2018 CvCC US Agenda

Agenda schedule will be finalized later in the year.

Angela Foster-Rice

Managing Director – Environmental Affairs & Sustainability, 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.

Stacy H. Smedley, LEED BD+C, LFA

Director of Sustainability

Skanska USA

Construction Impacts On Climate Change/Emissions

Skanska is doing a great deal to inform our clients who have large building/construction portfolio’s on why how and what they build matters in the larger climate change picture.

What we are learning and rolling out around the total carbon footprint of buildings. Many companies touch via construction of their corporate offices/campuses, data centers, distribution centers, stores, manufacturing facilities, etc. Operational carbon is something that everything seems to now have a handle on, but the embodied carbon of building all of the facilities and infrastructure to then operate within is still in its infancy in terms of understanding benchmarking and transforming.  Due to the fact that our energy is 88% hydro where we are based in Seattle, and our energy code is so stringent, embodied carbon really is the black eye that hasn’t been addressed when it comes to how and what we build.

Dawn Emling

Global head of ESG Instiute (VP), Corporate Responsibility and inclusion, Thomson Reuters

Why Should Your Organizations Care About ESG?

Multinational organizations need to take environmental, social and governance issues (ESG) seriously.

As a new chapter in globalization highlights the need for more than just profitability, great products and top-rated service, multinationals need to be taking environmental, social and governance issues (ESG) seriously. This is because the reputation and ESG performance of firms is playing a larger role than ever in determining their market value and in turn their financial performance.

Topics include:

  • What ESG standards should organizations be measured against?
  • How can ESG performance impact factors such as: equity, profitability, and attracting and retaining talent?
  • What are organizations such as Thomson Reuters doing to embed an ESG culture?

John Kotlarczyk, Jr.

Senior Director, CSR & Waste Reduction, Walgreens

Walgreens Boots Alliance is determined to protect the environment and do our part to ensure it flourishes for future generations.  We understand our potential positive impact and are taking actions to:

  • Reduce our energy consumption on a comparable basis as defined by the Greenhouse Gas Protocol
  • Reduce the waste we create and on a comparable basis, and contribute to the drive for increasingly circular economies

through increased reuse and recycling

  • Develop plans to help achieve zero net deforestation by 2020, collaborating with other organizations in a global initiative

David Levine, ASBC

Businesses have been leading the way when it comes to action on climate. Many of the largest companies have started implementing an internal price on carbon. Hear from leading executives on how pricing carbon is the most effective, business-friendly way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, how these internal pricing systems are benefitting their company’s bottom line, and why advocating for policy at the federal and state level for a price on carbon will benefit those who are already leading while spurring action and investment throughout the economy.