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Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council UPDATE


Celebrating Our First Year:  Timeline of Accomplishments
TODAY is Application Deadline for Technical Advisors
Welcoming Our 100th Member
SPLC Café Call: Supplier Engagement July 23 11am ET
Next Member Update Call July 29 1pm ET
Upcoming Presentations
Photo: Jason Pearson, Executive DirectorMessage from the
Executive Director

Tomorrow marks the first birthday of the Council, and it is truly humbling to welcome, in the same newsletter, our 100th member. Our ability to reach this milestone so quickly testifies to a fundamental need for clarity around sustainable purchasing... and to the generosity of spirit  which defines our growing community.

We could not have achieved this progress without the many hours contributed by volunteers on our Steering Committee, Board of Directors, Strategic Advisory Committee, Annual Meeting Planning Committee and Principles Technical Advisory Group. Nor could we have moved so quickly without the support of our MembersFounders CircleStrategic Partners, and Funders, nor maintained such a high standard of excellence without the leadership of our talented and passionate staff, who donate so many hours above-and-beyond what is asked that they perhaps qualify as one of the Council's greatest philanthropic supporters!

The next six months are going to be even more productive, and the Technical Advisory Groups will be a huge part of that, so put yourself in the middle of the action by submitting an application to be an Advisor before midnight tonight!

Jason Pearson

Jason Pearson, Executive Director

Celebrating Our First Year!

Building on several years of work by The Keystone Center's Green Products Roundtable, SPLC officially launched last July. Here's a quick look at what we've accomplished in our first year:
Jul 2013 - Launch Event Webcast
Aug 2013 - Founding Summit
Oct 2013 - Bylaws, Polices & Procedures Finalized
- Membership Opens
Nov 2013 - SPLC Featured on GreenBuild Main Stage
Dec 2013 - Hire Director of Programs, Christina Macken
Jan 2014 - Finalize Founders Circle
Feb 2014 Board of Directors Installed
Strategic Advisory Committee Installed
Apr 2014 Submit Comments on EPA Draft Guidelines
May 2014 Release Principles for Leadership
Inaugural Annual Meeting
Jun 2014 Appointed Technical Advisory Committee
Became Liaison to ISO 277 Development
Jul 2014 100th Member Joins

TODAY is Application Deadline for Technical Advisory Groups 

Want to help the Council identify the guidance that the Council will promote to purchasers for use in specific purchasing categories?  Now is your chance!  

Apply today to serve on one of eight Purchasing Category Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs) that are being formed to advise the Council on guidance for the following priority categories:
  • Chemically Intensive Products
  • Construction and Renovation
  • Electricity
  • Food
  • IT Hardware and Services
  • Professional Services
  • Transportation and Fuels
  • Wood and Agrifiber Products 
The TAGs’ work will inform the Guidance for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing Pilot v1.0 (December 2014) and the Rating System (2015)

To learn more, watch the TAG Briefing Webcast recording. (slides)

   (Deadline to apply is today, July 22nd at midnight)

Welcoming Our 100th Member!

SPLC Member LogoIt is fitting that our 100th member, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), has been a long-time leader in sustainable procurement and a true innovator in bringing together the social and environmental aspects of sustainability through programs like Diverse Suppliers Go Green.
We've been growing very fast since our Annual Meeting in May. We'd like to welcome these members who all came on board in the last two weeks:

SPLC Café Call: Supplier Engagement

SPLC Cafe call logoJoin fellow SPLC members for a discussion about incorporating sustainability into their supplier engagement.  You can share your experiences or just come to listen and learn from others' experiences. 

Discussion prompts:
  • How is your organization engaging suppliers around sustainability?  
  • What methods have worked best?  
  • What advice would you give those just getting started engaging their suppliers?  
  • Suppliers, what are you seeing that works well, or that you'd like to see more of?  
To kick-off the discussion, representatives from PG&E and ILRF will share their solutions.  Then it will be your turn to share and discuss.

SPLC Café Call: Thursday, July 23rd at 11am ET
Register for the call

Next Member Update Call

Each month, Council members are invited to join this conference call in which staff provide an update on the Council's activities since the last update call and a look at what's ahead. These calls include opportunities for members to ask questions, get answers and give feedback.
Next Update Call: Thursday, July 29th at 1pm ET
Register for the call

Upcoming & Recent Presentations

Council staff and members are actively promoting the Council and its work to a variety of stakeholders. More information about each of these presentations is available on the Council's website.
9/25 EcoProcura 2014 ICLEI
10/28 AASHE 2014 Conference AASHE
10/29 Role of Cities in Advancing Sustainable Consumption USDN

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Thank you to our Founders...
American University
Apex Clean Energy
Arizona State University
Bloomberg LP
Caesars Entertainment
California State, Department of General Services
The CarbonNeutral Company
CIPS Sustainability Index
Emory University
Ernst & Young
FairTrade USA
GreenCircle Certified
GreenCircle Certified
Lockheed Martin
Michigan State University
State of Michigan
State of Minnesota, PCA & MMS
Government of Nova Scotia
Office Depot
City of Portland, OR
Portland Community College
City of San Francisco
SCS Global Services
Social Hotspots Database Project
UL Environment
US Department of Agriculture
US Department of Energy
US Environmental Protection Agency
City of Washington DC
Waste Management

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