GEMI Summer Meeting – Resource Efficiency


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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

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