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Only two weeks remain until SPLC's 2016 Summit. Will you be there? More than 200 organizations will be present this year to discuss cutting edge topics in sustainable purchasing and help spread the best practices across the whole economy. If you haven't reserved your spot yet, register today.

Whether you are coming to the Summit or not, you may be interested in several events that will be taking place in the days leading up to the Summit: Pre-Summit Courses during the day on Monday, May 23rd; the Green Electronics Council's EPEAT Purchaser Awards Reception & Ceremony that evening; and our annual sustainability-oriented buyer-supplier matchmaking event, SPLC Connect, on Tuesday, May 24th.

We hope to see you in two weeks! 

Jason Pearson

Jason Pearson, Executive Director


Don't miss the LARGEST & most COMPREHENSIVE sustainable purchasing event of the year!

200+ Organizations already registered
100+ Speakers
45+ Workshops
30+ Roundtable Sessions
10+ Hours of networking
Register Today

New LOWER PRICE for SPLC Connect!

Buyers: FREE
Member Suppliers: $250
Non-member Suppliers: 750 now $450
Sign up for the sustainability-oriented buyer-supplier matchmaking event taking place on Tuesday May 24th:
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Green Electronics Council EPEAT Awards Co-located with SPLC Summit

Global WitnessWe're very pleased that the 2016 EPEAT Purchaser Awards ceremony, hosted by the Green Electronics Council, will be co-located with SPLC's 2016 Summit. The ceremony and reception will take place on the evening of Monday, May 23rd in the Kellogg Conference Hotel. If you will be in DC that evening, you are invited to stop by to support EPEAT purchasing leadership!

US EPA EPP Program Announcement: Pilot Assessment Criteria and Call for Volunteer Standards & Ecolabels

With the goal of creating positive, measurable, and meaningful change in the environmental performance of products and services procured by the U.S. Government, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program is pleased to announce the availability of pilot criteria (.doc and .xls) for assessing standards and ecolabels. The criteria is the hard work of a balanced group of experts and stakeholders convened by EPA in a Pilot effort over the past year to test the implementation of Draft Guidelines for Assessing Product Environmental Performance Standards and Ecolabels in the building flooring, paints/coatings, and furniture sectors.

EPA is requesting comments related to the estimated time required for the standards and ecolabel community to respond to the voluntary information collection request (per U.S. Paperwork Reduction Act requirements). In addition, organizations are invited to volunteer to have their standard(s) and/or ecolabel(s) assessed for potential inclusion in EPA’s government-wide Recommendations per Executive Order 13693 Section 3(i)(iii)(A). To volunteer, please email the pilot effort's independent assessment entity under contract with EPA, Industrial Economics, Inc., at

Comments and intentions to volunteer must be received on or before May 25, 2016. For more information, please visit the Federal Register Notice and docket.

Participate in the 2016 Global Survey on Sustainable Public Procurement!

SPLC partners UNEP, ICLEI, and KEITI, cordially invite the SPLC community to participate in the 2016 Global Review of SPP Stakeholder Survey.

In 2013, UNEP conducted a survey that found that many of the world’s largest national government agencies had active Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) policies and programs in place. Three years later, they are investigating:
  • How much has sustainable procurement grown and evolved?
  • What kinds of activities count as sustainable or green procurement?
  • What are the trends in key drivers and barriers?
  • How different are sustainable purchasing programs worldwide?
  • What resources and programming should be developed to advance sustainable procurement?
To help answer these questions, start the survey here:

The survey is open until June 10, 2016. Results will be shared in the forthcoming 2016 Global Review of Sustainable Public Procurement.

If you have any questions about the survey or the broader 2016 Global Review of SPP, please contact Dr. Anastasia O’Rourke at

US Chamber of Commerce to Host Sustainability Forum

On May 16 and 17, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation will host its 6th annual Sustainability Forum, in partnership with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and PYXERA Global. The event will convene thought leaders and practitioners from business, government, academia, nonprofit organizations and other stakeholder groups to explore opportunities and best practices for unlocking the value of the circular economy, and accelerating scalable solutions across global supply chains.

News You Can Use

West Coast Climate Forum Develops Climate Friendly Purchasing Toolkit
The West Coast Climate Forum developed the Climate Friendly Purchasing Toolkit to help public institutions meet climate goals by tackling GHG emissions from the goods and services they buy. These can exceed 50% of an organization’s total GHGs! Use this toolkit to target the most significant GHG emissions in your supply chain, by benchmarking your organization against others, or learning to do your own supply-chain GHG inventory. The Toolkit includes specific purchasing strategies to reduce the carbon footprint for high-priority sectors: asphalt, concrete, food, information and communication technology, diesel fuel, carpet and professional services.

A free webinar will be held on May 17 at 12:30 pm EDT to explore the Diesel Fuel and ICT Module. Register today! 

European Commission Publishes Revised Version of Buying Green Handbook
This Handbook is the European Commission's main guidance document to help public authorities buy goods and services with a lower environmental impact. It is also a useful reference for policy makers and companies responding to green tenders.

Swedish Report: Sustainability Lacking in Public Procurement
The report takes a closer look at sustainable purchasing in the public sector and examines some common myths associated with including sustainability factors in the process. Deficiencies are identified in current legislation aimed at encouraging greater focus on sustainability factors in purchasing contracts. The study concludes that there is a need for tighter legislation, but also for buyers to take a greater responsibility at the grass roots level, by making more use of tools, such as third party certifications, available to them today.
Got an announcement for SPLC's audience? Let us know.

Jobs in Sustainable Purchasing

University of Maryland: Coordinator of Green Housing
Deadline: May 13, 2016
Location: College Park, Maryland
The Coordinator will develop, pilot, scale and manage programs that engage students living in residence halls, fraternity/sorority chapter houses and the departmental staff who work with these populations in sustainable behaviors and create a culture of sustainability in these residential communities.

Colgate University: Environmental Studies & Sustainability Office Program Coordinator
Location: Hamilton, NY
Facilitates an academic connection between the ENST Program and efforts toward environmental sustainability on campus, and serves as a liaison with environmental offices and student groups on campus.

Stanford University: Sustainability Program Manager
Location: Stanford, CA
This position is within Stanford's Residential and Dining Enterprises (R&DE) Student Housing Division. The R&DE Sustainable Living Program collaborates with students and staff to foster behavior change, reduce energy and water consumption and waste production in our residences, and to integrate long-term sustainable thinking into how we operate.
Have a job opening you want to publicize? Let us know.
Look at who's already planning to be at the 2016 SPLC Summit...
  • 3Degrees
  • A2 Consulting
  • ACCO
  • Action Sustainability
  • Aflac
  • Allstate
  • Altenex
  • American Express Company
  • American Meetings, Inc.
  • American Sustainable Business Council
  • ANSI
  • Apex Clean Energy
  • Arizona State University
  • AvalonBay Communities
  • Avendra
  • Baxter Healthcare Corporation
  • Best Buy
  • BioPreferred
  • BIT Building
  • Bloomberg
  • BrownFlynn
  • BSI
  • BSR
  • CA Dept of General Services
  • CA Dept of Transportation
  • CBRE
  • Center for Environmental Health
  • Center for Resource Solutions | Green-e
  • CH2M
  • Chargepoint
  • Citi
  • City of Austin, TX
  • City of Cambridge
  • City of Portland, Oregon
  • City of San Francisco, CA
  • City of Santa Monica, CA
  • City of Washington, DC
  • Climate Earth, Inc.
  • Coalition of Immokalee Workers
  • Code Earth
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Connecticut Sustainable Business Council
  • County of Alameda
  • CSRHub LLC
  • Cube Hydro
  • Domtar
  • Ecodesk
  • Ecolab
  • EcoVadis
  • Edelman
  • EICC
  • Electronics Watch
  • Emory University
  • Energetics Incorporated
  • Energy Focus
  • Environmental Paper Network
  • Equitable Origin
  • ExxonMobil
  • Fairfax County Government
  • Fair Trade USA
  • Fannie Mae
  • FedEx
  • Forest Stewardship Council US
  • Friends of the Earth
  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • Global Asset Recovery Programs LLC
  • Global Living Wage Coalition
  • Global Witness
  • Good Environmental Choice Australia
  • Government of Nova Scotia
  • GreenBiz
  • GreenCircle Certified
  • Green Electronics Council (EPEAT)
  • Green Seal
  • Hamad Medical Corporation
  • HDR Architecture
  • Hilton Worldwide
  • Howard University
  • HP Inc.
  • Human Society of the US
  • Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA)
  • Industrial Economics Inc
  • Institute for Supply Management
  • Interface
  • International Campaign for Responsible Technology
  • International Corporate Accountability Roundtable
  • International Institute for Sustainable Development
  • International Justice Mission
  • International Living Future Institute
  • International Sanitary Supply Association
  • Interpublic Group
  • ISEAL Alliance
  • John's Hopkins Center for a Livable Future
  • Jones Lang LaSalle, Inc.
  • Kimberly-Clark
  • King County
  • Kuhn Associates
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Mars Drinks
  • MCSP
  • MeetGreen
  • Meru District Council
  • Metropolitan Council
  • Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
  • Microsoft
  • Michigan State University
  • Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)
  • Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)
  • Mullett Strategies
  • Municipal Council for Sustainable Procurement 
  • National Association of State Procurement Officers
  • National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
  • National Institute for Government Procurement
  • New Earth/SHDB
  • New England Aquarium
  • New Leaf Paper
  • NSF International
  • NY & NJ Minority Supplier Development Council
  • Office Depot
  • Pacific Gas & Electric
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • PeerAspect
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Philips
  • PNNL
  • Pomona College
  • Practice Greenhealth
  • PRGX
  • ProcureCon Indirect East
  • Province of Nova Scotia
  • Public Services and Procurement Canada
  • Reeve Consulting
  • Renewable Choice Energy
  • Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN)
  • Ripl
  • Rockefeller Foundation
  • Rocky Mountain Institute
  • Roppe Corporation
  • Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials
  • Samasource
  • SCS Global Services
  • SGIA
  • Shaw Industries
  • Sierra Club 
  • Solidarity Center
  • Sonoco
  • State of California
  • State of Connecticut
  • Stillwater Mining Company
  • Sustainability Training
  • Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI)
  • Sustainable Green Printing Partnership
  • Sustrana
  • Sutherland Global Services
  • Swarthmore College
  • T-Mobile
  • TCO Development
  • TD Bank Group
  • The Sustainability Consortium
  • The Vinyl Institute
  • thinkstep
  • Tiffany & Co.
  • Time Equities Inc.
  • TreeZero Paper, LLC
  • Trucost
  • TUV Rheinland
  • UL
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
  • United Soybean Board
  • University of Arkansas
  • University of California, San Diego
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Vermont
  • US Department of Agriculture
  • US Department of Defense
  • US Department of Energy
  • US EPA
  • US General Services Administration
  • US Green Building Council
  • VitalMetrics
  • Walmart
  • Wake Forest University
  • Washington Gas
  • Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission
  • Waste Management
  • Weyerhauser
  • White House Office of Management and Budget
  • Women Presidents' Educational Organization
  • Workers Rights Consortium 
  • WRI
  • WWF
  • WWF Malaysia
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