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Solve Climate Change USA

November 29, 2017 - December 1, 2017

Let's Solve Climate Change in the USA

Let’s Solve Climate Change in the USA

Companies versus Climate Change: Europe. Let’s solve the Climate Change in the USA. A Powerhouse Agenda at the Right Moment.

In 2017 the business community finds itself at a historic place in time. Companies must LEAD the way to climate solutions and CvCC is the place where corporate leaders will work together to pave the way to a new age of cooperation.

What we can guarantee is that our agenda will have the most cutting edge content delivered by some of the world’s most prominent business leaders in this space.

Solve Climate Change

This event aims to be something different. A forum for both the macro and micro; an exchange of ideas- shared stories of both success and failure. How are the world’s companies leading the way in the fight against the biggest challenge humankind has ever faced?


Ryder Case Study: Emerging Technologies, Advanced Fuels Strategies & Implementation For The Transportation Industry.

Mr. Perry will discuss how a natural gas transportation solution can assist companies in meeting their near term sustainability goals.

Mr. Perry leads Ryder’s Vehicle Supplier Relationship Management, Strategic Service Vendor Network Development, Telematics and Connected Vehicle Strategy, and the Corporate Real Estate functions for North American operations. Within this portfolio, Mr. Perry carries direct responsibility for developing and deploying Ryder’s Global Fuel Products strategy, which includes the company’s growing advanced energy portfolio as well as extending Ryder’s leadership position in the advanced fuels vehicle industry.

Ryder is the leader in natural gas vehicle (NGV) solutions for the commercial transportation industry, with more than 100 million miles of experience, 22 NGV maintenance facilities, and more than 5,500 NGV trained maintenance and support personnel. The Company also operates Liquefied to Compressed Natural Gas (LCNG) fuel stations at its Fontana and Orange, Calif., service locations where Ryder has partnered with Clean Energy Fuels to offer renewable natural gas, the cleanest fuel available today.

Scott Perry
Chief Technology & Procurement Officer, Global Fleet Management Solutions, Ryder System, Inc.

Ford Motor Company

Actions Being Taken By Ford To Reduce Greenhouse Gases Emitted From Products, Operations, Supply Chain And Future Business Models.
Ford was among the first automotive OEMs to acknowledge that climate change is real and companies have a role in stabilizing concentrations in the atmosphere. Carrie Majeske will describe the challenges Ford Motor Company faces related to climate change, and highlight actions being taken to reduce greenhouse gases emitted from products, operations, supply chain and future business models.

Carrie Majeske
Associate Director, Global Sustainability Integration, Ford Motor Company


Walmart’s 2025 Sustainability Goals and Project Gigaton

  • Zach’s story: Trained chemist to environmental compliance employee to sustainability policy adviser
  • Walmart’s sustainability origins (Hurricane Sandy)
  • Walmart’s sustainability goals – 100% renewable and 100% zero waste
  • 2025 sustainability goals/Project Gigaton
  • Sustainable products and packaging

Zach Freeze
Senior Director, Strategic Initiatives – Sustainability, Walmart

General Motors

GM’S Renewable Energy Efforts And The RE100

Rob Threlkeld
Global Manager-Renewable Energy, General Motors


Science-based Targets: Not All Climate Goals Are Created Equal
The majority of Fortune 500 companies now have climate goals, but what constitutes a meaningful goal? How can you help your company set ambitious long-term targets that resonate with stakeholders and align with climate science? Join this interactive discussion with expert panelists as they discuss the value proposition and strategic approaches to verifying climate goals through the Science-based Targets initiative.

Justin Murrill
Senior Manager Corporate Sustainability, AMD

Nicole Labutong
Technical Manager, CDP

Speaking slot reserved for qualified sponsor.
If you are interested please contact:
Jason Youner, CEO
Companies Vs Climate Change

TD Bank

Sustainable Supply Chain Panel
TD Bank will lead a panel of Sustainable Supply Chain experts.


Michelle Albanese
Manager, Corporate Responsibility
TD Bank


Kevin O’Donnell
Sustainability Director
Worldwide Sourcing
General Mills

Scott Perry
Chief Technology and Procurement Officer


Driving Large-Scale Initiatives That Positively Impact Our Environment
We hope to discuss our journey toward Zero Waste to Landfill and our believed ability to drive large-scale initiatives that positively impact our environment. It is why we aim to protect it and do our part to ensure it flourishes for future generations.

John Kotlarczyk, Jr.
Global Director, CSR & Waste Reduction, Walgreens

Susan Lorenz-Fisher
Director of Sustainability , AmerisourceBergen

Wyndham Worldwide

Climate Change, Risk Management, Resource Scarcity, And The Travel And Tourism Industry
In 2015, travel and tourism’s total economic contribution was more than $7 trillion in GDP representing 9.8% of total GDP, and travel and tourism employed 284 million people, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). As one of the world’s largest hospitality companies Wyndham Worldwide contributes to these effects by operating lodging facilities or buildings, and using transportation and products to provide services. These sectors emit greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming, climate change and resource scarcity.

Climate change and resource scarcity may present the following risks to our businesses:

Increased natural disasters in areas where we operate our properties and franchise our brands. Rising costs of fuel, energy and water. Reduced travel from increasing costs to consumers and natural disasters affecting availability. Increased regulatory legislation which may inhibit growth and negatively impact operational profitability under current business practices. Some key opportunities that may be driven from climate change to our business include:

Increased demand by customers for existing products and services due to new green building certifications, and standards such as the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and Energy Star labeling. Increased green regulations and in turn development of new guidelines and products, such as the development of Wyndham Worldwide’s eco-software program called the Green Toolbox, which tracks and reports its environmental performance. This makes it easier for owners to comply and meet changing requirements.

New product efficiency standards, new products such as Energy Star rated appliances and renewable energy installations that help owners reduce operating expenses over time. Revenue opportunities by major clients requesting green hotels and resorts as part of their own supply chain sustainability requirements. Climate Risk Management

The above listed risks and opportunities are industry drivers that have influenced our strategic plan. The plan also reviews our performance and the materiality of our risks and opportunities, competitive positioning and stakeholder perceptions. One of our major goals linked to climate change is to reduce our carbon emission 25% by 2025 and green our supply chain of $2.1 billion to 30% by 2020. In 2015, we reduced our GHG emissions by 21%. This goal has been disseminated throughout the organization.

A key goal of our environmental management system is to help our facilities reduce their energy usage, improve our building performance and increase the use of green products and services. The sustainability department focuses on tracking and measuring Wyndham Worldwide’s environmental performance as well as training and educating internal and external stakeholders and providing resource tools. The department tracks legal compliance and assesses significant risks and the economic impact on the Company associated with climate change.

Faith Taylor
SVP CSR/Sustainability, Wyndham Worldwide

Speaking slot reserved for qualified sponsor

Wearable Technology Poised To Increase Sustainability, Transparency And Affordability. An Innovative Lens On A Traditionally Static Activity
Technology has continuously changed the way we operate—from laptops and email to smart phones and smart watches—smart glasses now provide an opportunity for innovation, especially for companies to ‘look’ at their supply chains.

This session will focus on how wearable technology will allow a brand or retailer to have “eyes and ears” on the ground to gain insight on their supply chains for a multitude of different applications: verifying sustainability indicators, assessing social conditions, identifying efficiency gaps, and increasing facility/supplier communications.

By using a case study of a company with 30 suppliers, attendees can see the value in being taken out of the “passenger seat” during a traditional on-site audit, and instead be able to conduct an audit through remote assistance with an experienced professional on the other end of a monitor. Managers will also understand how they can get insight into their downstream suppliers without the need to send someone to inspect a facility in-person.

Over the next three to five years, technological advancements and wearable technology will transition the way we perform audit, verification, and certification services. In addition to the intrinsic sustainability advantages of using this new technology, there are other benefits, such as reduced emissions from travel, reduced cost, increased flexibility, increased worker efficiency, and an effective on-site training application.

Brittany Szczepanik
Senior Project Manager, Climate Services, NSF International

Citizens Climate Lobby

Citizen’s Climate Lobby: Bridging The Partisan Divide On Climate and Driving Political Will For A (More) Stable Climate
CLC is bridging the partisan divide on climate and driving political will for a (more) stable climate.

We are promoting a market-based solution to the climate crisis endorsed by our nation’s top economists, scientists and thought-leaders.

The carbon fee & dividend: · will not grow government / reduces government regulations
· eliminates costly and inefficient energy subsidies
· reduces emissions faster than any regulation proposed
· is revenue-neutral (does not increase deficit)
· spurs competition and innovation
· benefits US economy by creating millions of jobs (per REMI report)
· would result in ~13,000 American lives saved per year

Greg Hamra
Leader, Miami Chapter, Citizens Climate Lobby


Holistic Business Approaches And Their Sustainability Impacts: Public Benefit Corporations And Their Role In The Future Of Business
We are proud to introduce DanoneWave as the largest PBC, and we will discuss how this legal distinction will help us drive our sustainability agenda forward with our stakeholders (external and internal) by increasing transparency of our motives, making actionable changes in our social and environmental impacts, and ultimately drawing a line in the sand about what we stand for. *Tied to social and environmental return including financials and allowing for a rich conversation around commitments/footprint, full scope reporting and carbon reduction ambitions.

Deanna Bratter
Director of Corporate Sustainability, DanoneWave

Bechtel Corporation

Bechtel’s “Circular Approach” To Projects To Reduce Our Environmental Footprint
Engineering the Next 100 Years: It Is No Longer Enough To Build The Biggest Project In The World. We Want To Be Known Also For Building The Best Projects For The World.

Global megatrends—from the projected population surge to the scarcity of resources—are changing the way we design, construct, and operate critical structures and systems for our customers and the societies that ultimately benefit from them. The last century was largely defined by industrial development, because of these megatrends the next 100 years will be defined by sustainable development.

Sustainability is delivered in our projects using a full spectrum approach that involves our core engineering, procurement and construction functions and strategic services. This approach leverages unique knowledge and capabilities to conceptualize, design, and build the best projects for our customers and society. The projects we deliver for our customers and society, and how we deliver them, will help ensure the 21st century is more sustainable than the past 100 years.

Tam Robert Nguyen
Global Head of Sustainability, Bechtel Corporation

Helly Hansen

Helly Hansen’s Strategy To Alleviate Pressure On Water Pollution And Consumption
Of the planetary boundaries, Vanessa from Helly Hansen will discuss the brands strategy to alleviate pressure on water pollution and consumption. As a global brand in the outdoor space and in particular due to the 140 year old brand’s roots in Sailing and Snow, it is important for Helly Hansen to lead in the area of water sustainability

Vanessa Fors
Product Manager – North America, Helly Hansen

Roundtable Discussions

Roundtable topics and leaders:

e-Retail and CSR
Brendan Steele
Director, Stakeholder Engagement
Future 500

Smart Streets
Joe Doolan
Head of Environmental Affairs
TD Bank

Charles Brown
Senior Researcher, Adjunct Professor
Rutgers University

The New Financial Stability Board (FSB) Recommendations On Climate Disclosure
Daniel Hicks
Dual faculty member at the University of Miami
Founder, Florida Sustainability Partners

Operational Sustainability (energy, water, and waste)
Chris Castro
Director of Sustainability
City of Orlando

The Business Case for Putting a Price on Pollution
Richard Eidlin
VP for Policy & Campaigns
American Sustainable Business Council

How Sustainability Reporting Commitments Engage Employees And Other Stakeholders On Climate Change
Nikos Avlonas
Founder and President of the Centre for Sustainability & Excellence (CSE)

The Innate Potential Of Business To Make A Positive Impact On The World
Vinny Tafuro
President, Conscious Capitalism Florida

Travel Industry & Sustainability
Janet C. Hall
Founding Partner at Destination Better

Barbra Anderson
Founding Partner at Destination Better

Creative Solutions For Working With Investor Owned Or Municipal Utilities To Purchase Or Procure Renewable Energy To Meet Corporate Sustainability Goals
Janet Bowman
Senior Policy Advisor at Nature Conservacy


November 29, 2017
December 1, 2017
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