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Program Overview

Detailed Program

Sunday, May 19

Sustainable Wine Tasting Tour

Offsite
Get the ultimate Oregon experience as you explore the incredible waterfalls of Silver Falls State Park and luscious pinot noirs of the Willamette Valley. Learn how these two Oregon treasures are linked by a fiery natural history while taking to the trails and tasting fine wine with your naturalist guide. Start your morning in Oregon’s ... read more >>

Columbia River Gorge Waterfall Hiking

Offsite
Set out to experience two of the greatest attractions of the Pacific Northwest – the Columbia Gorge Waterfalls and Oregon wines! Hear the amazing narratives that lie beneath the scenic beauty, as you admire the basalt cliffs, lofty waterfalls, and placid vineyards and orchards that define the area. Begin your afternoon along the mighty Columbia ... read more >>

Sustainable Beer Tasting Tour-CANCELLED

Offsite
CANCELLED Welcome to Portland, or as some of us call it, Beervana! Brewers throughout Oregon have long been ahead of the curve when it comes to craft beer, and Portland remains the epicenter of this culture. In fact, there are more breweries in Portland than in any other city in the world! Lots of visitors ... read more >>

Urban Hiking in Forest Park- CANCELLED

Offsite
CANCELLED At 5,200 acres, Portland’s Forest Park is one of the largest urban forests in the United States. With more than 80 miles of trails, fire lanes and forest roads, Forest Park stretches for more than seven miles along the eastern slope of the Tualatin Mountains, overlooking Northwest Portland and the convergence of the Columbia ... read more >>

Monday, May 20

Registration Open

SPLC Connect: Buyer-Supplier Matchmaking

Atrium Ballroom
SPLC Connect is a sustainability-oriented buyer-supplier matchmaking event, organized by purchaser members of the Council who are serious about sidestepping greenwashing in order to find solutions that genuinely improve the social, environmental and economic performance of their supply chain! SPLC Connect introduces purchasers to innovative suppliers who have earned the esteem of their sustainability-savvy purchasing professional ... read more >>

Recharge Lounge Open

Plaza Foyer
Recharge your devices and keep your inbox in shape at the Summit Recharge Lounge, sponsored by Bank of America.  Work spaces with charging banks as well as comfortable seating make this the ideal spot for answering emails, making a few calls or taking a quiet break from the conference.

SPLC Connect and Summit Welcome Reception

Exhibit Hall
All SPLC Connect participants and Summit registrants are invited to this food and drink networking reception with exhibitors.

Dine Around Portland

Various Offsite Locations
Enjoy dinner with fellow attendees at nearby popular Portland restaurants on Monday evening. These restaurants were chosen for their commitment to local and/or sustainable cuisine and showcase the amazing food culture of the city. You must confirm your participation via your conference registration form; however, payment will be directly collected by the restaurant at the conclusion of ... read more >>

Joint Board & Strategic Advisory Committee Meeting

Broadway I/II
Strategic Advisory Committee members are invited to participate in the Board of Director’s in-person meeting on Monday evening.

Tuesday, May 21

Group Run on Portland Waterfront

Offsite
Make a fresh start to your conference day with a group run on Portland’s waterfront. Meet SPLC staff in the lobby of the Hilton Portland Downtown. A 2 mile and 5 mile option will be offered. There will be a slower and faster group to accommodate all preferences. *Pre-Registration NOT Required*

Breakfast

New Attendee Welcome Orientation Breakfast

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

Opening Plenary: Sustainable Purchasing that Supports a Positive Future for All

Grand Ballroom I
Transforming the sustainability of local economies and global supply chains requires a lot of coordination and innovation by many stakeholders. Today, global frameworks are increasingly enabling organizations to align their sustainability transformation efforts with deep system-change. One such framework is the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which were signed by 190 nations at the UN ... read more >>
Plenary

KEYNOTE – Future Fit Leadership: The Secret to Leading Big, Fast, and Lasting Change

Grand Ballroom I
Changing how organizations buy goods and services can often be very challenging because of the number of stakeholders and complexities involved. New research that brings together the insights of CEOs of global companies, ecologists, sustainability professionals, and other change makers working within complex environments has revealed a tried-and-true process for leading change that sidesteps friction, ... read more >>
Plenary

Recharge Lounge Open

Plaza Foyer
Recharge your devices and keep your inbox in shape at the Summit Recharge Lounge, sponsored by Bank of America.  Work spaces with charging banks as well as comfortable seating make this the ideal spot for answering emails, making a few calls or taking a quiet break from the conference.

SPLC Summit 2019 Waste Tour

Exhibit Hall
GreenCircle Certified will be conducting behind-the-scenes Waste Tours during networking breaks at the SPLC Summit 2019 in order to explain the process of achieving a GreenCircle Waste Diversion Certification. The 15-minute Waste Tour will begin at the GreenCircle booth and they will be on a first come, first serve basis. Please register in advance at ... read more >>

Sustainable Purchasing 101: What is Sustainability & Sustainable Purchasing, Exactly?

Atrium Ballroom
Unless you are a sustainability expert, you may not have a solid understanding of the definition of sustainability and what it means to practice sustainability through purchasing. Or, you may be looking for easy ways to explain these concepts to others. Either way, this interactive workshop will help by explaining sustainability in an easy to ... read more >>
Hands-on Learning

Can Your Purchases Reverse Global Warming?

Galleria North
Materials and products that are a part of any organization’s purchasing have the capability to reduce carbon footprint and even become carbon sinks that help remove excess greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. This is especially true in the building sector, which is the world’s single largest emitter of Green House Gases (GHGs), accounting for 30-40% ... read more >>
Panel Presentation

Supply Chain Transparency Is Now a Business Imperative: Important Trends in Disclosure, Traceability, Big Data, and New Value Creation

Broadway I/II
As supply chains become increasingly multinational and complex, some of the most significant impacts occur deep in the supply chain – greenhouse gas emissions, child and slave labor, deforestation, and more. Consumers, investors, employees, and taxpayers are increasingly demanding that companies and governments be responsible for the environmental and social impacts of their supply chains. ... read more >>
Panel Presentation

Sustainability in Cloud-Services Procurements

Broadway III/IV
This session features purchasers who were part of the multi-stakeholder GEC Sustainable Cloud Services Purchaser Guide working group and purchasers who are grappling with how to integrate sustainability in Cloud Services procurements. Speakers include the State of Minnesota, City of Austin, U.S. Department of Energy and the Department of Defense. The session will cover the ... read more >>
Panel Presentation

Public Sector CPO Perspective: How Sustainable Procurement Adds Value

Skyline I/II
Historically, government procurement offices have focused on procuring goods and services at the lowest cost and within prescribed procurement rules. Yet, whether the topic is supplier diversity, sweatshops, or climate change, the role of the procurement office is evolving. Come hear this great panel of Chief Procurement Officers discuss how they have seen procurement’s role ... read more >>
Panel Presentation

Get to Know the SDGs: Explore and Discuss How Procurement Can Advance the Sustainable Development Goals

Grand Ballroom II
Join with other attendees and SDG resident experts to explore the meaning and procurement applications of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which were adopted by the leaders of every nation in 2015 as the guiding vision for humanity in 2030. Through a self-guided exercise, participants will get to know the 169 outcome targets that ... read more >>
Interactive Workshop

SPLC Summit 2019 Waste Tour

Exhibit Hall
GreenCircle Certified will be conducting behind-the-scenes Waste Tours during networking breaks at the SPLC Summit 2019 in order to explain the process of achieving a GreenCircle Waste Diversion Certification. The 15-minute Waste Tours will begin at the GreenCircle booth and they will be on a first come, first serve basis. Please register at the GreenCircle ... read more >>

Impact Prioritization on a Budget: How Procurement Can Leverage Others’ Learnings and Approaches

Galleria North
Understanding the environmental, social and economic impacts of your organization’s procurement is critically important for strategically targeting your sustainable purchasing efforts. Yet, conducting rigorous impact analysis of an organization’s spending and suppliers can often be difficult, discouraging organizations from getting accurate prioritization insights. The good news is that organizations around the world have embraced transparency ... read more >>
Lightning Talk

Leveraging Supplier Sustainability Ratings within Public Sector & Private Sector Purchasing

Broadway I/II
Does your organization know whether its suppliers are sustainability leaders or laggards? Does it consider suppliers’ enterprise-wide sustainability management when making purchasing and supplier relationship management decisions? What are best practices for doing that in both public and private sector procurement? SPLC members have identified third-party supplier sustainability rating tools as an important way to ... read more >>
Panel Presentation

From Living Products to Living Buildings: Transforming the Health & Sustainability of Our Built Environment

Broadway III/IV
Building products are often made with toxic chemicals, exposure to which has significant occupant health impacts in buildings, as well as throughout the entire building product supply chain. The Living Product Challenge offers a comprehensive framework for the reduction and elimination of the human and environmental impacts of building products. Specifically, the framework offers a ... read more >>
Lightning Talk

Making the Case for Plant-Forward Dining: Food Service Procurement Best Practices and Success Stories from Leading Institutions

Skyline I/II
Whether it’s a hospital adopting a plant-forward menu for the health of its patients, a restaurant swapping its beef burger for a blended beef and mushroom burger to satisfy its customers, or a city shifting its food purchasing to reduce its carbon footprint and save money, we are witnessing a wave of institutions that are ... read more >>
Panel Presentation

Sustainable Purchasing 102: Uncovering Policy Alignment and Engaging Internal Stakeholders to Support Your Sustainable Purchasing

Atrium Ballroom
Though your sustainable purchasing program may be small, by collaborating with, supporting and being supported by other individuals, teams and programs in your organization you can multiply your capability and impact. With sharing of success stories, individual work and discussion, we will help you think through some of the key resources you can leverage to ... read more >>
Hands-on Learning

Get to Know the SDGs: Explore and Discuss How Procurement Can Advance the Sustainable Development Goals

Grand Ballroom II
Join with other attendees and SDG resident experts to explore the meaning and procurement applications of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which were adopted by the leaders of every nation in 2015 as the guiding vision for humanity in 2030. Through a self-guided exercise, participants will get to know the 169 outcome targets that ... read more >>
Interactive Workshop

Peer to Peer Lunch

Grand Ballroom I
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 >>

CPO Roundtable Lunch (INVITE ONLY)

Skyline III
Join fellow senior procurement leaders for a private lunch overlooking the city from the 26th floor of the Hilton Hotel. This lunch is invitation-only. All CPO Roundtable members are invited. Additional senior procurement and supply chain leaders registered for the Summit will be invited as space allows. Those interested in participating should inquire to tim.meester@bestbuy.com.

Innovation Accelerator

Grand Ballroom II
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Fahmida Ahmed Bangert

Director, Sustainability and SEM Business Services, Stanford University
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Sravan Chalasani

Research Associate, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
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Sue Chiang

Pollution Prevention Director, Center for Environmental Health
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Sarah Church

Sustainability Project Manager, Alameda County GSA-Sustainability
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Karen Cook

Sustainability Project Manager, County of Alameda
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Denise Curtis

Director of Risk and Compliance, Supply Chain Organization,AT&T
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Mikhail Davis

Director of Restorative Enterprise, Interface
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Patricia Dillon

Director, EPEAT Category Development, Green Electronics Council
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Tim Dombeck

Business Process Specialist, City of Austin Purchasing Office
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Chris Erickson

President, Climate Earth
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Jeff Frost

Project Manager & Healthy Materials Specialist, Brightworks Sustainability
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Claire Kells

Senior Manager, Participant Engagement, Global Compact Network USA
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Kealy Herman

Senior Consultant, Sustainability, Energy and Climate Change, WSP
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Rebecca Holliday

Managing Partner, CARE
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Alison Kinn Bennett

Senior Advisor, US EPA
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Billy Linstead Goldsmith

Director, Fair Trade Campaigns
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Michael Jones-Bey

Director for Corporate Social Responsibility, Con Edison
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Mary Ellen Mika

Director, Global Compliance and Sustainability, Steelcase
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Molly Morabito

Research Associate, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
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Josh Nothwang

Practice Leader, Sustainability, Energy and Climate Change, WSP
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Anastasia O’Rourke

Senior Technical Consultant, Industrial Economics Inc
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Sarah O’Brien

Director of Programs and Acting CEO, SPLC
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Douglas Pilgrim

National Business Development Manager, Davies Office
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Joan Prummel

Strategic Advisor on Circular Procurement, Dutch Rijkswaterstaat
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Jonathan Rivin

Material Evaluation Specialist, Oregon Dept of Environmental Quality
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Gerald Robinson

Program Manager and Principal Investigator, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
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Andrew Savini

Vice President, ELEVATE
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Stephen Schulman

Senior Vice President, Lacas Coffee
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Toby Simpson

Senior Customer Success Manager, Ecovadis
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Parker Townley

Senior Manager, Coffee, Fair Trade USA
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Trisha Taneja

Product Manager, Sustainalytics
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Cuno Van Geet

Senior Policy Advisor SCP, Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, Netherlands
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Liyang Wang

Research Associate, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
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Chip Wood

Director of Strategic Partnerships, CRS

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 three times. Read more here about what to expect from this session.

Sponsored by:

The $100 Billion For-Benefit Procurement Pledge: Leveraging Corporate Purchasing Power to Advance the SDGs
Presenter: Rebecca Holliday, CARE

Achieving Impact and Savings with an Online Behavior Change Platform
Presenter: Fahmida Ahmed Bangert, Stanford University

Adding the 'S' in'P2P' -- Integrating supplier sustainability metrics into purchasing processes -  where, when, how?
Presenter: Toby Simpson, EcoVadis

Biomimicry in Purchasing: What would procurement inspired by Nature look like?
Presenter: Mikhail Davis, Interface

Closing the Loop: How Office Furniture Remanufacturing Saves Money, Creates Jobs & Benefits the Environment
Presenter: Douglas Pilgrim, Davies Office and Michael Jones-Bey, Con Edison

Growing Implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Global Supply Chains
Presenter: Adam Gordon, Global Compact Network USA

How Big EU Buyers Are Incubating Circular IT
Presenter: Cuno Van Geet, Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, Netherlands and Joan Prummel, Strategic Advisor on Circular Procurement,Dutch Rijkswaterstaat

How Changes to LEED Are Accelerating Adoption of Sustainable Materials and the Circular Economy
Presenter: Jeff Frost, Brightworks Sustainability and Mary Ellen Mika, Steelcase.

How Trump's "Efficient Federal Operations" Executive Order 13834 Is Being Implemented Within Federal Purchasing
Presenter: Alison Kinn Bennett, EPA

Identifying Credible Ecolabels and Standards with SPLC’s SUSTAIN Program: Progress Update and Opportunity for Input
Presenters: Sarah O'Brien, SPLC and Anastasia O'Rourke, Industrial Economics Inc

Improved Tools for Quantifying the Savings & Environmental Benefits of Purchasing Sustainable IT Products
Presenters: Patricia Dillon, Green Electronics Council

The Increasing Importance of Supply Chain Sustainability in Investor and Lender Decision-making
Presenter: Trisha Taneja, Sustainalytics

Leveraging Procurement Data to Achieve Energy Savings and Improve Program Effectiveness in the Federal Sector
Presenters: Liyang Wang and Sravan Chalasani, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Opportunities for Procurement to Accelerate Clean Energy
Presenters: Gerald Robinson and Molly Morabito, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Re-thinking Packaging & Food Service Ware: Surprising Findings from Life Cycle Assessment Studies
Presenter: Jonathan Rivin, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

Regional Procurement Coordination to Boost Local Green Economy
Presenter: Sarah Church, Alameda County GSA-Sustainability

Responsible Procurement: Metrics and mechanisms to set suppliers on a path of environmental performance to manage climate, water, and deforestation impacts
Presenter: George Hodge, CDP

Setting *Ambitious* Supply Chain Sustainability Goals: Trends & Best Practices
Presenters: Josh Nothwang and Kealy Herman, Energy and Climate Change, WSP

Specifying Limits on Carbon in Concrete: How to Reduce Concrete's Significant Carbon Footprint Upwards of 50%
Presenters: Karen Cook, County of Alameda and Chris Erickson, Climate Earth

The State-of-the-Art in Corporate Power Purchase Agreements
Presenter: Chip Wood, CRS

Supply Chain Transparency in Apparel Procurement
Presenter: Tim Dombeck, City of Austin

The Sustainable Coffee Challenge: How Procurement Can Help Coffee Become the World's First 100% Sustainable Commodity
Presenters: Stephen Schulman, Lacas Coffee; Parker Townley and Billy Linstead Goldsmith, Fair Trade USA

Tools and Metrics Used to Help Build a Best in Class Sustainability Program from the Ground Up
Presenter: Denise Curtis, AT&T

Using Predictive Risk to Support More Effective Management of Complex Supply Chain Labor and Environmental Issues
Presenter: Andrew Savini, ELEVATE

Using Procurement to Eliminate Unhealthy Persistent Chemicals from Food Service Ware
Presenter: Sue Chiang, Center for Environmental Health

CONTINUING EDUCATION CONTACT HOURS FOR ISM’S CPSM AND CPSD PROGRAMS AND  UPPCC’S CPPO AND CPPB PROGRAMS ARE OFFERED FOR ALL CONCURRENT SESSIONS. CONCURRENT SESSIONS QUALIFY FOR 1 CONTINUING EDUCATION CONTACT HOUR.
Innovation Accelerator Roundtables

CPO Workshop: Finding the Hidden Barriers to Innovation in Your Organization (INVITE ONLY)

Skyline I/II
This invitation-only session will provide Chief Procurement Officers with an opportunity to uncover the real (vs perceived) barriers to the successful implementation of innovative ideas in their organization. Building on her morning keynote presentation, titled Future Fit Leadership: The Secret to Leading Big, Fast, and Lasting Change, Leith Sharp will guide participants in using insights ... read more >>

Exhibitor Happy Hour

Exhibit Hall
Take a break from the conference and sample local beverages. Visiting an exhibit hall while at a conference is one of the best ways to meet key suppliers, make great new connections. This hour is set aside for attendees to take a leisurely stroll through the exhibit hall, network with exhibitors, and have in-depth discussions ... read more >>

SPLC Summit 2019 Waste Tour

Exhibit Hall
GreenCircle Certified will be conducting behind-the-scenes Waste Tours during networking breaks at the SPLC Summit 2019 in order to explain the process of achieving a GreenCircle Waste Diversion Certification. The 15-minute Waste Tours will begin at the GreenCircle booth and they will be on a first come, first serve basis. Please register at the GreenCircle ... read more >>

Accelerating a Culture of Sustainable Procurement through Staff Engagement and Training

Galleria North
Creating a culture of sustainable procurement can be accelerated by using multiple communications channels, offering training programs, and providing ongoing mentorship and advisory support. Making sustainable procurement expertise accessible to staff new to embedding sustainability into procurement is a critical success factor. Internal sustainable procurement leads have an important role in identifying and supporting sustainability ... read more >>
Lightning Talk

Inspiration Station: Purchasing that Makes a Positive Social Impact

Broadway I/II
What if purchasers focused on creating positive social impact through their procurement and supplier engagement programs? That’s happening, increasingly, in part due to increasing expectations on the part of employees, investors, and policymakers that companies be good stewards of the “human capital” they depend on to run their businesses. In this session moderated by Mike ... read more >>
Lightning Talk

How Procurement Can Accelerate Sustainability Collaboration Across Complex Supply Chains: Labor & Human Rights in Electronics

Broadway III/IV
Procurement professionals are increasingly facing purchasing categories with complex supply chains that are not easily addressed by simple attributes-based contract specifications. Human rights and labor protections in particular are very hard to control through contracting, because an overlapping supply base often means that no individual company has complete control over a given supplier, and the ... read more >>
Panel Presentation

Leading Change Without the Friction: Idea Flow Mapping Workshop with Leith Sharp

Atrium Ballroom
This is an introductory session to idea flow mapping. We will focus on the change leadership journey of taking a sustainable procurement idea from inception to scale. Participants will have a chance to practice a simple idea flow mapping process that can be used to design future idea life cycles with less friction and more ... read more >>
Interactive Workshop

Summit Party

Offsite
Join us in the annual celebration of SPLC’s vibrant community of professionals and organizations working to advance sustainable purchasing. The Council has grown to over 200 member organizations, which manage well over $300 billion in purchasing power. The Council’s members have volunteered thousands of hours to co-create principles, guidance, case studies, and benchmarking tools, and ... read more >>

Wednesday, May 22

Group Run on Portland Waterfront

Offsite
Make a fresh start to your conference day with a group run on Portland’s waterfront. Meet SPLC staff in the lobby of the Hilton Portland Downtown. A 2 mile and 5 mile option will be offered. There will be a slower and faster group to accommodate all preferences. *Pre-Registration NOT Required*

Registration Open

Breakfast

Recharge Lounge Open

Plaza Foyer
Recharge your devices and keep your inbox in shape at the Summit Recharge Lounge, sponsored by Bank of America.  Work spaces with charging banks as well as comfortable seating make this the ideal spot for answering emails, making a few calls or taking a quiet break from the conference.

SPLC Summit 2019 Waste Tour

Exhibit Hall
GreenCircle Certified will be conducting behind-the-scenes Waste Tours during networking breaks at the SPLC Summit 2019 in order to explain the process of achieving a GreenCircle Waste Diversion Certification. The 15-minute Waste Tours will begin at the GreenCircle booth and they will be on a first come, first serve basis. Please register at the GreenCircle ... read more >>

Innovation Accelerator

Grand Ballroom II
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Aure Adell

Project Coordinator, Ecoinstitut SCCL
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Lauren Asplen

Director of Healthy Sustainability Programs, BlueGreen Alliance
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Liana Alvarez

Procurement Sustainability Advisor, ExxonMobil
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Jessian Choy

City Toxics Reduction Analyst, San Francisco Department of the Environment
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Nadine Cino

CEO & co-Inventor, TygaTrax
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Tim Farrow

SVP, Operations, Apto Solutions
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Lee Fleming

Supplier Diversity Officer, Multnomah County
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Stacey Foreman

Sustainable Procurement Coordinator, City of Portland, Oregon
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Chris Geiger

Senior Environmental Specialist, San Francisco Department of the Environment
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Marisa Guber

Stakeholder Engagement Manager, Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute
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Karen Hamilton

Sustainable Purchasing Program Manager, King County, Washington
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Clare Hobby

Director, Purchaser Engagement, Global, TCO Development
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Del Hudson

Head of US & North America Operations, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, USA Inc.
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Cristina Indiveri

Senior Director, Vizient
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Bjorn-Erik Lonn

Board Chairman, Global Ecolabelling Network
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Matt Lyon

Manager, Supply Chain, Environmental Defense Fund
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Eliot Metzger

Director of Sustainable Business & Innovation, World Resources Institute (WRI)
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Minal Mistry

Business Initiatives Lead, Oregon DEQ
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Mellissa Nguyen

Program Services Manager, Vizient
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Anne Pernick

Reducing Consumption Coordinator, Environmental Paper Network North America
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David Phillips

Associate Vice President, Energy and Sustainability, University of California, Office of the President
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Shawn Postera

Sustainable Purchasing Coordinator and Functional Lead for ERP Supplier Support, Multnomah County
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Joan Prummel

Strategic Advisor on Circular Procurement, Dutch Rijkswaterstaat
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Mike Wallace

Interim Executive Director, Social & Human Capital Coalition
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Farid Yaker

Programme Officer, UN Environment
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Shelley Zimmer

Sustainability Program Manager, HP Inc.
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Barry Zimmerman

Deputy Purchasing Manager/ERP PMO Team Lead, Multnomah County
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Lauren Zimmerman

Procurement Sustainability Lead, ExxonMobil

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. Read more here about what to expect from this session.

Sponsored by:

Building a Living Resource: Online Sustainable Purchasing Guides
Presenter: Karen Hamilton, King County, Washington

Buying Renewable Natural Gas: Successes & Lessons Learned
Presenter, David Phillips, University of California

The Business Case & Tools for Less and Better Paper Purchasing
Presenter: Anne Pernick, Environmental Paper Network North America

Buying Green Made Easy: Block the Bad Stuff
Presenters: Jessian Choy and Chris Geiger, San Francisco Department of the Environment

Cradle to Cradle: Verifying Products for the Circular Economy
Presenter: Marisa Guber, Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute and Del Hudson, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, USA Inc.

The Dutch Green Deal Approach: Learning Networks Accelerating Circular Procurement
Presenter: Joan Prummel, Dutch Rijkswaterstaat

The Elephant in the Room: Growing Consumption, Planetary Boundaries, and the Urgency of Re-thinking Purchasing
Presenter: Eliot Metzger, World Resources Institute and Minal Mistry, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

Emerging Trends in How Countries Are Measuring the Impacts of Sustainable Purchasing
Presenters: Farid Yaker, UN Environment and Aure Adell, Ecoinstitut SCCL

Environmental Defense Fund's New Online Supply Chain Solutions Center
Presenter: Matt Lyon, Environmental Defense Fund

The Growing Importance of Type 1 Ecolabels
Presenter: Bjorn-Erik Lonn, Global Ecolabelling Network

How Group Purchasing Organizations (GPOs) Can Accelerate Environmentally Preferable Purchasing: Lessons from Healthcare
Presenters: Cristina Indiveri and Mellissa Nguyen, Vizient

How Smart Procurement Can Curb Local Air Pollution from Construction-related Diesel Emissions
Presenter: Stacey Foreman, City of Portland, Oregon

How to Mobilize and Steward a Sustainable Procurement Advocate Network in Your Company
Presenters: Lauren Zimmerman and Liana Alvarez, ExxonMobil

Innovative Life Cycle Asset Management: Eliminating the Waste of Money & Resources with RFID
Presenter: Nadine Cino, TygaTrax

Institutionalizing Sustainability within an E-procurement Platform
Presenters: Barry Zimmerman, Shawn Postera, and Lee Fleming, Multnomah County

New Initiatives for Eliminating Worker Exposure to Toxic Chemicals in the Electronics Supply Chain
Presenter: Clare Hobby, TCO Development

Reuse, Recycling, and the Circular Economy: Ways to Incorporate Reuse and Recycle Best Practices into Your Organization
Presenter: Tim Farrow, Apto Solutions

Sustainable Procurement of Printing Supplies: 10 Guidelines
Presenter: Shelley Zimmer, HP Inc.

Saving Jobs and Lives: Sustainable Purchasing that Includes Workers
Presenters: Lauren Asplen, BlueGreen Alliance

Social & Human Capital: A New Protocol for Measuring & Demonstrating the Impact of Companies
Presenter: Mike Wallace, Social & Human Capital Coalition

CONTINUING EDUCATION CONTACT HOURS FOR ISM’S CPSM AND CPSD PROGRAMS AND  UPPCC’S CPPO AND CPPB PROGRAMS ARE OFFERED FOR ALL CONCURRENT SESSIONS. CONCURRENT SESSIONS QUALIFY FOR 1 CONTINUING EDUCATION CONTACT HOUR.
Innovation Accelerator Roundtables

SPLC Summit 2019 Waste Tour

Exhibit Hall
GreenCircle Certified will be conducting behind-the-scenes Waste Tours during networking breaks at the SPLC Summit 2019 in order to explain the process of achieving a GreenCircle Waste Diversion Certification. The 15-minute Waste Tours will begin at the GreenCircle booth and they will be on a first come, first serve basis. Please register at the GreenCircle ... read more >>

Sustainable Purchasing 201: Making the Case for Investment in Your Company’s Sustainable Purchasing Program

Atrium Ballroom
To get your company to invest staff time and other resources in your sustainable purchasing program requires making a business case to leaders in your organization. The blueprint for building that business case is now available thanks to research conducted by the SPLC. We will present key learnings from that research. Then, to highlight and ... read more >>
Hands-on Learning

Charting a Path to Leadership: The Journey of Three Sustainable Purchasing Programs

Broadway I/II
Come hear sustainable purchasing leaders from a city, a manufacturer, and a university share how they have taken their organization’s sustainable purchasing efforts to the next level by strategically engaging internal stakeholders. Starting at different levels of maturity and coming from different sectors, these case studies will draw out some of the common challenges that ... read more >>
Lightning Talk

Solving Plastic Pollution: Collaborating with Market Competitors and Like-Minded Companies To Achieve Success

Galleria North
There is currently more than 86 million tonnes of plastic in our ocean, and over 8 million tonnes of new plastic will enter the ocean each year. Plastic that enters the marine ecosystem breaks down into microplastics, which are nearly impossible to remove from the ocean. Instead they become attractive to fish, turtles, birds and ... read more >>
Panel Presentation

Buying Renewables: How Leaders are Shifting Energy from a Cost Center to an Asset

Broadway III/IV
When it comes to renewable energy, green power is reaching cost parity with brown power, which presents a great opportunity for organizations to transition to renewables. But the truth is the the entire energy marketplace is rapidly shifting for everyone because of three trends: decarbonization, decentralization, and digitization. How can procurement help ensure organizations are ... read more >>
Lightning Talk

Circular Procurement in Practice: Public Sector Buyer Focus

Grand Ballroom II
Circular procurement strategies are essential for transitioning from our current “linear economy”, in which raw materials are extracted and ultimately disposed of as waste, into a “circular economy” in which materials are continuously cycled into new products and services, eliminating waste and creating new jobs in the process. In this interactive session geared towards public ... read more >>
Interactive Workshop

Lunch in Exhibit Hall

Exhibit Hall
Enjoy a casual lunch while strolling the exhibit hall at your leisure.  This will be your last time to make important connections with suppliers and wrap up any conversations started during the conference.

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

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

SPLC Summit 2019 Waste Tour

Exhibit Hall
GreenCircle Certified will be conducting behind-the-scenes Waste Tours during networking breaks at the SPLC Summit 2019 in order to explain the process of achieving a GreenCircle Waste Diversion Certification. The 15-minute Waste Tours will begin at the GreenCircle booth and they will be on a first come, first serve basis. Please register at the GreenCircle ... read more >>

Strategies and Tactics to Achieve Science-based Targets through Sustainable Procurement and Supplier Engagement

Broadway I/II
Companies and other large organizations are increasingly being asked by investors, customers, employees, and policymakers to set Science-Based Targets (SBTs) for reducing their climate impacts in line with the goal of limiting global warming to well below 2-degrees Celsius. Science-based targets require that organizations address emissions generated by their own operations and those of their ... read more >>
Panel Presentation

eCatalog Integration: Simplifying Access to Sustainable Products

Galleria North
Finding up to date and accurate lists of products that have earned credible sustainability certifications can be challenging for purchasers wishing to “buy better”. Getting accurate sustainability listings incorporated into eCatalogs and eProcurement tools is critically important for making sustainable purchasing simple and intuitive for budget holders. Fortunately, progress is being made in addressing this ... read more >>
Panel Presentation

The Six Classes: An Easy Way to Avoid Toxic Chemicals, Stay Ahead of Regulations, and Procure and Produce Healthier Products

Broadway III/IV
This panel introduces purchasers and suppliers to the “Six Classes” framework for avoiding the majority of hazardous chemicals in everyday products. By facilitating a straightforward understanding of toxic chemicals, this approach empowers manufactures and purchasers to produce and procure healthier products and has been used successfully by non-scientists in a variety of sectors. The Six ... read more >>
Panel Presentation

The Importance of Supplier Diversity to Sustainability and Visa Versa

Skyline I/II
How do suppler diversity and supplier sustainability initiatives get along? Rather than competing for limited resources, both diversity and sustainability initiatives can be designed to boost each-others’ impact, if structured well. This session will first introduce the core value proposition for incorporating diversity and inclusion into purchasing, making the connection between diversity, inclusion and achieving ... read more >>
Interactive Workshop

Sustainable Purchasing 202: Setting Strategic Sustainable Purchasing Goals and Metrics

Atrium Ballroom
Setting goals in a vacuum can mean that your efforts may fail to either have significant impact and/or to contribute to building your program in a strategic way. This workshop will provide a high-level overview of the goal setting process in the context of a sustainable purchasing vision; and then provide participants with hands-on practice ... read more >>
Hands-on Learning

Circular Procurement in Practice: Private Sector Buyer Focus

Grand Ballroom II
Come join Looptworks, Delta Air Lines and the former North American lead from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation for this interactive workshop on how to get started with procurement in the circular economy. Working through practical examples, we will work together to help find the best solutions for making change within your organization along with engaging ... read more >>
Interactive Workshop

Human Rights in Procurement: Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking

Broadway III/IV
Does your purchasing abet human rights abuses?  Many suppliers—in sectors like electronics, apparel, seafood, and more—source from countries where abuses are common. Modern slavery and human trafficking attract growing attention from lawmakers and consumers. But supply chains are complex. How can you begin to respect the human rights of workers who make your computers, clothes, ... read more >>
Panel Presentation

The Role of Procurement in Achieving a Sustainable Workplace – from Office to Building

Skyline I/II
The move to high performance buildings and sustainable workspaces has many documented benefits including a healthier and more productive workforce, as well as direct cost savings from energy, water and building management efficiencies. There are many technologies to consider when looking to offer your employees a “sustainable” workspace – the laptops, monitors, servers, copy machines ... read more >>
Panel Presentation

Sustainable Purchasing 301: Measuring Impact: Using a Roadmap Approach to Develop KPIs and Metrics for your Highest Priorities

Atrium Ballroom
You’ve just been handed a “top-down” goal to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of your purchasing by 20%. Or maybe you’ve been tracking waste reduction and supplier diversity progress and have been asked to leverage this work to create a set of “bottom up” impact-focused goals. Where do you even begin?   Impact-focused metrics and ... read more >>
Hands-on Learning

Engaging Suppliers: Using SPLC’s Supplier Development Toolkit to Engage Suppliers in Sustainability

Galleria North
Supplier engagement is an important element of strategic sustainable purchasing programs. Including suppliers in your sustainability journey can not only reduce barriers and pushback that make it harder to reach your goals, but also foster innovation in the marketplace and greater success for trained suppliers. SPLC developed this toolkit to empower sustainable purchasing professionals and ... read more >>
Interactive Workshop

Awards Ceremony

Atrium Ballroom
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 during this fun high energy session, moderated by SPLC Board member Joan Kerr. ... read more >>

Part Two of “The Role of Procurement in Achieving a Sustainable Workspace” & EPEAT Purchaser Awards

Offsite
This bonus evening session is a continuation of the Wednesday 2:30 panel discussion “The Role of Procurement in Achieving a Sustainable Workplace – from Office to Building.” Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the LEED Platinum Edith Green – Wendell Wyatt Federal Building, and to hear a presentation by the US General Services Administration’s ... read more >>

Post Summit Happy Hour

Offsite
Enjoy a final send off with other Summit attendees with a happy hour directly after Summit activities end at the fashionable Jackrabbit Portland. Please note this is an on-own event and is not hosted by the Summit. *Pre-Registration NOT Required*

Thursday, May 23

Lloyd EcoDistrict Tour

Offsite
Within every neighborhood (or district) there lies the opportunity to design truly innovative, scalable solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing city makers today: income, education and health disparities; blight and ecological degradation; the growing threat of climate change; and rapid urban growth. Lloyd EcoDistrict is a living laboratory for sustainability, pioneering collaborative community-scale ... read more >>

Portland’s LEED Neighborhood South Waterfront Tour

Offsite
The Portland Innovation Quadrant serves as the creative hub for Portland’s science and technology community, fostering an emerging innovation-focused district. The Portland IQ formed when Portland’s higher-ed anchor institutions OHSU, PSU, and PCC recognized that shared goals, overlapping constituencies, close proximity, increasing community investment, real-estate development and complementary public infrastructure investments presented a rare opportunity ... read more >>

Division Street Tour

Offsite
Most people think Portland’s livability is organic, but in fact it was an intentional set of policies and ideas that helped make Portland the great place it is today. Now, Portland is leveraging its livability to grow its economy. Known as one of the nation’s greenest metropolitan areas, Portland is attracting talent from around the ... read more >>