Part of The Green Voice Speaker Series
Sustainable Business Breakfast
Friday April 21st | The Fairmont Pittsburgh | 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
ReThink: How You Think About The Future
It's easy for a business to say they are going to commit to sustainable practices, but what does it take to put this commitment into action?
Pittsburgh Earth Day is proud to host the 9th annual Sustainable Business Breakfast, presented by Duquesne Light, Wesco, UPMC Health Plan, and Pitt Ohio, at the Fairmont Pittsburgh Hotel, on Friday, April 21st from 8 AM – 10 AM, as part of The Green Voice Speaker Series. Event attendees will enjoy a continental breakfast while hearing from a panel of local sustainability leaders and experts.
Larry Richert & Marty Griffin from the KDKA Radio Morning Show will broadcast live from the event!
The panel discussion, moderated by S & B USA Director of Environmental Social Governance and Innovation, Grant Ervin, will cover topics that range from both large and small, like the shift to a circular economy, the future of sustainability, and the responsibility of businesses in the fight against climate change.
Distinguished panelists include:
Nicholas Bonarrigo, Carmeuse Americas, Vice President, Legal & Environmental & General Counsel
Rebecca L. Lucore, Covestro, Sustainability and Public Affairs North America
Tishekia Williams, Duquesne Light, Managing Director of External Affairs and Regulatory Law
Leslie Hyde, Koppers, Chief Sustainability Officer
Dave Hazel, Mitsubishi Electric Trane US, LLC, Senior Manager Performance Construction
Michael Barnard, Oxford, Vice President of Development
Richard Piacentini, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, President and CEO
Justine Russo, Pitt Ohio, Director of Sustainability and Business Intelligence
Ray Prushnok, UPMC Health Plan, Executive Director, UPMC Center for Social Impact
Ben Johnson, Wesco International, Counsel, Corporate and Commercial Responsibilities
(Full panelist bios below)
Tickets are free, but space is limited. Reservations are required, and space will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. The media does not need to reserve a ticket.
Moderated by Grant Ervin, Director of Environmental Social Governance and Innovation for S&B USA Construction
Grant Ervin currently serves as the Director of Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) and Innovation for S&B USA, an infrastructure integration firm based in Pittsburgh, Pa that specializes in civil construction solutions in the energy, transportation, ports and waterways and vehicle electrification space. Grant serves as an integrator of activities by working across departments, agencies and sectors to form public policy and market-based solutions. He brings deep experience, intersecting the worlds of environmental, community and economic development and infrastructure policy to create innovative and sustainable solutions for local governments, private sector clients, community development organizations, and state agencies.
Prior to joining S&B USA, Mr. Ervin served as the Chief Resilience Officer and Assistant Director for the Department of City Planning for the City of Pittsburgh.
Nick Bonarrigo, Carmeuse Americas, Vice President, Legal & Environmental & General Counsel
Coming up on 20 years of practicing law, Nick Bonarrigo brings his experience as an Associate, Partner, and Corporate Counsel to Carmeuse. Before starting his current role, he was the Deputy General Counsel at Carmeuse. Nick dedicated his work to advising clients on mergers and acquisitions, drafting corporate contracts, and giving business and legal advice on matters such as corporate development, securities compliance, and governance matters.
Rebecca L. Lucore, Covestro, Sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility, Outreach and Engagement
Rebecca L. Lucore is responsible for devising new models that apply Covestro LLC North America's commitment to sustainable business practices and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs) to its social programs, philanthropy, community relations, and sustainability initiatives. She works with the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) to bring the UNSDGs to Covestro’s U.S. site communities and showcase them as a framework for companies, organizations, cities, and communities interested in integrating sustainable practices into their business and innovation strategies, impacting the Triple Bottom Line of People, Planet and Prosperity.
Tishekia E. Williams, Esq., Managing Director of External Affairs and Regulatory Law, Duquesne Light Company
Ms. Tishekia Williams is the Managing Director of External Affairs and Regulatory Law at Duquesne Light Company. In this role, Ms. Williams oversees the government relations, regulatory strategy, regulatory performance, and regulatory legal teams. Her expertise includes public utility rate-making, energy efficiency, conservations and demand response, transmission siting, and universal service programs. Prior to joining Duquesne Light, Ms. Williams served as assistant general counsel for Exelon Business Services Corporation.
Leslie S. Hyde, Senior Vice President & Chief Sustainability Officer, Koppers
Leslie S. Hyde is responsible for driving global sustainability initiatives while advancing Kopper’s strategic vision for the future. She also leads the enterprise risk management and product stewardship functions. Leslie joined Koppers in 1999 and most recently served as Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Risk Management for Koppers in 2019. Prior to that she was the Vice President, Risk Management and Deputy General Counsel in 2016-2017. Among her many accomplishments, she developed a Global Enterprise Risk Management System for the company and assumed responsibility for Product Stewardship.
Dave Hazel, Senior Manager for Performance Construction, Mitsubishi Electric Heating and Air Conditioning, Northeast & Mid-Atlantic
With over 20 years of experience in the HVAC industry, Dave Hazel has specialized in various fields, including High-Performance Heat Pump applications and design. He now educates and develops new construction builders, architects, developers, remodelers, weatherization firms, and HVAC installation contractors along with the passive house and building science communities. Dave is now the Senior Manager for Performance Construction at Mitsubishi Electric.
Michael Barnard, P.E., LEED® AP BD+C, Vice President of Development, Oxford
As Vice President of Development, Michael Barnard is responsible for leadership and execution of all
aspects of a wide variety of development and owner’s representative projects from property due diligence, to concept development and budgeting through procurement and management of design and construction. Michael has been with Oxford since 2006 and is experienced working with diverse clients and teams to oversee the complete development process to deliver exceptional and sustainable working and living environments.
Richard V. Piacentini, President & CEO, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Richard V. Piacentini is the president and CEO of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, a Pittsburgh organization he has guided since 1994. During his tenure, he has transformed Phipps into a green leader through such projects as the Center for Sustainable Landscapes (the only building in the world to meet: Living Building Challenge, LEED Platinum, WELL Platinum (first), Zero-Energy, SITES Platinum (first), BREEAM Outstanding (first in US) and Fitwel 3 Stars, as well as two other Zero-Energy buildings.
Justine Russo, Director of Sustainability and Business Intelligence, Pitt Ohio
Justine Russo leads PITT OHIO’s award-winning sustainability programs. Her responsibilities include heading the cross-functional Steering Committee, implementing the company’s carbon calculator, and reporting on actionable sustainability metrics. In 2017, she joined the Board of Directors of Sustainable Pittsburgh. As part of her role at PITT OHIO, Justine also develops data-driven solutions, delivering analysis and tools that leverage information from throughout the PITT OHIO organization, with a concentration on customer, marketing, and sales analytics.
Ray Prushnok, AVP, Program Development & Executive Director, Center for Social Impact at UPMC Health Plan
Ray Prushnok currently leads UPMC Health Plan’s Center for Social Impact, an office charged with implementing programs that meet social needs which impact health, quality, and cost. The Center’s work is currently focused on employment, housing, and collaboration with human services and community-based organizations. Previously, Ray led the proposal, implementation, and operations for UPMC Community HealthChoices, Pennsylvania’s Medicaid Managed Care for dual eligibles and people with long-term services and supports. Prior, he had responsibility for Medicare and D-SNP product strategy, finance, and analytics.
Ben Johnson, Wesco International, Counsel, Corporate and Commercial Responsibilities
Ben Johnson is Counsel for Wesco International covering a broad scope of corporate and commercial responsibilities, including ESG and sustainability topics. Prior to joining Wesco, Ben supported EMEA debt and equity capital markets deals with Linklates LLP in London, served in the U.S. Peace Corps in the Republic of Moldova and worked with numerous NGOs internationally and in Pittsburgh, including the World Health Organization, Pittsburgh Clean Water Action, and the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council.