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.

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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 Institute (VP), Corporate Responsibility and Inclusion, Thomson Reuters

ESG Integration Across the Business

The holy grail for sustainability professionals is the integration of ESG across the entire business, from product development, operations, legal, communications and human resources out to the sales teams. Are all employees more knowledgeable of internal accounting for carbon emissions, recognizing water scarcity, identifying labor or human rights issues in the supply chain, or leveraging diversity and inclusion for innovation? Do they have the confidence to not only solve problems but to identify innovations? Has each and every employee had the opportunity to learn about and act on these issues for their families, their jobs, and their planet? Are all employees bringing this new ESG lens to the products and support we provide to clients.  Dawn will speak to the efforts at Thomson Reuters to mainstream ESG across the business.

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

Nathan Nissen

Principal Engineer, Sustainability – Kohler

Topics will be posted shortly.

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.

 Emilio Tenuta

Vice President of Corporate Sustainability – Ecolab

Advancing Global Water Stewardship Standards: Global Commitments and Partnerships

Our presentation will focus on our commitments to water stewardship. Through partnerships with leading global non-governmental organizations (NGOs), we strengthen our understanding and our ability to impact global challenges facing our business, customers, and communities. We are a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact and the CEO Water Mandate, and an active member of the Corporate Eco Forum. Our partnerships with the World Wildlife Fund and The Nature Conservancy help advance water conservation and stewardship initiatives in priority regions including China, Mexico and the United States.

Advancing Global Water Stewardship

Ecolab is a founding partner of the Alliance for Water Stewardship’s (AWS) International Water Stewardship Standard, a globally consistent and locally adaptable framework to inform decisions and encourage collective action to promote sustainable freshwater use. In April 2014, Ecolab joined nearly 30 leading organizations from across industries to launch the Standard.

In 2014, we initiated programs to implement the framework at our own facilities. Our Taicang, China, plant, located in the Yangtze Taihu basin, outside of Shanghai, was a pilot location for the Standard. In September 2015, our Taicang plant became the first facility in the world to be certified under the AWS Standard.

We expanded implementation to our Carson and City of Industry manufacturing plants in California, where extreme drought is impacting all water users. As a leading adopter of the Standard in this region, we partnered with AWS and the WWF to provide training to other local water users. We also collaborated with companies in the watershed to implement the Standard within their facilities and to identify ways to work together to further reduce our collective impacts.

Roian Atwood

Director of Sustainability at VF Corp – (Wrangler/Lee)

Supporting the development of a coalition and regional sustainability strategy

  • Focusing on building and managing a core sustainability program that is focused on resource efficiency, sustainable products and community and employee engagement
  • Working with business leaders to develop a program to reduce risk across the business.
  • Finding opportunities to create competitive advantage and differentiate the brands with customers and consumers

Mike Dietrich

Energy and Sustainability Manager at MedImmune/Astra Zeneca

Building a Resilient Sustainable Innovative Efficient Future. A “Zero Energy Water Waste Future” focused on the future of energy, water, and waste in our built environment. Bridging the gap between business and technology with expertise in managing complex programs and multiple concurrent projects. Helping organizations assess and implement energy efficiency and sustainability programs, projects, and policies. Involved with numerous aspects of the built environment.

Maeve Burns
Sr. Sustainability Analyst, Steelcase

Arnaud Brohe

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.