2018 MISCON Speakers and Presentations



MORNING KEYNOTE: Disrupting Network Power in Global Value Chains

Speaker Photo: Sean Ansett

Sean Ansett, Worker Tech:  Sean Ansett is a Sustainability Executive with 20 years’ experience managing complexity, building multi-stakeholder partnerships, and spearheading change across the apparel, electronics and food sectors. He is founder of At Stake Advisors Limited, a global sustainability consultancy focused on transforming strategy into practice in the areas of human rights, ethical trade, and environmental sustainability. Sean Ansett was the Director of Corporate Responsibility at Burberry and Director of Global Partnerships at Gap Inc., where he set a new bar for corporate responsibility reporting receiving more than 2m positive impressions. He also served as the Interim Executive Director of the Bangladesh Accord, the first ever supplier safety initiative. Sean is a founding team member and was the former CSO of Fairphone, the first sustainable and modular smart phone company to go to market that successfully raised $7m in crowd funding and received the UN Momentum for Change Award, Sustainia 100 Community Award and was a 2016 SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards finalist.

AFTERNOON KEYNOTE: Sustainability at Siemens

Speaker Photo of Bob DixonBob Dixon, Siemens US: Bob Dixon is the Head of Sustainability for Siemens US.  In his role as the Head of Sustainability for Siemens US, working in concert with Siemens’ global sustainability organization, he is responsible to develop, communicate, and execute strategic sustainability initiatives.  This includes assisting and advising Siemens’ businesses, clients, industry, state, local, and federal governments on efficiency and sustainability, and driving the Siemens US organization towards Carbon Neutrality.

Previously he served as the Global Head of Efficiency & Sustainability, Vice President, and Senior Advisor to the Management Board for the International Headquarters of the Building Technologies Division of Siemens. Prior to that, he served as the Senior Vice President, Global Head, Energy and Environmental Solutions.

He has served on the Board of Directors for the Efficiency Valuation Organization (EVO), the Board of Directors for the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO), the Board of Directors and Vice President for the Energy Services Coalition, the Industry First-Vice Chair for the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE), and is a past president of National Association of Energy Service Companies (NAESCO).

He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California, and is a graduate of the Minnesota Executive program at the University of Minnesota.

PRESENTATION: Assessing Environmental Materiality at Meijer

speaker photo: Christina Britton

CHRISTINA BRITTON:  Christina Britton is a Sustainability Analyst at Meijer with responsibilities related to all facets of environmental sustainability, including strategy, data management, and program implementation. Christina collaborates with a wide range of stakeholders to drive Meijer sustainability forward in a manner that fits Meijer’s core values. Before joining Meijer, Christina worked as a consultant to clients in a wide range of industries, advising them on environmental compliance and sustainability. In her prior role, she taught an official 16-hour GRI reporting course as a certified trainer, teaching sustainability practitioners how to conduct materiality assessments and create GRI-conforming sustainability reports. Christina holds a MS in Environmental Policy from Bard College and a BA in Economics from DePauw University.

PRESENTATION Landfill Diversion Through Food Waste Separation & Depackaging

speaker photo: Corey Rossen

COREY ROSSEN: Corey Rossen, Ecoverse’s Technical Sales Manager (Food Waste & Depackaging), has extensive experience in the fields of anaerobic digestion, depackaging and composting.  In the years before Ecoverse, Corey worked for quasar energy group on their Project Development Team and in the Marketing Department.  He has a background in sales, marketing and development.  Corey holds a B.S. and B.A. from Wittenberg University.


speaker photo: Roger Cargill

ROGER CARGILL:  Roger Cargill has been employed in the Waste and Recycling industry for 28 years, beginning at Michigan State University. After leaving MSU in 2008 Roger has worked for Schupan Recycling first as a public space recycling professional. Partnering with organizations such as NASCAR, Coca-Cola and DTE. The business partnerships grew to include MGM Grand Detroit Casino where we reduced annual waste costs by 50 percent through recycling and organics.

Roger is now the Sustainable Projects Manager at Schupan and Sons, Beverage Recycling Division. In this role he focuses on business partnerships, full product destruction, commodity marketing and waste minimization. Roger is a 2008 graduate of the Michigan State University Great Lakes Leadership Academy, and is proud to have received Michigan State University Dorothy Millbrook award for working with people with disabilities.

PRESENTATION: Dollars to Doughnuts (Circular Economy)
speaker photo: Eric HarringotnERIC HARRINGTON:  Eric Harrington is the principal consultant and CEO of Green Advantage Consultants, a sustainability consultancy based in Detroit, and focused on bringing the circular society to fruition as a means of revitalizing the economies and societies of Great Lakes and Rust Belt cities.  Originally educated and trained as a traditional environmental engineer, he had the opportunity to hear the late, great Ray Anderson speak about the Interface journey to sustainability and realized that industrial sustainability was where he needed to be working.  He soon obtained a position with Interface and, although you could say the rest is history, the mission is just beginning.

PRESENTATION: New Tools to Make the Business Case for Water Conservation

speaker photo: Laura Kelly

LAURA KELLY:  Laura Kelly is an Industrial Water Use and Wastewater Specialist, helping industrial clients, often in the automotive industry, with their water-related needs.  She specializes in the completion of industrial water balances, water conservation audits, and wastewater design/upgrades.  Laura has been an engineer at Arcadis for 11 years in their Novi, Michigan, office. Laura received a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Michigan Technological University and an M.S. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Michigan. She and her family love the outdoors and reside in South Lyon, Michigan.

with MEL BUTCHER, Project Engineer, Arcadis


speaker photo: Lisa MassaroPRESENTATION: How Product Stewardship is Guiding Companies to a Greener Future

LISA MASSARO:  Lisa Massaro is the EH&S Product Stewardship and Advocacy Manager supporting Dow Building Solutions.  She is responsible for applying product stewardship and sustainability principles to all aspects of products.  Lisa is a subject matter expert on blowing agents in the building insulations, and has extensive experience working with regulatory and legislative bodies regarding the Montreal Protocol.

Massaro joined Dow in 1988 in Analytical Sciences, held several R&D roles, and then moved to Environmental Toxicology.  She later left Dow for career options in pharmaceuticals and batteries and returned to Dow in 2010. Massaro is leader on numerous industry associations including The Alliance for Responsible Air Policy, American Chemistry Council’s Center for Polyurethanes Industry, Extruded Polystyrene Association, and the Adhesives & Sealants Council.  Massaro holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology with Chemistry minor from Central Michigan University.  She is author and inventor on four patents, and author and external presenter of several papers.

PRESENTATION: Supply Chain Fitness: The Make or Break for Suppliers and Corporate Social Responsibility

speaker photo: Kirstin PolicastroKIRSTIN POLICASTRO:  Kirstin Policastro is Sustainability Professional and Project Manager with E Three Inc. an Energy Services Firm based in Traverse City, MI.   Ms. Policastro possesses a Sustainability MBA and is a practicing Sustainability Consultant.  In addition to implementing Supply Chain Fitness™ Services for clients, Ms. Policastro and E Three provide complete Project Management, Audit, Analysis and implementation of energy efficiency improvements and or new construction for clients in Michigan and throughout the Midwest.

PRESENTATION:  Sustainability and Environmental Compliance Through Data Driven Integrated Solutions

speaker photo: Natalie Pryde

NATALIE PRYDE:  Natalie has over 31 years of HSE experience across multiple industries.  She is a respected HSE professional with a unique combination of technical experience, business leadership, and in-depth process knowledge.  She is a HSE subject matter expert with proven experience translating HSE goals into actions.  Natalie has held key roles in both industry and consulting engaged in the development and implementation of critical global programs. She is recognized for her skills in strategy implementation, program management, social and environmental policy as well as team development and engagement.  She has lead diverse teams supporting multi-million dollar HSE programs providing technical and operational support on a global level.  Critical to her success is her ability to establish strategic direction and guide teams to successfully implement complex regulatory programs while maintaining strong communication with key client and corporate leadership ensuring long standing business relationships.  

Natalie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Systems from Kettering University and a Doctorate degree in Naturopathy from Clayton College of Natural Health.

PRESENTATION: Greening Your Company's Supply Chain: selecting a model and building the business case

speaker photo: Dan Streit

DAN STREIT:  Dan Streit serves as the Program Manager for Environmental Sustainability Services at WECC (Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation), a mission-based nonprofit headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin. In this role, he is responsible for developing and implementing programs for corporate and municipal clients seeking to improve supply chain sustainability, identify and report upon their material sustainability issues, or calculate their carbon footprints. Dan is certified as a Greenhouse Gas Inventory Quantifier and has also completed the GRI training program. He has presented at past conferences and events, including the Better Buildings: Better Business Conference, the New York Home Performance Coalition Conference (formerly Affordable Comfort), Dane Buy Local, and Women in Sustainability, as well as to a variety of local audiences. When he is not engaging organizations on environmental sustainability issues, Dan is an avid cyclist, runner, and baker.

PRESENTATION: Microplastics and Marine Debris: Emerging Environmental Pollutants

speaker photo: Sarah Zack

SARAH ZACK: Sarah Zack is the Pollution Prevention Extension Specialist with Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG) and University of Illinois Extension. Her office is located in the Department of Biology at Loyola University Chicago. She develops and conducts extension and outreach activities related to the prevention of aquatic pollution, raising awareness of the impacts of pharmaceutical and personal care products, microplastics, and other emerging contaminants on water quality, human health, and aquatic ecosystems. She also assists communities in developing unwanted medicine take-back programs and leads the Sea Grant National Emerging Contaminants Community of Practice.

Sarah has a dual B.S. in zoology and biological conservation from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an M.S. in biology from Loyola University Chicago. Previously, Sarah held positions as an invasive species specialist with IISG, an ecology instructor at Loyola University Chicago, and an ecologist with both an environmental consulting firm and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.