Program Schedule

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Monday, May 18

Pre-event Hangout, Orientation, and Exhibit Hall

Lobby, Premier Exhibit Hall, Exhibit Hall, Networking Lounge
Available 60 minutes before the live event begins. Enter the Virtual environment to chat with others, complete your profile, explore the Virtual Exhibit Hall, Learning Lounges, and other areas.

Day 1 Plenary: Build Back Better

Theater
We are in a pivotal moment for addressing sustainability. How we can leverage procurement spend to address the deficiencies in our social and economic system that have been laid bare by the coronavirus crisis?  Today’s mainstage will feature two keynote speakers  — anchor purchasing advocate Ted Howard of the Democracy Collaborative and supplier diversity pioneer ... read more >>
Plenary

Exhibit Hall Break

Premier Exhibit Hall & Exhibit Hall
Visit the Virtual Exhibit Hall to learn about sustainable suppliers’ goods and services, live chat with exhibitors, watch informative pre-recorded presentations, and more! 

Maintaining Sustainability in a Public Health Crisis

Theater
Have your colleagues and supervisors begun to question your organization’s commitment to “green cleaning” due to fear about viral disease transmission? Are you struggling with practical implications of maintaining cleaning operations amid the crisis? This session will address these concerns covering 1) Why green cleaning tools are effective in addressing this specific crisis , 2) ... read more >>
Green Cleaning in a Pandemic and Beyond

Real Impact: Changing Lives Through Supply Chain Responsibility

Theater
Purchasers often have difficulty assessing whether their sustainability efforts and criteria have the desired impact deep in global supply chains. In this session, three presenters will report out on successful efforts to drive change in selected supply chains.
Worker Impact

The SDGs and Sustainable Procurement: Making the Connection

Theater
The UN has declared 2020-2030 the decade of delivery for the Sustainable Development Goals. In order to achieve the SDGs, more commitment, more ambition, more action is needed — including from business. And, businesses need the right tools. This panel will cover specific frameworks and tools that sustainable procurement officers can use to connect their ... read more >>
Procurement and the Sustainable Development Goals

Build Back Better: Keynote Speaker Conversation

Topical Discussion Lounge
While the COVID-19 pandemic exposes the fissures in our social fabric, the fragility of extended supply chains, and the inequitable distribution of resources and power, this crisis also offers an unparalleled opportunity for a massive shift to new ways of doing business focused on resilience and social cohesion. Sourcing locally for reliability and community development, ... read more >>
Learning from COVID19: A Conversation

Paving a High Road for Promotional Apparel

Theater
Promotional products create an opportunity for universities and other entities to showcase their core values. Building on years of driving change through licensing, universities are now taking the lead in opting for high-road, living-wage production for the estimated 100 million T-shirts that they buy and distribute per year.
Worker Impact

SDGs and Procurement – from Alignment to Execution

Theater
As the first panel in this track illustrated, businesses are aligning their sustainability commitments to the SDGs – but what practical strategies can purchasers and suppliers use to reach their goals? This panel will dig deeper to look at ways that companies are building SDG commitments into e-Procurement tools, and across their activities, to provide ... read more >>
Procurement and the Sustainable Development Goals

The Next Wave of Green Cleaning Procurement

Theater
While the first part of our track looked at defending and deploying sustainable products and operations in this pandemic moment, this segment looks forward. This session explores how we develop and move forward a leadership agenda for sustainability in cleaning operations that addresses cleaning and maintenance sustainability more broadly. We will discuss transparency tools, innovation, ... read more >>
Green Cleaning in a Pandemic and Beyond

Exhibit Hall Break

Premier Exhibit Hall & Exhibit Hall
Visit the Virtual Exhibit Hall to learn about sustainable suppliers’ goods and services, live chat with exhibitors, watch informative pre-recorded presentations, and more! 

PG&E Supplier Diversity Prime Supplier Program

Interactive Workshop Lounge
PG&E’s Prime Supplier Program is a key Supplier Diversity initiative that ensures our prime suppliers are developing robust supplier diversity plans and are accurately reporting diverse subcontracting results. Join PG&E to learn the program components to implement at your organization. Program components include education for Primes to establish or enhance their own Supplier Diversity Program, ... read more >>
Workshop - Supplier Diversity

Sustainable Purchasing 101: What exactly is sustainability and sustainable purchasing?

Interactive Workshop Lounge
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 >>
Workshop - SPLC: Sustainable Purchasing 101

Innovation Accelerator Roundtables

Innovation Hall
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Liana Alvarez

Sustainability Advisor, ExxonMobil
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David Asiello

Program Manager, Deputy for Sustainability and Acquisition, ODASD(Environment)
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Jarrod Bridge

Physical Scientist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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Sarah Church

Sustainability Project Manager, Alameda County
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Karen Cook

Sustainability Project Manager, County of Alameda
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Mari-lou Dupont

Senior Manager, Decent Work and Social Sustainability, UN Global Compact
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Thomas Fecarotta

VP of External Affairs, Rheaply
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David Hughes

Director, Cleantech & Carbon Advisory, Schneider Electric
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Alison Kinn Bennett

Senior Advisor, US Environmental Protection Agency
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Ram Dhan Yadav Katamaraja

CEO and Founder, Colaberry
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Claire Kells

Senior Manager, Participant Engagement, United Nations Global Compact
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Elizabeth Kennedy

Director, Ethical Labor and Sustainability, Associated Students University of California Los Angeles
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Sanjay Kumar

Chief Materials Manager, Central Railway, Ministry of Railway, Govt of India
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Silvia Masi

Supply Chain Environmental Performance Manager, ExxonMobil
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Michelle McGinty

Manager, Program Outreach, CRS
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Anastasia O’Rourke

Managing Director, Yale Carbon Containment Lab
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Sarah Packer

Pollution Prevention Manager, Center for Environmental Health
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Allison Paradise

CEO, My Green Lab
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Melissa Peck

Sustainable Procurement Program Coordinator, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
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Daniel Perry

Director, Global Alliances, Ecovadis
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Casey Shillito

Director of Corporate Responsibility, CLC
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Jessica Slomka

Senior Manager of the National Center for Sustainability Standards, NSF International
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Kristen Taddonio

Senior Climate and Energy Advisor, IGSD
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Denise Taschereau

Co-Founder & CEO, Fairware
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Elizabeth A. Vazquez

CEO and Co-Founder, WEConnect International
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Julia Wolfe

Director, Environmental Purchasing, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
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Alexander Wilkerson

Lead Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton
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Liyang Wang

Senior Research Associate, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

IAR 1: Training the Next Generation - A Sustainable Purchasing Video
Karen Cook, Alameda County

IAR 2: Total Resource Efficiency – Asset Management for a Circular Future
Thomas Fecarotta, VP of External Affairs, Rheaply

IAR 3: The Rise of the Zero Waste Entrepreneur
Denise Taschereau, Co-Founder & CEO, Fairware

IAR 4: Interagency Collaboration to Demonstrate Sustainable Products
David Asiello, Program Manager, Deputy for Sustainability and Acquisition, ODASD (Environment) and Alexander Wilkerson

IAR 5: Purchasing Carbon Offsets: Opportunities for impact and co-benefits
Anastasia O’Rourke, Managing Director, Yale Carbon Containment Lab

IAR 6: Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Prioritization Tools: Sustainability Insights at a Glance
Alison Kinn Bennett, Senior Advisor, US Environmental Protection Agency and Jarrod Bridge, Physical Scientist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

IAR 7: Converging Data, Decisions, and Supplier Engagement Ethically, Sustainably, and Transparently
Casey Shillito, Director of Corporate Responsibility, CLC and Elizabeth Kennedy, Director, Ethical Labor and Sustainability, Associated Students University of California Los Angeles

IAR 8: Procurement's Role in Supporting Local Economies Through 'On-ramps to Good Jobs'
Ram Dhan Yadav Katamaraja, CEO and Founder, Colaberry

IAR 9: Carbon Neutrality: A Multi-prong Approach to Climate Leadership
David Hughes, Schneider Electric

IAR 10: Practicing Circularity in Procurement - Reusing Plastic Waste in Highway Construction
Sanjay Kumar, Chief Materials Manager, Central Railway, Ministry of Railway, Govt of India

IAR 11: A Key to Buy-in: Effective Communication of Sustainable Purchasing Program
Melissa Peck, Sustainable Procurement Program Coordinator, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

IAR 12: Empower Procurement: Leveraging the Purchasing Power of Large Organizations to Achieve Carbon Neutrality
Liyang Wang, Senior Research Associate, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

IAR 13: Expand Your Sustainable Procurement Advocacy
Liana Alvarez, Sustainability Advisor, Exxon Mobile and Silvia Masi, Supply Chain Environmental Performance Manager, ExxonMobil

IAR 14: Resilient Supply Chains: Engaging Small Suppliers in Sustainability and Resilience
Sarah Church, Sustainability Project Manager, Alameda County

IAR 15: Sustainable Procurement of Laboratory Equipment, Chemicals, and Consumables
Allison Paradise, CEO, My Green Lab

IAR 16:  Using Vendor Reporting Management Tool for Easier Environmental Data Reporting
Julia Wolfe, Director, Environmental Purchasing, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

IAR 17: What You Need to Know to Purchase Healthier Carpet and Resilient Flooring
Sarah Packer, Pollution Prevention Manager, Center for Environmental Health

IAR 18: A Sector-Specific Solution to Sustainable Procurement for Professional Services. a Case History
Jessica Slomka, Senior Manager of the National Center for Sustainability Standards, NSF International

IAR 19: Key Considerations for Renewable Energy Procurement, for Your Organization and Your Suppliers
Michelle McGinty, Manager, Program Outreach, CRS

IAR 20: Integrating Sustainability into Purchasing Processes & Tools
Daniel Perry, Global Alliances Director, Ecovadis

IAR 21: WEConnect International: Women’s Empowerment Through Global Inclusive Sourcing
Elizabeth Vazquez, Founder, WEConnect

IAR 22: Climate Friendly Refrigerants: Procurement's Role
Kristen Taddonio, Senior Climate and Energy Advisor, IGSD

IAR 23: The Sustainable Development Goals, Procurement, and Decent Work
Claire Kells, Senior Manager, Participant Engagement, UN Global Compact and Mari-Lou Dupont, Senior Manager, Decent Work and Social Sustainability, UN Global Compact

Innovation Accelerator Roundtable

Virtual Reception

Networking Lounge
Grab a refreshment of your choice and return to the conference space for a number of great choices to end your day! Continue Breakout Session discussions with peers in a live, Zoom-based discussion in the TOPICAL DISCUSSION LOUNGE Relax in a live, Zoom-based informal gathering by attending the Virtual Reception in the NETWORKING LOUNGE Visit ... read more >>

Tuesday, May 19

Pre-event Hangout, Orientation, and Exhibit Hall

Lobby, Premier Exhibit Hall, Exhibit Hall, Networking Lounge
Available 60 minutes before the live event begins. Enter the Virtual environment to chat with others, complete your profile, explore the Virtual Exhibit Hall, Learning Lounges, and other areas. 

Exhibit Hall Break

Premier Exhibit Hall & Exhibit Hall
Visit the Virtual Exhibit Hall to learn about sustainable suppliers’ goods and services, live chat with exhibitors, watch informative pre-recorded presentations, and more!

Measuring and verifying circularity in purchasing

Theater
Circularity is increasingly making its way into sustainable purchasing programmes. Purchasers might however find it difficult to concretely define and evaluate the circular attributes of products they purchase. This session will give a practical orientation on best practice standards that are currently being used by purchasers in their day-to-day work and that can provide understanding ... read more >>
Circularity

Analytics + Intentional Relationships: A Formula for Diversifying Suppliers

Theater
Institutional purchasers must apply innovative strategies to achieve sustainability goals and drive real environmental, social, and economic change. Learn how two higher education institutions are leveraging the power of data and intentional relationships to ensure sustainability and supplier diversity.
Collaboration and Innovation: Leveraging the power of data and strategic partnerships to support supplier diversity

Institutions as Conscious Food Consumers: Proven strategies to increase your purchase of local, sustainable food

Theater
Learn more about how colleges and universities, K-12 schools, hospitals, local governments, and other institutions are deliberately using their purchasing power to make change in the food system, through the creation of sustainable procurement policies, changes in contract language, partnerships with suppliers, and other strategies. This session will ultimately make the case that institutional purchasers ... read more >>
Strategies for sustainable food procurement, from packaging to supporting local vendors

Go Farther Together: Leveraging Industry Collaboration To Accelerate Sustainable Purchasing

Theater
Establishing a successful sustainable supply chain program can be a daunting task to face alone, and leaders are increasingly seeking to collaborate with other organizations in their industries to drive progress. The most proactive are creating “Industry/sector initiatives”. This panel brings together leading initiatives in both B2B and consumer sectors to share best practice perspectives ... read more >>
From Supply Chains to Value Networks: Risk, Resilience, Collaboration, and Sustainability

Circular Procurement of IT – how can we get from theory to practice?

Theater
Incorporating circular economy principles is the next frontier for IT purchasers wanting to make a sustainability impact through procurement. More than takeback and recycling, the circular economy presents procurement with an important opportunity to include sustainability impact up front, by influencing products design, and material content as well as materials reuse. But how do we ... read more >>
Circularity

Reinventing Supplier Diversity by Focusing on Community-Building and the Health of the Small Business Ecosystem

Theater
FedEx will lead a panel discussion on Global Citizenship & Diversity, highlighting its program in Memphis to strengthen supplier diversity that has demonstrated significant impact in its under-resourced neighborhoods. Along with FedEx, Steve Grossman, CEO of the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC), will join the panel to discuss ICIC’s Inner City Capital Connections ... read more >>
Collaboration and Innovation: Leveraging the power of data and strategic partnerships to support supplier diversity

The Case for Leading on Long Term Sustainability in Food Serviceware and Packaging

Theater
This session will explore the opportunities and risks of the moment as companies (spurred by customers, legislation, and sustainability goals) reconsider food serviceware and packaging. Speakers will present the business, health, and environmental case for choosing long-term sustainability in serviceware and packaging and offer case studies, guidelines, and other resources.
Strategies for sustainable food procurement, from packaging to supporting local vendors

Leveraging supply chain data/transparency to identify, avoid, and mitigate risk

Theater
Assessing and mitigating risks in the supply chain is an emerging value lever of sustainable procurement. The COVID-19 crisis has put everyone’s resilience to the test and exemplifies this interplay. This session explores: Risk and sustainability data and indicators – many of which were exposed in this crisis; how these indicators are used in procurement ... read more >>
From Supply Chains to Value Networks: Risk, Resilience, Collaboration, and Sustainability

Exhibit Hall Break

Premier Exhibit Hall & Exhibit Hall
Visit the Virtual Exhibit Hall to learn about sustainable suppliers’ goods and services, live chat with exhibitors, watch informative pre-recorded presentations, and more! 

The UN SDGs are 10 years away, what can you do to contribute?

Interactive Workshop Lounge
With the UN SDG targets a mere 10 years away, organizations are looking at how they can adopt sustainability into day-to-day procurement activities. This session will focus on how Sustainable Procurement can be leveraged to link spend categories with direct impact measures to the UN SDGs in a manner that can be tracked and reported. ... read more >>
Workshop - SDGs

Leveraging the Buying Power of Universities for Sustainable Procurement and Market Transformation

Interactive Workshop Lounge
College campuses are seeking to use purchasing power to drive sustainability goals, yet lack the leverage, as single institutions, to shift supplier behaviors. This workshop aims to identify strategic areas that colleges and universities can work together on to drive sustainable procurement. Workshop activities include: • Strengthening the network of peers in higher education that ... read more >>
Workshop - Higher Ed Working Group

Setting Sustainable Purchasing Goals and Metrics

Interactive Workshop Lounge
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 provides participants with hands-on practice ... read more >>
Workshop - SPLC: Setting Goals & Metrics

Innovation Accelerator Roundtables

Innovation Hall
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Liana Alvarez

Sustainability Advisor, ExxonMobil
View profile

David Asiello

Program Manager, Deputy for Sustainability and Acquisition, ODASD(Environment)
View profile

Jarrod Bridge

Physical Scientist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
View profile

Karen Cook

Sustainability Project Manager, County of Alameda
View profile

Sarah Church

Sustainability Project Manager, Alameda County
View profile

Mari-lou Dupont

Senior Manager, Decent Work and Social Sustainability, UN Global Compact
View profile

Thomas Fecarotta

VP of External Affairs, Rheaply
View profile

David Hughes

Director, Cleantech & Carbon Advisory, Schneider Electric
View profile

Sarah Packer

Pollution Prevention Manager, Center for Environmental Health
View profile

Ram Dhan Yadav Katamaraja

CEO and Founder, Colaberry
View profile

Elizabeth Kennedy

Director, Ethical Labor and Sustainability, Associated Students University of California Los Angeles
View profile

Claire Kells

Senior Manager, Participant Engagement, United Nations Global Compact
View profile

Sanjay Kumar

Chief Materials Manager, Central Railway, Ministry of Railway, Govt of India
View profile

Alison Kinn Bennett

Senior Advisor, US Environmental Protection Agency
View profile

Silvia Masi

Supply Chain Environmental Performance Manager, ExxonMobil
View profile

Michelle McGinty

Manager, Program Outreach, CRS
View profile

Anastasia O’Rourke

Managing Director, Yale Carbon Containment Lab
View profile

Melissa Peck

Sustainable Procurement Program Coordinator, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
View profile

Daniel Perry

Director, Global Alliances, Ecovadis
View profile

Casey Shillito

Director of Corporate Responsibility, CLC
View profile

Jessica Slomka

Senior Manager of the National Center for Sustainability Standards, NSF International
View profile

Kristen Taddonio

Senior Climate and Energy Advisor, IGSD
View profile

Denise Taschereau

Co-Founder & CEO, Fairware
View profile

Elizabeth A. Vazquez

CEO and Co-Founder, WEConnect International
View profile

Liyang Wang

Senior Research Associate, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
View profile

Alexander Wilkerson

Lead Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton
View profile

Julia Wolfe

Director, Environmental Purchasing, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

IAR 1: Training the Next Generation - A Sustainable Purchasing Video
Karen Cook, Alameda County

IAR 2: Total Resource Efficiency – Asset Management for a Circular Future
Thomas Fecarotta, VP of External Affairs, Rheaply

IAR 3: The Rise of the Zero Waste Entrepreneur
Denise Taschereau, Co-Founder & CEO, Fairware

IAR 4: Interagency Collaboration to Demonstrate Sustainable Products
David Asiello, Program Manager, Deputy for Sustainability and Acquisition, ODASD (Environment) and Alexander Wilkerson

IAR 5: Purchasing Carbon Offsets: Opportunities for impact and co-benefits
Anastasia O’Rourke, Managing Director, Yale Carbon Containment Lab

IAR 6: Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Prioritization Tools: Sustainability Insights at a Glance
Alison Kinn Bennett, Senior Advisor, US Environmental Protection Agency and Jarrod Bridge, Physical Scientist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

IAR 7: Converging Data, Decisions, and Supplier Engagement Ethically, Sustainably, and Transparently
Casey Shillito, Director of Corporate Responsibility, CLC and Elizabeth Kennedy, Director, Ethical Labor and Sustainability, Associated Students University of California Los Angeles

IAR 8: Procurement's Role in Supporting Local Economies Through 'On-ramps to Good Jobs'
Ram Dhan Yadav Katamaraja, CEO and Founder, Colaberry

IAR 9: Carbon Neutrality: A Multi-prong Approach to Climate Leadership
David Hughes, Schneider Electric

IAR 10: Practicing Circularity in Procurement - Reusing Plastic Waste in Highway Construction
Sanjay Kumar, Chief Materials Manager, Central Railway, Ministry of Railway, Govt of India

IAR 11: A Key to Buy-in: Effective Communication of Sustainable Purchasing Program
Melissa Peck, Sustainable Procurement Program Coordinator, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

IAR 12: Empower Procurement: Leveraging the Purchasing Power of Large Organizations to Achieve Carbon Neutrality
Liyang Wang, Senior Research Associate, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

IAR 13: Expand Your Sustainable Procurement Advocacy
Liana Alvarez, Sustainability Advisor, Exxon Mobile and Silvia Masi, Supply Chain Environmental Performance Manager, ExxonMobil

IAR 14: Resilient Supply Chains: Engaging Small Suppliers in Sustainability and Resilience
Sarah Church, Sustainability Project Manager, Alameda County

IAR 15: Sustainable Procurement of Laboratory Equipment, Chemicals, and Consumables
Allison Paradise, CEO, My Green Lab

IAR 16:  Using Vendor Reporting Management Tool for Easier Environmental Data Reporting
Julia Wolfe, Director, Environmental Purchasing, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

IAR 17: What You Need to Know to Purchase Healthier Carpet and Resilient Flooring
Sarah Packer, Pollution Prevention Manager, Center for Environmental Health

IAR 18: A Sector-Specific Solution to Sustainable Procurement for Professional Services. a Case History
Jessica Slomka, Senior Manager of the National Center for Sustainability Standards, NSF International

IAR 19: Key Considerations for Renewable Energy Procurement, for Your Organization and Your Suppliers
Michelle McGinty, Manager, Program Outreach, CRS

IAR 20: Integrating Sustainability into Purchasing Processes & Tools
Daniel Perry, Global Alliances Director, Ecovadis

IAR 21: WEConnect International: Women’s Empowerment Through Global Inclusive Sourcing
Elizabeth Vazquez, Founder, WEConnect

IAR 22: Climate Friendly Refrigerants: Procurement's Role
Kristen Taddonio, Senior Climate and Energy Advisor, IGSD

IAR 23: The Sustainable Development Goals, Procurement, and Decent Work
Claire Kells, Senior Manager, Participant Engagement, UN Global Compact and Mari-Lou Dupont, Senior Manager, Decent Work and Social Sustainability, UN Global Compact

Innovation Accelerator Roundtable

Circular Procurement Learning Circle Chat

Topical Discussion Lounge
An opportunity to dive deeper into the concept and practice of circular procurement, following up on the day’s Circular Procurement panels. How can procurement drive circular economy models forward beyond just recycling and materials recovery? What types of information must procurement require to ground circular claims in verifiable data? The SPLC is launching an ongoing ... read more >>

Virtual Reception

Networking Lounge
Grab a refreshment of your choice and return to the conference space for a number of great choices to end your day! Continue Breakout Session discussions with peers in a live, Zoom-based discussion in the TOPICAL DISCUSSION LOUNGE Relax in a live, Zoom-based informal gathering by attending the Virtual Reception in the NETWORKING LOUNGE Visit ... read more >>

Wednesday, May 20

Pre-event Hangout, Orientation, and Exhibit Hall

Lobby, Premier Exhibit Hall, Exhibit Hall, Networking Lounge
Available 60 minutes before the live event begins. Enter the Virtual environment to chat with others, complete your profile, explore the Virtual Exhibit Hall, Learning Lounges, and other areas. 

SPLC Member Meeting & Non-Member Programming

Networking Lounge
SPLC members – join us for our first annual Summit SPLC Member Meeting! CEO Donna Westerman will share an overview of SPLC’s successes, challenges, and opportunities and a vision for 2020 and 2021. Members will be invited to ask questions, share ideas, and engage in conversations with fellow members and SPLC staff. Not an SPLC ... read more >>

Exhibit Hall Break

Premier Exhibit Hall & Exhibit Hall
Visit the Virtual Exhibit Hall to learn about sustainable suppliers’ goods and services, live chat with exhibitors, watch informative pre-recorded presentations, and more! 

Buildings & Sustainable Purchasing Policies from an Owner’s Perspective

Theater
Opening & Insight on Green buildings driving healthy materials initiatives (Like LBC and Declare)- James Connelly (10 Minutes) Case Study: How Harvard utilized these green building standard and programs to launch their sustainable purchasing policies across their building portfolio-Heather Hendrickson ( 15 minutes) Q&A (5 minutes)
Closing the Transparency Loop: Big Actions & Big Commitments

Quantifying Embodied Carbon

Theater
In this session we’ll explore how four companies, connected by a common purpose, are transforming their real estate and procurement programs to be climate champions. Brightworks will share new methodologies being developed to quantify embodied carbon across a real estate portfolio. Interface will speak to moving beyond LEED and their journey to reduce embodied carbon ... read more >>
Quanitfying Embodied Carbon

How to Shape Sustainability Standards and Ecolabels to Meet Purchaser Needs: Purchaser Perspectives

Theater
Two purchasers from municipal and higher ed organizations share how they got approval to participate in standards development/update efforts, experiences with engaging, benefits to their organization, lessons learned on how to maximize impact efficiently. why standards and ecolabels are helpful to purchasers
Participating in Standards Development to Shape Standards and Ecolabels that Meet Your Needs

Success stories from local government sustainability leaders

Theater
In this session, you’ll hear how a city, county, and state undertook targeted sustainable purchasing initiatives that are helping them meet their jurisdiction’s sustainability goals and how they took steps to increase the impact of their sustainable purchasing programs. This panel will share on-the-ground experiences about how they engaged staff, identified strategic opportunities, developed new ... read more >>
Success Stories from Public Sector Sustainability Leaders

Closing the Transparency Loop

Theater
CTL’s mission is to transform the built environment by leveraging the business case to grow sustainability and highlight the lack of communication throughout the value chain of building projects. The built environment has since inspired other industries like the Life Science industry to inspire a similar movement. We’ll hear from leaders from both the built ... read more >>
Closing the Transparency Loop: Big Actions & Big Commitments

Maximizing Purchaser Influence on Sustainability Standards: Considering Future Approaches

Theater
– Value NSF sees in purchasers engaging in standards development, support NSF offers to engage, upcoming standard development opportunities at NSF Why ANSI wants purchasers to engage in standards development, ways ANSI offers support to engage, how to identify opportunities for engagement Questions to discuss: What are the major barriers to purchaser engagement in sustainability ... read more >>
Participating in Standards Development to Shape Standards and Ecolabels that Meet Your Needs

Achieving sustainable purchasing success through training and education

Theater
In this session, you’ll hear how local governments and states are deploying new training and education strategies to increase the effectiveness of their jurisdiction’s sustainable purchasing programs. These include the development of short product-specific Green Purchasing Easy Guides, the creation of online training modules, and the pilot testing of a multi-jurisdictional training program to increase ... read more >>
Success Stories from Public Sector Sustainability Leaders

Inspiration from the Built Environment to Sustainable Procurement in Laboratories

Theater
Introduction: Bridge from built environment & closing the transparency loop to sustainable procurement in labs-Annie Bevan (5 minutes)- Cross Industry Collaborations Green lab certification and the first ecolabel in the Life Science space, ACT-Allison Paradise (10 minutes) How to leverage ACT and Sustainable Lab guidelines from My Green Lab in practice- Quentin Gilly (10 minutes)
Closing the Transparency Loop: Big Actions & Big Commitments

Closing the Transparency Loop Track: Q&A

Theater
Closing the Transparency Loop: Big Actions & Big Commitments

Exhibit Hall Break

Premier Exhibit Hall & Exhibit Hall
Visit the Virtual Exhibit Hall to learn about sustainable suppliers’ goods and services, live chat with exhibitors, watch informative pre-recorded presentations, and more! 

Healthier, Safer Foodware Options: Solutions to Toxic Chemicals and Waste

Interactive Workshop Lounge
This session will introduce the health and environmental risks associated with toxic chemicals in single-use food service ware. Participants will learn about the latest research on the use of fluorinated, “non-stick” PFAS chemicals in a wide array of single-use plates, bowls, take-out containers and food trays. These toxic and persistent compounds can contaminate food, water ... read more >>
Workshop - Sustainable Foodware

The Power of Procurement: Engaging and activating critical allies for climate action

Interactive Workshop Lounge
Professionally managed purchasing offers immense leverage to make change at the scale needed to address global warming, and improve many other environmental, social, and economic outcomes. Institutional purchasing of goods and services represents more than $10 trillion of spend in the US each year. And every contract that a corporation, government, university or health system ... read more >>
Workshop - SPLC: Engaging Allies

Innovation Accelerator Roundtables

Innovation Hall
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Liana Alvarez

Sustainability Advisor, ExxonMobil
View profile

David Asiello

Program Manager, Deputy for Sustainability and Acquisition, ODASD(Environment)
View profile

Jarrod Bridge

Physical Scientist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
View profile

Sarah Church

Sustainability Project Manager, Alameda County
View profile

Karen Cook

Sustainability Project Manager, County of Alameda
View profile

Mari-lou Dupont

Senior Manager, Decent Work and Social Sustainability, UN Global Compact
View profile

Thomas Fecarotta

VP of External Affairs, Rheaply
View profile

David Hughes

Director, Cleantech & Carbon Advisory, Schneider Electric
View profile

Ram Dhan Yadav Katamaraja

CEO and Founder, Colaberry
View profile

Alison Kinn Bennett

Senior Advisor, US Environmental Protection Agency
View profile

Claire Kells

Senior Manager, Participant Engagement, United Nations Global Compact
View profile

Elizabeth Kennedy

Director, Ethical Labor and Sustainability, Associated Students University of California Los Angeles
View profile

Sanjay Kumar

Chief Materials Manager, Central Railway, Ministry of Railway, Govt of India
View profile

Silvia Masi

Supply Chain Environmental Performance Manager, ExxonMobil
View profile

Michelle McGinty

Manager, Program Outreach, CRS
View profile

Anastasia O’Rourke

Managing Director, Yale Carbon Containment Lab
View profile

Sarah Packer

Pollution Prevention Manager, Center for Environmental Health
View profile

Allison Paradise

CEO, My Green Lab
View profile

Melissa Peck

Sustainable Procurement Program Coordinator, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
View profile

Daniel Perry

Director, Global Alliances, Ecovadis
View profile

Jessica Slomka

Senior Manager of the National Center for Sustainability Standards, NSF International
View profile

Casey Shillito

Director of Corporate Responsibility, CLC
View profile

Kristen Taddonio

Senior Climate and Energy Advisor, IGSD
View profile

Denise Taschereau

Co-Founder & CEO, Fairware
View profile

Elizabeth A. Vazquez

CEO and Co-Founder, WEConnect International
View profile

Liyang Wang

Senior Research Associate, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
View profile

Alexander Wilkerson

Lead Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton
View profile

Julia Wolfe

Director, Environmental Purchasing, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

IAR 1: Training the Next Generation - A Sustainable Purchasing Video
Karen Cook, Alameda County

IAR 2: Total Resource Efficiency – Asset Management for a Circular Future
Thomas Fecarotta, VP of External Affairs, Rheaply

IAR 3: The Rise of the Zero Waste Entrepreneur
Denise Taschereau, Co-Founder & CEO, Fairware

IAR 4: Interagency Collaboration to Demonstrate Sustainable Products
David Asiello, Program Manager, Deputy for Sustainability and Acquisition, ODASD (Environment) and Alexander Wilkerson

IAR 5: Purchasing Carbon Offsets: Opportunities for impact and co-benefits
Anastasia O’Rourke, Managing Director, Yale Carbon Containment Lab

IAR 6: Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Prioritization Tools: Sustainability Insights at a Glance
Alison Kinn Bennett, Senior Advisor, US Environmental Protection Agency and Jarrod Bridge, Physical Scientist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

IAR 7: Converging Data, Decisions, and Supplier Engagement Ethically, Sustainably, and Transparently
Casey Shillito, Director of Corporate Responsibility, CLC and Elizabeth Kennedy, Director, Ethical Labor and Sustainability, Associated Students University of California Los Angeles

IAR 8: Procurement's Role in Supporting Local Economies Through 'On-ramps to Good Jobs'
Ram Dhan Yadav Katamaraja, CEO and Founder, Colaberry

IAR 9: Carbon Neutrality: A Multi-prong Approach to Climate Leadership
David Hughes, Schneider Electric

IAR 10: Practicing Circularity in Procurement - Reusing Plastic Waste in Highway Construction
Sanjay Kumar, Chief Materials Manager, Central Railway, Ministry of Railway, Govt of India

IAR 11: A Key to Buy-in: Effective Communication of Sustainable Purchasing Program
Melissa Peck, Sustainable Procurement Program Coordinator, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

IAR 12: Empower Procurement: Leveraging the Purchasing Power of Large Organizations to Achieve Carbon Neutrality
Liyang Wang, Senior Research Associate, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

IAR 13: Expand Your Sustainable Procurement Advocacy
Liana Alvarez, Sustainability Advisor, Exxon Mobile and Silvia Masi, Supply Chain Environmental Performance Manager, ExxonMobil

IAR 14: Resilient Supply Chains: Engaging Small Suppliers in Sustainability and Resilience
Sarah Church, Sustainability Project Manager, Alameda County

IAR 15: Sustainable Procurement of Laboratory Equipment, Chemicals, and Consumables
Allison Paradis, CEO, My Green Lab

IAR 16:  Using Vendor Reporting Management Tool for Easier Environmental Data Reporting
Julia Wolfe, Director, Environmental Purchasing, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

IAR 17: What You Need to Know to Purchase Healthier Carpet and Resilient Flooring
Sarah Packer, Pollution Prevention Manager, Center for Environemental Health

IAR 18: A Sector-Specific Solution to Sustainable Procurement for Professional Services. a Case History
Jessica Slomka, Senior Manager of the National Center for Sustainability Standards, NSF International

IAR 19: Key Considerations for Renewable Energy Procurement, for Your Organization and Your Suppliers
Michelle McGinty, Manager, Program Outreach, CRS

IAR 20: Integrating Sustainability into Purchasing Processes & Tools
Daniel Perry, Global Alliances Director, Ecovadis

IAR 21: WEConnect International: Women’s Empowerment Through Global Inclusive Sourcing
Elizabeth Vazquez, Founder, WEConnect

IAR 22: Climate Friendly Refrigerants: Procurement's Role
Kristen Taddonio, Senior Climate and Energy Advisor, IGSD

IAR 23: The Sustainable Development Goals, Procurement, and Decent Work
Claire Kells, Senior Manager, Participant Engagement, UN Global Compact and Mari-Lou Dupont, Senior Manager, Decent Work and Social Sustainability, UN Global Compact

Innovation Accelerator Roundtable

Virtual Reception

Networking Lounge
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