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Executive Director

I'm excited to announce that SPLC's 2016 Summit will be held in Washington, DC on May 24-25. See below for details, mark your calendars, and put in your budget request now. You won't want to miss the action-oriented programming and networking with leaders and peers that are hallmarks of SPLC Summits.

Fall is in full swing, and that means a number of things for SPLC: our newly-formed Technical Advisory Groups are beginning work, SPLC staff are attending and presenting at a number of conferences, and a number of SPLC webinars are fast approaching. See below for details.

As always, thanks for reading SPLC UPDATE.

Jason Pearson

Jason Pearson, Executive Director

Save the Date! SPLC's 2016 Summit is May 24-25

We are very pleased to announce that the next SPLC Summit will be held May 24-25, 2016 in the Kellogg Conference Center of Washington DC's Gallaudet University. To get a sense of what to expect, check out the Program Schedule, Presenters, and Multimedia Summary from the 2015 Summit. For budgeting purposes, expect that registration rates will be similar to 2015, with the addition of an early bird discount window.

Welcome to SPLC's Newest Members!

We're very pleased to welcome the latest organizations to join as members: If any of your contacts would value an SPLC membership, connect them to our Communications Coordinator, Cuchulain Kelly.

SPLC Meet-ups Alongside Conferences

SPLC hosts get-togethers when we travel to conferences, and anyone can join - if you'll be there too, send us a note to meet with us and others interested in sustainable purchasing.
Lunch @ IFMA World Workplace in Denver
Share a lunch table with SPLC during the Awards Luncheon.
Location: Gather around SPLC member Debbie Jaslow-Shatz at the end of her session, 8.01 Reflecting Facility Management Achievements. We'll leave together for the luncheon at 1pm.
Time: 1pm, Friday, October 8th
Point of Contact: Sam Hummel
Register with "SPLC.2015" to receive a
10% discount
Renewable Energy Markets 2015 in Washington, DC
Meet-up with SPLC staff and members at REM and head over to the Green Power Party together. 
Location: Meet Jason Pearson at the conclusion of his 5:30 pm plenary presentation on Oct 19th.
Point of Contact: Cuchulain Kelly
SPLC Supplier Diversity Breakfast Dialogue @ NMSDC Conference and Business Opportunity Fair 2015
SPLC staff and members will gather at a table along the right-hand wall of the dining room. Look for an SPLC sign.
Location: NMSDC Continental Breakfast, San Diego Convention Center (Ticket required)
Time: 7:45-8:45 am, October 20th
Point of Contact: Sam Hummel
SPLC Happy Hour in Minneapolis, MN
Meet SPLC staff, board members, and members who will be in town for the AASHE Conference
Location: The Local
Time: 5:30pm, Monday, October 26th
Point of Contact: Sam Hummel
SPLC Co-Sponsored Official Pre-Conference Reception @ BSR 2015
Join us, BSR, CDP, and ICTI CARE for a networking cocktail event on how resilient supply chains can create business value and support a more sustainable world. RSVP here.
Time: 6-8pm, November 2nd
Location: Sens, San Francisco, CA
Point of Contact: Cuchulain Kelly
SPLC Booth @ GreenBuild Expo and Conference
November 18-20
Washington, DC
** Get a free attendee pass from SPLC by registering here **
Point of Contact: Cuchulain Kelly
COP 21
SPLC will speak at La Galerie des Solutions and the 10YFP SPP Programme's side event. Stay tuned for more.
December 2-9
Paris, France
Point of Contact: Cuchulain Kelly

Join the SPLC Training Materials Focus Group


SPLC has developed three ~15-minute prototype training modules and are looking for focus group participants to watch them and provide us with feedback. Interested SPLC Members should contact SPLC's Director of Programs, Christina Macken, to participate.

We will be asking focus group participants to watch each of the three modules, answer a short set of questions about each one, and attend one conference call to provide additional feedback and discuss reactions with other focus group participants.

SPLC Webinars - Upcoming & Recorded

Be sure to check SPLC's Activities Calendar for upcoming events and webinars.

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*
Thursday, Oct 29, 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*
Wednesday, 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

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 identified key steps to purchase products with safer chemistries. Topics covered included case studies, lessons learned, and outcomes from a recent study of pioneering purchasers who are driving the market towards safer chemistry. SPLC moderated several presentations from The Lowell Center for Sustainable Production, Perkins+Will, Oregon Environmental Council, Responsible Purchasing Network, and Green Electronics Council.

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

Survey: Electric Vehicles Usage in Government


The Colorado Council for Sustainable Purchasing is conducting a survey to gather information regarding the use of Electric Vehicle charging stations.
Many government entities and public institutions are moving towards installing EV charging stations, either for public or internal use. Your input will help to identify the most common practices regarding EV charging stations. The estimated time to complete the survey is ~10 minutes. 

Email with any questions.

News You Can Use

U.S. Government Releases Post-Award Sustainability Verification Guide Does your organization provide purchasers clear guidance on how to verify that vendors actually delivered the sustainable products and services the organization prefers? The United States General Services Administration (GSA) in collaboration with the United States Department of Energy recently released their Verification Guide for Federal Purchasers of Sustainable Products. This guide is intended to help procurement officials verify contractor compliance with sustainability requirements specified in contracts. Both pre-award procurement actions and post-award procurement actions for verifying compliance are outlined. Look for an upcoming SPLC Café Call addressing this topic.

World Bank Overhauls its Procurement Policy, Emphasizing Sustainability The World Bank has dramatically revised the procurement guidelines that direct the spending for its $42 billion in projects. The new framework explicitly advances a number of sustainable procurement priorities: sustainability provisions may now be included in pre-qualification, specification, evaluation, and contract management criteria; value-for-money decision-making is now supported in addition to low-bid; increased anti-corruption measures are being explored, such as third-party monitoring by Transparency International and public reporting of bidder's beneficial ownership information; and more. Supply Management analysis

U.S. EPA Announces Interim Recommendations of Specifications, Standards and Ecolabels
Executive Order 13693 directs the U.S. EPA to provide federal purchasers with recommendations of specifications, standards and ecolabels to use in identifying and procuring environmentally preferable products and services. This interim list specifies the US government's preferences, pending a more exhaustive evaluation of ecolabels and standards that is underway.

UN Formally Adopts Sustainable Development Goals, with Targets on Sustainable Procurement and Fighting Corruption
The United Nations' general assembly has formally adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes targets to promote sustainability in the private sector and public procurement. The agenda is made up of 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets to “wipe out poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate change over the next 15 years."

Report Shows Green Building is a Major Economic Driver
The 2015 Green Building Economic Impact Study, released Sept 16th, 2015 by USGBC and prepared by Booz Allen, finds the green building industry contributes more than $134.3 billion in labor income to working Americans. The study also found that green construction’s growth rate is rapidly outpacing that of conventional construction and will continue to rise. The report includes infographics based on country and U.S. state.

U.S. EPA Landscape Scan offers Sustainable Purchasing Resources
SPLC was mentioned alongside SPLC Partners ICLEI, NASPO, RPN, AASHE, Practice Greenhealth, USGBC, and UNEP.
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Jobs in Sustainable Procurement

Goldman Sachs
CSRE Sustainability Analyst
Location: Jersey City, NJ
Position Type: Full time
Sustainability Focus: Responsible for execution of the division’s environmental and green building commitments through planning and ongoing maintenance of real estate and business projects – working closely with our Real Estate, Finance, Business Services, Communications and Environmental Markets teams.

Hitachi Consulting
Manager, Supply Chain and Procurement – Hitachi Consulting Energy Solutions
Location: Denver, CO or Dallas, TX
Experience: 5+ years experience working in Procurement for companies in the Renewable Energy and/or Sustainability Industry
Sustainability Focus: Responsbile for managing the purchasing, fulfillment, receipt, and delivery of fixed assets; development, management and tracking of procurement performance metrics.

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