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Practical Approaches to Set and Execute Your Sustainability Strategy


Register for this year's Sustainability Impact conference to learn the tools and strategies to get sustainability done within your organization.


Join this year’s conference to hear from peers and thought leaders on:


  • How to Incorporate sustainability into business strategy
  • Setting and meeting sustainability goals in water, waste and climate
  • How the movement in the ESG landscape is impacting business decisions

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Wednesday, August 25, 2021

2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (ET)

Deep Dive: The Ever-Evolving ESG Landscape

For most sustainability leaders, time and resources are limited and it is very hard to keep up with the number of sustainability reporting requests. Come to this deep-dive workshop session to understand the major players and organizations in the ESG landscape, how these organizations collect their data and information and what are the frequent blind spots to avoid. Leave this session feeling informed and confident in your corporate reporting strategy.



  • Mary House, Senior Principal; Woodard & Curran - Bio
  • Paul Norian, Senior Client Services Manager; Woodard & Curran - Bio


  • Rick Love, Senior Consultant; Woodard & Curran - Bio
  • Matthew Jones, Meteorologist & Project Manager; Woodard & Curran - Bio
  • Tanis Marquette, Sustainability Director; PQ Corp. - Bio

4:00 p.m. - 4:05 p.m. (ET)


4:05 p.m. - 4:50 p.m. (ET)

Networking Event: Join a Networking Topic to Meet Conference Attendees!


  • Sustainable Tourism: How Are You Travelling Consciously
  • How Did the Pandemic Help You/Your Company Become More Sustainable?
  • Sustainability Trends: What are the Emerging Issues You Would Like your company to Build New Goals or Programs Around?


Thursday, August 26, 2021

11:00 a.m. (ET)

Opening Remarks

11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (ET)

Opening Keynote: Strategically Integrating Sustainability into the Fabric of Your Business

Advancing corporate programs on water, waste and climate are central to every sustainability leader’s agenda. But what about elevating your view of sustainability and instead integrate it into your company’s overall vision and strategy? Our keynote speaker, Don Young, will detail how he approached this, the levers employed, the challenges faced, the solutions and strategies implemented and lessons from JM Huber’s sustainability journey that might have application for you.


  • Don Young, Executive Vice President, EHS & Sustainability; J. M. Huber Corp. - Bio

12:00 p.m. - 12:15 p.m. (ET)


12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. (ET)

Introductory Presentations & Breakout Discussions - Water Goals: How to Set One & Meet It

With more focus on corporations improving their water conservation efforts, it is imperative for companies to establish water targets. After an introductory presentation from our facilitator, join this lively discussion and come ready to share and to learn from peers about how to create a baseline, the tools utilized to track water usage and how to get stakeholder buy-in.


  • Matt Howard, Vice President Water Stewardship & Director of Alliance for Water Stewardship North America; The Water Council - Bio

Introductory Presentations & Breakout Discussions - Addressing Ocean Plastic Waste: How Can You Be a Force for Positive Change

Reducing the amount of plastics in the ocean is an overwhelming but necessary task especially for corporate sustainability leaders. How can sustainability professionals drive their companies to make the changes needed to address this growing issue? After an introductory presentation from our facilitator, join this lively discussion and come ready to share and to learn from peers about how to evaluate your company’s plastic usage, tools utilized to analyze plastic usage and more sustainable design and production practices to implement.


  • John Hocevar, Campaign Director; Greenpeace USA - Bio

Introductory Presentations & Breakout Discussions - What are the Key Steps to Reducing Your Climate Impact?

Once a climate goal is set, what are the steps you take to immediately seeing results? What are the strategies you can quickly implement to see a reduction? After an introductory presentation from our facilitator, join this lively discussion and come ready to share and to learn from peers about the tactics implemented to see immediate reductions, tools utilized to track emissions and energy usage and how to address common challenges in reducing your climate impact.


  • Robbie Barker, Manager, Client Development; Schneider Electric - Bio
  • Jordana Shawler, Manager, Client Development; Schneider Electric - Bio

1:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. (ET)


1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. (ET)

How Are Companies Meeting Their Climate Goals & What Role Can Carbon Offsets Play?

With an increased demand for companies to meet their climate goals, it is important that we take an in-depth look at the critical steps corporations are taking to meet this demand. This panel will feature two corporate leaders and one carbon offsets expert and will explore how to manage a mature climate program, the critical steps to begin the corporate climate journey and how and when offsets can play an effective role to meet climate targets.


  • Andres Rodriguez, Program Manager, Energy and Climate; IBM Corporate Environmental Affairs - Bio
  • Emily Damon, Vice President, Sustainability, Policy and Advisory; ClimeCo Corp. - Bio
  • Sulaiman Hamidi, Director, Environmental, Health, Safety and Sustainability; Knowlton Development Corp. - Bio

2:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. (ET)


2:45 p.m. - 3:20 p.m. (ET)

Closing Keynote: The Future of Environmental Disclosure and Action

No one can predict the future in a warming world, but it’s clear that policymakers and the capital markets are demanding more ESG transparency and action from companies than ever before. With 20 years of tracking environmental progress within the private sector, CDP can provide a glimpse into likely trends and share how new developments in corporate reporting will impact companies. This keynote will discuss what the future holds – ultimately helping companies navigate the changing landscape of environmental disclosure, best practices in sustainability action and the heightened bar for climate ambition.


  • Simon Fischweicher, Head of Corporations and Supply Chains; CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project) - Bio

3:20 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (ET)

Closing Remarks


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