Technical Advisory Groups


Technical Advisory Groups are working groups of the Council established to address specific, time-bound objectives.  Technical Advisory Groups operate under the criteria established in the SPLC’s Operating Policies and Procedures.

Purchasing Category Technical Advisory Groups

Technical Advisory Groups have been formed to advise the Technical Advisory Committee, Board of Directors, and SPLC staff on the multiple priority Purchasing Categories.  The guidance produced by these TAGs can be found in SPLC’s Guidance for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing.

The following provides several examples of SPLC’s TAGs and their prioritized Purchasing Category and product/service scope:

Chemically Intensive Products TAG
  • Scope:
    • Cleaning and Sanitizing Products (e.g. housekeeping, laundry, ware washing, pool maintenance, hand care products, floor & carpet care);
    • Building Maintenance Products (e.g. boiler treatment, cooling tower chemistry, paints, coatings, adhesives, sealants, varnish);
    • Landscaping Maintenance Products (e.g. herbicides, pesticides, fertilizers).
  • Lifecycle Phase(s): Use and Disposal
  • Beth Eckl, Practice Greenhealth
  • Christopher Davis, CBRE
  • David Sarokin, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Jeffrey Simmons, Hilton Worldwide
  • Jessian Choy, San Francisco Department of the Environment
  • Julia Wolfe, Massachusetts Operational Services Division
  • Lynne Olson, Ecolab
  • Marie Clarke, American Coatings Association
  • Matthew Grieco, Lockheed Martin
  • Reid Rabon, Tennant
  • Sandra Cannon, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Sara Cederberg, U.S. Green Building Council
  • Shawn Postera, Multnomah County
  • Steven Bennett, Consumer Specialty Products Association
  • Sueanne Pfifferling, United Soybean Board
Construction and Renovation TAG
  • Scope: Building materials (e.g., concrete and steel) and systems (e.g., HVAC, chillers, cooling towers) and furnishings (e.g., ceilings, flooring, wall coverings, lighting, composite wood). The Construction and Renovation TAG will next focus on creating resources that will assist organizational procurement and operations staff in finding ways to influence the design/construction process (which includes better connecting operational considerations into design), improve the performance of their existing buildings, and help their organization shift to managing their buildings as a portfolio, with clear goals and objectives for new buildings as well as existing building stock.
  • Lifecycle Phase(s): Extraction, manufacturing, distribution, use, disposal
  • Andrea Cooper-Lazarczyk, International Living Future Institute
  • Annie Bevan, GreenCircle Certified, LLC
  • Brian Hertz, Waste Management
  • Corey Enck, U.S. Green Building Council
  • Deborah Dunning, Sphere E
  • Gregory Dick, CalRecycle
  • Jethro Tarn, California DGS
  • John Riley, Arizona State University
  • Justin Balmos, Hilton Worldwide
  • Lisa Colicchio, CBRE
  • Olga Perelman, Microsoft
  • Stephan Sylvan, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Electricity TAG
  • Scope: Scope 1 and 2 usage.
  • Lifecycle Phase(s): Generation, distribution, use
  • Chris O’Brien, Altenex
  • Christiaan Vrolijk, The CarbonNeutral Company
  • Christopher Thomas, CBRE
  • James Salo, Trucost
  • John Riley, Arizona State University
  • Marty Spitzer, World Wildlife Fund
  • Michael Barry, Bloomberg
  • Rogert Fernandez, U.S. EPA
  • Ellen Balfrey, Apex Clean Energy
  • Susanne Fratzscher, re:sustain
  • Todd Jones, Center for Resource Solutions
Food & Beverages for Food Services TAG
  • Scope: Agricultural food production (3), food service operation, food waste.
  • Lifecycle Phase(s): Extraction, manufacturing, distribution, use, disposal
  • Alan Udin, Hilton Worldwide
  • Arthur Weissman, Ph.D., Green Seal
  • Chris Pelton, AASHE
  • David Burrows, Independent Purchasing Cooperative
  • Holly Fowler, Northbound Ventures
  • Katherine Bostick, FairTradeUSA
  • Kevin Ogorzalek, Bonsucro
  • Libby Bernick, Trucost
  • Robert Guillemin, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Sally Shaver, United Soybean Board
  • Sarah Church, County of Alameda
  • Sylvia Aguilar, CEGESTI
  • Tim Hopper, Microsoft
IT Hardware and Services TAG
  • Scope: Personal computers, on-site and cloud services, electronic waste (4).
  • Lifecycle Phase(s): Extraction, manufacturing, distribution, use, disposal
  • Andy Shen, International Labor Rights Forum
  • Cate Berard, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Clare Hobby, TCO Certified
  • Dan Williams, Sphere E
  • Edmund Zagorin, ProductBio
  • Geoffrey Bock, TUV Reinland
  • Brian Werner, Trucost
  • Holly Elwood, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Kristin Schroter, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Mark Schaffer, iFixIt
  • Lucian Turk, Dell
  • Mark Sajbel, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Melanie Bower, Green Electronics Council
  • Steven Miley, UC Santa Barbara
  • Ted Smith, International Campaign for Responsible Technology
Professional Services TAG
  • Scope: Professional consulting services (e.g. financial, public relations, management, legal).
  • Lifecycle Phase(s): Use
  • Brennan Conaway, U.S. General Services Administration
  • Harry Lewis, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Jennifer Burnett, California Dept. of Transportation
  • John Edelman, Edelman
  • Karen Cook, County of Alameda
  • Michelle Albanese, TD Bank Group
  • Tim Hopper, Microsoft

Transportation and Fuels TAG
  • Scope: Employee travel, institutional vehicle fleets, delivery services, freight, generator fuels, steam plants.
  • Lifecycle Phase(s): Extraction, manufacturing, distribution, use
  • Barbara Bramble, National Wildlife Federation
  • Denise Kearns, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Jack Greene, Office Depot
  • Jennifer Burnett, California Dept. of Transportation
  • Jethro Tarn, California DGS
  • John Glann, Alameda County
  • Karen Hamilton, King County Procurement and Contract Services
  • Mark LaCroix, The CarbonNeutral Company
  • Mark Stansbury, Lockheed Martin
  • Nate Springer, Business for Social Responsibility
  • Shabnam Fardanesh, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Warren Lavey, American Clean Skies Foundation
Wood and Agrifiber Products TAG: Office and Janitorial Paper Products
  • Scope: Office and janitorial paper products, lumber for building structures
  • NOTE: Agrifiber products such as garments and linens will be developed by the Garments and Linens TAG. Overlapping issues will be coordinated with the technical experts of each group, as appropriate.
  • Lifecycle Phase(s): Extraction, manufacturing, distribution, use, disposal
  • Corey Brinkema, Forest Stewardship Council
  • Dan Persica, Domtar
  • Daniel Pedersen, Green Seal
  • Derek Young, FedEx
  • Jason Grant, Jason Grant Consulting
  • Jason Metnick, Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Inc.
  • Jonathan Rifkin, Government of the District of Columbia
  • Joshua Martin, Environmental Paper Network
  • Julia Wolfe, State of Massachusetts
  • Justin Balmos, Hilton Worldwide
  • Karl Bruskotter, City of Santa Monica
  • Keila Hand, World Wildlife Fund
  • Skip Krasny, Kimberly Clark
  • Mark Comolli, Rainforest Alliance
  • Michael Nilan, TreeZero Paper
  • Steve Bolton, Trucost
  • Yalmaz Siddiqui, MGM Resorts International
Why I Volunteer…

“SPLC’s program development process is fast-paced, engaging, and interactive. I enjoy participating on SPLC committees because I always learn something new, broaden my network of sustainable purchasing colleagues, and end the process feeling like good work has been done.”

Johanna Kertesz Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (TAC Chair)

“By sourcing responsible wood and paper products, institutional purchasers play a critical role in protecting the world’s most important forests. That’s why participating in SPLC’s TAG for wood and agrifiber is a priority for World Wildlife Fund. We want to provide expertise that will help institutional purchasers drive positive change through their procurement decisions.”

Amy Smith World Wildlife Fund

“I participate in SPLC’s committees because they have a chance to directly impact sustainable procurement guidance and drive markets towards more environmentally and socially responsible products and services.”

Orrin Cook Center for Resource Solutions

“SPLC offers an immensely important opportunity to improve the environmental and social performance of the world’s organizations, but it will only happen with progressive leaders around the table employing sound science, striving for better outcomes and engaging our many stakeholders.”

Corey Brinkema Forest Stewardship Council US

“If you care about health, human rights or the environment, join me and SPLC in working to help your organization address these issues through products and services purchasing.”

Jessian Choy San Francisco Department of the Environment

“RSB is proud to participate in SPLC because of the importance of market solutions to drive sustainable practices. SPLC understands the importance of certification programs like RSB that allow sustainable purchasing options to be communicated across the supply chain.”

Matt Rudolf Roundtable for Sustainable Biomaterials

“I support the SPLC because of its diversity and passion for clarity. Buyers, sellers, governments, and NGOs all working together to make the purchasing process smart and sustainable!”

Brad Miller BIFMA

“Credible, consensus-based 3rd party standards are critical to bringing transparency to corporate sustainability efforts. I volunteer to participate on an SPLC TAG to learn from and collaborate with other sustainability professionals to create a road map that enables other companies to take meaningful actions to become more sustainable.”

Michael Barry Bloomberg

“SPLC is ramping up sustainable purchasing by standardizing and simplifying what has always been a complex landscape of choices. This outcome makes it more than worth my volunteer time on the TAG.”

Chris O’Brien Altenex

“SPLC is convening leading organizations in order to harness their knowledge and experience to move markets towards a better future. Participating in these efforts allows Alameda County to amplify the positive impact of our work and accelerate this critical market transformation.”

Karen Cook County of Alameda

“The imperative of SPLC is rooted in the realization that to drastically reduce society’s negative impacts on people and the planet, we can’t rely on technological innovation alone; it depends on the choices we all make as purchasers of goods and services. That’s why I’m proud to be involved in the work of SPLC.”

Christopher Davis CBRE

“Serving on SPLC committees is an excellent opportunity to help create clear and meaningful guidance for organizations who want to use their purchasing power to help make positive environmental and social changes and to demonstrate that doing so is good for business. I am constantly learning from, and being impressed by, the depth and breadth of knowledge brought to the table by other committee members, and it is an honor to be able to provide input based on my experience as small supplier of sustainable products.”

Nancy Wahl-Scheurich Little Footprint Lighting



The recommendations from each Purchasing Category Technical Advisory Group will consider the following:

  • Relevant Impacts (5): Explore the relevant environmental (6), social (7) and economic (8) impacts of each purchasing category
  • Challenges: What are specific challenges to and considerations for addressing the significant ESE impacts via institutional purchasing, considering various industry sectors (9), organizational structures (10), and locations (11)?
  • Solutions (12): What are the most effective, best available examples of guidance, tools, resources and case studies to best address the most significant ESE impacts associated with the particular purchasing category?
  • Metrics for Success: What are the best available metrics for effectively measuring improvement on the relevant ESE impacts.


The SPLC Bylaws, the Membership Policies and Operating Policies and Procedures govern the Technical Advisory Groups.


(1) Includes flooring (3) Includes pesticide use (4) Category scope includes impacts of chemical ingredients (5) Relevant impacts are the most significant social, environmental, and economic impacts of a product, process, business or service. In the case of a purchasing organization, relevant purchasing impacts are the most significant environmental, social and economic impacts of the organization’s purchasing. (cf. ISEAL Credibility Principles) (6) Environmental impacts: Increase biodiversity preservation, climate adaptation, resource optimization, and soil health stewardship. Decrease acidification, desertification, eutrophication, freshwater pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, habitat depletion, human health impacts, land use change, marine pollution, ozone depletion, radiation pollution, resource depletion, smog, and waste. (7) Social impacts: Increase anti-discrimination policies, community engagement, diversity/equal opportunity, employee engagement, equal remuneration, fair trade, freedom of association, grievance & remedy processes, human rights, indigenous rights, occupational health & safety, right to collective bargaining, sustainable compensation, training and education and worker rights. Decrease child labor, forced/compulsory labor, human trafficking and sourcing from conflict zones. (8) Economic impacts: increase fair dealings, innovation research/investment, open competition, transparency of information, and use of diverse suppliers, HUB zones and local suppliers. (9) Industry sector considerations include corporate, local, state, national or provincial government, manufacturers, service providers, retailers, K-12 schools, higher education, and healthcare. (10) Organizational structure considerations include small, medium, large, centralized, decentralized, private, public, for-profit, nonprofit or franchise model (11) Location considerations include regulations/jurisdiction, geography, climate, and natural resources (12) Solution types include the following: Behavior change, bundling, efficiency, in-sourcing, offsetting, out-sourcing, process changes, product substitution, servicizing, supplier engagement & accountability, and supplier substitution.