2016 NAEM EHS and Sustainability Management Forume

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.

2016 Draft Agenda - 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

2:00 -
7:00 p.m.

Registration Opens 

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


2016 Draft Agenda - 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

To be announced

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


Session 2:

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

Session 3:

Overcoming Global Compliance and EHS Management Challenges

Session 4:

Getting More Renewable Energy in your Power Portfolio

12:00 -
1:15 p.m.


1:30 -
3:00 p.m.

Session 5:

Strategic Transparency and the Evolution of Sustainability Reporting


Session 6:

Risk Management Approaches to Safety Performance Improvements

Session 7:

Regulatory Update: Trends and Developments to Watch

Session 8:

Communication and Influencing Skills for EHS&S Leaders

3:00 -
3:45 p.m

Afternoon Break

3:45 -
5:15 p.m.

Session 9:

Tips and Strategies for Establishing a Supply Chain Sustainability Program

Session 10:

Employee Engagement: Making Safety Everyone's Job

Session 11:

Leveraging EHS Management Systems to drive EHS Performance

Session 12:

Best Practices and Key Considerations for Implementing Zero Waste Programs and Goals

5:30 -
7:00 p.m

Welcome Reception


2016 Draft Agenda - 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.

Thursday Morning Keynote Session

To be announced

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:

How is Your EHS & Sustainability Data Being Used?

Session 14:

Next Generation Injury Prevention Approaches

Session 15:

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

Session 16:

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

12:30 -
1:30 p.m.
Business-to-Business Luncheon

1:45 -
3:15 p.m.

Session 17:

Product Sustainability Strategies

Session 18:

Driving Safety Beyond your 4 Walls

Session 19:

Successful EHS Management Before and After a Merger or Acquisition

Session 20:

Tool and Approaches for Succession Planning and Staff Retention

3:15 -
3:45 p.m.

Afternoon Break

3:45 -
5:15 p.m.

Thursday Afternoon Keynote

To be announced

5:15 -
5:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks

6:30 -
10:00 p.m

Thursday Evening Networking and Dinner Event


2016 Draft Agenda - 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


Program Details - Finding Solutions, Leading Forward


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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