Multimedia Summary of the Summit

The 2016 Summit was a great success with 350 individuals from 230+ 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.

By The Numbers

350Summit Participants (56% increase from last year)
311One-on-one matchmaking meetings hosted during SPLC Connect
153Summit Speakers
127SPLC Connect Participants
100%Renewable energy powered and carbon neutral with wind power from Apex Clean Energy
95%Attendee Satisfaction
43Break-out Sessions on a wide range of strategies and issues
23Innovation Accelerator Roundtables
21Summit Sponsors
20Promotional Partners
14Leadership Award Winners
3Keynote Conversations
1Successful Summit!

Keynote Videos




Tuesday Photos


  • Jason Pearson, Executive Director, SPLC
  • Zia Khan, VP of Initiatives & Strategy, Rockefeller Foundation
  • Zia Kahn with Dan Lang, Head of Worldwide Customer Relations, Sutherland Global
  • Tim Hopper, Responsible Sourcing Manager, Microsoft, Wendy Gonzalez, SVP & Managing Director, Samasource
  • Left to right: Jason Pearson, Executive Director, SPLC, Zia Khan, VP of Initiatives & Strategy, Rockefeller Foundation, Dan Lang, Head of Worldwide Customer Relations, Sutherland Global, Tim Hopper, Responsible Sourcing Manager, Microsoft, Wendy Gonzalez, SVP & Managing Director, Samasource


Wednesday Photos


  • Japen Hollist, VP Strategic Sourcing & Procurement, Aflac
  • Anne Rung, Chief Acquisition Officer, The Whitehouse


Thursday Photos


  • Deb Bonner, Pacific Gas & Electric, Supplier Sustainability Manager, Gayle Ta, Assistant Director, Integrated Procure-to-Pay Solutions, University of California, San Diego
  • From left to right: Jason Pearson, President & CEO, Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council, David Burrows, Sustainability Supply Chain Manager, Independent Purchasing Cooperative, Katherine Neebe, Director of Sustainability at Walmart,


Award Winners

A number of organizations and individuals were recognized for their sustainable purchasing work during SPLC’s Awards Dinner on May 25th. SPLC’s Leadership and Outstanding Case Study Awards are based on detailed case studies submitted by the candidate organizations.

  • George Schutter and Jonathan Rifkin receive the Leadership Award for Overall Purchasing Program on behalf of the District of Columbia.
  • Holly Evans, Senior Attorney for Microsoft's Windows and Devices Group, presents the Leadership Award for Overall Sustainable Purchasing Program.
  • Chief Procurement Officer for the District of Columbia, George Schutter, shares about D.C.'s Sustainable Purchasing Program.
  • Jonathan Rifkin, District of Columbia's Sustainable Purchasing Program Manager, shares about SPLC's influence on the District of Columbia's Sustainable Purchasing Program.
  • Joan Kerr, Director of Supply Chain Responsibility & Supplier Diversity at PG&E, presents the Leadership Award for a Special Purchasing Initiative.
  • Julia Wolfe and Alicia Culver accept the Leadership Award for a Special Purchasing Initiative on behalf of the Commowealth of Massachusetts and Responsible Purchasing Network for their work on a multi-state green cleaning contract.
  • Alicia Culver of Responsible Purchasing Network share about the collaborative work behind the Multi-state Green Cleaning Products Supply Contract.
  • Matthew Swibel, Director of Sustainability at Lockheed Martin, presents the Market Transformation Leadership Award.
  • John Lanzi and Pierre-Francois Thaler receive the Market Transformation Leadership Award on behalf of Together for Sustainability and Ecovadis.
  • John Lanzi of Together for Sustainability shares about the effort led by 16 chemical companies to coordinate their efforts to transform the sustainability of the chemical industry supply chain.
  • Pierre-Francois Thaler shares about EcoVadis' collaboration with Together for Sustainability.
  • Molly Ray, Environmental Solutions Manager at Office Depot/Office Max, presents the Business Case Leadership Award.
  • Julia Wolfe accepts the Business Case Leadership Award on behalf of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
  • Julia Wolfe shares about the Commonwealth of Massachuset's EPP Program, which saves the state more than $28 million annually.
  • Dana Arnold of the General Services Administration is presented with SPLC's inaugural Individual Leadership Award, recognizing her decades of leadership in sustainable purchasing within the federal government.
  • Dana Arnold shared a lot of wisdom about the challenges and rewards of working to advance sustainable procurement.
  • Elizabeth Jardim of Green America accepts the Public Interest Advocate Leadership Award on behalf of the International Campaign for Responsible Technology and GoodElectronics. ICR and GoodElectronics were recognized for their collaborative work leveraging purchasing power to advance safer manufacturing practices in the electronics industry.
  • Elizabeth Jardim shares about the collaboration between International Campaign for Responsible Technology and GoodElectronics on the "Challenge to the Global Electronics Industry to Adopt Safer and More Sustainable Products and Practices, and Eliminate Hazardous Chemicals, Exposures and Discharges"
  • Karen Hamilton of King County receives the Purchasing Innovation Leadership Award on behalf of King County. King county was recongized for piloting the procurement of battery-electric buses.
  • Karen Hamilton shares about King County's procurement and successful road-testing of its first battery electric bus.
  • Aimee Boulanger of the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance accepts the Public Interest Advcoate Leadership Award. IRMA was recongized for its multi-stakeholder development of a standard for responsible mining.
  • Aimee Boulanger gives shares about the organizations and many years of work that have contributed to the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance's effort to create a standard for responsible mining.
  • Raymond Randall and Lindsay Sharpe of Waste Management accepts the Supplier Leaderhip Award. Waste Management was recognized for helping the PGA Tour achieve a 100% waste diversion rate at the WM Phoenix Open, an event with over 500k attendees.
  • Randall Raymond shares about Waste Management's Zero Waste Challenge program and what it took to make the PGA's largest event, the Phoenix Open, a zero-waste event.
  • Thomas Sanchez of Social Driver presents the Purchasing Innovation Leadership Award to Philips.
  • Joseph Pendergast of Philips accepts the Purchasing Innovation Leadership Award. Close collaboration between Philips procurement and sustainability teams enabled the company to be one of the earlier companies to execute a longterm renewable energy Power Purchase Agreement, saving money and taking their North American operations carbon neutral in the process.
  • Kurt Ravenfeld of Lockheed Martin receives the Supplier Engagement Leadership Award for leveraging a number of collaborative programs to support the development for a more diverse and environmentally responsible supply base.
  • University of Pennsylvania receives an Outstanding Case Study Award.
  • State of Minnesota receives an Outstanding Case Study Award.
  • State of California receives an Outstanding Case Study Award.
  • Sonoco receives an Outstanding Case Study Award.
  • Roppe Holding Company receives an Outstanding Case Study Award.
  • Renewable Choice Energy receives an Outstanding Case Study Award.
  • Lockheed Martin receives two Outstanding Case Study Awards.
  • Lawrence Berkeley receives an Outstanding Case Study Award.
  • King County receives an Outstanding Case Study Award.
  • Ford Motor Company receives an Outstanding Case Study Award.
  • General Services Administration receives an Outstanding Case Study Award.
  • Best Buy receives an Outstanding Case Study Award.
  • ASSA ABLOY receives an Outstanding Case Study Award.
  • County of Alameda receives an Outstanding Case Study Award.
  • Judy Levin of the Center for Environmental Health accepts an award on behalf of Jean Hansen of HDR Architecture. Jean's award recognized her leadership in promoting the sourcing of healthy building materials and furnishings.
  • Edward "Skip" Krasny of Kimberly-Clark is recognized for his leadership on sustainable forestry sourcing.
  • David Asiello of the U.S. Department of Defense is recognized for his leadership in integrating sustainable purchasing policies into the Department of Defense, as well as in other agencies in the federal government.
  • Connie Linder of the Greenpages Directory is recognized for her leadership in creating her non-profit to faciliate healthier procurment.

Presentation Slides

To download the slides for a session, open the detailed session description from the Sessions Index. The slides are linked under each session’s description. 


Quotes from Post-event Evaluations

SPLC Connect: Sustainability-focused Buyer-Supplier Matchmaking

SPLC Connect is a great opportunity to learn about products, services and solutions in a low pressure environment. It was easy to make appointments with the vendors I wanted to meet.
-Karen Cook, Sustainability Project Manager, General Services, County of Alameda

The Connect event was full of great conversations, valuable networking, and positive energy.
– Diana Rosenberger, Sustainable Manager, Global Sourcing, Shaw Industries

In no other way could one meet with so many people/suppliers.
– Hamzah Abu-Ragheb, Sustainability Manager, Avendra

SPLC Connect is a fantastic opportunity for me to meet other buyers and suppliers whom I may not otherwise get a chance to talk with during the Summit. These connections significantly contribute to the value of attending the Summit.
– Stacey Foreman, Sustainable Procurement Coordinator, City of Portland, Oregon

It was great to connect with people who were after the same goals we were.
– Lisa Elchert, Purchasing Manager, Roppe Holding Company

I have participated in Supplier Connect for two years in a row. It is extremely well executed. The application makes it easy to pick, schedule and change meetings. As a supplier, I have been very pleased with how open buyers have been to learning about our product. I have made excellent connections both years.

– Jennifer Anderson, Principal, Sustrana

I found Connect to be very beneficial and worth the investment. The buyers we met with were genuinely interested and open to follow up discussions. I felt the timing of the meetings were appropriate for buyers and sellers alike.
– Rick Cunningham, Director, Marketing and Sales, Cube Hydro

Participating in the SPLC Connect was a great to way to discuss some of our organization’s upcoming needs and current challenges in an informal, low pressure manner. I also really enjoyed making new connections before the actual Summit began – it was a great community-building opportunity.
– Johanna Kertesz, Environmental Program Coordinator, State of Minnesota, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

The Connect day was an ideal way to get feedback on the direction of my startup from a large number of prospective customers. All the buyers I met care about sustainable purchasing and wanted to learn about new solutions.
– Justin Sacks, Founder and CEO, Ripl

Commit to this event. Schedule as many meeting as possible for the “Connect” potion. Attend the round table discussion. Attend the breakout meetings. These were very informative.
– Henri Roberts, Senior Corporate Accounts Manager, Ecolab


Summit Participants
SPLC’s Summit is one of the most dynamic and informative events that I attend. Great networking.
– Debbie Jaslow-Shatz, Sourcing Specialist, Bloomberg

I learned a ton at the Summit and I look forward to the continued education and growth through our collaboration. 
– Cade Clanton, Sourcing Specialist, FedEx

Networking and comparing notes with others in similar roles in other jurisdictions is invaluable.
– Lynda Rankin, Manager, Sustainable Procurement, Province of Nova Scotia, Canada

The conference was nicely planned and managed, and I thoroughly enjoyed the sessions and networking.
– Mark Mills, Executive Director, Purchasing, University of Pennsylvania

This is absolutely the best conference of this type that I have attended. I really appreciated the amount of time dedicated to networking, and that this was interspersed throughout the conference.
– Michelle Bhattacharyya, Coordinator, Global Living Wage Coalition

I had an opportunity to meet true sustainability leaders who care about not only what happens within their organizations, in addition, to the external impacts their purchasing decisions have on our society. This represents true value in my network.
– Nadine Cino, CEO & Co-Founder, Tygabox

There is not an event that I am aware of that brings such a range of stakeholders together. To be able to connect with purchasers, suppliers, NGO’s and other advocates and build a community of conscious together gives me hope for a more sustainable future.
– Billy Linstead Goldsmith, National Coordinator, FairTrade USA

I found all the panels and keynote addresses relevant and valuable. The participants all added value and confirmed the direction taken by my firm while helping us develop next steps. I was particularly pleased to meet with some of the software providers and look forward to working with at least one of them to take our sustainable sourcing program to the next level.
– Diana Rosenberger, Sustainable Manager, Shaw Industries, Inc.

The SPLC Summit is a “must go” for anyone attempting to address sustainability in procurement. This is where the thinking happens, the connections are made and the march toward progress is centered.
– Robert Kuhn, Senior Director, Kuhn Associates, LLC

One of the goals I had coming to the Summit was to learn more about renewable energy procurement strategies, which I have found confusing in the past. By attending several sessions and having nearly a dozen face-to-face conversations with experts in the field, I feel that I finally understand how to advise RPN members on this issue.
– Alicia Culver, Responsible Purchasing Network

This event was one of the best I have attended. The mix of events kept the event fresh. Every time I sat at a table I was able to learn something or make a connection. Breakfast, lunch and dinner!
– Barbara Hagan, Office of Campus Sustainability, University of Michigan

I’ve attended all three Summits, and I’m always impressed at how the Council is able to engage participants in conversation through their innovative session designs. They allow plenty of time for structured sharing, and foster dialogues across sectors and disciplines to enrich the experience for everyone. These complement the formal panel presentations and make for a fast-paced and rewarding day of learning and networking.
– Karen Cook, Sustainability Project Manager, General Services, County of Alameda

Sustainability Achievements

Balko-680x451In planning the 2016 Summit, we sought to model sustainable procurement practices in the venue, food, and hospitality contracts that we negotiated. The events held at the Kellogg Conference Center on the campus of Gallaudet University achieved a 60% diversion rate. While that is a lower diversion rate than SPLC’s past conferences, it is a significant achievement for a conference center that had never composted waste before. SPLC offset 100 percent of the carbon emissions generated by travel and facility usage during the Summit, through renewable energy certificates and carbon offsets produced by Apex Clean Energy’s Balko Wind Farm.

Organizations in Attendance

3DegreesMars Drinks
A2 ConsultingMDB Communications
ACCOMetropolitan Council
Action SustainabilityMetropolitan Washington Council of Governments
AflacMGM Resorts International
Agile Sourcing PartnersMichigan State University
AltenexMinnesota Pollution Control Agency
American Express CompanyMullett Strategies
American Meetings, Inc.Municipal Council for Sustainable Procurement
American Sustainable Business CouncilNasdaq
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)National Association of State Procurement Officers (NASPO)
Apex Clean Energy, Inc.National Contract Management Association (NCMA)
Arizona State UniversityNational Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)
ASSA ABLOYNational Institute for Government Procurement (NIGP)
AvendraNational Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
AvalonBay CommunitiesNational Recycling Coalition
Baxter Healthcare CorporationNew Earth
Belk, Inc.New England Aquarium
Best BuyNew Leaf Paper
BIT BuildingNSF International
BLOOMBERG L.P.NY & NJ Minority Supplier Development Council
Booz Allen HamiltonOffice Depot
BrownFlynnOffice of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings
BSIOngweoweh Corporation
BSRPacific Gas & Electric (PG&E)
Caesars EntertainmentPacific Northwest National Laboratory
California Department of General ServicesPATH Professional Alliance for Technology & Habitat
California Department of TransportationPeerAspect
Capital Region Minority Supplier Development CouncilPennsylvania State University
Center for Environmental HealthPomona College
Center for Resource Solutions | Green-ePractice Greenhealth
ChargepointProcureCon Indirect East
City of Austin, TXProvince of Nova Scotia
City of CambridgePublic Services and Procurement Canada
City of Portland, OregonReeve Consulting
City of San Francisco, CARenewable Choice Energy
City of Santa Monica, CARenewable Power Direct
City of Washington, DCResponsible Purchasing Network (RPN)
Climate Earth, Inc.Responsible Sourcing Solutions
CNS, Y-12 National Security ComplexRipl
Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW)Rivanna Natural Designs, Inc.
Code EarthRockefeller Foundation
Commonwealth of MassachusettsRocky Mountain Institute
Consolidated Edison Company of New YorkRoppe Holding Company
County of AlamedaRoundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials
CSRHub LLCSamasource
Cube Hydro Partners, LLCSCS Global Services
EcodeskShaw Industries
EcolabSierra Club
ecomedesSocial Driver
EcoVadisSolidarity Center
EICCState of California
Electronics WatchState of Connecticut
Emory UniversityStillwater Mining Company
Enel Green Power of NASunEdison
Energetics IncorporatedSupplyShift
Energy FocusSustainability Training
Energy StarSustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI)
Environmental Paper NetworkSustainable Green Printing Partnership
Evonik CorpSustrana
ExxonMobilSutherland Global Services
Fair Trade USASwarthmore College
Fairfax County GovernmentT-Mobile
Fannie MaeTCB Industrial, Inc.
FedExTCO Development
Ford Motor CompanyTechway Services, Inc.
Forest Stewardship Council USTekConnX
Friends of the EarthThe Sustainability Consortium
Georgetown University Law CenterThe Vinyl Institute
Global Asset Recovery Programs LLCthinkstep
Global Living Wage CoalitionTiffany & Co.
Global WitnessTime Equities Inc.
Good Environmental Choice AustraliaTreeZero Paper, LLC
Government of Nova ScotiaTrucost
Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of CommerceTS Designs
GreenCircle Certified, LLCTUV Rheinland
GreenPages DirectoryUL EH&S
Green Electronics Council (EPEAT)UL Environment
Green SealUnited Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Hamad Medical CorporationUnited Soybean Board
HDR ArchitectureUniversity of Arkansas
Hilton WorldwideUniversity of Illinois
Howard UniversityUniversity of Iowa
HP Inc.University of Michigan
Humane Society of the USUniversity of Nebraska at Omaha
Independent Purchasing CooperativeUniversity of Pennsylvania
Industrial Economics, Inc.University of Vermont
Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA)US Department of Agriculture
Institute for Supply Management (ISM)US Department of Defense
Interface Americas, Inc.US Department of Energy
International Boreal Conservation CampaignUS Environmental Protection Agency
International Campaign for Responsible TechnologyUS General Services Administration
International Corporate Accountability RoundtableUS Green Building Council
International Justice MissionVerego
International Living Future Institute (ILFI)VitalMetrics
International Sanitary Supply AssociationWake Forest University
Interpublic GroupWalmart
Intren, Inc.Washington Gas
ISEAL AllianceWashington Suburban Sanitary Commission
Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable FutureWaste Management
Jones Lang LaSalle, Inc.White House Office of Management and Budget
King CountyWMATA - Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
Kuhn AssociatesWomen Presidents' Educational Organization
Lawrence Berkeley National LaboratoryWorkers Rights Consortium
Lockheed MartinWorld Wildlife Fund (WWF)
Los Alamos National LaboratoryWWF Malaysia

Presenting Sponsor


Gold Sponsors

Office Depot

Social Driver

Silver Sponsors

Lockheed Martin



Mobile App Sponsor


Renewable Energy & Carbon Offset Sponsor

Apex Clean Energy

Zero Waste Challenge Partner

Waste Management

Green Power Happy Hour Sponsor


Recharge Lounge Sponsor

Cube Hydro

Event Sponsors

American Meetings Inc
Hilton Worldwide
Hybrid Pedals
Rivanna natural designs

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Summit Partners

AASHE ACCO BSR Center for Resource Solutions Farm-to-Cafeteria Conference GreenBiz Iseal Alliance ISM MCSP MWCOG NASPO NCMA NIGP NGLCC Practice Greenhealth ProcureCon Indirect East Procurious RPN RSB USGBC