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Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council UPDATE


Technical Advisory Committee Appointed
You Are Invited: Apply for a Technical Advisory Group
Foundations Contribute $80k to SPLC
Welcoming Nine New Members
SPLC Café Call: Supplier Engagement July 23 11am ET
Next Member Update Call July 29 1pm ET
Upcoming Presentations
Photo: Jason Pearson, Executive DirectorMessage from the
Executive Director

Development of our Guidance for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing v1.0, scheduled for release in December, 2014, is already underway, so please get involved!

A Technical Advisory Committee has been appointed to oversee program development, and all Members are invited to apply for the Purchasing Category Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs) that will advise the Council on priority categories (see instructions below). 

Many thanks to the Blackstone Ranch Institute and the Garfield Foundation for their philanthropic support. In part, this funding has helped us engage public interest organizations. We remain committed to ensuring that our work is informed by these voices.

We look forward to working with you in the busy months ahead!

Jason Pearson

Jason Pearson, Executive Director

Technical Advisory Committee Appointed

SPLC is pleased to announce the founding members of the Technical Advisory Committee. The TAC advises SPLC staff and Board on technical aspects of the Council’s programs and work products, and provides review and oversight of the work of Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs). The Technical Advisory Committee advises on the following:
  • Creation of Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs) to develop the various work products of the Council;
  • Questions and decisions related to the technical content of SPLC program activities and work products (e.g. spend analysis, sector specific, action planning guidance);
  • Development and maintenance of SPLC’s rating system; and
  • The preservation of the integrity and use of a consensus-based rating system development process in accordance with SPLC’s mission and Principles.
Voting Members
  • Bjorn Claeson, International Labor Rights Forum
  • Charleen Fain-Keslar, California Department of General Services
  • Barry Giles, BuildingWise, LLC
  • Johanna Kertesz, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (Committee Chair)
  • Alison Kinn Bennett, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Chris O’Brien, American University
  • Raymond Randall, Waste Management
  • Lynda Rankin, Province of Nova Scotia
  • Neil Rosen, North Shore LIJ Health Systems
  • Christina Simon, Lockheed Martin
  • Mary Sotos, World Resources Institute
  • Nancy Wahl-Scheurich, Little Footprint Lighting
  • TBD, Certification Program Correspondent
  • TBD, Assessment Tool Correspondent
Certification Program Correspondents
  • Orrin Cook, Center for Resource Solutions
  • Brad Miller, BIFMA
  • Mark Petruzzi, GreenSeal
  • Rob Shimp, SCS Global Services
Assessment Tool Correspondents
  • Steve Baer, PE International
  • Catherine Benoit, Social Hotspots Database
  • Geoffrey Carbonelle, EcoVadis
  • Alexandra Mihailescu, RepRisk
  • Renee Morin, PRe Sustainability
  • Eva Schmincke, Sphere-E

Your Are Invited: Apply for a Technical Advisory Group by July 22nd

Want to help the Council identify the guidance that the Council will promote to purchasers for use in specific purchasing categories?  Now is your chance!

Apply today to serve on one of eight Purchasing Category Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs) that are being formed to advise the Council on guidance for the following priority categories:
  • Chemically Intensive Products
  • Construction and Renovation
  • Electricity
  • Food
  • IT Hardware and Services
  • Professional Services
  • Transportation and Fuels
  • Wood and Agrifiber Products 
The TAGs’ work will inform the Guidance for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing Pilot v1.0 (December 2014) and the Rating System (2015)

Apply for a TAG
     (Deadline to apply is July 22nd)

Foundations Contribute $80,000 to SPLC

We are very pleased to announce that SPLC's work is earning the support of leading philanthropic foundations.  Blackstone Ranch Institute has now contributed $30,000 to SPLC, with $15,000 supporting the full engagement of a diverse range of stakeholders at the Annual Meeting.  An additional $15,000 was offered to SPLC as a match, which has now been met thanks to a generous $50,000 grant from the Garfield Foundation.  

We are particularly honored to have our work recognized by these funders, since both are highly selective in their support of strategic collaborations which pioneer new models for systems thinking and large-scale impact. The funding will support the development of the Council's Guidance for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing v1.0, which is scheduled for release in December, and we are continuing to reach out to additional funders to support this work.  

Welcoming Nine New Members

SPLC Member LogoWe'd like to welcome several new members:

SPLC Café Call: Supplier Engagement

SPLC Cafe call logoJoin fellow SPLC members for a discussion about incorporating sustainability into their supplier engagement.  You can share your experiences or just come to listen and learn from others' experiences. 

Discussion prompts:
  • How is your organization engaging suppliers around sustainability?  Are you using trainings, scorecards, audits, or other strategies?  
  • What methods have worked best?  
  • What advice would you give those just getting started engaging their suppliers?  
  • Suppliers, what are you seeing that works well, or that you'd like to see more of?  
A few members will share their experience during the first 15 minutes of the hour to kick-off the discussion.  Then it will be your turn to ask and share with each other.

SPLC Café Call: Thursday, July 23rd at 11am ET
Register for the call

Next Member Update Call

Each month, Council members are invited to join this conference call in which staff provide 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.
Next Update Call: Thursday, July 29th at 1pm ET
Register for the call

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.
6/18 Biobased Stakeholders' Dialogue United Soybean Board
6/26 School Sustainability Leaders Summit USGBC
9/25 EcoProcura 2014 ICLEI
10/28 AASHE 2014 Conference AASHE
10/29 Role of Cities in Advancing Sustainable Consumption USDN

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Thank you to our Founders...
American University
Apex Clean Energy
Arizona State University
Bloomberg LP
Caesars Entertainment
California State, Department of General Services
The CarbonNeutral Company
CIPS Sustainability Index
Emory University
Ernst & Young
FairTrade USA
GreenCircle Certified
GreenCircle Certified
Lockheed Martin
Michigan State University
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
Waste Management

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