AEC Speaker


Keynote Speaker

Bruce Karas
Vice President of Environmental and Sustainability Coca-Cola North America
Presentation:  Coca-Cola's Water Stewardship Journey: Lessons Learned

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Mr. Karas is the VP of Environment & Sustainability for Coca-Cola North America.   He has over 25 years of experience as an EHS professional and has practiced in a wide range of Industrial operations in North America.  He is a Certified Industrial Hygienist in Comprehensive Practice, a Certified Safety Professional and is a Registered Occupational Hygienist in Canada.  He has served in various positions in national and local professional organizations in the Environment & Safety space and has presented on a wide range of topics ranging from Sustainability, Water Stewardship, Sustainable Packaging, ergonomics, and health effects of flavorings.

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Scott Manley, Ph.D.
Director of Conservation Innovation
Ducks Unlimited
Tentative Presentation: Ducks Unlimited's Wetlands Conservation Program

Scott Manley in a rice fieldScott W. Manley, Ph.D. – Director, Conservation Innovation, for DU’s Southern Region, based in Jackson, MS. Scott has been with DU 18 years with current focus on building partnerships with energy and agriculture sectors to conserve landscapes and natural resources critical to wildlife and people. Recent examples include a partnership with ConocoPhillips Company, the largest landowner in coastal Louisiana, and Rice Stewardship effort with NRCS, USA Rice Federation, and supply-chain sponsors. Scott received his Ph.D. and M.S. in ecology from Mississippi State University, and B.S. in biology from Texas State University – San Marcos.

Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 14 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. For more information on our work, visit .

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