NEWS ADVISORY: 2016 Awards for Sustainable Purchasing


CONTACT: Cuchulain Kelly, 202-607-2600 x202,



Leadership Awards Banquet at 6:30pm on May 25th at the Kellogg Conference Center

WASHINGTON DC – On Wednesday, May 25th, the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC) will recognize thirty-four organizations and seven individuals who have leveraged institutional purchasing power to advance the long term health and vitality of society, economies, and the planet.

The award winners employed a wide range of sustainable purchasing strategies and documented measurable environmental, social, and/or economic benefits. Examples include:

  • The Commonwealth of Massachusett’s Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program saved over $28 million in FY2015, while reducing air pollution equivalent to removing 64,000 cars from the road.
  • Philips Corporation executed a long-term Power Purchase Agreement with a wind farm, saving the company money while taking its North American operations carbon neutral.
  • The State of Minnesota saved $58,000 switching to remanufactured toner cartridges for copiers and printers and prevented over 940 metric tons of waste by increasing the recycled content in the paper it buys.
  • Waste Management planned procurement and materials management strategies that enables 564,000 fans to attend the 2015 Phoenix Open on the PGA Tour without any waste going to the landfill.

Winners of the Council’s Outstanding Case Study Award will be honored for documenting how they achieved these results in detailed case studies that are published in SPLC’s Case Study Library. For the first time, these awardees include case studies of sustainable purchasing leadership by individuals. (See full list of Outstanding Case Study Award winners below.)

The winners of the Council’s highest honors – nine juried Leadership Awards – will also be revealed and presented with their awards during the ceremony. The Leadership Award winners were selected by a prestigious jury from government, the private sector, and civil society:

  • Akiva Fishman, Senior Program Officer, Forest, WWF
  • Betsy Hayes, Chief Procurement Officer, State of Minnesota
  • Bjorn Claeson, Director, Electronics Watch
  • George Schutter, Chief Procurement Officer, District of Columbia
  • Jim Butler, Chief Procurement Officer, State of California
  • Justin Troy, Sourcing Manager, FedEx Corporation
  • Lynne Olson, Corporate Scientist, Global Sustainability, EcoLab
  • Matt Swibel, Director, Corporate Sustainability, Lockheed Martin
  • Tim Hopper, Responsible Sourcing Manager, Microsoft
  • Yolanda Miller, Deputy Purchasing Officer, City of Austin

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. The Principles state that an organization demonstrates leadership in sustainable purchasing through:

  • Understanding. Understanding the environmental, social, and economic impacts of its purchasing.
  • Commitment. Taking responsibility for the environmental, social, and economic impacts of its purchasing by committing to an action plan.
  • Results. Delivering on its commitment to improve the environmental, social, and economic impacts of its purchasing.
  • Innovation. Actively promoting internal and external innovation
    that advances a positive future.
  • Transparency. Soliciting and disclosing information that supports a marketplace of innovation.

“The winners of these Awards have each demonstrated their commitment to leadership in sustainable purchasing,” says SPLC Executive Director Jason Pearson. “Collectively, they focus the powerful purchashing influence of organizations — in public and private sectors alike — to advance a socially just, ecologically robust, and 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.”


About the Council:

Founded in 2013, the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council convenes buyers, suppliers, and public interest advocates to develop programs that simplify and standardize sustainable purchasing efforts by large organizations. The Council has quickly attracted, from a wide variety of sectors and regions, more than 150 members with over $200 billion in collective purchasing power. In 2015, SPLC released Guidance for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing v1.0, which has been called the “most comprehensive literature to date” on sustainable purchasing. More than one hundred organizations are now using SPLC’s Guidance, resources, and online community of practice to create strategic sustainable purchasing programs, or enhance existing ones.

About the Awards:         
About the Principles:     
About the Guidance:      
About SPLC’s members:


List of Outstanding Case Study Awards:


Case Study Title(s)

Alameda County

Green & Healthy Events and Meetings

Green Building Program


Sustainability Up and Down the Supply Chain – ASSA ABLOY’s Sustainable Procurement Journey

Best Buy

Best Buy’s Change to Hybrid Geekmobiles

City of Markham &
Supply Chain Management Association

City of Markham’s Greenprint Plan

City of Cupertino

Green Business Certification Drives Green Purchasing Strategies

District of Columbia

Sustainable Purchasing Program

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

2015 EPP Program

Federal Furniture Multi-agency Team

Federal Office Furniture Buying Guide

Ford Motor Company

Ford’s Partnership for A Cleaner Environment (PACE) Program

Harvard University

Avoiding Chemical Flame Retardants

International Campaign for Responsible Technology & GoodElectronics Network

The Electronics Challenge

Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance

Forwarding More Responsible Mining

King County

King County’s First All-Electric Powered Bus

Purchasing Liquid Petroleum Gas Vehicles for King County’s Fleet (DOT)

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Improving Program Effectiveness: Turning Data into Action

Lockheed Martin

A Rewarding Precious Metals Spot

Better Plants Program

Lockheed’s Sustainable Purchasing Program

Supplier Diversity Program

McGill University

5 Year Sustainable Procurement Strategy

Ministry of Energy and Mineral  Development, Uganda

Advocating and Promoting Women Owned Enterprises Through Implementation of Sustainable Public Procurement


Carbon Neutrality: How Philips’ Procurement & Sustainability Teams Delivered Results

Renewable Choice Energy

Turning the Ship: How One Supplier’s Agility led to its Market Evolution

Responsible Purchasing Network & Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Creation of a Multi-State Green Cleaning Supplies Contract by Massachusetts and New York State

Roppe Holding Company

Small Town ‘Rust Belt’ Economic Sustainability and Development


Supplier Engagement at Sonoco

State of California

Integrating EPP into California’s eProcurement Process

State of Minnesota

Interagency collaboration on sustainable purchasing

State of Tennessee

Energy-Efficient Purchasing Tracking

Together for Sustainablity & EcoVadis

Collaboration Drives Sustainability, Efficiently, in the Chemical Industry

University of Pennsylvania

Ultra-Low Temperature (ULT) Freezer Efficiency Program

Waste Management

Zero Waste Challenge

World Resources Institute & World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) Standard




Dana Arnold

U.S. General Services Administration

David Asiello

U.S. Department of Defense

Connie Linder

Greenpages Directory

Jean Hansen

HDR Architecture, Inc.

Edward “Skip” Krasny


Kyle Wiens


Lawrence Williams

The United States Healthful Food Council


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