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Session Index

This page contains a detailed schedule of all the Summit’s sessions, including pre-Summit events, meals, receptions, and more. We also have a quick Program Schedule overview.

We’re pleased to feature an important topic this year in the HP Circular Economy Track 

Monday, May 8, 2017

Registration

9:00am  -  7:00pm, Monday, May 8, 2017  |  South Convention Lobby

SPLC CONNECT Buyer-Supplier Matchmaking Event

10:00am  -  5:00pm, Monday, May 8, 2017  |  Windows

SPLC Connect is a sustainability-focused buyer-supplier matchmaking event that takes place just before SPLC’s Summits. The event introduces purchasers to innovative suppliers who have earned the esteem of the sustainability-savvy purchasing professionals involved in the Council. Conceived of and organized

Exhibitor Move-in

1:00pm  -  5:00pm, Monday, May 8, 2017  |  South Convention Lobby

SPLC Connect Closing Reception & Summit Welcome Reception

5:00pm  -  6:30pm, Monday, May 8, 2017  |  South Convention Lobby

All Connect and Summit registrants are invited to enjoy informal networking over drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

Joint Board & Strategic Advisory Committee Meeting

6:30pm  -  8:30pm, Monday, May 8, 2017  |  Tower Court D

CPO Dinner

6:30pm  -  8:30pm, Monday, May 8, 2017  |  Off-site at ChoLon Restaurant

Dinner for senior procurement leaders hosted by the CPO Roundtable. Senior procurement leaders may request an invitation from lisa@sustainablepurchasing.org.

Dine Around Denver (Optional)

6:30pm  -  8:30pm, Monday, May 8, 2017  |  Off-site at Various Locations

The SPLC 2017 Summit has arranged the opportunity to enjoy dinner with fellow attendees at one of the four restaurants listed below at 6:30pm on Monday, May 8. You must confirm your participation via your conference registration form; however, payment will be directly collected

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Group Run on Cherry Creek Trail

6:30am  -  7:00am, Tuesday, May 9, 2017  |  Departs from Hotel Lobby

Make a fresh start to your conference day with a group run on Denver’s Cherry Creek Trail. Meet SPLC board member Johanna Kertesz and members of the SPLC staff in the lobby of the Sheraton for this out and back

Registration

7:30am  -  6:30pm, Tuesday, May 9, 2017  |  South Convention Lobby

Breakfast

7:30am  -  8:30am, Tuesday, May 9, 2017  |  North and South Convention Lobby

Exhibits Open

7:30am  -  6:00pm, Tuesday, May 9, 2017  |  South Convention Lobby

Welcome to the Summit

8:30am  -  8:45am, Tuesday, May 9, 2017  |  Grand Ballroom

Welcome remarks by SPLC’s Board Chair, Joan Kerr.

Presenting SPLC BENCHMARK℠: A Platform for Assessing Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing

8:45am  -  9:15am, Tuesday, May 9, 2017  |  Grand Ballroom

  In the run-up to the Summit, SPLC is inviting Summit attendees to participate in an exclusive test-drive of SPLC BENCHMARK℠, an online platform that enables diverse organizations to: assess their own sustainable purchasing activities against SPLC’s Principles for Leadership in Sustainable

Keynote: Creating a World that We Want

9:15am  -  9:45am, Tuesday, May 9, 2017  |  Grand Ballroom

Vien Truong, Director for Green for All, will connect the dots between purchasing by large organizations and social, economic, and environmental justice. To create a world that is truly healthy, prosperous, safe, and biodiverse will require more than just minding

Networking Break

9:45am  -  10:10am, Tuesday, May 9, 2017  |  North & South Convention Lobby

Economic Sustainability: Purchasing that Makes Communities Stronger

10:10am  -  11:10am, Tuesday, May 9, 2017  |  Tower Court A

  Starting Small: Strategies for Engaging Small, Local, & Emerging Businesses in Sustainable Practices Presenter: Sarah Church Alameda County has a firm commitment to support small businesses within its borders. The County’s Small, Local, Emerging Business (SLEB) Program was developed

Open Contracting: Driving Transparency, Savings, and Business Benefits

10:10am  -  11:10am, Tuesday, May 9, 2017  |  Tower Court B

  Open Contracting principles and practices are increasingly being adopted by purchasers around the world in order to prevent fraud and corruption, ensure transparent and open business relationships, and deliver better value. Over 25 countries have made commitments to adopt open contracting

The Business Case for Sustainable Purchasing

10:10am  -  11:10am, Tuesday, May 9, 2017  |  Tower Court C

  Establishing the business case for sustainable purchasing requires diverse expertise. Supply chain management standards of price, quality and delivery may be affected by sustainability issues as diverse as climate change, human rights, corruption and more. This talk will discuss how to identify

Purchasing for a Circular Economy

10:10am  -  11:10am, Tuesday, May 9, 2017  |  Tower Court D

  Moving from a linear “take, make, discard” economy to a circular one utilizing a “make, use, return” approach requires new business models and disruptive innovation. The IT industry is uniquely positioned to support the ideals of the circular economy

CPO-to-CPO Dialogue (By Invitation)

10:10am  -  11:10am, Tuesday, May 9, 2017  |  Colorado Room, Mezzanine Level

During the workshop CPOs will problem-solve their most pressing sustainability-related challenges within small groups. Report-backs will allow all to learn from the solutions developed by each small group. Workshop participants will be invited to continue their peer-to-peer dialogues over lunch.

Networking Break

11:10am  -  11:35am, Tuesday, May 9, 2017  |  North & South Convention Lobby

Developing Suppliers’ Sustainability Capabilities: 3 Approaches

11:35am  -  12:35pm, Tuesday, May 9, 2017  |  Tower Court A

  PG&E Supplier Development Programs Presenter: Tiffany Rodriguez Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) showcases their award winning supplier training programs and shares tools that you can use in your own training programs. Learn how PG&E educates their suppliers on cyber

Developing an Integrated Sustainable Procurement Program: Formalizing Your Efforts, Balancing Priorities, and Measuring for Success

11:35am  -  12:35pm, Tuesday, May 9, 2017  |  Tower Court B

  Sustainable procurement programs range from informal to formal, opportunistic to strategic, unorganized to integrated. SPLC recommends establishing a formal, strategic program to increase the chances of achieving the benefits of sustainable purchasing. Establishing a formal program also allows an organization to identify and

Modern Slavery, Human Trafficking, and Forced Labor: Uncovering Risks & Solutions

11:35am  -  12:35pm, Tuesday, May 9, 2017  |  Tower Court C

  Rooting out Labor issues in Your Supply Chain: The Role of Credible Standards, Certifications and Audits Presenter: Joshua Wickerham Regulations like California’s Transparency in Supply Chains Act and the federal Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act increasingly require companies to “know

Sustainable Procurement Rising: Analysis of Global & Local Trends

11:35am  -  12:35pm, Tuesday, May 9, 2017  |  Tower Court D

  Sustainable Public Procurement in U.S. Local Governments: Results from a Nationwide Survey Presenters: Nicole Darnall Most local governments do not have a sustainable procurement policy (SPP). Of those that do, SPP implementation is not consistent and many cities struggle to implement

Peer-to-Peer Seated Lunch

12:35pm  -  1:45pm, Tuesday, May 9, 2017  |  Grand Ballroom

So that peers can find each other for intimate conversation early on during the Summit, we are offering to assign attendees to tables during this seated lunch according to their peer group preference (as best we are able). You will

Networking Break

2:45pm  -  3:10pm, Tuesday, May 9, 2017  |  North & South Convention Lobby

The New Energy Landscape: Renewables, Syndicates, Storage, Microgrids, and More

3:10pm  -  4:10pm, Tuesday, May 9, 2017  |  Tower Court A

  Organizations are more sophisticated than ever when it comes to managing their energy demands. To keep up, the energy landscape is rapidly evolving, providing ever more innovative solutions to meet the global needs of today’s corporation. Ranging from long-term power purchase agreements

Spend Analysis & Prioritization: Lessons Learned

3:10pm  -  4:10pm, Tuesday, May 9, 2017  |  Tower Court B

  Enterprise Footprint Analysis: A User Experience Presenters: Matthew Swibel and Craig Cammarata As many organizations face increased pressure to credibly identify sustainability opportunities and risks across its value chain, data based decision-making remains an elusive outcome. Toward that end,

Transparency Innovations: Open Contracting, Hearing Workers, Radical Transparency

3:10pm  -  4:10pm, Tuesday, May 9, 2017  |  Tower Court C

  How Mobile Workforce Communication is Creating Transparency and Accountability in the Supply Chain Presenter: Elena Fanjul-Debnam Factory laborers traditionally don’t have much of a platform to make their voice heard. Their only recourse to report a grievance, violation, or question about

Embedding Sustainable Purchasing Across a Global Enterprise: 2 Case Studies

3:10pm  -  4:10pm, Tuesday, May 9, 2017  |  Tower Court D

Leveraging a Shared Services Sourcing Model to Impact Supplier Sustainability Presenter: Pat Hopper Three years ago FedEx transformed its sourcing and procurement organization, shifting from a decentralized sourcing process with each operating company retaining individual sourcing and procurement groups to a shared

Transition

4:10pm  -  4:20pm, Tuesday, May 9, 2017  | 

Driving Convergence Between Supplier Assessments Conducted by Purchasers and Investors

4:20pm  -  5:20pm, Tuesday, May 9, 2017  |  Tower Court A

  Investors and purchasers want the same thing: credible, reliable, comparable and actionable information on sustainability performance of companies. This session explores recent efforts to review and utilize the many and various “ESG” (environmental, social and governance) rating systems developed

How to Leverage Deep Relationships Across Your Supply Chain to Promote Clients’ Sustainability Initiatives

4:20pm  -  5:20pm, Tuesday, May 9, 2017  |  Tower Court B

  Through JLL’s sustainability leadership framework, Building a Better Tomorrow, sustainability is embedded into everything it does. Building a Better Tomorrow is about creating spaces, buildings and cities where everyone can thrive. This vision extends to JLL’s supply chain which

Increasing Sustainability Through Procurement of Cloud Computing Services

4:20pm  -  5:20pm, Tuesday, May 9, 2017  |  Tower Court C

  The Green Electronics Council (GEC) recognizes the environmental benefits associated with cloud computing and aims to assist large scale purchasers to make the transition to cloud services. Several industry sponsored studies have found that cloud computing can be as

EPA’s Recommendations of Standards and Ecolabels: Post-Pilot Learnings and Federal Implementation

4:20pm  -  5:20pm, Tuesday, May 9, 2017  |  Tower Court D

  Late last year, EPA released Recommendations of Specifications, Standards, and Ecolabels, based on the results of its multi-stakeholder Guidelines Pilot. Following an overview of the pilot results, this interactive session will provide an opportunity to give EPA feedback on

Green Power Happy Hour hosted by Renewable Choice Energy-Schneider Electric

5:20pm  -  6:30pm, Tuesday, May 9, 2017  |  North & South Convention Lobby

SPLC Leadership Awards Dinner

6:30pm  -  8:30pm, Tuesday, May 9, 2017  |  Grand Ballroom

Presentation of SPLC’s juried Leadership Awards and Outstanding Case Study Awards. Ticket included with Summit pass. Tickets may be purchased separately. Buy a ticket to the dinner or register for the Summit

Sponsor Appreciation & VIP Party

9:00pm  -  11:00pm, Tuesday, May 9, 2017  |  Off-Site at Lucky Strike

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Group Run on Cherry Creek Trail

6:30am  -  7:00am, Wednesday, May 10, 2017  |  Departs from Hotel Lobby

Make a fresh start to your conference day with a group run on Denver’s Cherry Creek Trail. Meet SPLC board member Johanna Kertesz and members of the SPLC staff in the lobby of the Sheraton for this out and back

Registration

7:30am  -  12:45pm, Wednesday, May 10, 2017  |  South Convention Lobby

Breakfast

7:30am  -  8:30am, Wednesday, May 10, 2017  |  North and South Convention Lobby

Exhibits Open

7:30am  -  11:35am, Wednesday, May 10, 2017  |  South Convention Lobby

Special Presentation: The Vision for a Major New SPLC Program

8:30am  -  9:05am, Wednesday, May 10, 2017  |  Grand Ballroom

  Have you ever felt one of these sentiments or heard a purchaser express it? “Where can I find the list of eco-labels and standards SPLC recommends?” “How can I make it easier for my staff to track ‘sustainable spend’?”

SPLC Debate: What’s the Metric for Sustainable Purchasing?

9:05am  -  9:45am, Wednesday, May 10, 2017  |  Grand Ballroom

  In this entertaining and audience participatory discussion, the question of how an organization’s sustainable purchasing performance should be measured will be explored from a number of perspectives. Should it be “% sustainable spend”? Should it be a suite of

Networking Break

9:45am  -  10:10am, Wednesday, May 10, 2017  |  North & South Convention Lobby

Making It Easy: Free Tools that Simplify Finding Credible Sustainable Products

10:10am  -  11:10am, Wednesday, May 10, 2017  |  Tower Court A

  How SF Requires City staff to Sit on Dirt Floors and Gets Vendors to Sell Real Green Products Presenters: Jessian Choy and Judy Levin (20 minutes) Learn how easy it can be for your organization to buy less-toxic, green

Procuring Products Made with Safer Chemicals

10:10am  -  11:10am, Wednesday, May 10, 2017  |  Tower Court B

  Of the thousands of chemicals used in products and manufacturing today, only a small percentage have been tested for environmental and human health impacts. The retail, IT, health care and apparel sectors are working to identify and eliminate the

Creating a Sustainable Purchasing Culture: Leveraging a Better Toolkit to Motivate Behavior Change

10:10am  -  11:10am, Wednesday, May 10, 2017  |  Tower Court C

Even equipped with the best sustainable purchasing policy and plan, organizations are often frustrated in their efforts to meaningfully implement sustainable purchasing. One main reason for this is that motivating behaviour change is not easy, particularly when communicating with purchasers

SPLC Benchmarking Workshop

10:10am  -  11:10am, Wednesday, May 10, 2017  |  Tower Court D

This interactive workshop will give participants an opportunity to explore and discuss the SPLC Benchmarking System with peers. It will also provide an opportunity for participants to get questions answered by members of the Benchmarking Working Group and SPLC staff,

Networking Break

11:10am  -  11:35am, Wednesday, May 10, 2017  |  North & South Convention Lobby

Purchasing with End of Life in Mind: Diversion, Zero-Waste, and Pre-thinking Product Design

11:35am  -  12:35pm, Wednesday, May 10, 2017  |  Tower Court A

  Case Studies for Operationalizing a Zero Waste Initiative Presenters: David Rachelson and Brian Werner Hear examples and case studies about right-sizing and optimization of purchased goods and packaging, food waste minimization strategies, and supply chain enhancements. Participants will learn

Furniture Transformed: Circular Economy Models in Action

11:35am  -  12:35pm, Wednesday, May 10, 2017  |  Tower Court B

As a vision for the future, the circular economy is ground-breaking. However, organizations world-wide continue to struggle with the actual design and implementation of circular models that offer a strong and marketable business case. How to transform markets to enable

New Frontiers in Paper Purchasing: Alternative Fibers, LCAs, Wider Concerns

11:35am  -  12:35pm, Wednesday, May 10, 2017  |  Tower Court C

Next Generation Life Cycle Assessment Tools for Purchasers: The New Paper Calculator 4.0 Presenters: Tobias Schultz and Joshua Martin An opportunity for a sneak preview of the completely updated Paper Calculator – the free, online Life Cycle Assessment tool from

SPLC Benchmarking Workshop

11:35am  -  12:35pm, Wednesday, May 10, 2017  |  Tower Court D

This interactive workshop will give participants an opportunity to explore and discuss the SPLC Benchmarking System with peers. It will also provide an opportunity for participants to get questions answered by members of the Benchmarking Working Group and SPLC staff,

Closing Ceremony

12:35pm  -  1:00pm, Wednesday, May 10, 2017  |  Windows

Factory Tour: Image Projections West (IPW)

2:00pm  -  4:30pm, Wednesday, May 10, 2017  |  Departs from Hotel Lobby

IPW is one of the largest manufacturers of laser technologies in the USA and helps many Fortune 500s reach their Green Program goals. IPW laser toners on average contain over 75% post-consumer recovered materials. Other benefits of IPW programs include:

Special Access Tour: National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

2:00pm  -  5:00pm, Wednesday, May 10, 2017  |  Departs from Hotel Lobby

SPLC has organized a special tour of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, CO, but space is quite limited (20 people). The tour will take place the afternoon of Wednesday May 10th after the Summit has officially ended. This

Happy Hour at Wynkoop Brewery

5:00pm  -  6:00pm, Wednesday, May 10, 2017  |  Off-site: Wynkoop Brewery

Stop by Wynkoop Brewery, right next to the Union Station stop of the airport light rail, to enjoy a final send off with other Summit attendees.  Please note this is an on-own event and is not hosted by the Summit.