Learn how effective ecological efforts, from global policies to small-scale tactics,
create a more viable industry and a prosperous planet.


August 18-19, 2016

Educator Training Facility
U.S. Space & Rocket Center
One Tranquility Base
Huntsville, Alabama 35805


Protecting and sustaining the environment has evolved into one of the most significant priorities for today’s corporations. Due to new and ever-changing government regulations and directed local initiatives, it is increasingly important for leading manufacturers and material suppliers to encourage their organizations to implement sound environmental practices that promote sustainable resource stewardship.

The purpose of the Summit for Sustainability in Materials & Manufacturing is to identify current changes in environmental and sustainability standards, and to inform manufacturing leaders and decision makers of best practices, smart solutions and innovations available to their organizations. Conference programming will focus on strategic resource management and address opportunities to implement cost savings due to sustainable practices.

 General Registration: $99
Educator/Student Registration: $50

Register here!

 Event Highlights

- Pre-summit Museum & Park Tour at U.S. Space & Rocket Center (August 18)
- Opening Night Reception & Biergarten at U.S. Space & Rocket Center meal & drink tickets provided. (August 18)
- Special luncheon keynote from former NASA astronaut Jan Davis (August 19)
- Notable speakers include John Bradburn (Global Manager of Waste Reduction, GM), Kathleen Salyer (Deputy Director of the Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery within the Office of Land and Emergency Management, EPA), Steve Hellem (Executive Director, Suppliers Partnership for the Environment), Sue Rokosz (Environmental Engineer, Ford Motor Company), Scott Morris (Sustainability Manager, Honda North America) and Steve Barnes (Program Manager of Water Policy, Tennessee Valley Authority)
- Networking Breakfast and Networking Ice Cream Social in the Exhibit Hall - featuring ice cream bars & sundaes! (August 19)


Thursday, August 18

Pre-summit Museum & Park Tour ~ 3 - 4 p.m.
Davidson Center, U.S. Space & Rocket Center, One Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL 35805
Self-guided tour. Check in at AAMA registration table in lobby.

Opening Night Reception & Biergarten ~ 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Davidson Center, U.S. Space & Rocket Center, One Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL 35805
Meal & drink tickets provided at AAMA registration table in lobby. Click here for more details on Biergarten night!

Friday, August 19
All summit activities will be hosted at the Educator Training Facility (adjacent to the Marriott). See map for location and parking.

Exhibitor Check-in ~ 7 - 8 a.m.

Registration Open & Networking Breakfast (Exhibit Hall) ~  8 - 9 a.m.

Opening Session & Welcome (Theater) ~  9 - 9.15 a.m.
Speakers: Mayor Tommy Battle, Mayor of Huntsville / Ron Davis, President, AAMA 

Global Policy, Local Initiatives (Theater) ~ 9.15 - 10.15 a.m.
Exploring the relationship between federal sustainability programs and national, state and city-led efforts.
G7 Presentation ~ 9.15 - 9.30 a.m.
Presenter: Kathleen Salyer, Deputy Director of the Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery within the Office of Land and Emergency Management, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Panel Discussion ~ 9.30 - 10.15 a.m.
Moderator: Kathleen Salyer
Panelists: Larry Christley, Materials Management Program Manager, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation / Kevin Butt, Regional Environmental Director, Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing Kentucky / Daniel Tait, CEO, Energy Alabama

Sustainability as a Strategic Advantage (Theater) ~ 10.15 - 11.15 a.m.
How sharpening environmental efforts provide new opportunities and improve long-term growth.
Moderator: Steve Hellem, Executive Director, Suppliers Partnership for the Environment
Scott Morris, Supply Chain Sustainability Manager, Honda North America, Jim Laney, Senior Manager, North American Safety, Health & Environment, DENSO International America, Inc. / Pascal Auburtin, Vice President, EFi Automotive North America / Kathleen Kirkpatrick, Director, Community-Alabama, U.S. Green Building Council / Dave Winebarger, Division Vice President & General Manager, Sonoco

Exhibit Hall Break ~ 11.15 - 11:45 a.m.

Our Fragile Earth - A Perspective from Space - Lunch Keynote (Theater) ~ 12.15 - 1.15 p.m.
Keynote Speaker: Jan Davis, former NASA astronaut

NextGen Corporations: How Companies Evolve into Smart Global Citizens (Theater) ~ 1.15 - 2.15 p.m.
GM’s John Bradburn presents case studies that will leave attendees inspired and empowered to make a positive impact in their communities and plants.
Presenter: John Bradburn, Global Manager of Waste Reduction, General Motors

Exhibit Hall Break & Networking Ice Cream Social ~ 2.15 - 3 p.m.
Network with speakers, exhibitors and attendees and enjoy ice cream bars & sundaes!

The Future of H2O: Re-thinking a Valuable Resource (Theater) ~ 3 - 4 p.m.
Gain a new perspective on water usage practices that are good for the earth and good for the industry.
Water Presentation Overview ~ 3 - 3.15 p.m.

Presenter: Don Harris, Program Manager, Alianza Verde Automotriz ("Green Automotive Alliance") and President, Amerris Consulting
Panel Discussion ~ 3.15 - 4 p.m.
Moderator: Don Harris
Panelists: Sue Rokosz, Senior Environmental Engineer, Ford Motor Company / Steve Barnes, Program Manager of Water Policy, Tennessee Valley Authority

Closing Remarks & Final Invitation to Exhibit Hall (Theater) ~ 4 p.m.
Visit our exhibitors before you go!

Sponsorship Opportunities

The Summit for Sustainability in Materials & Manufacturing offers premier sponsorship opportunities for top manufacturers, material suppliers and service providers to promote and highlight their organization’s environmental competencies and engage in new dialogue regarding sustainability challenges within the industry.

To view sponsorship packages and to download the Sponsorship Prospectus, please click here!

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Luncheon Sponsor

Networking Breakfast Sponsor

Presenting Partner

Gold Partners

Coffee Sponsor

In-Kind Partners

Biergarten in Partnership With

Exhibitor Opportunities

The exhibit hall at the Summit for Sustainability in Materials & Manufacturing will offer companies a prime venue to showcase and demo new products and services, and will provide an opportunity to network with potential clients and business contacts from across the Southeast and around the country.

The exhibit hall will be located in the impressive Davidson Center beneath the Saturn V Rocket display, with high visibility and easy access for event attendees. The exhibit hall will also host the Networking Breakfast and afternoon Networking Ice Cream Social. In addition, the spacious venue offers exhibitors the option to demo innovative processes and products to summit attendees. Finally, the summit agenda features two 30-45 minute exhibit hall breaks for full access networking and marketing.

To view exhibit hall details and to download the Exhibit Hall Overview, please click here!
Register here for an exhibit booth!

Thank You to Our Exhibitors


Air Hydro Power

Alabama Technology Network (ATN)

Business Council of Alabama (BCA)


DEKRA Certification

Georgia Automotive Manufacturers Association (GAMA)

Tennessee Tech University iCube

Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)

UA SafeState

Hotel Accommodations

A special room block is available at the Huntsville Marriott adjacent to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center (Five Tranquility Base, Huntsville, Alabama 35805). You may make your reservation at the special discounted rate ($99, plus tax) by clicking here, or by calling 256.830.2222 or 1.888.299.5174 and referencing the code "AAM".

Saturday at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center

A special group rate of only $11 is available to Summit for Sustainability attendees for admission to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center on Saturday, August 20! Just mention "Alabama Automotive Manufacturers Association" at the ticket window. Hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. For more information on the park, visit the official U.S. Space & Rocket Center website!

Don’t miss this significant summer summit! Register today and join us for a dialogue that will define your decisions for the future and challenge you to consider the part you play in protecting the world we live in.

We look forward to seeing you there!

For more information or questions, please contact:

Lynsey Delane
[email protected]