Join bakery panelists as they discuss their successes and challenges in the Energy Star® Challenge journey towards reducing energy intensity by 10 percent in less than five years. Learn how to benchmark your commercial bakery against industry peers and how you can become and ENERGY STAR Partner. EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Program staff will moderate this session.
When: September 9, 2019 | 9:45 am – 10:45 am
Where: Las Vegas Convention Center Room N254
- Rasma Zvaners
- Walt Tunnessen
- Margaret Ann Marsh
- Barry Edwards
- J.K. Evicks
- Christopher Wolfe
Rasma Zvaners serves as Vice President of Regulatory & Technical Services for the American Bakers Association (ABA) and joined the organization in September 2006. Ms. Zvaners is the primary liaison for ABA’s Food Technical Regulatory Affairs Committee, ABA’s Energy and Environmental Health Committee and the ABA Safety Committee. Ms. Zvaners assists the industry with implementation of the food safety regulations and some ingredient specific issues. She also works closely with other ABA staff on nutrition policy issues. Ms. Zvaners is responsible for managing ABA’s Energy Star initiative and sustainability work as well as the ABA Safety Recognition Program. Prior to ABA she was with the American Chemistry Council (ACC) where in her last post, Ms. Zvaners served as Director of Regulatory Policy. She managed and led member companies on significant regulatory and policy issues including environment, energy, public health and products.
Walt Tunnessen, US EPA – EnergyStar, National Program Manager, is an innovative and strategic thinker with a track record of developing and implementing successful energy and environmental management programs. He is a leader and subject matter expert in the areas of strategic energy management, industrial energy efficiency, and corporate sustainability. Specialties: Energy management, Strategic Energy Management, Energy Management Systems, Energy efficiency, Energy efficiency benchmarking, Energy Performance Indicators, Energy policy, energy program development, Greenhouse Gas Accounting & Reporting, Greenhouse Gas Management, climate risk management, sustainability, environmental labeling, environmental reporting and disclosure, corporate sustainability, CSR, voluntary government program management, facilitation and management of multi-stakeholder initiatives.
Margaret Ann Marsh, Flowers Foods, VP Sustainability & Environmental
Barry Edwards, ARYZTA, VP Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability
J.K. Evicks is the Plant Engineer for The Bama Companies’ Bama Pie facility in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He earned a B.S. in Biosystems Engineering from Oklahoma State University in 2006, then a M.S. in Biosystems Engineering from Oklahoma State University in 2016. He has developed and executed the facility capital improvement process for Bama Pie since 2017 and has been responsible for Bama’s corporate environmental compliance and sustainability since 2007.
Christopher Wolfe is the Corporate Director of Environmental and Sustainability at Bimbo Bakeries USA.
Chris has worked in the Food Industry since 1996 and has held numerous operation positions with Butter-Krust Baking Company, ConAgra Foods, Sara Lee Fresh Bakery, and Bimbo Bakeries USA, Inc. (BBU). He currently is the Corporate Director, Environmental / Sustainability for BBU, responsible for leading environmental / sustainability efforts at BBU bakeries throughout the United States. Chris is also active with Sustainability efforts at BBUs parent company, Grupo Bimbo S.A.B. de C.V, assisting with the GRI, CDP, and other initiatives. Chris is an American Institute of Baking (AIB) Certified Baker. He participates with the EPA Energy Star Program, the Food Industry Environmental Council, and is Co-Chair of the American Bakers Association’s Environmental Committee. Chris resides in Milton, PA with his wife, son, and labrador retriever.