May 2019: Executive Briefing Convenes Cross-Sector Interests to Advance Sustainability in Southwestern PA
CEOs for Sustainability, a program of Sustainable Pittsburgh, was pleased to partner with the Allegheny Conference on Community Development on May 15 to present a Special Topic Briefing on how organizations are employing sustainability practices to address societal challenges. The event introduced the Allegheny Conference’s recently developed sustainability principles to guide the Pittsburgh region. A diverse committee comprising representatives of the region’s business, academic, government, philanthropic and nonprofit communities developed the principles under the leadership of Jerry MacCleary, CEOs for Sustainability co-chair and chairman and CEO of Covestro LLC.
Sustainable Pittsburgh Executive Director Dr. Joylette Portlock led Dr. Jonathan Foley, executive director of Project Drawdown, in a fireside chat focusing on reasons for optimism in the fight to address climate change (photo above). Dr. Portlock then led a moderated discussion with Foley and local sustainability executives about how their organizations are advancing sustainability and the business case for doing so. Panelists included Mickey Black, Managing Director of Sustainability and Fuel at FedEx Ground; Scott Lammie, CFO of UPMC Health Plan; and Grant Ervin, Chief Resilience Officer at the City of Pittsburgh.
Explore this website to find tools and programs for advancing sustainability at your organization, and look for sustainable business case studies featuring FedEx Ground and UPMC soon.
October 2018: Partnering with Suppliers for a Competitive Edge
More companies recognize that good business depends on successful supplier relationships. After all, the supply chain accounts for 50–70 percent of total expenses and greenhouse gas emissions at most manufacturing companies. The benefits of a sustainable supply chain can be significant: greater efficiencies, a boost to brand value, increased risk management, a better product, even new sources of revenue. Yet, in a recent global survey, only 52 percent of companies had adopted any sustainable sourcing practices.
In this latest CEOs for Sustainability Speaker Series briefing, leaders from local and global businesses described the benefits and how to get started. Resources at CEOsforSustainability.org/SupplyChain.
Kathy Limper, Global Sourcing Manager / Regional Sustainability Lead NAFTA, Covestro
CEOs for Sustainability Panel:
- Raymond Yeager, President and CEO, DMI Companies
- David Landis, Vice President, EPIC Metals Corporation
- Ciannie Rodriguez, Store Manager, IKEA Pittsburgh
Featured remarks by CEOs for Sustainability Co-chairs Ron Gdovic, Founder and CEO of WindStax Energy; and Jerry MacCleary, Chairman and CEO of Covestro; along with Rebecca Lucore, Head of Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility, Covestro.
Special thanks to the CEOs for Sustainability Speaker Series sponsors:
September 2018: Responsible Waste Management Workshop and Tour of PNC Park’s Cleaning Operations
This morning workshop, hosted by Sustainable Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Pirates, detailed the latest waste and recycling options for businesses, organizations, and municipalities located in Southwestern PA.
Local waste management experts and sustainability pros shared updates on recycling and waste management markets, along with best practices for establishing a program, forming a waste hauler contract, getting employees and community citizens on board, and more. Participants got to see responsible waste management in action during a tour of PNC Park and the Pittsburgh Pirates’ cleaning operations immediately following the workshop.
As a highlight of the workshop, Sustainable Pittsburgh’s Business Sustainability Pros introduced the new Material and Waste Management Resource Guide for Southwestern PA, a project of Sustainable Pittsburgh’s Champions for Sustainability network. Download the free guide here.
- Pam Adams, Centre RegionCouncil of Governments
- Phyllis Barber, Highmark
- Sissy Burkhart, Pittsburgh Pirates
- Debbie DeLong, Ph.D., Chatham University
- Erika Deyarmin-Young, Waste Management
- Marcie Eberhart, American Eagle Outfitters
- Kathy Hrabovsky, Allegheny County
- Rebecca Kiernan, City of Pittsburgh
- Abby Lawler-Morycz, Allegheny County
- Kim Olivito, FedEx Ground
- Jim Price, Sustainable Pittsburgh
- Allison Robinson, Ph.D., UPMC
- Justin Stockdale, Pennsylvania Resources Council
June 2018: Renewable Energy Procurement: Opportunities for Pennsylvania Businesses & Institutions (Webinar)
Corporate procurement of renewable energy is on the rise across the United States. More than half of the Fortune 500 have committed to increase deployment of clean energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Higher education institutions and local governments are committing to clean energy as well. As a result, large energy users are driving the trend toward renewable energy investment across the country.
Sustainable Pittsburgh, independent advisory firm CustomerFirst Renewables, and Ceres hosted an educational webinar for Pennsylvania business leaders and other large energy users on the benefits of and opportunities for procuring renewable electricity. Participants received an overview of the latest renewable energy trends, heard directly from sustainability leader Mars Inc. on how the corporation is blazing the way on clean energy, and learned how their businesses can benefit from the economies of scale provided by renewable energy aggregation projects.
October 2017: How C-Suites Are Responding to Increasing Stakeholder Demand
Seeing a strong link between corporate sustainability performance and financial performance, more than 70 percent of investors say sustainability is central to their investment decisions, according to a 2016 survey by MIT Sloan Management Review and The Boston Consulting Group. This trend will only grow with rising customer pressures, fueled by demographic shifts and the proliferation of non-financial ratings and data.
At this CEOs for Sustainability Speaker Series launch event held Oct. 25 at the Energy Innovation Center, keynote speaker Mike Krzus of BrownFlynn and a panel of local sustainability leaders addressed how businesses are positioning through winning sustainable business strategies.
After a warm introduction by IKEA Pittsburgh’s Ciannie Rodriguez, Krzus (above) presented a survey of global drivers of change in business valuation, including demographic and technological trends, and opportunities for companies and the executives who lead them. IKEA Pittsburgh’s Jennifer Stockdale led a lively audience Q&A session with Krzus.
CEOs for Sustainability leaders then shared how their businesses are integrating sustainability into the business from the top down. The audience Q&A session drilled into specific opportunities and challenges of sustainability for organizations in sectors as varied as retail and manufacturing, real estate, construction and clean energy:
- Steve Guy, President and CEO, Oxford Development Company
- Ciannie Rodriguez, Manager, IKEA Pittsburgh
- Jack Scalo, President and CEO, Burns & Scalo Roofing Company and Scalo Solar Solutions
Thanks to IKEA Pittsburgh and Covestro, sponsors of the CEOs for Sustainability Speaker Series.
October 2017: Eden Hall Campus Tour, Chatham University
Presenters shared the business case for and financing considerations of sustainability systems, along with the educational opportunities:
- David Finegold, president, Chatham University
- Walt Fowler, senior VP finance and administration, Chatham University
- Jack Scalo, president and CEO, Burns & Scalo
- Jamie Moore, director of sourcing and sustainability, Eat’n Park Hospitality Group
- Peter Walker, dean of the Falk School of Sustainability and Environment, Chatham University
- Lou Anne Caliguiri, executive director and dean, Eden Hall Campus, Chatham University
- Roy Weitzell, aquatic laboratory director, Falk School of Sustainability and Environment, Chatham University
- Tony Miga, farm manager, Eden Hall Campus, Chatham University
- Mary Whitney, director of university sustainability, Chatham University
- Iris Grossman, assistant professor of sustainable technology, Chatham University
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