SPLC Summit + Connect 2020 Going All Virtual

In light of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, SPLC leadership has made the decision to shift the 2020 Summit + Connect as a completely virtual event. We feel this is the best option for delivering the Summit experience to our audience without encountering further uncertainty and future delays – and we are excited about the opportunities the all-virtual mode offers to bring new audiences and new content into the mix!

The Summit will maintain its original scheduled time frame of May 18-20th. As we select among our virtual options, SPLC staff is focused on reproducing the high-quality attendee experience of the Summit to the greatest extent possible. We intend to include our inspiring plenary speakers, breakout panels and workshops, and to also build in creative ways to support the critical networking, business, and mutual support connections that always come out of the Summit.

Changes to our schedule and registration options will be shared online in a timely manner. 

The FAQs below are intended to answer questions that may arise for attendees, speakers, volunteers, and other Summit participants, and will be updated regularly. 


Will the program and speakers be the same?  

Please check out our fantastic presenters, breakout panels and workshops, and main stage speakers here. All those that have previously accepted have been invited to join us in our virtual setting. As any necessary changes are made they will be reflected on our Summit website here. Summit registrants will receive information via email on the scope of our online program, and detailed steps to access the Summit in a virtual setting. 


Will the awards show still take place?

SPLC Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Awards are best celebrated in person! Because of this, the SPLC leadership plans to move our Leadership Awards Celebration to an in-person event later this year. This means if you didn’t quite make our deadline, you are in luck, as we will now accept award applications through July 1, 2020. For those who have already completed applications, no action is necessary. However, if you’d like to revise your award application or add supporting resources, you may do so at any point up to July 1. To nominate your organization or an individual for this honor, access information and application on the 2020 Leadership Awards page


Do I need to re-register for the virtual event(s)?

Participant Registration: If you have already registered to attend the 2020 Summit + Connect, you do not need to re-register for the Summit. Your registration for our onsite meeting will transfer to the virtual meeting automatically. SPLC is considering a reconfigured pricing structure for the event, and will provide information to all current registrants as we finalize a new pricing structure and associated offers. Our existing refund policy allows you to obtain a refund up until May 4 – so we encourage you to wait to hear about the new registration offers before requesting that refund.

Loews Atlanta Hotel Reservation: The hotel has agreed to cancel all room reservations in the Summit block. To confirm your reservation cancellation, you may contact the hotel directly at 404-745-5000. Hotel cancellation policy requires guests to cancel by 4:00 pm local time 24 hours before arrival to avoid the hotel’s penalty fee of 1-night room/tax.

What if I can no longer attend the Summit, even virtually?

If you can no longer attend the event, even online, you may: 1) Donate your registration to support the continued work of the SPLC, or 2) Receive a full refund up to May 4, subject to our refund policy.

Refund requests should be sent by email to registration@sustainablepurchasing.org, with the subject line ‘CANCELLATION’, by May 4, 2020. Refunds will be processed on a rolling basis and may be deferred until after the meeting. Details are available on our website here.


What can our organization expect from our sponsorship?

As we select among our virtual presentation options, SPLC staff has prioritized enabling sponsor visibility, involvement and connection with attendees to the greatest extent possible. We are confident that we can provide meaningful opportunities for sponsors to engage with attendees, showcase their offerings and provide additional information to all visitors. SPLC leadership will be reaching out to each sponsor individually to discuss details and help prepare for the opportunities ahead. 


Will there still be an exhibit hall?

SPLC staff is focused on reproducing the high-quality, in-person attendee experience of the Summit to the greatest extent possible, including a virtual 2020 Summit exhibit hall. We are evaluating our ability to provide content-rich booth-type participation for exhibitors that includes high-quality networking and business opportunities. As we move forward with execution of the virtual Summit, SPLC will provide details so that exhibitors can adapt your exhibitor plans to our new online Summit Exhibit Hall. 


Please note that while our staff is fully occupied planning for the virtual event, we are happy to answer your questions.  We ask that you read through the complete FAQs here, and contact us if you have a specific issue or concern not answered here. This will allow us to focus on preparing the best possible virtual 2020 Summit experience. 

If you have particular circumstances not addressed in the above document, please reach out to:

Registration: registration@sustainablepurchasing.org

Exhibits: bob@sustianablepurchasing.org

Sponsors: bob@sustainablepurchasing.org 

Speakers: katie@meetgreen.com

Loews Atlanta Hotel:  Contact Loews Reservation Customer Service at 404-747-5000

SPLC Leadership Awards: catherine@sustainablepurchasing.org