All Workshops are Tuesday, May 15, 9:00 am-12:00 pm

Employee Engagement and Leadership
Moderator: Dennis Hu, Director, EHS&S, Ball Aerospace

Managers and executives charged with their companies’ environmental, sustainability and energy management initiatives and programs play an important role in accomplishing their organizations’ business goals. As a result, how they interact and collaborate with C-level executives is important and vital.

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • What is required of environmental, sustainability and energy management managers as they take a seat at the table with those who shape a company’s overall strategy and initiatives.
  • How to communicate your department’s needs and goals with your company’s most senior executives and board members.
  • What you must do to assure that sound environmental, sustainability and energy management is an integral part of your company’s corporate culture.

Dennis Hu has more than 24 years of EHS, sustainability and business experience in chemicals, oil and gas, and aerospace and defense. He has a proven track-record of leading diverse and collaborative multi-functional teams.




The Competitive Advantage That Builds a Culture of Sustainability
Angela Casler, CEO/President, Sustainability Management Association
Mary Jo Press, Senior EHS Manager, Tesla
Cyril Toussaint, Director, Energy Management and Sustainability, NYC Health + Hospitals

Sustainability management in business is both a core competency and a competitive advantage. Being a leader in the circular economy takes a concerted effort from the C-suite to the frontline. Building a culture of sustainability is a journey that takes time, and corporate staff need to understand why social responsibility and environmental conservation are strategic priorities.

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • Which best practices create a strategy that optimizes human, environmental and financial resources
  • How to build a culture by implementing a functional strategy that engages all employees in actively achieving the corporation’s strategic sustainability goals
  • What capital investment is required for sustainability projects and how to track outcomes and performance
  • Why Key Performance Indicators must be manageable, reportable, and motivational
  • Which metrics matter to external stakeholders
  • What sustainability reporting methods are most effective
  • Which motivating tactics celebrate outcomes of sustainability programs

Join us to learn practical ways to effectively manage sustainability, both internally and externally. The workshop is suited for all levels of management, from the C-Suite to the frontline team, and will prepare you to earn the accreditation of Sustainability Management Certified Professional. The Sustainability Management Association is the accrediting body of the certification.

Angela Casler, SMCP, is the CEO/President of the Sustainability Management Association, a nonprofit that certifies professionals on how to achieve success through efficiently managing environmental conservation, social responsibility, and economic performance. The Sustainability Management Association is the leading international certification body of the Sustainability Management Certified Professional and the Sustainability Management Certified Associate credentials. Angela is a full-time lecturer at California State University, Chico’s Department of Management. She also serves as the principal partner of Sustainability Management Consulting, a strategic planning consulting company. From Corporate America’s financial services industries and international banking, to small business ownership in transportation and consulting, her journey has enabled her to design solutions for many diverse industries.

Mary Jo Press is a proven leader in global Environment Health, Safety and Sustainability.  She has a history of driving performance in large food, beverage, tobacco, packaging and automotive industries. She has taught environmental management for the community college system as an adjunct professor, served on professional national leadership committees and mentored other safety professionals through the American Society of Safety Engineers.  Mary Jo is a Sustainability Management Certified Professional (SMCP) and a Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS).

Cyril Toussaint currently heads energy management and sustainability dor the largest integrated municipal healthcare system in the US. He is spearheading the implementation and improvement of many energy efficiency and operational processes aimed at ensuring the public health care system achieves its mayoral mandate to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050. In September 2017, at the World Energy Engineering Congress he was awarded the Association of Energy Engineer’s Region I Energy Manager of the Year for 2017. Under Cyril’s leadership, NYC Health + Hospitals reported a reduction in energy consumption of more than 10 percent system-wide in FY 2016. Price reductions in the cost of fuel and decreased usage combined to produce $21 million in savings for the organization.


Driving Solar, Storage and Smart Grids—An Owner-Tenant Summit
Moderator: Billy Grayson, Executive Director, Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance at the Urban Land Institute

As renewable energy, energy storage and new energy efficiency technologies become more cost-effective, there has been tremendous growth in their deployment. However, in the case of leased space, it is still often difficult to align owner and tenant interests to get these projects done. This interactive workshop will provide insight into emerging financing tools and strategies to help make solar, energy storage, energy efficiency and microgrid investments. The workshop will also provide a forum for owners and tenants to discuss strategies to overcome challenges in pursuing these projects.

In this workshop, you will:

  • Evaluate new and evolving strategies to fund renewable energy, including synthetic PPAs, Community solar, net operating leases and PACE
  • Discover new financing tools for energy storage and microgrid projects
  • Learn alternative strategies to finance energy efficiency, including the “efficiency-as-a-service” model
  • Connect with national building owners and major tenants to discuss opportunities to overcome the split incentives around on-site renewable energy


Billy Grayson heads the Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance at the Urban Land Institute, a nonprofit education and research organization that focuses on land use, real estate and urban development. He manages a team leading programs on climate risk and resilience, health and wellness, and building energy and environmental performance. ULI works with members, community leaders, coalition partners and other key stakeholders to build awareness around sustainability issues in the built environment, and to provide members with the tools and resources they need to cost-effectively drive sustainability into their projects and operations.


Energy and Water: The Conundrum of Sourcing Both Simultaneously
Reagan Waskom, Director Administration–VPE, Colorado Water Institute, Colorado State University

The water conservation and stewardship programs at many companies are focused more all the time on mitigating the impacts within their watersheds – all while they are looking for ways to take advantage of renewable energies – in an effort to deal with climate change, shifts in water availability and increasing scarcity of resources.

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • What steps your company can take to develop and improve its water strategy
  • How to align water and energy strategies to a company’s overall business goals
  • Which technologies may be available to meet the challenges of water and energy scarcity
  • Why tools, processes and practices are being used to take action on water and energy initiatives

Reagan Waskom is a member of the soil and crop sciences department at Colorado State University, where he has worked on water-related research and outreach programs for the past 32 years. Dr. Waskom has conducted statewide educational and applied research programs on water quality, water quantity, water policy and natural resource issues related to water use. In addition, he provides oversight for the CSU Extension water outreach program and personnel. Dr. Waskom’s current research emphasis is on the integrated use of surface and groundwater, the impacts of shale gas development on water resources, and agricultural water conservation in the Colorado River basin and Ogallala Aquifer.

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

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.Frank Rukavina is responsible for NREL’s advancement of corporate environmental, social and economically responsible decision-making and for the implementation of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.



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