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Thursday, September 27
 

8:30am

Introduction & Welcome

Organizers Introduction


Speakers
avatar for Daniel Blackman

Daniel Blackman

Master of Ceremonies\n\nDaniel Blackman serves as a Public and Intergovernmental Affairs specialist, and has consulted entities such as the Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Green Building Council, National Wildlife Federation, Georgia Conservancy, City
avatar for Marty Metro

Marty Metro

Founder & CEO, UsedCardboardBoxes.com (UCB)
Marty Metro is the Founder & CEO of UsedCardboardBoxes.com (UCB), a venture-funded reuse company tackling the gratuitous $50 billion cardboard industry in the US, where most boxes are used once, then recycled or simply thrown away. A former “Big 6” consultant with an MBA, Metro has become a prolific eco-entrepreneur, successfully balancing the need for financial returns with his passion for environmental and social... Read More →



Thursday September 27, 2012 8:30am - 8:45am
Grand Ball Room 201 Aberdeen Parkway Peachtree City

8:46am

Keynote Session “Flying Responsibly: How American Airlines Embraces Environmental Performance”

The aviation industry faces a very competitive landscape defined by ever-changing fuel prices, the demand for technical advances and constant evaluation by consumers. American Airlines, a recognized leader in corporate and environmental responsibility, has taken calculated steps to reduce its carbon footprint throughout all aspects of its business. The airline’s employees understand that part of flying responsibly is ensuring that the environmental impacts associated with American’s operations are minimized – from pre-flight planning to well after aircraft have delivered customers safely to their destinations. This presentation will outline and provide case studies of American’s evolution from environmental compliance to having an environmental conscience, and the impact of its “green” strategy on the company’s bottom line.


Raffle of 2 American Airlines tickets to any destination in the USA, benefitting the USO Warrior and Family Care 

Session Sponsored By


Speakers
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David Vice President

Vice President - Safety, Security and Environmental (SS & E) American Airlines, American Airlines
David L. Campbell joined American Airlines as Vice President – Safety, Security and Environmental (SS&E) in December 2009. Campbell's responsibilities include the development and refinement of Safety, Security & Environmental Management Systems as well as the regulatory relationships with the FAA, TSA, NTSB, EPA, OSHA and other agencies such as IATA, ICAO and A4A.  | | Prior to this appointment, Campbell was Senior Vice... Read More →


Thursday September 27, 2012 8:46am - 9:21am
Grand Ball Room 201 Aberdeen Parkway Peachtree City

9:20am

Sustainability has become a key business metric and can help organizations enhance productivity, drive innovation and manage risks more effectively. Companies that embrace this phenomenon are already seeing return on their investments much like the quali

Samir Menon will aim to outline the role Sustainability needs to play in the organization and answer questions on how it can help achieve:

  • Operational excellence - through efficient resource management, in your own operations and across the supply chain
  • Growth and innovation - through venturing into 'sustainability' driven products, markets, and value
  • Risk Management - through effective stake holder management, regulatory compliance management, and risk mitigation strategies

Speakers
avatar for Samir Menon

Samir Menon

Tata Consultancy Services
Samir has set up three successful ventures including the US-based strategy consulting firm Monitor Company's India operations and a 300 person software development and research center for a UK-based startup, Agilisys.  He also ran the Global Retail Solutions group for Invensys Building Systems, a major building systems company, and developed and launched their Web-based Energy Efficient portfolio of products and services.  His last venture... Read More →


Thursday September 27, 2012 9:20am - 9:50am
Grand Ball Room 201 Aberdeen Parkway Peachtree City

9:50am

Sustainable Spirits

                                                           Sustainable Spirits
The spirits industry – much like others – is quick to point out the "high quality" of products produced. But in order to truly be a product of high-quality, it isn't just the raw ingredients or time-perfected processes that matters — increasingly important is how companies and brands put systems in place to ensure limited environmental impact of production, while creating sustainable practices at distilleries across the world. John McDonnell, COO of Patrón Spirits International, makers of Patrón tequila and other ultra-premium spirits, will discuss some of the industry-leading, high-investment technology and methods at his company's distillery in Mexico, and present examples of other spirits companies that are committed to this important issue. He'll also visit how other companies, and other industries, can apply learnings from the spirits industry.

 


Speakers
avatar for John McDonnell

John McDonnell

Patron Spirits Company
John McDonnell has enjoyed a career filled with opportunities to launch and market successful global spirits brands. He began at Joseph E. Seagram & Sons, where he spent years in domestic and international sales and marketing. | | John distinguished himself at Seagram with his strategic use of marketing instead of cost-cutting to increase revenue, despite difficult times. As Country Manager for Taiwan, his leadership turned the business... Read More →



Thursday September 27, 2012 9:50am - 10:20am
Grand Ball Room 201 Aberdeen Parkway Peachtree City

10:20am

10:50am

Building energy efficiency (and carbon management) now

Exel, part of the Supply Chain division of Deutsche Post DHL, designs and implements innovative contract logistics solutions for market-leading companies in a wide range of industries in America, Canada and Latin America across over 100 million sq ft, 500 sites and with 40,000 associates. DP DHL was the first global logistics company to set a quantifiable climate protection target and plans to reach our goal of improving our carbon efficiency – and that of our subcontractors – by 30 % by the year 2020 through more efficient transport, optimized planning and the use of alternative energy sources, innovative technologies and ideas. Over the course of five years, a journey which began with tracking and accounting for carbon emissions is evolving into embedding reduction strategies in operations and delivering customer solutions . Learn how we plan to grow the sustainable economy through optimization of our own portfolio and those of their customers via our internal GoGreen program, launched in 2007.  A focus on the role of warehouse efficiency in a 3PL’s strategic plan will be discussed in addition to specific carbon levers and site examples.


Speakers
avatar for Emily Davis

Emily Davis

Sustainability Program Manager Exel/DHL Supply Chain America, Exel
Emily Davis is Sustainability Program Manager for Exel/DHL Supply Chain Americas where she manages carbon reduction and waste management initiatives for their third party logistics across the US, Canada and Latin America.  Formerly, she worked in the Office of Sustainability as Manager, Product Stewardship, Manager Packaging Sustainability and as Forest Conservation Associate for International Paper Company, at the company’s global... Read More →



Thursday September 27, 2012 10:50am - 11:20am
Grand Ball Room 201 Aberdeen Parkway Peachtree City

11:20am

The Business Case for Sustainable Habitat

                                                 
While most businesses struggle with the challenges presented by a resource constrained world, Saint-Gobain has focused its innovation engine on solutions to those challenges. As the world’s largest building materials company Saint-Gobain is in a unique position to not only help address the challenges we all face, but to grow its business in the process. Some of those challenges include:

• Population growth

• Climate change

• Social equity sharing

• Energy

• Resource scarcity

At the core of the company’s strategy is a partnership between manufacturers, builders, contractors, property owners and the environment. Through the responsible operation of its own facilities, to taking increasing responsibility for company externalities, and development of new and existing products that reduce or improve environmental impact, Saint-Gobain aspires to be the worldwide leader in sustainable habitat. This presentation will discuss these issues and opportunities, and specifically how Saint-Gobain is addressing them through its supply chain, operations, and innovative products.

 


Speakers
avatar for Lauren P. Alterman

Lauren P. Alterman

Vice President, Environmental, Health and Safety, Saint-Gobain Corporation
Lauren P. Alterman is Vice President of Health, Safety, and Environment for Saint-Gobain Corporation, the world's largest building materials company. For the past three and a half years, she has been responsible for environment, health, and safety matters, for more than 175 manufacturing facilities and 155 distribution locations in North America.  | | In this capacity, her chief responsibility is to manage all legal issues and aspects of... Read More →



Thursday September 27, 2012 11:20am - 12:00pm
Grand Ball Room 201 Aberdeen Parkway Peachtree City

12:00pm

LUNCHEON

SPONSORED BY


Thursday September 27, 2012 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Grand Ball Room 201 Aberdeen Parkway Peachtree City

12:50pm

Accelerate Sustainability Results with Visibility and Accountability across the Value Chain
Speakers
avatar for Cynthia Curtis

Cynthia Curtis

VP & Chief Sustainability Officer, CA Technologies
As vice president and chief sustainability officer, Cynthia oversees the CA Technologies Office of Sustainability and is responsible for global sustainability strategy, goals and initiatives. Cynthia has 15+ years of high tech B2B experience. Since joining CA Technologies in 2010, she has established a track record with measurable results. Curtis has extended the scope of the company’s sustainability initiatives, increased employee... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer R. Dolin

Jennifer R. Dolin

OSRAM SYLVANIA
Jennifer Dolin has been with OSRAM SYLVANIA since 2004, where she is the manager of sustainability and environmental affairs. She oversees environmental sustainability issues including lamp and ballast recycling, greenhouse gas emissions reporting, the company's Green Team, and OSRAM SYLVANIA’s Global Care corporate responsibility initiatives.  With over 20 years of experience developing public and private environmental policy, her... Read More →
avatar for Chintan Shah

Chintan Shah

Supply Chain Operations, BIC Inc - (Canada)
Chintan currently heads Supply Chain operations at BIC Inc- Canada | | | | His Career spans 19 years, leading both hard and soft supply chain initiatives across the globe. He has worked and live in Australia, Germany, India, the USA and Canada. A practical hands-on leader, Chintan has an extensive background in supply chain design, technology, integration and optimization. | | | | Chintan's many areas of expertise include... Read More →



Thursday September 27, 2012 12:50pm - 1:35pm
Grand Ball Room 201 Aberdeen Parkway Peachtree City

1:35pm

Corporate Sustainability-Keeping Employees Engaged

As industry and businesses strive to increase the impact and effectiveness of their sustainability programs, the most important factor in creating a culture of sustainability is to engage employees across the enterprise. Whether these employees are engineers, supply chain professionals or work on the factory floor, it takes  long term commitment  and a focused approach to educate employees and change behavior. Ingersoll Rand has created several employee-focused programs that are actively focused at reducing waste, uncovering hidden energy savings, and contributing to the improvement of communities where employees work and live. In this session, Gretchen Digby, director for Employee Engagement and Education at the Center for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability (CEES) at Ingersoll Rand will discuss:

  • Best practices in employee volunteerism and how to add rigor and metrics to volunteer teams.

Discuss the company’s unique One STEP Forward program that leverages sustainability “ambassadors” across the organization.

 


Speakers
avatar for Gretchen Digby

Gretchen Digby

Global Director, Sustainability Education & Engagement Initiatives, Ingersoll Rand
As the global education initiatives leader, Gretchen Digby focuses on establishing and leading a world-class internal and external energy efficiency and sustainability training curriculum and engagement programs. She creates and leverages Center for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability affiliations with universities, other companies, NGOs, thought leaders and Ingersoll Rand University to co-develop and deploy dynamic learning opportunities. Her... Read More →



Thursday September 27, 2012 1:35pm - 2:05pm
Grand Ball Room 201 Aberdeen Parkway Peachtree City

2:05pm

How McCormick has managed to cut its warehouse energy bill to zero with zero upfront costs and the smart use of Solar

With 369,000 square feet under roof, it would seem McCormick & Co.'s sprawling distribution center in Belcamp would have an eye-popping power bill, with some 3,300 light fixtures and a refrigerated storage area big enough to drive forklifts in and out. But in the past year, the 81/3-acre Harford County warehouse has generated more power than it has consumed, making it the first "net-zero-energy" building in Maryland and one of a small but growing number nationwide. McCormick installed 7,500 solar panels on the vast rooftop, which generates enough power to offset the electricity the warehouse uses at night and on cloudy days. This session outlines McCormick’s journey to Net-zero along with the tremendous bottom-line and environmental benefits realized thereof.

 


Speakers
avatar for Jeff Blankman

Jeff Blankman

Sustainable Manufacturing Manager, McCormick & Company
Jeff is the Sustainable Manufacturing Manager for McCormick & Company, the world’s leading producer of spices and seasonings.  In this role, he establishes best practices for McCormick’s retail manufacturing and distribution facilities for energy efficiency, renewable energy, waste reduction, and other sustainability initiatives.  Prior to his current role, he worked for over 10 years in Project Engineering at McCormick... Read More →



Thursday September 27, 2012 2:05pm - 2:35pm
Grand Ball Room 201 Aberdeen Parkway Peachtree City

2:35pm

AFTERNOON COFFEE BREAK & VENDOR SHOWCASE
Thursday September 27, 2012 2:35pm - 3:00pm
Exhibit Hall

3:00pm

Recycling market obstacles:-Why don’t our recycling markets behave like we think they should?

They should respond to the laws of supply and demand.  Demand increases, prices rise, supply responds.  An exploration of pricing history and capture of recoverable materials shows that our collection system is failing to respond to market conditions in an expected manner.  What are the obstacles that impede the growth of recycling?


Speakers
avatar for Will Sagar

Will Sagar

Executive Director, Southeast Recycling Development Council
Will Sagar is Executive Director with the Southeast Recycling Development Council.  SERDC’s mission is to unite industry, government, and non-government organizations to promote sustainable recycling in the Southeast.  Efforts include a specific focus upon the economic impact of the recycling industry.  He works from his home town of Brevard, North Carolina. | | Will Sagar graduated from the University of North Carolina with... Read More →



Thursday September 27, 2012 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Grand Ball Room 201 Aberdeen Parkway Peachtree City

3:30pm

How the Home Depot is Making Strides in Reducing GHG Emissions and Energy Usage

The Home Depot has set some pretty aggressive goals when it comes to reducing Energy Usage and GHG Emissions. As the world’s largest home improvement specialty retailer with 2011 sales of $70.4 Billion, this is no small task.

Some of those challenges include:

 • Setting realistic targets

• Transportation efficiencies

• Behavioral changes that make a huge impact on energy usage

• Operational changes

• How this has all added up to a savings of 2.6Billion KWh’s or enough energy to power 203,000 homes for a year


This presentation will discuss these issues and opportunities, and specifically how Home Depot is addressing them through its supply chain, operations, and innovative products.

 


Speakers
avatar for Ron Jarvis

Ron Jarvis

The Home Depot
Ron Jarvis joined The Home Depot in February 1995 as a Product Merchandise Manager. | | Since then he has held various positions in merchandising and operations. Those include Divisional Merchandise Manager, Environmental Global Product Manager, Merchandising Vice President, VP- Environmental Innovation and Senior Vice President of Pro Business, Tool Rental and Environmental Innovation. | | Ron now leads all of The Home Depot sustainability... Read More →



Thursday September 27, 2012 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Grand Ball Room 201 Aberdeen Parkway Peachtree City

4:00pm

The Idea

While more than 50 million Americans live in food insecure homes (including a quarter of all children under the age of six), more than 40 million Americans grow fruit, vegetables herbs and nuts in home gardens - often more than they can use, preserve or give to friends. 


Speakers
avatar for Gary Oppenheimer

Gary Oppenheimer

AmpleHarvest.org
Executive Director Gary Oppenheimer, a CNN Hero, TEDx speaker, Master Gardener, Rutgers Environmental Steward, Huffington Post's "Greatest Person of the Day", Huffington Post's 2011 Game Changer, winner of the Russell Berrie Foundation's "Making A Difference" award, winner of the Glynwood 2011 "Wave of the Future" award, winner of the "In Harmony With Hope" award, an Echoing Green semifinalist and founder of the AmpleHarvest.org Campaign now... Read More →



Thursday September 27, 2012 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Grand Ball Room 201 Aberdeen Parkway Peachtree City

4:30pm

The First Electric Car That Runs On More Than Electricity

Volt is unique among electric vehicles because you have two sources of energy. You have an electric source–a battery–that allows you to drive gas–free for an EPA–estimated 35 miles. And there's also an onboard gas generator that produces electricity so you can go up to a total of 375 miles on a full tank of gas. "I was actually in control of how much gas I consumed, and it was a powerful feeling," says Joe Nocera an automotive journalist, after driving Volt. If you want to drive using only electricity, you can. If you want to drive using electricity and gas, you can do that too. Volt is first for two very good reasons.


Thursday September 27, 2012 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Grand Ball Room 201 Aberdeen Parkway Peachtree City
 
Friday, September 28
 

7:30am

9:00am

WORKSHOP-PERSONALITY DEVELOPMENT GROUP

Personality Development Group prides itself as a leader in the training and development industry.  Having trained hundreds of professionals in Atlanta, PDG has all the tools necessary to cultivate growth by improving the companys bottom line through effective training programs with measurable results.  PDG believes that if you invest in making your employees happy and empower them with the tools to lead, you will notice a better working environment along with increased profit margins.  PDG offers team and corporate training courses in the areas of public speaking, leadership, and culture creation.  Personality Development Group was founded by  Ariel E Ghinga.   Ariel is originally from Romania and has resided in Atlanta, GA since 1984.

At just 17 years old,  he attended his first self-improvement seminar and spent the following decades researching on this subject and travelling to attend as many Public Speaking and Life Coaching seminars and workshops as he could. As a skilled public speaking coach, along with his training in sales and business development, Ariel is highly regarded for his ability to resolve company issues and inspire  renewed performance dynamics for corporations and companies  abroad.  What makes PDG different from other public speaking training companies is the personal development lessons that are interwoven in every session.

Ariel is a proud graduate of the Dale Carnegie Course where he was awarded the Breakthrough Award and later served as a class coach for Dale Carnegie Institute Of Atlanta.  He has also received his CC certification from Toastmasters International where he has served as VP of public relations.

He’s currently very active in giving back to the community, hosting a weekly public speaking training seminar and serving as a Gwinnett Safe Place Educator .  Along with his community events, he also offers one on one coaching, workshops, and corporate leadership training which has increased the bottom line of numerous companies in Atlanta.  Ariel’s first student was Rony Delgarde of Global Paints for Charity.  Rony is currently enjoying the spotlight and gives outstanding presentations with ease and credits “PDG as very instrumental to my success”

Ariel is currently a member of The American Society for Training and Development

Not everyone is born a natural spokesman. But everyone can become anything they set their minds to! That’s the story of Ariel Ghinga, CEO and certified Public Speaking Coachfrom Personality Development Group.

Hailing from Romania – the European country with the oldest and most respected personal development lore of all – in 1984 Ariel Ghinga found in Atlanta, GA, the right place to settle and invest in his fruitful career so that he could then help others achieve their unique potential and confidence by emphasizing their strengths and improving their weaknesses.

At the early age of only 17-years-old, a blessing in disguise changed his life forever. For weeks he had prepared a speech meant to be given to his Geography class. He devised the most interesting and entertaining speech that he could; he memorized every single line and mastered every topic-connector. But when his time came to speak, not a single word could come out of his mouth. He felt the very fabric of time and space crumbling down on him while his mind and body stood paralyzed in front of the whole class.

And that was the moment when Ariel Ghinga understood that not only would he make sure that he’d never feel weak and powerless again, but he wanted nobody else to experience such feeble condition.

It took him only a couple of weeks to take the first big step towards his dream –, and also having the privilege of talking with some of the most experienced and influential people in this profession.

The very same day that he envisioned and devised The Freedom Circle Method©, the once shy and powerless teenager had already become amotivating spokesman and leader, and he inevitably decided to found Personality Development Group – the perfect medium to reach straight to the lives of others through his innovative and comprehensive transformational Public Speaking programs with results that turned him into one of the most sought after Public Speaking Coaches of our time.

We believe that what makes Ariel Ghinga so special and unquestionably apt to empower others is his insatiable thirst for knowledge and the absolute commitment to his vocation– countless are the seminars and workshops that he attended, and priceless is his personal library of both ancient and contemporary self-help books where he never ceases to look for new ways to improve his own methods.

What’s PDG for me? Well, if you can imagine it as the place where crucial goals and dreams become real, then you’re still halfway there.But if you experience it for yourself, you’ll understand my boldness when I say that it’s a shortcut to power and freedom.” – Ariel Ghinga

It’s hard to believe how fast Ariel Ghinga fully understands how to help others change their lives from all possible angles after a brief informal talk! By addressing people’s hardships and giving them the tools to cut through their limiting shells, they discover a brave and glorious new world – their own lives!

Besides his Sales Training and award-winning performance that granted him the Leasing Specialist of The Year award, our CEO is a member of The American Society for Training and Development and has honorably received countless awards for his outstanding Public Speaking skills.

Ariel Ghinga is also a proud graduate of the Dale Carnegie Course and received the course’s Breakthrough Award. Given his unmatchable skillset, he currently serves as aClass Coach for the Dale Carnegie Institute ofAtlanta and received hisCC certification from Toastmasters International where he has served as VP of Public Relations.

“Both fear and excellence are but a choice. I’m here to change the life of those who decide to make the right one.” – Ariel Ghinga

Our Public Speaking Coach has already changed many lives but he’s only looking forward to receiving a call from you so that he can change yours! Call Ariel Ghinga and learn about the life you could already be living right now.

 


Friday September 28, 2012 9:00am - 9:30am
Grand Ball Room 201 Aberdeen Parkway Peachtree City

10:00am

Your Dream Green Job-Panel Discussion
Speakers
R

Rochelle

Sustainability Director, Mohawk Industries
Rochelle Routman, LEED AP Rochelle Routman has been involved in various aspects of sustainability program development, management, and leadership throughout her career. She is Mohawk Group’s Sustainability Director, where she is developing a holistic framework for sustainability, which includes increasing sustainability capabilities across the company, as well supporting Mohawk’s commercial customers in meeting their sustainability... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Blackman

Daniel Blackman

Master of Ceremonies\n\nDaniel Blackman serves as a Public and Intergovernmental Affairs specialist, and has consulted entities such as the Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Green Building Council, National Wildlife Federation, Georgia Conservancy, City
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Denise Quarles

Director, Mayor's Office of Sustainability, City of Atlanta


Friday September 28, 2012 10:00am - 11:00am
Exhibit Hall

11:00am

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:-COMMUNICATING YOUR SUSTAINABILITY MESSAGE

In 1994, modular carpet maker Interface shifted the vision and focus of its manufacturing to becoming a sustainable and ultimately restorative enterprise. This transformational shift changed the company’s processes, products, but also its people.  A byproduct of the new thinking that sustainability ushered in was a new way of doing business, a changed culture that took hold in all levels of the company from management teams to factory employees.  Interface has acknowledged the importance of this unique culture of sustainability in driving internal innovation and attracting talent. Interface is constantly focused on nourishing and reinforcing this culture of sustainability.  

 

Hear from Interface's Vice President of Sustainability about two projects currently underway to change and reinforce this unique culture. Hear about the lessons learned from a global engagement process focused on accelerating innovation at Interface by adopting more collaborative practices and behaviors.  Interface will share strategies to engage global employees across continents to share information and collaborate on innovation and sustainability projects.  Using appreciative inquiry techniques, global summits and technology tools, Interface will share lessons learned and results. Also hear about a project using documentary film to capture, highlight and share how Interface factories introduce employees to this bold vision and how they are encouraged to participate in the company's journey.  This project is all about understanding employee connections to this higher purpose and reinforcing these connections.

 


Speakers
avatar for Erin Meezan

Erin Meezan

Vice President,Sustainability, Interface, Inc.
As Vice President of Sustainability for Interface, Erin ensures that Interface’s aggressive Mission Zero goals are met.  She leads a team that provides technical assistance and support to the company’s global business units to achieve the company’s aggressive sustainability vision.  She helps the company address sustainability at all levels, including in operations and management, with employees and customers, and in... Read More →



Friday September 28, 2012 11:00am - 11:30am
Grand Ball Room 201 Aberdeen Parkway Peachtree City

11:30am

Valerie Patrick has had travel delays and cannot make it. We will attempt to have one of the other sessions moved up

Valerie Patrick is Bayer’s first North America sustainability coordinator and pioneered their approach to embed sustainability thinking into business processes and strategies across the company. Valerie will discuss how employee engagement and education have propelled Bayer’s journey from opportunistic sustainability initiatives to a strategic approach generating business value. Valerie will share her struggles as well as what has worked on this journey.

-Educating your workforce via STEP (Sustainability Thinking Education Program)
-Tools for embedding sustainability into new product development


Speakers
avatar for Valerie Patrick

Valerie Patrick

Bayer
Dr. Patrick is the Sustainability coordinator for Bayer Corporation and Bayer MaterialScience, LLC (BMS). In this role she develops strategy that facilitates progress towards and tracks progress towards the focal points of Bayer’s regional North American vision on sustainable development. With 24 years of experience, Dr. Patrick has established herself as an effective leader of challenging technical initiatives and bringing valuable... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2012 11:30am - 12:00am
Grand Ball Room 201 Aberdeen Parkway Peachtree City

12:00pm

LUNCHEON SPONSORED BY Propane Education & Research Council

Luncheon Toast


Speakers
avatar for Roy Willis

Roy Willis

President, Propane Education and Research Council (PERC)
Roy Willis is the founding president of the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC), a congressionally authorized commodity check-off program. Since 1998, he has led implementation on a multi-disciplinary program of research and development, safety and training, consumer education, agriculture, and engine fuel. He was named Chief Executive Officer of PERC in 2005. He was founding chairman of the Global Technology Network of the World LP Gas... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2012 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Grand Ball Room 201 Aberdeen Parkway Peachtree City

1:00pm

Using Sustainable Return on Investment for Business Decision Making

Sustainable Return on Investment (SROI) SROI analysis accounts for full economic, social and environmental impacts, helping to optimize decisions while reducing negative ecological impacts. Costs are typically financial expenditures, while benefits may be largely non-financial and thus ignored in traditional financial analyses. Yet many benefits (energy saved, water conserved, improved safety or efficiency) can be converted into monetary terms and compared with financial impacts. SROI’s key feature is that it monetizes all of the social and environmental impacts related to a given project. However it’s important to note that an SROI analysis also provides the equivalent of traditional life cycle cost metrics which are called Financial Return on Investment (FROI). FROI accounts for internal cash costs and benefits only, while SROI accounts for all internal and external costs and benefits. SROI supplements traditional performance measures in order to integrate sustainability into current decision-making processes. SROI promotes sustainable investment strategies from an objective and transparent perspective that is linked to the triple bottom line of a project. This session will demonstrate how SROI has helped HDR and our clients prioritize actions and make key decisions.


Speakers
avatar for Dr. Khaleed Bekka

Dr. Khaleed Bekka

Director of Economics and Finance Services, HDR Sustainable Design Services
Dr. Bekka, HDR’s Director of Economics and Finance Services, is an applied economist with extensive experience in the assessment of private and public investments.  Dr. Bekka led several economic sustainability analysis studies in support of capital programs for federal agencies such as DOT, DHS, and DOC, as well as state and local agencies California, Florida, New York, Arizona, and Utah.  He has developed quantitative frameworks... Read More →
avatar for Peter Reilly

Peter Reilly

Department Manager, HDR Sustainable Design Services
avatar for Michaella Wittmann

Michaella Wittmann

Director, Sustainable Solutions, HDR Sustainable Design Services
As the founder and director of HDR Sustainable Design Services, Michaella Wittmann has been a leader in the sustainability and green building industry for more than sixteen years. As a strong proponent of matching sustainable strategies to the goals and characteristics of each project, she has worked closely with a multitude of clients to balance environmental, economic, and social equity goals. Her aptitude for leadership, innovation, and... Read More →



Friday September 28, 2012 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Grand Ball Room 201 Aberdeen Parkway Peachtree City

1:50pm

What makes some consumers buy green products while others do not?

Many have been looking for the answer to what makes consumers perform environmentally-friendly behaviors, including buying green products.  The answer may lie with the generalized exchange theory.  The theory proposes that the causal factors for behavior that benefits the community are:

  • Perceived community benefits
  • Level of social responsibility
  • Perceived performance
  • Perceived social equity.

The generalized exchanged theory has been used successfully for improving military recruiting and passing taxes and bond issues for public schools. qSample conducted a survey to test this model for environmentally-friendly behaviors, using a sample size of 318 respondents who are members of the qSample panel. 

 


Speakers
avatar for Caroline M. Fisher, Ph.D.

Caroline M. Fisher, Ph.D.

Dean, School of Management & Information Science, University of Missouri
Education | Bowling Green State University, Doctor of Philosophy, 1975 Accomplishments | MBA, University of New Orleans, 1982 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Examiner, 1999, 2000, 2002 Biography | CAROLINE M. FISHER, Ph.D. is the chair of the Department of Business and Information Technology at Missouri University of Science and Technology, formerly the University of Missouri - Rolla (UMR). She joined UMR as the chair of business... Read More →
avatar for Rudly Raphael

Rudly Raphael

President
Rudly Raphael | President | qSample | | Rudly Raphael, President at qSample, has more than 12 years of professional experience in the online market research industry. As president of qSample, Rudly is responsible for implementing internal system infrastructure to streamline business processes, channel communication, and drive the evolution of panel and sampling management system that will provide added value to qSample and its clients... Read More →



Friday September 28, 2012 1:50pm - 2:20pm
Grand Ball Room 201 Aberdeen Parkway Peachtree City

2:20pm

RAFFLE FOR USO AND AMPLEHARVEST
Friday September 28, 2012 2:20pm - 2:45pm
Grand Ball Room 201 Aberdeen Parkway Peachtree City