FAQ – Climate Foundations


The Climate Foundations program is designed for procurement professionals with little to no exposure to climate strategy, who need to familiarize themselves with the basic concepts and tools for effective climate action, and consider how to use them in procurement context.

PRICING for full 8-month program below. Groups of 3 or more from one organization receive a 20% discount on per-person pricing.

 NonMemberSPLC Member
Public sector/Higher Ed$850$680$600$480

Team attendance is encouraged to ensure your procurement leads share common knowledge and can use the process to plan together.
Limit of 40 participants in Cohort #1

  • Six  60-minute expert-led topical workshops (presented with climate leaders CDP,  EPA,Yale Carbon Containment Lab, WRI, SBTi, and more) to ground cohort members in common climate frameworks, tools, and strategies; followed by  
    • 30 minute Cohort discussions after each expert workshop, focused on understanding the content’s relevance and potential contribution in real-world procurement settings
  • 4 Coaching sessions with fellow Cohort members and SPLC’s skilled staff, designed to help you identify and prioritize opportunities, and begin to develop procurement- specific action plans.
  • 3 climate-focused case study webinars – (with presenters from Microsoft, Deloitte, Native, Wattime, and more); 
    • Exclusive 30 min Expert-Cohort conversation sessions with webinar presenters
  • FREE attendance at SPLC’s September 21 virtual Climate Deep Dive
    • Climate Foundations cohort convening in the workshop portion of the DD event
  • Optional Peer Learning Circles for small, sector-aligned groups of cohort members to consult, share and gain peer support for your learning and strategy development 
  • A Climate Foundations Certificate from SPLC, and continuing education credit available through ISM
  • Become familiar with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, Scopes 1,2,3, Science Based Targets, CDP Reporting, greenhouse gas accounting basics and tools, and more.
  • Understand the various approaches, tools and limitations to baselining and prioritizing for climate – at the organizational, supplier, and product levels. 
  • Understand the basis for prioritizing categories and strategies where you can have the quickest and most meaningful early-stage impacts. 
  • Understand strategy options for holding suppliers accountable that can help reduce your organization’s Scope 3 supply chain emissions
  • Consider how to best engage key stakeholders, including suppliers, to support your efforts to reduce the climate impacts of your spend.

Through workshops, webinars, conversations, coaching, and peer learning, this dynamic and collaborative experience will empower you to begin to plot a course toward a meaningful greenhouse gas reduction strategy for your procurement program. 

Participants will create

  • A high-level planning outline to move forward on addressing GHG reductions in a single category, identifying stakeholder types, potential goals, key suppliers and appropriate strategies
    • A similar high-level planning outline for several high-impact categories
    • A climate-focused supplier engagement and development outline, to support suppliers to deliver climate-focused data, GHG reduction commitments, and operational changes

Procurement teams attending together can develop their planning individually (e.g. by specific category areas) or as a unit, to build a more comprehensive view of next steps across the board.

Time Commitment –  approximately 45 hours over 8 months

  • In-class time  25 hours
  • Independent work time 20 hours (approx.)
  • Optional work  16  hours  

Learning  Sessions     18.5 hours

  • Expert workshops & cohort discussion                      6 X 90 minutes –  9 hours
  • Webinars plus expert conversations                           3 X 90 min — 4.5 hours
  • Deep Dive – keynote, panel, workshop(s)                  5 hours

Strategic Program Coaching Sessions 8 hours

  • Strategic program coaching sessions                        4 x 90 minutes —  6 hours
  • 1:1 individual or team planning review                       30 minutes

Individual Work Time           15 – 20 hours

  • Gathering information, identifying stakeholders, internal meetings/discussion 

Optional hours (recommended)

  • Peer Learning Circle                           1 hr mutual support session per month – 8 hours
  • Independent Reading/Viewing            8 hours (approximate)


+ Events
 Workshops Presented
by SPLC Partners
 SPLC Breakout






12:00 -1:30pm ET

Coaching Workshop

Orientation and Scoping

Provide overview of what’s to come, expectations, get to know your peers, identify your current climate-related organizational-level goals/asks, and your role in achieving them (as an individual and/or dept within the org), understand and map out initial list of stakeholders


3:00-4:30pm ET


“Emissionality” – Magnifying Your Impact Through Power Generation

How to make sure your renewables and offset purchasing has meaningful impact by supporting new power generation

Wattime, Native, Bank of America

12:00 -1:30pm ET


Introduction to GHG Protocol and GHG Emissions Accounting

Obtain an understanding of the GHG Protocol (Scopes 1, 2, and 3). Gain exposure to commonly used GHG emissions tools used for baselining your GHG emissions, their benefits, and limitations.


Procurement Breakout

Cohort Discussion

What scopes and/or pieces of the value chain are relevant to your climate work?
Does your organization have a baseline? If so, what areas of your organization does it represent? Which of the baselining tools might help you prioritize your specific areas? What are the built-in assumptions to these tools that might introduce challenges in using their data? How might you work around those challenges?

Led by SPLC

12:00-1:30pm ET

Coaching Workshop

Organizational Inventory

What has your organization committed to with respect to climate? How is your procurement program being asked to support or drive those commitments? Where do you already have work underway that can contribute? Setting the stage and ensuring you understand the speed, focal areas, expectations and reporting requirements your org has already put in place.


7/21/22 3:00-4:30pm ET


Procuring more Sustainable Air Travel

Learn how Deloitte, one of the world’s leading purchasers of air travel services, is partnering with airline vendors to drive more sustainable aviation and reduce travel-related emissions as a key element of their climate strategy.


12:00 -1:30pm ET


Methods and Tools for Engaging Suppliers in GHG Reporting

Gain exposure to common approaches and tools used to engage suppliers in GHG reporting, understand the stages of building supplier capacity, and the role that quality of data and validation play in that journey.

CDP Supply Chain

Procurement Breakout

Cohort Discussion

What are the potential challenges/limitations of asking your suppliers to report their GHG emissions? How might you address these challenges? What are the different ways in which you might determine which of your suppliers should report their emissions? What are the pros/cons of each approach?

Led by SPLC

12:00 -1:30pm ET


Introduction to Using Environmental Product Disclosures (EPDs) in Procurement Climate Strategies

Learn what an EPD is, common standards, and how to integrate them into your climate program.

Building Transparency

Procurement Breakout

Cohort Discussion

What are some high-impact materials that are typically purchased in large quanties? Where might you consider integrating EPD’s for these items in your procurement process? How can you evaluate products for carbon instead of just cost, and set emissions reductions targets for each material? How might you use EPD’s to track your resulting carbon reductions?

Led by SPLC


Deep Dive

Collaboration for Supply Chain GHG Reduction

Multiple speakers — see full day schedule here.
Cohort-specific workshop — discussion of program relevance to participant efforts, sharing initial program design ideas.

Workshop led by SPLC

12:00 -1:30pm ET


Engaging Suppliers in Science-based Targets

Understand what a science-based target is and why it’s important. Gain exposure to common approaches in establishing SBT’s at both an organizational and supplier-level. Learn how suppliers might help you achieve climate reductions.


Procurement Breakout

Cohort Discussion

Does your organization have a science-based target? If so, how does your work dock into this? If not, how might you evaluate opportunities to establish science-based targets with your suppliers or communicate procurement’s ability to suppport establishment of an organizational SBT? How would you leverage your supplier GHG reporting plan? What internal and external activities would need to happen to move forward with those opportunities? How might you incentivize suppliers to commit?

Led by SPLC

12:00 -1:30pm EST

Coaching Workshop

Designing your Climate Program: Vision and Focus Areas

Learn a strategic approach to designing a sustainable procurement program focused on GHG reduction — engaging the “next level” of stakeholders to weigh in on the priorities, inventorying relevant existing efforts, and working to develop a vision and set of meaningful focus areas that build upon past successes while investing in the most critical areas that need to be addressed.




Learning from Leaders: Cloud Supply Chain Sustainability -Supplier Engagement

Engaging key suppliers in GHG emissions measurement and reduction efforts.


12:00 -1:30pm EST


Data Reporting and Management for your Climate Program

Understand approaches — and tradeoffs — for managing supplier and organizational-level data. Gain exposure to additional Scope 3 tools and resources that can help.


Procurement Breakout

Cohort Discussion

What types of data do you need to track for your climate program? What existing, aligned platforms might be leveraged? What additional resources do you need? How might you justify the investment required?

Led by SPLC

12:00 -1:30pm EST

Coaching Workshop

Establishing Goals for your Climate Program

Learn an approach for prioritizing and establishing goals for your GHG program; engage your peers for feedback and collaboration.


12:00 -1:30pm EST


Evaluating and Purchasing Offsets: How to ensure real climate benefit in a complex marketplace

Understand what a credible offset means, when offsets can play a role in a comprehensive climate program, and explore potential opportunities for your organization.

Yale Carbon Containment Lab and Native 

Procurement Breakout

Cohort Discussion

When would an organization want to consider purchasing offsets? What would be your role in doing so, and who would need to be involved? What do you think would be the biggest challenges to moving forward and how might you address them?

Led by SPLC


Final output review

Notes on plan elements, links to relevant resources



Yes – SPLC will recognize each student who completes the full course with a Climate Foundations Certificate, and cohort members may obtain continuing education credits from ISM toward their certification requirements.

The overall program and strategic climate program planning workshops will be led by SPLC staff experienced in sustainable procurement processes, supply chain climate emissions and development of strategic sustainable procurement programs:

Kris Spriano – As Technical Programs Director, Kris is responsible for ensuring SPLC members’ needs are being met in a way that provides them with an impact-focused purposeful track towards sustainable procurement excellence. Prior to SPLC, Kris was a Supply Chain Sustainability Manager at Cisco Systems focused on Scope 3 supply chain greenhouse gas reductions, packaging environmental compliance and sustainability, and product sustainability. Kris leads the ongoing design, development and deployment of the SPLC’s sustainable procurement program assessment system, and co-leads on member resources and training. Kris holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a certified ISSP Sustainability Excellence Associate (SEA).

Johanna Anderson  As Director of Learning and Member Engagement, Johanna works directly with SPLC members to develop and implement strategic sustainable purchasing programs designed to drive market transformation. She develops and executes new programs and guidance, creates and supports opportunities for collaboration, and engages with stakeholders to ensure SPLC programming generates real impact. Prior to joining SPLC, Johanna coordinated the State of Minnesota’s Sustainable Procurement Program for 10 years, assisting the state with making purchases that demonstrated the highest level of environmental, social, and economic responsibility, leading the development of a charter for the State’s sustainable procurement program, increasing the State’s commitment to and accountability for sustainable procurement, and successfully advocating for integration of sustainable purchasing into state agency sustainability requirements. 

The foundational learning sessions will be led by our presenting partners as follows:

David Rich is a Senior Associate in the Climate Program at the World Resources Institute (WRI). He focuses on greenhouse gas emissions measurement and reporting, including developing Greenhouse Gas Protocol standards for climate change policies, mitigation goals, corporate value chain (scope 3) emissions, and guidance for NDC accounting, sustainable development impact assessment, and mandatory GHG reporting.  Prior to joining WRI, David worked at Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM) where he worked on the development of the Climate Registry and state GHG emissions inventories.  David holds a Masters degree in Energy and Environmental Analysis from Boston University and a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley.

Laura Hohmann is an Associate Director of the Sustainable Supply Chains program at CDP in North America leading their supplier engagement work. In this role, Laura orchestrates the strategy of the program to align with CDP’s 2025 Strategy. With over 100 Supply Chain members headquartered in the US and Canada, Laura oversees the delivery of the largest regional Supply Chain program within CDP. Laura’s past experience at CDP includes the planning and execution of impact driven disclosure campaigns, co-developing CDP’s annual global supply chain report, and working with the UNFCCC to engage the apparel sector on climate change. Prior to joining CDP, Laura worked with the United Nations on Sustainable Finance. Laura holds a Masters degree in climate change from Columbia University. 

Justice Hadley is a Sector Lead on CDP North America’s Corporate Engagement team, working with companies primarily in the transportation and manufacturing sectors.  The North America Corporate Engagement team works with 1,500+ of the largest companies in North America who are requested to disclose environmental data by investors and customers. The team supports companies from their first CDP response and helps them progress towards environmental excellence by adopting best practice in environmental management and disclosure.  Justice holds a degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and currently resides in New York City.

Stacy Smedley is the Executive Director at Building Transparency.   She leads the continued management and development of the free, open-access Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (EC3) tool and works to educate and engage the building industry on actionably reducing embodied carbon emissions of building materials.   Stacy has a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of Washington, and over 18 years in the architecture and construction professions. Her resume includes the first LEED for Homes Platinum certified project in Washington State as well as the first project in the world to be certified under Living Building Version 2.0 standards. As Sustainability Director at Skanska, Stacy led sustainability initiatives, and is considered a subject matter expert in LEED, Living Building Challenge and carbon emissions associated with buildings and construction.