Create a trade association comprised of automotive and vehicle suppliers
who will work in a partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) to create a new and innovative business-centered approach
to environmental protection, to find ways to improve the environment
while providing value to the participants and to share the knowledge
gained from those activities with businesses of all sizes.
Provide a self-sustaining forum for large, medium and small service
and product vendors who deal with small, mid-sized and large vehicle
manufacturers to develop and share tools, information, knowledge,
good practices and technical support to ensure that the suppliers’
products and their processes provide environmental improvement and
cost savings to SPE participants.
1. Creating a self-sustaining 501 ©(6)
trade association, which will demonstrate that by working cooperatively
within the supply chain, private sector companies of all sizes can
achieve real environmental improvements while providing value to
2. Provide a mechanism where automotive suppliers
through the relationships developed in SPE can collect and share
information, data and knowledge on ways to improve their environmental
performance and, by utilizing EPA communication channels, share
the knowledge gained through SPE activities with companies and organization’s
who are not members of the organization.
3. Implement an ongoing awards program to recognize
leading suppliers who actively participate in and support SPE activities.
4. Develop, as appropriate, specific tools,
reports or documents that address the vision, mission and needs
of the organization.
5. Provide a foundation for future activities
designed to recognize and encourage new approaches in developing
The SPE membership will determine the activities that
SPE will undertake and how those efforts will be organized, including
the creation of Work Groups or Task Forces address to specific challenges
Issues to be initially addressed by SPE include: “Sustainability”
in the auto industry and standards of activities; Tier 2 and Tier
3 training, education and technical assistance and senior management
communications; metrics to evaluate environmental footprints - materials
and process costs; and transactional processes.
Members of SPE will come from a targeted list of small,
medium and large companies that are currently vendors and suppliers
to the automotive industry.
Activities for 2002 will be funded by General Motors.
Activities for 2003 and beyond will be funded by contributions from
GM and individual suppliers based on their sales. Dues for 2003
and beyond will be determined by SPE’s members,
Navista, Inc., (www.navista.net) a Washington, DC-based
public affairs firm specializing in organizational and issues management
will provide support for SPE. Navista currently provides association/coalition
management and strategic counsel to the Corporate Environmental
Enforcement Council (CEEC), the Global Environmental Management
Initiative (GEMI), National Environmental Development Association
(NEDA), the Performance Track Participants Association (PTPA) and
the U.S. Climate Partnership Association (USCPA).
Steve Hellem, Executive Director
Hellem is the President and CEO of Navista, Inc. he will serve as
the Executive Director of SPE and will provide strategic counsel
to the organization. Mr. Hellem has provided strategic environmental
and energy counsel to associations and corporations on both domestic
and international activities for more than 20 years. He received
an A.B. in Political Science from the University of Missouri, Columbia
and a J.D. from the International School of Law that is today the
George Mason University Law School.
Amy Goldman, Director
Ms. Goldman is a Vice President of Navista, Inc. and will
serve as the Director of SPE. She will coordinate and assist in
the facilitation of membership meetings, work group meetings and
reports on those meetings, data management and coordination, and
membership development initiatives as well as other business related
issues for the association. Ms. Goldman received her Bachelor of
Science in Public Affairs, Environmental, Science and Management
from Indiana University in 1996 and her Master of Science in Environmental
Sciences and Policy from Johns Hopkins University in 2000.
For More Information:If you would like more information
about SPE please contact Steve Hellem or Amy Goldman at (202-530-5910)
at SPE or John Resslar of GM at (248-680-5772). EPA’s liaison
with SPE is Kris Pierre (202-564-8837). NIST MEP’s liaison
with SPE is Greg Waldrip (301-975-4503).