April 4, 2016 Comments are off Kellen

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.


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.
  • 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.


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


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.

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