All Workshops are Tuesday, May 15, 9:00 am-12:00 pm. All workshops require separate fee and pre-registration.

Workshops are hosted by the Environment and Energy Leader Institute, with a focus on best practices, thought leadership and peer-learning.

Employee Engagement and Leadership
Moderator: Dennis Hu, Director, EHS&S, Ball Aerospace
Heather Younger, CEO, Customer Fanatix
Joshua Scott, Associate Director of Education, Colorado School of Public Health

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 with and lead their teams is critical. Employee engagement and strong leadership play an important and vital role for success.

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • Practical and strategic concepts around what it takes to create truly loyal employees. Environmental, sustainability and energy management leaders will walk away with a clearer understanding of what they can do, or what they fail to do to retain top talent. The audience will get a unique look into the role that the psychological contract plays in the relationship between employee and employer infused with real-life stories and case studies that support the principles discussed.
  • About the upstream predictors of employee engagement and highlights strategies to increase meaningful work. We will give context to the word “culture” by really digging into how we measure it along with productivity, and the new engagement.
  • How do you create “pull” for the value you and your team bring to the table?

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.



Heather Younger is the author of “The 7 Intuitive Laws of Employee Loyalty.” Younger is the founder of Customer Fanatix, which offer strategies to improve employee engagement for supervisors, upper management and human resources practitioners. She is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management and holds a law degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder School of Law.



At the Colorado School of Public Health’s Center for Health, Work & Environment, Joshua Scott leads a team of health and safety experts aimed at delivering learning opportunities for professionals responsible for occupational health protection and health promotion. Previously, Scott was a consultant for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, where he led a team of researchers to investigate and produce guidance on conformity assessment of personal protective equipment (PPE), wildland fire fighter exposures, and products and standards guidance.




The Competitive Advantage That Builds a Culture of Sustainability
Angela Casler, CEO/President, Sustainability Management Association; College of Business, California State University, Chico
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.