Program Schedule

Monday, May 14

Registration

SPLC CONNECT: Buyer-Supplier Matchmaking

Great Hall
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 by leading SPLC Purchaser members, this event serves the needs of buyers as well as innovative suppliers seeking ... read more >>

Reception for SPLC Connect & Summit Participants in Expo

Pavilion
SPLC Connect participants and Summit registrants are all invited to this food and drink networking reception with exhibitors.

Dine Arounds (Optional)

Various Off-site Locations
The SPLC 2018 Summit has arranged the opportunity to enjoy dinner with fellow attendees at one of several restaurants listed below at 6:30pm on Monday, May 14. You must confirm your participation via your conference registration form; however, payment will be directly collected by the restaurant at the conclusion of the evening. There is no fee, but participants will ... read more >>

Joint Board & Strategic Advisory Committee Meeting

Charles Frost
Strategic Advisory Committee members are invited to participate in the Board of Director’s in-person meeting on Monday evening.

Tuesday, May 15

Group Run on Minneapolis Riverfront

Renaissance Hotel Lobby
Group Run on Minneapolis Riverfront  Make a fresh start to your conference day with a group run on Minneapolis’ Riverfront. Meet SPLC board member Johanna Kertesz and members of the SPLC staff in the lobby of the Renaissance on Tuesday and Wednesday morning. This year, a 2.26 and ~5 mile option will be offered each ... read more >>

Registration

Breakfast

New Attendee Welcome Orientation Breakfast

Pavilion
Start building your network with a special welcome breakfast spent networking with other first-timers facilitated by long-time SPLC participants.

Opening Plenary: Buying the Future We Want, Today

Pavilion
What will it take for our better purchasing decisions to add up to a global economy that is truly economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable? How can we rapidly scale-up the collective impact of our sustainable purchasing efforts? In short, can we go about our buying today in a way that will bring about the prosperous ... read more >>

Training for Results: How to Design and Implement Sustainable Purchasing Training for Today’s Complex Supply Chain

Hiawatha 1
Training programs on responsible sourcing and sustainable purchasing for buyers can help to increase awareness, visibility, and inspire buyers to think about how responsible sourcing and sustainable purchasing impacts daily operations and procurement activities. They can be challenging to put together given the wide variety of topics to potentially cover, and potentially global reach. This ... read more >>
Panel Presentation

Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships: The Key to Driving Change for Sustainable Sourcing

Hiawatha 2
When developing sustainability strategies for complicated products with global supply chains, multi-stakeholder partnerships are key to making progress. Sustainable Seafood is a challenging category for global Quality of Life provider Sodexo as they provide food service in a variety of sectors globally. A balanced approach to the environmental and social concerns of the category was ... read more >>
Panel Presentation

Helping Distributors Transform the Sustainability of Their Catalog & Business

Haiwatha 3
How do we move beyond just getting our distributors to carry a few more green products in their catalog? Is there something we can do to further transform their entire catalog, not just for us but for all of their customers? If we want to transform the sustainability of our economy as a whole, that’s ... read more >>
Interactive Workshop

Strategies for Specifying Sustainable Products & Services

Charles Frost
This session will provide foundational, practical information on how to craft and implement specifications for more sustainable products and services, with a focus on navigating the most practical specification tools: environmental product standards and ecolabels. Attendees will learn about all the different pieces and players involved in environmental product certifications, what makes a credible ecolabel, ... read more >>
Interactive Workshop

Inclusive Procurement: Tapping New Value & Building Strong Economies

Rock Island
This session will introduce the core value proposition for incorporating diversity and inclusion into procurement, as well as the benefits it has for the economic sustainability of our communities. It will then introduce participants to several innovative practices that are making our economies more inclusive and our communities more resilient while driving value for the ... read more >>
Interactive Workshop

CPO-to-CPO Workshop: Turning Aspirations into Reality

WJ Quinn
During this workshop, senior procurement and supply chain leaders will be invited envision new ways their organization’s purchasing can be a force for good in the world. Through peer-to-peer dialogue, the participants will chart next steps for realizing the aspirations that are most compelling for them and their organizations. Workshop participants will be invited to continue ... read more >>
Interactive Workshop

Supplier Sustainability Ratings in Action: Strategies and Tactics to Engage Procurement Teams and Suppliers to Drive Results

Hiawatha 1
Getting from vision to action in sustainable purchasing means tackling the tough challenges of measuring supplier performance, shaping new business behaviors, and motivating enduring improvements in sustainability practices. This session will present case examples of the ways in which sustainability ratings have been put into practice to engage buyers and suppliers through a standardized assessment ... read more >>
Panel Presentation

Making the Business Case: Measuring the Economic Outcomes of Sustainable Purchasing

Hiawatha 2
How do you credibly make the business case for sustainable purchasing when there is limited data tracking sustainable spend? In making the case to do more sustainable purchasing, or in reporting on the outcomes that have been achieved, program leaders are often called upon to demonstrate the cost savings or economic outcomes of their work. ... read more >>
Panel Presentation

Developing Small & Medium Enterprise Suppliers’ Sustainability Capabilities

Haiwatha 3
Because of their limited bandwidth, small and medium enterprises (SME’s) sometimes struggle to respond to the environmental and social sustainability expectations set by large customers. Purchasing organizations committed to supplier diversity and local economic development are proactively helping SMEs get ahead of the many sustainability requests and requirements coming from themselves and other customers by ... read more >>
Interactive Workshop

Buying with People in Mind: Procurement that Protects Workers

Charles Frost
This session will explore how to best combine site and company-level sustainability considerations such as fair labor practices and protecting human rights with product-level sustainability considerations; and how standards are increasingly covering both. Knowing what to ask suppliers regarding how they are addressing negative labor and human rights impacts and what constitutes credible supporting documentation ... read more >>
Lightning Talk

SPLC BENCHMARK℠ Workshop: Measuring and Improving the Effectiveness of Your Sustainable Purchasing Program

Rock Island
In this interactive workshop, participants will use the SPLC BENCHMARK tools to assess the maturity of their organization’s sustainable purchasing efforts at a high level. They will then use the assessment results to connect with relevant experts and peers who can help them plan next steps for elevating maturity of their sustainable purchasing program. Presenter ... read more >>
Interactive Workshop

Gurus-in-Residence: Troubleshooting for Private Sector Purchasers

Pavilion- General Session Area
This session open to Private Sector Purchasers only. Sometimes the most valuable part of a conference occurs when you have an opportunity to just talk with your peers and hear about the challenges they are facing, share solutions, and hear what they are doing to keep moving forward. This session is an opportunity to gather ... read more >>
Interactive Workshop

Peer-to-Peer Tuesday Lunch

Pavilion
Tuesday’s lunch is setup to facilitate peer connection for engaging conversation early on during the Summit. On the Summit registration site, attendees are required to select a Tuesday lunch option from the list below or general seating. Tables will be designated in the lunch room for the peer groups listed below. Open seating is available ... read more >>

Innovation Accelerator

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Innovation Accelerator Sponsor

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Sarah L. Nash

Vice President, Sustainable Finance, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
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Veronica Villena

Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management , Penn State Smeal College of Business
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Jonathan Rifkin

Director Strategic Partnerships, Green Electronics Council
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Julia Wolfe

Director of Environmental Purchasing, Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Operational Services Division
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Claire Fitch

Director of Outreach, Farm Forward
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Andrew deCoriolis

Director of Strategic Programs and Engagement, Farm Forward
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Peter Todaro

Fellow, Bon Appétit Management Company
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Stacey Foreman

Manager Sustainable Procurement Program, City of Portland
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Wesley Ingwersen

Environmental Engineer, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
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Jarrod Bridge

Environmental Physical Scientist, US EPA Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery
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Fallight Xu

Manager Sustainability Services, TUV Rheinland
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Andrea Desimone

Purchaser Relations Senior Manager, Green Electronics Council
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Akiva Fishman

Senior Program Officer, World Wildlife Fund
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Randall Lack

Co-Founder & CMO, Element Markets
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Kathy McDuffie

Vice President of Procurement, Interface, Inc.
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Allison Paradise

Executive Director, My Green Lab
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Annie Bevan

ISSP-SA, CSM, LEED Green Associate
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Karl Bruskotter

Sustainable Procurement Advisor, City of Santa Monica
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Chris Erickson

Founder and CEO, Climate Earth
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Sally Shaver

Consultant, United Soybean Board
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Paul Shahriari

CEO / Founder, ecomedes, LLC
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Eliza Kelsten

Policy Manager, ASBC
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James Lewis

Director, International Cleantech, Schneider Electric
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Billy Linstead Goldsmith

Director, Fair Trade Campaigns, Fair Trade USA
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Paul Rice

President & CEO, Fair Trade USA
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Mikhail Davis

Director of Restorative Enterprise, Interface
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Gay Gordon-Byrne

Executive Director, The Repair Association
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Matthew Wenban-Smith

Executive Director, Responsible Steel


Sponsored by J.P. Morgan Chase, this session is for innovative projects that are ready to be LAUNCHED, JOINED, EXPANDED, or REPLICATED!

Presenters give an overview of new and innovative projects that advance sustainable purchasing. Attendees claim a seat at a roundtable with a topic of interest to them. Topics are repeated twice.

Building a Comprehensive Strategy to Advance Environmentally Sustainable Solutions
Presenter: Sarah L. Nash

A Call to Action: Prioritizing Sustainable Purchasing Research Topics
Presenter: Veronica Villena

Adoption of Battery Powered Electric Lawn Equipment for Institutions - New State Contract and Tools to Help Justify The Transition
Presenter: Julia Wolfe

GRI Guidance Officially Recognizes EPEAT Purchases: Learn How to Report
Presenter: Jonathan Rifkin

Proven Strategies to Source More Humane and Sustainable Food from Your Supply Chain
Presenters: Claire Fitch, Andrew deCoriolis, Peter Todaro

Stakeholder Stories: What Do Internal Stakeholders Want from a Sustainable Public Procurement Program?
Presenter: Stacey Foreman

New EPA tool launched to support your spend analysis - explore the US Environmentally-Extended Input-Output (USEEIO) model
Presenters: Wesley Ingwersen and Jarrod Bridge

Relying on Environmental Labels and Certifications Beyond Specs in the Procurement Cycle
Presenter: Fallight Xu

Updated Environmental & Social Criteria for EPEAT-Registered Computers/Displays
Presenter: Andrea Desimone

Achieving Deforestation-Free Outcomes: A Common Framework for Reducing Deforestation through Supply Chains
Presenter: Akiva Fishman

Carbon Neutral Products: A Case Study with Interface on the Utilization of Biomethane Energy
Presenters: Randall Lack and Kathy McDuffie

Buying for Next Gen. Laboratories: The new ACT Eco-Label
Presenters: Allison Paradise and Annie Bevan

From Guidance, to Policy to Action! Making Buyers Sustainable Procurement Decisions Easy
Presenter: Karl Bruskotter

Combining Spend Analysis with Supplier Data: Creating a Complete and Actionable Database Model
Presenter: Chris Erickson

Purchasing that Stimulates Rural Economic Development
Presenter: Sally Shaver

Collecting and curating product performance data to save money and accelerate sustainable procurement
Presenter: Paul Shahriari

The Road Less Traveled: How Procurement Can Promote High-Road Workplace Practices
Presenter: Eliza Kelsten

Going Global with Renewable Energy Purchasing
Presenter: James Lewis

Fostering Responsible Mining - Looking Deep in Your Supply Chain
Presenter: Aimee Boulanger
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Fair Trade Factory Certification – Apparel and Beyond
Presenters: Paul Rice and Billy Linstead Goldsmith

Right to Repair Legislation: What Purchasers Should Know & Do
Presenter: Gay Gordon-Byrne

Defining Responsible Steel: Embedded in Every Supply Chain is the World’s Largest Materials Industry
Presenter: Matthew Wenban-Smith

Getting the Questions Right for Assessing Products:  The Case of Plastics
Presenter: Mikhail Davis

Innovation Accelerator Roundtable

Developing a Multi-Dimensional Renewable Energy Sourcing Strategy

Hiawatha 1
As renewable energy costs continue to fall, large energy users, such as corporations and universities, are barraged with pitches from a growing variety of providers: onsite solar, community solar, and remote net metering, to name just a few. In this session, participants will learn how organizations untangled the web of options and developed multi-dimensional approaches ... read more >>
Panel Presentation

Strategies for Implementing a Sustainable Procurement Program

Hiawatha 2
Building a strong sustainable procurement program involves many moving parts, and progress can sometimes feel elusive. But learning where to focus and how to engage stakeholders can help grease the wheels. This session will provide an overview of key implementation strategies to focus on when initially building program. Key concepts covered will include staffing and ... read more >>
Interactive Workshop

Delivering on the SDGs: Procurement’s Role

Haiwatha 3
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide a powerful aspiration for improving our world – and nearly all of them have some connection to procurement and supply chain management. This panel will explore how procurement professionals can meaningfully connect their work on sustainable purchasing to the 17 goals and 169 targets to end poverty, protect the ... read more >>
Panel Presentation

WORKING SESSION: SPLC SUSTAIN

Charles Frost
SPLC SUSTAIN℠ is a new program for SPLC that aims to give confidence to procurement professionals that they are using the best ecolabels, standards and certifications by assessing and recommending these programs. This workshop will share the latest in the SUSTAIN journey, and provide participants the opportunity to give input on the project roadmap, category definitions, ... read more >>
Interactive Workshop

Evaluating Total Costs, Impacts & Benefits: An Interactive Case Study

Rock Island
A key enabler of sustainable purchasing is the ability to evaluate costs, impacts, and benefits of alternative processes or products. A big challenge, however, is how to gather comparable data that helps build a persuasive case. If you can find ways to show that preferred alternatives concurrently deliver economic, environmental, and social benefits, then the ... read more >>
Interactive Workshop

Gurus-in-Residence: Troubleshooting for Public Sector Purchasers

Pavilion- General Session Area
This session open to Public Sector Purchasers only. This session is an opportunity for public sector procurement and policy professionals to troubleshoot sustainable procurement challenges, brainstorm solutions with a “guru,” and seek guidance from other public sector attendees who may have faced (and overcome!) similar challenges. Aside from troubleshooting, gurus will discuss how to sustain ... read more >>
Interactive Workshop

Developing a Sustainable Purchasing Policy for Your Organization

Hiawatha 1
Policies are an important tool for institutionalizing sustainable purchasing programs, but they come with challenges. For example, they can require significant time and energy to develop, end up under-implemented, and be difficult to keep up to date. In this session, SPLC will present its guidance for sustainable purchasing policy development. Then the audience will hear ... read more >>
Panel Presentation

Make Better Furniture Purchases by Giving Data a Seat at the Table

Hiawatha 2
For purchasers buying for many categories, learning the nuances of each industry and to establish the “right” criteria to achieve desired outcomes can be challenging. Currently, many organizations go it alone with their specific criteria, or borrow only parts of content created by others. Vendors and manufacturers then struggle to keep up with a barrage ... read more >>
Panel Presentation

The Circular Procurement Playbook

Charles Frost
A ‘circular economy’ is an alternative to our current ‘linear economy’ (make, use, dispose), in which materials are kept cycling through the economy for as long as possible. One key to keeping materials cycling within the economy is ensuring that there are buyers for products and services that use recovered materials and that use more ... read more >>
Interactive Workshop

Rethinking Recycled Content: Paper, Packaging, & Food Service Ware

Hiawatha 3
Global markets for recycled materials are shifting rapidly. Meanwhile new analysis is shedding new light on the consequences of specifying recycled content. In this session we will hear from two cutting-edge studies shedding new light on recycled content for food service-ware and for paper. Results of a new study completed in collaboration with AF&PA, MIT ... read more >>
Lightning Talk

SPLC BENCHMARK in Practice: Insights from State of California’s Experience

Rock Island
Since the Fall of 2017, the State of California has used the SPLC BENCHMARK platform in two pioneering ways:  by evaluating the maturity of its state-level sustainable purchasing efforts against those of other states;  and by evaluating the maturity of multiple agency-level sustainable purchasing efforts within the state.   Both efforts were facilitated via the SPLC ... read more >>
Interactive Workshop

SPLC’s 5th Birthday Party: A Community Celebration

U.S. Bank Stadium
SPLC is turning 5! Join us in a special celebration of  SPLC’s vibrant community of professionals and organizations working to advance sustainable purchasing. Thrown by members of the SPLC Community for the SPLC Community, this party will embody the “we can do more together” spirit that led to the Council’s formation and growth. The party will ... read more >>

Wednesday, May 16

Group Run on Minneapolis Riverfront 

Renaissance Hotel Lobby
Group Run on Minneapolis Riverfront  Make a fresh start to your conference day with a group run on Minneapolis’ Riverfront. Meet SPLC board member Johanna Kertesz and members of the SPLC staff in the lobby of the Renaissance on Tuesday and Wednesday morning. This year, a 2.26 and ~5 mile option will be offered each ... read more >>

Presenters and Recipients of the SPLC Juried and Outstanding Case Study Awards Rehearsal

Pavilion
Presenters and Recipients of the SPLC Juried and Outstanding Case Study Awards meet to rehearse for the ceremony.

Breakfast

Registration

Plenary: Purchasing That Stewards the Commons

Pavilion
Some exciting news coming out of the sustainability movement these days is that leading organizations are increasingly using their talent and purchasing power to help steward the health of “the commons”: shared resources that belong to no one but which we all depend on, such as clean water and air, fisheries, local workforces, and well-functioning markets. Organizations ... read more >>

Using Data and Spend Analysis to Build a Strategic Sustainable Purchasing Program

Hiawatha 1
Gaining insight into what your organization actual spends – and its associated environmental, social and economic impacts – is foundational to building up a focused and strategic approach to sustainable purchasing. In this session we will hear from a private sector and a public sector organization, both of whom have invested time and energy into ... read more >>
Lightning Talk

Beyond Tier 1: Addressing Impacts of Embedded Industries

Hiawatha 2
With a growing realization that all direct suppliers often only generate 15-20% of supply chain impacts, and that product and packaging redesign can be costly and challenging, companies are searching for additional opportunities for reducing their impacts. A very promising but often overlooked strategy is to focus on embedded industries. Can we go beyond engaging ... read more >>
Lightning Talk

Gurus-in-Residence: Troubleshooting for Public Sector Purchasers

Pavilion- General Session Area
This session open to Public Sector Purchasers only. This session is an opportunity for public sector procurement and policy professionals to troubleshoot sustainable procurement challenges, brainstorm solutions with a “guru,” and seek guidance from other public attendees who may have faced (and overcome!) similar challenges. Aside from troubleshooting, gurus will discuss how to sustain motivation ... read more >>
Interactive Workshop

Leveraging Procurement for Social Impact: Two Case Studies

Haiwatha 3
In this session, we will hear from two organizations working on generating positive social impact through procurement. Diana Sheedy from Harvard University will present the work of an emerging coalition of large US higher-education institutions addressing social impacts and labor standards in their supply chains. Building on the anti-sweatshop movement that reformed licensed goods, universities ... read more >>
Lightning Talk

Benefiting from a Green Deal Approach

Rock Island
Come learn how a bottom-up collaboration between public and private sector organizations is rapidly embedding circular economy principles into hundreds of procurements across a number of European countries. The Green Deal Program, first initiated in 2014 by the Dutch, has created more than $100 million Euros in sustainable economic development by leveraging procurement to turn waste ... read more >>
Interactive Workshop

Monetizing Water Related Risks in the Supply Chain

Charles Frost
The Water Risk Monetizer (www.WaterRiskMonetizer.com) provides actionable information to help businesses assess water related business risk in their entire value chain- from suppliers through operations to customers’ locations. WRM is an easy-to-use financial modeling tool that helps help businesses assess water-related risks in financial terms based on readily available information about water use, water costs, ... read more >>
Interactive Workshop

Innovative Approaches to Supply Chain and Climate, Two Case Studies

Hiawatha 2
Research indicates that the embodied carbon (the CO2e emitted into the atmosphere from product supply chains, manufacturing and transport) purchased by many institutions may be far in excess of the carbon emissions resulting from their ongoing operations. In this session we will hear from three organizations’ innovative approaches to addressing climate change, with procurement teams ... read more >>
Lightning Talk

Working Session: Professionalizing the Sustainable Purchasing Role

Hiawatha 1
As more organizations invest in understanding and managing the sustainability of their procurement and supply chain, a new profession is emerging: the sustainable purchasing program leader. Going by many different titles, these professionals are responsible for identifying the most strategic opportunities for their organization to promote sustainability within their purchasing and deftly facilitating collaboration between ... read more >>
Interactive Workshop

Healthier Materials Choices and Disclosure Options

Haiwatha 3
With growing awareness of the connection between health, productivity, and indoor air quality, many purchasers and specifiers are starting to look more closely at materials used to construct, fit-out, clean, and decorate buildings. This session we will hear authentic stories from manufacturers of the challenges and best practices associated with becoming chemically transparent, and from ... read more >>
Lightning Talk

Disruption in the Global Recycling Market: How it affects purchasers, and what can purchasers do?

Charles Frost
“Buying recycled” was the beginning of many sustainable purchasing programs and such provisions are baked in to many sustainable purchasing policies and specifications. Recycling has grown over the past 40 years into a large and global activity. However, recycling systems have been recently severely disrupted by China’ stopping accepting imports of used plastics and paper ... read more >>
Lightning Talk

Setting Science Based Targets: A Leadership Opportunity for Procurement and Supply Chain Managers

Rock Island
Companies and other large organizations are increasingly being asked to set Science-Based Targets for reducing their climate impacts in line with climate science. Many are taking up the challenge, ensuring they are playing their part in the global effort to limit global warming to well below 2 –degrees Celsius. Companies setting such science based targets ... read more >>
Interactive Workshop

Gurus-in-Residence: Troubleshooting for Private Sector Purchasers

Pavilion- General Session Area
This session open to Private Sector Purchasers only. Sometimes the most valuable part of a conference occurs when you have an opportunity to just talk with your peers and hear about the challenges they are facing, share solutions, and hear what they are doing to keep moving forward. This session is an opportunity to gather ... read more >>
Interactive Workshop

SPLC Leadership Awards Lunch

Pavilion
SPLC’s annual Leadership Awards recognizes public and private sector organizations for leveraging their purchasing power to advance the long-term health and vitality of society, economies, and the planet. Presentation of SPLC’s juried Leadership Awards and Outstanding Case Study Awards will take place at this lunch. As an attendee, your ticket is included with your Summit pass. Additional guest tickets may be ... read more >>

Ecolab Sustainability Tour

Offsite: Ecolab RD&E Campus
Registration Required – Signup via your Conference Registration Cost: No cost Start time: 2:00pm – assemble in the Renaissance Lobby. The shuttle will depart promptly at 2:10pm. End time: 4:45pm Join Lynne Olson, SPLC board member, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and Corporate Scientist for a rare “back of the house tour” of the Ecolab ... read more >>

Eureka Recycling Tour

Offsite: Eureka Recycling
Registration Required – Signup via your Conference Registration Cost: No cost Start time: 2:00pm – assemble in the Renaissance Lobby Transportation will depart promptly at 2:10pm End time: 4:15pm    Eureka Recycling is the only organization in Minnesota that specializes in zero waste with a mission to demonstrate that waste is completely preventable. The organization’s ... read more >>

Post Summit Happy Hour

Offsite: Day Block Brewing
Enjoy a final send off with other Summit attendees with a happy hour at Day Block Brewing directly after Summit activities end. Please note this is an on-own event and is not hosted by the Summit.