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.

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