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ISPA Sustainability Conference: Schedule

Join us November 16-17 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Charlotte Uptown

Learn from bedding industry professionals on how  to set and achieve sustainability goals within your company.

You’ll also learn how the Mattress Recycling Council is improving mattress recycling by raising awareness of end-of-life challenges and finding new and better uses for post-consumer mattress materials.

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Schedule of Events

WEDNESDAY November, 16

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5:30pm – 7:00pm

Registration

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5:30pm – 7:00pm

Kick-Off Cocktail Reception

Join us for hors d’oeuvres and refreshments at the kick-off reception.

Sponsored by:
Leggett & Platt, Inc.

THURSDAY November, 17

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7:30am – 9:30am

Registration

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7:30AM – 8:00AM

Networking Breakfast

Join us for a continental breakfast while you network with industry colleagues.

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8:00AM – 8:10AM

Opening Remarks

Ryan Trainer, President, International Sleep Products Association and Mattress Recycling Council

Andrew Dent, Ph.D., EVP of Materials Research, Material ConneXion

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8:10AM – 9:00AM

Sustainability Overview: Using the UN Sustainable Development Goals to Define Company Objectives

Mitchell Toomey, Vice President, Sustainability and Responsible Care®, ACC (American Chemistry Council)
(Former global director of the UN Sustainable Development Goals Action Campaign)

Mitch Toomy, Directory of Sustainability, BASF
Mitch will provide personal insights on how the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and sustainability concepts can be used to set environmental objectives for our industry. He will discuss tools mattress manufacturers and component suppliers can use to meet their sustainability goals. Mitch will also talk about actions the chemistry industry is taking to advance the circular economy.

Sponsored by:
CertiPUR US
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9:00AM – 9:50AM

Sustainability Marketing: How the FTC’s Green Guides Prevent Greenwashing

Leonard Gordon, Partner, Venable

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Sustainability is increasingly on consumers’ minds and marketers are responding. This means the FTC and state agencies are paying attention to “green” claims more than ever.
Join Venable partner and former FTC official Len Gordon as he discusses “greenwashing,” sustainability claims, and related issues. Len will cover the FTC’s Green Guides and answer questions as well.

Sponsored by:
The world needs moorefoam
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9:50AM – 10:00AM

Break

Join us for a short break. Includes coffee service.

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10:00AM – 11:00AM

Mattress Industry Sustainability Roundtable

Patrique Veille, Indirect Sourcing Program Manager, Tempur Sealy International, Inc.
Joseph Lowery, Sustainability Director, Carpenter Company
Rhiannon Burch Hallam, Senior Vice President, Sales, Bekaert Deslee
Richard Skorpenske, Vice President, Sustainability & Public Affairs North America, Covestro

Moderated by: Ryan Trainer, President, ISPA

This panel, comprised of broad industry cross-section of component and material suppliers and finished product manufacturers, will discuss how they have set and achieved sustainability goals in their journey toward improving their environmental performance.
Sponsored by:
Joma Wool
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11:00AM – 12:00PM

The SEC’s Proposed Climate Risk Disclosure Rule – Overview and Update

Brian Tomlinson, Managing Director, Ernst & Young LLP

Brian Tomlinson, Managing Director, Ernst & Young LLP
In March 2022, the Security and Exchange Commission released its proposed ESG rule, known as The Enhancement and Standardization of Climate-Related Disclosures for Investors. Brian Tomlinson, Managing Director of Ernst & Young LLP will provide a comprehensive overview of the proposed rule and the implications it has on both publicly-traded and privately owned companies and their value chain.
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12:00PM – 1:00PM

Lunch Break

Join us for a plated lunch.

Sponsored by:
CertiPUR US
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1:00PM – 1:45PM

Mattress Recycling Council: Operations Overview and Efforts to Improve Circularity

Mike O’Donnell, Managing Director
Mike Gallagher, Consultant, Director of Research and Innovation
Ryan McMullan, Consultant, Sleep Products Sustainability Program (SP2)

Moderated by: Kate Caddy, Manager, Sustainability, ISPA

Learn about the Mattress Recycling Council (MRC) and its wide variety of efforts to reduce the environmental impact of mattresses and foundations for the industry. Attendees will learn about MRC’s research to develop new uses for recycled mattress components, advance recyclability and the results from a recent life cycle assessment calculating the program’s carbon footprint. Panelists will discuss MRC’s engagement with the value chain through its Sleep Products Sustainability Program (SP2) focused on reducing manufacturing waste, energy, and water use at mattress manufacturing facilities and engaging with stakeholders on circular design and new materials.
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1:45PM – 2:45PM

Concept To Practice – How To Get Started

Andrew Dent, Ph.D., EVP of Materials Research, Material ConneXion

Andrew Dent, Ph.D., EVP of Materials Research, Material ConneXion
Andrew will close out the program with a discussion about how to put the lessons learned at the conference into practice. This will include real-world examples and successes.
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2:45PM – 3:00PM

Closing Remarks

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November 16-17, 2022

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Contact Us

Public Relations & Media: Mary Helen Rogers

Exhibits, Advertising & Sales: Kerri Bellias

General Conference Inquiries: Kate Caddy