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Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council UPDATE


Principles Unveiling Set for May 7th!
Public Comment Process Wrapping Up for EPA Guidelines
Welcoming Five New Members
Annual Meeting:
-  Workshop Details Now Posted
-  Exciting International Collaboration at Annual Meeting
-  New!  Opportunity to Exhibit and Sponsor the Annual Mtg
Upcoming Presentations
Photo: Jason Pearson, Executive DirectorMessage from the
Executive Director

This week, we will submit a formal report in response to EPA's Draft Guidelines for Product Environmental Performance Standards and Ecolabels for Voluntary Use in Federal Procurement. And on May 7, we will release the Council's Principles for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing May 7th at 1pm ET during a webinar hosted by GreenBiz's Joel Makower. A hearty congratulations and thank you to all of our Members who contributed to these deliberative processes, and to Director of Programs, Christina Macken, who coordinated the work. SPLC exists to support exactly this type of constructive collaboration to define and communicate a shared definition for leadership in sustainable purchasing.

For those of you who have not yet registered for the Annual Meeting on May 20-21 here in DC, we invite you to join us for this special event, where we will kick off development of the guidance/rating system, scheduled to begin piloting in December, 2014. Demand for hotel rooms has exceeded our expectations, but we have worked with the hotel to extend the group rate through this Friday, April 25.  So far, 90 organizations are registered for the event, with workshop and presenter specifics now posted on the website.  We have also created a special opportunity for suppliers interested in standing out at the Annual Meeting, to sponsor and exhibit, and we have expanded the scope of the meeting to include presentations and a followup meeting focused on exploring an international agenda for SPLC.

We look forward to seeing you all in less than a month!

Jason Pearson

Jason Pearson, Executive Director

Principles Unveiling Set for May 7th!

Register for the webinar today

One of the Council's first projects has been to establish a set of principles that define leadership in sustainable purchasing consistently across all types of organizations, sectors and regions.  Thanks to the diligent work and input of many SPLC members, partners and other stakeholders, we are pleased to announce that the Council's Principles for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing are complete and scheduled for public release on May 7th at 1pm ET during a webinar hosted by GreenBiz's Joel Makower.  

GreenBiz Group logoViewers of the webinar will learn about...  
  • the five essential principles for leadership in sustainable purchasing,
  • how to put the principles into action in their organization,
  • how suppliers can support customers’ implementation of these principles,
  • how the principles can be useful to advocates for social and environmental responsibility,
  • and how the principles serve as a foundation for the development of a multi-sector guidance, benchmarking and recognition program for sustainable purchasing leadership.

Public Comment Process Wrapping Up for
EPA Draft Guidelines

US EPA logoIn November, the EPA released Draft Guidelines for Environmental Performance Standards and Ecolabels.  For the past two months, SPLC has provided a forum for members and other stakeholders to discuss the EPA's Draft Guidelines together.  Drawing on those conversations, SPLC will submit a report to EPA on April 25th.  The report will also be posted on the SPLC website.

Organizations that participated in SPLC's forum included the American Chemistry Council, American National Standards Institute, Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association, Center for Resource Solutions, City of Portland (OR), DEKRA, Domtar, EcoLab, GreenCircle Certified, Green Seal, ISEAL, Paradigm Group, Practice Greenhealth, San Francisco Department of the Environment, SCS Global Services, SGIA, Tall Grass Strategies, TightLine Answers.

Members are encouraged to review EPA's Draft Guidelines and submit feedback directly to EPA by the Friday, April 25th deadline.

Welcoming Five New Members

SPLC Member LogoWe'd like to welcome several new members: 
  • CRG Sustainable Solutions
  • Interface Americas, Inc.
  • Massachusetts Operational Services Division
  • Municipal Collaboration for Sustainable Procurement
  • PE International
Get 10% OFF a new membership in the Council when you join and register for the 2014 Annual Meeting at the same time. Take advantage of this bundle discount today!  To learn more about SPLC membership, sign up for one of our weekly SPLC 101 webinars.

Annual Meeting Workshop Details Now Posted

We've secured facilitators and presenters for the Annual Meeting Workshop! Learn this and the peer-to-peer problem-solving structure of our workshops.   Details and more are now available on the Annual Meeting Workshops page.

Presenter bios are now available for 45+ speakers: 
Speakers at the SPLC Annual Meeting

International Collaboration at Annual Meeting

Photo of flags from many nations
In recognition of the growing international interest in SPLC's programmatic vision and our potential to contribute meaningfully within the global context, we are excited to share two announcements related to the Annual Meeting:  
  • Special Presentation: SPLC in a Global Context: Held over lunch on Wednesday, May 20, this session will feature addresses from leaders in the United Nations Environment Programme, EPA's Office of Global Affairs & Policy, ISEAL, and more.
  • SPLC Linkages to Key International Initiatives: On Thursday, May 22 from 10am - Noon, a meeting with global affairs experts is scheduled to discuss SPLC-related interests and opportunities regarding ongoing international efforts. This meeting will help us gauge the potential value for SPLC to form an international workgroup. Space is limited, - this interested in attention should e-mail our EPA collaborators at

New!  Opportunity to Exhibit and Sponsor SPLC's Annual Meeting

Become an exhibitor or sponsor
More than sixty purchasing organizations will be represented at the Annual Meeting.  Would you like to align your brand with SPLC's leadership agenda, or, ensure that attendees at the meeting learn about your solutions and expertise?  SPLC is now offering a limited number of opportunities for Supplier Role members to stand out at our Annual Meeting:
  • Keynote Sponsor: includes a speaking opportunity during the keynote banquet, logo recognition in online keynote recording, a VIP dinner, VIP seating at keynote banquet, exhibit space and furniture, one complimentary pass, and priority logo recognition before, during and after the meeting. (1 available)
  • Networking Sponsor: includes recognition in the mobile app and online networking platform, a VIP dinner, VIP seating at the banquet, exhibit space and furniture, one complimentary pass and priority logo recognition before, during and after the meeting. (1 available)
  • Exhibitor: includes exhibit space and furniture, one complimentary pass and logo recognition before, during and after the meeting. (Max of 5 exhibit spaces available)
  • Sponsor: which includes logo recognition before, during and after the meeting. (5 available)

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.
5/7 Sustainable Purchasing from the CPO Perspective ISM
5/8 LEED and the Impact on I&I Companies CSPA
5/20-21 SPLC 2014 Annual Meeting SPLC
6/2-5 Sustainable Brands Conference SB 14
9/24-26 EcoProcura 2014 ICLEI
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Become and exhibitor or sponsor
Look who is planning to be at the 2014 Annual Meeting...
  • Aflac
  • Alameda County
  • American Chemistry Council
  • American Clean Skies Foundation
  • American University
  • Apex Clean Energy, Inc.
  • Arizona State University
  • Bloomberg LP
  • Caesars Entertainment
  • CBRE
  • City of Cleveland
  • City of Portland, OR
  • City of San Francisco, CA
  • City of Seattle, WA
  • CRG Sustainable Solutions
  • Dallas Area Rapid Transit
  • Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited
  • District of Columbia
  • Domtar
  • Ecolab
  • EcoVadis
  • Edelman
  • Emory University
  • Ernst & Young
  • Fair Trade USA
  • FedEx
  • Forest Stewardship Council (US)
  • George Washington University
  • Government of Nova Scotia
  • Green Seal, Inc
  • GreenCircle Certified, LLC
  • Haworth Inc.
  • HDR Architecture
  • Hilton Worldwide
  • IEEE Standards Association
  • Industrial Economics, Inc
  • Interface Americas, Inc
  • International Labor Rights Forum
  • Intertek
  • King County, WA
  • Kohler Company
  • Kuhn Associates Sustainability Advisors LLC
  • LittleFootprint Lighting
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Michigan State University
  • Montgomery County
  • Municipal Collaboration for Sustainable Procurement
  • Northbound Ventures
  • NSF International
  • Office Depot
  • Ohio University
  • PE International
  • PG&E
  • Portland Community College
  • Practice GreenHealth
  • PRé
  • Resonate
  • Responsible Purchasing Network
  • Reeve Consulting
  • RepRisk
  • Rutgers University
  • SCS Global Services
  • SGIA
  • Shaver Consulting, Inc
  • Sphere-e
  • State of California
  • State of Maryland
  • State of Massachusetts
  • State of Minnesota
  • TD Bank
  • The CarbonNeutral Company
  • The University of Texas at Austin
  • Trucost
  • UL Environment (ULE)
  • United Soybean Board
  • University of California, San Diego
  • University of Dallas
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • US Dept of Energy
  • US Environmental Protection Agency
  • US General Services Administration
  • World Resources Institute (WRI)
  • World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
  • Waste Management

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