Program Schedule

8:00 AM: Registration Opens
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM: Electric Vehicle Ride and Drive
8:30 AM – 9:45 AM: Introduction & Keynote
9:45 AM – 10:00 AM: Q&A
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM: Break
10:30 AM – 11:45 AM: Morning Breakout Sessions
11:45 AM – 12:30 PM: Lunch
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM: Plenary Panel Session
1:45 PM – 2:45 PM: Afternoon Breakout Sessions
2:45 PM – 3:00 PM: Break
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Afternoon Breakout Sessions
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Closing Reception

Session Details:

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM: Keynote Speaker: Andrew Winston


Andrew Winston is a globally recognized expert on how companies can navigate and profit from humanity’s biggest challenges. His latest book, The Big Pivot, was selected as one of the best business books by Strategy+Business magazine. The book provides a practical roadmap to help leaders build resilient, thriving companies and communities in a volatile world. Andrew’s first book, Green to Gold, was the top-selling green business title of the last decade, selling more than 100,000 copies in seven languages. Inc. Magazine included Green to Gold on its all-time list of 30 books that every manager should own. Andrew is also author of the Harvard Business Review Magazine cover story, Resilience in a Hotter World and the HBR feature Energy Strategy for the C-Suite.

Andrew’s views on strategy have been sought after by many of the world’s leading companies, including HP, Ingersoll Rand, J&J, Kimberly-Clark, Marriott, PepsiCo, PwC, and Unilever. His earlier career included advising companies on corporate strategy while at the Boston Consulting Group and strategy and marketing roles at Time Warner and MTV. Today, Andrew is also a highly respected and dynamic speaker, reaching audiences of thousands at high-profile events like TED with an entertaining message of practical optimism: the world’s challenges are great, but business has the tools, resources, and creativity to build a prosperous world. He received his BA in Economics from Princeton, an MBA from Columbia, and a Masters of Environmental Management from Yale.

Learn more about Andrew here!

10:30 AM – 11:45 AM: Using Your Energy Bill To Do More Than Keep The Lights On

In this session learn about how businesses are improving their facilities and buying renewable energy, all at no additional out of pocket expense by making choices in how they direct their energy spend.

Moderator: Michael Forrester, Energy Manager, City of Cincinnati


Sarah Mead, Senior Account Executive, Johnson Controls

Ron DeLyons, CEO & Principal, Creekwood Energy Partners, LLC

Brent Boyd, COO, Solar Power and Light

Sumit Ray, Senior Managing Consultant, Ramboll Energy Group

10:30 AM – 11:45 AM: Opportunities with the Cincinnati 2030 District

The Cincinnati 2030 District is our community’s response to the climate challenge. Our session will provide an update on the District’s efforts to reduce energy use, water consumption and transportation emissions from commercial buildings 50% by the year 2030.

Moderator: Tremaine Phillips, Director, Cincinnati 2030 District


Catherine Olteanu, CEO, 2030 District Network

Aly Laughlin, Environmental Sustainability Leader, Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center

Joey Maiocco, Producer, Newsy’s Brand Studio

10:30 AM – 11:45 AM: Getting to Zero Waste

Sustainable management of resources requires thinking beyond recycling. This session will discuss topics on the newest trends in innovative waste reduction along all areas of the supply chain. Open your mind to the myriad of resources that are involved in bringing a product to market and the efforts involved to better manage them while reducing production and consumption impacts.

Moderator: Erin Mullen, Supplier Diversity and Sustainability Specialist, Cintas Corporation


Jenny Lohmann, Program Specialist, Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District

Maria Gutierrez, Director of Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems

Sal Pellingra, Vice President of Innovation and Technology, ProAmpac

Carl Satterwhite, President, RCF Group

Sean Turner, Global Asset Recovery Purchases, Procter & Gamble

10:30 AM – 11:45 AM: Growing Green Communities

Communities around the region are planning and taking action for a greener future. Hear how neighborhood-based organizations are mobilizing their residents and assets to build more resilient, lower-carbon, healthier and verdant places.

Moderator: Derek Peebles, Managing Partner & Director, Neighborhood Grow


Hope Wilson, Operations Director & Housing Program Manager, Working in Neighborhoods

Chris Smyth, Permaculture Designer and Educator, Cincinnati Permaculture Institute

Tanner Yess, Deputy Director, Mill Creek Alliance

10:30 AM – 11:45 AM: Business Operations and Everyday Impact: Conversations with the Greater Cincinnati Green Business Council

The Greater Cincinnati Green Business Council exists to share best practices, collaborate to drive and accelerate sustainable development in the region, and inspire the business community to deliver a better social, economic and environmental future. Engage in small group conversations with the sustainability movers and shakers in some of Cincinnati’s biggest and greenest businesses.

Moderator: Chad Edwards, Principal & Architect, emersion DESIGN

Have Conversations with:

Lisa Zwack, Head of Sustainability, Kroger

Steve Winbigler, Global Technical Leader – Facility Systems, P&G

Allison Sternad, Marketing Manager, Melink

Tim Wiley, Architect and Project Manager, emersion DESIGN

Cindia Wren, Associate Director of Facilities, 84.51°

11:45 AM – 12:30 PM: Lunch and Sustainability Awards Ceremony

Green Umbrella will recognize regional sustainability heroes at the 2019 Summit.

Plenary: 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM: American Cities Climate Challenge

The American Cities Climate Challenge is an unprecedented opportunity for 25 ambitious cities to significantly deepen and accelerate their efforts to tackle climate change and promote a sustainable future for their residents. Get an overview of the program sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies and listen to three ACCC cities share their progress to date.

Moderator: Scott Burns, President, Global Asset Recovery Programs LLC


Alana Shockey, Assistant Director of Sustainability, City of Columbus

Katie Robinson, Director of Sustainability and Resilience, City of Indianapolis

Oliver Kroner, Sustainability Coordinator, City of Cincinnati

1:45 PM – 2:45 PM: A Deeper Dive into the American Cities Climate Challenge

Hear from city leaders from Midwestern cities on the sustainability strategies being deployed, and the challenges and opportunities ahead.

Moderator: Carla Walker, Climate Advisor, City of Cincinnati


Alana Shockey, Assistant Director of Sustainability, City of Columbus

Katie Robinson, Director of Sustainability and Resilience, City of Indianapolis

Oliver Kroner, Sustainability Coordinator, City of Cincinnati

1:45 PM – 2:45 PM: Healthy Buildings by 2030

Learn how buildings designed to support water, movement, and light can impact occupant health. This session will share the Cincinnati 2030 District’s efforts to achieve a healthy building goal here in Cincinnati. After a brief overview of the topic, members of the Cincinnati 2030 District working group will provide a snapshot of proposed solutions, guided by the International Well Building Institute’s WELL v2 standard. This lively discussion will conclude by soliciting input on the next phase of developing the 2030 District healthy building pillar.

Moderators: Jeremy Faust, Environmental Sustainability Leader, Fifth Third Bank & Jamie Liebert, Senior Associate, Mercer


Elizabeth Rojas, Principal, Rojas Design

Yasha Ogg, Sustainability and Wellness Designer, emersion DESIGN

Sanyog Rathod, President, Sol design + consulting

1:45 PM – 2:45 PM: Making the Most of Every Drop

While water is an abundant resource in Greater Cincinnati, it is expensive and energy-intensive to treat and pump. Explore innovative solutions for reusing stormwater and graywater for non-potable uses, including best practices developed across the nation and locally.

Moderator: Michele Simmons , Environmental Manager, City of Dayton Storm Water and Source Water Protection Programs


Jay Garland, Division Director, USEPA

Mark Fisher, VP Facilities, Planning and Sustainability, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Keshia Kinney, Division of Water Supply and Treatment Manager, City of Dayton

1:45 PM – 2:45 PM: Using Circular Economy to Drive Reduced Textiles Waste: Opportunities for our Region

Textile waste is projected to be the largest component of landfill waste by 2050. Shorter life cycles of fashion purchase are resulting in growing waste streams. Fashion companies are aware of the issue and are developing solutions to reuse or repurpose textiles. This session will provide general training on Textile Waste and the concept of Circular Economy and shine a light on specific work underway from the industry panelists.

Moderator: Scott Burns, President, Global Asset Recovery Programs LLC


Krista Jaeger, Manager of Sustainability, Cintas Corporation

Caitlin McCall, Master of Textiles Graduate, NC State Wilson College of Textiles

Haley Hayes, Sustainability Student, Xavier University

1:45 PM – 2:45 PM: Opportunities in Green Investment

Climate risks are increasingly being recognized as business risks and water, waste and energy optimization are becoming more crucial for a business’ bottom line. Therefore, investors have begun evaluating companies’ strategies for risk mitigation and resource optimization. Learn how individuals and institutions can align their investment dollars to be mission-aligned, make meaningful, measurable impact for the environment and generate a financial return.

Moderator: Chris Flores, Founder, Three Corners Capital


Scott Hassell, Director of Environmental Sustainability, Fifth Third Bank

Scott Mackey, VP Responsible Investment Strategy Specialist, Calvert Funds

Patrick Maulden, Business Development Executive, Northern Trust

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Values-Based Food Procurement

Healthy, sustainable, local and just food procurement is increasingly being incorporated into institutional food service. Cincinnati Public Schools and University of Kentucky will share how they are changing the way they purchase food to have a better social and environmental impact. A local food hub and local food finance expert will provide insights into how those changes are having ripple effects in the food supply chain.

Moderator: Michaela Oldfield, Director, Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council


Jessica Shelly, Director of Food Services, Cincinnati Public Schools

Allison Rowland, Research and Technical Assistance Coordinator, Council of Development Finance Agencies

Carolyn Gahn, Local Procurement and Sustainability Director, Aramark University of Kentucky Dining Services

Anna Haas, COO & Local Foods Program Director, Local Food Connection

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Embracing Private-Sector Transportation Solutions

Transportation infrastructure investments can be a lengthy, expensive, political processes. What can the private sector do to decrease emissions from transportation without relying on an overhaul of our public transportation network? We’ll hear from employer-led initiatives that incentivize employees to carpool, telecommute, bike and ride transit to work or shift to electric vehicles.


Nachy Kanfer, Partner, Donovan Energy

Jennifer Plent, Account Executive, Scoop

Karen Lankfer, Sales Executive, Commute with Enterprise

Mark Biery, Ambulatory Care Operations Director, VA Medical Center

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Emerging Sustainability Leaders

Local students and recent graduates will share their current work in driving sustainability within their community and academic/professional positions. Come learn the amazing impact these young sustainability leaders are making.

Moderator: Charlie Gonzalez, Communications and Membership Coordinator, Green Umbrella


Nijia Zhou, Associate Scientist, P&G

Kyle Wilson, Urban Planning Student, University of Cincinnati

Lucy Schroder, Philosophy and Sustainability Student, Xavier University

Alli Brown, Operations Leadership Program, Fifth Third Bank

Mike Fackler, Sustainability Student, Ohio State University

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Green New Deal’s Impact for Southwest Ohio

The Green New Deal aims to tackle the climate crisis and toxic pollution, create good, high paying jobs and fight racial, economic and gender inequity. This session will discuss the details of the Green New Deal, the current state of legislation and how the Green New Deal could impact SW Ohio.

Moderator: James Buchanan, Director, Brueggeman Center for Dialogue at Xavier University


Scott Burns, President, Global Asset Recovery Programs LLC

Nancy Bertaux, Economics Professor, Xavier University

Cathy Cowan Becker, Ready for 100 Chair, Sierra Club