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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Wed, Nov 12, 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Sustainability Walking Tours of Denver, Kara Seeley Peck, Business Development Lead at B Lab Colorado.  Enjoy a walking/transit tour of high-sustainability-performance buildings and organizations in downtown Denver with other ISSP Conference attendees.  The walking tour departs from the Sheraton Hotel.

Wed, Nov 12, 1:00pm to 5:30pm

Sustainability Bus Tours of Denver, Christopher Juniper, Director of Shadowcliff Associates; and Kara Seeley Peck, Business Development Lead at B Lab Colorado.  Tour the Denver Airport’s sustainability efforts, then hop a bus for a trip to other Denver area sustainability leaders before reaching the conference hotel at 5:30pm in time for the pre-conference Meet & Greet.

Wed, Nov 12, 1:00pm to 5:00pm

ISSP Board of Directors Strategic Planning Meeting

Wed, Nov 12, 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Informal Meet & Greet, Katie Mullen’s Irish Pub.  Renew acquaintances with old friends and make some new ones at an informal reception for attendees on Wednesday evening.  Join us from 6–9 pm for a no-host gathering at Katie Mullen's Irish Restaurant and Pub, conveniently located in the same building as the Sheraton.

Wed, Nov 12, 7:00pm to 9:00pm

ISSP Board of Directors Annual Meeting

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Thurs, Nov 13, 8:00am to 9:15am

Welcome, Maureen Hart, Executive Director of ISSP

Welcome to Denver, Jerry Tinianow, Chief Sustainability Officer, Denver Sustainability Office

Keynote: State of Green Business, Joel Makower, Chairman and Executive Editor of GreenBiz Group Inc.

Thurs, Nov 13, 9:15am to 10:15am

Speed Networking, Dorothy Atwood, ISSP Past President.  Fast paced and fun facilitated session to meet your peers.

Thurs, Nov 13, 10:45am to 12:00pm

The Responsibility Revolution: The Business Case for Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability, Jeffrey Hollender, Founder & CEO of Sustain Condoms. Corporate responsibility today lies at the heart of many of the world's most successful businesses. But to be successful, companies must incorporate sustainability into all aspects of business strategy. The Responsibility Revolution is as much about culture as it is about products. Responsibility is also about a systems-based approach, radical transparency, and leveraging the impact of business to regenerate a world faced with increasingly complex problems.

Thurs, Nov 13, 10:45am to 12:00pm

Overcoming the 3-Year Problem Driving Business Value, Kevin Wilhelm.  Many companies have success in years 1 & 2, but see momentum wane in year 3 as new corporate initiatives take priority. This workshop will layout strategies and actions for companies to regain the initiative, identify common barriers to implementation and then roll-up our sleeves in small groups to solve these problems.

Thurs, Nov 13, 10:45am to 12:00pm

Evolution of a Corporate Idealist, Christine Bader.  By now we all know what companies should do with regards to sustainability: consult with experts and affected populations, integrate social and environmental assessments into core business processes, develop metrics to measure performance and continually learn and improve. But what it is like to be the person who is charged with doing all of this -- particularly when it all goes horribly wrong? Christine Bader was one of those people. She loved her work with BP, investing in the wellbeing of contract workers and communities around major projects -- until a string of fatal accidents that ended with the Deepwater Horizon disaster. The very different company that emerged in the aftermath of that disaster prompted Bader to take a hard look back on her time with BP -- and to interview dozens of peers in other companies and industries about what it means to do sustainability inside multinational corporations. This session will explore the themes that emerged from Bader’s story and the stories of others, and send participants back to their jobs better connected, informed, and inspired.

Thurs, Nov 13, 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Hall of Fame Induction & Wisdom Panel

Moderators: Julian Crawford, ISSP Board President, Maureen Hart, ISSP Executive Director, and Marsha Willard, ISSP Board Secretary

  • Susan Burns, Ecological Footprint/Global Footprint Network
  • Jeffery Hollender, Sustain Condom (Seventh Generation)
  • Hunter Lovins, Natural Capital Solutions
  • Joel Makower, GreenBiz.com
  • Bob Willard, Sustainability Advantage

Thurs, Nov 13, 2:30pm to 3:45pm

The Edge Economy: Creating an Economy in Service to Life, Hunter Lovins. The global economy rests on a crumbling precipice. It is based on unsustainable assumptions and business practices that are driving societies and ecosystems into successive collapses. There are many palliative “fixes” that can prop the system up–but only for a time. What is needed is a new economic paradigm, one based on recognizing that the economy depends wholly on preserving healthy ecosystems, and sustainable communities. If humanity is at the edge, let’s explore that space. In nature edges of ecosystems are where diversity and abundance are found. Entrepreneurs use edges to innovate. Sailing to find new worlds they show that the Earth is not flat, and that a circular economy is possible. The Edge Economy is where we can begin to build a world that works for 100% of humanity.

Thurs, Nov 13, 2:30pm to 3:45pm

Building Resiliency in Supply Chain Communities: A New Hub for Thought Leadership, Investment and Action, Sarah Beaubien, Jennifer Gallegos, & Mary Beth Cote Jenssen.  Given the need for companies to source raw materials across a vast number of geographies, there is an increasing need to understand the impact on those communities whose livelihoods depend on company investment. Recognizing that a sustainable future for coffee is built on collaboration within the coffee sector, a group of leading coffee companies have joined together to identify the challenges, needs and opportunities related to sustainability and economic resiliency in and around coffee communities. The Coffeelands Food Security Coalition (CFSC) representing Counter Culture Coffee, Farmer Brothers, Keurig Green Mountain, S&D Coffee and Tea, Starbucks, the Specialty Coffee Association and Sustainable Harvest, will share the latest information on their efforts to develop a collaborative effort to shift the development trajectory among coffee communities.

Thurs, Nov 13, 2:30pm to 3:45pm

Untangling the Auditing Maze, Bruce Klafter, John DeRose, & Marilyn Johnson.  Many enterprises suffer from audit fatigue and are unable to leverage all of the information developed in sustainability type audits. I am referring to management systems certifications (ISO, OHSAS, SA, etc.), customer driven audits (against a code of conduct or other standard) and internal compliance assurance and development audits (again using various standards as the reference). All of the participants tend to agree that they share the objectives (i.e. to assess and improve performance and to provide assurance to various stakeholders), but the current uncoordinated activity does not always serve those purposes. It certainly does do so efficiently. Many companies are implementing integrated assurance/auditing programs where activities are merged and where data collection and reporting is standardized. This panel would examine that trend in the context of sustainability so that attendees understand the imperative and the issues.

Thurs, Nov 13, 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Plenary Session, Water Panel: Water Stewardship - Managing Water Risks, Paul Brown, Director of Applied Research at Patel College of Global Sustainability; Susan Rokosz, Senior Environmental Engineer at Ford Motor Company; and Will Sarni, Director and Practice Leader of Enterprise Water Strategy at Deloitte Consulting LLP.  Water-related risks represent potential or actual business risks through physical, regulatory or reputational risks. Many companies are developing water stewardship strategies to mitigate these risks in developed and emerging markets. This session will present an overview of water scarcity and quality issues, why water risks are potential business risks with a case study of how a company developed a global water strategy and standards.

Thurs, Nov 13, 5:15pm to 7:15pm

Reception Join your fellow ISSP members and conference attendees for light h'ordeurves and a cash bar in the South Lobby and view the offerings of the Conference 2014 Exibitors

Friday, November 14, 2014

Fri, Nov 14, 7:00am to 7:45am

B-CORP Overview: Measuring What Matters.  Learn about a global movement of companies that are using business as a force for good and redefining what it means to be successful in business. This session will provide an overview of what it means to be a Certified B Corp, and introduce you to the B Impact Assessment, a free tool that 17,000+ companies are using to benchmark their social and environmental impacts. Participants will hear about why companies seek certification, how the process works, and how to get involved.


  • Anne Klein, Vice President of Administration and Sustainability at Newton Running Company
  • Kara Seeley Peck, Business Development Lead at B Lab Colorado
  • Josh Radoff, LEED AP BD+C, Co-Founder and Principal of YR&G
  • Brian T. Wolf, Attorney at Moye-White LLP

Fri, Nov 14, 8:00am to 9:00am

Plenary Session, Energy Panel: Energy Trends Policy and Embedding Initiatives - Sustainability Practitioners Going BeyondAngie Fyfe, Renewable Energy Director at ICLEI USA; Drew Campbell, Deputy Director, Sustainability Performance Office, US DOE; Beth Chacon, Xcel Energy,  Environmental Policy Relations Manager; and Dan Kreeger, Executive Director of Assoc. of Climate Change Officers (ACCO).  This engaging panel discussion will focus on current trends accelerating energy conservation, efficiency, and renewables. Panelists will cover a wide variety of topics including thoughts on how energy/climate policy and innovation in energy technology/business models are influencing one another, as well as best practices of embedding energy initiatives into an organization.

Fri, Nov 14, 9:15am to 10:30am

Employee Engagement at the U.S. Postal Service, Thomas Day.  The Postal Service has a well-established employee engagement program called Lean Green Teams. It is an outgrowth of the Postal Services’ commitment to Lean Six Sigma and is in place at all 67 Districts within the Postal Service and at every major facility in the network. Beyond the organizational structure of Lean Green Teams, there is also an extensive Web-App that supports and tracks the progress of the teams.

Fri, Nov 14, 9:15am to 10:30am

Influences and Trends in Sustainability Reporting and Assurance, Chris Hagler.  Customers, employees and shareholders all are demanding more information about your company’s sustainability efforts. And some organizations are publishing information about your company even if you don’t. Developing standards such as SASB and IIRC that are helping to create consistency and comparability and stock exchange efforts such as the proposal from INRC are working to make sustainability reporting mandatory. Meanwhile, there are emerging market practices designed to sustainability information more understandable and immediate. This presentation will be full of facts and examples that will help you better tell your story.

Fri, Nov 14, 9:15am to 10:30am

IFC Waste Challenge: Creating a Global Campaign to Reduce Waste in Over 100 Countries, Rachel Madan.  IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, has a dedicated “Footprint Program” responsible for managing IFC’s internal environmental and social footprint. Over the past two years, the Program ran a comprehensive campaign—the Waste Challenge—to reduce IFC’s global waste footprint. The campaign included new and updated waste management programs as well as behavior change strategies.

The presentation will highlight components of the Waste Challenge including:
• Using data to create internal competitions,
• Adapting waste data collection tools to different levels of expertise,
• Using knowledge sharing and communication tools to have a successful campaign, and
• Using creativity in video, social media, and artistic displays

Fri, Nov 14, 11:15am to 12:30pm

A View from the C Suite, Jane Okun Bomba.  Fundamental to the success of sustainability in any organization is leadership support; yet this remains an elusive challenge for many sustainability practitioners. As an officer with a publicly traded company-with a background in sustainability, finance, corporate communication and investor relations in many companies-Jane bring a uniquely credible and compelling perspective of how to truly drive sustainability as a business imperative. She will connect the dots on how strategic sustainability can make your company stronger. She will share insights on how to focus on the long-term business value and speak to the C-Suite so they understand why Sustainability is so important to long-term growth. Attendees will better understand the fundamental considerations for implementing a meaningful sustainability strategy at the highest levels of an organization and how to connect it to the true fundamental business drivers to gain executive buy-in and support.

Fri, Nov 14, 11:15am to 12:30pm

Life Cycle Assessment: A Key to Driving Sustainability, Jeff Yorzyk and Tad Radzinski.  Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a core component of a sustainable business strategy, and a critical tool in improving products and operations. This presentation will deliver the perspective of two seasoned LCA practitioners on “real-world" LCA processes that balance theoretical understanding and practical application. The session will provide insight into how companies use LCA as a tool to drive product and process innovation, customer communication, and supply chain management.  Participants will leave with an understanding of the applied LCA process, examples of how an LCA is effectively used in industry, and initial steps to begin conducting an LCA.

Fri, Nov 14, 11:15am to 12:30pm

Kickass Tools that Make Sustainability Happen, Bob Willard and Maureen Hart. Presentation Part 1 & Presentation Part 2.  What does sustainability really look like and how do we know if we are getting there?  Most existing sustainability reporting and assessment systems look at where organizations are compared to a prior baseline year and report on progress made to date.  All these reports combined show billions of tons of waste reduced and carbon emissions prevented. So why are landfills still overflowing and the atmospheric carbon ppm still climbing?  Come to this session for a dynamic, interactive discussion two tools that help organization evaluate their true impact against a future benchmark of where we need to be. S-CORE™ is a sustainability rapid assessment tool that provides a framework for first understanding what organizations need to achieve relative to sustainability and then prioritizing effective collaborative action of all key stakeholders.  The Future-Fit Business Benchmark defines a set of science-based performance criteria or KPIs (key performance indicators) that a truly sustainable company will achieve.  Both S-CORE and Future Fit are tools that can be integrated into any of the 150+ existing sustainability reporting and rating standards currently in use to help companies change their focus from being less ‘bad’ to being truly sustainable.

Fri, Nov 14, 1:00pm to 1:45pm

Keynote: Why is Scaling Up So Damn Hard? Andrew Mangan, Executive Director, United States Business Council for Sustainable Development.  One of the biggest challenges facing the sustainability community is finding and scaling worthy projects to achieve major impacts. We’ve had decades of successful projects, but in order to truly change our course, we must redouble our efforts, engage new partners, and multiply our results tenfold. Scaling great projects for major impacts requires doing things differently. It means inspiring and motivating people to take risks. Champions must step up and help build bridges between companies, within communities and across sectors. All need to understand how collaborative projects can open doors to exciting opportunities. This is a job for all comers, small, mid-size and large. It is global in scope and involves business, governments, universities and non-government organizations. Working together, we can extend our reach and produce lasting results. If you’re a leader who welcomes such a challenge, please join us at the meeting and come prepared to engage.

Fri, Nov 14, 2:15pm to 3:30pm

Sustainable Procurement: Time to Measure Value Creation, Pierre Francois Thaler.  Based on the "Sustainable Procurement Barometer" published in partnership between HEC Business School, EcoVadis and AT-Kearney, this presentation will combine concrete case studies of 100 European and North American global companies and 10 years of research to provide a framework on how to improve the value linked to Sustainability in the Supply Chain. Questions that will be answered include:
• What are the drivers of Sustainable Procurement practices?
• Which tools and organizational changes are being implemented?
• What are the implementation challenges and how to overcome them?
• How do you quantify the financial benefits of Sustainable Procurement?

Fri, Nov 14, 2:15pm to 3:30pm

Comparisons that Count: Wise Metrics Strategies for Organizations and Communities, Christopher Juniper.  Presentation Part 1 & Presentation Part 2.  Metrics define “sustainability performance” for stakeholders. Sustainability professionals must know what to count, how to cost-effectively do it, what the metrics mean and how to integrate with management strategies and community/state sustainability goals. This session will focus on how to manage sustainability metrics processes for cost-effectiveness and lifecycle performance. Presenters include Christopher Juniper, Director of Shadowcliff Associates; Deanna Bratter, WhiteWave Foods Senior Manager for Corporate Sustainability; and Jerry Tinianow, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Denver.

Fri, Nov 14, 2:15pm to 3:30pm

The Future of Sustainable Innovation, Tim Swales.  John Mansville's focus is on finding new applications and sustainable business models for its offerings; creating operational step changes to costs, materials usage and sustainable value delivery systems; investing in new sustainable product development to grow businesses and enter new markets; and selectively building leading-edge core technology platforms. This session will demonstrate how combining innovation and sustainability can create a powerful platform for responsible growth. Each new innovation begins with a keen understanding of our customers’ needs and our solutions include developing new products and technologies as well as improving existing ones. But we also have an ongoing interest in protecting planet earth, which is why we have established a strong integration between innovation and sustainability at JM.

Fri, Nov 14, 3:45pm to 4:45pm

World Café Facilitated Plenary Session, K.J. McCorry In this “World Café” facilitated session, participants will discuss how to apply the learnings from the conference into their own work. It will also be an opportunity for participants to engage how they can support and collaborate with each other after the conference to support their own organizational sustainability initiatives.

Fri, Nov 14, 4:45pm to 5:00pm

Closing Remarks, Maureen Hart, ISSP Executive Director