Day 3 Sessions

Thursday, May 17, 10:40-11:20 am

Goal Setting in Environmental and Sustainability Strategy
Moderator: Ryan McMullan

While every company has goals it wishes to accomplish regarding environmental compliance and sustainability practices, they cannot be managed in a vacuum. At the same time, many companies have affiliated energy management targets as well. Creating a corporate strategy that encompasses all three elements can be tricky even in the best of times.

In this session, you will learn:

  • What is required to balance all the elements required for an all-encompassing environmental and sustainability strategy
  • Which steps one should take to begin to create a coherent strategy
  • When and how to engage C-level executives, investors and other stakeholders in the process

Ryan McMullan, MESM, ZWBA, CSM, has led several sustainability and EHS programs, including Toyota’s corporate responsibility department and Rice University’s facilities & engineering department. He has been instrumental in developing and deploying environmental policy across a variety of functional groups, reporting on environmental progress and greenhouse gas inventories, and developing programs for waste reduction, energy conservation, and water planning.


Track: Compliance & Risk

Aligning energy management goals with the business plan
Al Hildreth, Global Energy Manager, General Motors

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.



Track: Leadership & Engagement