NEWS ADVISORY: 2017 Leadership Awards for Sustainable Purchasing


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



DENVER CO – On Tuesday, May 9th, the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC) — a non profit organization with more than 180 members representing over $200 billion in collective purchasing power — will recognize thirty six organizations and nine 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 State of New York’s comprehensive interagency approach to sustainable procurement resulting in 43 green specifications being developed covering 86 different commodity, service or technology products.
  • The State of California Department of General Services’ work analyzing the environmental impacts of over $97 billion in spend using a life cycle analysis approach;
  • Shaw Industries Group, Inc.’s unique collaboration with suppliers and customers to develop a commercial carpet tile product made largely from reclaimed materials, which uses significantly less energy and water than standard carpet, and which is fully recyclable; and
  • A collaboration between University of Pennsylvania and Wash Cycle Laundry to process and deliver laundry in the most sustainable way possible, while also generating upwardly mobile job opportunities for vulnerable job seekers in the area.

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. (See full list of the Outstanding Case Study Award winners below.)

The winners of the Council’s highest honors – nine juried Leadership Awards – are selected from this pool, and will be revealed and presented with their awards during the ceremony on Monday the 9th May. A single individual will also be selected to receive the Council’s prestigious Individual Leadership Award. 

The Leadership Award winners were selected by a prestigious jury from government, the private sector, and civil society. When case studies were submitted by judges’ own organizations, the judge did not review any cases in that category.

Juror Name

Title and Organization

Dana Arnold

Chief, Sustainability Branch, General Services Administration

Lisa Colicchio

Director Corporate Responsibility, CBRE

Cynthia Cummis

Director Private Sector Climate Mitigation, World Resources Institute

Christopher Davis

Sustainability Consultant Global Energy & Sustainability, CBRE

Whit Faulconer


Stacey Foreman

Sustainable Procurement Coordinator, City of Portland Oregon

Betsy Hayes

Chief Procurement Officer, Minnesota Department of Administration, Office of State Procurement

Judy Pines

Director Sustainability & Responsible Sourcing, Hilton

Tiffany Rodriguez

Expert Supply Chain Responsibility Program Consultant, PG&E

George Schutter

Chief Procurement Officer, District of Columbia

Matthew Swibel

Director Enterprise Risk and Sustainability, Lockheed Martin

Justin Troy

Sourcing Manager – Supplier Relationship Management, FedEx Services



SPLC’s 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 the environmental, social, and economic impacts of its purchasing.
  • Taking responsibility for the environmental, social, and economic impacts of its purchasing by committing to an action plan.
  • Delivering on its commitment to improve the environmental, social, and economic impacts of its purchasing.
  • Actively promoting internal and external innovation that advances a positive future.
  • 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 purchasing 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 SPLC:
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 180 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. Hundreds of organizations are now using SPLC’s Guidance, resources, and online community of practice to create strategic sustainable purchasing programs, or enhance existing ones.

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About the Principles:     
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About SPLC’s members:


List of Outstanding Case Awards

The following organizations or individuals will receive an Outstanding Case Study Award in recognition of their contribution of a valuable case study to the online library of case studies in SPLC’s online Community.



Case Study Title

Apex Clean Energy

Providing Energy Security to Fort Hood

Booz Allen Hamilton

Booz Allen Gets a Great Green Idea to Redirect Waste from Landfills

Caesars Entertainment

The Wine Keg Program at Caesars Entertainment

Center for Environmental Health

Kicking Toxic Chemicals Out of Office Furniture – Getting Rid of the “Hazardous Handful”

China Environmental United Certification Center

China Government’s Procurement of Environmental Labelled Products


Citi’s Supply Chain Sustainability Program

City of San Francisco, California

Charging Ahead: How To Find Powerful Rechargeable Batteries That Go On…And On

City of Santa Monica, California

Meatless in March

Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Operational Services Division

The Healthy Furniture Contract

Compliance Hub

Compliance Support and Supplier Engagement

Digital Realty Trust

Responsiveness: How One Buyer is Using Renewable Energy to Meet Multiple Objectives


Sustainable Supply Chain Tool: Partnership with Banyan Resorts


Leveraging Data to Simplify and Streamline Sustainable Procurement

Electric Utility Industry Sustainable Supply Chain Alliance (EUISSCA)

A Leader in Driving Towards a Robust and Sustainable Electric Utility Industry Supply Chain


Developing a Closed Loop Recycling System for Plastic Sort Bags

Diesel Exhaust Fluid Waste Reduction

Leveraging a Shared Services Model to Impact Sustainability

The Baddour Center


Organic Waste Diversion

Sustainable Landscaping Solution


Bringing Sustainability Full Circle: HP’s Circular Economy Journey

Indian Railways

Increasing Participation of Micro & Small Enterprises in Public Procurement

King County, Washington

King County’s Long-Term Renewable Electricity Purchase


King County, Washington

Solar Security Lighting for Metro Bus Shelters

Lockheed Martin

Small Business Strong


Improving EPP Information to Enable Better Purchasing in Healthcare

Multnomah County, Oregon

Enterprise Resource Planning System RFP Project Management

Office Depot

Integrating Sustainability into the Business System:   Creation of Internal ‘Change Agents’

Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E)

PG&E’s Supply Chain Responsibility Program

Street Light Replacement

V-gard GREEN Hard Hat


The Railway Industry’s Sustainable Procurement Initiative

Responsible Purchasing Network and USDN

Creation of a Sustainable Procurement Playbook for Cities

Shaw Industries Group

What if Carpet Never Had to be Sent to the Landfill?

State of California, Department of General Services

Spend Analysis Pilot Project California’s State Spend for Fiscal Years 2012-2015

State of Minnesota, Office of State Procurement

Combined Approaches for Increasing Diversity & Inclusion

State of New York, Office of General Services

The New York State Green Procurement and Agency Sustainability Program

Stockholm County Council

Leading Human Rights Due Diligence in Global Supply Chains Through Public Procurement

Swedish County Councils

Surgical Glove Manufacturing in Malaysia

TCO Development

Measuring Social Responsibility Improvements in IT Product Manufacturing, 2016

University of California, Office of the President

Procurement and Sustainability Partnership: Energy-Efficient Research Freezers

VF Corporation

VF Paper Program

University of Pennsylvania & Wash Cycle Laundry

Anchor Institutions and Small Businesses Implementing Sustainable Solutions


Individual Awards Nominees

The following individuals were nominated for the Individual Leadership Award.



Alicia Culver

Responsible Purchasing Network

Kevin Funk

General Services Administration

Kristy Garcia

City of Mesa, Arizona

David Green

BASF Construction Chemicals

Johanna Kertesz

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Sanjay Kumar

Ministry of Railways, Government of India

Will Smelko

Ora Organic

Julia Wolfe

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Melissa Yusilon

City of Los Angeles


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