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Suppliers Partnership for the Environment (SP) is an innovative partnership between automobile original equipment manufacturers and their suppliers and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). SP addresses the goals of the membership by creating new and innovative business-centered approaches to environmental protection that improve the environment while providing value throughout the automobile supply chain. SP provides a forum for small, mid-sized and large automotive and vehicle suppliers to work together, learn from each other and share environmental best practices.


SP 1st Quarter Meeting - January 13, 2016

On January 13, SP held its 1st Quarter Meeting at GM Renaissance Center in Detroit, Michigan.

The meeting included presentations focused on improving materials efficiency, advancing innovation, driving systematic energy savings, and emerging sustainability trends from SP members General Motors, FCA and Henkel, as well as special guests Elizabeth Resek, Chief, Municipal Source Reduction Branch, Resource Conservation and Sustainability Division, US EPA, and Paul Scheihing, Technology Manager, US DOE.

The meeting also included a roundtable discussion regarding leading practices, opportunities and challenges related to Sustainable Materials Management in the Auto Supply Chain.

Pictured: (L) Al Johnston, FCA; (R) Kevin Woock, Henkel

SP's 2nd Quarter Meeting will be hosted on May 18, 2016 by Robert Bosch LLC. Please contact us to learn more about participation in SP activities and events.



SP 4th Quarter Meeting - November 10, 2015

On November 10, SP held its 4th Quarter Meeting at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Stan Meiburg, Acting Deputy Adminstrator, opened the meeting and welcomed the participants to US EPA.

The meeting provided a unique forum for SP members to engage with senior EPA leadership, and share information on SP focus issues. The meeting included remarks from Mathy Stanislaus, Assistant Administrator, Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response; Jim Jones, Assistant Administrator, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention; Michael Shapiro, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Water; Walt Tunnessen; National Program Manager, EnergyStar; Veronica Blette, Chief, WaterSense Branch; and, Steven Goldman, Environmental Defense Fund, along with presentations from SP members DEKRA, FCA, Ford, GM, Universal Fibers and Waste Management.

During the meeting, SP recognized Tom Murray of US EPA for his 44 years of service to EPA and the special role he played in the creation of SP. 

Pictured: (L) Stan Meiburg, US EPA; (R) Randy Leslie, JCI, SP Chair; Tom Murray US EPA; Jim Jones, US EPA

SP's 1st Quarter Meeting will be held on January 13, 2016 at GM Renaissance Center in Detroit, Michigan. Please contact us to learn more about participation in SP activities and events.



SP 3rd Quarter Meeting - August 12, 2015

On August 12, SP held its 3rd Quarter Meeting at DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee. Bob Booker, Senior Manager of Safety, Health & Environment, Corp Communications and General Administration, welcomed participants to DENSO and discussed the plant's CSR activities.

The meeting included discussion on enhancing collaboration with US EPA, advancing materials efficiency across the supply chain, engaging suppliers in energy management, and Tennessee's IMCP initative. The meeting also featured a 'SP Dating' activity, providing participants the opportunity to network, learn from each other, and exhange ideas to address sustainability and business challenges.


SP's 4th Quarter Meeting will be held on November 10 at US EPA. Please contact us to learn more about participation in SP activities and events.


SP 2nd Quarter Meeting - May 21, 2015

On May 21, SP held its 2nd Quarter Meeting at Ford's Research and Innovation Center in Dearborn, MI.  Andy Hobbs, Director of Ford's Environmental Quality Office, welcomed participants to the meeting and discussed key environmental strategies of Ford's global manufacturing operations. 

The meeting featured a panel discussion on Addressing Global Regulations and Practices Impacting the Auto Supply Chain with speakers from Dykema, FCA, Ford, and Johnson Controls. Participants shared their experiences in managing diverse and often rapidly moving regulatory issues across the regions the auto industry operates, and discussed  collaborative opportunities for OEMs and suppliers to work together to build understanding, relationships and common methodologies with regard to global environmental sustainability issues. 

Pictured: (left) Al Johnston, FCA; Grant Gilezan, Dykema, David Duesterberg, JCI; Chad McIntosh, Ford; Steve Hellem, SP; (right) Mathy Stanislaus, US EPA

Special guest speaker Mathy Stanislaus, Assistant Administrator for US EPA's Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, discussed EPA's Sustainable Materials Management initiative - a systematic approach to using and reusing materials more productively over their entire lifecycles - and discussed opportunities for the auto supply chain to engage.

The meeting also included discussions on enhancing collaboration with US EPA, and fellow auto sector organizations, as well as updates on collaborative energy, water and material efficiency projects with speakers from Covanta Energy, GM, Haley & AldrichRemake LLC and US EPA.

SP's 3rd Quarter Meeting will be held on August 12 at DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee. Please contact us to learn more about participation in SP activities and events.


SP 1st Quarter Meeting - January 15, 2015

On January 15, 2015, SP held its 1st Quarter Meeting at the GM RenCen in Detroit, MI. EPA's Acting Deputy Administrator Stan Meiburg participated in the meeting, and spoke with participants about the value of collaboration and innovation in advancing sustainability and manufacturing competitiveness.  

The meeting also featured a presentation by Walt Tunnessen of EPA's Energy Star program, who discussed the important role of automotive energy managers in shaping today's Energy Star Industrial Partnership Program, and presented a forthcoming energy efficiency engagement opportunity for auto suppliers.
Pictured: (L) Walt Tunnessen, EPA; (R) Doug Andrews, Lear
In addition, the meeting also included presentations by SP members DEKRA Certification, ERA Environmental Management Solutions, FTS Technologies, Haley & Aldrich, GM, Lear Corp., and NMS Management Systems


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