The Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council
(SPLC) recognized 12 organizations and one individual for their leadership in the sustainable purchasing, including many RPN members. 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 award winners employed a wide range of sustainable purchasing strategies and documented the resulting environmental, social, and/or economic benefits. The winners include:
- Leadership Award for Overall Sustainable Purchasing Program
SPLC’s highest honor was presented to the District of Columbia for having put in place a comprehensive sustainable purchasing program. D.C. conducted extensive market research and stakeholder engagement to develop sustainable purchasing guidance and specifications for more than 100 priority products. Hundreds of employees have been trained on the guidance, which D.C. shares publicly.
- Sustainable Purchasing Business Case Leadership Award
Presented to Commonwealth of Massachusetts for documenting over $28 million in annual savings and 190,000 metric tons of carbon emissions reduced as a result of its comprehensive Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program.
- Leadership Award for Purchasing Innovation
Presented to King County, Washington, for purchasing battery-electric busses for its Metro Transit fleet and documenting significant cost savings and environmental benefits associated with this new technology.
- Individual Leadership Award
Presented to Dana Arnold, who currently serves as the Director of the Program Analysis Division at the U.S. General Services Administration. Over 20+ years and in roles at three agencies (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, White House Office of the Federal Environmental Executive, and now the U.S. General Services Administration), Arnold’s vision, leadership, and dedicated effort have been fundamental to the growth of the sustainable purchasing movement in the federal government and beyond. Her accomplishments include drafting several related Executive Orders, Chairing the White House CEQ Sustainable Acquisition and Materials Management Working Group, and developing US EPA’s Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines Program.