GEMI Summer Meeting Update

GEMI Summer Meeting Update

Tennant Company will be hosting GEMI’s summer meeting “Resource Efficiency: Taking the Circular Economy from Theory to Action” on July 27-28 in St. Paul, Minnesota.

This meeting will examine tangible resource efficiency projects/examples from across industries, and explore steps corporate sustainability leaders are taking to implement circular economy concepts in their businesses and create value.

Already, there’s a great group of guest speakers confirmed: Carrie Pearson, LCA Supervisor, 3M; John Bradburn, Global Manager of Waste Reduction, General Motors; John Peichel, Technology Leader, GE Water; Tod Christenson, Director, Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council; Adam Muellerweiss, Director, Sustainability and Environmental Affairs, Johnson Controls; Chad Pregracke, Founder, Living Lands & Waters; Hunt Briggs, Project Manager, Resource Recycling Systems; Megann Head, Environmental Design Engineer, Steelcase; Libby Bernick, SVP, Trucost; Andy Mangan, Executive Director, US BCSD; and, others.

GEMI invites corporate environmental and sustainability leaders to register participate in a  meeting of GEMI as our guest.  Please contact Kellen Mahoney at [kmahoney@navista.net] to receive more information on guest participation.

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GEMI Summer Meeting – Resource Efficiency

REQUEST MEETING INVITATION

Please complete the following form to request a guest invitation for the meeting.

DRAFT AGENDA OUTLINE
Subject to change.

9:00am – 9:15am GEMI Welcome and Antitrust Guidelines

Introduction to the meeting theme, and brief overview of GEMI projects/activities.

 

9:15am – 9:40am Tennant Company Host Presentation

  • Pete Swenson, Director Sustainable Enterprise, Tennant Company

 

9:40am – 10:05am Introduction to University of Minnesota Institute on Environment (IonE)

Overview of IonE, its vision, and the variety of projects it is leading.

  • Jessica Hellman, IonE Director, University of Minnesota

 

10:05am – 10:20am Optimizing Eco-Efficiency Across the Procurement Portfolio

Update on NorthStar Initiative for Sustainable Enterprise(NiSE) research on environmentally preferable procurement, stemming from prior GEMI collaboration.

  • Tim Smith, Director NiSE at IonE, UMN

 

10:20am – 10:45am US EPA’s Sustainable Materials Management Strategy

Update on EPA’s SMM strategy and initiatives, and the actions underway with the G7 Alliance on Resource Efficiency.

  • Mathy Stanislaus, Assistant Administrator, Office of Land and Emergency Management, US EPA (invited)

 

10:45am – 11:00am Break
11:00am – 12:00pm Closing the Loop to Advance a New Economy

What are the business opportunities of moving to a circular economy, and what key challenges and opportunities exist across various industries.

  • Libby Bernick, SVP, Trucost
  • Andy Mangan, Executive Director, US BCSD

 

12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm – 2:00pm Designing for Circularity

How are businesses integrating life-cycle concepts into the design process and applying circular principles in design of new products.

  • Carrie Pearson, LCA Supervisor, 3M
  • Megann Head, Environmental Design Engineer, Global Sustainability, Steelcase

 

2:00pm – 2:30pm Closing the Loop: Developing Circular Business Models

What steps are businesses taking in developing and scaling new circular business models, and what barriers may need to be considered.

  • Adam Muellerweiss, Director, Sustainability and Environmental Affairs, Johnson Controls

 

2:30pm – 2:45pm Break
2:45pm – 3:30pm Building a Supply Web to Keep Materials in Use

How can a web of unique supplier partners come together to support new reuse opportunities for byproducts.

  • John Bradburn, Global Manager of Waste Reduction, General Motors

 

3:30pm – 4:50pm Value Chain Approaches to Developing New Resource Efficiency Solutions

Discussion of innovative partnership approaches working to develop and enable new resource efficiency solutions.

  • Tod Christenson, Director, Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council
  • Hunt Briggs, Project Manager, Resource Recycling Systems

 

4:50pm – 5:00pm Closing Comments
7:00pm Dinner: Fogo de Chao – Hosted by Tennant Company

 

July 28

9:00am – 9:15am GEMI Welcome and Antitrust Guidelines

 

9:15am – 9:45am Cleaning up America’s Rivers

Chad Pregracke has made it his life’s work to clean up the Mississippi River and other American waterways, removing millions of pounds of waste from rivers across the US.

  • Chad Pregracke, Founder, Living Lands and Waters

 

9:45am – 10:15am Additive Manufacturing: Innovation in Technology and Materials

What efforts are underway to accelerate the adoption of new 3D printing materials, technologies and products, and drive new innovation?

  •  Ed Morris, Director, America Makes (invited)
10:15am – 10:45am Minnesota Sustainable Growth Coalition

A regional partnership for demonstrating and accelerating a thriving circular economy.

  • Amy Skoczlas Cole, former Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility at Pentair, Chair of Minnesota Sustainable Growth Coalition
10:45am – 11:00am Break

 

11:00am – 11:30am Circular Economy of Water

What are the current technologies / partnership models supporting circular approaches for water, and what are the next steps needed to advance such efforts.

  • John Peichel, Technology Leader, GE Water

 

11:30am – 12:30pm Creating New Value Opportunities through Resource Efficiency

How are companies developing innovative opportunities to improve resource efficiency while building new business value and generating broader sustainability benefits.

  • Sheryl Corrigan, Director EHS, Koch Industries
  • Steve Levitsy, VP Sustainability, Perdue Farms (invited)
  • Anne Monine, Corporate Environmental Lead, Cargill (invited)

 

12:30pm – 1:45pm Luncheon Roundtable Discussion: Next Steps / Action Items

Facilitated by Steve Hellem, GEMI

After grabbing lunch, participants will review the issues discussed over the course of the meeting, and discuss opportunities that exist to collaborate to advance new resource efficiency solutions.

 

1:45pm – 2:00pm Closing Comments

Save the Date – GEMI Summer Meeting

Resource Efficiency: Taking the Circular Economy from Theory to Action

July 27-28, 2016
Hosted by Tennant Company – St. Paul, MN

Please save the date of July 27-28 for GEMI’s Summer Meeting on Resource Efficiency: Taking the Circular Economy from Theory to Action.

The meeting will be hosted by Tennant Company at the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment located in St. Paul, MN. The meeting is planned to examine tangible resource efficiency projects/examples from across industries, and explore steps sustainability leaders are taking to implement circular economy concepts in their businesses and create value.

Additional meeting details will be shared with GEMI members following GEMI’s Spring Meeting on Science-Based Targets.

Please contact Kellen Mahoney (kmahoney@navista.net) with any questions on the meeting in the meantime.

GEMI Spring Meeting – Science-Based Targets

GEMI invites corporate environmental sustainability leaders to join us in Washington, DC to engage in an interactive discussion on business action around ‘science-based targets.’ The meeting is planned to examine why and how companies are deciding to pursue science based targets for GHG reduction, and to explore strategies and tools necessary for businesses to drive action across the value chain. 

GEMI’s Spring meeting will be held on May 4-5 at George Washington University in Washington, DC.

OBJECTIVES

The meeting is planned to:
  • Examine why and how companies are deciding to pursue ‘science-based targets’ for carbon reduction, and the steps businesses must take to advance this internally.
  • Discuss strategies, tools and partnerships to support businesses in driving action on carbon reduction commitments across the value chain.
  • Provide a forum for corporate sustainability leaders to learn from each other and engage with strategic partners to advance sustainable business solutions to collective challenges.
LOGISTICS
  • Meeting Location: The meeting will be hosted at George Washington University‘s Lehman Auditorium in downtown Washington, DC. More information on the campus and transportation recommendations may be found at http://www.gwu.edu/foggy-bottom-campus
  • Hotel Information:  There are several hotel options within walking distance of the GW campus, many of which provide discounted rates to GW visitors.  Additional information may be found at: http://www.gwu.edu/lodging
  • Dinner: An informal dinner will be held on the evening of May 4 at a location within walking distance of Lehman Auditorium.

DRAFT AGENDA OUTLINE

May 4 – Why and How Businesses Are Setting ‘Science-Based Targets’ for Carbon Reduction

9:00am – 9:30am Welcome and Introductions

  • Bill Gill, AVP Environmental Affairs, Smithfield Foods, GEMI Chair
  • Joe Cascio, Co-Director, Environmental & Energy Management Institute, George Washington University
9:30am – 10:15am What’s the Target and Why?

    Discussion of why a target, and what’s the science behind setting a target.

  • Dr. Rachael Jonassen – Professorial Lecturer, Environmental and Energy Management Program, Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering, SEAS, GW
10:15am – 10:30am Break

 

10:30am – 12:00pm Setting a ‘Science Based Target’ for Carbon Reduction

    Discussion of the Science-Based Targets Initiative, and methods and resources to support science-based target setting.

  • Cynthia Cummis, Deputy Director, GHG Protocol, Climate Program, World Resources Institute
  • Matthew Banks, Manager – Energy & Climate Protection, PSE Team, World Wildlife Fund – US
12:00pm – 1:30pm Lunch

  • Luncheon Speaker: Mary Neumayr, Senior Energy Counsel, House Energy and Commerce Committee
1:30pm – 2:00pm Business Roundtable: “Create, Grow, Sustain: People and Technology at Work”
Discussion of how BRT members are leading their companies to adopt effective environmental and sustainable business practices.

  • Marian E. Hopkins, Senior Vice President, Business Roundtable
2:00pm – 3:00pm Developing ‘Science-Based Targets’ – What are Industries Doing Now

    Discussion of efforts/approaches to measure and manage carbon within an industry.

  • Marshall Wang, Senior Environmental/Sustainability Specialist, The Aluminum Association
  • Mark Washko, Head of Federal Government Affairs, BASF (invited)
3:00pm – 3:15pm Break

 

3:15pm – 4:00pm Setting ‘Science Based Targets’: Why and How; Lessons Learned from Early Movers

    Discussion of why and how companies are deciding to pursue Science-Based Targets.

  • Daniel Daggett, Executive Director, Sustainability, Sealed Air
  • Pete Swenson, Director, Sustainable Enterprise, Tennant Company
4:00pm – 4:45pm Roundtable Discussion: Selling SBTs Internally – Steve Hellem, Executive Director, GEMI

Facilitated discussion of participants on drivers for considering SBTs, making the business case and internal processes/barriers.

4:45pm – 5:00pm Closing Comments – Bill Gill, Smithfield Foods
6:00pm

 

Informal Dinner – Washington, DC

 

May 5 – Tools/Strategies for Advancing ‘Science-Based Targets’ for Carbon Reduction

9:00am – 9:15am Welcome and Introductions

  • Bill Gill, AVP Environmental Affairs, Smithfield Foods, GEMI Chair
  • Joe Cascio, Co-Director, Environmental & Energy Management Institute, George Washington University
9:15am – 10:15am Partnership Strategies to Advance Carbon Goals

    Discussion of effective partnership strategies and approaches to advance carbon and energy goals.

  • Timothy Juliani, Senior Director of Business Strategy and Partnerships, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES)
  • Victoria Mills, Managing Director, Corporate Partnerships, EDF
  • Lori Williams, Business Strategy Principal, FedEx
10:15am – 10:20am Break

 

10:20am – 11:20am Identifying supply chain ‘hot spots’ and engaging suppliers on GHG reduction strategies

    Discussion of leading approaches and opportunities in engaging suppliers on GHG reduction strategies.

  • Adam Gordon, Supply Chain Manager, CDP
  • Libby Bernick, SVP, Trucost
  • Bill Gill, AVP Environmental Affairs, Smithfield Foods
11:20am – 12:00pm Lunch
12:00pm – 1:00pm Tools to Support Carbon Reductions in Operations

    Discussion of tools and strategies to support organizations in advancing energy efficiency and reducing GHG emissions.

  • Betsy Dutrow, Director, Energy Star Industrial Program, US Environmental Protection Agency
  • Paul Scheihing, Technology Manager, SEP Program Administrator, Advanced Manufacturing Office, US Department of Energy
  • Mark Johnson, Vice President & Corporate Sustainability Officer, Gannett Fleming
1:00pm – 1:45pm Roundtable Discussion: Action Items / Next Steps – Steve Hellem, GEMI

Participants will review the issues discussed over the course of the meeting, and discuss opportunities that exist to collaborate to advance new solutions.

1:45pm – 2:00pm Closing Comments – Bill Gill, Smithfield Foods

  • GEMI’s July 27-28 Meeting on Resource Efficiency – Stan Mierzejewski, Tennant Company

Register to Attend

GEMI invites corporate environmental and sustainability leaders to register to participate in the meeting as our guest.  Please contact Kellen Mahoney at [kmahoney@navista.net] if you would like to receive a guest invitation.