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2017 LEADERSHIP AWARDS FOR SUSTAINABLE PURCHASING

Ten Organizations Recognized by Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council

DENVER CO – On Tuesday, May 9th, the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC) recognized ten organizations and one individual for their leadership in the sustainable purchasing movement, a growing trend in which organizations are using their purchasing power to advance the long term health and vitality of society, economies, and the planet.

The leadership award winners were selected by a prestigious panel of judges. Each employ a wide range of sustainable purchasing strategies and documented the resulting environmental, social, and/or economic benefits in a case study. The awards and awardees include:

Leadership Award for Overall Sustainable Purchasing Program: 
The New York State Green Procurement and Agency Sustainability Program

SPLC’s highest honor was presented to The State of New York for having put in place a comprehensive sustainable purchasing program that exemplifies the qualities defined in SPLC’s Principles for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing. The State established an ambitious interagency green procurement and sustainability program that has created dozens of “green” specifications that serve as a valuable resource for purchasers developing contracts. Through this program, the state has decreased solid waste by 50% since FY 2008-2009 levels, significantly reduced their copy paper purchasing, and virtually eliminated the use of bottled water, among other achievements. More about this case study.

 

Leadership Award for a Special Sustainable Purchasing Initiative: 
Department of General Services, State of California and Industrial Ecology Research Services (IERS)

Presented to The State of California Department of General Services for carrying out a comprehensive spend analysis using a life cycle assessment (LCA) approach to estimate the environmental, social, and economic impacts of over $97 billion in spend. The resulting analysis helps to prioritize a wide range of sustainable purchasing activities by the State, and helps to form a baseline to measure progress goals. More about this case study.

 

Market Transformation Leadership Award:
Shaw Industries Group, Inc. and the Center for Environmental Health

Presented to Shaw Industries Group, Inc. and the Center for Environmental Health.

Shaw’s innovative work to create EcoWorx® – a commercial carpet tile product made largely from reclaimed materials with significantly reduced energy and water consumption, and recyclability. This required forging unique collaborations with supplier and customers, and clearly demonstrates it’s contribution to the circular economy, having gained the Cradle to Cradle Certification™.

The Center for Environmental Health’s multi-pronged approach is honored for to taking hazardous chemicals out of furniture bought by purchasers, an initiative which has resulted in more than $650 million spent on in safer furniture thus far. More about Shaw Industries Case Study. More about Center for Environmental Health Case Study.

 

Sustainable Purchasing Business Case Leadership Award:
Apex Clean Energy

Presented to Apex Clean Energy for providing energy security to Fort Hood through a 65.8 MW hybrid renewable energy generation facility that is the Army’s largest single renewable energy project to date. The project will save the Department of Defense about $168 million over the course of 28 years. More about this case study.

 

Leadership Award for Public Interest Advocacy:
Responsible Purchasing Network and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network

Presented jointly to the Responsible Purchasing Network and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network for their collaboration on the Sustainable Procurement Playbook for Cities, a 200-page resource that is helping cities, counties, and other local governments develop and implement more effective sustainable purchasing programs. More about this case study.

 

Leadership Award for Purchasing Innovation:
Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Presented to Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) for their procurement of V-gard Green hard hats made from sugar cane. The hats help PG&E reduce its carbon footprint and increase productivity while meeting standard safety requirements. More about this case study. 

 

Leadership Award for Supplier Engagement: 
University of Pennsylvania and Wash Cycle Laundry

Presented to the University of Pennsylvania and Wash Cycle Laundry for their collaboration as a large university and a local SME to create local jobs, foster the growth of an innovative local business, and reduce the environmental impact of UPenn’s laundry services. More about this case study.

 

Supplier Leadership Award:
Shaw Industries Group, Inc.

Shaw’s innovative work to create EcoWorx® – a commercial carpet tile product made largely from reclaimed materials with significantly reduced energy and water consumption, and recyclability. This required forging unique collaborations with supplier and customers, and clearly demonstrates it’s contribution to the circular economy, having gained the Cradle to Cradle Certification™. More about this case study.

 

Individual Leadership Award:
Sanjay Kumar

Presented to Sanjay Kumar, who currently serves as the Additional General Manager, Dedicated Freight Corridors Corporation of India limited (DFCCIL), Ministry of Railways, Government of India. Over a decade of tireless work at the national transport provider of India, Sanjay’s vision, leadership, and dedicated effort have been fundamental to the growth of the sustainable purchasing movement within his 20 billion dollar national railway company. His work has reduced Indian Railway’s carbon footprint by 1.5 million tons of CO2eq and saved over $9 million per year. Through active collaboration with international entities, Sanjay has become a recognized advocate for sustainable procurement on the global stage.

 

During the Awards Ceremony, the Council also honored many more organizations with Outstanding Case Study Awards. These awards recognize organizations for documenting their sustainable purchasing efforts in detailed case studies enable others to follow their lead. Winning case studies are published in SPLC’s Case Study Library. (See list full list of Outstanding Case Study Award winners below.)

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 Council:
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

 

Outstanding Case Awards

The following organizations received 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.

Organization

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

Caesars Entertainment

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 Labeled Products

Citi

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 Hub

Compliance Support and Supplier Engagement

Digital Realty Trust

Responsiveness: How One Buyer is Using Renewable Energy to Meet Multiple Objectives

EarthCheck

Sustainable Supply Chain Tool: Partnership with Banyan Resorts

Ecomedes

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

FedEx

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

Hilton

Organic Waste Diversion

Sustainable Landscaping Solution

HP

Bringing Sustainability Full Circle: HP’s Circular Economy Journey

Indian Railways

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

Lockheed Martin

Small Business Strong

MindClick

Improving EPP Information to Enable Better Purchasing in Healthcare

Multnomah County, Oregon

Enterprise Resource Planning System RFP Project Management

Office Depot

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

Railsponsible

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

TCO Development

Measuring Social Responsibility Improvements in IT Product Manufacturing, 2016

University of California, Office of the President

Procurement and Sustainability Partnership: Energy-Efficient Research Freezers

University of Pennsylvania & Wash Cycle Laundry

 

Anchor Institutions and Small Businesses Implementing Sustainable Solutions

 

VF Corporation

 

VF Paper Program

 

 

 

Individual Awards Nominees

The following individuals were nominated for the Individual Leadership Award.

Individuals

Organization

Alicia Culver

Responsible Purchasing Network

Kevin Funk

General Services Administration

Kristy Garcia

City of Mesa, Arizona

David Green

BASF Construction Chemicals

Johanna Kertesz

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Sanjay Kumar

Ministry of Railways, Government of India

Will Smelko

Ora Organic

Julia Wolfe

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Melissa Yusilon

City of Los Angeles

 

Judges for the 2017 Awards

Thank you to the following individuals who judged the 2017 awards. When case studies were submitted by judges’ own organizations, the judge did not review any cases in that category.

Juror Name

Title and Organization

Dana Arnold

Chief, Sustainability Branch, General Services Administration

Lisa Colicchio

Director Corporate Responsibility, CBRE

Cynthia Cummis

Director Private Sector Climate Mitigation, World Resources Institute

Christopher Davis

Sustainability Consultant Global Energy & Sustainability, CBRE

Whit Faulconer

Independent

Stacey Foreman

Sustainable Procurement Coordinator, City of Portland Oregon

Betsy Hayes

Chief Procurement Officer, Minnesota Department of Administration, Office of State Procurement

Judy Pines

Director Sustainability & Responsible Sourcing, Hilton

Tiffany Rodriguez

Expert Supply Chain Responsibility Program Consultant, PG&E

George Schutter

Chief Procurement Officer, District of Columbia

Matthew Swibel

Director Enterprise Risk and Sustainability, Lockheed Martin

Justin Troy

Sourcing Manager – Supplier Relationship Management, FedEx Services  

 

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