Johnson Controls Hosts SP’s 4th Quarter Meeting at the Pro Football Hall of Fame

The 4th  Quarter meeting of Suppliers Partnership for the Environment (SP) was held last week at the Johnson Controls Pro Football Hall of Fame Village in Canton, Ohio.

SP’s Chair Randy Leslie (Johnson Controls) welcomed SP members to the SP 4th Quarter Meeting of 2018.  SP membership meetings provide an opportunity for members to share environmental best practices and strategies with their industry peers, learn about emerging issues impacting the environment and their business operations, and to identify opportunities for collaborative action through SP.  The day prior to the Q4 meeting, SP’s EHS Forum also met at TestAmerica’s North Canton Laboratory.


The morning began with reports on action and next steps of current SP working group projects related to biodiversity, EHS, IMDS data quality, materials efficiency and responsible battery management.  SP Work Group leaders and collaborators, including James Oberlee (GM), Alissa Yakali (Honda), Jack Nunes (Lear), Kevin Butt (Toyota), Mark Yamauchi (Toyota), Sam Qureshi (Waste Management), Margaret O’Gorman (Wildlife Habitat Council), Carole Mars (The Sustainability Consortium) and Kellen Mahoney (SP), shared updates on their respective projects and outlined next steps for SP work group efforts looking forward to 2019.

During the meeting, SP Biodiversity Co-Chair Kevin Butt (Toyota) announced that SP and the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) would be expanding their collaborative relationship through a new memorandum of understanding (MOU).  Through this MOU, WHC will provide its technical services to support SP members in implementing conservation projects on their corporate lands in support of SP’s Biodiversity Work Group Pollinator Initiative. SP was also very pleased to have the opportunity to recognize and thank Susan Kelsey (General Motors) for her leadership and commitment to SP as 2018 Co-Chair of the Biodiversity Work Group.


The meeting also featured SP member and guest speaker presentations on topics such as circular economy, emerging technology and sustainability in the built environment from Frank McInturff (EnSafe), Richard Gerstein (Unifi), Jeffrey Spangenberger (Argonne National Laboratory), Carol Smith (IRG), Rex Carpenter (IRG) and Kevin Mowan (Johnson Controls).  Presentations from the meeting are available on SP’s Members Only site.

In addition, David Baker, President and CEO of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, provided a special presentation of his vision for a Pro Football Hall of Fame Village sports and entertainment smart-city as well as the leadership principles that the Hall of Fame seeks to foster.


At the conclusion of the meeting, participants had the opportunity to participate in small-group tours of the Tom Benson Stadium to see first-hand some of the sustainability measures and current and future smart-connected technology solutions that will be implemented throughout the Johnson Controls Pro Football Hall of Fame Village.  Participants also had the opportunity for a private tour of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Museum, including the Game for Life, Bust Gallery and Super Bowl Theater.

Special thanks to Randy Leslie and the entire Johnson Controls team for their support in hosting an excellent meeting and tour for SP members. SP’s 1st Quarter Meeting of 2019 will be held on January 29-30 at Honda North America in Marysville, Ohio.

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