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Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council UPDATE


Introducing Christina Macken, Program Director
Two Membership Deadlines Approaching
Members: Vote or apply for Board by Dec 18!
Webinar Recordings Posted
Upcoming Events
Message from the
Executive Director
Jason Pearson, Executive Director

On January 1, 2014, the Steering Committee of the SPLC will hand full control of the organization to a new founding Board of Directors, formally completing the transition from our origins in The Keystone Center's Green Products Roundtable (GPR). We have also hired Chrissy Macken, whom you may know from her work at USGBC on LEED v4, to kick off major program activities in 2014.

These are important milestones, and I invite you to take this opportunity to engage in shaping the future of the Council as it moves forward as a fully independent organization. If you have not yet signed up as a Member, please take advantage of the significant discounts offered through December 18. If you are already a Member, please be sure to cast your vote in the Board election and/or apply for an appointed seat on the Board, also by December 18.

To all of you who are already engaged, thank you, and a particular welcome to our newest members Finally, I am pleased to announce a new partnership with the Sustainable Strategies Conference at Sustainatopia, which we will be co-sponsoring and supporting with content guidance.

We look forward to working with you all in the coming year to advance leadership in sustainable purchasing. Meantime, very best wishes for the holidays!

Jason Pearson

Jason Pearson, Executive Director

Introducing Christina Macken,
SPLC's new Program Director

Photo of Christina MackenChristina (Chrissy) Macken comes to us from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) where she served as Program Manager for LEED v4.  

LEED v4, which launched this past November, includes many new concepts such as life cycle assessment, eco-­labels, multi-­attribute assessment, and social and economic sourcing considerations. Chrissy will bring her knowledge of each of these concepts as well as significant expertise in leading consensus-based development processes along strict, rigorous, and transparent standards, all of which are highly relevant to the work of SPLC.  

Additionally, Chrissy has contributed significantly as the United States’ representative on a fifteen-­member International Advisory Panel in a joint venture between the World Green Building Council and the Green Building Council of South Africa, tasked with creating socio-­economic indicators for the developing world. We know that Chrissy will bring the same passion, knowledge, experience, and diplomacy--for which she is so well-respected in her work at USGBC--to her work with the SPLC.

As Program Director, Chrissy will lead and manage the core program activities of the Council, including both short-term projects such as the Principles and Landscape Scan and longer-term efforts including the proposed rating system. We know that you will enjoy getting to know Chrissy in the coming months, and we encourage you to reach out to her directly to introduce yourselves and welcome her to her new role. She will fully transition to SPLC in January, but you may be hearing from her sooner as she starts to bring the Principles TAG together.

Chrissy can be reached at

Two Membership Deadlines Approaching

  1. The 30% Early Bird discount on membership expires at midnight on December 18th.  Applications received before then can be paid in the new year with the discount honored, in case bridging the FY/FQ helps with budgeting.
  1. Founder LogoThe Founders Circle, which honors members who contributed to the founding of the Council by making a three year commitment of financial and/or technical support, will be finalized on December 31st.  A few spots remain available for organizations in healthcare, foodservice, banking, media, AED, energy services, ERP and cloud computing.  If your organization may be interested in joining the Founders Circle, contact Sam Hummel at or 919-475-8136.

Members: Vote or apply for Board by Dec 18!

The Steering Committee of the SPLC will officially hand control of the SPLC to the Board of Directors on January 1, 2014, completing the transition from our origins in The Keystone Center's Green Products Roundtable. SPLC Members have an opportunity to participate in this transition three ways:
  1. Apply for an elected seat on the Board - COMPLETED
  2. Vote for one of the elected seats - by December 18
  3. Apply for an appointed seat - by December 18
If you have not done so already, please vote in the election.
If you are interested, please apply for an appointed seat.
For more information, see the governance page of the website.

Webinar Recordings Posted

SPLC WebinarMembers that weren't able to attend our recent webinars live are invited to watch the recordings.  

To access the webinar recordings archive, send a request for password access to

Discussion of Draft EPA Guidelines on Standards & Eco-labels
December 4th, 2013

GRI G4 & Supply Chain Sustainability
December 10th, 2013

Upcoming Events

Membership Update Call

SPLC MemberTuesday, Dec 17, 2013 at 2pm ET
This is an optional call for members wishing to get an update on the Council's activities since the last update call in October. There will be an opportunity for Q&A as well.
Registration Required

SPLC CafeSPLC Café Discussion Calls Sustainable Strategies Conference

April 16th-18th, Miami, FL
SustainatopiaSPLC is a co-sponsor of this conference being organized by Sustainatopia.  Speakers who are members of the SPLC will receive a steep discount on registration.  To propose a talk, email by Dec 19th.  Learn more and register at



September 24-26, Ghent, Belgium
ICLEI, one of the Council's strategic partners, founded the Procura+ Sustainable Procurement Campaign in the EU in 2004.  Their biennial EcoProcura conference brings together procurement professionals from across the European public sector to exchange knowledge and develop new innovations in sustainable procurement.  We look forward to attending the conference and encourage others to put it on their calendar.

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Bloomberg LP
Caesars Entertainment
California State, Department of General Services
The CarbonNeutral Company
CIPS Sustainability Index
Emory University
Ernst & Young
FairTrade USA
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GreenCircle Certified
Lockheed Martin
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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
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