comparable, and useful disclosures from companies describing their exposure to and management of climate-related risks. With a multitude of available reporting frameworks, disclosure channels and stakeholder groups, how can companies ensure the right stakeholders are receiving consistent, accurate, and relevant data describing company efforts to manage climate risk?

In this session, you will learn:

  • How can companies guarantee stakeholders information provided them is accurate and relevant?
  • What information on climate risk must companies provide to investors?
  • Which are the most serious climate-related risks that must be reported?

David Parham oversees half of the SASB’s research team of sector analysts, responsible for working with issuers, investors and other stakeholders to conduct research, analytics and consultation process to identify current and emerging financially material ESG risks and opportunities among 79 industries. Parham is also responsible for research activities related to climate change and the industries making up the extractives and minerals processing sector. Prior to joining SASB, he was a process engineer for Chevron where he held roles in research and development, major capital project design and production operations.

 

Jamie Bonham has more than 13 years of experience in researching and engaging with companies on environmental and social issues in the extractives sector. At NEI, he is responsible for managing the extractive industry corporate engagement program and conducting direct, collaborative dialogues aimed at mitigating risks for the companies within the NEI portfolio. Bonham is also responsible for the analysis of company performance and industry trends in environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues in order to support NEI’s thesis that companies can mitigate risk and take advantage of emerging business opportunities by integrating best ESG practices into their strategies and operations.

 

Track: Compliance & Risk

 

Making Your Company’s Business Case to the ESG Investing Community
Mike Wallace, Partner, BrownFlynn, an ERM Company
Amy E. Dine, Partner, Terra Alpha Investments
Lee O’Dwyer, Equity Market Specialist, Bloomberg
David Tulauskas, Sustainability Director, General Motors

Whether you work for a large, multi-national publicly traded company or a small private company, stakeholders are increasingly demanding disclosure of your organization’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance information. These converging developments create the need for companies to fully understand and strategically manage the disclosure of a new set of performance metrics.

In this session, you will:

  • Learn of the developing trends in ESG investing
  • Find out how to build the strategic business case for greater ESG disclosure
  • Discover how influential stakeholders are using the information provided to them.

Having given expert testimony to the European Commission, US SEC and EPA, Mike Wallace’s expertise in the field is highly regarded and valued by a wide range of colleagues and organizations. Wallace has chaired (or chairs) some of the field’s leading expert working groups and is an active member of business and nonprofit committees. As chair of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s ESG Ratings & Rankings Working Group, Mike brings unique insights to the ESG research field.

 

 

 

 

Amy E. Dine lead’s Terra Alpha Investments’ advocacy efforts to promote the use of environmental productivity and corporate environmental data in professional investment and business decisions. Dine also oversees proxy voting. Previously, she spent 10 years with Capital Group Companies, where she took on the environmental, social and governance research and engagement for Capital International’s institutional business as the initial ESG/SRI investment specialist in the early 2000s, overseeing $15 billion in assets with an SRI/ESG mandate.

 

Drawing on 15 years of experience in traditional and alternative investments, Lee O’Dwyer is an expert in environmental, social and governance (ESG) data; portfolio analysis; and equity fundamental valuations. Lee’s experience allows him to calibrate around the varied needs and styles of clients, allowing him to interpret their comments and provide meaningful and useful support. Working closely with product development groups and third parties, his goal is to advance ESG integration into investment decisions wherever possible.

 

 

 

 

David Tulauskas develops GM’s sustainability strategy and ensures alignment with its business model. His activities include collaborating with various functions to embed sustainability into processes; sustainability reporting; and identifying KPIs for business planning.

 

 

 

 

Track: Leadership & Engagement

 

The ROI of Coordinated Energy/Sustainability Initiatives
Moderator: Mark Wilhelm, Sustainability & Climate Neutrality Consultant, Quest Energy Group
Trevor Nightingale, Program Leader, High Performance Buildings, National Research Council Canada
Kevin Geoghegan, Energy Program Manager, Intel

Since lavish use of fossil fuels is so widespread, transitioning companies to true climate neutrality by 2050 or earlier will be difficult, but there is value to be found in doing so. Institutions are typically driven by incremental strategies with quarterly and annual horizons, which is an approach that doesn’t always deliver transformational change at the same time it delivers revenue to a company’s bottom line.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to identify the characteristics and differences between incremental and transformational strategies
  • Where companies can significantly reduce their reliance on fossil fuels in an economical fashion
  • What is required to create a partnership-based approach to GHG reduction roadmaps that provides economic benefit as well
  • What tools and approaches are required to deliver ROI with combined energy and sustainability initiatives

Mark Wilhelm has 30 years of experience in the energy industry and 20 years in sustainable building design, construction and operations. Wilhelm has served as the corporate sustainability leader for Ameresco, leading its Climate Neutrality Alliance with Arizona State University, which is intended to drive ASU to climate neutrality by 2035 with a positive financial result. He co-founded Green Ideas, Inc. where he provided high-performance building consulting for 38 million square feet of built space and helped develop 41 MW of renewable energy systems. Wilhelm directed LEED certification efforts for 80 projects, two-thirds of which earned Gold- or Platinum-level certification.

Trevor Nightingale is principal research officer and leader of NRC’s program on high performance buildings, helping industry develop new and more cost-effective technologies for energy retrofit of commercial and institutional buildings. Nightingale joined NRC in 1992 after earning a Ph.D. in building engineering. He is a member of the board of directors of the Continental Automated Building Association, member of the industry advisory committee to the Canada Green Building Council and adjunct professor, faculty of engineering, at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.

 

Kevin Geoghegan is associated with Intel’s corporate sustainability group. Qualified as an electrical engineer from DIT Kevin St., Dublin, Ireland, Geoghegan has an MBA from Dublin City University. He has worked in Ireland and UK on utilities construction projects and held general and operations management positions for electrical switchgear and air conditioning companies in Ireland. Prior to his current role, Geoghegan was responsible for energy management on Intel’s semiconductor manufacturing site in Ireland for more than 14 years.

 

 

Track: Materiality & Metrics

Wednesday, May 16, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

EL & EMT Awards Gala

The Environmental Leader and Energy Manager Today Product and Project Awards recognizes excellence in products/services and projects that provide companies with environmental, sustainability and energy management benefits. 2018’s winners will be showcased at this gala event.