NEWS ADVISORY: 2017 Leadership Awards for Sustainable Purchasing
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 4 2017
CONTACT: Cuchulain Kelly, 202-607-2600 x202, firstname.lastname@example.org
2017 LEADERSHIP AWARDS FOR SUSTAINABLE PURCHASING
DENVER CO – On Tuesday, May 9th, the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC) — a non profit organization with more than 180 members representing over $200 billion in collective purchasing power — will recognize thirty six organizations and nine individuals who have leveraged institutional purchasing power to advance the long term health and vitality of society, economies, and the planet.
The award winners employed a wide range of sustainable purchasing strategies and documented measurable environmental, social, and/or economic benefits. Examples include:
- The State of New York’s comprehensive interagency approach to sustainable procurement resulting in 43 green specifications being developed covering 86 different commodity, service or technology products.
- The State of California Department of General Services’ work analyzing the environmental impacts of over $97 billion in spend using a life cycle analysis approach;
- Shaw Industries Group, Inc.’s unique collaboration with suppliers and customers to develop a commercial carpet tile product made largely from reclaimed materials, which uses significantly less energy and water than standard carpet, and which is fully recyclable; and
- A collaboration between University of Pennsylvania and Wash Cycle Laundry to process and deliver laundry in the most sustainable way possible, while also generating upwardly mobile job opportunities for vulnerable job seekers in the area.
Winners of the Council’s Outstanding Case Study Award will be honored for documenting how they achieved these results in detailed case studies that are published in SPLC’s Case Study Library. (See full list of the Outstanding Case Study Award winners below.)
The winners of the Council’s highest honors – nine juried Leadership Awards – are selected from this pool, and will be revealed and presented with their awards during the ceremony on Monday the 9th May. A single individual will also be selected to receive the Council’s prestigious Individual Leadership Award.
The Leadership Award winners were selected by a prestigious jury from government, the private sector, and civil society. When case studies were submitted by judges’ own organizations, the judge did not review any cases in that category.
Title and Organization
Chief, Sustainability Branch, General Services Administration
Director Corporate Responsibility, CBRE
Director Private Sector Climate Mitigation, World Resources Institute
Sustainability Consultant Global Energy & Sustainability, CBRE
Sustainable Procurement Coordinator, City of Portland Oregon
Chief Procurement Officer, Minnesota Department of Administration, Office of State Procurement
Director Sustainability & Responsible Sourcing, Hilton
Expert Supply Chain Responsibility Program Consultant, PG&E
Chief Procurement Officer, District of Columbia
Director Enterprise Risk and Sustainability, Lockheed Martin
Sourcing Manager – Supplier Relationship Management, FedEx Services
SPLC’s Leadership Awards recognize organizations that have demonstrated or actively supported the kind of leadership envisioned in the SPLC’s Principles for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing. The Principles state that an organization demonstrates leadership in sustainable purchasing through:
- Understanding the environmental, social, and economic impacts of its purchasing.
- Taking responsibility for the environmental, social, and economic impacts of its purchasing by committing to an action plan.
- Delivering on its commitment to improve the environmental, social, and economic impacts of its purchasing.
- Actively promoting internal and external innovation that advances a positive future.
- Soliciting and disclosing information that supports a marketplace of innovation.
“The winners of these Awards have each demonstrated their commitment to leadership in sustainable purchasing,” says SPLC Executive Director Jason Pearson. “Collectively, they focus the powerful purchasing influence of organizations — in public and private sectors alike — to advance a socially just, ecologically robust, and economically prosperous future. The winners of SPLC’s Leadership Awards exemplify, encourage, and support a constructive cycle of innovation that will define the global marketplace of tomorrow.”
About the SPLC:
Founded in 2013, the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council convenes buyers, suppliers, and public interest advocates to develop programs that simplify and standardize sustainable purchasing efforts by large organizations. The Council has quickly attracted, from a wide variety of sectors and regions, more than 180 members with over $200 billion in collective purchasing power. In 2015, SPLC released Guidance for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing v1.0, which has been called the “most comprehensive literature to date” on sustainable purchasing. Hundreds of organizations are now using SPLC’s Guidance, resources, and online community of practice to create strategic sustainable purchasing programs, or enhance existing ones.
About the Awards: www.sustainablepurchasing.org/awards
About the Principles: http://www.sustainablepurchasing.org/principles
About the Guidance: https://www.sustainablepurchasing.org/guidance
About SPLC’s members: https://www.sustainablepurchasing.org/members
List of Outstanding Case Awards
The following organizations or individuals will receive an Outstanding Case Study Award in recognition of their contribution of a valuable case study to the online library of case studies in SPLC’s online Community.
Case Study Title
Apex Clean Energy
Providing Energy Security to Fort Hood
Booz Allen Hamilton
Booz Allen Gets a Great Green Idea to Redirect Waste from Landfills
The Wine Keg Program at Caesars Entertainment
Center for Environmental Health
Kicking Toxic Chemicals Out of Office Furniture – Getting Rid of the “Hazardous Handful”
China Environmental United Certification Center
China Government’s Procurement of Environmental Labelled Products
Citi’s Supply Chain Sustainability Program
City of San Francisco, California
Charging Ahead: How To Find Powerful Rechargeable Batteries That Go On…And On
City of Santa Monica, California
Meatless in March
Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Operational Services Division
The Healthy Furniture Contract
Compliance Support and Supplier Engagement
Digital Realty Trust
Responsiveness: How One Buyer is Using Renewable Energy to Meet Multiple Objectives
Sustainable Supply Chain Tool: Partnership with Banyan Resorts
Leveraging Data to Simplify and Streamline Sustainable Procurement
Electric Utility Industry Sustainable Supply Chain Alliance (EUISSCA)
A Leader in Driving Towards a Robust and Sustainable Electric Utility Industry Supply Chain
Developing a Closed Loop Recycling System for Plastic Sort Bags
Diesel Exhaust Fluid Waste Reduction
Leveraging a Shared Services Model to Impact Sustainability
The Baddour Center
Organic Waste Diversion
Sustainable Landscaping Solution
Bringing Sustainability Full Circle: HP’s Circular Economy Journey
Increasing Participation of Micro & Small Enterprises in Public Procurement
King County, Washington
King County’s Long-Term Renewable Electricity Purchase
King County, Washington
Solar Security Lighting for Metro Bus Shelters
Small Business Strong
Improving EPP Information to Enable Better Purchasing in Healthcare
Multnomah County, Oregon
Enterprise Resource Planning System RFP Project Management
Integrating Sustainability into the Business System: Creation of Internal ‘Change Agents’
Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E)
PG&E’s Supply Chain Responsibility Program
Street Light Replacement
V-gard GREEN Hard Hat
The Railway Industry’s Sustainable Procurement Initiative
Responsible Purchasing Network and USDN
Creation of a Sustainable Procurement Playbook for Cities
Shaw Industries Group
What if Carpet Never Had to be Sent to the Landfill?
State of California, Department of General Services
Spend Analysis Pilot Project California’s State Spend for Fiscal Years 2012-2015
State of Minnesota, Office of State Procurement
Combined Approaches for Increasing Diversity & Inclusion
State of New York, Office of General Services
The New York State Green Procurement and Agency Sustainability Program
Stockholm County Council
Leading Human Rights Due Diligence in Global Supply Chains Through Public Procurement
Swedish County Councils
Surgical Glove Manufacturing in Malaysia
Measuring Social Responsibility Improvements in IT Product Manufacturing, 2016
University of California, Office of the President
Procurement and Sustainability Partnership: Energy-Efficient Research Freezers
VF Paper Program
University of Pennsylvania & Wash Cycle Laundry
Anchor Institutions and Small Businesses Implementing Sustainable Solutions
Individual Awards Nominees
The following individuals were nominated for the Individual Leadership Award.
Responsible Purchasing Network
General Services Administration
City of Mesa, Arizona
BASF Construction Chemicals
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Ministry of Railways, Government of India
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
City of Los Angeles