2019 Preliminary Agenda

Hugh Welsh

General Counsel, Secretary & President, DSM North America

“The growing role and responsibility of the C Suite in addressing Climate Change as a risk, opportunity and ethical imperative” At DSM, we believe that effectively tackling climate change is both a responsibility and a business opportunity. We are therefore focusing on:

  • Improving our own carbon footprint
  • Enabling the low-carbon economy
  • Advocating climate action
  • Impact on people and planet

Climate change affects both people and the planet. That is why DSM is not only involved in the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #13: Climate Action, but also in other key SDGs where we can contribute.

Global warming has already had a major impact on nature, including biodiversity loss, ocean acidification and more frequent extreme weather events such as droughts and floods. This environmental damage, in turn, affects human needs as defined in several other SDGs such as clean air, access to water, food production, the availability of productive land and consequently health. At DSM we understand the strong link between the environment and social development. That is why we engage in the broader United Nations sustainable development agenda and work with our global partners to improve nutrition.

Bio Renewable Age

A shift from the current fossil fuel based energy system, to what we call the “(Bio-) Renewable Age” is needed. We aspire to a low carbon economy, where goods and services are produced, traded and used in a sustainable manner. The world needs competitive alternative energy systems, which increasingly include sustainable biomass, solar, wind and hydro. Collaboration between businesses, scientists, governments and civil society is needed to enable and fast-track this needed transition.

Rob Zimmerman

Director of Sustainability, Kohler

We are committed to leaving the world a better place than we found it and are working toward net-zero environmental impact by 2035. For us, this means reducing or offsetting all greenhouse gas emissions and sending zero solid waste to landfill; developing innovative energy- and water-saving products; and encouraging people to take action.

Chelsea Mozen

Director of Sustainability, Etsy

Aileen Nowlan

EDF’s Senior Manager of EDF+Business

The Future of Sustainable E-commerce

It has been estimated that every day in the US alone, e-commerce packages travel about the same distance as going to the moon and back 133,000 times. And with projections showing that e-commerce is set to outpace sales from retail outlets comes a growing concern about the emissions impact from product delivery. At the same time, new science highlights the risks from the status quo of fossil fuel goods transportation, and customers, communities and investors are expecting more from this growing industry. This session will discuss the current best practices in sustainable e-commerce delivery, highlight what innovation still needs to take place to bend the curve on emissions, and outline what partnerships and collaborations are needed to achieve lasting sustainability.

Virginia Covo

Global Director, Sustainability Supply Chain at AB InBev

Mobilizing Supply Chains and the Importance of Such on Achieving Sustainability Goals

Ralph Larrubia

Corporate EHS Director, Stanley Black & Decker

CSR: Inspiring Makers & Innovators to Create a More Sustainable World

Stanley Black and Decker is a multinational company with global operations. We have made the CDP Leadership Status 6 consecutive years and the A list 5 times during that span. We have also been recognized on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index North America Index for 8 years, Last year attaining the DJSI World Index for the first time.

Taking a look at the CSR strategy of Stanley Black and Decker, focusing on the Climate Change and SBTi strategy through 2030. Along with the strategy we will share some early successes.

2018 CvCC US Agenda

 November 28th

8:20 – 9:15

Breakfast & Registration

9:15 – 9:35

Welcoming Remarks by:

Amanda Foster, AVP, Program Manager, TD Bank


Followed by Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

Olivia Sprinkel

Head of Salterbaxter North America

Salterbaxter MSLGROUP


Kristina Joss

Head of Strategy & Commercial Director

Salterbaxter MSLGROUP

9:35 – 10:10


Emilio Tenuta, VP Corporate Sustainability, Ecolab


Climate = Water: How to Cut CO2 by Saving H2O – and Preserve Growth at the Same Time

When we talk about climate change and what to do about it, we most frequently talk about energy. But water is just as important. If left unmitigated, many of the impacts climate change will be felt in water, from rising seas, receding glaciers and erratic precipitation patterns to salt-water infiltration in farm lands, drop-offs in water quality and rising water costs for industry.

The good news is that today, we have the technology to build circular, climate-friendly water management practices that make business sense. Ecolab’s VP of Sustainability Emilio Tenuta will highlight how companies in all sectors of the economy can identify their water risks and take practical, money-saving steps to reduce their water and energy use along with their greenhouse gas emissions. Taken to scale, these strategies and technologies will help companies hit ambitious climate targets and cut operating costs in a water-constrained world.    

10:10 – 10:45


Ingersoll Rand


Nanette Lockwood

Global Director

Climate Policy & Advocacy. Ingersoll Rand


Managing the Impacts of Federal Regulatory Uncertainty on Climate Innovation

While national governments have committed to mitigating and managing the impacts of climate change, local governments are left with trying to figure out how and when to act.  As a global manufacturer, we are faced with a patchwork of regulations and varying levels of customer demand for climate friendly technologies. Our climate commitment required the implementation of a strong business operating system that forces us to develop long term solutions that appeal to customers who may only be thinking about today. Companies will learn how to avoid some of the pitfalls we have overcome.


10:45 – 11:10

Networking Break

11:10 – 12:00

The Scents of Sustainability and Coastal Resilience

  • Ron Kurtz (Firmenich, Director of HSS&E, North America): Firmenich Model – Global Sustainability
  • Joseph Galley (GZA, Principal):    Genesis of Project
  • Blaine Rothauser (GZA, Senior Natural Resource Specialist): Project Design and Chronology





Firmenich Incorporated, a worldwide leader in the manufacturing of fragrance and flavors, is a globally diversified company leading the way in sustainable practices. Sustainability is deeply imbedded in the fabric of its business model and takes shape as a diversity of sound environmental management practices throughout their worldwide facilities. The company’s commitment to sustainability only seems to grow each year as they add to the number, size and intensity of their projects. Speakers from Firmenich and GZA will highlight one of the Firmenich’s ongoing and most innovative sustainability projects in an unlikely North American environment—Newark Bay—ignominious for being one of New Jersey’s most degraded landscapes.


Drone fly-overs of the property reveal myriad new tenets of this eco-engineered restoration site. The evolution of the site’s land use and development from an inhospitable manufacturing plant to a robust conservation management area will make you realize that if it can be done here, it can be done anywhere.


Through a unique relationship with GZA’s well established client, this presentation tells the tale of how a casual chat on a train ride back from a Health and Safety meeting led to one of New Jersey’s most unique ecological restoration projects in the fight for coastal resilience in the face of climate change.


Pictorial narratives will delineate the process of ecological restoration and provide the attendee with a framework from which to envision their own future management of land parcels that would traditionally be passed over as beyond hope of any form of ecological rehabilitation. The success of this work has been recognized through growing partnerships with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Conserve Wildlife of New Jersey, the New Jersey Corporate Wetland Restoration Partnership, and the City of Newark.


The presentation will ultimately bolster the conference’s overriding message that that no industry, regardless of its footprint and location in the surrounding landscape is doomed to the scrapheap of institutional morbidity. The Firmenich model presented here is that it’s not a case of companies verse climate change but rather innovation, transformation and adaptation to climate change.  

12:00- 12:40

Panel Discussion


Suzanne Shelton, CEO

Shelton Group



Nathan Nissen

Principal Engineer, Sustainability – Kohler


Terry Bickham

VP Energy, Faith Technologies


Kohler Co. is a globally diversified operation with a long-term vision of Net Zero 2035. Recently Kohler Co. signed a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) that will provide enough renewable electricity to power all company operations in the US and Canada. This project is expected to lower Kohler’s global GHG footprint by 26%.

Besides this investment, the company drives energy efficiency improvement in manufacturing processes, buildings, and truck fleet. They are installing onsite renewable energy projects around the world. In addition, Kohler is implementing new manufacturing technologies, and developing new products and materials that require less energy to produce.

This panel discussion will bring together Kohler Co. business partners to discuss our experiences with renewable energy, manufacturing improvements and overall sustainability management.

12:40 – 1:45


1:45 – 2:20

Brent Trenga, Building Technology Director at Kingspan Insulated Panels, NA

Kingspan has joined over 370 companies across the world in a commitment to the Science Based Targets Initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. Learn how our NZE by 2020 program & SBT’s drive sustainability and a healthy bottom line.

2:20 – 2:55

United Airlines


Aaron Stash

Manager, Environmental Strategy and Sustainability at United Airlines

Fuel Efficiency And Carbon Footprint Management

Carbon footprint management and fuel efficiency improvement are critical to our commitment to operate an environmentally sustainable airline. In an effort to maintain this commitment, United has made significant investments in a modern, fuel-efficient fleet while implementing operational and procedural changes to drive fuel conservation.

Improvements in fuel efficiency

Since 1994, we’ve improved our fuel efficiency by more than 34 percent. United has more than 370 aircraft with winglets that deliver 3 to 5 percent improvement in fuel efficiency. In addition, United is the first airline to fly with the new fuel efficiency Split Scimitar winglets that deliver up to a 2 percent additional reduction in carbon emissions and noise over standard winglets. See all of our fuel efficiency measures and calculations in our annual Corporate Responsibility Report

Carbon reduction

We support a global approach to addressing greenhouse gas emissions in the airline industry. Together with other airlines, engine and airframe manufacturers, fuel suppliers, airports and governments, we’re working toward collective industry goals, including a 1.5 percent average annual fuel efficiency improvement through 2020, carbon-neutral growth beginning in 2020, and a 50 percent reduction in airline CO2 emissions by 2050 relative to 2005 baseline levels.

2:55 – 3:35

TD Bank


Joe Doolan

Head of Environmental Affairs, TD Bank

The Ready Commitment


Working together for a more inclusive future

Change is a fact of life. It can renew our perspective of the world or how we act within it. While change helps some of us get ahead, it can leave others behind. To help create the conditions so everyone has the chance to succeed in a changing world, TD is investing C$1 billion by 2030 in 4 areas that support change, nurture progress and contribute to making the world a better, more inclusive place.

That is The Ready Commitment.

The 4 Areas: Financial Security, Vibrant Planet, Connected Communities, Better Health

Many of us are concerned about the world the next generation will inherit. At TD, we’re committing to help create a more vibrant planet by:

Continuing to grow and enhance green spaces for everyone to enjoy.

Supporting the transition to a low carbon economy – with a CAD $100 billion target in low-carbon lending, financing, asset management and other programs by 2030.

TD’s low-carbon initiatives to support the $100 billion target include:

-Work with companies, ventures and projects that are driving innovation and contributing to carbon emissions reduction, energy-efficient housing and urban green space enhancement.

-Accelerate the low-carbon economy – including renewable and clean energy technologies, businesses and processes – through TD’s low-carbon lending, financing, asset management (in accordance with TD Asset Management’s sustainable investing approach) and other programs.

-Foster understanding and dialogue – through research, publishing and conversations – to help society and the economy make a successful transition.
Enhance focus on successful green bonds strategy, (issuing, underwriting and investing) to support projects that provide both economic growth and environmental benefit.

-Build on a 7-year track record of carbon neutrality to further reduce TD’s carbon footprint.

-Plant 1 million new trees in communities

3:35 – 4:05

Networking Break

4:05 – 4:20


Remarks by Rosalinda Sanquiche

ISSP Board Member

4:20 – 4:35

Chairperson’s Recap/Prepare for Roundtables

4:35 – 5:40


1) Carbon Pricing: Can we Find a Path forward?
Brendon Steele
Director of Stakeholder Engagement
Future 500


2) Preparing Current and Future leaders: Why Climate Education Matters

Yoca Arditi-Rocha
Executive Director | The CLEO Institute


3) How Sustainability Reporting Commitments Engage Employees And Other Stakeholders On Climate Change
Nikos Avlonas, Founder and President of the Centre for Sustainability & Excellence (CSE)


4) Richard Watt

Managing Director, Global Portfolio Management, Epoch

Sustainability and ESG Considerations


  • What is the purpose of incorporating ESG considerations into investing practices?
  • What are the practical implications for companies in terms of policies, resource allocation, and processes to demonstrate ESG is meaningful?


5) Paola de Angeli
Managing Partner at The Sustainability Blueprint
A Discussion of SDG 13 – Climate Action


6) Conscious Capitalism: Elevating Humanity Through Business
Barry Stamos, Co-Founder, 1heart
Spencer Jacobson, Co-Founder, CEO, Guided


Networking Reception

November 29th

8:00 – 8:50


8:50 – 9:15

Chairperson’s Recap of Day 1

Olivia Sprinkel

Head of Salterbaxter North America, Salterbaxter MSLGROUP

Kristina Joss

Head of Strategy & Commercial Director – Salterbaxter MSLGROUP

9:15 – 10:00

3Degrees Session

VPPA Readiness: Is Now the Time?

Interview Host: Kristina Joss, Head of Strategy & Commercial Director – Salterbaxter MSLGROUP


Scott Martin, VP, Business Partnerships, Renewable Energy and Climate, 3Degrees

Dan Kosciak, Senior Business Manager, Renewable Energy and Climate, 3Degrees

There are a host of renewable energy options available to companies looking to reduce their GHG emissions – from unbundled RECs, to VPPAs and PPAs, and even renewable energy aggregation. This wide range of solutions requires companies to reflect on key maturity attributes and their position within their own sustainability journey in order to determine the strategy that will best fit their goals.

This session will focus specifically on “VPPA Readiness” and will help renewable energy buyers determine when a virtual power purchase agreement is in their best interest. Our session aims to provide practical real-world guidance to help buyers better understand exactly what a VPPA is, the primary benefits, consideration and challenges, as well as seasoned implementation best-practices, pulled directly from our clients’ own experiences.

10:00 – 10:35



Stacy H. Smedley, LEED BD+C, LFA

Director of Sustainability – Skanska USA

Getting to Zero Carbon in the Building Industry

It is projected that over 2 trillion sf of new and rebuilt buildings will be constructed in the next 30 years. With the construction and operations of buildings equating for roughly 40% of all US CO2 emissions, it is imperative that those of us who own, develop, design, construct and operate buildings understand their impacts, and all of the opportunities for emissions reduction. Skanska has invested time, resources, and funding in the past 5 years to understand what our responsibility is in the journey to zero carbon buildings. We now understand that the embodied carbon of the building materials we select, procure and install account for more than 50% of a building’s carbon footprint over the first 30 years of its life. We are currently developing an embodied carbon calculator for construction (EC3) that will be an open source, free tool to allow everyone in the building industry to understand, benchmark and reduce the carbon emissions associated with their building’s materials.


10:35 – 11:00

Networking Break

11:00 – 11:35

Panel Discussion: Steelcase, Owens Corning, CO2logic

Maeve Tropf, Senior Sustainability Analyst, Steelcase

Arnaud Brohe, CEO, CO2logic

Gale Tedhams, Director of Sustainability, Owens Corning

Carbon Accounting 2.0 – From a ‘Nice to Have’ in CSR Reporting to a ‘Must Have’ to Remain Competitive

A conversation with sustainability managers about their journey in carbon accounting. Recent trends show that carbon accounting is taking a more important role in management and continuous improvement strategies. This conversation will showcase real life examples of business opportunities that have been seized and risk mitigation strategies that are being implemented by companies that calculate, reduce and disclose their carbon emissions in a world where emitting less carbon or offering products that are less carbon intense can become a key competitive advantage.

11:35 – 12:10

The Financial Implications of Climate Change

Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) provides helpful guidance for understanding and monetizing the risks related to climate change, but executing against that guidance isn’t always easy. This session will share practical ideas on identifying, prioritizing and monetizing climate impacts for your organization.

Chris Hagler, Executive Director, Climate Change and Sustainability Services, EY

12:10 – 1:05 PM


1:05 – 1:55 PM

Navigant panel with Alaska Airlines, Royal Caribbean Cruises and McCormick

Further Together: Why Climate Action is the New Normal-Air, Sea & Land


Navigant’s energy and climate practice lead Jan Vrins will examine the corporate sustainability journey of Royal Caribbean Cruises, McCormick and Alaska Airlines.


Your company wants to increase investor and stakeholder confidence and credibility. You want to “futureproof” and reduce regulatory uncertainty. You are under pressure to increase profitability and competitiveness while spurring innovation. Climate action and sustainability are ways to address these issues while assuring that your company is doing its part to limit global temperature rise. Come and hear the stories of those who are on their sustainability journey. Learn about the opportunities and resources you need to make change happen.


Jan Vrins, Managing Director, Global Energy Practice Leader, Navigant

Anshul Tuteja, Director, Energy Management at Royal Caribbean Cruises

Bill Schildt, Director, Environmental Affairs at McCormick

Kirk Myers, Director of Sustainability, Alaska Airlines


1:55 – 2:30 PM


Hugh Welsh, President of DSM NA

Hugh will discuss how companies like DSM can use issues like Climate Change in their strategy development not just as a challenge that needs to be mitigated in their operations, but how it represents a tremendous business opportunity to drive growth and enable customers to address an uncertain future, and how business has an obligation to advocate for policy change to create a sustainable future for all.

2:30 – 3:05 PM


Mike Dietrich

Energy and Sustainability Manager at MedImmune/Astra Zeneca

To Make Change, Be the Change! #climatesolutions

At AstraZeneca we use our ground-breaking science to bring health to society while protecting the health of the planet. We support global progress on megatrends such as the United Nation’s global sustainable development goals (SDG). This session will review strides made in energy, water, and waste reduction with goals of zero energy and zero waste on the horizon.

3:05 – 3:25 PM


3:25 – 4:00 PM


John Kotlarczyk, Jr., Senior Director, CSR & Waste Reduction, Walgreens

Plastics, and particularly Ocean Plastics is a growing concern around the world. It seems like we are hearing more and more about plastics floating in the oceans, washing ashore, being ingested by marine life and entering the food chain.
In this session we explore the issue of plastics & ocean plastics; then touch on some of the potential solutions that are starting to take place on this front.
We are a long way from resolving this growing crisis; and the recent changes in the recycling industry are making it harder to tackle this issue. By working together, we might be able to reduce some of the environmental impacts that are plaguing our oceans and our environment today.

4:00 PM

Chairpeople’s recap.

End of Conference