2015 Leadership Awards Winners


Congratulations to the recipients of the 2015 Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council Leadership Awards! Winners were announced at a special ceremony on May 27th, 2015, the first day of the 2015 Summit held in Seattle, Washington.

The Leadership Awards recognize organizations that have demonstrated or actively supported the kind of leadership envisioned in the SPLC’s Principles for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing. Collectively, they focus the powerful market influence of institutional purchasers–in public and private sectors alike—to advance a socially just, ecologically robust, economically prosperous future. The winners of SPLC’s Leadership Awards exemplify, encourage, and support a constructive cycle of innovation that will define the global marketplace of tomorrow.

SPLC’s Leadership and Outstanding Case Study Awards are based on detailed case studies submitted by the candidate organizations:

Download the full Case Studies as PDFs

Purchaser Leadership Award for Overall Program

US Department of Energy received the Purchaser Leadership Award for an Overall Program — which is SPLC’s highest honor and recognizes a purchasing organization whose overall sustainable purchasing program exemplifies leadership — for its GreenBuy Award Program.

Read the U.S. Department of Energy case study abstract and download the full case study.

Purchaser Leadership Award for Special Initiative

County of Alameda received the Purchaser Leadership Award for a Special Initiative — which recognizes a purchasing organization whose work with a specific purchasing category, issue, or supplier demonstrates exceptional leadership in improving the environmental, social, and economic performance of its supply chain — for implementing a strategic plan for copy paper.

Read the County of Alameda case study abstract and download the full case study.

Supplier Leadership Award

Two organizations received the Supplier Leadership Award, which recognizes a supplier organization whose actions have enabled institutional purchasers to better understand and take responsibility for the consequences of their spending. Office Depot received the Award for advancing sustainability by engaging its customers. Vital Metrics received the Supplier Award for providing sustainability impact spend analysis services.

Read the Office Depot case study abstract and download the full case study.

Read the VitalMetrics case study abstracts and download both of their case studies.

Outstanding Case Study Awards

In addition to the four Leadership Awards, twenty-two organizations received Outstanding Case Study Awards for a total of thirty-three high quality case studies that document these organizations’ diverse efforts to exercise and support leadership in sustainable purchasing.

AflacAdvancing Sustainable Procurement and Improving Supplier Diversity
Asia Pulp and PaperA Journey Towards a More Sustainable & Transparent Paper Production Model
CitiCiti’s Supply Chain Sustainability Program
City of Portland (5)On-Site Renewable Energy: Biogas
Cargo Trike Delivery of Office Supplies
Standardizing Around ENERGY STAR and EPEAT Office Electronics
Greening CityFleet: Taking on Emission and Toxics Reduction Strategies
LED Residential Street Lighting
County of AlamedaTrends in Climate Impacts of Public Agency Procurement: A Meta-Analysis
DellClosed Loop Recycled Plastics Initiative
DomtarThe Paper Trail: Digitizing Transparency
EcolabInnovating Toward Sustainability One Custodial Shift at a Time
Emory UniversityEmory University's Sustainable Food Initiative
FedExSustainable Packaging Reporting
Government of DCDC Efforts to Institutionalize Sustainable Purchasing
GreenCircle Certified, LLCBenefits of Multi-Attribute Sustainable Product Certification
HDRKicking Flame Retardant Chemicals Out of Office Furniture
KEITIGreen Public Procurement of South Korea
King County (3)King County Metro Transit Fleet Purchases
West Point Treatment Plant Renewable Energy – Purchasing Partnerships
King County’s Environmental Purchasing Program
Lockheed Martin (5)Lockheed Martin Supplier Ethics Mentoring Program
Returnable, Reusable Containers & Fixtures
Lockheed Martin Spend Analysis
E-waste Stewardship
Towards the Shared Value Vector: Lockheed Martin Sustainable Purchasing Program
MicrosoftMicrosoft Contact Center Strategic Suppliers
Province of Nova ScotiaSustainable Procurement in Nova Scotia – Furniture Case Study
Sphere EMeasuring What Matters: Providing Product Evaluation Software
State of California DGS (2)Open Office Panels System
State of California's Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing
U.S. Dept. of AgricultureThe USDA Voluntary Biobased Labeling Program
UC San DiegoA Collaborative Approach to Supplier Sustainability Assessments

Read abstracts of the winning case studies and download the full case studies as PDFs.