Join the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), Walmart, Current and key suppliers for a conversation about sustainable consumer brands and retail value chains.
Consumers are willing to spend more for sustainable brands. In fact, three out of four Millennials and 66% of consumers overall report willingness to pay for more sustainable goods, according to a 2015 Nielsen poll of 30,000 consumers in 60 countries. Increasingly, consumers want to feel what they’re buying reflects their personal values. Retailers and retail brands, big and small, are acting to create more sustainable supply chains, which will not only improve consumer trust but also the bottom line.
Join speakers, Graziella Siciliano, Sr. Manager Carbon and Energy at Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), Joby Carlson, Director Global Sustainability at Walmart, Charles Zimmerman, former Vice President at Walmart and Rudy Calderon, General Manager of Industrial Accounts at Current powered by GE, for our webinar “Rollback Your Energy”. You’ll discover the impact of the industrial world on global climate change, successful strategies for executing a sustainability strategy, about Walmart’s Project Gigaton and why suppliers should be involved, why energy efficiency is a good jumping off point and how to get started.
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Ms. Graziella Siciliano joined the Environmental Defense Fund in October 2017 as Senior Manager for Carbon and Energy, to lead the design of collaborative partnerships with business to advance clean energy in company supply chains. Previously, Ms. Siciliano worked at the U.S. Department of Energy to support domestic and international energy efficiency efforts. While there, Ms. Siciliano was coordinator for the Energy Management Working Group (EMWG). Ms. Siciliano builds collaboration on strategies to accelerate implementation of energy efficiency practices in the industrial and commercial sectors worldwide.
Joby Carlson is an experienced, innovative and strategic-minded leader with professional and academic credentials targeted for corporate responsibility and sustainability. Joby is currently developing Walmart's global strategies to address climate change and operate more sustainably while winning with customers and other stakeholders. His responsibilities span across Walmart's operations and into supply chains focused on advancing energy efficiency, scaling renewables, improving refrigeration systems, eliminating solid and organic food waste, increasing water stewardship and conserving land and habitat through both the business and philanthropy.
Charles R. Zimmerman recently retired as the Vice President of Design and Construction for the International Division of Walmart Stores, Inc. and is now owner of Global VE. Global VE is focused on worldwide value engineering and capital efficiency consulting. Mr. Zimmerman had held various Design and Construction related positions in both the US and International Divisions of Walmart since 1989. Mr. Zimmerman was focused on Walmart’s corporate energy efficiency goal of reducing the energy intensity of their buildings around the world by a further 20% by 2020 (which was exceeded in 2015). Mr. Zimmerman is a graduate of the University of Arkansas, a registered professional engineer, a member of the Arkansas Academy of Civil Engineers and is a past member of the advisory board for the California Energy Efficiency Center at UC – Davis and the Upper White River Foundation (Ozark Waters Watch). He currently serves on the Boards for Constant Power, Inc., the Dean’s Advisory Council for the Univ. of Arkansas’ College of Engineering, and the Campaign Arkansas Committee. In 2015, Mr. Zimmerman and his wife Susan committed to a $250,000 gift to the U of A college of engineering to support first generation college students pursuing a degree in engineering.
Rudy Calderon is the General Manager of Industrial Accounts for Current, powered by GE. He leads a strategic sales team that delivers strong financial and energy savings outcomes for global industrial customers in the CPG, automotive, warehousing and logistics space. Rudy has worked closely with CPG companies on energy efficiency projects and understands the best approach to ensure successful execution of an LED and controls project in the consumer goods sector. Prior to his current role, Rudy has held various roles in sales, marketing, business development, quality, lean/six sigma and management over his 20+ year career with General Electric. Rudy is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a bachelor degree in economics. He also earned his MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.