The following 75-minute workshops will be offered at the Summit. The workshops will take place within five Rounds, as can be seen in the Summit Program Schedule. The day and time of each workshop will be announced soon. Each workshop will feature expert guidance, real-world experience, and peer-to-peer dialogue and problem solving. They’ll be even better with your involvement!

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3 Types of Workshops

There are three types of workshops that will be offered throughout the Summit:

Rating System v1.0 Kick Off will provide Summit participants the opportunity to give input on key Rating System design questions. This will begin the process that will deliver the Council’s program for recognizing and rewarding leadership in sustainable purchasing.

Process Workshops focus on challenges organizations face in the process of starting or running a highly effective Sustainable Purchasing Program.

Purchasing Category Workshops focus on best practices for optimizing the environmental, social, and economic performance of specific purchasing categories within an organization’s spending.

Workshop Index

Rating System v1.0 Kick-off

Process Workshops

Purchasing Category Workshops


Workshop Descriptions

Rating System v1.0 Kick Off

Keynote Speaker
photo of Chris Pyke
Chris Pyke, PhD, Vice President of Research for the U.S. Green Building Council and Chief Operating Office for the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) presented on how rating systems, like LEED, build and continue to strengthen a marketplace of innovation.
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Rating System v1.0 Kick Off will provide Summit participants the exclusive opportunity to kick off Rating System development – the process that will lead to the Council’s delivery of a program for recognizing and rewarding leadership in sustainable purchasing. The Rating System will build on the Council’s previously released Principles for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing v1.0 and Guidance for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing v1.0.

The session will include breakouts that will gather audience feedback on foundational questions, including the following:

  • What should be required of all organizations seeking leadership recognition, and what should be optional credits?
  • What should TAGs look for when selecting referenced standards and third-party certifications?
  • Should points be assigned for actions taken, level of improvement, level of achievement, or a mix?
  • How should organizations be recognized for their demonstrated leadership?
  • What is the duration of recognition?

The session will close with a detail of the rating system development process and highlight the various opportunities for involvement.

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Process Workshops

How to Build a Leadership-Capable Sustainable Purchasing Program

This workshop begins with training on the four essential components of a leadership-capable Sustainable Purchasing Program and how sustainable purchasing champions can build support for creating a leadership-capable program or strengthening an existing program. Several organizations will share their experiences establishing their Sustainable Purchasing Program, followed by peer-to-peer problem solving.
Time: 9:45am-11am PT, May 27th
Trainer: Tim Reeve, President, Reeve Consulting
Training Focus: Chapter 2, pg 12-36 of Guidance for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing v1.0

Sustainable Procurement in Santa Monica: Assessing and Revitalizing a Long-Standing Program
Karl Bruskotter, Environmental Analyst, City of Santa Monica
Since the 90’s Santa Monica has been one of the leaders among municipalities in sustainable procurement. Yet over the years, programs can become stagnant and priorities misguided. Santa Monica is excited to utilize the SPLC’s Guidance document 1.0 to evaluate and assess it’s current sustainable procurement program. Santa Monica has used the guiding principles and the strategy cycle process to revitalize its long-standing program. The strategy cycle process was used for numerous purchasing categories. The presentation will primarily cover our purchasing frenzy experience that occurs at the end of our fiscal year (June 31st) and happens to overlap with SPLC’s pilot participation effort. The successes and challenges resulting from this pilot will be covered.

Starting a Sustainable Purchasing Program Without an Official Policy – The Case of Indian Railways
Sanjay Kumar, AGM, DFCCIL, Ministry of Railway, Government of India
Sustainability champions in developing countries have to work from scratch to set up legal and institutional frameworks, garner top management support, communicate with the market to address supply side problems, institute capacity building programs, and arrange for funding, among many other tasks. Sanjay Kumar will share his experiences advocating for sustainable purchasing within Indian Railways, a state-owned corporation with $26b in annual revenue but with no official sustainable procurement policy. The presentation, based on a real project, looks at challenges in implementing SP in Indian Railways, and discusses key take-aways. Sanjay will also discuss how the SPLC Guidance for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing v1.0 is useful to him, and how it could be made even more useful.

Lockheed Martin’s approach to building its Sustainable Purchasing Program
Christina Simon, Corporate Program Manager, Lockheed Martin
As typical for large companies with already-defined, well-performing supply chain programs, it can be difficult to garner support for new focus areas outside of primary supply chain considerations of cost, quality, and delivery. Adding Sustainability to the supply chain platform can be challenging, especially where there may be minimal company awareness of what Sustainability is and how a focus on Sustainability can affect the company in a positive way. Christina Simon will discuss the challenges she has overcome in the last several years to build Lockheed Martin’s award-nominated Sustainable Supply Chain Management program and what tools and solutions she utilized to engrain sustainability into the supply chain leader’s agenda.   

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Maximizing the Effectiveness of Your Sustainable Purchasing Program

This workshop begins with a training on how organizations can grow their Sustainable Purchasing Program through strategic prioritization and continuous improvement, maximizing the return on their investments in sustainable purchasing. Several organizations will present about their prioritization and continuous improvement processes, followed by peer-to-peer dialogue and problem solving.
Time: 1:45pm-3:00pm PT, May 27th
Trainer: Robert Kuhn, President, Kuhn Associates Sustainability Advisors LLC |
Training Focus: Chapter 3, pg. 37-79 of Guidance for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing v1.0
Discussion Leader: Sam Hummel, Director of Outreach & Operations, Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council

Developing and Implementing a Sustainable Purchasing Program in Washington DC
Jonathan Rifkin, Sustainable Purchasing Program Manager, District of Columbia
The presentation will briefly discuss: efforts to prioritize product and service categories, methodology used when developing specifications, specification guidance and support solicitation documents provided to staff, and tracking sustainable purchasing.

Rethinking Your Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program: The Case of Kaiser Permanente
Vanessa Lochner, Director, Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP), Finance Operations, Kaiser Permanente
Achieving an Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) program is simpler than many people
realize. From the start, it’s important to determine the results you want to achieve. Vanessa Lochner will present how Kaiser Permanente has achieved success, year after year, through
strategy, organization, and, more recently, by identifying the three key phases of its procurement process: presourcing, sourcing, and implementation. By re-approaching these three steps, an organization can move EPP from a goal to a standard business practice.

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Developing Breakthrough Strategies for Specific Categories, Issues, or Suppliers

This workshop explores how organizations are achieving dramatic, rather than incremental, performance improvements by employing holistic and cross-functional planning processes to develop the sustainable purchasing strategies that form the core of their Sustainable Purchasing Program.  The workshop will begin with a brief training on the strategy planning process supported by Guidance v1.0, followed by presentations of real-world strategy development examples and peer-to-peer discussion.
Time: 9:30am-10:45am PT, May 28th
Trainer: Aleen Bayard, Sustainability Consultant, Jones Lang LaSalle
Training Focus: Chapter 3, pg. 62-79 of Guidance for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing v1.0
Discussion Leader: Anastasia O’Rourke, Special Consultant, Industrial Economics Incorporated (IEc)

Contract Requirement vs Evaluation Factor: A Key Sustainable Purchasing Strategy Decision
Adam Jones, Procurement Analyst, Federal Acquisition Service
GSA has incorporated (or is in the process of incorporating) supply chain reporting and other sustainability considerations into several major acquisitions. Sustainability was included as a contract requirement for some acquisitions and an evaluation factor for others. This presentation will walk through several examples and explore the sustainability-related pro’s and con’s of using contract requirements vs. evaluation factors.

Delivering Socially & Environmentally Responsible Purchasing Together
Arzu Ozbek, Portfolio Manager, PG&E
PG&E is aggressively adding more renewable energy to its power mix under California’s renewable portfolio standard. Today, PG&E owns and operates solar PV facilities with 152 MW of capacity and is well on its way toward 33 percent renewables by the end of 2020 PG&E sourcing team worked cross-functionally to develop a strategic plan for meeting the company’s renewable energy goals and ambitious socially responsible purchasing goals. In the end, almost 60% of the project(s) spend went to diverse suppliers. This presentation will describe the pre-procurement cross-functional planning process and sourcing strategy that enabled the procurement process to deliver such outstanding results.

Reducing the Impact of Copy Paper Use
Karen Cook, Sustainability Project Manager, County of Alameda
In 2006, Alameda County began requiring a minimum of 30% post-consumer recycled (PCR) content in all copy paper purchased. While this was a positive step towards reducing the impact of our paper use, we knew that we could make an even bigger impact by reducing our use, and moving towards 100% PCR for the paper that we do buy. By developing and implementing a comprehensive sustainable paper strategy over several years, Alameda was ultimately able to switch to 100% PCR copy paper, while saving money and reducing greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to removing 73 cars from the road.

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Are Our Suppliers Sustainability Leaders, Laggards, or Risks?

Learn how supplier spend analysis can help answer these questions and lay the groundwork for building a leadership-oriented supply base that reduces the organization’s exposure to sustainability-related supply chain risks. Real-world examples will be shared, followed by peer-to-peer dialogue and problem solving.
Time: 1:45pm-3:00pm PT, May 27th
Trainer: Libby Bernick, Senior Vice President, Trucost |
Training Focus: Chapter 3, pg. 51-62 of Guidance for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing v1.0

How to compare suppliers in a variety of different sectors when they face varying sustainability stakes
Nicole Sherwin, Senior Program Manager, EcoVadis
The convergence of sustainability standards and complexity of regulations makes it difficult to have a one-size-fits-all approach. Whether is it conducting a supplier spend analysis to strategically target potential high-risk suppliers for assessment or engaging key suppliers towards continuous improvements on sustainability the unique supplier characteristics such as their sector, size and location of operations must be considered. Case studies from Heineken and Alcatel Lucent will be shared to demonstrate their approaches and showcase a model that allows procurement teams to easily compare performance from one supplier to another.

Lessons Learned in Engaging Suppliers for Continuous Improvement
James Barsimantov, Ph.D., COO, SupplyShift
Evaluating environmental impacts of suppliers is only the first step towards improving sustainability in purchasing. Engaging suppliers to help them understand how they can improve and how they compare to their peers provides real value and supports continuous improvement. However, supplier engagement can be time consuming, and therefore many purchasing departments leave out this critical piece of the puzzle. This session will focus on the University of California at San Diego’s pilot to solicit, collect, and analyze supplier sustainability information using a shared data platform. Through the platform, suppliers can gauge their performance against one another, and use this information to drive decision-making behind environmental policies or supply chain practices. This automated process provides value to suppliers while relieving the burden from buyers. In this session, we will share UCSD’s experience in the pilot and the collaborative approach to shared data and supplier engagement. Attendees will learn how UCSD prepared for the pilot as well as how they overcame some of the obstacles to supplier engagement using an innovative platform.

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How to Locate the Biggest Risks & Opportunities within Everything Your Organization Buys

Learn how organizations are pairing their spend data with category-based sustainability data in order to identify the areas of purchasing that present the greatest sustainability risks and opportunities. Hear from organizations that have taken different analytical approaches, and join in peer-to-peer dialogue and problem solving.
Time: 3:30pm-4:45pm PT, May 27th
Trainers: Sangwon Suh, Ph.D., President, VitalMetrics & Daniel Girdler, Executive VP, VitalMetrics
Training Focus: Chapter 3, pg. 51-62 of Guidance for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing v1.0

How the largest federal contracts stack up against SPLC Guidance v1.0. 
Stephan Sylvan, Senior Policy Advisor, US EPA
The federal government is responsible for roughly $500 billion in annual spending on products and services. Approximately $200 billion of that spending will be done by just 21 contract vehicles including one $50 billion contract vehicle. How much of this institutional purchasing will occur in spend categories deemed a priority in SPLC Guidance v1.0? To what extent does this institutional purchasing currently align with the SPLC Guidance v1.0? What kind of opportunity does this represent for improving public health and the environment? A preliminary analysis of this opportunity will be presented along with some preliminary ideas for addressing this opportunity. The presenter will also be seeking ideas from the SPLC community on how to better assess and address this opportunity and for ideas for collaboration in the SPLC community for addressing similar opportunities.

Trends in Climate Impacts of Public Agency Procurement 
Karen Cook, Sustainability Project Manager, County of Alameda
A significant source of emissions attributable to an organization are those generated throughout the supply chain as a result of the products and services they consume. A growing number of public organization and higher education institutions are performing inventories to identify and manage these emissions. In order to learn from these findings, and inform other public agencies who lack resources to perform their own inventory, the West Coast Climate and Materials Management Forum convened a research project to perform a meta-analysis of supply chain inventories available in the public domain. 86 inventories from 36 public agencies and higher education institutions were aggregated, summarized and analyzed in order to identify trends in high impact purchasing categories. A number of significant findings from that study will be shared in this presentation.

Turn Your Supply Chain Into A Values Chain
Justin Dillon, Founder & CEO, Made in a Free World
Today over 30m people live in forced labor labor conditions, with over 75% of those working in informal illicit labor markets. Over 85m children face hazardous work conditions tied to global supply chains.  We now operate in a Transparency 2.0 environment where social concerns beyond 1st tier suppliers are becoming an increasing concern. Data and analytics are being used to assess an array of risks related to business operations. Can we use our existing procurement systems and product/service data to protect the freedom in supply chains?

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Are We Succeeding? Measuring and Communicating the Benefits of a Sustainable Purchasing Program

Learn how organizations can build strategic and comprehensive metrics for evaluating the effectiveness of their whole Sustainable Purchasing Program. Hear about a project researching and developing guidance around Sustainable Public Procurement Benefit Measurement & Verification for the United Nations Environment Program.  See how two large organizations are rolling up data to feed into overall Program metrics – one from autonomous units of a decentralized organization and another from its suppliers. Give input into the UNEP project and the Guidance v1.0 Pilot Project.
Time: 3:30pm-4:45pm PT, May 27th
Trainer: Angela Helman, Principal, Industrial Economics Incorporated (IEc) |
Training Focus: Chapters 2-4 of Guidance for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing v1.0

The Electric Utility Industry Sustainable Supply Chain Alliance: Improving Industry Sustainability Performance through a Maturity Framework
Gun Shim, Vice President, Supply Chain Management, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Over the past two years, the Electric Utility Sustainable Supply Chain Alliance (Alliance) members have worked together to develop an Environmental Sustainability Maturity Framework for suppliers and utilities. The framework provides a list of attributes of a successful sustainability program and representative practices across a spectrum of maturity from initiating to transformational. The Alliance is encouraging and supporting member improvements within this framework by setting voluntary goals, benchmarking performance and developing individual improvement plans. The Alliance’s SPLC 2015 Summit Case Study will highlight both the Environmental Sustainability Framework and the process used to maximize its benefits. Further, the session will provide insight on how this model could be applied to other industries to improve their supply chain sustainability performance.    

GreenBuy: Incentivizing Green Purchasing in the Department of Energy 
Josh Silverman, Director, Office of Sustainability Support, U.S. Department of Energy
While the Department of Energy (DOE) and other Federal agencies are required to purchase certain types of sustainable products, Federal requirements do not always reflect “best in class” environmental and sustainability attributes. To encourage “beyond compliance” behavior among its many independently operated laboratories and sites, DOE created the GreenBuy Award Program in 2011 to recognize DOE sites that purchase products with leadership-level sustainability attributes. Sites that document effective purchasing of Priority Products can qualify for recognition through the GreenBuy Program at bronze, silver, or gold levels. This presentation will focus on the development of the GreenBuy program and the ways that the program’s use by sites has allowed the Department to document how environmentally preferable purchasing reduces the Department’s footprint. The presentation will also describe the ways in which other Federal purchasers have begun to leverage DOE’s program to help drive and measure sustainable acquisition within their own organizations, and how this model is a useful proof-of-concept for SPLC’s planned Rating System.

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Supplier Engagement: Leveraging Expertise and Motivating High Performance

Learn how organizations are working with their suppliers to realize high environmental, social, and economic performance goals. The workshop will begin with a training on leveraging the four primary levels of supplier engagement, from informing suppliers to cultivating innovation, and then will highlight the current trends and best practices. Several presenters will share best practices from their real-world experience, followed by peer-to-peer dialogue and problem solving.
Time: 9:30am-10:45am PT, May 28th
Trainer: Tim Reeve, President, Reeve Consulting
Training Focus: Chapters 2-4 of Guidance for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing v1.0
Discussion Leader: Steve Baer, Principal Consultant, thinkstep

Sonoco Best Practices in Supplier Engagement in Sustainability 
Renee Paris, Sourcing Specialist, Sonoco
Brian Nelson, Senior Category Manager, Sonoco
This presentation will discuss best practices gleaned from Sonoco’s experience getting its suppliers on board with sustainability. Sonoco, a packaging company on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for six years, has a long history of dedication to a wide variety of sustainable practices and involving its suppliers in these practices. Examples of these practices that will be discussed include: communicating sustainability to suppliers, promoting supplier diversity, conducting environmental studies of key suppliers, providing online and sustainability training, subsidizing sustainability training for small and diverse companies, and motivating performance improvement through the Sonoco Supplier Sustainability Awards program.

Supplier-led Engagement: From Reactive to Proactive
Yalmaz Siddiqui, Senior Director, Environmental & Supplier Diversity Strategy, Office Depot
Many sustainability oriented suppliers are reactive to the marketplace’s interest (or lack of interest) in sustainability. But leading suppliers recognize that to be most effective, they need to proactively move the marketplace forward. In this presentation you’ll learn from a set of case studies where the traditional buyer-supplier dynamic reverses, and suppliers proactively advance their buyers’ sustainability programs. Drawing from experiences at Office Depot and many others, this presentation explores how suppliers can switch from reactive to proactive in their approach to sustainability. It will also explore how buyers can best collaborate with proactive suppliers to advance joint sustainability goals.

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ERP, eProcurement, Procurement Platforms: Integrating Sustainable Purchasing into Business Process Software

Organizations in every sector are struggling with how to promote and track sustainable purchasing activities within their business process software. Meanwhile, software vendors report that their customers are requesting wildly different ways of integrating sustainability into their products, making it difficult for them to know what to do. Many people have suggested that the SPLC community could help by articulating a shared vision for how business process software could best support sustainable purchasing. Come to this workshop to learn about work organizations have done to address this challenge, and, to help SPLC formulate a shared vision.
Time: 11:15am-12:30pm PT, May 28th
Trainer: Anastasia O’Rourke, Special Consultant, Industrial Economics Incorporated (IEc) |

Influencing Federal E-Procurement Systems to Advance Greener Procurement
Holly Elwood, Senior Program Manager, EPA’s Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program
Requirements to procure environmentally preferable products and services are only as good as their utilization.  This presentation will share results of recent research on federal e-procurement systems, the extent to which they are currently incorporating green purchasing requirements, and steps that can be taken to better integrate these requirements into one of the main mechanisms used to procure products and services in the federal government community.

Is a Standardized Approach to More Sustainable Procurement Possible?
Sarah Lewis, Managing Director of Research and Integration, The Sustainability Consortium
Jim Sullivan, Vice President, Sustainability & Business Innovation, SAP
There are 600+ ecolabels in the market today and hundreds of individual supplier sustainability surveys that all seek to make procurement more sustainable. Unfortunately this has often led to more confusion in the market as well as ‘engagement fatigue’ as customers and their suppliers feel they need to become experts in an increasing array of highly complex and scientific topics. Dr. Sarah E. Lewis of The Sustainability Consortium and Jim Sullivan of SAP will discuss one approach of how companies are seeking to drive progress and reduce risk in their supply chain across all sustainability issues and lifecycle stages for a wide variety of spend categories through the use of science-based, consistent, and transferable tools that help to simplify reporting and provide actionable data for procurement organizations.

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Product Transparency: Roles and Benefits for Purchasers & Suppliers

This workshop will begin with a training on how product transparency and disclosure can aid sustainability spend analysis, strategy planning, implementation, and tracking and reporting. Purchasers will learn how they can support the burgeoning product transparency and disclosure movement via their sustainable purchasing strategy development and implementation. Presentations of tools and best practices will be followed by peer-to-peer dialogue and problem solving.
Time: 9:45am-11am PT, May 27th
Trainer: Steve Baer, Principal Consultant, thinkstep
Training Focus: Chapters 3-4 of Guidance for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing v1.0
Discussion Leader: Christina Macken, Director of Programs, Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council

Federal Agencies Look to Multi-Attribute Certification to Meet Sustainable Procurement Mandates 
Annie Bevan, Certification and Operations Manager, GreenCircle Certified, LLC
David Asiello, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, US Department of Defense
Responding to mandates, executive orders, and internal goals, federal agencies, such as the Department of Defense (DoD), have collectively been looking for a method to simplify the sustainable procurement process. Increasingly, they are turning to third-party multi-attribute certifications. GreenCircle Certified, LLC developed a Multi-Attribute Label Pilot Program that the DoD is using to assess product sustainability, bolster sustainable purchasing, and aid in meeting procurement requirements. The program is leading to increased purchasing of preferable products as well as encouraging manufacturers to provide deeper levels of transparency. This presentation will showcase the DoD pilot program, demonstrate how providing federal purchasers with a comprehensive view of a product’s overall sustainability allows for quick identification the most sustainable product options, supports large scale sustainable purchasing initiatives, and creates competition that fosters advancements throughout the DoD supply chain.

Measure What Matters: Using Next Generation Product Disclosure & Transparency
Deborah Dunning, Founder & Chair, Sphere-E
Jonathan Estes, Principal Consultant Sphere-E
Recognizing that purchasers in diverse enterprises are facing the challenge of managing way more product performance data than before, this presentation will focus on measuring what matters efficiently. The speakers who worked together on a GSA contract on “Life Cycle Assessment of Federal Procurement’ will address the following questions: – What does it take for additional product disclosure and transparency to truly enable better purchasing decision-making? How can architects most efficiently measure report how the energy, water they have saved over industry-wide benchmarks? How would AEC professionals use expert vetted, benchmarked and reported product sustainability impacts to communicate to clients the added value they have provided? How can a smart game focused on measuring sustainability impacts of products they purchase to support an entire building team in understanding how best to use diverse tools together to achieve optimum results? This presentation will feature a case study of how feedback from two leading sustainable design firms has helped the Sphere-E Team to advance the usefulness of their systems approach to product performance evaluation, specification and reporting. Finally the presenters will share how development of a “smart game” for sustainable purchasing for all categories of products and services could exponentially enhance the learning experience and practical strategies for sustainable purchasing.

Opening the Door to Transparency: LEED v4, EPDs and HPDs
Aaron Smith, Director Sustainable Building Solutions, ASSA ABLOY
This presentation discusses LEED requirements related to products, their ingredients, and their effects on life cycle impact categories, and an explanation of Environmental Product Declarations and Health Product Declarations.

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Supply Chain Transparency: Practices & Benefits for Purchasers, Suppliers, and Public Interest Advocates

Getting visibility into the social, environmental, and economic impacts and benefits of an organization’s own supply chain is difficult but important work. Hear how organizations are tackling the challenge, both from the perspective of purchasers and suppliers. Bring your questions and experiences for the peer-to-peer dialogue and problem solving time.
Time: 3:30pm-4:45pm PT, May 27th
Trainer: Sara Cederberg, Technical Director, LEED, US Green Building Council |

LA City Sweat Free Supply Chain Audits
Ben Hensler, The Workers Rights Consortium
For several years, The Workers Rights Consortium have audited the supply chains used by City contractors and subcontractors to manufacture apparel, footwear and other accessories purchased by the City. The analysis is conducted using factory disclosure information that provided by the subcontractors on the City’s contract with Galls/Long Beach Uniform and other non-Galls contractors. This presentation will explore how these kinds of supply chain transparency audits can be conducted for indirect procurement areas, such as uniforms, and how the information can be used to advance supply chain responsibility and sustainability.

Anonymous, Inc.: The role of company ownership transparency in reducing procurement risk and inefficiencies
Eryn Schornick, Policy Advisor, Global Witness
Considering the scale of procurement spending in the United States—$460 billion in the fiscal year 2013 in federal spending alone—there is significant vulnerability to fraud, waste and abuse. Criminals and fraudsters have used anonymously owned companies to perpetuate this abuse, undermining competition in the market, and impeding sustainable, economic development. The results of such fraud are harm to us all in the form of lower quality infrastructure, goods and services, higher prices, wasted tax dollars and decreased trust in government. The presentation will include case studies that demonstrate how the corrupt and other criminals are hiding behind anonymous shell companies and stealing from the government while putting companies that attempt to do business responsibly at an economic disadvantage. Concrete policy solutions will be discussed.

The Paper Trail:  Domtar’s Digital Transparency Tool
Dan Persica, Sustainability Communications Manager, Domtar
As supply chains continue to grow in complexity, it’s getting more and more difficult to verify where the products we use every day originate, much less the broader impacts associated with their manufacture. The Paper Trail® redefines sustainability – sharing the environmental, social and economic impacts of Domtar paper and offering customers the transparency they deserve. This award winning tool presents gate-to-gate impact estimates for Domtar products across five environmental categories while giving users a unique look into the people and places behind their paper purchases.

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Purchasing for Zero-Waste and the Circular Economy

Solid wastes are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the environmental impacts of purchases. Learn how organizations are applying zero waste approaches and circular economy thinking in their purchasing strategy to reduce impacts, save money, and create value. Peer-to-peer dialogue and problem solving will follow several presentations about real-world work and experiences driving zero-waste goals through purchasing.
Time: 1:45pm-3:00pm PT, May 27th
Trainer: David Allaway, Policy and Program Analyst, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality |

Driving Zero Waste: Working Upstream
Michele Grossman, Managing Principle, Waste Management
For the last 6 years, WM has been the title sponsor of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, the most-attended PGA TOUR tournament. 2014 was another record-breaking year with over 500,000 attendees generating over 400 tons of waste. Using Zero Waste Policies, contracts, and plans that require upstream analysis and tracking, we have maximized reuse and ensured that waste materials are recycled for their most valuable next use. Sustainability is a journey, an iterative process, and every year we have the chance to improve. My presentation will highlight some of our successes and challenges, and will demonstrate how to increase understanding and engagement of stakeholders in sustainable procurement, working upstream in the supply chain, and increased use of preferable products.

Optimizing Snohomish County Compost Collection Contracting
Garrison Marr, Energy & Resource Conservation Specialist, Energy & Sustainability Office of Snohomish County
In 2012 the Snohomish County Jail began composting food waste from the jail using a third-party Organics collection provider. In 2014 the process and practice was revisited: did the service really save money? Did the process adequately protect employee and prison labor helpers? At the end of the day, was it the best we could do? This presentation will discuss the process and analysis that went into the waste collection servicing review for Jail Waste, and the considerable cost savings, risk management enhancement, and peer learning that resulted in the improved process today.

The Journey to Zero Waste to Landfill
Mark Rossolo, Public Affairs Director, UL Environment
This presentation will explore the hot topic of Zero Waste to Landfill, taking a look at the state of the industry and the challenges that currently exist in credibly and consistently communicating Zero Waste initiatives. Come to learn about the validation standard that UL has developed for Zero Waste to Landfill that provides a unified language for defining and benchmarking Zero Waste initiatives, and review how organizations across industries can establish a strategy for a journey to zero waste by referencing real-world case studies.

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Driving Innovation: Using Purchasing to Change Markets

Learn how organizations are inspiring suppliers to bring more sustainable solutions to market by strategically leveraging their purchasing power and the purchasing power of others.
Time: 11:15am-12:30pm PT, May 28th

Advancing Safer Chemicals in Products: The Key Role of Purchasing
Amy Perlmutter, Principal, Perlmutter Associates
The US lags behind some other parts of the world in the regulation of chemicals in everyday products. This lack of policy leadership makes it challenging for organizations to easily determine what chemicals are in the products they procure, and whether they are harmful. It creates, however, an opportunity for those who make purchasing policies and decisions to move the marketplace towards safer alternatives. To effectively take advantage of this opportunity, they must become more educated on chemical issues, identify credible resources to guide and assist them, create clear direction for suppliers about what is desirable and what is not acceptable, and develop and keep up to date programs to screen for hazardous chemicals and make sure that they are substituted with the safest alternatives that meet the intended function. This presentation will highlight approaches that six purchasing organizations have taken to address these challenges.

The Role of Demand-side Work in Transforming The Cleaning Industry
Stephen Ashkin, Executive Director, Green Cleaning Network
This commercial and institutional cleaning industry is arguably one of the leading sectors to have embraced green issues. This presentation will focus on the demand-side work that supported this transition, including work with building owners and property management companies, group purchasing organizations and others who influenced the demand for greener and more sustainable products such as third-party certifiers such as the USGBC and the LEED Rating System, Green Seal, EcoLogo/UL and others. Purchasers and suppliers can apply these lessons to accelerate the transformation of many other industries.

How Kaiser Permanente Purchasing Has Inspired New, More Sustainable Products
Vanessa Lochner, Director, Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP), Finance Operations, Kaiser Permanente

Performance-based Specifications in Public Procurement: Driving Innovation and Sustainability
Liesbeth Casier, Sustainable Public Procurement Specialist, IISD
The presentation will focus on the use of performance-based specifications (PBS) in public procurement. PBS describe a desired performance level or performance target, but do not make specific demands on how that level of performance or target is reached—that is to say, instead of prescribing the need in terms of inputs, it is described in terms of outputs. As such, PBSs enable public procurers to specify a desired performance level or target to be achieved when they purchase goods, services and infrastructure. This is a useful tool for integrating sustainability considerations into tenders and encouraging private sector innovation. The presentation will demonstrate through a discussion of real-life examples how the demand for performance rather than technical specifications drives innovation, thereby helping to deliver better value-for-money across the asset life-cycle.
Based on IISD’s recent publication “Performance-Based Specifications: Exploring when they work and why” this presentation will highlight success stories of the use of PBS for innovation and sustainability, and will discuss the challenges and solutions for the implementation of PBS.

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Purchasing Category Workshops

Generating Savings and Improving Safety Through Green Cleaning

A brief training on SPLC’s Guidance for purchasing cleaning and sanitizing solutions will be followed by several presentations about organizations’ experiences implementing sustainability in this area, including achieving hospital-grade disinfecting, and peer-to-peer dialogue and problem solving.
Time: 3:30pm-4:45pm PT, May 27th
Trainer: Alicia Culver, Executive Director, Responsible Purchasing Network |
Training Focus: Chapter 4, pages 85-94 of Guidance for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing v1.0

Winning business through Sustainability
Chris Happ, CEO, Goby |
Mark Kelly, President, Able Services |
This presentation will cover how Able Services has packaged sustainability into their RFP response process to increase their success rate. Key areas covered will include how to incorporate more sustainable products and materials into their business as well as providing sustainability reporting to their clients as part of the service. Able Services currently provides janitorial services in more than 500 Million Square Feet including Microsoft, the SF Giants, Delta Airlines, and Oracle.

Innovating Toward Sustainability: One Custodial Shift at a Time
Lynne Olson, Corporate Scientist, Global Sustainability, Ecolab
Large facilities such as airports are looking to achieve resource reduction and cost savings throughout their operations. The Clark County Department of Aviation installed electrolyzed water on-site generation system for use in the daily custodial operations at Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport to achieve resource and cost reductions and improve cleanliness. This system combines the basic inputs of water, electricity and natural minerals with patented electrolytic cell technology to produce affordable and sustainable daily cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting solutions for use on the varied surfaces commonly found in large public and commercial facilities. The on-site generation solution is powerful enough to perform as a hospital-grade disinfectant, while still being safe enough that no personal protective equipment is required during the dilution and cleaning process.

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Purchasing Large-Scale Renewable Energy: Pulling Back the Curtain for Power Customers

Historically, the power market has been difficult to access and has lacked clarity. But a combination of factors is now putting power customers in the drivers seat. Find out how to prepare your organization to buy renewable energy at-scale, no matter whether you are in a regulated or deregulated market. Bring your questions and challenges for the peer-to-peer discussion and problem solving component of the workshop.
Time: 11:15am-12:30pm PT, May 28th
Trainer: Chris O’Brien, Director of Higher Education Programs, Altenex |
Training Focus: Chapter 4, pages 103-112 of Guidance for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing v1.0
Discussion Leader: Orrin Cook, Manager, Green-e Marketplace

Accelerating the Purchasing of Renewable Energy
Hervé Touati, Managing Director, Rocky Mountain Institute
Corporate capital has the power to unleash significant gigawatts of renewable power, possibly doubling the current US renewable capacity in the next decade or more. The Business Renewables Center (BRC) will bring together a large corporate offtaker, a renewable developer and an energy service provider to demonstrate that renewable energy power purchase agreements can be done faster and simpler. BRC’s collaborative platform moves corporate energy purchasers up the steep learning curve faster to enable investment and deployment of resources towards renewable energy. This group’s unique case study taps into the work such as Apple, Kaiser Permanente and other pioneers in the corporate world to build a knowledge base so that purchasers do not have to reinvent the wheel in undertaking complex renewable transactions. Presentation Slides >>

U.S. EPA Activities to Spur Green Power Purchasing
Roger Fernandez, Manager, Corporate and Institutional Engagement, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
The core goals of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership are providing technical information, encouraging and creating opportunities for on-site power generation and renewable energy credit procurement, and publicly acknowledging leaders in green power procurement. The Partnership has more than 1,300 Partner organizations voluntarily using billions of kilowatt-hours of green power annually. Partners include a wide variety of leading organizations such as Fortune 500® companies, small and medium sized businesses, local, state, and federal governments, and colleges and universities. In this presentation, the U.S. EPA will emphasize such topics as Partnership green power purchase success stories and lessons learned, the White House On-site Renewables Challenge, President Obama’s Executive Order, Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade, the Green Power Communities Program, and forthcoming EPA technical documents including an updated Guide to Green Power Purchasing and Scope 2 emissions inventory guidance. 

24MW Today, 50MW Tomorrow: How Arizona State University Buys Clean Energy
John Riley, Associate Vice President of University Business Services, Arizona State University
Arizona State University’s solar portfolio is the largest of any university in the U.S., and perhaps the world. ASU has more than 24-MWdc of photovoltaic (PV), concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) and solar thermal solar systems at 89 locations on all four of its campuses and the ASU Research Park. Learn how ASU took its solar power purchasing to scale in a regulated market, and what it’s doing to get to 50 MW. From a bottom-line perspective, ASU’s experience shows that organizations who fail to investigate their renewable energy options could be giving up big savings.

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Food Purchasing that Sustains People and the Planet

Access to quality, nutritious food is a human right and critical to our survival. Food systems, and the industries in which these systems exist, must operate in ways that nourish and enhance the livelihood of people and the planet in order to ensure their long-term viability. This session explores how to build sustainable food purchasing programs, addressing both environmental and social impacts within the food systems supply chain. The workshop will begin with training on SPLC’s Guidance related to food purchasing, feature several presentations, and conclude with peer-to-peer dialogue and problem solving.
Time: 11:15am-12:30pm PT, May 28th
Trainer: Jenna Newbrey, Northwest Program Coordinator, Healthy Food in Health Care Program, Healthcare Without Harm
Training Focus: Chapter 4, pages 113-125 of Guidance for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing v1.0

Healthy Food, Healthy People: Growing Your Sustainable Food Purchasing Program
Brenna Davis, Director of Sustainability, Virginia Mason Health System
Major institutions are some of the largest consumers of food. Virginia Mason Seattle Hospital and Medical Center serves 1.5 million meals annually, while purchasing close to 40% local and sustainable food and becoming the first hospital in the country to serve Marine Stewardship Council seafood. We partner with Pike Place Market to offer affordable food to our neighborhood. We have a food waste reduction plan, donate surplus food to a local charity, and compost our food waste. Learn more about our holistic sustainability approach our purchasing, and how we continue to improve the process using the “Lean” practices of the Virginia Mason Production System.

Fair Trade: Impact Beyond Your Cup of Coffee
Katherine Bostick, Senior Manager of Standards, Fair Trade USA
What started as a small scale certification for coffee has turned into a multi-billion dollar sector with thousands of products carrying the Fair Trade Certified label. Learn how Fair Trade works with industry partners to prioritize expansion to meet demand, stays current on trends and risks in the industry and can be a one-stop shop for checking off your environmental, social and economic impact goals.

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Developing a Sustainable Furnishings Strategy

Furnishings not only make a space, but also play a key role in occupant health and comfort. Learn about the importance in taking a systems approach to furnishings and model purchasing strategies. The workshop will begin with a brief training on SPLC’s Guidance related to furnishings, feature a number of real-world examples of organizations implementing sustainable furnishing strategies, and conclude with peer-to-peer dialogue and problem solving.
Time: 9:45am-11am PT, May 27th
Trainer: Sara Cederberg, Technical Director, LEED, US Green Building Council
Training Focus: Chapter 4, pages 99-102 of Guidance for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing v1.0
Discussion Leader: Brad Miller, Director of Advocacy & Sustainability, BIFMA

Greening Marriott’s Global Supply Chain: From Concept to Engagement-90 Vendors and Growing
Joanna Abrams, Founder & CEO, MindClick
Brad Colton, Strategic Projects for Global Procurement, Marriott International
Since 2011, MindClick has supported Marriott International’s efforts to green their global supply chain – a goal established by their CEO-led Executive Green Council. In 2011, we created the Hospitality Sustainable Purchasing Consortium (HSPC) to develop an industry framework for supply chain sustainability performance measurement and improvement. In 2013, Marriott committed to spending 75% of their $250M furnishings (FF&E) budget with suppliers evaluated through the Hospitality Sustainable Purchasing Index, an index based on the HSPC framework with over 20 furniture, fixture and equipment suppliers. As of 2014, all Marriott FF&E vendors are required to complete an annual assessment of the social and environmental practices of facilities used to produce Marriott products, along with the product sustainability attributes including materials, packaging, chemicals of concern and hotel operations impact. This presentation will focus on key metrics used, and major environmental, social, and economic accomplishments achieved since inception.

Sustainable Procurement in Nova Scotia – Furniture Case Study
Lynda Rankin, Manager, Sustainable Procurement Integration, Province of Nova Scotia
The Province of Nova Scotia spends about $4.3 million annually on office furniture. Prior to 2012-13, Nova Scotia had a large number of vendors on various standing offers to provide furniture to the province. While all met or exceeded minimum standards and selected environmental criteria, the situation diluted the value of the tender, reduced the provinces ability to get volume pricing, and resulted in a great deal of variation in the product that was purchased. This presentation will show how the provincial government tweaked the RFP and tender evaluation processes, while connecting with the government’s overall sustainable procurement program goals, to streamline the procurement of furniture and improve the province’s ability to repair and reuse furniture.

Furniture Without Flame Retardant Chemicals: Everything You Need to Know to Procure Safer and Healthier Furniture
Judy Levin, MSW, Pollution Prevention Director, Center for Environmental Health
As of January 1, 2015 a new furniture flammability standard has been implemented and purchasers can now make a choice about whether the products they buy do or do not contain toxic flame retardant chemicals. Studies show that these chemicals do not protect people from fires and that many flame retardant chemicals are linked with serious health effects including cancer, reproductive difficulties, diabetes and obesity. The new standard can be met without using flame retardant chemicals, but the standard does not ban their use. The presentation will equip you with the latest information on the new regulations and will provide you with model purchasing language and easy to use tools to help your organization identify and procure safer products. Procuring flame retardant free furniture is a cost-neutral or even cost-saving option and will make a great sustainability story for your organization.

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IT Purchasing: Addressing Worker Health & Safety, Energy Use, Toxics, and Disposal

Hear experiences and perspectives from a purchaser, supplier, and a public interest advocate. Learn about and discuss SPLC’s IT Hardware guidance. Participate in peer-to-peer dialogue and problem solving.
Time: 9:30am-10:45am PT, May 28th
Trainer: Mark Sajbel, Program Analyst, U.S. Department of Agriculture |
Training Focus: Chapter 4, pages 126-145 of Guidance for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing v1.0
Discussion Leaders: Billy Grayson, Vice President, Social and Environmental Sustainability, Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC)
Jonas Allen, Director of Marketing, Green Electronics Council

Standardizing Around ENERGY STAR and EPEAT Office Electronics
Stacey Foreman, Sustainable Procurement Coordinator, City of Portland, Oregon
Office equipment uses eight percent (8%) of electricity in a typical office building. Utilizing energy efficient office electronics (computers, monitors, printers, etc.) plays an important role in meeting both the City of Portland’s energy use and GHG reduction goals. Since 1990 the City has had an Energy Policy that directs the City to both purchase energy efficient products and consider the life-cycle cost of products when making purchasing decisions. Over the years, purchasing ENERGY STAR products has played a key role in meeting the City’s energy efficiency objectives. And when EPEAT was developed, the City saw an opportunity to meet additional sustainable procurement objectives when purchasing office electronic equipment. This case study describes the process and results achieved in engaging internal stakeholders to standardize around ENERGY STAR and EPEAT office electronics.

IT Purchasing for the Long-term
Luke Soules, Co-founder and CXO, iFixit
Effectively buying IT hardware goes beyond the initial purchase price and the specs list. Learn how to maximize your lifetime ROI, why you should care about repairability, and how to maximize both your bottom line and benefit to the environment. We’ll peek inside the latest electronics, show off the good and the bad, and discuss the tradeoffs and decisions made by product designers. Learn how to use the latest green IT purchasing guidelines and what to look for in a procurement contract to ensure longevity and serviceability.

A Challenge to the Global Electronics Industry to Adopt Safer and More Sustainable Products and Practices, and Eliminate Hazardous Chemicals, Exposures and Discharges
Ted Smith, Coordinator, International Campaign for Responsible Technology
A new global coalition of NGOs has developed a challenge to electronics companies to proactively reduce and eliminate chemical and physical hazards through the development and adoption of safer alternatives. Adoption of these actions would produce significantly more sustainable electronic products.

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Protecting Forests: Best Practices in Responsible Paper and Wood Purchasing

This workshop will begin with a brief training on SPLC’s guidance on office paper purchasing and follow with a panel in which several organizations will present on their work using leadership standards, procurement policies, as well as market demand to protect and restore forests. Bring your questions and challenges for the peer-to-peer dialogue and problem solving.
Time: 9:30am-10:45am PT, May 28th
Trainer: Alicia Culver, Executive Director, Responsible Purchasing Network | Presentation Slides 1 & Slides 2
Training Focus: Chapter 4, pages 173-178 of Guidance for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing v1.0
Discussion Leader: Amy Smith, Manager, Wood Sector Engagement, World Wildlife Fund |

Panel Discussion with Leading Stakeholders in Wood and Agrifiber Purchasing
Panel Presenters:
Corey Brinkema, President, Forestry Stewardship Council US |
Karen Hamilton, Environmental Purchasing Program Manager, King County, Washington |
Ben Jarrett, North American Sustainability Leader, Kimberly-Clark Professional |

This workshop brings together the four key components of the sustainable procurement value chain: 1) civil society represented by one of the world’s most respected conservation organizations (World Wildlife Fund), 2) the gold standard in forest certification (Forest Stewardship Council), 3) a global leader in responsible forest products (Kimberly-Clark), and 4) one of the country’s most evolved sustainable purchasers (King County, Washington).

The session will be moderated by Amy Smith of the World Wildlife Fund’s Global Forest and Trade Network. Following brief presentations from these organizations, Amy will engage workshop participants in a discussion of best practices covering sustainable purchasing policy development, purchasing hierarchies, and cost implications and buyer/supplier strategies. Product categories covered will include paper and packaging, tissue/towels, building construction, and furnishings.

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Emerging Trend: Sustainability in Professional Services

Lifecycle Analysis is increasingly pointing to professional services as a consequential contributor to many organization’s supply chain impacts. But, this category represents a relatively new area of work for the sustainability movement. It’s not like paper, which has had 30+ years of work focused on it. This workshop will present a picture of the work organizations are currently doing to better understand the impacts of professional services and produce strategic guidance for purchasers. During the peer-to-peer dialogue and problem solving time, expect the kinds of challenges and revelations that accompany breaking new ground!

Please Note: For purposes of the SPLC, professional services are defined as industries characterized by low capital intensity, high knowledge intensity, and a professionalized workforce. Examples include legal, consulting, architectural, engineering, public relations, and financial firms. While organizations tend to find a low per dollar risk associated with professional services purchasing, high purchase volumes can make this one of the most important categories for organizations to address.
Time: 1:45pm-3:00pm PT, May 27th
Trainer: Christopher Davis, Program Manager, CBRE |
Training Focus: Chapter 4, pages 146-151 of Guidance for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing v1.0
Discussion Leader: Bicky Corman, Partner, Venable LLP

Developing responsible purchasing criteria for Professional Services
Tim Reeve, Strategic Partner for British Columbia, ECPAR
This presentation will describe how ECPAR, a multilateral organization focused mainly on procurement managers and professionals in the sustainable development and environment sectors, developed several responsible purchasing factsheets to support the responsible procurement of professional services (accountant, lawyers, engineering firms, marketing services, etc.). The proposed criteria will be presented. Challenges in developing these criteria and implementing them and lessons learned by ECPAR’s members in this process will also be shared.

A Collective Voice: The Story Behind the Professional Services Sector Roundtable
Aleen Bayard, Sustainability Consultant, Jones Lang LaSalle
John Edelman, Managing Director, Global Engagement and Corporate Responsibility, Edelman
For the past three years, a group of global professional services organizations has been meeting to share ideas (and at times concerns) about how to respond to the growing number of voluntary standards, government regulations and client demands related to sustainability reporting. Discussions covered a wide range of topics related to materiality, KPIs and compliance as well as managing global sustainability programs with the specific needs of our sector. Last year, the group solidified as a formal Roundtable within the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship. Two representatives from the founding members will provide an overview of the PSSR agenda and outcomes to date. Aleen Bayard from JLL will speak on our panel and she will be joined by John Edelman during the open discussion.

Bridging the Gap for Professional Services: An Overview of NSF 391.1
Brennan Conaway, Program Analyst, General Services Administration
Large institutional buyers are realizing that professional service purchases represent a significant portion of their total impact profile and are exploring ways to address those impacts through procurement. Similarly, professional service providers have expressed the need for a procurement tool that conveys their sustainable achievements in a consistent way. To satisfy this gap in the market, NSF International is developing NSF 391.1, a multi-attribute, life cycle based sustainability standard for professional services. This presentation will provide an overview of NSF 391.1.

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New Strategies in Purchasing Transportation

Learn how leading organizations are addressing the impacts of their shipping, fleet, and oil and gas purchases. It’s not all what you might expect! The workshop will begin with a training on SPLC’s guidance related to transportation and fuels, followed by several thought-provoking presentations about new practices and tools available to purchasers, and conclude with peer-to-peer dialogue and problem solving.
Time: 9:45am-11am PT, May 27th
Trainer: Warren Lavey, Adjunct Professor, University of Illinois
Training Focus: Chapter 4, pages 152-172 of Guidance for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing v1.0

Federal and Illinois Government Procurements of Package Delivery Services
Warren Lavey, Adjunct Professor, University of Illinois
During 2014, GSA and Illinois’ Central Management Services established landmarks for environmental preferences in procurements of package delivery services. Both multi-agency, multi-year procurements announced in RFPs environmental criteria as major components of “best value” determinations. They required submission of, evaluated, and assigned significant weight to vendors’ emissions and fuel consumption information, and required vendors to submit plans for tracking and improving their environmental performance during the contracts. These achievements prove the feasibility of sustainable purchasing for third-party transportation services, and yet have not been followed by widespread adoption in government or corporate purchases.

Empowering Oil and Gas Users to Transform the industry for Good
Sarah Coulter, Director of Operations, Equitable Origin
The Equitable Origin (TM) System is the world’s first market mechanism that allows users of oil and gas fuels and products to demonstrate their leadership and commitment to production practices that meet recognized, third-party verified levels of outstanding social and environmental performance. By embedding the principles of social equity and environmental justice that inform the EO100 Standard in the financial calculus of oil and gas companies, our model provides strong incentives for the adoption and continual improvement of good practices throughout the industry. For the first time, downstream procurement professionals have a tool to manage the risks and impacts of the oil and gas embedded in their supply chains and to influence the incentive structure for oil and gas companies to meet, exceed, or lead industry best practice. 

Greening the City of Portland’s Fleet: Taking on Emission and Toxics Reduction Strategies
Stacey Foreman, Sustainable Procurement Coordinator, City of Portland, OR
The City of Portland, Oregon’s Climate Action Plan calls for reducing carbon emissions from City operations 50% from 1990 levels. CityFleet plays a large role in meeting that goal by tackling the reduction of fleet related emissions using a variety of strategies. From integrating alternative fuel vehicles to providing high-quality maintenance, CityFleet knows all aspects of their operations contribute to reducing City greenhouse gas and other emissions. CityFleet also takes on other key environmental and human health related fleet concerns, such as reducing diesel particulate matter emissions from its heavy duty equipment and eliminating the use of lead-based wheel weights. This case study highlights a few of the strategies CityFleet employs to reach its goals. These strategies demonstrate not only why CityFleet was recognized as the #1 fleet in North America in 2011, but also one of the greenest. 

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Workshop Design


Both types of workshops are designed to serve the following goals:

  1. Provide Best Practices Training
    Introduce the best practices the Council’s Guidance for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing v1.0 offers for addressing common challenges and opportunities for sustainable purchasing leadership.
  2. Share Real-world Experience
    Present case studies selected from the Call for Presentations and SPLC’s Guidance v1.0 Pilot Program.
  3. Collect Feedback on Guidance v1.0
    Invite attendees to share their leadership experience and expertise as part of providing feedback on the Guidance through a combination of peer-to-peer dialogue, problem solving, and written response.
  4. Facilitate Peer-to-peer Collaboration
    Enable relationship building between participants working on similar challenges.


Most of the 75 minute workshops will follow the following structure:

10-20 minTraining on the portion(s) of Guidance for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing v1.0 relevant to the workshop topic
20-30 minTwo or three ten minute presentations related to the topic (related case studies, skill share, analysis, tools)
25-35 minDeep-dive small group discussions and peer-to-peer problem solving on subtopics
30 minNetworking Break
(Most workshops are followed by a lengthy networking break which allows the group dialogue to continue.)

Frequently Asked Questions


Where’s my subject matter?

The topics chosen for the workshops are process oriented, rather than oriented around specific subjects, such as greenhouse gas emissions, supplier diversity, and human rights. This is because we expect these subjects to be integral to conversations about the process of engaging suppliers, conducting spend analysis, measuring success, and so on. Every effort will be made to select case studies that reflect this diversity of subjects, and each attendee will be provided with prompts that ask them to think about challenges and best practices in relation to a number of subject matter areas.

Where’s my peer group?

One of SPLC’s strengths is the cross-pollination of ideas between sectors, regions, organization types, and roles (e.g., purchaser, supplier, public interest advocate). Every year, Summit evaluations and comments rave about this aspect of the programming. While there are no peer group workshops, there will be an opportunity for peer groups to locate each other during meals. Some tables at each meal will be labeled for peer groups, such as “city/local government purchasers”, “private sector purchasers”, “small/medium suppliers”, etc. The peer groups for each meal will be announced in advance so that attendees can plan accordingly.

Will presenters and facilitators receive a discount on registration?

Presenters receive the Early Bird discount. SPLC’s membership is a leadership community, which means that every member could present meaningful expertise and experience – were their sufficient room on the program. Speaking opportunities at the Council’s summit provide a privileged opportunity to be highlighted as a leader within the Council’s community of practice.

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