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We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for SPLC Connect, the sustainability-focused buyer-supplier matchmaking event that takes place May 24th – just before the Summit kicks off that evening. Organized by purchaser members of the Council, last year's Connect event received praise from buyers and suppliers. 

The March 18th deadline to apply for one of SPLC's Leadership Awards is rapidly approaching. Download the submission instructions to see how you can earn recognition. Awards will be presented in front of hundreds of professionals at the 2016 Summit's Leadership Awards Banquet.

Registration is still open for our Pre-Summit Courses taking place on Monday, May 23rd, before the Summit. These courses are open to anyone, not just Summit attendees. Space is limited, so register today!

This week we are busy confirming speakers for the Summit's forty-two workshops. We can't wait to announce the full program next week!

As always, thanks for reading SPLC Update.

Jason Pearson

Jason Pearson, Executive Director

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Register for SPLC Connect!

Pre-Summit Buyer-Supplier Matchmaking

Organized by SPLC's Purchaser members, SPLC Connect is an optional pre-Summit event that gives buyers a unique opportunity to meet suppliers that have earned the esteem of sustainability-savvy purchasing professionals.

How it works

  • Set up a matchmaking profile
  • Browse profiles to find people of interest
  • Make and respond to meeting requests
  • Schedule up to 16 fifteen minute One-on-Ones
  • Sign up for topical Roundtable Discussions
  • Enjoy informal networking over lunch, refreshment breaks, and the happy hour reception
Register for SPLC ConnectPurchasers: Come meet innovative suppliers. Registration is FREE for you!

Suppliers: Get your products or services in front of procurement professionals focused on sustainability!

Register for Pre-Summit Short Courses

All courses take place on Monday, May 23rd in DC.
Certificates of course completion given to participants.

Fostering Sustainable Purchasing Behavior 
A full-day course taught by renowned behavior-change expert Dr. Doug McKenzie-Mohr. Ideal audience is anyone trying to effectively change the behavior of others around them.

Spend Analysis for Sustainability Leadership 
A full-day introductory course on the different types of sustainability-related spend analysis, featuring real-life case studies and hands-on exercises. 

ACCO Climate & Supply Chain Training Bootcamps 
Half-day courses provided in partnership with the Association of Climate Change Officers. Learn how to ID climate-related risks in your supply chain and productively work on climate risks with suppliers.

Building a Renewable Energy Purchasing Strategy
A full-day course introducing various renewable energy purchasing opportunities, the benefits and considerations for each, and guidance on how to build a strategy that’s right for your organization.

Evaluating the Credibility of Sustainable Product/Services Claims
A full-day course lead by ISEAL Alliance focusing on how to evaluate the credibility and impact of standards, certifications, and product/service claims. 

Submit your work for a Leadership Award

Deadline is rapidly approaching! 3/18

Submit your work for a leadership award! Leadership Awards for Organizations
SPLC's Leadership Awards recognize organizations that have demonstrated or actively supported the kind of leadership envisioned in SPLC’s Principles for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing. The Leadership and Outstanding Case Study Awards are based on case studies from candidate organizations. Learn about the Awards Categories and submission process.

Leadership Awards for Individuals
New this year, we are soliciting nominations for the SPLC's Individual Leadership Award(s). This Award will recognize one or more individuals whose vision, leadership, and dedicated effort have significantly advanced the sustainable purchasing movement. Download the nomination instructions.

Case Study Spotlight: U.S. Department of Energy

Beginning today, we will make one Leadership Award case study available via the SPLC newsletter. We are doing this to 1) celebrate the excellent work on sustainable purchasing featured in last year's Leadership Awards case studies, 2) give a taste of what the member-only SPLC Case Study Database holds, and 3) build excitement for this year's Leadership Awards program.

The first spotlight in this series is the United States Department of Energy's case study of their GreenBuy program. This submission won SPLC's highest Leadership Award in 2015: the Overall Purchasing Program Award. Read the case study to learn about DOE's innovative approach to incentivizing sustainable procurement via peer to peer engagement and collaboration of the DOE sites in its Sustainable Acquisition Working Group.

Want to receive this kind of recognition for your work in sustainable purchasing. Apply for an SPLC Leadership Award

Welcome to SPLC's Newest Members!

Interested in membership? Know someone who should be involved in SPLC? Get in touch with SPLC's Communications Coordinator, Cuchulain Kelly.

Final Report: Committee on Supplier Ratings Phase 1

COSR Project report
Read the project report
The Committee on Supplier Ratings (COSR) is a collaborative project aimed at evaluating the applicability of Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) enterprise sustainability ratings developed for the investor community to procurement decision-making and supplier relationship management.

Phase 1 of the project was led by SPLC, GISR, EICC, Microsoft, IEc, and BrownFlynn. Phase 2 is beginning and we invite you to get involved - email to express interest.

News You Can Use

UNEP releases report: “Monitoring Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) Implementation”
This report, written by Aure Adell and Bettina Schaeffer from Ecoinstitut, includes recommendations for efficient SPP monitoring systems, recommendations for an international framework to report on SPP progress, and case studies of how national and local governments around the world monitor their SPP programmes.

Request for Comment: Green-e Energy National Standard
Green-e Energy seeks feedback on potential future provisions of the Green-e Energy National Standard (the "Standard") and is accepting feedback from all interested stakeholders through midnight PT on Saturday, April 30, 2016. Prior to taking the survey, you may download and review a PDF of all survey questions.

U.S. businesses speak out against the US Supreme Court stay of Clean Power Plan
Got an article for "News You Can Use"? Let us know.

Jobs in Sustainable Purchasing

Renewable Choice Energy: Director of Business Development
This position will work directly with RCE's largest corporate clients on long-term green power purchase agreement opportunities. Ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience navigating the largest corporations in N. America and a strong founding in energy markets and/or sustainability.
Location: Boulder, CO (Exceptions could be made for exceptional candidates)
>> Mention that you heard about the opening through SPLC!

Renewable Choice Energy: Director of Global Developer Relations
This position will oversee the maintenance and growth of relationships with every major renewable energy developer in target markets worldwide. Ideal candidate has experience with solar and wind development in the U.S. and abroad and a deep network of industry contacts.
Location: Boulder, CO (Exceptions could be made for exceptional candidates)
>> Mention that you heard about the opening through SPLC!

GreenCircle Certified, LLC: Certification Analyst
This positions manages, organizes, and executes detailed audits of products, operations, and supply chains in order to effectively validate sustainability claims and deliver scientifically sound third-party certification of these claims to the client. GreenCircle’s clients will use these audits and certifications to drive continuous improvements internally and to market these achievements.
Location: Royersford, PA
Have a job opening you want to publicize? Let us know.

Upcoming Events

Here's what's coming soon. Be sure to check our Activities Calendar and Upcoming Presentations page to stay up-to-date on where SPLC will be.
  Green Schools Conference & Expo
March 31-April 1
Pittsburgh, PA
Roundtable: "Is Your Institution Ready for the Future of Sustainable Procurement?"
Speaker: Cuchulain Kelly, SPLC Communications Coordinator
  ACCO Operations: Supply Chain Workshop 
April 25-26
Chicago, IL
SPLC Update readers get 20% OFF! 
Register with code: Partners-Discount-SPLC
  8th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
June 2-4, 2016
Madison, WI
  International Social Life Cycle Assessment Conference
June 13-15, 2016
Harvard U, Cambridge, MA
Call for Presentations now open! Conference theme is "Moving Markets on Social Sustainability."
Thank you to our Summit Sponsors and Partners:
Presenting Sponsor
Gold Sponsor

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Silver Sponsors

Pacific Gas & Electric logo

Lockheed Martin logo

Mobile App Sponsor
FedEx Logo

Renewable Energy & Carbon Offset Sponsor
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Green Power Happy Hour Sponsor
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Event Sponsors

ANSI logo

ANSI logo

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Hilton Worldwide logo
Summit Partners

AASHE logo

ACCO logo

CRS logo

Farm to Cafeteria logo

GreenBiz logo

ISEAL logo

ISM logo

MCSP logo

MWCOG logo

NASPO logo

NIGP logo

NGLCC logo

Practice Greenhealth logo

ProcureCon Indirect East logo

Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials logo

US Green Building Council logo
Look at who's already planning to be at the 2016 SPLC Summit...
  • ACCO
  • Aflac
  • Allstate
  • Altenex
  • ANSI
  • Apex Clean Energy
  • Avendra
  • Best Buy
  • Bloomberg
  • BrownFlynn
  • CBRE
  • Center for Environmental Health
  • Center for Resource Solutions
  • Citi
  • City of Portland, Oregon
  • City of San Francisco, CA
  • City of Santa Monica, CA
  • City of Washington, DC
  • County of Alameda
  • Domtar
  • EICC
  • Ecolab
  • EcoVadis
  • Edelman
  • Emory University
  • Equitable Origin
  • Fair Trade USA
  • Fannie Mae
  • FedEx
  • Forest Stewardship Council US
  • GreenBiz
  • GreenCircle Certified
  • Green Seal
  • Hilton Worldwide
  • Industrial Economics Inc
  • Interface
  • International Campaign for Responsible Technology
  • ISEAL Alliance
  • Institute for Supply Management
  • King County
  • Kimberly-Clark
  • Kuhn Associates
  • Lockheed Martin
  • MCSP
  • MeetGreen
  • Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
  • Microsoft
  • Michigan State University
  • Minnesota MPCA
  • Municipal Council for Sustainable Procurement 
  • National Association of State Procurement Officers
  • National Institute of Standards
  • National Institute for Government Procurement
  • Office Depot
  • Pacific Gas & Electric
  • PeerAspect
  • PNNL
  • Practice Greenhealth
  • PRGX
  • ProcureCon Indirect East
  • Renewable Choice Energy
  • Rockefeller Foundation
  • Roppe Corporation
  • Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials
  • SGIA
  • Sonoco
  • State of Connecticut
  • Sustainable Green Printing Partnership
  • Sustrana
  • thinkstep
  • TreeZero
  • Trucost
  • TUV Rheinland
  • UL
  • United Soybean Board
  • UPenn
  • US DoD
  • US EPA
  • US GSA
  • US Green Building Council
  • VitalMetrics
  • Weyerhauser
  • Workers Rights Consortium 
  • WRI
  • WWF
Plan now to join these organizations at the Summit.

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