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


The “Art of Possible” in IoT and Its Payback
Rajender Singh Beniwal, General Manager, EcoEnergy, a UTC company
Balaji Jayaseelan, Head, Global Sustainability, Newell Brands

It’s been a buzz for a couple of years now. You’ve heard and seen it making an impact on everything you do, from fitness to travel to shopping and more relevant one being in the building controls world. There are various solutions now that claim to optimize your enterprise’s operations and energy managers and executives are in a dilemma on how this will impact your projects and balance sheet. There’s no better way of solving that than by listening to those who have successfully done IoT.

In this panel session, you will:

  • Demystify IoT and understand the setup necessary to use IOT to solve a business problem
  • Discuss the challenges that you might face and how to overcome them
  • Learn how IoT has driven cost reductions whilst enhancing customer service. And how you can build a business case for it with your management.

Rajender Singh Beniwal is the head of sales for North America at EcoEnergy, a business unit of United Technologies. Beniwal is responsible for the go-to-market strategy and execution that includes sales, partnerships and marketing for the Americas region. Prior to EcoEnergy, he was part of Wipro’s management consulting business, where he consulted and worked with many Fortune 500 companies. Before Wipro, Beniwal worked with Omniquad, a UK-based information security company.




Balaji Jayaseelan leads the overall sustainability program at Newell Brands. Jayaseelan’s primary responsibilities involve providing strategic advice to business units on a wide range of sustainability issues including energy/climate change, digital manufacturing, green product innovations and lifecycle management. He advises startup firms in the field of IOT and currently is working on machine learning implementation for energy and safety management in key factories.

Track: Leadership & Engagement


Which Reporting Entity Is the One for Your Company?
Mona Benisi, Senior Director, Sustainability, Simon Property Group
Jeannie Renné-Malone, Vice President, Sustainability, Prologis

There are multiple ways to report environmental and sustainability measures, and as many reasons to report. How does a company identify its environmental and sustainability goals? How does it then design its message regarding those goals? And what reporting guidelines does it use to tell its story?

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to match the your environmental and sustainability goals with the corrected reporting guidelines
  • Why choosing the correct reporting method is so important
  • What reporting can do to enhance your message to stockholders

Mona Benisi is responsible for the sustainability vision for Simon Property Group, the largest US real estate retail developer and operator, with more than 241 million square feet of gross leasable area in North America and Asia. She leads the company’s sustainability strategy, addressing environmental, economic and social topics across the company portfolio of 207 enclosed malls in 34 states and oversee execution of key initiatives around the company’s policies and approach to addressing climate and emissions, advancing energy efficiency, scaling renewables and energy storage, improving recycling, water conservation and the company’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure.


Jeannie Renne-Malone is responsible for developing and implementing a global sustainability strategy for Prologis. Renne-Malone sets goals and objectives, establishes strategies, engages stakeholders, tracks progress and reports results for corporate operations and the global portfolio. She has more than 15 years of experience in sustainable development, technology transfer, renewable energy, climate change, greenhouse gas accounting, and sustainability planning and reporting in the U.S. and in Latin America.


Track: Materiality & Metrics

Achieving an Immediate ROI with PACE Funding
Moderator: Scott Ringlein, President, The Energy Alliance Group of North America

Energy and sustainability managers are challenged with making capital investments in efficiency improvement and renewable energy solutions beyond “low hanging fruit” opportunities. In fact, 98 percent of efficiency improvement and renewable energy projects go unfunded. One tool available to overcome these challenges is the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) funding program. The PACE program allows building owners to utilize a voluntary property tax assessment, rather than a personal guarantee, to secure long-term funding and achieve an immediate ROI while conserving capital.

In this session, you will learn:

  • Where PACE is available and how it can be utilized for sustainability and energy management projects
  • How PACE funded projects improve a company’s bottom line
  • How a positive savings-to-cost ratio is achieved in the first year of a PACE funded project

Scott Ringlein has accumulated more than 30 years of project and business development experience with clients throughout Asia, Europe and North and South America. He has managed projects for companies, such as Ford, Nissan, and Renault, and has developed numerous efficiency improvement, water conservation and renewable energy solutions for the industrial, commercial, multi-family, higher education, and municipal sectors. Ringlein is also a technical advisor to the US Department of Energy, leading technical reviews for technology innovation and commercialization funding.

Track: Leadership & Engagement

Thursday, May 17, 1:00-2:30 pm

EL 75 & EMT 75 Recognition Luncheon

2018’s EL 75 and EMT 75 honorees will be announced, along with the EL and EMT Persons of the Year. Join us to celebrate the people who are “moving the needle” in our industry.