Data-Driven Strategies for Achieving Zero-Waste Goals

A growing number of organizations are driving their operations toward the goal of achieving zero waste. To be effective, this requires collecting data from disparate sources and a data management strategy that supports new tools for analysis. It can also require partnerships to explore solutions for difficult-to-recycle materials or the development of educational programs to engage the entire workforce.

In this hour-long webcast, you’ll hear representatives from Waste Management, Nike, and Carnival Cruise Lines explain how they are executing effective data-management strategies to define and reach their zero-waste goals. Based upon the experiences of these organizations, you’ll learn:

  • Effective data-management strategies for collecting, benchmarking and setting goals
  • Extending research, development and data management with the help of partners and technology
  • Continuous improvement best practices
  • Data verification and reporting drivers (e.g. actual vs. estimated data, and data transparency)

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015 -
10:00am to 11:00am

How SASB Standards Can Jumpstart Your 2016 Reporting

Investors are increasingly relying on environmental, social and governance (ESG) disclosures to support investment decisions. However, investors express a high level of dissatisfaction about the quality of ESG information available to them today. SASB, a US nonprofit, supports investor demand for decision-useful ESG disclosure. SASB issues industry-specific sustainability accounting standards grounded in financial materiality. The majority of SASB’s provisional standards have now been released, with the remaining standards to be issued by March 2016, at which time 80 provisional standards will be available.

This webcast will provide practical advice for how companies can use SASB standards for increased performance management and disclosure in SEC filings.Invite your investor relations team and controller to this webcast to learn about:

  • investor interest in ESG and current levels of dissatisfaction with available information;
  • how to use SASB standards for both internal management and external disclosure;
  • practical guidance on using SASB standards to prepare for 2016 reporting, including insight from Bloomberg LP’s pilot use of the standards.


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Thursday, September 17, 2015 -
10:00am to 11:00am

The Opportunities and Challenges of Buying Renewable Energy

Every day, it seems the focus on reducing our carbon emissions increases. So does the pressure on the corporate Chief Sustainability Officer to come up with a strategy that is comprehensive, cost-effective, and that can pass internal muster across a number of constituents with diverse viewpoints.

Companies are increasingly considering purchase of renewable electricity directly from renewable projects as a way to address both sustainability and financial goals. But doing so can be complicated: Stakeholders must manage complex issues such as cost evaluation, economic evaluation, project availability and sourcing, risk assessment, credit and financing considerations, and more.

Successful execution requires the expertise to understand the full landscape of opportunities, preferred contract elements and structures, developer/project due diligence, potential pitfalls and risk mitigation, and the ability to identify the renewables projects that exist for contracting. While some companies have chosen to approach the opportunity directly, the majority of companies with successful renewable energy transactions have worked with an experienced partner.

In this free, one-hour webcast with Altenex you’ll learn:

• What the opportunities are for companies seeking low-cost/low-risk renewable energy;

• How to approach the renewable energy supply industry;

• How to enter into long-term contracts for renewables resources such as wind and solar;

• How best to manage the internal approval process;

• What leading companies are doing to mitigate their carbon exposure and develop long-term, cost-effective electricity procurement strategies

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015 -
10:00am to 11:00am

The Road to Paris: The Role of Business at COP21

In December 2015, the United Nations will convene COP21 in Paris, what has been billed as the most important global climate summit ever. It takes place at a critical moment: As the effects of climate change become more evident, and as global emissions continue to rise, the need for an international agreement has become essential.

Some see this as a now-or-never moment: if we don’t create a strong global agreement at COP21, we never will.

Whatever the outcome, the event will be one of the largest gatherings of corporate executives and sustainability professionals ever. While the UN negotiations will occupy center stage, surrounding them will be hundreds of side events, including a half-dozen or more large gatherings of the world’s biggest companies.

In this one-hour webcast, we’ll explore COP21 through the business lens. Among the things you’ll learn:

  • What companies should expect to see at COP21
  • How to participate and be heard
  • How COP21 outcomes could affect business strategy and operations

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015 -
10:00am to 11:00am

Extending the Team: The Role of Outsourcing to Achieve Sustainability Objectives

Corporations have embraced sustainability as a key strategic initiative, however corporate sustainability teams are often resource-constrained or lack the domain expertise necessary to address the complexity of a wide range of issues that confront their organization.

GreenBiz Group partnered with Siemens in a comprehensive research study to determine what happens when internal sustainability teams seek outside resources to guide their efforts or outsource their activities. During this webcast, you’ll learn:

  • How corporations leverage outside resources to achieve their sustainability goals and objectives
  • How satisfied corporations are with their ability to address sustainability issues in-house versus finding quality outsourced assistance
  • The most commonly outsourced activities, and why
Ari Kobb
Ari Kobb
Director Energy & Sustainability

Michelle Toelkes
Michelle Toelkes
Corporate Risk Control Manager
Hallmark Cards, Inc.
Jenny Cross 
Jenny Cross

Vice President Corporate Sustainability
Mohawk Industries
John Davies
John Davies

Vice President & Senior Analyst
GreenBiz Group

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015 -
11:00am to 12:00pm

Changing Behavior Through Purposeful Work: The Journey to 100% Engagement

Every business is facing the challenge of how to engage employees around sustainability.  When employees are empowered to be instrumental agents of change, they become more purpose-driven, innovative, productive — and yes, engaged.

But how do business leaders design and deliver programs that work? Forward-thinking companies are developing programs that involve designing for both deep and broad engagement.

In this webcast, leaders and practitioners will discuss their experiences in influencing human behavior and creating an organizational culture for the greater good. You will learn how leading practitioners are developing programs that influence employee behavior and work to create a purposeful organizational culture of sustainability. You’ll also learn the three essential steps to achieve your employee engagement goals:

  1. Raise awareness with behavioral design

  2. Utilize technology to promote sustainable habits

  3. Change attitudes through immersion in corporate culture

Susan Hunt Stevens Wespire
Susan Hunt Stevens
Founder and CEO
Susan Hunt Stevens is the founder and CEO of WeSpire, the employee engagement platform company that empowers forward­ thinking global organizations to reach their greatest potential. She is a recognized expert in the use of social and game mechanics to drive positive behavior change. Previously, Stevens spent nine years at The New York Times Company, most recently as senior vice president/GM of, one of the largest news and information sites on the Web. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University and The Tuck School of Business. She serves on the board of Xconomy, the New England Clean Energy Council, the emeritus board of the Center for Women & Enterprise and the Sustainable Brands Advisory Board.
Melissa C Aveda
Melissa Chelminiak
Director Mission
Engagement & Education Aveda Corporation

Melissa is responsible for engaging and educating all stakeholders – employees, network business partners, guests and the parent company ­ in the Aveda Mission to ensure it is well understood and well executed throughout the brand. She achieves this by leading global campaigns focused on key threats to biodiversity, an interactive digital sustainability platform, and robust community volunteerism program.
Malika Harrison
Community Engagement and Program Manager
Alcoa Foundation

Malika Harrison joined Alcoa Foundation in 2010 and has been instrumental in driving employee and community engagement for Alcoa.  She led the Company to record-breaking 62 percent employee participation rate during its annual Month of Service. She is also responsible for Alcoa's volunteer program, which includes dollars for doers (ACTION, Alcoans in Motion, Bravo!), nonprofit board placement, and retiree engagement.  Malika also oversees strategic grantmaking in Asia, Brazil, and Suriname.
Active in her own community, Malika is a member of the National Urban League, and serves on the Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF) Junior Board of Directors and the Executive Board of National Council of Negro Women, Inc. - Manhattan Section. Malika holds a master’s degree in Public Relations and Corporate Communication from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Florida A&M University.
John Davies
John Davies

Vice President & Senior Analyst
GreenBiz Group

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015 -
10:00am to 11:00am

Zero Waste and Recycling: How Companies Manage Green Messaging

Everyone seems to be headed toward “zero waste,” but sustainability and green claims related to leading-edge waste management practices are subject to increasing scrutiny from NGOs, competitors, supply-chain partners and consumers. Without systems in place to substantiate such claims, even the most well-intentioned companies can inadvertently put their reputation at risk.

Internal systems, industry or consensus standards, supply-chain sustainability valuations and third-party verification are all tools companies are using to mitigate risk and differentiate themselves. To succeed requires developing expertise to ensure that claims are specific, appropriately qualified and adequately supported by competent and reliable evidence.

In this free, one-hour webcast you’ll learn:

  • The risks of making claims around waste-management practices, and your company’s options in managing these risks
  • The value of third-party verification and how it impacts a company’s system processes 
  • What leadership companies are doing to message their waste-related sustainability accomplishments
  • How to get your company ready for third-party verification

Scott Burns
Scott Burns
Associate Director- Purchases, Go-To-Market Purchases
Proctor & Gamble

Paul Campbell Sears
Paul Campbell
Director of Sustainability and Green Leadership
Sears Holding Corporation

Tad Radzinski
Certification Officer
GreenCircle Certified, LLC

Joel Makower
Joel Makower
Chairman & Executive Editor
GreenBiz Group

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015 -
10:00am to 11:00am

The Business Case for Transparency in the Built Environment

There is a rapidly growing movement within the building products industry to embrace transparency and avoid toxic chemicals. Programs like Declare, the “nutrition label” for building products, and the Health Product Declaration Open Standard are empowering customers to demand transparency from suppliers while creating new platforms for manufacturers to communicate the sustainability attributes of their products.

But chemical ingredients lists and the myriad of assessment tools can be complicated and confusing, often leading to information overload, especially for non-scientists. There is a need for tools and technology platforms that simplify and prioritize the most critical information in an elegant and easy-to-use form.

In this one-hour webcast, you’ll hear how companies are embracing transparency as a key to long-term success, and how public disclosure programs like Declare, and building project management tools like GreenWizard add legitimacy to transparency efforts and help distinguish leaders from their competition. 

Among the things you’ll learn:

  • How material selection decisions affect for human and environmental health.
  • How to find and specify healthy building materials.
  • How to utilize transparency platforms to ensure the health of my employees
  • How to create a successful and profitable business strategy around transparency.
Rochelle Routman
Vice President of Sustainability
Mohawk Flooring
 James Connelly - Living Product Challenge
James Connelly
Living Product Challenge

Rick Crawford
Account Manager & Sustainability Strategist
GreenWizard Inc.
Jasmine Madson
HKS DesignGreen
  Joel Makower GreenBiz
 Joel Makower
 Chairman & Executive Editor
GreenBiz Group

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015 -
10:00am to 11:00am

Microsoft’s Carbon Fee: How to Create a Virtuous Cycle of Investment & Action

Can a carbon fee drive the long-term health of your business?

When Microsoft built the cost of carbon into its business decisions three years ago, the company demonstrated leadership and a commitment to sustainability for its staff, investors, customers and stakeholders. By integrating carbon accounting across the business, the fee created a virtuous cycle of environmental responsibility and the financial means to accelerate it.

Now, Microsoft is sharing its story and insights to inspire and catalyze other organizations to take similar measures.

In this free, one-hour webcast you’ll learn:

  • How a carbon fee helped Microsoft drive accountability, boost efficiency, drive innovation, purchase green power, and support sustainable community development.
  • How the carbon fee created a virtuous cycle of action and investment and measure the impact of its environmental footprint.
  • Microsoft’s vision for technology innovation enabled by its carbon-fee fund investments.
  • How other organizations can implement their own carbon-fee model.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015 -
10:00am to 11:00am

Leveraging Sustainability Data to Create Value Beyond Reporting

Companies are investing significant efforts to report on their corporate or product environmental footprints. However, many do not spend much effort reflecting on this information and considering how the metrics they’ve put in place to support disclosure can inform other areas of their work. By looking beyond reporting to risks and opportunities, sustainability leaders can bring a quantitative focus to their company’s sustainability planning.

In this free, hour-long webcast, Quantis International’s CEO Emmanuelle Aoustin and U.S. Managing Director Jon Dettling will be joined by executives from global apparel and food companies to discuss getting the most out of your sustainability data. You’ll hear examples of how leadership companies are leveraging the data they use for reporting to address core business issues.

During this webcast, you’ll learn:

  • New ways to leverage the footprint data you may already be producing
  • How to use quantitative goals to focus sustainability work across the company and into the value chain
  • Examples from companies that have fine-tuned their sustainability efforts based on metrics 

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 11:30am
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Quantis International