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Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council UPDATE


Message from the Executive Director
Launch Event Preview
New Founding Members
Message from the
Executive Director

Jason Pearson, Executive Director

Earlier this week, registrations for our free Launch Event webcast blew past the 1,000 attendee mark, with people signing up from forty-three countries and dozens of industries. Registrations continue to pour in at a rate that could make this the largest webcast GreenBiz has ever hosted! 

The Council's founding membership and partnerships continue to grow, as well.  Seven new members and one new partner (Practice GreenHealth) have come on board since our last newsletter.  More on our new members below.    

We've heard from many of you that you are tuning in and signing on because you recognize that many of the thorniest challenges we face in purchasing sustainably are shared problems that require shared solutions.  Inconsistency in the way sustainable purchasing is defined, guided, measured and rewarded presents problems that none of us can solve on our own.  Tackling that challenge is a primary goal of this new multi-sector, multi-stakeholder Council.  Thank you for joining us in this effort.

Jason Pearson

Jason Pearson, Executive Director

Launch Event Preview

The Launch Event webcast will feature a great panel of speakers who will talk about the Council's mission, vision and programmatic plans.  They'll also explore how the Council's multi-sector, multi-stakeholder nature has the potential to strengthen and accelerate many sustainable purchasing initiatives already in existence within organizations, within regions, within industries and globally. Thanks to skillful moderating by Joel Makower, the panelists will also be answering your questions through-out the webcast - not just at the end!
SPLC Launch Event Webcast

If you have not already registered for the webcast or have not told your colleagues about it, please do so now! 

SPLC Launch Event Webcast Registration
Tuesday, July 23, 1pm ET
(registration is free!)

Tip: If you have a time conflict with the event, register now so you will receive a link to the recording afterward.

New Founding Members

Since our last newsletter, the Council's Founders Circle has added two local governments, one federal department, three suppliers and a sustainability procurement tool provider. The Council now has six founders from the Fortune 500 list. As we've mentioned previously, the Steering Committee's goal is to launch the Council with a "balanced and representative group of stakeholders." We appreciate our newest members support and commitment to the mission and vision of the Council:
The Steering Committee and current Founders Circle members are helping SPLC staff identify additional founding member candidates in the areas of social and environmental advocacy (NGOs), food and agriculture, buildings and construction, healthcare, hospitality, banking and ERP. If you believe that your organization would be a good fit, please let us know.

Look for Council speakers at these events:


SPLC Launch Event
Washington DC
July 23rd, 1pm

SPLC Founding Summit
Washington DC
August 27-28

MSU Greening the Supply Chain Conference
East Lansing, MI
September 23-24

AASHE 2013 Conference
Nashville, TN
October 6-9

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Thank you to our Founders...
American University
Apex Clean Energy
Arizona State University
California State, Department of General Services
The CarbonNeutral Company
CIPS Sustainability Index
Emory University
FairTrade USA
GreenCircle Certified
GreenCircle Certified
Michigan State University
State of Minnesota, PCA & MMS
Office Depot
City of San Francisco
SCS Global Services
Social Hotspots Database Project
UL Environment
US Department of Agriculture
City of Washington DC
Waste Management
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