GM hosts January 19 SP meeting

General Motors hosted the 1st Quarter Meeting of Suppliers Partnership for the Environment (SP) at the GM Renaissance Center on January 19, 2017.  Erica Fultz of GM welcomed attendees to the GM RenCen and provided an update on wildlife habitat programs at the site.

SP’s Chair, Randy Leslie of Johnson Controls opened the meeting with a review of a proposed Strategic Plan for SP in 2017 and beyond.  Randy facilitated a discussion of the SP membership on SP’s vision and mission, strategic opportunities, and recommended next steps.  SP’s Executive Committee will review and incorporate members feedback, and share a finalized Strategic Plan in mid-February.


Pictured: (L) Randy Leslie, JCI; (R) Gary Vegh, ERA Environmental

SP welcomed Tracy Kecskemeti and Jeff Spencer from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) as guest speakers.  Tracy and Jeff provided an update on new leadership priorities and activities at MDEQ, and shared information on voluntary pollution prevention and stewardship programs for manufacturers.

In addition, Helen Burdett introduced Globality – a new global marketplace for supply chains to work together to advance environmental sustainability –  and Lauren Zarama shared InKemia Green Chemicals experience in integrating green chemistry into industry.

The meeting also included presentations from SP member companies ERA Environmental Management, General Motors, GHD, Johnson Controls, Venture6, and The Lavergne Group. Members provided updates on new programs and projects, including sustainability, data management, materials efficiency and closed loop efforts.

SP’s 2nd Quarter Meeting will be held on April 26-27 at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky.  Please contact us if you’d like more information.


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