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
- Keynote Videos
- Award Winners
- Presentation Slides
- Sustainability Achievements
- Organizations in Attendance
By The Numbers
|350||Summit Participants (56% increase from last year)|
|311||One-on-one matchmaking meetings hosted during SPLC Connect|
|127||SPLC Connect Participants|
|100%||Renewable energy powered and carbon neutral with wind power from Apex Clean Energy|
|43||Break-out Sessions on a wide range of strategies and issues|
|23||Innovation Accelerator Roundtables|
|14||Leadership Award Winners|
- 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
- Japen Hollist, VP Strategic Sourcing & Procurement, Aflac
- Anne Rung, Chief Acquisition Officer, The Whitehouse
- 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,
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.
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 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.
In no other way could one meet with so many people/suppliers.
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
– 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.
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
In 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
|A2 Consulting||MDB Communications|
|Action Sustainability||Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments|
|Aflac||MGM Resorts International|
|Agile Sourcing Partners||Michigan State University|
|Altenex||Minnesota Pollution Control Agency|
|American Express Company||Mullett Strategies|
|American Meetings, Inc.||Municipal Council for Sustainable Procurement|
|American Sustainable Business Council||Nasdaq|
|American National Standards Institute (ANSI)||National Association of State Procurement Officers (NASPO)|
|Apex Clean Energy, Inc.||National Contract Management Association (NCMA)|
|Arizona State University||National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)|
|ASSA ABLOY||National Institute for Government Procurement (NIGP)|
|Avendra||National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)|
|AvalonBay Communities||National Recycling Coalition|
|Baxter Healthcare Corporation||New Earth|
|Belk, Inc.||New England Aquarium|
|Best Buy||New Leaf Paper|
|BIT Building||NSF International|
|BLOOMBERG L.P.||NY & NJ Minority Supplier Development Council|
|Booz Allen Hamilton||Office Depot|
|BrownFlynn||Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings|
|BSR||Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E)|
|Caesars Entertainment||Pacific Northwest National Laboratory|
|California Department of General Services||PATH Professional Alliance for Technology & Habitat|
|California Department of Transportation||PeerAspect|
|Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council||Pennsylvania State University|
|Center for Environmental Health||Pomona College|
|Center for Resource Solutions | Green-e||Practice Greenhealth|
|Chargepoint||ProcureCon Indirect East|
|City of Austin, TX||Province of Nova Scotia|
|City of Cambridge||Public Services and Procurement Canada|
|City of Portland, Oregon||Reeve Consulting|
|City of San Francisco, CA||Renewable Choice Energy|
|City of Santa Monica, CA||Renewable Power Direct|
|City of Washington, DC||Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN)|
|Climate Earth, Inc.||Responsible Sourcing Solutions|
|CNS, Y-12 National Security Complex||Ripl|
|Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW)||Rivanna Natural Designs, Inc.|
|Code Earth||Rockefeller Foundation|
|Commonwealth of Massachusetts||Rocky Mountain Institute|
|Consolidated Edison Company of New York||Roppe Holding Company|
|County of Alameda||Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials|
|Cube Hydro Partners, LLC||SCS Global Services|
|EICC||State of California|
|Electronics Watch||State of Connecticut|
|Emory University||Stillwater Mining Company|
|Enel Green Power of NA||SunEdison|
|Energy Focus||Sustainability Training|
|Energy Star||Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI)|
|Environmental Paper Network||Sustainable Green Printing Partnership|
|ExxonMobil||Sutherland Global Services|
|Fair Trade USA||Swarthmore College|
|Fairfax County Government||T-Mobile|
|Fannie Mae||TCB Industrial, Inc.|
|Ford Motor Company||Techway Services, Inc.|
|Forest Stewardship Council US||TekConnX|
|Friends of the Earth||The Sustainability Consortium|
|Georgetown University Law Center||The Vinyl Institute|
|Global Asset Recovery Programs LLC||thinkstep|
|Global Living Wage Coalition||Tiffany & Co.|
|Global Witness||Time Equities Inc.|
|Good Environmental Choice Australia||TreeZero Paper, LLC|
|Government of Nova Scotia||Trucost|
|Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce||TS Designs|
|GreenCircle Certified, LLC||TUV Rheinland|
|GreenPages Directory||UL EH&S|
|Green Electronics Council (EPEAT)||UL Environment|
|Green Seal||United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)|
|Hamad Medical Corporation||United Soybean Board|
|HDR Architecture||University of Arkansas|
|Hilton Worldwide||University of Illinois|
|Howard University||University of Iowa|
|HP Inc.||University of Michigan|
|Humane Society of the US||University of Nebraska at Omaha|
|Independent Purchasing Cooperative||University 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 Campaign||US Environmental Protection Agency|
|International Campaign for Responsible Technology||US General Services Administration|
|International Corporate Accountability Roundtable||US Green Building Council|
|International Justice Mission||Verego|
|International Living Future Institute (ILFI)||VitalMetrics|
|International Sanitary Supply Association||Wake Forest University|
|Intren, Inc.||Washington Gas|
|ISEAL Alliance||Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission|
|Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future||Waste Management|
|Jones Lang LaSalle, Inc.||White House Office of Management and Budget|
|King County||WMATA - Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority|
|Kuhn Associates||Women Presidents' Educational Organization|
|Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory||Workers Rights Consortium|
|Lockheed Martin||World Wildlife Fund (WWF)|
|Los Alamos National Laboratory||WWF Malaysia|