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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 2nd Quarter Meeting at Chrysler Headquarters in May


SP will hold its 2nd Quarter Membership Meeting at Chrysler Group's Headquarters in Auburn Hills, MI on May 16, 2014. The membership meeting provides a forum for members to network and engage in discussions about key topics such as chemical management, energy management, materials efficiency, technology & innovation, and water efficiency. The meeting will also include opening remarks from meeting host Chrysler Group, and guest speakers on emerging issues for SP members' consideration.

For more information on SP, and participation in SP activities, please contact Kellen Mahoney, Program Manager (kmahoney@navista.net).


NASCAR and Chevrolet Build Nesting Boxes from Volt Battery Covers


Leading up to the recent NASCAR race at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina, Chevrolet and General Motors showed off their product in a different way. Sustainability leaders from the company helped a group of 20 first grade students from a nearby school transform scrap Chevrolet Volt battery cases into wood duck nesting boxes.

Because the Darlington track is home to several acres of protected wetlands, GM partnered with NASCAR to contribute to habitat preservation while sharing some environmental knowledge with future leaders and outdoor enthusiasts. Read more.


EPA's Perciasepe Says SP Provides Leadership


EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe told a packed room in Detroit January 15 that he is "proud of EPA's relationship with SP," adding that the group was "providing leadership" on auto industry sustainability.

"We need to develop the demand for innovation, and EPA can't do it alone," said Perciasepe. "Partnership creation is essential to EPA's future. Together, we need to get out of our silos, develop tools and information resources and education to empower partnerships," he said.

Mr. Perciasepe made his remarks before 140+ participants at SP's 1st Quarter Membership Meeting, held at the GM Renaissance Center.

The meeting included presentations on programs and activities of SP’s Working Groups, as well as presentations on environmental sustainability activities of SP members in the auto supply chain, including Bosch and Henkel. The meeting also featured a discussion on Integrating Energy, Carbon and Water Management into the Business Strategy, including SP member representatives from Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Company, General Motors and American Honda Motor Co.

Read more in SP's 1st Quarter Newsletter.

For more information on SP, and participation in SP activities, please contact Kellen Mahoney, Program Manager (kmahoney@navista.net).


Chrysler de Mexico Hosts Fall Meeting of Alianza Verde Automotriz (AVA)


On October 23, 2013, the Suppliers Partnership initative in Mexico - Alianza Verde Automotriz (AVA) - met at Chrysler de Mexico's Headquarter's in the Santa Fe district of Mexico City, Mexico. AVA's Work Groups -- Materials & Waste Management led by Delia Rivas of Chrysler; Energy Efficiency led by Arnulfo Berlanga of GM; and, Water Efficiency led by Luis Lara of Ford -- met during the day to share best practices, advance AVA work group initiatives and discuss emerging opportunities in Mexico. OEM and supplier members of SP shared information and opportunities to improve environmental performance in Mexico, and SP suppliers such as DENSO, Lear, Nemak, PABSA and Heritage Interactive presented to the group.

Pictured: (L) Omar Castro, Lear; (C) Cecilia Sanchez, DENSO; (R) Ben Cano, Heritage Interactive


SP's 4th Quarter Meeting in Tennessee


On October 9, Tennessee's Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) Office of Sustainable Practices hosted SP's 4th Quarter Membership Meeting at Montgomery Bell State Park in Burns, Tennessee. The meeting provided an opportunity to further the objectives of SP's new Southern Supply Chain initiative, designed to promote collaboration and sharing of environmental best practices to support the automotive supply chain in the Southeast United States in advancing its environmental sustainability, waste minimization and business development goals. Read more in SP's October 2013 Newsletter.

Pictured: Jan Compton, TDEC; Ronnie Jones, Johnson Controls, Automotive Experience; Amanda Kurzman, GM; Ansir Junaid, Prime Woodcraft


SP Member Electricfil Corporation (EFI Automotive) Recognized by Chrysler FIAT Group for Outstanding Quality Performance


Electricfil Corporation (EFI Automotive) has received an Outstanding Quality Performance award from Chrysler FIAT Group for their 2012 performance. This award was only issued to 56 suppliers globally!

“Your dedication and support demonstrates top level performance in many key areas, including quality. We greatly appreciate your persistence and commitment to strive for “Perfect Quality”. Your company has been recognized as a role model supplier achieving “Perfect Quality” throughout 2012” said Mr. Robert Varsanik, Head of Supplier Quality, Chrysler Group LLC.

Electricfil Corporation, located in Elkmont, Alabama, supplies Chrysler FIAT Group with electronic and electromagnetic solutions for several engines and supports the company through product launches. The achievement of this award was a result of great team work, especially from the company’s manufacturing operators who take great pride in their role in building quality products. Read more.

Pictured: Electricfil Production and Maintenance Team Accepting Award from John Krupa, CQE, Chrysler Supplier Quality Engineer; Pascal Auburtin, Electricfil VP with John Krupa, CQE, Chrysler


SP Presents GM, Gage Products Company and International Products Corporation with Sustainable Innovation Awards


The Suppliers Partnership for the Environment (SP) presented its first annual membership awards at an evening reception on June 26 as part of the first Summit on Accelerating Innovation hosted at Oakland University's Meadow Brook Hall in Rochester, MI. The awards recognized SP member companies for their outstanding achievements in three award categories:

  • Spirit of Suppliers Partnership Award: John Bradburn, Manager of Waste Reduction Efforts for General Motors Company, and Chair of SP's Materials Efficiency Work Group
  • Demonstrating Environmental Innovation in the Manufacturing Process: International Products Corporation (IPC) for its environmentally friendly P-80® Temporary Rubber Assembly Lubricants
  • Creativity in Implementing Sustainable Practices Award: Gage Products Company for its sustainable closed-loop solvent recycling program

Read more about the 2013 Suppliers Partnership award winners.



CECTalks Webcast: Championing Sustainable Innovation


On June 26, the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) hosted a live wecast from the Summit on Accelerating Innovation of a panel discussion on "Championing sustainable innovation in the North American automotive supply chain". CBS Detroit journalist and long-time auto industry reporter Matt Roush moderated a discussion and Q&A of panelists who highlighted examples of sustainable manufacturing innovations currently in practice in the North American automotive supply chain and discussed opportunities that exist for manufacturers, suppliers and government partners to work together to advance sustainable innovation in North America.

The panel included SP representatives from ERA Environmental Management, Ford Mexico, General Motors and the US EPA. Learn more here.



Summit on Accelerating Innovation to Drive Sustainable Automotive Manufacturing Growth Across North America


Why is it that advanced manufacturing and environmental innovations with the potential to realize significant savings in key indicators such as energy use, materials use and manufacturing costs fail to realize their potential impact on business growth and environmental sustainability? What strategic steps can organizations in the automotive supply chain take to identify, champion and drive the implementation of innovative processes and technologies that improve the environment while providing economic value to the North American automotive supply chain?

On June 26-27, 2013 the Suppliers Partnership for the Environment (SP), Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) and Oakland University co-hosted the first Summit on Accelerating Innovation to Drive Sustainable Automotive Manufacturing Growth Across North America on Oakland University’s campus in Rochester, Michigan to explore this issue. Read more about the Summit.

Learn more in SP's July 2013 Newsletter.



Covanta 4Recovery Hosts SP 2nd Quarter Meeting in Indianapolis


On May 7-8, Covanta 4Recovery hosted the Suppliers Partnership for the Environment (SP)'s 2nd Quarter Membership Meeting in Indianapolis, IN. Meeting participants had a unique first hand opportunity to learn more about the energy from waste process and the national Covanta network of energy from waste (EfW) facilities through a guided tour of Covanta's Indianapolis EfW facility during the meeting. A short virtual tour of the EfW process is available on Covanta's website.

Pictured: (L) Denise Coogan, SIA; (R) Maria Milescu, Chrysler

During the meeting representatives of SP member companies operating in Indiana - including Chrylser, GM and Subaru - provided strategies and case examples in support of reducing waste to landfill while strengthening the bottom line, and discussed the value of building supplier partnerships in finding sustainable solutions to challenging waste streams and achieving corporate sustainability goals. In addition, SP member companies shared innovative technologies, processes and practices to improve environmental sustainability across the supply chain. Read more in SP's May 2013 Newsletter.

For more information on participation in SP, please contact Kellen Mahoney, Program Manager at kmahoney@navista.net.


Suppliers Partnership for the Environment (SP) Southern Supply Chain Network


On February 19, General Motors hosted the Suppliers Partnership for the Environment (SP)'s Southern Supply Chain Forum on Improving Materials Efficiency at its GM Spring Hill Manufacturing Complex in Spring Hill, Tennessee. The meeting provided a forum for over 100 automakers, suppliers, recycling solution providers and government representatives to discuss waste reduction challenges and identify opportunities for collaboration in the Southeast United States.

Pictured: (L) Jim Laney, DENSO; (R) Kevin Reinhart, Calsonic Kansei

During the meeting automotive manufacturers and suppliers including General Motors, DENSO and CalsonicKansei shared best practices for recycling and reuse, and discussed opportunities for collaboration through the supply chain in the Southeast United States to reach waste reduction goals.

Pictured: (L-R) Pat Van Ryckeghem, Holley Hanes and John Bradburn, GM with a birdhouse made from Volt scrap battery cover; (R) Participants discuss environmental sustainability collaboration opportunities

“Compared to other regions where GM has plants, the Southeast has opportunity to build up its recycling economy,” said John Bradburn, GM manager of waste-reduction efforts. “By connecting local recyclers – and those with potential – with area companies, we can start to address the gaps and build a more robust infrastructure that will help the auto industry and beyond to leave a smaller footprint."

For more information on participation in SP, please contact Kellen Mahoney, Program Manager at kmahoney@navista.net.


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