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Next US Event on Nov 28-29th 2018 in Miami. The speakers listed here are from the 2017 event.
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As you can see we have an outstanding group of speakers. CvCC is highly interactive and all participants contribute to the conversation. Join us in Miami this November as we explore the most cutting edge corporate climate solutions.

Wednesday 29 November 2017


Registration/Networking Breakfast


Welcoming Remarks

Pablo J. Pino
South Florida Market President, TD Bank

Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

Olivia Sprinkel
Head of Salterbaxter North America

Nick Aster
Founder of Triple Pundit

Reducing Your Carbon Footprint Through Corporate Travel Programs

Angela Adams Spence
Corporate Responsibility Manager, Hertz

Keynote Speaker: This Spaceship Earth

Futurist David Houle, co-author of “This Spaceship Earth” and co-founder of ThisSpaceshipEarth.Org presents how the metaphor of Earth as a Spaceship works as a catalyst to activate individuals to act as crew. In 1970, around the first Earth Day, Marshall McLuhan famously said: “There are no passengers on spaceship earth. We are all crew.” ThisSpaceshipEarth.Org’s mission is to create crew consciousness and to recruit 1 billion crew members. Facing Climate Change starts with forgiveness, moves to scaling crew actions and makes design a central solution to this existential threat.

David Houle
Author & Futurist

Networking Break


Walmart’s 2025 Sustainability Goals and Project Gigaton

  • Zach’s story: Trained chemist to environmental compliance employee to sustainability policy adviser
  • Walmart’s sustainability origins (Hurricane Sandy)
  • Walmart’s sustainability goals – 100% renewable and 100% zero waste
  • 2025 sustainability goals/Project Gigaton
  • Sustainable products and packaging

  • Zach Freeze
    Senior Director, Strategic Initiatives - Sustainability, Walmart

    Sustainable Supply Chain Panel

    Presented by TD Bank

    Joe Berman
    Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Senior Consultant


    Michelle Albanese
    Manager Corporate Responsibility
    TD Bank

    Samantha St. Pierre
    Manager, Markets Transformation
    Rainforest Alliance




    At the Convergence: How a Global Portfolio Approach to Renewables Supports the Pursuit of Decarbonization, Decentralization, and Digitization of Energy

    Recent research indicates that more than 80% of corporations are already, or are intending to, contract for renewable energy in the coming decade, and more than 100 companies worldwide have committed to a 100% renewable energy goal.

    By using renewables, companies can effectively decarbonize their electricity consumption while simultaneously taking a role in the active management of their energy. New and emerging technologies--such as microgrids--can help forward-thinking companies go even further in their pursuit of global solutions to today's most pressing climate problems.
    Hans Royal
    Associate Vice President, Strategic Renewables, Renewable Choice Energy

    Wearable Technology Poised To Increase Sustainability, Transparency And Affordability. An Innovative Lens On A Traditionally Static Activity

    Technology has continuously changed the way we operate—from laptops and email to smart phones and smart watches—smart glasses now provide an opportunity for innovation, especially for companies to ‘look’ at their supply chains.

    This session will focus on how wearable technology will allow a brand or retailer to have “eyes and ears” on the ground to gain insight on their supply chains for a multitude of different applications: verifying sustainability indicators, assessing social conditions, identifying efficiency gaps, and increasing facility/supplier communications.

    By using a case study of a company with 30 suppliers, attendees can see the value in being taken out of the “passenger seat” during a traditional on-site audit, and instead be able to conduct an audit through remote assistance with an experienced professional on the other end of a monitor. Managers will also understand how they can get insight into their downstream suppliers without the need to send someone to inspect a facility in-person.

    Over the next three to five years, technological advancements and wearable technology will transition the way we perform audit, verification, and certification services. In addition to the intrinsic sustainability advantages of using this new technology, there are other benefits, such as reduced emissions from travel, reduced cost, increased flexibility, increased worker efficiency, and an effective on-site training application.
    Brittany Szczepanik
    Senior Project Manager, Climate Services, NSF International

    Networking Break


    Carbon Pricing: What’s Your Exposure?

    Companies and investors widely acknowledge that systemic changes are needed to make the transition to a low carbon economy envisioned by the Paris Agreement goals. A leader in the information economy, S&P Global is the world’s foremost provider of credit ratings, benchmarks and analytics in the global capital markets - we believe data will be the key to unlocking climate solutions.

    Current approaches to track and reduce greenhouse gas emissions have created blind spots to some of the financial risks and opportunities. We will share some recent research on carbon pricing exposure by Trucost, now part of S&P Global, and show where companies can extract insights from their data to make the business case for action and low carbon investment.
    Brian Werner
    Associate Director, Corporate Business, Trucost, part of S&P Dow Jones Indices

    Helly Hansen’s Strategy To Alleviate Pressure On Water Pollution And Consumption

    As a global brand in the outdoor space and in particular due to the 140 year old brand’s roots in Sailing and Skiing, it is important to Helly Hansen that the company leads in the area of water sustainability. Vanessa from Helly Hansen will discuss some environmental challenges that face the apparel industry as well as discuss strategic solutions concerning water pollution and water consumption.
    Vanessa Fors
    Product Manager - North America, Helly Hansen

    Science-based Targets: Not All Climate Goals Are Created Equal

    The majority of Fortune 500 companies now have climate goals, but what constitutes a meaningful goal? How can you help your company set ambitious long-term targets that resonate with stakeholders and align with climate science? Join this interactive discussion with expert panelists as they discuss the value proposition and strategic approaches to verifying climate goals through the Science-based Targets initiative.
    Justin Murrill
    Head of Corporate Responsibility, AMD

    Nicole Labutong
    Technical Manager, CDP

    Johanna Jobin
    Director, Global EHS & Sustainability, Biogen

    Networking Reception hosted by Autodesk

    Thursday 30 November 2017


    Networking Breakfast


    Chairperson’s Remarks & Group Discussion

    Olivia Sprinkel
    Head of Salterbaxter North America

    Nick Aster
    Founder of Triple Pundit

    A Message about ISSP

    Jacqueline Drumheller
    Sustainability Manager, Alaska Airlines & ISSP Board Member

    Mars Case Study

    Lisa Manley
    Senior Director, Sustainability Engagement & Partnerships, Mars


    Networking Break


    The Quad Bottom Line: People, Planet, Profit & POLICY

    Greg Hamra
    Leader, Miami Chapter, Citizen's Climate Lobby

    One tactic for sustainability success: Be bold.

    Recent studies report that just 2 percent of companies meet their sustainability goals. But why? Establishing a series of bold, future-facing commitments can be one element of success that is often overlooked. Jumpstarting a sustainability or innovation program with a bold commitment will energize employees around a single rallying point. It is by thinking bigger and acting bolder that employees feel most empowered to develop new processes and technologies.
    Scott Tew
    Executive Director, Center for Energy Efficiency, Ingersoll Rand



    Next Generation Climate Accountability – An Opportunity for Private Sector Leadership

    While our scientific understanding of the causes of climate change has evolved considerably over the past two decades, our climate accounting is still based on Kyoto-era science from the 1990s. The next generation of climate accountability, which involves moving beyond carbon footprints to full climate impact profiles, is based on the latest IPCC science. The merits of this approach are twofold. First, it includes all climate pollutants – not just the Kyoto gases, but the short-lived climate pollutants and coolants as well – under one unified framework. Secondly, it sets the stage for far more cost-effective climate solutions. In short, it offers a realistic path toward climate stability, addressing near-term challenges as well as the long-term problem of CO2. During this session, Linda Brown will provide a short synopsis of the updated climate accounting methods, and explain how every company can put these methods to work in support of their climate mitigation goals.
    Linda Brown
    SCS Global, Senior Vice President

    The Evolution of an Unevolved Industry

    For centuries, we’ve utilized hardwood and softwood trees to make tissue, packaging and other paper products. Trees, the very things that enable us to live on this planet, have become our primary source of toilet paper. At this rate, we are foresting so quickly that the time it takes for newly planted trees to replace the ones we’ve cut down is far too slow, even with recycling factored in. Yet, we continue. We have been under the impression that trees are the only way to get us the disposable products modern society needs to live comfortably. But we have been wrong.

    Did you know that when farmers yield a crop, often 80-90% of the material of that crop is deemed useless? Wheat grain and the sucrose from sugarcane, for example, only make up around 10-20% of the crops themselves. Once the ‘useful’ piece of that crop is removed for food source, the rest of that crop material is literally thrown away by farmers.

    One of the main premises of sustainability is to make use of every piece of a process in order to gain the most benefit. Yet here we are, discarding up to 90% of a plant that a farmer worked for 9 months to grow.

    At Emerald, we decided to do something about that. We’ve taken farmer’s traditionally wasted by-products and transformed them into high-quality everyday disposable products like boxes, toilet paper, and plates, in place of hardwood and softwood trees. The benefits have far exceeded our expectations, as we are not only avoiding cutting down trees, we’re also creating an alternative revenue source for farmers. This has set the stage to transform the paper industry and the agricultural industry in ways we could never have expected.

    Ralph Bianculli Jr
    LEED Green Associate, Managing Director at Emerald Brand

    Jaclyn McDuffey
    LEED Green Associate, Managing Director at Emerald Brand

    Holistic Business Approaches: Advancing business, preserving the environment, and improving your choices-- from nature's factory to your hands

    As evian journeys to become the first global water brand to reach worldwide carbon neutrality by 2020, it continues its longstanding efforts to preserve and restore its natural ecosystem to ensure a youthful living planet today, tomorrow, and always. Alana Libow, Director Sustainable Development, Danone North America, will discuss how evian, within the framework of Danone's One Health One Planet, is playing an active role and leveraging its global influence to make an impact from source to your hands in North America.
    Alana Libow
    Director, Sustainable Development, Businesss Development, Danone North America

    Networking Break


    Climate Change, Risk Management, Resource Scarcity, And The Travel And Tourism Industry

    In 2015, travel and tourism’s total economic contribution was more than $7 trillion in GDP representing 9.8% of total GDP, and travel and tourism employed 284 million people, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). As one of the world’s largest hospitality companies Wyndham Worldwide contributes to these effects by operating lodging facilities or buildings, and using transportation and products to provide services. These sectors emit greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming, climate change and resource scarcity.

    Climate change and resource scarcity may present the following risks to our businesses:

    Increased natural disasters in areas where we operate our properties and franchise our brands. Rising costs of fuel, energy and water. Reduced travel from increasing costs to consumers and natural disasters affecting availability. Increased regulatory legislation which may inhibit growth and negatively impact operational profitability under current business practices. Some key opportunities that may be driven from climate change to our business include:

    Increased demand by customers for existing products and services due to new green building certifications, and standards such as the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and Energy Star labeling. Increased green regulations and in turn development of new guidelines and products, such as the development of Wyndham Worldwide’s eco-software program called the Green Toolbox, which tracks and reports its environmental performance. This makes it easier for owners to comply and meet changing requirements.

    New product efficiency standards, new products such as Energy Star rated appliances and renewable energy installations that help owners reduce operating expenses over time. Revenue opportunities by major clients requesting green hotels and resorts as part of their own supply chain sustainability requirements. Climate Risk Management

    The above listed risks and opportunities are industry drivers that have influenced our strategic plan. The plan also reviews our performance and the materiality of our risks and opportunities, competitive positioning and stakeholder perceptions. One of our major goals linked to climate change is to reduce our carbon emission 25% by 2025 and green our supply chain of $2.1 billion to 30% by 2020. In 2015, we reduced our GHG emissions by 21%. This goal has been disseminated throughout the organization.

    A key goal of our environmental management system is to help our facilities reduce their energy usage, improve our building performance and increase the use of green products and services. The sustainability department focuses on tracking and measuring Wyndham Worldwide’s environmental performance as well as training and educating internal and external stakeholders and providing resource tools. The department tracks legal compliance and assesses significant risks and the economic impact on the Company associated with climate change.
    Faith Taylor
    SVP CSR/Sustainability, Wyndham Worldwide

    Roundtable Discussions

    Topics and Leaders:

    1. Emergence of Green Bond Investments
    Amy West
    Director, Head of Socially Responsible Finance
    TD Securities

    2. Climate Disclosure, Risk & Reporting
    Daniel Hicks
    Dual faculty member at the University of Miami
    Founder, Florida Sustainability Partners

    3. e-Retail and CSR
    Brendan Steele
    Director, Stakeholder Engagement
    Future 500

    4. Operational Sustainability (energy, water, and waste)
    Chris Castro
    Director of Sustainability
    City of Orlando

    5. The Business Case for Putting a Price on Pollution
    Greg Hamra
    Head, Miami Chapter
    Citizen's Climate Lobby

    6. Your company is doing great things, but are you fully telling its story?
    Janet C. Hall
    Founding Partner at Destination Better

    Barbra Anderson
    Founding Partner at Destination Better

    7. The Innate Potential Of Business To Make A Positive Impact On The World
    Vinny Tafuro
    President, Conscious Capitalism Florida

    8. Creative Solutions For Working With Investor Owned Or Municipal Utilities To Purchase Or Procure Renewable Energy To Meet Corporate Sustainability Goals
    Janet Bowman
    Senior Policy Advisor at Nature Conservacy

    Friday 1 December 2017


    Networking Breakfast


    Chairperson’s Remarks

    Olivia Sprinkel
    Head of Salterbaxter North America

    Nick Aster
    Founder of Triple Pundit

    Driving Large-Scale Initiatives That Positively Impact Our Environment

    We hope to discuss our journey toward Zero Waste to Landfill and our believed ability to drive large-scale initiatives that positively impact our environment. It is why we aim to protect it and do our part to ensure it flourishes for future generations.
    John Kotlarczyk, Jr.
    Global Director, CSR & Waste Reduction, Walgreens

    Kevin Flood
    CEO, Astor Company

    Susan Lorenz-Fisher
    Director of Corporate Citizenship, AmerisourceBergen

    Actions Being Taken By Ford To Reduce Greenhouse Gases Emitted From Products, Operations, Supply Chain And Future Business Models.

    Ford was among the first automotive OEMs to acknowledge that climate change is real and companies have a role in stabilizing concentrations in the atmosphere. Mary A. Wroten will describe the challenges Ford Motor Company faces related to climate change, and highlight actions being taken to reduce greenhouse gases emitted from products, operations, supply chain and future business models.
    Mary A. Wroten
    Associate Director of GLobal Sustainability, Ford Motor Company

    Networking Break


    Communicating Climate Change

    Salterbaxter is hosting a panel discussion on how companies can effectively communicate around climate change – both the impacts of climate change and why it is necessary for businesses to take action. The discussion will explore how companies are taking action, engaging internal and external stakeholders, including employees and customers, and driving change. In the current environment, where climate science is being called into question, this debate takes on an even greater urgency. Topics we will be exploring in the panel include successful examples of communicating climate change impacts and actions, barriers to communicating meaningfully, balancing science and storytelling and how to encourage innovation and behavior change.

    Kristina Joss

    Senior Sustainability Consultant, Salterbaxter MSLGROUP


    Christine Needles

    Senior Director, Global Communications & PR, Interface

    Lisa Manley
    Senior Director, Sustainability Engagement & Partnerships, Mars

    Hugh Welsh
    President, General Counsel & Secretary, DSM North America

    GM'S Renewable Energy Efforts And The RE100

    GM’s 4 Pillar RE100 Strategy focuses on driving results. The Four Pillars being, 1) Energy Efficiency 2) Sourcing Renewable Energy 3) Energy Storage 4) Policy and Scale
    Rob Threlkeld
    Global Manager-Renewable Energy, General Motors



    Raising the Bar for Corporate Sustainability Leadership

    Business leaders are becoming the new champions for environmental protection, and they are gaining a competitive advantage in the process. Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) has been working with leading brands for over 25 years to find the win-win intersection of business and sustainability. Through partnerships with McDonalds, FedEx, Walmart, Smithfield Foods, and more, EDF has driven innovative solutions that support a thriving economy and a thriving environment. Join Tom Murray, Vice President, EDF+Business, and Stewart Leeth, VP of Regulatory Affairs and Chief Sustainability Officer, Smithfield Foods, for a timely discussion on corporate sustainability leadership and why businesses should stay the course on sustainability regardless of federal and state policy developments. Learn how setting aggressive goals, such as Smithfield's plan to reduce emissions in its U.S. supply chain at least 25 percent by 2025, is driving business efficiencies and scaling environmental gains.
    Tom Murray
    VP, EDF+Business, Environmental Defense Fund

    Stewart Leeth
    Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Sustainability, Smithfield Foods

    Group Discussion


    End of Conference