Sustainable Supply Chain Webinar and Conference Series

Sustainability Solutions for the Food and Beverage Industry

SSCS Overview

Supporting the acceleration of sustainability into the food and beverage industries

The Sustainable Supply Chain Webinar and Conference Series was created to support the deployment of sustainability solutions to the food and beverage industry. SSCS connects sustainability experts -- including private industry and academics -- to business leaders and operations managers looking for sustainability support. Each webinar, targeted specifically to food and beverage supply chain operators, will be led by academic and scientific experts, who will share the necessary knowledge for the business leader to address the topic best for their operations. Additionally, every webinar will include industry examples, with business leaders presenting a solution deployed in their operations along with their learnings, as well a moderated panel discussion giving participants an opportunity to discuss.

Fall 2021 webinar topics are shown below. Registration is required to attend and is on a per-event basis.

Arizona State University's Metis Center for Infrastructure and Sustainable Engineering launched SSCS in partnership with Double Green. The series was launched in 2021 and includes an initial set of webinars with an intended in-person conference in 2022.

Energy and Greenhouse Gas Inventorying

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

The inventorying of energy use and greenhouse gas emissions has become a cornerstone of sustainability assessments. In this webinar experts on life-cycle assessment, scope 1, 2, and 3 inventorying, and environmental footprinting will share their expertise and experiences. Participants will gain a working knowledge of how to frame energy and greenhouse gas inventories for their operations and supply chains.

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Energy Efficiency

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Energy efficiency remains an opportunity for improving sustainability while also reducing costs. It requires an assessment of life cycle costs, and the balancing of upfront investments for long-term rewards. In this webinar energy efficiency experts will share approaches to energy efficiency assessment, providing participants with insights into balancing energy reductions with cost savings.

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Resilience

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Heat domes and extreme weather compound the country’s aging infrastructure. In this webinar, resilience experts will describe how climate change and infrastructure disrepair will disrupt operations and the strategies companies can adopt now to protect their business. In addition, industry panelists will provide examples of how their companies prepared, pivoted, and innovated during the pandemic and recent climate disasters.

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Life cycle assessment (LCA) has become commonplace in government and industry, to analyze cradle-to-grave costs, energy, and environmental effects. Yet the basic approaches and data needed to conduct an LCA remain difficult to interpret. In this talk the basics of LCA will be presented and how they relate to scope 1, 2, and 3 inventorying. Standard approaches and data will be shown to give participants insights into how to begin developing their own LCAs.

Marotta will discuss Beam Suntory's process for measuring its impact and share the company's best sustainability practices.

Kim Marotta is responsible for developing and implementing Beam Suntory's long-term commitments to environmental sustainability across the company's supply chain from seed to sip through their Proof Positive program. Kim held similar leadership positions in sustainability at Molson Coors, MillerCoors, and Miller Brewing Company. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of Keurig Dr. Pepper and was appointed by Governor Tony Evers to sit on the Great Lakes Protection Fund board. She has also served on the board of directors for The Nature Conservancy.

Audience members will have an opportunity to ask panelists questions through a moderated Q&A session.

Leah Cooper is the Sustainability Program Manager for Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in Mills River, North Carolina where she works on environmental initiatives aimed at building an enduring and resilient company. Leah manages greenhouse gas reduction projects on the plant level ranging from energy generation and efficiency, zero waste, water conservation, and alternative transportation. Along with continuous improvement projects, she is responsible for educating and engaging employees around environmental issues and advocating for projects and groups in alignment with company values within the local, Western North Carolina community.

Founded in 1980, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is one of America’s premier craft breweries and a leader in both quality and operational sustainability. Learn how Sierra Nevada has approached measuring their carbon footprint through a scope 1,2, and 3 greenhouse gas inventory.

The THESIS Sustainability Index is used by over 1700 brand manufacturers to assess the sustainability of their consumer products and share that information with retailers like Walmart, Krogers, and Sprouts. This talk will discuss the GHG-related KPIs in THESIS, and what THESIS data over the last five years suggests are barriers to progress in supply chain emissions reductions. We will also comment on the level of precision that companies have currently in measuring and reporting their GHG emissions.

Dr. Kevin J. Dooley is a Distinguished Professor of Supply Chain Management in the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. He is also Chief Scientist of The Sustainability Consortium, a Senior Global Futures Scientist in the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory, and Co-Director of the Complex Adaptive Supply Networks Research Accelerator.

Audience members will have an opportunity to ask panelists questions through a moderated Q&A session.

Prof. Parrish is leading researcher and educator on energy efficiency in buildings. Prior to joining Arizona State University she was a research scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Joe Mearman is a licensed professional engineer with 30 years of experience in technology insertion for survivability and efficiency for ships, submarines, and buildings. In his presentation, Mearman will share the results of monitoring 175 sensors in quick-service restaurants and distribution warehouses, having identified the most significant energy and cost-saving technologies for the food and beverage industry today.

Audience members will have an opportunity to ask panelists questions through a moderated Q&A session.

An ASU expert will speak on energy and water efficiency work in the food and beverage industry.

Neil Baier is VP of Finance for Crescent Crown Distributing, which delivers over thirty-six million cases of beer and beverages throughout Arizona and Louisiana. As head of the Arizona division’s Finance group for one of the ten largest beer distributors in the US, you might not expect his nickname at work…”Captain Solar!” However, it underscores Crescent Crown’s commitment to both delivering fresh quality beer in the desert while also being good corporate and community citizens.

Mr. Baier will share learnings from the deployment of one of the largest solar installations in the state of Arizona nine years ago, Crescent Crown’s latest solar project that went online this year, and the savings the business has reaped as temperatures have risen and summers have become longer.

Audience members will have an opportunity to ask panelists questions through a moderated Q&A session.

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Audience members will have an opportunity to ask panelists questions through a moderated Q&A session.

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Description of speaker 3.4, work, and presentation.

Audience members will have an opportunity to ask panelists questions through a moderated Q&A session.

Speakers

We have assembled a team of world-class sustainability experts

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Mikhail Chester

Director, ASU's Metis Center
SSCS Co-Chair and Host

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Molly Reilly

CEO, DoubleGreen
SSCS Co-Chair

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Leah Cooper

Sustainability Program Manager
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Kim Marotta

Global VP of Environmental Sustainability at Beam Suntory

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Joe Mearman

Founder and CEO of Energy Efficient Technologies

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Bill Brandt

Director of Strategy,
ASU Lightworks

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Kristen Parrish

Professor, Construction Management, ASU

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Neil Baier

Vice President of Finance at Crescent Crown Distributing

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Kevin Dooley

Chief Research Scientist
ASU's Sustainability Consortium

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Inventorying

$50

  • Tuesday,
    October 19, 2021
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Efficiency

$50

  • Wednesday,
    November 3, 2021
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Resilience

$50

  • Tuesday,
    December 14, 2021
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Full Series

$125

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