Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates
SAVE THE DATE: The Food and Beverage Environmental Conference (FBEC) 2021 will take place March 28-31, 2021 in Palm Springs, CA.

Schedule

Here's a look at the 2021 FBEC schedule. Speakers will be added as they are confirmed. All FBEC events, unless otherwise noted, take place at The Renaissance Indian Wells.
*This schedule is subject to change.

Call for Presentations and Posters

The Planning Committee for FBEC released the 2020 Call for Presentations & Posters.

The Planning Committee for FBEC annually accepts submissions for presentations and posters for the upcoming conference. There are no published conference proceedings and no sales pitches so that the presentations, posters and subsequent discussions can be more candid and enlightening. Presentations are delivered in a general session format to allow the greatest participation possible. Posters receive maximum interaction and exposure during scheduled networking sessions. With the above in mind, we are pleased to issue this Call for Presentations & Posters. The list of this year’s session topics is included in the Call for Presentations and Posters form. All presentations should focus on actual case examples from the food and beverage industry. We encourage examples of successes, failures, and lessons learned.


 

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Sunday March 28, 2021

7:00 am - 12:00 pm
Jeep Tour

 Chair: Patrick Teig, Johnsonville Sausage

 

Join Red Jeep Tours on an unforgettable journey through the Metate Ranch and infamous San Adreas Fault Zone. Space is limited. Sign-up upon registration (additional fee of $150 applies).

 

7:45 am - 3:00 pm
FBEC Golf Outing

Chairs: Bob Brown, Bolton & Menk; Walter Kraus Efficient2Sustainable, Inc.

Join fellow FBEC attendees at the Indian Wells Golf Resort for this year’s FBEC Golf Tournament. Sign-up during registration. Cost is $195. Rental clubs are available for an additional fee. Lunch is provided by Bolton & Menk.

Indian Wells Golf Resort
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Historical Palm Springs Tour

Chairs: Bernie Sheff, ES Engineering; Chris Ulmer, Building Crafts; Joe Volpe, Geosyntec Consulting

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Registration
Esmeralda Foyer
4:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Session Chair & Co-Chair Meeting
Esmeralda 2-3
5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
First Timers Reception

Is this your first time attending FBEC? Join the FBEC Steering Committee, 2020 Conference Chair and past chairs to learn more about what to expect from the conference and get insider tips.

TBD
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Welcome Reception

The Welcome Reception at FBEC kicks off the conference and sets the tone for four successful days of education and networking. Enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres with your fellow attendees.

Rose Lawn
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Hospitality Suite

Each night continue catching up with old friends and making new ones at the Hospitality suite, hosted by Gannett Fleming, Inc. The Hospitality Suite is located on the top floor, in the Presidential Suite.

Presidential Suite

Monday March 29, 2021

7:00 am - 12:00 pm
Registration
Esmeralda Foyer
7:15 am - 8:15 am
Breakfast
Olive Grove
8:30 am - 8:45 am
Welcome & Opening Remarks

Speaker(s):

Jasmine Sodemann, FBEC 2020 Conference Chair, Gannett Fleming, Inc.

 

Esmeralda Ballroom 5-8
8:45 am - 9:30 am
Keynote Session| California Wines: A Case Study in Cultivating Sustainability – From Grapes to Glass 

Keynote Session| California Wines: A Case Study in Cultivating Sustainability – From Grapes to Glass

The California wine industry has long been committed to sustainable winegrape growing and winemaking. Over the past two decades, vineyards and wineries that represent a vast majority of the state’s acreage and wine production have been participating in voluntary educational and certification programs and, more importantly, adopting practices that conserve water and energy, maintain healthy soil, protect air and water quality, enhance relations with employees and communities, preserve local ecosystems and wildlife habitat and improve the economic vitality of family farms and businesses. California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance Executive Director Allison Jordan will share lessons learned from the California wine industry’s sustainability programs, and provide on-the-ground examples of how California winegrape growers and vintners are using sustainable practices in their vineyards and wineries all-year long.

Keynote Speaker:

Allison Jordan

Vice President, Environmental Affairs, Wine Institute

Executive Director, California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance

Esmeralda Ballroom 5-8
9:30 am - 10:45 am
Session 1: Energy Optimization & Management

Chair: John Meyer, Smithfield Foods
Co-Chair: Houston Flippin, Brown & Caldwell

Speaker(s):

Thermal Energy Storage Brian Dunn, Vice President, Facility Maintenance & Energy, Americold

How Treehouse is Leveraging Treasure Hunts to Achieve Sustainability GoalsKevin Rotsching, Director – Environmental Sustainability, Treehouse Foods; Charlie Quann, Project Manager, Antea Group

Energy Efficiency Initiatives & Viable Wind & Solar Projects Bill Gill, AVP Environmental Affairs, Smithfield FOods; John Meyer, Senior Director of Environmental Affairs, Smithfield Foods

 

Esmeralda Ballroom 5-8
10:45 am - 11:00 am
Break
Esmeralda Foyer
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Session 2: Air Quality

Chair: Joan Giuliani, Molson Coors Brewing Company
Co-Chair: Bob Presley, Burns & McDonald

Speaker(s):

Top Air Quality Mistakes – Mark Koch, Environmental & Sustainability Engineer, MillerCoors

Odor Control – One Size Does Not Fit All – Linda Kurtz, Senior Environmental Program Manager, Mars Wrigley; Erika Saad, Regional Environmental & SIG Manager, Mars Pet

Esmeralda Ballroom 5-8
12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
Lunch / Session 3: Sustainable Agriculture

Chair: Rob Meyers, PepsiCo; Michele Boney, West Liberty Foods
Co-chair: Dan Burgard, Cascade Earth Sciences; Ron Pagel, Power Engineers

Panelists:

 

Esmeralda Ballroom 5-8
1:45 pm - 3:15 pm
Ad-hoc Session: Air 202

Chair: Adam Wylie, Leprino Foods
Co-chair: Laura Huff, Power Engineers; Stephen Nelson, Coal Creek Environmental

Panelists:

Joan Giuliani, Environmental & Sustainability Engineer, Molson Coors

Wesley McGhee, Corporate Environmental Engineer, Campbell’s Snacks

 

Esmeralda Ballroom 5-8
1:45 pm - 3:15 pm
Ad-hoc: Planning & Selling CAPEX Projects

Chair: Michael Boese, Amazon
Co-Chair: Mark Johnson, Gannett Fleming, Inc.

 

Panelists:

Patrick Teig, Project Engineer, Johnsonville Sausage

Robert Mancini, CFO, Jasper Wyman & Son

Michael Boese, Amazon

Esmeralda Ballroom 1-3
3:15 pm - 4:30 pm
Poster set-up
Esmeralda Foyer
3:30 pm - 4:45 pm
Steering Committee Meeting
Esmeralda Board Room
4:45 pm - 5:45 pm
Poster Sessions and Social Hour

Chair: Jane Kettler, Johnsonville Sausage, LLC
Co-Chair: Lloyd Snyder, Woodard & Curran

Esmeralda Foyer
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Dinner and Session 4: Enforcement & Compliance Case Studies

Chair: Josh Milleson, Land O’Lakes
Co-Chair: Ted Holt, HACH; Jeff VanVoorhis, Symbiont  

Speaker(s):

“Wait, What?  …And Other Utterances for When Things Go Wrong”Sharon Saknit, Director of Environmental Compliance, Costco Wholesale

Navigating the Uh-Oh’s and Unexpected During ConstructionKevin Fischer, Mechanical Division Director, Staab Construction

The Never Ending Story – Patrick Teig, Johnsonville Sausage

Esmeralda 4
8:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Poster Sessions and Social Hour

Chair: Jane Kettler, Johnsonville Sausage, LLC
Co-Chair: Lloyd Snyder, Woodard & Curran

Esmeralda Foyer
9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Hospitality Suite
Presidential Suite

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

7:00 am - 12:00 pm
Registration
Esmeralda Foyer
7:00 am - 8:00 am
Women’s Networking Breakfast, sponsored by PepsiCo

In honor of its 50th Anniversary, the 2020 Food & Beverage Environmental Conference will host the inaugural event, Food for Thought, a women’s networking breakfast on Tuesday, April 7th. Inspired by the increasing number of women attendees, the conference steering committee wanted to devote time for female food industry environmental professional to connect and network. Participants will have time to network before a panel discussion led by experienced professionals will share lessons they have learned along their career journeys with Q&A to follow.

Attendees must RSVP in advance.  Please email Kristen Holmes at kristen.holmes@conferencedirect.com if you would like to attend.

Questions can be sent in advance to Alyssa Hamil, ahamil@smithfield.com or Tracy Bantegui, tbantegui@cerahelix.com.

 

Presenters:

Kisa Baskin, Director of Environmental Affairs, Treehouse Foods

Jana Gessner, Vice President EHS, PepsiCo

Joan Giuliani, Environmental & Sustainability Engineer, Molson Coors

Schwanzetta Williams, Director of Talent Acquisition, Smithfield Foods

Esmeralda 4
7:00 am - 8:00 am
Breakfast
Olive Grove
8:00 am - 8:45 am
Session 5: Compliance Best Practices

Chair: Ian Toevs, Lamb Weston

Co-Chair: Erin Rodgers, Environmental Standards; Mark Zimmerman, FOTH

Panelists:

Kevin Sobnosky, EHS Director – Environmental, PepsiCo

Krista McIntyre, Partner, Stoel Rives, LLP

Tracy Kayhanfar, Senior Director, Environmental Management at Conagra Brands

 

 

Esmeralda Ballroom 5-8
8:45 am - 9:45 am
Session 6: Sustainable Packaging

Chair: Bill Gill, Smithfield Foods
Co-Chair: Steve Venner, Cascade Earth Sciences

Panelists:

Casey Bettendorf, Senior Manager, Packaging, Engineering & Innovation, Lamb Weston

Bob Daviduk, Co-CEO, rPlanet Earth

Skye Wellington, Sales & Marketing Coordinator, Garlock Printing & Converting Corp.

Esmeralda Ballroom 5-8
9:45 am - 10:00 am
Break
Esmeralda Foyer
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Session 7: Stormwater

Chair: Wesley McGhee, Campbell’s Snacks
Co-Chair: Justin Olson, World Water Works

Speaker(s):

Title– Josh Milleson, Division Environmental Manager, Land O’Lakes

Pink Foam and the Public – Joan Giuliani, Environmental & Sustainability Engineer, Molson Coors

Esmeralda Ballroom 5-8
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Ad-hoc: Wastewater 202

Chair: Joe Herrud, Leprino Foods
Co-Chair: Bill Kohl, Evoqua; Greg Parks, Woodard & Curran

 

Description:

Small group interaction – Basic WW Review followed by breakouts covering operational issues/resolution, small project improvements and major capital investment selection.

Esmeralda Ballroom 5-8
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Ad-hoc Session: Regulatory Hot Topics

Chair: Kisa Baskin, Treehouse Foods
Co-Chair: Stephen Nelson, Coal Creek Environmental

Speaker(s):

The Evolving PFAS Regulatory Landscape – Eleni Kouimelis and Matt Walker, Winston & Strawn

Prop 65 Regulatory Update – Peg Toledo, Arnold and Porter

 

Esmeralda Ballroom 1-3
12:30 pm -
Boxed Lunch

for Technical Tour & Community Event Participants Only

Esmeralda Foyer
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Technical Tour

Chair: Brian Mulinix, HDR Inc.

 

This year’s take a tour of the Coachella Valley Water District.  Additional details to follow. Space is limited. Sign-up upon registration.

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Community Event at Find Food Bank

Chair: Ann Marie Gathright, Environmental Standards, Inc.

 

Join your fellow FBEC attendees for an afternoon helping out at the Find Food Bank. Space is limited. Sign-up upon registration.

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Networking and Business Time

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

7:00 am - 1:00 pm
Registration
Esmeralda Foyer
7:00 am - 8:00 am
Breakfast
Olive Grove
8:00 am - 9:00 am
Session 8: Food Waste

Chair: Alyssa Hamil, Smithfield Foods
Co-Chair: Anthony Urciuoli, SUEZ Water Technologies & Solutions

Speaker(s):

Blockchain: Innovative Ways Producers are Reducing Food Waste & Saving Resources – Bob Wolpert, Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer, Golden State Foods

Preventing Manufacturing Food Loss at 50 Facilities – Bill Gill, Assistant Vice President, Sustainability, Smithfield Foods; Bruce Taylor, President, Enviro-Stewards Inc.

Esmeralda Ballroom 5-8
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Session 9: Hazardous & Regulated Waste

Chair: Bob Zimmerman, Campbell’s
Co-Chair: Brian Kardos, Gannett Fleming, Inc.

Speaker(s):

Hazardous Waste – Updated Regulations & State  Implementation – Sarah Savage, Environmental Health & Safety Specialist, Danone North America

Managing & Minimizing Hazardous Waste in a Corporate Network – Sherri Livengood, Director of Environmental Affairs, Danone North America

Esmeralda Ballroom 5-8
10:00 am - 10:15 am
Break
Esmeralda Foyer
10:15 am - 11:15 am
Session 10: Water Reuse

Chair: John Kirkpatrick, Basic American Foods
Co-Chair: Jordi Figueras, Brown & Caldwell; Scott Jay, World Water Works

Speaker(s):

Title – Name, Title, Company

Esmeralda Ballroom 5-8
11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Session 11: Implementation of Sustainable Technologies

Chair: Leslie Adebayo, Bimbo Bakeries
Co-Chair: Stacey Lamer, HDR; Ron Pagel, Power Engineers

Speaker(s):

Title – Kevin Yavari, Regional Environmental Sustainability Manager, Bimbo Bakeries 

24- Karat Gold Award – Adam Wylie, Associate Director, Environmental & Global Responsibility, Leprino Foods 

Esmeralda Ballroom 5-8
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Lunch

Lunch Speaker:

Chef Eric, Head Chef, Renaissance Indian Wells

Esmeralda 4
1:15 pm - 1:30 pm
FBEC 2021 Preview
Esmeralda Ballroom 5-8
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Session 12: Wastewater

Chair: Kari Leonhard, JBS
Co-Chair: Brian Arntsen, Suez; Scott Oliver, ISC

Speaker(s):

Title – Name, Title, Company

 

Esmeralda Ballroom 5-8
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
FBEC 2021 Planning
Esmeralda Ballroom 5-8
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Poster Sessions and Social Hour

Chair: Jane Kettler, Johnsonville Sausage, LLC
Co-Chair: Lloyd Snyder, Woodard & Curran

Esmeralda Foyer
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
FBEC Closing Event

Let’s close the conference out with a bang. Enjoy drinks and food with your new and old friends and see who will take home the conference’s biggest awards!

Esmeralda Lawn
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Hospitality Suite

Each night continue catching up with old friends and making new ones at the Hospitality suite, hosted by Gannett Fleming, Inc. The Hospitality Suite is located on the top floor in the Presidential Suite.

Presidential Suite

Guest / Spouse Program

It is a pleasure to welcome you to the 2020 Food & Beverage Environmental Conference Guest/Spouse program. Whether you’re a returning guest or new to the FBEC event, we hope that you will enjoy what we have planned for you this year. As always, you are invited to attend all conference meal functions and receptions.   Here is look at the unique programs we have planned for you…

Monday, March 29 – Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway—the world’s largest rotating tram car—travels over two and-one-half miles along the breathtaking cliffs of Chino Canyon, transporting riders to the pristine wilderness of the Mt. San Jacinto State Park. During your approximately ten-minute journey, tram cars rotate slowly, offering picturesque and spectacular vistas of the valley floor below. Once you reach the Mountain Station—elevation 8,516 feet—enjoy observation decks, natural history museum, two documentary theaters, gift shop and over 50 miles of hiking trails. 

Wednesday, March 31 – Cooking Class
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Enjoy an interactive cooking class with your new FBEC friends.  Participants will be able to participate in an interactive salsa, guacamole or margarita station.  Hotel chefs will share the basics of each recipe and provide some ideas to adjust to your spice level!  Upon completion, you will get to enjoy the salsa, guacamole and margaritas and enjoy a special sweet surprise.

Here is a download of the full guest/spouse program itinerary – Itinerary-Guest-Program-FBEC-2020-2.pdf