5th Annual National Zero Waste Business Conference
Leveraging Existing Partnerships in the Supply Chain to Improve Zero Waste
Friday, June 3rd, 2016
11:00 am to 12:15 pm
Panel Description: Once you have an established Zero Waste program, partnerships within the supply chain can be leveraged to drive even stronger results. This session will give tips and advice on how to build on those partnerships to move your Zero Waste efforts even farther.
- Where to Start Looking for Partnership Opportunities within a Supply Chain’s Lifecycles: Bill Borges, Sustainability Professional (Moderator)
- Commitment to Regenerate: Josh Prigge, Director of Regenerative Development, Fetzer Vineyards
- In the Face of a Food Waste Epidemic, There is no Miracle Elixir: Autumn Rauchwerk, West Coast Fellow, Bon Appétit Management Company
- E-Waste the Final Frontier?: Frank Marino, Sr. Corporate EHSS Manager, Raytheon Company
Bill Borges has directed more than 100 sustainability and environmental management projects. As a principal environmental scientist, he initiated the sustainability practice at Midwest Research Institute, operator of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
As a transformational leader he tailors solutions to the strategic, tactical and operations issues facing rapidly growing and crisis-plagued organizations, including Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton’s first environmental management system (EMS).
In higher education Bill designs and teaches advanced curricula, including The Sustainable Organization, Environmental Management Systems and Sustainable Supply Chain Management. He is the author of the blog, Creating Hospital Sustainability Programs, at http://hospitalsustainability.blogspot.com/ .
He served as chair of the Orange County Sustainability Collaborative, a professional education nonprofit. And, just for the fun of it, he serves annually as a judge in the environmental management category at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in geography with an emphasis on environmental management and an MBA with a thesis on designing, implementing and managing corporate EMS’s.
At Fetzer Vineyards, Josh Prigge guides the vision and execution of game-changing regenerative measures at the world’s first Zero Waste-certified wine company. Prior to joining Fetzer Vineyards, Prigge was the Sustainability Coordinator at Hawai’i Pacific University, and also served as President of the Sustainability Association of Hawai`i.
“I enjoy seeking out initiatives and innovations to further Fetzer Vineyards’ position as a wine industry leader in social and environmental responsibility,” says Prigge of his role focused on a variety of regenerative projects. Since joining Fetzer Vineyards in 2014, Prigge has drawn on his educational and professional background in sustainable development to set targets and spearhead key certifications for the first winery in California to operate on 100% renewable energy.
A Commitment to Sustainable and Regenerative Practices
Prigge’s accomplishments at Fetzer Vineyards include identifying measures and securing recognition for Fetzer Vineyards as the first certified Zero Waste wine company in the world, in 2014. In 2015, Prigge successfully completed the certification process for Fetzer Vineyards’ landmark B Corp certification, standards for which are widely recognized among the highest for social and environmental responsibility in business. December 2015 saw Prigge appear as a speaker at Caring for Climate, the official Business Forum at the United Nations’ Paris Climate Talks in France, where he shared more on the company’s zero-waste business practices and ongoing efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
In his newest chapter, Prigge has challenged Fetzer Vineyards to move towards a Net Positive future, an ambitious goal calling for the Winery to eliminate all negative impacts related to business activities while increasing positive outlays, resulting in a targeted positive corporate footprint by the year 2030. “I firmly believe that business has a higher social purpose beyond just profit, so it’s exciting to come to work each day to an organization whose values align with my own, and whose focus on regenerative business is at the fore of operations,” says Prigge.
Prigge holds an MA in Global Leadership and Sustainable Development and an MBA from Hawai’i Pacific University, along with a number of certifications including: LEED Green Associate; Building Operator Certification® (BOC): Energy Efficiency for Commercial Buildings; and Global Reporting Initiative certification.
Autumn Rauchwerk is the West Coast Fellow For Bon Appétit Management Company. She travels to college campuses where Bon Appétit runs the food service, hosting events that focus on sustainability issues in our food system and what Bon Appétit is doing about them. She offers support to students and staff on sustainability related projects and initiatives. Autumn is also responsible for creating a series of online sustainability trainings to ensure that all full-time employees understand and can communicate the company’s sustainability policies.
Before joining Bon Appétit, Autumn acted as the Food Recovery Network’s (FRN) Director of Expansion, guiding a team of New Chapter Coordinators to help students across the country start food recovery programs at their college campuses. During her time at FRN, she helped the movement grow from 23 chapters with food recovery programs to over 100 chapters.
Autumn also spent time as a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Hollings Fellow, working to develop a Green Operations plan at Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary in American Samoa.
Frank Marino is a Sr. Corporate EHSS Manager at Raytheon, where he is responsible for developing and implementing EHSS programs for the company. Frank has worked at Raytheon for 26 years.
He has over 30 years experience in industrial environmental management, including the manufacture of computers, appliances, military hardware and aircraft. Frank has performed comprehensive EHS audits of numerous Raytheon operations worldwide.
A graduate of the Universities of Rhode Island and Massachusetts, Frank holds a Master’s degree in environmental engineering from UMassLowell.
Frank co-leads Raytheon’s Environmental and Sustainability Teams and he has been involved in electronic waste management for over 20 years. Frank is a Zero Waste Business Associate with the USZWBC.