GEMI Fall Meeting – Life Cycle Thinking

GEMI invites corporate environmental sustainability leaders to join us in Cincinnati to engage in an interactive discussion on life cycle thinking and product design strategies.

GEMI’s Fall Meeting on Life Cycle Thinking and Product Design Strategies will be hosted by P&G at its Mason Business Center on October 28-29, 2015.



October 28

9:00am – 9:30am

GEMI Annual Business Meeting

GEMI members will review plans and proposed actions for 2016.

  • Bill Gill, AVP Environmental Affairs, Smithfield Foods, GEMI’s Chair

9:30am – 10:30am

GEMI Quick Guide / Project Discussion

Participants will learn about recent solutions/collaborations developed by GEMI, and discuss potential opportunities to collaborate to advance new solutions to emerging sustainability challenges in 2016.

10:30am – 11:15am

Welcome Remarks: Green Chemistry, Engineering and Design

  • Don Verseeg, Sustainability Expert, Environmental Toxicologist, Risk Assessor, P&G, Retired

11:15am – 12:15pm

Advancing Product Sustainability Programs

Discussion of new analysis on how to maximize business value to keep pace with competitors’ rapid progress in product sustainability; and, steps for building strong corporate alignment and bringing product sustainability into the core of the business.

  • Tim Greiner, Managing Director, Pure Strategies

12:15pm – 1:30pm


1:30pm – 3:00pm

Emerging Issues in Science and Policy

Speakers will discuss emerging issues in science and policy affecting chemicals in the US and globally.

  • Tom Neltner, Chemicals Policy Director, EDF
  • David Widawsky, Director, Chemistry, Economics and Sustainable Strategies Division, US EPA

3:00pm – 3:15pm


3:15pm – 5:00pm

Enhancing Sustainability Across the Product Lifecycle

Speakers will discuss various approaches private and public sector organizations are taking to advance sustainability through life cycle innovation.

  • Jim Fava, Chief Sustainability Strategist, thinkstep; Chair, Forum for Sustainability through Life Cycle Innovation
  • Yann Risz, Former McKinsey, LCA and product design




Dinner Event – Hosted by P&G

October 29

8:00am – 8:15am

GEMI Welcome and Introduction – Bill Gill, Smithfield Foods

8:15am – 9:30am

Case Studies in Green Engineering and Sustainable Design

Speakers will share demonstrated business examples of using green engineering and sustainable design practices to advance sustainable innovation.

  • Robert Predale, Director of Environmental Product Stewardship, Johnson & Johnson
  • Dan Daggett, Executive Director, Sustainability, Sealed Air

9:30am – 10:00am


10:00am – 12:00pm

Business Value of Life Cycle Thinking

Speakers will share experiences in applying life cycle tools/approaches to support business decision making, product development and innovation.

  • Bruce Uhlman, Team Leader, Applied Sustainability, BASF
  • Todd Rockstroh, Consulting Engineer, GE Aviation
  • Kevin Mulvaney, Senior Director, Value Chain Outreach, American Chemistry Council

12:00pm – 12:30pm


12:30pm – 1:45pm

Collaborative Business Solutions to Life Cycle Challenges

Participants will engage with fellow corporate sustainability leaders addressing life cycle issues in their organizations to share common approaches, identify gaps, and discuss opportunities to collaborate to advance sustainable business solutions. 

1:45pm – 2:00pm

Closing Comments – Bill Gill, Smithfield Foods


  • Meeting Location: The meeting will be hosted by Procter & Gamble at its Mason Business Center located at 8700 Mason Montgomery Rd, Mason, OH 45040.
  • Hotel Information: A P&G rate of $159 per night is available at the nearby Cincinnati Marriott Northeast (9664 Mason Montgomery Rd., Mason, OH 45040; (513) 459-9800)
  • Airport: The Cincinnati (CVG) and Dayton (DAY) airports are convenient to the meeting location.

Register to Attend

GEMI invites corporate environmental and sustainability leaders to register to participate in the meeting as our guest.

GEMI Summer Meeting – Water Stewardship

GEMI invites corporate environmental sustainability leaders to join us in Milwaukee this summer to engage in an interactive discussion on collaborative business solutions to water stewardship.

GEMI’s Summer Meeting on Water Stewardship will be hosted by Smithfield Foods at its Patrick Cudahy facility in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on July 8-9.



Wednesday, July 8

9:00am – 9:15am Welcome, Introduction and Antitrust Guidelines

  • Bill Gill, AVP Environmental Affairs, Smithfield Foods, GEMI’s 2015 Chair
9:15am – 10:15am Establishing Milwaukee as a World Water Hub

  • Dean Amhaus, President & CEO, The Water Council– Milwaukee numbers among the world’s most significant hubs for water research, education, technology development and industry.  Due to the work of The Water Council, a plethora of recent accomplishments have accelerated the region’s global impact and prestige.
10:15am – 10:30am Break
10:30am – 12:00pm Round-table Discussion of GEMI Member Practices in Assessing Water Risks and OpportunitiesA round-table discussion regarding GEMI member companies’ experiences and results in applying water sustainability tools across their organizations.  Ashland, Gannett Fleming and Sealed Air will open the discussion by sharing their insights and experiences.
12:00pm – 1:30pm Lunch and Tour of Smithfield’s Patrick Cudahy Facility
1:30pm – 2:00pm Lessons Learned in Partnering to Address Water EfficiencyLearn how EDF and AT&T teamed up to uncover water efficiency in buildings, and what they learned in the process.

  • Steven Goldman, Marketing & Communications Coordinator, EDF
2:00pm – 3:15pm Regional Case Studies in Building Partnerships to Enhance Water Stewardship

  • Brooke Barton, Senior Program Director, Water Program, Ceres– learn how Ceres is working together with companies to “connect the drops” between sustainable water supplies and the economic health of California.
  • Andrew Mangan, Executive Director, US BCSD – located in the New Orleans to Baton Rouge Mississippi River Corridor, the Louisiana Water Synergy Project has been launched as a pilot project to demonstrate the viability of the US BCSD collaborative work process when aimed at watershed issues
3:15pm – 3:30pm Break
3:30pm – 4:45pm Innovation in Industrial Water ManagementSpeakers will discuss the value of water, and new innovations leading manufacturers are employing to reach their water stewardship goals.

  • Ed Pinero, Chief Sustainability Officer, Veolia Water North America
  • Jon Freedman, Global Government Affairs Leader, GE Power & Water (invited)
4:45pm – 5:15pm Sustainability at Smithfield’s Patrick Cudahy Facility
5:15pm – 5:30pm Closing Comments – Bill Gill, Smithfield Foods
7:00pm GEMI Dinner


Thursday, July 9


8:00am – 8:15am Welcome, Introduction and Antitrust Guidelines

  • Bill Gill, AVP Environmental Affairs, Smithfield Foods, GEMI’s 2015 Chair
8:15am – 9:15am Guest Speaker: Richard Meeusen, Chairman, President and CEO, Badger Meter, Inc.

  • Richard A. (Rich) Meeusen is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Badger Meter, Inc., a Milwaukee-based company that is a leading manufacturer and marketer of flow measurement solutions, with a primary focus on the water industry.
9:15am – 10:15am Global Water Sustainability Trends – Managing Risks and Identifying Opportunities

  • William Sarni, Director and Practice Leader, Enterprise Water Strategy, Deloitte Consulting LLP — Will has provided sustainability, environmental and hydrogeological consulting services to private and public-sector enterprises for more than three decades, with a focus on developing and implementing corporate-wide sustainability and water stewardship strategies.
10:15am – 10:30am Break
10:30am – 11:30am  Making the Business Case for Water

  • Emilio Tenuta, Vice President of Corporate Sustainability, Ecolab – The Water Risk Monetizer is a publicly available online tool that provides actionable information to help businesses around the world understand the impact of water scarcity to their business and quantify those risks in financial terms to inform decisions that enable growth.
11:30am – 12:00pm Lunch
12:00pm – 1:30pm Breakout Session: Collaborative Business Solutions to Water Stewardship ChallengesFacilitated by: Stan Mierzejewski, Senior Manager Sustainability, Tennant, GEMI’s Tools Chair

In breakout groups, participants will engage with fellow corporate sustainability leaders addressing water stewardship in their organizations to share common processes / approaches, identify gaps, and discuss opportunities to collaborate to develop business solutions to water stewardship challenges.

1:30pm – 2:00pm Action Items / Next Steps —  Steve Hellem, GEMI


  • Meeting Location: The meeting will be hosted bySmithfield Foods at its Patrick Cudahy facility located at 1 Sweet Applewood Lane, Cudahy, WI 53110. The facility is located just 10 minutes from Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport.
  • Hotel Information: A block of rooms has been reserved under “GEMI” at the Hilton Garden Inn Milwaukee Airport (5890 S. Howell Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53207) at the rate of $189 per night, until June 19. Book your room here. *Please note that individuals are responsible for making their own hotel , air and ground transportation reservations.*

GEMI invites corporate environmental and sustainability leaders to register to participate in the meeting as GEMI's guest.