Multimedia Summary of the Summit

The 2015 Summit was a great success with more than 220 individuals from 160+ organizations representing a wide diversity of sectors, regions, and stakeholders. Below are video and photo highlights from the Summit, along with information about who was there and what was presented.

Videos

  • Keynote: Dr. Chris Pyke on Market Transformation Keynote: Dr. Chris Pyke on Market Transformation Chris Pyke, VP of Research for U.S. Green Building Council and Chief Operating Officer for the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB)
  • Keynote Conversation: Bridging the Distance Between Purchasers and On-the-ground Consequences of Purchasing Decisions Keynote Conversation: Bridging the Distance Between Purchasers and On-the-ground Consequences of Purchasing Decisions A purchaser, supplier, and two public interest advocates share the keys to successfully incorporating into purchasing decisions knowledge about social and environmental conditions deep in supply chains.
  • Welcome & Opening Remarks Welcome & Opening Remarks SPLC's Board Chair, Anastasia O'Rourke, and Executive Director, Jason Pearson, welcome attendees to the Summit and set the stage for collaboration.
  • Video Address by EPA Deputy Administrator Stanley Meiburg Video Address by EPA Deputy Administrator Stanley Meiburg
  • Video Address by Charmian Gooch of Global Witness Video Address by Charmian Gooch of Global Witness

SPLC Connect Photos

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Summit Photos

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Award Winners

SPLC’s Leadership and Outstanding Case Study Awards are based on detailed case studies submitted by the candidate organizations.

  • Department of Energy receives the Sustainable Purchasing Program Leadership Award, SPLC's highest honor. Department of Energy receives the Sustainable Purchasing Program Leadership Award, SPLC's highest honor.
  • Alameda County receives the Leadership Award for a Special Purchasing Initiative for its comprehensive paper purchasing program. Alameda County receives the Leadership Award for a Special Purchasing Initiative for its comprehensive paper purchasing program.
  • VitalMetrics receives the Supplier Leadership Award for its sustainability impact spend analysis services. VitalMetrics receives the Supplier Leadership Award for its sustainability impact spend analysis services.
  • Office Depot receives the Supplier Leadership Award for advancing sustainability through its customer engagement. Office Depot receives the Supplier Leadership Award for advancing sustainability through its customer engagement.
  • Lockheed Martin receives five Outstanding Case Study Awards Lockheed Martin receives five Outstanding Case Study Awards
  • GreenCircle Certified receives Outstanding Case Study Award GreenCircle Certified receives Outstanding Case Study Award
  • Dell receives an Outstanding Case Study Award Dell receives an Outstanding Case Study Award
  • Province of Nova Scotia receives an Outstanding Case Study Award Province of Nova Scotia receives an Outstanding Case Study Award
  • FedEx receives an Outstanding Case Study Award FedEx receives an Outstanding Case Study Award
  • US Department of Agriculture receives an Outstanding Case Study Award US Department of Agriculture receives an Outstanding Case Study Award
  • Microsoft receives an Outstanding Case Study Award Microsoft receives an Outstanding Case Study Award
  • City of Portland receives an Outstanding Case Study Award City of Portland receives an Outstanding Case Study Award
  • Asia Pulp & Paper receives an Outstanding Case Study Award Asia Pulp & Paper receives an Outstanding Case Study Award
  • Ecolab receives an Outstanding Case Study Award Ecolab receives an Outstanding Case Study Award
  • King County receives an Outstanding Case Study Award King County receives an Outstanding Case Study Award
  • Aflac receives an Outstanding Case Study Award Aflac receives an Outstanding Case Study Award
  • Domtar receives an Outstanding Case Study Award Domtar receives an Outstanding Case Study Award
  • Sphere E receives an Outstanding Case Study Award Sphere E receives an Outstanding Case Study Award
  • The winners of the four Leadership Awards participate in a mainstage conversation. The winners of the four Leadership Awards participate in a mainstage conversation.
Photography by Haley Wunderlich

Rating System Kickoff Workshop Outcomes

Christina Macken, SPLC’s Director of Programs, has written a blog post reflecting on the Rating System Kick-off Workshop, feedback received, and next steps.

Quotes from Post-event Evaluations

SPLC Connect
“The SPLC Connect was very successful–I only signed up for 4 connections and I wish I would have committed to more.”

“Unlike all other matchmaking events I have attended, all the players at the event had a shared interest in sustainability. This meant we shared a much more sincere interest in finding ways to work together than in other matchmaker situations.”

“Thought this was a great way to network with vendors. Learned a lot in a short period of time.”

“It’s a great ice-breaker at the beginning of the summit.”

“I had three impromptu meetings and found two of them to be very valuable.”

“It is an opportunity to get someone’s undivided attention, which is hard to do in hallway breaks where conversations can be cut short by the movement of people to and fro.”

“Great way to meet folks I might not otherwise have met during the summit. I also got a lot of value out of the roundtable discussions – glad those were 30 min.”

“I was impressed, a very well done event and I will participate again.”

Summit
“I see several opportunities, which I can implement immediately in my organization.”

“Quality of the content, and the people in attendance was unparalleled.”

“I like the wide variety of organizations that were in attendance. It exposed me to opinions and theories that I don’t typically encounter.”

“I found the summit to be extremely valuable and resourceful.”

“The shared knowledge between various members is unbelievable, overwhelming, and enlightening.”

“The focus of many sessions on the social/ethical aspects of sustainability were exactly what I was looking for. That was very refreshing. The environment didn’t get short shrift, either.”

“Thank you for bringing public and private institutions together as well as purchaser, supplier and public interest groups to have these crucial conversations in advancing sustainable purchasing. This work will only advance through these invaluable connections.”

“Really pleased to have participated. Great work being done and wonderful to be with so many committed people.”

“I liked connecting with peers, vendors, working on useful tools/offerings, getting ‘big picture’ stories and info from NGO’s… being around the collective expertise of the SPLC members is useful in and of itself.”

“Lots of peer-­to-­peer engagement. SPLC did a great job of structuring the event to get input from participants, which builds the community.”

“I was skeptical if the SPLC Conference would be of value for me as a buyer for a financial services firm; thought the conference might be geared more to government and manufacturing. A colleague who attend last year told me it would be a fit for me and I would not be disappointed. I am really glad I took that advice. SPLC was a fantastic event with valuable content for anyone involved in any type of purchasing.”

“Great to get the NGO perspective on stage!”

Sustainability Achievements

In planning the 2015 Summit, we sought to model sustainable procurement practices in the venue, food, and hospitality contracts that we negotiated. The events held at Bell Harbor Conference Center achieved a 95% diversion rate, up from the conference center’s 70% average.

Presentation Slides

Please find the slides posted alongside the workshop descriptions on the Workshops page.
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Organizations in Attendance

AASHELockheed Martin
Able ServicesMade in a Free World
AflacMarriott International
AGCO CorporationMichigan State University
AllstateMicrosoft
AltenexMindClick Group
American Chemistry CouncilMultnomah County
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)Municipal Collaboration for
Sustainable Procurement (MCSP)
Apex Clean Energy, Inc.National Association of State
Procurement Officers (NASPO)
AramarkNew Leaf Paper
Arizona State UniversityNIGP
Asia Pulp and PaperOffice Depot
ASSA ABLOYOffice of Contracting and Procurement
Bellevue CollegeOregon Deptartment of Environmental Quality
Best BuyPacific Market International
BIFMAPacific Northwest Laboratories
BLOOMBERG L.P.Passport Foundation
BoeingPerlmutter Associates
Boise PaperPG&E
BSRPort of Tacoma
Caesars EntertainmentPortland Community College
California Department of General ServicesPractice Greenhealth
California Department of TransportationPWGSC
CBREReeve Consulting
Center for Environmental HealthResponsible Purchasing Network (RPN)
CH2MRivanna Natural Designs, Inc.
City of Austin, TXRocky Mountain Institue
City of ClevelandRoundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials
City of Hillsboro, ORSan Francisco Department of the Environment
City of Portland, OregonSAP
City of Santa MonicaSDI International Corp.
City of SeattleSedex
City of VancouverSeventh Generation
Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW)SGS
Consumer Specialty Products AssociationShoreline Community College
CorpWatchSnohomish County
County of AlamedaSocial Enterprises
CRG Sustainable SolutionsSonoco
DellSound Transit
District of ColumbiaSphere E
DomtarState of California
EcolabState of Connecticut
ECOVADISState of Missouri
EdelmanSte Michelle Wine Estates
EICCSupplyShift
Electric Power Research InstituteSustainable Forestry Initiative, Inc.
Emory UniversitySustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP)
Equitable OriginSustrana
Fair Food Standards CouncilTD Bank
Fair Trade USATechway Services
Federal Acquisition ServiceThe Sustainability Consortium
FedExThe University of Texas at Austin
Forest Stewardship Council USthinkstep
Full Circle Environmental, Inc.Thyssenkrupe Elevator
Global WitnessTreeZero Paper, LLC
Goby LLCTrucost
Government of Nova ScotiaUL Environment
Green Cleaning NetworkUnited Soybean Board
Green Electronics CouncilUniversity of Arkansas
Green SealUniversity of California, Santa Barbara
Green-e | Center for Resource SolutionsUniversity of Illinois
GreenCircle Certified, LLCUniversity of Pennsylvania
GRESB.comUniversity of Vermont
Healthcare Without HarmUS Department of Agriculture
Hilton WorldwideUS Department of Defense
iFixItUS Department of Energy
Indian RailwaysUS Environmental Protection Agency
Industrial Economics IncUS General Services Administration
Initiative for Responsible Mining AssuranceUS Green Building Council
Institute for Systems BiologyVenable LLP
Interface Americas, Inc.Virginia Mason Health System
International Campaign for Responsible TechnologyVitalMetrics
International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)Washington State Department of Ecology
iReuseWashington State Department of Transportation
Jones Lang LaSalle, Inc.Waste Management
Kimberly-ClarkWeyerhaeuser Company
King CountyWorkers Rights Consortium
King County Metro TransitWorld Resources Institute (WRI)
Kuhn AssociatesWorld Wildlife Fund (WWF)
Lawrence Berkeley National LaboratoryZones
LittleFootprint Lighting

Title Sponsor

fedex

Presenting Sponsor

fedex

Keynote Sponsor

ecolab

Keynote Sponsor

ecolab

Mobile App Sponsor

Altenex

Event Sponsors

Apex Clean Energy
Biosynthetic Technologies
Carbon Neutral
EcoVadis
Green Electronics Council
Rivanna natural designs
sphere-e
thinkstep
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Summit Partners

aashe acquisti sostenibilita ANSI BSR Clean Technology Trade Alliance ECPAR EICC IISD MCSP NASPO NIGP Practice Greenhealth RPN RSB sedex