2016 NAEM EHS and Sustainability Management Forum

Programs That Help You Lead


If you're looking for new ideas to improve efficiency, manage risk or advance sustainability, you'll find inspiration through the interactive discussions and peer case studies the Forum delivers.


Go to Wednesday October 26 Sessions

Go to Thursday October 27 Sessions

Go to Friday October 28 Events and Discussion Groups

Tuesday October 25, 2016


8:00 a .m. - 4:30 p.m.

NAEM Board of Regents Meeting - By invitation only

8:30 a.m. -
3:00 p.m.

Annual Pre-Forum Golf Event

Join your colleagues and professional peers for a golf scramble at the beautiful Black Bear Golf Club at the Blackstone Country Club. The championship golf course at Blackstone Country Club was the creative vision and design of Golf World Magazine's 1996 Architect of the Year, Jay Morrish, and boasts 7,313 yards of breathtaking play framed by the distinguished Rocky Mountains to the West. Greens fees, transportation and lunch are complimentary, courtesy of Woodard and Curran. Sign up for this event by emailing Evan Hart.

You must already be registered for the Forum to sign up for the golf outing.


Sponsored by:

Woodward and Curran

1:00 -
4:00 p.m.

Volunteer Activity - Platte River Trail Cleanup

Help keep the downtown Denver stretch of the Platte River and its surrounding parks and trails clean and spend some quality time with your colleagues and EHS peers. Join NAEM and the Greenway Foundation for this fun, hands-on volunteer activity before the conference starts. The river and parks are within easy walking distance of the Denver Sheraton and cleanup supplies will be provided.


Tickets for this event are $25


Sponsored by:

EHS Support - Environmental Consulting | Antea Group USA The Greenway Foundation - The Greenway Foundation

- 6:00 p.m.

Platte River Trail Cleanup Reception

Wind down following the Platte River Trail Cleanup with a reception at the historic Tivoli Brewing Co., the oldest brewery in Colorado!

2:00 -
7:00 p.m.

Registration Opens 

Avoid the lines, register and pick up materials on Tuesday!


Wednesday October 26, 2016


7:00 a.m.

Registration Opens

7:00 -
8:00 a.m.


8:00 -
8:30 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions

8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

Opening Keynote


  • Eric Berlow, Ecologist and complexity scientist and Founder; Vibrant Data Labs - Bio

10:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Morning Break

Track Descriptions

Track 1:
Strategic Sustainability

Track 2:
Safety Leadership

Track 3:
Reducing Risk, Spotlighting Value

Track 4:
Innovative Resource Management

10:30 a.m.
- 12:00 p.m.

Session 1:

Living in a Material World: Using Materiality Assessments to Drive Sustainability Strategy and Metrics Selection

A well designed materiality assessment can make the next steps in determining what needs to be done within a company sustainability program easier to achieve. The direction afforded by knowing what is important to internal and external stakeholders will guide you in making choices in programs and direction. This session will provide an understanding of the process used by companies that are well along in the use of materiality as their highway to success in sustainability. You will gain insight into how they leveraged the understanding gained through their materiality assessment to get where they are and the difficulties or transitions made to best use this new focus.



  • Jim McCabe, Sustainability Manager; Waters Corp.
  • Rose Shaver, Sustainability Manager; Schneider Electric SE


  • Tanis Marquette, Sustainability Director, Hexion Inc.
  • Eli Riesman, Director of Partnerships; The Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB)



Session 2:

Creating a Safety Strategy, Getting Buy-In, Measuring Success

This session will help you consider how to be strategic and relevant regarding efforts to improve safety. In the session, you'll learn how different organizations have engaged leadership, defined safety success, and how they've identified key transformational measurements. You'll understand important differences between measuring activities and measuring value when striving for safety excellence.



  • Jamey Jones, Vice President Environmental Stewardship & Ethics/Compliance; TruGreen


  • Tom Lopez, Managing Director EHS; FedEx Corp. - Bio
  • Michael Miller, Vice President of EHS; Dean Foods Co. - Bio
  • Jason Wernex, Senior Director Corporate Safety; Ameren Corp.

Session 3:

Overcoming Global Compliance and EHS Management Challenges

Overseeing EHS Compliance and Management for a global company presents a host challenges from data collection, to creating and implementing global policy and standards, to different perceptions of risk, safety and compliance. Have you been able to leverage EHS capabilities and expertise regionally and globally? What strategic internal partnerships, and external networks and services are enabling industry-leading global programs to be successful? How have programs matured from compliance-driven, to data management, to a supportive and sustainable Global EHS Management program? This session will showcase strategic approaches, lessons and reflections from senior EHS leaders that have tackled some of these challenges and explore how they found success.



  • Kisa Adkins, Global Environment Compliance Program Manager; Newell Brands Inc.
  • Anita Dawson, Manager, Global EHS; Air Liquide Advanced Materials Inc.
  • Bruce Klafter, Vice-President, Corporate Social & Environmental Responsibility; Flextronics International Ltd. - Bio
  • Paul Narog, Manager, Corporate Environmental Operations; 3M - Bio

Session 4:

Getting More Renewable Power in Your Energy Portfolio
More Questions than Answers? What are the options? How do you “sell” it? What’s right for your company? What’s it all mean (on-site, off-site, PPA, REC, solar, wind, bio, new innovations, additionality …)? Attend this session and learn from the experience of others who have successfully added renewable power to their energy and environmental strategies. Discover what benefits they are getting from their shift toward green power, what worked and what didn’t and get strategies for getting started or advancing your own power shift.



  • Hal Ehrhardt, Manager, Energy, Environment & Common Systems; Lockheed Martin Corp.


  • Scott Stallard, Senior Manager, Environmental Sustainability; Lockheed Martin Corp. - Bio
  • Jonathan Poggi, Multi-function Facilities Manager; Lockheed Martin Corp. - Bio
  • Rob Threlkeld, Global Manager, Renewable Energy; General Motors Co. - Bio
  • Hervé Touati, Managing Director; The Business Renewables Center (BRC) of Rocky Mountain Institute - Bio
  • Ramé Hemstreet, Vice President, Operations, Chief Sustainable Resources Officer; Kaiser Permanente Inc. - Bio

12:00 -
1:15 p.m.


1:30 -
3:00 p.m.

Session 5:

Strategic Transparency and the Evolution of Sustainability Reporting

Many companies are conflicted when it comes to external sustainability reporting. External organizations assure us that their report or format is essential to our stakeholder's needs, but the value of pursuing any one course can often remain unclear. In this session, we'll hear from different organizations – ones that find value in participating in a variety of reporting programs and ones that strategically limit their participation. Our goal will be to separate the signal from the noise of sustainability reporting and give attendees a better sense of the strategic decisions they can make for their own programs. Attendees will also gain an understanding of the macro trends that are happening in the corporate sustainability reporting realm.



  • Rick Love, Manager, Environmental Sustainability; United Technologies Corp.


  • Deanna Bratter, Director, Corporate Sustainability; WhiteWave Foods Co.
  • Sandy Nessing, Managing Director, Corporate Sustainability; American Electric Power Co. Inc. - Bio
  • Dr. Alan Knight, General Manager, Corporate Responsibility; ArcelorMittal S.A. - Bio

Session 6:

Risk Management Approaches to Safety Performance Improvements

This session will defy traditional safety thinking and showcase new tools and approaches to drive continuous safety performance improvements. You'll hear how organizations have prioritized risk; how they've focused on high risk areas through Serious Injury and Fatality (SIF) prevention; and how they've managed risk by looking at human and organizational performance.



  • Sulaiman Hamidi, Director, Sustainability & Product Stewardship; Allergan plc


  • Rob McCafferty, CIH, Director EHS Americas; Allergan plc - Bio
  • John Mulhausen, PhD, CIH, Director, Corp Safety and Industrial Hygiene; 3M - Bio
  • Monty Gartin, Business Unit Health and Safety Advisor; Cargill Inc. - Bio


Session 7:

Regulatory Trends and Developments to Watch

Evolving global regulations will be reviewed in light of the recent 2015 Paris COP Agreement, REACH 2018, new TSCA requirements and potential circular economies. The world is changing to a low carbon economy and our goal is to help you sort through these challenges. This session will provide attendees with a review of these and other emerging issues and how you can manage them in your business. In this session, we will explore how companies are assessing these evolving environmental risks and how they can develop adaptive management strategies.



  • Bill Glynn, Associate; CDM Smith


  • Scott Canonico, Regional Manager EHS; Linn Energy LLC - Bio
  • Jerry Tinianow, Chief Sustainability Officer; The City of Denver - Bio
  • Liz Harriman, Deputy Director; The Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) at the University of Massachussetts, Lowell - Bio

Session 8:

Zero Waste - Delivering on the Goal

Benefit from the insights of a panel of experts who have lived the Zero Waste journey and will share their experiences. Learn answers to questions, such as: How do you define "Zero Waste"? What did your company do to begin the Zero Waste journey? Hear about the key best practices for being successful in achieving Zero Waste and understand how the panelist demonstrated the value of their Zero Waste programs.



  • David Williams, Director, Environment and Sustainability; Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd


  • Johanna Jobin, Director, Global EHS & Sustainability; Biogen Inc. - Bio
  • Nicole Krenner, Manager, Sustainability Operational Excellence; 3M - Bio
  • Michelle Redfield, Director, Safety, Environment and Process Improvement; Schneider Electric SE - Bio
3:00 -
3:45 p.m

Afternoon Break

3:45 -
5:15 p.m.

Session 9:

How is Your EHS & Sustainability Data Being Used?

Awareness about sustainability practices continues to grow as investors and customers demand more data and better data. This session will help attendees understand how the data they are sharing and reporting, whether via ESG investor questionnaires, an organization-specific reporting platform, or customer requests, is being analyzed and used by investors, customers and other external stakeholders. Come and learn what sustainability data looks like on a Bloomberg terminal, hear from ESG experts, and representatives that are actually working with the data you collect and report. Plus, get insights into how companies will begin acting on the sustainability data they have been collecting for the last several years. Attendees will leave with insights that will help them make sure the data they are sharing and who they share it with will position their company for increased brand value, reduced risk and a competitive advantage.



  • Margery Moore, Director, Business Development; Bloomberg BNA


  • Madison Brown, Senior ESG Analyst; Bloomberg LP - Bio
  • Marjella Alma, CEO and Co-Founder; eRevalue Ltd. - Bio
  • Robert Dornau, Senior Manager Sustainability Services; RobecoSAM - Bio

Session 10:

Employee Engagement: Making Safety Everyone's Job

How do you engage your entire organization in safety? This session will share ways that organizations have engaged employees at all levels, leveraged other functions and successfully driven ownership of safety into all aspects of their organization. Take away inspiration and validation for the type of culture shift that is possible in your safety program.



  • Laura Murphy, Vice President of Customer Experience; VelocityEHS


  • Dustin Rusch, Chief Safety Officer; J.F. Ahern Co.
  • Marc Juaire, Corporate Director of Environmental, Health, and Safety; Liberty Diversified International Inc. - Bio

Session 11:

Leveraging EHS Management Systems to Shift EHS Thinking and Performance

Management systems (EHSMS) have been instrumental in helping our field shift from a compliance-orientation, to one where focus is on performance improvement and organizational impact. The next evolution of EHSMS is pushing into areas of enterprise risk management, organizational health, and expanding the EHS function’s depth and breadth. This session will show how cutting-edge approaches are taking existing EHSMS frameworks to new levels, and in turn, are helping EHS professionals increase their perspectives and impact.



  • Charles Redinger, President; Redinger 360


Session 12:

Communication and Influencing Skills for EHS&S Leaders

EHS professionals build their careers on a solid technical foundation – some of them so well they find themselves promoted to leadership positions. However, leading a team is a very different than being a member of the team. Come to learn how others have made the transition from individual contributor to leader. This session will be good for those who are new to leadership and also those who are mentoring or working with someone who has recently been promoted to a leadership role.



  • Megan Lum, Director, Environment, Transmission; The Pacific Gas and Electric Co.


  • Kris Morico, Global Leader Environmental Programs; General Electric Co. - Bio
  • Drena Howard, Director, Global Retail EHS; The Estee Lauder Co.'s - Bio
  • James Mangold, Projects Supervisor for Environmental Management – Generation; Pacific Gas & Electric Co.
5:30 -
7:00 p.m

Welcome Reception


Thursday October 27, 2016


7:00 a.m.

Registration Opens

7:30 -
8:15 a.m.


8:15 -
8:30 a.m.

Opening Remarks

8:30 -
10:00 a.m.

Keynote Session

Leading as an EHS&S Professional Now and Into the Future

Drawing on a learnings from career of more than 30 years in environmental management, Wayne Balta, the Vice President of Corporate Environmental Affairs and Product Safety for IBM will open our day with an informative and inspiring look at corporate environmental & sustainability management today, and into the future. He’ll explore the skills and competencies he believes leaders will need to steward their programs and teams for the coming years, and discuss the opportunities he sees for each of us to make substantive contributions at our organizations, ultimately resulting in collective impact and progress forward in our field.

  • Wayne Balta, Vice President, Corporate Environmental Affairs and Product Safety; IBM Corp. - Bio

10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Morning Break

Track Descriptions

Track 1:
Strategic Sustainability

Track 2:
Safety Leadership

Track 3:
Reducing Risk, Spotlighting Value

Track 4:
Innovative Resource Management

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Session 13:

Product Sustainability Strategies

As the concept of a circular economy takes hold, EHS&S professionals are shifting beyond a focus on product regulatory compliance programs towards driving sustainability strategy across the value chain. This session will demonstrate how organizations are using such tools and concepts as Life Cycle Assessment, Materials Marketplace, Green Chemistry, and Material Alternative Assessments, to improve the sustainability of their product and services and move towards a circular economy, one that is restorative and regenerative by design, and which aims to keep products, components and materials at their highest utility and value at all times.



  • Rick Vamos, Vice President; DAI Environmental Inc.


  • Angela Fisher, Sustainability Leader, Ecoassessment Center of Excellence; General Electric Co. - Bio
  • Gretchen Digby, Director Global Sustainability Programs; Ingersoll-Rand PLC - Bio
  • Debbie Kalish, Program Manager; Ingersoll-Rand PLC - Bio
  • Lauren Zulli, Design for the Environment Engineer, Corporate Safety and Sustainability; Herman Miller Inc.

Session 14:

Next Generation Injury Prevention Approaches

You’ve driven your injury rates down to “world-class” levels. Now what? How do you continue to improve your injury prevention processes? This session will look at organizations that are improving their incident prevention program by focusing on behavior, reducing slips, trips and falls, and getting the most out of OSHA’s VPP program.



  • Greg Carli, Principal; GHD Pty Ltd.


  • Allan Loiselle, Corporate EHS Manager; Raytheon Co. - Bio
  • Susan Richardson, Environmental, Health & Safety Manager; Anaren Inc. - Bio
  • Steve Shedroff, Section Head, Global Innovations HS&E; Procter & Gamble Co.

Session 15:

Putting a System in place to Reduce EHS and Sustainability Risk in Your Supply Chain

In this session participants will learn about key global supply chain risks and how to put a system in place to mitigate disruptions, scarcity, and social pressure. Speakers will focus on topics like severe weather, socio-political conflicts, global warming, resource over-use, conflict minerals, and forced labor that impart a growing risk on modern global supply chains. Participants will leave with a working knowledge of modern supply chain risk factors and strategies for combating these ever growing issues.



  • Alan Johnson, Director of Strategic Partnerships & Alliances; 3E Co.


  • Phil Berry, Partner and Principal Consultant; Sustainable Supply Chains - Bio
  • Elizabeth Zimmerman, Senior Director Global EHS; Western Digital Corp.

Session 16:

Ensuring Your License to Operate: Strategies and Tools to Be Part of the Water Management Solution

What steps should you be taking to ensure your business has identified the major water-related risks to your operations? Do you know if your sites or supply chains are prepared for water shortages and water quality issues, for instance? Get practical and actionable ideas for mitigating water-related risks that reduce your water intensity, maintain your access to reliable, safe sources of water, and ensure business continuity even as water resources continue to dwindle in many regions. Understand what is meant when companies set goals to be “water neutral” or measure the “true cost of water.”



  • Nick Martin, Sustainability Practice Lead; Antea Group


  • Fawn Bergen, Senior Environmental Engineer, Global Sustainability; Intel Corp. - Bio
  • Todd Reeve, Chief Executive Officer; Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF). - Bio
  • Alan Resnik, Director Corporate Environmental Affairs; Cummins Inc.

12:30 -
1:30 p.m.

Business-to-Business Luncheon

1:45 -
3:15 p.m.

Session 17:

Tips and Strategies for Establishing a Supply Chain Sustainability Program

The goal of this session will be to provide attendees with perspective and insight from companies who have established supply chain sustainability programs that can help guide their own efforts.  Attendees will hear tips, strategies, and lessons learned from companies that have been through this process and can help other companies that are either thinking of starting, or who have recently started, on their journey to developing a successful supply chain sustainability program.



  • Fawn Bergen, Senior Environmental Engineer, Global Sustainability; Intel Corp.


  • Kris Spriano, Supply Chain Sustainability Manager; Cisco Systems Inc.
  • Additional Speakers TBA

Session 18:

Driving Safety Beyond Your Four Walls

Safety at work is just the start. With the changing dynamics of the workforce, there are many new issues challenging employee health and safety. Hear how organizations have tackled safety challenges like working remotely, and distracted driving. Learn how companies are keeping their employees healthy, safe and focused on the task at hand, at work and beyond.  This session will also examine the business value of total worker health programs and explore the varying health and safety needs and expectations of workers of different ages.



  • Kimberly Jackson, Director of EHS; Spectra Energy Corp.


  • Kym Fawcett, Manager, Safety & Social Responsibility Canadian Operations; EnerPlus Corp. - Bio
  • Clint Wernimont, Corporate Senior Safety Manager; Cummins Inc.

Session 19:

Successful EHS Management Before and After a Merger or Acquisition

In these times of fast paced business deals, we will discuss how to get your company proactively thinking about EHS in mergers and acquisitions. Learn from your peers who have weathered the storm, how to get that seat at the table, talk in terms the business understands, and provide immeasurable value to your company by identifying the risks up front. Once the deal is done, we'll explore how to take the best of both companies and integrate system and cultures. Getting acquired? Learn from your peers how to compare systems and take the best of both worlds.



  • Nicole Voss, Senior Manager, Global EHS & Regulatory Compliance; Ashland Inc.


  • Joette Bailey-Keown, Director EHS; Ball Corp.
  • John Perkins,  Senior Director EHS; Tyco International plc - Bio

Session 20:

Build Your Bench: How Professional Development and Succession Planning Can Give you a Dream Team

Building a dream team of EHS&S professionals doesn't happen by accident. It takes planning and tools. You can help your team grow professionally and stay engaged, which will make it easier for you to build the bench strength you need to keep your dream team on top. How can you do that? Come to this interactive workshopping session and find out.



  • Annette Russo, Senior Manager, Communications and Training, EHS & Sustainability; Johnson & Johnson


  • Kimberly Jackson, Director EHS; Spectra Energy Corp. - Bio

3:15 -
3:45 p.m.

Afternoon Break

3:45 -
5:15 p.m.

Thursday Afternoon Keynote - NAEM IGNITE Power Hour

Imagine ten topics from ten experts in less than sixty minutes. Attend this curiously fast-paced peer-led session and experience a new kind of event; one that will have you at the edge of your seat with innovative ideas, lessons learned and how-to information straight from the experts. Listen as your peers present informative and engaging material in a high energy, 5-minute Ignite format. Some presentations will be EHSS related, others may just be fun topics that will illustrate the Ignite concept. Your imagination will run wild as you think of various ways that you could make use of the Ignite concept in your workplace and training. So prepare to be entertained and intrigued for the entire session! Then brainstorm on how best to apply this useful tool back at work!

IGNITE Speakers To be Announced Soon!

5:15 -
5:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks

6:30 -
10:00 p.m

Thursday Evening Networking and Dinner Event


Friday October 28, 2016


8:30 a.m. -
11:45 a.m.

Tours, Outings, Discussion Groups and Gatherings

Book an afternoon flight home and enjoy sessions and outings with new contacts and friends met at the conference. Sessions Friday morning emphasize a more laid back atmosphere, always with lively discussion. Rather than formal presentations, most sessions are discussion based or include outings that take people out of the hotel to facility tours or educational offerings local to Denver. Programming and topics for Friday morning are still being established but NAEM will announce a full line up of offerings in the coming weeks. Most sessions are included with your conference registration but some require sign up during registration as spots can be limited.

11:30 a.m.

Conference Adjourns


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2016 Forum Program Details


Track 1: Strategic Sustainability

Sessions in this track will focus on the key steps and considerations leaders must take to ensure that their sustainability efforts are organized around a clear strategy, generating business value, and communicated effectively. As companies identify that many of their material EHS and sustainability impacts are happening outside of their immediate operations, this track will also offer a focus on sustainable supply chains and products.


Track 2: Safety Leadership

For leading companies, safety management isn’t just a collection of programs. It is embedded in the company culture, touching each and every employee and influencing behavior on and off the job. Sessions in this track will address how to develop a safety strategy and measure success, and will also feature a variety of tools and systematic approaches to reduce safety risks, drive down injury rates, engage employees and extend safety beyond your company walls.


Track 3: Reducing Risk, Spotlighting Value

As a profession, we have long since left behind the notion that EHS is a compliance-only function and continue to reaffirm the strategic value that proactive EHS management brings to companies. Sessions in this track will focus on ways EHS leaders are demonstrating value through risk reduction efforts. Attendees in these sessions will gain insights into how their peers are driving performance through developing management systems, leading integration efforts in mergers and acquisitions, reducing risk in supply chains, and juggling an array of global challenges. It will also include a comprehensive look at regulatory and standards trends and developments on the horizon.


Track 4: Innovative Resource Management

Whether referring to natural or human resources, this session will give attendees a change to focus on specific ways their peers are leveraging resources and delivering big wins for EHS and sustainability. Sessions will also touch on strategies for ensuring the EHS function has a strong succession plan, attracts and retains talent, and offers an opportunity to build leadership skills in the area of influence and communications.

Interested in Speaking?


Are you an EHS or sustainability leader with a case study to share? Contact Virginia Hoekenga, NAEM Deputy Director, at virginia@naem.org or call (202) 986-6616 to learn about speaking opportunities.

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