Photo: Jason Pearson, Executive DirectorMessage from the
Executive Director

Thank you to everyone who applied during our Expression of Interest Period for new Technical Advisors. It was a very competitive pool of applicants, and we are excited to announce the updated rosters in today's newsletter. As always, we greatly appreciate the willingness of our community to make such significant contributions to the Council's programs by volunteering on our committees.

This fall is slated to be a busy one for SPLC - we will be presenting at a number of meetings and conferences around the United States. We would love to meet-up with you at these events. Also, if you'd like a SPLC to speak at your event, let us know.

Finally, I'm very pleased to welcome our newest members:

If any of your contacts would value an SPLC membership, connect them to SPLC's Communications Coordinator, Cuchulain Kelly.

As always, thanks for reading SPLC UPDATE.

Jason Pearson

Jason Pearson, Executive Director

Introducing the new Technical Advisory Committee and Technical Advisory Groups

More information on these committees can be found on the TAG page of the SPLC website. Please note that as newly appointed committee members accept their seats, these rosters may change slightly. The most current rosters will be maintained on our website.

Technical Advisory Committee

Voting Members:
  • Alison Kinn Bennett, U.S. EPA
  • Bjorn Claeson, International Labor Rights Forum
  • Breanna Wheeler, BuildingWide, LLC
  • Charleen Fain-Keslar, California Department of General Services
  • Chris O'Brien, Altenex
  • Debora Bonner, PG&E
  • Geoffery Carbonnel, Assessment Tool Correspondent
  • Johanna Kertesz, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (Committee Chair)
  • Lynda Rankin, Province of Nova Scotia
  • Mary Sotos, World Resources Institute
  • Nancy Wahl-Scheurich, Little Footprint Lighting
  • Randy Higgins, Citi
  • Raymond Randall, Waste Management
  • Rob Shimp, Certification Program Correspondent (Committee Vice-Chair)
  • Sven-Olof Ryding, Swedish EPA
Certification Program Correspondents (Non-Voting):
  • Brad Miller, BIFMA
  • Mark Petruzzi, GreenSeal
  • Mark Rossolo, UL
  • Orrin Cook, Center for Resource Solutions
Assessment Tool Correspondents (Non-Voting):
  • Alexandra Mihailescu, RepRisk
  • Catherine Benoit, New Earth
  • Daniel Girdler, VitalMetrics
  • Deborah Dunning, Sphere E
  • James Barsimantov, Supply Shift
  • Renee Morin, PRe Sustainability
  • Steve Baer, Thinkstep

Chemically Intensive Products TAG

  • Beth Eckl, Practice Greenhealth
  • Christopher Davis, CBRE
  • David Sarokin, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Jeffrey Simmons, Hilton Worldwide
  • Jessian Choy, San Francisco Department of the Environment
  • Julia Wolfe, Massachusetts Operational Services Division
  • Lynne Olson, Ecolab
  • Matthew Grieco, Lockheed Martin
  • Reid Rabon, Tennant
  • Sandra Cannon, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Sara Cederberg, U.S. Green Building Council
  • Shawn Postera, Multnomah County
  • Steven Bennett, Consumer Specialty Products Association
  • Sueanne Pfifferling, United Soybean Board
  • Tim Serie, American Coatings Association

Construction and Renovation TAG

  • Andrea Cooper-Lazarczyk, International Living Future Institute
  • Annie Bevan, GreenCircle Certified, LLC
  • Brian Hertz, Waste Management
  • Corey Enck, U.S. Green Building Council
  • Deborah Dunning, Sphere E
  • Gregory Dick, CalRecycle
  • Jabeen Quadir, Sustainability Edge Solutions
  • Jethro Tarn, California DGS
  • John Riley, Arizona State University
  • Justin Balmos, Hilton Worldwide
  • Lisa Colicchio, CBRE
  • Rachael Jamison, Weyerhaeuser
  • Stephan Sylvan, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Tim Hopper, Microsoft

Electricity TAG

  • Chris O'Brien, Altenex
  • Christiaan Vrolijk, The CarbonNeutral Company
  • Christopher Thomas, CBRE
  • James Salo, Trucost
  • John Riley, Arizona State University
  • Marty Spitzer, World Wildlife Fund
  • Michael Barry, Bloomberg
  • Rogert Fernandez, U.S. EPA
  • Scott Weiss, Apex Clean Energy
  • Susanne Fratzscher, re:sustain
  • Todd Jones, Center for Resource Solutions

Food and Beverage for Food Services TAG

  • Alan Udin, Hilton Worldwide
  • Arthur Weissman, Ph.D., Green Seal
  • Chris Pelton, AASHE
  • David Burrows, Independent Purchasing Cooperative
  • Hal Hamilton, Sustainable Food Lab
  • Holly Fowler, Northbound Ventures
  • Katherine Bostick, FairTradeUSA
  • Kevin Ogorzalek, Bonsucro
  • Libby Bernick, Trucost
  • Robert Guillemin, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Sally Shaver, United Soybean Board
  • Sarah Church, County of Alameda
  • Steve Hitov, Coaition of Imokalee Workers
  • Sylvia Aguilar, CEGESTI
  • Tim Hopper, Microsft

IT Hardware and Services TAG

  • Annabelle Bennett, Trucot
  • Cate Berard, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Clare Hobby, TCO Certified
  • Dan Williams, Sphere E
  • Edmund Zagorin, ProductBio
  • Holly Elwood, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Kristin Schroter, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Kyle Wiens, iFixIt
  • Mark Sajbel, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Michael Murphy, Dell
  • Geoffrey Bock, TUV Rheinland
  • Steven Miley, UC Santa Barbara
  • Ted Smith, International Campaign for Responsible Technology

Professional Services TAG

  • Bicky Corman, Venable LLP
  • Brennan Conaway, U.S. General Services Administration
  • Cathy Atwood, JCPenney
  • Harry Lewis, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Jennifer Burnett, California Dept. of Transportation
  • John Edelman, Edelman
  • Karen Cook, County of Alameda
  • Michelle Albanese, TD Bank Group
  • Sven-Olof Ryding, Swedish EPA
  • Tim Hopper, Microsoft
  • Whitney Terrill, USGBC

Transportation and Fuels TAG

  • Denise Kearns, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Jack Greene, Office Depot
  • Jennifer Burnett, California Dept. of Transportation
  • Jethro Tarn, California DGS
  • John Glann, Alameda County
  • Josh Kurtz, FedEx
  • Karen Hamilton, King County Procurement
  • Mark LaCroix, The CarbonNeutral Company
  • Mark Stansbury, Lockheed Martin
  • Matt Rudolf, Roundtable for Sustainable Biofuels
  • Michele Grossman, Waste Management
  • Nate Springer, Business for Social Responsibility
  • Pat Hopper, FedEx
  • Shabnam Fardanesh, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Warren Lavey, American Clean Skies Foundation

Wood and Agrifiber Products TAG

  • Corey Brinkema, Forest Stewardship Council
  • Dan Persica, Domtar
  • Daniel Pedersen, Green Seal
  • Derek Young, FedEx
  • Jason Grant, Jason Grant Consulting
  • Jason Metnick, Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Inc.
  • Jonathan Rifkin, Government of the District of Columbia
  • Julia Wolfe, State of Massachusetts
  • Justin Balmos, Hilton Worldwide
  • Karl Bruskotter, City of Santa Monica
  • Keila Hand, World Wildlife Fund
  • Michael Nilan, TreeZero Paper
  • Rachael Jamison, Weyerhaeuseur
  • Steve Bolton, Trucost
  • Yalmaz Siddiqui, Office Depot

SPLC Webinars - Upcoming & Recorded

SPLC WebinarsMember Update Call*
Tuesday, Sept 22nd @ 12pm ET
This is an optional call for members wishing to get 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.

Strategies and Tools for Purchasing Products with Safer Chemistries
Wednesday, Sep 30, 2015 @ 2-3:30 PM EDTReport Cover: Advancing Safer Chemicals in Products
This webinar will identify key steps that purchasers can take to purchase products with safer chemistries. Hear case studies, lessons learned, and outcomes from a recent study of pioneering purchasers who are driving the market towards safer chemistry. SPLC will moderate several presentations from The Lowell Center for Sustainable Production, Perkins+Will, Oregon Environmental Council, Responsible Purchasing Network, and Green Electronics Council.

IT Purchasing: Addressing Worker Health & Safety, Energy Use, Toxics, and Disposal*
Wednesday, Oct 21, 2015 @ 1-2:30 PM EDT
In this webinar reprisal of a popular and well-reviewed workshop session at SPLC's 2015 Summit, attendees will hear purchaser, supplier, and public interest perspectives on sustainability challenges within IT supply chains and how IT purchasers can support solutions to those challenges.

How Executive Order 13693 Is Being Implemented within Federal Purchasing*
Wednesday, Oct 28, 2015, 12-1PM EDT
Representatives from the White House Council on Environmental Quality and the US General Services Administration will brief attendees on the President's Federal Sustainability Executive Order, as it pertains to sustainable acquisition. And, share how agencies are operationalizing the EO's comprehensive Implementing Instructions.

Purchasing for Zero-Waste*
Wed, Nov 4, 2015 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EST
Solid wastes are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the environmental impacts of purchases. Learn how organizations are applying zero waste approaches in their purchasing strategy to reduce impacts, save money, and create value. And, learn about pitfalls organizations can encounter with zero-waste approaches.

*SPLC membership is a requirement for attending these webinars.


Recently Recorded Webinars

SPLC WebinarsMeasuring the Impacts and Communicating the Benefits of Sustainable Public Procurement
Wednesday, Sept 9th (watch the recording)
This final webinar produced by the UNEP 10YFP Sustainable Public Procurement Programme Working Group 2B shares the measurement and communication framework developed by the group, and recommends next steps.

Members may access webinar recordings on-demand in the Member Community.

We'll see you there! SPLC Meet-ups

We'll be at the following upcoming conferences and meetings - if you'll be there too, send us a note so we can invite you to a meet-up with us and other SPLC members.
October 5-7
Austin, TX
IFMA World Workplace
October 8-9
Denver, CO
Renewable Energy Markets 2015
October 18-20
Washington, DC
** For a 10% discount, register with "SPLC.2015" **
NMSDC Conference and Business Opportunity Fair 2015
October 18-21
San Diego, CA
AASHE 2015 Conference
October 25-28
Minneapolis, MN

What Training & Credentialing Modules Would You Like SPLC to Develop?


SPLC WebinarsSPLC is beginning to develop training modules focused on implementing SPLC's Guidance for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing v1.0 (incorporating changes from the Guidance Pilot). Where possible, we want these modules to support existing credentials you hold, by providing continuing education credits. We need your feedback to prioritize the training topics and delivery methods for this material. Please complete this 15-minute survey to help us provide the most useful content to you.

As a thanks for your participation, all survey participants will be entered to win a free set of training modules! Two winners will be selected at random after the close of the survey.

And the winner is...

Thanks to everyone who completed our Online Member Community Challenge. If you still haven't logged in to the Community to access member resources, join discussions, network, get answers to questions, register for an account today.

Jabeen QuadirCongratulations to JABEEN QUADIR, of Sustainability Edge Solutions, who won the drawing for one FREE registration to the 2016 SPLC Summit. Jabeen has been a steady contributor in the Online Community since it first was rolled out to participants in the Guidance v1.0 Pilot Program.

Jobs in Sustainable Procurement

ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability
Officer - Sustainable Economy and Procurement
Deadline: 21 September 2015
Location: Freiburg, Germany
Start date: November 2015
Duration: 1 year with a view to extending
Sustainability Focus: Support public authorities in developing and implementing sustainable procurement practices, policies and strategies.

American Axle Manufacturing
Coordinator - Global Procurement Social Responsibility
Location: Detroit, MI
Start date: ASAP
Experience Required: 7 to 10 years
Sustainability Focus: Responsible for the several facets of Social Responsibility as it pertains to Global Procurement within AAM, including Supplier Diversity, Conflict Minerals, and Sustainability.

City of Roanoke, Virginia
Director of General Services/Sustainability
Deadline: Sept 30, 2015
Department: General Services
Sustainability Focus: Performs professional and administrative work in overseeing all activities related to facilities management, custodial services, purchasing, fleet maintenance, risk management as well as leading sustainability activities within the organization and the community.

Johnson & Johnson
Director, EHS&S Global External Supply Job
Location: New Brunswick, NJ
Sustainability Focus: Steward the integration of sustainability/social responsibility and compliance into J&J’s external supply chain; Deploy proactive processes that identify EHS&S risk to aid in supplier selection and to reduce risk from existing suppliers; Build supplier EHS capability and facilitate the pathway for supplier-enabled sustainability innovations.
If you have a job announcement you'd like to advertise to SPLC's readership, please submit via our newsletter submission form.

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