August 9-11, 2017 • Gaylord Opryland Resort • Nashville, TN

Special Programs


Start your Sustainability Summit experience off right with our special programs.

Singer/Songwriter Maggie Baugh

During our Cultivating a Sustainable Future for the Guitar Industry sessionMaggie Baugh, a singer/songwriter who has risen in the country music scene, will play some of her newest hits as well as some of country’s greatest hits on her Taylor guitar!  

Maggie Baugh

About Maggie

Multi-instrumentalist, and singer/songwriter, Maggie Baugh is a young South Florida-based county music sensation!  At 17 years old, she has a publishing deal, she is a Nashville Recording artist, singer/songwriter, guitar player and dynamic fiddle player.

Playing guitar and singing, Maggie Baugh has opened in South Florida for Ashley Monroe (of Pistol Annie’s), Craig Morgan, Neal McCoy, Cole Swindell, Phil Vassar, Taylor Hicks, Chase Bryant, Drake White, Josh Dorr, Radio Romance, Drew Baldridge, Swon Brothers, Montgomery Gentry, John Anderson, Cowboy Troy and Old Southern Moonshine Revival.

Maggie Baugh has played fiddle onstage with Neal McCoy and Charlie Daniels Band—and yes, she is the one that played The Devil Went Down to Georgia with Charlie Daniels!


Ed-U-Ventures are off-site educational adventures with local hosts focusing on different hot spots in the sustainable supply chain.

Please note: Ed-U-Ventures are now included in your conference registration rate and no additional registration or separate fees apply. 

Ed-U-Venture #1: Brewing Better: Little Harpeth Brewery Tour

Nashville's Little Harpeth Brewery is among the most sustainable businesses in Music City.

The company's commitment touches all aspects of the business- from its built-environment where 80 percent of the materials used to build the brewery were reused from demolition debris to energy efficiency and water conservation to providing habitat for bees.

This field trip will give participants an inside look into the Little Harpeth operation, including an in-depth explanation of the brewing process including the ingredients used and why and a tour of the brewing vessels and equipment and how they work.

Of course, product tastings will also be included!

Little Harpeth Brewery
Little Harpeth Brewery

Ed-U-Venture #2: What’s Growing in Nashville? Nashville Farmers' Market Tour and Cooking Demonstration

Originally started in the 1800’s and now covering over 16 urban acres, the Nashville Farmers' Market has long been an important part of the city’s food infrastructure. Over time, the market has grown to meet local demand and now includes a demonstration kitchen, 16 restaurants, and countless vendors selling everything from produce to value added product like cheeses and crafts.

On this Ed-U-Venture, participants will tour the market with the Executive Director, talk with a former 15 year food critic who now works for the market and with families who have sold their crops at the market for generations.

This great trip will finish with a cooking demonstration from one of two very well known local chefs…and of course, samples! This will be a great way to learn about the culture of food and agriculture in the Nashville area and learn from some of the best. 

Cooking demos at the Market

CSAs at the Market

Pre-Summit Session

The pre-Summit Session is a deep-dive exploration of a single topic of great importance to the food retailing and consumer products industry.

Pre-Summit Session #1Food Waste Measurement and Donation Best Practices Workshop

Food waste has been a major topic in the CPG and retail industry for the past several years. The cross-industry Food Waste Reduction Alliance (FWR) has identified accurate measurement as the single best practice to reducing waste.

This workshop will feature experts on three critical areas of food waste management and reduction: measurement, data reporting, and food donation. Join peer companies and NGO experts to learn how to implement or improve both measurement systems and food donation programs in your operations.

This workshop is open to attendees with a wide variety of experience and you will walk away with concrete tools and solutions that will help your company reduce waste and costs.

Kai Roberson, Lead Advisor, Food Loss & Waste Protocol, World Resource Institute (WRI)
Karen Hanner, Director, Manufacturing Partnerships, Feeding America
George Parmenter, Manager of Sustainability, Delhaize America
Justin Block, Senior Manager, Retail Information Services, Feeding America
Melissa Donnelly, Manager, Sustainability Integration and Metrics, Campbell Soup Company
Ricky Ashenfelter, Chief Executive Officer, Spoiler Alert

Pre-Summit Session #2: Making the Business Case for Sustainability

Sustainability – doing more with less – is at the heart of all that we do in the food, CPG, and retail industry. Sometimes, translating that success into a compelling business case can be a challenge.

In this session, you will hear from experts on how to talk about the value of sustainability to two key audiences: internally, to those in your company and externally, to the investment community. You will learn what leading asset managers want to know about a company’s sustainability strategy and what is valued from the shareholder side of the equation. Next, you’ll learn practical ways to make the case for sustainability programs from the C-suite to your front-line employees. This session will feature experts from the consulting, NGO, and investment community and is open to participants with a range of experience levels.

Part I: An Investor Perspective on Sustainability in the Food & Retail Industries
(Moderator) Brooke Barton, Senior Director, Food & Water Programs, Ceres
Yumi Narita, Vice President, ESG Strategist, BlackRock
Peter van der Werf, Senior Engagement Specialist, Active Ownership, Robeco
Michael Younis, Principal, Asset Stewardship, State Street Global Advisors

Part II: Making the Business Case to Management
Tim Greiner, Co-founder and Managing Director, Pure Strategies
Cheryl Baldwin, Vice President, Pure Strategies

   Attendees Say

"If you have to pick one sustainability event to attend, this is the one. We are all faced with common challenges today and it’s easy to get overwhelmed; I feel energized and ready to tackle even more after attending this summit!”

- Jason Wadsworth, Manager of Sustainability, Wegmans Food Markets

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