Program

Content and speakers listed are subject to change. Please check back regularly for updates.

Sessions

7:45 am - 8:30 am

8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Tutorial

Leaders Don’t Do It Alone: Building Capacity for a Sustainability Assessment (All-Access Pass holders)

Location: 
Sunshine

This tutorial is presented in partnership with The Sustainability Consortium. Please RSVP here to attend, in addition to your GreenBiz all access registration. A many-to-many reporting system that utilizes an integrated and consistent approach across life-cycle stages and categories is key to efficiently and effectively driving more sustainable consumer products. But how do you build a team and prepare data in a way that will provide the necessary visibility into your processes and supply chains to leverage such a system? In response to the growing market signals that indicate the importance of supply chain sustainability assessment, successful companies are building internal capacity to collect data about their products and supply chains.

Tutorial

Driving Organizational Success through Sustainability Leadership (All-Access Pass holders)

Location: 
Salon L & M

Many sustainability programs struggle because they are developed or integrated in ways that miss important organizational dimensions. In this workshop, participants will learn how to incorporate four key pillars of success that will help your organization achieve lasting sustainable change: leadership, strategy, communication and global-context. From Arizona State University, the nation’s leading sustainability education institution, you will learn from a cross-functional team of expert practitioners and faculty how to:

Tutorial

A CSO's Guide to Renewable Energy (All-Access Pass holders)

Location: 
Salon B & C

Integrating renewable energy into a corporate portfolio is a huge step in building a sustainability strategy, but understanding how to make this happen presents a challenge. What does the current energy market look like? What are leading companies doing? How do you set renewable energy goals? How should your strategy vary regionally in the U.S. and internationally? This interactive tutorial provides the knowledge and tools to understand how to integrate renewable energy into sustainability strategy, and the best way to communicate the business case to key decision-makers.

Tutorial

Putting the Circular Economy in Motion (All-Access Pass holders)

Location: 
Salon J & K

The circular economy is emerging as a trillion-dollar opportunity for business, giving new life to established concepts, like recycling, cradle-to-cradle design, and closed loop systems. But this new concept affects every company, product, and service in a different way. How can you identify the greatest opportunities that exist for your business in this new economy? What approach makes the most sense for your company? This tutorial will focus on helping participants get the circular economy happening across industries in ways that are practical, commercial, and scalable.

Tutorial

Science and Purpose-based Sustainability Goals: From Theory to Action (All Access Pass holders)

Location: 
Salon D & E
Traditionally companies have set goals bottom up (or inside-out) based on what they think they can do on an incremental bases. But more companies are setting new targets that take a larger view of the world and its limits, like the 51 companies that have signed on to CDP's Science Based Targets. Leading companies are basing goals on a combination of science, ethics and moral standards, and a value-chain systemic view, and connecting the company to a larger purpose and societal need.
Bookend

Tutorials

GreenBiz 16 In-Depth Tutorials are intensive half-day sessions held prior to the start of the conference. These are designed to offer participants an opportunity to dive deeper into a topic of interest and develop tangible knowledge and skills. In addition, attendees will have a greater opportunity to network with their peers in these interactive sessions. Concurrent tutorials will be held the morning of Tuesday, February 23, and are available only to those who purchase an All-Access Pass.

8:30 am - 11:30 am

Tutorial

Camelback Mountain Biomimicry Hike (All-Access Pass holders)

Location: 
Camelback Mountain

Start of this year’s conference by joining Biomimicry Professional and Plant Solutions Founding Principal, Joe Zazzera for a morning hike on beautiful Camelback Mountain. Science shows that being in nature reduces stress and anxiety, blood pressure, anger, and fear. Exposure to nature contributes to overall wellbeing and productivity. Set the stage for an inspiring conference by re-connecting with natural systems of the Sonoran Desert. Joe will discuss some of the design principles that have made life in the Sonoran prolific and through the use the tools of Biomimicry, teach us how to integrate some of these strategies into our business lives. Meet in the Marriott lobby at 8:30 am sharp. The hike will offer spectacular views of Scottsdale’s beautiful and unique landscape. This trail is a challenging 1.2 miles to the summit and ascends 1,280 feet. Bring plenty of fluid and prepare for a 2-2.5 hour round trip experience.

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12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

12:45 pm - 1:30 pm

1:30 pm - 1:45 pm

Plenary

Welcome

Location: 
Arizona Ballroom

GreenBiz Chairman & Executive Editor Joel Makower kicks off GreenBiz 16 with a welcome address to Forum participants.

Presented by:

1:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Plenary

Opening Address

Location: 
Arizona Ballroom

Arizona State University President Michael Crow welcomes the business community to the 2016 Sustainability Solutions Festival.

Presented by:

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Plenary

The State of Green Business

Location: 
Arizona Ballroom

The ninth annual State of Green Business report examines the key trends affecting sustainable business, provides an assessment of the key metrics of company performance on natural capital and other resource issues, and offers a look into the state of the sustainability profession. This conversation, by the report's principal authors, provides a look behind the data.

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Plenary

Depth vs. Breadth: Two Approaches to Transforming Business

Location: 
Arizona Ballroom

The Sustainability Consortium CEO, Sheila Bonini, and Sustainable Apparel Coalition CEO, Jason Kibbey, discuss different but complementary models for collaboration on sustainability — one is cross-cutting, with a handful of metrics across product categories, the other a deeper dive into a single sector. How can they drive action that will transform systems?

3:00 pm - 3:10 pm

Plenary

Special Announcement: The Sustainability Solutions Celebration

Location: 
Arizona Ballroom

Sustainability Solutions Festival and Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives Project Manager, Kelly Saunders, previews the Sustainability Solutions Celebration, presented as part of the Sustainability Solutions Festival hosted by the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability.

3:10 pm - 3:30 pm

Plenary

Turning the Sustainable Development Goals into Business Strategy

Location: 
Arizona Ballroom

The new Sustainable Development Goals offer a roadmap for companies to align environmental and social goals with business goals. What does it take to develop a truly integrated approach that accomplishes business goals and contributes to achievement of the SDGs?

In conversation with:

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

4:00 pm - 4:20 pm

4:20 pm - 4:30 pm

Plenary

Closing the Carbon Cycle

Location: 
Arizona Ballroom

Fossil fuel companies and the beef industry have the potential to slow climate change – if they collaborate, and realize the waste of oil is the manna of soil. New methods of grazing, called Adaptive Multi-Paddock (AMP) grazing, are showing great promise in regenerating soils – and regenerated soils draw down enormous amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere. Imagine fossil fuel companies partnering with ranchers and helping them transition to AMP grazing. Imagine fossil fuel companies making soil health one of their top business priorities – out of pure self interest. Imagine fossil fuel companies taking responsibility for their CO2 emissions and imagine the beef industry taking that CO2 and storing it in the soil, where it enables the production of more food, on less land, for less money, using less water. Imagine that.

Presented by:

4:30 pm - 4:40 pm

Plenary

Reimagining Jet Fuel

Location: 
Arizona Ballroom

Sustainably produced aviation biofuel will play a critical role in reducing CO2 emissions from air travel over the long term. Julie Felgar of Boeing, talks about why the world’s largest airplane manufacturer is taking a leadership role to make this alternative fuel a reality.

Presented by:

4:40 pm - 5:00 pm

5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Break

Sustainability Solutions Celebration

Location: 
Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85008

Join GreenBiz and ASU for an evening of mingling and dancing in the desert under the stars. Hosted by ASU's Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability as part of the 2016 Sustainability Solutions Festival, the celebration will honor inventors, entrepreneurs, designers and creative thinkers who develop solutions to sustainability challenges. This year's event will be held at the beautiful Desert Botanical Garden, which hosts one of the world's finest collection of desert plants and features more than 140 acres of trails and exhibits. The garden will also host the Sonoran Light exhibit by Bruce Munro, which will showcase eight large-scale, light-based installations using an inventive array of materials and hundreds of miles of glowing fiber optics.

6:00 am - 7:00 am

Break

Desert Powerwalk

Wake up with the desert!  Enjoy stunning views of the Valley while challenging your physical fitness. This 3 ½ mile loop includes multiple hills that help strengthen your legs and improve your stamina. Please dress according to seasonal weather. Water is supplied and a camera is recommended.

7:45 am - 8:30 am

Break

Breakfast

Location: 
Sonoran Terrace

Start your day discussing key issues and trends at topical breakfast tables on the Sonoran Terrace.

8:30 am - 8:35 am

8:35 am - 8:55 am

Plenary

Reinventing Capitalism in a Climate-Constrained World

Location: 
Arizona Ballroom

We Mean Business Chief Executive Nigel Topping addresses how the climate crisis is accelerating the growth of new business models and new societal models, roiling the status quo inside companies, communities and countries. Where will this lead? What are the implications for sustainability professionals?

8:55 am - 9:05 am

9:05 am - 9:25 am

9:25 am - 9:45 am

Plenary

Collaborating for Sustainability Throughout A Company

Location: 
Arizona Ballroom

Outdoor lifestyle brand Timberland has long been known as a leader in corporate social responsibility, building the nearly $2 billion brand on a mantra of doing well and doing good. When the brand was acquired in 2011 by one of the world’s largest apparel and footwear companies, VF  -- equally committed to sustainability though approaching it differently – the two quickly realized they could harness their unique strengths and expertise for even greater good. Join Timberland President, Stewart Whitney and VF Senior Director, Global Corporate Sustainability, Letitia Webster as they share their experiences in driving and integrating CSR agendas at both brand and corporate levels. What were the challenges?  How did they overcome them?  What new opportunities arose to create even stronger sustainability practices? When brands and parent companies collaborate and share expertise, the whole can truly be greater than the sum of the parts.

9:45 am - 9:55 am

9:55 am - 10:15 am

Plenary

Purpose, Millennials & the Future of Business

Location: 
Arizona Ballroom

Within the next ten years, seventy five percent of the work force will be made up of digital native millennials. Never before has one generation so completely dominated the workforce or been as poised to reshape the entire economy. So what do millennials care about? Why are they different than any generation before them. How do they look at individual and organizational purpose? What are they looking for in the workplace? What matters to them beyond compensation and promotion? And how can businesses create an environment where millennials will stay longer than their average of 18 months?

10:15 am - 10:45 am

10:45 am - 11:05 am

11:05 am - 11:15 am

Plenary

Translating Big Data to Improve Corporate Decisions

Location: 
Arizona Ballroom
The public debut of the Green Infrastructure Support Tool (GIST), built by the Earth Genome in collaboration with WBCSD, that helps identify solutions to water scarcity risk.  It demonstrates the promise of how environmental data, science and visualization technology can exponentially lower the cost for corporations to gain insights that enable better decisions for their organizations, society and the planet.
Presented by:

11:15 am - 11:35 am

11:35 am - 11:55 am

Plenary

A Landmark Partnership, 10 Years Later

Location: 
Arizona Ballroom

Hear from Walmart Chief Sustainability Officer and Walmart Foundation President, Kathleen McLaughlin and Environmental Defense Fund Executive Director, Diane Regas on what it takes to set and achieve audacious and aspirational goals at one of the world's largest companies, and what they've learned since the start of this historic 2005 partnership.

11:55 am - 12:05 pm

Plenary

Special Announcement

Location: 
Arizona Ballroom

A special announcement from Sealed Air related to their work to mitigate the impact of Climate Change and achieve their 2020 Sustainability Goals.

Presented by:

12:05 pm - 12:30 pm

Plenary

Envisioning What's Possible

Location: 
Arizona Ballroom

Project Drawdown Founder Paul Hawken shares the realistic, optimistic and empowering view of our climate future offered by drawdown solutions, and the important role of the business community in actualizing this future.

In conversation with:

12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

Bookend

GreenBiz Guru Lunches

Location: 
Sonoran Terrace

Join like minded attendees for interactive moderated lunch discussions around a particular topic. Each table discussion will be led by an expert or thought leader, held at roundtables of up to 10 participants. These are freeform discussions, so bring your own challenges, questions, and ideas to talk through and get to know your fellow conference participants.

Lunch

Nature: The Ultimate Sustainability Innovation Tool

Location: 
Sonoran Terrace

Biomimicry expert Dr. Dayna Baumeister has inspired people around the world to use nature's genius as the ultimate sustainability innovation tool. Sit down with Dayna to discuss how nature’s key insights can increase your company’s resilience, drive innovation, and help regenerate our culture, economy, and planet.

In conversation with:
Lunch

Understanding the Natural Infrastructure Business Guide

Location: 
Sonoran Terrace

To address the growing demand by business to mitigate their impact on the ecosystem services on which they depend, CH2M developed the Natural Infrastructure for Business platform for the World Business Council on Sustainable Development. This evidence-based tool was developed in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy, and clients such as Dow, Shell, and a group of more than 30 companies. The online platform strengthens the business case for investing in natural infrastructure, demonstrating cost-efficient solutions with compelling co-benefits for society and the environment. The platform – developed by business for business – includes case studies from different industries leveraging various ecosystem services and tools to guide business decision-making. Sit down with Elizabeth Bradford, Sustainable Communities Service Area Lead at CH2M, to learn more about the guide and how to use it for your business.

In conversation with:
Lunch

Why Do Meaningful Brands Make More Money?

Location: 
Sonoran Terrace

Want to sidestep the debate over the ROI of sustainability? Take a cue from leading companies like Unilever, Southwest and Chipotle who are proving that the best way to make more money is to make your brand more meaningful. New evidence is emerging that baking your “goodness”— sustainability, CSR, purpose or whatever you call it—into your brand and business will yield measurable impact by engaging employees, attracting more customers and boosting the bottom line. Whether you’re ready for small steps or large leaps, sit down with Amon Rappaport, Chief Storyteller at Rappaport Communications, and join this engaging discussion about creating value from your values.

In conversation with:
Lunch

NSF's New Procurement Standards: Update & Impacts

Location: 
Sonoran Terrace

The Joint Commission for NSF is in the final stages of developing first-ever procurement standards for the professional services' sector. Join Working Group Chairs John Edelman, MD, Global Engagement and Corporate Responsibility at Edelman and Aleen Bayard, Managing Partner at Footprint Partner to get to know the new standard, 391.1. This lunch will include opportunities for GreenBiz attendees to provide input prior to the public comment period, as the standard will provide guidelines for all federal contracts and companies that will be using the standard should be fully engaged in the development process.

In conversation with:
Lunch

Overcoming Your Energy Data Challenges

Location: 
Sonoran Terrace

One of the most important steps to successful execution of any energy and sustainability program is also one that many would agree is met with displeasure and indignation. Aggregating massive volumes of data for reporting and analytics, while extremely critical, is often carried out begrudgingly due to the complexity and overwhelming nature of the task. This lunch session aims to open up a dialogue on the best ways to alleviate this pain, and to share some amazing energy and sustainability project success stories once the dirty work of data aggregation has been put to rest.

Lunch

What a Waste

Location: 
Sonoran Terrace

We waste phenomenal amounts of good, nutritious food – up to a third of farmed produce never gets to our plate. This would only be a moral problem if we lived on an ever-expanding planet with a shrinking populace. But in a few decades we will welcome another two billion hungry mouths as our population grows to around 10 billion souls by 2050. While this provides great opportunity for the enterprising, it comes with many pressures for all those businesses in the food chain – from farmers to supermarkets, packaging companies to logistics specialists, investors to landowners. Join this discussion led by Jaycee Pribulsky, Managing Director and Head of America at Context to explore how companies are tackling food waste.

In conversation with:
Lunch

The Role of Consumer Awareness & Consciousness in Building the Green Economy

Location: 
Sonoran Terrace

This session will explore the dynamic of market demand in relation to company behavior. To what extent are companies depending on consumer or purchaser awareness to move in a more sustainable direction? To what extent is it necessary for consumers or purchasers to understand the sustainability aspects of goods and services for market transformation to occur? And to what extent will such transformation occur without fundamental changes in the consciousness of consumers and purchasers? Sit down with Arthur Weissman, President at Green Seal, to explore these questions.

In conversation with:
Lunch

The SDGs - What is Your Company Doing?

Location: 
Sonoran Terrace

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are here. What is your company planning on doing? The SDGs lay out 17 goals towards a more a peaceful, better governed and inclusive society. Business can and should play in active role in their success between now and 2030. Join CSR expert Susan McPherson, Founder & CEO at McPherson Strategies to discuss this topic and ways in which business can be successful.

In conversation with:
Lunch

Wrangling Data for Purposeful Decision Making & Reporting

Location: 
Sonoran Terrace

Join JP Leous, Manager, Corporate Relations at World Resources Institute and Letitia Webster, Global Director Corporate Sustainability at VF Corp, for a discussion addressing the challenges with getting key data from upstream supply chain locations and suppliers, and how sustainability leaders can make better decisions with imperfect information. Examples include risk mitigation, detailed audit prioritization, capital allocation, efficiency upgrades, and more, and participants are encouraged to bring their own stories and challenges to share and discuss with the group.

In conversation with:
Lunch

Incorporating Sustainability into Procurement: From Why to How

Location: 
Sonoran Terrace

Come ready to share experiences, ask questions, and get answers on the topic of sustainable procurement. Join procurement expert Nora Neibergall, SVP at the Institute for Supply Management and Cuchulain Kelly, Communications Coordinator of the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council for this discussion. 

Lunch

Achieving & Leveraging Sustainability Success Through Collaboration & Partnerships

Location: 
Sonoran Terrace

As the African proverb goes: "If you want to walk fast, walk alone. If you want to walk far, walk together". The power of two or more organizations collaborating results in benefits that far exceed the sum of the two, extending boundaries beyond their own sphere of influence.  Each organization may have different motives and sustainability drivers, but the end goal is the same.  As you deliberate over how you are going to meet your company goals, there are many questions to consider. Why collaborate with another organization? What are the benefits for you and your partner, and how can you prioritize what to take on?

In conversation with:
Lunch

Government Affairs: Your Best Friend or Necessary Evil?

Location: 
Sonoran Terrace

Why don’t corporate sustainability leaders engage in politics, lobbying, and policy? Come chat with Colin Tetreault, a sustainability policy and politics expert, about how to leverage your Government Affairs team to achieve significant outcomes for your business. Come and learn the language, mental calculus, and touch points that your affairs team operates under. You’ll be able to build capacity, opportunity, and gain wins for sustainability and the team.

In conversation with:
Lunch

Proliferating Equal Ownership of Sustainability Throughout the Supply Chain

Location: 
Sonoran Terrace

Today's sustainability efforts tend to be very top-down, with brands and retailers often requiring multiple audits, standards, and sustainability projects. This results in duplication of efforts and audit fatigue for manufacturers. Is it possible to restructure sustainability programs and initiatives in a way that spreads ownership and initiative to all players in the value chain equally? Sit down with Elena Kocherovsky of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition to explore the challenges and opportunities for sustainability in the supply chain.

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Lunch

Promoting Resilience in Arizona’s Water Supply through Strategic Investments in Forest Health

Location: 
Sonoran Terrace

Salt River Project (SRP) is a water and power provider that serves more than a million customers in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. As part of SRP’s commitment to the stewardship of the resources that provide water and power to its customers, SRP has become engaged in programs that promote forest restoration in Northern Arizona, which ultimately protect the health and resiliency of the watersheds on which millions of Arizonan’s depend. Strategic investments in forest restoration actions by SRP and other business partners provide benefits to SRP’s customers and shareholders through watershed health enhancements and power transmission infrastructure protection from wildfire. In addition to the benefits to SRP, a multitude of benefits  are generated by SRP’s forest health initiatives, including ecosystem enhancements, recreational and cultural site protection and enhancement, rural community safety and economic development, as well as reduced wildfire suppression costs.

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Lunch

Promoting Resilience in Arizona’s Water Supply through Strategic Investments in Forest Health

Location: 
Sonoran Terrace

Salt River Project (SRP) is a water and power provider that serves more than a million customers in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. As part of SRP’s commitment to the stewardship of the resources that provide water and power to its customers, SRP has become engaged in programs that promote forest restoration in Northern Arizona, which ultimately protect the health and resiliency of the watersheds on which millions of Arizonan’s depend. Strategic investments in forest restoration actions by SRP and other business partners provide benefits to SRP’s customers and shareholders through watershed health enhancements and power transmission infrastructure protection from wildfire. In addition to the benefits to SRP, a multitude of benefits  are generated by SRP’s forest health initiatives, including ecosystem enhancements, recreational and cultural site protection and enhancement, rural community safety and economic development, as well as reduced wildfire suppression costs.

1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

Break

Fishbowl: How COP Changes the Business Imperative

Location: 
Salon N

Join this interactive conversation addressing what the landmark Conference of the Parties in Paris means for business, and what business can do to accelerate achieving the goals outlined in the agreement. This session will be a fishbowl format, with an empty chair on the panel for audience members to rotate in and join the conversation.

Breakout

Closing the Loop to Advance a New Economy

Location: 
Salon E

Breakout

Everything You Wanted to Know About Sustainability and Risk

Location: 
Salon L

Environmental risks are becoming increasingly recognized as material concerns for companies. Learn how sustainability executives can become more deeply connected to their company's risk departments, further bolstering their value to the company's strategy and bottom line.

Breakout

Defining Purpose

Location: 
Salon J

Purpose is becoming more and more mainstream. But, what does it really mean? Is the term and concept being used consistently? Is Purpose just CR rebranded, or something very different? If different, how are corporate responsibility and sustainability programs supporting or connecting to purpose? Come and engage in this interactive session exploring why purpose matters but may become meaningless if we don't develop a common understanding of what we mean.

Breakout

Getting a Handle on Food Waste

Location: 
Salon M

Food waste represents a significant social, environment and business opportunity. Up to 40% of the food produced in the United States is wasted, representing nearly 5% of US GHG Emissions, while one in five Americans is unsure of where their next meal is going to come from. At the same time, there are huge economic costs associated with wasted food and numerous opportunities for businesses to reduce their waste while improving their bottom line at the same time. This workshop will share findings from ReFED (Rethink Food Waste through Economics and Data) about the economic costs and opportunities of a range of solutions to reduce, prevent, recover, and recycle wasted food. Sodexo will share how they are using this data to inform their food waste strategy to reduce waste and feed vulnerable populations at thousands of locations across the U.S.

Breakout

Promoting Sustainable Economic Development & Fair Working Conditions

Location: 
Salon K

Recent commitments by world leaders to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) call for a need to address and track progress against sustainability goals in a consistent, holistic, and science-based manner.  Concepts such as inclusiveness, fairness, empowerment, education, and availability of decent work are key elements.  In this session, panelists will share their approaches to foster sustainable economic development and equitable human and labor rights, and leverage supply chain collaboration to bolster the health, living wages, working environments, and prosperity of all workers.

Breakout

Toxic Liabilities & Market Opportunities: Why Chemicals Matter to Brands & Tools for Success

Location: 
Salon B

Year after year businesses suffer the consequences from being ignorant of the toxic chemicals in their products and supply chains. In 2015, Lumber Liquidators was the latest brand to suffer, with stock price plummeting 70% in five months and the CEO resigning over elevated levels of formaldehyde in its products. Driving the adverse impacts to the company were market forces, NGO oversight, media reports, and recent regulations. On the other side of the coin, many retailers and brands are capturing market opportunities by manufacturing and using inherently safer chemicals.

Breakout

Getting to Yes: How Corporate Leaders Drive Renewable Energy

Location: 
Salon C

Renewable energy is one of the most important opportunities facing businesses and institutions. The opportunities to save money, reduce risk and create transformative sustainability change are unparalleled. This panel of corporate leaders will share their experience, insights and best practices for successfully navigating market complexities, project evaluation, stakeholder education and engagement and more. Attendees will leave with concrete insights to address their specific opportunities and challenges.

Breakout

The Business Case for Sustainably Managing Natural Capital

Location: 
Salon D

The historically invisible values of natural capital are more apparent to corporations and governments  as forests, lands, soils, rivers and oceans become degraded and scarce, resulting in new risks and higher costs. Nearly $40 trillion in natural capital assets potentially is missing from balance sheets. Furthermore, if companies paid for the unaccounted costs of their environmental impacts, they wouldn’t be profitable.

2:45 pm - 3:00 pm

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Breakout

Understanding the Renewables Landscape

Location: 
Salon C

You already know that renewable energy is becoming an essential ingredient in corporate sustainability strategies.  The number of corporate transactions for utility scale renewable energy doubled each of the last three years. What you may not know is that this revolution is making it possible for companies to scale the ambition of their climate goals, including accelerating the trend toward science based goals.  How are companies using the Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles platform to deliver renewable energy at scale through direct purchases, power purchase agreements and utility engagement? How are they developing their internal strategies and managing project and program risk? How are they engaging in regulatory and policy matters to meet their goals? This workshop will feature several companies well into their journey to share their experiences on these key questions.

Breakout

Fishbowl: Challenges with Making Recycling Work

Location: 
Salon N

Join an innovative conversation with leading sustainability executives on the challenges of making recycling work, and strategies for overcome roadblocks you find along the way. This session — using a fishbowl format, where audience members can become part of the panel — will address all aspects of the product lifecycle, from product design, to materials sourcing, to distribution, to disposal and take-back at end of life.

Breakout

Can you Sell Consumers on Sustainability?

Location: 
Salon M

Sustainability marketing always sounds like a good idea in theory, but it doesn't always work in practice. If your customers aren't buying the products you're branding as sustainable, whose fault is that? How can you create a version that does? Hear from brands making sustainability an attractive value proposition and capturing billions of dollars of value along the way. Come with questions our panel can collectively solve for you.

Breakout

Scaling Natural Capital Investment

Location: 
Salon D

Dow’s recently announced 2025 Sustainability Goals include an unprecedented commitment to natural capital value. In the Valuing Nature goal, Dow plans to evaluate the impacts on nature and the business benefits that nature can provide in capital, real estate and R&D projects, and deliver $1 billion in net present value through projects that are good for business and good for ecosystems. Since 2011, Dow has also had an unprecedented, six-year Collaboration with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to incorporate the value of nature into business decision-making. More than halfway through this landmark Collaboration, a key milestone has been the development of a dedicated tool to help businesses and sites rapidly and easily assess the ecosystem services that the natural areas on and around their site provide.

Breakout

Activating Purpose

Location: 
Salon J

Data shows that purpose-led organizations are more productive, effective and successful. But purpose needs to be much more than statement. This interactive session will go beyond defining purpose and focus on how to make it real in your organization, exploring how are companies moving from purpose talk to to purpose walk.

Breakout

Tomorrow’s Thought Leaders: Understanding Millennial Priorities & Aspirations

Location: 
Salon E

Our panel members are not just any millennials – they are the thought leaders of the future. We recruited undergraduate and graduate sustainability students from colleges with established sustainability courses. Our young panelists will each speak for up to two minutes on what they most want to see from business in the next five years. Half of the session will be reserved for questions with the panelists, providing a unique opportunity to deepen the conversation and bridge the generation gap.

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Breakout

Together for Sustainability: A Collaborative Approach Towards Supply Chain Sustainability

Location: 
Salon K

How can industry leaders work together to advance sustainability throughout their collective supply chains? This workshop will highlight an important chemical industry initiative to assess and improve sustainability practices throughout the supply chain, Together for Sustainability. Founded in 2011 by the chief procurement officers of six leading multinational chemical enterprises, current membership now includes industry leaders such as BASF, DSM, CoVestro, DuPont, AkzoNobel, Eastman and others. Take an in-depth look at the program and learn how precompetitive initiatives can drive meaningful sustainability improvements and move the needle towards better procurement and manufacturing.

Breakout

Business Value and Sustainability Reporting, Connecting the Dots

Location: 
Salon L

Sustainability reporting has grown and matured. There are new standards to consider such as SASB in addition to the more widely adopted CDP and GRI, but how does one navigate what to report and how that fits with their business? The most successful reporting efforts are those that deliver tangible business value through connecting proof of performance with stakeholder groups who have specific expectations. This panel discussion will explore best practices and lessons learned from veterans of the reporting world, building off of the framework presented at last year's GreenBiz 15. 

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Breakout

Motivations for Water Stewardship Strategy

Location: 
Salon K

In this session, representatives from companies leading their industries on water stewardship and Heather Rippman from the UN CEO Water Mandate will discuss not only what they are doing to implement successful water strategies, but also what is motivating their efforts. Highlighted during this session will be examples such as Gap’s industry-leading P.A.C.E. program, which provides life and work skills training for female garment workers, to build knowledge and education around water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). Also highlighted will be how companies are developing a strategy that supports Sustainable Development Goal #6 - "Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all."

Breakout

The New Standard in Corporate Conservation: Embracing Accessibility, Enhancing Credibility and Driving Change

Location: 
Salon B

Conservation is an important aspect of sustainability, but it's not always clear how to effectively incorporate these programs into your corporate strategy. This workshop will address on-the-ground conservation programs that enhance biodiversity and promote corporate goals, including those related to social responsibility, sustainability, employee engagement, community relations and STEM education. Attendees will benefit from the panel’s experience in aligning voluntary sustainability standards with contemporary conservation priorities and actions, and how to use data and results allow for evaluation of impact.

Breakout

The Expanding Role of the CSO

Location: 
Salon M

Sustainability teams are increasingly experiencing the convergence of traditional environmental intiatives and goals with corporate social responsibility, diversity and inclusion programs, employee well being, philanthropy, and more. As this transformation becomes exceedingly more and more common, how will this change your company's sustainability goals and programs, and how does this change your own role. What happens when you start to think about sustainability more broadly? How does this vary by industry and company? Hear from companies that have gone through and are going through these changes, and learn how to apply these learnings to your own company, team, and role.

Breakout

Conducting a Materiality Assessment That Drives Results

Location: 
Salon L

The strategic process of defining and prioritizing material topics can uncover an organization’s greatest social, environmental and economic opportunities and risks. It can also help you to build stronger stakeholder engagement by answering questions such as, “How can you use this information to open doors to conversations with your customers and partners?” and “How can the results of your materiality assessment inform goal setting practices?” Learn firsthand from sustainability professionals who have conducted materiality assessments. They will discuss the approach they took, challenges they encountered and how to develop a strong strategy and goals that create competitive advantages and maximize business value.

Breakout

Utility Collaboration for Renewable Energy: Is the Time Finally Ripe?

Location: 
Salon C

Corporate purchases of renewable energy hit an all-time high in 2015.  More than 18 large deals were inked that will eventually deliver over 2.8 GWs.  But those deals were only possible in restructured utility markets and customers had to bypass their local utilities to execute them.  What if commercial and industrial customers could get the renewable energy they want and need from their utility?  Join this workshop to hear from how the Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers’ principles companies and regulated utilities are beginning to work together to offer the renewable energy products large customers want.

Breakout

The ROI of Purpose: Measuring Adoption & Impact

Location: 
Salon J

If employees' sense of purpose is good for business, why don’t we have metrics showing this? Come learn how Gallup, Nielson, PwC, Caesars Entertainment, LoyaltyOne, academics and others have started measuring purpose in the workplace and its relationship to employee engagement, retention, performance, customer loyalty, sales and business growth. Leave with tools and actionable ideas for generating your own metrics showing the business case for purpose.

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Breakout

Evaluating Material & Energy Options in a Circular Economy

Location: 
Salon E

Energy and materials are inextricably linked in our global economy. Extracting, processing, and manufacturing products from materials takes energy and, for the foreseeable future, a large portion of our energy demand will come from fossil fuels. Keeping these materials viable and retaining their value for as long as possible is the cornerstone of the circular economy. How can we accrue the greatest environmental benefits from energy-intensive materials? What role does toxicity reduction and product design play? What is the role for energy recovery in a circular economy? This panel will demonstrate how life-cycle thinking can help determine the appropriate approaches for materials at their end of life, optimizing environmental returns at sustainable costs using both materials recycling and energy-recovery options.

Breakout

Collaborating Across the Value Chain to Transform Recycling

Location: 
Salon D

Sustained depressed commodity pricing for recyclable materials, combined with the tremendous growth of recycling as a valued community service, is creating an environment where broad stakeholder engagement is critical.  A paradigm shift is necessary with multiple stakeholders engaging in the process to achieve results. Manufacturers, recyclers, NGO’s and municipalities all need to have a transparent cross-functional dialogue that addresses how we can construct for recycling through packaging and product design, infrastructure, and public awareness to create a sustainable recycling system. The dialogue in this breakout session will focus on the role of recycling in the broader context of the Circular Economy, and how we need to engage the entire value chain in systematic Life Cycle Thinking for long-term materials management.  

 

 

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Break

Birds-of-a-Feather Dinners

Birds of a Feather dinners are no-host dinners in which conference attendees can connect with one another over topics of interest. We have made reservations at restaurants throughout Scottsdale. Please visit the registration desk in the Arizona Ballroom Foyer to sign up for a Birds-of-a-Feather dinner. Dinners are first come, first serve, so we encourage you to reserve your spot early on at the conference!

Topics & Locations:

6:00 am - 7:00 am

Break

Yoga (All Levels)

Reflect on the past two days of the conference and start the day bending your mind and body in yoga. Learn how to combine posture, breathing and meditation to improve strength, flexibility and stamina. Set your intentions for the final day of GreenBiz 16, and for your work post-conference. All levels are welcome.

7:45 am - 8:30 am

8:30 am - 9:30 am

Breakout

Improving Product Sustainability through Consumer Behavior and Product Design

Location: 
Salon E

When considering how to meet sustainability goals, companies may engage with consumers directly to influence more sustainable behavior, or may work "behind the scenes" on collaborative solutions within an industry sector that makes the options available to consumers more sustainable with no effort on their part. This workshop will use case studies from a variety of industries to explore different routes to improving the overall sustainability performance of products during their use.

Breakout

The State of the Profession

Location: 
Salon C

GreenBiz Group’s “State of the Profession” report takes a look at the emergence of the sustainability executive and its unique role in industry. The report includes data obtained by surveying members of the GreenBiz Intelligence Panel to find out how much they made, where they worked, and what they did in the course of their job. Additionally, the report offers background for understanding where sustainability sits within an organization, how its leaders got there, and what they are likely to be doing in the future. Defining roles in this context can be a moving target as managers and executives continue to push and expand the definition of sustainability leadership. This workshop will profile the report and foster discussion around the current sustainability profession, and the direction in which it's headed.

Breakout

A Collaborative Approach to Sustainable Forestry Management

Location: 
Salon K

Sustainable forestry management has been prioritized in the Sustainable Development Goals as a critical component of climate change mitigation. Following COP21, it’s clear that the business community has an incredible opportunity for leadership in achieving these goals. Hear from industry leaders Domtar and Staples on the innovative collaboration the companies are undertaking, in partnership with Rainforest Alliance, to engage small landowners on proper management practices and FSC certification. By working directly with suppliers to educate and empower them on the certification process, costs and benefits, these organizations are playing an important role in increasing the proportion of North American forests that have achieved certification. CDP will provide context for the importance of sustainable forestry management with the release of the North American findings of their 2015 Global Forests Report.

Breakout

Getting on Board: Creative Gaming for Stakeholder Engagement

Location: 
Salon J

Get ready to stand-up, debate and play the Life Cycle Perception Game with the team from Quantis. Learn how the LCP has convinced over 12,000 players worldwide how to create a common language for sustainability and a solid understanding of the business benefits of Life Cycle Thinking. Through play, your team will witness the breaking down of functional silos, learn how to get internal buy-in, encourage stakeholder engagement, and learn how to tell the sustainability story that consumers expect.

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Breakout

Getting Sustainability Beyond the Loyal 15%

Location: 
Salon M
We have been stuck for decades now at 10-20% of “engaged” consumers related to sustainability issues.  We keep hearing consumers care, yet the numbers speak for themselves. Consumers do care, but that has yet to translate into behavioral change. This conversation will explore what is working to reach consumers. How are the challenges and barriers being addressed to move the needle beyond the 15% “green” populace? What type of messaging works best?
Breakout

Closing Current Material Loops with the Materials Marketplace

Location: 
Salon B

In this interactive workshop, attendees will learn how companies are using the U.S. Materials Marketplace to track and exchange undervalued materials, establish new circular supply chains, and identify policy changes supportive of the circular economy. The session will address advancing matching opportunities in particular material streams, overcoming current obstacles, such as regulations and cost barriers, and opportunities to influence emerging CE legislation and leverage current government conversations on material waste.

Breakout

The Role of Logistics in the Circular Economy

Location: 
Salon D

The retail industry has a problem that we all play a part in: what consumers buy and then return totals a staggering $642.6 billion worldwide. Every year, 10-15% of inventory is returned by consumers or deemed excess by retailers, and that number climbs even higher for online purchases. With the rise of new E-Commerce websites and the move towards online and mobile buying, that number is expected to increase. In the US alone, 1 in 10 purchased goods are returned, and retailers take back 3.5 billion products every year. Many of them go straight to landfills. Almost every major retailer has committed to addressing sustainability in their supply chain, but very few have adequately addressed the environmental impacts of consumer returns. Traditionally, those returned items are shipped multiple times over the course of several months before reaching an end consumer -- losing value and creating unnecessary pollution.

Breakout

Net Positive: Enabling & Measuring Sustainability Benefits

Location: 
Salon L

You’ve been working to minimize your footprint, but how do you drive, demonstrate, and quantify the positive impacts from products and services?  To answer that, several leading corporations are making “net positive” commitments as a “way of doing business that puts back more into society, the environment and the global economy than it takes out.”  In this session, we’ll hear from companies about what “net positive” means, why they are pursuing it, where they encounter challenges, and how you can get started.  We’ll also preview an exciting new collaboration of three organizations and ten corporate partners working to generate momentum, alignment, and best practices for net positive.

9:30 am - 10:00 am

10:00 am - 10:05 am

10:05 am - 10:25 am

Plenary

Redefining the Future of Personal Mobility

Location: 
Arizona Ballroom

Experts say the auto industry will change more in the next five years than it has in the last fifty. What’s in store, and how will the fusion of transportation and connectivity enable new ways to share mobility? Hear from GM Executive Director of Urban Mobility Programs, Peter Kosak on how GM is turning global challenges like urbanization and congestion into new business models that can drive customer value and build stronger communities.

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10:25 am - 10:35 am

10:35 am - 10:45 am

Plenary

Developing Environmental Stewardship in Kids

Location: 
Arizona Ballroom

Disney Senior Vice President for Environment and Conservation Beth Stevens considers what it takes to build conservation values in the next generation across regions and demographics, how Disney plans to connect millions of kids to nature by 2020, and why tackling this challenge is essential for our future.

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10:45 am - 11:05 am

Plenary

Why Sustainability Matters to the CEO

Location: 
Arizona Ballroom

JLL President and Chief Executive Officer Colin Dyer considers how sustainability influences the company's strategic direction and growth and drives performance improvement, in an industry that accounts for 40% of global energy consumption.

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11:05 am - 11:15 am

Plenary

Systems Thinking: Nature-Inspired Business Lessons

What can an oak savanna ecosystem teach us about adaptive organizational strategy? How can old-growth forests help us learn to build mutually beneficial relationships? What if your company could distribute leadership the way a beehive does, using simple rules that guide and coordinate individuals to accomplish complex assignments? Thanks to 3.8 billion years of evolutionary R&D, nature has much to teach us about sustainable business practices. By applying this kind of systems thinking approach, we can learn from nature’s time-tested lessons. In this session, learn about nature’s key insights that can increase your company’s resilience, drive innovation, and help regenerate our culture, economy, and planet.

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11:15 am - 11:35 am

11:35 am - 11:45 am

11:45 am - 12:05 pm

12:05 pm - 12:15 pm

Plenary

Closing Address

Location: 
Arizona Ballroom

A synthesis of the event and call to action for continuing the conversations and efforts from GreenBiz 16 throughout the year.

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