Dive into Best Practices


The 2014 Best Practices in Corporate Energy, Waste and Water Management Conference is designed to help you learn key strategies for setting and reaching your resource management goals. Notice about schedule change due to weather. The Tuesday March 4 schedule has been amended to reflect the two hour start delay.


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10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
10:45 - 11:00 a.m.

Official Welcome and Introductions


  • Carol Singer Neuvelt, Executive Director; NAEM
  • Thomas DayChief Sustainability Officer; United States Postal Service


11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Case Studies on Energy, Waste and Water

Hear how two organizations are using a multi-faceted approach to tackle their energy, waste and water reduction targets. The case studies will give a big-picture look at their overall efforts and then address specific efforts, goals and program outcomes. Learn from these speakers as they share their successes as well as the challenges that have arisen.


  • Thomas Day, Chief Sustainability Officer; United States Postal Service (Bio)
  • Hal Ehrhardt, Senior Manager, Energy & Environmental Programs; Lockheed Martin Corp. (Bio)

12:00 - 12:45 a.m.


12:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Approaching Zero: A Look at Zero Waste and Zero Landfill Goals

From manufacturing waste, to toxins and waste water, “zero waste” goals are popping up all over business. But how are companies actually meeting these goals? Attend this session and learn from leading companies who are working towards zero waste goals.


  • Norman Enix, Director of Global EHS; Tempur-Pedic International Inc.

1:30 - 1:45 p.m.


1:45 - 2:45 p.m.

The Art of Goal Setting: Choosing Targets that Drive Meaningful Performance

From setting initial goals to revising expectations, the speakers in this session will give examples of how targets were set and progress was tracked, along with a look to what the future holds. Key points will include who was involved in developing goals, measuring performance at business unit or facility vs. corporate levels, and the give-and-take between competing priorities.


  • Janice LinehanManager of Sustainability Strategy; Suncor Energy Services Inc. (Bio)
  • Jolecia Marigny, Global SHE Business Partner; AstraZeneca plc (Bio)
2:45 - 3:00 p.m.


3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Beyond Cost Savings: Making the Business Case for Resource Management

Reducing resource use saves money, but that is not always enough to gain project approval. This session will include conventional numbers used for calculating ROI as well as measures such as brand value, employee morale and being prepared for future resource constraints. Attendees will take away an understanding of ROI analysis as well as hear from EHS and Sustainability managers about specific projects they advanced by making a strong business case.


  • Pam Maines, Vice President; Pepco Energy Services
  • Brenda Rian, Senior Manager, Environmental Health & Safety; AOL Inc. (Bio)
4:00 - 4:15 p.m.


4:15 - 5:15 p.m.

Interactive Discussion of NAEM Research Findings: Leading-Edge EHS Sustainability Metrics

Do you know if your EHS sustainability goals and metrics are more or less ambitious than your peers? NAEM Corporate Members and conference attendees will be given a survey to complete ahead of the conference, and the findings will be discussed on-site in this facilitated session. Attendees will be encouraged to contribute their own experiences as well pose questions to the group. All conference attendees will receive a copy of the results.


  • Taylor Gelsinger, Research Analyst; NAEM (Bio)
  • Rick Love, Manager, Environmental Sustainability; United Technologies Corp. (Bio)
5:15 - 6:30 p.m. Networking Reception

8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

8:45 - 9:00 a.m.

Opening Announcements

9:00 - 10:15 a.m.

Partners in Your Environmental Goals

This session will feature three organizations that are working with corporations on improving their performance in specific areas. The discussion will give insights into how to partner with an external organization to maximize your efforts, including how agreements are structured, length of partnerships, and privacy concerns.


  • Andrew ManganExecutive Director; United States Business Council for Sustainable Development (Bio)
  • Carolyn SarnoSenior Program Manager; Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (Bio)
  • Jay ShermanLead Specialist, Freshwater Program; World Wildlife Fund (Bio)

10:15 - 10:45 a.m.



10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Pool your Resources: Water Reduction Strategies

Even though water is still an inexpensive and plentiful resource in most of the U.S., its scarcity is poised to become one of the largest business risks in the next two decades. Learn from two leading companies who have developed tangible water strategies and shrunk their overall water usage. This session will give attendees insights into how to understand, quantify and mitigate their own risk inside their four walls and beyond.


  • Phil SumnerSenior Manager Global Engineering; Pfizer Inc. (Bio)
  • Todd SwingleDirector, Global Environmental Strategy; Cummins Inc. (Bio)
12 - 12:45 p.m.


12:45 - 2:00 p.m.

Tools of the Trade

To reliably track progress and make sounds business decisions going forward, companies need to consistently collect and manage data in a way that creates clear information for the end users. This presentation will cover the tools companies use, and discuss details such as how data is collected, who has access, and how the information is shared.


  • Asif Ansari, Manager, Environmental Compliance/Risk Management; United States Postal Service (Bio)
  • Jeff Thomas, Environmental Engineer; Lockheed Martin  (Bio)
2:00 p.m. Conference Adjourns


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Interested in speaking?


Are you an EHS or leader with a case study to share? Contact Ray Long, Program Manager at (202) 986-6616 to learn about speaking opportunities.


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