Agenda – previous

(subject to change)

Monday, September 19

2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Clemson Campus Tours 

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Welcome Reception & Registration

Tuesday, September 20

8:00 am – 8:30 am


8:30 am – 10:00 am

Breakfast and Keynote Presentation
Breakfast sponsored by Milliken


Brian O'Rourke 150x150Brian O’Rourke
Vice President of Advancement
Clemson University

HowardCoker 150x150Howard Coker
President & Chief Executive Officer

Keynote Presentation: The Food System Reimagined

Rob Dongoski websmallRob Dongoski
Partner, Global Agribusiness Industry Leader
Ernst & Young LLC

10:00 am – 10:45 am

Technology-Driven Transformation


Kathleen Cook websmallKathleen Cook
Innovation Executive
IBM Supply Chain Intelligence & Sustainability

10:45 am – 11:15 am

Coffee Break

11:15 am – 12:00 pm

Sustainable Packaging: A Layer by Layer Look at Achieving Success


Keith Belli 150x150Keith Belli, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences and Associate Vice President for Public Service and Agriculture
Clemson University


NikolaJuhasz 150x150Nikola Juhasz, Ph.D.
Global Technical Director for Sustainability
Sun Chemical

david-mclean-150x150-1David McLain
Director, Sustainability
Printpack, Inc.

Chris Shaefer 150x150Chris Schaefer
Global Marketing Director
EarthFirst® Films by PSI

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

Summit Highlights: Zero Waste Event Strategies

12:30 pm – 12:45 pm


12:45 pm – 2:15 pm

Lunch Presentation
Lunch sponsored by NOVA Chemicals

Summit Highlights: Gift Box Reveal

Multiple Perspectives on Food Waste


Corby Kummer 150x150Corby Kummer
Executive Director, Food and Society
Aspen Institute

2:15 pm – 2:45 pm

Creating Opportunities to Close the Loop on Circular Plastics


Brent Greiner 150x150Brent Greiner
Vice President of Technology
Charter Next Generation

Alan Schrob 150x150Alan Schrob
Manager, PCR Business Development
NOVA Chemicals Inc.

2:45 pm – 3:15 pm

Coffee Break
Coffee Break sponsored by TIPA

3:15 pm – 4:30 pm

Breakout Sessions: Sustainability Explored by Sector

Life Cycle Assessment in Packaging: Un-Wrapping the Benefits and Challenges


Liz Ernst 150x150Liz Ernst
Sustainability Analyst

The Impact of Sustainability KPIs in the Capital Markets


Rabobank logo 150x150Tierney Seidel
Vice President, Sustainable Capital Markets

Industry 4.0: A Practical Guide to Understanding Sustainable Manufacturing


Catherine Hayes 150x150Catherine Hayes
Industry Manager
South Carolina Research Authority

Mark Johnson 150x150Mark Johnson, Ph.D.
Thomas F. Hash Endowed Chair in Sustainable Development and Director of the Center for Advanced Manufacturing
Clemson University

Asem Mokaddem websmallAsem Mokaddem
Tellus Products

Compostable Packaging Technologies, Practices and Certification


Kay Cooksey 150x150Kay Cooksey, Ph.D.
Professor and Cryovac Endowed Chair, Food, Nutrition and Packaging Sciences Department
Clemson University

david-mclean-150x150-1David McLean
Director, Sustainability
Printpack, Inc.

Gary Robinson 150x150Gary Robinson
Director of Public Affairs

Jay Sperry websmallJay Sperry
Global Digital Transformation Leader

5:45 pm – 7:00 pm

Reception and Student Poster Presentations

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Farm to Fork Dinner
Dinner sponsored by Aramark and the South Carolina Department of Agriculture

Wednesday, September 21

8:00 am – 9:30 am

Breakfast and Keynote Presentation
Breakfast sponsored by Dupont


David Allen websmallDavid Allen
Vice President & Chief Sustainability Officer
PepsiCo Foods North America

9:30 am – 10:15 am

Packaging Has a Sustainability Story… What’s the Right Way to Tell It?
Presentation sponsored by Pregis


Suzanne Shelton 150x150Suzanne Shelton
President & CEO
Shelton Group

10:15 am – 10:45 am

Coffee Break
Coffee Break sponsored by Sustana Fiber

10:45 am – 11:30 am

Navigating the Three Rs: Myth Busting Sustainability Lore


Cassandra Snelling 150x150Cassandra Snelling
Marketing Manager of Global Sustainability


Ezra Cates 150x150Ezra Cates, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences
Clemson University

Greg Johnson 150x150Greg Johnson
Director of New Business Development
Sustana Fiber

Elizabeth Rhue websmallElizabeth Rhue
Staff VP of Global Sustainability

Whole Foods logo 150x150Whole Foods

11:30 am – 1:15 pm

Lunch and Keynote Presentation
Lunch sponsored by Seaside Grown

Conserving the Magic – Operationalizing Disney’s Environmental Goals


president_clements_150x150James P. Clements, Ph.D.
Clemson University


Gary Jones 150x150Chef Gary Jones
Culinary Environmental Specialist
Walt Disney World® Resort

Steve Vanarsdall 150x150Steve Vanarsdall
Environmental Integration Project Manager
Walt Disney World® Resort

Closing Remarks

Anne Barr web smallAnne Barr
Executive Director, Sonoco FRESH
Clemson University

Jeff Schuetz 150x150Jeff Schuetz
Staff Vice President, Global Technology